Friday, September 24, 2021

A walk outside............

I did some outside work after the front of the house was in the shade.  I remembered to take my camera and snapped this shot of the Sedums in daylight.  There are 2 little pots of miniature zinnias by the base of the mailbox post and 2 pots of pink Begonias on the driveway.  I pulled some weeds that got a lot bigger after our rain 3 days ago.

My new Hydrangea has turned all pink now but not the deep raspberry that they showed on the cone shaped flowers on the tag.  This is the Zinfin Doll variety.

I found a little renegade flower in my pot of Vincas.

My three pots of Pentas are doing well.  I hope to bring them inside for the winter.

That little Sedum that had such bright flowers earlier now has dried blossoms.

And for a little more pinkness, a close up of one of the Sedums.

My pop-up shop will be open to everyone at noon EST today.  The shop will close 10 p.m. EST tomorrow.  Here is a link.

Thursday, September 23, 2021


I just happened to walk through the kitchen when I saw this sunset.  I love the pink/blue skies.

All afternoon I meant to go out to take a photo of the Sedums in bloom.  Here they are at dusk, still pretty but I'll get a better shot soon so you can see how pretty they really are.

My pop-up shop will open at noon EST today for people on my email list.  You should have gotten an email from us late last night with a video of how to navigate the shop. Watch for another email at noon today with the password.  If you don't see it check your junk/spam folder in case your email program put it there.  The password is case sensitive. Copy and paste or type it in just as you see it.

Everyone else can get into the shop tomorrow at noon EST.  A reminder, it will be a 2 day shop and it will close at 10 p.m EST Saturday.  

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

40 blocks.............

I realized as I was sewing blocks last night that 3 of the mottled batik blocks could be used to fill in the last 3 spots.  I may still make some new blocks if I think I need a different combinations somewhere.

There was only one seam left on the 37 duplicate blocks so I got them all sewn while watching 3 hours of TV.

Now I need to move all of the blocks to a larger double design wall to determine the layout.  This might wait for a couple days while I finish up the behind the scenes part of my pop-up shop.

My pop-up shop will open at noon ET on Thursday for people on my email list.  Everyone else can get into the shop on Friday at noon ET.  A reminder, it will be a 2 day shop so it will close sometime on Saturday afternoon.  If you want to sign up for the email list go here (or there is a form on my right side bar).

While looking into all of the nooks and crannies for possible offerings for the pop-up shop I found this little piece.  I should pin it up on my bulletin board where I can see it often.  Pins from guilds I used to be a member of plus show pins and fun rotary cutter and scissor pins are fun to see again.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Almost to the half way mark...............

I have 37 blocks made now and have decided to go with 80 blocks.  I have the 37 duplicate blocks partially sewn and now I need to decide what is needed for the last 6 strips of fabric.  There are 3 FBI shows on TV tonight so that should be enough time to finish all of the rest of the blocks.

Can you believe I still have scraps left after all that I sold at my last pop-up shop?  I will have several bags of them in my pop-up shop that will open at noon ET on Thursday for people on my email list.  Everyone else can get into the shop on Friday at noon ET.  A reminder, it will be a 2 day shop so it will close sometime on Saturday afternoon.  If you want to sign up for the email list go here (or there is a form on my right side bar).


Monday, September 20, 2021

27 blocks..............

I got 10 more blocks sewn last night and have 27 duplicates ready to sew tonight.  I have 10 more strip sets ready to press and cut for the final blocks.

I worked on more packs of fabric for my pop-up shop which we are hoping to open on Thursday this week.  Dots were one category and Moda fabrics by Sandy Gervais and Brannock and Patek were another bunch I got processed.  Also Asian themed fabric.

I'm still working on more batik scrap packs, both strips and small pieces.

We are planning on just a 2 day shop this time since it is mostly fabric and the fabric sells fast.  I have a few jump start projects to offer too.  If you want early access be sure you are on my email list.  You don't need to sign up again unless you have changed your email address.

We will only ship to US addresses.


Sunday, September 19, 2021

17 blocks..............

I have no idea if I'm on the right path for my recreation of Autumn Coneflowers but I don't mind having extra blocks that I don't use.

