Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter is Here and Getting Ready for the Mystery Quilt

Winter has arrived in Santa Fe, which had me scrambling for hats, gloves, socks, and 57 layers of clothes.

We had snow that stayed for a few days, then slightly less cold weather, and then graupel on Sunday, and then cold windy weather today.

Gomez and Stella are taking advantage of the pile of quilts on the couch and spend their days curled up.

I have most everything ready for our Thanksgiving dinner this week (which we are having on Friday since I'm working on Thursday).  I know there may be one quick trip to the grocery store for a couple things but not much.  

I am really looking forward to starting Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt on Friday.  Even though I don't *entirely* have past years' mysteries done (ah hum), I'm going to join in on this one.  

I'm using Bonnie's color choices this year but a bit more toned down. Here are the slightly different paint chips that I am using as a rough guide to my color choices.

Yellow is not one of the colors I use very much so I did purchase yardage but the rest I mostly pulled from stash. 

Blacks and neutrals are pulled and waiting to go also.  

Can't wait to see everyone's fabric choices this year.

Friday, November 7, 2014

An Overdue Trip to Michigan for this Aunt

The end of October brought a long overdue trip to Michigan to visit the family.  I planned my trip to coincide with Halloween because I wanted to join in on the fun of trick-or-treating with niece Mackenzie (4 1/2 y.o.) and nephew Cameron (20 mo.) and newest nephew Benjamin (2 mo.).

We visited a cider mill and went pumpkin-picking.

Celebrated October birthdays (mine and sister-in-law's).

Carved pumpkins...

.....and took lots and lots of selfies. (I taught Mackenzie how to do this on my iPhone and now I have eleventy billion photos LOL!)

Trick-or-treating was short-lived as it snowed and snowed and the wind was blowing like crazy.  Only in Michigan....

My visit was much too short but I did fit in a trip to my favorite Michigan quilt store Mabelena's.  I picked up some new Fig Tree fat quarters for a soon-to-be project and some great Boo Crew fabric on sale for a future Schnibble project. 

My visit was way too short and I hope to get back soon before this little guy grows up too much.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sending Love to Canada

Sending love, hugs, and heartfelt sympathy to Canada.  I was horrified to hear about the terrible, violent attack in Ottawa.  My thoughts are with everyone, especially the loved ones of the soldier who was killed today.

May peace return to your fair city soon.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Of Aspens and Quilt Shows

The aspens are changing colors in the mountains, and cooler nights have arrived.

Mr. SBQ's parents were in town last week and we did all the tourist things--Georgia O'Keefe museum, history museum, art museum, Indian art museum, Taos, Acoma pueblo, shopping on the plaza, eating at great restaurants, looking at scenery, and strolling along Canyon Road.   It was a busy 5 days LOL!

Canyon Road sculpture gallery
Yesterday was my day off and we actually had a proper overcast-and-rainy day in Santa Fe.  I ventured out to the Quilt Fiesta quilt show held by the local quilt guild.  It was a small show with about a dozen vendors (which is great because I'm on a no-buy at least until my trip to Michigan later this month.) Here are a few of the quilts that caught my eye from the show. 

It was great to do something "quilty" for a change.

And now I'm all inspired to work on a new project or two :)

And of course, no post is complete without a cat photo.  Stella was snuggled on the couch among the quilts. Such is the life.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Happy October!

Or as I like to call it "Extra Hugs for Black Cats Month"

Remy was caught in a late morning sunbeam.  I don't think he moved for a full 5 minutes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Favorite Season

Happy Fall Y'all!!

I can't believe that October is right around the corner.  This summer just went zipping by in a flurry of festivals, fiestas, hikes, walks, busy work, sunshine, sleepy cats, good books, and who knows what else.  I am behind in all things email and blog posts and blog comments. Maybe I'll catch up when winter arrives?

There has been some sewing here and there.  (I made curtains!)

I have jumped into the Another Year of Schnibbles & a Little Bit More  (AYOS&ALBM) group for this year and have the top completed with time to spare (woo hoo!)

September's AYOS&ALBM quilt pattern is Whit by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. Instead of using the little 2 1/2" mini charm packs,  I used a single 5" charm pack from my stash--an older autumn line by Deb Strain, which I now have forgotten the name of, and Moda Bella solid in Off-White.

I chose the Dutchman's Puzzle layout for the quilt and loved making these cutemous tiny flying geese in happy fall colors and patterns.

The blocks are 4" finished.  Fun-sized.

 Voila!  Tiny quilt top is done (it's 22" square). I need to dig through my stash for some autumnal backing and binding.
 I see a potential photo bomb about to happen.
It's Remy!! Of course.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Another Year of Schnibbles Year in Review

My parade for this past year is woefully sparse.  I guess fixing up and selling a house and packing and packing and more packing and moving across country and unpacking and unpacking will do that.  I've also been out-and-about exploring New Mexico every chance I've had so that has put quilting by the wayside.  Maybe a better quilting routine will come along this way with autumn arriving soon.  

So without further ado--here is my very small parade, allowing you to run right over and see more at Sherri and Sinta's blogs.   See I am saving you time by not getting my projects done.  How considerate of me ;)
Here was May's quilt called X-Rated (still needs quilting and binding).  

Next up is April's quilt which was a Thimbleblossom's mini pattern.  

I finished mine and use it as a curtain in our itty-bitty half-bathroom.  I call it our submarine bathroom--it's smaller than a small closet--seriously it's tiny.  My fancy-dancy (not) curtain hardware is binder clips and a wooden dowel because we can't put nails in the rental house.  Eh, whatevs. 

Moving on to.....

....wait that's it.  I didn't finish Jersey Girl back in January so that's it for this year.  

C'est la vie.  

I am ready to jump into another year of fun Schnibbles and other small projects.