Aloha

Just about one year ago I posted about our awesome trip to Hawaii (Hawaii – Flora, Fauna & Fabric).  During that trip I purchased this pattern:

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Well, I’ve been busy busting my batik fabric stash and here is my pineapple quilt:

AlohaI have decided to call it “Aloha.”  Aloha means meany things in Hawaiian, including hello, goodbye and love.  Let’s just say I love this quilt!

Aloha, y’all!

JSS July Bee Day

We may need to rename the “July Bee Day” to “July Bee Birthday!”  It seems that there are a lot of JSS’ers blessed with a star spangled July birthday!  Thanks to Patt, our gracious hostess, for helping us celebrate!  We even had cupcakes with birthday candles!

Happy-Birthday-CupcakesWe had lots and lots of wonderful quilts for show and tell.  Sally started us off with her Forever Blooming quilt fresh from the quilter (Susan Corbett):

Sally's-Forever-BloomingMuch discussion about whether to scallop or not to scallop the border.  The quilting is exquisite with echos of the flowers and little garden critters (but no praying mantis 🙂 ).

closeup-of-Forever-BloomingJudy was working on the binding for her modern ruffly quilt.

Judy's-Modern-rufflePeggy brought this adorable Moose (pattern purchased during a recent Alaska trip):

Peggy's-MooseHere’s a close up of some of the stitching.

Closeup-of-MooseThere seemed to be lots of baby quilts at the July Bee Day… are more people born in July than any other month?  Seems like it!  Here is Peggy’s pink and brown beauty:

Peggy's-Pink-and-BrownI brought my recently complete Austin Family Album top.  I used Barbara Brackman’s Modernism fabric so I think it may be called “Art Deco Austin.”

My-Austin-Family-AlbumPatt has been working on this neutral toned baby quilt.  A challenge for a girl who loves color!

Patt's-neutral-baby-quiltShe also made this very traditional baby quilt – already wrapped around the baby so we have a picture of a picture on her ipad…

Patt's-baby-quilt---maybeKaren was working on the binding for this pink and gray baby quilt.  We all admired the design made from the change in position of the chevrons – this surprised Karen.  She had no idea she’d done that!  😉

Karen's-Baby-QuiltKaren also brought this super fun Halloween quilt.  Great pattern to use with those spooky scenes!

Karen's-Halloween-QuiltThe back of the quilt makes good use of the lefovers!

The-back-of-the-halloween-qAnd Suz brought a bunch of place mats made with Kaffe Fassett fabric.  This is for an upcoming wedding shower for her soon to be daughter-in-law – lucky girl! Lucky to get those place mats but even luckier to get Suz as her mother-in-law!

Suz-with-Kaffe-PlacematsAnd then it was lunch time!  As usual we had way more desserts than we needed but nobody complained one bit!

lunch-timeSo there you go – July Bee Day and it’s still early August!

Y’all keep cool and keep stitching!

Finishing Things

I’ve been finishing a lot of things recently.  Quilts, blocks, organizing projects, books, etc.  It feels good to finish!  I blogged once about Which is Better? Starting or Finishing?  And the overwhelming majority of y’all thought Starting was more fun!  I agree, but it is very satisfying to actually finish something now and then.

This little wooly wall hanging is finished:

wool-wall-hangingI bought the kit at the Houston Quilt show a couple of years ago from the Wooly Lady.  It is called Twining Tulips.

This cute boot is finished just in time for Memorial Day!

BootAnd I’ve finished the binding, hanging sleeve and label for the Le Jardin quilt – however, I’ve renamed it Rabbits!

Rabbits!Have you ever heard of the superstition that you should say Rabbits! on the first of the month?  If you do – it is supposed to bring you good luck.  Now, I honestly don’t believe in it but we did this when I was a child and it brings back happy memories (which is good luck in itself).  Thus the new name for my lucky rabbit quilt! 🙂

The quilting is exquisite!  It was done by Susan Corbett.  Here are a few close ups:

Rabbits-quilting-close-up-1Rabbits-quilting-close-up-2Blocks

I’ve also finished more of Barbara Brackman’s Stars in a Time Warp.  Each Wednesday, she posts a blog which explores a fabric color or theme and we all play along by making a 6 inch star block from our stash based on her blog.  The last time I blogged about these I showed you blocks 1 through 9.  Here are blocks 10 through 19:

Week 10 – Green Calicos.  Small ditsy prints on over-dyed green.

10---Green-CalicoesWeek 11 – Purple.  My favorite color!  I have no shortage of purple.  My only problem was choosing which purple to use!

11---PurpleWeek 12 – Foulards.  A new term for me – Foulards have a staggered repeat in the print.  I love how this block turned out.

12---FoulardsWeek 13 – Printed Plaid – I really do love plaids but don’t have many.

13---printed-plaidWeek 14 – Rainbow or Ombre Print.  I had none! So… I bought a some 🙂 at Common Threads in Waxahachie.  I just happened to be there and they just happened to have some and it just happened to be purple.

