Sunday, October 2, 2022

Sew & Tell ~ Halloween Finish

I have been enjoying all of the show & tell links!  You all are some pretty spectacular participants!


Sara at My Sewing Room showed us a fun Halloween wall hanging in progress...


Maggie at Making a Lather showed the progress on a Rainbow heart that is part of a group project...

With my finish of the Halloween quilt for my customer it was time for a photo shoot!  With the autumn colors ramping up I took full advantage of our maple trees "showing their true colors."  

The backing is pieced... thanks to the fact that the local walmart has reduced their fabric selection and carries mostly pre-cut lengths of fabric, especially seasonal fabrics such as Halloween... so I made the best of the situation and chose some fun fabrics...



Quilted with large hanging diamonds, and bound with a scrappy, spooky binding, it was a wrap!

Which means that it was time to turn my attention to some improv mug rugs/hand-sewn hello postcards.


The request was to have a Fishers Peak scene with a cross... I added a flower to one and a bird to the other... along with a scripture quote.


During my search for "the perfect fabrics" to be used in these hand-sewn hello mug rugs, I realized just how much of a mess I have in my fabric closet!  

I'd share a picture, but I am embarrassed to show right now... I'll be sure to include one for a before and after comparison though.  

What sort of sorting/storage system do you have for your stash?
How often do you reorganize?  
Do you put everything away (in its proper place) when you are done?  
Or are you more like me... toss in a pile wherever it might fit, and call it good?

Leave a comment... I want to hear your tips!

Keep Piecing!

Melva

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Teatime with TT & Heather


Welcome to teatime with TT... Tressie Teegarden.  Today, great-granddaughter, Heather, shares the memories that stand out the most in her mind.  Her top three are as follows:


The box of chocolates on top of the fridge... 

This is a popular memory!  Karri recalled the chocolate box as holding some shells that were used to serve appetizers.

Heather remembers that before these boxes were "repurposed" they were on top of their refrigerator.  It was an older (and shorter) fridge, and she was able to reach up and get the box to choose the chocolate of her choice as a near teen. 

The orange tree in the backyard...
The oranges were plentiful when we would visit in March during spring breaks!  They were easily reachable by the girls, and it was hard to deny them a snack when they requested a healthy snack such as this. 

Teatime... 

TT loved teatime, especially on her patio.  If there were ripe oranges on the tree, they would pick one and enjoy... To be honest though, I'm not sure that she loved the tea more than the "excuse" to have a sweet treat or snack.  I have mentioned before that she had a sweet tooth!  Thus, the box of chocolates that was always on top of the fridge.  And Grandpa was just as bad as Grandma with the sweet tooth. 

Grandma would sometimes enjoy teatime with a few of her china painting friends.  And if they brought a yummy treat to share she would ask for the recipe.  Here's one that she passed on to me, knowing that we had a garden and an abundance of zucchini.


Tressie's handwriting was sometimes hard to read... To save you the time of deciphering exactly what the recipe calls for.

Zucchini Bread ~ Chocolate
makes 2 loaves

3 eggs
1 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar (can cut to 1-1/2 cup)

Beat these ingredients together.

Add 2 squares (baking) chocolate (melted) or 6 tablespoons cocoa
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts

Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
Store in refrigerator 


You may recall the mention of TT and her wanderlust as well as her interest in the Royal Family.  With the recent passing of the Queen, I saw an ad for a collectible doll in the likeness of and in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.  My girls and I laughed as we recalled Grandma T's large doll collection (that they helped pack in the big move from Tucson to Colorado) and all three of us feel confident that she would have certainly brought this doll home with her.

Speaking of home... have you started your Noon & Night (log cabin) blocks?  Because of the many moves that Forrest & Tressie had during their life, I thought that a row of little houses was needed.


This BONUS block makes a 3-1/2" block, and you will need 16 to complete the row.

Grab the free pattern and get sewing!  You will find these blocks are beginner friendly, easy to make and come together quickly.

