Monday, October 23, 2017

organizing drawers

Oh, how I needed to do a little cleaning. Everything was in jeopardy of being lost. I couldn't find anything. But, what I find interesting is the amount of fabric fuzz I vacuumed from the drawers, which are closed. I made a donation bag for stuff I need to give to guild. And I am sure I still kept more stuff than I should.

um ... no I could die in there. If I trip and fall, I am a goner.

This cheddar block is called birds in the air

 I made a few more string blocks for the cheddar sampler for string Saturday.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

stash report October 22, 2017

I found 3 remnants at Joann
And fat quarters were 70 % off so I added these. If they are not nice enough quality I can use them in string quilts or donation quilts. I can see I am in a fall mood.

These are 2 pieces of shwe shwe fabric. It is some sort of indigo made in Africa. It is very stiff until it is washed. I was pretty excited to find this.

For slow Sunday stitching I am still working on hand appliqueing Marie Webster blocks for American Beauty Rose quilt.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 343 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 7 1/2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 313 yards

Net Fabric for 2017: 30 1/2 yards used more than added.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

blocks and circles

Someone asked about my scrappy circles rug. It began as an excuse to use leftover wool strips that were accumulating. I draw circles with 3 different sized jar lids and just fill in with what ever I can think to do without agonizing over the choices. The largest circle is 3 or 3 1/2 inches across.It is colorful and fun, and I just love it. It has become a bit too big to take with me anywhere and can almost pull a stand frame over, so I have been planning to use a small quilting frame and sew it in at the edges on the leader cloths. So far I haven't gotten it to work. It remains a UFO for now.

I have a couple of cheddar blocks done for the sampler.

and I have a few more  glitter blocks. I am using these as leader/ enders for each other.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

our take on the lake

we sure did enjoy our time at lake Erie. The weather was perfect and the sound of birds and waves was very peaceful. It was an interesting change in our other water explorations.

It has taken a little while to get back into the swing of things at home. I did have a few minutes to work on some glitter blocks and a few cheddar sampler blocks.

This one is called union square. The half square triangles finish at 1 inch.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

en provence wrong

Remember  when I was crabby about teaching a "friend" to make glitter blocks here, and I said I will suffer for being judgy. yep I sewed these En provence blocks (quiltville.) with the wrong color of tri recs units. And I had made 6. sigh... I had forgotten that there were 2 different colors and I grabbed the first ones I saw in the box. So I have had some unpicking to do.

you know, I just didn't like it that way, and I wish had stopped and checked.

 now we are back on track

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


This was my second workshop at the ATHA rug hooking biennial. It was called Poppy ala O'keefe and Vivily Powers taught the class. I enjoyed her story and her talent. I am not sure I have the patience for the detail work. This is her work.

Saturday, We left Cleveland for a hook in we heard about about an hour south in Wooster Ohio. It was a charming show.

There were antiques and samplers.

And felted creatures

And one of my favorite vendors was there - Two old crows. I have been wishing to find her again, ever since Sauder, and purchase her Thanksgiving Turkey rug pattern.

But I also loved her Halloween rug and ordered it. She was sold out by the time I saw it.

 I have no idea what compelled me to buy so many projects in rug hooking. Usually, I am much more conservative, and work on one project at a time.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Stash report October 15, 2017

The stash report today is all about the wool. yummy wool.
This a batch of short cuts from Dorr Mill in creamy white. Hubby and I always hope we will get to dye, but it doesn't seem to get to the top of the priority list. Still we hope...

This was a scrap bag of wool. Even in the wool part of my life, I am a scrappy hooker just like I am scrappy in quilting. I hope to use the blues in a patriotic project and in the fall, it is just time to love the orange.
This was also a scrappy mix $5.00 bag. What fun it will be in my scrappy circles rug.
I bought these for a background for a Minnick and Simpson rug, another patriotic. These were color planned by the owner of one of the booths and I am afraid they are darker than I want. Time will tell.

I am always adding just a little bit to my creamy (neutrals) wool stash to add different textures to backgrounds and in this case a turkey rug. And if I don't use it, I can over dye it. I am easily overwhelmed when I shop at a hooking retreat. Bundles help me acquire a bit without having to randomly pick, And I love plaids.

We are home again and trying to get back to normal. It was great to get away. It was good to get back home. Now where was I ?

I hadn't planned to count my wool as stash.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 342 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 305 1/2 yards

Net Fabric for 2017:  37 yards used more than added.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

biennial rug hooking

just a few pretties from the rug hooking biennial in cleveland ohio.
goody bag

witchy witch

I bought this vintage postcard rug as a project
 I thought this was my first workshop piece, but mine has an owl instead of a cat.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

more cheddar blocks

Most of the blocks I am making I found on the barrister's block. or Quiltville
More about how I am doing the cheddar sampler can be found here. and here.
 Papa's birds
 dutchman's puzzle
I have half of the blocks made that I want to get done for the sampler. So far they have not been beyond my capabilities.

We are off to big rug hooking retreat where if nothing else, I will start 2 new projects, and I am very excited.
I prepped these Marie Webster blocks to have something to do in the car.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

cheddar sampler

I've made a few blocks for the cheddar sampler as part of my goal this month. They are a bit fiddley, but I am enjoying them. I have found that most of the blocks have either 1 1/2 inch unfinished pieces or 2 1/2 inch unfinished pieces. So I just cut the cheddar into several strips in those sizes. I already had shirt strips in those sizes, so it has made the process really easy. I just grab a shirt strip and a cheddar strip and use the essential triangle tool to cut what I need.

The cheddar is a riley blake solid and I really like the fabric just as well as Kona.

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