Thursday, June 5, 2014

Another California Adventure

Now for the 3 and a half week sewing retreat that any sewer would give up almost anything for. Carolyn and I went to California last September to cat and house sit while my dad drove to the east coast. This time he drove to Florida for a scale convention, then went all the way to Connecticut to see my sister with plenty of visits on his drive up. Did I tell you about my dads scale collection? More on that later. 

My car was so heavy because it was filled with so much sewing stuff I could feel the difference driving over the passes. A person doesn't want to get bored with only a project or two at hand. Yes, I was the one with too many projects.



California May 2014

I absolutely love this fabric, so I took it along with great ideas floating around in my head. The problem was I didn't like my first or second idea. I ended up sewing and cutting and sewing and cutting. I do love the end results.



Collage fabrics  California  May 2014

This was the first four days. I will take a better picture after I quilt it. Yes, I will be doing it myself as it is somewhat bigger than a baby size. I have no idea what size it is!



Sammy at 16 pounds May 2014

Before I get too far into this, meet Sammy. She is a two year old Turkish Van and weighs in at 16 pounds. She is one solid cat! Not a lap cat and just starting to figure out she almost likes to be pet. Don't try to pick her up as you may be missing a finger or two. I was in charge of getting her to the groomer for her annual shave job and let me tell you that was no easy task. It took me an hour to catch her and with Carolyn holding the carrier and me trying to shove her in all the while smashing her to the floor telling her to get in the box. I thought Carolyn was going to tell me she wanted to go home and charge me with cat abuse. It was not a fun morning but I picked her up two hours later, happy as she could be, styling her new do. The pounds of hair swept up at the groomers was enough to stuff a large pillow! Moving on...



Our sewing area. May 2014

Dads house May 2014

Notice our wonderful cutting area at the bar. This must have been in the beginning of our trip as the area is too clean and organized. Did I mention my Dad collects scales? There are a few around. That is his passion like sewing is mine. And you wondered where I got my hording tendencies!



Project bags May 2014

My sister came for a visit in the middle of our stay so I made her and my niece project bags. The birds are part of the Collage fabrics and the yellow one is an old Jane Sassman fabric. My niece crochets so maybe she will use it for her projects. They are about 15" square. 



Sammy  May 2014

Did I mention Dad's scale collection? Here are a few more! And Sammy, asleep again.


BIG yo-yo's California May 2014
Carolyn bought one of the big blue yo-yo makers and I had to try it out. The addiction started again! I had brought the fabrics I wanted to use in my project from home so I was ready for some night time hand sewing. You can only get 16 of these babies out of one yard of fabric. I used 9" squares so I wouldn't have to fuss with them too much. 

Started May 2014

I am sewing together 9 yo-yo's and it makes a 10" square. I will do 7 sections across and maybe 8 down. I need 504 and I am half way there! Making the yo-yo's that is. 

Sammy May 2014

One last picture of Miss Sammy taking her bath and drinking water before bed. I do miss her but she is glad to have her daddy home again.

We were barely able to get all our stuff in the car for the trip home. We did go on a couple of F.A.R.T.'s (fabric acquisition road trips). Maybe that's why...  It was a great time. Thanks Carolyn.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Colorado Trip

I have been on a few great adventures since I posted last. I lost my camera so I had to wait until I got a new one. 

I went to Colorado the beginning of April to visit the kids, my grand dog and grand kitties. The kitties aren't around much when Vesper is in the community area. 

Vesper April 2014
Vesper is so big she has her own couch! At 120 pounds I don't think she has reached her full potential. Love moms choice for her blanket.

Vesper on her couch April 2014
I tasted my first Irish Car Bomb drink on that trip. It was so tasty I got the recipe just in case I wanted that same yummy feeling in my tummy in my future!

Irish Car Bomb
In case you want to give it a try, pour 1/2 pint Guinness in a pint glass. Fill your shot glass half with Baileys and half with Jameson Irish Whiskey. I don't like whiskey but I liked all the rest so I trusted my son and DIL not to lead me down a dark and tasteless path. Next, tilt your glass and slowly slide your shot glass inside. Now, without stopping, chug the entire drink being careful not to bang the shot glass on your nose as you drain the glass. Sit back and enjoy the warm caramel comfort. Caution...they are mighty good so don't enjoy too many of those warm caramel comforts.

I also enjoyed tasting a few of the beers at the local brewing company. I'm going with the beer for the hot summer months. I never knew there were so many tasty beers.

On to other joys of that trip.

Alan with torch!

With torch in hand, Alan does his part for the baby shower cupcakes that DIL made.



They tasted like s'mores too. Very clever trick to know when making s'mores cupcakes. Alan just likes to play with fire!

Yellow cake decorated cupcakes.
The baby shower had a woodland theme so these were perfect for the occasion. The display was ingenuous. I helped Alan cut these real tree stumps. They were still damp!

G & C baby shower. April 2014
I cut and hemmed the new curtains for their living room. My DIL had a great idea to use a pipe and pipe fixtures to hang these. They look great opened or closed.

