Sunday, April 17, 2016

River Rock BOM - Month 3 and Maui Photos

I really enjoy sewing these blocks together.  They are made from batik fabric and the piecing is fun because they are large pieces of fabric.

There were three blocks that had to be sewn:

Block B - 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" Finished

Spacer - 8" x 13" Finished

Block A with Spacer - 13" x 21.5"

In addition to the large blocks, this BOM is particularly fun because you are given a layer cake (10" pieces of fabric) and you have to go through and determine which fabrics to use for each block.  Instructions on the cutting of each fabric are included so make it easier.  I enjoy the process of sorting through the fabrics.

Maui Photo outside our hotel in Ka'anapali.  A storm was rolling in and there was a light rain and wind.  

On our way to the airport we stopped at Iao National Park.  It was a wonderful green and lush place in the mountains.  It isn't that high up but it was beautiful. The island of Maui is pretty dry at sea level but this is where is rains over 250 days a year and the water collected from four rivers produce water for the entire agricultural area of West Maui. 

This is the needle at the top of Iao Park.  It was used as a lookout for King Kameamea's men in his attempt to unify Hawaii.  There was a fierce battle here where King Kameamea defeated the natives Maui islanders to unify the Hawaiian islands.  One of the signs in the park stated that so many men were killed in this battle that their bodies blocked the water.  Ewww!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Flock of Feathered Stars - Month 9

I finished Month 9 last night.  It was so much nicer sewing this month's block compared to last month.  It was easier because the "feathers" were larger.  This month's Feather Star block is called "Feathered Star No. 2."

This block is a 12" block - finished.

These are the three blocks for the border.

This one made me happy that I like to paper piece!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mariner's Compass

A couple of months ago, I read a blog (I don't remember which one because I read several everyday) that touted a new method of piecing a Mariner's Compass by strip piecing and NOT paper piecing.  I was intrigued.  I went to the website mentioned:   I read the blog and decided to order one of the two offerings that Robin Ruth had just to try it out.  I ordered the FAT ROBIN which looks like the points are shorter and fatter.  I thought that it would be easier to long wings.

I ordered the set which includes the book, ruler and circle templates for all of the compasses and centers.  The book explains everything in great detail. Robin recommends that you "practice in a block size between 12" and 18."  Robin uses the 18" block in the instructions for you to follow.  I did make a 10" size block because I had fat quarters that I wanted to use.  She uses the length of the fabric, 42", for the larger blocks.

I made the center circle by ironing under the edges and sewing the edges because I could not find any fusible interfacing.  Thus the not so round center. I will try to do the larger compass and post a photo of it.  I will have to go and purchase some fusible interfacing ASAP.

I must say that it was fairly easy to do.  My only concern is that you have to be careful making the cuts for each "wing" or you will make an error.   I like to do faster projects (I am easily bored) but this is a beautiful block so I had better slow down.  Maybe I will finish the blocks faster once I am used to all of the cutting that has to be done.  The book has great illustrations to make this block. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Vacationing in Maui

My husband is attending a conference in Maui this week.  We arrived Sunday and the weather was in the mid 80's and it was humid.  It was very tolerable and perfect. As I would expect most days to be  in Hawaii.

We are stayIng at the Hyatt in Maui. This is one of the views close to our room.  It is a beautiful area in Ka'anapali north of Lahaina.

This is the view through the glass of our "back door."  On the other side of the hedge is the area in the photo above.  Surprisingly, there has been very little noise when the pool was full of children and adults.  

Our oldest daughter and her husband have visited Maui previously and gave us a list of their favorite places and things to do in the Kihei area.  One of those things was to go to Foodland and buy Poke (raw fish).  There were at least 8-10 different poke to select. Yum!

Of course. I have to go to the local quilt shops close by.  While in Kihei, I visited the Maui Quilt Shop.  

I purchased a yard of fabric of sea life in Hawaii and a six fabric packet of batik fat quarters.  

It was a fun store with two very friendly women while I was there.

One last photo of a storm coming through yesterday. It was very windy and misty.  Just enough to add moisture in the air.

This photo was taken yesterday in the front of our hotel looking east towards the mountains.  There was enough moisture in the air to see a beautiful rainbow. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Slowly, Catching Up

As the title of this post implies, I am slowly catching up.  I finished all of the blocks for the "2015 Classic Yuletide BOM" and Month 3 of "River Rock BOM."

