Sunday, August 2, 2015

Storming through the Black Sea

I just about shut out the world completely on Sunday.  This sweet little guys spent the weekend for his Aunt's (daughter #3) birthday.  What fun we had.   He gave us a special delivery right from the garden to the kitchen.  Local Brews, Blues and BBQ was so awesome with this guy,  he loves the music.
We picked some veggies from the garden, special delivery!!
Daughter #3 Birthday, isn't that an adorable cake??
Enjoying some Blues music in the park
But Sunday after they all left, I went and locked my self in the sewing studio.  I think that when I sew I'm able to process all the things that I need to process in the background and get everything where it needed to be.  I spent 6 hours sewing, how wonderful is that????  I even got 4 loads of laundry done while I was sewing (that part of the world just couldn't be shut out any longer ;)  It was like a mad storm going through that black sea.  Only 1.5 borders to go.  I ran out of material and time.  All the blocks are done so when the material shows up later this week we can get this baby together.  I'm so anxious to start quilting this one!  All the background processing done and now I can look at the world in a whole new way.
Black sea - currently at 96 x 108, 1.5 borders to go, will finish at 120x120
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I also got all the 9 patch blocks done for Old Friends BOM and my Irish chain.  Pretty excited about that, I didn't think those blocks were ever going to end!! Here's my stacks of blocks, all just waiting patiently for our next sewing day
stacks of blocks just waiting
I finished a fun quilt on Friday, here's a sneak peak. Yep that's right, Elvis - seriously how fun is that?  Wait until you see the rest of this one.  I'll be shipping this one back to Nancy this week.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

First July post - oh boy!!

Oh my goodness.  What a summer.  The first week in July  we moved daughter #4 to Rockville MD.  Then the last weekend daughter #2 was admitted to the hospital and went straight up to ICU.  Both girls are doing fine and in their own respective homes.  But sheesh  what a summer!  Needless to say not a whole lot of sewing going on over here.  However, there was nothing going on this weekend and you just couldn't keep me away from my sewing machine.  While I was traveling I did the last bit on my hexie project.  This started when daughter #4 started college.  This is how far I've gotten - she's graduate from college and working now.  Still not sure how this thing is going to end up, but I think it's safe to say this finish is many years away!!
4 years of hexies

Then remember those cute little nine patches that were made as 3 in rather than 9 in. Well I have all the right size ones done.  Look baby blocks and big blocks.  I'm just going to do a simple Irish chain with the small ones. The bigger ones are for Old Friends BOM and so happy they are the right size!  Really what was I thinking???
Old Friends BOM
Look at all these blocks, that's the last log on the 120+ log cabin blocks for the Black Sea quilt, starting to get excited about this one.
Black Sea log cabin blocks
Liz sent me pictures of her version of Slices of Color (the pattern is on the tutorials tab at the bottom).  I love the grey and the way she quilted it.  Rainy Day Rainbow is just beautiful. And will you look at the backing, how perfect is that.
Liz's Rainy Day Rainbow - her version of Slices of Color
Love the grey and love how she quilted it.

Last thing - if you get any email from me from my yahoo account don't open it.  I haven't and won't be using that account.  I used that account for so many years, and I think I've just about gotten all accounts moved to the new email address, but waiting to close out the yahoo account for a couple more weeks to be sure.  But I will not send anyone any email from that address for any reason. I'm so sorry if you've gotten anything from that email address.  Seriously, so disappointed in yahoo mail.

That said, don't forget to stop by the linky parties on the side bar. Always inspiration out there just waiting....Have a great week.  

Monday, June 29, 2015

Black Sea Grand Blocks Done!!!

I did it, finished all nine grand blocks.  I'm getting pretty excited about this.  Now to put that big ol' nine patch together... Black Sea is my version of Judy Martin's Aegean Sea.  I wasn't sure how it was going to be in black, grey and white, but I must say I'm liking it a lot better now that all the grand blocks are complete.
Black Sea grand blocks
 Speaking of nine patches, I've 52 of the *correct* size nine patch blocks done.  Only 28 more to go.  Still not sure what to do with those baby nine patches.  I think there's enough to use as a border for
Old Friends but we'll see.

I love the broken dishes pattern. I  really want to make a full size picnic quilt with nothing but scraps.  This is from a layer cake I had laying around.  I may add on to these, gold and white, not sure.

I did have something on the frame, just pulled it off.  A sweet little panel quilt.  Hobbs 80/20 batting, Premo Soft on top, magna glide bobbins.
Pierre's Famous Circus Panel Quilt

I'm also cutting squares for hexies'.  Two long twelve hour rides to make some progress.  I started my hexie project half way through daughter #4's first year of college.  I'll take a picture and show the almost 4 years of progress when I get back.  Boy oh boy, this one may never finish. Check out the linky parties on the side bar for some great inspiration.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Design Wall Monday 6/21

Oh my goodness it's been such a buys summer.  Just a whirlwind of activity.  It's hard to believe that we are moving are youngest daughter to Maryland in less than 2 weeks.  Work has been crazy too.  If you've left comments on my blog, thank you so much.  I do love hearing from you and I try very very hard to respond to all comments, even if it's a month late :(  I'll have a 12 hour ride out to the east coast, plenty of time to respond, please forgive my tardiness. In spite of all that is going on (someone tell me that June is NOT 3/4 over - shoot where did it go?) I did get a bit of sewing done.  I'm making great progress on Black Sea.  I have 5 grand blocks done and the next log placed on all the log cabins, ready for some chain stitching.
Black Sea Grand Blocks
Black Sea log cabins
I also got a bit of work done on Old Friends BOM.   I was so proud of myself working ahead, figuring out those nine patch blocks.  I have all 80 of them done.  Then was so excited to get the first of the nine patch nine patch blocks (there's gotta be a better name).  Seriously it wasn't until I ironed that block that I thought, uh oh somethings not right here.  What was I thinking???????  Oh boy, I know have 80 really cute itty bitty nine patches.  And 80 larger nine patch that I have to make.  So I'm just thinking, I'm not further behind.  I'm certain I"ll find something to do with those cute little nine patches (let me know if you have any ideas) and I'm really further  along in another quilt that I really new :)
80 cute, but much too small nine patches
Oh boy, that's not gonna work 
Ready to make 80 more nine patches
lol seriously did not think anything about the size until I ironed that block - just off by 50% - my my my
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

DWM - Black Sea grand block

Now that hands 2 help is done, I got to work on a few of my projects.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to work on the Old Friends BOM from Calico Girls or Black Sea so I worked on both.  I'm kinda pleased with the progress.  I have the first "grand block" completed for Black Sea (Judy Martins Aegean Sea), only 9 more to go.  I like in the black and grays.  It's hard to see but there is just a tiny bit of blue in the middle of those stars.  IT's a 27 in finished block, it's definitely "grand".

Block 8 came out for Old Friends Bom, I got that one done and figured out the last one.  Now I  have all the sampler blocks done.  I've got about 60 of the 80 nine patches done.  How about that being a step ahead of the game.

 Nothing more done on the truck quilt.  I did get a fun book that has some great ideas for the borders, but that's gonna have to wait for another day.  Don't forget to check out all the linky parties on the side bar, some thing for everyday of the week!