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.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Closing in on a dozen...

Thanks to Tove, I'm closing in on a dozen quilts ready to deliver to Dr. Kaufman.  She is quite the production quilter!  

This is a pretty big quilt, and it's nice to have a variety of sizes.  I started out quilting it with one of my new pantos, Modern Southwest from Judy Lyon, but decided it was too dense for such a big quilt.  Instead I used some of the design elements to quilt lines across the quilt, and just had a row of the panto on the top and bottom.  It worked!

I'm trying to alternate a big one with a small one.  I used another of my new pantos, Spiral Suns, on this smaller one.   

A gorgeous sunset last night!  
  Now back to quilting!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Home again, home again

We had a wonderful week in Colorado, three days up in the mountains and the rest of the week at Jackie & Justin's.  Still waiting for Justin to send pictures of the boys.  

Got home to another package from Tove with lots more tops for Dr. Kaufman, and even this finished quilt!

I also finished this one from Patty E.  I had forgotten I had loaded it before I left.

Had a spectacular sunrise on the 10th for Lindsay's birthday!  Can't believe my "baby" is 30!

Several of the kitties had disappeared for weeks, and I feared the worst, but they are all back and hanging around!   

Friday, August 07, 2015

Up in the mountains

We spent time up in Ouray, Colorado.  The wildflowers up in the high country were amazing.  

I'm not a big fan of "four-wheeling," but the access to flowers and spectacular views were worth it.  I did spend a lot of time with my eyes closed in getting to this scenic spot, Yankee Boy Basin.

The road which was definitely a four-wheel drive road, especially the last couple of miles which had possibly deteriorated with all the rains they've had this year.  

 There were a lot of people and traffic even on a Tuesday.  It had been a long time since we had visited the area. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Three more done...

I've been making progress on the quilting front despite the many trips to Albuquerque.  Got all the cats "fixed," including the big tom cat which we didn't think would get trapped.  Then 3 of the kittens disappeared for nearly a week.  I feared the worst, but two of them have returned.  One is still missing!

This is another quilt from Patty E.  A pretty jelly roll race with batiks, and Pat had the perfect backing for it.   

Two more from Tove, a bigger one, and a smaller one.  

I already have a half dozen quilts to take to Dr. Kaufman.  

Thanks, friends for all the tops!  I still have a number of them to quilt!  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Of moths and such...

Anyone who knows me, knows I have an irrational fear of moths (and most other insects as well).  As a little girl I also used to run in the house screaming fearing butterflies.  (Some story someone told me as a child about butterfly dust making you go blind, which could conceivably be true in Brazil!) 

Dale brought me this lovely, dried little moth he found in the window of the sun room.  It has an elegant name as well, Agreeable tiger moth.

This next one is rather large, in the Saturnidae family.  We had a mating pair about the same time last year.  Then again this year!  

I can tell you if one of these flew into me, you'd probably hear me screaming in the next county.