Saturday, July 20, 2024

Small bits of time..............................

I don't like days with an appointment in the middle, breaking up time to work on anything.  In the morning before I had to leave I was looking through this bin of Cherrywood hand dyed fabric.  It is all from broken up packages of gradations, usually 8 quarter yard pieces.  I plan on grouping some of this for my destash next week.  The back story of why I have so much of it: Dawn Hall, the inventor of the process of Cherrywood dyeing, was the niece of my friend who owned Quilting Books Unlimited.  I went to Houston in the late 1980s to the big show to help my friend selling books and Dawn's fabric was introduced to the world of quilters at our booth.  I bought almost every pack that Dawn dyed in those early days. I used some of it in this quilt.

Then I left for another town and stopped at a big box retailer for 2 eight foot fluorescent bulbs because 2 are burnt out in my main floor studio.  Then on to my appointment and finally home 2 hours later.

Later in the afternoon I started looking through my larger pieces of batik fabrics for possible backings for 3 throw size batik tops.  I see some possibilities and will do some measuring today.

I went out and pulled more of the creeping Bellflowers that are past their prime, more to do yet.

Today my grandson is going to stop by and hook up some new equipment that Comcast sent to me.  For what I pay every month I would think the company could come hook it up.  Oh, they will, for $100 a visit.  Oh, and a little more rant.  As I'm carrying the 8 foot bulbs to the front of the store to check out I find the only lanes open are self check.  I stopped in front of the "pick up" desk where 2 people were working.  Finally one of them looked up and asked if she could help.  I told her I couldn't self check while holding 8 foot bulbs.  She very graciously offered to help then.  I told her 83 year old ladies should be waited on from the time they walk in the door.  Then she said you don't look like 83.  Well that made my day.  Rant over.

Friday, July 19, 2024

Another backing chosen..............

I spent more time outside than in the studio yesterday.  The weather is so beautiful now and it looks like it is going to stay for about 10 days.

While I was doing 2 loads of laundry I did spend some time looking through possible backing choices and only made one final decision.  I think this one will keep this quilt looking summery.  I just made the pink and green triangle quilt top in May but it will go to my longarmer soon because it is 84" long, one of the last of the large quilt tops. 


Thursday, July 18, 2024

Backing choices...................

The Folk Art Kaffe fabric on the left has never been a favorite of mine.  I got 4 yards of this red/green on sale at a very good price and I think I finally have a quilt that can use it for a backing.  This was my Sunday Only quilt project from 2022.

When Robin was here last I had her help me decide which of 3 fabrics would be the best choice for Fonthill, a recreation of a Kaffe quilt in an older book.  This is the one that we both liked best.

Now I need to cut batting for these 2.

The heat wave is over and the dew point has dropped from 81 to 57, from tropical to comfortable and temperature down into the 60s last night.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Finish #2 for July 2024............

Now that I have my 2 finishes for the month I can sit back and do nothing for the rest of the month.... wait...I don't know how to do that.  I need to be busy.

I made the quilt top in November 2023 so this one didn't wait too long to be quilted (by longarm friend Robin).  I did the binding all by machine which speeded up the finish.

Looking back at previous posts when I was making the top, there are at least 77 different Kaffe collective fabric in it, and 2 squares of most of the prints.  It has Hobbs 80/20 batting in it and it is 66" x 84.5".  The backing and binding are also Kaffe fabrics.

Yesterday was my pacemaker check up.  I only have a few months left in the battery so I'll be getting a replacement in a couple months.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Binding in progress..................

I made the decision to do the binding on this second quilt all by machine. I'm sewing it on the back and will topstitch it on the front.

I took a photo of my computer screen, so I'm sorry it's not very clear.  This earthquake was 3 miles from my town.  I usually sleep through them but I woke up at 2:30 yesterday morning and was having trouble getting back to sleep.  The earthquake was at 2:53 a.m.  I thought a tree had fallen in my backyard. Big thump and ground shaking.  I knew my motion sensor lights (and my south neighbor's lights) would come on if that had happened.  It was totally dark, no lights.  In the morning when I didn't see any trees down anywhere I had an idea it might be an earthquake so I did a search and there it was.  My rain gauge had 2.1" in it from the storms that started late Sunday night.

There were lots of tornado warnings last night as a strong storm system moved through from Iowa to Indiana with us west of Chicago getting in on it.  I didn't lose power and I think our area was pretty much spared but the storm reports will start coming in with daylight today.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Garden yield and destash details.....................

This is my Saturday and Sunday pickings from my garden.  The tomato on the left has a scar on one side but I think I can salvage the rest of it.  I ate 4 of the little Sun Gold tomatoes before I grabbed my camera.

I thought I would get a second binding sewn on a quilt yesterday but I spent the whole day doing photography and writing my destash post for the Wandaful Quilts blog.  I didn't get a lot of fabric pulled but there is a bunch of miscellaneous items that I'm hoping I can find a home for.  This is an orange week.


Sunday, July 14, 2024

Sorting through stash.................

