Sunday, March 30, 2014

Quilt Show and A visit from an old Project


How has your week been?  Hard to believe it is Sunday night again -- these weeks just fly by.  Looks like
Spring might be here  -- well at least it was here for today --  I just heard the forecast and it looks like we have rain moving in tomorrow and it will be here most of the week. 

I did get some sewing down this week - I worked on some applique towels, but I could not get the picture loaded, I have a new camera and it is taking a bit longer to get used to it than I thought it would be.
Here is one of the Easter baskets I made up this afternoon, it is from the Sew It Magazine, it has lots
of great ideas that are simple and quick and that is always good in my book.


Saturday the Quilting and Sewing Expo was nearby so I headed over there with 5 other quilting buddies
and we spend the day oohhh and aaahhh ing over all the neat quilts -- here is a little eye candy from the show.

This is a simple 9 patch bordered,  very simple but really nice looking.
 This one was a quilt made in the 30s or 40s and was found at an Estate sale and was machine quilted -- it was beautiful.  The colors and the quilting -- I am sure the quilt maker is smiling down that her quilt got finished, finally.
They  had about 15 quilts from the 30's and 40's - that were recently discovered and completed, it was so nice to see.  

This Grandmas flower garden was also a recently completed quilt.
I just love hexies! 

This one is simply stunning -- all  tiny pieces - and it looks like it was  painted.   I will have  more to share this week.

This afternoon after we got back from fishing, where the lake was still partially frozen and we caught nothing, I think they were still hibernating, I got up to my sewing room and was looking thru a box of projects that needed some work -- it was a box I created when I revamped it in Decemeber.  I came across these Posie blocks,    I started these when my mom was first diagnosed with cancer and I worked on them at her Chemo appointments -- I started these 14 years ago -- that is right FOURTEEN years ago -- they are from a Fons and Porter magazine from  2000!  I just did the math and that is about when she was diagnosed.  I have got to get this done --  I only had 5 done and need 20 -- I have all the leaves  and flower center fused and  I just need to get some more of the petals fused  And YES I have kept the background fabric with the project, so I have plenty of that.  I am gonna finish this one this year.

The photo above is the 3 I fused today and I got one stitched during the Amazing Race -- my goal is to fuse them all and then have a great take a long project this summer.  Or a tv project.
Well that is about all for tonight.
Hope your quilting is going well!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stitches

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Spring is Here??


Spring arrived on Thursday and of course we had snow!    Hoping it was the last snow of the year but the weather man is predicting snow for Monday night -- not quite sure when Spring will Spring up around here.

I have been busy working on projects so the weather is not bothering me at all.

I was painting a few birdhouses this weekend I have  3 more to paint and then I will have a box out of the garage!   I have already put a few down by the creek and will put these down there by next weekend.   

Went to a friends house on Friday night and  we sewed for several hours, I got my  little gingerbread boy bound!   At least I have one next item for Christmas this year! 

I had quilted Harvey the Hare last month and was hoping to finish him when we were up north a few weeks back we were  too busy up there -- so Friday  night I put all of his buttons and his face on and he is now hung up in the entry way -- He is about a 10 year old UFO -- so glad to check him off the list -- 3rd UFo of the year -- he is a big on 21 inches x 53 inches long.

I also took my Schnibbles there and I bound this one up too!  I measures only 20 inches square but another one is done and won't be turning into a UFO.

I stayed up last night and worked on my Hospice project -- BUNS (baking up nice surprises) - they will e delivered the first week of April -- I have 3 dozen done and 9 more dozen too complete -- goal is to get them all done this week, it would be nice to be a little ahead --

Well off to bed, 4:30 comes very early!
Thanks for Stopping by
Happy Stitches

Sunday, March 16, 2014

National Quilting Day


Yesterday was National Quilting Day -- so I did work on a quilt challenge from Pat Sloans Facebook group -- it was the Shoo Fly block -- we were to make 20 and use our stash -- first I was going to use a variety of blues but then came across 3 fat quarters of 1 print and I thought I would use those up and all the white is various small pieces, so good to use them in something.  And the blue for the sashing I had just a 1 1/2 inch strip left -- so some pieces are totally used from my stash -- I wish I had a little more for the outer border -- I have searched my stash and found nothing that would make a final border on this quilt.   Not sure if I will keep it this size or try to find a fabric that looks nice for the final border.   I was up til after midnight working on this and cutting up some of the flannel I bought back on Black Friday for baby bibs, burp cloths and receiving blanket - it was good to reduce that stack as well.

