Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Normal Life

I've always said that "normal" is an urban legend and my first day back to "normal" proves it. I walked in the morning with my walking partner, we walked, we laughed and we cried, a few times we had to stop because we couldn't breath, it was wonderful and ridiculous. 

Shower and on to errands except when I started out I had a flat tire, O.K "the universe has spoken", it's a good day to sew. Two stitches and the machine ate the fabric, turned itself off for safety and after cleaning, new needle, new bobbin and rethreading it comes back on with an E1 error which means take it to someone qualified. Two hours each way, eight hours total since I have to drop it off and I'm not doing that, I ordered the fuses, which I'm pretty sure is the problem and I'll figure it out myself, the worst that can happen is I need a new machine :).  Which led to internet research for a new machine which somehow led to me ordering a new mattress which is being made for me. LOL. David's answer to all this is "whatever you need", what a sweety or enabler. 

Yesterday though the universe was very kind. This is Wolfy


he was due to be put down at 3:30 and the rescue stepped in at 3:28, they had found a foster for him. This is Wolfy's freedom ride picture, I had nothing to do with this rescue except jump into the car and cuddle this amazing dog. Cori, my daughter, had been asked to transport him to the Keys, she lives in the land of sewing machine repairs two hours away, so she brought him down and I got to spend the day with her. Wolfy and I both had a wonderful day.

Later Gators,
Dana 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day

My father passed away on May 30th.  I flew up to see him when I heard he was sick and was there when he woke for the last time, I got one last big smile when he saw me and one last wonderful kiss. I was there when he left us surrounded by his children and grandchildren and lots of love.

Today is hard, if you still have your father please give him an extra hug, kiss and “I love you”, not just today but as often as possible.



Thank you to the people who emailed to ask where I was, during a difficult time you made me smile.

Dana  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Let's Book It, April 2015


A few months ago Sharon was listing off all of the possible places for patterns to use for the Let's Book It and she mentioned the internet, light bulb moment, I have a few (many) quilts bookmarked so that's what I used this month. Here's a link to the pattern


All I saw when I looked at that was what a great string quilt.


I didn't follow the directions, just cut the strings the same width they had in the pattern, 1 1/4".

My strings are completely out of control, somehow they've expanded from their usual home to 4 reusable shopping bags, I guess I had a plan at some point because they are sorted by color values. 


This quilt made a small dent in the "brights" bag, was easy to do and I love the way it turned out. 

I'm declaring war on my strings so you'll be seeing a lot more string quilts, hopefully I can have my shopping bags back by the end of the year. 

Think about joining in, I love the "Let's Book It" linky party. 

Later Gators,
Dana


Saturday, April 25, 2015

Summer Flowers

Sometimes, just before I fall asleep I'll see a quilt in my head, if I can remember it in the morning it's usually some impossible curving thing that is probably my brain saying I should be painting. 

I remembered this one and I even know where it came from. I've been asked to make a Dresden throw with heavy quilting.


I've never been interested in Dresden's, but I started researching and found a lot I do like. I've always seen them in 30's fabric which is pretty, but has never appealed to me. It's pretty obvious to me that this quilt was my rebellion against working in lighter fabrics, LOL. 

The borders don't wrinkle like in the picture, if I want to lay a quilt on the deck I need to be quick before the terrible twins see it, nothing like all of that white with puppy prints added. David says lock them in, I'd rather be laughing and getting doggy kisses.

The heavy quilting is what was really bothering me, how do you quilt a dresden? For my rebellion quilt (that's what I call this one), I pebbled the purple centers, then shadow (is that what you call it?) the rest of the flower. For the white sections I drew more flowers and repeated the outline/shadow quilting. This thing is really quilted!


Now that I've got that out of my system my future holds a more traditional Dresden. Neutrals, not brights, rounded plates, not pointed ones (my research was for the pointed ones) and heavy quilting. Any hints or tips would be much appreciated. Do they need to be hand sewn when you do the rounded plates? How would you quilt it, with and without sashing (she hasn't decided yet). Would you use the freezer paper method to make the plates? I bought the EZ Dresden ruler, but I don't think that will help me with these plates, will it? As you can see HELP, just help, LOL.


