Welcome everyone! I have to apologize for having not posted anything since the end of October. A lot of things happened since then, including crashing hard drives, husband changing jobs and a medical scare that turned out to be benign. On top of that we took an impromptu trip to Indiana for me to finally meet my husband’s two oldest kids (it’s only been three years in the waiting) and the grand-boys, four of them, ranging in age from 10 months to 5 years old.
I’ll try to get a picture of all of the boys together. It was great to finally meet everyone. The weather was perfect in spite of the bit of snow and rain mix we ran into in Indiana. When we left the weather held until we got to Bozeman, Montana. It was full on snow all the way through Missoula. I was glad to finally get home.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day and wonderful Black Friday shopping. Hubby and I were on the road heading home during that time, so I didn’t even get to post great fabric sales. I sure hope you quilters got some great deals!
I haven’t got a lot done with quilting during November. It was just a crazy month. But I did get a little done. Here are some pictures:
NQC Medallion Mystery Block 2
NQC Med. Mystery Block 3
NCQ Med. Mystery Block 4
J.S. Save the Bees Block 4
J.S. Christmas Ornament Exchange
While I was in Indiana, Sarah gave me a wonderful surprise. She was given a box with a partially completed quilt top. She doesn’t quilt, yet, so she thought I could do something with it. Check this out:
There are several pieces unattached as well as pre-cut pieces. I looked up the pattern and I believe it’s called Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I can’t wait to get this completed but it will be some time. Right now I am working on Christmas ornaments, baby bibs for my teething, drooling grandson, a lap quilt and a table topper. Not to mention a couple of gifts. Sheesh. Sooooo many projects, sooooo little time.
I did get the Christmas tree up and decorated and decorations scattered throughout the house. I think this is the last year for my little Christmas tree. It’s looking a bit sad. What can I say, I bought it at a thrift store for $5.00, several years ago. It might be a bit difficult to find another one at that price. Here are just a few pictures.
Some of the ornaments I am making will actually go on the tree. The rest is going to various family members. I am making paper piecing (pp) ornaments, 3D ornaments and maybe stuffed ornaments as well as applique ornaments. That’s a lot of different kinds of ornaments. You should see my pretty bead stash to add as accent.
Well, I better get back to quilting, paper piecing, and gift making. I am so glad you decided to stop by. Don’t forget to sign up for email notification. I promise not to load your email box with lots of junk.
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I do hope your summer has been great! I know here in the Northwest we have been dealing with a lot of smoke from fires, but at least here in Montana it hasn’t been nearly as bad as it was last year, yet. I was concerned my tomatoes, peppers and chilies might not ripen and grow but I have been picking a lot of small tomatoes and freezing them. The chilies are almost ready to be picked and canned. I am just waiting for the peppers to get bigger. My second planting of carrots seem to doing ok. I’m just waiting for them to get bigger to pull.
My daughter and her boyfriend, Crystiana and Cody, stopped by here for a couple of days, to visit. They were on their way home after going to the Grand Teutons and Yellowstone Park. It was a wonderful but short visit. I look forward to them coming back soon!
(L) Timeless Treasures Fabric of Soho, LLC, Beeline (from Fabric.com) (R) Save the Bees fabric kit from Jacquelynne Steves.
Blocks 2, 3 and 4 precut
Blocks 3, 4 and binding precut
Applique pieces ready to use
Block 1 applique completed with hand stitching and embroidery
Making HST for block border
Block 1 completed
I did “color” outside of the lines a bit. So on block 2 (which I just received today in my email) I lightly drew a border on the white piece so my applique pieces will be within the block where they belong. On the whole though, it was a lot of fun to do. I have already cut out my applique pieces and started pressing them onto the background piece for Block 2. I am ready to begin the hand applique and embroidery again!
In between the time of completing Block 1 and waiting for Block 2, I completed a WIP that was only 2 years in the making. It was a wall quilt kit I had purchased from Connecting Threads. It was made using the Sedona Sunrise collection by Winthur Sempliner for Connecting Threads. It took me a while to hand-quilt it. I would start and then put it aside and work on other things. Pull it out again and start something else new. But it is now hanging on a wall in my bedroom. I bought some curtain clip rings from Amazon and used a curtain rod to hang the wall quilt. If you don’t want to add hanger pockets, this is a great way to hang a wall quilt.
I have also started sewing blocks together for my “summer” quilt. I have decided to use a thin loft batting so the quilt can be used year round, if I want to.
