Feline Friday is hosted every friday and HELP for Hexie-aholics is hosted on the 17th of each month. We hope you'll join us!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Feline Friday - 9/22/17

Ok, I admit that Momma put me in jail...


...but I know that if I'm patient enough...


...there will soon be laundry to keep me warm!


The anticipation is exhausting!





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #18, HeLP, Squishies & Christmas

Did all y'all miss me Sunday? Did you remember there should have been a HeLP post? I remembered way too late and then forgot again and then remembered again yet this is the first I've had time to post all week. I am sooooo ready for the "weekend" to get here...

77 - 73 - 77 - 79 - 81 - 82 - 77F

Squishy from Sharon with scraps for my secret-for-now project

Squishy from Chantal for my hexie fabric stash

Squishy from Julie with scraps for my secret-for-now project

Woohoo!! The top is done and I've opened out all the outside seam allowances.
It will be trimmed straight after I figure out how to quilt it.

This backing matched better in the store but I still kinda like it.
If I don't find anything better at the 2 stores I'll be going to this weekend
or in early October I'll go ahead with this one.

Yipp - my Christmas Cactus is getting ready for an early show.
This plant often blossoms three times a year if I ignore it properly.

Feel free to link your temperature quilt or any hexie project to our linky party today!




Friday, September 15, 2017

Feline Friday - 9/15/17

Momma keeps my water bowl in the tub cuz I like to play in the water.
After her shower I like to get in the tub and grab a sip.



I loves when Momma gives me a blow out after my drink!!





Monday, September 11, 2017

Design Wall Monday - 9/11/17

There was a lot of fighting for the space heater this weekend!
My house tends to stay on the cool side year round.
It's great in the summer but not in the fall or winter...

My first scrap package arrived on Saturday!!
Can you believe they are 100% different than my stash?
 I've got half of the strips cut and half of those stitched already.

Not sure what I'm talking about? Check out the bottom of this post

I didn't get far on the Kennel Quilts.
It appears I've got extra time tonight to work on them some more...

This doll quilt is nearly done. Woohoo!!
It needs half hexies along the right and full hexies along the bottom.
When the top/bottom are trimmed flat and it's quilted/washed it should fit perfectly.


Friday, September 08, 2017

Feline Friday - 9/8/17

It might look like I'm being a lazy Monkey but I'm really resting up so I can help Momma this
weekend. She's gonna need lots of snoopervison!!

Ya see...Harvey went to visit Texas and now Irma is gonna visit Florida.

(Momma lived in Miami for 14 years - long before I adopted her. It was after Andrew visited but she still got to visit with Katrina, Rita and 5 or 6 others).

Momma doesn't have money to donate but she found out that there are kitties and doggies who can use little quilts. They are called Kennel Quilts. Shelters put them in the bottom of cages or P.T.Us to make the kitties more comfortable. (Oh Yeah - you heard me - we ain't makin' no stinkin' dog quilts!)

Momma wants to make some this weekend. They are only 12 x 18" so it shouldn't be so hard.

Click here for:
More info
Free Patterns
Shelters that currently need Kennel Quilts - Sign up for their email list and learn about new shelter needs as they are added to the list.

Sew what do you think, my fellow felines?
Can anyone else snoopervise their staff into making some Kennel Quilts??




Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #16

Yipp!! You read that right!
Report #16!!
That means we are officially 4 months into this project!!

Let's start with the forgotten picture from last Wednesday...

69 - 64 - 68 - 66 - 69 - 68 - 68
Last week I stated that this was the first monochromatic week of the project but it turns out I was wrong. Oopsies! It was the first week of all 60s but there had been an all 70s week that I forgot about.

Lots of variety this week:

71 - 63 - 58 - 65 - 66 - 76 - 62
Your eyes are NOT deceiving you - those are broccoli on my bright green hexie :)


Here is the last 16 weeks! Remember that the top row was left to right (starting May 17) and the second is right to left. We are now back to left to right.

