Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Block #2 Bulbs

I thought I would do a quick post just to show Block 2 of Pat Sloan's A Flower Bouquet. I finished a couple days ago, but didn't have time to post it until now! Busy busy busy! So to make this short and sweet here's block 2!
 In Florida there are these flowers they call rain lilies. They bloom when the rains start, then go to seed and blow all over. You can see some yards blooming with these pretty light purple flowers. They are in the Amaryllis family and their genus is Zephyranthes. Though they set seed and grow readily they are actually bulbs. I had a bunch of seeds when I moved to Kentucky, but I've tried planting them recently and apparently they are no longer viable. I'm kinda bummed but I'm going to see if my SIL can bring me some next time she visits. Since being in Kentucky their is so many bulbs! Daffodils are every where come spring! There is even a little patch in my backyard we didn't know about until the first spring here.

 Here is block one and two together. I'm really loving this fabric bundle!
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Have a wonderful week! And just keep stitching!
Sheila

Friday, January 4, 2019

New Quilt A Longs and my OMG for the month!

New Year, new Quilt a Longs and OMGs!
First my OMG!!!!
 Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal January Link-up.
   This month I want to get a quilt done for one of my quilty friends from my guild. She has entrusted her beautiful disappearing 4/9 patch quilt. My thought is using different shades of Aurifil thread to do a disappearing stitches on the wide sashing she used to make her quilt more the size she wanted. While in my mind the design is wonderful I can't seem to get it on paper to confirm my vision. Which means I haven't started it yet! Hopefully putting it as an OMG I'll get it done! If you haven't joined in on the One Monthly Goal I strongly suggest it! I like the motivation it gives me to complete or at least make a good dent in a project. And Patty has rounded up some wonderful sponsors to help motivate people in completing projects! Check it out!
 

Pat Sloan has two new QALs, A Flower Bouquet and Out Of This World. I'm excited about both. I've had space themed material for awhile because I wanted to make little T a twin size quilt for his upper bunk and thought an outer space themed quilt would be perfect. It's not babyish, so it can grow with him too, plus being in his teens I wouldn't be able to get away with that! 
Here is block 1 of A Flower Bouquet!
Block 1: Seed Catalogs
 I absolutely love this block!
And here is Block 1 for Out Of This World...
Block 1: The Space Shuttle
This was a fun one to put together! And it surprised me when I started putting together, it's 16.5" square! I am really looking forward to this QAL!


Another Quilt A Long I'm looking forward to is with Patty Dudek of  Elm Street Quilts (yes Patty from the OMG blog). It's hand sewing! I'm not very good at hand sewing even with lines drawn I can't keep it straight! But I've been practicing! I purchased a fat eighth bundle by Kim Diehl and I just love the colors!
Aren't those colors yummy! I better run an iron on them before the QAL starts on January 7th!

Another QAL I'm working on is The Temperature Quilt hosted by Twiddletails.
She mainly guides you on how to get started and I believe we will be posting our progress on instagram. It's been interesting keeping track of the weather and seeing the past highs and lows for our area. This weekend it's suppose to be in the 50's! I think someone forgot to mention to Mother Nature it's winter here!

I'm doing the highs and lows, using a 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle for the highs and a 2.5" square for the lows. I'm not sure if I'll keep the lows at the bottom of the rectangle or have them at the top for the next month. I only have a 8 of the 22 or so colors I'll need for my quilt, but I do have an order in for 9 more. I'll post my color range when I get the rest. I have a weather stamp set and was thinking of using them on some of the days...still thinking that one through! I'm also thinking of having a stamp for special occasions like birthdays and holidays. I think it would help find the date easier. I plan on getting a lighter neutral fabric to have the month put on for another way to distinguish the months apart. Another idea I have is using the Pantone color of the year as the borders, maybe Kona Cottons color of the year too since I'm using Kona fabrics for my temperatures. So that's my run down of how I plan on doing my Temperature Quilt. I also have the weather for the year and area my son was born and plan on doing a quilt for him. He was born in Florida and since hurricanes were a big part of our life there I plan on stamping the days and names of the hurricanes that developed that year, 3 of which had their names retired due to the devastation and loss of life they caused.
Since he loves history and who doesn't love the idea of knowing what the year they were born was like I think he'll really like the quilt. And the Pantone color for that year was Aqua Sky so I plan on doing mostly blues and aquas or use it as an accent color to the warmer hues of the hot Florida temperatures. As you can see I've thought way too much about the weather!
Sorry for the long post. One of my goals is to blog more and Santa brought my a laptop so I can have access to the computer even when my son is home and needs mine!
I'll be back in a few days to tell you about some more things I'm playing in!
 Thank you for stopping by! I hope you'll follow me on my journey through 2019 as I try not to do every QAL! And hopefully have some of my own patterns posted here to share with you.
Sheila

