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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dog Days of Summer

It is HOT here.  Much too hot to do anything outdoors.  So that means I have plenty of time for sewing.  Or Cross stitching.  Or planning a nice fall vacation.

We started the month by attending the first birthday party of my great-niece.  She lives in Florida, so we don't see her often except on Facebook.  I don't often like to share pictures of myself, but her daddy grabbed my phone and got a few pretty good shots.  She's so precious.
On another day, I accompanied DH to a doctor's appointment in Baltimore, and he suggested we visit a nearby Quilt Shop.  Sure!  I picked up a Row by Row pattern and a couple of fat quarters.  My stash of dark/hot pinks is seriously lacking, and that's the color for RSC this month.  I'll be finishing those blocks later today.  While out and about, we had a delicious lunch at a deli in Baltimore, and then drove slightly out of our way to try ice cream at a creamery that we had just learned about.  It was well worth the trip.  Try the coconut ice cream if you ever get there    <3 p="">

The owners of the Creamery have planted a large field of sunflowers right next to the building, which was another reason for our visit.  The sunflowers were facing away from the sun (?) so the pictures aren't the greatest, but that didn't stop us from trying.



Bribed with the promise of a stop at Cabela's, DH also went with me to the Kutztown Folk Festival earlier in the month.  My primary reason for going was to look at the quilts.  They advertise over 2000 quilts for sale.  A few of our Guild members have entered quilts and done quite well.  The quilts are judged and the top 24 are selected for auction on the last day of the festival.  One guild member had two quilts in the auction, and one of them was selected as one of four Best of Show awards.  Simply amazing.  Unfortunately, the way the quilts are displayed was very disappointing.  They are folded so that you only see a small portion of each quilt.

After seeing the quilts, we wandered around the rest of the festival grounds.  There were crafts, demonstrations, and plenty of food.  I will go back again, and next time I'll spend more time looking at the displays and folk art.
a mule-powered ride

now that's an ice cream maker!


Yes, we're in Pennsylvania Dutch country
Have we been kayaking, you ask?  Why yes we have.



Because technically this is a quilting blog, and that's the real reason you're probably here, here are some token stitching pictures.
another scrappy quilt for our Sheriff's Department

My July stitching for Gifted Gorgeousness
I've also been doing some secret stitching, and continue working on some long term projects.  I plan to finish my pink blocks for RSC today.  A couple of friends donated some pink scraps to me in addition to the fat quarters that I purchased.  I also came home with a bag stuffed with assorted scraps that I've been playing with, and a large stack of homespuns that nobody wanted.  WHAT?!?  Okay, I'll take them if no one else wants them.....

And I almost forgot!  I attended Quilt Odyssey in Hershey PA over the weekend.  While sitting at a table selling raffle tickets, I had the opportunity to meet one of my blog followers!  How fun.  Thanks TR, I've sent you an email, and I hope we're able to get together sometime soon.

Be kind, always.     Sunny


Friday, July 1, 2016

OPAM and FNWF

I kept very busy in June, but it doesn't seem that I have much to show for it.  I did manage to finish one quilt for our guild's service project.  Gotta love a good supply of scraps.  I quilted it with free motion hearts.

I spent much of my time this month cross stitching, finishing a project that I've been working on since about March.  The closer I got to finishing, the more I wanted to spend time cross stitching.  I'm thinking about making it into a wall hanging, because framing costs are prohibitive.

Another time consuming, but fun project has been the making of small hexies!  My collection is now up to 43 of 56.  Now that the cross stitch is finished, I'll be spending even more time on the hexies.
Naturally, we have some kayaking pictures to end the post.  I guess these pics get boring after awhile, because they pretty much all look alike.  Water, clouds, the front of my kayak, and a heron or two.  It doesn't get any better.




Happy Independence Day to all my USA readers.......Sunny

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Monday, June 20, 2016

For Di

We're still in the Finger Lakes hiking to water falls, lounging by a lake, and eating lots of good food.  Too tired to post tonight, but I had to share these pictures for Di.







No stitching has happened the past few days, but we're returning to reality tomorrow.  I don't plan to leave the sewing room on Wednesday!

Happy Stitching....Sunny

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Alphabets and Finger Lakes

It's time for the alphabets again - RSC, GG, FNSI......

I'm using aqua/teal for this month's RSC16 color.  And making my usual blocks.  I never thought I would like making string blocks, but I do!  They're so ugly as you're making them, and then when they're trimmed up, they become beautiful!

I had several blue strips left over from a previous month, so I sewed them together and made DH a dresser scarf.  I don't have a picture of that on my camera, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

FNSI found me sewing some little hexies.  I didn't make all these on Friday night, but I did make a couple of them.  I need 56 for my project, and have about 18 made so far.
My block for GG (Gifted Gorgeousness) was quick and easy this month.  Now that I'm past the halfway point, I'm anxious to finish the stitcheries and put the quilt together.  Stay tuned for further developments.
We've run away from home for a few days, for what has now become an annual trek to the Finger Lakes.  I miss being able to visit Di, since she moved away last year, but still enjoy the beauty of the area.  Here are some of the sights around Keuka Lake today.





On to Ithaca and Cayuga Lake tomorrow.  For now, I need to go do some stitching!

~~~~~Sunny~~~~~

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

OPAM and More

May was a fun and productive month.  I jumped on the bandwagon with Kaaren of The Painted Quilt to make "Stopped me in my tracks".  I made a smaller version for a very generous throw/cuddle quilt.



I'd like to turn the A/C down to about 60 degrees so I can snuggle under it, but I don't suppose DH would appreciate that!  I had to go to three fabric stores to find the perfect backing.  I had a vision, and couldn't be swayed.

One of the Guilds that I belong to had a Challenge this year:  Old McDonald's Farm.  Anything farm related.  I immediately knew I wanted a barn with a barn quilt.  Everything else grew from there.




Do you think I need another sunflower and maybe a stem on the right side to break up the rail fence?

This poor UFO has been languishing in the pile for a couple of years.  I had stitched it, but never quite got around to adding the beads.  This was on my UFO list for guild, and now it's a finish.  The beads took all of maybe 30 minutes?  And yes, I need to get a larger pillow form.  I had one that was too big and one that was too small.

My green scraps for RSC16 were transformed a couple of weeks ago, but I just finally took photos tonight after dinner.  If you need some scrappy inspiration, pop over to Angela's blog.  She hosts a linky party every week as well as makes suggestions for rows/blocks.

I'm finally making a quilt from my RSC15 project!  Here's a sneak peak.  I hope to finish putting it together tomorrow and add the first scrappy border.  Then I'll add another white border and be done.  The search is now on for backing fabric.  I'm not sure why I decided to set them on point, since they're essentially circles??  I hand embroidered flowers for each center, in the appropriate color for the block.

I think that sums it up for the month, except to say that Spring did finally arrive!!

Keep on Stitching.....Sunny