Monday, October 5, 2015

Design Wall Monday 10 - 5 - 2015

Wow!  Retreat was great, wet, and cold but a fabulous time was had by all! 

The drive up was uneventful with light mist falling.   The weather rapidly deteriorated to rain for the next 3 days. Ugh.  Luckily most of the time the rain was light, at least when we had to go down for meals.  We got a bit wet but we dried off pretty well. And the best part was I wasn't even aware of the rain except at meal times -- too busy sewing and talking and laughing. 

Dorothy and I got to the retreat location by 1.  I was sewing by 2:30 or so.  Although I don't really see great progress on what I brought to work on, I know I did make progress.  

The first thing I did was quilt The Grim Reaper that I had made last year.  Easy diagonal lines finished it off.  A cute black and white check binding was added. Voila‘ and I have a little finish.  It will be hanging in the hallway little quilt gallery on the way to my studio. 
 I got 7 blocks of Easy Street finished. (That is downright depressing since that was my main activity.)  The center "9 patches" were already together.  You have to be careful with these blocks so you don't get any units turned around.  I learned that there really isn't enough room to spread out a block like this so it can be easily sewn together.  Next time, I'll bring something easier to work on.  
I made several blocks that Sharon is taking up to Faithful Circle for their bom lottery and block of the quarter drawing. The dresden is for the quarterly drawing as it used the special ruler, as requested. Of the four block of the month entries, the top right one came out way darker than reality. (The top two were Sharon's ad the bottom two were mine.) I pilfered fabric from Easy Street box.  That is a really easy block and looks like it will be fun to play with the layout. 


I also finished the table runner that I donated for a silent auction that is a fund raiser.  Every year FCQ holds an auction where all proceeds go to outreach at the church where they meet.  In one night they raise a couple of thousand dollars from what I remember.  Great Job Ladies!  Even though I can't be there to make some purchases, I can certainly send something up to auction off! 

We had several nifty demonstrations during the weekend.  First was this double quarter square triangle block.  WAY cool and very easy to do.  I may play around with this and see what other blocks can be made this way. 

We also learned how to make a star pot holder.  I got almost finished but decided not to fuss with the binding ending until I got home and could concentrate on it.  Again, I "stole" the fabrics from my East Street quilt. It's the second from the right on the bottom in turquoise and lime green. 
I decided not to make placemats that were demonstrated because I wanted to use a fabric that matched the dining room/dishes better. (Hey, turquoise flowered placemats wouldn't look great with burgundy dishes!) 

My last project was sewing the center of a zig zag top for a nursing home quilt.  I will be putting 2 borders on it -- one thin one and then a slightly larger one of the bird house fabric. I'll share pictures of it after I get the borders on. 

Here's an idea of the amount of rain we had while we were up in Massanetta. (I incorrectly called it Massannutten last week.  That's a ski resort.)  Here are pictures of the small stream we crossed going to meals every day.  By the last night it had definitely swollen out of its banks a bit. It was odd that the water coming from the right was very mud filled and the water from the left was clear.   Driving home the James River was higher than I've ever seen it.  Didn't want to linger on that bridge! 

That's my report this week.  Here's how I did on my goals. 

Week of September 28, 2015
Quilt and bind teddy bear top√ need to do the last section of binding
Quilt top for Jenny
Bind table runner
Organize supplies for retreat
Attend and have lots of fun at retreat√√√!!

Week of October 5, 2015
Counted cross stitch
Knit on sweater
Read a novel or two
Find curtains for the sliding glass window
Make 2 pillowcases 

We'll be checking up on the beach house. I don't plan to do any sewing until we get home. And, rats, it will take me a day to get everything put away from the retreat.  I hope to get some counted cross stitch and some knitting done down at the beach.   

Check out Monday Making to see what is going on at blogs across the internet. (I'll try to post to some more linky parties later today.) 

Happy quilting all! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Stashbusting Report

Another month has whizzed by.  Before I leave for my quilt retreat let me share the good news!  I was  pretty successful using fabric this month, especially since I didn't have a big project that got finished. 

