Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fons and Burns: Catch up now!

Mary Fons (Google Images)
For those of you who do not know, I have kind of an infatuation with Mary Fons. She is a fabulous writer and a cute little thing to boot. With any luck, I'll have an opportunity to shake her hand.

I read her blog, PaperGirl, in fits and starts. I may skip her posts for a month or so, but then I have to catch up with her again. That's when I go back to where I left off and read every article posted in the meantime. It may be that I'm obsessed.

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Ken Burns (Google Images)
On my last binge read, I discovered that she had interviewed Ken Burns, a well-known movie director and quilt collector. Part of his now-famous collection was on exhibit at the Quilt House, the exhibition hall of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Unfortunately, the exhibit closed on May 14. However, a free Quiltfolk article on the exhibit and Mary Fons' interview can both be found here:  https://www.quiltfolk.com/wp-content/uploads/quiltfolk-ken-burns-exclusive.pdf

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Watermelon

Milly turned one year old a few weeks ago and Dusti gave her a birthday party (of course) at our house since, conveniently, no one was sleeping here. All of the kids had just moved out, and we had not moved in.

Milly's party theme: You're one in a melon. Now, how cute is that? There was a watermelon-shaped cake, watermelon-shaped cookies, reds and greens and a few seeds. A precious red tutu! What more could a one-year-old want?

It finally occurred to me that if Pinterest is having an affair with watermelons, it may have a few watermelon quilts. Yes! Are you at all surprised?

original strip piecing table runner pattern on http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/search/site/watermelon%20runner pattern is free.

Quilted Frog - Shop | Category: Quilt Patterns | Product: 6006 CRAZY WATERMELON Quilt

Ahhh...Quilting: Watermelon Wedge Quilt - what a cute summer quilt, with an adorable back!

Watermelon quilt, Log Cabin. I am always amazed at the multitude of effects a quilter can creat with this block! This is very pretty!

Quilted Frog - Shop | Category: Quilt Patterns | Product: 6006 CRAZY WATERMELON Quilt

Summer Watermelon Quilt made by Betsy

watermelon quilt

Watermelon table runner

One quick trip to my "heart, quilts" Pinterest board, and you can see these and almost 8,000 other quilts. Yes, I may have a Pinterest problem. 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Dream Wedding

Leta's daughter got married. Leta and I have been friends for three decades. That's a long friendship but especially because we've never had any real disputes. 

Sure we disagree on a few things, and maybe two big things, but those things don't really affect our love for each other. We just work and play well together and have been blessed to call each other friends.

So anyway, Leta had a wedding to put together and an only daughter who knows what she wants. Seriously, there's no playing with Julie. She's as strong-headed as her mom and as serious as her daddy and old enough to not mix words.

Now don't let any of the above get you to thinking any negatives. I actually admire the whole lot of Fletchers. But I love the girls...mom and daughter are smart, funny, beautiful, determined and, above all, God-fearing. These are the kind of girls I prayed for back when I prayed for daughters of my own. 

This wedding, beautiful and elegant, was perfect for our small town life. It was a grand affair but not so grand that anyone felt out of place. Grand enough that a huge bouquet of flowers and many candles were perfect but either evening dress or church dress would do. The wedding of dreams without being too showy or extravagant.

That's what comes of knowing your mind and where you come from. Our beautiful bride could not have chosen better. Her artist mom was more than capable of filling in the gaps with a flair for fun. Best of all, for me, is that I got to play along.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A new romper and an old monkey

Last week I made a little romper for Milly that turned out much too big. So I went back to the worktable and created a new pattern from the old. This one fits much better; however, I didn't adjust the armseye opening which is still too deep, but Milly seems quite happy.  

I am over it, though. I have too many other things going on, especially this week. Our church is celebrating it's 90th Anniversary and we are planning several events to mark the occasion. One of those events is to create a directory with photographs of the parishioners. 

I'm the gal in charge, so to speak, and this week LifeTouch
photographers are in house. I've scheduled people for three days of portraits. That's all well and good, until the day arrives.  But no more complaining. Tomorrow is the last day of photographers. 

Besides there's good news in the house: the kids have moved to their own (new) house and we have spent a night in our own home. The last night we slept in the camper, Cotton found Milly's stuffed monkey. It's quite old and beginning to shed and leave crumbles.

But apparently Cotton finds it just right for napping. Now that we're back in the house, Milly has access to most of her toys, so Cotton has gained a hand-me-down monkey. He's quite protective of it. Just getting a couple of pictures of him was a little difficult: I was not allowed to touch his new toy. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Wedding Rings

This engagement ring, which has 103,900 saves on Pinterest, is officially the site's most popular. It has a rose gold band and was custom-designed by its owner, Sylvia BilloneI've had reason to think about wedding rings lately. A friend's daughter recently married. Someone else recently became engaged. We wonder why a particular couple has yet to make the big announcement. You know, the stuff of small towns: everyone's business is everyone's business. (I just thought of that little truism.)  Especially weddings and engagements and such. 

27 Simple Engagement Rings For Girls Who Love Classic ❤️ simple engagement rings oval cut diamond rose gold solitaire ❤️ See more: http://www.weddingforward.com/simple-engagement-rings/ #wedding #bride #engagementrings

14K White Gold Pave Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring / http://www.deerpearlflowers.com/sparkly-engagement-rings-for-every-kind-of-bride/

Wedding rings come to mind at this time of the year and it occurred to me that we should look at how wedding rings have inspired quilts. Ahh, we must remedy this with a few wedding rings...

