"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Triangles by the Sea

Do you ever find a fabric and want to buy bolts and bolts of it?
This is how I feel about Kaffe Fassett's Spiral Shell fabric. 
I love this fabric and have used it in several quilts already.




I've also made a couple of quilts with triangles and really like this design.
They are quick, easy and look so nice.



Polka dots are some of my favorite prints.
This color palate makes me smile! 

 

This baby quilt will be put away for a future baby.
It was nice to do some mindless sewing and quilting.
 





Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Natalie's Tree Skirt

A dear friend has a daughter who is getting married on Saturday
and her gift is finished,
just in time.

My Traditional Wedding Gift....
when appropriate, of course.
:)




I love the glitz and sparkle in the fabrics used for this
Christmas Tree skirt.
It would have been fun to quilt it with silver thread,
but I didn't have any and needed to get it quilted.

 

It will be wrapped and delivered this week.
 

This pattern is can be found here
and uses one layer cake with some yardage for the setting triangles.
Easy pattern, but I love the design.

I am linking to Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Happy Quilting!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Seeing Wonderful Sights...

Late Thursday night,
my husband and I returned home from a wonderful vacation.
We took a Rhine River cruise with our dear friends
and saw some beautiful sights.
Cruising up river, even though we were going south,
was so relaxing and fun.
The scenery along the Rhine is amazing and the history we saw
and learned about was wonderful.

Here are just a few of the photos I took on our trip.


We started the trip by spending a couple of days in Amsterdam.
It rained and rained while we were there,
but we slogged and trudged through the storms
and saw some wonderful things.

It was too late for the tulips,
but we found these at the flower market.

 

A few of the many houseboats along the canals.

 

You can't go to the Netherlands without seeing the windmills.
There were 19 of these historic windmills in this one area.
They are on the historical registry and have to be maintained
by the owners.



The cathedral in Cologne, Germany was just beautiful.
Amazingly, very little damage was done to this cathedral during WWII.

Below is the cathedral at night from across the Rhine.
 



One afternoon we cruised up the Middle Rhine
and saw castle after castle after castle.

 

Some have been restored and are now hotels,
restaurants or youth hostels.



Marksburg Castle is the only castle that had never been destroyed.



Some look over quaint little towns with vineyards growing up the hills.
These vines are planted in vertical rows on these hills.
Some of the hills are very steep and we were amazed that they could grow like that
and be harvested!

 

Some castles looked over other castles.
This white one in the river was built to collect tolls from the boats traveling on the Rhine.
The Rhine River has the most boat traffic of any river in the world.



There were more beautiful, big churches than I could count along the way.
I love the little chapel on the hill, looking down on the town and river.




 When in Germany, do what the Germans do....
drink beer.
We went on a Pub crawl and this is what you do when you don't 
want another glass of beer.



In Heidelberg we toured a castle that had been added onto several 
different times and was then destroyed by Louis XIV.
Three different centuries are represented here.



 And then there was the architecture of the homes.
Half timber homes, old plaster homes...
all with gorgeous flowers in window boxes and pots.






 I loved this building.
It held a pottery shop in the first floor space
and hung the examples on the outside of the building.




This is one of HUNDREDS of wineries in Alsace, France.
They grow seven different varieties of grapes and have to follow rigid guidelines
when making the wine.
These barrels are 90 to 200 years old!


The world's largest cuckoo clock can be found in the Black Forest of Germany
where cuckoo clocks are made.
There were some fancy clocks in this shop!

 

This is a stork!
Annabelle is her name and she lives in her nest on top
of the remnants of a church that was bombed in WWII.
Storks mate for life, migrate to South Africa and other places
and come back to the same nest year after year.
She put on quite a show for us this day!

 

On our last day we visited Colmar.
My husband is a bit of a WWII history buff and was pleased to be able to see this memorial
to Audie Murphy.
We went on a tour of the battle in Colmar and had an excellent guide.
It was a sobering afternoon.


We are adjusting back to east coast time, while remembering the 
wonderful time we had on the river cruise.



Happy Weekend!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Kaleidoscope Quilt Top Finish

This kit has been a lot of fun to make!
The fabrics are cheery,
the design is random and freeing
and a quilt top is finished.


This is the top half sewn together.

 

And the whole quilt top.
I need to find a good place to take photos of my large quilts.
They are too big for my design wall
and I don't have a good place to stand and hold them up for photographs.

