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Friday, February 27, 2015

Snow update

I confess I didn't get a lot more sewing done yesterday afternoon. I took what was supposed to be a short break and started reading Karen Rose's latest book "Closer Than You Think". If you are not familiar with her books and you enjoy a good suspense then check her out. This one grabbed me pretty quick and I couldn't put it down.  Read until 11:30 last night and only half way finished (over 600 pages). This morning however I woke up doing the math on my Snow Quilt and decided it was going to be too small so I have already cut everything out for 9 more blocks. This will make 4 rows of 6 blocks each. Hope to sew a little on it this morning before I have to get ready to go back to work. Work sure is interfering with my sew time.

Happy sewing


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow Day

I have been saving these blue and white fabrics for another quilt, but after I tried a block from my original pattern idea I wasn't happy with the outcome so the fabrics went back to the stash. After my plans changed yesterday due to snow storm I just wanted to do something different. This is Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom. I think I am going to set the block together with white sashing strips. I'm not sure about borders yet, it is still a work in progress. I'll get back to it and see if I can't finish before I have to go back to work.

Have a good day, stay safe and warm.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Busy Month

The last time I posted was Jan. 6th and my resolution then was to finish up and use up. I have done a pretty good job of that this month.

I think I have found my new favorite block. I don't know what it is called but I shared two examples in the last blog. Then I got to thinking about my 2 1/2 inch strips so I cut them into 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangles and made the same block just bigger. In the above example I didn't sash the blocks just turned them so that I still didn't match any seams. It is all brights and I think would make a great kid quilt. 

I work with Diane Long and she just have a new grand baby. She is a big Alabama fan so I made this one for her. I then found her son is not an Alabama fan but the daughter in law is, so I guess that is okay. 

One of the cashiers is having a baby boy in a few weeks, so I made her this one, I am not sure what to name it. It is a simple sashed nine patch. Having the center patch smaller color framed in same light and then using it also as corner stone changes the look completely. 

David and his wife are having a little girl so I went back to my favorite new block again but this time I put pink on one side and lights on the other like a log cabin.  This was Donna Nix's idea and I loved it. I may use it again on quilts for triplets that are due early summer. Definitely something going on at work with all these babies. 

I have still got to finish this one, but have gotten side tracked on a larger size block of another Bonnie pattern, will take pictures later.

Back to stitching and better use of my time 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Years Resolution

Welcome 2015, I don't know where all the time goes but I sure didn't get much done in 2014 or at least as much as I wanted to or needed to if I am ever going to finish all these UFO's. I have always heard the old saying what ever you do on New Year's day you will do all year long. So this year I wanted to finish something so maybe I would finish things all year long.

I had these blocks put together just need the borders, so I added the border to them on New Year's day so that I could at least finish the quilt top.

I had seen this block on another blog and thought it would be a way to use up a lot of civil war scraps. I even went ahead and made the binding, so now just need to get a back and get it quilted.

Another of my resolutions was to clean up and organize the sewing room. I know this has to be done in little steps and just working 30 minutes at a time has made a difference. While I was cutting up scraps that were piled on all corners of the ironing board I decided to cut them into the same 2" x 3 1/2' pieces of this first quilt and see if I could make an ugly quilt using everything I found in the scrap piles.

I have to say the blocks were pretty ugly, there was every kind of fabric in them but when I sashed them whit the bright yellow I think it turned out pretty nice.

I have already made the binding for this one too. I think that will be another resolution, make the binding when I finish the top even if I am not going to be able to quilt it for a while. I plan to give this top and binding to Ivy for her Habitat quilts.

Before I got side tracked on those two quilts I had made all the red and white nine patches for this
Sisters Choice pattern by Bonnie Hunter I got back to putting them together today. Got to work tonight so won't be able to sew long.

Stay warm, happy stitching

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Sewing Satisfaction

Saturday night I finished my third Hopscotch and Butterscotch, a Bonnie Hunter pattern. I made this one bigger than her pattern by 10 blocks. My first on is one I keep on my chair and it is just not big enough when folded in half to cover head to toe for my afternoon naps. Hope to get this one quilted soon to replace it.

I used a darker inner border on this one .

happy stitching this week

Friday, October 17, 2014

latest projects

My two inch strip drawer was running over so I pieced the strips end to end and crocheted this rag rug. I am really pleased with how it turned out even though it didn't work for under Johnny's chair. The chair just wouldn't roll over it, but I think it looks good in front of the fire place.

This is what I have been piecing for the last couple of weeks. It is my third rendition  of Bonnie Hunters Hopscotch and Butterscotch. The original pattern calls for 20 blocks and the first time I made it using Thimbleberries scraps. We were sitting on the front porch on one of the cooler afternoons and I had it covering up against the chill. Johnny said I don't know why you didn't make that big enough to really cover up so I came in and started piecing blocks again using civil war reproduction fabrics and makings 30 blocks. This will increase the size quite a bit. I just lack sashing the last row and then putting all the rows together. I plan to use a red inner border then the piano key outer border.

I am looking forward to the quilting retreat at the Red Rooster week after next. If I don't finish this one before then I will at the retreat. I have several other unfinished projects that I want to work on at the retreat. Probably more than I can hope to accomplish.

Happy Stitching

Monday, August 4, 2014


This weekend my goal was to clean up my sewing room. In one pile I found this little baby quilt that just needed the outside border added so I put that on so I could count one more finished quilt top.

Then I found these blocks and put them back on the design wall. I have over half of the nine patches done but need to finish the rest.

That was pretty much all I did in the sewing room, instead I read a great book. "Did You Miss Me" by Karen Rose, if you like a lot of suspense look for any of her books, just couldn't put it down.

Going to be a very busy week, stay safe and hope you get to quilt some.