Thursday, October 19, 2017

Give Away

After a blogging mishap, here is my giveaway!

I have not one, not two but three cute little zippered bags to send to three people who leave me a comment.

And please leave your email if you are a 'no reply' so I have a way to contact you if you are chosen!

I'm not sure when this give away will end...are there even three people out there reading this blog? 
I suppose it will end before my next post and when at least three people want to win a bag! 

These cute little bags are great for holding all sorts of things- thread, binding clips, hexagon papers...

Good luck! I know you'll enjoy one of these if you win!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A gift quilted and finished!

I love finishing a quilt. 
I have been busy quilting a Christmas quilt that will be a gift. 
I lived with the quilt on my sewing room floor for more than a week before I finally decided how to quilt it. I wanted to do something curvy but in the end the quilt wanted a simple straight line grid.  

I love how it turned out.The quilt knew what it wanted.
 I was the one who resisted! 

The recipient will love it. It is about 72"square.
I had three leftover blocks and some of the green as well so I will make a small table runner.

And my poor machine quilting gloves sprung a hole. 
I have had these gloves a LONG time - more that 10 years so I got good use out of them. 

Here is my progress on my summer stars mini challenge. I have a small paper pieced border to add that I hope will tone down the sashing a bit! This is certainly out of my usual color zone!

Happy Stitching! 

My next post will be Number 250! So to celebrate I'll be having a fun giveaway and I'll be talking about my 2018 'quilty' challenge that I am giving myself! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Ugly Duckling and a mini

My ugly duckling has turned into a me at least!

It's been bound, and washed and tested. 
It is soft and cuddly and it will be perfect for fall and winter naps.

And I started a new mini. My local quilt guild has a summer challenge to make a mini and technically I got it started while summer was still here. 

Here is my sample block - it's finished size is 2-1/4". It's so cute! 

After I made the sample I changed one fabric and started cutting and sewing.

And I joined the International Miniature Quilt Exchange on the Quilt If anyone out there is interested in participating you can read more about it at The Quilt Show

Happy Stitching! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Round and around and around...

I've been interested in trying some spiral quilting with the walking foot. I have a stack of quilts (is 4 quilts a stack?) basted and ready for machine quilting so here goes one! I am trying it out on my ugly squares quilt that will become my napping quilt this fall! Here is the far so good.

Since it is so scrappy I decided to use up leftover machine quilting thread from previous projects. Here is the first one. It lasted a long time. There was more on the spool than I imagined.

This is the beginning of day 2 quilting a BIG spiral!

And thread number two.

And thread number three.

And what was left when I was finished the morning of day 3! 

Here is just the middle area of the quilt after it was quilted. It was a slow process but I am thrilled with the results! Would I do it again? YES! YES! YES!
What did I learn? 
 Go slow- you need to keep shifting your quilt around frequently. 
Take frequent breaks - you'll become mesmerized by the quilting and you'll start to drift from your path. 
Start small - this quilt is 72" square - a big one to start with but still very doable!

Now I just need to get binding on it. 
I can't wait to get it washed and ready for a nap!

And I have another UFO on the go. I have each row done so now I just have to sew those together. And you can't really see that first column as it is covered with sticky notes so I know what the row is. 

I can't wait to get this done! But first I want to get another quilt quilted. Three to go! 

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Summer Butterflies, UFO's and Gifts!

It's been a busy few weeks! I was away for a short holiday and I had a guest in my sewing room for a few days! That means not too much time for sewing. I have begun some gift making already so those things remain secret for now. 

Before going away I managed to get my butterflies all together and basted. I LOVE the colors! They are certainly not my usual colors but I think they suit the theme! One of these quilts will be for me and the other will be a gift!

I started big stitching the first one with a ecru perle cotton. For the second one I will look for something in a light variegated color - maybe a Sulky 12wt. 
I haven't gotten far on it so I guess this will be for next summer.  

I always have a pile of leftover charm squares but these really do not blend with my existing pile so I am going to make a 'slab' with the leftovers and then make that into a couple of Sweetpea Pods.

I also got my next border pinned and not a stitch sewn yet...

I've been in gift mode so I pulled these gold and silver prints for a special Christmas gift.

While I was putting my sewing room back together after my guest left, I sorted through my UFO's. How could it be that I have more...not less...arrrrr! I am pinning the list to my bulletin board and will try my hardest to not start anything new until I have made some progress.

While on the plane heading to Montreal for my holiday, my Kindle decided it's battery was going to act up and died after being fully charged the night before (I thought it was a goner for sure but it seems to be working again). 

I needed a book for the trip so I picked up this at the airport bookstore in Toronto during our layover. It was inspiring but does NOT encourage me to finish my UFO list unless that is the challenge! It wants me to start something new...something challenging...something maybe a little crazy...

For the last few years I have been completely intrigued by the many '365' quilty challenges...circles, stars, sampler blocks and even non quilty challenges...such as a photo a day. There have been so many daily challenges and even weekly challenges that are inspiring. 

I think next year will be the year that I challenge myself but do I have what it takes to commit? 
That is the biggest question of all!
Does anyone else have the urge but doesn't want to be left with a big project you might not finish?

Happy Stitching!