Monday, December 31, 2012

UFOs - 2013

For the past couple of years -

I have gone through my list of UFOs -

And updated them for the next year -

Just deleting the ones that have changed Stages -

And letting it go at that - ;))

This year - I decided to go one step further -

I also deleted the ones -

That I have NO intention of EVER finishing - ;))

Some have been traded -

Some have been recycled -

Some have been abandoned -

Some of those remaining might be joining them soon - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -




Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's anybody's guess -


Just like last year -

BOB was having trouble getting to sleep the other night -

Waiting for Santa ;))

So she got to thinking about Bonnie Hunter’s Easy Street Mystery Quilt - HERE -

And just might have a solution to the mystery - ;))

BOB loves mysteries -

And has never been able to read one -

Without trying to figure out “whodunit” -

But if you are one of those who thinks that a mystery -

Should REMAIN a mystery -

Until you read the VERY last page -

And if you would rather not know -

And would rather be surprised -

I respect that -

Just don’t read Quilter BOB today - HERE -

Scroll down to my last post -

Just in case you missed it - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



QJ - Black Quilt

QUILT JOURNAL - BLACK QUILT

Wholecloth preprinted panel
Hand Tied
Twin Quilt
Started - December 1995
Completed - December 1995

Made for our son - Christmas present

I wanted to make our son a quilt for Christmas and had a hard time finding something appropriate for a guy. Everything seemed to have flowers on it.

I finally found the preprinted panels and thought it was perfect since he really likes the color black.

Won second place at the County Fair in August 1996





QJ - 1995





Saturday, December 29, 2012

More Squirrels -

And then there is the list of quilts -

That I WANT TO MAKE -

Also known as - SQUIRRELS* - ;))

  • Dear Jane - HERE -
  • Anita Grossman Solomon - Rotary Cutting Revolution - Anything/Everything - HERE -
  • Pam & Nicky Lintott - Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts - Anything/Everything - HERE -
  • Bonnie Hunter - Anything/Everything - HERE-
  • Karen Stone - Anything/Everything - HERE -

AND -

I want/need to document my UFOs -
Kind of like my Quilt Journal -
But explain WHY they’re still UFO’s -

Now THAT is going to take some time - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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*NOTE RE: SQUIRRELS -
From my post dated 3/2/12 - HERE -

I feel like DUG in the movie “UP” -
I see SQUIRRELS -
Everywhere!!




Friday, December 28, 2012

My Dining Room Table -


I REALLY want/need to FINISH/MAKE these -
  • LTRTCWSA - 2013
  • Work in Progress - Folk Art Christmas Tree
  • Work in Progress - Do You See What I See?
  • Carry-over from 2012 - Gingerbread panel print
  • Carry-over from 2012 - Christmas Quilt
  • Carry-over from 2012 - Christmas Wreath/Star panel
And these -
  • LHQSQ - LHQ - Sampler Quilt
  • Floral Applique Quilt
  • Kuuipo - Memory Quilt
  • B/W/R - Red Cosmo
  • B/W/R - Black Stripe
  • B/W/R - Multi
  • B/W/R - Black Cosmo
  • B/W/R - Red Stripe

AND I REALLY want/need to PLAY with these -
  • My serger
  • Free Motion Quilting
  • FPP stuff
  • Halloween stuff
  • Thanksgiving/Fall/Autumn stuff

B - E - C - A - U - S - E -

My Dining Room Table -




Runneth Over - ;))




Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, December 27, 2012

LTRTCWSA - Race Results -


Another episode of -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

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When Linda - here - and I started our race - here - I had -

4 patterns - (one with 3 options) -
5 panel prints -
1 “kit” -
And a bunch of yardage -

Ten different choices - (plus options) -

Linda J - here - and I worked out a trade for the kit and the Christmas Tree panel - ;)) - here -
Everything needed to make -
Northern Lights Wall Hanging - by Janet Page - (c) 1999
Cranston Consumer Products -
46" x 46"



And the Christmas Tree panel -


Down to eight - ;))

I actually finished two -
Christmas Tree placemats - here -


And the Bottoms Up! Stockiings - here -
Bottoms Up! - (c) 2001 - Calico Moon Handcrafts -


Down to six - ;))

