snowbound

Last weekend we were hit by a major snowstorm. I think we got 25 inches…not quite a record, but pretty close! I think that was the first real snow of winter for us, and because we got so much, it really threw everyone for a loop. People were pretty much housebound on Saturday, and then on Sunday brave souls started to venture out to try and dig out cars, driveways, and the likes. School was closed for the first two days of the week…and delayed for the third. There was just so much snow, and not enough people/equipment/time to remove it to make getting to school possible. Our boys finally had their first FULL day of school on Thursday. With a scheduled early dismissal on Friday,  they ended up having a total of about 2 days of school this week. They enjoyed it very much of course! I enjoyed having them home too, but it did mean getting absolutely NOTHING done….no cleaning, no shopping, no blogging, no stitching…. So on Thursday I finally got to catch up on all my usual chores. By Friday morning I was pretty much caught up, so decided to treat myself with a trip to my local Joann’s fabric and craft store ( I had coupons that were about to expire~couldn’t let that happen!) and came home with some rotary cutter blades, NO FABRIC ( proud of me!), and a lovely new book that I had seen seeing popping up on Facebook here and there. It is called All in a Row published by That Patchwork Place.008

 

Doesn’t it look yummy? The patterns are all rows designed by various Moda designers, and you can mix and match as you wish. I think there is even a sew-along starting early February. Can’t wait to start a project from this book!

And speaking of sew-alongs, I am doing a BLOOM sew-along with Lori Holt from Bee in my Bonnet , and did manage to make block number 2 this past week. I of course quilted mine right away so I will be ready to just simply sew my blocks together when they are all done, add a backing, and voila, another quilt finished! ( See my post on Quilt As You Go here)

She posts a new block on her blog every Monday and they are so cute! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should.

I also showed you Gail Pan‘s book Patchwork loves embroidery last time, and how I got started on a pincushion project. I just love having some stitching to work on at night while we sit and watch TV. Well, I finally got to finish those yesterday, and am very happy with the result!003

Aren’t they just darling? Really too pretty to use for pincushions, if you ask me! Maybe if I got some really pretty pins, and stuck them in very strategically, I could PRETEND that they are functional?!

Now, what project shall I start next? What projects are you working on? I would love for you to share!

Until next time!

 

 

 

 

a snowy day

Here in the Northeastern United States we had a HUGE snowstorm on Saturday! It snowed and snowed,  and then snowed some more. There was a travel ban in effect and that forced everyone to just hang out at home. Luckily we didn’t lose power so it was a cozy day to be holed up inside. At one point the family did head out to start the snow shoveling, and good thing that they did because it was DEEP!

This morning we woke up to beautiful sunny weather and snow as far as the eye could see! We didn’t break a record,  but did have a decent amount of snow at 25 inches. The family headed out several times to try and dig out the end of the driveway ( and a car!).

This is what our railing looked like by the end of the day….all kinds of pants trying to dry out.

Normally I would have been out there playing ~I mean working~ in the snow, but I am fighting this nasty sinus infection and thought it was better to stay in. Seeing as everyone else was occupied outside, I made myself useful inside and tidied up my quilt room. As soon as that was done I had the urge to mess it up again so made an adorable pillowcase for daughter’s birthday.013

I used the “hot dog” method ( just Google it) and it makes for such an easy and nicely finished pillowcase….love it!

Then I needed another project, so I searched through my many, MANY quilt books and decided to make a project from this book:009

I love combining quilting with embroidery! Gail Pan came out with this lovely book by That Patchwork Place that has all kinds of projects that combine the two. I opted to go for the pincushions. They are nice and small and won’t take me away from other projects that will be distracting me before too long….

So now I’m sitting by my cozy fireplace working away on the first one…we have already learned that school will be closed tomorrow so that promises another day for some playing in the snow and some more stitching!

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fabric shopping with someone famous

Okay, I admit it. I broke my New Year’s resolution to NOT buy any new fabric this year….

But everybody will understand WHY I had to break it. I mean, when someone famous in the quilting world INVITES you to go shopping for fabric with them you CANNOT say “no”. Well, I couldn’t anyway 🙂

Up until last week I had been doing so well….had not bought an inch of fabric. Had been using my stash to start a new project, AND had even finished a couple of unfinished, forgotten, lonely projects. And then I got a message that went something like this: “Hey, I’m going shopping for fabric next week, want to come?” ( In reality I had actually told this person that if they ever were shopping in our neck of the woods that I would volunteer to be their shopping buddy. Shameless,  I know.) But anyhow, she contacted me and when the date turned out to be on my birthday too I could not say NO?! That would have been impolite. And besides, my very supportive ( enabler) friends and family were telling me that of course I had to go because I’m polite and because no one has to follow a diet ( in my case a fabric diet) on their birthday! So I said yes. And it was great. I felt like I had known her for years because I follow her on FB and get her e-magazine, and have participated in some of her sew-alongs, and own a bunch of her fabric. I think she thought I was funny because I was excited about being out shopping for fabric with somebody famous! I don’t care….I WAS excited, I had a FABULOUS time, and I don’t even feel that GUILTY over breaking my resolution. But now I am back on the wagon….I swear…no more fabric purchases for the rest of the year…I mean it….(well unless somebody else famous calls me and invites me….Carrie Nelson…Eleanor Burns….Ricky Tims….I’m really not picky….)001

 

These were some of the lovely fabrics I picked up at Zook’s Fabric Store, in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.

