Too much “pruning”!

This has been the coldest winter here in recorded history (since 1875!).  And that year Lake Ontario froze.  Zero degree mornings and below have become the norm.  I’m feel sorry for the poor animals this year.  There has been so much snow just continuing to pile up with no thaw. that all the food sources have been pretty much  covered for months.  The deer are scrounging for edibles anywhere they can find some.  I have pretty large rhododendrons in my yard that are completely picked bare and the branches even getting eaten.  The deer have been between the juniper bushes and my house and have eaten all the green needles off.  They are even eating my hugh azalea in the front by the walkway.  I have never seen so much “pruning” in the 45 years that I have lived here.  I wish there was something I could do but I guess providing a meager lunch on my bushes is all that they can expect.  I just hope my rhodies come back.  They were surely beautiful last year.   Surely Spring WILL come!  Someday!  Soon, I hope!

But, busy I have been!  I have been teaching several classes at Mount Pleasant Quilt Shop in York and I have also signed on to teach some quilting classes at the JoAnn Fabric store in Greece.   We’re planning to do some fun quilty stuff with scraps, of course.  So anyone in the area…..”C’mon down!”  I’d love to see you there!

BTW, Clue #3 will be out on March 10 at 7pm EST.  (Is it still EST even though its daylight savings time?)

Brrrrrrr! Sometimes it’s good to handquilt!

I’m thankful to be a hand quilter when (1.)the snow is blowing, (2.) the windchill is -20, and (3.) I don’t have to go anywhere!  I guess there has been ample opportunity this winter to hand quilt!!  I love being cozy under my quilt and while I stitch away.  AND I finally finished a long time UFO.  Years ago (lost track of how many…..maybe even ten (?!!) my quilt guild did a round robin.  We each made the center square and then it was passed to the next person with a focus fabric and some extras.  I believe there were four rounds and each round had instructions as to the width, but each person could add whatever they wanted.  I didn’t love it much when I got it back so it sat there on the pile…waiting.  After I finished my last project, I didn’t have anything basted except this one that was in the hoop and ready to go.  I had taken it to camp to work on a couple times but for the most part it had just sat there in “time out” for a lo-o-ong time.  With nothing ready to work on, I brought it out and thought maybe this time I’d get it done.  Well Hello!!  Now the colors fit nicely in my livingroom and it really started to grow on me!  So here it is:    The best part is that I finally finished it and now my pile is one silly millimeter shorter!  Yeayyyy, UFO!!!

Round Robin

Round Robin

Here We Go! Clue #2

Scrap-In-A-Box  –  Clue #2

If using 2 7/8″ background squares, cut them in half on the diagonal OR if using the Easy Angle Tool, use the background HST’s cut from 2 1/2″ strips.  Sew one triangle to each side of the 2 1/2″ colored side of the unit made in clue #1.  (Unit will appear similar to the unit in clue #1)   Trim off the dog ears.  Complete 82.

 

Part 1 of Clue #2 Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Part 1 of Clue #2
Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

If using the 4 7/8″ colored squares, cut them in half on the diagonal OR if using the Easy Angle Tool make the HST’s from 4 1/2″ strips.  Sew the colored HST to the unit in Clue #2 to make a 4 1/2″ square.  Square up if necessary.  Trim off dog ears and press to the colored side.  Complete 82.  No need to match…..make them random but pleasing……Actually they don’t have to be that pleasing!!!  Ha!    Remember: Diversity is your friend.  So mix up those colors and patterns!

Second part of Clue #2 Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Second part of Clue #2
Scrap-In-A-Box Mystery

Other Projects in the Pile (…….Oh Yeah, There’s More!)

Kansas Trouble (no not the fabric line)

This one has been around a long time.  All hand pieced.  I’ve taken little bags of “trouble” with me for years it seems.  I have the center finished but now I’m working on the next border which is similar blocks only in a different position.   This is one of those that you shake your head and say “”What was I thinking!”

Kansas Trouble from my favorite book. "Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts" by Leisure Arts

   Kansas Trouble from my favorite book. “Quick and Easy Scrap Quilts” by Leisure Arts

Floating Stars

This is basically 2 1/2″ squares.  I just finished piecing the top and now I need to figure out the borders.  I love the way this came out.  My grandson looked at it and said, “Grandma, I see the stars!”  But he saw different stars than I did.  He saw the wonky stars.  What do you see?  Stars?  Wonky Stars? Stripes?  Interesting!

Floating Stars

Floating Stars

Scrappy Hearts for Samantha

I made this several years ago and it still needs to be quilted.  Someday I hope to give it to my granddaughter.  I saw the pattern hanging in a quilt shop and came home and drew up the block.  It’s all made with 2″ squares

Scrappy Hearts For Samantha

Scrappy Hearts For Samantha

Whirl-A-Jig

I love this pattern.  It makes me happy to look at all the bright colors.  Yes, it’s still in the pile.  It needs a border and then to be quilted.

Whirl-a-Jig

Whirl-a-Jig

Pinwheels with Scrappy Sashing

This was a fun thing to do.  It looks so busy but after it is quilted I’m thinking those pinwheels will just pop!

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Nine Patch Baskets

My guild had a nine patch exchange.  Many could not think of what to do with them so I made up this top to show that even the ugliest nine patches can look great.  This is on the quilting pile.  Will make someone a nice snuggle-y/lap quilt.

 

9 Patch Baskets

9 Patch Baskets

Strippy Strings

What to do with all those strips of strings!  Cut them up into blocks and sew them together!  Still needs to be quilted tho.

Strippey Strings

Strippey Strings

Ohio Star Trails

Needs borders and quilting.

Ohio Star Trails

Ohio Star Trails

 

 

 

Are You Ready?

Well, are you ready??  Got your clue #1 pieces all put together?  Got your pieces all cut and ready for the next step?  Clue #2 comes out in two days.  I think I have it all figured out so the clue will be released on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST.  I think I got all the buttons and clicks this time so that it will work.  So stay tuned.  Tuesday will be here before you know it! I’m excited!

Happy Quilting!

It’s a good day to be inside!

Our official total of snow so far is 15″ since this storm started last night.  We have more than all the surrounding area!  As I let out my dog Bailey this morning, the door pushed about 4″ of snow and there is a step down from there.

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She looked at the snow, looked at me and said” Nope!” So we had to shovel a spot so she would go out and take care of business.  She is smarter now, she learned her lesson because there have been times when she just went out and there she was…..stuck…..in neck deep in snow.  I don’t blame her I wouldn’t want to go out there either.  Thank God for indoor plumbing!

So what does a girl do when it’s snowing and blowing outside?  Well, first of all she’s very grateful that she doesn’t have to go anywhere! and then of course…….she QUILTS!!!  May you enjoy your day!  May your scraps be plentiful, your corners meet and all your blocks be squared.