Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Linus Quilts

My local quilt guild donates to the Linus Connection.   

We make quilts for infants, children and teens.

This month there were kits for our Virtual Sew-In.   My friend picked up a kit for me and, although I didn't make it during the sew-in, I made the top shortly thereeafter.   The pattern is titles something like Boxed In, and it's very easy.   I was given the squares and the sashing.  A couple of the squares didn't make me smile, so I replaced them with ones from my collection.   

I looked through my yardage and didn't find one that worked well with these lovely subdued prints, so I plan to turn the top in as-is and let another member chose a back.   A number of members have longarms and will make quick work of the final step.  Well, final except for labeling and binding.   But many hands make light work.    

Earlier, a friend gave me a panel and challenged me to do a charity quilt with it.   I used a border technique from the Kathy Scamp book "Panels and Prints", but I cut the strata using my Dear Jane ruler, so the pieces were interchangeable.  It made for a fun and lively border. 

It was an easy project to do at a recent retreat - just the right mix of mindlessness.   And nice to have friend's opinions on color choices and how to resolve the end pieces of the border.  Because of course my panel wasn't exactly the size needed and a little adjustment was needed.

I also had a Noah's Ark panel that was given to me.  
It was a good size for a baby quilt, so I added a small border.   Then for fun, I cut squares for an Abstract Noah's Ark for the back.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Blizzard of 21

 Winter came to central Texas with a BANG!   

First snowfall
On last Sunday, Valentine's Day, we hit a low of 12 degrees.    Hasn't been above freezing since.   Got down to a record 7 degrees.   For Central Texas, this is COLD!!!!   It snowed.   It iced.   Brrrrr.

Haven't gotten out of the house in 5 days.   Power went out for about 8 hours, then on for 2, then off for about 30.   Water treatment plant went down, so if you got water through the pipes, you had to boil it.  

What an experience. 

Now, I've been in the snow before.   In Colorado.   In Utah.   On a mountain in Spain.   But the only snow I've seen here before was barely a dusting.       

Now I have an actual snowdrift in my front yard.

After the first day, I noticed that the cold water in my kitchen wouldn't come out.   I deduced that the problem was in my storage closet, where the bare lines to the water softener are.  An online neighbor walked me through heating the lines by tying a heating pad to them.   After an hour, the water flowed.  Then I insulated them with a bed pillow and some toweling and opened the door between the pantry on the other side of that wall and the kitchen.  It's hard for me not to close that door and the kitchen cabinets, but I worked hard at doing so.    

The lever on those pipes will turn off the water to the whole house. 

It should thaw in a couple of days.   Hope my outside faucets didn't freeze and break the pipes.   Only time will tell.    

After several bouts of sleet and snow

I shoveled a path to the garage.
Short, but the first one I ever did in my life.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Sewing Machines

My rendition of LetsMakeArt's Vintage Sewing Machine.   It looks something like my Singer Featherweight and something like my Grandmother Vordenbaum's Minnesota.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Spring is on the way

It's early February, but my narcissus are blooming. 

These were passalongs from my sister, who probably got them from my mother long ago.   

I'd love to bring some inside but I find their fragrance overwhelming after a short time. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Living Room after Christmas

 I took down the Christmas stuff a while back and the living room was pretty blah.   I had some pictures up that were nice but not really "me".

A couple of weeks ago I loaned my Monarch wall hanging to my daughter for a stage she did that will be featured on HGTV some day.   When I got it back, I decided it needs to go up for a while.

It's just up there with pushpins and maybe I'll get around to hanging it properly.   And then again, maybe I won't.

The coffee table and rug came from my daughter's business.  The couch and love seat are old but I love them.   My TV stand was a gift from a neighbor on the Buy Nothing group of Facebook.   Dinosaurs are plastic, painted with acrylics.  Snake plant is real, not plastic.  

Friday, January 29, 2021

Contemporary Wedding Ring

 My granddaughter is getting married in February.    Kind of short notice, but they've decided that life is too uncertan these days to wait.   They will be having a smaill wedding, in part because of the COVID pandemic and in part because her mom offered them money for a down payment on a house if they skipped the big wedding.   I can accept that!   But I've decided not to make the trip and take the chance of getting sick.

I'm working on a small quilt for them as a present.  It will be made in the same colors as my Vanilla quilt and will be interlocking links.    It's making has had some ups and downs but it's looking pretty good.   

This picture shows two of the blocks that were pieced incorrectly and had to be picked out, resewn, and replaced using hand sewing/applique.  

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

String Quilt inspired by Fandango

The Iowa  Quilt Museum has just opened an exhibit of string quilts that make my heart sing.  

I had started a collection of blocks which looked more or less like those in Fandango, a quilt made by Karen Griska.  I didn't have instructions;  I just did my own thing.   

Since then, I found that the quilt was featured in the Jan/Feb 2010 edition of Quiltmaker magazine.  But since I had already started, I just continued on.     My blocks have wider strips than hers, but I'm OK with that.

Karen also offers her pattern on her website:

Recently I got the blocks out and decided to make more so that I could have a bigger quilt made.   The blocks are fun to make.   So non-precise!   Love it.   My main machine, my Bernina, is in the shop but I can easily make these with my 1937 Singer Featherweight.

Don't know exactly how big this will turn out to be.   Someday I"ll just know that it's "done".   And then I'll quit making blocks and proceed with making a quilt.