I have a difficult time just sitting and doing nothing constructive. TV makes me antsy, even if it is something I really want to watch. If I am not doubly occupied I want to eat and that can be a bad thing. When I decided I was going to go to Newfoundland to visit my Dad on his 90th birthday, I knew I would be in trouble if I didn't have something to work on. It had to be something small to work on since I determined to take only one suitcase and my carry on and that included my purse which I packed (empty) and carried my Professional Tote (made a few years ago) with all the necessities of travel in that so I knew I would not have lots of room ( I tend to overpack clothing).
If you have been following my blog then you know that I am a big fan of Sindy Rodenmeyer's work. A few years ago she posted patterns of various dogs ...freebies....that I downloaded and saved. They are actually 12 inch squares but I used the diagram pictures she used to show placement of the various pieces for actual square size. Worked out just great. I picked my fabrics, cut out background squares and put each pattern in a plastic bag, packed them with the various threads, needles, scissors and trusty thimbles in an "Open Wide" bag I had made and off I went.(Wouldn't be hard to guess I am a quilter since everything was hand made)
Well, I was busier than I expected to be and when I had a moment to rest, I did just that. Who knew that visiting family could be so very exhausting. When I got home I realized that I hadn't done too much on my doggies...did manage to finish one square . So now I have some more done and thought you might like to see my "'tit chiens"
The squares will end up either 5 or four inches finished...not sure . I cut them six inches unfinished just to give myself room to pare down. Bought some really nice Batiks in brown and tan so that will be the sashing.
On a side note, bought my first Row by Row for 2017...don't plan on actually doing any until after Christmas and have them ready for the Villa Madonna in the spring. One must keep up a tradition.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
I've been sewing along with the 150 Canadian Women blocks . As I did 30 of them (they fit on my "design wall") I would put them aside and start on the next 30. Here, I am, up to number 90 , only sixty more to go. When I started , the three blocks would only take me an hour to do.....now I am working about an hour on each one. Either I am getting slower or the squares are getting more complicated. Regardless, I am still enjoying the process. It will be interesting to have it all together..... Cheers!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Here's my alphabet quilt...the one I appliqued over the winter, and starting piecing at the Villa Madonna this spring. Finally got all the sashing and cornerstones done.. If you are wondering it is a Sindy Rodenmayer pattern...Fat Cat Patterns on the interweb. I think I may add some borders to make it just a tad wider. It is a square quilt....I actually prefer them square but in the case of this one, I think I will make it a rectangle since you can't really turn it any other way on the bed.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
As a side note, a couple of days ago Tigger ran into the cutting table that DH had raised for me and knocked the whole thing over...made an almighty bang....material went every where and now I have no excuse , I HAVE to tidy up my fabric. Woe is me!
Thursday, April 27, 2017
I have two other projects I worked on in between fabulous meals at the Villa...my alphabet quilt. I miscalculated the number of scrappy strips I needed to make the sashing and cornerstones so I will do the finish up later. AND I am working on a miniature easy Baltimore ....six inch squares to get warmed up for an even smaller one ..four inch squares that I am thinking of doing. One always needs a challenge...right?
Monday, April 17, 2017
Some would say that I am head strong (that would be DH) and some would say that I am single minded (that would be me) and then a lovely lady at lunch the other day suggested that perhaps I was focused.....I have decided that I like that better. Sooooo....this is what I am currently focused on. I found a freebie on the internet from one of the fabric companies and since I liked the whole concept (except for the pastels...I just cannot seem to do pastels) I decided it would make a great project for the retreat that I am going to next week.Since the pattern included piecing and some applique and one hundred zillion half square triangles (perhaps I exaggerate ...but there are lots and lots) I thought I should get it all ready for the Villa. Well, I cut everything out and thought I should do the hand work now since I mostly sew at the Villa. As I worked along , I realized that I wouldn't have the time to do all the HST's so perhaps I should prepare the squares and then just put it all together. Since I have two other projects that need to be put together, adding one more wouldn't hurt.