Saturday, November 10, 2018

how odd is that- TWO POSTS IN ONE DAY!

  I've been working on my Growing Up Odd quilt right along, and was making pretty good progress until i hit the wall...



above is a "cheater picture" from my instagram layout... i like the controlled riot of colors. 


my squares are 3", and the quilt will have 9 blocks, making for a pretty large quilt....


i was thinking of doing the sashing for in each of the blocks, and between the blocks in white/cream. 


that may change, though...


i do tend to get hung up (more than just a little bit, i'll admit!) on keeping my blocks monochromatic within themselves. 


does that last sentence even make any sense?!


some colors i have LOTS AND LOTS of... (like blue, red and whites/creams)


and then there are colors within my stash that are pretty poorly represented.


orange and brown come to mind...


so: maybe you can help me? (pretty please?) i need one more 49 patch to finish out this RSC18 quilt, and i welcome suggestions! i do not have enough orange or chocolate brown to do the last big block, which would maybe seem to be the logical conclusion. a green block was suggested by a friend on facebook. 

what say you, quilty friends? and be sure to click over and visit all the other RSC18 projects at Angie's blog- it's the end of the year, and the fantastic finishes are really starting to roll in! 

grab a cup of coffee, and settle in...

it's been awhile- and there's lots to catch up on! get your coffee, and settle in- we might be a while! 


the biggest news: i'm a grandma again! sweet little LL (named after me! imagine that...) joined our family a few weeks ago. she's the sweetest little thing ever, and evens up the score: grandsons- 2. granddaughters: 2. 


i don't think life was any more particularly busy than normal, but I've not had as much time in the sewing room. (not complaining, just explaining, as my MIL would say...)


my red SquaredAwayBOM blocks have been done for awhile (on time, even!) but i just realized that i had forgotten to post or blog about them.. 


you might recognize my black blocks as the GREEN October blocks. my March SABOM blocks were a mix of light and dark greens, so i decided to do these blocks black instead of green, rounding out the colors a bit in my quilt. 


(you can see my green blocks here. i guess i never blogged about them alone; they just got clumped in with some other blocks...)



i was a good little quilter, and followed the rules for September's blocks. (never mind that they just got finished this Saturday morning in November!) ha. 


i didn't think i really liked these blocks, but neither did i have the energy to come up with an alternate design for dark blue. 

however- after piecing them, they've grown on me, and i do like them now. 


this gives me 29 SquaredAway blocks to play with. i did enjoy piecing them, and using some more of my 3" squares (which do finally seem to be dwindling). i actually don't have any specific plans for these blocks, but i am considering sending them to a friend who had wanted to do the SA quilt, but for health reasons wasn't able to keep up. seems like a win/win- i had the fun of participating, and using up some of my fabric, and she'll have the fun of designing and finishing a quilt. i'll let you know how that works out... 

linking up to SoScrappy- and come back again soon, as i plan on catching up with some of my other RSC18 projects- like my BoHo 9 patch, and the Growing Up Odd quilt, too!

Friday, August 31, 2018

just under the wire...


WHAT?! it's still August while I'm posting this... haha! it was very busy at the beginning of the month, followed by a slow remainder of the month after loosing all our fall crops to some localized flash flooding...


 
but: we're all fine- house, children, belongings... and there's always next year (said almost every farmer ever..)


so: oranges and browns. pretty sparse in my stash- so it was fortuitous that both those colors were together, giving me a bit more to work with...


blogger grabbed the pictures all mixed up, so bear with me...


3 of the Squared Away BOM- you can tell I really dug deep to finish out these blocks..


and 12 eclectic and boho 9 patches. just a couple more months and colors to go...


fourteen 9 patches with kona indigo- don't know why I only got pictures of 8... I couldn't believe how many kona oranges I had- I think there were 8! not sure how that happened...


 
I've been busy with baby quilts (grandchild #4, a girl, due in a few weeks!) and after next week's baby shower, i'll share that quilt here) think: kona cotton solids and the 3" squares. I never seem to get tired of those...


click on over to soscrappy to see what everyone else is working on- and for the new color, too!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

bleeding red: a photo dump for July!

I saw a hashtag on instagram: #julyvalanche and I can attest that that accurately describes July (and August) in the gardens and fields! SO. MUCH. PRODUCE.
 
lots of Farmer's Markets, too- sometimes 3 a week, but it's all good! Most of our produce is selling well, and we're eating well ourselves. life is good!


4 more 9 patches with the Kona indigo. I think I have a few more reds in my stash, but I need to dig them out first...


17 more eclectic AND bohemian 9 patches were added to my stack this month.


I've made progress on the Squared Away BOM, just no pictures to sew. (maybe next week...) I've pulled the red and teal 3" squares for my RSC18 Growing Up Odd, but that's as far as I got...


Be sure to click on over to So Scrappy and see what everyone else is doing!



Saturday, June 30, 2018

all the pretty little {aqua} squares!

my fingers are flying as I type zippy-quick like... today is a busy day with a 12th (!) birthday party planned at the amusement park (Knoebel's) for A. excitement is running high, of course, and still some things to do to be ready to leave on time...


