Tuesday, November 29, 2022

looking ahead to RSC23!

we're still in 2022, specifically RSC22, but already i'm getting excited for RSC23! i'm looking to do some different things this year, as well as carry over one of my projects from RSC22. (the PP schoolhouse blocks with Kona school bus) 

i recently pieced this Rainbow Baby Churn Dash quilt for a (as yet, unknown & unborn) baby from our church family. our sewing group, Scraps to Wraps (S2W for short) gifts each child of our church family with their own quilt on Dedication Sunday. 

i found {most} of these colorful fabrics in the sewing closet at church, and immediately thought of making a colorful churn dash quilt, in aaalllllllllll the rainbow colors. i used Kona snow and lighthouse for the centers. then: it occurred to me that another quilt like this, pieced along with RSC23 could be really fun, too. and since churn dash blocks are one of my favorites, i quickly added this to my List Of Quilts To Piece Next Year. 

and: while I've got 'cha: does anyone have any suggestions for a (quick, fun, easy, favorite) quilt using a charm pack AND a jelly roll? i have a couple of those pairs floating around, and I'd love to use them to their best advantage. any suggestions would be much appreciated!) 

my drawer of 3" squares is still going strong, and not even nearly empty- even after 9 years of RSCing! yes- this will be MY TENTH YEAR of sewing my scraps, one color a month!!! wow! i've seen a few of the RSC blogger friends have done the scrappy hearts block, and made some really pretty quilts. so this year, i'll be making these hearts too. the block is drafted in my EQ program (and of course, you know it's not my original idea- this block, in several variations, is floating around all over the internet... ) and as drafted, would finish at 20" square. 

i'm loving these school house blocks that i started last year.  i'm using Kona school bus yellow as the background, and lots of different, bright and favorite fabrics for the houses themselves. i pieced 27 (?) of these last year, but plan to continue piecing even more this year. i'm thinking i'll make a {long, rectangular} quilt for in our stairwell, with Kona indigo sashing. 

above is another (non-original) block i saw some other RSCers were working on. drafted up in my EQ, it also finishes at 20" square. i'll piece a few of these each month, but not be so very strict about adhering to the called RSC color. i want the flower pot to be colorful, not quite so monochromatic as most of my piecing... 

( i really should try to branch out a little, right?) i already have all the background cut out, and plan on having the brown baskets from *mostly* the same fabrics. and: interesting back story about the brown fabric: i sent some quilts along to the Little Lambs Foundation For Kids, as part of the Hands2Help quilt drive. Mari was in charge of coordinating this year, and i was the lucky recipient of some batting, 2 charm packs, and several yards of  BROWN FABRIC! (which is a color i'm lacking in my stash!) so, obvouisly, i plan to put that brown to good use in these flower baskets, and then i'll have even more quilts to donate...

funny how that works, right? we sew and sew, using our stash and scraps, and then EVEN TEN YEARS LATER, we're still going strong! quilty math is the best math, right?!

 my final {new} block for this RSC23 roundup is Primrose, from Cluck Cluck Sew. we recently had a new quilt shop open up in our area (after several years of NO LQS's) and i made a special stop, looking for Ball blue mason jar colored fabric. i found several very nice fabrics that i'm super happy with, and plan on making several of these blocks each month, featuring all different kinds and colors of flowers. i think i'll keep this quilt for our bed- it will be perfect for summer. this block finishes at 20" X 10", so there will be multiple rows of colorful flowers dancing across my bed! 

and: maybe one more new block for RSC23: sawtooth stars! i forgot how much i love them (they're one of my favorite blocks!) and maybe i'll do a few of them next year, too...

so: what are you working on? what has you excited to sneak away to the sewing room? and be sure to click on over to Angela at SoScrappy and see what everyone else is working on! 

