Monday, March 23, 2009

I have been busy the last few days trying to find the floor in my sewing room so that I could get busy pinning my sister's quilt. I did succeed and now I am getting it ready to quilt. Very slowly it seems. It is always a scary moment when I first start to quilt something. Once I get going it is OK. It is the getting going that takes some time. My motivation is off for the week visiting relatives and out of Messenger range. I can do it! Yes I can!! It seems like I haven't gotten anything else done in the mean time so I might take a break and do something else real quick. Even though I shouldn't. I should just quilt and then it will be done. And I will be so proud of myself. Hmmm!!?? We shall see.
I guess I really have done somethings since last I typed. I had a Embroidery Club meeting at Handcrafters House on Saturday. I do believe that is my most favorite place in all of Western Australia. I can't ever go there on Friday's because it is impossible to be frugal when you walk in. We are making an armchair caddy. This one will be for all the many remotes. It doesn't look like much yet, but the embroidery takes quite awhile. I am going to attempt to get at least one of the other designs done before next class so that there might be a chance of actually finishing the project next class.

So between quilting and embroidering my machine will be quite busy.
Fortunately I have two, so that I can do so real live sewing on the other one. If I remove the walking foot too often, I may not put it back on again.
I have also completed another block from Nice People Nice Things. I love these. Thank you Joy. I am going to save the rest of the ones that I have traced for when I go visit her.
10 1/2 days until the sew-a-thon. Yippee!!!

I have also finished my March Block from the Now an Forever BOM. The colors are so bright and cheery. I think this is going to be really nice. I hope the applique portion is not too difficult.
Nice and Bright!

and February with it...
January was just the directions and requirements.
I think that makes me caught up on all the ones I had originally intended to do. We won't count the ones that I still want to start, etc. and the ones that I have picked out colors for but are only a pile of creativity. Hopefully they will stay that way unitl I have gotten a couple of quilts completed. All the way completed.
On that note I should end this and finish the prep work on SQ so that I can get busy.
Wish me luck!!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

A big tree, a medium house and a tiny basket

I have been bad at my posting, but I have gotten some sewing done. I finished my purple basket and I like the way it turned out. It was really easy, so I will probably do more when I get a few other things accomplished.

I have also finished my March block from Harmony Village. It is really big!!!

And I finished my Come Over to my House March block.

Now on to borders, and Calico Cut-Ups, Willowberry Designs, More Borders, Pinning and Quilting and Now and Forever. Hmmmm??????????????????? Too many things? Never. Better get busy.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

What To Do?

I am spinning around the sewing room trying to decide what to do for Frugal Friday. I have lots to choose from.

Last night I started a cute little basket from scraps that has me stuck hunting a color for the bottom and a handle. Maybe it will be easier in the sunshine. I think I am aiming for a green shade but I will keep trying.

I also have the March block from Harmony village to get busy on. It is a many layered tree so I can find lots of green shades for that as well. It looks like it will be a treasure hunt day but that is OK. You never know what you will find.

I am very happy to play with lots of things now that I have finished my son's pillow. Complete with stippling which I am new too and lack any kind of confidence in doing. Practice, practice, practice!!!!! It matches his quilt that I finally finished last year after starting it 4 years ago when we lived in Saudi Arabia. Wanting to finish while we were still living in Australia I turned it over to Marlene at Redgate Quilting in Alexandria, Victoria. I was not disappointed, she did a beautiful job, but I am determined that I will do my own quilting from now on. I can do it!!! I will get confident!!!

Doesn't he look peaceful?

I must also work on my Mom's borders some more. I think that will be OK on Frugal Friday since it was super sale fabric and it has been in my stash for a very long time. This should be more than enough to keep me busy.

On that note--time to dive into the stash and hunt for some green bits.

Happy frugalness!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Scrap Heap Challenge and Changes in Matter

This sounds like a pretty easy challenge: With Heart and Hands.....: Frugal Friday#links
I have already started sorting through my scrap piles so I have taken a step in the right direction. I also have an abandoned projects drawer that is just screaming to be opened. Poor babies. Also thanks to Michele's 2500 free quilt patterns (also With Heart and Hands), there are many, many, many patterns that can be scrappy. It is also a good day to work on my Come Over to My House and Harmony Village quilts which are both made from scraps (and both frugally free patterns.) Can't wait til Friday. Hope the March blocks are up by then.
The organized ones
Harmony Village scrappy blocks (Jan and Feb)
Come Over to My House (Jan)

and February

Now I think I will go put borders on my mom's quilt that I created out of cheap E-bay charm squares and $10 for 6 meters end of bolt sale fabric. Pretty frugal and it isn't even Friday.

Alice is going to wander off to Quilterland now. The child is WRITING a paper about changes in matter so I should have PLENTY of time. Maybe I should change a piece of fabric into something so he can use it as an example. HMMMMM?


Working on My BOMS

I have busily been turning my little fabric piles into March blocks.

Debbie Mumm Natural Wonders

Debbie Mumm Christmas Wishes (2008)

Nine Block Nirvana from Block Central

And just to catch up
January, February and March

I even took a break inbetween and did the Gail Pan stitchery. I really love her designs and plan on doing her wallhanging that is in Australian Country Threads Vol 9 No 5

I also traced quite a few blocks from Nice People Nice Things while watching Nascar, so I have a lot to keep me busy. I must also start working on pinning the great summer holiday mystery and my sister's quilt which will remind her of the Dallas Cowboys.

Now I should try to sleep. I need energy to pin. It would be nice to finish one of those before the end of March.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My First Real Post

Yay! Thanks to my dear friend and my patient hubby I have a blog. I now need keep up with it.
I have wanted to do this for so long, because I have so many projects going that I needed a way to keep track. Old age is setting in and if I don't write things down they tend to be forgotten.
I have started around 13 BOMS, a mystery quilt, a quilt for my sister and another for my mom and many, many so far uncounted UFO's. Hopefully this will get me organized. I try not to use that word too often--maybe less chaotic is a better word.
I have accomplished something today--inbetween homeschooling.
I have cut all the pieces for the March blocks of Debbie Mumm 2009 and 2008 BOMS and the March block from Nirvana. Maybe as the day wears on I can get some of them put together.
For now I must finish laundry and encourage the child on how to write an excellent paragraph.