Saturday, July 22, 2017

The One With the Super Scrappy Pineapple Block Quilt...

It seemed like it took forever to finish this quilt
but in reality, it took just over 4 months from start to finish.

Great news...
I found an excellent local longarm quilter...Yay!
That will make things so much more fun...
to actually get a quilt quilted 
when I finish putting it together!
Depending on a few factors,
I am able to do my own quilting.
Sometimes, though, the quilt is too large
and sometimes I want something different
than what I am able to do.

Dana, of Old Red Barn Co.,
was the inspiration behind this scrappy quilt.
I am so, so happy that I followed her lead with this.  

Without further ado...
Here it is...my super scrappy pineapple block quilt!!!  
(be sure to click on the photos to enlarge them)







Here are all the details...
All colored prints were from my scrap buckets.
Some white/tan strips came from my stash
and some from my LQS.
Each block contains 37 pieces.
There are 49 blocks total.
For a grand total of 1,813 pieces of fabric.  
It measures ~67" square after laundering.
I used Warm n' White batting.
I backed it with Moda Grunge in Creme (108").
It was quilted by longarm quilter PJ Steffenson.
with a Popcorn quilting pantograph. 

This is one of my all-time faves.
For sure.
I love it so much!

What's next? 

Finishing up some dog/cat quilt pallets to donate.

And, I have a tote bag to make.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The One...


So, taking up where I left off (yes, almost a month ago...my bad)...here we go!

In my last blog post, I showed you a sneak peek of the super scrappy pineapple block quilt...I am happy to say that it is now with the longarm quilter. I should be getting it back very soon.

The next project on my list to show is this trio...little zipper earbud holders. They measure about 4", I think.  


These pretty florals are from Cathy of Pink Petunia Cottage.

They were used to make this quilt...


I absolutely love it...so old-looking and soft and full of crinkly goodness.

I am not sure if you've been keeping count, but I actually made three quilts from my scraps (and still have a lot of scraps left!). The scrappy log cabin blocks were started in March, but then I got distracted by the super scrappy pineapple block quilt. I finally put the blocks together, using a Moda Grunge (some color gray) fabric for the sashing and made this quilt for Mum.  I made it to her specifications...long and narrow.  It measures about 46 x 64 inches.  I quilted it with curvy lines...and I am happy to say that I love how it turned out!  (So is me Mum, by the way.)



I am a fan of Merchant & Mills, though I have never bought anything from them.  I have just drooled over everything I've seen from there.  Well.  I saw these and I bought them...books for my sewing book collection (which now numbers 3).  The Workbook was the one I really wanted, but there are a few projects I'd like to make in the Sewing Book, too.  The Sewing Skills book was an inexpensive add-on.




This month, I am trying to get some abandoned projects done and out of here.  Sometimes, when Cathy sends boxes of fabrics, they include projects that she has started and never finished. Sometimes I put them together into quilt tops.  Sometimes they sit here and I do nothing with them.  But, now, I am working on putting finished blocks together to make quilt pallets for dogs and cats at the animal shelter.  Here are a few that I am working on...



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Me Mum is doing pretty good in the nursing home...although there are still some adjustments being made.  It certainly did not help that her hearing aids went on the fritz in all of this change.  She has one working hearing aid now, so that's all for the good...the other is being repaired.  We visit every day...at least one of us three daughters.  Mum is getting involved with the daily activities there and seems to enjoy most of them.  She also has a new and easier hairstyle. I don't know how many thousands of years she wore her hair backcombed, but this is so easy...and I think it looks good.  She also got a manicure recently, so that made her feel good.  


  

I think that's all I have for now.

Have a great month of July!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How Many Parts Will It Take to Catch Up...Part Three

ohboy...this is difficult to handle...3 posts in 4 days!!!  

I neglected to post about one very important happening...Princess Kaylynn had a birthday in May!  She is now 12 years old.  That is impossible, I say!  She and her family took a special vacation to DisneyWorld...






Princess Kaylynn and I are on snapchat often.  I sure miss her!  
Looking forward to seeing my grandchildren when I visit Wisconsin in a few months.  

And, so that we are completely caught up, here is a peek at my scrappy pineapple quilt.

I have been sewing blocks into rows...6 of 7 rows done.  Need to put that last row together, then I will sew the rows together to have a completed quilt top!!!  

And, that's it for today!  




"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, June 12, 2017

How Many Parts Will It Take to Catch Up...Part Two.

Wow, would you look at this...here I am again...so soon!  Woohoo!

Now, just where was I?

OH!  I made one final pineapple block...

The small square in the center is from yardage that Joanne (see the fabric here) gave me years ago...I had made Tag a quilted pad with it.  This little square was about all I had left.  The Chocolate Puppy. Tag.  


Okay, now let's move on... to more family news.  Two of my nephews (hmmm, I guess they are my only nephews) had babies within the last few months.  And, both of those nephews are in service to our country!  Proud of them!