And when you are done with these head over to the Noon & Night story and share a link to your photo of your finished blocks!  Oh, and then celebrate by taking advantage of the 15% discount at Cornerstone Tea Company by using HOME as the code at checkout. (Discount code valid thru October 12)

Keep Piecing,

Melva

Linking with:

Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty
Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More
Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Checking Off on the To-do List

Thank goodness I have to-do lists... if not for them I might forget what I am supposed to be doing and what is next!

One row needs to be photographed and two patterns need to be finalized.

 I'll be writing another Teatime with Tressie memory - DONE!  Watch for it on Thursday.  This one includes another sweet recipe.

Three outta four ain't bad, right?  Haha!  I didn't get the photos done (yet) and may not since I finalized the bonus pattern and Teatime story that is being released on Thursday.  

I strive for perfection and consistency throughout life, but sometimes I let little things slide... like the photo session of the bonus block.  I have all of the pertinent info and photos in the pattern... it will just look a little less fancy with no purple velvet background. I'm not even beating myself up about it! lol... I am a recovering perfectionist and will not apologize for this slip.


   Custom Halloween quilt is under the needle now!  I did a quick story on Friday to show the flimsy finish before we ran off to spend some time in the mountains enjoying the start of the changing leaves.

As I look forward...

I will finish the Halloween quilt and get it ready to deliver to my customer.

I have an order for two small Hand-sewn Hello mug rugs.  This order comes at a perfect time since I have been craving some improv creative time in the studio.  While I am at it, I will probably make a few extra to have on hand to send to a sweet lady from time to time.  She has recently been diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and has a rough road ahead of her as she begins the battle to beat the disease with 12 weeks of chemo.  Any and all prayers on her behalf would be welcomed and appreciated. 

For my to-do lists I simply use a regular notebook and scribble out my thoughts, ideas and plans... and I have a spreadsheet that I use for the sew alongs.  But I have given some thought to one of the planners designed for quilters.  And then I wonder if I would actually use it... and would it be worth it?  Some of them seem rather pricey.

Do you have and use a planner to track your To-do lists?  
What is YOUR method for staying on task?

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!

Keep Piecing,

Melva

Linking with:

To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sew & Tell ~ September 26, 2022

It's a short one today... 

I got the Halloween quilt top ready on Friday... just before we left and unplugged. 


Here's what we did and looked at all weekend. 🍂🍁🍂  It's a rough life... but, hey, somebody's gotta do it! 😂



















Gadget Gail, um, Quilting Gail showed us her quilt using multiple gadgets..



And Melisa showed her adorable Santa gnomes...


Time for your turn... Sew & Tell ❤

Keep Piecing!

Melva

Linking with:

Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
This & That at Days Filled with Joy
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Friday, September 23, 2022

Friday Finish ~ Halloween Quilt

I just wanted to share my sorta finish (flimsy only) of my customer's Halloween quilt... Borders on and ready to be sandwiched and quilted!  Wohoo!


You can read my thoughts of this quilt on yesterday's Thankful Thursday post...

We are headed out for a weekend of rest and rejuvenation... and some leaf peeping!

Are the leaves in your area starting to reveal their beautiful autumn colors yet?  

Leave a comment... you know I always love to hear from you! 

Keep Piecing!

Melva

Linking with:

Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty
Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More
Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Thankful Thursday

As the season turns from summer to autumn it is naturally a time that turns many to thinking of all that comes with "Fall".  The turning of the leaves... the final garden harvests... the first freeze and frost on the pumpkins... and let's not forget the Pumpkin Spice!  And many seem to like to focus on Halloween (like my customer who requested a Halloween quilt including all of the "spiderwebs and skeletons and bats and purples and greens, witches, oranges and blacks and then pumpkins are fine but more like spooky Halloween stuff."  

All of the blocks have been pieced and are ready to be sewn together and get borders.  Personally, I prefer the fall/harvest focus.

Harvest season brings an attitude of gratitude, which brings me to Thankful Thursday...