Saturday, November 05, 2022

HST: 3/6/9: So. Many. Triangles!

one of my RSC22 projects this year was these HST triangles. i STILL have many 3" squares, despite piecing SO. MANY. TOPS. with numerous iterations of designs based on 3" squares since RSC14. this year i switched it up a bit, and made those squares into triangles. (me so clever...)

the "design", or at least the idea behind the design is based on this tutorial

this finished flimsy is a bit different than what i had originally envisioned, including a few twists and turns along the way, i'm happy with how it turned out. 

using my design wall, i started with the palest pink in the upper left hand corner, trying to gradually and seamlessly (haha) transition to black in the lower right hand corner. 

with the addition of a few {rainbow} white spacer blocks in some of the rows, i'm very happy with how this quilt turned out. there are a few triangles/colors left over; perhaps enough for a colorful sofa pillow?

 i'd like it to be at the top of my "to be quilted soon" list, but we'll see how that ends up working out... 

making progress: one stitch, one block, one row, one flimsy at a time...

our life gallops on, one week at at a time (or really, one day at a time, just like everyone else...) and i'm able to spend some time in the sewing room a few nights a week. i appreciate the quiet time, and some time to be creative. i have a few finishes to share this week!

the Shoo Fly {Churn Dash}remains one of my favorite blocks. in fact, i have several quilt tops cut out, and kitted up in this block/pattern. so many variations, and i love this layout especially. (of course, i can't take credit for this clever design. i saw it over at Alycia's awhile ago and it really appealed to me...) 

my Framed 4 Patches danced their way through all the colors of RSC22. (except for brown and black) and i pieced them into a quilt top. 

the Kona colors that frame each monochromatic 4 patch are: black, pepper, ash, snow, charcoal, lighthouse and slate. (or something very similar to those colors... can't remember ATM.) 

if you look VERY CLOSELY, you can see that the first row is in rainbow order. (meaning the colored 4 patches) for the remainder of the quilt, i just made sure that the colors were evenly sprinkled around. this quilt will go into our church sewing group, Scraps to Wraps, and be tied and given as a local donation when a need becomes apparent.  This top seems as if it could be appropriate for a child, or even a teen boy if necessary. 

 one last picture of the Churn Dash quilt. Welly. (short for Beef Wellington) is usually sad when we take Daisy out of the pasture for quilt/miniature donkey photo shoots. he hangs around the fence and bawls. But: he matches the quilt so nicely, doesn't he? he's a curious steer ( i think they all are) and was happy to be included. (i even gave him an apple when we were done!)

COMING SOON: i finished my HST 3/6/9 quilt! i'll get a picture up later today.... 

Monday, September 05, 2022

so, where was I all summer, and just exactly what was I doing anyway?

 EPIC + BUSY + WHIRLWIND = Summer '22 for my family!!!

first, we started off with a trip to Baltimore, MD, to celebrate this little guy, T, turning 1. (!!!) i love this picture of him in his cozy couple. it reminds me so much of Toy Story. i plan to have this picture printed out VERY LARGE and hang it somewhere prominent. he's so sweet... 

while we were down celebrating baby T, we realized that Margo (the dog) also had a birthday. she turned 2. so of course a little impromptu birthday party was in order...

a few weeks later, we all piled in the car again, and headed back down to Baltimore to help N with his new replacement windows. my son N, and wife P, have a cute little Craftsman house, and hubby Dave put some of the replacement windows in, as well as taught N how to install the ones that remained when we left. 

granddaughter E was happy to help. (and T was intrigued by Pap's bucket of tools) 

then at the end of June, we drove to Florida (via Georgia) to see Dave's parents, Bud and Joyce. we stopped off at the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville. Some of Dave's relatives are buried there, and it was a sobering history lesson. we have plans to visit the Union Civil POW Camp in Elmira, NY soon. 

while in FL, A turned 16. (!!!) we celebrated with a trip to Target. 

as well as birthday cake and presents with Nanny and Papa. it was such a lovely visit, adn despite the HOURS AND HOURS in the car, and miserable Florida weather, we are so happy that we went! it had been 2½ years since we'd seen the grandparents in person. 

when we returned home, A was ready to take her driver's permit test, and passed on the first try. now she and daddy are regularly practicing/driving and A is anxious to get her driver's license. 