17 blocks of aqua 9 patches- eclectic and bohemian is the look I'm going for...



and a lonely tag-along of pink from last month...


4 indigo 9 patches in the Kona: teal, breakers, cyan and turquoise. azure coming soon, as soon as I have time...
 
be sure to go look at what everyone else is working on as we finish out aqua, and wait for the next color...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

half-way there!

my Squared Away BOM is coming along great- we're halfway done with piecing the blocks! I've been using my 3" squares from my *formerly* suitcase of squares.
 
 

(once upon a time, the suitcase was even all neat and tidy like this, with orderly stacks of squares sorted by color)


despite sewing with 3" squares for RSC14, RSC15, RSC16, RSC17 AND RSC18, the suitcase never got any emptier. as a matter of fact, it got even fuller and fuller- so much so that now I have a DRAWER OF SQUARES.
 
(if you click on the linky tabs at the top of my page for RSC, you can see all the quilts I've made from this 3" square treasure trove. )
 
 
at some point recently, I gave up on being able to sew and piece faster than the squares were procreating and reproducing, and moved them all into a drawer. (and that's almost full already!)
 
 
so: just as well- I like to sew and piece the fabrics together, and I try to remind my family that sewing is soothing to me, and makes me a nicer person....
 
so there's that, anyway... ha!

Friday, May 25, 2018

a parade of pinks...

every oncet in a great while, I sneak up to the sewing room and sew on some of my pinks...


4 more blocks were added to my RSC18 take on Growing Up Odd.



9 different pink 9 patches were added to my Kona/indigo 9 patch pile.


and 3 more blocks of the Squared Away Sampler BOM were added, too.


the 3rd. block is a bit of an "oopsie!" maybe i'll fix it later...


lots more pink in the parade over here!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

a week of sewing, but not much pink...

I did have a bit of time for RSC18 this week, but not really any *fabric related* pictures to show...

 
Tuesday my daughter had a dr. appointment, and we went over to hold down the fort for her while Little Mister was napping.


after he woke up from his nap, C was happy to help me as I trimmed some scraps into 3" squares. (I use mainly the 3" squares for my RSCing...) he's such a goofball, and we love him so much. his personality is really starting to come out, and we enjoy watching him grow and learn.


often times, I'm busy sewing for my girls (especially at the change of seasons) and thought I'd take a moment to share some of that sewing now. my girls and I wear dresses/jumpers/skirts everyday, and find that besides being modest and feminine, they're comfy, cool and easy to work in. B (on the right) is modeling one of the aprons I've made. I find it's impractical to make (many) separate work dresses and town/church dresses, so they each have several aprons. they wear their apron while doing chores, working in the garden, or for......
 
the apron covers their dress nicely, and keeps the dresses from wearing out too fast, or getting stained.


I know a friend of a friend who has gotten older, and is downsizing and moving into a MIL apartment with her son. apparently, she had quite a bit of discretionary/disposable income, because she had HOARDS AND HOARDS of fabric that she was wanting to get rid of.


a friend and I agreed to help out. (aren't we generous? ha!) the woman wanted $1/yard, and how could we say no? (can you even believe it?!) all the fabric is good quality, quilt shop fabric (really, no JoAnn's or Wal-Mart in sight...) and most is greater than 2 yard cuts; some are 4-6 yards.
 
admittedly, some of the fabric is dated, some is ugly, and most of it is in dark(er) colors. BUT: for $1/yard, my friend and I like to say that we can live with a whole lot of ugly!!!
 

so, besides the blessing of enhancing my stash, and having more fabric for backings and what-not, I have lots and lots of fabrics for dresses (and nightgowns, not pictured) for my girls.
 
and A and B have gotten quite eagle-eyed in finding the brighter/more beautiful fabric in the stacks to find dresses for themselves.


we've done this fabric acquirement at least 4 times now, (with another boatload coming sometime in June!) and each time my girls pick out several pieces of fabrics that they like for dresses. I have them set aside, and labeled. when it's time for new dresses, they can choose what they'd like for this season.
 
(I have begun to "limit" the pattern choices, though, after a few notable duds. I do let them choose one "special" dress for the season, with the understanding that most of their dresses will be from a basic, serviceable and practical pattern.)
 
 
 
not to mislead you, all these dresses were not made this week! I did do 4 of them, but it's a simple pattern, (available here) I have an overlock (serger) and i finish all the raw edges before sewing the dress together. it goes together quickly, and I love how well it fits them, and that it's a dress that looks nice on them, and is a "big girl" pattern, not too frilly or impractical.
 
and, as seen in one of the above photos, B is really coming along nicely with her Carpenter Star quilt. she's only 10, but really motivated (and enjoying) the process of making this quilt. I'm glad that i'll have at least 1 daughter who likes to sew- the other 2 find it very frustrating... usually sewing skips a generation, so I'm happy that B likes to sew. I have the old Singer that I learned to sew on as a teenager, and it's nice to have company in the sewing room.
 
that's it for this week. thanks for stopping by! click on over to see more RSC pink. it's a rainy Saturday morning, so I'm headed up to the sewing room to work on some of my pink projects, too!
 
 


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