I'm still sorting through stash for things to destash and post on my other blog.  I'm hoping for a post tomorrow morning.

It was hot and sticky as forecasted yesterday.  We got a nice little surprise shower in the afternoon and got about a tenth of an inch of rain.  It would be nice if we could get a little more rain.  They are saying a dew point of 78 tomorrow...that is tropical humidity.  I'm glad I have plenty to do inside.  

Saturday, July 13, 2024

First finish for July 2024..............

I love making quilts with several different size blocks.  This one has 4 sizes.  All of the fabrics are Kaffe Fassett collective.  

This quilt is 63.5" x 82.5".  The longarm quilting was done by my friend Robin.

The camera once again is emphasizing the dark and light and I don't feel that the dark blocks are as dark as they look in these photos.

This is an angle photo that I took when I finished the top and the colors seem much more accurate here.  Every straight on photo I take of it is value distorted.

The backing fabric, also a Kaffe fabric, was a gift from a friend.  The binding is an older Kaffe print.  The quilt has Hobbs 80/20 batting in it.

I started making the blocks for this quilt on June 17, 2020 and finished the top in August 2020.  4 years in the waiting room before it would be finished.

Yesterday turned out to be partially cloudy and the humidity wasn't too bad so I finished the mowing in 2 sessions.  Now the temperature is going to be 90 or above for 4 days with high humidity.


Friday, July 12, 2024

Yes, it is done...................

There was one short side and a little left on a long side when I started stitching yesterday so I stuck with it until it was done..  Full photo tomorrow.

It is going to be in the 90s and high humidity starting with Saturday so I thought I had better get the rest of the mulch spread.  This is the same red mulch but in the shade it looks brown.  The bushes are my Compact Burning Bushes planted in 2021.

Every year I show this tiny yellow Coneflower.  I think it is about 8" tall already which beats last year's 6".  It has more leaves this year so I'm hopeful it will grow more.

I waited until 8 p.m. to mow the grass in the backyard.  It was down to 72 with a dewpoint of 65.  The front yard may have to wait until the middle of next week when it cools off a little.  The front yard is in the hot sun almost all day so it doesn't grow as fast.


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Playing with birds......................

I really didn't accomplish much yesterday.  Mostly I looked through the Charley Harper bird fabric and decided which size some of them will be cut.  I'm not sure if I'll use the stylized print on the top left.

Some of the prints are spread out and might need to be 8.5" squares.

Maybe I'll get some more cutting done today.

I'm still working on the hand stitching on a binding too.


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Garden refresh............

I have always had a mulch path through my shade garden but the last couple years I couldn't find a mulch that was small pieces.  I hate the big chunks because they aren't fun to walk on.  I found this nice mulch, soft and small pieces so I bought several bags of it.  I had 2 choices, dark brown or red.  I thought the brown would just look like dirt so I went with red.

These 2 photos show each end of path that goes around a redbud tree.  This is a shade garden with lots of Hosta plants.  The section with the orange Tiger Lilies and Purple Coneflowers gets a little more sun in the late afternoon.  It has been several years since I have refreshed the mulch on this path.  I finished this job before the light rain started, the residue from hurricane Beryl coming all the way up through IL.

I'm still working on the hand stitching on the binding of this Churn Dash/Hole in the Barn Door quilt.  I have 2 sides done and about 12" on the third side.  

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Fussy cutting..............

I mentioned a few days ago that I have a lot of cutting to do.  Three quilts that I will be making involve fussy cutting.  This one is the Charley Harper version.  I am cutting 4.5" x 8.5" rectangles and 4.5" squares.  As I looked through the fabrics I'm going to add a few 8.5" squares too.  Charley Harper fabric is made by Birch fabrics, it is organic cotton, and is $16 a yard.  I'm always on the hunt for it on sale. Fabricworm has the best selection.

The motifs are spaced out so when I fussy cut my shape there is a lot of waste.  However it will be cut into triangles at some point.

If you look at the top right corner of the ruler, I'll be nicking into another bird with this cut.  Also to the left is what is left of a bird from a fussy cut for a different quilt.

This print has a lot of waste so there will be lots of green triangles cut from it.

It took me a little over an hour to get this much cut.  This is going to be a time consuming quilt and an expensive one.

At the left is the piece I cut for this quilt.  On the right, the strip of 4 birds doesn't have any seam allowance above their heads.  I will probably use it in some other quilt anyway.  

I just had to take another photo of the beautiful Tiger Lily plant with the pretty blue sky .

I have been hand stitching on my binding on the Churn Dash quilt too, just no photo to prove it.  I have 1 long side and half of a short side stitched.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Slow relaxing day..............

My one goal for the day yesterday was to sew the binding on the Churn Dash quilt.  I started the hand stitching and have half of one long side finished.

While I was doing laundry in the afternoon I also trimmed the red Kaffe squares quilt.

I picked one of these tomatoes on Saturday and the other on Sunday.  They were really low on the plant and I wanted to get them before the critters saw them.  They are Early Girl variety and larger than the others I have picking recently.  They will take at least 3 days to finish ripening.

I'm taking a week off from my de-stash sales to spend some time going through a lot more fabric.  I hope to have lots to offer next week.


Sunday, July 7, 2024

Bindings chosen.......................

This is the binding I chose for the Kaffe Churn Dash/Hole in the Barn Door quilt.  Of the 3 fabrics I showed yesterday this is the one that I would be least likely to use in piecing another quilt and it looks great with the backing.  The other 2 will get used in other quilts.  I trimmed the quilt and cut the binding strips.

While I was at it I chose the binding fabric for the Kaffe red squares quilt too.  I wanted something a little darker than most of the reds in the quilt.  I had 2 other contenders but decided they were both too light.

In this photo the fabric doesn't look darker but it really is.  I haven't trimmed this quilt yet but I do have the binding cut.

I caught the yellow Stella Lily with a shaft of light on it.  I see buds on another lily near it and I think that might be the Lemon Lily.

I love the red Coneflower blooms.  It is tempting to go back to the garden center and see if they have any other colors of it.

I cut more volunteer trees and bushes yesterday and pulled out a few stray Goldenrod plants.  I pull them all summer and still miss a few and have a bloom here and there in the back garden.  I also pulled out the Nightshade plants.  I looked up which ones have the red berries and it is called Bittersweet Nightshade.

Saturday, July 6, 2024

A few binding choices......................

The quilt isn't trimmed yet so I just tucked the binding choices under the folded edge.  I looked at Kaffe's early fabrics for the binding.  Remember, use the good stuff, don't leave it for your estate sale.

This is an original piece of this fabric, not the reprint they released earlier this year.  It is one of my favorite dark fabrics.

This one may be too dark so I will check all three of these again after I trim the quilt.

This is the last 2 days yield from the garden.  I see another Early Girl tomato is starting to turn color now.  It is larger than these.

The Black Eyed Susan is blooming next to the freebie Rudbeckia plant.  I thought the flowers on the Rudbeckia were just drying up but the whole stem was dying.  I cut a bunch of stems out of the middle of the plant.  I don't know what is killing part of the plant.  I hope it doesn't affect the whole plant.

And then there is the Black Eyed Susan growing in the crack between the sections of the sidewalk.  It is big and healthy.

One of the items in my destash this week was light color batiks.  The photo on the left was taken 2 years ago and the one on the right was taken yesterday.  I'm so happy I could ship out over 20 yards to other quilters.  I still have enough left for many, many quilts but what is left are my favorites.

Someone about 2 houses from me was shooting off fireworks for over a half hour last night.  Fireworks are illegal in IL and illegal in our town but the authorities don't do anything about it.  If you call and complain they can find out who reported them so we all suffer through the big bangs, trying to decide if it is gunshots or fireworks.

Friday, July 5, 2024

This month's task...............

I got two quilts back from my longarm friend Robin.  That means I have 2 bindings to do.  The Churn Dash/Hole in the Barn Door top was made in August 2020 so it's time to be finished.  The Kaffe red squares quilt top was made in November last year.

I'm always saying the Tiger Lilies bloom around the 4th of July, so right on cue the first few blooms appeared.  They are about 5' tall.

I have to thank the bird that brought the first seeds to my front garden, and the lilies mysteriously appeared one spring.  I transplanted most of them to the back garden over a period of 3 years.

I still haven't dug out and transplanted the renegade outside my dining room window.  In fact there are 2 plants there this year.  This whole little garden needs to be dug out and re-done but it will have to wait 'til fall.

It wasn't extremely hot yesterday but it was so humid.  I went out around 7 to take pictures and water the tomato plants that are in pots.  I also had to tie up a couple of them.  I have all of them staked and have been moving the ties up toward the top.  I picked 2 more of the 4th of July variety that were half red/half orange.


Thursday, July 4, 2024

Happy Blog birthday to me......................

 I started this blog on July 4, 2007....let's see, that is 17 years ago.  I was a shy child; now you can't shut me up.  I have shown several hundred quilts and quilt tops in those 17 years.  I have posted 6429 times and have had over 81K comments.  I'll drink a cherry Dr. Pepper to celebrate!

I found a box yesterday with half rectangle triangles in it.  I had forgotten I had so many pieces left over when I made a quilt with them last year in May.

There was one leftover block and some sewn rectangles also in the box.  I think I'll transfer these to a project box for the future.  I don't have much interest working with them right now.

Taking photos of fabric is tricky.  The camera wants to emphasize the blue in this one but it isn't as prominent in person.  I'm taking photos for my destash blog.  I did well this week with all but one item sold (that is in the week 3 post) .SOLD  I have to decide what category is next.  This piece is one I will never use. SOLD

Outside work yesterday was trimming the pale pink Wegeila bush.  As I trimmed I realized it has a Maple tree and a Redbud tree growing in it.  I trimmed the 2 darker pink bushes a few days ago.  One more to go, the red one.

Happy 4th of July - Independence Day to my US readers.  The fireworks in the neighborhood started a few nights ago.