"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Wrapping up July

Another month bites the dust.  It was ushered out by a beautiful blue moon.  We saw the moon rising last night as we were returning from dinner.  We stopped for a few pictures, but we didn’t have our ‘real’ cameras, so didn’t get great shots.

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And since I had received several mosquito bites earlier in the day, I was not willing to walk in the grass for a better angle!!

I’d share a picture of my new cat, but I can’t find her at the moment.  Much time has been spent over the past two weeks with a sick cat, and then having to say good-bye.  I’d had Chloe for over 14 of her 15 years,   She was a sweet little thing, and it was hard to say good-bye.

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I wasn’t planning to get a new cat immediately, but our vacation is coming up soon, and I didn’t want the remaining cat to be an ‘only cat’ while we were away.  So we decided to start looking around.  I found the most awesome cat at the Humane Society, and since they have “Free Cat Fridays”, we ended up with a new cat.  She is a little love bug!  She has alternated between hiding or sitting in one of our laps for hours.  She’s friendly, outgoing, and doesn’t appear to be afraid of anything.  I can’ believe that some other family gave her up.  Pictures will follow when possible.

I went to the Hershey Quilt Show last week, where we were allowed to photograph some of the quilts, but not share them online.  There were some awesome antique quilts, and the remainder were art/show quilts.  Beautiful to look at, but they were obviously made just for competition.  I prefer ‘real’ quilts.  I had hoped to get some inspiration for quilting my own tops, and was disappointed in that area.  There was a huge vendor fair, and while I kept my spending very low, I did buy some stencils and a ruler for my Sweet 16.

Patience and I have been doing more quilting, and here is a quilt that I started a couple of years ago.  I had started echoing the hexies on my regular machine, and quickly determined that was NOT the solution.

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It has become apparent that I need to work on my basic math skills, as once again, I did not have enough binding made.  Fortunately, I still had some of the fabric in my scrap bin, and was able to rectify the problem. 

In other hexie news, I’ve been working on my GFG again.  I’ve seen a couple of finished ones cropping up around blog land recently, and I’ve been motivated to spend time on mine.  One friend recommended ‘one thread a day gets it done’ so that has been my goal. 

I think I have all the hexies made, now there’s just the tedious chore of sewing them together.  I did recently run across a really interesting way to finish off the quilt when I get there, so I’ll try the technique on a small project before determining if I want to proceed.

Another quilt was quilted but not yet bound, because I had a new kitty in my lap.  I’ll save it for next month.

Happy Stitching!      Sunny

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

FNSI and Christmas in July

Yes, I worked on a Christmas project on Friday night!  I saw this:

on Teri’s Blog back in November, and I knew I wanted to make it.  So I waited until Red was the color for RSC15, and here is my version.  I still need to sew on my buttons.  I’ll do that later tonight or tomorrow.

Although I’m posting a couple of days late, I actually finished by Gifted Gorgeousness early this month.

 

In other exciting news, I finished my quilt from the Christmas Bee 2011 as my Guild UFO challenge this month.  I had pieced it and even started quilting it some time ago, and quickly gave up.  Now that my Sweet 16, which I have named Patience, and I are becoming friends, it was time to finish the quilting.

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Each of the six other participants contributed two blocks.  I requested a star block for one, and their choice for the other, highlighting their specialty.  I received embroidery, applique, and paper piecing.  They each also included a small friendship block that was incorporated into the back.  I forgot to photograph the back, and it’s too dark now to attempt anything. 

And if that’s not enough exciting news, I became a Great Aunt!  The little one arrived six weeks early, at 4 pounds, 12 ounces.  She is healthy and strong, and went home from the NICU after only 8 days.  I can’t wait to meet and snuggle her.

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Hope you all had a good weekend!  It’s too hot here to go outdoors for a few days, so there’s more stitching to come.

waiting for snuggles…..Sunny

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Friday, July 10, 2015

RSC15 Mid-year check in

Our fearless leader, Angela, has been keeping us motivated all year to use our rainbow of scraps.  We’ve done dark blue, pink, yellow, dark green, purple, light blue, and now red.  Pop over to her blog to see what everyone has been up to so far.  I feel like a total slacker compared to some of these energetic quilters! 

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Whereas most people are making numerous blocks each month, and might have the makings of several rainbow quilts at the end of the year, I’m making one Dresden plate each month.  Do you like my ‘design wall’?  The only place I can get a decent picture is out on my deck. 

