Friday, June 21, 2013

Piecing and Geometry

Hey!  Thanks for the birthday wishes!  This week, someone in our house turns the big "18"!
He got signed up for Selective Service and registered to vote a couple of weeks ago at the BMV.
He's lifeguarding again this year, taking an ACT Review class online and enjoying time with his brothers.  Last year he took a dual credit class at a university nearby and next year will hopefully graduate with a semester of college under his belt.  I am so proud of him!

Math and I usually don't get along.
Which is really bad since we homeschool two kids and it's a H.U.G.E. part of education.

That being said, I found a quilting project that made me feel good about geometry!
Sniff.  I'm so proud!

Fons and Porter's Spring 2013 Easy Quilts magazine had some very cool patterns in it, but this one

really caught my eye!

This is the colorway for the original table runner.  Cool blues, teal and chartreuse. 
I had most of these colors, but they really weren't doing much for me.
I've been sick this week and didn't feel like a trip to Joann's for the three yards of yellow I need to finish the Rose Star quilt

I pulled together some scraps and started playing with them to put the table runner together for instant gratification (and this did not require me getting in a car and walking around a store while feeling like death warmed over!).

Yello Kona, some (ahem) lime green and summery raspberry, blue and green fabrics playing together on the (ahem) lime green table.

The magazine says the "rectangles and squares--all right angles--make(s) it a great beginner project."
Which is what I needed since when I'm not feeling well, the brain sometimes doesn't communicate with the rest of the body the way it should and past experiences of sewing complicated blocks while sick did not turn out so great. 

The runner in the book is 12" x 54", but this was way too long, and not nearly wide enough for our dining room table, so I shorteded it and added another row of the rectangles and squares horizontally.

It ended up at a respectable 18" x 36".

There's some Kaffe in there, "Floressence" by AGF, "Sunkissed" by Moda, "Shadow Flower" from Windham Fabrics, Kona (some kind of) yellow and scraps from KT, a fun paisley print from Joann's and some beloved vintage blue.

Hubs and I had a chance to go thrifting with KT and her hubs a couple of weekends ago.
She found a beautiful, yellow pillowcase that I had to have come home with me.
It has the most delicate embroidery in such happy colors and fairy-like crocheted edging.

Here it is all washed up, pressed and ready for sweet dreaming!

All that looking for vintage linens in real life made me surf the net this weekend on my iPad mini and find some goodies I would love Santa to bring me.  These are all from Etsy shops and forgive me shop owners, but I thought I was taking screen shots of which stores they came from, and really wasn't.  You can browse "Vintage Tablecloths" and find them there...but they're really too yummy not to share with you!

Santa, since you're super awesome magical and all that...when you find out where these come from...could you please send the hubs an email telling him where HE can find them?  LOL!

Another week to link up with some great quilters and see what everyone's been up to!

Come out and play!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Birthday and a Block!

Hubs and I left the boyos at home and went to Brown County for the weekend.
We did some shopping in Nashville and then went driving and hiking in the park.
We spent Saturday night at a Hilton with a jacuzzi tub in the room.  Very good choice after a day of walking and hiking!

There's a Sperry's store at the outlet mall.
These are my spanky-new, birthday shoes...aren't they fun!
Mexican for dinner and sleeping in.

Last week, I painted my yucky, old, rusty patio table a happy Key Lime Pie green!
We call it the "Kermit the Frog" table.  I think this had something to do with my choice-

Such a happy, summer color that matches the grass and the gardens.  It makes me smile.
Some in the family just shake their heads and smile.
Only, I don't think they're smiling for the same reason I'm smiling.

This quilt came out of the pile and asked to be worked on towards being finished.
Measured, it's about 78" x 90".  Not quite a queen size quilt, but definitely bigger than a full size.  I bought queen size batting for if I get there when I get ready to quilt it.
Piecing a back for this...hmmm...

On the floor trying to talk to me and tell me what it wants for a flip side.
Yes.  My quilts do talk to me.
Might go a long way as to why my family shake their heads and smile?

These Rose Star blocks are so fun to pick fabrics out for and sew easy when machine piecing.

So, for kicks and giggles, I made a happy, summery yellow one and had a "lightbulb" moment on how to piece the back.
Yummy.  Yummy.  Yummy.

Linking up with Quilt Story
crazy mom quilts for some quiltey therapy!

Hope the week treats you kindly!