Design Wall Monday

……or design bed as the case is today.  This is a framed nine patch from Jan’s tutorial here made with a bundle of fat quarters.  This is a scrap club project that I think I’ll want to make a little bigger with borders of some kind.  We’ll see.

We took a drive through some rural farming country this weekend and were looking at the animals on the farms.  DH and I both did a double take at this one:

Take a closer look:

What the heck????  Where do you get a zebra in southern Illinois?

I did a favor for a friend and she gave me a gift certificate to Hancock’s of Paducah……which explains why this was on my doorstep when I got home tonight.  Beefing up my neutrals and a beautiful purple piece 🙂  Gotta love the Hancock’s yellow/green florescent shipping bags 😉  Thanks, Margaret!!

Linking up with Judy’s DWM post.

 

Spelunking

Spelunking: sport or practice of exploring or studying a cave. 

I’ve been exploring a cave, a quilt cave to be specific and to be more specific, Kevin the Quilter’s Quilt Cave 🙂  This past week I was thrilled to get together with Kevin, Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic and Dar of Dar’s Patchwork Garden at the Quilt Cave.  You can see Kevin’s post about it here, Dar’s post here and Jan’s post here.  We got to visit the chicken coup and see Henny Penny & friends, then we got to check out the three newest members of the chicken brood (a group of chickens is call a brood, I looked it up 🙂 ). 

I totally swiped this pic from Kevin’s blog so you could see how cute the little guys are.

Our task, should we accept it, was to make QOV quilt blocks…..I might have sneaked off a couple of times to cuddle the chicks as they are so darn cute!!  But back to the program….

I was so inspired by this quilt top in a shop window in Paducah that I blogged about it.

Jan read the post and remembered the top (I drug her past the window three times, I’m surprised she could have forgotten).  She drafted it in EQ and Kevin said, let’s all come to the Quilt Cave and make these blocks.  And so we did.  Jan made a test block….good thing too, as she imparted the wisdom she learned doing this pretty very challenging block.  Kevin found Barbara Brackman’s post about the snake pattern here.  Very interesting……

We all managed to make an entire block by ourselves…….let’s not talk about how friendly we got with our seam rippers 😉  It always takes a bit to get back into the paper piecing groove.

Dar is camera shy but I got her in this pic of the wonderful accommodations the Quilt Cave offers.  See her blue and white polka dots in the back there, lol?

A wonderful part of the Quilt Cave was we didn’t have to lug and set up our machines…..Kevin had vintage machines ready to go…..it was just sit and sew time!  We had a blast and when we were calling it quits for the day, we had 14 blocks done! 

We are all pleased with the progress but even more so with how awesome the blocks look.  So Kevin, thank you for asking us to join you, for the fabulous accommodations, the fine dining experience and thanks also to Jan & Dar along with Kevin for the great camaraderie.  The Cave Quilters will return 😉

 

 

   

DWM 1-9-17

Wow, I haven’t possted for Design Wall Monday in quite awhile! Click over to Judy’s DWM post here.

dwm-1-9-17Among all the stuff on the wall, I’ve got Sept – Dec’s First Saturday’s blocks:

fs-16-sept-to-dec-mainRainbow Scrap Challenge blocks from Sept & Oct 2016 I never posted about:

rsc-sept-16-claret rsc-sept-16-claret-2 rsc-nov-16-sunset rsc-nov-16-sunset-2And a couple more from Aug 2016 not on the design wall:

rsc-16-aug-purple-2 rsc-16-aug-purple-1And a new sewing machine!  A Kenmore with purple accents with the manual and cams……in a Mid Century modern cabinet.  Awesome, right?  Thanks for the hook up, Jeanne!

kenmore-purple-accents

Red & Yellow Finish

I started this quilt in 2011, got the flimsy finished in May 2013, started quilting in March 2015 and finally finished Oct 2016!  Shesh, do I know how to draw a project out, or what?  This was a project from Scrap Club and I donated it for our department’s United Way campaign.

red-and-yellow-quiltI think she’s pretty happy about her win, don’t you think?  

red-and-yellow-quilt-winnerHere’s the backing….it’s pieced but a bit boring….YAWN, lol!

red-and-yellow-quilt-back

RSC Pink, Watermelon Pink

I went surfing in my shirting scraps and found I don’t have many pinks and, of the ones I have, I wouldn’t necessarily call them watermelon pink but they will do 😉  Can I say I.LOVE.MY.STUDIO.CUTTER?  Having the dog ears cut off the triangles makes it SO easy to sew accurate HST’s.  The same with the speaky/pike (peaky/spike) triangle square pieces.  It’s awesome!  Oops, got a little off track there….here are my broken dishes blocks for July.

RSC July 16RSC July 16 PinkRSC July 16 Pink 2Linking up with Soscrappy’s Saturday Rainbow Scrap Challenge linkup.