All the Pages Are My Days https://allthepages.org the online world of Mike Rodriquez Wed, 30 Nov 2022 03:00:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 Rough Diamonds Charm Quilt https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/11/rough-diamonds-charm-quilt/ https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/11/rough-diamonds-charm-quilt/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2022 03:00:25 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=12076 This is the story of how I created a small, simple quilt using a charm pack (42, 5″ pre-cut squares). Eight months ago, when I was just beginning to learn how to quilt, ... Read more

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This is the story of how I created a small, simple quilt using a charm pack (42, 5″ pre-cut squares).

Eight months ago, when I was just beginning to learn how to quilt, I bought a charm pack of pastel colored fabrics.

I had already sewed a set of floral charms to form a small quilt top and was ready to do another one. Enter the pastel charms.

Floral Charm Quilt
Floral Charm Quilt

But, I didn’t like the layout I created, and couldn’t decide what to do with them, so into the future projects pile they went.

Rough Diamonds Quilt. - plain layout
Rough Diamonds Quilt. – plain layout

Recently, looking for an easy (ha!), quick (ha ha!), project, I considered what I might do with the pastel charms.

I thought about cutting them in half to form rectangles, but decided that triangles might be more interesting.

Oh, was I right about that!

Who knew that simply cutting in half on the diagonal would introduce so much complexity!

Some of the seams had 8 overlapping pieces of fabric! Not something you get with simple charm squares, that’s for sure.

In any case, I like it. There are multiple, overlapping diamond shapes and some pinwheel type effects.

Below is the initial layout. For various reasons, the final quilt is slightly different.

Rough Diamonds Quilt. - initial layout
Rough Diamonds Quilt. – initial layout

Kittens and cats are important quilting partners.

Althea helping with the quilt border
Althea helping with the quilt border
Pin basting supervisor Aiko is on the job!
Pin basting supervisor Aiko is on the job!

The final product! I’ve only done a bit of quilting to date, so went with a simple diagonal quilt line to accent the diamonds. The pattern is more visible on the back view.

Rough Diamonds Quilt - front
Rough Diamonds Quilt – front
Rough Diamonds Quilt - back
Rough Diamonds Quilt – back
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Shop Hop ’22 Redux https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/10/shop-hop-22-redux/ https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/10/shop-hop-22-redux/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2022 01:08:37 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=12066 Earlier this year we participated in our first quilt store Shop Hop. Basically, you visit participating quilt shops and register for prizes, pick up small gifts, etc. It was fun and when the ... Read more

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Earlier this year we participated in our first quilt store Shop Hop. Basically, you visit participating quilt shops and register for prizes, pick up small gifts, etc. It was fun and when the chance to do it again came. up, we were all for it!

The Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop is a local affair. Nine stores participated compared to the 79, in two states, that were part of the earlier Kansas-Nebraska Shop Hop.

We had the time, and the inclination (Sheryl needed to get out after a recent illness) so we participated over a three day period and visited all nine stores!

Shop Hop Poster
Shop Hop Poster
Shop Hop Map
Shop Hop Map
Shop Hop Entry Form
Shop Hop Entry Form
Shop Hop Quilt from Severy
Shop Hop Quilt from Severy
Shop Hop Sunset
Shop Hop Sunset
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Early Evening, Late Summer https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/09/early-evening-late-summer/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 03:17:49 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=12061 Just a couple of early evening, late summer, photos taken near Lindsborg, Kansas. Sunset view is from Coronado Heights.

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Just a couple of early evening, late summer, photos taken near Lindsborg, Kansas. Sunset view is from Coronado Heights.

Early Evening; Late Summer
Early Evening; Late Summer
Coronado Heights Sunset
Coronado Heights Sunset
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August Flowers and Peppers https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/08/august-flowers-and-peppers/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 22:35:18 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=12050 This hasn’t been the best year for gardening. I hardly got any tomatoes and only a few cucumbers. The beets did OK and so did the herbs. The peppers did the best of ... Read more

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This hasn’t been the best year for gardening. I hardly got any tomatoes and only a few cucumbers. The beets did OK and so did the herbs.

The peppers did the best of the vegetables, but the star of this year’s gardening exercise is the flowers! Mostly zinnias, but a couple of sunflowers made for a nice burst of late summer color.