Monday night there are 2 new NCIS shows on TV so I'll sew a lot more blocks then.

Below is the photo of the original Autumn Coneflowers so I can see it with the blocks I have already made.  I'm not shooting for an exact recreation, just a general feel of it.


Saturday, September 18, 2021

More updating photos..............

While I still had the auxiliary lights set up for photographing quilts I decided to take a new photo of Crooked Cobblestones I.  I have sold or gifted all of the rest of the series.

I took a series of detail shots too while I was at it.

Many people have asked if there is a pattern for this.  It is totally improv.

Some of the centers are less than an inch on one edge, others are over 3" on one edge, whatever size the scrap was that I picked up next.

I found a bag of over 150 blocks a couple weeks ago so maybe someday there will be another one.

I am making progress on the 16 patch blocks but nothing worthy of a photo yet.

We got a little rain last night.  That is .8" for the whole month so far.  I really don't remember what it feels like to get a whole inch of rain in one storm.


Friday, September 17, 2021

Grouping and sewing.............

In my quest to reduce my stash to the fabrics I really use (or want to use) my next group to work with was novelty and kid prints.  I had fun grouping fabrics that work well together or have the same theme.  The leftovers went into miscellaneous packs.  This is one bunch that will be offered in my pop-up shop next week.  All of it is quilt shop quality because I worked at and was buyer of fabric for the store.

Then I worked on the Autumn Coneflower 2 blocks.  I cut the 2 strip pieces in half and sewed them into 4 strip pieces.  Now they need to go to the ironing board.

Five of the 4 strip sections were cut into pieces for blocks and I sewed one of each.  I haven't decided if I will sew up the duplicate set as I go or just work on the first half of the blocks so I can get to the design wall quicker.  These 5 aren't very interesting together but imagine them mixed into the group in the previous photo.


Thursday, September 16, 2021

My reward............

My reward for spending all day with my camera and computer was taking time to sew together the first 12 blocks of the mottled fabrics.  I'm really liking this and think I might like to make a bed size quilt out of this.  I have another 12 duplicate blocks to sew before I make some new ones.

Here they are again as strip sets.  It's amazing how they change when they become 16 patch blocks.

We are enjoying some beautiful weather again for 2 or 3 days.  The forecast to the end of the month is warmer than normal.  I just hope that doesn't include too many 90 degree days.


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Frustrating computer programs.............

I did get a little sewing in yesterday and have 12 strip sets of the mottled batiks sewn, ready to press and then I can slice them and make blocks.

I spent several hours yesterday taking photos for my pop-up shop next week. Then when I went into my photo program the trouble started.  I worked for over an hour trying to get it to co-operate and finally found that I can resize my photos in Paint.  My photo program was flaky one other time and the problem was that I cleared off my card with my computer and you have to clear the card with your camera.  I got that fixed but this time I have no idea what is wrong.  At least I know I have a work-around to achieve the same results.  

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

One or two?.................

I got 5 more strip sets made for the Autumn Coneflowers 2 quilt.  This gives me enough to make a total of 72 blocks and I will need a minimum of 63 or a maximum of 80, all depending on what happens at the design wall.

But why work on just one new quilt when I could be working on two.  I have been working on another pop-up shop for the end of next week and one of the offerings will be the mottled batiks.  While I was pressing and cutting for the packs I cut a 2.5" strip off the end if there was enough fabric left.  I have been pairing them and starting sewing them last night too.  This will be very painterly looking or almost like marble squares.


Monday, September 13, 2021

Continued from yesterday..........

A new episode of The Chase was on last night so I got 7 more sets of 2 strips sewn for the new 16 patch quilt while I watched it.

I keep going back in my photo archive and looking at photos of the first Autumn Coneflower 16 patch quilt top that I made to see what is missing in combinations for the blocks.  I decided I needed more orange and purple.  I think I might need a couple reds too.  When I make my quilts I don't plan anything in advance and all of the surprises and victories happen at the design wall.  It is really hard to go back and figure out what I did on a previous quilt.