New curtains April 2014. 
Blogland says this is enough for one post! I just returned from my 3 and a half week trip to California to babysit my Dads cat and house. Remember when Carolyn and I did that in September 2013? Stay tuned!

Sew happy to be back! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Another Finish!

Two in one month. I'm on a roll! Although this one is small I am really excited about it because it is the sample for my hexie class. The book for my class is on back order, so until it arrives I will be making more samples to demonstrate ways to finish hexagon projects. Stay tuned.

Hexagon Class Sample   Jan 2014


Back of hexagon mat

The back is finished with a fused interfacing on a blue fabric because I wanted finished edges. I traced the outside of the finished piece, fused the interfacing to the backing and cut all the inside points. After ironing I was ready to hand stitch the edges. Well, not so fast...it was too BIG! I had not taken the paper pieces out yet when I traced it. After removing the paper, ironing and using my Best Press I was ready to start the backing process again. It fit this time.

Some of you might remember this project was supposed to be a quilt but you know how things go!

Upon further inspection of my colorful project I noticed it is not symmetrical! How can that be? The three parts of the whole were all the same but if you count the points on all sides they are not the same. All right you math people out there, how can this happen? I would like to understand this.

Have a great week.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

HAPPY 2014

I never make new years resolutions because I believe all "rules" are made to be broken. I have my goals at this moment to finish some of my unfinished projects. We will see how that goes as the year progresses. 

I found a Small Blog Meet at Lily's Quilts that should be fun. I love finding new bloggers and learning what they are into. 

The last finished project for 2013. I think I started this in 2012, found it again in 2013, finished and had it quilted by Zany Quilter. She does such a wonderful job. She also does a great job on her photo's of the quilting. Check it out.



Snowball 2013


Snowball detail 2013

Snowball detail 2013
I'm supposed to be cleaning my sewing rooms but instead I did a post! Lots more fun. Complete finishes are so few and far between, I get so excited when I have one.

Until next time be happy, healthy and safe.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sew Fun

I have been having lots of fun lately. I am working a lot and I'm really enjoying it. Quilters are very fun people. 

Valeri Wells Little Wallet and iPhone Wallet patterns are so easy to make. I forgot to take a photo of the back pocket for your iPhone but it's there! 

iPhone Wallet
It is large enough for my friends phone with a large OtterBox case on it. Now that's a proper iPhone wallet. 


iPhone Wallet inside.
Lots of room for cash, credit card and ID.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Well...

I know, I have been busy and the time is just flying by. Working, sewing, sewing, sewing I hardly have time to take pictures, type, edit and such. I know you want to know what I'm up to. I promise I will try to do better.

I think I started this in 2010. I have a long way to go to finish but maybe 2014 will be the finish what you started year.


Paper piece - started 2010



This is about all the decorating I've done so far this year.

Mikes computer tree
Here is the tree I gave Mike last year but he put it somewhere and can't find it.

French Roses 2012
Here is another finish it up project for this year.

Sparky  2012
I was looking through the photos I transferred off my SD card and came across this one of my shadow. Sparky always thinks I want to photograph him. He has such tiny feet!

From Larry, Hawaii  October 2013
This is a lei given to me by a dear friend from Kauai while I was in Hawaii in October. It was so unusual I had to get a photo. I also thought it could be inspiration for a quilt design. I'll think about that.

Red dragon fruit. Hawaii October 2013
Last but not least this is something my son served us at breakfast one morning in Hawaii along with the usual fresh pineapple and papaya. He said it had a wonderful taste and texture. He was right! I have no description except it was sweet and juicy. If you ever have the opportunity to eat dragon fruit, give it a try as there is nothing quite the same.

Lovin' the cold!

Monday, November 11, 2013

After Hawaii

I know I haven't done a post forever but life has been busy. Hawaii for two weeks, came home sick and our local Shop Hop was held this past weekend. I now work Sundays and Monday mornings. Our sew and dine is still on Tuesdays and maybe on Fridays. Life is good! 


Hexie quilt

Getting help from my son on how to place my flower and leaf sections. Planning your quilt edges can be a challenge if you aren't doing a traditional layout.



Quilt edges???





Too much green. I do like the green around the flowers though. I have more flowers done now so I will re-evaluate how to complete the edges. These are so addicting!



Hawaii beach house 2013

My daughter-in-law and me sitting in our usual spots on the porch. She read numerous books and I made flower sections.


Beach house 2013

My work area on the porch with an unbelievable view. Oh so productive!





Sitting on the porch, doing my hexies, watching the waves has got to be the most relaxing vacation ever. Those little dots out there are surfers.


The gang in Hawaii 2013

Having the family all together was great. They were coming and going just like when they were kids but with cars, surfboards and paddle boards. 


Hawaii 2013

Our last day there it rained and we saw a double rainbow. I have never seen one before so that was a bitter sweet departure for me even though I was sick and ready to be home.