Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Trimming and Squaring

trimming and squaring reclaimed batik
April 2017
I don't like to trim and square blocks, but it's a necessity for more precise sewing. I bagged the fabric "squares" I salvaged from the batik wrap-around skirt and took them to the sister's sewing retreat.

Tedious tasks are more enjoyable if I can chat while working. I now have a nice stack of 4 inch squares.

What tasks do you find tedious?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Simple Blocks

a stack of sixty-three simple blocks
April 2017
Marilyn and I recently had another sister's sewing retreat. I prepared several sewing projects, and I raided my 2.5 inch strip bin to make these simple red, blue, and neutral blocks.

source of free pattern
I plan to make the Purple Daze quilt (link for free pattern is under the image), using the silent auction eagle napkins in place of the stars.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Vintage Quilt - Friendship Garden

Friendship Garden
vintage quilt block
circa 1940s

The quilt has an interesting history (see photo below)

quilt history
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Library Mural

painted mural
Lander Public Library
2016
Oregon Trail was released in 1936 - more information about the film can be found here.

One of my favorite John Wayne films was the Cowboys, released in 1972.

What's your favorite movie, starring the Duke?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Doll Blanket

Sunbonnet Sue
April 2017
Sunbonnet Sue is one of my favorite vintage blocks, so when I saw the small panel in the fabric bin with the scraps I rescued at the thrift shop, I didn't hesitate to bring her home with me.

Sunbonnet Sue doll quilt
I added backing, batting and some simple quilting. A quick search in my bias tape bin revealed just enough wide bias tape for the binding. This little quilt will be gifted to a little girl whose doll needs a blanket.

My sisters and I each made a Sunbonnet Sue quilt from blocks our Mom made. The Half Moon Lake Retreat was a special time for all of us.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Guild Display

Rachel B. adjusts a garment
Riverton Public Library
April 2017
Many talented fiber artists live in my community, and their amazing projects are on display in the Riverton Public Library through May.

Cheryl O., Rachel B., Nancy S., and Cinde P.
prepared the display
Members brought their items for the display to the March Guild meeting. The items represented an amazing variety of crafts: basketry, weaving, spinning (wheel, drop spindle, and supported spindle), knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing, tatting, dyeing, needle-felting, wet-felting.

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The Guild members are extremely talented and a fun group. Do you belong to a guild?


Monday, April 17, 2017

Tis' the Season

source
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Even though Winter and Spring are still having a tug-o-war, and the weather ranges from cold and snow, cold and rain, or blue sky and sunshine, my allergies know that green grass and blooming plants are just around the corner.

I try to get a jump on the allergy season by starting one of my medications in early to mid-March and the other one a few weeks later. I must have started taking the medication at the right time this year because my symptoms have been tolerable.

Do you suffer with seasonal allergies?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Foreign Friday - the End

photographs taken when I was in Japan 1979 (autumn) - 1981 (spring)
Nearly all of the photos in this box have been shared with you on Foreign Friday posts from October 1, 2010 to this post on April 7, 2017 - well over 300 Foreign Friday posts in all.

It was a treat to see all of my photos again and to share them and my memories of my DODDS (Dept of Defense Dependent Schools) days with you.

It's time to close the lid on the photo box and say farewell to Foreign Fridays.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Back in Time - Easter

Chris and Stephanie M.
approximately 1992
This is one of my favorite photos of my great-niece and nephew. I love the composition and the colors. Remember Crayola bunnies?

Dyeing Easter eggs
Brenda M., Chris M., Stephanie M.
This photo was shared in an earlier post, but who doesn't love dyeing Easter eggs with little ones. The egg tongs that Chris is using in the photo were easier to use than the thin wire included with the dyeing tablets.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mystery Solved

Criss Cross
Quilt of Valor
63 x 72 inches
The final clue for Mystery Quilts for Military was released last week, and I assembled the blocks into a top on Friday afternoon.

Criss Cross' clues were fun, and working on them reignited sewing mojo.

