Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stressful things...

I am not very far on my last camper quilt.  Once again life has risen it's ugly head and interfered.  I got one more row of borders on this morning.  I really didn'the have time but I squeaked it in for my sanity.


It took about an hour to piece the scrappy rows then sew them down but I did it!!


This is where we are now.  Width is almost right, but I need a lot more height, like at least 2 feet. 

My Mom'a place sold this last week so now I have to get it empty.  We had a sale this weekend and while a lot of stuff went there is still a lot more.  It is so stressful.  I need to meditate......and sew.


Soo many memories coming up.  What an emotional ride.  I WILL see it through!  This quilt WILL get done!

So much to do, so little time.  My laundry room is shouting at me....

Always,

Gentrie

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Next camper quilt

When I decided to do camper quilts I made a deal with myself not to buy any new fabrics to make these quilts.  The other deal was that they needed to be scrappy and easy.  (The last is so I can actually get them done!)

So the woodsy one was easy, I have a lot of that fabric.  Now what?

I still have 80 bow tie blocks from a block exchange I did with Fun with Barb about a year ago (maybe 2).  These are perfect.  Already made, they make a cool pattern and I can throw a few easy borders on.


The color options were bright modern or civil war.  I don't feel I really fall into either category but my kids like the brights and I like modern more than civil war, too depressing.  (Just my opinon, no offense.)


I also had quite a bit left over, enough for borders and such.  A few months ago (before retreat) I had bought the lettered gray for background and borders for these bowties.  I had taken them to retreat.....


This is what I have so far.  Some of these fabrics I do love.  Others not so much, but together they work.


I get nervous doing block exchanges, it's a judgement thing.  This was anonymous, so that eases it a little.  This is the center, what do you think so far?  My 13 year old already loves it.

P.S:  I suck at scrappy, so these being random and nothing alike helps me!!


Always,

Gentrie





Sunday, June 4, 2017

One down....? To Go..

One camper quilt is down.  I actually managed to get this completed in 2 days!  That is fast in my world of kids and working.  Easy-peasy pattern  meant for quick sewing.

I had 2 packs of charms of the same woodsy fabric from years gone by.  It was a Moda, Holly Taylor I am sure.  I also had a lot of woodsy fabric to go with it.


This quilt is what I call a lap quilt.  It is about 6' long and about 5' wide.  This is a good snuggle size for my family, we are tall.  The row on top and bottom is called Birds in the air.  Fun Block.
(That is Hailey's foot sticking out. She is a little over 6' tall.)

I will now pull from my extensive flannel stack and piece a back together for it.  I want to use wool batting in it.  This quilt will be warm and snuggly and will breathe.  Perfect for snuggling around the campfire!

Always  

Gentrie

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Camper Quilts

Next on the to do list is a couple camper quilts.  Some snuggles that are OK to be dragged in the dirt to the camp fire chair, warm and snuggly.

So I went to the stash.  Nothing is better for a camping quilt than a pine quilt right!?!  Am I right?  Well it is in our area anyway.  Land of the pine tree.  Throw in a bit of fishing fabric, and there you go!

I thought I would just sew the charm packs together for the center and throw on a couple of borders on.  Simple, simple, simple, and functional.


In other news, I picked up these gems yesterday.  Cute huh?  The bears are cards.  They are so adorable!!!

Can never have too many herb books for reference.


I also got "Dad's corner" set up.  He was very proud of that saddle, and that is his military burial flag there.  Grandma's  wash picture is in there also.  Miss him tons!!


HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!

Gentrie

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This took FOREVER!

I finally completed the quilt top for my bed.  It has been years in the works and put on the back burner more times than I can count.  Now it is D...O...N...E..., DONE!!!!


This is the completed top on my bed.  It is a California King.  Lots of fabric in that one.  The fabric is Robert Kaufman  'La Scala'.  I believe they are on a version 7 of this line if that tells you how long I have had it.  I still love it though!


It did not show up in the picture but the white does have a print on it, white on white.


I cannot wait until it is quilted.  It will add so much dimension to it!

I was looking  through my latest Connecting Threads catalogue and they had premade quilt labels in there.  One of them said "This took forever!!"  I am going to get it for this quilt.

Off to the quilter it goes.  I am soon excited!

I just noticed in that last picture the blur of my 3 year old running by......it is not a ghost, she is just fast.  Just ask her!  LOL!

Always,


Gentrie

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Extinct Dinosaur

Finally I got a quilt complete!  Saturday sew days are no longer in session, and summer is about to begin.  So quilting in my world has once again dwindled away.  There is hope though.....



The dinosaurs  are complete, done, finished, capoot , EXTINCT!
Piper loves having it to finally sleep under.




It was machine quilted by Carla Muggli, a local gal who does some amazing  stuff at a reasonable price.



Sorry for the bad photos.  It was late and I was struggling to get good light.  It's great though.  I even made a dinosaur label for it.


I have to whip stitch the label down yet, but it is on and done.

I have a few quilts in the house that need labels.  Better get on that!