And I designed a new Autumn themed place mat and started designing a table cover to accompany the place mats, as well I started embroidering quilt blocks to use in a new quilt project. Don’t look too close to the “art” work on the place mat. An artist I am not. I do much better with stick people. There are a few artists in the family but that isn’t a gene I inherited. Though I do suppose quilting, designing quilted items, embroidery and other needlework projects should and are considered artistic. So I guess that makes me an artist!
Autumn themed place mat designed by LaTawnia Porter (Copyright protected)
Embroidered block for new quilt project
I do hope the braided piece in the place mats won’t be too difficult. I haven’t tackled that design yet so I am looking forward to a new challenge. I think it might end up being paper pieced, but we shall see. I will keep you posted.
I got my monthly kit from Annie’s Creative Quilters Fabric Club and it is super cute. I haven’t started it yet, I don’t know why, maybe because I have so many projects going right now. But I think it will work great with my Autumn themed place mats and table cover. When I get that kit made I will post pictures.
I do hope you all have a wonder week and this month will be a great one for all. I love the onset of Autumn, the cooler nights, preparing to finish harvesting from the garden and the end of the crazy yellow jackets, wasps and hornets. Those flying, biting, stinging things have been out of control this year. I can’t wait for them to go away.
I love pulling out all of my fall toned fabrics and designing quilted items to bring warmth to my home also, finishing up WIPs that will be Christmas gifts for family and friends. What are some things you like about Autumn? Leave a comment sharing what you do at this time of year.
Until next time – Got your favorite lap quilt handy?
Hello friends and visitors! I am so glad you stopped by today. I do hope you are having a great week-end and that it’s not too hot for you. It’s definitely a warm July. We have been experiencing temperatures in the 90’s. I don’t mind the low 80’s but when it starts getting into the 90’s, that’s too warm for me.
I have been working on my hand quilting WIP while waiting for the SAVE THE BEES BOM to begin. If you haven’t signed up for the BOM, there is still time! (Click on the link!) I am so excited for it to begin! The first block will be sent out August 6th, I think. I’m just waiting, waiting, waiting.
I bought some backing fabric for my BOM. It’s called Beelines from the Timeless Treasures Fabric of SoHo, LLC. I got it from Fabric.com. I thought it was super cute and perfect for this project.
Since this BOM includes applique, I have been practicing machine applique. Okay, I have to admit, I am a traditional piece block person. Applique really isn’t my thing. But I know a lot of people like it and I found some super cute dies from Accuquilt. Elephants, fall medleys, moose and bear, flowers and more.
I am already planning a baby quilt with applique elephants, a fall quilt with fall leaves and dare I say, Christmas quilted items with super cute applique dies. I will get this applique technique down. In the meantime I am making place mats for a neighbor and friend, whose theme in her house is moose and bears (very Montana). It’s a way a saying thank you for all she has done.
For those of you who love to design quilts and blocks, Accuquilt is having an Accuquilt Quilt Block Design 2018 Contest! Enter your quilt block design(s) then see if you designed a winner! Here is the link: https://www.accuquilt.com/block-contest/contest-home. The contest ends July 31, 2018. I have entered several quilt block designs already, hoping one of them will be a winner.
I have been canning green beans, carrots and beets. I have planted more carrot seeds, I am just hoping they grow so I will have more carrots to can. My neighbor gave me a large box filled with pie cherries from her trees. So I have those to pit and freeze today. I am waiting for the chilies and peppers to start producing and the squash seeds I planted are growing! The cucumber is doing great! I can’t wait to pick those and believe it or not, my green onions are still growing. They are almost ready to be pulled. I had to put my outdoor table and chairs against the fencing to keep the deer from eating my tomato plants. I don’t want them to eat the plants before I harvest tomatoes. Fun times in the summer time!
The yellow jackets are out of control out here. I have five traps and they are full. I can’t go out on my front porch because there is a nest of them under it. My poor Monty dog has been stung several times now. I can’t wait for my husband to get home and deal with them. They are vicious. My neighbor said they would try to help me get rid of the nest. I just don’t want them to get stung. I don’t want my husband getting stung either.
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Please send me pictures and a brief description of what you are working on this summer. I would love to share them with everyone. Are you already thinking about Autumn and cooler temperatures? Planning for winter and the upcoming holidays? How about some great BOMs. There are lots of them going on right now. Lets share and compare!