Friday, August 31, 2012

Schnibbles - August

We're eight months into Another Year of  Schnibbles, hosted by Sinta and Sherri, and I'm still going strong!

August's Schnibbles pattern was Dimestore.  I chose to make Dimestore hot pads.  I took the main block and made two...
I used my leftover Breath of Avignon from Moda charm squares to make these.   I did them "controlled scrappy" and thought they turned out very cute!

One with a mostly green border...
And one mostly blue...
I only did minimal quilting - just quilted around the middle block to hold it together.

I'll use these when serving yummy meals like this, which was last Sunday night's dinner...

An appetizer of Bruschetta made with fresh tomatoes given to me by my awesome boss...

The main dish was Vinegar Glossed Chicken - it may sound strange, but it is incredibly delicious.  I served the chicken with some steamed broccoli and my go-to rice dish (see below).  Everyone ate seconds!  I love Sunday dinner with the family.
Everyone seems to love this rice dish.  It is a staple in my house.  I like it because it's a little more jazzy that just plain white rice, but doesn't conflict with other flavors in the meal.  I cook up as much rice as desired, then saute with olive olive and garlic.  I add in some parsley, kosher salt and pepper. Yum!
 
Back to AYOS - you can see the parade of Dimestores tomorrow on Sinta and Sherri's blogs!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Serendipity...

...or timing is everything!

I finally, after much procrastinating, started on THE wedding quilt - the biggie - the one for my just-getting-married-for-the-first-time-brother.  The one with the awesome fiancĂ©e.  So, this quilt had to be special.  A number of years ago - at least five and probably more, I was looking for some fabrics to make my mother a table runner for her dining room.  I wanted to match her curtains which had pastel embroidery on them.  I found this beautiful selection of Mirror Ball Dots by Michael Miller at a quilt show.  I scooped up all they had - 12 different colors.  And then couldn't find the perfect pattern to use with them for the table runner.  Then she changed her curtains.

When the wedding of the century was announced, I knew I wanted to use those Mirror Ball Dots to make this wedding ring quilt...

I've made it once before for my son and DIL.  I made it scrappy like the pattern called for.  This one would not be scrappy.  I had 12 FQs and figured I'd pick 8 to make the rings.  Eight rings in each section, 4 sections, so 4 rings of each color.  No problem, after all, I had a FQ of each one. 

If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know where this is going, right?  Of course one FQ was not going to be enough to make 4 blocks.  Unless you carefully pieced all of the scraps.  Then you could eek out three.  If you cut exactly right.  And I to use all 12 FQs.  So I cut and pieced and pieced some more and had enough squares.  But, I wasn't happy.  Some of those pieced blocks had really small pieces.  I'd wind up having seams next to seams.  I was really bummed, it just would look right for such a special quilt.  I scoured the internet and there really was no more of this fabric anywhere.  Story of my (quilting) life.

 
Then a few days later, I'm perusing blogs and, OMG, Fat Quarter Shop is advertising that Mirror Ball Dots have been re-released!  What???  I think I screamed in my office (luckily my quilt-buddy-at-work walked in just then so she could share in my happy dance!)  After the shock wore off, I ordered a half-yard of each of those Mirror Ball dots.  I wasn't taking a chance that I wouldn't have enough fabric this time.  No siree!!
Aren't they luscious?!

Some new colors.  A few are the same.  And now I have enough Mirror Ball Dots to make a second wedding quilt.  At least.

I chose this platinum dot for the binding...
So, we're back on track and I'm loving this quilt.  The background is an elegant white-on-white with a lovely sheen to it.  Hard to photograph though.  I need to find the perfect backing now.  I have about a month and a half to finish this.
Oops...this happens at lot.  At least once in every block.  You need to factor in seam-ripping time.
  
So, the moral of my story is that procrastination can be a good thing.  If I'd have started at the beginning of the summer, I would have used those pieced pieces and the quilt would have been finished before they re-released the Mirror Ball Dots and saved this wedding quilt!







Sunday, August 12, 2012

My Kind of Weekend...