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Years!

Ok so I have less than a couple hours before we can say that, but since most will read this tomorrow it seems appropriate! I just wanted to get on here and give a shout out and post my Let's Go Camping top, which I finally have the border on! YIPPPEEE It's my OMG project for this month and I was having a hard time getting it done! Now I just have to quilt it and bind it and it's snuggle time! I made mine a little bigger than the original plan from Pat Sloan's, but I really loved the  bald eagle print and that brown multi color Batik I used as a border for the blocks and setting triangles! 

 Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - December Finish Link-up
I also didn't clean up the picture, or take a straight on photo. It was raining out and I could only go back so far. I'll bind it with a binding and flange, that's the way I like to bind my quilts. It will have a silver flange (the same that's edging the blocks and the main binding will be the brown multi batik. 
I hope every ones Christmas was wonderful and your New Year is full of wonderful days!
Sheila

Friday, December 14, 2018

Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quiltville Quilt A Long!

I can't believe I haven't posted about this yet! THIS is the Quilt A Long that quilters clear their calendars for! If they don't it sure seems that way to me! The anticipation grows and grows and the excitement is contagious! This year it's called Good Fortune, what a wonderful title!
Tomorrow will be clue #4 or I should say in a few hours...I'm such a night owl! So here are my blocks so far, Clue 1, Clue 2 and Clue 3a and b. I went a little darker with my colors with a navy blue, hunter green and a burgundy (though many are lighter) and golden orange. some are shades lighter but I was mainly going for the darker tones. And of course I'm no where near finished with any of the amounts needed! But I'm having fun trying out the clue for that week.
https://quiltville.blogspot.com/2018/12/mystery-monday-link-up-part-3.html
I'm really liking these colors and can't wait to see how they all play together! There is still time to get her patterns, just head over to Quiltville and check yourself in for some fun!
I hope to see you there!
Sheila

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hello December!

And Hello One Monthly Challenge! I have been trying to figure out what I what to accomplish this month, it seems never ending! 😂 But I don't want to get myself overwhelmed with Christmas just around the corner (it just doesn't seem possible!). Since I didn't get my project for last month completed, that will be my goal. To finish the top from Pat Sloan's Let's Go Camping. I have to cut the triangles and sew the diagonal strips together. I would love to say I would have it quilted too, but I have a quilt to do for one of my quilt guild friends. 
Here's my photo of my OMG project...

I wanted to spread it out on the floor, but have you SEEN my dog! He's got a ton of hair and now he's going through a blowout...loosing his summer coat and getting his winter coat in (it's been going on for a couple of months!). Of course that means no matter how often I brush him, rack and vacuum the carpet if he just walks through there are little puppy clumps everywhere! Sorry I just didn't want to spend all day tomorrow using the lint roller on my blocks! hahahaahaa I have two rows sewn and my hope is it won't take much longer to finish this up. I have a feeling my son will be appropriating this one! 
Get ready for the weekend! 
Sheila

Friday, November 30, 2018

What a Busy Month!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving day! Ours was full of food and festivities! We had our neighbor come over and celebrate with us. She's like family, even though we've only known her for a short time. Of course the Macy's Day parade was first on the agenda! While watching and working in the kitchen we also snacked on hors d'voeurs YUM!