Meanwhile I'll probably make a Dresden or two in the style I liked.


Later Gators,
Dana 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Jazzy Peter

It's said that here in the Keys we have two seasons, tourist and hurricane, one just ended and things are slowing down around here so I'm hoping to get back to blogging. 

I made this just before Easter, when chocolate bunnies were dancing in my head.



I drew him up one afternoon and had him appliqued the next. For the border I used the left over fabric, added a few colors, then sewed it on log cabin style. The yellow background was hand dyed, I just didn't have that perfect bright yellow in my stash. 

Years ago we had two pet rabbits in our family. I was approached by a friend who told me the story of "Peter", he was being horribly neglected and the man who owned him had been reported, but nothing was happening and the abuse continued, which led to a truck pulling up to my house at 1 A.M. just before Easter, three woman I didn't know all dressed in black unloaded a hutch and handed me a skin and bones, cloudy eyed rabbit and left. 

The second one came when David heard about a family who's electric was on the fritz with no money to pay for an electrician. David went by to help out and met a rabbit they had found and couldn't afford to keep. David said his family would love to have the rabbit and took it as payment, I love that man. So, Jazz came here to live. 


I call this guy Jazzy Peter :)

I'm linking up with the Creative Goodness party over at QuiltShopGal's blog (formerly know as SewCalGal). I've been wanting to join in since she started it months ago. 

Later Gators,
Dana

Friday, April 3, 2015

"Let's Book It" for March


I was afraid I was going to miss the link up for Let's Book It for March, I had the pictures ready to go, but finding the time to sit and write wasn't happening. My walking partner broke her ankle, yes while we were walking, and I quickly filled that hour of time with other things, now she's back and I'm having trouble squeezing that extra hour out of the day. I'm supposed to be mopping floors and cleaning, people are coming on Sunday, but I work better under pressure :)

For my Let's Book It I used this:

It's from Winter 2013/14

I had been working on a HST quilt, beautiful but by the end I wanted something quick and easy, so I picked this:

I had a fat quarter of bright batiks I wanted to use and thought this would be perfect with all of the white. 


It was easy and quick to make and I like how it turned out,  BUT the pattern called for 10 inch blocks to start out, then trim to 8 1/2, mine came to 8 1/4, so I ended up with really big trimmings


I won't repeat what I had to say about wasting fabric, use your imagination, but when life gives you scraps you make lemonade or whatever that saying is, so I made more, randomly put them together in a log cabin and make this

I think I like it better than the other quilt. 

I hope you're linking up with Let's Book It, it's a nice no pressure way of using what you already have, I like that, no waste :)

Off to mop, that's probably not true, it's a beautiful day here so I think the terrible twins and I need to enjoy it :)

Later Gators,
Dana

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Let's Book It February 2015


I was surprised this morning while reading blogs to see the "Let's Book It" links up on Sharon's blog, February...the rip off month. 

I used McCall's Quilting from July/August 2010

To make this quilt

I liked the directions for this one, pretty much it said you can copy this one or do your own thing. I made mine in lime greens and pinks, lime green is one of my favorite colors to work with, it plays well with the other colors and adds such a nice pop. 


I like free form sewing, it's freeing not to worry about the size of strips, although it can also look like a fabric store puked on your quilt, LOL. Some of the blocks ended up a little small so I added color instead of white to make them bigger.


Straight line quilting gave it amazing texture. 

So there you have it, February done! We've had lots of company so my many plans for the month have stalled. As much as I love winter here, I hope it ends soon for all of you in the bitter cold and snow. Hopefully March will do it's lamb thing and nicer weather will come along. 

Did you make something from a pattern, book, magazine or really anywhere? Sharon's rules (if you can call them that) are pretty loose and a great way to clear that stuff out. I hope to see you over there.

FYI - I saw this on blogger dashboard this morning:

On March 23rd, Blogger will no longer allow certain sexually explicit content.

Boy, am I reading the wrong blogs, let's clean it up ladies, LOL.

Later Gators,
Dana