Friday, December 12, 2014

Candy Cane Bouquet - Done!

I know I haven't been in blogland much lately.. and I am sure I have missed some wonderful posts, but I have just been super busy (Like all of us this time of year!) with a new boss at work and all that comes with that!  But I wanted to share with you a UFO finish!  Yahoo!
This quilt, Candy Cane Bouquet, by Laurie Simpson was on my 2014 UFO list.  So I am really happy to have it done and actually hanging up for this holiday season!
Love the mix of cotton and wool.
I started this quilt last year.  You can see the post about it here.  The pattern was in the Winter issue of Primitive Quilts.
I don't have a lot of other quilting projects ready to post right now... so I thought I would just share some Christmas quilts, etc. from the past.
Table runner in the living room with misletoe and pinecone fabric.
In the front hallway, a runner from Log Cabin Star blocks won at a quilt guild party many years ago.
Two friends cuddle together on a Christmas quilt.
A table topper that was a challenge to make.  This is about 9 years old, but still looks great on the coffee table in the family room.
Gracie just like to snuggle amongst all the Christmas pillows!

I still have Christmas sewing to do (oh, my!) I better run!!

Happy Stitching


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving ... or Christmas? and other non-quilting related news

We're expecting heavy snow here in Northwestern New Jersey today, the day before Thanksgiving.  But looking out my front porch it looks more like Christmas!
They are predicting we could get 8" - 10" of snow.
This photo was taken about a hour ago and the snow has increased dramatically.  Hard to imagine that just two days ago it was 70 degrees and I was raking the leaves out of the pachasandra!
In other news, a couple of weeks ago.. an intruder was spotted on the front porch..
Who could this be on my front porch??  Eating without any regard to the audience he attracted.
Silly squirrel...
He just stopped by to say Hi to Lucy and have a snack!!  (she was not impressed..)

Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to all my friends in the US!
The pies are baked I am going to spend the rest of the day in my sewing room watching the snow.  Plenty of slow stitching going on.

Happy Stitching,


Saturday, November 15, 2014

RSC Offset Log Cabin Blocks Tutorial

I've had a few people ask me about these blocks over the past several months that I have been posting them for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so I decided to include a brief tutorial.
The name of the block is Offset Log Cabin and it is constructed somewhat the same way a log cabin block would go together, except is it made from 4 units.
 What makes it look different from a traditional log cabin block is the varying widths of the 'logs'.  The finished block is 12".  So here we go.....
(Sorry the photos look so "pink"... I thought I had fixed this.)
First, of course, you need to cut your log pieces. You will make 4 of these units to make one block.  But for this tutorial we will work on just one unit.
Here is the layout of how the pieces will go together.
We start with sewing a 1 1/2" piece to the 2 1/2" center square.  1/4" seam allowance, of course.  Press seam allowance toward the white fabric.
Add the next piece (1 1/2" x 3 1/2") along the top.
Then along the side (2 1/2" x 3 1/2").  Just like building a log cabin block.
Then along the bottom (2 1/2" x 5 1/2").
And next on the right side (1 1/2" x 5 1/2").
Finally add the strip ( 1 1/2"x  6 1/2") along the top.
Your unit is now complete.  It should measure 6 1/2" square. Repeat to make three more!
Once you have your 4 units done, sew them together into your finished block.

 These blocks are quick, easy and fun to make.

Happy Stitching!


Friday, November 14, 2014

Almost Wordless Friday

The view off of our deck this morning in New Jersey.
Happy Stitching,


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