Friday, February 16, 2018

Of the Wall Friday

I really like Off  the Wall Fridays!  Today she talked about taking a Skip Day with her daughter when she was in high school.  And Nina Marie took at Skip Day today!  And she posted the blogpost late today because of that!  LOL

So I am linking up to her Off the Wall post.  Go check out what the others are doing.....


 So I haven't worked on anything in the last two days because I have had Sawyer.  I pulled him in the wagon twice today and once yesterday.

I am so glad we kept that wagon here so we could roll him to all the important places a baby needs to be seen. Even if he is still in his pajama at 11 AM.





I can show you the progress I made on the Red Riding Hood and the Wolf quilt.   I got one more forest block made on Wednesday. 









It was the one in the middle top row.  The next one I need is the light polka dot background and the dark forest block in that bottom right corner.  



 I had to share this sent by my cousin today.  Her son is in his first year at the Naval Academy and he was at the Army-Navy game.  It makes you think.  These are the men who will be protecting our freedoms with their lives.  



 This past season I saw an amazing football game:

1. The player's hair fit under their helmets.

2.  No tattoos could be seen.

3.  There were no outlandish end zone celebrations.

4.  There was no taunting.

5.  Opposition players helped each other up after a play

6.  Footballs were not spiked or left for the referee to retrieve; they were handed to the referee.

7.  No one took a knee on the sideline.

8.   Players stood at attention during the playing of the national anthem.

9. It's great to watch an Army-Navy game.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What a Difference a Change Makes

I told Charlene that I would post this for  her two days ago, so finally I have it here.  Sorry, Girlfriend!

These were made by a friend of mine and I inherited them after she passed away. 

These are huge diamonds for a lone star quilt.

Generally not my choice of fabric, I thought it would be interesting to see how it looks put together.

This is one layout.  The strong color on the  edges make this look  bold and bright.


Here are the same diamonds, with the dark reds on the inside of the star.

Looks very different, doesn't it.  Value does that for you.

This one looks larger and more open.  Stunning with the right background.


These are the other blocks.  Same construction but the reds are in a different position.  Now it looks like it has motion.  Again, the value changes are dramatic.


I thought this was interesting on this background it looks like you can see through the star.  Makes it look open and lacy.

I won't have time to work on these, and I may end up giving them to Charlene in the long haul.



I have the baby for the next two days.......and for that, we should all be ecstatic.

I have a funeral service tomorrow afternoon and he will come with me for that.  His first, I am sure.

In other types of  changes, my dear friend Mathilde's daughter died unexpectedly last week.  It was a shock to everyone.  She was just older than Carrie, so it really hit home with me.  Heather was Mathilde's only child, just like Carrie is our only child.  I cannot imagine her pain. 

Mathilde's sister passed away not quite a year ago.  They were living one of Mathilde's rental properties and it had flooded.  So they were all living together.  Mathilde is raising her children now. 

Such loss.  I can only put my arm around her and hold her.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day from the Basset Boyz





We staffed the CAAWS Kissing Booth last weekend and had some pretty good kissers up there.

The Boyz offered a double delight; two for the price of one!  (I brushed everyone's teeth before they went so no baloney breath.

The event made over $250 for CAAWS and was supported by Subaru.  They even had one of their RED cars there for people to check out! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Happy Mardi Gras!

Keep reading, there is a quilt in here somewhere.  

Still in full swing as I type this, Mardi Gras won't end until the Kings of Rex and Comus Krewes meet at the  foot of Canal Street.  Canal Street is the main street in New Orleans.  For those who have been here before, it is generally in the area of the Harrah's Casino.  Harrah's Casino is the only land based casino in the state!  All others float in some river or other body of water.

I am sure your local news has great shots of the partying in the French Quarter.  But the best parades are in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans where Frank and I grew up.  He was born in St Bernard and I was born in Arabi next door to St Bernard.  Kinda in the area of the 9th Ward that saw so much publicity from flooding after Katrina. 

Both St Bernard and Arabi saw plenty of flooding in Betsy and again in Katrina.  My friend said a 6 foot wall of water came rushing down her street while Betsy was in full force.  It is widely believed authorities blew the levee in St Bernard/Arabi to save the more exclusive subdivisions further down the river. 

We had just moved to Metairie about 4 months prior to Betsy.  Frank's family was one of the first in our subdivision and was already there by then, but his  extended family still lived in St. Bernard in the same house when Katrina hit.  His Aunt Emma didn't live to make it home.  Neither did my Aunt Evy see her home in Metairie again.  She died just weeks before house was to be completed.

We always went to the parades Downtown (as opposed to Uptown) when we were young.  We would park at my Grandma Graci's  house on Frenchman St. and take the bus to see MidCity.  My mother would make the most amazing costumes for my brother and I for Mardi Gras Day.  Then we would go to see Rex on Canal Street and catch glass beads.

