A View of My Quilt Life

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Good Fortune Mini Mystery

Back to the Bonnie Hunter Mystery -  I assembled the blocks, albeit differently than the planned layout and then had to figure out how to handle the border(s).

Here are the two different corners - went with the one that matched the expanded center block. 

Once the border was attached, I hemmed and hawed over adding another border or call it done. In the end, done won!  

On to deciding the binding. First up - NAVY. 

Second choice - TURQUOISE. 

And finally - CORAL. 

For some reason, I didn't try the hot pink as the binding. Right now, I'm leaning toward the coral to balance out the color and allow the corner units to pop. Of course, I still need to layer and quilt the mini, so I have some time to decide.  

This was another great mystery, even with all my challenges with quilt math. Click HERE to see all the other wonderful mystery finishes around the world.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Special Singer Studio Stand

Say that 5 times fast! It's quite the tongue twister!  And even better it's a recent addition to the Studio that I've been meaning to share with all of you. Remember way back to the Summer of 2017, when I was working on finishing alive edge slab of cherry wood? 

This was destined to become a TV stand for the Studio, designed to fit over an antique wood chest that I use for batting storage. The supports were repurposed Singer treadle legs that I repainted with Rustoleum Soft Flat Iron paint.

Last Fall, DH finally assembled all the parts. I can't fault him entirely for this taking so long but I'm going to anyway!  Due to the width of the treadle legs and the irregular width of the slab, we had to add two battens on the top of the legs to ensure the top won't be damaged and would be solidly attached to the legs. It took a bit to convince DH that my design would totally work and to just get on with it already! It was worth the wait.

I LOVE the way this turned out! Next wood project will be to refinish the old chest.

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Studio has been Vortexed!

And not by a cleaning tornado - darn it! 

Somebody in upper Minnesota left the door open so the Artic Air could come on down to Illinois for a visit.  The Polar Vortex hit with a vengeance.

This is NOT fun for man, woman or beast!  How cold, you ask? The air temp this morning (day 2) was -27 F, with a wind chill of -35 F.  And this is warmer than yesterday, when the wind chill was -53 F. 

On the upside, it will warm to zero tonight when the snow starts to fall. Yes, I know it's winter but this is rather extreme. Then a weird warm front will move in on Sunday & Monday when temps will reach a high of  50 F, with rain. Rain!  On top of a heavy snow pack. Oh joy!  

In the meantime, it's too cold to work down in the Studio. I tried. I've been working from home a few days this week. Monday, we had 8-9 inches of snow and it was comfy down there with the heater going. 

Somebody helped my shovel snow in the back yard.

But on Wednesday morning, it was a different story. I lasted all of an hour and 20 minutes before having DH clear the kitchen table so I could haul up a monitor, laptop & all the work docs. Here is a picture of the front door frame - on the inside of the house. That's frost.

Odie was thrilled with moving upstairs as well. But it also means it is too cold to do any sewing / stitching /organizing of any kind down there. Not as thrilling! 

Evenings have been spent upstairs watching TV with the DH and on the laptop - researching warm weather destinations, among other things! Stay safe & warm if it's winter where you are at.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Last Week's Chain of Events

Last Thursday afternoon, I was minding my own business at work, when the phone range - it was the DH. He was letting me know he was driving to the Emergency Room. 
(Okay, don't worry - he's fine.)
But he was having significant pain in his lower abdomen and the clinic doctor wanted him at the ER to find out what the problem was, so he decided to drive himself. When I told him I'd meet him there, he was concerned I was leaving work early. ARGH! After several hours, a few tests  and some meds, we discovered he had a kidney stone. We finally got home after midnight, exhausted but glad to have a diagnosis. I slept dozed on couch, to keep an eye on him until morning. 

Not the best night's sleep, lead me to working from home Friday morning for a few hours until I could no longer keep my eyes open. And since DH was still having some pain, luckily not as severe, Saturday was  ended up being a low-key, stay at home, look - it's snowing and really, really cold day, spent stitching. Chain stitching the last 12 alternate blocks, getting the layout of the blocks decided and finally stitching the top!  