Although I haven’t photographed them yet, I’m embroidering flowers each month in the appropriate color and they will be the centers of the plates.  I’m still contemplating how I might put them all together at the end of the year. 

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I’ve also made a doll quilt each month for Get Your Mrs. Claus On.  I love working with this size, and trying to think up something different each month that will work with my available scraps.

I’ve also made several wall hangings and baby quilts from my scraps, as well as 30 placemats.  I’m amazed and excited to see how much can be made from leftovers.  But just when I think I’m starting to get things under control……..

A box of fabric landed on my doorstep today!  My friend Di is preparing for a move, and she’s cleaning and sorting and reducing her stash.  And she sent all her plaids and homespuns to ME! You see, she has a little quilt made from plaids that I just love, so she’s enabling to make my very own!  She had a few other very special items in the box for me, too.  Thanks Di!!!!

I’m very hard at work finishing my Guild UFO project right now.  But today was a beautiful day, so I took the day off.  Bet you can’t guess what I did!

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We didn’t actually see a lot to photograph today, so we just enjoyed the water, the blue sky, the wind in the trees, and the birds singing.  In other words, a perfect day.

Enjoying summer……Sunny

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Red FNWF

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There was a good chance of rain all day on Friday, and it wasn’t terribly hot, so DH and I grabbed our cameras and took a little tour around the county.  I was hoping to find some old buildings, and perhaps some interesting flowers.  We found both. 

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Red winged blackbird – we never see these in our town.

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Black-eyed Susans are our state flower.

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Oreo cows.  Seriously . Google Oreo cows.

We had a lovely lunch while we were out, so there was no need for a big dinner when we got home.  That left plenty of time for stitching along with the ladies of FNWF.  I’m working with red scraps this month for RSC, so I put the finishing touches on my doll quilt, and made my monthly Dresden.  Visit either link to see what others have been up to.

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Today, in celebration of the 4th of July, I’m quilting my Christmas quilt.  It’s made from blocks from a Christmas Bee.  In 2011.  I think it’s high time it got finished, don’t you?  It’s my UFO for the Guild Challenge this month, and I WILL have it finished!

I hope everyone in the US is enjoying a long weekend, and celebrating with fireworks tonight.

Stay safe . . .   Sunny

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Finishes and a Trip to Tangier Island

I ran out of steam for light blue scraps for RSC this past week, so I pulled out a light blue quilt and got it quilted.  I AM going to get proficient at quilting, and it’s going to take a LOT of practice.

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 I did some ruler work, some stippling, and some free motion feathers. 

Another quilt I found that was already basted was this applique quilt.  I bought the fabric several years ago and did the pre-class homework for a Pat Sloan class, and then the class was canceled.  I eventually put the top together and now it’s a finish!

I have 3 more quilts that are basted, and I’ll start working on them this week.  Deciding how to quilt them is the hardest part.  The largest one is for my Guild UFO challenge, so I really have to get it done soon.  And then I can start basting the others.  I haven’t actually quilted much in the last couple of years.

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That’s it for quilty stuff.  The remainder of this post is about our step back in time as we adventured to Tangier Island, a small island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.  It is only accessible by boat or by small plane, and has a population of around 500.  There is only one school, which serves K-12.

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Methods of transportation include golf carts, bicycles, and scooters.

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“Tangier Taxi”

There are several restaurants on the island, and lunch at Hilda Crockett’s Chesapeake House was included in our package deal for the day.

When we exited the restaurant, several ‘taxi’s” were lined up to offer tours of the island.  After eating all that food, DH and I chose to walk!  We walked past churches, the school, several little shops, a museum, and the Post Office.

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The mail is brought over on The Mail Boat six days a week, and taken to the Post Office.  There is no residential delivery, so the Post Office is a community gathering place.  The mail boat also serves to deliver other goods.  When we saw it docked in Crisfield, it was loaded with sodas and paper towels!
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The residents of Tangier Island are watermen, depending on crabs and oysters for their livelihoods.  It is not an easy way of life, and the population of the island continues to drop as young people leave the island for other jobs. 

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We were there on the hottest day of the year, so we popped into a couple of the tiny shops to take advantage of their air conditioning.  The ice cream shack was also doing a booming business.   We were only on the island for a couple of hours, but I’d definitely like to go back. 

On the way home, we passed through an incredible thunderstorm, followed by the most amazing sunset.  I have no pictures to share, because we were on a bus, and stopping for sunset pictures was not on the itinerary.

Every day is an adventure……Sunny

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