❤  I am happy to fulfill my customer's request and thankful that I finally have another quilt to make!  I have had a slow time of custom anything (the last one was in May) and am ready to get back into the swing of things.  

❤  I find that doing quilting for others has helped me as a quilter... I have been forced out of my comfort zone and have tried color combos and quilting designs and techniques that I wouldn't normally choose to do for myself.  I can look back and see my growth... for this I am thankful! Growth is so important.  It offers the chance to improve skills and figure out what you like and don't like... and it keeps you from becoming stale and stagnant and lethargic... much like the Dead Sea.

❤  I'm thankful for the opportunities to get away and rest and unplug from the craziness of the world.  Rest... we seem to be really bad about resting here at home.  I guess that happens when you have a small business with the shop in the yard.  (Dave gravitates to his shop and if he is in his shop, I am in my studio in the house)  We have learned over the years that if we don't leave home, we don't rest... and... well, we all know that saying about "All work and no play."  So, that's what we will be doing this weekend... resting and playing. :)  With the bonus that we are entering the peak season for leaf peeping!

What are you thankful for?  

Leaf me a comment... I'd love to hear from you! 🍂

Piece Out, 😉

Melva

Linking with:

Thankful Thursday at Brian's Home
Little Things Thursday at Good Random Fun
I Like Thursday at Not Afraid of Color







Tuesday, September 20, 2022

New To-Do List ~ Fall vs. Halloween

A new week means a new To-do list...


Last week my Babylock Lyric went in for a spa treatment.  It's been a year and I have used a lot... A LOT!  It was time and I missed her.  She has returned, good as new I am guaranteed.  And just in time! But before I get to what I have on the cutting table, I want to take a look at last week's list.


✔ A new story in the Pieces in the Garden Sew Along series.

DONE!  The Noon & Night block accompanies the very short story of the first place that Forrest & Tressie lived.


 Instagram's 30-day Photo Challenge and National Sewing Month celebration. 

Days Filled with Joy was chosen as the random winner in the September 17th drawing.  The prize was a gift certificate code valued at $24 for a purchase from Quilting Jetgirl's store.

Need ideas to spur on your own?  Check out #31dayswithcottoncuts

There are two more drawings before the end of the month... join the fun!
You can participate in the National Sewing Day 2022 group or on Instagram... your choice but be sure to use the hashtags above to be included in the weekly prize drawings..


 Finish writing all of the Pieces in the Garden patterns and get them tested and completed.  

Mostly DONE!  All of the rows of the quilt are complete.  

This leads into the list for this week 

❧ One row needs to be photographed and two patterns need to be finalized.

❧  I'll be writing another Teatime with Tressie memory soon and include another bonus block.


❧  And now that my sewing machine is back, I will be piecing blocks for a custom Halloween quilt.  It will be 60" x 80" and feature all things spooky and scary... ghosts, bats, witches, purples, green, oranges and yellows and jack-o-lanterns!


I'm
not much of a Halloween person, but I do love fall.  So I started with a proposal to my customer for a "fall-ish" quilt with a bit of a lean toward Halloween.  My initial idea was shot down and I succumbed to her request.  

I'll be sewing up a storm for the next few days and then I'll be prepping for a weekend of camping.  We'll be back in the San Isabel National Forest (3rd time this season).  This time we'll be alone, and we are hopeful that we will be able to use one particular campsite we have had our eyes on for a few years. 

It is a secluded site with no other sites right next door, has a creek running right next to it and not far from a trail.  The nights here have been getting cool enough to cause the leaves at our elevation to begin turning and we are thinking that we might catch some beautiful fall colors on the mountain. 🍁🍂  And with the highs this weekend only being in the upper 60s and lower 70s, it should be beautiful!

Fall is definitely in the air!  And it is my favorite season... I've gotta run... but before you leave, tell me... 

What is your favorite season?

Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you!

Keep Piecing,

Melva

Linking with:

To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Put Your Foot Down at True Blue Quilts
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Free-Motion Mavericks at Quilting & Learning