Monday, September 26, 2016

THREE NEW UFOs


I was at a quilting retreat last week. And, you know what? I now have three more UFOs. Oh yes I do. 
This quilt needs 60 blocks. But, after a full day of making these blocks, I got a bit bored and took on my second project that was all cut and ready to go.



It requires a boat load of blocks and again, I was ready to move on after about ten hours of sewing the same block.



This is a quilt as you go project and it is probably a bit more fun watching it come together….and I like the colors a lot. So, I worked on this for two full days.


But, in the end, I came home with three new UFOs. (Unfinished Objects)

 At least I quilted and turned in a little baby quilt for our guild’s philanthropy. Another member had pieced it.




Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, September 19, 2016

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK


Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, September 12, 2016

ANOTHER FINISH AND THREE READY TO GO



“Out of Africa” is finally finished, right though the binding. It is a product of a 2014 Row Swap. I think it’s my new favorite. My favorites change often. But, for now….

 


I have put together a few kits to take with me to our Big Bear retreat.


The perfect guy quilt kit.

 


This is another guy quilt kit.

 


But, this is a girly “Quilt As You Go Quilt”. This is the first time I have ever used this technique. I made this sample block. It’s going to be fun!


Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, August 29, 2016

SMALL PROJECTS


This week I spent my sewing time on small projects.

I had a request for a couple of car trash bags. These are fun to make by customizing them for the person’s car.




Next I made a rather fun wristlet using Australian fabric. I made it with pockets inside. I don’t think pockets add anything to the bag, so I won’t be adding them to any future ones I make.

My granddaughter, Noelle, wanted a new pencil case. She had one similar to this in size and with the vinyl front. She liked it except for the fabric. So, via camera photos, she selected these two fabrics. I decided to make two in the event she finds more uses.




These vinyl cases are so versatile, I decided I needed a project bag.



Yes I know a red zipper would have been better; but, I didn’t have one. And, this is a pretty cool zipper. So, it will just have to work.

All of these items (except for my project bag) are in the mail and will probably find their new homes sometime today.

Hope you have a good week and


Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, August 22, 2016

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY


What a couple of weeks. My computer died. Yes, it just plain died. But, I have a new one and after the pains of getting everything installed, it’s up and running. There are always a few hiccups along the way; but, for the most part, it’s all good. Now, my tablet is acting up. I’m not even sure I will replace it. However, I like using it as a reader.

There hasn’t been much sewing. But, there has been a fair amount of company. Summer is usually a busy time for me with out-of-town company and this has not proved to be much different.

First, a girlfriend stopped off for a few days before she left for the Philippines. I hear she had a great time.

My Granddaughter, Rachel and her beau spent a few days. They had their own car and managed to find their way around on their own. We did take in Medieval Times, which is a family favorite.
Then family from Idaho, Utah, and Florida all visited. Usually, we mostly hang out around here. But, this time I decided my 18-year old granddaughter might be interested in some Los Angeles history.

Philippe’s, in downtown Los Angeles, was first on the list. Philippe’s opened its doors in 1908 and is credited with inventing the French Dip Sandwich.


Next stop was Union Station which opened in 1939. My grandfather worked there as an Engineer for the Southern Pacific Railroad. I remember my family mostly using trains for travel.


Then we walked across the street to Olvera Street. Olvera Street is known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles” and it was created as a marketplace in 1930. I still enjoy visiting Olvera Street, more so in the fall and winter when it is less crowded. Philippe’s and Union Station are always busy,


My granddaughter from Florida stayed on for an additional six days, and, we explored Medieval Times, Catalina Island, Retro Row in Long Beach, and took in a couple of movies.

I’m back to normal now. I even managed to sew something I have wanted to try for a while.  It’s a Goody Goody Binding Kit. Of course you could probably find other ways to use it. But, for now, I’m going with a Binding Bag.




Hope you have a good week and



Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, August 1, 2016

ALL ABOUT THE QUILT SHOW (Well almost all)

You have all had to put up with my blather about the Garden Grove Quilters Guild quilt show that is now behind us. Oh my, what a job; but, what a fun couple of days.

It really does take a village to get ready for such an event. Here are a very few pictures to pay tribute to the show.


Here we are 

Hanging quilts

Opportunity Baskets (we had 11 magnificent baskets)

Our great boutique 


Admissions


Memorial for one of our members who passed this year. We miss you Linda.


