Sunday, August 6, 2017

May I Share My Photography With You?

I am afraid this week has seen no quilting or piecing of any kind.   It's been very hot and I have not been motivated to drag out all my stuff in our tiny little trailer to work on it, knowing I have to pack it all up again.  I know this is supposed to be a quilting blog and I promise I will be blogging about quilting again very soon!

Not long ago I shared a few pictures with a fellow quilt blogging friend that I have taken in an effort to create a nice collection of nature photos.  She suggested I do a blog post with them so I decided I would.  I'm still learning and there are so many things I don't know how to do yet but I do enjoy trying to take a good picture.  Most of these pictures were taken in the Owyhee Mountains of southern Idaho.

1.  Mr. Lizard sunning himself.  I love those blue scales on his back!

2.  Distant shot showing his good camouflage.  If you didn't know he was there and intentionally looking for him, you might walk right by him.

3.  Another great critter good at camouflage.  Can you see him?  The only reason I was able to get this picture was because I saw him running to hide and watched very carefully where he went.  I slowly got as close as I could and it took me quite a while to actually see him even though I knew he was there !   Isn't his coloring amazing?  Master of disguise!

4.  Here's a better picture to get an idea of what they really look like.  This is a different bunny but the same species.

5.  And another shot showing why they are called cottontails!  Hard to get a good clear shot when they are moving so fast!

6.  Enough of brown already!  I need some color now!    The red flowers are called Indian Paintbrush.

7.  Fuzzy catepillar

8. Ground Squirrel on the alert

9.  I put the horse in the picture to give an idea of the scale of these cliffs.

10.  This picture turned out a little fuzzy but I couldn't resist that beautiful morning light.

11.  Bull snake!

Don't worry, he's not poisonous.  (that's my father-in-law)

12. Baby horned owl found in the rafters of my father-in-laws shop.  He was keeping a close eye on me!  If you're able to zoom in at all, look at his tiny lower eyelash feathers.   Interesting!

13. My daughter holding a baby lizard.

The following was taken at the zoo yesterday.  There was this gorgeous blue butterfly that was extremely hard to get a picture of the blue part of his wings.  When he lands he looks like this and then rarely opens his wings.

Finally caught one that landed on my daughter-in-law's foot and caught a picture of it just as it was taking off.

So I hope to have more pictures to add to this album and will share them here now and then if that is ok?

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Blog Anniversary and $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

I missed my one year bloggiversary . . . by 3 1/2 months!  Where has the time gone?  I guess, as they say, time flies when you're having fun.  And I am!  My first post was on April 17, 2016.   At that time, I had just learned how to quilt using my Bernina from my BQF (Best Quilty Friend,) Robin and was so excited about it, I wanted to document my journey.   In the 15 months since then I've only finished one full size quilt and 7 other small projects and here is my favorite finish!  I love how it turned out but boy, taking on that large of a quilt when I was so new was biting off more than I could chew.  I'm going to stick with smaller projects for a while.

And here is the back using some yummy Kaffe Fasset.  I had just learned who he was and you can see I am a fan of his and also Amy Butler.  I made HST blocks using the leftover triangles created from cutting out the hearts for the front.

This is also the first quilt I attempted FMQ feathers.   They are somewhat wonky in places but for my first time, I'm ok with that.  :)  I made this quilt for a cousin's first grandbaby.   She wanted me to make it big enough that they could use it for a long time.  So it's probably a small twin size.  The mom liked it so much, she asked if she could keep it herself.  That made me very happy!

One of the other favorite things I have done is a mini QAL with my online bloggy friend, Jen Rosin of A Dream and a Stitch.  Actually we have done two!    The first QAL (Shadow Block Mini) was so much fun that we are going to make it an annual thing.   I laughed when I reread my post about all the goofs I made on that one.  Also that I had quilted it so densely it stood up all by itself.  (snicker).  This one is now hanging in my office at work.

 You can see the 2nd QAL here with the gallery of all the mini's posted here.  We had so much fun doing this and Jen designed the cutest original mini quilt for this called Quilter's Laundry Day.  This pattern can now be purchased for a very small amount at Craftsy.  She has the creative brains and I am the organizing one.  We make a good team!  The ladies who participated in this QAL are SO talented!  I was delighted at all the wonderful versions that were shared.  This really was a lot of fun and I hope you will participate with us on the next one!

Here are my day and night versions:

And last but not least, after my one year (PLUS) of blogging I have to say the most fun about doing this are the wonderful friends I have met.  Kate at Smiles From Kate, she's my BQFO (best quilty friend online), Jen from A Dream and a Stitch, Vicki at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting and Jen Strauser from Dizzy Quilter (by the way I have a quilt made by Vicki and quilted by Jen S. that I am dying to finish and show you!  All it needs is binding but it is packed away at the moment)  I only mentioned four of you, but there are many more! I am enjoying getting to know you all!

And last but not least, the house update.  For those of you who don't follow me, my husband, daughter and I have been living in a 5th wheel for a month now waiting for our house to be finished.   They sealed the Tigerwood floors last night and I just love them.  I have been told that they will darken over time.  Here is a view of the dining area and kitchen (open concept).  The cabinets should be going in very soon.

The floor in my quilting room has not yet been installed but here are the shelves now painted taupe. 

In celebration of my one year blogging anniversary, even though I am very late, I would like to have a giveaway!  Enter to win a $25 gift certificate from Craftsy by leaving a comment telling me either how you follow my blog or if you aren't yet a follower, tell me the best book you ever read.  I need some good recommendations!  This giveaway will close August 16 at 6 pm Mountain Time.  So glad you stopped by!

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Labels, Baby Quilts, and Vintage Singers!

I have had some real fun things come in the mail this last week!  The first thing is my first set of quilting labels!  I have at least 4 quilt tops waiting for me to quilt and bind.   I can hardly wait to have a real finish so I can add this into a quilt.
Oh, I just noticed I said Handmade instead of Homemade.  Hmm.
Does a quilt sewn on a machine qualify as handmade?

The second thing is a quilt kit I could not resist from Shabby Fabrics.  My oldest son recently had a sweet baby daughter (his 2nd) and I realize I have been a horrible grandma and not made them quilts!   This newest granddaughter is named after both of her great grandmothers so she has quite the old-fashioned name.  Bettymae Ofelia.  This  quilt has a sweet vintage vibe to it.  I really like it.  Hope she does!  I got all the pieces cut out today.

Here is the sweetie-pie this will be made for, she's almost 2 months old.  We need to figure out a way to tame that hair!

I need to figure out what I'm going to make for her older sister who is already two.  So many quilts, so little time!

The third thing that came in the mail is a new Accuquilt.  Along with three strip dies for 2 1/2", 3 1/2" and 4 1/2" strips.   I have a project that is all strips and this will speed things up a great deal!  I had fun with my test run today.   I ran down to the thrift store and found a yard of lilac fabric for 25 cents.  Love finding those kind of deals!  
And in no time at all, I have  2 1/2" strips and squares.
I think I'm going to have fun with this new toy.

And last but not least is a new treasure for my sewing room!  I am in love!  This one did not come in the mail.  This little darling was found in a local shop and just begged me to take her home with me.  I cannot resist rich wood with curvy lines . . .

Or beautifully embossed metal . . .

Or vintage decals that are still beautiful . . .

Isn't she the prettiest little thing?  She's over 100 years old (1906).  Not only beautiful but fully functional I was told.  I have not tried her out because I'm not sure how everything works yet but I will learn.  I bought this little beauty not only for her looks but because I can sew with her even if the apocalypse comes and there is no power anywhere. (great justification, don't you think? hee, hee)  In the meantime, she will look gorgeous just sitting on display in my sewing room.  I need to find a name for her.  Something old fashioned and feminine.
Any ideas for me?  

