Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Over!

 August is at its end and our weather has been cooler than usual with more clouds, good sewing and reading weather. Last year, I made a perpetual calendar using:
and I finally came up with an easy way to hang it up in one of my classrooms. Now, I am thinking I should make another set for my classroom at one of my other schools. I think the clothes pins will be easy to deal with changing it.
I  am nearly ready to start on my last block for Quilty Stitches. I spent a couple of hours this morning stitching on it while I waited for my teenager to wake up so I could get in my sewing room. She needs her sleep because she is battling a cold which I know I am catching. Yuck! I am starting to sneeze and sniffle. Got to love sharing germs...Speaking of sharing, check out what everyone is up to for Slow Sunday Stitching here http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com

I am also making very simple quilt blocks using Angry Birds fabric for a nine year old boy's quilt. I should be able to get that top done despite my congestion plus with tomorrow off. Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back to School/Sewing

I have a finish! This is exceptional since I worked all week and feel like a zombie. I added the final borders yesterday, made the label, pinned it, machine quilted it, and bound it. I pieced this quilt in late July and early August because I wanted to make orange peels like I was seeing all over blog land. I thought it would make a good baby quilt, but really did not have a specific recipient in mind...

I attended a charity board meeting on Monday night and saw one of my fellow board members. She is expecting a baby girl in October. I asked her about the nursery and she said she had lots of natural wood, a throw rug in bright colors, and she had painted little orange accents throughout the room (Her house is also a 100+ year old Victorian). I immediately thought of my Rainbow Orange Peel flimsy.
Initially, I had bought this fabric, Soire'e by Lula Tueller of Moda, for the backing. It was a flat fold for $5 a yard, I will use it for something else eventually. Instead I decided to embrace her orange and  to use an orange with white pin dots I had bought in June from Connecting Threads for $2.50 a yard. I only had two and a half yards, so I added this blue print from my stash and was able to use every bit of the orange with white pin dot for the binding. Between the orange pin dot fabric and Wonder Under I bought to make the orange peels, I only spent $15 on this quilt. Everything else was from my scrap bins and stash.
I just quilted around the orange peels using my walking foot on my Pfaff. I considered echo stitching again on the inside, but I decided there was enough quilting.
 I made a quick label and machine bound it. I also added a hanging sleeve in case she decides to hang it. I washed it this morning and just took these pictures out in my pasture. It measures 44 x 52 inches, so it is a decent size. I plan on giving it to her at our next meeting on September 8th. She is pretty eclectic, so I think she will love the scrappiness of it! I entered it in this quilt-a-long over at Quilty Habit, so be sure and check out the others here
http://quiltyhabit.blogspot.com/2014/08/orange-peel-qal-final-linky-party.html

 I also managed to get some slow stitching in this week after work. My oatmeal sashing on my Quilty Stitches is coming along and setting off the cross stitched blocks. The pattern for the last block came out on Monday, but I have not started on it yet. It is Sunday, so I will keep working on this for Slow Sunday Stitching be sure to get inspired with what others are working on here http://www.kathysquilts.blogspot.ca
My fat quarter bundle of Miss Kate from Bonnie and Camille of Moda arrived in the mail yesterday! I ordered it at the beginning of June with some birthday money.
Recently I have been collecting Bonnie and Camille fabric without knowing what I will make with it. I just know I have to have it! I hope to keep making some progress on my quilting while getting back into the groove of work...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

10 Quilty Little Secrets


Ok so this is going around in blog land and they are kind of funny. 
Here are my 10 Quilty Little Secrets:

1. I love to use steam when I iron! The more steam and heat the better. I mean I want enough steam in my face that it brings my blackheads to the surface and  I never iron clothes only fabric.

2. I do not like to appliqué and refer to it as the "A word."

3. I have never even tried Aurifil thread. It is too expensive for my budget. I am a huge fan of thread from Connecting Threads and buy it even from them when it is on sale. (I am frugal!)