I've been trying to get my OMG done for this month. But it just wasn't possible. I did make some head way and I think I should have it done this weekend. I've also started a new QAL...It's the one with Bonnie Hunter, the Quiltville Mystery! Check it out through the link. Black Friday was Clue 1 and Clue 2 was today. I started it, but want to get back to my Let's Go Camping QAL and get that finished and out of the way. So I'll use the Quiltville QAL as a leader and ender while I finish it and hopefully I won't get too far behind! Here's my OMG project progress...

 Sorry for the less than stellar photo. I forgot the grow lights were on and they cast some weird shadows and colors! Mittens and Cuddles were absolutely no help! But try and tell a cat the quilt isn't theirs!

I'm also planning on doing Elm Street Quilts Quilt A Long hosted by Patty Dudek and Kristin Esser. It's a hand piecing QAL! I'm week in that area and love seeing others work. I'm in awe at hand piecing! It starts in January and that will be my something new for 2019. Not that I'm limiting myself to learning only one thing! I love to learn new techniques...keep moving forward!

Electric Quilt had a wonderful Black Friday sale and I purchased the EQmini to try it out. I've already designed two quilts and I have several more I want to get drawn up. So far I can't figure out if I can draw my own blocks and if there is a way to know how much material I need for any given project. I believe EQ8 does...If it doesn't I would be very surprised!

I just signed up for Instagram on the 8th of this month and I've been enjoying seeing other quilters projects. If you want to follow me look for WhiteBearQuilts. <---or click that link! I'm fairly active on it and have been so inspired by every ones wonderful projects!

Pat Sloan announced her upcoming quilt a longs earlier this month. I'm looking forward to playing along! I already have the fabric so now it's just sit and wait! Of course I'm a little behind on her Merry and Bright QAL she just posted the last block! It's a nice size for snuggling under while watching all the Christmas specials! 

And finally I'm thinking about applying to be an Island Batik Ambassador. I love batiks, as you can see on most of my quilt projects! They have such a natural look about them and the colors and designs always inspire me! Wish me luck! 

I'm looking forward to Christmas time are you!? 
Sheila

Monday, November 5, 2018

NOVEMBER!

Yes November already. You know what that means don't you... December is just around the corner! And before we know it it's 2019. The years go way too fast!

For my OMG this month I'm wanting to get my Let's Go Camping by Pat Sloan all pieced together. I'm doing a double border around each square and doing the setting squares different than Pat suggested. My background fabric is a solid and if I do it like she has I'm afraid it would look washed out. Besides I have this fun eagle print that I think would look great!
Look at all those Batiks! I do love me some Batiks! 
On your mark, get set.....GO!
Sheila

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The end of October!?

It's the end of October already! I know I keep asking, but where does the month go!
Well here is my Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - October Finish Link-up!
 I'm pretty happy with how it came out. But I plan on making a better one, with more blacks for the black cat and a bright yellow for the pumpkin eyes. Now I just have to get it quilted! 
 I also wanted to show block 9 from the Let's Go Camping QAL with Pat Sloan. I've been bad about not posting my blocks, seems I've been getting a little too side tracked lately!
 This is called Friendships Made and it's the last block of this QAL! I am liking the way these blocks came out and I am excited about getting them together! Maybe that will be next months OMG!
I'm sorry I've made this post short and sweet, but I should be back with blocks from Pat's other QAL Merry and Bright!
Bye October, Hello November!  
Sheila 
 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Pumpkins, Falling Leaves, Cool Nights...It Must Be October!

Happy Puppy!
I haven't mentioned Indy in a while. He's had a little problem with his legs and it's been a long month and a half for him. He's been restricted to the house to rest his back leg. Somehow he pulled or tore his CCL it's the same as an ACL in people (the ligament that connects the bone above the knee with the bone below the knee). He was miserable being stuck inside. He loves being in his back yard, sitting on his hill and overlooking what he considers "HIS" territory... which happens to be every ones back yard! We have a view of 3 yards after the bottom of the hill, the yard to the left (where 6 dogs live and Indy loves them all!) and on the right is a yard and view of the side street. So he has a lot to keep an eye on. With fall the view increases to the club house further down hill. So he has a whole lot of territory to protect and that's how Great Pyrenees are, what they see they consider theirs and if it's theirs they must protect it! So he barks. A LOT, that's also what Pyrs are known for, barking.
The days were nice and cool when I took these pictures and he loves the cooler weather. I would too if I couldn't take off that fur coat! His leg wasn't getting any better, but it wasn't getting worse, so I let him out. He kept looking back at me to see if he had to come back in. I've been walking him for his potty breaks on his lead and I was happy not to have to go down that hill! Let's just say it's a good hill for sledding!