Three are Works in Progress -
Gingerbread ‘n Hearts needs borders and quilting -
And some Buttons and Bows - ;))
Gingerbread ‘n Hearts - (c) 1995 - Dinah’s Quilts & Accents - 18" x 21"
Linda J - here - and I worked out another trade -
So this one is on its way to her as we speak -


Folk Art Christmas Tree needs to be stitched down -
And I need to do the borders and quilting -
Folk Art Christmas - by Cindy Taylor Oates - (c) Taylor Made Designs -
Folk Art Christmas Tree - 27" x 35-1/2" -


The Snowman panel - Do You See What I See? - needs quilting -
Perfect for Free-Motion Quilting practice -


Down to three - ;))

Christmas Quilt - (c) 1996 - ABC Patterns - 45" x 51"


The Gingerbread panel and yardage -


The Christmas Wreaths panel -



The last few are going to be entered in the -

Leisurely Turtle Race To Christmas With Squirrels Allowed - 2013 -

This Race started the day AFTER Christmas 2012 -

And will end on November 30, 2013 -

At that time - it will be declared an automatic TIE - ;))

Whatever you finish by then -

Is whatever you finish by then - ;))

No stress - no pressure -

Just a head start on everybody else -

Especially those who don’t start until AFTER Thanksgiving - ;))

So - Ladies - start your engines! - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Santa came -

Before Christmas I started working on some secret stuff -

And it’s a real bummer to be working on something -

And not to be able to share my progress - ;))

But Santa came - so no more secrets -

Chocolate Squirrel is my version -

Of Bonnie Hunter’s Easy Street Mystery Quilt - here -



I absolutely LOVE her Christmas Mystery Quilts!! -

I made Christmas Lights a few years ago - here -

And last year I made my version of Orca Bay - here -

This year is no exception -

Easy Street is another GREAT mystery quilt -

And I LOVE working on it - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Last year - and the year before that -

I shared a beautiful Christmas Card that I had received from a dear friend -

It is one of the most beautiful Christmas Cards that I have ever seen -

So I wanted to share it with you again this year -

Please click - here -

and Have a Very Merry Christmas!!



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve - 2012

DESIGN WALL MONDAY - 12/24/12
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))
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Another episode of -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

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Well - this is as far as I got -

Gingerbread ‘n Hearts needs borders and quilting -
And some Buttons and Bows - ;))
Gingerbread ‘n Hearts - (c) 1995 - Dinah’s Quilts & Accents - 18" x 21"

Linda J - here - and I worked out another trade -
So this one will be on its way to her after Christmas - as is -
Including the buttons and bows -
She may work it into a Christmas quilt of her own - ;))


The Folk Art Christmas Tree needs to be stitched down -
Then I need to do the borders and quilting -
Folk Art Christmas - by Cindy Taylor Oates - (c) Taylor Made Designs -
Folk Art Christmas Tree - 27" x 35-1/2" -



But I’ll worry about all of that after Christmas -

This is Christmas Eve -

And -

Santa’s coming - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

P.S.
This post was written and scheduled to go "live" today - before I learned that Linda - my bloggy buddy/friend and "Racing" partner had to have surgery recently and will be sidelined for awhile. I have decided to post my progress as scheduled - and because she's run into this little roadblock - We have declared a TIE in our First Annual Leisurely Turtle Race To Christmas With Squirrels Allowed. - ;))



Sunday, December 23, 2012

QJ - Z's Quilts

Z'S QUILTS
formerly known as MORE "NOTHING" QUILTS -

Wholecloth pre-quilted panel
Baby quilts

Made for Z

The pre-quilted panels only required binding in the color of my choice -

  • 2 pkgs of quilt binding for each quilt - or -
  • 3 pkgs to bind 2 panels in the same color

Warning!! - Panels may be printed crooked -
Straightening was required on some -

Sorry for the crappy photos -
These are scans of the photos in my scrapbook -
I don’t have the original quilts so I couldn't take new photos - ;))






I always referred to these little quilts as "Nothing" quilts -

Since there was "Nothing" to them - ;))

But the last time I posted some “Nothing” quilts - here -

Both KatieM and Julie Fukuda set me straight - ;))

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First KatieM -

Katie M. has left a new comment on your post "QJ - "Nothing" Quilts":

No such thing as a "nothing" quilt. You chose the panel, you created the quilt, you gave your time and your love to making something special for someone special - that's really SOMETHING!

