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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Greetings from the lovely Pacific Northwest.   We hope you had a wonderful Independence Day Weekend.  Around here, we generally view July 4th as the beginning of summer.  This year, summer started early.  My veggie garden, which was just baby plants a couple of weeks ago has gone crazy.  I’m pretty sure that if I just sat out there and watched, I could see the squash plants grow.  They’re all flowering and most have little squashes started.

 

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This week is all about quilting for me.  I’m spending the week in Sisters, Oregon, taking a four-day class and enjoying the company of other quilters.  I’m especially excited this year as the last time I went was three years ago! Other fun life events have gotten in the way the last couple of years and I’m glad to return to quilt week.  I’ll be posting some pictures throughout the week of quilts and the town of Sisters.  The whole town becomes about the quilting for the week and it’s just fun.

I’m packing up the usual ton of stuff, knowing full well that whatever fabrics I take, I will need to buy some when I start class.  Apparently, that’s just a law of nature, or law of quilting.  And there will be some new thing or book I just can’t live without. I’m taking the camera, opening my mind and just letting the beauty and ideas flow in.

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This doesn’t seem like enough stuff.  What could I have forgotten?

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Just in case you’re wondering.  I shall be home, in the air conditioning, thinking up a cunning new plan.

                        -Ella

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