Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Every Day is a Slow Stitching Day

One More Block Done ...

... and one ready to sew!

... until ...

This lovely envelope of fabrics arrived!

Jan @ Sew and Sow Farm

put together "remake" kits for new member of the

30's POTC BOM group

and had some extras,
sew of course,
I wanted one.

I got (easily) distracted by the pretty new fabrics

 ... and laid out another block.

This is the one I have been working on
and it is almost done.

I have enjoyed that I can take this work outside on the sunny days.

It is now rainy and cold here again,
so no sitting outside and sewing today,
or tomorrow,
or the day after,
or the day after that maybe.

That is okay.

It is a good night to stay in and stitch.

Linking up today with all the lovely work in progress

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WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

OMG ~ April is Accomplished!

Block 5

This is my favorite block so far.
This one will be called the Easter Block in my quilt 
as I took it with me and stiched as I visited
and it will remind me of the lovely weekend I had with my family

 Block 6

Block 4

Two Scrappy Connecting Units

which means

I have completed my


I decided to make

 3 Main POTC blocks 

and 2 connecting units.

I have actually completed four main blocks as

this one was in process when I posted my goal.

I am loving playing with the pieces to the 

I have a small tin of ready to sew honeycombs 
that I made from the BOM kit fabrics and 
my stash fabrics that I have auditioned previously and saved.
These are waiting for the "right block."

The cute turtles called my name today and  I have two layouts in progress,
one I have started stitching, but I have not chosen the fabrics for the
outer honeycombs.  This is sew fun ... :)

Lots of beautiful inspiration in the links!


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring Has Sprung!

The crocus are in bloom!

It was in the 80's today and I took my slow stitching on my

30's POTC BOM project outside

This bright red robin came sown to visit with me while I stitched.

It was nice to get some sun and fresh air.

I see we have a lot of yard clean up to do from the winter storms.

Right now, though, I want to sit and sew.

This is the block I am working on now.

A Ducky Flower!

Linking up today with

Happy stitching ... :)  Pat

Sunday, April 9, 2017

It's All About The Fabric

Yesterday I went to the

It is always one of my favorites.

I come away feeling awed by the creativity,

inspired by the creativity,

and humbled by the creativity.

I see many quilts beyond my limited capabilities as a quilter.

I am not discouraged by this.

I feel the strength of my own creative abilities 
and look forward to a new personal challenge.

A new one came very quickly ... read on :) 

Of course, there was the always spontaneous hand selected bag of goodies.

I done good ... it was a small bag ...

two Frixion Pens for marking and erasing,

one book,

one spool of Bottom Line Thread, 
that has become my thread of choice for EPP,
(yes, I know it is polyester ... I am also using glue sticks ... works of me)
This was my only planned purchase ...

... and two yards of fabric
from a favorite vendor where the cutting line forms 
behind the man with the cardboard sign on his back.
These are good people.

Yesterday though I came away with a fabric fumble.

Katniss was the first to sniff out something was amiss.

There are two yards of Kaffe Fassett Paperweight  folded together there ...

umm ... 

... Surprise!

This is the fabric I thought I bought.

I handed the man two bolts of paperweight, one yellow and one algae green
and he stacked and cut and folded and handed them to me to tuck in my bag.
I said thank you and we paid and left the show as son #1 was waiting for us at home.

Hmmmm ... now at first I was bummed 
and ready to stuff the brown batik away in the 
bottom shelf cube of batiks in my stash which is, at the moment, fabric oblivion.

Then I had a good night's quilty sleep 
and woke up with the thought that 
I have been given a new personal quilty challenge!

I am calling this the Fabric Switch Challenge.

I have as yet no idea what I am going to make.

It will be fun!

Which brings me to the book.

One of the exhibits I was most looking forward to was 

I always take photos of the quilt info, read this and
 of course, I went to say "Hi!" ...

So, of course,  coming away with a book was in my case inevitable.

