Thursday, September 28, 2017

I Like Thursday # 56

Welcome to this week's list of likes!

I liked this bowl with a poodle in Fall enough to buy it despite having to pack and move it cross country!
If you like it too, I got it at Pier One. I also loved a lot of their current furniture and when we settle if there is any money left for furniture, I will go see what's there.

I forgot I liked Pier One!

And they welcomed Milo in Columbia whereas the Pier One in Annapolis said, no dogs! In a shopping center connected to condos that have many many dogs living in them. Hmmm... smart?

Milo was the epitome of quiet calm poodle in there, merely looking at the displays as we walked by.

I Like this bracelet I purchased from an artist on our recent trip out West.

It's stainless steel, and has daisies and is easily put on and taken off as it opens totally. Love!

Since I had to go to a hotel to avoid the mosquito spray this week, Milo and I took a little trip up to Hinkletown Sewing in Penn. Many of us in the Baltimore area go all the way to this shop for the great service and deals on machines. They are always ready to help me into a new machine! I'd love to!

While my machine was being serviced, we stopped in a little garden center where I saw this topiary...
of flamingos! Are there a lot of flamingo lovers in Pennsylvania??? Should I be moving there instead of Colorado? We also visited a historic area in Ephrata that will be Milo's travel story later...

Milo and I were both thankful and relieved this person didn't totally run us down at the garden center
I mean it was broad daylight, there were lots of open spaces,  I had put down the ramp and was getting Milo into the car when she whipped around and nearly ran over both of us!!! I leapt out of the way, pulling Milo off his pins. We were not injured but my elbow hurt for 24 hours and the driver was oblivious. She said, oh, I didn't see you... sorry... and waltzed off while I tried to return to a normal heartbeat. I like that we survived.

I Like this fabric I found at springwaterdesigns quilt shop in Columbia
I met my friend Linda there for the afternoon and we had a long chat and sewed and both bought this jelly roll. We decided it would be a challenge for the two of us. Make something to bring us into a good state of mind!
It is gorgeous, right?
I don't often work with a jelly roll but all their fabric was 25% off ! I also purchased this panel for fall,
The designer does them each season.
and there is a free  pattern using it and fall leaves blocks.

And I also chose this fat quarter with words I need to remember myself...

I really liked this hand work piece Linda is working on.

 She likes embroidery and beads, but true "crazy quilts" make her have crazy eyes!
She used hand dyed wool in a setting like the modern mosaics, and is allowing her creative spirit to lead her to the stitches and the threads, beads, and extras she sews on.
I know this bead and thread combo is little flowers but my eye saw palm trees!!!

 She said she is focused on the process so slow is great, and if she changes her mind mid stream she goes with that too. She believes a piece should show the hand of the maker, so she does strive for balance but not "perfection"  It is an amazingly detailed piece...
The colors are brilliant in person, and her bag of embroidery threads is awesome!!

I am enjoying this book by one of my fave authors, Julie Garwood. Modern day mystery/romance. Easy to read and engaging characters as well as storyline. 
Shadow Dance (Buchanan-Renard, #6)

Milo and I are both relived Daddy made it up the treacherous ladder

 to take down two strings of lights. We used to turn on the fairy lights each night but they had begun to flicker. Suddenly (a year later) it occurred to me the two strings added last could be stressing the outlet. Down they came and the lights work again! Yea!

Milo likes his new bed from pet smart... came with a bone pillow and a blankie all for $39.99, ten buckeroos less than Khols price. He squeezed himself into a corner of it since the pillow was still attached.

Wonder how long it will take him to destroy it too? 

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midweek makers
Thankful Thursdays pet parade
http://sky watch Fridays
willy nilly Friday (random images)
habbyartboutique fridays
pet parade Fridays  

Monday, September 25, 2017

Milo's Mischief Uh Oh, there seems to have been an accident...

Uh Oh, there seems to have been an accident. Milo has been enjoying his toys in a very destructive way since his own unfortunate Accident. He is 5-6 weeks into a 4 month recovery, and tired of being good.

VERY tired...

 Milo here to explain
"sorry about the toys, but I am doing my best to not run, jump and play, so something has to go. 
This dinosaur bought the farm one night. So did the monkey that squeals. 
I won't discuss my bed... Mama seems to get upset and take a needle and thread to it a lot.
those two arms were toooooo tempting and easy to rip
Lucky for them, Mama is an expert repair artist!
She took to her sewing machine...

 How are you, buddy?
 Doing okay?
I mean he had NO anesthsia ! 

Hooray! Mama fixed them both! The monkey is squealing about his "big amputation and reattachment" and the dinosaur is coping with a new seam line but it all seems to be okay again! 

Time to tear them limb from limb... gotta go! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Beautiful Native Girl

Beautiful Native girl  15" X 18"
In the midst of all the decisions and actions required in moving from home to home, state to state, I sewed one afternoon this week and finished the little flamingo scrap piece. Once I chose borders it didn't take long.
My friend Maria suggested orange, so I used the orange feather fabric I mentioned on my I Like post Thursday.

