Monday, February 19, 2018

It's Official!! Global Warming Has Now Ended . . .

and the onset of the ice age is upon us!!  Snow at the beach!!


Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Fractured Bargello Tablerunner . . .

I have decided that now that most of the heavy demolition is done on the house and since we are always in limbo waiting for that dam . . . .  electrician to come, I would spend a little more "me" time while waiting for the next stage in the home renovation process.

So, one of the gals in my Guild taught a class to show us how to do what she calls a "fractured bargello."  She actually does them on sweatshirts but in order to teach us the process, she had us make a tablerunner.

First we had to pick out our focus print.  I chose one by Kaffe Fassett that sort of had beachy colors in it.

Then we had to chose 9-13 batiks in colors that would work with the focus print.  We cut those prints into 1-1/2 inch strips, the width of the fabric and then sewed them together in a strata.  Since I didn't know what a strata was, I looked it up on the internet and the one I found said the fabrics should go from dark to light back to dark.  So, I chose my fabrics, sewed strips and got this ~

Then we cut the first strip for the runner 1-3/4 inches and sewed it down.  Then we added a 3/4 inch strip of focus fabric and sewed it down - the focus fabric is what causes the "fracture."  The next strata strip I cut was 1-1/2 inches and I then un-picked the bottom square and sewed it onto the purple square at the top and sewed it to the fracture strip.  Then another fracture piece and so on until I have the full length.

The gal who taught the class had never taught before so we learned a lot from each other as we went along.  A couple of things we figured out in class:

1.  When doing quilt-as-you-go, it is best if you use a walking foot;

2.  Pin, pin, pin, pin, pin!!  If you look closely, you can see that my first two rows are a little wonky.  Then Susan figured out if we pin the strata row that was already down and then pin the new fracture row on top of that (so you have two layers of pins), the rows stay straighter.  Look how straight rows 3-6 are as compared to the first two wonky rows!!

This is going to be beautiful when it gets done but oh man, it is very, very time consuming!!  I will add a pencil thin border to it and then a narrow border out of the focus fabric with the binding also being the focus fabric.  I am hoping it will finish out at about 18" by 45" to go on my long sofa table.

Then today I made a "hug" block for one of the gals in our Guild who just lost her Mom.  The theme was owls and flowers and the outdoors.  So here is the block I made.  It measures 9" finished. 

I am kinda liking this "me" time!!  Tomorrow is Guild and we are going to show the rest of the group our new tablerunners.  Susan just called and she has her's all done except for a bit more on the binding!!  Smarty Pants!!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Quilts of Valor Quilt . . .

I have the privilege of making a Quilts of Valor quilt for one of the players in my Thursday bridge group who is a Vietnam vet.  Don is a really nice man and some of us girls are especially fond of him because he is the only guy in our Friday party bridge group!!  And he puts up with all us old biddies!!

Here are two of the blocks i have made so far and I would like your opinion.

I love the blue one but I am afraid that the cream on the red one is too blendy with the background.  What do you think?

I am using the Big Star pattern by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Jenny uses a Layer Cake which are 10" in squares but I cut mine down to 9" squares so the quilt was closer to a large lap quilt instead of the size for a double bed.

Here is the Youtube if you have not seen this quilt.  It's fast, it's fun and it can be a great stash buster ~

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

This Was the Moon This Morning . . .

at about 5:35 a.m. from the beach at Bandon, Oregon.  It's not great but I took it with my i-Pad and then enlarged it so you could sorta see it.

Take from my i-Pad January 31, 2018

A quick refresher on all these names: Last night much of the world saw a lunar eclipse, when the Earth passes between the sun and the moon and our planet's shadow falls on Luna. The nickname "blood moon" comes from the fact that light passing through Earth's atmosphere bathes the moon in a rosy glow.

A blue moon is the second full moon within a calendar month. A supermoon, meanwhile, means a full moon when our natural satellite is at perigee—its closest point to the Earth, when it appears slightly larger in the sky. All three of these phenomena lined up for the "super blue blood moon" this morning. The next super blue blood moon will happen exactly 19 years from now, on Jan. 31, 2037.

That's a long time to wait. Consider, though, that the last one before today's was in December of 1982, more than 35 years ago. You won't have to wait nearly as long to see the individual circumstances that make up the super blue blood moon. While we say "once in a blue moon" to indicate something relatively rare, the next blue moon is coming right up on March 31, 2018. The repeat blue moon is because of a quirk in the calendar: There is no completely full moon in February (a non-event event that's given the name "black moon"), which means there's a full moon in early March and another one before the month's end (a thank you from for this explanation)

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saturday's Smile!!

From the Internet

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Finally, a New Renovation Post . . .

Come See What We are Up to!!  HERE!!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross Blocks

Seems like I am busy all day knocking down walls or trying to get all my sewing projects and fabrics in some kind of working order but at night I have been playing with the POTC blocks for the new swap I am in.  This is January's block and is going in the mail tomorrow morning to Janet G.

I wasn't sure about the leaves on the outside corners but as I put them on, it really calmed down the whole block.

Here is the block I received this week for my December block from Debbie in Florida.  It took three tries for Debbie's beautiful December POTC to get to me!! The first one was just lost to the snail mail stratosphere, the second one she made (to replace the lost one) was returned to her saying no one lived in my house (small town shenanigans) and then finally on the third try it arrived this week!! Thank you, Debbie, I love, love, love it!! And my brother said it is fabulous!! Ya know, gotta get that brotherly approval!!

I asked for Kim Diehl fabrics and that is what I got!!  Happy girl here!!  I think this may be my new obsession!!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

Saturday, December 30, 2017