Thursday, May 21, 2015

Busy, busy, busy

I really have accomplished a lot since my last post. I am still working on the Tulips and Lace quilt.

I am now on the 2nd from the outer blue border. I am doing a scallop on each edge with a straight line through the middle. I plan to crosshatch in the wide outer border.

Meanwhile, I turned these fabrics

 into this top.

The pattern is from this book.

I made one of these quilts years ago for Craig. At the time, I was really frustrated with it because I didn't cut enough fabric to start with and then had to figure out how many more of each piece I needed. Anyway, I told Craig that he better appreciate it because I would never make another one of them. 

Fast forward 7 or 8 years, and here it is. I love the way it turned out except the shades of green fabrics. I wish I could have found darker shades of green.

I am pretty sure I will machine quilt this one since it is a busy quilt and the quilting will not stand out. I know it will still be beautiful when finished.

Two more days of school.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The count down is on . . .

7 more weeks of school. Even though I love my job, most teachers look forward to summer.

As I walked through the house this morning, I realized that I have enough to keep me busy all summer. Windows need washed. closets and drawers need gone through and junk purged. Since I push mow, that keeps me busy an hour or two a day.

And . . .

ideas for quilts of course. Every night this week, I worked on something. I did not let myself sit and do nothing. Yippee.

I worked on the embroidery while I sat with my dad on Monday.

The rest of the week, I worked on hand quilting the Tulips and Lace applique quilt.

On Saturday,  I mowed quite a bit, roasted a turkey for our family get together tomorrow, made corn bread and bread crumbs for dressing that I will put together Sunday morning before Mass. I'll drop it by my dad's house and my sister will bake it for me.

Hope you had a great Easter and a Great Weekend.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last day of Spring Break

and I am enjoying it. We thought about going to the movie matinee but decided to spend the day at home doing what we want and/or need to do.

The yellow and blue quilt I am getting ready to quilt is from this book . . .

I have made 2 or 3 quilts from this book already.  I really like all of them, so eventually, I may make all of them.

This one is called Tulips and Lace. I think the print I found was perfect for this quilt.

I did get it laid out on the kitchen floor and sandwiched.

Now it is in the frame ready for me to quilt and watch TV this evening.

I am really going to try to stay focused on the two hand projects I have going. But, I also know I'll get the itch to sew and machine quilt again. That is okay because I have 4 or 5 tops waiting to be quilted. So, it doesn't matter what I am working on as long as I am not spending hours on the computer or playing games on the tablet. They are great for small bits of time, but, I would often spend hours each evening. Not very productive.

I was able to spend some time out in the lounge, reading, and soaking up the sun today. I really needed that.

How was your Sunday? I hope it was as sunny and warm as mine.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!

Update and A New Project

My goals for this weekend were to finish binding the star quilt and get the borders sewn on the blue and yellow quilt, get it sandwiched and put in the hand quilting stand.

I did not bind the star quilt. I don't have any fabric so I will need to purchase some.

Friday, it took me from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to cut and sew the three borders on the quilt. It always takes me forever to do borders. I'm not sure why.

So today, I hope to get it sandwiched and ready to quilt.

I have found that I spend way too much time on the computer or on my table playing games so I am going to try to spend more time sewing, quilting, and working on hand work. So, I have been seeing all of the redwork, etc. that people are embroidering and decided to start on a quilt from a pattern I purchased years ago.

Over the River and Through the Woods Pattern

I am tracing it in small sections. I hope it works out all right. This is my first attempt at anything like this. But, I am moving right along.

It is a dreary day so I guess it is a good day to clean the house relax and do what I enjoy.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting! 


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