Friday, April 24, 2015

Renningers Extravaganaza this weekend!

Hubby has poodle duty today while I head out to Renninger's Extravaganza.  Renningers is one of the many flea markets in our region and the Extravaganza is when they have a ton of dealers come in for a few days.  I got this pretty spool girl there from my friends Sharon and Bill.
Today I'm not really going to shop but to help Sharon and Bill for a few hours.  Of course, I will have to take a sneak peak around because you never know what you might find.
I'll post more probably on Sunday.  I'm hoping to spend some time cleaning out my garden next week.  I'm sorry to say that I drove out of the valley and encountered snow falling yesterday in Palmerton.  I'm trying to just focus on positive things; at least my flowers are blooming much longer in the cold than they would have had it been hot.   It pains me that I had to put the heat back on this week :(  Anyway, concentrate on the positive--things are blooming!

Think Spring and have a great day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Disappearing 9 patch quilt: finished

Years ago, I did a "Finish the UFOs" year.  This year, I'm more interested in a stash busting year.  I think it will be a year of both actually but for now, I'll just clock in a finish.
Here is a Disappearing 9 patch I started to put together last year.  I had thought that my son and his wife would like it but he didn't like the aqua and I don't think she liked the brown and the gold (yes, it was my attempt at a compromise).  I was thinking this would make a great picnic quilt, PS, that isn't pink in the quilt, its just how the pattern comes off in this quilt.  It is burgundy, aqua, brown and gold.
My husband said: "That quilt is too nice be used for a picnic quilt."  So we nixed that and I'm working on (still another) picnic quilt for the happy couple.  This quilt is going to be given to my brother and sister in law next autumn.  Turns out, the colors are perfect for them, their family room is that gold color and the other colors should be fine in the room.  We spend a lot of time with them and are trying to support them as much as we can.  My sister-in-law was diagnosed with early onset dementia three years ago and it's difficult for both her and my brother-in-law.  She just turned 60 two weeks ago.

I hope this quilt will provide them with some comfort.  It's the first time I've had a piece professionally machine quilted and I like it a lot (it will help with the stash busting).  Here is the back of the quilt:
I wanted paisley because it coordinates with one of the fabrics:
I like the disappearing 9 patch because it provides a random look with a fairly easy technique. Years ago, I did a quilt using the Wonder Block Method for my niece Christina.  You can see it here.  The disappearing 9 patch was easier and I liked that you could showcase the fabric in the bigger blocks I used.  I have one more disappearing 9 patch in the wings that used up Christmas leftovers and I should start binding that later this week.  About two quilts per method is all I can tolerate but I did enjoy this technique.
Our program yesterday was cancelled due to tornado warnings throughout the state.  It was a relief to be safe and at home during the storms we had last night.  Hope you are all well and doing fine.  Have a great day!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Poodle Makeover...

Seamus had his day at the spa this week!  As the weather warmed, he had become increasingly uncomfortable with his fur coat.  Jen groomed him on Friday and did a great job but I always am amazed at how small my dog is under all that hair.  The vet said he is "cut" and what a poodle should look like under there but Seamus' skinny legs always crack me up.  

Before:
 After:
This week I have a ton of programs and events I am attending so my husband is holding down the home front for once, while I am the road warrior.  Today Beth and I will be at the Shawnee Inn in the Poconos doing our Civil War program for the Monroe Historical Society.  
Have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pretty poodles

 Seamus is one furry boy right now.  People keep saying to me, "He's gotten huge!" But it's really just the fur.  We had a wonderful Easter and now I'm sewing again.  More on that later.  At Easter, I was showing a relative this old rubber dog.  Greta had come to Easter and she became fixated with this rubber dog.  She couldn't understand why it didn't play with her :)

