Thursday, July 19, 2018

Successful Charity Sewing Day

I can check off one of my goals this week.  I spent a good part of yesterday working at the the Virginia Star Quilters charity open sew.  It started at 8:30 but I didn't make it until a little before 11.    Someone had donated several finished tops, block sets and the like.  A committee had prepared kits for people to sew during the day.  

I got to work tying a "summer" quilt -- one without batting.  Except, it had been a long time since I tied a quilt... I put the thread between every block -- not a problem except the blocks were about 4" and that was way too many ties.  It took us forever to finish them!  But it got done! (hum, I wonder whose feet those are! Not mine!) 

Next up was an interestingly designed quilt.  It was a wonderful mix of fabric and must have been really easy to make.  This one got tied pretty quickly and then we trimmed the batting and turned the back up to the front and stitched it down.

We had another quilt similar to this one and we pinned it and someone did "organic" lines -- that is slightly wavy lines quilted up and down. It looked terrific and was pretty fast. I wish I'd gotten a picture of that one too.  (It was getting late in the afternoon and I was pooped!) 


I'm not sure whether this was a donated top or whether one of the members put this one together.  Bt it sure came out nicely. 

Our regular scheduled meeting was held after the sew in. It's amazing how many quilts were finished and tops made by about a dozen dedicated quilters.    I should have taken pictures of the pile of finished quilts -- I think about 10 were finished during the day.  And, we probably have another 8 to 10 tops ready to finish. I brought one home to throw on Ruthie too.  All of these quilts will go to a local agency for seniors.  (Wait, most of us sewing were seniors.) 

You know what comes next!  Another day of Christmas in July. 

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th


Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts 

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts 
Mary @ Made by Marney 

Wednesday, July 18th

Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home 

I'll be back working on my project today.  Hopefully it'll be done by the end of the day.  And then I've got to get going on my One Monthly Goal. 

I'm linking with Needle and Thread Thursday.  More fun links you can explore on the Internet.

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Airplanes and More

I failed to take a picture of my airplane quilt.  Rats! On Saturday it went to St. Francis NICU to be used as needed.  Here's a picture of one block and the quilting. 
I used Dave's Airplane edge to edge.  It you look at the nose of the yellow plane you'll see the tail of the quilted plane. It's a rounded looking plane. The wing goes to the left and down from the engine. See the hook to the left of the yellow plane's tail?  That's the other wing which also makes the cockpit.  Very stylized but I liked it on the quilt.  I used Superior's Omni thread in silver.  I don't remember which batting I used but I know it was a leftover piece. 

So the last pictures of our DC trip are from the Air and Space Museum. (Yesterday's pictures were from the National Museum of American History.)  


Dadaaaadumm... yes, it is the Enterprise from Star Trek.  Recently we've found a station that runs Star Trek episodes every evening.  We've gotten hooked.  (And  we really don't watch much television.)  Looking back at the program it is amazing how simple and pretty crazy the sets, costumes and lands were.  But I'm enjoying them way too much. 

I have no idea why this balloon was displayed.  I just thought it was interesting.  This is the last of my DC trip photos.  I didn't even get a photo of lunch with our son. He works up the street from the Mall so we try to go when he is free for lunch.  We met at the National  Museum of the American Indian. The lunch was great but like all museum food it was expensive.  I'm sure we'll plan another trip to DC in the fall.  Even though we went in late May there were tons of tour buses of teens and lots of families.  Maybe the fall will be less crowded. 

Here's today's (and all the other) links to 12 Days of Christmas in July posts. 


Wednesday, July 18th

Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts

Saturday, July 21st

Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home
Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie

Tuesday, July 24th

Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts

Wednesday, July 25th

Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass

Days gone by but you can still check out these posts!
Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

I'm linking up with Midweek Makers, just in case you want to have even more inspiration from the Internet! 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Trip to DC


A month or two ago we went up to Washington on the VRE.  (We are senior citizens and it was half price for us!)  Here are a few random pictures I took during the trip. 

The Travelers

This could be inspiration for an upcoming quilt! This is part of the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. 

Did you ever think that outdoor sculptures were cleaned?  We were in the Sculpture Garden before the museums opened.  I couldn't resist taking this picture as a group of ladies scrubbed away.  Yep, this intricate statue was getting a good cleaning! 