Blogger wouldn't let me preview my post when I was creating it so I'll have to just hope everything looks OK.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Therapy sewing...................

I needed some mindless therapy sewing after working on other things all day yesterday. I pulled batik 2.5" strips out of my cut stash.  I started cutting these stash strips in 2009 and add to it on a regular basis.  I made a 16 patch quilt top in these colors in 2013 and traded it as payment for a bill.  I always loved it and thought I might try to recreate it.

Last night I got 24 sets of 2 strips sewn together.  This will only make 48 blocks and the minimum I need is 63 blocks.  Here is the post with the original quilt top.  I will probably save the sewing of the 16 patch blocks for the beginning of the fall shows on TV.  I think that will be at least another week for some of the shows.  Meanwhile I need to cut some specific color strips to finish up the sewing of the rest of the sets of 2 strips.


Saturday, September 11, 2021

More photo updating.........

This is another in my Prismatic Garden series that I could never get a good photo of.  Now I have some new auxiliary lights that are helping to light the dark areas.

The center was always hard to photograph too to get the details in the batiks to show.

The dark areas were always too dark without extra lighting.

Now I will have to check some of the other photos that I took with the previous camera that took lower resolution photos.

I haven't taken any outside photos because the only thing I have done outside is mow the shade grass in the back yard and a few areas in the front that had grown taller. More than half of the yard remains unmowed because of lack of rain.  

Friday, September 10, 2021

Updating photos..............

The previous photo of this quilt was small and not very true in color so I took its new photo for my archive.  All of the fabrics in this one are from the mid 1990s and older.  It is part of my Prismatic Garden series and I named it Aerial View - Prismatic Garden.  I had this one hanging in my bedroom for a few years since it is one of my favorites.

While it was up on the design wall I took a couple close up photos.

There are lots of memories in this quilt.

This is a zoom lens view from my kitchen window and I can see the Four o'clocks blooming now that they have gotten taller.  One basket of petunias survived the extreme heat and the Brown Eyed Susans are starting to lean over.  I guess they are tired from standing up tall for a couple months.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Searching for coordinates..........

While I was working in the basement on other things I decided to look for coordinating fabrics for the Coneflower print.  I didn't find many and you know how bored I would be working with just 3 fabrics in a quilt.  It is likely that the Coneflower print will just get added in to other multi-fabric quilts.

I pruned all of the dead leaf sections off my tomato plants so now more air can circulate through them plus the inner parts will get a little sunshine.  We had a big storm come through Tuesday but we only got .65" of rain.  The tomato plants loved it though.


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Trying it out............

This quilt that I finished on June 25 was on the design wall for a couple weeks after I photographed it.  When I brought it upstairs I just piled it in a heap on my guest bed thinking I would fold it later.  A few days ago I decided to throw it on my bed to see how it fit.  Of course it is too hot to sleep under a quilt here so it came off and is hanging over a quilt rack right now.

Last week I pulled out this older Tina Givens Coneflower print and I think it is time to use it.  I haven't come up with an idea yet but I think I want it to be in larger chunks rather than chopped in small shapes.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Second finish for September 2021..............

I finished hand stitching the binding last night on this Kaffe collective 16 patch baby quilt.  It is 39" x 47" before washing.

The Cloud backing is also a Kaffe Fassett fabric.  The binding is the pastel Pencils fabric.

I was cleaning out a box in the basement and found the pattern for the 22" soft sculpture dolls which were popular in the early 1980s.  One of my employees gave a class on making them at my quilt shop.  In another box I still have some of the stretchy fabric for making them and I think there might even be some of the iron on eyes.  I didn't dig into that box yet.  I wonder if anyone still makes these.

They came out with an 18" doll pattern and more patterns for clothes for them.  I made one of the 22" dolls and knew I didn't need to make any more.

This is the kind of stuff that I really don't want to put in a landfill but what do I do with it?

In the same box is template plastic printed with shapes and a page of block drawings to go with it.  They might be helpful for someone who hand pieces but not for me.

Also in the box were counted cross stitch magazines from 1985 - 1990.

More counted cross stich magazines.  There is a stack about 6" tall.  I guess these will go to paper recycling.