Monday, May 25, 2015

Still here....still sewing

The weather has been flip flopping hot, cold, now hot again.  The garden is loving the heat...not me!
Here is a fifth finish lounging among all the greens.
 The inspiration came from a house hubby did a little work on last year.
I think the house itself would make a great quilt!
Now I need to give the runner to them!
So many little seedlings coming up...that's a tiny dogwood among the lamb's ear and periwinkle!

We have done some traveling too....
 View from our 12th floor window....any guesses?:)
Atlanta, Georgia!!  That's Centennial Olympic Park built for the 1996 Olympics.
We were there for sis-in-law's Investiture into the AIA College of Fellows.
The most touching thing in the park is the Quilt of Remembrance which has a mosaic of stones from around the world to honor the 111 people injured in the explosion.
 Google Quilt of Remembrance Centennial Park and look at all the images.
So many ideas!
Still working on my Medley of Jen Kingwell!
I goofed on all ten of the lower blocks by putting a light where a dark was supposed to go.
Fabric pens to the rescue! Can you tell which ones were colored in?
Those log cabin blocks are three inches!! 

~d



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bring it On!

Bring on the Purples!


 Bring on the Whites!


Bring on the Pinks!

And the multi-colored delights!!:)
 An early Mother's Day gift from my boy and his girl! Love it!
 The veggie garden is growing...
...as is fuel for the fire pit.  
Yes, it needs some trimming.
But right now we have been challenged...by my pal Jo in England!
She said pick a pink, a green and a yellow....toss in a background color.
Half square triangles they will become...

 But which....
 ....layout....
...will be The One?
Ha! None of the above...I'm still playing!
 Also playing with applique the...
Ten blocks are done with another ten cut out awaiting needle and thread. 
Swore I wasn't going to start a new project(s)!!
Oh well!!
~d

Sunday, April 26, 2015

She did It and 4th finish!

 Bright and early on a beautiful morning in Baltimore we helped set up at the Reading Partners tent.
 Everyone noshed on bagels while putting on their numbers for the race.  
Added bonus was the signs on the runners backs stating who they were running for...giving that extra boost in their stride!
 The team was excited as they should be for this is how they work too....excited to be helping the youth of Baltimore succeed!  They liked the new flag too!:)
 Tables and tables of food is how Baltimore feeds their runners...food for over 3400!
This is the only runner we cared about....she did it...besting her time.  
Her first 10K.
May there be many more!!
Now the flag hangs in the Reading Partners office!!:)
(30" x 37")
 Oh...I finished something too.
Had fun with the hand stitching...just went for it. 
 I don't know what to do with it as I'm not a red, white and black person!!  
Any ideas?

~d


Monday, April 13, 2015

Running for Reading Partners!

The girl is an Americorps member working for Reading Partners.org 
She is so passionate about her job of finding volunteers to work in the schools of Baltimore, MD...so passionate they even talked her into running a 10K for a Reading Partners team
She doesn't like to run!!
Well of course I had to find some fabric and make something else for them having already supplied their office with table toppers and coasters of blue and orange...Reading Partners colors.
 Here is their logo. So cute and to the point!
 First pile of blue and orange fabric and felt turned into....
A bunting.  
Yes, took this picture last month.
 Second pile of fabric and fusible became...
 (Third finish for 2nd quarter..yes I have been sewing like crazy!)
A flag!
It's two sided. 42"x 43"
Now I need to get a pole....honey...do you have anything in your stash?:)
Run girl Run!!!
~d

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Bright Finish!!

One thing you can always say about Kaffe fabrics....they are bright!
(Gotta do something about the edges around the veggie garden)
There was a 1/2 yard piece of awesome fish in my stash and bits and bobs of a few others.
Cut into differents size strips boldly framing the fish made a great top.
 I even  had a few yards of something for the backing.  Added a little strip of Grunge to make it just big enough.  My pal Pat practiced with her new long arm. I really like what she did!:)
Some bright perle cotton hand stitching follows the wonky edges of the border.
 Fish too.
 Now if only I had a wall to hang it on.  For now it's helping keep the chill out of the house!
Second finish of the second quarter!  Of course all I had to do was the hand quilting and binding!
Now the edges look better...thank heavens for peonies and lamb's ear!!
~d

Folk Art and Post Cards...finish 2:1

First finish~Second Quarter 2015 Finish Along!
Two different themes happen every couple months at The Bitty Block Committee.  Last one I signed up for was Folk Art and Postcards.  Next we were challenged to make something with out bitties.  This has never been hard for me as I have made something with every one of the swaps I have participated in....they call me The Finisher!:)
What to make, what to make?  Don't need another mini, bunting nor tote bag...hmmm?
Got it!  Let's combine them both and make a ....

....pocket wall hanging!

Top part is a little Folk Art mini.  They all went together like a perfect puzzle and look how everything is facing together or away. Have to admit that was all an accident!
 Bottom part is center pockets with smaller ones on each side...see the pen in the upper right?
Bonus~great place to display buttons and pins. Only a few are on there right now.
Done and done....no bitties left...until I looked up at the bulletin board and found this...
But I have an idea!!
~d