I replied -
Thanks, Katie! - ;))
P.S.
What I meant by "Nothing" is that there was not much of anything "quilt" related necessary to finish them up. They were like an "instant" quilt. They were already quilted - so I just added a little binding - a little time - and a whole bunch of love - ;))


She wasn’t buying it -
She came back with -
Doesn't matter - you still thought of the person they were intended for and proceeded to make them special - I'm sticking to my "no such thing as a "nothing" quilt :-)

I replied -
OK - YOU WIN!! - ;)) ALL quilts are something special - even if they are super-easy to put together. But - just so you know - I made another batch of "Nothing" quilts for another baby a couple of years later - so when I post the Quilt Journal entry for those - just repeat what you just said - haha - ;))

That "other" baby - of course - is Z and these are his quilts - ;))
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And then Julie added her comment -

Julie Fukuda has left a new comment on your post "QJ - "Nothing" Quilts":

Something like that to be dragged around and loved and still hold up is a whole lot more than "nothing"!

I replied -
Thanks, Julie! - What I meant by "Nothing" is that there was not much of anything "quilt" related necessary to finish them up. They were like an "instant" quilt. They were already quilted - so I just added a little binding - a little time - and a whole bunch of love - ;))

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THANK YOU, LADIES - for taking the time to set me straight -

YOU ARE RIGHT - THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A “NOTHING” QUILT - ;))



QJ - 1995



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dear Santa -


Just a reminder - ;))





Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Friday, December 21, 2012

Left-Handed Quilting Page is back -


The Left-Handed Quilting Page is back!! - ;))

A while back I inadvertently copied over the ENTIRE list -

So I found an earlier version and posted that temporarily - ;))

Now the list has been updated -

BUT -

If you are looking for something -
And it's NOT listed -

Please type in whatever it is -
Or - LHQ -
In the "Search Box" -

I may have talked about it -
But forgotten to include it -

And be sure to check back often -
I may have added some new ones since your last visit -

Also be sure to check out the page/tab at the top of my blog -
LHQSQ - LHQ Sampler Quilt -
Left-Handed Quilter's Sampler Quilt -
There are tips there as well -

Thanks - ;))

And don't forget that on this blog I show you -

This Is How I Do It -

It may not be the best way - or the fastest way - or the easiest way -

It's just How I Do It - ;))

There are other Lefties out there -

Who may do it differently - their way -

And their way may work better for you - ;))

So check out the Lefties page/tab at the top of my blog, too -

It's up there to the Left of the Left-Handed Quilting page/tab -

Where else would it be? - ;))

We may not have a lot of resources as Lefties -

But we do have each other -

And WE ROCK!! - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, December 20, 2012

My 600th Post -


Can you believe it?

This is my 600th post - ;))


Who would have thought that I could write SO much -

In such a short period of time? - ;))


Who would have thought that I could write SO much -

And meet SO many interesting/wonderful people -

From ALL over the WORLD? - ;))


Who would have thought that I could write SO much -

And have SO much FUN doing it -

And that people would actually read what I wrote? - ;))


THANKS, GUYS! - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

LTRTCWSA - 12/19/12

Another episode of -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

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I changed my mind -

New plan - ;))

Still use the same colors -

But applique the “Gingerbread ‘n Hearts” - here - first -
Gingerbread ‘n Hearts - (c) 1995 - Dinah’s Quilts & Accents - 18" x 21"


Practice my stitching -

And THEN do the Folk Art Christmas Tree - ;))

I decided to use Lily -

And stitched the hearts first in red -

Then the gingerbread boy -

I thought I was being clever -

By using a paper towel as a stabilizer -
Instead of a coffee filter -


And it worked real well -

Until it was time to remove the paper -
And I had to use my tweezers -
To get out the little bits -


So I got another cup of coffee -
Took a short strip of scotch tape -
Made a little ring for my finger -
To use as a mini-lint roller -
And spent a relaxing afternoon -
Up close and personal - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

