Thursday, August 25, 2016

Vacation and mean people

I don't like to announce I will be going on vacation, but we did and it was great!  My family has 2 summer cabins on a lake in BC and we went there to stay for a week.....  it is my favorite place on earth.

The cabins are super rustic (no electricity or running water), but that is what makes it special I think.  Just makes it seem so disconnected to the outside world, like you are in another time period.
Our Lucy love love LOVES it there too - she gets to be outside anytime she wants to be and she would swim in the lake multiple times a day on her own.  She was pretty much wet 24/7.  Smart girl as it was in the 80's the whole week!  (Lucy is the Saint Bernard, the black Lab is our oldest son's dog Tikka).

So, I was on a 'high' from the wonderful week at the cabin, and today I see two snarky comments (from the same person) on my latest MBS project.  One saying something to the effect of 'why on earth would anybody make a quilt that will ravel on the front' and one saying something to the effect of  'the white spaces look like paper plates'.  Didn't her momma teach her 'if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all'?  Just ruins my day :*(  I love that quilt and for someone to be so blatantly RUDE, it just hurts my heart.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Moda Bake Shop - Improved 9 patch quilt

This post is going to be picture heavy!  I finally finished my latest MBS project (project post here) - a full size raw-edge applique quilt.  I quilted it in a traditional feather wreath - my first try at feathers (and done on my DSM, a Pfaff tiptronic 2030).  Without further ado.....

It has been washed and there was absolutely zero blue on the white background (or on the color catchers!).  Love that Moda!  The raw edges haven't frayed much yet, but they will the more it gets washed and used :)  This one is a keeper!
I have made one other raw-edge quilt - that was my raw-edge circle quilt.  It has been my couch quilt for a few years now and it looks as good today as it did the day I made it.  So, yes, this technique still makes a sturdy quilt!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quilting feathers

It has been 5 weeks since I broke my toe, so I was finally up to basting my upcoming MBS quilt.  I can't show much, but I will show you the border quilting :)  This is my first attempt at FMQ feathers, whew!  Lots more to go, but I am liking how it is coming out!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Finished the new vintage quilt

I haven't been up to basting the vintage quilt that I repaired since my shingles and now my broken toe  (I have to go to my moms and baste it in her floor as I don't have a large enough space).  But, I did finish a quilt.... the top was one in boxes of things my brother-in-law gave me that was his mother's. The plaid flannel backing (and binding) was in another batch of boxes he gave me.  So, I put them together and finished the quilt with fluffy poly batting, stitch-in-the-ditch quilting along the horizontal seams, and then tied (with yarn from the gifted boxes) at the intersections of the blocks.  Definitely has a 70s vibe to it :)  It finished at 90" x 75".  Good for a queen or full size bed.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Feet up sewing

Well, sewing this week will involve a lot of feet up.  I broke a toe on the 4th. I tried to resume as usual and it isn't working out.  I have a velcro hard-boot I use for walking, but it just seems so confining.  It wasn't getting better, so I went and got xrays.  It is a spiral fracture, but is aligned great the doctor said (it was quite crooked before I taped it). 

Anyhow, I am working on some hand-sewing.  Back to working on my hexagon flower quilt top.  One day, this will be finished!

A new vintage quilt

Working on a "new" vintage quilt today.  The quilt top was gifted to me and I am putting it together.  I used poly batting, stitched verticle lines about every 8", bound it in the same plaid flannel as the backing, and now am securing all the seams and centers of the blocks with yarn ties.  The quilt top looks like it was made in the 70s or 80s, so I thought ties and poly batting suited the quilt.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mocha Frappuccino by the gallon

I searched Pinterest for a stead-fast recipe for Mocha Frappuccino - but all I found was recipes for small batches.....  I make it occasionally, but have never had a 'recipe' that I wrote down - and sometimes I have hit the nail on the head and sometimes I've missed the mark with my 'little bit of this, little bit of that' approach.  So, this time, it turned out GREAT, so I had to write it all down so I can repeat it next time.  It tastes a LOT like Starbuck's Mocha Frappuccino, just delicious!  Maybe a little TOO delicious!

1 pot brewed coffee (I did 10 cups)
1 c. sugar
6 cups storebought chocolate milk
2 cups milk (I used 1%, but you could just use whatever you have on hand)
1 c. heavy cream

dissolve sugar in the hot coffee, cool, then refrigerate.  Add milk, cream, and chocolate milk.

Makes a little under a gallon

Sorry my blog has been so slow lately - I haven't been myself.......  I have had shingles and I have been quite lethargic.  I took the last of my anti-viral meds yesterday, and the shingles have seemed to calf down now (they just itch like a couple day old mosquito bite now and most of the nerve pain seems gone).  Back to quilting!  I don't remember if I shared this with y'all, but I am working on a new MBS project due in August.  This is the fabric I received!

Shibori!  With a hint of turquoise Moda Bella solid.  I tell ya, I am in love love love with this fabric!  I think I am going to have to keep this one - or find it a home close to me where I can have visitation rights, hehe :)