I love books and have been planning to purchase this one for sometime.

"15 minutes of play" could be my mantra.

... or maybe ...

"I am one with the fabric and the fabric is one with me."

A signed copy is a treasure.

I love Victoria Findlay Woolf's quilts, designs and ...


This is what I have had in my stash a while
and I am waiting for them to call me to project.

This orange floral is the most glorious fabric I have ever met.

In the upper right corner you will spy the paw.

It is sunny and nice and the windows on the south side are open and

Katniss is saying, "Meowwwt!"

Katniss only goes out on a leash so she is following her humans around and staring.

Time to get some fresh air ...

but first ... time to link up with the fabulous fabric



because it is all about the fabric ... :)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

15 Minutes of Scrap Play Today!

It was a bright, fun and busy day ... all in a good way ... today.

It is almost midnight here but I was missing my sewing machine
and so I grabbed some multi-colored scraps and sewed!

I made another

Large Thread Cone Block

and found I needed to update the 

Cutting Instructions:

3/4" to 1 and  1/2"  assorted multicolored strips

Two 2" by 5 and 1/2" strips white
Two 1 and 1/4" squares
Two 1"  by  3 and 1/2" strips white
Two 1" by 2" strips white

One  4 and 1/2" by 1" strips gray
One 1 and 1/2" by 1"  strips gray

This block will now be referred to as LGTCB on my blog
and I will be making many of them ...
Just For Fun!

Because I read somewhere that 

is a good thing.

More on this tomorrow.

Linking up today with the happy scrappy people 


Good night and Sweet Quilty Dreams!

Friday, April 7, 2017

POTC Progress!

1 POTC cross block and 2 connecting blocks done! 

Making progress for my

I stayed on task yesterday to get the connecting blocks done ...

... while distracted by these adorable new 

April BOM kits that arrived!

Now I can play with these pretties ...

Kit Fabrics for Block 4.

Duckies and turtles and butterflies ... Oh, My!


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Rainy Day Stitching and Backyard Birds

I am stitching the first of my connecting blocks for my

I am using up small scraps here.

I have a 1" template with a 3/8" seam allowance but am
also trying to use the small squares left after cutting the honeycombs 
from a 5" charm square.
This allows for, at beats, a scant 1/4" seam.

I am wondering if any experienced EPPers
would please weigh in on this.

I am concerned that the scant 1/4" seams might compromise my finished quilt.

I want this quilt to last a lot longer that it takes me to make it
and I use my quilts and it will get a lot of wash and wear.

Advice very much appreciated.

So far I am only stitching in the ones with a 3/8" seam allowance.

It is a very rainy day here.

A good day to stay in and sew 
and watch the backyard birds 
through the windows.

Here is one I have never seen in my tiny postage stamp size urban lot ...

a Wild Turkey!!

We do see them a lot along the highways and in rural areas 
but not on our city street.

Katniss has decided to keep a close eye on our visitor today
and is not helping me sew.
The look on her face when she saw this huge bird was priceless.

May you have a happy stitchy day ... :) 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

30's POTC Block 3 Done!

Block 3 for my
is finished!

Of course I had a lot of help stitching this block ...

Ms Katniss supervises my work and eyes my needle and thread
which I hasitly inserted ti snap this photo.

Then she checked out the wonder clips I use to hold it together while I stitch.

Hmmm ... I think one may have gone flying off the table.

Katniss says, "How would you ever get anything done without me?"

Indeed, what?

I <3 my quilty kitty helper.

Signs of Spring!

The Goldfinches are yellow again!

I think these little guys stay around all year 
but they blend in  with the sparrows in the winter time.
They have donned their bright spring plumage.

These photos were taken from inside my kitchen window,
which needs spring cleaning,
and the feeder is across the yard
so the quality is gray and blurry.

These beauties are so much brighter up close!

I love the goldfinches
so I just had to share 
on this gray April Showers Day.

Happy Spring!