Thursday, July 10, 2014

How about this soil?

The garden plot I was assigned this year is not the best.  Next year I think I'll ask for one at the other end, away from where snow, salt and sand are plowed up all winter.  However I want you to notice that even though the 'soil' leaves something to be desired, I had the first ripe tomato out of all the plots.........and it tasted great.

1st tomato 2014

Hope you have a good day.

-- Pat

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

One Flower Wednesday

It's that time of week again.  As on each Wednesday, Karen of Journey of a Quilter is again hosting One Flower Wednesday.  For me, it's a great incentive to stay on task making my hexie flowers.  I don't know what my next project with them will be but I still enjoy sewing them.  Here's this week's entry:
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To see more flowers, visit the link above to Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Philippians 2: 3-4   Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.   (NIV)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Zentangle Challenge #175

This week's challenge from the diva is to use the tangle 'Crux' by Henrike Bratz.  At first glance, I thought this would be a somewhat easy tangle to do.  However, I had to draw it about 10 times before I finally got the gist of it.  But don't look too closely, it may still be 'off'.
Zentangle Challenge #175

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

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Matthew 11:28   "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest".  (NIV)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Success

Success on two fronts.  I received an email back from Juliet with a few suggestions.  Between what she recommended and my printing the PDF file from my PC instead of my Chromebook, I was able to print the butterfly pattern at 100%.   Yay!  But I put that size aside so I could finish the smaller version.  And here it is:
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Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Romans 12:12   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.   (NIV)


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Confusion

I wrote yesterday about the beautiful butterfly pattern.......... well today I finished one side and I have a problem.  What should finish as a 12 inch block is coming out as 10.75 inch block.  I thought perhaps I cut off all the quarter inch seams........ nope.  I thought maybe I printed it wrong since I'd printed it fit to page so I printed it again....... same result.  I cut out the paper pieces and taped them together....... same size.  I sent an email to the designer asking for help but she's in New Zealand so it may be a little while before I get an answer back.  Whatever size........ I like how it's turning out.

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So I set it aside for now and went back to spinning the sample fiber pack.  Here's what I spun today.  The balls of yarn have the wrapper label stuck inside to remind me what type yarn it is------- Dorset Horn, Devon, Finnish, Falkland.

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Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

1 Corinthians 2: 9  However it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him".   (NIV)


Friday, July 4, 2014

Paper Piecing Fun

I ordered a new Paper Piece Pattern from Craftsy by Juliet of Tartankiwi.  It's the most beautiful butterfly pattern.  It took me a couple of hours to put together Part A and B............incorrectly.  It was my fault for not following the direction to color my pattern so I wouldn't get confused about which fabric goes where.

 Here's the first try.  The arrows show wrong color and mismatched seam.

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The second time around (following directions) I sewed it together correctly and in half the time.

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Only 5 more sections to go.  The block finishes at 12 inches.  I can hardly wait to see the end result.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Proverbs 4:23  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.  (NLT)

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Our house...

Actually, I'm not talking about 'real' houses.  I'm talking about paper-pieced houses.  I want to make a houses quilt although I'm not sure of a design.  I have Carol Doak's 300 Paper-Pieced Quilt Blocks and it has a number of house blocks.  I've seen quite a few fun house blocks in the quilting world and I'd love to go wild and use some fun colors/fabrics for my houses.  I'm not there yet.  These are pretty much 'normal' houses (and a tree).
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Speaking of houses, when I moved into my two bedroom apartment about a year and a half ago, the kitchen floor, though no-wax, was dull, dull, dull with no shine.  So in spite of all I'd read, I waxed the floor (a number of times).  Unfortunately, the floor yellowed pretty badly.  I don't think anyone else would have noticed but I did.  So three weeks ago, I started stripping the wax.  Ammonia, full strength for 15 minutes, 92 'tile patterns' in three different sessions.  I finished today....yay!  I'm so happy to have my dull, no shine floor.  So let that be a lesson to me!

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

-- Pat

Luke 6:49   'But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.  The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.'   (NIV)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

One Flower Wednesday

Karen of Journey of a Quilter has been hosting 'One Flower Wednesday' for ages.  I participated in it while I was making my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  At that time I made so many flowers that I was able to make another Hexie Flower quilt as well as a couple other projects.  I still have some flowers left but not enough for another project, so I'm joining up again.  Here's the first one for this new 'season' of hexies.  I may be stretching the 'flower' interpretation but with the 4th of July, I couldn't resist.  
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When I participated before, there was a woman who was working on a hexie landscape wall hanging that I thought would be a challenging project.  I wish I had bookmarked it.  If anyone knows of such a project, let me know.

