Saturday, July 20, 2019

Indian Creek Reservoir

Every year my family makes an attempt to get together for a weekend of camping, boating, eating and general water fun. Those of us with campers try to get campsites near each other. That usually doesn't work terribly well, but it's good to have two general areas. One can escape to the other area when necessary.

After all, when many people gather in one place, there's bound to be some noise. Unfortunately, not many of us were available this weekend, but three campers and two boats showed up and brought 25 or so people for an afternoon of water sports and supper. Ahh, family!

So these pictures are some that I took in the afternoon near the waterfront. I didn't have to walk far to take them. As Richard and I were walking "home" to our camper, we saw a little squirrel who leisurely climbed this odd tree with the hole right through the trunk. I missed the squirrel, but the tree cooperated.

Notice that I didn't take any pictures of family. Actually it's because I did not want anyone taking pictures of's so hot I truly was melting in the heat. Not something I want posted on social media, so I decided to abide the golden rule. How do you decide which family pictures to post? It's a tricky question for me, especially when posting on my blog. Do you feel that way? 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Pin It Weekly #286

Happy weekly! Did you know that you can send messages and pins to other people? I haven't really taken advantage of that feature, but A. Moreno has. She sent me this funny poster about aging:

Getting older

I think that deserves a bit of recognition. So here are some pins from her "desserts" board. After all, isn't dessert just a fun as funny? 
Do Nothing Tornado CakeLemon Blueberry Bread is dotted with plump blueberries and topped with a sweet glaze to cut through the tartness of the fresh lemon juice. #berlyskitchen

Raspberry Cheesecake Coffee Cake RECIPE YUM

Fluffy and delicious, these Baked Blueberry Donuts are super easy to prepare.  Topped with a simple Lemon Glaze with flecks of fresh lemon zest, these baked donuts make for one yummy treat! #bakeddonuts #donuts #blueberrydonuts #lemonglaze #easydonutrecipeCream Cheese Apple Coffee Cake Recipe: viel weniger Zucker, viel weniger Salz, viel weniger Vanille und er wäre perfekt;o) hab ihn gemacht...

Michelle Anderson is my newest follower. She's just getting started, but I'll bet she'd love a visit and maybe a follow! These pretties are from her "DIY and crafts" board.

DIY Bed Pillow Cases: 3 sizes and 3 different styles (including the "burrito" method) | via Make It and Love It

How cute is this DIY Sewing Machine Cover?!? I want to make one! She even lists tips to make your own cover. I love to sew. I need to make this.cute vintage apron

Parvaneh Nikoo has an interesting board titled, "quilt patterns" that I'm going to have to revisit. You might want to come along. :)
Dig Into Your Scraps for This Beautiful Quilt - Quilting Digest

Butterfly quilt pattern by Nadra Ridgeway of ellis & higgs. Patchwork pattern, easy quilt pattern, spring quilt ideas, spring crafts, spring DIY craft project, easter project, butterfly quilt block, pillow, cushion, placemat. Patchwork Anleitung, Nähanleitung Patchworkdecke, Kissen, Wandbehand, Schmetterling, Ostern, Frühlings-Deko, Frühling Deko DIY, Geschenk, Patchwork Ideen, Geschenke selber machen, Nähen für Ostern, DIY für Ostern, Nähen fürs Baby.New Quilt Block Patterns by Nadra Ridgeway of ellis & higgs. There's a ladybug, bluebird, honey bee, pineapple, cherry, strawberry, ice cream sundae, hot air balloon and spring flower. The finished quilt block sizes are 12" and 6"square and the patterns are fun and easy to make! Each pattern contains diagramed step-by-step instructions on how to make the single blocks and requirements to make a lap size quilt from the large block and a mini quilt from the small blocks. Fabrics are Mon Beau ...

Lattice Garden - Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern - 25" x 30" Quilt -

Monday, July 15, 2019

Retreat finish (the final one)

Some time ago (it may be years now) I decided it was time to use some of the 2½” strips that I had cut perhaps years before that. You see, this is a story of epic proportions. Because years before either of those I began worrying that I would leave behind tons of fabric when I go. What foolishness! Still, I worked on a series of small quilts. 

The nursery rhyme series: Nimble and Quick was a blue bargello, both versions of He Loves Me was Dresden plate applique, Around a Girl's World, The Coolest Bug Collection, That Was Against the Rules, Fast Asleep, and so on. Some have titles from lines of the nursery rhymes, all are inspired by nursery rhymes. 

This quilt is both, inspired by "Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater" and titled using the phrase "couldn't keep her." The inspiration came in the form of using pumpkin orange with those blue 2½” inch strips with the strips representing bars. Did you notice that the bars are not all going in one direction? I could have fixed that but I had just finished this improv top and was still in improv mode. 

Take that orange square however you want: a pumpkin, an escape route, a key hole. It's your take on the quilt. Notice in this picture that I had to add a horizontal strip in the orange to make the half square triangles match up. Somewhat. Up close like this you can see how much the medallion is off. Really? Geez. 

