Monday, August 28, 2017

Quarter Cabin Pavers

I like log cabin quilts. This modern scrappy version is one large quarter cabin block, made up of colorful 4” x 7” rectangles. 

A neutral creamy print on alternate rows gives just the right contrast. Finished size is 37” x 40” which works for a throw, wall hanging, or child's quilt.

This was one of seven projects I finished last month. July was hot and muggy, so I took refuge in my cool, quiet sewing room. I designed several more and managed to keep my workspace reasonably neat.

Now that I have been steadily sewing throughout August, a few horizontal spaces need freshening up. It's funny how scraps and leftover pieces of fabric begin to pile up together with rulers and tools. Sounds like this rainy day is the day to deal with that.


Mondays 
are for
FRESH STARTS

 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Eclipse Day - Don't Look, Ethel!

Tomorrow's the day for the long anticipated total solar eclipse. Although I am soooo tired of hearing about it, I did stitch up a fun little quilt in honor of the event. I used both sewing machines on this one. Applique and sewing were completed with my Janome Memory Craft. My Singer Quantum was kind of surprised to be turned on, but she rose to the occasion with customized embroidery.

This is a special event, once in a lifetime for most of us, and I'm hoping the clouds stay away. But, good grief, the incessant, frenzied news coverage has been annoying but strangely funny.  It's a combination of Y2K, a 12" snow prediction in Nashville, and a hurricane warning.  Go to the grocery, fill up your car, stay inside.  But be sure to practice Southern hospitality and be nice to the half a million visitors.  And if you aren't sure about those glasses, don't look, Ethel! 

The mute button and off switch have been used a lot lately at our house to filter out the noise.

🌞 🌞 🌞

“...a wealth of information creates 
a poverty of attention...” 
- Herbert A. Simon


Monday, August 14, 2017

44 Years And Counting

When I went on my first date with my future husband, to a high school football game, I was fifteen years old. I had no idea that a mere four years later, we would be at the church house getting married. I figured out pretty quickly that he was the one and he apparently agreed.

I'm so glad we made those choices. We've had some fine adventures.  

Forty-four years, just the two of us. 
I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Happy Anniversary week, sweetheart!


If you really know what you want,
and how to get there,
then everything else falls into place.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bright And Sassy

Bright and Sassy
I needed sunglasses to work on this one! Bright orange and hot pink prints paired with black and white small and mini dots make a striking quilt. The 8” shoo fly blocks went together quickly. 

Larger white and pink dots on black for the backing and long rows of narrow serpentine stitching are a sassy modern take on this vintage block. Bright and Sassy finished out at 32” x 40” size.

 
Although it may seem like I haven't left the sewing room, I did go on a quick bargain hunt last week. These cute pottery plates were only a quarter each at a local thrift store. They remind me of a diner. 

A bit of research found that they were made during the 1930's and 40's in Brazil. I bought four small plates and four shallow salad bowls. The $1 glassware came from Dollar Tree.  These are perfect for a quick meal in our bay window breakfast nook.  



A bargain is something
you don't need
at a price
you can't resist.