14---Rainbow-or-Ombre-PrintWeek 15 – Woven Plaid – the center plaid is woven – I had used it on a baby quilt for some texture.

15---Woven-PlaidsWeek 16 – Paisley – I have a ton of paisley fabric.  And this could possibly be my new favorite block.

16-PaisleyWeek 17 – Conversation Prints – gives us something to talk about when we look at the fabric (LOL!).

17-Conversation-PrintsWeek 18 – California Gold – a deep yellow almost butterscotch shade:

18-California-GoldWeek 19 – Serpentine Stripes. I have almost zero snaky striped fabrics.  I could have used the purple I used in week 14 (the ombre print), but I didn’t want a duplicate block.  I found a 2 1/2 strip of the stripe 😉 and went with that:

19-Serpentine-StripesThat catches you up with Stars in a Time Warp – Here are all 19 up on the design wall:

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Organizing

I’ve also finished (well, almost) organizing all my fabric.  I had such a mess.  Every time I went to look for something I made the mess worse!  Well, the Container Store had these wonderful Elfa drawer units on sale.

Elfa-DrawersI’ve labeled the drawers and everything is ironed and stacked so I can find what I’m looking for!  It has taken forever!  Now, the downside … my dear hubby thinks I have too much fabric!

Books

I’ve finished two books recently.  Two totally different books.  John Grisham’s Gray Mountain and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  I would give them both a C+.

Gray Mountain was a bit scattered, no real resolution, main character was flat and it was more of a book about the evil coal mining industry than a mystery.

One Thousand Gifts is a difficult read.  While making a list of what we are grateful for is an awesome idea, the style of writing (stream of consciousness) was tedious. I would hate to have been her editor.

What am I reading now?  Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr (so far so good) and Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster (I’ve barely started).  Do you see a trend?  I’m trying to read one good juicy mystery or novel and, at the same time, one book that’s good for my soul.  What are you reading?

So, now I’ve finished some quilts, blocks, organizing, books and one very long blog!

Happy Memorial Day, y’all!

A Couple Months of Blocks of the Month

There are two Blocks of the Month that I’m working on – one is Le Jardin hand applique quilt and the other is Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory Civil War quilt

Le Jardin is from Bunny Hill Designs.  I started this in April after seeing the Block of the Month for sale at the Houston Street Mercantile booth at the Dallas Quilt Show.  Here are blocks 6 and 7.  There are only 9 blocks, so 2 more to go!

Block-6Block-7Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory is a free online BOM.  Check out her Civil War Blog for the patterns and fascinating history.  Here are blocks 9 and 10.  And there are only two to go on this BOM!

Threads-of-Memory-Block-9Threads-of-Memory-10---BritSo I only have two more months on the BOMs!  I’ll miss them, but don’t worry, I have a lot more projects up my sleeve!

Have a great week, y’all!

Finished Projects and WIP Projects

I actually finished a project this week!  Yay!!!  It is a little wool Pumpkin Candle Mat from a pattern published by Primitive Gatherings:

pumpkin-table-matThe size is about 18″ across.  It looks great on my big leather ottoman in the living room adorned with a candle and, yes, that is a lizard climbing through the pumpkin vines:

pumpkin-candle-mat-with-lizI loved working with the wool and I am ready to start on another one!

And I took this Christmas quilt to the long arm quilter last week!  Can you believe that?  I hope to have this pretty plaid quilt on my bed by the holidays!

Mad-About-Plaid-Christmas-QIt came from a book called Mad about Plaid by Teri Christopherson.

Another almost completed project is the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:

Scrap-ScrambleI want to add some borders – a small red inner border and then a piano key outer border made up of all the fabrics used in this scrappy paper pieced project.  I don’t have enough of the red Aunt Grace 1930’s reproduction fabric for the inner border, so I’m stuck until I find that.

While I’m at the keyboard (computer keyboard, not piano keyboard) I may as well update you with my blocks of the months and weeks.

The Austen Family Album block of the week from Barbara Brackman’s blog is up to week 23 so I have three I haven’t shared yet.  Here is week 21, called West Wind:

Block-21-West-WindWeek 22 is Friendship.  This was a good block to use my red swirly stripe – I don’t have much left!

block-22-FriendshipAnd finally, block 23 is Old Maid’s Puzzle.  If you look at the layout of this block on the blog and on the Flickr group web site there were several different interpretations of this block.  You can see that I took it in a whole different direction than everyone else!

Block-23---Old-Maid's-PuzzlThreads of Memory block of the month.  This is block 8 called Jacksonville Star:

Threads-of-Memory-8---JacksI tried real hard to line up all that background fabric!

Last but not least is Le Jardin block of the month.  This is block 5 – this block was one of the reasons I signed up for this block of the month!

Block-5

Eventually I will embroider a red clothes line across the top, but it continues on into the next block with little birds holding the line. How cute is that!?!

I’ve mention this before, but next week is the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild show (September 19th and 20th) at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.  Y’all need to come!  I’ll see you there!

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