This little piggy….

Hello there,

I hope you have gotten some lovely crafty/quilty time in this past week!

Thanks so much to the  people that signed up to participate in the Happy Mail project! I think it will be so much fun and who knows, maybe you will get a pen pal for life! ( If you haven’t signed up yet, or want to join in, there is still time! Just go to last week’s post and you can read all the details there!)

I did not get a whole lot of crafty time in this week.  Our oldest son Continue reading

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!

 

 

 

 

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!