Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Witch is In


"The Witch is In" pattern by Joined at the Hip 2006.

 I have not had this pattern since 2006, but I'm sure I purchased it at least five years ago. I made it in two days this past week and even added a sleeve and made a hanger for the door into my sewing room.

 One of the things I wanted to do when I retired was work on seasonal or holiday themed wall hangings. As Halloween is approaching, I thought now would be a good time to work on this one. 

I've never been one to collect things like Santas or seasonal decorative items. I certainly like my "things" but those are more apt to be books and sewing items, not decor objects. I'm unlikely to buy plastic pumpkins and ghoulish figurines, but I do like this funny wall hanging!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Baxter memories


I am in the midst of making a fabric book that is all about remembering family vacations at Baxter State Park. I've done some photo transfer pages and I have been working on these two that evoke summer and the woods. 

The flowers were really fun to make. I came across a tutorial this week that showed how to make these and I just had to try it. Looks like summer to me! Here's the link to the tutorial http://lizzyhouse.typepad.com/cherry_house_quilts/little-bouquet-quilt-along/





For this page I used a leaf stencil and dabbed in different shads of olive green on this luscious fabric. I will sew the binding tomorrow when I meet up with friends for our monthly sewing/embroidery fest. 

There's nothing like some creative time playing with fabric and thread to put me on track again. After yesterday''s grueling senate hearing, I needed to play. I worked in the garden later on. Yanking out weeds is great for stress!

I will clean my sewing room soon. I make a big mess when I work on a project like this. Fabric, trim, rulers, scissors, odds and ends are scattered everywhere. I need to have everything out so I can really see what I have to work with but it is chaotic. I need to create my calm and tidy space again. (well, it's never really that tidy) After that, I would like to work on one of the two BOMs I started earlier this year that have languished for at least a month. Which one will it be?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Bountiful Summer


DH and I try to eat outside at Salt Cod Cafe on Orr's Island at least once a summer. Delicious sandwiches and right on the water. Perfection!


Blueberry picking


Blueberry jam-making


Time to make Piccalilli


I've been making the Edyta Sitar BOM from The Quilt Show this year. I've really enjoyed sewing all these blocks. Three blocks each month and three of each, so by now I have quite a stack. I don't really like the center block Edyta designed so will come up with something different for my quilt. I will finish this quilt over the fall and winter. 


More veggies from my CSA...


...including this devil tomato..ha!


We had quite at sudden rain and wind storm pass through. Lots of leaves all over the lawn and a quick drenching of slashing rain. 

Happy Stitching my friends!