 

You get to see the fabrics and colors here, though.

 

The Design Floor Shot.

 

This will go in the
"waiting to be quilted" stack.
Another quilt out of my cabinet
and almost finished.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Second Quilting Session

I've mentioned here before that I am taking classes to learn how to use a
Long arm quilting machine.
I've had my second quilting session and
I love it!!

The most challenging thing for me at this point is getting used to how
"loose" the long arm feels.
I'm used to having to pull fabric through my sewing machine
and the drag that the quilt has on the quilting.
With the long arm, I feel like I just have to touch it and it goes.

So...
I've been saving another ugly quilt for practice.

What do you get when you combine fabric you don't like
with a boring pattern?


You get a great quilt to use for practice
when learning to long arm!


Some of the fabrics in this jelly roll has stars,
so I decided to quilt stars throughout.
Some of the stars are spot-on,
others.... not so much.

 

Using the long arm is becoming more comfortable for me,
but I am a LONG way from being "good" on it.
Practice makes perfect!
(Or better. :))

The next session has been scheduled.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Christmas in June

Usually the retail market calls for
Christmas in July,
but I don't have a wedding in July.
A wedding gift is needed for June.
As some of you know,
my traditional wedding gift is a 
Christmas Tree Skirt.

The top is finished and it's ready for quilting.




This is a shimmery, sparkly, silvery tree skirt.
I love these festive prints and colors.
It's all basted and ready to quilt.

 

Hopefully it will be finished soon.

The pattern is called
by Moda Bakeshop.
It goes together in a snap!




I'm making progress on the
Kaleidoscope kit  
and have one quarter of it sewn together.
The randomness of the fabric placement is so fun.
As I was placing the blocks on my design wall,
I left a few of the same fabrics next to each other.
It gives it more visual interest, I think.

Hopefully this will be a finished top soon.

Happy quilting!

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Quilt and Finished Socks

Last weekend I began cutting out a new quilt.
It's a kit I've had for a while
and decided this one would be next on my
"Get It Finished and Out of My Cabinet"
Parade.

The blocks are all sewn together and the top is ready to be pieced.



This was a kit from Craftsy called Kaleidoscope.
The kit was on sale, so the cost of the fabric was a real deal.
I ordered the kit primarily for the fabric,
but really liked the pattern once it arrived.

 

It looks like a pile of jewels to me.
These blocks will be 9" finished.
 


I love the randomness of the block and fabric placement.
Hopefully the top will be sewn together soon.



There are some knitting finishes today, too.



How do you like the yellow stripes at the top of the socks?
I bought the yarn and loved the yellow with the grays and blues.
I just started knitting away and kept waiting for more yellow to come through.
Finally I read the directions on the skein and realized that the yellow
yarn was there to know where to begin knitting the second sock.
This way I'd have matching socks.
Well, I was too far into the knitting of sock one and decided
the yellow stripe would stay.

I did end up with matching socks, though!!

 


These socks were made from some sock yarn my mom found at Tuesday Morning.

 

Since the socks are finished, I decided to knit another shawl.
The pattern can be found here
I'm having to pay attention to the pattern, so this is going to take a while,
but it's a fun shawl to knit.

Happy Friday!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day





Stop and remember those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

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It's a rainy, dreary day here today...
Not a good day for a picnic.
I guess I'll have to do a little quilting instead.


The other day I finished sewing the top of the latest baby quilt together.
The edges need to be trimmed and then it will be ready for quilting.



When I posted photos of this the other day,
people commented on how "beachy" it looks.
I have to agree.
It reminds me of sea glass.

 
 This one will be for a new Great Nephew who will be born in August.
It's hard for me to find fabrics I like for boy quilts,
but this one fits the bill!



For the past couple of months
I've been working on getting my Piles
of started projects finished.
It's gone pretty well and I have just a couple left to finish.
Now, I'm going to begin working on kits and quilts
for which I have purchased fabric but not yet started.




This is a kit I ordered last year,
made with Anna Maria Horner fabrics.
I cut and cut and sewed and sewed
and began trimming HST's over the weekend.




The kit description said this is a "Weekend" project.
I guess the question is... how many weekends?
I am a fast quilter and there is no way I could make this in a weekend.
It isn't a race, though, and it will be done in it's time.

Today I'm linking to Design Wall Monday at

Happy Quilting!