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

Sunday, August 30, 2015

OPAM and RSC15

Due to ongoing medical issues, I haven’t spent much time in the sewing room until this past week, when I was able to kick it into high gear!  I belong to a club at one of the local Quilt shops, and we’ve been having a UFO challenge for the last three months.  This week is the final chance to get my name in the drawing for a nice prize, so I finished two quilts.  

I pieced this a couple of years ago at a guild retreat.  I remember it well, because I had all the rows assembled, and most of them attached when I realize that I had done the hourglass blocks wrong.  The seam ripper got a good workout that day!  This is a Schnibbles pattern, Brocante, so it’s relatively small.  Good thing with all the needed ripping!

Next was Peony Star by Kathleen Tracy.  This was done at another retreat, and features my first attempt at needle turn applique.  (the leaves)  They’re not perfect, but give a bit of an ‘organic’ look, don’t you think?  I had a lot of fun quilting this one.

I hadn’t done much for RSC this month, and when the new color was announced earlier today for September (orange!), I knew I needed to use up some more black and gray before I started with a new color.  So I headed straight to the sewing room and whipped up a doll quilt. 

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I don’t automatically think ‘child’s quilt’ in association with black and gray, so I added a nice bright splash of color.  Instead of stitching in the ditch, I used red thread and a decorative stitch for quilting. 

This cat wasn’t meant to be part of RSC, but I did use up some black for the background, and gray on the back.  I had prepped this two or three weeks ago(?) and it got buried under some books.  I appliqued the wool last night, and finished  the small amount of embroidery and the binding tonight.  

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And in case you’ve missed kayaking pictures, we went for a short paddle on Saturday.  We went to a small, nearby lake, and didn’t stay long, but it sure felt good to be out on the water!

Have a stitchy week . . . Sunny

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This little guy is SO determined, but our new birdfeeder is truly squirrel-proof.

24 comments:

  1. hi Sunny boy i sure do love your finishes,well done my friend and how cute is that squirrel,good luck with winning a prize xx

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  2. You sure did kick things into high gear! So many great finishes. I really love the Peony Star!

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  3. Great to hear you got a bit of stitching done... well lots really! and its all lovely... xx
    Hugz

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  4. Happy to hear that you are feeling well enough to sew. Congratulations on some lovely finishes. Absolutely LOVE the doll quilt.

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  5. Sorry that health issues have been keeping you from sewing but I'm glad to see that you've been able to get back to it.

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  6. Beautiful finishes Sunny and I am glad you are feeling better! Squirrels are so cheeky and very clever! Hope you had a great weekend! Christine x

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  7. Wow you really got through a lot of sewing...love your quilts. I'm piecing together a quilt with my first attempt at needleturn and, I have to say, your leaves are amazing by comparison!

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  8. Ah you did well with those lovely finishes Sunny.
    I know squirrels are a nonsense but he is cute......

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  9. Great work Sunny... do you have much orange to sew with for this month RSC?.. stay well now ! xx

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  10. Good luck worth the health issues... Lovely projects to be working on....

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  11. Looks like you were able to make up for lost time. I'm especially in love with your Peony Star! Delightful!

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  12. I'll bet it felt great to complete the UFOs and they all turned out so nicely.

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  13. I hope you are feeling better this morning! I enjoyed seeing your lake picture and your quilts are great! Have a great week!!

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  14. Wow everything looks beautiful love your peony star and your cute lady bird doll quilt. I hope all your medical issues have been resolved now.

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  15. Oh I love your finishes Sunny - all of them - well done on a mammoth finishing effort! It looks like it was idyllic out on the lake.

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  16. I love all your finishes and really love that lady bug one--
    sorry you have been having health issues--that is not a fun way to spend the summer that is for sure--and I was so lost in my world that i did not even realize until now how little you got on the water this year--hopefully the fall will be better for you--
    and
    I love watching squirrels trying to get seed from bird feeder--
    they are like little four legged clowns!!!!
    smiles, di

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  17. I tell you Sunny - you are good when you get rolling! Look at all those finishes. Please come to my house and help me get just ONE finish. I'm sure it feels good to get them done. I do like the flower quilt - leaves are not made to be perfect. I didn't notice any "un-perfect ones".

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  18. Such beautiful finishes, hon! I love the Peony Stars, and the ladybug, the kitty too. I'm glad you found time to get the paddles out, lovely pic! That squirrel looks hysterical.

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  19. hoping the health issues stay at bay. you are like the energizer bunny with those finishes. love the ladybug and the peony stars. we used to have a squirrel who did a high wire act walking the telephone lines. so fun and entertaining to watch.

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  20. The ladybug just makes me smile. So much fun! Busy times for you. Great work on being productive.

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  21. You are busy! I love the quilts, you are a clever lady.

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  22. Nice work but your squirrel is so cute.

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