Sunday, November 4, 2018

Tip Toe Through the Tulips

 I've been making some string tulips...
 ...for this quilt - Now and Then from the book Material Obsession 2 by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. 
You may remember that I had a lot of 2.5 inch 30s reproduction scraps left over after making an Ocean Waves quilt and a Framed Four Patch quilt.  I was pondering what to do with them and looked at what I had bookmarked in a few books for ideas. 

 I only had a few 2.5 inch pieces leftover after I made all twenty-four of the triangle pieces. I had just enough of that fabric I wanted to use for the background. I'm using that red plaid I had in my Christmas fabrics for the contrast in those triangle pieces. Again, I had just a little of that red plaid to spare - maybe, just maybe enough for the binding but I haven't gotten that far yet.  So, anyway...I guess this quilt was meant to be. 
The tulips in the pattern are made of crumbs but I don't have any 30s repro crumbs so I'm using 1.5 inch pieces leftover from Vintage Thingamajigs that I threw into a box with a string quilt UFO. 

I need to make 8 more tulips this size and one big one for the center. I've been working on appliqueing them to the background a little each evening.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

It's About Time

 I finished six Christmas stockings. 

 Forty years ago when my son was four years old and my daughter was two years old I made them these Christmas Stockings. Santa has filled them with goodies every year since then. They have held up pretty well except some of the stitches in the embroidery of their names are missing. 

Six years later another son came along and every year since then I've been telling myself I really need to make him a special Christmas stocking since he has worn out many a cheap felt dollar store stocking. 

And finally...this is the year now that he's 34 years old. 

Johnny has always loved cats. While going through Christmas and cat fabrics I found enough bits and pieces of  Laurel Burch fabrics to put together a stocking for him. Won't he be surprised. 

 I thought I had enough six inch Christmas nine patches to make six stockings but I only had enough to make four.  There's two for my granddaughters, one for my grandson and one for my son-in-law. 

I had some six inch squares of snowmen and snowflakes to make a stocking for my oldest son's girlfriend because I know that's something she likes. 

Now everyone will have their own special Christmas stocking for Santa to fill. 

And I know what they will all say on Christmas day when they see them...
"It's About Time". 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Vintage Thingamajigs Monthly Update

I work on these blocks for 20 minutes every day.  I added 25 blocks to the pile in October.  I now have a total of 88 blocks.  Each six inch block has 29 pieces. They were inspired by some vintage blocks I saw on Flickr.   Yes, I can see a couple of blocks with pieces turned the wrong way.  And so it goes. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Sunflowers #7 and #8

I just finished Sunflowers # 7 and #8 

My November goal is to finish at least two more Sunflower blocks. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween in Ticky Tacky Town

The Mask

I don't really remember trick or treating when I was younger. I don't remember carving pumpkins or stuffing myself with candy or partying either. But I do remember one costume - a paper mache mask of Little Lulu. I think I was about four years old that year because I hadn't started school.  Dad blew up a balloon bigger than my head  and set it upright in a big bowl. He made flour and water paste and for weeks he pasted layer after layer of cut newspaper strips over the balloon until a thick layer was formed and dried. Then he popped the balloon, cut eye holes and painted it like Little Lulu. I was supposed to wear it over my head and traipse around who knows where to show off.  The big eye holes weren't properly spaced and I couldn't see all that well. Creepy! I didn't even know then who Little Lulu was but I did not like her or that mask.

October 31, 2004

I'll never forget the Halloween of 2004. My husband had cancer and was in the hospital with a high fever. The doctors did not know the cause of the fever after four days and a variety of tests. He slept most of the time. I was worried. Very worried. The doctors told me he might not make it through the chemo and the radiation and we were only at the midpoint of his treatment. I had taken time off work to stay there with him and spent some time crocheting baby booties, sweaters and hats because my daughter and my son's girlfriend were both pregnant and due soon.  I was worried not only about my husband but about my daughter too because she had preeclampsia.  The afternoon of October 31, 2004 the phone next to the bed rang because this was a time before cell phones- my daughter was in labor across town on the east campus of the same hospital.  I told the nurses, all dressed in costumes, that I would be at the east campus with my daughter should they need me and across town to the east campus I went. And then I waited and waited and waited some more. There were some complications but those of us in the waiting room were not told exactly what they were so we waited some more.  After several hours I was overjoyed to be holding a beautiful and perfectly healthy baby girl, my first granddaughter, Isabelle Alana.

The Haunted Barn

Down a couple of blocks and up the hill on the way to my friend's house was a big house with an old tumble down barn beside it. We could see it from the sidewalk and heard stories about a little old man with a shotgun who would chase away anyone who tried to get near his barn. And we heard the barn was haunted. We really, really, really wanted to peek into that barn. But we really, really, really didn't want the little old man with the shotgun to see us so we always just walked by and speculated as to what might be in that barn.   Strangely enough years and years and years later I found out that little old man was my husband's paternal grandfather. 

The Plan
The plan is to make a lap quilt with all the houses made of ticky tacky.  The houses may or may not be separated by alleys and streets (sashing).  The backing will contain some patches of house fabrics mixed with some patches of stories.  The houses finish at three inches so I have lots more to make. 

Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 29, 2018

It's a Flimsy! Peppermint Twist

Peppermint Twist
50 x 62.5

The Peppermint Twist song was released in 1961 - the year I turned 9 years old.  My dad was manager of a cafeteria at that time and the cafeteria had a rec(reation) room with a juke box. Mom would sometimes take us kids in to eat dinner at the cafeteria and afterwards we would wait in the rec room for Dad to get off work.  I remember us dancing around to The Twist and The Peppermint Twist and the employees thought we were so cute. 

The Twist was good exercise. If I still did some twisting today I might be as skinny as my shadow. 

 Who knows when I started this. I found a couple of blocks and the peppermint fabrics in my Christmas project box back in January when I decided I wanted to try to use my holiday fabrics this year.  When I get some kind of what I think is a brilliant idea as to how to use certain fabrics I make a few blocks and put them with the fabrics so I don't forget my brilliant idea. 
I had a little problem finding peppermint go-with fabrics in my stash but managed. That green/red orange checked fabric was in with the Halloween fabrics. 

I made a large Dresden block and squared it off. 

 Now I have 80 pieces from the side trimmings I can play with.  I've sewn some of the pieces together and they measure about 13 inches in the center.  If I can find a suitable background or backgrounds (this one is already taken) I could maybe make large lemon peel blocks. Or they could be leaves on giant Jack in the Beanstalk columns of vines...
...or they could be a giant Peppermint Zinnia. But that kind of hurts my eyes right now. 

And speaking of peppermint...
Has anyone else had to drink peppermint extract (or peppermint if available) dissolved in hot water when you had a stomach ache? That was my dad's cure. I quit telling him when I had a stomach ache.  I don't like the taste of peppermint. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Secret Santa Sew Along

 Step 1
Step 2
Just a few of the 68 little nine patches. 

I don't often do Sew Alongs anymore especially if they are mysteries but I really wanted to use holiday fabrics this year and I love little blocks so...