"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Coffee Grounds, A Year of Cottages and Kats

 I'm showing off my lily because this is the first year in about 4 or more years that it has bloomed, and the secret is coffee grounds.  This poor plant has been attacked by small red beetles every year, and nothing I did worked (I do not use poisons, just bee friendly, butterfly friendly and pet/people friendly things.)  I always throw coffee grounds in the garden and this year I threw them directly on this plant, just by accident.  I noticed after a few days that there were no beetles (after I picked off one.)  So every day this lily was covered by coffee grounds and every day it grew.  And it made me happy by blooming.  Now I'm using coffee grounds directly on any plants that show bug damage.  It's pretty darn good.

 This month we sewed a small portion of the non-black kats bodies together.  So I'm up to date on this project (PatchKats designed by Denise Russart.) 
 A week ago I completed the last little house in the A Cottage Year quilt, designed by Kathy Schmitz and shared with me by Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter.  I devoted whole days to getting the embroidery done and felt great when I cut that last floss.  But now I have to put them all together.  Not sure what I'm going to do.    

I like the way this looks, but have to get the right fabric mix for the log cabin strips that finish the block.

My apologies to Sharon of Vroomans Quilts for leaving out the quilt block charm from my "Let's Book It" prize.  When I opened the package I was so happy with the sewing machine that I stopped looking for anything else.  Isn't it neat?

I have a few more Lynette Jensen books that I'm drooling over, and I'm loving her quilt, "Twilight Village."  It's in The Thimbleberries Book of Quilts published in 1998, and it fits right in with the current house block designs that are popular.  I will probably work on it along with the Cottage Year quilt.  That should keep me busy for awhile.

Hope you are enjoying your quilting time.

God Bless You.
Canterbury Bells
A clowder of kats.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bird House Finish

In A Thimbleberries Housewarming this design is called Hide Away.  My version is a bit brighter due to the yellow fabric.  
Besides having a sweet wall hanging, I was the lucky quilter who this month won the Let's Book It pin that Sharon of Vroomans Quilts awards to one of the participants.  This pin is the cat's meow!

How cute is this?  It reminds me of my grandmother's peddle Singer.  Thank you, Sharon.

I'm hooked on Lynette Jensen's designs now, and got this book from the library.  
I love the cover quilt.

It's a simple star block, but the color usage of the background neutrals just makes it different.

But, I also borrowed a Kim Diehl book and want to make every quilt in it.
As soon as I can get my head out of these books I'll start another project.

I'm recuperating from cutting the grass this afternoon; I picked the most humid day to do it, but I finished before the thunder storms moved in.  

Hope all is well and you get some sewing time.

God Bless!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Bird House for Let's Book It

After completing the binding on the Stash Buster quilt this morning I began a new project.  I noticed that this is the Let's Book It week at Vroomans Quilts, and since I had pulled out my Thimbleberries' book to make this wall hanging, I got to it.  

I have everything cut out and the house put together.

It's going really fast and hopefully my next post will have the finished project decorating a wall.
God Bless.

Another UFO Hits the Dust

I finished this quilt top, Stash Buster by Linda of Linda's Quiltmania, in January 2014.  I began quilting it shortly after and accomplished quite a bit, then stopped.  When I quilt a sampler quilt, I like to quilt each block differently.  That makes it a slower process, so when my creativity dried up, I put it aside. 
Last week I resumed and got it finished.  
Some blocks look great with some heavy thread work, like these:
I like the way the prints are raised when the quilting is thick like this.

 And some blocks have a spare amount of quilting, like these:

On a few of the blocks I tried the long stitch hand quilting technique, using embroidery thread, and I enjoyed that, but this is a big quilt and holding it, even in the large hoop I use, was clumsy.
I was uncertain about doing something in the sashing, but decided to back away and let it be.  
The backing has almost as many pieces as one of the blocks:)

I have a few more tops that need quilting, and of course, there are new projects to begin, so I think I'll go and find something work on today.
Enjoy your week ahead.
God Bless You.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Eight Kats

Seven black PatchKats bring me up to date on that project.  
And of course the real thing who responds to bad weather by curling up and sleeping.

I finished my table cover/lap quilt, the four-patch and checkerboard quilt.  And I had a "duh" moment when I put it on the sofa for the picture and realized that I had made pillows a few years ago for the summer with the same fabric.

Would you care to see the backing?  
Brown roses on green; I must have liked it when I bought it.  

A couple of Thank You's are due.  The first to Quiltmaker magazine and Karen of Easypatchwork.  Karen has a block in Vol. 11 of 100 Blocks, and I won an issue and a group of her designs during a recent promo.  Her block is Gristmill Star.

Thank you, Karen.  I hope to put together Autumn at the Peaks next season.

The second Thank You goes to Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict, who hosts the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge each year.  I won a copy of Rebecca Bryan's book, Modern Rainbow.  
There are some beautiful designs in this book, even for someone who is a non-modern,  traditional quilt lover.  Could that be me? ;-)  I do love the use of the rainbow colors against white or black.  That has a nice look.

Happy Father's Day to those who deserve it.

God Bless and have a wonderful week.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Postcard from Australia

Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World has been organizing her postcard swaps for a while now, and I want to thank her for taking on this very fun and rewarding exercise.  When I participate, it's always a challenge to come up with a design that I hope won't disappoint my swap partner.  I'm sure they go through the same thinking, but what a wonderful way for us to be creative and share what we can do.  Thanks, Sheila.  

Fiona, who blogs at BubzRugs, was my partner this last time and since the theme was the beach or summer, she made for me this postcard which is her interpretation in quilt block terms of the swirling sand and water on a beach.  
It is cool or what?
A beachy version of a Snail's Trail or Monkey Wrench block.
I love it because with just one small mini block it shows the many levels of thought, design, possibility and history behind a quilt block.  Thanks, Fiona.
I'm attaching a link to a bit of history about this block, if you are interested.  I like the "kissing dinosaurs" image.

My block for Fiona is much more straight forward.  
A simple Broderie Perse design.

To me, both of these cards show how fascinating the craft of quilting can be to some of us.  
Putting away the soapbox now ;-)

I completed another house.

Have a wonderful weekend.
God Bless You.