Sunday, June 12, 2016


Stardust is quite the glitter girl.  She loves her face painted.  Don't you love the gems!

It's been cool and rainy, it seems like forever.  The creeks have been flowing and everything has been endlessly damp until the past couple of days.  I thought I was going to rot.  Now I'm afraid of heat exhaustion.  :-)

In the cool of The Sandbox I've been trying to catch up on the 365 Challenge quilt.  The fabrics are in the two clear bins and the fabrics collected for La Passacaglia is in the large white bin.  If I ever put all the fabric away that is stashed with projects it isn't going to fit into my fabric cabinets!!

I've made a start on the blocks for May.  The larger blocks that have a lot of detail sometimes take four times as long to put together than the crazy small ones.

But they are coming along now.  No particular color scheme in mind besides the dark blocks being red and purple.  Just what takes my fancy at the time.  :-)  It's going to be an amazing quilt.

I decided to dip into garment sewing for a moment.  A simple blouse.

And the rain continued.  At least it's making everything grow and bloom.

I've been playing around with the "big" camera.  Usually I despair at my abilities, but once in a blue moon I caputre something interesting.

Dad fell and broke his collar bone.  He's bounced back very quickly and this was our first outing.  The Viking was more interesting in the workings of the cart than in the shopping.

More rain.  The pond is still an ugly brown.  Sigh.  Though I shouldn't complain.  Too dry is worse.

Give a boy a cape and make him run!  Down and up, down and up.  Got to work off the energy somehow.

On this day he was sporting stickers on his cheeks, his name bracelet, the cape, and "hair like Mommy."  Love it!

The North Carolina Quilt Symposium has come and gone for this year.  My secret sewing was gifties for my three symposium buddies.  One of the husbands has dubbed us The Quilting Babes.  lol!  I made them each a binding kit from this tutorial.  A fun item to make and give.

Since it was close to home we "commuted" to symposium each day and that gave us opportunities to eat out in Raleigh.  We enjoyed the best food at this Korean cafe.

I took Karen Eckmeier's Random Roses workshop with two of the Babes.

Karen runs an efficient workshop and we were well on our way with our table runners before the day was over.

The Quilting Babes at the end of the day.  A bit wilted and stuffed full of the best hamburgers/turkeyburgers any of us could remember having.  (That's the blouse I was making.)  Until next year friends!

I finished my first La Passacaglia rosette.  Woot!

And laid out the second one.  I have no clue what it will look like in the end.  I'm just determined to have fun with it.  :-)  The only constant is the purple star points.

The weather has improved!  Though now we are having to take walks in the cool of the early morning.

And we've had our first day at the lake.  Joe Cool really enjoyed himself.

The goslings are big and growing feathers.  They look different every day.

Tada!  It's bordered, quilted and waiting to be bound.

Nothing fancy quilting-wise.  I had a big oops when my Bernina 710 dropped a plop of oil on the border while I was sewing.  It washed out thankfully, but now I'm nervous it could happen again.  Grumble.  Time to call the shop and ask why it was oily enough to drip.

I also finally finished the Chain Reaction quilt.  I haven't quilted much besides straight lines in quite a while so it seemed sensible to practice.  I wanted the feathers to follow the chain links so tried out a few versions.  It's a pretty good effect on plain fabric.

So I feathered away the afternoon.  Of course you can't see the feathering at all on the busy fabric.  That's ok.  I know it's there....and it's probably best it doesn't show up anyway.  Heh.

Now I have a little quilt binding to get done.

Friday, May 27, 2016


Secret sewing going on here today so nothing new to show.  Yesterday afternoon I set The Viking up in his sandbox and snuck in a little La Passacaglia sewing time.  Normally I need lights and magnifiers to make hand stitching possible, but with this kind of hand piecing I don't seem to need any of those aids and can pick it up and sew almost anywhere.  A delightful surprise!

All of the sand buckets were pressed into use as "knight hats."

He danced and jumped around pretending the green one was stuck on his head.  "I can't get my knight hat off!  Have to call insurance!"  Insurance???  That was a surprise.  He's only three!

Anyway.  While he entertained me with songs and dances (which can become pretty epic), I plugged away at my hand sewing.  So far so good.

I found a plastic pencil box under my cutting table, jumbled in with the stack of empty project bins and it's perfect as a take-along kit.  It even fits in my purse.  And it's purple!  What more could I ask?  :-)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What time is it?

The Viking says hello!  He showed up on Monday morning wearing his hat backwards as a mask.

I took this photo during a spirited discussion about what time it was.  I never did figure out what he was trying to find out as all my answers (8:56, breakfast time, morning, Monday) were rejected.  I mentioned it on Facebook and a friend cleverly suggested "25 or 6 to 4!"  I got a good chuckle out of that.  I told the The Viking and he enjoyed shouting "25 or 1:30" from his car seat when we went out on an errand.  We even opened the sunroof to let his shouts out of the car.  Never a dull moment with The Viking around.

The Tramp and I recently invested in a proper clothesline.  Of course it seems to have been raining for weeks, but I've managed to squeak in some drying time.

The crazy thing kept collapsing when I least expected it.  New parts were mailed to us and now it works just fine.  Both Lehmans and the Hills US representatives were very responsive.  A pleasing experience.

A clothesline requires a peg apron of course, so I found a tutorial and whipped one up.

Unfortunately Dad took a fall on Monday afternoon so Monday night and Tuesday were all about the hospital.  The Viking certainly didn't mind, it's all a party to him.  It also helped that I had finished putting his jet pack together from this tutorial.  Yes, I know.  I have a tutorial addiction.  He had on and off buttons and plenty of flames to make him go.  He was a hit everywhere we walked in the hospital.

Dad perked up very nicely when they decided he should go home.  It seems odd to take hospital photos, but it's a great way to let the far flung family know he was doing fine.

Waves were sent in return and here is MD waving from the hospital she works in.  Ain't smart phones wonderful!

I also had my La Passacaglia quilt pieces with me and got a few sewn together.

I even made one of the suggested finger pincushions and I really like it!  So handy.

Today I met up with The Viking and ED at the pediatrician to get his hearing checked.  He was as good as gold as they led him away for hearing tests and cleaned out and syringed his ears.  I couldn't resist pointing out to ED that she was not like her son.  :-D

I'm slowly working away on the 365 Challenge quilt.  The larger blocks take four times as long to put together as the smaller blocks.  I'm done with April now and hope to push through May before we get too far into June.  I want so badly to see what this quilt is going to look like when it's done.  Only 244 more days to go!