Monday, October 24, 2016

Curvy Log Cabin Top Now Completed

I recently finished my curvy log cabin quilt top. I'm very happy to call it complete. It took quite a bit of time to construct, more so than I anticipated. This top is from a class I took from Jean Ann Wright using her 6" Curvy Log Cabin Ruler. Because you use the ruler there is a lot of stopping and squaring up, hence the time factor. 

I have since drawn up a similar paper piecing pattern in my EQ program to use if I should ever make another.  I'll be selling my ruler off at our guild's yard sale next month. I just wasn't a fan, but for someone else it may be exactly what they are looking for.  :o)

I dropped the top, backing and batting off to my favorite longarmer yesterday and should receive it finished by November 12, if not sooner. I'll be happy to have another UFO to add to my list of completed quilts.  

Onward to another,

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Very Minor Damage

I took the dog for a walk around my block last night, and snapped photos of some of the minor damage in my neighborhood. We were very lucky. Luckier than many... Please continue to keep those impacted by Hurricane Matthew in your prayers.

Fallen Palm on My Street

Windshear Damage

A Tree Completely Snapped in Half

The Front Entrance to my Gated Development.
One Street Over From My Home.

A Lone Palm Frond

Wildlife Enjoying The Higher Than Usual Waterline

A Downed Lightpost by the Sidewalk Access to The Park Behind My Home

One Street Over -- Can Only Wonder Where The Top of the Tree Landed

One Street Over

The Park Behind My Home

The Park Behind My Home

The Park Behind My Home

Neighbor's Home Next Door

A big sigh of relief,

Saturday, October 8, 2016

*Sings* The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow...

Actually, make that today! It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, the sun is shining, and I can say we literally dodged a bullet from Hurricane Matthew. No flooding here, everything held up well, except for a few branches. No power or water loss, or damage to my home. I even have all the shingles still on my roof. Thank you, Lord!

Some of my friends and family didn't fare quite so well, but definitely nowhere near what could have occurred. And best of all, everyone is safe!

Feeling Blessed,

Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Wind Through My Hair...

Well, things are about to get real down around here.  My house is going to be pummeled by Hurricane Matthew.  Storm surges of 7-11 feet and wind speeds up to 145mph.  Currently a Category 4 storm, but forecasters have been throwing around the possibility that it could increase to a 5, as it is regenerating and getting stronger.  Only time will tell...


This is the "calm" before the storm.  These winds are nothing, as the monster storm isn't set to hit my neck of the woods until later tonight and tomorrow.

Please keep me, my family, all my friends, and everyone else in Matthew's path in your prayers.

Blowin' in the wind,

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Curvy Log Cabin Progress

Several months ago our quilt guild hosted Jean Ann Wright who taught her Curvy Log Cabin quilt using her specialty 6" ruler of the same name. Well, I have finally finished sewing all the blocks...

Now to sew them into rows and figure out what I want to use for a border.  *grin*


Saturday, September 24, 2016

More Exciting News...

Sooo, before I left for my cruise, a quilting friend called me and suggested I put the three quilts I had in our show in March into the Jacksonville Quilt Show that was being held mid-September.  A large show with entries from all over.  She said she was entering as well and she was going to be going up to St. Augustine to drop them off and would pick them up as well.  Since I wouldn't have to mail them, it was much more appealing to me than taking a chance on shipping them. There was a $15 entry fee per quilt, which I thought was quite reasonable for such a large show. There were also monetary prizes given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Well guess what?  My Kylie's Kite Quilt won First Place for Small Quilts ($300 prize and a blue ribbon), and my Savannah Quilt won an honorable mention for Miniature Quilts (a pretty yellow ribbon)!

Color me happy!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sock Monkeys? Oh, My!

Before I left on my cruise, I finished another charity quilt top. This time, it's sock monkeys. I bought this fabric while visiting my sister in June/July. It was just too cute to pass up. So I scoured pinterest for ideas to use it to it's full advantage -- something that wouldn't cut up the sock monkey fabric too small. Here is the final result...

I think it turned out too cute!

Eee Eee Ooo Ooo,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Playing Catch-Up

Hi, all!  It's me again!  I've been back from my trip-of-a-lifetime Mediterranean Cruise with Bonnie Hunter since September 1.  Almost three weeks already!  Where has the time gone...?

To say it was an amazing adventure would be a total understatement. And I have a gazillion pictures I still need to go through.  I can't even explain into words the things I saw and experienced, so I won't even try.  The weather was perfection (although hot -- after all, it was the Mediterranean in the summer!), and the architecture and scenery were breathtaking.  I could go on for pages and pages, so let me stop now.  

Bonnie and I look so tired in this picture.
This was taken toward the end of the cruise, obviously.  LOL!

Below is a picture of our itinerary and the ports of call, so if you want to learn about the areas, you can always Google them. . . or even check out Bonnie's blog, or even my new friend, Mavis's blog, at Dayspring Quilter.  They paid for wifi connection so could blog on a regular basis.   

Susan enjoying a cappucino in Barcelona.

Me and my new Canadian friend, Mavis.
We got along like long-lost sisters as soon as we met.
Susan and I opted to spend several days prior to the cruise
and the day following the cruise in Barcelona.
So glad we did!  What a beautiful city!

When I got home, besides overcoming 4 days of jetlag and catching up on snail mail, e-mail, bills, grocery shopping, laundry, etc., during the past three weeks I have managed to finish the tops of the two projects we started working on during the days at sea.  I love them both!

"A Little Bit Hexie"
"Spanish Rose"

Close-Up of "Spanish Rose."
I was the renegade quilter and fused my appliques rather than doing them by hand.
I wanted to eventually finish the quilt.  *grin*

So there you have it.  The short and sweet low-down of our trip.  I'll leave you with a photo of our dining room table and all my new friends, as well as a group photo.

Arrivederci for now,

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Top Done! -- Williamsburg Stars

I finally completed my Williamsburg Stars quilt top. Took me a while, but since I only worked on it sporadically between other fun things, I'm happy to see it done.  Although I'm not liking that one dark brown corner that seems to stick out like a sore thumb.  Should I change it out for a lighter brown? Thoughts anyone?

Not sure when I'll get it quilted.  I'm hoping to quilt it myself as it's on the smaller size -- about 40 inches square.  I may put it in our next Seaside Piecemakers Show in March 2018.  It should be quilted by then...  LMAO!

Slowly but surely,

Two More Charity Quilts...

While visiting my sister, I did some sewing while she and my brother-in-law were away at work and made two quickie quilt tops.  One is made using two charm square packages and the other was made using half a batik jelly roll package.  I cut the whites for each from two different whites.  The batik one was little tone-on-tone dots and the other was tiny white swirls on a white background. They were fun and quick to make.

I will take them with me for our monthly community service day this coming Wednesday where either I or someone else will quilt them.

Many hands make light the work,