Monday, December 22, 2014

A Pieced Back

I took the Christmas Quilt to show to my art group. They all said that additional borders were unnecessary. Which confirmed my feelings on the matter. So I've made a back for it.

Then I basted it and have begun quilting it. I asked for quilting suggestions from my art group too and got some good advice. When I have time to work more on this, it is ready to go.

Friday, December 19, 2014


This is the plan for today.

Hand sewing the binding to the back.

I've also been enjoying season two of Mr. Selfridge. I watch it through my Amazon Instant Video app on my iPad while hand sewing. It isn't the kind of show the rest of my family would enjoy. It was recommended based on my "liking" of Downton Abbey. It's set in the same time period and also takes place in England, specifically London. You might enjoy it too if you also like Downton Abbey.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Snowy Day Plan

Yesterday it was snowy and gray. I had dinner going in the crock pot before 9 am. After wrapping some packages I decided to that I needed to quilt something, anything. I had a quilt already basted, this quilt, which I basted back in October.

I didn't do anything fancy, just an all-over meander.

This will be a quilt for oncology when finished.

I haven't share of photo of Spooky lately. She has gotten big! She weighs 12 lbs now.

She looked so cute laying under the Christmas tree. She has a "you aren't going to make me move?" look.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pinwheel Blocks

I don't have much to show today, just these two pinwheel blocks.

These blocks will become part of my guild's 2015 raffle quilt. We purchased a packet of brightly colored 10" batik squares and some Kona white. The blocks will all be pinwheels. I think we need 48 pinwheel blocks. Then there will be some applique as a border or the center or both. I'm not exactly sure.

The rest of my sewing time has been spent working on my In Full Bloom, the 2014 Sue Spargo BOM. I'm still not able to post any photos of it but it is looking good, if I do say so myself. I'm finishing up the embroidery on the last block. Then I will be able to sew all the blocks together. My packet with the border fabrics and instructions is already here. My last packet with the backing, binding and a label is on it's way. It has been a fun year working on this project!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Baa, baa Black Sheep ...

have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, two big honkin' bags full!

Yesterday my friend Debbie asked if I had time to stop by because she was given four big bags full of fabric, some of it wool. So I stopped by. And then left with the above bags of mostly wool. There are a few pieces of cotton I pulled out for specific projects in progress and a few pieces of silk. I also pulled out a couple of kits thinking I might do a giveaway here soon.

These things all came from a relative who passed away recently. She was a quilter and even worked at her LQS for many years. She was very talented. Debbie has been rescuing some of her unfinished projects by bringing them home and finishing them. We think many of the unfinished tops she had were originally store samples that she never got around to finishing once they were no longer hanging at her LQS. I can identify, as I have several of those types of UFOs at my house.

My art group is starting a new group project. One of the requirements is to use wool. A few of the group members don't have any wool in their stashes. Well ... they have no excuse now! I will be taking these bags with me to our next meeting. Hopefully I will have time to sort through it first and organize it a bit. If not, we can do it together.

Thank you Debbie!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gift Sewing

'Tis the season for gift making. I've been making ornaments and dishrags.

Well, the ornaments were made last weekend. I started on the dishrags in September when I was still working at my LQS as something to do during the brief lulls in the going out of business sale. Initially, there was no time to do anything other than store business. After a couple of weeks there would be little windows of time during the afternoon when I had nothing to do. There is only so much shelf straightening I can handle, so I started bringing my crochet hook and some yarn.

My guild is doing a potholder exchange this year. Below is what I made.


We were given a pattern to use so everyone's potholder will be the same block, with different fabrics.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Quilt Center Finished

I finished the last block, added all the embroidery and buttons to the blocks that needed them, and assembled the blocks over the weekend.

At the moment, this will finish at 48" by 48". The pattern calls for a small inner border and a larger outer border. If I add these it will finish at about 60" by 60". I'm undecided as to whether or not I want to add these. The best fabric I have in my stash for the wider outer border is a dark green tone-on-tone very similar to fabrics already used in the center. It will look nice but I'm not sure it will really add anything to the design. It will just make this bigger. I've emailed the folks I'm making this for to see what they want me to do. Until I hear back it will wait.