We also went out for corn beef and cabbage, the next town over has a little dinner  that is charity type event,  we pre bought our tickets and  since it was from 11:30 - 5 -- we thought 3 would be a good time, well we got there at 3 and they were all sold out!   WOW - we have gone to this the past few years and saw an increase in attendance each year -- but never thought they would be sold out -- how depressing!   So we came home and searched the internet and found a dinner at a VFW hall about a half hour away and we headed over there when it started - we weren't missing out twice in one day!! And had a delicious dinner with dessert.

Today I had purchased a gift certificate thru a radio station for a thrift shop so we headed over there and to Goodwill -- a great way to spend a Sunday in my eyes!

At Goodwill I found this kids rocker -- for $4.99 - wait it gets better -- Furniture was 50% off !  So I walked away with this goodie for $2.50!  I am going to  paint it pink and paint some flowers on it.  Too cute!

Between both thrift shops I purchased these tin for our Garden Faire in May -- I think these will all look  cute with some plants potted in them  -- the most expensive one was the loaf pan 99 cents -- Have some great ideas for some neat planting in these.

Also got this little planter for $1.20 -- I sprayed it with clear coat when I got home and drilled some holes for drainage, did that on the metal items too. 

I did work on some things for our garden sale -- it is in May but once the weather gets nice I will be outside and in the garage painting, so I had some time this weekend  and found these little shoes when I did the over haul of  my sewing room in December, I was going to make pincushions, but I have plenty of those -- so I thought they were adorable with the hens and chicks in them.

We will be having a "Fairy Garden" demo and selling Fairy Gardens at our Garden Faire, so I painted up these little rocks as lady bugs --  I made some of these when I was at the garden center - and they were quite popular -- hopefully folks will still like them.    

We have been watching my boss' dog, he is a 5 pound Yorkie named Petey -- when he is with us the house is very busy Poochie is like a teen - likes to do her own thing and hang out with us with out a lot of comotion, well Petey on the other  hand is like a new born -- needs lots of attention and is very busy -- apparently he was a little tired and he and Poochie decided to take a nap in the sun!   What a wonderful life.
What have you been up to?

Happy Stitches!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Small Project and BOM's Update

Good Morning!

I am participating in A Quilting Lifes Small Project of the Month and our challenge this month was to create a quilt or project from this quilt block (the flower) I has this fabric for several years just waiting for the perfect project and here it is.  It is a small table topper -- perfect for the table in  our entry way.   It is a garden theme fabric -- the yellow border has little garden  trowels in it.      

Now on to the BOM's I am in ..... Here is the March Aurfil  Block -- it was very easy and a fun block to make.

Here are all 3 so far, I am liking hoe this is going.

This project if from Pat Sloans Globetrotting Project - these are the three so far we have done.

This block is called Chicago and it was Marchs BOM -- really like this one -- it went together easy and would make a great quilt.

On to the one that took me the longest about 3 hours last night -- it is Quilt Doodles block of the month - it measures 16  x 20  and it alot of 2 1/2 inch squares -- I think my tree turned out good - I was debating between greens last night and these 4 seemed to work well together.

I also quilted up this table topper and I will bind it this week during tv time -- it is a barbeque theme -- trying to get a few things done for the show in May -- it will be here before I know it  -- still too cold to paint the furniture I have collected this winter - so I will be sewing more today and hopefully next weekend it will warm up so I ca at least figure out what I have and what needs to be done.  

So what are you working on?  
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stitches