July 4th was celebrated by the families in our family- below is N, P with E & T and the Bernese Mountain Dog Margo. apparently Baltimore does a fantastic parade for the 4th. they were up at at 'em early to watch the parade, and they had a great time. (and took this fantastic family picture!) 

we also celebrated the 4th with our daughter's family- M & K and children C, L, A and S in their backyard. we just love the chinese lanterns, and just about any holiday or special occasion is a great reason to launch a few... 

just a few days after returning home from FL, we got the phone call that my FIL was not doing well, and was in fact in the hospital from complications of COPD and CHF. although initially expected to make a full recovery, Bud passed away July 28. 

a few days after that initial phone call, we dropped everything and drove to Florida, both to be with Bud, and to help and support Joyce. that time (a bit more than a week) that Bud was in the hospital, and then hospice, was a roller coaster of emotions. but the special blessing was that the 3 brothers were together again. (2 live in PA, the youngest in GA) it was so meaningful to all be together as we rallied around the parents, caring for them, loving them, and helping to make decisions. it was a family time that i'll always remember and treasure. relationships are so important- especially the family ones! 

a little bit of "stash enhancement" happened too! i'm thinking of the pattern Exploding Hearts for this colorful bundle...

while Dave and I were traveling back from FL, {most of} the rest of family gathered at Knoebel's for a family fun day. i was so sad to miss this- we had planned it months in advance- it's so hard to get a large, busy family all together at once, but they sent me lots of pictures, and had a great time! (and what a great picture, too, right?!) 

once again this summer, my 3 daughters participated in a local triathlon (run, paddle, cycle) and did great, placing 2nd in the Woman's Team category. we just love the play on words for their team- 3 sisters/ Corn, Beans, Squash. 

after Bud passed away, the 3 brothers made the decision that Joyce really couldn't stay in Florida alone. that was not a safe, or sustainable plan... we'd be only be another phone call away from the next crisis. so the decision was made (with Joyce's agreement, of course) that she would come to live with us in PA. our house was/is the only logical and possible option, aside from a nursing home or assisted living. she'd rather live with us, so that necessitated finishing the downstairs bedroom. 

this room was our master bedroom for 15 years, and we lived in it in this unfinished state for that whole time. after awhile, we didn't even see how undone it was- it's just the normal state of things that we obviously got used to, and were blind to how raw it looked! we came home from Florida and started finishing this room. Dave and I moved to an upstairs bedroom, emptied out this room and got busy! 

i'm including these {unfinished, a-little-bit-shocking pictures} of the BEFORE so you can really appreciate the AFTER. 

it actually only took about 3 weeks to finish this space for Joyce: hanging the drywall, finishing the drywall. hang 2 doors, put up the trim, sand and refinish the floor, paint all the things, window treatments, outlet covers and cover the baseboard heaters (properly) 

so now the room is DONE. and soon will start our "new normal": Tuesday we leave for Florida (driving down for the 3rd time this summer, in case any of you dear readers are keeping track!) and on Friday (September 16) Joyce and  I will fly home to PA, while the boys (my husband Dave, and his brothers Jim and John) pack up the house and load up some of the furniture and belongings that Joyce will bring to PA for her room. 

with the granddaughters, A (16) and B (almost 15) we think it will be good for Joyce to be here with our family, in a family setting of a busy and active house. Joyce's room is downstairs, right off the main living area, so she can come and go as she pleases, depending on the activity (and noise!) level in our house. 

so, the big question is: how will it go? how will it change our lives? the simple answer is i have no idea! but i know that we are making the right decision- for Joyce, for us, and for the family. and i'm confident that in choosing to make sacrifices and do what is right (not necessarily easy or fun) i will be blessed and grow as i learn to show love in a way that does not come naturally for me. 

what happened to ORANGE & PURPLE? i mean... JULY & AUGUST?

 if you know me IRL, you'll know i have a thing for old furniture... i don't know what it is about me, and those old, unloved primitive pieces, but when i see something really cool, i usually want to adopt it... 

such was {is} the case for this 18 drawer oak cabinet. a friend happened to share it from a local antique store's FB post, and i knew the cabinet, and me, wouldn't be happy until it was living in my sewing room. i've promised all concerned that this is the last piece of {cool, old & primitive furniture that i'll be buying...}

and before you ask: no, i don't have 18 UFOs/WIPs to fill each of those drawers. don't be silly... haha! it's only about 15 or so... 

here are my orange and purple triangles- in 3/6/9 groupings. i know where i'm going with this quilt now (changed my mind on the layout) and i'm excited to get started- i think i only have a few more colors of triangles to fill in, then it's ready for the design board. 

i'm still working through all those 3" squares in my drawer: above is what i'm calling my Two Step Quilt, but i saw another one somewhere this week called a zipper quilt.  (here's one Katy made, that doesn't scream RAINBOW!!!)

here are a few more of the Kona framed 4 patches i'll be adding to the pile... 

