Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sew-cation 2015

I've been working in the garden a lot this week.  Getting the garden ready for visitors and the summer season is always a lot of work but so worth it once the weather is truly warm (the temp was in the 40s this morning).  

The hubs is working, the kids aren't coming home for the weekend and I actually fell asleep at 8 p.m. last night, I was so tired from working outdoors.  I feel as if I need a sew-cation.  What sounds better than a relaxing weekend of sewing?
I don't have a ton of projects on my list.  I just want to:  1-- get the binding applied to Peter and Jessica's quilt, 2-- quilt and apply binding to a mini quilt for our Civil War program, 3 and 4-- put together two mini quilts tops for my embroidery program.  I think these projects are do-able for one weekend and won't make me feel like I'm juggling too much.
I'll be posting photos as I can because I need to be accountable to get these things done this weekend.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Remember those who have fallen and say some prayers for their families.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dog TV

Greta visited yesterday and was so excited when she looked over the wall and saw a REAL LIVE CAT!  George (the cat) was out lounging on the back porch of my neighbor's home. 
Our first poodle, Paddie, used to enjoy looking over the wall at the world and that is when we originally called this region "dog tv".  She could stand for hours looking over the wall.  The wall was shorter then, built up for a variety of reasons (including Teddy our dog who could be neurotic when he saw the cat or anything else).  Anyway, this was truly exciting for Greta!  I was so proud of her because she didn't bark once at him, she was just thrilled to see a cat--so close and one that actually moved!!!
Seamus was less than thrilled.  He loves George and even visits him but losing Greta as a playmate was NOT what he called a good visit.  SO HE barked at George--an unusual behavior for Seamus.
Fortunately the two poodles made up later on and ended up lounging indoors once the heat got too high to be outsides.  
Hope the weather is tolerable for you!  We are expecting cooler temps later this week.  Have a great week everyone!! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

8 pointed star

I live in a neighborhood that is going through a transition.  Because many of the residents are elderly, we are seeing more houses go on sale and more estate sales.  I like to attend the sales on the off chance that I might find an old quilt.  It's surprising how often I do.  Here is a bad photograph of what I picked up on Saturday.  Many apologies for the lack of quality but it is tough to get a good photo right now in my house:

This is from the first half of the 19th century and is in really good shape although the fold creases look to be decades old.  I can't wait to show my appraiser and quilt study group it!

Hope the stars are all aligned in a positive place for you today!  We are fortunate.  Even if we haven't had rain (for weeks), we at least have cooler temperatures today.  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Busy, busy, busy!

Life is busy these days!  April, May and June are usually three of my busiest months for lectures and this year is no different.  Fortunately, my husband has been home while I've been traveling so Seamus has had company while I've been away.  When I have been home, I've been working in the garden.  

This was not an easy task because I have seasonal allergies in the spring.  This year I just bit the bullet and got it done this week.  I was tired of the winter mess.  I'll post more photos of the garden after Tuesday.  
This weekend my son came home and helped me mulch the front yard.  We had a great time and my husband cooked dinner for Mom and I on Saturday.  It was a sweet weekend and I hope you all had a great time as well!  Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

2 more for the collection...

It was inevitable.  I can't possibly go to a flea market and not look around.   No, I don't need anymore quilts for my collection but sometimes you get such a great deal.  This quilt is perfect for my embroidery program and another one I am working on so it was a no-brainer as far as picking it up.  It is chock full of 1940s-50s prints:
And it is bordered with this fun fabric...the color scheme which modern quilters would love:
 This one I just couldn't pass up because it was such a good deal.  Very inexpensive.  And it is a comfort--and inside there is another quilt.  I am not sure I want to pull the top off yet but I'm having fun admiring it.  The colors are off because I took this with my cell phone but it is from the 1890s.
I'll be sewing this week and hope to have some new photos posted sooner or later.  If I could just get tops done, it would be very helpful.  Hope your weather is better than ours.  At least it's not snowing here.  Have a great day!

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.  

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!