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!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cleaning up the pile!

After my New Year's clean up I realized I have a mighty pile of UFO's, cut out projects and and projects where I have just gathered all the fabrics I need.

And guess what...I just want to start something new!
So I am pushing that thought away and I am going to try to finish at least a couple projects first!

I had batik scraps all cut up to make coiled baskets...
here is a start with the 'pinks'!
And do you see that Wonder Clip???
It was a Christmas present this year and it is the BEST thing EVER!
It is a very handy gadget! 
...and when that one is done I have a pile of brown strips and blues/purples to use up!
I started arranging my giant apple cores. I am almost happy with it! I have a few more pieces to move and it will be ready to sew.
And I finally started quilting my flowers! I may be crazy but I am thinking of trying to have it finished by the middle of April so I can put it into the Moose Jaw quilt show.
I will need to quilt every day if I want to get it done in time!
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

It seems like a good time to...

Just after Christmas each year, I find it is a good time to re-evaluate all my projects, UFO's, things I want to make and things I 'have' to make. I look at it all and try to figure it out!
What do I do first? What about 2nd? Is there anything I don't want to do now?
This year is a bit different because after moving I am still not completely organized. In fact just yesterday I couldn't find something (I still haven't figured out where it went!)
But in the process so far I found 3 skeins of Handicrafter cotton to make dishcloths...and guess what!
Yes I got busy and they are done!
Then I found my spindles and wool fiber and realized I am way out of practice, so I got to making yarn!
I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it! Now I have to keep it up! I have a couple special people who are knitters and someday I'd like to make a yarn so wonderful that it is worthy of gift giving.
Remember, my big apple core pieces? Christmas interrupted that project.
I'm going to start arranging them soon!
And then these scraps surfaced again. They are all cut to make a scrappy braid quilt. I am almost tempted to abandon the project because I keep thinking they are UGLY...


 But after looking at the picture I think there may be hope.
I'm going to keep going and have faith! 
Then although not started I am joining a 9 patch exchange group with some of the wonderful quilters from my old town!
There will be more to show but for now this is enough to concentrate on!
Happy Stitching!