Friday, March 20, 2015

Saying goodbye!

It's time to say goodbye to an old friend!
 I think I made about 8 or 10 of these little must have been 12 or 15 years ago. They travelled all over the country making their way to some friends and family! For myself, I kept a blue bag and a brown bag. The blue bag was gone years ago and now it's time to say goodbye to the brown one.
It's had a good life though! It's carried quilting things, library books and lunches and it's travelled allover by car and air...and so I say goodbye to my faithful bag companion and ...
..I realize this gives my the perfect reason to make a new bag!!!
I finished my snowman! He is so cute. I'm hoping to make a few more before Christmas!
And, another quilt top is finished! I am happy with the results but I am REALLY tired of brown!
I know have a backlog of three quilt tops to machine quilt so I better start collecting backings.
Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Oh No!

Although I've been busy quilting away on my applique quilt, I am NOT going to get it done for the quilt show at the end of April...especially now...a finger injury... on my thimble finger..
I've just started the borders and there is a lot more work than I thought!
And I would rather enjoy the process than rush through it.
There is always another quilt show...
I have been working on a few other things as well. I am needle punching this cute snowman for a Christmas gift (yes, I am already making presents) Don't look to close - it's the back and I am MESSY! The fun thing about needle punch is that you can get something done fast.
And this quilt is ready to start putting the rows together.
After this is done I am ready for a challenge.
And a weird thing happened. I dropped my scissors and this is how they landed!
Now that just doesn't happen every day so I thought I'd better record it in history!
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A few things done..

I had some production the last week or so...
I finished hand quilting another block!
I LOVE this quilt!
The binding is done on my churn dash...
I tackled the Kitchener stitch again and got my toes all closed up on two pairs of socks!
(Now that was just PURE PROCRASTINATING that I didn't do these sooner!)
Then I finished piecing the giant apple core quilt. It will make a beautiful wedding gift.
I normally quilt my own quilt tops but I have a few that need to be done so I think this and a couple others will be gong to the longarmer to get finished!
But before this one goes, I decided to stay stitch the entire outside edge. It was a lot of curves and I didn't want them distorted.
Now back to hand quilting!
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Too many projects!

Yes, I have 'Too Many Project Syndrome' ! How does it start? Maybe it's that I have too much stuff? Maybe it's that I have too many things I really WANT to make? Maybe it's that I am not at all organized anymore?
So what I have been working on?
My first block is finished (for now). I still have the inside of the basket to do but I am undecided. I'll have to spend some time sketching! I am so happy with it so far.
In the meantime I have started quilting the second block!
I finished machine quilting this churn dash! I did a straight grid in each direction. It is heavily quilted - just 1" apart.  Now I am just sewing down the binding.
 I know exactly where it is about 10 months! I have the wall all picked out in my sewing room (or should I say future sewing room)
I have been sewing a few curves on my giant apple core quilt! Nice easy still takes a bit of time and extra pinning but worth it.
And I am thinking it will make a perfect wedding gift!
My crochet hearts are all done. I still have to buy the rest of the things I need to finish this gift!
And through all this I am thinking I need an easy no thinking project when the apple core is finished so I am going to start this kit I bought quite a while ago.
Back to my binding!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A little quilting, a little knitting and a surprise!

I've been trying to quilt everyday for at least an hour, and most days I manage that...
I am quilting the background now of Block #1.
I am still undecided on what I am quilting in the large space on the basket but I will eventually decide on that.
While quilting I found a surprise. I had appliqued this quilt using freezer paper and when it was all stitched down I just removed the freezer paper from the backside. Well, as I was quilting my fingers ran across a leaf and I heard the distinct crinkle of paper!
I pulled out some of the stitching and dug inside with tweezers and look what I found!
Now I will stitch it back up and no one will be the wiser...
except us of course.
And I finished my coiled bowls.
I managed to get three bowls from the scraps of batiks I had cut. I still have clothesline left so I see more in my future.
And I am knitting the second of a pair of socks! These ones are for me.
And finally I bought these cute little mini "bonbons" of yarn...I won't say much for now but they are needed so I can get a start on making Christmas presents! This past year I was in last minute panic mode and I am hoping that doesn't happen again- ever!
Happy Stitching!