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Recognize this lady? That is Jacquelynne Steves, also known as The Noble Wife. You can find out more about her at jacquelynnesteves.com.006

That lovely store is The Old Country Store in Intercourse, Pennsylvania. They have a great selection of fabrics AND a great online store as well.

Feeling proud

I am so excited to say that I finished my tablerunner! And not only that, I also finished two previous projects that I had lost interest in and that had been forgotten in a basket in my quilt room. Woohoo! Three projects done and it’s only January 15th AND I have not bought a single INCH of new fabric….take that you NAY-sayers! Only 11 and a half months to go without buying new fabric….I think I can…I think I can….
Have a great weekend!

Hexie quilt

Every once in awhile I love to visit antique/junk/salvage stores. You never know what you might find! I am always on the look-out for quilts ( and buttons!), but I always feel guilty for spending too much money on something that I can make myself. So I will only buy a quilt if it just makes my heart stop AND if it’s the right price (=cheap). Last year I found this beauty.001

I just loved the colors and the scrappiness of it, and besides, it was dirt cheap.SCORE! At first I hung it on the wall, but didn’t like the look of it there. So then it ended up folded over at the end of our bed.  In the Fall when it got chilly, I decided to unfold it and use it as an extra cover. That is when I really started noticing all the details in this beauty. All those little hexagons were hand-pieced onto a paper foundation…every one of them! And then they were whipstitched together to make a flower shape.( Somewhere in there the maker had to remove all the little paper foundations). And then those flower shapes were sewn together to white borders that connected the flowers….and when all those were sewn together ( and a border was added) the whole quilt was hand-quilted!!004003

Amazing, right?! And did I mention that these hexagons are about 2 inches big?? AND…some of those hexies are actually sewn from two scraps of fabric that had been sewn together!

The person who made this quilt was amazingly patient and SO thrifty. You can see why I love this quilt AND love it more every time I discover a new detail!

I decided that I needed to try some English paper piecing myself. It is pretty fun. You simple have a scrap of paper that you baste onto a  paper foundation. When you have enough shapes you whipstitch them together at the edges and remove the paper foundations. This is how far I have gotten:007

That is only one flower….not sure I have the patience to make any more than just one..I think I’ll make a pincushion 🙂

When Life comes calling…

I was hoping to be much farther along with my quilt at this point. But January is lovingly referred to as “birthday season” at our house and that is what has been occupying much of my time lately. Oh well, I did at least get to put the quilt top together and are ready to layer it with the backing! Because I used the “quilt as you go” method it will not take long to finish it up ( she says optimistically!).005

I love using the quilt as you go method (QAYG)! I bought this book last year and it has been a great inspiration.You can choose any way to put your blocks together, either strip by strip directly on the batting, or construct the entire block first and then quilt it on the batting. When you have quilted all your blocks, you sew them together and then layer them with the backing and then simply quilt with some straight lines here and there to adhere your backing to the top and batting. What I love so much about this method is that by the time I layer my top with the back the quilting is already ( mostly) done and I stand a much greater chance of finishing my quilt. ( Have I mentioned that I am HORRIBLE about putting together quilt tops and then losing interest and putting them aside before they are quilted, only to start a new, more interesting project??) I have made quite a few little table toppers using the QAYG method, and also a bigger lap-sized quilt and I have loved the ENTIRE process ( yes, and FINISHED those quilts!) It is also so much easier to maneuver one block in my machine for quilting than an entire quilt top. If you haven’t tried this method you should! I think you will be hooked!008

I’m going to try my best to have a picture of the finished quilt next time! There is a sew-along starting January 18th that I really want to participate in. The pattern is called “BLOOM” and Lori Holt over at beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com will be guiding us along the way. ( You can get the FREE pattern from the Riley Blake Designs website, and all you need to buy are the templates.) Lori has super easy- to- follow tutorials and she makes these sew-alongs a lot of fun so you might want to go check it out!006

Until next time!

 

getting there

003After cleaning up Christmas decorations ( which took way more time than I thought it should!), I finally had a chance to work on my quilt a bit more. I went online and found some cute-looking toadstools, which I then made bigger and changed to my liking to use in my quilt. I appliqued them and free-motion sewed around the edges with black thread, and even got fancy with some and added some details! Today I am hoping to quilt the toadstool blocks and then I can put the whole quilt together! Have I mentioned that I LOVE toadstools??