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Would you like to help me with a scrappy secret-for-now project? 

I'm working on a secret-for-now project for the next month and I'm looking to make it the scrappiest I possibly can. It's probably a long term project but I need to keep it secret for just a little while - how about I reveal my progress at our October HeLP? Is that fair?

If you have a few scraps that you can convince yourself to part with I would be forever grateful. Any color or genre fabric is game but the piece does need to be 2.5" x 7" for me to use it. That should fit nicely in a small envelope with a regular stamp.

Please email me for my address. THANK YOU!!!
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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

The Bibliophile Files - 9/5/17

Here's a quicky book report for the month - I'm back to doing taxes during my lunch hours so there is little time for blogging :(

I've now finished 69 of 90 books so far this year. Whoo Hoo!!! Goodreads says I'm actually 9 books AHEAD of schedule which is a miracle given that I can't remember the last time I listened to a book on my iPhone while going for a walk thanks to Mr Ankle...I miss walking. Whine. Whine. Whine.


FINISHED
     The Shack
     The Whiskey Sea
     Lady Killer
     The Last Child
     If I'm Found
     Sadako & the 1,000 Paper Cranes
     Crash & Burn
     Twisted
     The Dorito Effect

IN PROGRESS
     Paperback - Our Family Quilt
     On my iPhone - In My Hands
     On my home stereo - The Museum of Innocence

And now it's your turn - what books have you read in the last month?!
Anything counts - novel, magazine, quilt pattern or cereal box!



Friday, September 01, 2017

Feline Friday - 9/1/17

Now that the weather is turning yellow and green, I've been spending more time inside with Momma, especially at night. I've snuggled with her every night this week - not just by her feet like when the Bleu monster lived here but in her arms and even next to her head last night. How come I've never slept at the head of the bed before?

Aren't my furs nice?
Just ignore the random grey hairs - must be from taking care of Momma

I also assisted Momma with taxes this week. She works very hard so sometimes she needs to be reminded to take a break now and then. Sometimes I have to get **real** close to make her take a break.


Sometimes I just sit nearby.


In return, Momma builds me a fort.

Life is good at Casa Grande!




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #15

So, I'm having a week...not just a Monday, but a week....Saturday can't get here fast enough. Then I can put my foot up again and get back to some hexies :)

I'm working on school taxes this week. There is always something goofy but I think this year takes the cake. I generally have a three day weekend plus several weeknights to work on them. This year I only have 2.5 weeknights because they were printed really late. I was up in the middle of the night working on taxes last night so I'll blame my addled brain for not remembering to take a picture this morning of my rosette. I had really thought that repeating "take a picture take a picture take a picture" in the shower would remind me but no such luck. I think when the water goes off all ideas go down the drain with the water.

And I was sew excited to share because it was a yellow-all-the-way week and that's the first monohcromatic week since we started on 5/15/17. Next week I'll have to share several catch up photos.


In the meantime, this was what I was doing last Saturday...I was asked to do a demo at our local Farmer's Market!! Many people were thrilled with the concept of the Temperature Quilt (on the left) and they can't wait to see how it looks next spring when it's "finished".

I've pretty much decided to do another temp quilt next year (maybe for several coming years?) and I think it would be really interesting to eventually have an exhibit where the quilts were hung side by side to compare them all. I don't relish making and storing a big quilt for each year so I may have to rethink how I'm going forward next year...


As soon as those tax bills are dropped in the mail tomorrow I can get back to quilting my owl quilt - our exhibit goes up Friday evening and I'm running out of time. Eek! I've finished the curved cross hatching and borders and the binding is on.

I still need to add more quilting to each star to "flatten" it to counteract the curved cross hatching puffing up the stars. It's ok as is for the exhibit if need be but I've got some simple ideas that would add some fun detail. I've got lots more pictures to share on this project...hopefully next week.




Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #14 - 8/23/17

Yesterday was an interesting weather day :)


It was 84 before a number of storms moved in but luckily there were no actual tornadoes. The storms were riding a cold front and today we are in the upper 60s which feels devine!

73 - 79 - 82 - 75 - 78 - 81 - 84F

If you will recall from last week's weather report, I was behind on last week's weather rosette due to the fair. That was easily caught up by week's end thanks to some time off work and doctor's orders to stay off my ankle as much as possible but then I also let the next rosette slide. I wanted to catch up last night but couldn't remember what Monday's temperature was since it's written down on my calendar at work. Oh well, it's another red so I'll finish this up tonight. As I type it's 69F - which I'll get stitched up tonight and get this project back on schedule.

Since my deputy was working yesterday afternoon, I took advantage of a lot of banked sick time to go home and sit on the couch. Before I hit the couch I did some ruler work tho.


I considered stopping after just the white stitching was done. It blended nicely and I just wasn't sure how my idea for also using grey and red threads to accent those fabrics would look in the final quilt. In the end I pushed on and I'm glad I did.


I really like how the stitching lines that follow the "pointed" side of each third-hexie accentuate the over all design. Using a straight ruler with my ruler foot made this super fast.


Tonight I'll get the edges trimmed and keep thinking about binding fabric. I have enough of the light gray to just gitterdone but I really would like to use the red - which I don't have enough of. I know a store that *might* still have more but I'm not sure if it's worth the long trip. It will depend on how my doctor visit goes on Friday (my last summer Friday off) and when the school taxes arrive so that I need to start working on those.

I also picked out another ruler design for another doll quilt that is just a wee bit from being done. Here's hoping the clamshell design will be as easy as it looks.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Solar Eclipse Day!!

I survived the fair. I help at several different booths and that often leads to lots of sitting and that means lots of hexies.

I also went to the doctor last week for my ankle. He said I need to rest it as much as possible for the next week so that lead to more sitting and more hexies...


I'm thrilled to say that, as of this morning, I've finished the center/color section!!!  Woohoo!!!!!!


Not bad, considering I started this little doll quilt on July 28th.
Tonight I'll cut the cream for the borders and get started on those...

Another part of my "sitting" was to work on the owl quilt. As you may recall, I made the top and bottom border wider than the sides to square up the quilt. I quilted piano keys in the narrower side borders but I felt that the top and bottom needed a little more than just the piano keys since they were so wide.


I decided to use the same curved ruler to create scallops and then I used another new ruler to create a line of bubbles along the scallops.


I think this has eaten up enough of the border to now add the piano keys.
If you don't mind my saying so ... this quilt is looking GOOD!!

Oh please, let the sun on the shoebox be an omen for good weather!

And most importantly today, Solar Eclipse Day, I have my pinhole box prepped! The Weather peeps keep waffling about what the weather will be but it's sun and blue skies right now at 12:37 so I can only hope this will continue until we reach max eclipse at 2:35. Happy Viewing!!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

HeLP for Hexie-aholics - 8/17/17

Hello and welcome to a quicky Fair edition of Hexie Linky Party for Hexie-aholics!!!


I'm not quite finished with the last weather rosette so this is where we stand. I've pre-placed some of the background fabrics for future weeks - which means I have full authority to move them elsewhere.


I'm still working on ruler-quilting the owl quilt. I need just another 15 minutes to finish quilting the neutral bits. Next up is piano keys in the turquoise borders.


Hmmm..another project to work on. We are thinking of doing something with this for Hexie Club so I'm *obligated* to make a sample block or two. Now to pick fabrics...

What are you working on? Any paper shape or vintage project is fair game!!!




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Almost Wordless Wednesday Weather Report #13

It's Fair week, I'm behind and I'm a little panicky about catching up...
 :(

77 - 80 - 72 - 74 - 72 - 77 - 78





Monday, August 14, 2017

It's County Fair week and life is crazy...


Saturday was checking in the antiques (my family runs this division) and getting the open hearth cooking demo area situated.

