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Winter came, went, liked us so much decided to return. Blah

It’s winter again. 18 degrees this morning. Just a bit chilly outside. Here are photos of the first round. This time it’s some sleet a bit of freezing rain just enough to make it slippery and dangerous for those heading out to work. Thankfully being retired I have nowhere I have to be. We did have power outages for the day. I was one of the fortunate ones where my power flickered about 6 times but never went out completely. While it was flickering I was running about making sure all my sewing machines, computer, printer, etc were unplugged so as not to be damaged. It really was a winter wonderland and quite beautiful. Then a couple of days later we had 60 degree weather and it all went away. Now the nastiness.

Attempting culinary – haha- I saw a recipe on a facebook video called Apple Dutch Baby. It intrigued me enough to attempt it. These are my results. It was quite tasty. I think I will try it again but add a little cinnamon and brown sugar while cooking the apple. My hope is for it to taste similar to the Original Pancake House apple pancake, which if you have never been I suggest going and enjoy an Apple Pancake. It is truly wonderful.

This is what the Original Pancake House and Dutch Baby Pancakes look like:

This is my sister’s first quilt. I am so very proud of her. She persevered and finished it. There were times when she doubted herself but she worked to improve her 1/4″ seam allowances with each row. The quilt is square and lays flat. You can’t ask for more than that. I think she’s a bit excited to take it for show and tell at the Saturday Sampler group. That was another surprise for me that she signed up to participate in that group. This little twin size row by row has given her the confidence to start another quilt. It’s blocks are smaller as she is constructing bee bodies. Unfortunately it is not paper pieced and she is having to piece it the regular way. Some are 1″ inch squares. She’s doing great and I’m very proud of her accomplishment. Just look at all those points on her flying geese. Yes, I’m very proud of her. This is an older BOM I had collected from the late 90’s by Quakertown Quilts called “Strip of the Month Sampler” .

Im still plugging away on Jen Kingwell’s Queen’s Cross pattern. I’m really enjoying the making of this quilt but feel as if I will become the circle queen when finished. Each block has 17 circles and I need 13 blocks. I am using Phillipa Naylor’s technique using fusible and Karen K Buckley’s perfect circle templates. I’m getting perfect circles. Woohoo. I have 10 blocks made 2 of which need the circles appliqued.

Todays goal is to make circles for one of the blocks, cut out the next block then spend some time quilting on my Golden Days quilt. I still have not found just the right color fabric for my Bird by Bird project. When the time is right it will miraculously appear. I have no doubt.

Everyone have a wonderful day and be safe.

Happy Stitches

Katherine Sissy Malone

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Friends of Baltimore

Corner Block Friends of Baltimore

Today I am hoping to finish the corner block basket on my Friends of Baltimore quilt. One down, three to go. Wheeeee.

I received a wonderful thank you and compliments from my niece and sister in law for the Paper Doll Quilt. I am thrilled they liked it. It’s so encouraging.

Buttercup has taken up residency on my deck furniture. Little does he know the plans I have for him. I see a vet appointment in his near future. I have even caught him relaxing on top of my camper. Is he trying to convey a message to me? Like, a traveling kitty? It’s not unheard of.

Realization has struck this morning. Fall is fast upon us and I will need to start making plans for bringing in all my lovely houseplants from out of doors. The problem is where to house them for winter. Last year I put them all in my kitchen eating area. That worked well so I may continue to give up that space to ensure my plants thrive during the winter months. I do so love my plants and flowers. My nasturtiam has grown considerably since I received it. No flowers yet. Maybe next year. I am hoping it will winter outside. It’s supposed to be a perennial. There are some that are annuals. I’m hoping I got the perennial.

Well, I’m off to work on my corner block. Happy Stitches everyone.

Until next time.

