Saturday, October 17, 2020

Working With Scraps

Happy Holidays Travel Panel
In an attempt to keep my scrap pile under control and not cut into 
any new yardage I added several rows of 2-1/2" x 6" pieces to
the top and bottom of this panel.
Julep ... not helping.

Christmas Cactus ... in bloom.
There are times I just like to simply sew two blocks together and then
stack them up for pressing.  This gives me time play with a layout
in my head.  In an effort to [here again] use up my scrap blocks
from other projects I decided to do two lap size scrappy
holiday quilts.  While these have no destination to go
to [as of yet] they will hang out with me until something
or someone comes to mind.  
Scrappy Quilt Top #1
A simply layout of two 6" blocks separated by 
a 2-1/2" x 6" strip.

Scrappy Quilt Top #2
Guess you could consider this an I Spy holiday quilt.

Monday, October 12, 2020

This is done and was made wider than normal.
I had to 'expand' the back fabric to accommodate the larger front.
 This was simply done by incorporating the leftover blocks
I had from the front and sew them down the center of the back fabric.
Halloween Masks ... have you made yours yet?
These will be mailed to my nephews girlfriend who is a vet.
I made a few extra ones for her to share with the office.
Derby ... sleeping by my feet.
Julep is feeling better after her dental procedure last week.
She lost two molars and is on antibiotics and pain meds.

Small Stockings = 14
These are slated for Outreach.  I plan to make more 
to add to the stack.
The Christmas quilts {above & below} are current works-in-progress.
I toyed with various designs around this panel but I
decided to go with a simple scrappy design.  This
helps me keeps my holiday leftover fabric at
a minimum.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

From the Quilting Room

Could someone tell my Christmas cactus it's not Christmas
and it shouldn't be getting ready to bloom!
I pulled out my design wall to lay out this jelly roll quilt.
This is quilted and ready to have the binding attached.
Close-up of a few of the blocks.

Is it a westie, a unicorn or a westie-corn?
This quilt top has already been donated to Outreach.
I used leftover fabric from two other quilts.


Thursday, October 8, 2020

Dinner at Theo's in St. Michaels, MD


Wilson's Manhattan
It was a beautiful night last night and we reserved a table on the
front porch at Theo's.  We arrived at 5:30 which is happy hour
so drinks and appetizers were at a lower price.
Katie's Cosmo
Shrimp Cocktail
Shrimp Tempura

Wilson ordered the French Dip sandwich with a wedge
salad on the side instead of the fries.
My cheeseburger cut in half with a bite gone.
I can say Theo's is never stingy with fries and that's
why we get one order with fries and one with a salad.

It was so delightful to be able to go out to dinner.
I mentioned to Wilson we should try and do more
outside dining because once winter comes we will
not be dining inside any restaurant.

Will life ever return to a normal state?

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Twins

It's that time of year for crop dusting or crop over-seeding
the fields.  I went out to take photo's of the plane when I spotted
the twins with their mom on the community dock.

I think they were having a little tea party on the dock.
At one point I thought the plane was going to crash into our house!
Becka and the twins ... Charlotte and Eleanor 

I love watching the twins grow.  It puts a smile on my face
as well as the entire neighborhood.


Sunday, October 4, 2020

This & That From The Sewing Room

True to form ... my little helpers are always near.
Made with leftover squares from various other projects
this one is in the bag for Outreach to finish.
Westie Rescue Southeast has a Facebook auction going on now.
I added this collection as 1 set of 8 stockings to the bidding.
I also added two small mixed breed themed quilts to the 
auction as a set.  Since I donate the shipping costs as well
to the winning bidder it's cheaper to do 'sets' as opposed to
individual items.
When I saw this fabric on sale I ordered it to make Christmas quilts
for the two ladies who help Wilson select the poetry for the
Delmarva Review.  It's a lot of reading and selecting on their part so
I thought it would be a nice surprise for them to send them
a little thank you.  What sold me on this particular fabric is that
the back fabric is a Christmas poem.  Project for this week.
My sister likes gnomes [just like I do] so it will go to
her when I have it done.
This panel was on sale for $2.95 - how could I not buy it!
I switch around the music in my sewing room ever so often.
This is what I'm currently listening to.
I have a box of quilt tops made up so when I need a quilt
as a gift this is the first place I look.  If I don't
find anything that will work for that specific person
then I will go back to my stash and start a new one.

I can't hide from the truth!