7.19.16

This is my favorite kind of morning. Cool, foggy, and full of secrets. 

Scientifically, I know that the density of the fog makes the birdsong muffled, but I like the idea that the morning has secrets for me to discover.








Splendid Sampler block #45 is called Sewing Nut and is designed by Frances Newcombe
It's that cutesy style like the embroidery of block #44, kind of a child-like Japanese style. I admire the design talent, but it is not my favorite to execute. 

Something that takes this long to complete should be more pleasing to my personal aesthetic. You can see I exchanged the applique tree and leaves in favor of a quick outline stitch. 

Anyway, I am taking pleasure in completing each block and learning new techniques.

7.16.16

Finished my PULSE quilt top. It will be sent to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild along with another quilt that was made by members of my modern guild, Southern Appalachian Modern Quilt Guild. 

I will show you that quilt when I get a picture of it in August, when it comes back from the quilter.


Splendid Block #43 is by Pat Sloan and is called Pincushion Love. It is entirely appropriate that the pins are bent, just like my real pins.
You can barely tell, but the background is a very dark blue with red tattersall weave.




Splendid Block # 44 is called Stitch in the Garden by Gail Pan. I am amazed at how little I care to do embroidery of this style. I thought I really liked it. I guess appreciating someone's work and enjoying duplicating it do not necessarily follow.
Last week's Temecula Circa 2016, July 9 is a Friendship Star block.












Here is this week's: Yankee Puzzle














Second Saturday for July (Amish With a Twist from Bless My Stitches Quilt Shop)










I got a little behind with my June Gypsy block from Quilt Shop on Main, but here it is. July will be late, as well!


7.12.16

Mystery solved! HusbandofQuiltyFriend, half of a gardening duo, identified my plant as a Paulownia Tree. 

It goes by several names, such as Princess Tree or Empress Tree. 

It is cousin to the Snapdragon and Butterfly Bush.

Since mine is growing under the overhang of my roof, it must be transplanted and soon.

Someone's full-grown Paulownia


It will grow to be 20 feet or more. 

Ironically, it dislikes clay and rocky soil. 

I have a feeling transplanting it is going to cause it some distress since clay and rocky soil is what I grow best in my yard.

Blossoms up close

Blossoms that Marcelo Garcia liked
Did another Splendid Block. This is #42, Pencils by Jane Davidson. I enjoyed making it.

7.3.16

My gladioli are blooming one at a time. Since they are not making a big show in the garden, I am cutting them and enjoying them in the house, stalk by stalk. I like this photo. It reminds me of Georgia O'Keeffe.



Splendid Sampler Block #40, designed by Barb Groves and Mary Jacobson, is called Flights of Friendship.










Splendid Sampler Block # 41, Sew South, designed by Jennifer Mathis.


Temecula circa 2016, July 1 block, is called Shoofly.

This is the most recent block sewn, I was concentrating better and enjoyed this one.


 Amish with a Twist. I assure you there are WAAAAAAY more seams that were sewn than it looks. My concentration was off, and so was my sewing.







Southern Appalachian Modern Quilt Guild Block of the month: Applique'. Mine is 5.5" by 9.5", half sized. My concentration has been wandering. I need to get some good streaming shows that take up most of my mind so my applique' is more even in temperament.

7.4.16

MONDAY MANTRA

Patience (again)

6.27.16

MONDAY MANTRA

Yes, I waited until some were ripe. I tasted them this morning while out walking the dog. Sweet and delicious!!!

Here is another example of my patience. For three years or more, this plant has tried to grow in the same spot in one of my flower beds. I don't know what it is. The first three years, I pulled it out when it was only about four leaves big. This year, I'm waiting for it to bloom or do whatever it is going to do. The leaves are a little furry and the insects and snails seem to leave it alone. Do you know what it is?

6.26.16

From Stashtea.com
DLB brought me some tea from Portland. It is delicious! 

Last night I had Portland Blend and this morning, I'm not sure of the name but it has a flowery bouquet and it is a white tea base. 

The D in DLB stands for DEAR, because she is!


Splendid Sampler #38 was designed by Pam Kitty Morning (Pam Viera-McGinnis) and is called Vintage Flower Basket. I thought I would be adding buttons to the centers of my flowers, but they looked better without any. Maybe some "perfect circles" will do the trick. I am still able to do these blocks from my scrap Civil War type fabrics, although it was difficult to find enough blue to go with the only color of ric-rac I had in my stash.

