Saturday, February 25, 2023

My Creative week includes... peeps, pineapple pinks, birds and hexies! (and a painting)

Welcome to this week's creativity round-up! Let's get started with a wee chickadee...

I have several items to share today. The Stay-at-home-round-robin (SAHRR) is coming along... and that's what the bird is for... a "square-in-a-square block" but I will start with my rainbow scrap challenge blocks in the scrap color of the month, PINK!

I'm still trying to learn to easily use the Gylene Fitzgerald pineapple scrappy ruler. I decided to stop trying to only use 1.5" strips, wasting too much for my taste, and instead cutting squares into fourths to add each new row. I have lots of squares of scraps too.

It's fun to see what shows up in these, and to play with colors. Hers were done very randomly but I am trying to explore the color of the month in RSC so mine are more uniform... wonder how that will work out later in a big quilt? I expect to mix the blocks all around at the end

so far, two colors, dark blues, and pinks

Next SAHRR is a Spring Theme, and I'm basically playing along but not always in a row. This week the challenge is to do square in a square blocks. I liked the floral ones done by the leader but wanted to put my spin on this block. 

I started with this free pattern for Peeps! I loved peeps growing up... marshmallow plus more sugar... I liked them going stale as they were chewier. Being allergic to corn (and corn syrup) I no longer enjoy eating them, but sewing them is a different matter...

they are just going into the quilt somewhere, not the block for this month... but cute!

Pattern source:

I returned to my friend Linda's book of paper pieced blocks for the birds...

I printed one out full sized, 4.5" unfinished, and one reversed, one smaller and one of those reversed

then had fun finding fabrics in scrap bins to use. I knew any square block could be turned into a S-n-S block with triangles... so some of mine look like they are landing, some are flying to the next worm

I cut a blue sky square 5.5", cut that in fourths for the setting triangles, then trimmed down the block

I still wanted to try one more idea, fussy cutting some precious mousy fabric, trying not to make swiss cheese of it... but wanting to use it... fabrics are generally printed once, so when they are gone, they're gone. I also had a stash of sort of solid colors bought on extreme sale at Joann one year. Set's of 5 colors many in pastels which I didn't have. I'd say they came out to around $3 a yard, and my pieces are all fat quarters (four pieces to a yard) which you can't beat! Gotta get deals when you see them!

and I wondered how would the SnS block look with all different colors around it...

cute! but... I carefully cut around motifs the wrong orientation, see?

which meant I'd have to do another row of triangles to put them into a quilt border...

they are too cute to waste, so I found some pretty floral fabrics to set them with...

I tried fussy cutting the motifs on the diagonal, to see how they'd look set with just the pastels, and those blocks are now sitting alongside the peeps. 


Live and learn by doing. 

sadly the pastel solid colors kind of recede... 

right now it's all on the design wall, and it will be quite a fun puzzle to put all these rows and blocks together into a unified quilt for spring. Whee! 

Finally, I started a little hexies project last year, focusing on RSC colors of  the month. I have three big petals of 47 hexies each, sewn so far. I basted lots of them around papers, in prep for the next colors and this is how I keep them together... with methods used to corral loose threads on spools

and this week I arranged two more "petals" of hexies, ready to hand stitch at night in front of a good show on tv

I'll end with a quick morning sketch like I use to start the day... some shapes drawn with a brush pen 

Kuretake brush with brush and ink inside in pen form, and black pitt pen in bold.

a tiny self portrait drawn with quick lines by the brush glued on the page completes the thought

"what shall I make today? "

linking to these parties:

design wall Mondays at smallquiltsanddollquilts 

Thursday, February 23, 2023

I Like Thursday # 338 it's the little thoughtful things that count!


welcome to this week's list of likes! Starting with a morning sketch. As few lines as possible, two colors of watercolor, painting only negative space. 

Sometimes you can convey a concept in very little time... 

