Thursday, August 20, 2015

Silver Lining...a finish :)

My second Q3 finish! Yay!

Meet "Silver Lining"

My own personal reminder of Exodus, by the talented Kim, of Leland Ave. Studios :)
The abundant green of Spring got away from me before I could get a picture of this in a big green field, the opposite of the icy white background in the original Exodus photos....
so I settled for a little green patch of grass in my yard :)

And I remembered the little black square from the front and center :)

All linked up over at Lorna's Let's Bee Social :)
and Amanda Jean's Finish It Up Friday!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fabric Fest!

It seems to be feast or famine around here, and after a rather long spell of allowing myself only the very basic of sewing necessities, I am most giddy to share the recent fabric feast going on here! It all started with this wonderful bundle I have already shown you...Curiosities (mostly!)
Then, while following along with the Yuma QAL with Gotham Quilts, I was a !WINNER! of a gift certificate on Lisa in Port Hope's day! Oh joy, to shop for whim and pleasure....
These are all random half-yards...and I just love them all!
I love that the tiny gingham even goes with Amy Butler! I <3 gingham!
Then.....we took a couple days and ran over to  Bozeman, the funnest town in the state, and my childhood hometown :)  I knew there was a quilt shop on Main, but had never been there...
The top two are from Bozeman, the bottom three are from another shop, in Livingston!
Can you feel the fabric giddiness?? As if all this impromptu, unplanned fabric acquisition wasn't enough, THIS was on my porch waiting for me when we returned home!!!
*happy dance*
Yep, something new, coming soon to a Bake Shop near you!!!

On the actual sewing front...not much, because we are busy tying up loose ends, getting ready for a pretty big move...but there are these:
A set of coasters I made yesterday, as a thank you gift to the couple we stayed with in Bozeman...

So glad I can share all these goodies with folks who appreciate them, no offence to the menfolk around here ;)
Let's Bee Social!!
Oh yes please, let's! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sew Much Fun!

First, a "stash flash"....
Curiosities, by Jeni Baker was released on my 30th anniversary :)

At least some of it had to be bought!
 I already had the token "Dreamin Vintage" piece

This 6 piece bundle, from Sew Modern was shortly supplemented by the navy piece and a piece of my favorite from Geometric Bliss from the Fat Quarter Shop...they missed me ;)

It feels good to have finally "scratched that itch" :)

Secondly, this oasis in Central Montana :) They dip ice cream and have fabric and notions! (oh yeah, and groceries and hardware...) Seriously, jelly rolls of Tula Pink Moonshine, Mettler Threads, 
and Wonder Clips!
I feel so on trend!

Well, here is Esther, the proprietress of the aforementioned oasis...
Wait! What?
 Yep, that's right, she (and Pam!) invited me to the once-monthly sewing day at the fire house in Roy, MT!!!!
Meet Brenda!

and Marsha, Clara and Pam, and Brenda!
So, yeah, I've been to a sew day!!!!
Yes, it was awesome, and the ladies were friendly and very welcoming!
Everyone brought a few projects for "show and tell" many pretties! 
Brenda brought dessert, too :)
This is what I did while I was there...
July Simply Sawtooth Stars
Then, there was this "play thing" I made sometime last year. No plan for it, not a clue...I was just playing.
Well it has a new home to go to, a new and high purpose to fulfill!
A virtual friend of ours...since maybe 1998...his wee beautiful daughter turned 3 a week or so ago, and received a wonderful wooden doll house for her birthday!

I saw the picture on FaceBook, and when I rummaged around in my tubs, knowing she needed a quilt for her dollhouse, I came across the little hourglass...and, well you know the rest of that story! I put it together, including the little pillow while I fixed supper that night!
I love that it was the perfect size and scale for a real doll quilt :) 
Talk about a change of pace, after Terri's large quilt!

Have a wonderful week and weekend!
linking up with Lorna and friends @ Let's Bee Social

Friday, July 17, 2015

Terri's Quilt, a Finish!

 My first Q3 finish...
and a mostly pictures post :)

A Jacob's Ladder Quilt
Progress posts here and here...
A fun morning's photo shoot on Dunn Ridge in Petroleum County, Montana

6 Borders!!! 
 The diagonal quilting is aproximately 2 7/8" grid
 My cheerful, and tall, quilt holders!
 My driver!
A Star for and center on the back :)
Terri's Quilt
92"x 92"
La Belle Fleur, by French General for Moda
Backing: Midnight Blues by Nancy Gere
Pieced and Quilted with Aurifil (my first ever!)Light Sand, 50 wt

this girl is so sweet...she sent me quilting sustenance!
a whole box full of wonderfully ripe peaches <3

Linking up with CrazyMomQuilts Finish It Up Friday :)
Also linking up for the first time over at Prairie Sewn Studios!
Crafty Comment Karma
They gave me a nice invite a week or two ago, so you might check it out :) 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

Top of the list: My Mom came for a visit last week!!!!

with her favorite tour guides :)

She loves a good porch :) (but could certainly use a more comfortable chair!)
and a good game or two with her grandson!
Look at her beautiful self!!
We had a super fun and relaxed week just catching up and being here together!

The day we took her back to Billings, she and I wandered an antique mall, where I saw this wonderful quilt....

These are not the best pictures and certainly do the quilt no justice...

But I was doing some serious swooning...

 I love the fabrics which appeared very stable, the whites were quite discolored but not from use so much as from poor storage? Binding was all intact, no fraying. I have since learned that a gentle washing and bright sunshine do wonders for old quilts... I may need to go back for it....

After my Mother's departure, I was able to finish up the quilt top for Terri....

Many borders :)

The original design inspiration came from this beauty, by Julie, on Flickr 

Moving right along...
I think you know what I will be doing the next few days!!

prickly pear flower :)
linking up with Lorna@SewFreshQuilts