To see other entries in this week's 'One Flower Wednesday', visit Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Luke 12:27  "Consider how the wild flowers grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these."   (NIV)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Zentangle Challenge #174

This week's challenge is by Aimee Belair of Inkerbelle over at I am the diva.  The challenge is Superimposing Strings.  Basically, you draw a string then draw another over it.  Like this:
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And here's the final result:
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Thanks Aimee for the challenge.  To see other entries in this week's challenge, visit 'the diva's' link above.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Galatians 6:9  Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Spinning

Do you remember this post when I was looking for a long term project and thought I'd spin all the fibers in The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook?  At the time I purchased a sampler pack of wool from Woolgatherings.   Back then I spun and knit a few samples then pretty much set it aside for about a year and a half.  In the meantime, there's been all this fiber taking up space in my dresser.  So...I decided to start to attack the collection.  I'm taking apart the swatches I knit previously and I'm going to knit all the yarns together into one wool afghan.  Here are couple skeins.
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The brown is from the Brown Manx Loaghtan native to the Isle of Man.  If you're interested in knowing more, visit Manx Loaghtan Sheep Breeder's Group.  Here's a photo of the breed.

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Here's the start of the afghan.  I'm using the Garter Stitch Check pattern.  Because the yarns are of different weight, plies etc., the panel won't be even.  I think I can block it into shape later.
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Hope you had a good day.

--  Pat

John 10:14-15  'I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me--just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep.  (NIV)





Sunday, June 29, 2014

I love quilting

I finished the wall hanging yesterday.  The quilting really makes a difference.
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Since it was a small piece, I used Taylor Quilt Basting Spray to baste the layers.  I bought it a few years ago at JoAnn's when I couldn't find 505 Temporary Adhesive Spray.  I've heard the 505 is the best and doesn't gum up the needle.  I haven't noticed any gumminess with the Taylor spray but I think the next time I need to buy some, I'll try the 505.  It looks like Amazon carries it and with Prime, I don't have to pay postage. Bonus!

Hope you have a good day.

-- Pat

Philippians 4:8  Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.


 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I love technology, don't you? v.4

You won't believe how much time I've spent trying to figure out how to create blog posts with clear photos using my iPad with BlogPress and/or Blogger after uploading the edited photos to Flickr.  Here's the short version:  If I use BlogPress to create the post and add photos, when I try to edit the post after publishing, BlogPress crashes.  If I use Blogger to create the post and add photos, the cursor doesn't respond correctly.  If I create the post using BlogPress without the photos, then edit with Blogger to add the photos and try to save, it never comes back from saving.

Solution:  Use Chromebook.  Rediscover CTRL keys and try to remember it doesn't have a touch screen. All this because I wanted to use my iPad and not have to take out my laptop.  Lazy huh?  Crazy is more like it.  But seriously, think of how much I've learned.

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This is Bailey in his self-imposed time-out in the bedroom while I was working on all of this.

The following photo is a test for clarity.  We'll see.

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Hope you have a good day.

-- Pat

1 Thess. 5:21  but test them all; hold on to what is good  (NIV)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This was easy...

I hand stitched all the hexies back awhile ago so it really didn't take that long to finish.  I quilted it with spirals (at least that's what I think they're called).  It finished at 37 x 40 inches.  Here are a couple photos:


Hmmmmmm.  What should I work on next?

Hope you had a good weekend.

-- Pat

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lucky me!

I won a Jim Shore Easter Basket from Martha of The Next Fifty Years. for her 600th post giveaway.

 Here are a few photos:







Isn't it a beautiful prize?  Thank you Martha!

Hope you have a good day.

--Pat

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Heartbeat of Home

For Christmas, my daughter and family gave me tickets for 'Heartbeat of Home' dance performance from the producers of 'Riverdance'.  We saw it last night and the show was amazing.  If you get a chance to see it, I'm sure you'll love it.  Here's a glimpse:

Enjoy!

-- Pat


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Another finish

I've finished quilting, binding and washing my latest quilt.  I'm not as crazy about it as I thought I would be.  I think it would have been nicer if I'd added a border.




I really like how the back turned out.  I purchased the backing a number of years ago at a very reduced price because it was printed askew.  The quilting pretty much camouflages that.

