Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Done: 2 Christmas Quilts

 It's hard to find fabric with little white dogs so when I spotted
this I just had to have it no matter the cost.
 All this fabric came in one quilt kit [with suggested pattern].  
I kept the block size the same but wanted all the centers
to be little white dogs.  
 Tomorrow I'll be adding this to a Facebook emergency 
auction to help out a westie rescue that is dire need
of money.  Starting bid will be $60 so we'll see
how high it will go.  In these types of auctions the idea is
to start low to encourage folks to bid up.

The fabric for this kit is from the Storybook line which
is [I believe] a reproduction fabric.  
 This was also a kit which I modified making it larger.
The kit suggested all the cream/red blocks be placed
together.  Doing that made such a tiny quilt ... so the
simple addition of the snowflake print makes this a 
usable size for a child.
The back I had fun putting together.  This will be
set aside for the grand daughter of a neighbor.  

Yesterday I finished sewing the bindings on several
other quilts.  You will be seeing them as soon as I 
give them a good pressing. 
 Another jelly roll leaves my stash.
I sorted the colors into groups per the instructions.   
This quilt will whip up quickly once I start on it.  
As crazy as this sounds I like to work on two projects at once.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Autumn Leaves

 This is so sweet ~ Julep holding the blocks while she sleeps.
 Guess I'll go back to working on this later.

 I'm satisfied with the layout so now I'll start sewing
the rows together [that is] when Julep wakes up from
her second nap of the day.

Do Not Disturb ... 'The Princess' 
Not to worry I always have two projects going on
at the same time.  The Nutcracker quilt is for a neighbors grandson.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Same Block Different Fabric

 I'm going to say it one more time ... I love making this simple
quilt block.  On the right is the completed holiday quilt and 
over on the left is the start of an autumn quilt.
Sweet  Julep 
 Using a Jelly Roll [which is pre-cut 2-1/2" strips of 
fabric] cuts off a lot of time per block.
Waiting for the next step in completion of the block.
 Fall is right around the corner.
 Moving on to winter and snowflake fabric.

I'm ready to move on to the next step in the quilting process.
Today I spray basted 6 lap quilts and on Monday I hope
to start quilting.  That will clean off my table of open projects. 
 Thanks for stopping by and have a good one.

Friday, August 18, 2017

New Christmas Fabric

 Temptation gave way to placing a fabric order 
from a new on-line site called the Fabric Shack in Ohio.
While this is a modest order I'm happy with the
quality of all the fabric. 

 Two yard cuts which will be used for quilt backs.

 Since there are a few kids on my holiday sewing list that need
quilts I found some cute fabric that will work nicely.

 Owls ... a favorite of mine.
 This print is sweet.
While not a holiday theme fabric I still had to get a yard.
On another subject
Smooth Jazz Artist ... Brian Culbertson 
Last night Wilson and & I went to the Ram's Head Tavern
in Annapolis, Maryland to see Brian in concert.  This is the second
time we've seen him perform but what was special is I snagged front
 row seats.  Can't get any better than that.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Freshly Groomed Westies & Scottie Holiday Quilt Block

 We have a new groomer in St. Michaels and I made an appointment
for the fur-kids.  They were long overdue and had a heavy
coat to provide it.  I was doing the routine maintenance
but I still don't have the nerve to use the big clippers on them.
 It's play time on my quilt blocks after the groomers.
Beautiful Julep - hard to believe she's 9 years old.
 I've been busy working on holiday quilts and 
enjoying every second.  Great progress is being 
made because there is nothing on TV so the sewing
machine is running late into the night.

 The Scottie fabric was a leftover from last year.  I was looking at
it for several days waiting for it to 'speak to me'.  Finally the
light bulb went on and I started digging through my
stash to find fabric that would work.
I used Julep as a model to show off the
beautiful fabric I picked for the binding.

 A stack of mini-terriers ready for the sewing machine.
The fabric on the lower right corner is what I'm
working with now.
The Scottie quilt is done and is on the stack of 'to be quilted' quilts.
I'll finish up the another one tomorrow before we head out
to see smooth jazz artist Brian Culbertson at the Ram's Head.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pictures from Ocean City, Maryland

 Sunrise over the ocean: Day #1
My sister & I went to Ocean City, MD for a little mini-vacation.  
I was amazed at how calm the ocean waves are.
 Early morning sun worshippers claiming there
spot in the sand for the day.
 The condo we rented for two nights belongs to a
friend.  My sister and I loved this building and the
location.  We kidded that we should buy a condo
in this building ... but I seriously doubt if that
will ever happen.  Renting is hassle-free.

 This is a one bedroom unit.
 I'm pretty sure the guy who owns this truck will
not be happy with all the seagull poop on his roof.
Amusement's at the end of the boardwalk. 
Pizza:  Dinner Day #1
 Our favorite pizza joint on the boardwalk.  We've been going
there for pizza since our parents took us there as kids.
 I had no trouble finding a parking spot at the big lot
located at the Inlet which is the very end of the boardwalk.
 I didn't know this was the week for the world famous
white marlin fishing tournament.  The photo is not great
since all I had was my iPhone but the line of fishing boats
coming into the Inlet was amazing.  People had chairs in the
sand watching all the big expensive boats come back in
to have their catch measured and weighted.
 Pizza:  Dinner Day #2
Same place, same pizza, different waitress.
 You can't leave the beach without taking home a box
of taffy, a box of fudge, and a tub of popcorn.
 Saying good-bye to the sun, sand, and ocean.
Debby and I had a great time.  We hit a few stores in
Salisbury prior to checking into the condo.  The weather
was perfect and on Wednesday I drove up to the outlet
centers in Rehoboth Beach.  All in all a perfect two day