Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all!  
At the beginning of the year I always like to take a look back at my year in quilts.  It gives me a sense of accomplishment when I am also looking at my UFO list! LOL 
Now this is not a complete list of everything I worked on this year, but they are some of my favorites.  When I take the time to look back I realize that I did get a lot of quilting accomplished in 2016!
My final finish for 2016 was this mini Christmas table runner or candle mat.   I enjoyed doing the big stitch quilting on it and happy to take it off my APQ UFO Challenge 2016 list.
Do you remember this list posted last January?  This was my UFO list from the All People Quilt UFO Challenge.  As you can see I got quite a few done on this list.  It was helpful to write it down..great for commitment, and to have it hanging in my studio all year as a reminder.
Some of these finishes are in the photo collage above. YAY!
Some of the unfinished projects from the 2016 list have made it onto the 2017, and that's okay.  Here is my completed APQ UFO Challenge 2017 list.  You can join the party by clicking here.
Gracie is going to be keeping count and watching to see that I stick to the list!  I think she is saying, "Com'on Mom, I know you can do it!", or she is saying, "Seriously, all this in 2017??"
Either way, it will be fun!
I hope you enjoy this first day of the new year.  Good health and happiness for everyone in 2017.  Thank you so much to my blog friends and followers for all your support, kind words, and following along on my quilting journey!

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Not sure where the last month has gone, or even this entire year, but here we are at Christmas Eve!  
The elves are happy in the bottle brush tree forest....
The tree is decorated with some quilty ornaments...
And some handmade ones too...
The nutcrackers are on duty in my kitchen window to keep Christmas safe!
The house is decorated and the cookies are baked. 
There even has been some quilting going on... Almost done!
Along with this little project I hope to get done!
I wish I could invite you all in for a quilter's Christmas party!!
But let me just wish all of you the most Merry Christmas and Happiest New Year!!!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the US today!  I am sure all of you have so much to be thankful for, as do I.  And I am sure lots of you have some cooking planned for today - I know I do!

First, just an update on what I have been doing lately.  I know I have not been blogging much but we have been doing some redecorating in the house so that has been where a lot of my creative energy has been going. (Besides everything being pulled apart makes me just a little crazy. LOL)
But that doesn't mean I have been totally without some projects.  Here are some art pins I made this week which are now in my Etsy shop.  So much fun and quick projects that are pure 'play'.  I really like working small sometimes!
Also I finished a wedding gift for a very dear friend that is getting married this weekend.   This is called Zen Chevron by Zen Chic.  It is 72" x 72" and I am so excited to give it to her and her husband. 
I chose a matching back that had a stylized heart on it. 
My machine quilter, Janice Jamison, did an awesome job on the quilting.  This pattern is called Puddling. 
And of course the quilt label.  That Happily Ever After stamp is the same one they used on their wedding invitations.  Hope she is not reading my blog!!
I am so happy for Andrea.  She has waited a long time, caring for aging parents, to get to this time in her life!  Here we are last week at the office shower for her and Jeff.  We have worked together and have been friends for many, many years. (She's the one with the Bride button. LOL)
I even made a small art pin for her using some of the pieces left over from the bouquet wrap I made for her flowers.  
This just about sums it up.  I can't wait for Saturday and to be part of their special day!

I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving day and cherish those around you.  
Now I have to get my turkey in the oven!

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Playing with Baskets

Yesterday I decided to pull out these basket blocks that I have had for quite a while to THINK about putting this quilt together.  The receipt in the bag with the pattern, my finished blocks, and fabrics says November 2008.  Don't ya think it's time???  
This is a quilt pattern by Lori Smith, From My Heart to Your Hands, called Four Seasons: Spring Blooms.  The blocks are 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" finished. 
 I saw it at my LQS and had to make it.  Here is the photo of the original quilt from the front of the pattern. 
First I started playing around with the layout of my blocks.  Hmmm.. what would they look like without that green sashing? And with the little baskets around the sides, rather than in the middle?  Hmmmm.  I kind of like the busy-ness of this.
Then I cut some sashing strips and put them up on my design wall with the little baskets, like the original pattern.  Hmmmm.  Very soothing.
I have only made 4 of those green leaf appliques for the corners (see pattern photo) and probably will not use them after all. 
What if I added some green setting triangles with the little baskets?  Of course now I would have to make more little baskets. :-)  Green would also be used in the corners.
I even threw the border fabric up on the design wall to take a look...
Seems that I have created a design dilemma for myself...  What do you think?  I always appreciate feedback from my blog friends!
I have continued to quilt the red and white Oak and Reel quilt.  I am really loving hand quilting at night while watching TV.
Just a quarter inch around my design and in the triangles.  Next decision will be how to quilt the borders. 
Decisions, decisions, decisions.. I love it!

Happy Stitching,


Linking up at Kathy's Quilts on Sunday Slow Stitching


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