Wednesday, January 21, 2015

starting to look like a quilt

I found myself with an unexpected block of time this afternoon and - Voila -  my Bird of Paradise top (minus the side borders) is together!
The blocks required very little trimming and went together so easily.  I'm excited to get started on the side borders now  :0)

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

trimming the first border

Once again I must thank my embroidery encouraging friend for coming over.  I was unhappy with my owl eyes and so last night she came over and my embroidery needle got busy again.  
 Mostly I made the eyes larger with less outline - more owlly  :0)  Whew!!  Am I ever glad that is over with.
 I lost no time in getting blocks trimmed today and the bottom row assembled so I could attach the border.  It looked like it needed a couple empty spots filled.
So I added another leaf and a butterfly tonight - much better.  The blank space over the horses is being reserved for my initials and the year of completion.  (this year hopefully)  I'm just so excited to be putting these blocks together finally. 

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

more leaves

Wow, does a week ever go by fast!  Of course this is all a matter of perspective as my youngest turns 7 this weekend and for her the last week has crawled by :0)
I don't have much to show for myself.  I am happily stitching leaves for my Susan McCord Trailing vine panel #11.  Any time I've had at my machine has been spent piecing leaves together.  It was a long break from this project and now I am excited to be back to it.

Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

a new year - old projects

I'm not a big goal setter.  But so far this New Year I have been working on existing projects.  I finished all the blocks for my coffee table cover up and put them together on Monday (first day the kids went back to school) 
  I was worried it would be a bit boring compared to the other one I made but the variety of prints makes it for me.  I could enjoy a full sized quilt of these 2 blocks  :0)  It goes perfectly with the rug in my living room.  Now to decide how to quilt it.
 I tried forked pins for the first time.  Another quilter gave them to me for Christmas.  (Thanks Liz!) I just love them!  Why ever did I not get some before.  They are wonderful for matching seams and holding seam allowances down.  I include the picture for my Mom who will ask "What are forked pins?" 
 I am much less happy with my owl eyes.  My embroidery encouraging friend came over last night and I finally got to working on these eyes.  Now that I see them in the light of day - they are too small.  I will fix them up tonight now that I know how to do them.
 The other horse's embroidery I was much happier with.  I decided that the horses do not need eyes.  Who would notice eyes on a galloping horse?  This means that once the owl eyes are fixed I am done with embroidery for this border and I can start assembling the top - yippee!  This way I can design the side borders to fit.
I also stopped procrastinating about my vine quilt and started drawing panel #11.  I had an enlargement made of the picture in the Fons and Porter book and acquired a fabulous magnifying glass from my husband so I can see the details better.  Can you believe that he had this perfect tool just sitting around?  I have 3 branches drawn so far.  Its actually pretty fun!  Why do I put these things off so long?  I know I said I'm not a goal setter but I would really like to see both the Susan McCord Vine quilt and the Bird of Paradise tops finished in 2015. I am just dying to start a new big applique project or 2 and these are both pretty close.  Don't ask me how long ago I started them...

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

last post for a busy December

It's the last day of 2014 - wow!  It's been a very busy but wonderful December.  It looks like I won't manage to reach my goal of 52 posts for this year. Oh well,  it's a good goal to move forward to 2015.
So in amongst all the Christmas celebrating, skiing, skating, sledding, swimming and eating I did manage to do a little sewing :0)
 I've enjoyed quite a lot of handquilting.  I'm nearly done the second border of my Crowfoot quilt.  You can see the fill in diagonal line quilting I decided to use in the pieced border. It is so easy to pull this out when company is over or at the end of the day to relax when I'm tired.
 We were away visiting my husband's family for a couple days.  This was the only portable handwork I had to bring with me.  It was shortly finished and then I had to break out my emergency stitching.
 I have been carrying around this mini charm pack together with a paper hexagon template.  It's been in my EPP tin for a very long time.  I had to trace more papers and cut them out with the little scissors I had with me.  I think they look very cheerful - once assembled maybe I'll make a bag?  I was so glad I had this emergency sewing with me - sitting on the couch with nothing for my hands to do is difficult - lol!
 My DH spoiled me with some new books.  I've been really enjoying California Bound so far.  The applique quilts in it are out of this world!
 I've been thinking about this Love Entwined quilt.  I've been watching the progress of a few quilters online.  The free pattern was going to disappear from Esther's website so I printed it.  I had better put this away for awhile and finish my Bird of Paradise quilt first.  I am stuck on the embroidery again and I haven't worked on it at all.  Do the owls really need eyes? ...
 One goal that I did reach was to have my kids' pajamas sewn by Christmas Eve.  I finished the last pj top with just a few hours to spare - whew!  It's kind of a silly picture but I let them arrange themselves and they were much too excited to pose for another.  It looks like the youngest wanted to be the tallest and the oldest wanted to be the shortest - lol.  They are all very huggable in these :0)
And a little stash enhancement also occurred.  My sister's family was visiting and they wanted to drive to Canmore (about an hour away) to skate on a pond with a gorgeous mountain view.  Little did I know that the Sugar Pine Quilt Shop could also be glimpsed through the trees from the pond.  I snatched a few minutes away from skating to snag these FQ's.  I was caught completely by surprise though - I'd have come home with a bulging bag if I had known and brought my purse :0)

I hope 2015 holds many hours of happy stitching for you all!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

a very little applique

I finished the little bit of applique that I wanted to add to my little Cascadia quilt.  I'm planning to bind it with one of the black fabrics which will frame the finished quilt a little better.  
Now that it is more rectangular it will work better in the spot I want to use it.

I've been busy sewing flannel pajamas for my kids so I don't have much else to show for today. I hope you are all finding a few minutes to do some stitching in this busy season :0)

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

another quiltalong

I put together all the pieces from Lori's Cascadia mystery doll quiltalong.  This was such a fun project to make. It's a good thing she did it as a mystery because I don't think I would have attempted it otherwise with all this piecing at this time of year.  At least there was very little cutting as this mostly came out of my baggie of 1 1/2 inch squares :0)
I have some plans to add some applique to it to make it more rectangular. This was Lori's 10th doll quilt quiltalong and I've participated 8 times.  I have some delightful little quilts that I enjoy using in my home and some little tops waiting to be quilted...  :0) 

Happy Quilting!!