Sissy


Itching to Stitch

Sue Garman’s Afternoon Delight pattern has been haunting me.  Yes, I am a Sue Garman groupie.  I love everything she has ever designed and am very sad that she has passed. But her pattern Afternoon Delight  has continually been on my mind for some time now. I knew at some point in the future I would make this beautiful quilt.  I just did not think it would be so soon. Sue’s pattern is pictured with red as the border and set in triangles framing the quilt.  She made hers with civil war prints and is quite beautiful. Red is not at the top of my list of favorite colors. I will use it, it’s just not a favorite like blue/green, teal, seafoam, shades of purple.  I go crazy over those colors. I once saw a rendition of Sue’s pattern done in 30’s reproduction fabrics. I thought, hummmmmmm, I have a gazillion of those in my stash. I went crazy in the 1990’s collecting 30’s feedsack repros and have several  shelves full of them. So the idea started percolating. This was a couple of years ago. Time flew by, I have been crazy working on Sue’s Bed of Roses with her Friends of Baltimore next in line for my big applique project when my local quilt shop, Buckles, Bobbins & Bolts, in Lebanon, Missouri  had on display the most beautiful aqua/blue green piece of fabric. Stopped me in my tracks. I said , that’s it. That’s what I want for my border and set in triangles for Afternoon delight.

035.JPGI went home ordered the pattern and when it came in marched myself back to the quilt shop and bought the necessary requirement for the border and triangles, plus some.  🙂 Now the background fabric….. I have purchased several different prints some on-line and some locally and have decided that the background is going to be a hodgepodge of cream on cream prints. I stared at the aqua fabric thinking, “what am I going to use for that dark strip separating the set-in triangles from the outer border?” when it came to me, light bulb moment, navy blue.  So now I take a swatch of the aqua with me when I shop in the hopes of finding the perfect navy print for that strip. I have an idea…..

Into the washing machine the newly purchased fabrics went, ironed and sitting there.  All those fabrics and pattern sitting there hauntingly on the back of my brain while I’m prepping and sewing away on Bed of Roses.  I am currently to the point on Bed of Roses where I have every block prepped and am doing the applique by hand. So I thought, I’d play over Labor Day Weekend since I couldn’t seem to get Afternoon Delight off my mind.  Sue’s pattern is broken down into month by month. I started reading month 1, got out my freezer paper traced the applique blocks, (they’re small squares 7 ¼”, not like the 18” ones I’m working on currently) that’s my excuse…. Next I looked at my stash of repros and chose about 10 fabrics to play with and into the washer they went.  I didn’t always pre-wash my fabrics, but it’s something I’ve recently started doing. Once washed and ironed, I couldn’t help myself, I prepped the first 4 applique blocks and then sewed the two sho-fly blocks required in month one. Now, I’m feeling guilty and am back to seriously sewing on Bed of Roses. Next month I’ll do month 2………..  What have I done to myself? Sew it begins…….. Another project………. I know I’m incurable. Isn’t life wonderful when you have a passion to pursue. The silver lining is I’m on staycation this coming week. Sewing room here I come. Wooohooooo.

Here’s what I have completed:

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Happy Stitches Everyone

Sissy Malone


Inspiration

What inspires me?

Sometimes I get sidetracked and lose my focus on my project at hand.  Sometimes it is frustration due to unrealized expectations, sometimes it’s life’s little interruptions, I can go on an on.  Sometimes it’s this face.

 

005 My point is sometimes I need inspiration to get back into focus and continue my UFO Journey.   Sometimes I just need to be fueled by other quilters and their projects.   Pinterest is an awesome source of inspiration.  Ialso start surfing for Blogs of other quilterswho have similar interests..  I visit my favorite Blogs and see what projects they are displaying.

This is where I have been focusing lately.  I got frustrated with my UFO Basket BOM.  Executing the pattern, interpreting the pattern I let myself get bogged down.  I then turned my focus to one other UFO and dreaming about a project I have long wanted to try ,Friends of Baltimore by Sue Garman.  I spent some time reading Sue’s Blog and mulling over whether I want to start yet another BOM.  Simple Bird Applique is offering a new BOM incorporating two of Sue’s patterns one being Friends of Baltimore.   I have been seriously  tempted.  I ordered month 1 from Sue Garman of the Friends of Baltimore.  I read through her instructions and studied the pattern for the Eagle and the Clipper Ship.  Seeing a multitude of pieces to applique encouraged my completing Block 1 of a Boy and a Girl.  I came to a decision that  I will follow along with Simple Bird’s progress but will make Friends of Baltimore at my own pace.  I am happy with that decision.

