Friday, September 30, 2011

Another Finish?

Yes!  Scary isn’t  it?  (I think that is a double entendre…)

Anyway, here is a little Halloween wall hanging that I made.  Just a panel with a border and prairie points added. We found the branch outside this morning so it is even hanging already!

Am I on top of things or what?


Thursday, September 29, 2011

That Time of Year Again!


A Dog’s Life

He has the best life in the world! So why does he always look so sad? By the way, he is sitting in HIS chair!


Memory Jogger

Last night I was talking to my friend Mimi and I told her that her quilt was on the frame and I would be bringing it when we get together next month in Lancaster.  And she asked me, “What quilt?”  She had no memory of giving this quilt for me to machine quilt.

THIS quilt, Mimi!


If you still don’t remember it, it is OK.  I will keep it!

Cinnamon Sticks

I love this quilt!  It is in my favorite fall colors and I love it!  I am even pleased with the quilting.  The final border is a little wonky but it works.  And now it is done and I can enjoy it.  Now to find a place to hang it so I can stare at it at will.



Monday, September 26, 2011

Movie Monday 9/26/2011

Already I am forgetting what I have posted about!  I was surprised to learn I had not posted about Leah Day yet.

If you have not seen any of Leah’s videos yet, you are in for a treat. What she does with a domestic machine is amazing.  Her link is on my sidebar.


Leah Day

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lost and Found

Yesterday I was looking for another project when I came upon this old quilt.  I started it back in the mid 1990’s and the center is handpieced.  The hearts are hand appliqued.  At some crazy moment I decided to machine quilt the outer borders.  I used stars and must have not liked it. (OK the quilting is not good…)

Last night I put a binding on it.  I tried tea dying it this morning;it came out lighter than I anticipated but I really like the way it turned out.


Lost and Found also applies to something else about this quilt.  In the mid ‘90’s I was a part of an online group of quilters called GEnie Pioneers.  We had several swaps and exchanges.  One of the last swaps I did was 6” finished Ohio Stars.  My theme was woven plaids.  The blocks for this quilt are from that swap.

Recently that group “re-formed” on Facebook. How nice to have found this quilt at the same time I rediscovered our group of quilters.  It has been so nice to catch up with my old friends.  Serendipity, wouldn’t you agree?

Monday, September 19, 2011


I have diagnosed myself as having CSS- Change of Season Syndrome. Symptoms include feeling really lazy, hating all my current clothing and having no desire to cook any meals (it is too hot for this and too cold for that).  Of course this means that nothing really creative has been happening in my house.

But I am glad to say that I am starting to come out of my lethargy. I love fall in Central New York.  The color changes that fall brings are a few weeks away but I already feel better. It is getting cooler and I am sleeping better.  I am actually sewing again and I plan to get out the afghan I started last winter. I am hoping that cooking will become less of a chore and I can start making my comfort foods again (but I am looking for recipes that are a little better for me; I am down 16 lbs so far!).

Yesterday I started on a fall lap quilt.  I just have to finish putting the borders on.  It is a rail fence-very simple but oh I love the colors!  I will post a picture when the top is done.

I will end this post with a few pictures:

Dylan found Michael’s old Halloween costume(sorry- it is a little blurry):


Michael drinking pepperoncini juice (don’t ask!):


My husband and Dylan chilling:


Movie Monday 9/19/2011

I hope you all didn’t think that I made a video on binding odd angles.  Oh no!! This is much better than anything I could do.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

It Is Done!

I started this table runner way back in 2009.  It is all hand pieced.  Yesterday I finished the quilting and the binding.DSC02720

Here is the deal.  I have never put a binding on that wasn’t at right angles.  Tune in to tomorrow’s Movie Monday to see how I attached the binding!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Movie Monday 9/12/11

After last week’s example of how quickly people can create, I thought this week we might slow down.

This video shows a technique for starting and ending hand embroidery without knots.  I am learning that neatness counts on both sides when doing hand work and this technique is certainly better than the one I use now.  I am sure many of you already employ this technique but for you newbies to hand embroidery will appreciate this little trick.

Hand embroidery technique
Sometimes we need to s l o w down.  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Where to Start?

Actually I have had lots going on in the past couple of weeks.

I will start with a small family celebration.  Last week my nephew visited from Philadelphia so my brother-in-law had a barbeque. This side of the family has not gotten together for a while so it was nice to catch up on all the gossip.


My nephew John and his girlfriend, Abby


Lauren and Jeff


Dylan and Marin


Dylan, Marin and Megan

I love watching the little ones interact.  Our family is growing and I couldn’t be happier!

Monday, Kate and Lauren came over to can tomatoes.  We got 29 quarts and 6 pints of tomatoes.  Is it worth it?  I like to believe that along with having tomatoes all winter but we also created some good memories.  We also reminisced about my mother-in-law who taught me how to can. Now Katie is the expert, keeping us up to date on newer methods.


Finally, I am in the middle of making cookies.  300 to be exact!  Shophop at Mission Rose starts next week and Kate and I are doing pineapples. (I do cookies-she decorates)


Just three more batches to go!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Movie Monday 4/5/11

September already!  The summer just flew by this year.  It is true: the older I get, the faster the days fly by…

OK. Today’s video is outrageous, I admit it.  But I was fascinated at how quickly this woman’s hand moved.  If you have ever wondered how lace is made, you won’t learn anything.  But you will be amazed at the process.


If you are interested in making lace there are several tutorials out there.  This site has a couple of videos of what sounds like a very young girl showing the technique.  If only I were that talented!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

From this….


to this!!


Well, it is not completely finished, but it is ready for me to machine quilt.  It is basted and ready to go.  Can I get it done this week?  I hope so!

Also here is a little sample I made for the shop. 


The pattern is “A Very Braidy Christmas”.  The pattern calls for jelly roll strips but we have this fabric at the store.  (This is the back of the runner)


I cut the strips apart and then just followed the directions.  The whole runner took 1 1/2 yards-including the border, back and binding.  We have a couple of similar stripes at the shop.  I may make a few more!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Schembri Family Reunion 2011

Last week my brother Frank hosted a wonderful party for my mom’s side of the family.  Everyone brought food to share, lots of good stories and plenty of laughs.  Family came from Michigan, Maryland, and (I think!) Minnesota.  I took lots of pictures-sorry I took a week to post them. Check out Aunt Liz and her great-granddaughter- our oldest and youngest members of the family!

Frank, thanks for working so hard to make such a great party.We love you!