Monday, August 19, 2019

Just a Little Pile of Binding

Today my objective is to move this little December Scrappy Stars quilt forward by putting on this little pile of binding.  It's a small project.  I have a lot to do tomorrow.  Hopefully I'll finish it today.  Stay tuned...

I'm linking up at Em's Scrapbag for Moving it Forward Monday.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching 8.18.19

Today I'm hand stitching a label onto my December Scrappy Stars crib quilt.  I finished quilting and trimming it yesterday.  I'm watching the movie "After".  I have my cup of coffee.  I'll finish what I don't get done after church.  Relaxed day after finishing SCHOOL SHOPPING yesterday.  School starts 8/21.  I anticipate this little quilt to be done on 8/20, so I put that date on the label. :)

I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stiching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Here's a photo of my happy back-to-school shopper.  He LOVES this day.

Here's me... I'm still not very good at turning off and putting away my phone after I used the camera...  The smart phone I really liked got wet over a month ago during a "pool incident".  I am still not used to this one and the settings it has... Oh well...  LOL.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Scrappy Blues

I finished the quilting on my December Scrappy Stars that I won in the Block Lotto in December, 2018.  I even trimmed it today.  I picked a bright blue border.

This piece for the back was just the right size.  I love it when that happens.  I longarm quilted it with a pattern board called Airborne from Urban Elementz.  I think it looks lovely on this quilt and gives it a little motion--like a breeze blowing through it.

I'm linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the RSC19.

SoScrappyJoin me on the Block Lotto BlogQuilting is more fun than Housework

I'm also linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Meanwhile the boys "played" on the backhoe today.  Our son was sooooo proud of himself for working the bucket.  My husband is such a patient man -- waaaaaaaay more than me.  It's awesome.

Friday, August 16, 2019

December Scrappy Stars on the Frame

On the frame today is a cute crib quilt made with a Block Lotto win from December, 2018.  It's December Scrappy Stars.

I am quilting it with a board from Urban Elementz called Airborne.  I really like this design.

I had special visitors in the quilt room... well, my husband came to rescue our son from the quilt room (which he was fine playing with lots of his old toys in the next room...)  They went on a parts run.  The steps they are sitting on will hopefully someday lead to where my longarm will be when the house is complete.  Someday... I'm not really in a rush.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

WIP Wednesday 8.14.19

It's crunch time.  School starts next week, 8/21.  I've been trying to finish quilt tops and make backs so that I can have them loaded unto the longarm frame for quilting when I get a free moment when our little "Pudding Pop" is at school.  Here's what happened this week:

I FINISHED my Cafe' Latte (Ugly Fabric Quilt Challenge)!  I started it in 2012.

I quickly put together my December Scrappy Stars blocks together that I won in the December, 2018, Block Lotto.  The back is also made -- Woohoo!

I worked on sewing green squares together this week for the SSSSQ (with Kevin the Quilter.)  All of my blocks (2.5" and 1.5") have been neatly cut with my Accuquilt dies.  Here are the pretty squares all neatly stacked and counted.

All of the 2.5" pieces for the SSSSQ are done through clue #2.  Now to sew the 1.5" pieces for the leader/ender project...

My Fortune Teller blocks are going together.  I need to measure it to see if it's long enough for our son's bed.  He liked the bright colors on this quilt and asked if he could have it.

I made waffle blocks in pinks and blues for the RSC19.

I have officially decided to stop wasting my time on 14.  Linen and Threads - Mystery Sampler SAL Sew-to-go bag project started 1.21.19.  The cross stitch project just isn't the same since I spilled coffee on it, had to wash it, it faded a little, and the cross stitch blocks got way smaller than it was.  It's hard to see and not fun for me anymore...

I currently have 65 on-going projects.

Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1.  Cheddar Jack cat pattern from Mama Spark's World 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5.  ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  Go Four It! -- Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender June 2017
7.  Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) -- hand work-- found the book 8/8/19!
8.  Parallelogram Strings -- 2019 String Along at Humble Quilts, started 1.31.19
9.   Leah Day Building Blocks QA
10.  Jelly Roll Rug
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13.  Owl's Well That Ends Well (RSC19 project started 1.26.19)
14.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
15.  Temperature QA (2019 block-a-day according to high and low temps--changed to table topper.)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.)
19.   2.5" Scraps from Dani making "cracker" blocks
20.  Sand Castles -- Bonnie Hunter string quilt started January, 2019 -- an RSC project
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Pumpkins & the Beanstalk (a second quilt.)
23.  Set of note cards and envelopes
24.  Simply Summer Sensational QA with Kevin the Quilter 2.5" blocks (started 6.27.19)
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March, 2017 (Will make baby quilt.)
27.  Super Mario QA
28.  2015 Orange, pink, grey kite blocks (from Accuquilt die, RSC17)
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA (started again with Angie at Gnome Angel, August 2017) (2019 QA)
31.  Kathleen Tracy’s 2019 Mystery Quilt -- Facebook QA started in March, 2019. 
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching blocks)
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
34.  Waffle Blocks (August 2019) RSC19
35.  Kevin the Quilter 2019 Mystery Quilt -- SSSSQ, 2.5 " squares
36.  Kevin the Quilter 2019 Mystery Quilt -- SSSSQ, 1.5" squares
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
2.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt

Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly (blocks won from Block Lotto, February, 2013)
7.   Soul Searching -- Julianne texted me 8/7/19 -- The swap is set for 9/1!
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt 
9.   Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks 
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (New QA starting 5/7/17 Gnome Angel)
11.  Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18
12.  Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May, 2018 sew-to-go bag)
13.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
14.   Cathy's CRAZY BY DESIGN.  It's the Dot Dot Dash Bag. (new to the list April, 2018)

Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done) 
1. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild
2. Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild
3. Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild
4. Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018
5.  O - H - I - O quilt 2.5" blocks

6.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
7.  Wings of Spring -- Block Lotto win 3.31.19
8.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)

Ready to longarm
1.  Catchin' Some Rays needle turn applique crib quilt started March, 2018 (adding EPP hexies!)
2.  Block Lotto December Scrappy Stars (blue/purple) -- I won the star blocks December, 2018.

I'm linking up with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Excavation Continues

Wow, I praise God for giving me my husband.  My husband is amazing at earth work.  This is what the new driveway area looked like last week:

It two days it looked like this:

View out of the green house (the house we live in) off of the front porch to the road.

View to the north of the house off the front porch of the green house:

View from the green house back porch (that we live in) to the new house (below).  My longarm and the bulk of my scrap fabrics are in the new house.

They are taking down my old clothesline.  This is where I used to hang my quilts for photos.  There are no trees to attach the other end of the line to anymore.

...having that discussion with my husband about power lines and phone lines...  The big green mound left to the right is mostly topsoil.  This is where the fox den has been the past few years.  I don't think they are in there this year.

It's raining this morning.  My husband will be going on a road trip to get parts for the dozer.  I am anxious to see what he gets in to next and where all the water runs.  He's amazing about planning for this since he has been working construction almost 35 years.

December Block Lotto (2018) Scrappy Stars is a TOP!

Yesterday while working on finding pieces of fabric for a pieced back for my Fortune Teller Quilt, I found a bag of December Scrappy Stars that I won in the Block Lotto in December, 2018.  I wanted instant gratification and put them together into a crib quilt! 

The color of the month for the RSC is bright blue.  I think this will work for a nice project to work on this week.  Color paramaters for the block lotto that month was scrappy purples and blues (lights and darks).  I also found this big piece of fabric that was pieced in my scraps.  It was pieced by someone else.  I'm going to use it for the back of this quilt.  I'm not a batik fan, but I have them in my scraps because someone gave them to me.  I'll use it.  I just need to add a top and bottom so that I can attach it to my longarm frame with my clips.  It's just big enough for the back -- PERFECT!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Fortune Teller Quilt -- Moving it Forward

Today I am putting together the Fortune Teller quilt blocks.  The pattern for this quilt can be found in the book Sunday Morning Quilts.   It is written by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison.  I was lucky that I could get a copy from my local library.  I started this project by making a couple of fortune teller blocks in the color of the month as a RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) project back in 2014.

(Don't get distracted by the two quilt tops laying on the stand next to the current project -- I get distracted like that all the time.  It's my Ohio quit and my Wings of Spring quilt -- that also need backs made!  Whew...

I'm linking up to Em's Scrap Bag for Moving It Forward Monday..

I'm also linking up to Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Construction of the Driveway and Front Yard

FINALLY!  My husband has gotten BOTH his excavator and his bulldozer running on the SAME DAY!  He has a lot of WIPs too, but he played in his big sandbox in our yard this week.

Here he is just clearning a few trees that were behind the house.  He picks up sticks hydraulically.

I was just coming home from taking our son bowling...  You can kinda get an idea of the before shot of our yard.  Last year he took out the steps to the side of the house.  You can see the "new" house that we built (are building) in the background by the white truck.  That is the house where my longarm is.  I do all of my regular sewing and piecing in the green house in front.

This is where I had to park all last year.  I tried not to complain too much that our son and I had to walk through the grass every morning so that I could drive him to school or down the lane to the bus stop at 6:25 every morning.  Our shoes got wet a lot and it's a pain to change shoes for that...

Looks like I parked in his way today...

Better find a new place to park.  He's going to need a lot of room!

He's clearing out the whole area from one dive to another to cut a new driveway to the other house.

Now the bulldozer comes out to play.

I'll park here for now.  I don't think he'll mess with this section of grass.

Guess I won't have to mow this section of the front yard for a while.

Here's a great shot of my husband!  He's my sweetie!

Pic of the front yard for now.

Somebody will be busy with his metal detector for a while!  School starts on 8/21/19.  He'll be in sixth grade.  Maybe I'll get to sew a little before school starts.  I'll be able to see him from my sewing machine!  That would be great!!!  Here he is posing by his new big dirt pile of fun.

I usually can't get these videos to work in my blog, but I'll give it a shot...

From the front step to the side...  Owen too this pic.

He was supposed to be taking a picture of me when the bulldozer came by and he took a picture of that instead.  LOL.  Funny kid.  Oh, and don't worry about the Michigan shirt even though we live in Ohio and everybody in the family LOVE Ohio State...  I wear what I find at garage sales.

Until next time!  I'm taking Owen to his last baseball event of this summer (a poker run with one of the league sponsors.)  We are there to support their fundraiser, but we will be gone most of the day.  Can't wait to see what the lawn looks like when we get home.