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. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Starting a new batch...

My stack of quilts were delivered and I've started a new stack.  First up is this quilt with mixed fabrics (cotton and polyester) which was difficult to work with.
 But in the end, after quilting it turned out okay.  I backed it with flannel and it will be a good, warm, utility quilt.  Not sure about the origin, but I think it came from Oklahoma.

The next two are from Tove, who has sent me another box of tops!  Woo-hoo!  I have enough to keep me busy for a while without having to do much piecing!
I was able to load these on one backing and get a "twofer."  
 I've been burning up the road between home and Albuquerque taking trapped kitties to be fixed.  I've gotten all our clowder done with the TNR (Trap Neuter Return) program offered by the Humane Shelter.  A very good service to prevent more unwanted kittens. 

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Quilts delivered...

I finished the quilt I had started from orphan blocks.  We had eight quilts for Dr. Kaufman, along with my Route 66 quilt which I gave her for a raffle.  

I backed it with this child friendly print I had in my stash.  It was from IKEA quite a while back.  

Today I made replacement seats and backs for our director chairs.  This is also fabric from IKEA, a heavier, home decorator weight.  I've been waiting for just the right occasion to use it. 

This quilt, Melbourne town, has inspired me to get more of my orphans out and start building my own town.  

Our Spanish broom bush is thriving this year.  It must have enjoyed all the spring rains.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Using some orphans...

Orphan blocks, of course.  Crystal put out a call for orphan blocks on her blog.  In looking for some to send her, I decided to put together a quilt from some of the orphans I've gotten.
I'm not much of a piecer, but I had some blocks to send her along with more fabric squares that I had used to make the blocks.  I believe they were Liberty of London fabrics that just didn't inspire me.  

I also finally got a longtime project done.  Using leftover tiles from window sills here I did some work on this little table which is now residing under the clothes line to hold the basket when I hang out clothes.  Now I'm inspired to get to work on a couple of other tables that have been waiting patiently for me to be inspired!

Got another two quilts done.  This one from Patty E.  Thank you friends for blocks, pieces parts, and tops.  I still have a stack of tops in my queue.

This lovely quilt is Tove's.  I wouldn't have the staying power to make so many four-inch blocks for a queen sized quilt! 
I also scored this stack of fabrics (including a couple of batks) at the thrift store in Moriarty.  The blue sunflower was a perfect fit for binding Tove's quilt.  (I hope she thinks so too. 

Now back to cooking...Pat, Sandy (newly transplanted to Estancia), and Patty (returning to Oklahoma) are coming for dinner.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

And three more makes a half dozen!

I've been busy quilting, and am getting a nice stack of quilts to deliver to Dr. Kaufman again.  This first one came from Oklahoma...can't remember who...Sherry or Patty.

Pat made this jelly roll race with batiks last summer while she was in Illinois.  It came out really nice with a controlled color palette.  I like it better than totally scrappy strips.
  This is another beauty from Tove.  The batik binding I made worked for both quilts. 
 Summer has finally arrived!  Thanks all my friends that keep me in tops to quilt.  I can't say it enough!