Monday, October 24, 2016

Vacation stitching

This cross stitch piece is an OLD project. The pattern has a 1989 date on it. I put it away when I got my first bifocals because I found the pattern too difficult to read. 

Pulled it out again last week and enlarged the pattern so it is easier to read. Not sure why it took me nearly 30 years to think of such a simple solution. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Taking a few days off

Yesterday we played golf at Angel Park in Las Vegas. Then had supper at Delmonicos with 3 other couples. Good way to start my vacation while the hubbie works. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Playing with Dresden plates

Another example of bringing a UFO forward a step - the Dresden plate pieces were all cut from a charm pack, and then tucked into a zipper bag and put into a drawer. No idea why I did that.  I was organizing my rulers and stencils over the weekend, and couldn't find the Dresden ruler. Eventually I found it in a drawer, in the bag with the pieces.
So I've sewn them together and appliqued them onto a background square.  And there are enough pieces cut for another one.  I think with a little quilting this will make a good pillow.  Does this make the project a WIP now instead of a UFO?  Only if it doesn't end up back in the drawer I suppose.

Using stencils

Another mug rug from an orphan block.

This one has a quilted Christmas Tree in the center that I made as an experiment with machine quilting using stencils designed for hand quilting.  I have a lot of stencils collected over many years and this one seemed to be easily adapted to make it a continuous line, so it worked with my machine just fine.

I went through and sorted my stencils last weekend and found several that I should be able to use with the machine as well as hand quilting.  In fact, one of them might work perfectly on a crib sized quilt that I want to try doing myself on my machine. But that may be a winter project.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall foliage

This is one of my favorite times of the year - warm days and crisp, cool nights. And fall foliage that changes every day. We usually have a narrow window of time when our foliage here is really beautiful because the wind tends to blow the leaves off too fast.
On Saturday our back yard looked like this from the deck.  We have mountain ash and pine trees up close to the house. The ash turn gold early and drop their leaves right away. Today the yard has a carpet of gold.

We do have a couple of red maples in the back as well, and those usually start turning just as the ash trees are dropping leaves. This glorious tree is in the far back yard but we can see the top from the kitchen window. And for some reason they turn red from the top down.  While walking around out there I noticed that one of them is still green but has just a couple of red branches half way down. Mother Nature is an artist.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Design Wall Monday - Layout options

I'm torn between setting the Crown of Thorns blocks on-point or straight, but right now I'm leaning toward the on-point layout.  Or I could split the blocks and make 2 baby quilts on-point.

No matter which layout I choose, I'll need a few more blocks.  These blocks are my RSC16 (rainbow scrap challenge) project this year. Orange and yellow are the colors for this month and each month has had a main color and an accent. I think I'm all caught up, but I definitely need a few more blocks for size and layout purposes.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Spooky pillowcase

I have 5 grandchildren, all ages 1 to 5. Since the oldest was a toddler, I've been making fun, colorful pillowcases for them.

Jack is the youngest and he turned 1 in early June. I remembered this week that I haven't made him any pillowcases yet, so that was all the motivation I needed. Here is a Halloween pillowcase just for him to use. It's going in the mail tomorrow.