Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cabin Fever Party

So what do you do when winter has been too long and cold - You have a Cabin Fever Party with Link ups and gifts.  I'm not actually having the party but Lily Pad Quilting is, and you can read about it here and link up too.

First of all I kept looking out the window wondering if they were going to let us go home early from work.  When that didn't work and I finally got to go home - I took pictures along the way to show what it was like out there.

So then what did I do - Well I stood in awe of the fact that we really were getting snow and that much snow.

 And of course I did a lot of sewing - because here in northern Oregon these snow storms only happen every few years sew I needed to sew sew sew while I could.  And I had a great project that I was working on.  A friend of ours found a quilt top that his Grandma and Mother had worked on in 1968.  Part of it had been stitched by hand and part by machine. It had been in the bottom of a closet somewhere and his Sister was just going to toss it. But our friend wanted to keep it as a memento of his Grandma and Mom.  He asked if I could just spend a couple of hours putting it together.  :)  Well - I fixed some of the blocks and left some of them unsquare - (is that a word). I put a border on to hold it together and used his backing which was flannel.  It needed to be washed but was in such a fragile state I was afraid to.  And the flannel backing was bleeding color on my quilting gloves. But it came together really nice, he loved it, his wife (who hated it at first) loved it when I was done, and one of his sons said his Grandma would have been very pleased.  Awwwww  that was so special.   With what repairs I did do, sandwiching, quilting and binding - it took over 20 hours - I've never kept track of my time before, so that was interesting.  but well worth it for the cause.  Here is the quilt -

When my sweet hubby finally had enough of been cooped up we walked to the grocery store, it's very close to our house.

 I had some other things I worked on too, when I needed a break from the quilt.  but I'll save those for a little later. All the snow is gone and life is back to normal.  So head back over to Lilly Pad Quilts and check out what others did for their cabin fever.
Blessings,   Lynn

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Plotting Planning and some sewing..

I'm not sure if I spend more time planning or sewing.  Probably pretty equal.  I'm getting involved in a few link ups this year in hopes to get a few more things accomplished than I have in the last couple years.

So one of those for this year is Rainbow Scrap 2014 

I am going to do a pattern that I got from Fat Cat Patterns with purses. I  may also include a pattern from  AJ Padilla that is a BOM that has phones, that one I have not started yet but want to, do it in the rainbow scraps. Here are the January and February Purses.  I had hoped to get the other blocks done to add to this before the end of the month but since this is the last Saturday I don't think it will happen.  

Have a great  day.   Lynn

Monday, February 3, 2014

NewFO 2014

Yahoo First NewFO of 2014

For some reason January seemed like a long month. And I felt like a did a lot however when I sat down to think about what all I had done my mind went blank.  (I know I left myself open on that one) So I'll just start and maybe more will come.  

1. I did a tutorial for a couple different needle keeps for my pin cushion group. One was pretty basic and one had pocket and places to put some added tools. 

2. Next - Was my Doll Quilt for the Monthly Doll Quilt Swap - 

This months theme was try something new - so I used all Batiks, used one big quilt square, and no applique. I also made her a matching mug rug to go with it. 

3. I started the first of "Berties Year" block.  They are designed to be individual mats. Or can be put together as a quilt.  They are designed by Bonnie Sullivan, a local Oregon designer from "All through the Night" in Salem.

All the blocks mats put together: 
Here is what the first block / mat should look like when it's done: 

And here is my start to it: 
The pattern calls to make it in flannel, however the last time I tried to do applique with wool on flannel I had a hard time needling it.  So I went with cotton background and the wool applique.  If I can keep up I could have the quilt top together at the end of the year.  So guess we'll see if this New FO, becomes a UFO. :) 

4. And of course I made pincushions for my monthly swap. I didn't take a picture of the two I sent off, but here is the one I kept: 

5. And this year I decided I wanted to try doing the RSC14 Rainbow Scrap Challenge  

each month she give you color and you make something you want to out of scraps. I decided to do a pattern that I got from Fat Cat Patterns  for free that is all different style of purses. This month's color was blue and here is my 1st block: 

It still needs the top stitching done! 

I did start another BOM that uses scraps of Batik's, And I have more stuff planned for February so we'll see what NewFO's I can come up with for it. 

Have a Blessed Day!