Sunday, October 19, 2014

Travelling!

Nothing like coming home after a nice trip to really appreciate the things you have.





The Limeybirds always get their man.
I used to travel for a living, touring all over the US & Canada as a musical theatre performer - living out of hotels, motels, RVs and staying with friends. It was the best of times, it was....well, pretty awesome actually. :)

Ernest Hemingway's home in Key West

Jackson Sq in New Orleans

Sunset at Tarpon Lodge, Bokeelia, FL

My favourite mode of transportation when in Pine Island, FL

Beautiful art in the Museum of Art, St.Louis

My Happy Place, New York City

Loved the movie, LOVED the pizza even more! Mystic, CT

On the road again.....Ontario, Canada

CN Tower, Toronto, ON

Happiness is..... NYC

Home away from Home, Guilford, CT

Somewhere in the Blue Mountains, on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Stonewall Jackson's home.... I'm touching the stone wall.... get it?!

Another awesome place in Lexington, VA

Just out walkin', Empire State Building NYC

Needs no explanation!



But having a home that's not on wheels is really nice. It's also really nice to be in once place and be able to plan things!

This past week I was in Norwich, CT and then Boston, MA. I had a TON of fun...but now I have to buckle down and Git To Work. Ha. 


A few quilt orders have come in, and my fall teaching session begins Wednesday. House to clean and yard to prep for winter....always lots to do.


My Black Eyed Susans & Winston Churchill Fuschias


I did a few quilts for surprise gifts that are waiting to be blogged...and as well some "Outlander" inspired knitting..... but more later on that. Tonite is my weekend and it's my fav TV night...60 Minutes....Once Upon a Time, Homeland, and more stuff. Yay.


Have a great week...tell me......what've you been up to?


I shall leave you with some photos of Boston:
Walden Pond, Concord MA





Boston!!

A really great lunch at "The Top of the Hub"

Everywhere you look, old beautiful churches!

Boston Public Library!

And inside the library; a courtyard!

With a statue!

Yellow Italian Marble everywhere.....


Beautiful Lion Statues dedicated to the men who fought in the Civil War



City Park, Washington Statue

Splash of colour in the City Park



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Rainbow Starflower Quilt




Back in 2010, when I had just discovered the amazing Blogging world; I stumbled upon all these wonderful Quilting Blogs. Several I read daily, some I read weekly. But one has helped me with detailed and patient tutorials.... 


As a beginner; her tutorials are so clearly written, and easy to understand, I was inspired and encouraged. 
And THIS block, in particular, caught my attention.

I love bright colours. I love rainbows, I love stars. I love it all!!


And so I went and bought the required fabrics, and hoarded them. Looked at them, kept them in my sewing cabinet top drawer. To make "one day".
One Day.
Well finally, having the time now to devote to full time sewing, I have been able to make "One Day" happen.

This quilt is going to be a Anniversary gift for the ever-patient, thread-covered-but-loves-me-anyway Mr. J. (But hey; he gets to be the recipe taster, so it's not all bad!)

Here is the process; I encourage YOU to be inspired and make YOUR "One Day' happen!
Moda Cotton & Moda Bella Solids in convenient Charm Packs made this even easier.

Getting the layout right was a bit of a challenge at first; but you get the hang of it!

Again the layout helped a LOT with this part; lining up the centre blocks.

Getting all the matched up blocks ready for chain-piecing.

VERY important to remember to snip off the little corners! Dont' skip this step!

Lined up again; getting ready to sew all the blocks together. I will point out here that I wanted a queen sized quilt; so I used the full five inch blocks so make the finished block about 16.5 inches.

And finished block! Corner blocks need to be trimmed down slightly. But after pressing all the points matched up! I was very happy.....but oh yes, there was much ripping of seams and redoing with several of the blocks.

Measure, measure measure!


Adding the borders, corners and sashing. I wanted the BG to be dark, like the night sky. :)




Borders added! Kona Ash, Kona Charcoal squares and sashing.





Of course, NO quilt top is completed until Muffin has inspected and cleared it.

Muffin Approved!

Yes, needs a final pressing but  other than that,  all done!

I will finish this after Thanksgiving (which is Columbus Day for my American Friends) and will have it on our bed for our Anniversary in November. :)
**Note: While THIS quilt is Not For Sale; you can always custom order this in Twin/Queen sized. Please Email for a quote. Different backgrounds, star fabrics, you name it.