Two Tone Sunflower
Two Tone Sunflower
Delicate Zinnia
Delicate Zinnia
Resurrection Lily
Resurrection Lily
Purple and Orange Peppers
Purple and Orange Peppers
Delicate Zinnia
Delicate Zinnia
Peppers, Peppers, Peppers
Peppers, Peppers, Peppers
Striking Zinnia
Striking Zinnia
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A Few of My Favorite Things https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/07/a-few-of-my-favorite-things/ https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/07/a-few-of-my-favorite-things/#comments Sat, 30 Jul 2022 02:38:57 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=12038 Quilting and painting and baking and gardening (and kittens!), these are a few of my favorite things! I had a very unproductive month in July (not counting the setup of a new home ... Read more

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Quilting and painting and baking and gardening (and kittens!), these are a few of my favorite things!

I had a very unproductive month in July (not counting the setup of a new home NAS system, maybe subject of a future post) but I did get a little motivated last week.

<My Favorite Things: Kittens
Kittens
Painting
Painting
Quilting
Quilting
Painting
Painting
Baking
Baking
Baking
Baking
Gardening
Gardening
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Kitties! https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/06/kitties/ https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/06/kitties/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:14:31 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=12025 We've had the singular experience of raising a group of kittens. They were born April 10th to a previous stray cat who we tamed over the spring. It's been a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, and they are CUTE!!

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We’ve had the singular experience of raising a group of kittens. They were born April 10th to a previous stray cat who we tamed over the spring.

It’s been a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, and they are CUTE!!

She had them outside our back door, nestled in a shelter Sheryl built using stored garden pots and a tarp.

2 Weeks Old
2 Weeks Old

Princess, who got her name due to the way she would strut around the back deck after Sheryl helped her run off cats who were bothering her, is a very smart cat.

Once the kittens were able to start moving around freely, she had a problem. She simply couldn’t contain them where they were.

She ended up moving them to a neighbor’s tree! There was a hollow about 10 feet up and she carried them all up there. It was only because I saw her walking by with a kitten in her mouth that I knew where she had stashed them.

One thing about Princess: she’s an outdoor cat. Earlier in the winter, she would not even come in when it was snowing and it covered her back. She wanted her food and a little attention and that was that.

So imagine our surprise a couple of weeks or so after she moved the kitties to the tree when she came to the back door and waltzed in! She made nice to the other cats, explored the house a bit, and stayed in for quite some time.

Then, a couple of days later, I looked out and saw that she was carrying a kitten back to the house! I went out to help her, as she had carried the smallest one and couldn’t quite handle the two bigger ones.

She brought them all in the house, to a dark, private corner she had scouted out during her previous visit, and continued to raise them.

Nursing with Mom
Nursing with Mom
Three Darlings!
Three Darlings!

Eventually, they grew up enough to move on to their forever homes, but we kept Althea and Princess is now an indoor/outdoor cat. I don’t like that and all the other cats are strictly indoors, but she is a Princess after all.

A couple of good shots of Althea:

Althea
Althea
Althea
Althea
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Our First Quilt Store Shop Hop https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/05/our-first-quilt-store-shop-hop/ Sun, 29 May 2022 03:53:06 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=12009 We recently did our first quilt store Shop Hop, details below! The way it works is you visit participating area quilting and sewing shops. You show them your guide and they put in ... Read more

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We recently did our first quilt store Shop Hop, details below!

The way it works is you visit participating area quilting and sewing shops. You show them your guide and they put in a sticker and also you get a commemorative block, unique to each store visited.

We visited 7 stores in 5 hours, starting in Hutchinson and ending in Cottonwood Falls. In between we visited shops in Wichita (2), Newton (2) and Marion.

It was a beautiful spring day and after 4 days of rain, everything was lush and green. I plan to go back to most, if not all of the stores we visited, as each had a unique and special character.

