Wednesday, October 31, 2012

We are so fortunate!

This was a big old pine tree that drove us nuts with pine tar.  Still, it provided a lot of shade at the top of the driveway, so we tolerated it.  Monday night, around 9:30, it came crashing down, right by our bedroom window.  We were so lucky!  Not only did we survive without any hurt to ourselves, but even the house survived.  yep we'll need a new roof, plus 3 of the attic beams need to be rebuilt, but no windows broken on the house, no power lines taken down, just a large pine mess.

I recently read a blog in which someone felt that the government should not provide aid to those surviving natural disasters.  The writer felt that we should take care of ourselves in terms of putting food and other supplies by.  That's all well and good, but if you could see the devastation that Sandy has caused in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, you would not feel that way.  People have lost everything, and I do mean everything.  Houses, belongings, cars, not to mention lives lost.  Floods where no floods had been before, towns under water, raw sewage, fires, you can't believe it if you have not seen it.  We suffered a tree down, but we're fine, and so is the house.  We have insurance and that'll be OK.  But we are just a tiny pebble in a mountain of misery.  We're very lucky that we don't need help, but thousands do.

I have to say that our local, state and fed governments have been wonderful.  First responders are amazing people.  Utilities from all over the country are here helping us out.  People helping people.  That's what it's all about. 

Scrabblequeen - Thank you for your very kind words.  We are beyond lucky.  That tree really could have killed us or smooshed Shel's car.  Happiness is being alive and well! 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Batting down the hatches!

Here we go:  Hurricane Sandy is on its way to NJ.  I'm awfully glad we don't live along the shore, but, still, those heavy winds and rain are going to cause some damage.  Keep your fingers, toes, and eyes crossed that the storm is not as bad as is expected.

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Slowly, but surely, Nuts and Bolts is growing.  I am awfully fond of this quilt, which is good since I have a bit more to do.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

HeLP for Hexie-aholics!

 It's time for Help for Hexie-aholics!  Check out what folks are doing here.

Tiny Tumblers!  This is going to be a doll quilt.  The tumblers are 1", but even though they're teeny, they're very easy to do.  I started it a week ago, and have one more row of tumblers to do.

Yesterday I was at The City Quilter in Manhattan, and bought 3 fabrics for borders.  I'm not yet sure how I'll arrange them, but I kind of like the brown next to the tumblers.
I have a cute autumnal print for the back.  Not sure what I'll do for the binding. 

Nuts and Bolts, which is going to be a baby quilt for "Mister", due in late January.  I suspect it will be a lot larger than a baby quilt; I'll work until I think I'm done.  That's how I do things:  very casually.  It's part of the designing process for me, and I like to work this way.  I have no idea of backing or borders.

What's next?  Oh dear, I have a gazillion ideas!!!!!!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Tiny Tumblers 

Coming along nicely.  I think I have enough tumblers for about 3 more rows.  I'll get a solid to border it, and I need a backing and something for the binding.  Going to The City Quilter tomorrow for my last class, so I'll buy it all there.

Here's the back, which I find as interesting as the front.

This is going to be a doll quilt, but however am I going to quilt through all those layers?  So I'm thinking of just machine sewing a straight line through every other tumbler.  Or else tying the layers together with some pretty floss.  Maybe not even putting in batting.  What do you think?  One of the grands will happily toss this around, so whatever I do has to hold.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tiny Tumblers

My latest EPP project

 Here they are:  Tiny tumblers.  These little guys are 1" on the slanted sides.  They are so cute and not difficult at all to work with.  I thought they would be fiddly, but they're not. 

And why am I playing with them?  'Cause I couldn't resist.  I'm using a charm pack from last year, Sandy Gervais' Grand Finale.  It's going to be a doll quilt, and I think I'll use a little border.  Hand quilt, but I don't have any ideas on how, yet.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Quilt as you go

Remember this?

Here's how it looks today:

This is from the quilt as you go class I'm taking at The City Quilter.  You can see where the blocks are joined.  The top row is not yet done.  I'm doing this little doll quilt just to practice the technique.  It's pretty easy for a "normal" quilter.  I, who can't make a straight 1/4" seam, am fudging merrily away.  The two sets of blocks will get a cross joining of that royal blue Kona.

I'm back to appliqueing the Hexified quilt.  I'd like to finish it before I die.  Hah.  

Monday, October 8, 2012

Design Wall Monday

Nuts and Bolts!  50 little octagons done.  Lots more to go.  I'm beginning to think of the next EPP project. 

This is a quilt-as-you-go class that I'm taking at The City Quilter.  It'll become a doll quilt.  I like the technique and may do something a lot nicer and larger when I finish.  I like this store very much.  There is a bright vibe to it.  Lots of unusual designs and great classes.  I just catch the train into New York, and walk over to 25th.  I pass FIT as I walk, and one of these days, I'm going to take a look at their current museum display.

Monday, October 1, 2012

I have the name!

Rooie suggested Nuts and Bolts, and that's what it looks like.  Pretty nuts and bolts.  Whoo hoo.

Design Wall Monday

And here's how far I've come with my sweet quilt.  I need a name for it.  Any suggestions?


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