I wish I'd made it larger now, but what it did was add a hint of highlight, and subtly change the tone of the piece...

lesson learned!
Pretty as is! Then I decided to add a lovely intense bubbly pink by moda and quilt it with sparkly mylar thread
As usual I quilted with a combination of walking foot echo straight line, and free motion.

These are quality mylar threads, and easy to use with a size 90 metallica needle.

This is the back, straight out of the scrap bins like the other fabrics, except for the borders.

Even the binding had to be pieced from two different green fabrics

I didn't do a miter binding, I bound top and bottom with one green, sides another green and butted the ends .

I often do this on art quilts

Of course there was a decision about which color to use for binding and I auditioned some choices...

finally settling on the green, thanks Joanne! She hinted that she didn't see my usual neutral lime anywhere... lol!

The rick rack I seemed intent on using somewhere, went between the pink and orange.

It repeated the wavery quilting lines of the sunset heat, and brought back the colors in the original stamp fabric.

If you remember, my friend Deb Gabel gave it to me when I asked, as she was throwing it away. The tiny pinwheels were cut offs from another project.

So the whole piece came from little throwaway pieces of fabric... I love that!

linking to
 scrap happy Saturdays
sewcanshe Saturdays
design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts

Thursday, September 21, 2017

I Like Thursday #55

Welcome to this week's list of likes!

This picture is the underside of the chandelier in the Illinois Old State House  where Abraham Lincoln was a member of the house of Representatives. He gave his first anti slavery speech here. More about that in some travel posts to come. I liked walking on the same floors he did. I liked the hostess of the building. I love history.

I Like America's got Talent this season!
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If you only watch once, find the one from Tuesday night's final competition. Each person is unique and so very talented whether they do comedy, sing, work with their dogs, do circus acts, dance, or some other amazing talent. For the first time I think any one of them could win and it would be fair.

I like my friend Diane in Texas. Waiting for my return from the long CO trip, was a package in the mail. Choc-a-block full of poodle fabrics!

She has two poodles now but has had many poodles share her life over the years.

 She is also a dog trainer and quilter. And used to live in the MD area. I like our growing friendship!!! Thank you for being so thoughtful Diane! She even remembered I held a bolt of some Kaffe Fasset fabric so she sent some of that!

I like that Dancing with the Stars is back. Love the dancers this time!!!
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And Project Runway. I love all the challenges and watching creative people making fabulous designs in a day! I imagine the excitement of being involved in the competition, and often wish we had a quilting show like that.

I liked coming home and knowing Milo could bark himself silly and no hotel would kick us out. Of course he doesn't bark much here. Only when he tries to get his point across and we are too dense.

I liked going through boxes in the basement and finding my adoption hospital record! My first year's medical notes written by my adoptive mother, weight, length, shots. I liked seeing the third grade report card...
LeeAnna is a good worker, so interested in learning, really good reader and able to take dictation in cursive writing. I loved my third grade teacher.

I like this vintage orange fabric that is flamingo feathers to me. I'm using it in a piece.

I like this pattern for poodle sweaters.

 I made Cole many of them ( I make it a bit longer) and just finished this one for Milo for Colorado's cold.

 I won't be able to get it over the brace, but when that's done,  He'll be looking smart in this kokopeli print.

I love this sparkle water flavor clementine,  from Trader Joes,
And this new Brianna's salad dressing, Cilantro-lime... yum!!
And these fig bars are healthy, packaged two together so you don't just eat the whole package.
(not that I'd EVER do that...)
Milo likes being home. He has taken to barking at us for anything he wants, in the same loud voice, same intensity. He's so loud and persistent, we panic, "what does he want???!" Out? water? Food? Play?
He loves being home in his big bed and has taken to sleeping across Drew's legs, until 6 when he finally pushes him out of bed and takes over his side. He has begun eating again,

 and I swear he has grown three inches in height in the last week.
In case you missed it, this is a video of another quiet Sunday afternoon on the porch all-gods-children-enjoy-magazines

As always I invite you to join us in remembering the small things to like throughout your week. Let me know in comments.
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Thankful Thursdays pet parade
http://sky watch Fridays
willy nilly Friday (random images)
habbyartboutique fridays
pet parade Fridays  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

orange scraps turn into stars

Thought I would share my car work with you.
As you might know, I am doing the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again this year. I learn so much by exploring one color each month.
This month is orange.
We were in Colorado when the color was announced. I asked what it would be so I could take those scraps but never found out, so luckily my friend Mary opened her orange scrap bin to me so I could do leaves and stars.
There is a large mix of tone and pattern. I may do a few more now that I'm home again.

It's coming on to Fall and Orange is the natural color of Fall.

I also worked a lot, while listening to another digital book, which was engaging, while traveling thru the heartland of the USA.
The Riesling Retribution: A Wine Country Mystery by [Crosby, Ellen]
 Each star takes a long time. Each segment is basted to paper patterns, then whip stitched together long tiny points protected. I had plenty of time to sew the ones already in progress, as well as make two orange ones from Mary's scraps.
More on stars next week.

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oh Scrap Sundays 
 slow stitching Sundays
design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts
Main Crush Monday
the mop link party mondays