I am now halfway finished hand appliqueing block 1 of A Boy and A Girl by Kim McLean.  But not without assistance.

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This has been on my to do list for several months.   I just procrastinated.  It is fast becoming a realization with a big fat check mark.  Happy Dance time.

I am also looking forward to being inspired by viewing the 400 plus quilts that are reportedly entered in the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild’s show September 9th and 10th.

I have realized my inspiration comes from all around me. My family, my friends, my beloved animals, other quilters, but most of all my faith.

Be inspired today or be someone’s inspiration!

Have a blessed day..

Sissy

 


Irony – September UFO is # 9

September always marks the back to school routine for students and parents, leaves starting to change colors,and cooler temperatures. Another season is cycling away.  I am extremely proud of my UFO no more  accomplishments this year.  I have freed up many tubs. What am I to do with empty tubs?  That is so strange to not keep accumulating new projects.  This is very unusual behavior for me.  Nine months of staying on target.  Now that’s an accomplishment.

On my list it is a Fons & Porter pattern “Neopolitan Delight”.  It is a pieced quilt top.  No applique, imagine that.  Looking forward to getting started on it.

But in the meantime several things are going on.  Firstly, I have successfully revived my fig tree.  It had lost it leaves and was looking as if it had died.  I re-potted it in a larger pot (basically, I finally took it out of the nursery pot it came with when purchased) gave it new potting mix and watered it.  I will be bringing it in the house for the upcoming winter.  But for now it is on the deck and sprouting new greenery.  I am proud to say I did not murder my fig tree!!!!

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Secondly I was asked to make a baby quilt for a friend to give as a gift.  The parameters were lavender and gray nursery with an owl theme.  This is what I came up with:  I am finishing the owl applique by hand.  Then there will be a gray skinny border and then a 4″ lavender border.  I am going to attempt to machine quilt it myself.  I mean after all that IS why I bought my dream machine to learn to machine quilt using it.  I have been giving myself a pep talk and am pretty ready for the challenge.

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Thirdly, Vickie had let me know that my 80’s “what was I thinking” quilt is completed.  She has texted me photos and what a transformation.  I am actually liking that quilt now.  I can hardly wait to see it in person.  I will get to see it next weekend.  I will post photos when I get it.

This is what is going on in my UFO world right now.  Hope your little flying saucers are  aligning.  Have a wonderful week.

Sissy


August UFO is Done!

Whenever I think of August I think of sunshine and sunflowers.  I was raised in Arkansas where the summers are hot and humid.   We did not have air conditioning but an awesome attic fan that sucked air through every window in the house and shot it out through the attic vents.  We spent out time harvesting the garden my grandmother had planted.  Picking tomatoes, butter beans, purple hull peas, corn, okra and anything else she decided the plant that year.  For a kid it seemed like hard work, but we sure enjoyed those canned and frozen veggies come wintertime.  I remember playing hopscotch in the dust  and eating ice chilled sweet watermelon.  Those long ago memories become a motion picture in my head as I work on my blocks for Autumn Joy and I am thankful to have central air and the luxury of spending my free time doing what I love most and that is quilting.

The number chosen for August’s UFO is 3.  On my list that is piecing 200 4.5″ log cabin blocks.  Well that was completed months ago.  I get a big check mark for that!!!   I have chosen to work on Autumn Joy by Sue Garman.

Today, I accomplished mocking up four blocks.  They are prepped and ready to hand applique.  The nice thing about applique is that you can modify the original pattern at any time.  Like when I screw up and forget to reverse the pattern.  Who knows that but me, right! 🙂  Or I totally redesign a house because I sewed something in the wrong place and don’t want to rip it out.  It just a little remodel that’s all.

This particular pattern was a 12 month BOM.  I have completed 7 of them and am starting on # 8.   Hopefully will have them all prepped by the end of the month with most of them actually appliqued.  So my 12 months,12 projects will be 8 of 12 with four to go!  Wooooooooie!!!    I have even put together my UFO list for 2016…  Now that is optimistic!

