Sunday, May 29, 2016

An Evening at Home

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A favorite pastime in Sewtopia is reading. Let me be clear, I don't do romance. Just about anything else is good for me. Current read is The Residence: Inside the Private World of  the White House, by Kate Anderson Brower.  (Available at Full of fascinating stories about the Residence Staff at the White House from  the Kennedy's to the current, I feel a new respect for the workers there. I fear I would never have the patience to tolerate all the whims and weird requests made by certain presidents, wives and families. In this contentious election year I suspect the staff are all in great suspense to find out if the difficult Clintons or the unknown Trumps will be their charge. God Bless the USA!
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

I never cease to amazed at how may (supposed) adults do not know the history of Memorial Day. Shame on them. As we gather in homes, towns, cemeteries and memorials to honor those who have fought and died to give us the freedoms we enjoy today, let us give thanks for their sacrifice.

 Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Celebration. The unofficial start of Summer 2016!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Its The Shawl Ladies, They Are Looking at the Shawl!

Do you watch this series? Yowser. Being Scotch and Irish on my Mother's side, I follow closely. Why? Who knows, it's not like they talked about their heritage all that much because they were Americans! Since I don't like to be cold, The cowls, shawls and capelets worn by the ladies interest me. A quick scan of Ravelry offers several versions of the Outlander knitted pieces. Some patterns are free and some have nominal fees. However, once you determine your measurements rocket science is not required to work out a pattern. On the site there are even pattern and cowl kits available at reasonable prices using the Lion Brand Chunky yarns.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Strings and Rings

Little teapot with French Onion Chive blossoms, how cute are they? I am sort of besotted with them this year. Sitting atop the strings and rings quilt top, they are destined for the decor this week.

Now what is she talking about you say? Do you remember the string blocks I showed a few weeks ago? There were 15, not 16, 15. If there were 16 I could make a nice little square with a wide border and make a table cover for the back porch. If I had 16 I could make a little table runner for the dining room. Bright Summery fabrics lend themselves to many different interpretations.

Using deli paper as a backing, these strings were made from left over jelly roll strips. Not enough to make a quilt but enough to make the center of a quilt!   
Beware the nick of the rotary cutter
And you have been wondering what to do with those little selvage pieces???? A quick wrap and secure with cellophane tape. The answer is right in front of us....designer band-aids for the quilter!!!
 So that accounts for the String part of this story. Now what about the rings? I have a collection of orphan Jelly Rolls. When they are reduced in price they call me. I have a charming little book or two that make stunning quilts just using Jelly Rolls. I can't seem to find them right now, I think I lent them out.... so I have been making things up as I go along.

Soooooooooooo, using an Orphan Jelly Roll, Somerset, from the same designers and manufacturers (Moda, Fig Tree) I was thrilled to remember that one design coordinates with the other from the same designers. Sort of a Moda trade mark. 
The "flimsy"

  • I cut 2 1/2 inch squares from the left over off-white Jelly Roll strips and inserted them on the short end of the Jelly Rolls, much like the Jelly Roll Race quilt from a while ago.  
  • I then joined the string blocks with the white center string forming a chevron pattern. 4 Blocks across, 3 blocks down. 12 blocks in total. The three left over blocks will either be joined to be a little pillow or used in the backing.
  • Next I started attaching the Jelly Roll strips with the 2 1/2 inch squares on each side and then top and bottom. 
  • 6 rings later, the top measures 58 inches by 78 inches. 
  • My original plan was to put all these odd pieces together to make a picnic table cover. Now, I'm not so sure, I think I have a rocking chair lap quilt.  
The chevrons are the middle 12 blocks and the rings are 6 rows of Jelly Roll strips. Nothing brilliant her but I did get to use up that orphan Jelly Roll. I think I have enough strips to make a binding too.
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Long Before His Time.....

A young man, age 16, following his dream sport, has lost his life. He was the Grandson of a dear friend. Familiar with the passing of a child, my heart and soul reaches out to the parents and family of this dear child. Rest in peace Andrew Jacob Kraemer.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Pansies are in Full Bloom

Another beautiful quilt made by Linda Sue
The nine patch is an iconic addition to any quilt, check out the stars.
One of the happiest flowers in the garden (to Me) are Pansies. Their cute little faces smile at us as they search for the sun. Translated to fabric, how can they be anything but charming? Linda Sue, A friend from The Ladies of the Cloth quilting group, has pieced this lovely top. Always including her signature Pink/Purple/Purple-Pink color, this one reminds me of a quilt that would have graced my Grandmother's bed.  
  •  FYI- I am going to try to post twice a week from now. So many things going on including the care of a 93 year old MIL with Alzheimer's. We are trying very hard to keep her at home. It is complicated, but we are trying.
  • I finally upgraded to Windows 10. I hated 8, support for 7 is essentially gone so there was not much choice. First I could not access certain files, ones that are essential to this blog. After a few hours of fiddling around I think I have it. Don't ask me how I managed it because I just kept doing this and that until something worked.
  • Health care and accountability for providers in this country has me scratching my head. In two days, two totally separate doctors have cancelled important appointments. What? If I had cancelled a fine would have been levied. Rude and inexcusable. Particularly since one of these doctors has cancelled more than half of my appointments in the last year. Looking for a new doc, again. (Sorry, I am a little whiny today!)

Friday, May 20, 2016

So Sorry, Technical Difficulties

One year ago, I was in the wilds of Amish quilt country in Ohio
Due to issues beyond my control, today's post has been corrupted, hijacked or something. I'm working on it but I am sort of out of my element here, bear with me dear readers.