Thursday, February 23, 2017

THURSDAY ADVENTURE

The DH needed to go to Port Townsend today to get some lumber, so we took the dogs and off we went.
Going to Port Townsend entails a ferry ride each way and several hours driving.


JAX sitting in DH's lap while we're on the ferry to Southworth


Jelly looking out of the front of the ferry.  

We pulled into Edensaw in Port Townsend, used the facilities and then I left him to his sorting and the dogs and I went to Fort Worden for our walk.

I had snowed the night before, but there was very little evidence left of it, and the weather was mild - clear and calm, if a little cold.  It was very quiet and restful up in the woods there.

At Fort Worden, some of the bunkers.


Walking by the bunkers.

On a trail, going to the bluff,


Lots of interesting things to smell. 
The view from the bluff,


The view from the bluff.  You can see the lighthouse down below.
The lighthouse.

More bunkers.

Lots of bunkers.

Lots and lots of bunkers.

After our walk, we went and picked up the DH and went to the local food co-op for a nice lunch.  The dogs waited in the car.  They were overly excited to see us when we returned.  The get the windows all slobbered up and the whole inside steamy.


They were happy, tired pups and slept most of the way home.

We made home just in time for me to get to my 2:00pm Tai Chi class.

It was a good day for an adventure.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

WEEKENDS ARE SLOW

Weekends at work can be slow once I get my paperwork caught up.  I try to bring a project to work on.
I brought several.
Today I'm working on sewing the binding down on the back of the green Abracadabra quilt.

I could probably get it done, if I stopped messing about.


Friday, February 17, 2017

LOTS DONE TODAY

After a very invigorating walk with the dogs at Lincoln Park I went up to the studio and re-arranged the bouquet the DH bought me for Valentine's Day.  I pared it down to just a few flowers so it would fit on my small canvas.
I finally opened the oil paints I had bought last year and spent a great two hours painting.
I don't think it's done yet.


Then I hung up my Grandmother's Flower Garden Blocks on the wall.  I want to see how big it will be and whether I should add hexagons or triangles in between the blocks.  Looks like it will be hexagons.  Now I just have to decide what color hexagons, black or white?  
Also, it looks like I might not have enough blocks.  I still have 3 or 4 ready to make, but it appears I might be short a few.  The problem is the center hex uses all the same fabric, which I don't have any more of.


After lunch I worked on my Splendid Sampler blocks.  I ironed the appliqued gulls and the quilt shop block and made the other two today.  This is such fun!
The Family Stars block took a long time, lots of small parts.


The quilt shop block is modeled after my own quilt shop, Pieces.  It's like the sign we had in the window, but in this one the star above the 'i' doesn't show up well.  I may need to amend it.

Since he's out of town, I'm making pizza for myself for dinner.  Yum.
There should be enough leftovers to take to work tomorrow for my dinner there.


SKIPPING WORK

It's our sixteenth anniversary today.  I took the day off work.

I finished a few of my Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks this morning while watching the news.  

This project was originally started way back when I was a member of Issaquah Quilters and has been languishing in a project bag for at least 15 years. 

When I got close to finishing my Connecticut quilt, which was English Paper Pieced, I realized how much I enjoyed sitting and working on that project.  So, I dug up this one and started working on it again.


Happy Anniversary Darrell.

I love you.

These last few decades have been the best ever because of you.



Thursday, February 16, 2017

SPLENDID #15


"Family Affair" by Janice Ryan:


I've been working on this one a little bit at a time for a few days now.  Tonight I finally finished it.

It is paper-pieced.  Jax enjoyed when I took the paper off the back and tossed them to him.  I think he even ate some of them.  Goofy dog.





Saturday, February 11, 2017

SOME SPLENDID BLOCKS

I haven't been posting the Splendid Sampler blocks I've been doing.  So here are some of them.

There are more, but I'm still working on them.  They are either applique or need embroidering.

They are all 6" blocks:



This is the one I made today.

Friday, February 10, 2017

SOLSTICE #8 SORTA

The block for this week is 18" square instead of 12" square, like the rest have been.

I started this with a bundle of blue flannel fat quarters which are over 15 years old (which means I probably couldn't find anymore).

So, I've been concerned that I'll just barely have enough to finish the 25 blocks if they were all 12" blocks.

Pat showed the setting she has in mind and instead of doing that, I was thinking I'd just stick with a 5x5 or 6x4 setting (still thinking they'd be all 12" squares).  

Anyway, long story short, this block uses a lot of fabric.  It has three big hearts, the biggest of which would use up a half of a fat quarter.

So, I'm not doing that.  I'm just making a 12" square for now.  I'm going to think about what I want to do.  Some of the things I'm thinking about is:  just putting one heart in the square, or putting a 5-pointed star (I like stars more than hearts).  And if I was going to add another fabric or two, maybe even a red, then maybe the star should be red.  I don't know.  I'm going to let it stew for a while.

In the meantime, I need to start looking for plaid flannels that will go with.

This is the block as I made it.  Now I'm wishing I had just shrunk the 18" block down to 12" and made the whole thing.

This is the block as presented.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

FINISHED THE BAG!

It took lots of angst, cussing, pain and frustration, but I got the bag finished today!

On Tuesday, we went to McLendon's Hardware and got some nylon screw rivets to attach the handles to the bag.  [I didn't like the instructions in the pattern, and came up with this plan]

The DH drilled holes into the plastic tubing that makes up the handles.



The first set of rivets, 3/4" long,was a little too long.  So, Wednesday I went back to hardware store and bought shorter ones.  They only had 1/2" and I was worried that they'd be too short since the tubing was 1/2".  So I also bought 5/8" in aluminum, which is what I ended up using.


So, I spent alot more money and bought alot more hardware than I needed.


I used one of DH's square punches (1/4") to punch a hole through the bag's side.  [You too can buy one of his punches thru Veritas or Lee Valley]



Then I attached the plastic tube covered with fabric to the bag with the rivets and washers.



Then the ends of the fabric tubes was pulled down and attached to the bag.  This was one of the most frustrating things I've ever done - trying to hand sew the final bit of fabric down.  Never again.


I almost gave up a couple of times, but after several hours over two days I persisted and won.  It may not be pretty, but it's done and it works.



DONE>


[I thought I might get Jelly to pose next to it to give some measure of it's size.  But, noooo, she thought I was trying to kill her or something.]