Tuesday, May 31, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

It seems each week when One Flower Wednesday rolls around, I haven't played by the rules.  So why should this week be any different.  Instead of making 'more than one' flower, I sewed together some hexagon 'caterpillars'.  I'm stitching them together for two reasons:  1) to use up some of my hexagons and 2) I have a project in mind for them.

I'll let you see when I'm finished.

To see other One Flower Wednesday entries, visit Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you have a good day.

15 Minute Challenge

Week May 24 - May 30

I'm not a purist.  I think the challenge is supposed to be to 'sew' for 15 minutes each day.  I consider anything having to do with sewing as part of the challenge.  I use the challenge as a motivator.

Tuesday          May 24    hex flowers
Wednesday     May 25    501 project
Thursday        May 26    501 project / labels
Friday              May 27    fabric shopping / wash & dry
Saturday         May 28    monochromatic challenge / labels
Sunday           May 29    labels / hexagons
Monday           May 30    brown quilt / hexagons

To see how well others did with their challenge, visit Life in Pieces.

Hope you had a good day.

Monday, May 30, 2011

How's your math?

Mine is awful.  I admit it.  I can't do anything without a calculator.  All those years of learning the times table and I can hardly get them right.  Just ask my grandchildren.  They put me to shame.

Now add in some fractions, a ruler with 1/8 inch markings, quarter inch seam allowance, beginning block size, desired ending block size then figure out how much to add to each block to get that size.  And if that's not enough, try figuring for the blocks that are off by a 3/8 to 1/4 inch to begin with.  Then try to account for fabric (Kona Cotton) that stretches easily.  It has been a day!  I'm writing all these numbers down so that if I have to make adjustments in the future, things will go much smoother.  Knowing the quilting world, there's probably a table out there somewhere or a simple formula to use.  Totally frustrated, I ended up adding a width of fabric to the block, trimmed it down to size, then measured to get the correct width to add.  I tried to figure it out by math, I just couldn't get my head wrapped around it.  Sorry, Mr. Atherton.

The reason for all this struggle...I'm using blocks previously pieced for the 501 Project and they're in various sizes.  These are the ones I completed.  In spite of everything, I'm happy with the results.

One of my blog posts last week stirred some interest in my spinning wheel.  I thought I'd include a photo here.  I don't think Louet carries this particular model any longer.  At least I haven't been able to find it.  I purchased mine back in the '80's.

Well, the weekend is almost over.  Hope you had a good one.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Quilt Care Labels

A little while ago I discovered this Quilt Care Label Tutorial and decided that it was a good way to label the quilts that I give away.  For the past 3 days, I've been tinkering around on my computer trying to get the labels just the way I wanted them.  I printed them a number of times on paper and fiddled with the size and format and then after many tries, I was able to get my printer to print on fabric without jamming.  Very frustrating!  But I finally got a few finished.

Not entirely happy, I went back and was able to figure out how to remove the line between printed sides.  The next batch I print should look a little cleaner.


Just for kicks, I went back and re-read the tutorial instructions and realized that I may have been able to use the Word 'label' document to create my labels.  I created mine using text boxes in a regular word document.  Not exactly good use of a page.  I only got 4 labels per page.  Waste!  So back to the drawing board.  I'm so glad I used Bubble Jet Set 2000 (I had some on hand, but never used) to prepare my fabric.  Purchased fabric sheets would have been quite expensive, what with all the fabric wasted due to printer jams.


I've been tinkering around creating my labels using the Word 'label' document.  I haven't finished yet but it looks like all my previous work was a waste.  Well not really a waste, I'm sure I'll be able to use the knowledge gained for some future project.  With this new label document, I think I may be able to get 10 labels to the page.  I think I'll be much happier with that.


Again, for kicks, after the labels had been heat set and left out overnight, I decided to wash the labels.  Here are the results:

Washed, Wet

washed, dried, pressed

I don't know.  They don't really seem to fade any more than commercial clothing labels do but I am beginning to wonder if I'd been better off ordering custom labels.  I don't need that many and they're not really that expensive.  Not considering my time and the cost of my supplies.  I'll have to think about this.

