Sunday, July 24, 2016

Heritage Days, 2016

Many of our local quilters loaned quilts to First National Bank in town, to dress up the bank for one week, for Heritage Days, an annual summer event.  I use these photos so that next year, I'll remember which quilts I loaned - heaven forbid any duplications!  LOL  This particular event is sponsored by local DAR ladies. Yes, that is my Cowboy Up (blues) and Mom's Grandmother's Flower Garden.  Carol's checked Sailing on right. 

Several are mine.  They are on the second floor, above teller area, hanging over the railing.
Carol's Pineapple in upper left, above - a stunner!  Jody's log cabin is next to hers.  Patchwork Jackets are hanging over the log cabin.

Jody's on left - I forgot the name.  My Pineapple Spool on right.
 My split 9-Patch (Bank One) on left.  Anita's lovely green and rose in center. 
 My Chimney's and Cornerstones, ala recut and trimmed.  Hard to recognize what I started with!
 Jody's twisting pinwheel (not sure of name?)   I really HAVE to make one of these!
Not sure of maker, but so pretty!
Kathy's vintage Dresden plate.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A good day at the Quilt Show

I put 3 quilts in the Oregon Trails Quilt Show hoping one would get some recognition. 

This was my Mother's quilt a Grandmother's Flower Garden, she made at age 21, living in Chicago in 1936-37 while awaiting her first child, my sister Kristin.  Many of the charming fabrics were probably given to her by a sister-in-law, my Aunt Kate, who had 2 little girls at the time and lived nearby.  This is the quilt that laid unused for many, many years on a wood shelf ("save it for good!") , and when it came to me, as the only quilter, we discovered with horror that the wood acids had eaten clear through the center fold lines.  I kept it for another 15 years before having courage to repair it, only to discover that the repair s were not nearly as difficult as I had imagined.  This is a Second Place.  The white sheet on the bottom is a printed story of the quilt history.  I'll sew it on the back now as a label.

This is "Cowboy Up", a large quilt, a version of Tumalo Trails.  I added that border and learned new methods to machine quilt on the wide light blue border.  The dark blue is a plaid, a used man's shirt given to me by a friend.  It worked perfectly with the numerous 9 patches that I had made casually, with no purpose, "using up some little strips of fabric".  This is Second Place.

This is a recent finish that I call Pineapple Spools, added to the show at the last minute only as something of interest.  I was astonished to see it was given a First Place.  (That purple on the bottom of the picture is a back from another quilt hanging behind it. )

A good day in Western Nebraska, with 104 degree heat outside! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

For more info on Washing Machines.

If you would like to read more about the "new" washing machines, and issue of no hot water, Google this:  "New washing machines in US., EPA restriction on water temp."  All thanks to our political leaders who most likely, don't wash their own laundry. 

Hang onto your old machine if you can. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pineapple, Border, My Blue Heaven

(I am almost over my Washing Machine Rant (previous post), feeling almost recovered from feeling like an ignorant fool for getting cheated by the industry, and EPA.  I just hope the next person considering a washing machine will be informed.)

Here is my finished Pineapple top - this is the second Pineapple I've done in last few months - OK, I'm obsessed!  Note there are 2 separate blocks in this version.  Contrary to general opinion, this is NOT a difficult block at all, IF you use one of the wonderful rulers available.  The border was 3 separate strips, each one slightly wider, resulting in corners that look like an extension of the blocks.  It's 72" x 80".  Tomorrow, off to my LQS for batting. 

If the centers are all light, the entire quilt has a lighter appearance.  I LOVE the spool-like features at the corners.

I've used this border on another Pineapple quilt (below, years old, and PP'ed) - it seems exactly what was needed for a border.

New subject -- below is a photo of blocks I've saved for years, kinda remembering it came from Bingo Bonnie's blogspot.  Thank you Bingo Bonnie for this inspiration!  I've lost track of her blog - but I STILL love this block.  She calls it My Blue Heaven, not to be confused with Quiltville version of the same name, but slightly different.   It's on my To-Do list -- isn't it the perfect scrap project?  I have several baskets of 2 1/2 in. HSTs, knowing I can use them ... soon I hope.   

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hot Point Washing Machine - RANT - Be Aware

If you have not purchased a new washing machine recently, you may be  unpleasantly surprised. 

First, I don't KNOW what a High Efficiency Washing Machine is so I will eliminate that from my conversation except to say that I am skeptical of all marketing ads.  I am presuming the lessons I learned are similar on those machines as well.    (Poor quality photo on white background)
Hotpoint 3.6 DOE cu. ft. Top Load Washer in White

In January, my old standard top-loading washing machine quit - it was all of 10 years old.   I live far out from major cities, so our choices are fewer, we have to eventually pay for the overall freight, but I did expect the Hotpoint top-loading machine, made by GE, would wash my clothes.  I don't want the latest and greatest, nor one with gizmos that break, I just wanted a machine to wash my clothing.  No, I did not ask many questions - the salesman doesn't know about washing clothes and the Instruction Booklet is inside a sealed packet.)  And, who would EVER think of asking such questions that I was about to learn?????)  Yes, I had to pay ... how much????   $560.00 and that is with $100.00 off?  It was one of the lower priced units, nothing fancy, but I presumed it would wash my clothing.