It's cold and snowy... went from mid 60'sF on Tues to below 0 and snowing all day on Wednesday. 

Weather whiplash! 

Reading this week: 

finished Golden Girl on audio and just loved it! Now on audio is one recommended by Wendy


intriguing look into a different life, Bangalore in 1920's and a terrific reader. I'd listen to everything she reads.

reading myself on Ebook this week, two books: 


I read Red Mountain by Boo Walker, want to read everything by this author. A flashback to my high school years takes us to a wonderful character driven story about a young woman who longs to be an artist and see the world

Watching on TV

American Idol is back, Survivor is coming soon. A million little things (ABC) is back but for the final season, boo hoo. On Hallmark Movies and mysteries channel is The Way Home, very good. We both are enjoying Anne with an E on netflix, and when we run out of seasons, what will we do? Netflix doesn't have all of them. 

As usual I find a lot of cool stuff on youtube... this is WONDERFUL

Sewing this week

I made a book cover with fabric collage, to keep track of my quilts this year 


Fine Dining

lots made this week, but I'll focus on two items, one new to me, and one a repeat

Mini sweet peppers with cheese, baked with some olive oil and salt... DELISH

before cooking
recipe, not that I followed it I used cream cheese/feta/ cheddar mixed

after baking about 20 min

and new to us Pecan Tartlets... I combined two recipes... the cream cheese crust from one, the gooey nutty filling from another

recipe for filling

pecan pie baked in muffin pans, for quick individual desserts.  I use egg whites, maple syrup (not corn syrup) and real butter. SO good DH said we need to make these again! (and we still have 5 left) 

it was messy on the muffin pan tho

Mama's little Guardian watched over the cooling tarts

I want one!!!

The prompt this week is: rounding out February the month of love

"what thoughtful things does your special person do for you, or you do for them? Little things that mean something to you... for example brings home flowers, or folds the towels the way you like it, chores or little hugs when you're disappointed, shares secret jokes, watches a movie he knows you'll like just to be nice"

my husband does hundreds of things for our family and for me. I'll mention a couple:

> puts on coffee for me when he hears me get up each morning

> carries the portable heater from our bathroom to the studio each morning 

> if he isn't working, he reads to me when I have to lie down with a migraine

> in the early days of our marriage, he stopped at the florist every Friday for 2 for one day, and brought me pretty flowers. I loved and miss that

> he's a willing sous chef now that we eat at home every meal.

For him, I

> do not hang things on door knobs, since he said he hates that years ago

> he prefers towels hung a certain way, so I do that

> I find good things for us to eat, and watch on tv, and make him laugh

> I make the bed each morning( whether that's to make it easier to get in at night, for tidiness during the day, or to even up the blankets and avoid blanket wars, I'm not sure LOL) 

Milo's Moments

Milo here....sorry  I'm a bit cranky at the moment... my pawrents are walking me more, that's good, but I have to put on my boots, that's bad. I mean, ALL the dogs are probably laughing at me from their windows. I know they sure bark at me!

Mama: the boots keep you safe on ice, and keep your widdle feet warm. 

Milo: Mama... puh-leaze!  and while you're listening... how come you and Daddy can bark all the time, "blah blah blah Milo" and sometimes sneaky talking.  I know you are talking about me when I hear

 "he" so I stop what I'm doing to listen to you.

but, just let me gently bark to keep an intruder away and it's "Milo STOP BARKING" 

Mama: I do come to see what you're barking at, to share the experience with you but if it's just someone driving by, or walking across the street... well, STOP barking buddy!

Milo: Mama... it's a dog thing, you wouldn't understand! But I appreciate all the little things you do for me... taking those stinkin' boots off when I come inside, baking me cookies, rubbing my ears, and petting me a bedtime story every night. I appreciate Daddy chasing me around the coffee table and letting me win, feeding me the way I like it (kibble in hot water) and walking with me out back. 

now sit, stay, go see what Mama's friends have to say!