I've been quilting on the Twirl quilt...

Put the borders on the quilt for my DIL to give as a wedding gift...
 Made the binding...

Made a bunch more Short Story blocks...
A few more hexies (I actually did these last week)
And made my August Sunday Morning Quilts Bee blocks...

Then Saturday night dinner!  My Pommes Anna came out so beautifully I had to take a photo.  When they come out of the skillet this perfectly brown and nothing stuck on the bottom of the pan, I get a little thrill...
(I could have used something better to display it on than a pink plastic plate, but I haven't run the dishwasher in a few days - LOL)

Then I made a Caprese salad with the wonderul yellow roma tomatoes and basil that we got in our friends' CSA share that they kindly let us have this week while they were on vacation...
To go with our filets and our last bottle of 2005 Valley of the Moon Zinfandel.  Oh, how I wish we had another bottle (or 10) of this wine.
(notice my quilt block plates?  A fantastic TJ Maxx find from a few years back)

A lot of sewing, a wonderful dinner and a great bottle of wine - now that's my kind of weekend!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Pets on Quilts 2012

I almost missed my entry for Pets on Quilts 2012!  I figured I'd better get on the stick and get this posted.  This year, Jacque from Lily Pad Quilting (love that name for obvious reasons) is hosting, taking over from Sew Cal Gal.  Thanks Jacque!  And thanks Sew Cal Gal!

On Sunday, I gathered up a favorite quilt, Lilly and some treats to have a photo shoot.  Lilly wasn't very cooperative, even with the treats.  Usually, when I put a piece of fabric or a quilt down on the floor Lilly jumps right in the middle.  Not this time.  I coaxed and pleaded and finally had to plop her down.  Then I couldn't get a shot with her eyes open.  
And then the tongue comes out - LOL!
Let's try an "artistic" shot on the chair.  Yep, still with the eyes closed...
I made this quilt a while ago, but just pulled it out again to display.  I really love blue and brown together and when I saw these fabrics, I fell in love.  A very simple quilt, but quite stunning with the fabrics.
You can see all of the great Pets on Quilts entries here!

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A Great Service story:  I placed an order today on the Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe site.  I love their site and really hope I can visit their store someday.  It's a good thing they are all the way across the country from me or it could be dangerous.  I ordered a FQ bundle and just received a call from them asking if I would mind if they untied the bundle and then they'd be able to fit it in a smaller envelope saving me big $$$ on shipping.  Do I mind?  Um, nope.  I am blown away by this level of service.  Hollyhill, you ROCK!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Hospital Hexies

I may not have gotten any hexies done while driving back and forth to North Carolina during our trip a few weeks ago, but I did get some done while spending long hours at the hospital a couple of weeks ago...

Hubby said he felt bad that I was there all day on the Sunday and that I could be home quilting.  I told him I've got my iPad to read my quilting blogs and I've got my hexies for sewing - so it's just like being home!  Well, almost.   At home I don't run to the pantry every 1/2 hour to get him more ginger ale - LOL.  He drink enough ginger ale while he was in the hospital to float a ship!  At least I felt useful.  He's doing great by the way and is back at work.  Thanks for all of the kind words and good thoughts and prayers, they meant a lot. o:)

Last weekend, a few of my quilting buddies and I got together for a sew day (I can't tell you how much I love our sew days!)  I started this quilt...

I know, another one.  But I have an excuse.  I promised my daughter-in-law I'd make a quilt for her to give as a wedding gift next month (yes, I really love my DIL).  And, this one's quick and I already had the fabric.

Along with the sewing, and the eating, of course we went shopping - at Sew Smart in Doylestown - a favorite LQS of mine.  And they were having a sale AND we had coupons - woo hoo!

So I got a couple of packs of Sew Stitchy charms along with a couple of yards of light pink Kona (and I got a finish-the-bolt discount on that!)...

And some yardage to go with my Lucy's Crab Shack charm packs...
The bikes are so cute!

I saw a zig zag quilt on the wall that was so luscious, I couldn't resist getting these to jelly rolls to make one just like it...
Fun, fun, fun!