Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 Quilt Bloggers Quilt Show

Each year AmysCreativeSide hosts a virtual Quilt Bloggers Quilt Show.  If you are looking for a lot of fun eye candy, hop on over to see all the amazing talent out there.   Wow!  This will be entry #1 for me.  We are allowed two.

Most of these quilters are waaay out of my league but I'm going to enter something anyway just because I am excited to be able to say I finished my first quilt that's bigger than a baby quilt this year.  It actually was intended to be a baby quilt but the person who asked me to make it wanted something the baby could grow into and use when they were older too so it's closer to twin size.

My inspiration?  The baby room!

It is not easy to find baby fabrics in kelly green so I just decided to go with the colors whether they were babyish or not.  Here is what I did!

I I do have a thing for big patterns and bright bold colors.  Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler fabrics fit the bill very nicely!  Now the challenging part was quilting this!  I have never quilted a big quilt before and even though this one was barely twin size, it was HUGE to me! 

Here are a few views of quilting on this quilt.  At the time I finished this quilt, I had only been quilting for a little less than a year.  I am having so much fun with this art!  Just wish I could get a few more finishes under my belt!

I don't know what this pattern is, but I definitely got things a little too dense here.  No wonder I got tired of quilting!  This took forever!

But in the end, I feel so happy that I actually finished a real full size quilt!  What a fun journey that was.  The greatest part is that the new mom was very happy with it.  And here is the new owner!

Now on to visit the Quilt Show!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Puppies and Stuff

I will extend my sincere apologies right now to all my Stash Bee-mates whose blocks are late.  Moving really messed me up.  I got two out of three done in August but never got them in the mail.  I finally got the third one done today and will mail all three tomorrow.  And yes we are FINALLY moved in!

This first one of my bee blocks we were asked to make one of the puppy blocks originally from a 2015 Quiltalong from  Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts.  Ann, our queen asked that we choose one of the patterns that reminded us of a dog that had meaning to us.  So I chose our favorite dog ever, who was a wedding present.

Her name was Jodie and she was our first pet before we ever had any children.  When she was a puppy, we had a back door that didn't latch very well and we started coming home finding her inside the house and the back door standing wide open.  Not good in the middle of summer with flies all over the place and the AC blasting away.  In one day, we were able to train her to shut the door after herself!  She was one special dog, and we miss her a lot.  We've been married for 27 years now and she's been gone for a while.  There hasn't been another one as special since.

My second bee block was for Mary Ann in Stash Bee Hive #6.

My third bee block was for Merrilee for the 2017 Bee Hive Swarm.  I consider this one a fail because even though she did ask for these colors, I didn't get the right values in the right places so I lost some of the star effect.  I gave her permission to operate on it if it needed to have surgery.

This week, I was able to finish Kenzi's quilt top!  But oops!  One of the fabrics wasn't quite as long as the others so I need to trim another inch or so off one side.  It ended up being quite a bit bigger that I was planning anyway, so no big deal.

Now I just need to wait for her to pick out what she would like on the back of it.  What kind of quilting do you think would look good with this particular pattern?  Did I already ask this question?  I can't remember!

My quilting room is a mess!  Lots of boxes still to unpack and get out of the way.  I need to get a design wall hung up and I think for now, I'm going to go with the ol' standby of tacking up a piece of batting.  That works quite well.  I'm not going to show any pictures of the house for a while until we get a little bit more organized.   I am sooo grateful to be in my own home now!

I'll close today's post with two pictures that make me happy.  The first is the view out our back patio (from our bedroom).  I get to see such beautiful sunsets out here.  Mmm.

And the second is finding a good sale on reader glasses that are actually cute!  Aren't these fun?

Well, I am hoping to get back into the groove of things and get some things done that I committed to doing!  I hope to have a few finishes to share one of these days!

Linking to:
Love, Laugh, Quilt
Cooking Up Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Can This Be Fixed?

