Saturday, November 21, 2015

For the love of lefse...

We had a taste of winter early in the week.  I didn't think we'd get the predicted snow, but sure enough, an hour ahead of the prediction it started snowing.
I love it.  Of course I don't have to drive anywhere in it.  The kitties enjoyed it as well--after it stopped snowing and the sun came out.  This was their first snowstorm!
I got a quilt finished.  Another one from Tove, for Dr. Kaufman. 
I hadn't made lefse in a long while.  I used golden potatoes that came from the San Luis valley, purchased at Costco.  I also used a couple of russets that I had.
And wow, they really worked well.  I still had to eat a few that broke apart transferring it to the griddle--it's a tough job, but someone has to do it!  ;-)

Monday, November 09, 2015

Not so productive...

I made a top myself!  I still prefer quilting and binding to piecing...but once in a while the mood strikes me.

I used leftover half-square triangles from Pat A.'s quilt and put together this kid quilt.  I'll take it with me to Brazil for my cousin's great-grandson if I end up going soon.  If not, it will just go in the bank of quilts for Dr. Kaufman. 

I quilted this beautiful quilt for Pat for her guest room.  She is finally getting some quilts done for her house!  

I made a bowl too.  It was a lot of fun, and I'm trying to come up with ideas to make things with leftover batting.  This one used selvages wrapped over cotton clothesline. 

I piece together bigger pieces of batting and use them on other quilts, but I'm filling up another bag of strips less than six-inches wide.  I'm always trolling the internet looking for creative ideas! 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A very rainy day!

It rained pretty much all day yesterday, off and on.  Thankfully, it was a gentle rain most of the time that had a chance to soak in, and not the destructive sort of storms that seem to be plaguing other parts of the country.

At one point, the raindrops hanging from our trumpet vine looked like little jewels

Tove sent me another batch of donation quilts, including this large large, totally finished beauty.  Thanks Tove! 

This quilt was for Pat A.  Friends sent blocks in, and Pat put the top together.  I quilted it with wool batting, hopefully making it light but keeping her warm on her next trip to chemo!   
I'm still here albeit with one foot on the way to Brazil to deal with my dad.  I'm sure things will happen as they should.  Life is just giving me another opportunity to learn p-a-t-i-e-n-c-e! 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Getting a new stack started...

I got a couple of quilts finished for Dr. Kaufman.  Both of these from Tove.  

 Pat added another black, and then green border to this Van Gogh quilt, also from Tove.

I had an early birthday celebration for Pat, while she had a friend visiting from Phoenix.  I made her a "studio spirit" which was inspired by one I saw at Fiber Arts Fiesta in May.  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Busy couple of weeks...

I finished the Eclipse quilt, on the day of the lunar eclipse!  It will be raffled off for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), and I'm hoping to get information on where to buy tickets!

I also finished this lovely quilt for Tove.
 My days have been filled with trying to figure out things for my nearly 90-year-old father.  Finally after a lot of communication, he has said that he wants to come back to the U.S. to live.  He can no longer sustain his living situation in Brazil.  I'm just waiting for him to get his passport in order and then I will be going to Brazil to bring him back here.   


Friday, October 02, 2015

Have a half dozen done for next delivery...

First I actually pieced a quilt.  There was a block drive for a friend that requested a block that had been on my to do list for some time.  The instructions were on this video from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

I made this quilt which is already on its way to Colorado as a baby gift.  The father is a John Deere tractor fan so I backed it with a John Deere flannel print. 

I also made this little taggie from a picture online.  

I got a couple more quilts finished for Dr. Kaufman.  This first one Pat got off ebay and features large flowers appliqued onto flour sacks.

It was pretty heavy so I backed it with flannel and no batting.  This next is from Tove, and I still have quite a few more of hers left to quilt. Thanks again! 

 Pat finished putting together the eclipse quilt on our last sew day, and I finished the quilting and binding on the actual day of the lunar eclipse. 

This is going to go to JDRF for a raffle fundraiser. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A couple more...

I've got a new stack with four quilts already for Dr. Kaufman.  I love this scrappy tumblers quilt which was quite large, requiring two people to hold up.

I added borders to this one to grow it a little.  Tove sent the leftover fabrics, and I had a nice print that featured writing about the seashore which worked as well.  Both of these from Tove. 

The sunrises and sunsets have been awesome.  

This beautiful sunset Lindsay captured on her phone on our drive home from Tucumcari.  We were driving west and got to enjoy the changing show for a long while. 


Monday, September 14, 2015

Starting a new stack...

I finished a couple of quilts to start a new stack for Dr. Kaufman.  Both of these made by Tove! 

These are larger quilts and will be great for some teenagers.  

I also worked on a top of my own.  I had cut these six-inch squares and started sewing triangle scraps to opposite corners.  And then since I generally lack staying power with making small blocks, abandoned it.

I came across it in my stuff and decided to finish the top.  I used adding machine tape to make a scrappy piano key border, which I had been wanting to try. 

It worked great, and then a need for a comfort quilt for a friend of Jackie's presented itself, and this found a purpose.  For backing I used this wonderful batik from IKEA, leftover from making curtains for Lindsay.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

One more...

I got one more quilt finished before we deliver 14 quilts to Dr. Kaufman tomorrow!  Another one from Tove, a pretty large one.

This fabric for the backing came from Carolyn N., I think.  It had been aging in my stash for a long while, waiting for the just the perfect quilt.

I think they work well together.  Thanks again, my friends! 

I spent some time finishing up a long abandoned project and made a scrappy paper pieced piano key border using adding machine tape.  It worked very well.  Pictures of that soon.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Baker's dozen

So, I've finished three more quilts and now have a baker's dozen ready to deliver to Dr. Kaufman.  These are all from Tove!
I had what I thought was a perfect match sheet for backing this one.  The only problem was that it wasn't wide enough.
I added a less than generous strip to widen it...but not enough.  After loading it, the top was exactly the same size as the backing.  I persevered, and when finished no one is the wiser, but I succeeded in making it harder than necessary to quilt. 
This was a quick, smaller quilt.  The one below, my husband said, "I hope someone likes purple."  It reads dark navy to me...but I couldn't find anything to match it for binding.
I went with red and white binding, and it works.  Thanks, Tove, for all your generosity!  We'll see how many more I can finish before we deliver.