Here is Baby Alex...

And, here is Baby Jackson...

How precious, hey?  


Before the scrappy log cabin blocks and the scrappy pineapple blocks, I made this quilt.  Dana of Old Red Barn Co generously shared how she made her quilt like this.  I love it...and it's what got me on the scrappy quilt-making path.  



I bought some succulents...love these babies! 


I have shopped online and I have shopped at my LQS...and I have gotten gobs of fabric!  Some of it to finish up WIPs and some to start new projects with.  Ohboy.  








Someday, I hope to have this all used up (she said, laughing hysterically!).

Well, I think that's all the most important stuff.  ~grin~

Perhaps, now that things are settling down, I'll be able to get back into the habit of writing a blog post at least once a week.  My hope, anyway.

I am on Instagram...kelonie is my user name.  I always post photos there.

Bye for now.  See ya soon!




"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, June 11, 2017

How Many Parts Will It Take to Catch Up?

Well, I am definitely feeling like a total stranger here on my own blog.  Time to make myself sit here and do some catching up.

First of all, there have been some major changes with me Mum. Julie is no longer her caregiver.  I lived with Mum for 5+ weeks while we were deciding what was going to happen next.  I am not sure how Mum felt, but I definitely treasure that time together.

After much discussion of several different options, we all agreed that a nursing home was the next step for Mum.  And, yes, 'we' includes Mum. So, we were able to get her into our first choice of the nursing homes here in Canon City.  Mum is slowly making the adjustment.  It doesn't help that her hearing aids seem to have gone kaput at this time, but we are working on that issue.    


 There are a ton of activities that Mum can take part in.


Here are some recent photos of Mum at Skyline...

playing BINGO...

outside in front of the nursing home...mountains as her backdrop...

playing cards with me and Jill...

And, that is that...in a nutshell.

My goddaughter/niece, Jody, came for a visit with her daughter, Kalyn.  They live in Los Alamos...about 4 1/2 hours from here.  We all had a great time!



I didn't get much sewing done when I was with me Mum, but I have some projects to show!  Working with my scraps, I made 25 log cabin blocks.  Here is a small representation...



I have a plan to put them together in a fun way.  Stay tuned (but don't hold your breath).

Right after I finished those blocks, I started another scrappy project...this time, making pineapple blocks.  Those were very time-consuming, but I loved making them.  All 49 of them! 
And, here is a small representation of them...

 Okay, that's it for Part One.  So much more to show you...I'll be back to do that very soon!  I promise!



"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, April 3, 2017

oops...

I lost some parts of my blog...
working on getting them back.  



"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Time to Catch Up...

It is March already!  I sound surprised.  Right?  Well, sometimes I have difficulty remembering which month it is.  Not because I'm having memory problems, but because the weather is so different (read great!) here as compared to the weather in Wisconsin.

I joined a gym!  Anytime Fitness!  So psyched to get this body into better shape.  I also belong to Weight Watchers.   It's been good and bad...mostly good.  Slowly, slowly.  But I am not giving up.

Mom is feeling better and better...in fact, she joined Anytime Fitness, too!  She rides on the recumbent bike to strengthen her leg muscles and she works on the hip abduction machine.  Her difficulties with walking - due to her Parkinson's - should improve as she continues to work at it.  

Those of you not on Facebook have missed seeing the photos I post of Mom, so here are a few of the most recent.

Walking to get my mail...

Out to lunch.

At my table eating a huge hot fudge sundae!  (Yes, she ate the entire thing!)

I have gotten the embroidery piece almost finished...should really take the time to do the rest.  Any ideas on how to finish it?  The pattern is printed relatively close to the edge of the fabric, so I added strips to help keep it in the hoop.  I may do more stitching.

I have been knitting, also!  Face cloths.  I love them made with Cotlin, a blend of linen and cotton. These two are knitted with the color Harbor...a deeper blue/green than it shows here.
No pattern...just garter stitch with a few rows of purling here and there.

And.  Yes.  Sewing.  Not as much as I would like, but quite a bit since I last posted. 

I made a quilt for Tony (nephew) and Sabrina's soon-to-be-born baby boy.  Just a simple patchwork. The red/white striped piece with the dotted binding in the lower right corner are a just a little bit of a nod to Baby Alexander's parents...Sabrina was in the service and Tony is currently in the Air Force.   I think this measures about 42 inches square.  



2 cat quilt pallets for donation to the Humane Society of Fremont County. 

A  baby quilt I made a few years ago with fabric from Cathy that I just finished.
Measures ~38" square.

A soft gray for the backing with a scrappy binding in Kona solids.
I quilted it with straight lines on each side of every seam
and diagonally down the center of each block...both ways.
   
I have more to show you, but I am running out of time.  Mom and sister Julie are coming for lunch and to play cards.    

Have a great weekend!


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.". Jeremiah 29:11

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