 Seamus giving Peter some loving.  In the background is my sister-in-law Diane loving up Greta.  Diane just loves animals and enjoys seeing Greta and Seamus interact.
This is the thing about poodles.  They are smart, they are different.  For Easter, Peter and Jessica brought Seamus a treat, there are two left:
I don't go overboard for treats but about every other day.  I garnish Seamus' bowl of dog food with a little ice cream cone treat.  The funny thing?  He eats his entire dinner and waits to eat the ice cream cone for dessert.  Seriously, it's just a poodle thing.
Speaking of poodles, I've discovered a fun blog, "Not Afraid of Color".  Leeanna is also a quilt professional and a poodle person so I'm already loving her blog.  There are not many poodle-quilters out there so we have to stick together:)
Anyway, have a great week!  More posting later this week as I am almost done with another quilt!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter! Happy Passover!

We had onion snow on April Fool's Day (no kidding).  But I'm not complaining since it was in the 60s (F) yesterday and the crocuses have begun to bloom.

I know I've been lax about blogging but I have been busy with family and home and sewing.  Hopefully things will begin to settle down more--although I doubt it.  In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday and happy sewing!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

First Day of Spring

Okay so it wasn't exactly the first day of Spring we were expecting.  This was early in the storm, which gave us a good 6 inches or more of snow.  Seamus and I had gotten up early to walk before the storm hit but he still sulked all day...
"Make it stop!!!"  
Oh how I wish I could have :) At least I am sewing again.  February is the month of funk for me but when the days get longer, I perk up again.  Yesterday I cut strips for a new quilt and finished up some other blocks, also got some embroidery in.  I don't know about you but I can only embroider in the daylight anymore.  Even an ottlight doesn't help me at night with my sewing.  
And by the way, I DID get the featherweight sewing machine and I can't express how much I LOVE this machine!!!
It's easy to store on the first floor and sew while Seamus keeps me company.  When my husband is home, I'm back in the sewing room but when he isn't I can work downstairs and my puppy doesn't have to cry at the bottom of the steps.  Seamus doesn't do steps and now that he is older, he has some arthritis along his spine and he doesn't even want to try steps anymore.  This has made everyone happy and it sews like a dream!!!
Well have a wonderful day!  I hope to get more blogging in now that the weather (*knock wood*) is going to warm up.  Take care and be well!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sewing machine debate...featherweight thoughts?

Why yes it did snow again this weekend...
however it got up to 40 degrees yesterday which was wonderful.  Our problem hasn't been so much the snow but the frigid temperatures.  The chatter everywhere focuses on frozen pipes, burst pipes, preventative measures--and yes, we are all a bit on edge because of it.  As if all this wasn't enough, our temps have dropped 10 degrees this morning already (it's 8:30 a.m.) and we are in for another spell of below zero temps.  The tv is reporting school closings due to water main breaks.

I'm doing what I have to and keeping busy with sewing and organizing.  I just said to my girlfriends the other day that I would be interested in getting a featherweight machine for my first floor and voila, an affordable one was offered to me yesterday.  I had repaired my grandmother's sewing machine but it doesn't work as smoothly as I had hoped.  I'm still pondering--do you have a featherweight and do you like it?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Thank you Martha!!!

I spent most of yesterday doing paperwork and awaiting the snow and cold to descend.  Imagine how delighted I was when I discovered a package for me in the evening mail!

My apron from Martha had arrived!!!  It was too dark to take a photo of it last night but here it is:
Martha does an apron give away every month and this month, I won!!!  All through the year she cleans up vintage and antique patterns and shares them.  I wish I had her technical and sewing skills.  

Doesn't this make your heart go pitter-pat with delight?  It does mine and I was hoping to have little Gracie model it today but the weather has even churches closed today (not the snow amounts but the temp of 7 F with windchills making it feel like negative 26 here). Martha's workmanship is impeccable and this embroidery makes me hopeful for spring.  
Of course the puppies on this make me super happy as well.  Thank you Martha for warming me up on the coldest day of the winter!!!  Make sure to check out Martha's website at www.qisforquilter.com  it's one of my favorite places on the internet!!!  Hugs and stay warm today!