Sunday, August 17, 2014

Jam and Stars

So much to do and so little time to do it in. Here is one evenings blackberry and plum jam. I experimented and did a peach pineapple yesterday and it is so good, much better than just plan peach. Forgot to get a picture before I put them away. Along with 2 batches of bottled peaches.
 Here is my family quilt block. I was chosen for this month and I am so excited, doing the dance. I did the aqua one above and my mother did the red one below.  I really like the way this block turns out. You can find a very good  tutorial here Anyone Can Quilt.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Unfinished Suprises!

I have been tackling a box of unfinished projects...and much to my surprise, I found a bag with this in it.....
Yes....that was all that was in the bag, a cut up fat quarter bundle with a little sheet of paper saying what sizes the blocks were and brief instructions. It has been enough years (at least six or more) that I couldn't remember what I was making.
So I decided "why not" and oh the surprise!!!! Ohio star blocks!! (I am a sucker for stars...and even though the picture is dark....I still love the colors!!)
I have eight of the blocks sewn and eight more to go. There is enough of the fat quarter bundle left that I think I can make some scrappy Irish chain blocks to put between the star blocks. And if I am really good, I might just be able to get a queen size quilt! I wonder what else is in that box...

Friday, August 8, 2014

New Cutting Table

My husband made me a new sewing table. He had it finished in June but I needed to stain it and we had so much going on in July that I just barely got it done and set up in the house. I just love it, now instead of a conglomeration of bookcases and tables I have one nice table. Now I need something for my computer to sit on but I am not going to press my luck.

It is 3 bookcases with a top bolted together with an open side so I can slide my chair under when I am working on a project. I have a mat that fits the whole top. I am not sure that I like it so dark. Did I say how much I love, love, it?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Where has the summer gone?

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was getting ready to go camping.
That was at the beginning of June and here it is the end of July. July was filled with company and grandkids. I did manage to fit in a little quilting and we did a little quilting while company was here.

These are blocks for the family quilt group. D2 did the first two blocks D1inlaw did the 3rd one and I did the last one. Forgot to take pictures of the ones that D1 did.

We did a lot of swimming, crafts and watching movies while the kids were here. In the first picture the five were here for a week and they cleaned up nicely to go to church. Even held semi still to take a picture.

We went to the surf n slide and the kids loved the lazy river.
 They were glued to a movie, you would think that they would sit to watch but I am not sure some of them can sit that long. See the tye dyed shirts, they had a blast doing them and us adults had colored hands for a few days. such a busy couple of weeks but it was fun to have them around and hopefully they enjoyed their stay at grandmas. Would have been more enjoyable if it hadn't ended up being the hotest week of the summer. So much for family fun, till next summer, school starts soon for some of them.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Disappearing Hour Glass

Barb over a bejeweled just had to show off her block, so I guess I will show what we did. This is what my daughter and I did over the weekend. We watched the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co and daughter #4 got the bug so we used a layer cake Pheasant Hill by Kansas Troubles Quilters from Moda.
 The above is the stack of hour glass blocks and below is the stack of finished blocks, Bet you cant guess which is larger? Daughter #4 said if I did 7 a night I could get it finished by the weekend. Of course she went home and left them for me to do. She is planning on doing a red white and blue one.
These are great fun and relatively easy. To enjoy the tutorial click on Missouri above. Just squeeze it in between working all day and yard work in the evening. You know you want to besides it is to hot to sleep but not to sew.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Graduation Quilts

I'm finally getting around to posting graduation quilts. Two nieces and one nephew graduated from high school this year. I have pictures of two of the quilts and the other got away without a picture (sorry).

As you can see this one is very scrappy--- I made some of the blocks with scraps from one line and then needed more so I added anther line of fabric scarps. Originally it was just for fun but when I didn't get the graduation quilt that I had intended done this one fit the bill. The picture is kind of dark-- it is a very bright quilt.

This is the only picture I got of this one which will have to do. I really love this one because of the colors. The rich purple is one of my favorites, making this quilt hard to give away.
I was thrilled that they all liked their quilts. I regret my lack of enthusiasm as a kid for homemade anything. I always wanted something store bought. Now I love getting homemade-- so much time and love spent that makes them extra special and they are not cheap :) Thanks Mom for quilting them for me! Wish I could've talked you into the binding. :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Farmers Market

Youngest daughter and I had a booth at the farmers market in Dayton, WA. Sitting in the shade of beautiful old trees in the little plaza paved with red brick lined with benches all around and the old train station turned museum opposite of where we sat. Lovely lovely day, a reminder of days gone by. It was a little windy but a very nice day. Dayton is such a nice little town and the people are friendly. There will be a car show on Fathers Day weekend that should be fun for the whole family.

After the farmers market the grandkids and I went to the school and flew kites and wouldn't you know it the wind decided to die down while we were there so after about an hour we had to give it up but I think the kids had a blast anyway. They played with their kites all afternoon in their own yard. Nothing says summer like farmers market and flying kites with kids and of course watermelon. Don't you just love it.