Saturday, January 27, 2018

Adieu Blue!!

Still have a bunch of stuff that I want to get done before the end of the month, but for once I am lucky and have Sunday and Tuesday off. 
And high hopes.
My blue blocks are done though and I am happy!

 And drum roll please!!
Wasn't sure if I was going to get this one finished on time or not but I did.

It is my first Smitten Kitten from Sew Fresh Quilts. Haven't decided exactly how many blocks I will do in this one. These will be 12" blocks.

Now, I need to spend the rest of my time finishing the pie!
It is layered and basted and it will be quilted very simply, so hopefully I will have a real live finish this month.

You can tell that I did lots of pressing seams today. Witt decided to sit right under my feet.

I always have this fear that one day I will drop the iron on his head or a can of spray starch. Obviously, he does not seem to be worried about that. He doesn't even look up when I spray the starch any more.

Oh Yeah!
It is National Cake Day today.
I think that should be on my list of things to do today!
 I have been trying to get back to behaving with my eating.
Not a good thing to think about!!! 
 Don't think about cake!!!!!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snow Day/Sew Day

We got about 3 inches of snow yesterday, so today was another snow day for lots of people.
Lucky for me, it was already my day off.

I worked on my little piles of blue today.
Finished this one:

Almost finished this one:

And I worked on another UFO.
Pie anyone?
I can't even remember how long ago I started this one.

In keeping with the blue theme, I picked the blue sashing.
I just need to layer and bind it and I will have a finish!!!
Woo Hoo!!! 
2 weeks left in the month. No problem!!!
Until next time!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

I Have the Blues

Well, actually I have a sinus infection, but I felt better today and started in on blue stuff.
I cut out two blocks to add to last year's Rainbow Scrap Quilt and I cut two for the Squared Away BOM that is going on.
I know, I wasn't going to start anything new, but--OOPS!

Double oops really, because I cut out part of the beginnings of another new thing. Didn't finish cutting that one out because I am still hunting for colors.

But, I did work on two UFO's.
This one is basted finally.

And I spent awhile finding sashing, binding and backing for a small wallhanging that I started a really long time ago as well.
More on that later.
That is my hope for actually getting a finish in this month, so I really need to get it done.

I definitely have enough prepped for some in between work hours sewing now. Picking colors really seems to take up a lot of time. I do think that I stress it a little two much sometimes.

Hope everyone had a productive and warm weekend.

Friday, January 5, 2018

15 Years of Quilting

I should be a pro right!! Not!!!
Not too long ago Joy from Days Filled With Joy and a very dear friend did a post on our first endeavors into quilting. We both learned while living in Saudi Arabia.
The biggest problem we both have is finding pictures.
We were both too busy learning. She was also a tremendous help to me homeschooling my son, so we were always busy

So, I also managed to miss out on the easy quilt that the group started with.
I was busy learning Cartonage. The art of making boxes.
From scratch.
None of that going to the craft store and buying boxes and covering them with fabric. Nope!
We started with flat sheets of thick cardboard and built from there.

These two are working boxes.

They now hold Christmas ornaments.

That round one was a hoot in so many ways!!
And to be fair--I still have 2 UFO boxes.

So, from there I jumped into the class.
Here is some of the gang, including Joy.

Hopefully soon, I will show off my completely finished version of the one in the far left corner.
The first one, that I made was this one:

A serious lesson in how important pressing the right direction is.
Also, a very impressive quilt. I went straight from cutting to sewing to basting to quilting to binding. Yep!!! I finished it all in one go.
The second one I did (the blue, purple and yellow stained glass above) was the one I am hoping to get quilted soon.
And the other one they did in the foreground of the pic above.
The Australian animals.
I did finish that one.

Not until I got to Australia though. I was determined to have it done before we moved back to the states, so it is the only quilt so far that I let someone else do the quilting.
She did an awesome job, but it still feels like cheating. Probably why I have a huge pile of quilt tops that are waiting patiently for me to quilt them.

So, that is my beginning story.
Joy and I still cheer each other on and we have started a couple of quilts together--that we have not finished--but one of these days she might stop traveling and I might stop working and we will finish them.

Hopefully, I will get some actual sewing done in the next few days.
I actually got a real snow day today because they are only opening the pharmacy for a few hours and they didn't need most of us.
I can live with that since I have to work tomorrow.
Have fun and stay warm all!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Snow Day!!!

Actually, I was one of the lucky ones at work that was going to be off today anyway, but I am happy for the rest of them.
I know--not good for the paycheck, but the roads are pretty bad out there.
I think it is very pretty!!
I am such a child.

Wittersheim wanted his window open this morning, so this is what I woke up to.

The Kitty Channel was a little uneventful this morning.
I am sure all of the birdies are hiding in the trees somewhere.

So far all of my pictures are from inside because I could not open the doors very well.

I took this next one from my sewing room window,

and this one is out front.

There are still a few flurries out there, but it is almost done. Now, it is just going to be really cold for the next few days.
I have been sort of invisible lately and that is going to change.
At least I hope so.
The past couple of months have been hectic. I have picked up lots of hours at work, to help out fellow employees and then of course the holidays and life in general.
I have plans and more organizing to do in order to make my goals, but sewing is starting up again now.

So, I hope everyone is safe, happy and warm in this very cold weather.