Indy surveying his territory.
The other day I noticed the leaves changing on our maple tree. The other trees in our area are dropping leaves already, but full color hasn't happened yet. My hubby thinks it'll be a bad winter because of all the crickets. What kind of old wives tales do you know concerning the weather? I have a feeling he's right, but the woolly worm I just saw was more rust than black which means a milder winter. I've been stocking up on supplies, either way if it's cold out I'd rather stay in! 
I hope you're staying warm!
Sheila

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Octobers OMG!

This months One Monthly Goal is a project I designed myself... scary! I figure if I put it down as my goal for this month I have a better chance of completing it. I may not have the instructions written up, especially since I've never written pattern instructions for a quilt project, but I'm taking photos and notes so who knows! Here's what I have done so far...
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal October Linkup.
So my task is to have this wall hanging complete by end of the month. The leaves are the easy part, I'm not so sure about the other part of the design! But you can't move forward if you don't take a step! I'm excited about the project and hope it turns out how I have it pictured in my head. Hopefully you will be seeing the wall hanging done in 25 days!!!!
Wish me luck!
Sheila

Saturday, September 29, 2018

End of September Already?!

These days seem to fly by! If it wasn't for Patty at Elm Street Quilts I probably wouldn't have noticed! It's been a fun month of quilt shows, meetings and all kinds of quilty goodness! How I got anything done I'm still trying to figure it out! I think I've been sleepquilting. Wouldn't that be wonderful!!!! 
And now it's time for our OMG moment! Yes I finished my border!!! But I also finished the whole quilt! I'm sewing on the label now, but for the most part it's done and I'm so happy with it! Thank you Patty for the motivation to complete another project.
This is from another of Pat Sloan's QAL's. It's called In The Summer Time and each block has a story. Our summers have been full of Adventures, day trips around our state (at the time this quilt represents it's when we lived in Florida). We would go on what I would lovely refer to as Adventure Wednesdays. The day trips usually would happen on a Wednesday, but at times not. We went to aquariums, museums, parks, beaches, and sometimes go back to explore the area more. This quilt represents our trips we took in the summer of 2011...mostly anyway. I haven't gone through all the blocks with Little T yet, I hope when I do he looks back with fond memories and love the quilt as much as I do. We didn't go on any adventures this past summer and I think he misses it. He made a comment on how we didn't do anything this summer. I feel terrible about it since he's in 10th grade this year! But with hubby's crazy schedule it made it hard to plan things out. But I already have plans for next year!
I hope your September was filled with exciting days and projects getting finished and loved! Now off to see what Octobers OMG project will be!
Sheila

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Another Month, Another Goal

Boy do I need it this month! I'm having a hard time staying focused...too much on my plate maybe or my iron is low and causing havoc! It happens every now and then. Usually I just need to sit down and write out what I need to do, what needs to get done first, what can wait and what has no possibility of getting completed in the time frame I'm looking at! But there is one project I know I want do or at least I want to get the last border on. I'm piecing the border and it seems to be taking forever! I think the gremlins are unstitching while I sleep! Have you ever felt like that? Well with this border I do! It's for the QAL with Pat Sloan, In The Summer Time. I'm in love with how it turned out and you would think I would have had it quilted and binding on snuggling away under it, but no I'm fighting with the endless border! hahahaa

So my One Monthly Goal is to finish the border and get it on the Summer Time quilt! 
Can you see the striped border I'm working on on my old workhorse! I love this sweet, green heavy machine! I call him Sigmund, as in the Sea Monster... He was giving me grief snapping my thread, end up being the timing. Once I got him in time to the music we were humming along again! 

So if you need help keeping motivated and getting a project done, visit Elm Street and sign up! It's just the thing you need to keep you in line!
Sheila

Saturday, August 25, 2018

My Monthly Goal Finished!