and lastly: thinking ahead to RSC23 (!!!) i've seen these flower baskets around the last couple months (sorry- again i can't remember where...) but thought they would be something different for me to work on. lots of my 3" squares are not so many in number anymore, so needing just 3 of them for each "flower" could work nicely. i received some lovely browns from Mari for participating in the Hands to Help Challenge, and with some batick from my stash, i'm looking forward to working on something different next year! 

crumbing along: piece by piece..

i've been MIA most of the summer- it's been crazy! and by crazy, i mean more crazy than normal. {how is that even possible?!} more about that soon... 

you can click HERE to get a brief update of where my summer went... 

i've been working on my crumb blocks here and there as time, energy and my schedule allows... i have many of my colors sorted out- and stacked on paper plates, ready to grab, sew and press when i need a little break! 

greens, browns, blues... always SO MANY of those crumbs in my stash... 

i have a big enamel bucket, full to the brim, of these 6½" (unfinished) crumb blocks! 

and i'm "way behind" - i haven't even started (or sorted!) the purple and orange scraps... 

thanks for stopping- and i'm trying to get a bit caught up on my bloggy/quilty/life news. (wish me luck at NOT spending all afternoon at the computer!) make sure to stop by Angela's blog- our RSC hostess with the mostest!


Saturday, June 25, 2022

out of the sewing room, and into the world!

i actually have a few finishes to share this week! woo-hoo! my eclectic AND bohemian tablecloth (9 patches) is a holdover from RSC18. but this week, it's finally finished. (i'll do my best to get better pictures up soon!) pieced all from stash, and alternating the L/D placements, i focused on using mainly the colors red, yellow, aqua, purple, grey and pink. 

it certainly is cheery on the schoolroom table, and we had a family dinner on Thursday night, where the E&B family tablecloth made its debut. ( this is a lightweight "quilt"- no batting, just diagonal lines quilted through every other square of the 9 patches) i made it to fit the table when it's not extended. (there is another, longer tablecloth for when the leaves are in, and the whole family is home...) 

what can i say? i have alot of 3" squares... (all pictures will enlarge if you double click on them) 

recently, i had the happy discovery of some rainbow jelly rolls- both batik and tonal strips mixed together. immediately, i wanted to try out one of the "new" patterns floating around (or at least getting lots of interwebby love!)  Interweave. (free pattern here) 

i know Wanda recently completed a quilt top with this pattern, using batiks (she modified the pattern slightly as well) and i saw another one somewhere on my RSC wonderings. i thought i'd try weaving the warm and cool colors of the rainbow together for a baby quilt. 

i forgot that for each 2½" (2" finished) width of the top, it takes 2 strips. so, my completed experiment is only half as wide as i was originally thinking. (what can i say, i'm kinda bad at math sometimes...) i'm happy with how this table runner turned out, and plan on making a couple more quilts using this pattern. 

last up this colorful morning is a Strip and Flip quilt, which we'll use for a dedication quilt for a church baby. i love how it turned out! 

thanks for stopping! i appreciate my RSC community, and i promise to do MUCH BETTER at replying to your comments! you guys are such an inspiration to me, even though i don't post here to often! have a great week- we're off to Jacksonville, Florida on Monday to visit the in-laws. wish me luck- FLORIDA in JUNE? what were we thinking?! 

needed: coffee AND a lawn chair!

i'm linking up to RSC22 this morning- with a bunch of blue (and some green) blocks to share! (double click to enlarge the pics if you want to see the fabrics. SO. MUCH. BLUE.)

my HST blocks are coming along nicely- with alot of blues to add to the pile! i know how i'm going to lay out/design this quilt, so once we have a couple more colors done, i'll get started on it... 

i'm also super happy with how all these (paper pieced) house blocks are turning out- the School Bus Kona is really looking so cheery. i'm thinking i'll do the sashing, with 9 patch cornerstones with Kona indigo. 

next up in my RSC22 blue parade is some framed 4 patches. again, i'm using the Kona (grey, slate, black, snow, ash, ect...) 

the blue caboose this month is my Two Step quilt. (or a loose take off of one that Jo made... as a matter of fact, it's such a loose take off, that it's really a completely different design altogether. haha... ) 

 Katy also recently completed a similar design. I'll probably do a layout similar to hers.

thanks for stopping by! i have some finishes to share this week, too! click here to see! 


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