Friday, October 14, 2016

Butterfly Four Patch Quilt Blocks, New England Sights....

Cutting, sewing four patch butterfly blocks.

We drove through London Derry New Hampshire, the scenic 'apple trail'.

Four patch butterfly blocks sewn together.

Happy Weekend!!

Grand baby #4 made his appearance and is making his demands known loud and clear.

We had a little time for sightseeing along scenic roads stopping in at farmer's markets.

And I've managed to get a little time in for sewing.
Butterfly & four patch blocks work very well together. I like the neutrals as a backdrop.
My daughter crocheted the zig zag afghan under the butterflys.
It's very warm.

Hope you're all getting some walks in the fall air and enjoying the colors of fall.
I'll be by to visit soon!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Quilt design with a Minimalist Vibe, Fall Light....

Coffee station, I found a local grocer that carries Pike Place!

Formal dining room, cool chandelier.

Front lawn, morning light.
My Omnigrid cutting/ironing mat came today!

Happy weekend from the 'shire'! 

If you don't already know, I'm in New Hampshire helping with my daughter's family on the arrival of #3 grand child, which is soon to come. Home is Folsom, CA so we are a long way from home.

 The weather here has turned mild and sunny, delightful.
The little princesses are up to their usual business of play, fun, running around etc.

The cutting/ironing mat that I ordered from Nancy's Notions came today and I'm looking forward to making faster progress on my log cabin blocks. These blocks are for a new project using more neutrals and smaller amounts of saturated color for a minimalist vibe.

Speaking of color, Jeni Baker of In Color Order has a series of posts on The Art of Choosing Color.
She's able to clear up color questions and issues quick and succinctly. 

I hope all of you are having fun with your projects and I'll stop in to see what you're up to. Thanks for sharing!

Have a great day. Remember to take time and enjoy the fall air; invigorating.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Butterfly for October, New Workroom, Quilt Binding decision...

Butterfly for October 2016

Pfaff sewing machine I'm using now.

My 'liberated' four patch log cabin surround quilt, yes, I share my work space.

There's enough backing to fold around for the binding.

My October butterfly calendar features a Heliconius butterfly. They are a brush footed, New World butterfly, eating passion fruit vines as larvae. Who would have thought?

The weather here in New Hampshire has been cloudy and cool with rain off and on. Not great lighting for photos but one must carry on. It's also a good excuse to shop for cold weather clothes which I've been doing; new sweaters, boots etc..

In my new workroom I'm using a Pfaff Ambition sewing machine which does everything I want it to. My husband shares the work table with me so he's got his guitar finishing tools and his Apple Computer on one side and I do my sewing on the other side. I've ordered a small Omnigrid foldaway
from Nancy's Notions, so I can trim and press as I'm piecing without having to run out to the big ironing board in the laundry room.

That's what up in New Hampshire!
Thanks for sharing your progress and work, I enjoy keeping up with what you're doing.

Hope your weekend went well!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Big Stitch Hand Quilting, Farmer's Market, Quilt Shop....

Zinnias at Peter's Farm, loads of color!
We're at Peter's Farm Market, Salem, New Hampshire.

Chrysanthemums Wow.

Mini pumpkins, Indian corn, fall has arrived here.

Pine Tree Quilt Shop, Salem, New Hampshire, great fabric selection.

My liberated four patch with log cabin surround, hand quilting work in progress.

Hello, from the East coast!!

In between sight seeing, visiting local farmer's markets and going to parks with our grand daughters, I manage some time to get hand quilting done on my 'four patch log cabin surround'. I've found a quilt shop in town, Pine Tree Quilt Shop, very friendly and good atmosphere. That makes being away from home much easier.

I must get going, things are hopping around here and I'm needed.
Keep stitching and sharing, I appreciate being able to check in on all of you and seeing what you're up to, thanks!!

Happy Weekend!!!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Butterfly Applique Quilt, Princess Rings in New Hampshire........

Butterfly applique quilt

Romano's pizza is loved by many.

Dunkin' Donuts big on the east coast.

Princess ring.

The  younger Princess.

Butterfly fabric I bought in Redondo Beach, CA at Nina's Quilt shop.

I'm in New Hampshire helping with the soon arrival of grand baby. Supervising two little princesses.
The butterfly applique quilt was made by my mother-in-law about 15 yr.s ago and now resides in my daughter's house in N.H. where I am now. She put a lot of work into that quilt.

Investigating the town, Salem, NH, is fun. It feels a little mossy here, I imagine hobbits would be at home here. I was told that Dunkin' Donuts is said by the locals to make the best coffee. Sorry, StarBucks has them beat.

I'm pondering the gorgeous butterfly fabric I bought at Nina's Quilt shop in Redondo. I might have to 
make a kaleidoscope quilt with it. It's the planning, dreaming stage.

The princesses are calling.
Hope your weekend is full of relaxing dreams!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Antique Sewing Machine Display, Meadow Storm, New Fabric Line....

Display of antique/vintage sewing machines outside All Saints.
The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA.
Display in the Getty Villa.

The Roman Villa look.

They make the best fish and chips here.

Driving Hwy 1, we stopped at the Getty Villa, a museum made to look like a Roman villa showing Roman artifacts.
Stopped in Santa Monica to walk the Promenade and window shop. All Saints clothing store has a unique display of antique sewing machines along their outside walls. I stayed there too long looking at the old Singers, Whites, etc. Thrilling, because I'm fascinated by old sewing machines. 

I plan on visiting this local quilt shop, Nina's Quilt Barn,
Redondo, CA, not too far away. Always great to see what the locals are up to in the quilting world.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts has a new exciting line of fabric just out; Meadow Storm, it's a must see! She's always busy designing, teaching and promoting quilting, Yey, Victoria!

Happy Tuesday!!
I hope you enjoy your day.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Crazyvictoriana in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA...Hello Sunshine

We drove our Durango; rest stop along I-5.
Pistachio orchards along I-5.
Santa Monica exit coming up...
Here we are in Rancho Palos Verdes, after 8 hr.s drive time.
This is where we'll be staying in RPV.

Looking out to the Pacific Ocean, RPV.

Rancho Palos Verdes cliffs, beach.

Happy Holiday or what?

We are here! The drive went well. I don't have much time to write now.
I'll post photos of Santa Monica; shopping, and Malibu; eating fish and chips, in a couple days.

Happy weekend to everyone!!

Keep quilting and stitching!!!