Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
It's hot and muggy today so working with smaller pieces will be a little cooler than having the entire quilt top on my lap as I stitch. If memory seves me correctly, there are 42 stars so that will keep me busy for a while....M
Friday, August 26, 2016
I'm on a kick to get my Holly Bazaar sewing done early, and hopefully a few things for the Madonna House Christmas Shop, so I've been trolling my Pinterest Table Runners board for ideas. Last year's square format were a big hit and seemingly flew off the shelves, so I started there.
Bonnie Hunter's Leaders and Enders projects - Lozenges. Follow her tutorial - it has great hints on trimming and pressing so that all of the seams are nicely nested when you put the blocks together (though you have to pay attention - there were a few rip outs and repressses!). That said, it's a fun one to sew.
I didn't mark my small squares, I used a strip of painter's tape as my guide and it worked really well and sped things up nicely.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The farm where we pick is expecting to have berries for at least another month so maybe I'll make a couple more and share them around.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Lynn from Sew'n Wild Oaks use one in her videos and, after much stewing (and finding a great online deal), decided to treat myself for my birthday last month.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
I was pulling fabrics for a new HST project (the Holly Bazaar is suddenly able to be seen on the distant horizon...) and found a shirt that I had picked up at VV Boutique that hasn't been cut up yet, so I cut a block from one of the arms. As I turned the shirt over I noticed 'Piping Hot!' printed across the back yoke. Too funny! This has been a screaming hot summer for us so the message was very appropriate. The fabric didn't make it into the final selection but I had a good little chuckle. Maybe I need to get out more...
Ina Garten's gazpacho. It was just the ticket - fast, easy, and all made in a food processor.
I used the recipe in my cookbook but it made a HUGE batch - it said serves six but serves 16 would have been more accurate. The link that I've provided takes you to a recipe that looks like it has been cut in half so if you make it you won't be eating it for a month.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
This one was made by our friend Martin from shirting. If I'm not mistaken it might have been the first one that he made, and it is just the perfect sunny, summer quilt. Not only did he make the top but he machine quilted it. Impressive for a first outing, I'd say.
Monday, August 08, 2016
It was her first attempt at sewing a quilt by machine and it was quite a learning experience - not very relaxing as her machine had a mind of it's own sometimes (not to mention that she had to get the manual out every time a bobbin needed thread, but it sound like she's pretty good at it now!) :) and she found that it wasn't as exact as she can be stitching by hand. Beautiful.
Friday, August 05, 2016
Amid all of the silliness a few years ago some of the quilting bug rubbed off onto Sandy and she hasn't looked back, and here are the three amigos cuddled under her first quilt, Friendship Album. Quite appropriate, I'd say.
And that's not all! There's a third quilt in the works but I think I'll save that for another post along with some updates from Betty and Jane. Nothing like a little teaser, is there? .....M