Hope you're having a good day.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Foto Finish - My Garden

I don't actually have a garden any more.  I had a little plot here at my apartment complex a few years ago, but I didn't know how to plant a small garden.  There was too much produce.  And I didn't want to get into canning or freezing so I ate it ALL fresh.  I was a little sick of green beans and wax beans by the time I was done.  And I didn't get the yield of zucchini and summer squash that I'd hoped for.  But I had a lot of tomatoes and cucumbers.  I gave a good amount to my mother.  I'd forgotten how much work gardening is and how uncertain the results.  It's easier to buy fresh at local roadside stands.   However to enter into this week's Foto Finish, I dug through some old photos and found this picture of me and my children in 1978 in our first garden at our new house.

In those days, I worked full time and planted, weeded, watered and canned in my 'spare' time.  It's amazing how much you can get done when you're under a deadline.

To see other entries in this week's theme, visit Cat Patches.

Hope you have a good day.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Am I rude?

This is a question that has bothered me for awhile.  If I don't respond to a comment, am I rude?  I once asked my daughter, whose blog is not a crafty blog, what she does when she receives a comment and she said she doesn't respond unless she has something to say.  I've seen apologies on some quilting blogs for not being able to respond to all of the comments received - usually during a giveaway.  But what do you expect?  What is the proper blog etiquette?  For myself, I don't expect a response when I leave a comment unless I pose a question.

I didn't feel like it but I worked on the 501 Project yesterday.  I completed two more of the blocks I had cut out.  I just have one more cut out to go.

Whirling Five Patch


For the past few mornings, before I even get out of bed, the brown/tan/green quilt has been on my mind.  How am I going to make all the blocks the same size?  The blocks are 12 and 12.5 inches (finished).  I've decided to add a little border to each to bring the blocks to 13.5 (finished) so that each has the same border then add an additional sash to each block.  That way I can sew each block together with ease.  I spent some time last night tinkering with the block layout in EQ7.  I printed out what I thought was the final layout when my printer began running out of ink (it all looks pink).  As I put everything away, I realized that I hadn't included a couple of blocks.  I guess I'll just have to make a final decision when I lay them out on the bed.  I'm anxious to get going on it.  I'm off to JoAnn's later to pick up the solids and backing I need to complete it.  I already have batting.  I'm a little concerned about how and where I'm going to sandwich a quilt this size (queen) but I'm sure I'll figure out something.  And I've never quilted something this size.  I guess I'll just have to take it one step at a time.

Well, I'm off running errands today.  I've run out of this, that and the other thing.

Hope you have a good day.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Challenge #23 String Theory

Our challenge this week was to use the following string drawn by Laura Harms, I am the diva as the 'base' for drawing our Zentangles / Zentangle Inspired Art.  This is the string:

Here's mine finished.  You'll have to forgive.  I didn't print out Laura's string but freehand drew it, so it isn't exactly the same.  But you get the idea.

To see other entries/interpretations, visit 'the diva's' site.

I completed another '501' block.

X Quartet

After a couple of weeks of rainy weather, we've had some sunshine.  Yesterday 'Little Girl' and I went for a walk then took a look around at the progress being made on their garden.  I just had to show you how impressed she was.  Too cute!

8 1/2 months

Hoping you're having a good day.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I received an award....

Just About Cindy gave me this award.  Thanks Cindy!

There are a few 'rules' that go along with it.  Let's see if I have this right.

1) Thank the giver.
2) Share 7 things about yourself.
3) Give this award to 15 newly discovered bloggers.

When I quickly read the 'rules' this morning, I thought it said 'share 15 things' and 'give to 7 bloggers'.  I had it backwards.  A few years ago, my daughter did a '100 Things' about herself on her blog.  I can remember thinking I could never do that many.  Here are my seven:

1.  I used to raise donkeys, chickens, sheep and pigs.
2.  I once lived and worked on a horse farm
3.  I took karate for 2 years in my thirties.
4.  When I find programs I like, I enjoy watching them over and over and over
5.  I used to teach 4H Arts & Crafts, Sewing and Cooking.
6.  I can spin and weave and have made numerous sweaters, blankets and rugs from my sheep's wool
7.  For 22 years, I vacationed for two weeks at Twin Shores Campground,  Darnley, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

It's so hard for me to choose who to give this award to and whether it will be welcomed, so I'll just say that anyone following my blog is welcome to take it and chime in.  I'd love to know 7 things about you.

Hope you have a good day.

--  Pat  --

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

I know this is 'One Flower Wednesday' but as usual I couldn't just stop at one.

Here's the progress on  'my garden'.

I've used 96 flowers so far and I have another 210 flowers made.  (I think I have enough!)

