Time flies when you are having fun!

Hello again!

This week has flown by! ( As a matter of fact, where did February go?? I cannot believe it is almost March!) The weather was absolutely glorious here on the weekend…warm-ish, and sunny and lovely. You could definitely tell Spring was on its way. And then everything went downhill after that…..rain, cold , wind, wet snow…..sigh. I guess I will just have to wait a wee bit longer for that nice weather! In the meantime I did get to enjoy a pretty sunshine-y bouquet of flowers!004

I also got to work on a few fun projects! As you know I am participating in the BLOOM sew-along by Lori Holt. Every Monday she posts a new block with instructions on how to complete it. So far I have been able to keep up.  I was a little behind last week, but this week was Johnny-on-the-spot and got it pieced and quilted right away.002This is going to be one wild and crazy-colorful quilt, but I think it will be very cute!

I also worked on the row quilt that Martingale is putting on. I completed the Scottie Dog row and then could not resist starting the Wash Day row! Neither one of them is quilted yet, but that might have to wait until some evening or the weekend.

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Aren’t they the cutest? I am totally in love with these rows! I think next I’m going to piece some of the “connecting” rows, because I might just get lazy and leave those out completely at the end if all my other rows are done. And I think the quilt will look even better with those connecting rows!

Remember this little quilt that I completed a few weeks ago and was trying to quilt and hang BEFORE Valentine’s Day?001Yeah, well, that didn’t happen. It is still sitting in my room patiently waiting for me to finish it. BUT, the great thing is that I just signed up for a Craftsy class on machine-quilting with your walking-foot. So far I have watched 3 lessons and they have been super informative! I can’t wait to learn more so I can apply all I learned to this little quilt. So it will be sitting a little longer, but I think the wait will be worth it. 🙂

This past week I did a little bit of shopping and came home with NO FABRIC ( yeah, me!) and two adorable books.

I had been having so much fun working on my stitchery that when I spotted this book I couldn’t resist! ( See that adorable mermaid? And that toadstool? And that gnome??). Come on….I HAD to buy it!  The quilt label book I am hoping will encourage me to actually put labels on my completed quilts! I am very, very terrible about doing that! ( Unless it is a gift for someone). Seeing as these are iron-on I should have no more excuses. And finally, I found this cute little sign at a little shop nearby and just had to buy it to hang in my room.008Oh yes, absolutely true!

Until next time, happy creating!

 

 

Distracted and obsessed

This week I was looking for some new projects. I really WAS going to start a row by row quilt from this book I picked up last week, but then saw a Facebook post on this cute little quilt in the January/February issue of Quiltmaker magazine, so had to start on that instead! Isn’t it the cutest? It is a quilt by Lori Holt ( yes, the same one whose BLOOM sew-along I am participating in!), but before you think that I am Lori Holt crazy…..hmmm, never mind, yep, you are correct, right now I am obsessed with Lori Holt! I love her scrappy, happy look, and for now I think it’s okay that I am a bit one-sided in my quilt-making choices. 🙂

 

I opted to use my scrap box filled with pieces of this and that and cut a gazillion little strips to make the log cabin blocks. I am chain-piecing the blocks so they are coming together fairly quickly and easily. I have not started the applique in the center, because I wanted to see what the overall look of the log cabin blocks will be first. Then I will decide what color my flowers and leaves need to be.002

The cute pincushions that I finished last week were a big hit, so much so that I had to make one for a special someone who pretty much begged for one…yes, you know who you are :). The embroidery for that one is done, and now it just needs to be finished up and be made into an actual pincushion. Then it will be send off to its new owner.

It looks a little different than the first because I used different thread and changed up the pattern a bit, but I think she will like it just the same! I am loving these quick little stitching projects that I can work on while sitting waiting for kids, or while watching tv!

By the way, in case you are wondering how my New Year’s resolution to NOT buy any new fabric this year is going….other than my EPIC fail when I went shopping with that famous someone, I am being SO good! Not one inch of new fabric has passed the threshold of our house in the month of February!

Until next time!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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!

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??