Quilters enjoying viewing the quilts

Robin Gallagher, our Featured Quilter


One of our favorite vendors, Shawn of Rusty Crow Quilt Shop


Carol, Robin and Marilyn (it's all about the friends)

A huge thank you to the entire village that made this happen!

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, July 25, 2016

SUMMER IN THE GROVE


The Orange Grove Quilters Guild "Summer in the Grove" starts Friday, July 29, 2016 at Noon.


The last of the preparations are underway. Today we are pulling the signs and cash boxes out of storage along with a few more last minute items. It has been a lot of work; but, we are convinced it will all be worth it.  Here are some of the opportunity baskets that will be available for raffle.

Wine, Cheese and More Basket


Patriotic Basket


Pet Basket


In the Good Old Summertime Basket


Spa Basket


We have eleven in all. And, each one is wonderful!  

Hope to see some of you there on Friday or Saturday.

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,
Marilyn




Monday, July 18, 2016

NEW FLIMSY AND MORE


I managed to get a flimsy out this week.  This UFO is from a couple of on-line swaps. One was a Row by Row.  And, the other was a nine-patch swap. Both from the same group of wonderful quilters.


Everyone selected what theme they wanted and sent along fabric with the first row completed. My theme was "Out of Africa" and my row is the top row of girls.  How fortunate the colors work so perfectly with the "Fall" nine-patch swap from the same year. 

This cute little patriotic wall hanging or table topper will be included in an opportunity basket that will be at the July 29-30, 2016 Orange Grove Quilters Guild Quilt Show. 


These baskets that the various friendship group have been bringing in are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  

And lastly, another item you will find at the "Summer in the Grove" Quilt Show on July 29-30, 2016.


Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, July 11, 2016

BEING OH SO DOMESTIC

The backyard needed a bit of sprucing up. So yesterday was the day. All the herbs are planted, as well as a heirloom tomato, and an Anaheim Chili. Yay, salsa on the way.  Plus the table is ready for a nice relaxing morning coffee.

This almost finished quilt,  was from a block swap with my friendship group, the Wednesday Wackos. I had collected fabric when I went to Australia and sent a pile of fabric on for my friends to use. Ten months later I received these wonderful blocks. I had to make a couple more to come up with twelve. But, I love how using them in the BQ2 quilt is the perfect way to use these blocks.

One of our Wacko sisters' father-in-law (a WWII veteran) recently passed. Her husband was very close to his father, as was our friend. And, true to the quilting spirit, we made her husband a healing quilt. I understand he loves it.

Oh, and my new appliance (3 squares) won. I used the quinoa button to make delicious quinoa (it toasts it first). Then used it in this yummy Quinoa, mushroom, and spinach side dish.

Wishing you a good week and
Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

NEW THINGS

I'm about  to sound like a commercial and they don't even know who I am. I was browsing in Costco last week and found this handy, dandy small appliance "3 Squares TIM Machine".


I had been looking to replace my very old rice cooker that seemed to leave at least 1/2 cup of rice stuck to the bottom of the cooker no matter what I did. This one is non-stick and as you can see it does just about everything but serve the food.


The first day I made fluffy rice and not one grain stuck to the bottom of my new non-stick 3 Squares. 

So, you know I have to try all those buttons don't you. The next day I made Greek yogurt. While this is an all-day process, it is a set it and forget it process.


Then I had to try the slow cooker. The great thing is that you can sauté it right in the cooker and then set the slow cooker and walk away. I know, how cool is that?


So, what to steam? Potatoes for a small 4th of July potato salad. Another set it up and it rings you that it's done then keeps warm until you get there. No guessing here. I know none of this is hard; but, really how simple is this?


Oh, but with so much going on, there is so much to go wrong you say. Probably; but, the whole thing cost less than $30 at Costco. So I put my old rice maker and my old slow cooker in the Goodwill pile and put my new friendly appliance away in the cupboard. It's calling me to make quinoa though. Okay, commercial over.

I did get a little sewing done in between playing with my new "time machine".

I finished my "What's in my Garden" quilt top. This was a group quilt from my friendship group (Talking Threads) where on your birthday month, the members presented the birthday girl with a quilt block per her selected theme.  Now to figure out the quilting on it.


Oh look at those dogs; they snuck in the picture again. 

I also made a sheet blanket for the guild's boutique.


When my daughter was living in Hawaii, she found these in a boutique shop. She asked if I would make her some as it is the perfect warm-weather blanket. It is also a good napping blanket in the summer. Just a little something to cover up with. Even at the grocery store where they can blast your little one with the air con.

Have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn