Thursday, September 21, 2017

New quilt on the design wall

 I was tired of cutting strips so I looked at what I had cut and thought this pile will be a blue and yellow quilt with white.  Cut triangles, sew strips and cut segments then sew, sew, sew.  Put things on the wall, step back and look.......scatter the yellow 4 patches throughout the quilt and look some more.  Looking at the segments in the blocks is like playing a game of solitaire, I look for things out of place then put them in order.  I want my 4 patches in rows and I don't want matching fabric touching and I want the yellows evenly distributed.  The new device is no help at all in the sewing room all she says is "I'm not sure" then I asked her to play some music and she was happy.  --Ann--

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Fest

In 2012 a country school classmate asked me to make three queen size quilts for his kids for Christmas.  He asked me in October of that year  I just laughed and laughed like anyone came make 3 queen size quilts in 2 and a half months who has a life and other projects on the table.  He saw my point and I agreed to make them for Christmas the next year.  He liked those quilts so much that he asked me to make another one for him.  This is the 5th quilt I have made of this pattern.  Piecing the log cabin and fan blocks was tedious since I had done it before but when I got to the quilting it sprang to life.  I quilted the rings one at a time but saved the center for last because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.  After quilting 5 quilts of the same patterns my machine quilting lines became straighter and the fmq in the background more free but also more uniform. Amazing what practice does to ones ability.  If you want to see the other quilts click on log cabins in the side bar and scroll back if you go back far enough you will also see my design process for the piecing and the machine quilting.  --Ann--
Linking to Amy's Creative Side Fall 2017 Blogger's Quilt Fest.

Technology and knitting

Darling son gave me another techno device, the kind that will answer questions or do things for me.  He gave me a maker a couple years ago which makes it way to easy to drink way too much coffee.  Many of the things she could do need more technology to make it possible like rewiring the house to make everything wifi compatible.  He tried to set it up before he went fishing with his dad but it required some phone calls to our techno service supplier.  So it sat for the week with me getting used to the idea of something that will play music on command and answer all my daily questions.  Like what are you making for supper?  This link appeared on that social media place that can suck up a lot of anyones time.  I laughed and laughed then dried my eyes and laughed some more.  Darling daughter was home again this time for the Garth Brooks concert which she said was AWSOME.  Hubby and I have tickets for this weekend.  She took care of some techno problems for me like ordering a new screen protector for my phone because it blew off a table and broke then bless her heart she set up the new device, she was on the computer and her phone and my phone because it needed to have an app to make the new device work and our internet service needed more "hertz" to work everything and 2 hours later I can give it my first command.  So I say "A.... would you  finish knitting these socks for me?"  She rattles off the name of a book that tells me how and how much it is and asks me if she should order it!  Needless to say we were all laughing to tears again.  Then I asked her to play some Marty Robbins because he is my all time favorite singer.  He has been gone for 30 some years and I hardly ever hear his songs on the radio.  Then hubby told her not to play so loud twice then told her enough because football was on.  I'm taking her to my sewing room and I may ask her what she think will go with this color and where I should put that block.  About the socks.......the sister of a classmate asked me to knit socks to match or nearly match the Christmas socks she and her siblings had as children.  I put a row of trees in rather than the Santa face because I as always am knitting from the toe up.  The book the device suggested is a toe up book which I already have!! She does know things about me, that's scary.   --Ann--

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dog Days

I was going to write a whiney post about summer passing too quickly and then I had my son's dog for a few days. The morning walk was rather pleasant but the late afternoon walk was hot!! I'm ready for cooler days.  She is such a sweetheart and son trained her well.  She won't do the necessary in the short grass so we have to walk until we get away from the neat tidy lawns.  She also knows that at my house she should stay on the hard floor.  Occasionally when I would run downstairs she would be sitting at the top of the stairs on the carpet so I spread out a big terry towel and there she stays.  I miss having a dog except when it is really hot and no wind or hot and really windy, or really cold and windy or snowing sideways, or knee deep in snow, or raining, hmmm that takes care of the majority of days in South Dakota.  I've had my dog fix until the next time the guys go fishing or son goes to a work related meeting.  --Ann-


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Where do the days go???

The days make that weeks it felt like a month I was without a sewing machine I started cutting strips for the Dolly's Eclipse Quilt  and I cut extra.  Why cut one strip when I can cut a bunch right!?! So I have been cutting 2 inch, 3.5 inch, 2.5  inch and 4.5 inch strips of my pastel fabrics.  I need the full width of fabric for the 60 degree pinwheel quilt clickstrips on left and I need 78 strips.  More cutting to do............  I don't want to start sewing until all the cutting is complete and the table is clear.  The next 2 inch strips are for 4 patches to go with 3.5 inch half square triangles or tri rec stars, those are not all full width of the fabric.  The 2.5 and 4.5 inch strips will be more  4 patches and half square triangles or tri rec stars only bigger.  So I continue to cut.  This will be another series of quilts because I have cut a lot of fabric.  It doesn't get used unless it gets cut, right.  

I pretty much used up my stash of soft pinks so I had to buy more. That hasn't happened for a long time that I ran out of a particular color in my stash.   A quilter needs the full spectrum of colors.  --Ann--

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lovely Weekend

 The guys went fishing so DD and I had  a girls weekend.  We spent a day shopping on Friday then Saturday we went to the local nature park for a walk then McCrory Gardens since it was insect day and free admission,  lots of educational displays showing the benefits of insects.  We skipped most of that and went straight for the flowers which were busy with insects.  Next stop was the local winery which was harvesting grapes and a tasting.  Home again and put our feet up and watched movies, ate pizza and wine.  It was a lovely weekend.  --Ann--

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Eclipse Quilt

 I've been home for a week and a half and this is all I have to show for it.  Where do the days go??  Maybe I'll remember and post about it tomorrow.....................--Ann--