"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Piggy Bank Challenge


It's always good to save some money for a fabric splurge, so I've joined Val's 5th Annual Piggy Bank Challenge!   The goal is to fill up my piggy bank with spare change, and maybe a bill or two for the coming year.  Then next July we count up our savings, and figure out what to buy!!  It's not too late if you want to join in!  I don't have a very exciting piggy bank, but it's functional.  I hope to fill it a couple of times in the coming year.  I"m off to a good start.

On Sunday, Dh and I went wildflowering (again).  I'm amazed by how many flowers are still out there.  We don't usually bother looking for them after about the end of May.
Everlasting Pea with silver-spotted skipper

Common Evening Primrose

Purple Coneflower
I've always been terrified of bugs and bees, but I love photographing them on flowers!  I know they're not interested in bothering me if I don't bother them.

Our next stop was a BBQ joint that we've driven past many times.  I'm glad we finally stopped!  And then we went to an antique mall that I haven't been to in ages.  I'm on the hunt for hankies, after seeing this quilt on Facebook. - Stitching is My Happy Place
I managed to get a nice start to my collection!  I'm not a very good shopper, because I didn't realize that the one that I paid the most for  had a couple of holes in it!  But it's gorgeous, and I'll find a way to work with it.


I also enjoyed looking at old sewing machines.  I'd love to get a treadle machine some day.





In other stitchy news, I'm on another quilting blitz, so I'll have quilts to share soon.  I've finished quilting  three small ones so far, and will be working on binding at a sewing group tomorrow.  They're all packed up and ready to go.  I guess I better go get some sleep so I can get an early start in the morning.

Keep on stitching......  Sunny


quilts seen at antique mall

Sunday, July 9, 2017

FNWF Results

We're getting ready to head out to the lake for the day, but I thought I better get this posted before we  go.  Friday night found me finishing the binding on this:
I saw a quilt on FB a couple of days ago that has inspired me to go back and add    more quilting to this. I thought it needed more, but I couldn't figure out what.  Stay tuned!  It was very windy when I took this photo, and I took several shots to get one even half straight!

I also made most of the outer round on this Friday night.
I bought a pattern for a cute little wall hanging on my road trip last week, so this will be incorporated into a wall hanging in the very near future.  I have a sewing group this week that is just for hand sewing, so I'll prep it and take it with me on Thursday.

The lake is calling my name . . . . .   Sunny


Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy Independence Day! And belated OPAM

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This picture is from near my hometown, and I hope to be visiting there in a couple of months!

To my Canadian friends, Happy 150th Birthday!  I've so enjoyed seeing all the quilts that were made in honor of the celebration.  It's nice to see people who are so proud of their country.


We've had a house guest, so the sewing has slowed down a bit, but he left this morning, and I'm planning to tear into more quilting.

I finished this just in the nick of time for OPAM.
It's called "It takes a village" designed by my friend Elizabeth Angus, and was featured in the May/June 2013 issue of McCall's Quilting.  I knew I'd get around to it eventually!  I'm not going to drag DH back outside again for another picture, but there's a big flower that has now been attached to the top of the third vine from the left.  And the outer border contains the best feathers that I've ever   done.  I think there may be hope for me!  LOL!

Here is another finish from Pam Buda's Prairie Women collection.

Pam encourages the use of "make-do" fabrics in these quilts, because prairie women wouldn't have had access to perfectly matched lines of fabric - they made do with what they had on hand.  A couple of the women in our group just can't bring themselves to use the make-do fabrics, but I think it's kind of fun.  

The 13 place mats that I made have already been donated to Meals on Wheels, and I forgot to take pictures.  They were made mostly from donated batting scraps and fabric 'scraps'.  Some people give away very generous "scraps"!  I started a small patriotic wall hanging on Saturday before our guest arrived, and it will get quilted and hung today.  Then I plan to quilt a larger quilt.  Stay tuned - it's a beauty!!

My sil and I took a little road trip on Wednesday, visiting 7 Quilt shops.  I forgot to take a picture of the loot before it was all put away.  Nothing major, but some fat quarters for 3 different projects, a couple of spools of Aurifil thread, a book, and the pattern for the patriotic wall hanging.  I went with a list, and mostly stuck with it.  But I still spent for than I had budgeted!  Isn't that what always happens?

Kayaking and nature photography happened this week.






We found a Lily Pond, and there were so many gorgeous wildflowers that we had to go back a second time.

Have a happy and safe 4th to all my American friends!!       Sunny