Sunday, February 7, 2016

Maybe it isn't so ugly after all!

I just finished pressing my rows of 2-1/2" squares from my scraps...finished it will make a 72" square quilt for me to nap under.
As I was pressing I realized that this quilt is a big part of my quilting history. I noticed fabrics from quilts I love, fabrics from quilts I have made for family and friends, fabrics from charity quilts, fabrics I love just because, fabrics I wondered what I was thinking when I bought that one and so much more...
This is going to be a quilt of maybe it isn't going to be too ugly after all!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Quick update!

So much for updating more often...(sigh...) But I have been getting lots done!
It seems that the beginning of the year is a good time to look about my sewing room and evaluate what has been happening. What I have discovered is that I have UFO's ALL OVER THE PLACE!
It is stressful actually. Seeing all those projects lying around and trying to work around their piles is frustrating. And quilting should not be stressful. So I have been prioritizing my UFO's and putting them out of sight. My top priorities for now are the ones that are quickest to finish. That means my ugly scrap quilt is coming back out from the bottom of the pile. Remember this?
I actually have 28 rows sewn so far!
This is now my current project until it is finished!
In the meantime I have been finishing some things...
Three snowmen needle punches are done!
Little 'bead' snowflakes have been added. They just need to be finished in frames. But I also have angel needle punch UFO's so I'll put these aside until all of them are done and ready to frame.
And  I am not needing them until Christmas so no hurry! (Prioritize!)
And two more applique blocks are done...only two to go. I'm prepping those today!
This is my hand work UFO!
The lighting wasn't great on this one. The light purple flowers are much more visible in person!
I'll be continuing on my quest to get my sewing room under control!
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Little things...

Little hexagons are coming together!
I think I have them arranged how I like them. Now can get started sewing these parts all together and then I have to make the partial blocks that fill in the edges!
And this little quilt is ready to buttonhole stitch around the little wool appliques!
I've got my handy stitch tool out to remind me how to do it!
Happy stitching!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The first finish of 2016!

It almost makes it sound like I am a  miracle worker but the truth be known, these finishes were almost done when 2016 started! Here is my cute little angel made from a kit ( it included the frame!!!!) by Bits and Pieces by Joan.
I am really pleased with it and now it is going up on my wall to look over me while I sew.
I also finished this pair of nice and simple ribbed socks. This wool is beautiful and soft and really thin. They are thin enough to actually wear with shoes. Many of the socks I have knitted are  just slightly too thick for shoes so I usually wear them just about the house...but that is nice too!
And I finished my little blocks. Today I'll be sewing them together and then I'll start the prep to add the little wool appliques.
So cute!
 I have been really enjoying reading all the blogs about the wonderful plans for quilts in the upcoming year! It is always interesting to hear what other quilters are thinking about!
And as for me, I have TOO many plans floating around my head.
I need to start doing just a few things at a time instead of 20 things at a time!
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Little Late...

I'm a little late for wishing you all a Merry Christmas but just in time for Happy New Year!
So where have I been?  It was a busy couple of months trying to finish 3 quilts for my 3 stepsons. I got them done and just in time!
Then I went into panic mode to make a gift for a wonderful friend.
Now that the Christmas rush is done I am settling into getting back to a few old projects and getting ready to enjoy some new ones!
Some new first - I love little blocks. I had bought a kit from Primitive Gatherings - Summer Love
They are so cute! I can't stop touching them. All the blocks are ready to assemble.
And I have a pile of fabrics all gathered to start another new project- another Primitive Gatherings pattern called Nine. It's all 1-1/2" nine patches.
I'm not sure if I am crazy or not but it is going to be fabulous!
And for some ongoing projects... my wool angel...all I have left is a little embroidery and then get it into the frame.
And my little 1/4" hexies are really making progress.
And for a small trip back to the beginnings of my quilting in the early/ mid 1990's - this is one of my very first quilts from the book that started it all - Country Threads. I found it all folded up while sorting out the linen closet. You can hardly tell that there is a row of houses in the middle and then look at that weird night sky! It was originally an American flag inserted there but being Canadian I thought a night sky would work well!
I think I have made almost every quilt in this book.
Look at these old calicos! And my little red plaid hearth!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Dealing with my grief the last few months has made me think about all the parts of my life including my quilting and my blog. There was a short time that I wasn't sure I was going to keep posting on my blog, but I am. I enjoy sharing what I've been doing almost as much as I enjoy reading other peoples' blogs. So in the near future I am going to update it's appearance (it has been too long and really needs a face lift), start adding a few tutorials (I have a couple ideas) and more I hope!
Happy Quilting!