Friday, October 2, 2015

Catching up

Hello everyone, and welcome to what promises to be a very wet weekend.  According to the TV weather people, this is a good time to stock up on bottled water and batteries.  Or maybe not.  They can't decide.

So, now that all the excitement surrounding the pope has died down and all the roads are open again, I actually got to sew a little bit.  I feel like I am so behind on everything!  I'm letting myself down, but I've resolved to catch up.  The first thing to catch up on was these crumb blocks for the framed stars quilt:

Indoor picture! Raining!

Okay, the indigo block isn't really a crumb block, but I only had enough indigo (or what passes for indigo around here) for one lonely little string block.  I already decided to carry the string blocks over to next year so that I'll actually have enough for a quilt, so into a framed star it goes.

The orange and brown are actual crumb blocks.  It turns out that I have quite a lot of brown bits left over from the Terrestrial Star quilt, so I had plenty for a crumb block and enough for the row quilt too.  Plenty happy about that!

Then I actually made enough progress that I finished all three stars:

That's a raindrop, not a stain!

Oh, happiness. Slightly damp happiness, but still.

After all this time using up my white on white scraps, it turns out that I don't have enough big leftovers to make the frames from just scraps, so I didn't get to make the frames.  Well, I'd probably have enough if I wasn't so danged picky about how the white tones must match each other, but it will be just a lot more fun to go pick out some yardage.  Easier too!

That was my sewing week!  I'm slowly starting to feel at home here (I must be slow to adapt) and am getting back to a regular schedule for my sewing.  I've had a tough time with the traffic eating up so much of my time, but I'm getting used to it.

Oh, gosh, one last thing!  My kids got me a new camera for my birthday (thanks kids!) and all of the pictures in this post were taken with the new one. Yay!  But I have to show you the last picture taken with the old camera:

 Leeanna from Not Afraid of Color and I met up and got to go to a quilt show last weekend!  It was so fun to meet her and to have a friend to critique the quilts with. We enjoyed a lot of the same ones and had a great time.  Thanks Leeanna!  (I am the weirdo on the left. Leeanna is the sweet and lovely lady on the right.)

Everyone have a great weekend!  Stay dry if possible, and if the rain keeps you inside, I'll bet I can think up something you can do!

Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addictsoscrappy, and Finish it up Friday.


Cathy said...

Those are some great crumb blocks. Indigo I had plenty of but the orange, that was a struggle.

Bernie Kringel said...

Yay, you are finally getting to sew again.

Have fun figuring out the new camera. I never saw any issues with your old pictures but I am sure you'll have fun learning about your new toy.

Bonus to get to meet a blogger friend in real life. Do you and Leana live close by each other? That is great.

Enjoy your rain. We have had a little bit yesterday and it was wonderful!

LA Paylor said...

Ha! I'm not that sweet, lol! But thanks for saying so, heh heh.

The power company left a message on the phone basically saying, "every man for himself!" so we'll be getting gas for the generator and battening down the hatches and hoping it doesn't make landfall right here.

I love the indigo star. Makes me want to use up some strings this way. It uses the variety of strings, plus looks orderly. Win win.
So total count of my copying you... paper dolls, and string stars... two.

Lara B. said...

Mari, those star blocks are over the top great! My favorite is the indigo.
Congratulations on your new camera! Your children did a really nice thing.
Leeanna and you... together at a quilt show... oh my gosh, the laughs you must have shared!

Carie @ Space for the Butterflies said...

Oh the crumb centres look fantastic, what a great way to use up every scrap!

Snowcatcher said...

I love your blocks, too, especially the indigo one, but I'm really jealous you got to meet Leeanna!

Grantham Lynn said...

I love star blocks. Love the scrappy centers. Glad your town is back to normal.
Enjoy your weekend.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

How nice that you got to meet up and attend a show together! Pretty blocks and I am loving your rich brown fabrics : ) Rainy here in Southwestern PA but I think it is to clear out in a day or so....nothing like what the poor East Coast people are dealing with...

scraphappy said...

Hope that the storm doesn't hit you too badly, but a hurricane is always a nice excuse to stay inside and sew the days away. As long as you have power of course. Love the crumbs and the strings.

Nell's Quilts said...

So nice to have a fun adventure with quilting friends. Lovely star finishes. Hope that storm is gentler than the weather man predicts.

Quiltdivajulie said...

How fun to see you and Leanna together -- and very happy to hear that you are settling into your new place(s). Happy stitching!

Deb A said...

So nice to put a picture to the name! You have such rich and vibrant colors in your blocks this week - love them. Hope you can stay dry and keep the power on.

JanineMarie said...

Love your star blocks, and they look fabulous against the moss and leaves. What fun that you got to spend time with Leeanna! It's raining here today (but not East Coast rain), so you can guess how I spent my day.

Sally T said...

Great progress on your blocks...and bravery for an outside photograph. Here in Central Virginia we thankfully didn't get as much as the early warnings.

Cathy said...

I always love crumb stars!

Sheila said...

Your stars with their crumb block centers are wonderful!
Congratulations! A new camera.

Marle said...

It`s a great idea to do scrappy centers to star blocks!