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Sissy


Plodding along with purpose.

This past week wasn’t very productive sewing wise.  But then yesterday was very productive.  I finished hand appliquéing Mr. Funny Bunny block from Sue Garman’s Autumn Joy pattern.   I am now ready to start appliquéing the second block.  I have it prepped (spray starch and freezer paper method).  I have really fallen in love with this technique.  Previously I was in the needle turn camp.  Nice to have that in my tool box when necessary, but will be using freezer paper/starch method going forward.

I also  prepped two floral appliqué blocks that finish making up what will either be a wall hanging or a table topper.  I was surprised that it took the complete day but there it is.  I just got lost in my work and really never noticed the time passing until I was finished and realized there was no more day left.  Wow, been a while since I’ve done that.

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Friday night was a surprise.  It was so hot and terribly humid all day Friday.  By the time I got home from work it was absolutely oppressive.  Then the sky got black and started rumbling and the lightning appeared, the rain came down in torrents, the wind was wrecking havoc with the trees and my poor fur babies were totally terrorized.  Poor Katie couldn’t find a suitable place to hide and kept going from one end of the house to the other and alternately following me around when I was checking the status of the storm.  Those deploring eyes of hers saying, “make it stop mom”.   I was helpless so I just sat letting her put her head in my lap and petted her trying to reassure her she would be okay.  I was thankful I have gotten in the habit of unplugging my dream machine (my Bernina) when not in use as we had a power surge and lost power for a few seconds.

I did receive a very nice gift from a friend this week.  I was given a copy of a magazine I had never heard of before, “Primitive Quilts and Projects”.  It covers not only quilting but wool projects and highlighted special projects by notable names in the quilting world such as Lynette Anderson, Jan Patek, as well as   designers from Blackbird Designs and many others.  I don’t consider myself a primitive style quilter although I do admire the work.  I recognized a particular design in the magazine that was used in part in a book “Birds of a Feather” by Blackbird Designs.  I have seen several quilts made from this book and the fabrics used were not what you would classify as primitive but more light and airy feeling.  I enjoyed seeing a variation using those birds.  It’s a combination of piecing and appliqué blocks, what I like to term “folkart”.  This is one of my personal favorites in quilting to combine to two.

UFO group tomorrow, looking forward to seeing everyone’s projects.

Happy Quilting

Sissy


I am a quilt top maker

I love quilting.  The whole process, from cutting out the fabric, to piecing to applique.  I even enjoy hand quilting the quilt.  I just no longer have the time to devote to hand quilting.  Especially if the quilt top is going to get finished.  I have not yet acquired the skill set for machine quilting (even though I now have my dream Bernina  with it’s wonderful BSR (bernina stitch regulator), and I have no expectation of purchasing a long arm,  I rely on others talents  with a long arm.  There are so many talented long arm quilters out there and I am blessed to have access to one who quilts my top.  Facing breast cancer puts life in perspective.  I totally look at things differently.

Since signing up for our UFO group, I have been working diligently finishing up those tops, screaming, my turn, my turn.   I have my monthly UFO to complete, then I make a list of other projects to get started on or make.  This month’s list is:

1. Row by Row  2014 (finish 2 rows and design border with 3 license plates) Sadly I am declining to participate in the 2015 Row by Row.  I would really like to spend a weekend driving around to different shops like I did last year but unfortunately I have pressing projects to try to squeeze in with my UFO list without adding more.

2. Finish Applique Class Sample (I have been asked to teach an applique class)

3. Mock up 3 blocks of Autumn Joy pattern by Sue Garman  (on my ufo list) I realized that I would not be able to get this one completed in one month so trying to get a head start.

4.  Piece Miriam’s quilt – this is a panel pieced quilt top that has panel blocks and each block has a scripture on it.  Miriam is always cold and this would be useful to wrap around her while she is relaxing in her recliner.

5. If there is anytime left in the month…. start mocking up more blocks of Autumn Joy.  or start cutting out the background fabric for  the “A Boy and Girl” quilt. Secretly, I am itching to start this quilt but am practicing delayed gratification.

