Friday, June 9, 2017

Routine Stuff

We're in a routine around here as we've settled into the month of June with some much-needed rain. Several days worth. It's very good because we can see the yard greening-up, and the area ponds filled again.

Dan turned 65 years old last Tuesday. He's thrilled about being on Medicare now! We celebrated his birthday by eating out, which we seldom do. We went to Oakwood Barbecue, a place that serves decent barbecue. But our favorite barbecue is from Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas, just outside of Austin. OMG!

This week saw me at line dancing, dance workout, Big Cypress Quilters, and Ukulele Player Club. I was even quoted - very poorly - in a brief article in the Daily Sun newspaper: "I made my own case to protect it," Hungerford said. "It can be hard to find a case that you like, so me being craft, I cut out my own pattern."
At home, I'm sticking to my vow to finish quilt tops that have languished for too long on hangers in the guest room closet, and have made some forward progress.

First: Last week I pieced a quilt back from my stash - the most satisfying way to come up with backing fabric.

Then using that backing, I sandwiched and pin-basted this string-pieced scrappy half-square triangles quilt top that I finished last December! It's now about one-fourth quilted.

I'm going with quilting designs that travels so I can make this a quick finish. I plan to donate it to Project Linus.

Second: Making another quilt back. After specifically going shopping for backing fabric that coordinate with the Urban Trek quilt top, I found this half-priced yardage (I finished the bolt) at our local shop, Sharky's Vac and Sew. The fabric is a Robert Kaufman print called "Mod Tex." Can you see the seam where I matched the print pattern?

Third: I'm ready to sandwich and pin-baste Picket Fence. This 98" X 112" quilt top has quite a history now! I started it when I went on a sew day with my Kansas City friend, Carla. That was November 8, 2011! (Check out my long hair then!) I continued to work on Picket Fence with West Des Moines quilting friends on a retreat with Hope Quilters in January 2012, and finally finished the top in February 2016!

To buy a king-sized Quilter's Dream Request Cotton batt, I patronized a new local quilt shop, The Quilting Palette in Lady Lake. I now have all the parts together to pin-baste this ginormous quilt that will fit our king-sized bed. Finding a place to pin-baste this is gonna be a real challenge! 

This was my second visit to The Quilting Palette and my first purchase. While the owner carries a few solids - mostly Moda Bella - she doesn't carry modern fabrics. She's apparently catering to traditional quilters. Still, I'm always happy to buy locally whenever that's possible. 

That said, to get Painter's Palette Solids (made by Paintbrush Studios) I had to shop online. When had their 20 percent off sale over Memorial Day weekend, it was a good opportunity to stock up on my new favorite brand of solids. These are absolutely fabulous - the hand, the colors. Can't you see how satiny they are? My stash has grown by 17 yards!

I've always been a pre-washer, so when I washed these I was very happy to discover that Painter's Palette Solids do not run! The color catchers came out as white as they went in. In a odd sort of way, I find it relaxing to press and fold fabric after washing. I labeled every piece "PP" with the color name. Yep, I've got a PP color card now too.

A little diversion has been crocheting. For a reason. My dear friend Patty (@iowagrammy on Instagram) has asked me to teach her how to crochet by making dish cloths. I've knitted all my own dishcloths, so I'm attempting to find an easy crochet pattern on Pinterest.

This one, which is crocheted on the diagonal from corner to corner, is really pretty, especially with variegated Sugar and Cream.

But it's a little complicated for a newbie. If you can recommend a simpler dishcloth pattern, please do!

Now, back to the routine -  making progress on finishes, practicing the uke (Can you overdo that? My left wrist has been sore) and generally appreciating good health and a good life. Linda


  1. Of course I had to go back to your 2011 post! Lovely to see yours and Carla's smiling faces. You are on a roll with those quilt backs. Where oh where will you baste that monster....let alone how you'll quilt it! You have inspired me to piece a backing for my latest scrappy quilt top.

  2. You are doing great finishing those quilts! And good to know you love the Painter's Palette Solids - I have a short stack to try...

  3. This link will take you to lots of dishcloth patterns both knitted and crocheted. Some very basic and some a little out there.

  4. I love seeing your quilts. They are happy, fresh, and colorful. And no, I cannot see where you pieced that backing fabric!

  5. You are really on a mission with these quilts! And perfectly matched seam for the! I am working on a UFO but spending the next week getting ready for a 4 week road trip that will take us to KC by way of a small family reunion in OKlahoma City area. Home by way of Denver and the wonders of so Eastern Utah.

  6. You are craft. haha
    I love this quilt. Is your machine a Juki or something like that?
    I have got to start selling some old machines around here and .... (just keep my favorites) get a good mechanical.
    I love the string quilt. Very nifty and swifty
    Have fun being settled in. I relish the thought of being settled.
    I drove out to Web Fabrics this morning, to meet for a sew along. Just one other person! Oh well, it was fun. I raced home, bolted coffee and scarfed a sandwich and then went to see daddy. Ugh It is so hot. I hate hot.
    Now I am settled. I guess.
    My house is kind of my refuge haha😀😂

  7. Nothing wrong with being in a routine. It's rather satisfying! Great for us quilters. I get all out of whack when I have to do things out of the ordinary. Your projects are all looking great, and your new solids are scrumptious! I'll have to be on the lookout for some! Good luck quilting the mammoth quilt!

  8. Catching up on reading...
    This is a fun post. Did our bee make blocks for your Picket Fence? I'm trying to remember, but somehow it sounds familiar. Maybe someone else did that pattern. It is such a stunning quilt! I love the next post where you show the pinning. That's quite the effort!

    Congrats to your husband for hitting the jackpot age (as my sister calls it). And congrats to you for hitting print (even though you are far more articulate than the quote would lead anyone to believe)!

    Loved this post--


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