Sunday was judging the antique displays in the morning and cooking with my SIL and nephews from 1-9pm. Thankfully my brother is a pyro (fireman!) and keeps the fires burning so we can concentrate on getting all the food cooked.

Just 6 more days to go!

I've had some time for hexies between the other chores but that's about it in the quilting department.

Sorry - I know the photo is dark but we're lucky I remembered at all as I was running to work today. Luckily, tonight is a "rest" day so I'm home from the fair but need to get the lawn mowed and pick blackberries. That is if the projected T-Storms hold off...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Feline Firday - 8/11/17

Dude - it is exhausting making friends with that new black & white "cat" in the neighborhood...


Look what Auntie Sharon sent Momma!!
A tote bag with kitties on each outside pocket and another on the inside.


How did she get my picture on there?




Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #12 - 8/9/17

Can you believe it?
We are officially one-quarter of the way through this project!!!!!
Woohoo!!!
Has anyone new joined in? We would love to have you jump in at any time!

81 - 81 - 75 - 63 - 72 - 75 - 75F

Be sure to join our linky party below...even if you aren't stitching along you can tell us what the weather is in your neck of the woods.

Julierose asked about my new Ott light so I thought I would share. I had the "flip phone" version of the Ott light for the last 20 years. It worked great so I had my eye out for that version again. There was a :modern" flip open style but it just seamed cheap when the old one had been as heavy and sturdy as a rock. Then I saw this goose neck version. I like the table models because my couch has a wooden frame that it sights nicely on and I can easily travel with it if I need.

Yes, the cat pillow used to freak out Midgie.
I even used to need to look twice to see who was sitting on the couch.

I've made great progress on my latest hexie obsession:


I've blacked out the completed hexies and, while I didn't do the math this morning, I'm going to go way out on a limb and say the colored center is half done!!! And now I'll get off the computer and take advantage of the rest of my lunch to get started on the other half...




Monday, August 07, 2017

A busy Summer Weekend...

It was another busy, busy summer weekend and while some of it was quilting related, most was not.

I started my long weekend with a FART (fabric acquisition road trip) to the city to get the black for my latest doll cat quilt. When I got to Ivy Thimble, with my samples in hand, I realized it was a dark blue. Silly me. I bought the fabrics I needed for the doll cat quilt and a few other FQs for my woodsmen quilt and a couple oranges for my temperature quilt. I found out today that the weather peeps are saying that August is going to be below normal temperatures. Maybe I should have found more oranges...

Next stop was Patricia's Fabric House for a couple more woodsman fabrics. This is only the 2nd or 3rd time I've been to this store but I finally figured out why they ask if I'm on the mailing list. I told her no but lifted the coupons I had printed from their website. 10% off. Woohoo!!!

Next was The Bobbin Case, a Bernina dealer. I picked up a few quilting rulers, as opposed to piecing rulers. The lady in the store didn't understand what I meant - what do you guys calling quilting rulers?

At Joanne's I bought a new Ott light - my old one was ~20 years old and recently kicked the bucket. I used it daily for hexies and I really needed one ASAP. This one is LED and almost too bright compared to the old one...shows you how technology changes.

I got home just in time to turn around and go to hexie club. We close the store so I check out the girls with their new purchases and then I needed to do hexie paper inventory to place an inventory this week.

Saturday was our annual Fire Department golf tournament. I am in charge of registration, raffles and all things money. When I have some down time it's all about the hexies!!

1 ticket / $2
3 ticket / $5

Sunday afternoon was spent at the 145th annual Pioneer Picnic, helping mom sell ice cream and quilt raffle tickets. The quilt proceeds go to the new roof/siding fund for the Castile Historical House. You know, where I am VP. Hmm...my hand in the money again. Did you sense a trend?

Anyway...the rest of the weekend was spent with me sitting and stitching. I could really use a nap...but I need to finish getting ready for the fair to start on Saturday and as soon as that is over the following weekend I can start working on school taxes. Hmm...more money!