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: 


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: