Monday, January 16, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS


Birthday quilt blocks for January and February are done. We didn’t have a January meeting. I’m not even sure why that is; but, we will in February.
Here they are:

Barbara’s Block

Justine’s Block

Gayle’s Block

I did finish the boy quilt top.
It measures 70 x 90 and will be off to Bear’s on Tuesday.


I hope you have a good week and


Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Sunday, January 15, 2017

SUNDAY SNAPS


This week's prompts

Sunday:  Wall

Being a quilter means walls get adorned with quilts.

Monday:  Mail
Sadly, I rarely get anything in my mailbox at the front door other than advertisements. Almost all my “mail” is electronic these days.

Tuesday:  Two Things
Needle and thread of course.

Wednesday:  Inside my Fridge
This is a very weird prompt in my opinion.  So, liquids on my door it is.

Thursday:  Leaf


Because it was a rainy day, I took a picture of an indoor plant. This plant has a variety of colorful leaves and shapes.


Friday:  People
I took this picture at a meeting with Southern California Counsil of Quilt Guild. Quilters love sharing and looking at whatever the current project is.

Saturday:  Path
This path is in my backyard. It leads to my favorite tree (and the squirrels) my avocado tree. 


These prompts are from FatMum Slim’s Foto-A-Day. On Instagram she is #fmspad. I hope you enjoy it.

Marilyn

Monday, January 9, 2017

MONDAY MUSINGS


My BFF, Robin, and I did our first quilt store shopping this week. I know, I know Road to California is right around the corner. But, still it’s fun to hit up the few local brick and mortar stores we have left here. They seem to be disappearing so quickly to on-line shopping.

Each year we pick out a theme to shop for while visiting quilt stores. I’ve done Ethnics, Words, Tone on Tones, polka dots. This year I’ve decided on stripes.

Yes, I couldn’t resist a few Word fabrics. But, I’m on my way with stripes.

Sadly, not a lot of sewing got done last week; but, I did manage to work a little on my boy quilt.

I am still trying to decide on the setting,

I hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn



Sunday, January 8, 2017

SUNDAY SNAPS


I decided to bring Sunday Snaps back. I missed having that other creative thinking side to use each day. I’ll try to tell you how I decided upon each snap if possible or fitting.

Day 1:  My Fave Color
I really like most colors. But, I decided to go with the 2017 Pantone color of the year, Greenery.

Day 2:  Delicious
I find a yogurt parfait made with plain Greek yoghurt and homemade granola just so delicious. It's really that simple.

Day 3:  Circle
This placemat with circle upon circle upon circle was perfect for the prompt "circle".

Day 4:  Animal
Just had to be my Trudy who is almost always attached to me.

Day 5:  A Fave Thing
My favorite thing was between sewing or my machine to sew with. The sewing machine won.

Day 6:  Me
'nough said...

Day 7:  Time
Time times three to keep tract of all the kiddos current time.

I have always enjoyed playing with my Sunday Snaps. I follow FatMum Slim’s Photo-A-Day. Each month she publishes a month of daily prompts. On Instagram she is #fmspad. I also hope you enjoy them.

Marilyn

Monday, January 2, 2017

QUILT GUILD UFO CHALLENGE


2017 is here; and, I am hopeful that it will be a great year. The last couple of weeks of 2016 threw me against the wall. I had one nasty cold or something.

So now I am looking forward to 2017 with a guild challenge to finish some UFOs. Each year we have the same challenge. You select five UFOs from your stack (some of us have more to select from than others).  Finished means quilted, bound, and labeled. The first one you can choose. Then the other 4 are picked at random. These are the five I have selected:

#1 (that’s a number sign for me) is “Random Hearts”. It has to be completed by January 11th. Yay, it’s done.  




And, a close up of Bear's Quilt Shop quilting:



#2 What’s in My Garden?



#3 Quilt As You Go – Wonky Log Cabin



#4 Joe Cunningham’s - Modern City Block



#5 Bright Stripes quilt



I hope you have a good week and


Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, December 12, 2016

PARTY TIME


One of my favorite Christmas parties was last week. It is a genius way to swap gifts. First, we each made 5 of the same gift. As we arrived, the hostess let you know what Christmas theme you would be for the day (I was Rudolph). Once everyone was there and had oooed and aaaed over the decorations, and we had a very nice lunch, the game began.  We each selected 5 different themes from a box, and of course not your own. The hostess would call out say “Elf”. Elf would then collect her five gifts and all those who had selected “Elf” out of the box received that gift. It is really great fun.

