Tuesday, March 31, 2015

By Some Threads

Well this is a wonderful finish that almost didn't get done.  I worked through the month and I had such fun continuing to practice my free motion quilting during the middle of the month.  Then life got in the way and I wasn't sure if I was able to get this done.  But.......  Yahoo, last night and this morning by a few little threads of binding, It is done.  I am linking this to A Lovely Year of Finishes. 

My Button

This is a pattern that was offered as a free Block of the Month from Jacquelynne Steves called Sweet Simplicity.

I'm not sure if you can see the quilting or not - but since I consider myself still relatively a beginner in the Free Motion quilting I am excited at how this came out.   And it's done, that's the most exciting part.  Okay  Thanks for stopping by  - Leave a comment and let me know you were here - and have a great Blessed Day!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tuesday's Paper Piecing

I am re-visiting some of my paper pieced quilts so I can link up with Val over at Tuesday's Archives.  

My most recent paper pieced quilt was the the Tea Leaf Runner by Judy Niemeyer.  I started this last fall as part of a guild workshop, and finished it last month at a retreat.

Here's a close up so you can see the points a little better.  

Here's another one that I made, for a doll quilt swap.  I really liked how this turned out. 

Here is a close up of the points.  

And another - this one was also made for a swap, that Michele from the Quilting Gallery hosted back in September of 2012 called "Skater Sue"

Well as always thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Green Green - Anything Green

Today is Tuesday which means it's time to link up to Tuesday's Archives !  
Val's Quilting Studio
This weeks theme is "Anything Green"  and immediately 3 items came to mind.  So I went through some of my pictures and here they are:

My Most recent finish is the St. Patrick's Table runner.

My 2nd to last project I've finished recently the Green - lap size - quilt I made for a table topper, that I free motion quilted.

And then finally this there is this Doll Quilt I made for a swap last year.  The flowers are wool applique.   This is the one that I am using for the link up.  

Thanks for stopping by - Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bags, and Runners and Sewing oh my

I knew it had been a few days since I posted but didn't realized it had been that long  :)  Oh well - not sure where to start but - update coming.  

Last week on Tuesday I auditioned a new fabric for the border of my JS BOM... I didn't like what I had picked out. 

On Thursday I went to a workshop for the CRQ guild and we made blocks for  a quilt we are auctioning off at the 2016 quilt show.  

Mine are the 2nd row 2nd block and 4th row last on the right.  

Friday we played cards so no sewing there.   Not sure where the weekend went but spent some time with my DH.  We went to Vegas on Sunday after church and went to the Bass Pro Shop.  That was fun.  Kid in a candy store.  Whoa!!!

Monday was the once per month "Mystery Monday"  and for this month we made a Tote Bag.  I have to say it was a very fun easy project.   It was nice to be able to finish it there and it made for a nice picture and post on facebook for the shop. 

Yep that's me bottom left, pink top, yellow and red bag with turquoise straps. 

On Tuesday I finished up my St Patrick's Day table runner, at our weekly open sew day at the shop. 

I used a simple zig zag for the top stitching and let that work as my quilting as well.  

Wednesday was my DH Birthday so no sewing - we did a 6 mile walk (normally we only do 3 miles) then we relaxed for a few hours and then got ready and went to play bingo.  We hadn't done that in a long time and it was fun.  We had dinner, dropped a few coins in a slot machine and then came home.  Nice day. 

Yesterday I made a smaller version of the bag we made on Monday for my Mom in law.  Her birthday is Saturday and she loves bingo more than anything - so I made one for her to carry her daubers in. 

I also made her a set of pillowcases but she hasn't gotten those yet. 

Today I am heading to the Cottage for open sew.  I actually think I'll just take some hand work.  My machine's light bulb went out and I don't want to have to pack up my light and everything so I can see while I sew.   
And with that I need to get ready!  
Have a Blessed day everyone and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 2, 2015

March Link Up

I mentioned this in my March goals, but wanted to add a couple pictures and make it easier for linking up.  My link up for ALYOF
My Button


I am doing the 6 block version and I have 5 of the 6 blocks done and the center applique for the 6th block. 

Here is what I have so far: 

So I want to complete Block 6, then quilt and bind. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Finishes and March Goals

Well I have  to say two months in a row I have done really well with my goals and wishes of accomplishments.  I have finished my one item that I deemed  for the "lovely year of finishes"  and I have finished or made progress on everything I hoped to and this month I even had several extra things that were thrown in.  But the proof is in the pictures right so here it goes:  
1.  Peggy Anne's - Oh Scrap - finish the top - Complete.
As I wrote about in another post, it is so big I had trouble pinning it on the design wall - hence the little warble on the top border.  It really is straight. 
2. Mystery Monday from January -  Complete!
It is quilted (more free motion quilting practice) - bound and all.  I am using this as a table topper - but will be taking it to the monthly free motion quilting class for show and tell first.  :)

3. Mystery Monday February - Complete!  

I wasn't sure what to expect when I set up my goals so I took a chance and said I would finish.  I was fortunate, it was a small project.  
4. ABCD - Progress... but it may be scrapped.  It will not be completed the way it was intended to be, but I have some ideas that can be used.  We'll see.  And so for now I won't be showing a picture. 
5. Vintage Kitchen by Jenny of Elefantz - Block 2 - Complete
They are small little stitchery's so they don't take too long.  