There was a display on the Mall showing the issues with plastics in our oceans.  Here's an eye-popping statistic regarding the amount of plastic.  This sign was attached to a cargo container.  Eek! 

(Rats, even playing with the brightness in my photo program doesn't help.) Read below to find out about this old Singer that made buttonholes! You might be able to see the buttonhole shape under the needle if you click on the picture to enlarge it.

What?  Looser clothes helped the commercial dressmaking business? 

That's all I've got on the DC trip at this point.  I've got a few more pictures I'll be sharing over the next week or so. 

Saturday, July 14th

Joy @ Days Filled With Joy
Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Joanne @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Jan @ The Colorful Fabriholic

Monday, July 16th

Carole @ From My Carolina Home
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels & Eats

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts
Mary @ Made by Marney

Wednesday, July 18th

Karrin @ Karrin's Crazy World
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Christina @ Christina's Handicrafts
Sherry @ Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.
Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Kristi @ Confessions of A Fabric Addict
Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts

Saturday, July 21st

Cindy @ Stitchin' At Home
Meloney @ Mel's Quilting Blog

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs
Amy @ Sea of Estrogen
Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie

Tuesday, July 24th

Kathy @ Kathy's Kwilts and More
Summer @ Summer Lee Quilts

Wednesday, July 25th

Susan @ Quilt Fabrication
Brandy @ Pampered Pettit
Jean @ All Points of the Compass

Enjoy some internet surfing while gathering great ideas for Christmas. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Meandering 7 - 16 - 2018

Welcome to another Monday Meandering.  I've been super busy and get to show a finish! Whoop! Whoop!  Flashback to five weeks or so ago.  I was prepping fabric for a sew-a-long at my guild in Powhatan. You can see some of my efforts herehere, and here, to name a few posts I've shared.  Today I'm going to share my finish!  Yes, if you're thinking I am super fast finishing this quilt you would be right.  I really, really wanted to bring it to the next guild meeting.  So I focused and finished it the Friday evening before the meeting.  

Let me present my finished quilt Celebrate! 
(By the way, you should be able to click on any picture and it will enlarge.)

And a few more! 
Did you notice the cool stripe binding.  Oh yea! Cool. 

The quilt design is Blue Star Petite from Urban Elements.  I use a lot of star patterns and I was getting tired of my trusty Ginger Stars.  I've actually added a couple of new ones to the mix.  I used Sew Fine thread on top and bobbin.  It was an orange red and worked really well. 

Now on to my goals for last week and this coming week.  Surprisingly enough I succeeded on most of my goals but I spent more time on Ruthie as I quilted Celebrate and a nice Irish Chain for a customer.  Yes, Ruthie is up and running like a pro.  Replaced the two computer chips (?) and she is doing great again.  Now I need to get some more quilts quilted.  

July 9, 2018
Make some pillowcases√ (1 done) 
Make more string borders for Jamestown Landing
Work on Stripe blocks √ plans made but no sewing
Make backing for Celebrate
Border heart wall hanging
Attend Angel ornament class
July 16, 2018
Finish Blog Hop project and blog about it! 
Work on charity quilts at sew in 
Finish one Angel ornament 
Cut out and make a pillowcase 
Work on 16 patch quilt

That isn't too tough of a list so I should be able to do it with no problems. (HA! Is that tempting fate?) 

Now on to a reminder of the Christmas in July Blog Hop.  I admit I was so tired Sunday that I did not even look for fabric for the cute quilt Sarah is sharing directions.  Sigh.  Maybe this week.  Here's the list of bloggers participating in the blog hop.  Check them out. (I can't tell you about today cause I am short on time trying to get this blog out before my day gets started in earnest.) 

Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st


Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs
➡Bonnie @ In Stitches With Bonnie

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Let me know if these links do NOT work.  I'm pretty sure they will.  My day is coming  Did I mention prizes?  Many of the blogs are hosting prizes.  I've got a plan but must finish it up! Thanks folks! Have fun surfing. 

I'm also linking up with my regular linky parties.  Let's share the fun! Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday and Moving It Forward.  You know the drill--spend some quality time surfing these parties... you never know what will inspire your next quilt project. 

I leave you with another picture of Celebrate!  (Can you tell I really like it?)

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie