Sunday, December 10, 2017

Oh Christmas Tree

No, I have not put up our Christmas tree...yet.

But I did spend the day making ornaments for this felt tree for my grandsons. It will be theirs and theirs alone, to decorate and redecorate at will and hopefully leave the real tree alone. 

I had fun  with felt, puffy paints and ribbons. Here are some close ups of some ornaments and presents.

I also started some decorated glass jars for lights and a row for the row by row challenge for my guild. It is due Wednesday.  

This is the wonderful starter. It came from a quilt shop somewhere up north in Wisconsin.  

Stay tuned for my addition. It is using a variety of techniques. 

Don't forget to comment for my blogiversary.  I will close the give away on Thursday.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Blogiversary: 1 year!

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It has been one year!  Yay!!!!! ( I can just hear Kermit while his arms are waving.)

Wow!  I love my quilting and this has been a way of celebrating the inching forward of projects.
It has also been a recognition of those completions.  And the best part has been the connections with you, the readers who have been so gracious to comment.

I have gotten involved in many more online projects this year: I finished Bonnie Hunter's mystery of last year, completed the patchwork for a log cabin quilt along, made 38 blocks per week as a Blockhead ( so far) , completed Helping Hands donation, and Covered in Love donation blocks,  am participating in Meadow Mist mystery and the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

This is all because of the creative and interesting things available online. The plethora of fabric choices,  tutorials and ideas which  are so inspiring. And the accountability to show progress.

  At the same time, I have found that I am in a group of like minded people who have too many fun things we want to do, busy lives preventing us from getting as much done as we would like, but having so many warm compassionate supportive people.  Reading how others are in slumps, or struggle with projects  has made me realize I am normal.  I always had felt badly as my mom would be a one project person.

Thank you!

I have a surprise giveaway for a lucky responder.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Blockheads update

One more block for last week: number 39

It is hard to believe that the 1st block came out in March.    And I am doing o.k keeping up.  Just one block to tweak.  But overall it is looking very good.  If you haven't seen these before, they are 6 inch blocks and mine are made from Kansas Trouble fabrics. Starching is truly the key to precise piecing.

And here are all the blocks so far.
Hmm my light backgrounds really stick out.
  It has truly been an adventure on piecing. And it has not used up much fabric.  

Sunday, December 3, 2017

1st weekend of December

Christmas is coming. The goose is getting fat...And so the song goes.

But in real life the last month of the year; the countdown truly Christmas.

It started with leaving work early for an eye appointment. But I already knew I needed glasses to read and of course, sew. Have you seen one lying around? There are several missing. 

 Anyway, what a headache from all the light in my eyes. So now, I need eye drops, just saline.  

And then I had time to sew yesterday. I finished 2 blocks  for  Covered in Love.
Covered in Love is a call for blocks and she then assembles and has then has them quilted and donates them. 


And the assembled and quilted 4 mug rugs/pot holders.

This is one colorway.  I have a 2nd color with a green print and red ribbons.

And little by little I am getting my applique done:

Here is one end of the 60 inch borders. so far the stems are done. and leaves on one border. 

This is the decor for a great little restaurant in downtown Waukesha.  My spouse and I went to last night. The ambiance was wonderful with the lights and ornaments hanging everywhere.    The long thing above the bar is an assemblage of characters like Dick Tracy and  all collectibles.manner of old collectibles.  This is the 2nd bar mantel as the restaurant burned down once.  Great time!

Hope you and yours are doing well. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

RSC blocks and more

I was able to squeeze some sewing time in tonight. I did not have to go help my son and grandboys as mom was home from work tonight.  I made turkey tetrazzini with leftover turkey. And we have enough for a 2nd meal.

I sewed the basic part of the package for these Christmas mug rugs/ potholders.

And now I have my brown Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks completed.  There are 8 brown blocks bringing my grand total to 98 blocks and I have extra 3 inch half square triangles for a border. It will look great together.  But I probably won't have time for this until after the holidays.

Little by little...Bit by bit.

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Update:  I have been able to get 2 more blockhead blocks done.  So I am caught up to having all blocks but 1 done.  I did well piecing the mini triangles into 1 flying goose was fine, but getting the 2 sides ...not so much.  I hope all I have to do is cut the triangle larger and trim when assembled.

Here is block 37  

And block 38.  This one needs a good pressing.  Betsy Chutchian had a good directions, but my quarter square triangles were just too little aka my seam allowance too big.   I then recut them and started again.  That scant 1/4 inch will get ya every time.  

I am still working on my Christmas package mug rugs and have 4 more cut out. 

Plus I have 5 blocks for my RSC into quadrants.  Should be easy to assemble the last pieces.  

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Time for recharging

Love this 5 day weekend.

First of all here are my two munchkins.  We had so much fun for Thanksgiving and got some great pictures.  ( Family group still on daughter's camera.)

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But after all the fun and food, I have had some time to SEW ... Heaven!  

Here are photos of my coloration of the Magnolia Mystery by Meadow Mist Designs. 

Here are assembled blocks. Just 2 more colors and the odd ones. I postponed it as I thought I needed to trim my half square triangles.  But they were already done.  Bonus!

And here is the Crem de la crem, the sugar on top, the project we have been slowing completing:
I laid out the last of the 2 borders last night while watching Ice Age 4. (Yes, my hubby and I like animated movies that make us laugh.)   But I carefully pulled papers out of prepared applique, made the last 3 stems and placed all the leaves and such.  It is just pinned at the moment and will need some Roxanne's Glue Baste It...... The close up of one end is first

Followed by the "long shot".