They used to throw really beautiful glass beads; not the plastic junk they throw today! 

Last year after the flood, my friend Patty the Quilt Lady made me this Louisiana Quilt.  It is part of the rotating hangings I have in my bedroom and quilt  room.  Sometimes it is in one or the other. 

It is a t-shirt piece and done with Patty's impeccable handwork.  Every time I stop and look at it, I am wowed all over again by the work in this piece. 

And in the mail today came my Treasure Trove win!  Purple and green fabric with a package of Mardi Gras beads! 











Monday, February 12, 2018

Happy Lundi Gras

Lundi Gras is the day before Mardi Gras, which is of course, Fat Tuesday. The people celebrating Mardi Gras have been celebrating since Saturday.  Eating New Orleans food, drinking Jax, Dixie or Abita Springs beer.  Or drinking things like Hurricanes or Sazaracs.

It is also called Shrove Tuesday.  But in the middle ages Catholics were not allowed to eat meats, eggs, dairy during Lenten Periods.  However, if you contributed to the Crusades you could eat eggs or dairy in exchange.  Ah, the selling of indulgences continues even today despite Martin Luther.

Ah.......

I had Sawyer today so I didn't get much done in other venues.   I will have him again at the end of the week.  Andrew's mother will have him the next two days, for which I am ecstatic. 




I finally finished the binding on 100 Meter Swim just in time for the Olympics.  Granted, it is the Winter Olympics, but Olympics nonetheless. 

And a finish is a finish.  So let's call it a finish.








The Pool, as it is nicknamed in my world, is one of my favorite quilts.  I am thinking of entering it into the Kaleidoscope of Quilts this fall.  If they have it, their venue may be under construction and the quilts stand a chance of not being hung.

 I quilted it on the longarm freehand using thread from Connecting Threads.  the pattern is similar to Bernadette Mahr.  I have one of her books and this one is from one written in German.  She is amazing if you want go check her out. 

Tomorrow will be Mardi Gras, and then 40 days of Lenten sacrifice.   So what will you give up as a penance? 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Rainy Day Sewing

The  Block Lotto is back in full swing.  If you played with them before you might want to head over and see what is happening now.  There are guest Lotto Masters who guide the months rather than Sophie doing all the work.  New and fresh. 

So this month is using up some orphan blocks and scraps.  I was going to do more, but I ended up with 5 blocks.  The orphans need to be 3 1/2 unfinished and my orphans are all larger blocks.  So I used up these 5 for the pot.

Not particularly  my cup of tea but I will offer them up as donation blocks for the kitty.


I spent the afternoon clearing up some of the clutter I created on my sewing table.  Boy, is it a mess!

One of the things was the back that needed to be sewn for the Daily Bird. Basically what I do is just hang up the quilt top and cover it with the backing material.

Then I fill in the gaps! 

I generally add a white or ecru square for the label information.  I like that better than sewing on labels at the end.    See the birds through the label? 

You can see my One Road Through Town piece that will be in at least one show this spring.  Maybe two.  I will have to see what it gets juried into. 



I got another tree block done tonight.  Nothing on TV,  so I just sewed.  The block is next to Red.

I will even them out when they are all done.  



Here is the whole layout so far.  The long piece on the right will be the border.  I will start laying out the words soon. 

AND.......you will be pleased to know.  I think I have my next quilt chosen.  My friend Bertha in California sent me the templates for the one she did.  I will have to ask her if I can post it.  It is amazing.  More on that later though.

I had the book it came from, but of course it flooded. 

And I need to quilt a few things before I get too far ahead on the tops........not that
I am not far enough behind in everything, but you know what I mean........

Friday, February 9, 2018

Off The Wall Friday

I need to shout out to my friend Charlene.  She is going through a really bad time right now, and I wanted to let her know a lot of people are thinking of her.  Wishing her well.  HEY GIRLFRIEND!


I used to do OTWF every Friday.  Then the  flood happened.

I have tried to keep up with it for a while, and have done pretty well.  So here is a post dedicated to OTWF today.  Before it is over and Saturday dawns.

I am working on the Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf Quilt.  Remember Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs?

It is a paperpiecing beauty.  I really love the way it is turning out.

I need a couple more forest tree blocks.  To make it bigger I want to add some borders.


And just look at that awesome


wolf butt!  LOL


And in these borders I want to add some words.  Really catchy words.  I think they will say:

Broken down by side:

Hey There Little

Red Riding Hood

You Sure Are

Looking Good






I can't wait to start working on the words.



In other news.  I bought myself some presents today.

I think I will do a month on that face book and a couple quilts from the Southwest book.

Maybe combine them, wouldn't that be cool beans....