Saturday, June 30, 2012

Up and Down

It's been an Up and Down week in Colorado, what with the fire evacuations, evacuations lifted, re-evacuations and constant worry about the Waldo Canyon Fire.

While I was in Southern Colorado at the beginning of the week, I finished three quilt tops.  My favorite is this one, modeled by my friend from the deck of her "cabin."  (I say "cabin," because it's a really nice mountain home, not really a rustic "cabin" at all!)


 Oh!  Sh-- he-- and da--!!

Do you see the mistake?

Yes:



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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Leap Year Schnibbles

It's an ugly week in Colorado.  Since Saturday afternoon, the Waldo Canyon fire west of Colorado Springs has burned more than 15,000 acres, destroyed an unknown number of homes and displaced several thousand residents.  Containment is not expected until mid-July.  Although the air in my neighborhood has been very smoky, we haven't been evacuated.

I was lucky to be invited to the cabin of a friend far south of Colorado Springs, where the air was not smoky and we were in no danger of being evacuated.  We spent three days sewing, drinking wine, and admiring the spectacular view:


I pieced three tops during our "mini retreat."  My June Schnibbles quilt is the only one I have pressed and photographed:


 "Leap Year" is made with 5" squares from my large collection of charm squares.  Rather than cut them down to 2" squares, I went with 2 1/2" squares.  My quilt finishes at 43" square -- just right for the next new baby, don't you think?

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Payette Lake Sunset

I finally have all the blocks for my spring Mystery BOM complete.  And guess what it looks like to me?


That's the sunset over Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho when I was there for Granny's Attic Quilting in the Pines.

I used batiks from my collection for this mystery quilt.  The background color is actually a very light blue-green.  I'm very pleased with the way the colors play together.  There will be another border when I get the blocks sewn together.


Because it's a mystery, I can't tell you the pattern name, but I'm calling it Payette Lake Sunset.





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Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday is Fun Day

Today kicks off the Heart of Colorado Shop Hop.  Seven shops in southern Colorado are participating with the theme "Games People Play."  Each shop will have a unique block and setting, free demos, games and prizes.  Let's hit the road!

My friend, Mary, has a cabin in the Sangre de Cristos mountains of southern Colorado and she invited me to a mini-quilt retreat next week.  So to say "thank you," I made her a hostess gift:

It's a sewing machine cover!  I  got the design from "ihavetosay's" June Sew-along.  You can make one, too --Randi will post the tutorial on Monday, June 25.  I couldn't wait, so I figured it out from the photos.  I think it will be easier with the tute!

I got the "Keep Calm and get the Seam Ripper" from Pinterest.  I tracked it back to Lisa at Stuff Mummy Makes. She posted the sign in many colors, and you can click on it to get one of your own.


Of course, I had to add the "MyAuntMarthaMadeIt" label, which I bought from gutentags on etsy.

Hope she likes it!



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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WIP Wednesday - Christmas in June

Not to alarm you, but do you realize there are only   days until Christmas.

When you get your heart re-started, take a look at some early Christmas prezzies I started working on:

Doesn't Esmerelda look fetching?

And yes, that is a Christmas tree peeking over her shoulder in the first photo.  She lives in the storage room, since I rarely do fashion sewing anymore.

These scarves are absolutely the easiest thing on the planet to make.  They start from this yarn:


 
Which I bought at Table Rock Llamas for about $10 per skein.  I used the crochet method, even though I don't really crochet.  Both took less than one episode of "Sherlock."

And I have two more things to put away on the "prezzie shelf" in my closet!.


PS Linking up to WIP Wednesday.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


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Monday, June 18, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Only two more days until the first day of Summer -- must get my Pyramid Block-a-Day completed!  I'm using Sara Nephew's "Super 60" rotary cutting tool to make my 60 degree triangles:

 


My pattern is "Streaks of Lightning" from the April 1999 (!) issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. The late 90s was when 30s reproduction fabrics first became readily available, and I bought a fat quarter of every print that was issued.  Until there got to be too many even for me to buy!

Here is the magazine photo of the finished quilt:

 
And here is what I have completed so far (the rows are not sewn together):


But the temperature is supposed to top 90 degrees Fahrenheit today, so I will be spending most of the day in my cool basement sewing room!

What's on your design wall today?






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