Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lorinda & The Kitties….

 Who can resist cat photos?

I certainly can’t!

And when Lorinda’s email came with photos of her quilt, I zoomed right to the photo that had these gorgeous cats inspecting her quiltwork!

She writes:

Just wanted to tell you thank you for your great patterns and willingness to teach and share.  My oldest daughter sewed this quilt from clothes that she had worn growing up.  The dark blue is from grandpa.  The lavender is from a maternity top that I had worn.  The borders are leftovers from a dress I had sewn for her when she was 8 yrs old. 
Lots of memories sewn tightly together in this quilt.  She left for college before I could get it quilted but I finished it this weekend.  It just needs the binding but I was so excited, I wanted to share it with you.
Lorinda’s Quilt!
Love the sunshine from the window!!
I guess I should say that I love to sew  and DD has fought against sewing for a good part of her growing up, so when she asked me to help her to find an easy quilt pattern for her to do, I was excited beyond words but tried to be cool and took her straight to your blog.  She chose Strip Twist. 
I helped her sort her fabrics and showed her how to use the rotary cutter/ruler and how to sew a 1/4" seam.  She printed out your instructions and went to work.  It's not perfect by any means but first steps never are and love means that it doesn't matter.  I wanted to thank you for sharing so much with us.  I appreciate all that you do.
Here is the front, I took it when we finally had some sun shine, still too cold to go outside though.  The sun light makes it seem a little washed out than it is.  The second is when I took it out of the machine to see where I needed to sew next and the cats jumped right up and gave their approval.
Lorinda has blogged about her quilt HERE.

You can find the free pattern to make your own Strip Twist quilt under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog HERE.
Things are quiet at the cabin, but it should get busy in the next couple of hours – the guys are on their way!
I’ve spent most of the day at the machine..making a mess in the scraps and piling up more Maverick Stars blocks.
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What a lovely delicious mess!
Boxes and bins and baggies of crumbs.  Sorting pieces, pressing, stitching….what a beautiful mess I’m in!  I’ve sewn 20 6” blocks today…I’ve got 20 more to go.  But for now I’m done down there.  Time to switch gears for the evening.
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My view from the van’s passenger seat!
The roads are still snow-covered ---but the sun was out in full force, with temps ranging between 25f and 30f as we ran to town for errands.  Along with food for hungry men, I came home with one fatigue mat for in front of the cutting table, and a double roll of Nexcare tape for making my rulers NON SLIP!
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One roll for here, one for at home!
You will find the Nexcare tape in the bandage section of your local drug or big store like Walmart, where I got it.  The clear waffle weave is easy to read lines through, and it works to keep the ruler from slipping.  I blogged more about it HERE.  

I have put the tape on BOTH sides of the ruler since I use both sides for cutting pairs of triangles.
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Sunset finished with a beautiful golden glow off the west side of the upper deck.
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Good night, mountains!  It’s been a lovely day of staying inside and sewing away--
Burgers will go on the grill as soon as Jason and his buddies arrive ---baked beans are simmering and I’m frying up the rest of last night’s left over baked potatoes for cottage fries –Hungry boys will need a good hot meal!
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies will spoil them rotten for dessert ---
I’m looking forward to a cabin full of man-chatter ----do you think I can interest any of them into a game of Farkle?
I doubt it – there is a dart board more to their liking downstairs…
Have a great evening, everyone!

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  1. Hi Bonnie, Sounds like you have had a full day of sheer bliss. I am spending the evening picking up my studio. I have finished with my Celtic Solstice quilt top and I LOVE it. Thank you soooo much. I have several block of the months to catch up on so I am off and running. Have a great weekend.

  2. Sounds like a perfect day. Sewing, simple cooking and great company. Good for you.

  3. Fabric, sewing machine and a tablet to watch movies. That's all any girl needs. Oh... and some quilting wine!

  4. Sweet Bonnie, thank you for posting my DD's quilt. She's surprised and thrilled that her first quilt made such a big splash. (Yep, in our house, Bonnie is big news.) Thank you again.


  5. Anonymous9:29 PM EST

    Staying in and sewing......the perfect day! (Especially with your schedule.....I don't know how you do it!)

    Looking forward to hearing from my Tucson friends how great your lecture will be to the Tucson quilt guild. Was visiting my quilting friends in Tucson 2 weeks ago, the weather was fabulous....sunny & in the 70's. Enjoy your time with the boys. :)

  6. Thanks for the hint about Nextcare tape. I was looking for something to use on the EZ angle and tri-recs rulers. I had trouble with slipping while cutting pieces for CS.
    After many nights at 0 or below in upstate NY, we're at a balmy 31° tonight.
    Enjoy your boys.

  7. Great to on NetWare tape. ... I'd love to come play farkle with you. Headed for another attic blast here in Iowa. I'll be taking my hubby in for more surgery tomorrow. Trying to decide what handwork to bring

  8. Great tip on the tape! I'd come play farkle with you anytime. Another arctic blast headed our way here in Iowa. Taking my hubby in for more surgery tomorrow so trying to decide what hand work to bring

  9. I love listening to your days at the cabin. So laid back and "do as you may" sounding!

    SIGH...... it all sounds so dreamy! (which is exactly all it is for me) :-(

  10. Dental work today so all I felt like doing was some crumb block sewing. Long ways to go as I have only gotten big enough pieces to cut 4 blocks four and a half inches square. But I like to chain sew long chains then press and pin together for the next seems. So should have a stack of blocks after the next time I sew on these.

  11. Yes, that Nexcare tape is the bee's knees. I bless the day when you first told us about it. It's made such a difference in my rotary cutting.


  12. I have used the Nextcare tape on some of my rulers, I love it. Could you post your recipe for the oatmeal cookies? I have been looking for a good recipe. Yesterday I quilted my sister's
    Choice quilt. I hope to work on a baby quilt that I need to finish for a shower in a couple of weeks but we'll see, I am watching my 16 month old granddaughter for 10 hours today
    thanks for all you do for us.

  13. The Nextcare tape is so much better than anything else I've tried to keep rulers and acrylic templates from slipping! I remembered it while I was in a grocery store and found it in the bandaids section! Thanks!

  14. I bought a roll of the Nexcare tape when you blogged about it, and I must say it has been great! Thank you for telling us about it. I had tried a couple of other options for making the rulers grip, but the tape really works well and is very convenient.


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