6. Jacquelynne's Steves - "Sew Sweet Simplicity" Block of the month - Progress.  I wanted to complete blocks 4,5 and 6.  I got the center appliques for each block done, but only got blocks 4 and 5 completed.  


7. Snowman Birdhouse BOM for the Stitch N Rippit - Complete! (for now anyway) I will be using some buttons for the nose and eyes, that I'll be putting on later. 

8. Bears Block, top stitching - Progress.  No picture at this point.  I had to rip out some and redo part of the applique on one of the bears,  so I made progress - but not done.  :(

9. Tea Leaf - Complete!!  

I linked this up with A Lovely year of Finishes and got it done. 

10.  St. Patrick's Day table runner top - Top is Complete!

Since this workshop was at the end of the month I wasn't sure how much I would be able to accomplish on it.  So I only said the top.  

11.  The special block for guild member - complete!
Can't show a picture - have to trust me on that one.  *wink* 

12.  Give Away due to the Grow your Blog Hop - she selected a pincushion - Complete!  Again, no picture, she hasn't gotten it yet. 

Then there were things that came up that weren't on the list that I ended up doing too.     
We had a charity workshop at both of the guilds.  
At CRQ - they were doing quilts, and so I got this top done, they have someone that will quilt it. 

and at the SNR guild we did pillow cases.  I didn't get pictures but there were 15 of us and we got 47 pillow cases done, 6 of which I did.  We are donating them to a local domestic violence shelter.  I had only made 2 other pillow cases in my life and that was just recently.  I have to say I've got a bug for them now and so I came home and made 2 more for us.  So I've made 8 this month.  Here is a picture of the 2 I made for us.  They are tan with a cream accent and a dark brown cuff.  

So it has been a busy and productive month.  YAY!!!!
Now I did have a 3 day retreat in there, so that helped a lot, so I'm trying to keep that in mind as I set up my goals and wishes for March. So here is goes ~
1.  Sew Sweet Simplicity (pictured above) - Complete the last block and then finish the top, quilt and bind.  Jacquelynne is having a contest for those that finish her BOM also I will be linking this up to ALYOF.  So I'll be pushing on this one.  
2.  Vintage Kitchen block 3. I don't know which block that will be yet. 
3.  February and March Bird House Blocks.  Will get March's at March meeting on the 10th. 
4.   March Mystery Monday - complete. That may be stretching it, since I have no Idea what we're doing. In January it was a full fledged lap quilt / table topper.  I'll find out on the 9th. 
5.   St. Patrick's Table Runner (pictured above) - completed. 
6.  SNR - Workshop is a Frog Pincushion - Don't know how hard this will be so I'll play it safe on this one and say I'll have it started. 
7.  Bears Block Top Stitched. 
8.  Finish the embroidery on the Santa Block from the "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Quilt.  It wasn't a goal this month but I did end up working on it a little, and made some progress. 

Along with these goals.  The additional items I know about that I will be doing are: 

- Charity Quilts for both guilds.  I have another  kit ready to make for CRQ, Then at SNR we are going to sandwich tops and quilt them. 
- I will also be making more pillow cases. At least 2 more sets.   
-  Also I am taking a class using another of Toni Whitney patterns (that was what I made the Sea Turtles with) - this one is the Great Blue Heron.  This is not until the 28th of March so not expecting to be too far along on it.
Great Blue Heron - Applique Quilt Pattern - Toni Whitney Design GBH022TW

Extra Credit:  There is a UFO busting tool at All People's Quilts, that I am going to try.  How it works is you list 12 UFO's that you would like to finish or make progress on.  Each month on the first Monday they randomly generate a number. Which ever UFO is listed by that number is the project you work on all month to hopefully finish or at least make progress on. 
So, my extra credit this  month will be what ever project that gets drawn from them. 

Well that's it for this month.  I don't have a 3 day retreat to help me out this month so I'm hoping I haven't made the list too long.   
Guess we'll see. 
Thanks for stopping by, 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Two for Two ALYOF

It's been a productive month and I've used my extra time to keep sewing - thus I haven't done much blogging.  Sorry.  :) 
I'll be doing a post in the next few days to record my progress on my goals this month, but for now I just want to share a finish.  This is my project that I listed for - A lovely year of finishes. 
My Button

And I want to link it up -  Here's where it was when I started: 

Then at the retreat I was able to get it quilted and the binding sewn on.  Just needed the hand stitching on the back done.

So here is the finished project. 

I'm pretty happy - I have two for two on the Lovely Year of Finishes.  
Thanks for stopping by,