Little Red School House
16' X 16" - Finsihed

Little Spools
16" x 16" Finished

There are 16 blocks that I will have to sew together.  
I will start that in the next few weeks.  
Of course, I will post photos of it.

River Rock - Month 3

Block A - 20.5" x 20.5"

Spacer 3
8" x 20.5"

Spacer 5
5.5" x 8"
Spacer 5
8" x 8"

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Trying to Catch-Up

When we returned to Sacramento, I knew that I had quite a bit of catching up to finish my Block of the Month (BOM) projects.  

I finished month 8 of "Flock of Feathered Stars."  The block is named, Slashed Feathered Star.

12" Finished Block

I had a difficult time with this block.  If you have read any of my previous posts, you know that I do not like to work with small pieces.  Here is an example of how small this was:

This is a 4" x  2.5" piece.  The teeth were 1/2" inch each.  It was hard to finish these small pieces and sewing all of the parts together made it more difficult.

Three border blocks.

I put-off working on "Fig Tree Classic Yuletide BOM" several months ago.  I believe that I have just a few more months until I am finally done with this BOM.  Here are my finished blocks for month #9.

Peppermint Blocks - 16" Finished
Christmas Star - 16" Finished

Our Travels to Phoenix

I wrote this post several weeks ago.  My desktop computer was not cooperating so I am publishing this now.

My husband and I had the pleasure of attending a Golden State Warrior game on March 7, they play at Oracle Arena in Oakland.  We had a very good time and loved the upper section that we were sitting.  The crowd up there was lively and very into the game.  These seats were "nosebleed" seats but it was great to cheer for the Warriors.  We were planning on leaving early but we just couldn't leave.  We stayed until the bitter end and did not arrive home until after 12 AM. My husband had the entire week off so he also planned a trip to Spring Training in Phoenix.  We had to see the San Francisco Giants.

We had an 8:45 AM flight and did not finish packing at 2 AM.  My husband is in his early 60's and I will be 60 in August so, needless so say....we were so tired but made it to the airport and barely made it through security and to our gate. I believe that I slept through most of the flight and my husband also slept on our way there.

To make this post quick and to the point, we went to all of our favorite places to eat and of course, two quilt stores.  I will tell all about those later in this post.

First, after we landed we went to Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles, near the Phoenix Airport.  It did not disappoint.  It is a 4-star rated restaurant.  Some of the best fried chicken I have ever tasted and the okra side-dish was to die for.  I loved it.
We went to "The Mission" in Old Scottsdale.  It was very pricey but delicious. The food was Chilean not Mexican as we originally thought.  It is 4.5-star rated restaurant.  We were told that it is usually rated one of the Top 20 restaurants in the country.  I loved the food but when we received our check...expensive! Another place we love is "Bobby Q."  Our son and his girlfriend took us there when they were pharmacy students in Glendale.  We thought it was good then but this time we decided to expand our selection to other food that we didn't consume at our last visit. 

My husband ordered the rib dinner, St. Louis Style. The meat fell right off the bone.  He shared a small
portion with me and it was delicious!

We went to breakfast twice to "The Original Breakfast House." It also had great service and delicious meals.

I forgot to mention that we also ate at a wonderful place, CIBO Pizzeria.  We had my son's favorite pizza, Tartufata.  It had mozzarella, prosciutto, white mushrooms and white truffle oil drizzled all over the top!  DELICIOUS!

Of course, we attended three Giants games and one A's game.  These were all great games but the food and quilt stores were the most enjoyable for me.

The second game that we attended was in Scottsdale.  The Colorado Rockies were the visiting team.  It was much more fun than we anticipated. One of the players on the Rockies, Dan Descalso, graduated from UC Davis.  It was great to watch him play.

We are down to the best part of the trip, QUILT SHOPS!  I visited only two this time:  "The Other Quilt Shop" and "Quiltz"  both in Phoenix.  I usually go to "3 Dudes Quilting" but they have basically the same thing that the local shops have here in Sacramento.  I wanted to see what some of the other shops had.  "The Other Quilt Shop" is small.  I've been there before during the last trip to Phoenix.  It has quite a few batiks and notions but the shop is small that even my husband commented that it was the smallest quilt shop that he had ever been to.  The next shop, "Quiltz" was huge.  It had a little of everything.  I loved the fact that it was a Judy Niemeyer shop.  They had so many of Judy's patterns that I could not decide which one I wanted to purchase.  

Anyway, it was a wonderful week of watching great baseball games, eating fabulous foods and visiting quilt shops.