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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!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

One last thing....

The rush was on to get one last thing done...and perhaps it was the most important of all the Christmas gifts I made this year!
 
Christmas stockings are important in my family and my new husband doesn't have one. How is Santa supposed to leave him gifts without a stocking?
And he has been a good man this year.
I am sure Santa knows this.
 
So to the 'workshop' I go to get this very important item made. Here is creativity at work!
 
 
 
 
After fusing I got busy with some stitching!
 
 
And then the final product....
 
 
It turned out fabulous!
 
I can't wait to see his face on Christmas morning!
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching!
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm Breaking My Rules!

I usually do not post anything about Christmas gifts I am making unless I know for sure the recipient will never see my blog...but these are SO CUTE!!! I just have to share!
 
I am making these super cute bags!

 
I am making sets of three...the pattern is from Atkinson Designs.
 
 
But the best thing is this fabulous zipper pull....it's the leftover zipper!!!! It is so fabulous!!!!
 
 
It's going to be a great Christmas for a few people!
 
And I finished quilting and binding my cute hexagons.
I still have to wash it to get the chalk marks out. I can't wait to hang it!

 
Happy Stitching!