P.S.
This post was written and scheduled to go "live" today - before I learned that Linda - my bloggy buddy/friend and "Racing" partner had to have surgery recently and will be sidelined for awhile. I have decided to post my progress as scheduled - and because she's run into this little roadblock - We have declared a TIE in our First Annual Leisurely Turtle Race To Christmas With Squirrels Allowed. - ;))






Tuesday, December 18, 2012

LTRTCWSA - 12/18/12

Another episode of -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

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I’m still working on the Folk Art Christmas Tree
Folk Art Christmas - by Cindy Taylor Oates - (c) Taylor Made Designs -


TA DAH! -


Well I got it fused before Christmas - ;))

I still need to stitch it all down -

But I figured that I could stitch it and the Gingerbread 'n Hearts -

With the same colors -

And not have to change thread as often - ;))


I just have to decide which sewing machine to use -

My Husqvarna/Lily does a great buttonhole/applique stitch -
I used her on the Floral Applique quilt -

SuzieQ - I’m not sure yet -
I need to do some test stitches -
She has several available -

Or not even bother and just switch her out for Lily -

Either way I can applique them at the same time -

Then add borders - backing - etc. -

At least - that’s the plan - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

P.S.
This post was written and scheduled to go "live" today - before I learned that Linda - my bloggy buddy/friend and "Racing" partner had to have surgery recently and will be sidelined for awhile. I have decided to post my progress as scheduled - and because she's run into this little roadblock - We have declared a TIE in our First Annual Leisurely Turtle Race To Christmas With Squirrels Allowed. - ;))





Monday, December 17, 2012

Design Wall Monday - 12/17/12

DESIGN WALL MONDAY - 12/17/12
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))
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Another episode of -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

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I’m still working on the Folk Art Christmas Tree
Folk Art Christmas - by Cindy Taylor Oates - (c) Taylor Made Designs -


I fixed the Bird - ;))

Got the pattern face up -

Grouped them by color -


Got everything traced -


And decided to cut the parts as I needed them -
The trick was getting the layers right -
I didn’t want to fuse something down -
And THEN find out that something else -
Was supposed to go UNDER it - ;))

Almost there -
I’m taking my time -
And it’s coming along nicely -
Now it just needs the bow and the hand - ;))





Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

P.S.
This post was written and scheduled to go "live" today - before I learned that Linda - my bloggy buddy/friend and "Racing" partner had to have surgery recently and will be sidelined for awhile. I have decided to post my progress as scheduled - and because she's run into this little roadblock - We have declared a TIE in our First Annual Leisurely Turtle Race To Christmas With Squirrels Allowed. - ;))



Sunday, December 16, 2012

QJ - Jeopardy III


QUILT JOURNAL - JEOPARDY III
(BLUE TABLE TOPPER)

Machine Pieced
Machine Quilted
Table Topper/Wall Hanging
34-1/2" - 34-1/2"
Started - May 1995
Completed - August 5, 1995
Completed - Saturday - 6 pm - to turn in Sunday - August 6

Block pattern from "Strips That Sizzle"
By Margaret J. Miller (c) 1992



I used the leftover blue from Jeopardy I & II -

And finished it just in time to enter the County Fair in August 1995 -

It did not win a ribbon -

As you can see in the photo - they placed it on the floor -


They apparently missed the hanging sleeve on the back -
AGAIN -
And that faint white smudge just to the right of the white label square -
Is a footprint where someone stepped on it!!



QJ - 1995



Saturday, December 15, 2012

LTRTCWSA - Folk Art Christmas Tree -


Another episode of -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

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So I decided to trace and cut the applique pieces -

On the Folk Art Christmas Tree - here -
Folk Art Christmas - by Cindy Taylor Oates - (c) Taylor Made Designs -



I remembered to turn the pattern over -

So that I could trace the Bird -

In REVERSE -

But I forgot to put the fusible web on TOP of the pattern -

And traced the Bird on the BACK of the PATTERN -

Instead of onto the fusible web - ;))

You can see the web there peeking out from UNDER the pattern - ;))



