Quilt for Fun – Early Fall

Quilt for Fun – Early Fall

I think it might be almost fall.  I’ve got lots of tomatoes and squash and the weather is cooler and cloudier.  We’ve even had a bit of rain, which we happily welcomed.  I baked our traditional First Week of School cookies yesterday.  My mom used to bake these early in September either to ease the drama of a return to more structured school days or (more probably) as a celebration of peace and quiet.  I baked them for my kids for the same reasons and still do just because I can.  The good news is that they’re yummy.  The bad news is that they’re made of butter, graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut and sweetened condensed milk.  Since they’re mostly sugar and fat, how could they not taste great?  I only make them once a year as Sweet Husband and I can chow those babies down in record time.

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In an attempt to improve my piecing skills, I bought a kit and pattern by Elizabeth Hartman called “Aviatrix.”  I don’t do kits very often but since this pattern called for 25 solid fat quarters, I decided to get to the part I really wanted to work on.  (I pretty much have the shopping part down.)  The cutting alone is quite a project.  Apparently, I’m also working on patience.  Here’s the picture of the center.  It actually went together more easily than I thought it would.  There was a minimum of ripping and swearing.  Now there are six more pieced borders.

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I went back to a helper that I thought I didn’t need anymore.  I put a small piece of moleskin on the ¼” line in front of the needle on my machine to help me stay on the straight and narrow.  It really helps a lot.  It seems to work better for me than the ¼” foot.

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I’m also finding that I like the wide foot for small pieces.  The beginnings just go more smoothly.

 

Since Labor Day isn’t until next week,  “Halloween Housing” will be available until next week.  Then it will go away for a while until the pattern that goes with it is available.  It’s a fun way to use up those cute Halloween fabrics that you didn’t want to cut up into little pieces.

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Quilt for Fun – Late Summer

Quilt for Fun – Late Summer

Every year at about this time, I say the same thing:  Why does summer go by so fast?  One minute it’s fireworks and parades and the next it’s back to school.  The list of what I wanted to get done “this summer” is still, largely, just a list with but few check marks.  I did finish a couple of UFOs and “Halloween Housing” needs only to be bound.

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I took a class from Karla Alexander at the end of July and just couldn’t rest until the top was finished.  The pattern is called “Red Onion” from Karla’s book, “Stack a New Deck.”  My version is  “Onion of a Different Color.”  Karla is a great teacher and the class was a lot of fun.

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This summer I’ve seen so many new fabrics and techniques that I love, it’s hard to choose what to do next.  I have lots of ideas for new projects and find myself annoyed when I have to go shopping, plan dinner or throw a load in the washing machine.  We went to see the Minion movie a few weeks ago and I think I need some Minions to do housework and weeding and laundry.  Also, errands, grocery shopping and cooking the boring stuff.  Wouldn’t that be cool?  I even saw some Minion fabric.  “Bello!”  I would even make them their own quilt.

The whole Northwest has had a hot, dry summer.  Please remember our firefighters in your thoughts and prayers.  Portland has had a record number of days over 90 degrees.  The good news is that the veggie gardens are having a banner year and the fruit has been terrific.  The bad news is that the glorious sunsets are partially due to smoke in the air and fire season is far from over.

No matter what I’m working on, Ella is always good for some commentary or reminding me when it’s time for a treat.

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She never, EVER forgets treat time.

“Halloween Housing” will only be on sale until the end of August.  When you next see it, it will be part of a double pattern.  Turn to our shopping page for more details.

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It’s a beautiful summer morning with sunshine, a light breeze, singing birds and some crows.  I spent the week before last at the Quilter’s Affair in Sisters, taking a four-day class from Katie Pasquini Masopust.  We each brought a finished quilt as a jumping off point for a series of quilts.  I seriously surprised myself by doing four small quilt tops.  Each of us in the class was on her own little journey from very abstract to realistic, from patchwork to acrylic paint on silk and a whole lot in between.  I tried some things I hadn’t done before.  For me it was about experimenting with techniques and if it worked, great.  If not, then at least I learned something.  When I got home I finished the last one in the series, quilted it and hung it up.  It’s called The Last Leaf on the Tree.  It’s simple, effective and I like it.

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Going to Sisters always prompts all kinds of new ideas for me.  The big problem is that I can’t do them all, have them all, or buy them all.  I’ve been told by someone who knows me well, (thank you, Sweet Husband) to reprioritize and cut myself a break.  It’s time to pick a few favorites from the favorites.  And maybe indulge in a bit of meditation to calm my overwhelmed senses.

The week after I got back was mainly one of recovery.  Six days of quilts is kind of a lot.  When overwhelm sets in, learning and appreciation levels really go down.  Of course, we’ve already made reservations for next year.

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While I was gone, my vegetable garden went crazy.  It looks like a jungle out there and it seems that one of my “zucchini” plants is actually a cucumber.  I’m not quite sure what to do as I have two other cucumber plants that are producing an embarrassment of riches.  Better lock up your cars or I may leave you some unsolicited cukes!

I just realized that I offered a special on “Halloween Housing” a couple of weeks ago and didn’t put it up on the site.  I’ll be fixing that this afternoon.  It’s really a fun little quilt and goes together fast.  Check it out.

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