Here we are ready for lunch.

Lynette made this cutie.

This one is from Mary.

How cute is this raw-edge applique from Nancy.

Another patriotic beauty from Carol.

I love my tote made by Robin.

This will work as a toiletry or a sewing tote.

Here is my contribution; it's a binding kit.

What a group of talented women. What a group of wonderful friends. What a fun party. Thank you Pat for hosting and making us all feel so special!

I hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, November 28, 2016

THANKSGIVING WRAP UP


How was your Thanksgiving? I had a great one. Company was in from out of town and they wanted to do the tourist thing in downtown Los Angeles. Our first stop was at Philippe’s Original French Dip. That’s always a fun place for lunch. But, I failed to pull out a camera.

However, I did remember to get a picture at the Grand Central Market. Gosh, you really could spend an entire day just exploring all the different stalls.
And, what a wonderful cultural diversity of eateries. We brought home Salvadoran pupusas for dinner.



The Central Market has quite a history and if you are interested, you can read a little about it here.

Another interesting historical landmark is Angel’s Flight.



It is directly across from the Central Market. I remember my grandmother taking me on it as a child. Sadly, it is no longer in operation. You can, however, walk up the stairs along side.

I don’t know if you saw what the freeways looked like over Thanksgiving week here in Southern California. I’m so glad that I had set a goal to be on the way home by 3:00 PM. We avoided this mess.




We also managed to take in a movie at one of the new “Recliner” seat theaters popping up everywhere. I must say, I am getting hooked on them.



It was back to normal on the weekend and believe it or not, it rained both days. A perfect time for sewing. So I managed to finish this quilt top.




Another UFO.  Sigh…

I hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, November 21, 2016

RANDOM THOUGHTS AND MEMORIES


Wow, it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted anything. I took a small trip to from where I hail (I haven’t lived there for more than 50 years now). Oh the memories. As I dipped into that big Central Valley farmland, I saw that they were harvesting the cotton. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this. And, I don’t remember it looking exactly like this; but, these are bales and bales of cotton ready to be transported.




Another very fond memory of mine was the “Pixley” water tower. I always remember that as we would drive past it, we were close to home. It was nice to see it is still there to greet us.




Another memory is the drive-in movie we used to attend. I think I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” here. I can’t remember the last time I was at a drive- in movie. But, I’m guessing it was when the kids were small enough to go in their pajamas. Not the best pictures; but, they were taken from a moving car so....




As for sewing, there hasn’t been much of that lately. I did finish this batik quilt. My girlfriend’s new décor needed a green quilt. She had an older one I had made, so we traded this out. Quilts have a way of getting second lives I believe.




It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Where has this year gone? Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love being reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Have a blessed holiday and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, October 24, 2016

A LITTLE SEWING


I don’t have much to show you this week. Not a whole lot of sewing going on actually. And, most of what I have completed I can’t post until mid-December. Sigh. But, I am working on a boy quilt. It still has a long way to go; but, it will get there. I post as I go along.


And, in the evenings it’s hand stitching in front of the TV.


Trudy the Velcro dog.


Hope you have a good week and


Quilt happy,

Marilyn

Monday, October 17, 2016

WORKS IN PROGRESS


Isn’t this a darling block?  I took Bev Remillard’s Random Hearts Workshop this week. Yes, this is all I have done for the time being.


This is Bev’s pattern and you can find out more about the quilt and Bev here. Bev is a great teacher and does a very nice lecture if you are looking for someone to have at your guild. She designs happy, fresh quilts.


Sadly I can only show you a hint of this project for the time being. I finished three this week and may be finished with a couple more by tomorrow.


I have a bunch of stuff I’m working on.  A bunch. In fact, I wrote down 12 different Works in Progress. Looks like I need a new mantra:  Finish more; start less. Let’s see how long that lasts.

Hope you have a good week and

Quilt happy,

Marilyn