So I managed to talk and show pictures about sewing things even though I didn't sew a single stitch this week!   This house finish can't come too soon for me.  Today my hubby spent all day laying tile in the bathrooms.  It's going to save us quite a lot on the cost if he does that part himself.  

Here are some house updates!

Here is the front entry.  The door hasn't arrived yet so this is just a temporary construction door.  The trim which is typically white is a darker color than the walls.  I really like this!

Coming in the front door here is what you would see.  The entry closet.  It has no doors yet as all the doors were just painted and are drying out in the garage.  Peaking around to the left you can see that the beautiful Brazilian Tigerwood has been laid down in the dining room and kitchen.   It hasn't been sealed yet and very dirty and dusty right now.  But following is a picture of that.

I can hardly wait to see what this looks like cleaned up and sealed.  It also darkens with age once exposed to the light.  I think it is going to be stunning!
Here is a closeup of one of my favorite pieces.  So much personality!

This next part we're not yet sure what we're going to do here.  This looks like a fireplace but it is actually a very highly efficient wood stove built right into the wall.   Since my husband is in construction we have TONS of scrap wood from all of his jobs that we save and burn each winter.  This should keep our whole house fairly warm with a minimum usage of the heating system.  We aren't sure what color the mantel will be stained and I think we're doing some sort of tile around the box and also on the floor in front of the hearth.  

Not much to show in the quilt room yet.  The shelves have been painted the same taupe color that I showed you in the entry way.   It is going to look really nice with the flooring I chose for that room.  I'll wait until that is installed before I show more pictures.

So that is my week.  I enjoyed watching the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop and am looking forward to some more Christmasy things when the 2017 New Blog participants show us their block designs.  It should be a lot of fun!

I hope you enjoyed your visit.  I love it when you stop by!
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Quilt Room Progress

Soooo excited to see the built-in shelving go into my quilt room yesterday!

Quilt Room Shelves

 I am going to have so much fun figuring out where I am going to put what on which shelf!  One thing I saw that I really, really want to try are these!
A tutorial for making these can be found at  Click here for the direct link to a free tutorial.  Caroline at SewCanShe calls these BIG Fold Up Baskets and I am guessing she probably has tutorials for smaller ones as well.  I love the look of these and how sturdy they are!  Aren't they pretty?  I believe they are reversible too.

Yesterday, in addition to the shelves in my quilt room, shelves and cubbies were being installed in the rest of the house too.  I am loving all this storage!   Here is the pantry . . .

Here is the back entry coming in through the garage.  This will have coat hooks along with the cubbies.

And here is my daughter's bedroom with a window seat for reading and writing (her favorite occupations).  She is starting college at the end of August but I'm sure we'll be seeing her on the weekends now and then.

So that's what's happening inside the house.  I believe painters will be coming through next.  That will be very interesting because we did something adventurous with the colors on the inside.  No, nothing bright or too bold (are you surprised?) but there will be three colors in the main living space.  I'll show you when they are done.

And finally, if you read my last post you know that I was struggling with a block because I kept making mistakes on it.  I took a break from that pain in the neck and tried again yesterday.  I could not, for the life of me, get those points to match up correctly so don't look too close.  I sewed and ripped several times and I'm calling it good.  Here she is . . .  ornery little thing!

And here are the three I have made so far all together . . .

I LEARNED SOMETHING NEW!!  I got to visit and sew with Robin my BQF (Best Quilty Friend) yesterday and she taught me something new about my machine!  I'm sure I'm probably the last person on earth to know this so please no snickering if you've known this for decades.  I know there are other new seamstresses out there besides me so for your sakes I don't want you to be sewing on your machine for years before you figure this out!  

Here is it:  When you are stopped and you only need to go one more stitch, instead of stepping on your foot pedal real quick in hopes that you only add one more stitch, step on the heel of the pedal and it will go a 1/2 stitch at a time.  If the needle is up, it will go down and stop.  If the needle is down, it will go up and stop.  I don't know if all machines do this or not, but I did not know that MY machine does this (Bernina 440QE).  THANK YOU, ROBIN!

Hurray for learning new things! 

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