Block #39 is designed by Aylin Ozturk and is called Balls in the Air. She designed it to be a complex foundation paper piecing work made up of 64 pieces. I simplified my version to 5 pieces on a background.







The next Temecula Circa 2016 block marks the 24th episode in this mystery quilt. It is called Four Patch Pinwheel. I'm having trouble staying in the scrap bag of batiks and have had to dip into my stashed fabrics from time to time, but I am not making a dent on these fabrics in the least. Finished blocks are 3", so some of the things I'm cutting are only 1.25" squared.

6.25.16


Guess which meeting
this bottle of wine goes to?
This round of quilt guilds is as full of parties as the November/December meetings are. Last night, Pieceful Mountain Quilt Guild met early and went to a quilt show just up the street, then walked back to a special dinner meeting of salads and desserts. I try not to eat desserts, but Mrs. Wazoo's bar cookies let me ignore that. I took two home and enjoyed them so much.

Next week is Misty Mountain Quilt Guild's June Memorial Meeting. The spread will be sumptuous, since EVERYone is expected to bring something, and this guild is filled with southern cooks, church ladies, and military wives who ALL have a best dish. We will have a program that remembers the beginning of our group, and memorializes friends and family who have died in the past year.

Then, at Southern Appalachian Modern Quilt Guild, we are having Christmas in July. We are to bring a $20 gift, wrapped uniquely. I have to remember to bring tea, sweeteners, and lemons. 

I spent all Friday morning researching how to wrap a bottle of wine uniquely. I printed out a couple of patterns for wine carriers, but then I realized FUROSHIKI was the answer. After  a few youtube.com videos, I was ready to come up with a combo of techniques. Instead of the light weight Furoshiki fabric, I cut two pieces of quilters cotton, about 24" square and put wrong sides together to begin my wrapping. I tucked in raw edges wherever I could. 

This is the only Christmas fabric I had on hand, and since I am not buying anymore fabric, I had to cut it and free it to go live somewhere else. These are vintage pieces, 20 years older than the wine.




6.23.16

I am not a supplement taker. I know plenty of people that eat whole piles of pills every day mixing minerals, vitamins, and other who knows what. So much so, that I'm sure they have to skip meals because there is not room in their stomachs for food with all those food replacements and enhancers. 

But, I DO take Calm. I take it every night. It can range in price from about $12 to $24 a month. I used to get about three to four hours of sleep a night before coming fully awake and finding it difficult to go back to sleep. Now, mostly I sleep five hours and after waking, I can fall back asleep with minimal effort and sleep two more hours.

I can't easily find it locally--at least, I haven't asked my groc store pharmacy yet if they will order it in. I did pay DOUBLE the usual price at a teeny health food market inside a chiropractor's office (not my chiro) When I got home, I found my bag had my Calm, the organic lentils and organic black beans I purchased, and several religious tracts.  I decided to find a different source, so AMAZON to the rescue.


Except, I could not find exactly what I wanted at what I was willing to pay. I ended up with this, instead.

I'm not sure what the benefits are to having the mgs of the calcium BALANCE the mgs of magnesium, but it seems to work the same as far as my sleep pattern goes. With the other version, I get 80% of my MDR of magnesium, but only 20% of my calcium. I will have to go back to inputting my meals at Sparkpeople.com because they calculate all that and much much more at the bottom of the nutrition tracker page.

6.23.16

I am not a supplement taker. I know plenty of people that eat whole piles of pills every day mixing minerals, vitamins, and other who knows what. So much so, that I'm sure they have to skip meals because there is not room in their stomachs for food with all those food replacements and enhancers. 

But, I DO take Calm. I take it every night. It can range in price from about $12 to $24 a month. I used to get about three to four hours of sleep a night before coming fully awake and finding it difficult to go back to sleep. Now, mostly I sleep five hours and after waking, I can fall back asleep with minimal effort and sleep two more hours.

I can't easily find it locally--at least, I haven't asked my groc store pharmacy yet if they will order it in. I did pay DOUBLE the usual price at a teeny health food market inside a chiropractor's office (not my chiro) When I got home, I found my bag had my Calm, the organic lentils and organic black beans I purchased, and several religious tracts.  I decided to find a different source, so AMAZON to the rescue.


Except, I could not find exactly what I wanted at what I was willing to pay. I ended up with this, instead.

I'm not sure what the benefits are to having the mgs of the calcium BALANCE the mgs of magnesium, but it seems to work the same as far as my sleep pattern goes. With the other version, I get 80% of my MDR of magnesium, but only 20% of my calcium. I will have to go back to inputting my meals at Sparkpeople.com because they calculate all that and much much more at the bottom of the nutrition tracker page.

6.21.16

TEA TIME TUESDAY
I tried a new flavor for some iced "tea".  I like caffeine-free beverages after noon, and this looked like it might be good. So far, I've made it twice and can't seem to get a nice strong flavor. First, I tried it with four teabags in a half gallon, then six the second time. Next time, I'm using the remaining 10 bags.






I think it would be more flavorful if I added sugar, but that is not the point of drinking this. The point is to drink more fluids that DO NOT contain sugar. It's okay, but it's no Tazo Iced Passion.









I've been doing other things, besides making and drinking iced tea. 

I am working on a quilt top for the PULSE project, through Southern Appalachian Modern Quilt Guild. 

The Modern Quilt Guild of Orlando is spearheading the project. 

Those dark things on the left side blocks are safety pins. I use them to help me keep the rows in the right order. At this point, I've only sewn the top two rows together but you can get a pretty good idea of how its going to look.

I also made a pillow case that is long enough for my queen sized pillow. I've had the fabric for a couple of months, now, so it was time.

6.19.16

Here's the Monday Mantra a day early. I know I haven't been as regular with these as I might. I'm not presenting an excuse.



Splendid Sampler block #36 is called Inchy Hexagon Club, designed by Jane Davidson.  

Let me just start off by saying I NEVER thought I would do hexies this small. In fact, I have been entertaining the idea of doing them LARGE, like the size of a dinner plate. These took two and a half hours to prepare and 20 minutes to sew together each flower.

ALSO, let me say, this is a 6" block and the hexies are NOT one inch, but half inch. Hexies are measured along one of the six straight sides. 

There are women who do QUARTER INCH hexi quilts. 

NOT on my bucket list.

Splendid Sampler block #37, Dashing by Chocolate, is designed by Laura Flynn of Cotton Patch Quilt Shop, which is in University Park, FL. I can't imagine there is a quilt shop in Florida that I have not yet visited. The website gives you no idea where this is except an exit number off of I-75. I'm going to guess it is near U of F.

Temecula's Circa 2016 this week is called Old Maid's Puzzle. I think it is reminiscent of last week's baskets, but it is much easier to figure the assembly.

6.12.16

Our weather has been mild and lovely. I have had the windows open a number of times since the rainstorms passed. Its so nice to hear the birds in the morning.



Spent some time thinking about quilts. Surprised, aren't you? 
A woman I know from several of my quilt groups gave me a quilt her mother had made--AN APPLIQUE' QUILT! It is so charming and looks nice on my guest room bed. 



made some comfort blocks this past weekend--blocks for a quilt to be given to someone experiencing a life-changing event. In other words, something horrible that isn't breast cancer.


I'm working on FIVE secret applique' projects, but they are only secret from a few people here and there. QuiltyFriend has seen them all and says my applique' is improving. Always nice to hear. I will share pictures when they become less secret. One of them is the pineapples from a year ago. I just need to piece the blocks together, then quilt it. Don't know why I'm dragging my feet so. I think its because I get tempted by the start of something new.



Anyway, here is Splendid Sampler block #34, designed by  Amy Gibson. It is called Lemonade Block.

Yes, I cheated and didn't sew the curved pieces on the machine. They were such tiny squares, I just applique'd them.









Here is block #35, called The Wishful Garden.  It is designed by Kristyne Czepuryk.
You should click on one of the links above, because Kristyne designed her block with a boatload of embroidery. WISHFUL GARDEN, to me, means, "I wish I felt like doing all that embroidery, but I didn't, so I found a convenient striped fabric."

Here is the latest Circa 2016 from Temecula Quilt Company. It is called Baskets.

Ridiculously difficult to assemble. The directions are something like "Cut pieces these sizes, make it look like the picture." 

Aw, c'mon. You know I exaggerate. I DID have a difficult time trying to figure out where the pieces went, though.

6.9.16


Pink is NOT my favorite color, except when it is. Glad I planted Glads.