Monday, August 24, 2015

The Sky Has Fallen ...


... on my sewing table!

Surprise, surprise ... unwelcome surprise.

My long time readers may remember that last February in the midst of the winter that would not end, the ceiling in the bay wall area where my sewing machine lives started dripping from ice dams on the roof.
It dried, I sewed on and I learned to live with the slightly ugly ceiling 
while our attentions and efforts have been focus 
on more pressing home improvement issues.



Last Friday, the ceiling said "my turn!" 

The big splat you see on the above table grazed the back on my covered sewing machine.
My sewing machine is fine ... thank goodness!

I had to move everything  so we could work.

My hubby did all the real work.

My computer is just to the right of the area in this photo and it, too, has been covered.


Here is this WIP today.

The new plaster has dried and the has been painted.

The new paint is drying.

The covers are off.

Tomorrow I home to move all my sewing stuff back.

I hope to be sewing ... 
again ... soon ... really ... ;)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

One Block


Seriously?

One Block?

That is all I have to show for my sewing accomplishments for the summer right now.

That is a pretty sad state of quilty affairs, if I say so myself. 

Which I do ... since I need tell myself to get some serious quality time with my sewing machine!

Life is always better and happier when seen from my happy quilty place.

This block is Block 1 from a local BOM that I am participating in at


The program is set up so that you pay for the first block and a small registration fee and if you show up each month with your completed block you get the next block kit free.
I also signed up for the extra challenge kit at $6 per month.


My block is a variation of the sample block as I changed  out two of the solid colors 
and added the print to the quilt in the center square.  

As long as you make the block, how you choose to place the colors and such is okay at Quilter's Way where they encourage creativity.

As Jane, the owner, is very creative this is a great way to learn new tips and tricks and techniques.
The method for making the above block was new to me and I really like it.
Sorry I cannot share what I learned as it is Jane's idea.
If you want to learn ... 
See Jane.
See Jane Sew.

There were three choices of colorways for this Saturday Sampler BOM.

I signed up this year because I saw this fabric  ... 


... and I fell in love!

This fabric is from the


I wanted much more than the small pieces in the kit,

so I found it HERE at Fabric.com

which I purchased for the backing of my quilt.


I also purchased a yard of each on these fabrics at Quilter's Way on their monthly deal.

The one on the left is for my binding fabric, I think.

The one on the right will up here and there in my blocks.

The monthly deal is another good reason for participating in this Saturday Sampler.

There is so much quilty inspiration in this shop.

If you live near Acton Woods stop by 
 sometime and enjoy the creative vibes and friendly, knowledgeable people.

There are some other fun shops in this plaza an a good coffee spot.

I do not know what the layout of the final quilt will be.

That is a mystery that only Jane knows.

I like mysteries ... :)

Thanks, Jane.


Here are the rest of my monthly block kits that I have accumulated.

I used my "one free month" option last month as I did not get Block 2 done.

Really?

I did not get one quilt block sewn in the month of July???

:: sigh ::

I know there have been a lot of things that took priority over my sewing this summer,
but I still feel like such a slacker.

Time to sew!

:)



Monday, August 17, 2015

Back to Blogging!



I am back!!

Did you miss me? ... ;)

It has been a long, hot and stormy summer.

There have been a few happy sunny days, too.

There has not been much stitching and quilting happening here.

More on that in the next few days.

I have been missing my sewing machine and my quilty friends.  

Thank you to all who have stopped by or sent me a note.
Please accept my apologies if I did not find the time to get back to you.

All is okay in my scrapatch and I am happy to get back to blogging and sewing.



asked me if I would like to participate in the 


that she is hosting and organizing I was sew happy!

I love Halloween and have a fun project in the plans.

What a great way to get back to blog hopping.

As we say in my quilty corner,  it is
 "sew wicked awesome" !!


Sign Ups are open!

To join in this quilty fun ...


Thanks, Marian!

I hope to see you hopping and haunting with us ... :)



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On My Bird Feeder Today


That's not a sparrow!

That is an American Goldfinch!

Goldfinches are not uncommon to my state.
I live in one of the "probable" squares on the map,
but I consider these a rare treat in my tiny urban backyard.


Oh, look ... this colorful little guy has a pretty mate!

I am seeing these two regularly on my feeder.

I am hoping they are nest building near me and will be bringing the babies in a few weeks.

Makes my day very sunny and bright ... :)