Sunday, January 29, 2017

Winter Blues - January Update

I know a lot of you have had the winter blues this year with lots of snow.  My heart goes out to you living in the northwest who seem to not be getting a break from the snow.  Fortunately (don't say it!) we have been very lucky here in the northeast with very little snow thus far. 
But what I mean by Winter Blues here are some of the projects I have been working on the past month.  I seem to be working with a lot of blue.. must be the season.  I hope to get the binding on this tabletopper I made for my coffee table.  This is from a pattern by Primitive Gatherings.
It will go well with my snowman pillows which I made two years ago.  These are my own design. 
I used my favorite method for HST (half square triangles) - the Star Singles hst paper by Spinning Star.  I can make 8 HSTs with each paper and they come out very accurate. Easy peasey!
Unfortunately this 28" x 28" table topper did not go together as 'easy peasy' as it should have. Can you see the problem here?  Well, I didn't see it until I had it all pieced together... obviously not paying attention!  My husband said that it still looked like a snowflake (he's so sweet), but I knew if I didn't fix it, it would always bother me.  I know you  understand. :-)
That error resulted in some of this....
Once I got it sewn together correctly, I free motion quilted swirls in the blue patch area and machine stitched 1/4" in the white areas. 
I also have been working on some blue and white applique.  These are the first two blocks of the 1857 Album Quilt by Sentimental Stitches.  I have been seeing these blocks posted to Instagram and finally (caved ) joined in.  I can't say I am going to make all 80+ blocks, but these first two have been fun.  I have wanted to make a blue and white quilt for awhile.  This seemed to fit the bill.. we'll see  how it goes.  
Sentimental Stitches post the patterns (3-4 a month) on their blog and you can also purchase previous month's blocks on their online store.  

That is my January update.  Where did the first month of the year go??
Oh... I have one more January update to show. 
If you follow me on Instragram you have already seen this, but I can't help sharing again because I am such a proud aunt.  The top photo is of my nephew, Chris, who worked in the Whitehouse for the Obama administration.  About 2 weeks before the end of his term, appointees were invited to have photos taken with the president.  So cool!  
The bottom photo includes my brother, sister-in-law, my niece Brigit (far right), my nephew Sean (far left) and Chris's girlfriend. 

Happy Stitching!


I am linking up at Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching since that is what I plan to do the rest of the day!

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!



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