I was so pleased with myself last night for how much I had gotten accomplished yesterday that I even put together my 2016 UFO list.  This time I was more realistic as to what I can actually get accomplished in one month. Going forward, my game plan is to tackle one major applique quilt a year, interspersed with pieced quilt tops, baby quilts, and lap quilts.   Words fail me to express the elation I feel when I actually accomplish the items on my monthly quilting “to do list”.  Too often I had pushed aside what I wanted to work on for other requests against me time.  I guess I am now being totally selfish and focusing on what I want to do.  I am not neglectful of my fur babies as they accompany me to my sewing room and wait patiently for me to take a break and go outside with them.  The only thing I have been neglecting is yard work.  The abundant rain we have had recently has aided in my procrastination in mowing the yard and weed whacking.  But this afternoon, I have to tackle this project.  My sister is arriving on Wednesday to spend the 4th here on the farm.  I am looking forward to her arriving so I want the yard to look nice.  So I will get this posted,put on my straw hat and gloves and go fire up the lawn tractor.  Vroom Vroom!!!!

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Happy Quilting Everyone

Sissy


Time Marches On…..

Here it is June.  The days seemingly are disappearing before my eyes.  My UFO projects list is whittling down as well.  Such a good feeling to put to rest the once revered projects that were starting to haunt me.  Yesterday, I went to the Sampler Club at our quilt shop.  It’s good to spend time with people who enjoy the same interests that I have.  I love the show and tell.  Such inspiration.  The creativity is awesome.

I got my log cabin quilt back from Vicky, who quilted it for me  yesterday.  It is truly beautiful.  I am considering entering it into the Ozark Empire Fair this year.  They have a special theme class of log cabin quilts.

My back is 85-90% well. I have gotten back to sewing but at a slower pace.  I sew, get up and move around to work the stiffness out of my back.  Yesterday I was able to wash a couple of windows (from the inside only).  That was a nice accomplishment.  I also was able to mow bits and pieces of the yard working the same way.  I would mow (riding mower) a little bit and then go rest my back.   Slowly getting things are getting accomplished.  Feels good.

Down to last  last 20″ of border to get appliqued, of course this was last month’s UFO, but still plugging along on it and pretty excited at the prospect of its completion.  It is so true that quilters pour their lives into their quilts.  My  Bear Hollow Quilt knows my most innermost thoughts and feelings, I believe I will need to keep it close as I have never let anyone get close enough to me to know me as well as this quilt does.

My addiction to BOM’s knows no bounds.  I truly love them.  With that said…. I recently signed up for a BOM applique pattern by Kim Mclean titled “A Boy and A Girl Albuml”.  I fell in love with the bright colors and their non traditional use in the applique.  So I will be adding this project to my list  to work on each month.

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I suppose there could be worse things to be addicted to.

Sissy


UFO Club

So embarrassed when I produced my show and tell for UFO club last night.  I was the only one with a project dating in the 80’s and the colors showed it.  All the other projects were lovely and inspiring.   Oh well, it is finished and I can put it behind me.  I will have it quilted and put it in the stack for the nieces and nephews.  They will probably draw straws for whom will HAVE to take it instead of whom WANTS it.  Oh well, it’s behind me now.  Whew……….

Next up is # 2  Bear Hollow.  pattern by Ann Seely

This quilt pattern was originally  published in Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine in 1994 as a series quilt.  I fell in love with it.  I started it and as usual something came up in my life where I had to put it away with the intention of getting back to it someday…..Well, today is that day!!!

I’m finally in a new decade!!!!!  This is an emotional quilt for me.  I was working on this quilt when I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.  When I returned home from the hospital following  my surgery, I did not feel like looking at it much less finish it.  It is now a year later and I am anxious to get this beauty completed.  Unlike last month’s project.  I really like this quilt.  I am drawn to folk art quilts.  I enjoy the combination of piecing and applique.  This quilt also represents a sign that I can put that terrifying time behind me and move forward.  Below is the work in progress.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Sissy


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