I have a hexie quilt top that's been waiting for quilting so I think I'll work on that next.  It's nice to have a few tops ready to go.

Hope you have a good day.

-- Pat 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

There's an app for that.

I'm going to start singing alto in my church choir instead of soprano but I don't read music.  I know how to go down when the notes go down and go up when they go up and soprano is usually the melody so I manage.  But I want to be able to do a better than that.  I can sing alto if someone sings the notes in my ear but......   Yesterday I went to the App Store and did a search for piano and found a couple of apps, one for free and one for .99, that allow for playing musical notes.  One of the apps tests knowledge of notes in a flash card sort of way.  So I went through a hymnal I bought recently and started marking up the alto notes of some of the hymns I know and pecking them out on the 'piano'.  It's exactly what I need.  And...one of the apps even allows recording so if I get to that point, I can sing along.  The apps are 'Piano Free' and 'Piano Notes'.  Very cool!

On the quilting front, I'm still quilting along.  I was originally quilting the flower design trying to wiggle varying size flowers into all those wierd areas.  But after some struggle, I decided to use vine type squiggles to get by those areas instead.  I'll have to go back to some of the areas already quilted to add some vines so it looks more uniform but I'm much happier with it now.  There isn't anything worse than being dissappointed part way through the quilting stage.  With luck, I'll finish the quilting today.  

Hope you have a good day.

-- Pat

Friday, March 21, 2014

Quilting In Progress

I debated what quilting design to use for this quilt.  I thought about a number of ways I could do the individual blocks but decided I just wanted to quilt an allover pattern.  The first photo is my practice piece and the second is part of the quilt itself.


There was a time when I'd just keep going, quilting this size quilt in one day but lately I've been stopping when I get tired.  Sometimes I go back to it the same day but not so much lately.

Hope you have a good day.

-- Pat

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What do you think?

I recently posted about a couple of quilts I'm donating to our church auction.  When I give away a quilt, I'm always at a loss about what to do about a label or if I should even add one.  Quite awhile ago, I created some care labels to put on the quilts but haven't used them very often.  These photos show both sides of the label.


When I make a quilt as a gift for a specific person, I make a dedicated label for that quilt.  Is it vain to add these care labels with my name and website printed on one side to quilts I give away.   I don't make quilts for hire so it isn't for advertising.  Am I too proud ?  This is always something I struggle with.  Maybe I should make new care labels.  Any thoughts?

Hope you have a good day.  

--Pat

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I Need Spring!

This has been a really long, cold and snowy winter.  But I have hope.  Right now it's 42 degrees.  Heat wave!  

A few weeks ago I posted the grandkids' bed with a blue plaid comforter.  I bought it mostly because I didn't want my grandson to have to sleep under a girly comforter.  But today I bought some cute girly bed linens.  This way they can choose what they'd like when they come to stay over.  And it gives me some variety too.

Looks like Spring!

Hope you have a good day!

-- Pat

Friday, March 14, 2014

Quilt top finished

I've worked pretty steadily over the past few days to piece and put together my latest quilt top.  I love the secondary patterns this block makes.


Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Musical chairs....

And Tables.  As I've been piecing these blocks, I've re-arranged things in the sewing room to make a few ergonomic work stations.  I haven't done any piecing since I bought the bed so there was a lot of trial and error.  But now I have a sewing table, ironing station and a layout station.  It should be fairly easy to put away when the grandchildren come.  I'll be putting it to the test on Sunday when Lily (3.5 yrs) comes to sleep over for the first time since she was an infant.  

So....without further ado, here are today's blocks.  Don't ask why the photos are different sizes.




Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Woo Hoo!

At last I've finished the Sunbonnet Sue quilt.  Today I sewed on the binding, washed and dried it and it looks great.  I'm donating it and the one from last week to our church auction to raise money to send some kids to church camp.






I was able to move on to piecing a couple of the blocks I cut out a few days ago.



What a fun day!  Hope you had a good day too.

-- Pat

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Slow Day

I'm almost finished quilting the white blocks on the Sunbonnet Sue quilt then I can get moving on the red ones.  I'm anxious to finish so I can start piecing the nine Double X #4 blocks I cut out last night.  I hate to put aside a quilt in progress because they're so difficult to get back to.

Bailey had his haircut last week after spending the winter shaggy.  He's so much more handsome and easier to maintain with the shorter cut.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat