Friday, August 28, 2015

It's Already the end of Summer, WOW

Looking back I can see that it's been a very busy summer both for crafting and adjusting to retirement. I just can't believe it's just about over. In the past 2 weeks we have had my brother and his wife down for a visit from Jersey and our old Neighbors down for a week, also from Jersey with whom we did a few days at Disney.

In the in between times I did a bit of sewing.  I know I was a little late on the triangular zip pouch wagon but I did manage to make one.

I think I made this one in about a half an hour.  I can't say that I will run out and make any more.  For me they just weren't  practical. I did fill this one with a gift card and mailed it off  to my niece. I also would have to do tabs on the zipper ends and I would need to do a finished lining.  All of my changes would make this an hour project and I'm not convinced it would be worth an hour of my time.

These are the Flamingos (Dude and Dudette) that my brother sent me for my new house. They held the welcome banner for my brother and sister in laws arrival.

I also managed to finish this quilt that has been donated to the local Honor Flight chapter through the Quilt Guild of the Villages. 

Shabby Fabrics has designed this pattern with Quilts of Valor in mind and offers a basic version of the pattern for free or a more colorful version for purchase.  I believe they also offer a kit.

It was a quick and easy pattern to put together. 

I also made another top in patriotic colors last week that I hope to finish this week and will post about it on another day.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pets on Quilts 2015

Pets on Quilts 2015 kicks off today. 

Last year we lost Tinkerbell a couple of months prior to Pets on Quilts so I borrowed a neighbors dog to grace my quilt.

This year we are so fortunate to now have 2 rescue dogs as part of our family.

They don't do the picture thing for me yet.  It required a lot of pleading and holding tight to 2 leaches.

Nettie came to live with us in February, that's her on the left. Celie, her birth sister came to live with us in July after recovering from some major health issues.

This is a picture of the 6 seconds where they both sat down at the same time.

And this is the best of the 10 or so photos we took of them on the quilt.

This is definitely For the Dogs On A Quilt Category.

Monday, August 10, 2015

I'm Back with a couple of quilts and a little crochet

I can't believe I've not posted in 18 days. In all fairness I was back in Jersey for 5 of them.  Apparently I missed a lot of rain here in Florida.

I was in Jersey partly for business and partly for visiting with some friends and relatives. One of the friends, who is a  Knitter who quilts, and I went searching for yarn stores. Last visit we went to quilt shops because I'm a Quilter who knits. I found some lovely cotton/rayon mix to make a shawl. I got this far the night before I headed home.

My travel day home was a bit of a mess.  My noon flight was cancelled and my 5:00 flight didn't actually take off until 7:00.  It made for a lot of sitting and crocheting time at the airport.  Good thing I picked up that yarn and hook.  Life is funny that way.

This is it finished. I'm quite pleased with it.

This week I actually finished the quilt I've been working on since June.  I really need to do something about my attention span.  I get off track so easily.  This quilt is for the aunt of a very good friend. I've met her a few times and she is a lovely lady.  She lost all of her family quilts and afghans in a house fire.  Hoping this will give her some happiness this winter.

I love the hydrangeas in this print. It was so colorful and lent itself to working with lots of other individual colors.

This is the finished top made from the free pattern from Shabby Fabrics for Quilts of Valor.
It's around 59 x 73 a tad longer than my design wall.

Maybe I can it done before a new idea flies by that I absolutely must try NOW.

Leaving you with a doggie update

The girls recouping from a rough afternoon of  play and their daily trip to the park.