The clues to this mystery quilt can be seen here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Chair Facelift

tools gathered for repair
April 2017
My knitting chair is a club chair recliner, and I have a bad habit of bracing my feet on the elevated foot rest, and the edge has been gradually showing more and more wear. It was at the point where I had to do something to make the chair presentable and to lengthen its life.

Several months ago, I purchased some heavy designer fabric and some cotton batting. Over the weekend, I gathered the necessary tools (heavy duty staple gun, pliers, screw driver, the fabric and batting), measured the foot rest and got to work.

chair with worn edge 
The fabric I found for the repair was darker than the chair, but I thought it would look better than the worn edge of the original fabric.

I debated on whether to remove the row of studs at the bottom (which are very uncomfortable on my heels) but I decided that the new batting would cover them.

recovered foot rest 

The footrest repair is not professional by any means, but it will extend the life of my knitting chair.

Before I purchase a chair for knitting, I make sure that my arms and elbows are at a comfortable height while sitting in the chair. If the chair's arms are too high, it is nearly impossible to knit.

Do you have a favorite chair for knitting or crafting?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Travel Treasure

wrap around skirt
circa 1979
Thirty-eight years ago, this wrap around skirt was purchased after I toured a batik factory in Malaysia. The batik dyeing process intrigued me then and still does.

Today, quilt shops offer a wide selection of gorgeous batiks; however, the fabric was not common in the United States until the mid-90s.

I enjoyed wearing the skirt for several years and loved it so much that I tucked it in the cedar chest when it no longer fit. Recently, I found the skirt and decided to take it apart and salvage as many of the squares as possible.

Perhaps this stack of batik squares will become a table topper, a pillow, or placemats. No matter how I decide to use the squares, this souvenir fabric will remind me of many wonderful adventures.

batik scraps ready to be squared


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mystery Clue #9

Clue #9
28 blocks (9.5 inches)
My thoughts about Clue #9 were correct: the clue used the units from clues 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 to create a "chain block." It's my guess that this week's clue will combine clues 8 and 9 into rows to finish the quilt top. The mystery seems to be nearing the end.

Previous clues resulted in the following:

     •  Half-square triangles from Clue #1

     •  Three-patch units from Clue #2

     •  Plain Squares from Clue #3
   
     •  Two-patch units from Clue #4

     •  Three-patch units from Clue #5

     •  Nine-patch units from Clue #6 (units from clue 3, clue 5)

     •  Nine-patch units from Clue #7  (units from clue 2 and clue 5)

     •  Churn dash blocks - Clue #8 (units from clue 1 and clue 4)

     •  Chain blocks - Clue #9 - this post


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Kathy's Scrap Yarn

basket full of baby hats
April 2017
I'm nearing the end of the scrap sock yarn that Kathy E. sent in January. I originally estimated 18 - 19 hats could be knit with the scraps, and it looks like the final tally will be close to that estimate. Kathy, the babies and I thank you for the generous donation of scrap sock yarn.

Earlier posts:
    Scrap Yarn for Babies
    Addictive Knitting
    Oh Baby!
    Helical Stripes
   
  

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Crumble
Quilt of Valor
60 x 72 inches
Blueberry Crumble took longer than usual to complete. It was started in early March finished as March came to a close.

The center was made with pieces from other quilts, and the blue border fabric was acquired in the silent auction. I originally planned to use the yardage as a backing; however, it wanted to be a border.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Making It Useful

turning scraps into useable squares
A rotary cutter and various rulers turned the stack of rescued scraps in last week's post, into some useable squares.

40 x 44 inch baby quilt 
Eighty-four squares (4.5 inch) and eight (2.5 inch) squares were set aside for this baby quilt. The pale gray border strips came from my stash.

remaining stacks of various sized squares and components
6.5", 5", 4.5", 3.5", and 2.5" squares and strips
The remaining scraps were added to bins with other fabrics cut to size. They will be used in future projects.  Not bad for a $2.00 investment.


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