Tuesday, April 15, 2014

wrangling the binding

I have always just let the binding puddle on the floor beside me as I stitched it on..... until today!  I figured out a new trick and it worked exceptionally well!

No muss, no fuss, and better yet - NO tangled binding!

I do have a finished quilt too - but one end (a birch tree in my back yard) of my pulley clothesline that I use to take picture of quilts is now firewood :*(  I need to figure out how to get my clothesline back up ASAP!


Friday, April 11, 2014

dog park disaster

I have been trying really hard to socialize our little Lucy so that she continues to love everybody and everything.  She is really the most social animal I have ever owned, and she LOVES going to the dog park.  Not only to play with the other dogs, but to meet the owners too.

Well, yesterday turned out to be a nightmare day at the dog park.  I won't go into detail, but she was attacked by a dog that the owner KNEW had been previously aggressive to other dogs.  After the attack, he said ''he's done this before''.

If you KNOW your dog is agressive to other dogs, it does NOT BELONG at a dog park.  Period!

Now my dear sweet puppy has to pay the conciquences of that dog owners ignorance!

Sleeping off the sedatives after surgery:

This morning:
 Stitches in both lids and a drain in her cheek.  Makes me sick to my stomach to see her like this :*(

We will have lots of indoor time the next couple weeks.  So, maybe I'll get some quilting done between pampering my little sweetie.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

a treasure hunt

Many years ago, my hubby's dad had a 'junk shop' (and recycling business).  When he closed shop, he loaded it all up into a box truck and a semi-truck trailer and parked it behind my brother-in-laws house.  Since then, he has passed away, and my BIL has decided to sell his house to downsize.....  So, as a family, we must all go through Ted's 'stuff'.  Not treasured family heirlooms, just his 'stuff'.  We have found a few treasures to keep for ourselves though (and garage-saled a TON of stuff as we unload boxes).  This was my find of the day on Sunday:

Vintage quilt blocks.   These are 18'' blocks and there are 10 of them and about a yard of the orange material.  The Dresdens are feed-sackish materials, but the orange is probably newer materials.   The orange is quite bright.  Wouldn't have been my choice, but the choice was already made, so I am going to 'go' with it :)

I will probably just make 9 of them into a quilt with wide sashing and orange cornerstones and a wide border matching the sashing.  Then, with the 10th block, I will probably make a pillow cover.

Any suggestions for the sashing color?  Thinking maybe a white with a small orange polka dot?

I also found a vintage sheet I was hoping to use as a backing, but after evaluating it after washing, I decided it should be cut up - the center is too worn to be used as a backing :(


Monday, March 31, 2014

The monster puppy

Lucy is growing like a weed, and challenging us every day.  She is now over 50 pounds (but still very lean), and will be 4 months old soon (she was born December 7th)

I will be taking her for her final puppy shots soon (and microchipped), so we'll se how much she actually weighs now.  At 2 months, she was almost 26 lbs, then at 3 months, she was 47 lbs.  So, I'm guessing she is actually getting close to 60 lbs as she comes up on 4 months old.  This picture is actually about a month old, but it's hard to get a good picture of her - she likes to sleep 'under' things, and when she is up and about, she's hard to get to sit still!

This is the MOST social dog I have ever had.  People, dogs, cats, doesn't matter.  She wants to play/socialize with everybody!  It has it's drawbacks though - she probably won't be a great watchdog.  AND, she is hard to keep home!  We don't have a fenced yard and have a really hard time with tying a dog 'out'.  She spends most of her time in the house, but needs 'out' time.  I have been taking her to the dog park once or twice a week to socialize.  If it was up to her, she'd go everyday though, LOL.

She is a quick learner though - she does:
sit, shake, high 5, lay down, roll over, kisses, waves.  She does a small amount of fetch, but generally she's not real interested in that game.  She would much rather play tug-o-war :)  Getting her to 'come' is the biggest challenge, we need to work on that one more!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

flea market fancy strings

I turned that pile of Flea Market Fancy strings into another version of my strip-pieced string quilt pattern :)

As you can see, I used narrower strips so I could get more strips in each block.  I used 1.5'' solid strip, and 2.25'' print strips.  This actually made the whole process just a little bit harder though!  Making the strip sets straight and lining everything up for cutting was quite a bit more tedious...... then, lining everything up for sewing the blocks together was more tedious too.  I like both looks, but I think if I were to make another one, I'd go back to my original jelly roll strips for the whole thing.  Using the narrow solid made it dissapear in the little chevron border too - and I liked that little peek of solid in there.

I *was* going to get this basted yesterday, but something came up ::sigh::  The backing will be 2 of the earlier DS quilts prints (from Picnic or Fairgrounds) - two of the medium/gray/blue flowery prints (one piece *almost* big enough for the whole back - it was 4.5 yards, not quite big enough!)


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hunters star quilt pictures

I always wanted to retake the pictures for my Hunters star quilt since the lighting was so terrible with the first pic - I finally got around to it!  They still aren't the best, but for some reason - this quilt is hard to capture the colors!

I have decided to sell this quilt - it is available in my Etsy store now.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wishes string quilt kits available

I am excited to announce that Cotton Bliss is offering quilt kits to accompany my Moda Bake Shop Wishes String Quilt project!

They are even on sale right now, so get 'em while you can! :)