4. I never ever prewash fabrics even red.

5. I cannot stand paper piecing! I always mess them up.

6.  The only hand quilting I do is big, primitive stitches with perle cotton.

7. I never read through all the directions on a pattern first--this is a big, horrible confession because I am teacher and always tell my students to read all the directions first. Don't tell on me!

8. I have never been on Facebook because of privacy issues, but I guess many of my baby quilts are on there. I make baby quilts for pretty much any pregnant employee at all of my three schools and they are compared and shared on Facebook! One of my coworkers showed me yesterday.

9. I hate to use my mom's long arm, but I feel guilty when she quilts for me.

10.  I have to use reading glasses to thread my needles on my sewing machine and for handwork (this only started at the beginning of summer and I hate it!).

I believe this idea started here http://www.13spools.com It was fun to read some others including http://shaunas-world.blogspot.com/2014/08/my-10-little-quilty-secrets.html

Think about it and share yours!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FNSI & Week in Review

 I reported to work on Wednesday for back to school meetings and school starts tomorrow. When I first go back to work after the whole summer off, I come home very exhausted and struggle to get dinner on the table. I decided to prepare a double meal of one of my hubby's favorites-- zucchini pie. We have tons of zucchini from our garden, so I am always on the lookout for recipes that include them. A few years ago I found a recipe for zucchini pie in Taste of Home Simple & Delicious, I modified it...
Zucchini Pie
Ingredients:
  • 1 tube of crescent rolls (I use reduced fat, generic)
  • cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cups zucchini chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of basil (fresh or dried) 
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup cheddar/Monterey jack cheese
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute chopped onion, zucchini, and basil in olive oil. 
2. While veggies cook, spray pie pan with cooking spray. Place crescent rolls in the pie pan and spread over the bottom and up the sides. It is ok if they are thin. Drizzle Dijon mustard on top of the crescent roll crust.
3. When zucchini and onions are tender, stir in ham, and turn off heat. In a mixing bowl, hand beat the eggs.  Stir in veggies and cheese. Mix well. Pour into crescent roll crust. Bake for 30 minutes. 
4. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve. You can also serve it cold like a quiche. It is also very easy to double the recipe!

Try it, you will love it and leave out the ham for any vegetarians you may have!
I did manage to participate in Friday Night Sew In (FNSI), but all I really could work on was my Quilty Stitches sampler. Check out what everyone else is up to here http://sugarlanequilts.blogspot.com/2014/08/fnsi-sign-ups-for-friday-night-sew-in.html
Saturday was our daughter's 16th birthday, so I did not have that much time to sew... I plan on working some more on this tonight for Slow Sunday Stitching http://www.kathysquilts.blogspot.ca
 I have been participating in a BOM quilt along for this Country Homecoming quilt.
I managed to piece the top this week. I am going to use wool felt for the border stars, berries, and vine and embroider some details on the houses. I have until mid-September to have the top completed, so I better get busy!
I also cut and pieced this Lucky Stars quilt. My sister had a pack of Heather Bailey's Up Parasol fat quarters sent to me. She wants a quilt for one of her friends. There were 15 fat quarters and 3 of them were solids, so I hit my LQS and bought some additional fat quarters. I used a slate Kona to set the stars and I am going to find a gray for the backing. I took this picture on our garden's fence because it is tall to keep the deer out and can display big quilts.
My dogs and my neighbor's chickens cannot figure out what I am doing when I am outside taking pictures. My dogs watch me and the chickens get boisterous. 

My days of being a taxi driver should be over tomorrow because my daughter is taking her driving test. It should increase my sewing time!!! Have a great week!





