Friday, January 12, 2018

Humor is Important!

We all know that most of us would rather laugh than cry any day, right? Well, I try to see humor and the positive side to everything, because quite honestly, nobody really wants to hear me complain. (Don't get me wrong. I do my fair share of complaining. But, I am trying to make a concerted effort to recognize that I'm doing it and stop immediately.)

There are times that my humor and positive thinking just plain drives Jack crazy. He's been known to call me Positive Polly just to let me know that he knows I'm trying to point out negativity to him but that he's not quite done with it yet.  :-)  We always laugh about it, especially when I refer to him as Negative Norm. (So maybe we are a bit immature, but it works for us.)  

Along with the positive thinking, I've pretty much always known that I have a pretty high pain tolerance too, and I'm happy for that. Well, the last few weeks I've been struggling with a few dental issues and they've culminated into extreme pain, a very swollen face, and an emergency root canal yesterday. There's still more work to be done, but that won't happen until next week. To say the least, I'm not been feeling very well. Not even well enough that I felt like sewing at all. You know it's bad when that happens! 

So what's my point you ask? Jack has been so good with helping me and doing things to make me laugh. Just this morning, as he quietly left the bedroom (so I could sleep a little longer), I saw him bend down like he was picking up something. Look what I found when I got out of bed.

I also found a note that said "I know you feel like the house fell on top of you, but trust me; I don't think you are acting in any way like the Wicked Witch of the West."

I laughed out loud! Of course THAT hurt; but it was so worth it. 

I hope to sew later today or at least tomorrow. Until then, I won't have anything new to show.  :-(

Monday, January 8, 2018

Design Wall Monday

My design wall probably looks like a mess to you right now, but to me it is organized and there is a plan in place for it all. 

These are all projects that I want to will complete by the end of the month.

The small hexagon table topper is done except for a little more hand stitching. That will be done tonight. This is a half size version of Tartan Terrace, a pattern by Doug Leko of Antler Quilt Design in his book Winterlude. I have a friend who asked for my help in reducing this from 48" square to 24" square. Of course I needed to buy the book to do that, and I'm so glad I did. The book contains 18 patterns featuring the fabric collection "Forever Green" by Holly Taylor for Moda Fabrics. I really like all of the patterns and can easily see myself making at least eight of them, if not more.

The blue and brown table runner (Zen Table Runner, made using the 8" curvy log cabin ruler) needs to be quilted. I have the backing and binding is already made for this. (That's hanging on the left side by the houses.) This is the second one of these I've made and I gifted the first one before taking pictures. 😞 I'll quilt this on my Bernina and it won't take long. Perhaps I'll layer this tonight and get started on it. 

The Faith Hope Love wall hanging on the right, behind the table runner, is also ready for quilting. Unlike the others that I've done recently, this is one piece instead of three. Like the Zen Table Runner, the quilting will be easy on this and since it's small, I'll quilt it on my Bernina. I have yet to decide how I'm going to bind this, but I'm kind of thinking about a black binding or a scrappy one, using the fabrics in the body of the quilt. I'll decide after I quilt it.

The Patty Cake Quilt  top which I showed last week, is now complete and I decided to not add any more borders. I've got the backing ready for this and hope to get this quilted by the end of next week. The only fabric I have enough of to use for binding is the teal (first complete block in the top left corner), and I think I'll like that. Of course, like I usually do, I'll wait until it's quilt and make my final decision. 

And finally, I've got a handful of the blocks for the Rachel Rossi pattern testing up on the wall to help me decide fabric placement for the remaining few blocks I need to make. (This is not all the blocks, but just what I needed/wanted to see to make my decisions.) I'm loving these blocks and the fabrics I'm using.  

What are you working on today?

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Pattern Testing Progress

Remember the fabric I posted earlier this week that was earmarked for testing a pattern for Rachel Rossi?

While I can't show you all the blocks I've made so far, I can show you two of the four large bare tree blocks I've made. 

The blocks are paper pieced and so easy to make. Besides being easy to make, they're fun to look at too. They're pretty much representative of what I see when I look out my windows - bare trees (birds are in some of them) and lots of white stuff - snow!

What these blocks don't show you, are the freezing temperatures we've been experiencing the last week or so. It was -6 this morning and that didn't include the wind chill. I feel like we are having a heat wave right now because we are at 8 degrees; and while there's still a bit of wind, which is biting, the sun is shining and it's beautiful. Of course it helps that I'm inside right now where it's warm and toasty. I'm enjoying a bit of sewing time and I hope to complete a few more blocks from the pattern before I have to start supper. 

I'll post more pictures in a couple of days. I've made some adjustments to my fabrics - added some and replaced others, but I still really like the fabric line. I'm please with the progress and can't wait to show you the entire quilt. 

I've got some binding that is ready for the hand stitching and I may step away from this project to work on that tonight. I do enjoy sitting on the couch working on a binding while Jack is reading or watching TV.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Design Wall Monday

Happy New Year !
May 2018 bring you love, peace, joy, prosperity, and lots of time to be creative.

I also hope that in 2018 you find yourself excited about things, just like Sadie did during her school Christmas concert. I want to find joy in the little things in life and rejoice about them. I want to rejoice whole-heartedly and not worry about what others will think of me. Be proud of yourself and your accomplishments!

I almost forgot that today is Monday, which means I should be posting a Design Wall Monday post. (Gee, I didn't even drink last night, so I can't use that as an excuse.)

I do have something on the wall to share. The pattern is called Patty Cake Quilt by Eleanor Burns and I'm using a Sun Print 2017 Layer Cake by Alison Glass. For the grey background squares, I'm using Aged to Perfection - Vintage Tiles by Maywood Studio. 

I saw a smaller version of this made by a friend and fellow guild member Judy and; and I loved it. I knew right then and there that I was going to make one. Here's Judy's quilt. (Sorry for the bad picture.) Can you see why I fell in love with it? I love her fabric choices.

I decided that I wanted to use stash for my quilt and since I had the Layer Cake and enough background fabric, I was all set. The pattern offers instructions for four different sizes, but of course I wanted a different size. I'm maing mine in a 7 x 9 layout and I'm not sure if I'll add more than the first border, which will be a the grey background fabric. (Judy's quilt does not have borders.) 

I'm working on a pattern testing for Rachel Rossi and here's the fabric I'm using. I can't show you much yet, but I promise that I'll be able to do so soon.

The fabrics on the left side are from All a Twitter by Hoffman Fabrics.  Those eight fabrics are actually fat quarters that are all together in a continuous panel. I love that idea! I chose the carnation version, but there is a teal version called Sprout. Even though I wasn't planning to do so, I purchased all of may fabrics for this at M&E Quilt Shoppe. I went to the shop to look for the wavy lines fabric or something similar and fell in love with this combination. They have both of the colorways for the fat quarter panels, as well as other fabrics from the line.

What are you working on today! 

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