Saturday, February 4, 2017

School Bags in the Making

Donated fabric cut ready to be School Bags for Lutheran World Relief
#lutheranworldrelief   www.lwr.org

Thursday, February 2, 2017

En Provence Bonnie Hunter mystery

I am working to get the Bonnie Hunter mystery  En Provence  a put together top.    (Quiltville)
The pattern is now not on the site, but it was a super fun mystery and I like how mine is progressing. I know many have finished and etc, but I learned long ago it is not a race, it is for pleasure and joy. The fabric is all from stash and while scrappy is not my go to, I always love how it works through others great patterns. I am however very happy with the way it is looking.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Sewing in The Rectangle.

Looking back on our RV (The Rectangle) trip this year and my plans to quilt, it was not as quick and simple as I had thought. The machine is in a bay under the The Rectangle with all the other sewing items in a rolling tool box. It was much easier to pull our the knitting or the applique that was in The Rectangle. But I did do one project that was not hard and did not take a lot of space or storage. I made for the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (WELCA) some finger labyrinths that will be put into each registration bag for our nation gathering in July 2017.
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mystery Moving Forward

My Expressions this evening is one of "really?"...working on the Bonnie Hunter Mystery and making quarter square triangles like I have done a million times but this time well it seems I cut them backwards then recut them then sewed them on the long end instead of the short side then sewed half down the wrong short side...whew the seam ripper got a work out and my Expressions? Head thumbing for one and disbelief for another. Finally got a few done of the 80 I need but decided to walk away and begin again tomorrow. But I got four patches all done and tri recs done (no pics of those) so I am moving forward


Friday, January 6, 2017

Word of the Year 2017

Last year's word was Behold so Behold I made it through 2016 with a lot of fun, fellowship and travel. (see my My RV travel blog)
Now 2017 has come to move us forward and I can say being ready for a new year has caught me a bit under prepared. I have not thought of a word for the year until the last few days which did not come easy. I looked at how much I beheld last year and the work Behold was fulfilled for sure. So
 good- bye Behold it was fun getting to know you.
Now for the 2017 word: 

Expressions



Taos Quilts


 Traveling this year in The Rectangle took us to Taos, New Mexico where we had so much fun looking at the fabulous art among other things. The knit shop there was great and I now have a new project for next year's trip. Then there was the Quilt Show at the City Hall. So many wonderful local made quilts. I was intrigued by the Cirque De Cercles using the pieclique technique. Circles danced off the quilt and brought a lot of life to the quilt. 






But alas I did not get a pic of the whole quilt, just a few of the circles. This technique certainly will be in my future.  Then there were the two trucks that made me smile and I love the colors.

I wish I had gotten the names of the quilts and the details, but I was not thinking too well I quess? I loved the whole show. Thanks to all those that put their work in the public place for all to enjoy.

So found this on the internet

BJ Designs and Patterns

BJ Designs & Patterns Papa's Pickup Applique Quilt Pattern

Truck pattern

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lobster Dinner New Year's Eve Favors

It has really been a long road back to the blog. (5 months on the road will do that) Travel put me off on blogging, yet I did do a lot of stitching in The Rectangle (RV name). Here is one of the things I completed while on the road


The kitchen towels for New Year's Eve. Martha Stewart kits I bought at least 4 years ago when then were on sale. So, 16 of them all done by hand embroidery with machine embroidery wording "Crack Open a New Year 2017" and on the back my tag: @sewmdtx
This whiled away a lot of hours as I co piloted The Rectangle (did not work on them when I drove The Rectangle) and evening hours too were kept busy with the project. I love how they came out, so fun.
Our family and friends New Year's Eve dinner (we have lobster and Dom) was really great with a photo corner w/the nifty instant camera pics. OK so all that is old is new again. I so remember my Polaroid from back in the day when they were "new" and this brought back to be "new" again is just as much fun. A few pics from the evening:







Happy
New 
Year
2017

Sunday, August 14, 2016

RV play

It has been about a month and we have been on the road in our RV. A great trip so far, but no quilting even through I brought some to work on. It is not as easy as it might be. I can see it in my mind, but then we get busy with site seeing and then it is wine time and then it is play Petanque time and then it is dinner time and then it is well, to late to quilt. A little knitting but very little on a hat. We have seen a lot of beautiful country from Texas to Montana. Fun and travel with my honey, does not get more wonderful. A few pics of various things...just fun stuff. I hope to quilt on this trip, will let time and place make its own way.







Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Destashing Goes to LWR and Now On The Road

 Lutheran World Relief gets some more of my stash. Calvary Lutheran Church \Women of the ELCA (Richland Hills. Texas)  godshearthumanhands.org  have set a goal of 500 quilts and kits for the year to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This will be almost double what we did last year but it is doable.  Here are two I completed before leaving on extended  Motor Coach trip
This is the end of the material used to cover some cushions many moons ago and some really dark green. Check it off the stash list.




I have had these floral fat quarters in my stash for ever. I really don't like to sew with floral so getting to move this on brings me a lot of pleasure. The pattern is a Villa Rosa Design, Cloud Nine. I got the pattern free during a shop hop a few years ago. It was the perfect fit for the floral and muslin I had. This is an easy, fast pattern and all the floral is now going to find a new home and make someone very cozy.

Charity sewing fills out nicely the need to move fabric I know is not in my future. If you have any 10"or10.5" squares of fabric you want to move on let me know, maybe we can help you with that.

Blessings as summer is in full swing and we are on the road for the next few months. I post fun facts about this at www.livinginarectangle.blogspot.com  I did bring my machine and a couple of projects, will see how that goes in the Motor Coach (RV). I always bring lots of handwork/applique but the first time for the machine. Hmmm we will see.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Behold, cube laid flat

Looking around to reduce stuff and the cube made so long ago for a challenge is just that, a challenge to do something with it.
Group with challenge finished...me and my cube
Seam ripper and a few minutes later it is laid flat. The blocks are quilted so something simple to reuse them is on the agenda. Yep, those nap mats for MQG is always a go to for blocks needing a new purpose. Stash diving for material to get the top done and voila a nap mat top.
Lots of color and just the right size.
Not too exciting however it will b used for good. I love when I can have double the fun with blocks. I also like that there will be a little less stash.
Happy Fourth of July, may you celebrate all we have and hold dear.  I am off to make a peach cobbler to add to our celebration. God Bless America and each of you.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Nap Time Quilts

Nap time at the Center for Transforming Lives daycare centers is a focus for our Modern Quilt Guild. I took some time to give thought as to what was in my stash to make a couple of nap mats. The fun panel and boy helicopter fabric was just waiting for a child to lay their head down for a nice rest.
 Echo quilting was the quick and easy way to get it done. I love the fanciful characters on this panel.

detail of fabric, a fun helicopter pattern. Blue camo was a perfect companion.
Front or Back?
Back or Front?






 It is great to use stash to do a quick and easy project especially when the projects will go for a great organization doing serious work in the community to lift up women and children.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Another Border on the Rainbow

It is nothing super earthshaking. It is a border. It is separation from what is next and while I have my concept of what is next it is only that. I must take the concept now and free form it into what I can see in my mind's eye. For now the rainbow quilt is this far along. I like how the V and Co Simply Color ombre from Moda  gave the deeper colors in the inner border and the lighter on the outer border.This fabric line is absolutely on of my favorites. Off to see if bluebirds will fly...


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Morning Coffee View and Discovery

Each morning I can I sit on my patio to sip my coffee and contemplate the world. My world from the patio gives visual as well as audible hits of what is out there. Miss Kitty (I know he is a he but all my cats are called Miss Kitty) sits with me and contemplates the world too.  Today the baby squirrels were going wild in the trees chasing each other, talking to each other and making the other fall out of the tree coming crashing down only to run back up and start the chase again. The crows were very loud calling to each other, the male red bird was chirping "all is safe at the feeder" to his mate and she came to eat while he stood guard. Rain has been going on for a week here so all is very green and foliage abundant. My and Miss Kitty views:


Kitty and me bringing in the day
 Then...looking across I see a white dot in the railroad ties and walking over I discover the most beautiful, delicate white mushroom...Wow, where does a white mushroom come from?


Really, really cool. 
Have a great weekend and my you find your magical mushroom. I am off to the sewing studio now to find some magic for sure. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Rainbow Border 3 - Geese Flying

My Modern Quilt Guild round robin quilt got its third border. Flying Geese!  Flying geese are not my favorite thing to make but I love how they look. I knew I wanted a border with them but could not see myself making a gob of them to ring around as a border let alone with any of the methods that never seem to work for me. Paper piecing seemed my best bet so off to the internet I go and found a wonderful pattern  by Patrice Trnka Adams and it fit the need perfectly. http://www.forestquilting.com/paperpiecing_free/paperpiecing_free_pdfs/flying_geese_placemat.pdf
I made each color run and then decided to keep it simple by using 4 of the runs.
Second border "color trail"




Testing the geese flight


Geese Flight now in orbit
I like the simple and easy flow and I'm glad I did not try and go overboard on the amount of geese. The clean lines make me happy. Wonder what I will put next? Borders are harder than one would think...hmmm...