Can you believe there is only a week left to August! It seems like I just signed up for One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts and it's time to show if you completed your goal! I'm happy to say I did! I have a few threads left to hide, but as far as I'm concerned that baby is done! I'm very happy with the way the quilt turned out and mom loves it too, and that is all that matters! She is my biggest fan after all and loves everything I do, so that might have something to do with it! The pattern is from Pat Sloan's QAL that finished up back in January of this year and it was called Grandma's Kitchen.

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal - August Finish Link-up
Little T's arms aren't quite long enough!
What I love about Pat's QALs are the patterns are always available and for FREE! We just finished up on In The Summer Time and that was a wonderful QAL. I'll probably have that on my OMG for next month ! ;) And we are finishing up on another called Let's Go Camping. I'm enjoying that one very much too! I need to finish, OK I need to start the last block then there is only 2 more blocks to do! And let us not forget the latest one she started Merry and Bright. I'm pretty excited about this one too. We are on block 4 so plenty of time to join in!

I just started a Sew A Long with Gnome Angel . If you are feeling really ambitious or just crazy like me come sew a long with us! It's the Farmer's Wife 1920's quilt we are working on! It's only a mere 111 blocks! I'll be foundation pattern piecing mine. I'm new to it and have already pulled stitches out because I sew them in the wrong position or the fabric was right side down UGH, but I figure by the time I'm well into this I should have a hang of it! I'll be posting photos of the blocks I have finished in another post!

Another Quilt A Long I'm doing is Seeing Stars with Melissa over at Happy Quilting. We are in our 2nd week and I have to admit I'm a little nervous about this weeks star, it has curves! Drunkards path to be precise. But she's a pretty good teacher, last week she gave a tutorial on the no waste flying geese. If you haven't tried it yet you really should! I did 3 stars with 8 flying geese each and I did them in less than 2 days! They went together so easy! I'll also be posting these in another post.
So that's it for my week! I'll be back to show you more blocks in a bit!!!

Enjoy the last bits of summer, it's going by way too fast!
Sheila

Friday, August 17, 2018

I love to create...

Especially when it comes out how I envision!
When little T was younger he loved the book Where The Wild Things Are.  We read it so often I knew it by heart and it was on of my favorites to read to him. So I made him the monster from the book! It wasn't near perfect,  I wouldn't even call myself a novice at making toys,  but he loved it and carried it with him everywhere and let me say that he was a heavy little monster!!!
2007
I made him out of old jeans, crocheted the hair into of his head after sewing a grid of the same color yarn to his scalp and used one of little T's baby shirts to make him a shirt. I'm proud of it because little T loved it.  The reason I'm telling this story is because I never thought I would make something that he would care much about.  Until I finished his chrome book cover for school! He thought it was great and wanted me to make more to sell to the other kids at school. He's such an entrepreneur! He wanted an anchor. That's where the FPP anchor came in from last week! Plus he wanted the dolphin material I had and he wanted a hammerhead shark in the center of a star! Which I also had to design and then I foundation paper pieced it to make sure the points came out right. I quilted it all, the anchor was in the ditch (sort of), I echoed the star and the ocean scene with the dolphins I did a watery ripple. I also purchased a couple foundation paper piecing books to try more of those! But I have to say it has been very rewarding to make up my own pattern!



 This project was filled with a lot of firsts for me. I do enjoy a challenge though so it just added to the fun! Plus I got it done in time for the first day of school! Nothing like a deadline to motivate you to finish a project.
Here's to fun projects and new ideas!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!!
Sheila

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Anchors Away and My First Attempt at FPP

I love trying new things. I try not to over think and scare myself out of doing something, I just leap in and do it. That being said if you decide you want to try FPP at least try someones pattern that has been proven and they can give you info on how to do it. Yep my first attempt at FPP was with my own design, crazy huh! Well it may have taken longer than it should and I may have wasted some fabric, but I did it, it's done and I 'm pretty happy with the results! Here it is...
Anchors Away!
My son starts school on the 15th and they passed out Chrome Books for the kids this year. Little T is very good about taking care of his property and gets a little nervous when it comes to taking care of things like this so he wanted me to make a cover for it. He spotted the Anchor block in Jinney
Beyer's The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns. If you've ever seen this book it's huge and it's only the pictures of the blocks with a little graph of the block, no instructions or detail how to make the block. I changed the block a little bit from the picture, but it looks like and anchor so I'm happy! And so is my son and that's what matters! Now to figure out how to make the rest of the cover!
Wish me luck and have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Sheila

A Quick Post on an Upcoming QAL!