Sunday, August 10, 2014

Last Week of Summer

 My summer is coming to an end, so I was running around with appointments all week. I also took my daughter and two friends to Denver for back to school shopping and to celebrate her 16th birthday. Needless to say, I did not have a very productive week quilting. I did manage to complete all the available blocks for Little Miss Shabby's "Quilty Stitches" http://www.littlemissshabby.com/quilty-stitches/
 I started sewing the sashing today. I decided to go with an oatmeal color instead of the white. I think it will highlight the blocks a little better. Hopefully, I can get the sashing done before the final block pattern comes out. I am linking with http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com for Slow Sunday Stitching today.
I did manage to read this book on my Kindle this week. I really enjoyed it and its' ending. I go back to work bright and early on Wednesday...My summer has been so lovely, I wish it was not over yet!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Quilting Interrupted

I was pretty productive this week. I put my orange peels together. I plan on adding a 1 inch border of white, so I do not lose any points when I add the binding. I am planning on echo quilting the orange peels into the white a few times.
 My mom arrived back in town early in the week, so we got together to sew on Thursday and I started on this Lori Holt pattern. I am using navy Kona instead of white and I used a layer cake of Bonnie and Camille's Marmalade.
 I did add in a couple of other fabrics from their Scrumptious and Happy Go Lucky lines because there were a couple of repeats. The blocks are all done and I just need to play with the layout. We also sewed together on Friday with Lindsey.
Saturday, I made some flying geese for my Love Blooms Here BOM I have been working on all year.
I am continuing to make progress on my Quilty Stitches. I think a new block comes out tomorrow which is good timing because I am catching up! I plan on working on this for Slow Stitching Sunday today. Check out what everyone else is working on here http://kathysquilts.blogspot.com
I also got this on my iPad yesterday from the library which interrupted my quilting plans...I read half of it yesterday and will probably read the rest today, but it is on my iPad which means I can't sit outside and read too much glare. I am just thrilled to have a book that I can't stop reading!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Woodland Animals ABC Finish & My Animals

 Yay a finish before July is over! This is my Woodland Animals ABC quilt. I bought a pattern from Bustle & Sew on Craftsy and used the appliqué designs, but it did not include a design of a deer. My friend was specifically using deer in her nursery, so I used a deer appliqué pattern that was a freebie over on Fort Worth Fabric Studio.
 I embroidered the facial features on each animal and pieced it using my scrap bins and 2.5 inch wide pieces in pink, brown, yellow, and green.
 I quilted it on my Pfaff using the wavy quilting stitch which has been my favorite this summer.
 I love the eye lashes on the owl.
 Here is my label. The backing is a pink with bright green trees all over it.  It finished after washing at 36 x 45 inches.
 I usually take my outdoor pictures on my pasture fence and get some funny looks from my neighbors, but my dogs seem to be the most confused by my photo session antics. I always admire other bloggers and their pictures of their dogs modeling on quilts, my dogs are not models and I can barely get pictures of them as they will try to lick my iPad or demand my attention.
 This is our matriarch, Dora. She is the last dog we got in California and she is a chocolate lab and boxer mix. She will be 12 years old in January. She is the most vocal, but mellowest of my dogs. She is agoraphobic and has no desire to leave our house and property.
 This is the baby, Bella. She is a Vizsla (a Hungarian pointer/hunting dog, her mom was a purebred Vizsla who was kicked out of hunting school and could not be bred because of it) and an Australian shepherd mix (her dad was neighboring farm's herder). She will be 4 years old in September and is probably the most destructive dog we have ever had. The wicker love seat she is standing on she has nearly destroyed and the two matching chairs were demolished by her years ago! It is a good thing she is so affectionate and cute... Her coloring is so unique and when it is not green outside she blends in with the browns and tans, she is completely desert camouflage like.
This is Dora and Lola together, but they would not pose for me. We have a heated sunroom that is the dog's room. Their beds are out there and they have access to a 1/2 acre fenced dog yard. The fencing is chain link, so they can see everything around--deer, rabbits, our neighbors dogs and chickens, loose pigs, etc. Our pasture is fenced and is about 1.5 acres and we let them out there to explore. It is better than any dog park.
Lola is our border collie and black lab mix. She just turned 9 years old in June and blew out her ankle (ruptured ligament and arthritis). We got her at the local rodeo and fair our first summer in Colorado. She is extremely intelligent and is still functioning pretty well with her bad ankle.

My daughter is going to Lake Powell with a friend and her family and my hubby leaves tomorrow for a guys camping trip, so I will have three days to myself. You can bet I will be quilting a ton and not cooking, but subsisting on everything bagels and Diet Coke! I hope to get lots done...