I just bought a brand new large cutting mat with my Joanne's 60% off coupon and was heartbroken to find that leaving it in a hot car totally warped it.  And now it's stuck in this shape.  Short of putting it back into a really hot car with heavy things sitting on top of it in the trunk, I'm not sure if this can be salvaged.  Has this happened to anybody else?  Any suggestions on what to do with it?

This was supposed to be the week we moved into our house, or at least started moving things in but there has been a delay due to so many of the subcontractors being overbooked and not coming when they said they would.   It has been 2 weeks since I've written a blog post and even more than that since I have sewed anything so I finally couldn't take it anymore. 

Cramped trailer or not, I started cutting and sewing up Kenzi's quilt.  It will be made up with nothing but 1", 2", and 3" finished strips.  Here is a sample picture of the design she wants.

And here are the strips from the fabrics she chose all cut up and ready to sew together to make longer strips.

Since the width of a bolt of fabric is only 40-something inches, I need to sew pairs of these together to make it the size I need.  We are going for a large lap size.  There will be plenty left over  after I trim down to size to make a matching pillow.  Here's my pile of chain sewed strips to make longer strips!

and then chain trimming the join seam . . . 
I'll just make up my own vocabulary as I go.  :)
And here are 3 inch strips (2 of each color) sewed into longer strips, seams pressed open and getting ready to tackle the 2-inch strips and 1-inch strips.  
I finished all of them last night.  Whew!

NOW . . . just to sew them all together!

And this is what happens when your kids find an unattended phone:

GOOFBALLS!!!  I love 'em to death.

OK, here's the house update.  Still lots of little details to be done.
 I think we will actually have room to have more than one person at a time in this kitchen, what do you think?  

 Here is a view of the kitchen island with granite and backsplash now installed.  Stove and microwave are still missing and they got the wrong color of faucet.  It's supposed to be burnished bronze to match the cabinet pulls.   We'll just switch it out.

There is plenty of room all around the island, but if we ever build this plan for someone else, we'll probably move the island 6 inches closer to the sink.  At least the fridge is in!

Here is the view from the living room, through the dining room, to the kitchen.  As you can see, there is a LOT of room in the dining area.  We are planning on putting  a long family dining table there.  Walton family style.  I was considering using benches but decided against it as it would be difficult for the older members of the family to navigate.  Loving that tigerwood!  It will get two more coats of sealer before we move in.  It's looking pretty dirty right now.

The door to the right is the pantry.  And here is an inside view of it.  Also dirty.

Here is a view still looking toward the kitchen but now further away so you can see the fireplace. The granite on the hearth is the same as in the kitchen.  The mantel will eventually get stained the same color as the kitchen cabinets or as close as we can get, anyway.  

Panoramic of fireplace, kitchen, and entry.  It kind of distorts the living room and makes it look squished but you can get the idea of how it looks.  The hallway to the right of the pantry leads to my quilt room, two other bedrooms and a bathroom.  The master bedroom is on the other end of the house just around to the right of the fridge, along with the laundry room and door to the garage.

Here's my quilt room with a rustic looking floor installed.  Also dirty and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Here is the entryway with the front door and tile floor installed.

And last but not least, the view from the front door this evening looking out at Lizard Butte.  Isn't that a gorgeous view?  No landscaping yet but the view is still wonderful.

Here's a closer view of Lizard Butte so you can see how it got its name.  Looks like a great big ol' lizard sunning himself.

You can barely see it in this picture but at the very tip of that rock is a white cross and every year at Easter they have a community sunrise service on the back side of that knoll.

I almost forgot to do the drawing for my blog anniversary giveaway!  There were 43 comments on that post so I asked my husband to name a number between 1 and 43 and he said 27.   Yes, Kate at Smiles From Kate, it is you!!!  I checked it twice and you were comment number 27!  Most of you know Kate is one of the first blogging friends I made when I started out so just in case you think this contest was rigged, my husband had no idea why I asked him to choose a number between 1 and 43.  It was meant to be!

Linking with:
Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Busy Hands Quilts
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Love Laugh Quilt
Cooking Up Quilts

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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