And YES I'm playing along! It's at Happy Quilting and it's called Seeing Stars...> See the button on the right!!!! I love those things! Click on it and it will take you to Melissa's blog (or the above link) and you can see the beautiful quilt we will be making. Here are the fabrics I'll be using, batiks of course!!!! With Kona cotton in black as my background. This QAL is great for those fat quarter bundles you have sitting pretty on your shelf, waiting patiently to became something wonderful! I know you have them, I can't be the only one with several fat quarters sitting pretty waiting for the perfect project!
What do you think? I love bright batiks with a black background! I may not use them all or I may change one or two or add a couple more, but this is what I'm stating with!
Here's the latest QAL and this is my fabric I'm using, come join the fun!
Sheila

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Life, Blocks, Challenges, Ideas and Goals

Happy August! Boy July flew by! Little T will be starting school on the 15th...10th GRADE! Oh my goodness where has the time gone. He's been ready to go back, since the last day of 9th grade! We did spend the day in the city last week. Compared to our small town, it's a city. We had to go to Half-Priced Books first. Little T just loves books and bought a bunch about history also something he loves. I found EQ5 software there for only 7.99! I've been wanting to try it and I see that I will be able to upgrade so I thought I'd give it a shot. We also went to Malibu Jacks, it's not just for little kids. They have miniature golf, go carts, laser tag, virtual reality and arcade games with video games...I'm talking retro games like Pac-Man on steroids! And since little T is into the retro games (remind me to tell you about his video game consoles and games collection!) he enjoyed playing Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and one that he's been playing on his cell phone, Crossy Roads. Which to me is like Frogger. Daddy played Space Invaders with him and Timmy beat him! Check out the score! We also played miniature golf and had a great time! Maybe next time laser tag!

 
And since we were in Lexington we had to have Steak N Shake for dinner! I wish they would put one in our small town, I love those fries!
Now to blocks! Wednesday was the 2nd block in Merry and Bright QAL!!!! It was also block #7 of Lets Go Camping! But I didn't have a chance to work on that one yet. Both are run by Pat Sloan, she's one busy woman! She also gave us a challenge of doing a whole quilt of the house block! That got me thinking (this is when my hubby cringes) I 'll have to work on my idea before I let you in on it though. Anyway, here is my 2nd block;

Hang the Wreath

Here's block 1 and 2
I'm liking the blues, but the red and greens that Pat and most of the others are doing them in look absolutely wonderful! I may break down and do this QAL in those colors too!!!
I'm finishing up on my In The Summer Time. I absolutely loved this QAL. It had me pulling out old photos of our Adventure Wednesdays and reminiscing. Looking at how young little T was in some of those pictures just made me realize how fast time flies! Here's my flimsy top I still have a scrappy border to put around it, but the challenge was to get the top posted before the 3rd! I can't wait to quilt this special quilt.


 
Speaking of quilting...that brings me to my monthly Goal! OMG! I've been trying to participate in this for months, but never could get things right. I think it's a wonderful idea to help motivate and keep you focused on what you want/need to get done. It's run by Patty Dudek of Elm Street Quilts and it's full of inspiration, tips and tricks. Now to my goal...finishing mom's quilt! It's Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen QAL that ended in January. I'm finally quilting it, but keep getting side tracked! I'm on the last round of quilting (I have ten 12inch blocks plus sashing to finish) and I need to bind it before my Quilt Guild meeting on August 21st, there I put it out in the universe and hopefully that will keep me on track to finally get moms quilt completed! Here's a photo of it under the needle of my Tiara III.