My problem -- I can't stop making them.  I have a bunch of hexagons already basted so I guess I'll just keep going.  I'm sure I can use the extras for something or maybe have a giveaway.  We'll see.  For the quilt itself, I've pretty much decided that I want the flowers to cover the top of the bed with an overhang of one flower's worth then add a border or two.  When I originally started, I thought I'd do all flowers but it makes it 'too white' for me.  Stay tuned.

To see other One Flower Wednesday entries, visit Karen at Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you had a good day.

15 Minute Challenge

It was another good week for me.  I managed to work on something every day and for more than 15 minutes.  It feels good to make some real progress on some of these projects.

Tues.    May 17  -  Hex Flowers
Wed.     May 18  -  Hex Flowers
Thurs.   May 19  -  501 Project
Fri.        May 20  -  GFG
Sat.       May 21  -  501 Project / QOV
Sun.      May 22  -  Monochromatic / GFG
Mon.     May 23  -  501 Project / GFG

Hope you had a good week too.

To see how well others did on their 15 Minute Challenge, visit  Kate @ Life in Pieces

Monday, May 23, 2011

What was I thinking.....

when I cut out these two blocks last week?  They may be too dark to include in my brown/tan/green quilt.  I won't really know until I set them all out together.  I don't really like two-color blocks.  They just don't have the pizazz that three-color blocks have.  But I'm sure I'll find a use for them.  Here they are...two more for the 501 Project.

Wishing Ring

True Blue

The brown is the same in each block even though it doesn't show up that way in the photos.  I tried to tweek the color a little but I just couldn't get them the same.  And if I were more into it, I probably should have done this last block in blues to go with the name.

Hope you have a good day.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Charity Quilt Block Challenge

This Charity Quilt Block Challenge is being presented by SewCalGal.  The current challenge is to benefit Quilts of Valor.  Check out the link to get more information.  The deadline is coming up soon (although I'm sure they will always take blocks and/or quilts.  This is a sponsored challenge with prizes to be awarded.  I decided to participate by making a couple of blocks towards my 501 Project in patriotic colors.  I'm putting them in the mail on Monday.  Won't you join in?

Sawtooth Star

Swamp Angel

I didn't choose this block for it's name.  The block reminds me of those 3D Paintings years ago where you had to squint to see the picture.  Well, if you squint, you can see the star.

Hope you have a good day.

Foto Finish - Drama in the Sky

As usual, it took a little while to come up with a photo for this theme.  This is a photo I took in Feb 2005.  It was the view from my front porch.  I was headed out the door in the early morning to get some blood work done.  I remember thinking that if I hadn't had that early appointment, I would have missed it.  Beautiful, huh?

This was taken with my old Sony Cyber-Shot camera.  I purchased it in 2001.  The photo is untouched.  It's just as it came out of the camera.

To see other entries in this category, 'Drama in the Sky', visit Cat Patches.

Have a good day.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Who said it?

I was reading someone's blog the other day and an assertion was made that it takes 1000 hours to perfect a skill.  I've searched and searched and can't find who wrote about it or who said it.  Who is the originator or author of the idea.  Where do they get their research?  I don't have the answers or even if it's literal but I do know that I get frustrated when I start something new and it doesn't turn out as perfect as it does in my mind.  What does this have to do with today's post?  Nothing.  Except that I'm still practicing my piecing skills on the 501 Project.  Here are two more blocks:

Trail of Tears

Windmill II

Hope you have a good day.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pets on Quilts

Plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Pets on Quilts Show hosted by SewCalGal.  The entries can be either a pet themed quilt or a photo of your pet on a quilt.  The show will be August 15 - 19, 2011.  Further details can be found by clicking on the Pets on Quilts button or SewCalGal's link above.

It's time to get started on your project.  See you there!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Challenge #22 - A Little Help From My Friends

This week,  Laura Harms of 'I am the diva' challenged us to draw a Zentangle or Zentangle Inspired Art using a string drawn by someone other than ourselves.  Living alone, it's a little more difficult to do than for some.  But to my surprise (and to my rescue), Sandra of Life Imitates Doodles put four strings on her blog for others to use.  This is what they look like.

I believe they're drawn with the intention of making four zentangles but I combined them and tangled them similar to an ensemble.  Here's my result:

Thanks Sandra!

To see other entries, visit 'the diva's' link above.

Hope you had a good day.