But I just wanted a finish and so I refused to rip anything out. An agreement I made with myself--no ripping. So things went in sideways and corners don't meet and goodness knows how many other problems, but stay they did. After all, have you read nursery rhymes lately? There are lots of issues in those little poems, but I love them anyway, and I'll love this little quilt just the same. It's in the TO BE QUILTED bin under about 15 other tops. 

Do you just leave in the mistakes? 
Do the mistakes make you like the quilt less?
Or do they have to be corrected? 
Do the mistakes drive you nuts if you don't?

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Circles

When I first wrote this SQI in May of 2015, I provided this link so that anyone interested in finding Modern Quilt Guild could find the 30 groups that had boards on Pinterest. Tonight the same search, "modern quilt guilds" brings up about 150 boards. That's more math than I can do, but I will safely say it's a grand increase in four years! I hope you enjoy this retro post of Sunday Quilt Inspiration.

Sort of Circles Open edition giclee print by EloiseRenouf on Etsy, $25.00

Minimalist Abstract Landscape Art Print, Mountains, Mid Century Modern, Purple, Circles

Circles - Abbey Withington...Scandinavian inspired fabric intended for interiors. Painted with ink and screen printed onto linenAlexander Rodchenko  Hanging Spatial Construction no. 9 (Circle in a Circle), 1920-1921/1993  Plywood of peach-tree. 90 x 80 x 85 cm  Galerie Gmurzynska Zug

This is a custom designed stained glass window panel that was created to hanging in a long narrow window or sidelight. It measures approximately 9 1/2 inches wide X 57 inches long.  We find these long bubble designs look great when hung or installed horizontally above French doors or vertically in the side light of a front entry door. They add color, interest and privacy to a home.Hiroyuki Hamada

I wonder if I could get my very artistic daughter to make me something similar in oil pastels or chalk????
organisatin de l'espace : répétition, superposition... Couleurs, motifs, différents matériaux...

Love these circles and here's a step by step tutorial for it! Me, With My Head in the Clouds: Painted Circles Tutorial

Quilts with circles. Aren't these awesome?

Bullseye Quilt by Lynne Goldsworthy for Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine issue 11

Jan's MQG Riley Blake Challenge Table Runner

Color Wheel Embroidery Sampler #embroidery #sampler

applique quilt DIY

English paper piecing rings

53 Gorgeous Quilts = Inspirational Eye Candy!

circle quilt by Thimble and Bobbin, based on the original pillow by Ryan Walsh (the link). His tutorial isn't available any longer but it's still pretty to look at.

Googly eyes!!

I just LOVE a circle quilt - simple to make, but oh so cute - - love this holiday version.  tutorial via Sugar Bee Crafts

Piece N Quilt: free tutorials. This could work with the prints I bought for Sophie's quilt, on a white ground.

Melinda Quilts ETC: Customer Quilts  - Circle quilt idea....could be a neat one to make into stars and planets on a black background

Baby Boy Quilt - need to find someone to make this for me out of caden's clothes

Okay, I loooovin' this quilt!  How about big Kaffe Fassett, etc prints on b/w???

Been trying to find pillows that would bring in several colors in my living room and I think this is a great idea for that. These are small enough you could even cut down quilting squares that come in so many colors/patterns.

Ta-Dot! Designer: Mabeth Oxenreider Experiment with gentle curved seaming, then reverse-applique embellished strip sets for an exuberant quilt. - Download free pattern here:

Threadtales: Circle Quilt with Bubblicious Digital Quilt Design by Lisa Calle

Have you made a circle quilt yet? If you're interested in making one, you'll find my "Quilty 365" board here.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Retreat Finish (the second one)

Before I show you my new finish, I thought I'd show you what is going on in the studio. It is not a happy sight, is it? Ahh, that's how it goes. Chances are that it's never going to embroider again. 

Not that it has embroidered any for me anyway. Firstly, it made horrible stitches. Secondly, as we discovered today, the gizmo that holds the PC card is broken. So I have hundreds of designs that I can't use. 

The news gets worse: I've invested more money in the machine than it's worth. Have you made a bad judgement like this one? What did you do about it? I'll give Richard a bit more time to work on it but if it's done, well, we just made a bad investment.

But there's good news, too. 
I have a finished top to show you! I had a few ideas for quilts before leaving for retreat last week. For this particular quilt top I wanted to just sew at random, very improvisationally, and with no plan or system. Just sew some bits together, stack them until there were plenty in the stack, then start sewing the big bits together. 

It really started at home by pulling some scraps together. I settled on a blue/teal/green colorway with lots of whites to keep it all from becoming too busy and worrisome.

I pulled mostly solids and a very few small prints. Large and small pieces of white went into the Ziploc but I knew I'd be cutting those as needed. After I had some large chunks, I put them on the design wall to let the colors mingle in my mind. (I like that phrase.)

A some point I decided to make a few curves. That "boomerang" block (circled in red) on the very top was the first one. At first I wasn't sure I liked it, but it grew on me. I decided to make one in green next. It's much smaller but I'd already decided that everything would go into the quilt. The only concession would be that I could cut blocks apart if necessary.

This zipper block is the last one. It's my favorite part of the entire quilt. From here I only needed to sew all the big chunks and smaller pieces into a top. I added a six inch border on all four sides to give it a frame and called it done.

What do you think? Does it work in an improv sort of way?