Now it is camping season.  Mark got the camper ready to go the other weekend.  We have decided to take it for a test run this weekend since it supposed to be in the 80's this weekend.  I have put quite a few blankets in it, but we need some "camper " quilts.  You know the heavy cozy ones for when it gets cold at night even though  it was 80 during the day?  Yep those ones, scrappy!  

A couple of stash busters coming up!!

Have a great  weekend.  Hope it'a camping weather for you too!

Gentrie


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Finish...And another border

This last Saturday was a Sew Saturday.  We only have one more left then we are done until fall again.  I am SAD!  :(

I sewed the binding on my Valentines quilt.  I just machine sewed it on both sides with a cute heart decorative stitch.

I used a left over binding from another quilt......and there is still some left.


I was originally thinking a solid black, but the dots are pretty cute.

I also worked on my next pieced border on the CAL King quilt.



I was going to make the center diamond white, but the quilt was getting too white .  I mean, I AM married to a construction worker after all.  There will need to be a spacer on top and bottom.  So I need to work that out next.

The next two borders are not pieced so YA!  That means I am almost done!!!!

Next month is our last month to meet for sew group, sooooo, I should get it done then!

Always,

Gentrie

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

An In-The Hoop Finish

I FINALLY finished hand quilting my Valentines Day wall hanging.  I still need to put the binding on, but my goodness, it is done.  (I prefer to say way early......rather than late.)  :)


The quilt pattern was just free style.  I used the wash pen to draw it on  and then would go back and quilt over it.  Some stitch in the ditch also....



So we went from 60 plus degrees this weekend to a full on BLIZZARD Monday morning.  Welcome back winter!!

Ok, I've had enough, spring can come back anytime now.  (Not likely.)

Always,

Gentrie

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Another quilt retreat down

Well, another quilt retreat is down on the books.  I am sad to say I could have used 1 more day to finish my quilt top for my bed.  As it stands I have a pieced border to work the kinks out on and then 2 simple borders to put on.


This is the center with the cream/white border.  The pieced border is the same colors as the center and then there are 2 darker borders after that.

I did manage to complete Piper's quilt.
Now this weekend I will piece her backing together and get it to the quilter.....Yeah!

I had time Sunday morning to put together a quickie table runner.  This runner looks COMPLETELY different in person.  One of those crazy picture things.  Weird.


We had so much fun there, as usual.  I wish I could get 2 of these in a year, but there are too many other things, places, people that need taken care of and visited also.

Anyone else quilt retreating it lately?  I am completely jealous!  I need a life of this, or at least more of it.....

Always,

Gentrie

Friday, February 3, 2017

A row and a row of struggles

I have one row completed on Piper's quilt.  I got it completed at the sew weekend with the girls in January.  Since then I have not had a chance to touch it again.



I think it is turning out pretty cute.  Piper sure loves it.



Here is a close up.  She knows all the names of all the dinosaurs in this fabric.  One more row to complete and then just a couple borders.  I had to add a star block on the bottom of these to make it a twin bed size.  I am really excited for this quilt's completion.  Maybe because Piper is so excited about it.

In other news, I finally started the process of cleaning out Mom's house and getting it ready for sale.  YUCK!  What a difficult journey, I hate dementia.  I hate watching her struggle and knowing what the outcome will be.  I hate having to go through her things and sell her house.  It feels so wrong.

On the bright side,  yearly Quilt retreat is next weekend!!!!  Yeah!  I am retreating from many things and hope to get a lot accomplished on the quilting front.

Hope everything is well in your world......

Always,

Gentrie

Sunday, January 8, 2017

First Block Done

I did manage to work on Piper's quilt one night and got the first block done.

This is the main block in the quilt.  Piper says she loves it.

It was -25 yesterday morning not accounting  for wind chill. Brrrrrr...hasn't  been that cold here for a while.

We have a ton of snow also.


This is looking off the deck to our back yard.  There is quite a bit less snow in the back yard because it is more sheltered there.

I plan on working  on the Dinasour quilt today, but I do have this obstacle....

Next Saturday is quilt day with the girls, so if I don't get far there is always next weekend!

Happy sewing, or relaxing, whatever  you decide to do today....

Always,

Gentrie

Monday, January 2, 2017

Post Holiday Relief Syndrome

So the holidays are over and it's back to the grind.  The tree is down and gone.  The holiday decorations are packed up and waiting for the next year.  It seems like there is an empty hole where the tree was, and a deep sigh resonates throughout.

Piper likes to help her Dad bake.  She is mixing the apples for an apple pie here.

Here she is with her Dad and the pies.  We also made a cinnamon sugar roll with the left over dough.


So here is a finished picture of Grandma Bonnie's quilt.  She loves it.  Fit nicely on her bed.

Here is a sneak peek of the next quilt on the machine.

Piper's quilt for her big girl bed.  She picked all of the fabrics.  The only 3 year old I know who knows more Dinasour names than the volunteers at the Dinasour  museum.  She actually corrected one of them when she used the wrong name.

So here is to destressing  and jumping back into the humdrum of every day life.  Our company party is this Saturday and next weekend is a sewing day with the girls.

Just keeps snowing here.  Will have to post a picture  of my buried yard.  I will have to get up early to dig out....

Always,

Gentrie