Spread out as best as I could

Close up of the basket full of roses

earlier work on a block, meandering roses
I hope you have a week full of fun and creative bliss and here's to getting projects done!
This is my goal and this is me,
Sheila

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

New Quilt A Long With Pat Sloan!!!!

I know what you are probably thinking...She started another QAL!!!! Well can you blame me! It is a Christmas QAL after all and it's with Pat! I'm also happy to report that I'm currently quilting Grandma's Kitchen and finishing up on In the Summer Time. I'm just piecing the borders on it and then it will be ready to quilt!!! So that's two that will be done to the one I'm starting.

Today was the first block in her Merry and Bright Quilt A Long and it's a house! Mine doesn't look much like a house...well it is for a polar bear! With a snowman bearing gifts at  
the door, so it's all good! 

Home For The Holidays
I'm using the Snowy Friends collection and several other yards of complementary fabrics since the fat quarter of Snowy Friends only had 14 in the bundle (I guess that was all in the collection). It actually came out last year and certain pieces are hard to find. I wanted more in the snowflake that was with this line, but it has proven to be extremely hard to find. All in all I'm happy with the block and the color way I'm going with. I'm debating whether or not to do a second one in traditional Christmas colors...I do have plenty of that!
 
So grab your mittens and come join the fun!!!
Sheila

 
 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Beautiful Weather and More Blocks!

I can't believe how beautiful the past few days have been! It's been going down in the 50's at night, so of course the windows are open! Last night I was serenaded by cows! YES COWS! I could hear them mooing and it sounded like they were right in my back yard, but they weren't. The wind must have been blowing from the east or something!!! We have a farm across the main road from our home and more farms on the other side of the golf course so I'm sure it was from one of those places. I never heard cows in Florida. We lived in Pinellas county and while I know there were horses I have never seen a cow there. The same where I grew up in New Jersey. We were in central New Jersey close to the ocean. I don't remember any farms close by or hearing about any farm land...just the suburbs. So hearing the cows always makes me smile. I would love to live on a farm and raise goats and chickens. Maybe one day... After I convince my husband it's an absolutely awesome idea!!! He's all city boy, born and raised in Tampa FL. oh well there may be hope, you always have to have hope!

Now for the fun part!!!! BLOCKS! I finished another block for In The Summer Time by Pat Sloan. I thought I was only behind a few blocks. Well! I couldn't be more wrong!!!! I just finished block 12 and todays release was block 18! Oh man do I have some work to do! Two more blocks and it's time for the borders and quilting! EEEEK! This has gone so fast! But never fear, the Let's Go Camp QAL is still going, at least for 3 more months! This QAL is also one of Pat's. Plus on the 14th of June she is hosting another Splendid Sampler QAL, but this is with her new book! Even though the book hasn't been released yet you can QAL from 20 patterns from the book...for FREE! I believe by the time you get to the end the book will be released and then they will continue the QAL from the book. Sounds like fun! Sorry I got off track! Here is block #12 Family Reunion
No my family reunions weren't horrible and shark infested! This quilt is mainly for Little T to remember our summers...and me and hubby too! We went to the Mote
Marine Laboratory and Aquarium (I mentioned it in my last post) This is an awesome place! In one part they had the sea turtles like I posted last and in another is the sharks! I have always been interested in sharks, to the point of wanting to study them!!! So this block is for our time spent watching these marvelous predators swimming about!

Photos by Sheila 2011
 
 
 
Here, Little T is watching one of the sharks. He kept coming around so he must really like the attention. Or he's very hungry and we looked appetizing! Whatever the case he was very entertaining to watch.

2011
 
NOW for the Let's Go Camping blocks! These blocks will be assembled on point. I'm very excited about this! I haven't done a quilt on point yet!!! This is a monthly Quilt A Long so I'm right on time with it!! Just haven't kept up with posting them.

Block #3 Animal Crossing
I'm very happy with this one! I've always wanted to do a Bear Paw block!

Block #4 What You Take
Another fun block! I'm so proud of myself...my points are still there!

Block #5 Things You Do
Another block I've been wanting to do! and I still have my points!!!

Block #6 Stirring The Pot
Interesting block and a lot of fun putting together!

