Saturday, July 4, 2015

Stopping and Starting...Stopping and Starting...

Stopping and starting seems to doom a lot of my projects!  You know...where you are going great guns with your hand stitching and then come to a screeching halt because you need to prep more blocks!  It's my one MAJOR complaint with the Clam Shell Quilt.  You can only stitch one row at a time before you have to stop to prep the next row.  I could see my Orange Peel blocks heading in that same direction!

We are experiencing a heat wave...and it is killing me!  UGH!  So yesterday, with the fan pointing right at me, an audio book playing in the background, my favourite refreshing drink on hand...I first prepped another row of clams shells and glued them into place, ready for hand stitching....
 Then moved onto the Orange Peels....

 I first prepped the four patch background pieces (5" squares")...

and then started the actual orange peels!

                                       
Time consuming but easy to do...I use the starch turned applique method...see tutorial provided by Joanna (Fig Tree).  She makes it look as easy as it actually is!

If you are like me and don't drink sugary drinks, then you might like to try this...ice water with three or four sliced cucumber rounds...delicious and VERY refreshing!  And when you hit bottom you have a nice crunchy snack!  :o))

 It's another HOT one today...into the 30Cs!  UGH!!  But that's alright...I have plenty of Orange Peels to prep...to help me stay COOL as a cucumber!:o))

To all of my friends South of the Border...have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July!!

Have a Super Saturday and Happy Stitching!~P


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Therapy Thursday...

...as in Retail Therapy!!  The BEST kind of therapy there is !!

                            
And no, I didn't NEED it...it needed ME!!  It was calling my name!

Wanna close up?  Ahhh come on...humour me!



Nice...eh?

 There... now wasn't that relatively painless....

Just be happy I didn't force you to look at the picture of me rolling on it!  Not pretty...no, not pretty at all!

Have a fun Friday and Happy Quilting!~P

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TOP of the Morning To YOU!

Sometimes it's the simple things in life that give you joy...and this simple lapsize top does just that!  I really like the lines and textures in this quilt top...
 It will make a perfect gift...I'm thinking for a male...
 It's a nice mix of striped blocks, cut with a 45 degree angled ruler and sewn back together again... then randomly teamed up with Diawabo and Diamond Textile yarn dyed fabrics.

The red isn't this bright in 'real life'...more of a deep, rich burgundy red.  My sewing room is so sunny...:o)

 The quilt top ended up being larger than a normal lap size quilt so no borders are needed...just keeping it simple!

...it just needs a nice soft backing and some simple quilting...for a nice simple gift!

Happy 148th Birthday, CANADA!  


Have a wonderful Wednesday and Happy Stitching!~P