Tuesday, March 11, 2014

It's Been a Loooong Time...

since I posted. Nothing at all for February, but that doesn't mean that nothing was happening, in fact too much was going on. We have put 14 gallons of paint on walls and trim. Our master bedroom was very dark brown and took 3 coats to cover. I wish I could say we are done, but we still have a ways to go. 
I have been working on my Quilty Stitches cross stitch sampler. I've added three more blocks and a top border. Block five is already sashed and ready to stitch. Of course it goes without saying, I've added some embellishments and gone my own way with some of the blocks I just can't seem to follow instructions to the letter. Many thanks to Little Miss Shabby for the patterns and inspiration!


I've also managed to get a little quilting in. Here are my February blocks for a group that I belong to at a local quilt shop. 


I will eventually add applique to the churn dash block and catch up on my December and January blocks.
I also made a baby quilt for my niece. She requested bright, happy colors and is having a boy so this is what I came up with.


Here's a picture of the lovely mom-to-be and the quilt.
I will try to be back soon, maybe with a spring project for you.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

So What Has Happened to January?

January has been a busy month with little to show for it. I've mostly been unpacking and organizing. We downsized when we moved, but didn't downsized our possessions enough so I've been trying to see what will fit in this house and what needs to go. I still have a way to go with this process. We also need to paint the entire house, so things are going to be very busy around here.
On the sewing front, there has been no sewing except for shortening some curtains. I hope to be able to get to my machine in February! I did sign up for Little Miss Shabby's cross stitch along(see badge in the sidebar). It's something I can do in the evening while watching TV.  I've finished my first block. 
 I decided to limit my colors to only three, which could be interesting in some of the future blocks. I added cornerstones and checks with french knots for the sashing. I'm enjoying this project and looking forward to more blocks!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year...A Little Late!

Just a quick post to let you know I'm still around. We have been without Internet service for nearly two weeks and there has been some major withdrawal around here. It has been a wonderful but difficult holiday for us. Although we did everything we could to speed things up we ended up moving the Thursday and Friday before Christmas, in a freezing rain and snow storm. Not fun, but done! With the help of many local family members we were able to have the house livable and the some decorating done by the time the family from California arrived on Saturday. From then until they left the following Saturday, we enjoyed the season with everyone. Since then we have been unpacking and trying to get things organized(still a long way to go)
Needless to say not a lot of sewing went on around here. I did manage to finish my younger grandson's stocking(pictures to follow) and had my Quilt Etc. BOM quilt from September quilted by a friend with a quilting machine. I bound it and my son and his wife purchased it from me as a gift to her parents. They seemed really happy with it. Here's a picture of me showing it at a guild meeting.
 I hope your holidays were lovely and your New Year will be a happy one!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More Quilts Etc. Blocks

If you read my blog regularly, you will have heard me mention belonging to a "First Saturday Block of the Month" group at a local quilt shop named Quilt's Etc. This year our theme is "Every Barn Tells a Story". We are given instructions for making a basic block that finishes at three inches or twelve inches. We are also given instructions for a barn with the three inch block featured on it. I have decided to do both blocks. Because the blocks are pretty basic, I decided to challenge myself and add hand applique to the twelve inch block. I get the instructions for the block and draw it out on graph paper and design an applique to compliment the block. I have done very little hand applique so it has been a learning experience, but I'm enjoying the process. Here are October's and November's blocks.

 I seem to have an inability to follow instructions and so every month I find myself redesigning the barns and adding more details. This can be a bit interesting and time consuming, but it's fun and makes the barn uniquely mine. I figure these blocks out using my Quilt Pro computer program. Here's my October and November barns. 

 November's barn was a real challenge to put together. I think they are going to be a little more simple from now on...maybe!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Let's Get This Quilt Together!

OK, so you've finished all your blocks. Now it's time to construct you 2013 BOM quilt. I have written the instructions and checked them numerous times, but due to my circumstances just now, I'm unable to actually put my quilt together using them. So if you encounter any problems, please email me and I will make corrections. The finished quilt will measure approximately 58 1/2" x 74 1/2".  Just right for a cozy lap quilt. So here's the finished quilt.
 Click here for the instructions. 
I would love to hear from any of you who have made these blocks and see pictures of your blocks or quilt! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

November and December's Blocks

This month's blocks come with an explanation and an apology. In looking back over my blog this year, it has been a bit sparse and infrequent. We have spent most of the year trying to sell our house. Things are now looking promising(keep your fingers crossed for us)! It's hard work to keep your house "show worthy" at all times. To cope with it all, I find myself reading instead of sewing. Like I said things are looking promising and we are hoping to move soon. I thought I would give you both November and December's blocks so that I don't have to worry about getting them to you in the process. I'm sorry not to have examples to show again, but I have checked and rechecked the instructions and feel that they are accurate. 
November's Block
 Click here for instructions.
December's Block
 Click here for instructions. 
I will get setting instructions written soon and post them so that you can finish your quilt!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas Mantle Scarf

Sorry it been such a long time since I posted. I've been busy making gifts and costumes(more about that later). I recently had a lady inquire about where I got my Christmas mantle scarf pattern. Since it is my design and I usually like to offer a free Christmas pattern on my blog, I decided to write the instructions and offer them to my readers. First a picture of the actual scarf.
 Then my mantle with the scarf and decorations.
 Click here for the directions. I suggest you read the last page first. If you have any problems, please contact me. I hope you can use this pattern and enjoy it. I would love to see the results.