Shop Hop 22 - 7 Stores in 5 Hours
Shop Hop 22 – 7 Stores in 5 Hours
Shop Hop 22: Collectible Squares
Shop Hop 22: Collectible Squares
Shop Hop 22 Guide
Shop Hop 22 Guide
Shop Hop 22: Classic Singer Sewing Machine
Shop Hop 22: Classic Singer Sewing Machine
Shop Hop 22: Classic Singer Close-up
Shop Hop 22: Classic Singer Close-up
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Sunflower Journey Quilt Show https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/04/sunflower-journey-quilt-show/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 01:51:06 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=11997 We attended the Sunflower Journey Quilt show in Abilene, Kansas in late March. I’d never been to a quilt show, so had little in the way of expectations. What we found was a ... Read more

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We attended the Sunflower Journey Quilt show in Abilene, Kansas in late March.

I’d never been to a quilt show, so had little in the way of expectations.

What we found was a very nice display of quilts and a few vendors.

The most fascinating booth was the one where a computerized quilting machine was in operation. Given their 10-20k$ price, that’s as close as I’ll get!

The quilts were a lot of fun to look at and examine to see the various techniques employed in th e creation of each one.

I took quite a few picture and posted a set on Flickr. It’s definitely worth a visit to view large, high quality images of my favorite quilts.

A small selection of my most favorite are shown below:

Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
Favorite Quilts from Sunflower Journey Show
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Learning to Quilt https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/03/learning-to-quilt/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 02:18:48 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=11988 Continuing were I left off last post, I’ve created a few new quilt blocks and I’ve done my first bit of actual quilting! I’ve created a number of different blocks over the past ... Read more

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Continuing were I left off last post, I’ve created a few new quilt blocks and I’ve done my first bit of actual quilting! I’ve created a number of different blocks over the past couple of months, which has taught me a lot. It’s also a lot of fun, especially in terms of being creative with design and fabric choices.

My First Actual Quilting!
My First Actual Quilting!
Sunflower for Ukraine quilt block
Sunflower for Ukraine quilt block
Wonky Heart quilt blocks
Wonky Heart quilt blocks
Whimsy made from scraps
Whimsy made from scraps
Spools of Thread quilt blocks
Spools of Thread quilt blocks
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Sew Far, Sew Good! https://allthepages.org/archives/2022/02/sew-far-sew-good/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 23:29:20 +0000 https://allthepages.org/?p=11971 In late January, I started teaching myself to sew. Following the traditions of my grandma, a noted quilter, and my mom, who sewed like many moms of the 60s, it’s something I’ve wanted ... Read more

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In late January, I started teaching myself to sew. Following the traditions of my grandma, a noted quilter, and my mom, who sewed like many moms of the 60s, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for at least 20 years.

I say 20 years, because that’s when we bought the machine shown below. A nice Bernina 153QE that we basically never used. The good news is that it was kept clean and survived the move to Kansas so well that it just simply works, no adjustments needed!

Bernina 153QE Sewing Machine
Bernina 153QE Sewing Machine

As part of learning both the basics of sewing and the details of this fairly advanced machine, I programmed the 30 character memory with a short message: “I heart Jerry.”

Look! I can sew text!
Look! I can sew text!

Next, I moved on to hot pads. I’m using two that I made and have given two away. These early, learning projects look rough, but are effective.

First Project: Hot Pads!
First Project: Hot Pads!

Having made a few hot pads, as well as a few catnip stuffed cat toys, I decided to make a simple quilt. You can buy charm packs, 42 5″ squares, and assemble them in a pleasing order to make a small quilt top.

But first I thought I should practice my basic sewing skills. So I pieced together various pieces of scrap fabric I had lying about. I did this 3 times before attempting a charm quilt; the first is shown below.

Sewing Practice: Quilt Top
Sewing Practice: Quilt Top

Finally, it was time to stitch together my charm pack. It’s got a spring-like feel to it, and while not perfect, it served as a great training vehicle.

Quilt Top Sewn from Charm Pack
Quilt Top Sewn from Charm Pack

And then my attention turned to creating quilt blocks from smaller pieces. Subject of a different post, I started using the Accuquilt fabric cutting system and so far have created 3 blocks, with a few more in progress. The first is a basic quilt block, and the 2nd is one called Wonky Heart.

My First Two Quilt Blocks
My First Two Quilt Blocks

My third quilt block. The blue over yellow purposely recalls the Ukraine flag.

Another Quilt Block
Another Quilt Block
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