OK, installed, ready to go, reading the booklet and was surprised at the instructions speaking about "new method", "new technology" - "always a scarey term), "quieter",  uh oh.  I set it on WARM water, other dial on  Medium load.  I moved the cheap dial "load size" halfway between Heavy and Small but nothing would start until I turned it even past SMALL.   The dial is sloppy, no incremental clicks to it - Impossible to indicate where Medium is.    hmmmm to myself.  As I was leaning over putting in the clothes, the open lid fell down on my face/nose, knocking my glasses into the washer.  Yikes - that hurt!  Nope, no method to HOLD it open.  It "teeters" unsteadily.  I need to hold it open for safety with one hand while using the other hand to load.  Handy?    If it falls on my hand or fingers, there will be physical damage.  I can only imagine the damage to a child's hand!

Uh, the WARM water is really quite cold - hmmm, ????  OK, set it on HOT.  Uh oh, it's not HOT at all, kinda tepid -- not even warm enough for a shower!  TEPID.  Perhaps I need to reread the instructions?  Water from the neighboring laundry tub is plenty HOT and robust as it comes from the tap - same plumbing line.  Not HOT in the washer, and taking a very long time to fill as it kinda trickles in

OK, water level is set on Medium -- I have what I call a medium load, yet it started whirring when the water was barely visible above the clothes!  And yes it is whirring, not sloshing, definitely not agitating, barely any action, no clothing turnover at all - I'd have more movement of clothing by hand washing!!!  I added more water from the laundry tap, with a nearby bucket!  After re-re-reading the instructions, it is definitely set on the "highest" level of washing action.  I can only dread what the "gentle" or "permanent press" settings might be!  CRAP!  During this whirring action at one time it almost demonstrated a small bit of energy, for all of 9-11 actions.  Yes, I counted how many times it moved faster - I won't call it agitating.  Back and forth 9-11 times, but just sloshing, -- at NO time did it "agitate".  This is NOT good ladies.  I cannot believe it will clean any clothing at this rate.  Fortunately we are just 2 Senior Citizens, not much mud in our home, no babies, no kids, little gardening, no greasy clothing, so I cannot answer the question, "does the washer get things clean?"   Of further irritation is that for 20 years I have been using my own home-made washing soap, which saves me $120/yr over standard Tide, etc.  I'm not sure what do to about that subject either.

Investigation via YouTube turns up this info - I am not alone with my complaints!  "The "heat sensor, per EPA regulations,  keeps the "HOT" water at 94 degrees. "  Just try and take a shower with 94-degree water!  Waaaay too cold!  Additionally, this sensor limitation slows down the filling process, making the entire process much slower.  I presume this "sensor" is on ALL newer washing machines if it is an EPA reg.   There is some mumbo-jumbo advertising about "quieter" but yes, it's quieter because there is so little movement.  And since it takes longer to fill, it is NOT quieter during filling time. which is longer than expected.  I don't care about "quiet", I wanted clean clothing and I certainly expected hot water!  The dial says HOT!   The dial does not say "tepid"!

So --- EPA is telling us how to do our laundry.  I have sorta solved this problem by filling 6-8 buckets of hot water from the nearby tap and pouring it into the washer.  Handy, huh????  Will EPA be forcing the water heater companies how hot to allow the hot water heater? 

And the last irritation - there is NO buzzer to indicate the load is DONE.   I have never heard of a machine without a buzzer. 

My final comment is to young women who are just starting housekeeping and think this poor level of quality is the norm.  I am calling this washing machine "Pathetic".  Really, Hot Point, you can do better!!!

Some of my friends said "take it back" but frankly I am now embarrassed and I believe from what I read, they all work this way. 

I would welcome comments. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Pineapple, Photo #3, and Rejected Blocks

 I'm getting close to the end of making blocks.  Oh dear - there is my Mom's afghan  in the photo that she made for me about 50 years ago!!!  I haven't changed colors yet! 

A few of the blocks were getting too dark, due to the dark centers of the "O" block so I started using more tans, mustards and rusts.  Then I had a few pinks that didn't seem to go - I took off the too-pink corners and replaced with darker strips, but left a few in, just for orneriness!  Rows are 7 x 9, so I'm getting there.  DH will be happy when the "design floor" is usable again.  I'm guessing I'll border it in something very light, like the blocks.

(Tip: If a person used a light center in the "x" blocks, this entire quilt would be much lighter. )

Below are 4 traditional blocks I started with, trying to figure what I wanted, but that center beige was not attractive with the clear pinks and blues.  The block scrappiness was OK, not what I was planning, so these didn't make the grade.  Sometimes we quilters have to play a while before we figure out what we want.  ( hmmm - I could applique a different color to cover up the beige and work them into a pillow ... ) 

Note - if you have not made this design, be aware that where the corners meet is where you get a LOT of visual design!  The pineapple quilt above ended up with spool-like motifs, due to the alternate "O" block. 
 DH dared me to take his photo - he smiled but had recently endured a tooth extraction.  That's the first smile I saw all day.  Better than the swollen cheek he had a few days ago.  He's recovering just fine.