Fabric In Month
Fabric in Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year


I was trying to get a small donation quilt done also but I needed to pack for the retreat. It will be listed in October usage.  As the song goes "My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...."  It should be a lot of fun but could possibly be a bit more challenging then our usual retreat.  

First the temperatures will be 20 degrees cooler starting tomorrow -- highs in the 50s.  Then we're suppose to get a lot of rain.  Third, there is a hurricane, Joaquin, that is looking like it is going to hit North Carolina and Virginia coasts and move inland.  
Here's what the models are predicting... looks like spaghetti to me! 
And, here's what the Weather Channel is predicting... Hum, it shouldn't hit central Virginia until Monday afternoon.   Good thing we are all going home Sunday morning.  4 to 8" of rain is expected to fall between Thursday and Monday afternoon.  It's not looking really good for our trip to the beach house on Monday either. 
What this doesn't show is the walk down the hill, over a stream and up a rise to get from our sewing rooms and sleeping area to the dining hall.   This part of Virginia has had so much rain recently the ground is getting saturated, sounds like flooding may be a possibility.  In the last five times I've gone on this retreat we've only had rain once.  Let's hope the creek don't rise and it doesn't rain at meal times!  I may take some granola bars so I don't have to go over for breakfasts!  I'm also taking a "real" book just in case we lose electricity at some point.  We'll have lots of fun no matter what! 

I scheduled this to upload at 7:00 am this morning. Um, no, didn't do that.  Good thing I checked. Now the storm is a category 3.  And looks like it is coming our way to some degree.  Fun times ahead!   I'm heading out early tomorrow so will end with Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Design Wall Monday 9 - 28 - 2015

I've got a very busy time during this end of September, beginning of October week.  The end of the week is a quilt retreat with 3 days of sewing, no cooking, good friends and a beautiful location.  Needless to say I need to get all my projects organized and ready to go!  

Before that I have a bunch of stuff to do.  Here's what I'm working on.  I really would like to finish the teddy bear top before the end of the month.  If you remember I said I was going to use turquoise but Sharon's good sense prevailed.  I found a perfect brown that goes nicely with the bears. So, it's bordered and ready to be loaded on Ruthie.  

The border fabric is directional and I needed to think about how to use it successfully.(Click on the picture to enlarge it.)  I only had a half yard.  So I made sure that the pointed ends all faced the quilt.  I rather think the brown design mirrors the little hearts the teddy bears are holding.  This will be quilted and bound by Wednesday if at all possible! 

Additionally, I have a table runner to bind so that I can give it to Sharon to take to an auction at Faithful Circle Quilters.  And, daughter Jenny has asked me to do a fast turn around quilting job so she can get the quilt to a woman who is fighting a returned bout of breast cancer.  Because I don't have a huge quilting business I can generally get a quilt in and out of my house within a couple of days.  This one will arrive today sometime and I should get it back in the mail on Wednesday.  

The last couple of weeks I have been doing some embroidery.  I decided I liked this cute little spider so well that I wanted to use him on a mug rug.  I had the perfect Halloween fabric to go with it too.  I used the haunted house fabric on the back too.  It's old but perfect for this and great to use up a little bit more fabric! 
On to my goals this week as I really need to get up to the studio to get some quilting done!
Week of September 28, 2015
Quilt and bind teddy bear top
Quilt top for Jenny
Bind table runner
Sew down the Dresden plate and the center circles
Organize supplies for retreat
Have lots of fun at retreat

Here's what I got done over this last week. 
Week of September 21, 2015
Name and label quilt being donated to church auction
Pack up & mail blocks to Fran
Finish embroidering various projects
Finish teddy bear top
Sew down the Dresden plate and the center circles
Make Christmas table runner to donate to FCQ fall auction√ need to get the binding on

I've got a packed week and really need to get several things done before I go to retreat. So that's it from me for now.  I'm linking up with Monday Makings and Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting All!