I never cease to amaze myself -

How do I screw up? -

Let me count the ways - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

P.S.
This post was written and scheduled to go "live" today - before I learned that Linda - my bloggy buddy/friend and "Racing" partner had to have surgery recently and will be sidelined for awhile. I have decided to post my progress as scheduled - and because she's run into this little roadblock - We have declared a TIE in our First Annual Leisurely Turtle Race To Christmas With Squirrels Allowed. - ;))





Friday, December 14, 2012

LHQSQ - 72 on the wall -


Got the sashing added to Blocks #61-72 -

And they are all up on the wall -


I just need one more round -

Almost there - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Thursday, December 13, 2012

TUSAL - 12/13/12


I have joined hundreds of stitchers in Daffycat’s TUSAL -

Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long

To play the game -

I have to fill my glass container -

With saved thread clippings -

Or ORTS - Old Ratty Threads -

Fabric trimmings -

Stitching cast-offs -


And then -

On the New Moon -

Take a picture of the ORTS in my jar -

Post it to my blog -

And label the Totally Useless posts with “TUSAL” -

Done - done - done - done - and done - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

TWELVE - TWELVE - TWELVE

TWELVE - TWELVE - TWELVE


What a TOTALLY COOL DATE!!

I LOVE NUMBERS  –

Even more than I LOVE FABRIC!!

The beginning of any new century always has some really cool dates -

01/01/01
02/02/02
03/03/03
04/04/04
05/05/05
06/06/06
07/07/07
08/08/08
09/09/09
10/10/10 – Monk’s favorite, I’m sure  ;))
11/11/11
12/12/12 - TODAY!!

and then there’s -

01/02/03
02/03/04
03/04/05
04/05/06
05/06/07
06/07/08
07/08/09
08/09/10
09/10/11
10/11/12
11/12/13
12/13/14

This year’s second REALLY cool date –

First we had - 10/11/12

and now we have – 12/12/12

Do you realize that the last time this happened –

Was 100 YEARS AGO??

How cool is that?

We still have two more to go –

11/12/13
12/13/14

After that - we have to wait another HUNDRED years –

For it to happen again -

I won’t be here – but if a generation is twenty years –

My great-great-great-great-great grandchildren will be –

I wonder if they will even notice –

I certainly hope so… ;))



Talk to you later – gotta go – gotta sew -



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New one for me -

Have this ever happened to you?

I decided that it was time to change the blade in my rotary cutter -

And I always wonder why I wait so long to do that - ;))

Anyway -

This is what I got on the first cut -

WITH a new blade!


Sorry, folks - this ain’t right -

A NEW blade shouldn’t chew up my fabric like this -

So what happened?

What did I do wrong?

I took the rotary cutter apart to check the blade -

It’s not like I haven’t changed the blade before - ;))

Except that I have never done THIS before -

I found that I had loaded TWO blades -

They are so thin that two had stuck together -

And BOTH of them were cutting my fabric -

No wonder it chewed up the edge -

I’ve done some dumb stuff before -

But never this -

So - it’s a new one for me - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -



Monday, December 10, 2012

Design Wall Monday - 12/10/12

DESIGN WALL MONDAY - 12/10/12
Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))
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Another episode of -

Leisurely Turtle Race to Christmas with Squirrels Allowed - ;))

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I still can’t decide what to do with this -




EDIT - 6:50PM - better photo of "framing" fabrics -


I thought of some possible maybes -

1. Cut apart the squares - sew them back together in a “Warm Wishes” setting -
here - like this -

I can use 29 of the 30 squares and fill in the blanks with "something" - ;))


or -

2. Like this -

or -

3. Cut apart the squares - sew them back together with alternate “Hourglass” blocks -
like this -

or -

4. Like this -

or -

5. Do Nothing - just add some borders and call it good - ;))

I'm kinda partial to #3 - I like the way the blocks look "framed" -

And I'm not sure that I want to add "denim" to the mix -

And then there's how many blocks I want to use -

And how big I want it to be -

So - I still can’t decide -

And then there's always next year's Race - ;))



Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

P.S.
This post was written and scheduled to go "live" today - before I learned that Linda - my bloggy buddy/friend and "Racing" partner had to have surgery recently and will be sidelined for awhile. I have decided to post my progress as scheduled - and because she's run into this little roadblock - We have declared a TIE in our First Annual Leisurely Turtle Race To Christmas With Squirrels Allowed. - ;))



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