Here they are all together on the back of another quilt. This is how they will lay out. As you can see Mittens had to get in there! He was actually laying on the blocks and mushing them up on me! Stinker!!! I have material with eagles and mountains on it that I'm thinking would be a good back ground, but I'll wait to see how things go.

I've been trying to put sewing into my daily routine. I've been doing pretty good about it until today. I do plan on getting some strips cut so that if I have a minute I can at least sew something together, even if it's only 2 inches! And who knows tonight isn't over with yet!!! ;)

So this is more blocks and this is me!
Sheila



 



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Long time, no blogging!

It's been awhile since I've posted quilt blocks or talked about life in general! My mom had a bad winter, catching every bug and virus that came her way! She just got over pneumonia and that really took a lot out of her! The end of March meant my little guy turned 15 years old!!!! Geez NOW I feel old! He's taller than me now, though I am short (5'3") I'm hoping he takes after daddy (6'3") but little T thinks he'll be short. You know how teenagers are, not happy unless they are thinking everything is doom and gloom!

As for my quilt blocks... get ready there is a bunch!

We'll start with Pat Sloan's In the Summertime. I'm doing it mostly in Batiks and the solid is Kona Cotton in Champagne;


Block 3 "Reading Books"
I enjoyed this block very much. It reminded me of the Fridays at the library with Little T. He has always loved books, thank goodness he still does! In 7th grade he was reading at an above 12th grade level!  
Block 4 "Meet You At The Drive In"
Remember we are from Florida and sitting outside in the summer heat and humidity wasn't what we called fun. So I did a block of our day at the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota FL. They rescue Turtles and other sea life and protect the sea turtles nesting area. Little T loved going through the safety net for the turtles!
2011
 

Block 5 "Ice Cream Love"
We didn't go get ice cream too much...At least I can't remember it! Little T and I would go to the yogurt self serve place that was near the movie theater after seeing a summer movie. So instead I did another one for the gardens. We would go on hikes too and see all the native flora and fauna. I loved it! Here Little T is checking out the poster to see what we may see on our little hike.
2012


Block 6 "Summer Stars"
I remember our summer nights having the night sky full of dragonflies! I use to love watching them dart around!
Block 7 "Splish Splash"
One of our Adventures was to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. It's more of a hospital for the rescued sea life. Their goal is to return the animals to the sea, but sometimes it isn't possible. Like in the case of Winter. You may have seen the movie, well, we saw Winter! And little T loved him! Notice the soft animal in his arms...it's a Winter stuffy! We went back again so I'm sure I'll do another block of dolphins!
2011
Block 8 "Vacations"
We didn't go on any long vacations. We would do short day trips to the beach, aquariums, museums and parks. This block is of the beaches Clearwater, Casperson, and Sarasota!
Block 9 "Games of Summer"
In 1989 St. Pete Florida got their Major League Baseball team, the Devil Rays! This was before little T was born, but hubby and I had season tickets the first year! Later on when our sweet baby came along he got to go see them too. 
Cheesy Monkey!
2009
 
 
Block 10 "Rain Drops"
Anyone who has spent any time in Florida knows it rains, daily! Then there is the hurricanes and well more rain! The good thing was if it rained during the day (usually the same time every day...4pm) it was only for a short period of time. The bad thing was the humidity that came from it! I feel myself melting just thinking about it!!! But oh how it made those tropical plants grow!

Block 11 "Fresh Fruits and Veggies"
My favorite fresh fruit was the strawberries! They came in around February and then they would have the Strawberry Festival! YUM! Little T loved the oranges that grew in the tree in our back yard! I did too!!! I have a couple small fruit trees (orange, lemon and tangerine) here in KY, but as soon as they start doing good it's time to take them in for the winter. And after being outside in the wonderful summer, they don't do too good inside. I'm looking to get a greenhouse this year! Hopefully that will help my tropical plants that we miss so much. 
 
WELL! That's it for the In The Summer Time Quilt a Long. I need to do three more...oops 4 after tomorrow! Since this was a crazy long post, mostly photo heavy. I think I'll take a break and post the rest of the projects I've done tomorrow...at  least I'll try to post the rest tomorrow!
So this is In The Summer Time,
and this is me!
Sheila