Here it is, the middle of January, and I am slowly getting my quilting mojo back… I LOVE the holidays and having my children and husband home, but I seem to have a harder and harder time getting back into the swing of things after everything returns to normal. I have to confess that I STILL have not tidied up ALL of Christmas…do you think that might be the problem?! I guess it’s worth a try 🙂
I am continuing my handwork on my PIES.
And I have to say that I am enjoying making them more now that I have a system that works for me. I watched lots of different videos and finally combined all the different methods to find one that works for ME. I am happy. It is S L O W going of course, but that doesn’t matter, it gives me something to do at night while watching TV.
I also decided to start another hand sewing project: Green Tea and Sweet Beans by Jen Kingwell. I fell in love with this quilt the minute I saw it. Imagine my surprise and dismay when I got the pattern and everything is done with templates and by hand! No sirree! I am going to do as much of this by machine and without templates as possible, but hexies have to be done by hand! This will be one of those projects that will take me years to complete…..not because it is so time-consuming, but because I get distracted by other projects…..like this one: Remember when I started this row by row quilt? No? Well, it was quite a while ago….I rediscovered it the other day and decided I needed to work some more on it because it is adorable! I already have 5 rows done, and three of those are even quilted already! So it really won’t take that long to finish up….will it? Anyway, I decided I needed some “filler rows” so am making some sweet little 9-patch blocks.
I love the small size of these and think they will look really great in between my other rows! Stay tuned for updates on this one and do feel free to question me about any progress~ that should keep me motivated~ Ha!
Other than that I have been working on finishing my sweet little Gingerbread Man quilt….
I am just adding some simple borders and then it will be practically finished thanks to quilt as you go methods! If you have never tried QAYG, you really, really should! I promise you are going to LOVE it!
While making myself work on my Gingerbread quilt, I OF COURSE got distracted by a new project ( I never thought I was ADD, but am beginning to suspect I have a HUGE case of it!) We have this cute little snowman hanging on our front door and he inspired me to make a pillow. ( I was going to do a quilt, but honestly we are pretty overrun by small quilts!). I love him /her/it…maybe a quilt done with a whole bunch of these in different colored hats would be cute…..oh man, here I go again! SOMEBODY STOP ME! PLEASE!
You know, looking back over this post I see I have been more productive than I thought…yay for me! Let’s celebrate, especially because I will be celebrating a milestone birthday this week also! This time I will be giving away this pattern by Carrie Nelson:
So cute and little, it will be a quick one to sew up in whatever color scheme suits your fancy! To enter to win this ( and maybe some other little goodies), just leave a comment telling me how you think I should celebrate my birthday. I will pick the answer that tickles my funny bone the most. Entries are due BEFORE my next blog post ( so in about a week). Good luck and have fun and happy creating!
Until next time! ( a still-40-something) Monique