Wednesday, July 18, 2018

SS2 Block




I finished another Splendid Sampler 2 block - not too happy with my work. It's puckered and wonky. These tiny pieces slay me! I'll try pressing it better and maybe that will help? I skipped the circus elephant - just not my style...


And here is this week's midcentury modern house. Done!


I always bring a snack to Accuquilt Club meeting - we were talking about fusible dies on Saturday - such as the owl - aren't these the cutest crackers ever??? Hubby found them for me at Walmart. Next month we'll be talking about curves - hmmm, any snack ideas?

Yesterday was a whirlwind. Morning sewing. Laundry - 2 loads. Bathrooms scrubbed. A quick trip to the lake house. A trip to a fireplace store. And in the evening I cut up some jeans and worked on Bring Me Flowers. 

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I Finished Cooper!


Ta-DAH! I finished Cooper in Denim! I had ordered the specific sizes of stretcher bars and they came on Saturday. Yesterday I put it all together, stapling the edges around the back side. I am SO happy with this! It measures 28 inches by 36 inches. Larger than life! My family is telling me it's one of their favorites of all the quilt projects that I've ever made.

The good news is that I still have TONS of old jeans left...I'll be making more of these. Next one will probably be a bit smaller though! Ha!

I missed Machine Quilting Monday - I was out and about in town. Today I hope to do my midcentury home block and maybe even machine quilt a bit...we'll see. There are also bathrooms to clean and laundry piling up.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Report from the Lake House


We spent several hours at the lake house yesterday. It was one of those good news-bad news kind of days. But mostly good. Above is the new coffee bar - custom made by the cabinet people and topped with quartz. Good news!

All countertops are now in - good news!

Chimney sweep came - fireplace is not safe to use at this time - repairs will be pricey - bad news...

Termite inspector came - no bugs or damage - good news!

Termite inspector wants to do a special treatment ('according to state regulations'). Not sure if I believe him that it is necessary- will do research to see - bad news...

New barn door was built and installed while we were there - good news!

We discovered significant damage on our pier and our Seadoo was tied off and not on its lift. Turns out a recent storm knocked the Seadoo into the water and it continued to bang against the pier. A kind neighbor saved the Seadoo from floating away and tied it off. The pier and Seadoo will both need repair - the pier will have to wait until winter when the water level is down - bad news...

All in all it is good. The house is progressing well and will be finished before long. Very good news!


On the way home we took a load of old metal outdoor furniture to a sand blasting/powder coating facility - truly fascinating! Above is where they powder coat items, which are hung from the big rolling rack. The rack is given an electrical charge which passes through the item to be sprayed. The powder coating will then stick to the item.


Next the item goes into this huge oven at 450 degrees F. The powder coating melts into a nice even surface. They have lots of colors to pick from - we went with a dark bronze color. I have taken all the furniture cushions to an upholsterer to be recovered.

No sewing. This morning I teach the local Accuquilt Club class. And maybe I'll get a bit of sewing in later????

Friday, July 13, 2018

Another Row in the Christmas Quilt


I added another row to the Christmas quilt - the bottom one - pinwheels.  I only need one more row! I'm running low on fabric... I'm thinking of adding another pinwheel row to the top. I have a fun border planned after that. This might just get finished by Christmas!

FYI: I also finished my Cooper in Denim project! Woohoo! But I'll wait to share it until I have acquired the stretcher bars and stapled it around them...hopefully early next week.

Today we're headed to the lake to check on things there - there was a lot going on there this week. Can't wait to see!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Birthday Fun!



I didn't sew yesterday, but I thought I'd show you what I'm making from the cut-off seams from the pile of blue jeans: placemats for the lake! Won't they be fun? And very durable!

Hubby and I had a wonderfully fun day yesterday. He let me pick our agenda. I decided we'd go thrifting. We've been watching a show on Netflix called 'Money For Nothing' - it's a British show about a woman who picks things from the 'tip' (dump) and she and other artists turn them into wonderful things.

We didn't find anything to reinvent, but we did come home with some fun finds. We went to 4 thrift/reclaim stores and bought something from all of them. Among other things, we came home with a pile of movies for the lake, a lovely tall planter, and more jeans for me to deconstruct.


We went for lunch at one of my favorite restaurants: a delicious wedge salad and firecracker shrimp along with a margarita. 

Today I'll get back on track with sewing.





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Another House


This is a cute little house, isn't it? I'm really trying to learn to add a bit of red here and there in some of my scrap quilts, and that red roof looks good! All these fabrics (except the background) came from that big load of fabric I bought recently.


I also had time to work on Cooper in Denim. I am stitching (free motion) around the edges of all the little pieces.


When deconstructing all the blue jeans, I cut out all the heavy seams - I have a lovely bowl full of them - big plans here! You'll see soon!

Happy Birthday to .... ME!

Machine Quilting Was Done!



Can you believe it??? I actually machine quilted! This is a simple little nine patch quilt that will be a gift. Easy, peasy, diagonal grid quilting. I am halfway done!!!

I also found time to work on the Denim Cooper quilt. I made the background and have him pinned in place. Next step will be to do free motion stitching around every single piece. This will not be a quilt - no layers. I plan to staple it around a stretcher frame.

So today I'll make a midcentury house and then I might just work on Cooper again. I'm also heading to Michael's to see if I can buy the stretcher frame pieces. 

Have a good one!