Monday, May 29, 2017

More Hand Work



I began another Farmer's Daughter block yesterday. I know. It's very ORANGE, isn't it? Oh well. It will work in the scrappy quilt, I'm sure.  I also did a bit of hand quilting on Block 1 of RFLQ, also - I'll have a picture to share later this week.

It was a quiet day around here. I finally gave up on a book I'd been reading for several days. Do you ever do that? I just couldn't get into it - so that one will be put aside and I'll begin another one. I really wanted to like it - it's the first in a series, but no...it's just wasn't very good at all.


Lizard sighting on the patio yesterday. They grow them big around here! And Mickey almost caught him...glad he didn't...haha!

Today I'll probably run some errands. And I want to work on my new quilting schedule. I really like to have a plan for each day. Maybe I'll get a bit of machine sewing done later? We'll see...

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

It Started With A Squash Recipe...


So it went like this. Yesterday afternoon I began to make a Southwestern Squash Casserole. I sliced the squash. Then I began to chop a red onion. Knife slipped. OWIE! It took me FOREVER to get the bleeding stopped. Hubby rushed home from the golf course and bandaged me up. I could tell I didn't need stitches because it's a flap injury. No major harm done, but no sewing happened after that. And so it goes. 

Hubby finished the chopping and helped me put together the dish. Was it worth it? Yes! Find the recipe HERE.

I got a question from a reader about the pattern for the New Bedford quilt. I bought this as a kit in Houston last Fall. I think the pattern has been available in the past as a freebie on the Coats website. However, I think it's been removed because I couldn't find it. This reader is anonymous, but if you will send me a direct email (juliacwood@mac.com) I give you additional information.

Wishing you a lovely day!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy Saturday!



Yesterday I spent a relaxing day hand quilting. This is Block one of RFLQ.



I have quilted around each and every appliqué piece. Today I'll mark cross hatching to quilt on this block. I will say that this has taken LESS time than I thought it would, but I am developing a nice callous on one of my fingers. 


Anniversary dinner? Fancy restaurant? After mulling over all our choices (and there are lots of really nice restaurants around here), I decided I wanted to go casual. We went to the Marriott in our neighborhood and ate outside by the pool. There is live music every evening - GOOD live music. It's like a party atmosphere with kids swimming and playing corn hole. Adults are sitting around fire pits enjoying a beverage. Some are pulled up the bar. Some are mixing and mingling.

When we eat there, we feel like we are on vacation at a resort. So for a couple of hours we were on vacation. OH...and the food is delicious.  Can't beat it!


We took the golf cart to dinner and on the way home we saw EIGHT dear. It was a really nice evening.

I haven't decided what I'll work on today, other than marking the cross hatching on the hand quilting project. I'll figure something out! Wishing you a fabulous day!




Friday, May 26, 2017

Farmer's Daughter


Remember this block? The one Cooper snacked on?


Here it is now! I replaced the two corner pieces yesterday. Happy, happy.


And I had this block in progress and I FINISHED it yesterday. Two of the diamonds were missing from this so I grabbed the closest fabrics I had and recut them. Yes, they stand out like a sore thumb, don't they? It's those orange diamonds on the right, but you already knew that, didn't you? Well, I'm leaving them in there, by golly! It's a scrappy quilt and once all the blocks are together I don't think they will stand out. Hope so, anyway!

I'm happy to have finally gotten back on track on this project. I have another block cut and ready to stitch, too.

It's another gorgeous day here - maybe I'll even stitch outside. Our next door neighbors moved into their newly finished home yesterday - Cooper has had fun watching their progress out the window.

So what else is going on? Today is our 33rd anniversary. WOW! We're planning to go out to eat either tonight or tomorrow night to celebrate. Happy US!

Have a fabulous day!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Bedford!


I really got down to business yesterday - I made FIVE of these large blocks. Yay! Now I have to make five more of the alternating block. This quilt is coming together! That good, right? Except my pile of quilt tops to quilt is already too big - haha!

It's a gorgeous day around here! It's about time - we've had several days of rain and I'm ready for the sun! Hubby's headed to the golf course and I'm staying home to relax and sew. My body is still recovering from my trip, but the good news is that this morning I finally woke up on Central time instead of on Eastern time.

I have a question for you all. I'm thinking of buying a wireless bluetooth device to listen to audio books while sewing without having the sound blast out into the room. I'll like the idea of one of those horseshoe shapes that goes around my neck. Any recommendations our there? Any thoughts? Do you have one and does it work well?

Today I'm planning on cutting appliqué pieces for Block 3 of the RFLQ...and I want to pull out my Farmer's Daughter blocks and make progress here. All the while I want to finish listening to my audio book - The Girl in Cabin 10 - it's a good one!

It will be a slow paced relaxing day - just what I need! Have a great one!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

RFLQ Block 2 is DONE


As promised, here is my completed RFLQ Block 2. I'm ready to start number 3 soon.


Did you guess that I decided to try my hand at hand quilting RFLQ? Here is Block 1 hooped up- I stitched some on the porch yesterday. I'm doing this as a Quilt As You Go project. It's so much easier to quilt one block and them stitch them together later.

And so it goes. This was all the sewing I did yesterday. I did have a nice chat with the Bernina technician about my Stitch Regulator problems. She had me try a couple of things, but neither worked. And that means my machine will need to go for another spa visit in the near future to figure this out.  It's frustrating, but I know they will be able to fix it for me.

We spent the afternoon at the storage unit - so glad we got all this stuff organized. We just may be able to clear these units out SOON!

Today. Today I'm determined to sew! I'm planning to work on New Bedford - sounds like a good plan to me! I hope you have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What Did I Buy?



During and after the retreat I went to two quilt shops. And shop, I did! I knew I wanted to buy more white neutrals -

This jellyroll fit the bill!


I fell in love with this panel-like Christmas fabric from Moda. I've been wanting to make a Christmas quilt. I love that these images do not have a true Christmas red - more of a rusty red. (You know I'm not a big fan of red.)


They also had all the coordinating fabrics for this panel, but I used my will power. They also had a cute pattern to go with it. Again, will power. I'll use my stash to do something fun.


I do love the color ORANGE! So I couldn't pass up this pretty fat quarter.


I added three half yard cuts of Kaffe Fassett to my stash.


I bought several yards of this Kaffe -one of my friends insisted I need it for a backing for my Marmalade quilt. She's right, it will be perfect!


You know I'm a big fan of Jen Kingwell. She's going to be teaching at this particular shop (Intown Quilters in Decatur, GA) this weekend and they had a great supply of her stuff. I picked up this pattern - and I have another one coming soon that is on backorder.


The store had also prepared these little packs of fabric for use in Jen Kingwell's classes - I bought one of them, also.

Lastly, I picked up some hand quilting needles and thread. What? Me? Yes! I'm planning on hand quilting a quilt. I know, crazy, right?


Yesterday I unpacked completely, did laundry, and went to the grocery store (in the rain - yuck!), but at least I had my Kaffe Fassett umbrella to keep me dry. Last night I even made meatloaf with baked sweet potatoes. I had more energy than I thought I would. Last night I finished the appliqué on the Block 2 of the Rowdy Flat Library Quilt! Photo tomorrow...

This afternoon we are meeting some movers to help us rearrange our storage unit. We'll be moving some things to Daughter 2's new home next month and it will help so much to get her stuff to the front. But I do hope to sew this morning!

Have a fun day, everyone!