It feels good to have a quilt top finished this early in the year.  I need to find the right backing and get this layered and quilted quick. Can't wait to see it finished, as I believe the quilting will make it really pop and then I can finally reveal it in full color.

Sunday dawned sunny but cold! I had been waffling back & forth as to whether or not to head out to the first tack sale of the year. It was an hour an a half away, with temps close to zero.  I had just decided,  'what the heck, I'll go' when I noticed Odie shaking his head & rubbing his face.  I called him over and saw this.

And just like that, I was going absolutely nowhere!  Somehow, Odie managed to get bit by a spider. A couple of Benadryl and a good, long nap with Mommy watching over him like a hawk and he was almost back to normal. All in all, and interesting chain of events - most of which I don't want to repeat anytime soon. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Something Else Arrived Back Home

Apparently, last week was a homecoming week for my traveling quilts.  Not only did 'Fly Away Home' return home but so did my Cherrywood Van Gogh Challenge quilt.

The quilt traveled with me to Switzerland as a work in progress and then had many trips as part of the Dutch Gallery of traveling finalists. New York, Minnesota, Illinois, the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky and last April - The Australasian Quilt Convention, held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Australia.

While it was there, fellow quilt blogger Vireya stopped by the Van Gogh exhibit to see my quilt in person and sent me some pictures.

 I had sent her an email giving her express permission to touch my quilt. Apparently, it worked because she sent me this picture.
"Hi, Vireya!"
And now, my cow quilt is back home, hanging in the Studio. 

Certainly, not as glamorous as some places it has hung, but it's home - right where it belongs. 

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Flying Home!

You guys, I am so EXCITED!!!

My "Fly Away Home" quilt is flying home this week!!

As part of the 2017 NQM New Quilt from Old Favorites: Flying Geese contest, this quilt has been gone since November 20016.  It had an exciting adventure as part of many special exhibits, published in a book and traveled to several states. But now, it's coming back home. 

I missed this quilt and  realized that it is due, in part, to it being the last quilt I made with Drake as my Studio Dog.

 I even have a few pictures of him photo bombing the initial photo session for the contest submission.  I cherish these pictures!

Odie is coming along as a Studio Dog, but he's not quite there yet. Just last week, we had to have another discussion about NOT snitching fabric pieces. Though in his defense, DH also found a few pieces up in the kitchen and we think the cats may have had something to do with those. Odie has some big pawprints to fill.

In the meantime, I'll just spend some time enjoying having Fly Away Home back home!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Snowy Saturday Sewing

This past Saturday found me hunkered down in the Studio, stitching, stitching, stitching... with a little bit of laundry and house chores, thrown in for good measure. That way I don't feel guilty about taking the whole day to myself.  

The DH asked if I wanted to go grocery shopping in the middle of the afternoon. Ummm, no! Turns out it's good he went because we had planned our delayed Anniversary dinner for this Saturday. He came back from the store reporting the roads were terrible, as the snow (we got 4 inches total) was falling and blowing all over. Needless to say, I was more than happy to agree to yet another postponement for our date night. 

The minute DH headed out to shop, I sprang into action!  He is currently under a doctor's restriction - no lifting, pulling or pushing more than  15 lbs.  Hopefully, the issue will be resolved soon (minor day surgery may be involved) so he's not quite so grumpy. In the meantime, the totes of Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, etc. needed to get out of the office and back up to the attic for another year. We have the pull down ladder and normally work as a team getting things up & down.  I was determined to get it done before he got home.  It definitely was a workout!  I added that to my checked-off chore list and headed back down for more stitching!

My reward for diligence was the completion of the last of the 41 focus blocks of the new quilt project! 

There were a few challenges, requiring some unsewing and resewing.

And somehow, when I wasn't paying attention, I grabbed a cutoff 2-patch unit and stitched it in place.

So not going to work! It's things like this that make me laugh. That unit was a full 1/4 inch shy of 2 inches. 

 It's getting closer to figuring out the layout for this project. Where I'm going to be able to layout all the blocks to get the color progression color is a mystery right now. The Michigan House floor would be really handy right about now!  It's not something I can plan on paper. The DH's king size bed may be commandeered for the layout - don't tell him!