Top 10 Twisted Shank Engagement Rings: The halo match made in heaven


And a few quilts...
Double Wedding Ring quilt by Debra Clutter of Bakersfield, CA. Featured at MQ Resource.  xxx

Machine embroidery Anita goodesign pattern love the colors

Well, it has definitely been busy here at Sew Kind of Wonderful.  We started the new year out with a...

Finished my #metrohoops quilt using #littlerubyfabric

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Double wedding ring quilt, beautiful


lauren's double wedding ring @Liz Mester Mester Carr Haskell  look at the quilting on this!!!!

Love the way the colors move in this quilt.    James & Emily 12/12/12 – Red/Brown/Cream Gradient Double Wedding Ring quilt by Kathy Metcalfe

*BestSellers* Double Wedding Ring Template set

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Milly's Bubble Romper ~~ A Finish!

I decided this morning that I would work on one small project and try to get a finish. And goodness gracious, I did it! I've been wanting to make a little outfit for Milly, but I had a particular pattern in mind. An hour of searching in the studio did not unearth that pattern. 

However, I did find a bubble romper pattern which I like very much. It's a New Look pattern by Simplicity that is no longer in print. I bought it almost 20 years ago and used it to make Dusti a couple of outfits. It seems appropriate to use the same pattern for Dusti's little one. 

It also looked like a quick, easy project. It is. But it had been a while since I've used this particular pattern. The back closure gave me fits. I finally managed to create a placket. Not necessarily the one in the directions, but a closure none-the-less.

And Miss Prissy was in a cranky mood, until she finally fell asleep--after one dirty diaper, a bottle of apple juice, a rocker and a good ten minutes. Whew! Getting her down when she is over tired is a job for someone younger than I!

Anyway, while she napped, I sewed like a mad woman. My inspiration was this lime green butterfly print. I had to place the pattern pieces with extra care because I was using an oddly-shaped, scrap fabric. There was just enough.

I thought I'd get away without the directions, but eventually I was forced to pull out the Bernina instructions. I couldn't remember how to shift the button hole stitch to the next section. I also had to practice button holes on scraps because, well truthfully, it's been so long I didn't feel terribly confident. And though they will hold, they won't look great doing so. I guess I'll need to practice a bit more.

Choosing buttons also took a little time. There are so many choices. I auditioned two sets but eventually chose the lime green. 

I insisted that we try the outfit before her mom took her home. It's too big. But not by much, so I think I can cut it down and get the right size without too much struggle.

She is growing so fast that she'll probably out-grow it before the summer ends. I think I'll make one without the piping. That slowed me down more than I expected. I have a feeling that there are a few more shortcuts that I can make. That will mean I can make several of these that we can use for play clothes throughout the summer. 

And that's my finish for the day and the week. 

I'll Be Linking Up With These!
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Pin It Weekly #242

I mentioned earlier in the week that Richard's aging parents are struggling with many health issues. We have been trying to help out and are finding that very time-consuming. Of course, we are happy to help them but when we add in the babysitting and taxi runs, there's almost nothing left for us. 

Fat-Quarter Favorites by Karen Burns. Fat quarter friendly quilt patterns for the modern quilter. Take those fun little chunks of fabric in fantastic new directions, trying fresh spins on classic quilt blocks, such as Jacob's Ladder, Churn Dash, and Pinwheel. Affiliate link.

As a result I haven't been blogging or sewing much. Stealing an hour feels just like stealing. I have to hide away to do either. I really want to keep up with both, but there's no knowing how much time I will be able to steal. 

I'm sure by now most of you are sick of hearing me talk about The Bind-A-Thon .  I'm kind of sick of it, too, but I persevere!  The T-Shirt ...

Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers: * 12 Projects from Simple Squares * Choosing Fabrics & Organizing Your Stash by Judy Gauthier

Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers: * 12 Projects from Simple Squares * Choosing Fabrics & Organizing Your Stash by Judy Gauthier

According to the photographer... this is an off center pineapple block. I think it would require a good deal of preparation and pre-planning to get all the colors in the right place. But so worth it!

bubbles pattern is available... | by ayliN--Nilya

Converging Corners Quilt | Original tutorial at http://www.filminthefridge.com/2012/02/23/converging-corners-block-a-tutorial/

Log Cabin Wreath quilt by Kerry Green at Very Kerry Berry.  The pattern by Jessie Fincham was published in Quilt Now, Issue 4, 2014.

Made: quilt idea from "Film on the Fridge" blog Converging Corners.

Converging corners pieced.  Tutorial at http://filminthefridge.com/2012/02/23/converging-corners-block-a-tutorial/

Wiggly Worms Log Cabin

Learn to create the illusion of curvy quilt designs using cleverly designed log cabin blocks created with 1-1/2" and 2-1/2" fabric strips. Create fun curves, waves or circles—all with straight-line stitching! Yardage requirements and cutting charts are provided for a range of block sizes. Includes complete instructions to make eight unique, curvy log cabin projects. Plus clear, concise, step-by-step photos and instructions for making curvy log cabin blocks with the Cur...

Detail of Playful Spirit, an original Log Cabin quilt variation designed by Judy Martin. Pattern is in Extraordinary Log Cabin Quilts, due to be published in November 2013. Quilting With Judy Martin -- Lessons, Blocks, and Quilting Products From The World-Reknowned Quilter

You can find these on my "heart, quilts" Pinterest board where there are almost 8,000 different quilt pictures!