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11 November 2010

Success!

Hubby's procedure went well and he's home resting comfortably.

In the waiting room I hand-basted fiftytwo 1 1/2" hexies, photos will be published soon.  I posed one of those baby beany-baby stuffed animals; a little monkey the company calls Bongo (I think).  He's the cutest littlest thing!

I will be super-busy these next few days.  Tomorrow night Patrick Lose will be coming to my LQS (The Yankee Quilter) then Saturday I will be in an all-day workshop with Patrick then more testing next week but I do hope to continue working on my GFG.  I'm not sure what I'll be doing with all my tiny hexies but I'm thinking just the basic scrappy quilt so I can just do some mindless sewing with no worries about if this or that really "goes" with the next piece or not.

07 November 2010

Go! Giveaway

Lavender Ridge is having a Go! Giveaway and time's running out.  I hear such amazing things about the Accuquilt System and their website is just wonderful to look at as well as to "window shop" and make wish lists.

If you go to the lavenderridge blogspot (http://lavenderridge.blogspot.com/2010/11/go-giveaway.html) and enter who knows?  You may be a lucky winner of this amazing cutting system.

Good luck.

06 November 2010

Nervous Energy...

is being put to good use this week.  Wednesday we found out my husband needs to have a procedure perfomed Monday morning so after having made phone calls and planning for the worse (an overnight stay in the hospital) and making arrangements to be picked up and brought home to feed our furbabies then taken back to the hospital to sleep over with hubby I accomplished the following:

I pieced two hexie flowers and basted fifteen sets of petals (105 little hexies):

I also had purchased a book entitled "The Rose of Sharon Block Book" by Sharon Pederson and did eight Rose of Sharon blocks.  I'm unsure exactly what I'm going to do with them:  Christmas gifts for the ladies in our family?  Make a wall-hanging for us?  A bed quilt for us?  I have absolutely no idea.  I'm also unsure if I want to do the quilt as you go or just wait until the project is put together.


I just may make as many as I feel like and wait until the New Year to figure it all out, maybe two quilts; one for my sister and one for myself?  I've never done that before and it would be good.

Thankfully I can still work on my GFG while in the waiting room and pacing Monday, it'll be good to put all this nervous energy into something constructive and pretty.

Until next time, sew on...


21 October 2010

Flu Season!

It's flu season here in New England and I've finally got a handle on mine, I can actually breath.  (lol)  In the past week or two I've been pretty busy quilt-wise and being ill it makes me realize I'd given all the quilts away I've made, except for my husband's:  we share that one so now I have a new incentive to sew even more!  We MUST have a home full of quilts, every size.  Every color.  Every style! 

I made eight Grandmother's Flower Garden petals, all I have to do is sew in the white centers:










I also went through my stash and organized by color and put them in bins and did the same for my scraps only I put them in large zipper bags.  That project took all day but was well worth it.  Now I know what I have to work with so I can "shop from my stash".  It was a very liberating experience.

We had our chimney cleaned by the local chimney cleaner, while he was busy doing that I sewed up a Batik Tumblers Laprobe for myself however I think the dogs will probably end up with it as they were "helping" me along the way.  I just need to quilt the borders and attach the binding.  Working with Batiks is a first for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.


My want-to-do project list is growing:  Rose of Sharon by Sharon Pederson (her book is awesome), maybe some funky cottage blocks, dresdan plates, Apple Cores and of course I have a few WIP's like the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler class at my local quilt shop The Yankee Quilter, my redwork towels, finishing up some Party with Patrick projects and actually getting started with handstitching decorative stitches on a Crazy Quilt.  For some reason I have a fear of hand embroidery but it will be a character-building experience and I think it will all turn out alright.

Until next time, keep positive and be thankful for even the littlest of things for one day they will be looked upon as the bigger things.





07 October 2010

I'm Back...

I admit.  I’ve been lax in posting but I have a good reason:  I’ve been working on my hexies as well as three Patrick Lose designs and doing some redwork stitchery.  Tuesday, while we had the chimney cleaner over to check our wood burning stove I managed to piece and layer a Tumbler lap robe for me in batiks.  It’s the only project I’ve made for myself however I did happen to notice the dogs cuddling under it while it’s awaiting quilting and binding.



Some days I feel like shouting, “housework is interfering with my stitching and quilting time” but I don’t.  I’m a housewife and fur-baby mom.  I love all the roles I fulfill:  appointment scheduler, errand runner, chauffer to and from the veterinary hospital as needed, managing the household which is doing all the chores, baking, cooking, stacking wood and bringing it in for the wood burning stove when it’s really cold outside, making calls on behalf of my dh and watching our neighbor’s house and fur-“grandson” while they’re away on vacation.
Fons & Porter’s “Quilting Celebrations” magazine is out and the designs contained within this issue are Patrick Lose’s.  I highly recommend any and all of his projects and would most definitely encourage people to purchase that magazine!  I will have the privilege of actually meeting Patrick in November for Party with Patrick (PWP) at my local quilt shop, The Yankee Quilter, and the next day we will have an all day workshop/retreat with Patrick himself!  All day!  Be still my heart and sewing machine.



I’ve changed my mind on my hexies; they’re going to have white centers and the petals will be in ‘30’s reproduction fabrics.  I have no idea what color I want the path to be but my priority is stitching these babies together and I’ll figure it all out once they’re all completed.

Until next time, happy stitchin’.

10 September 2010

Grateful Time

Today I’m grateful for:

  1.  My dh returned home from work safe.
  2. We worked on his fire apparatus together, nothing like getting greasy and sharing the grease-gun.
  3. I awoke to a sleeping, purring cat on my chest.
  4. Not having to cook or bake tonight.
  5. I didn’t get lost while picking up pizza in another town (I’m directionally challenged).
  6. “Helping” a dragonfly that seemed stuck, setting it free in our herb garden and having it return to where I found it and it landed on my forearm, it’s wings vibrating but it seemed peaceful.
  7. Tightly hugging my dh in the morning before he heads off to work.
  8. Finished basting seven “grandmother’s flower garden” hexies.
  9. Hearing the words, “I love you” and knowing he means them with every fiber of his being.
  10. Watching the two dogs sleep side by side, sitting up with their heads thrown back and mouths open and they snored.
  11. Having the best family and friends (real and cyber) in the world.
  12. A comfy bed with a large quilt on it to sleep under.
  13. "Simple Abundance" book by Sarah Ban Breathnach, this is one book that has helped to change my life in such a powerful way!  I'd encourage everyone to get the book or audio book and visit the website.  http://www.simpleabundance.com/
  14. Pampering myself this morning:  a hot, lavendar-scented bath with candles burning casting a warm and mystical glow and having hot tea on a doily I handmade many years ago within easy reach.

08 September 2010

One Flower Wednesday

Yeah!!

My three flowers are finished!  The all purple batik one is 1" and the other two are 2".  The one on the far left actually has a very pale blue petal but photographs as white.  The picture was taken in our herb garden atop one of our marigolds which are starting to spring forth again!

Progress Made

Yesterday was extremely productive in terms of housework and making meals to freeze.  I was "working" non-stop so I can spend the rest of the week basically playing with sewing.

I cut about two-hundred Batik squares for 1" hexies and basted twenty-five 2" hexies.  This morning I completed my very first EPP hexie flower in Batiks and the two hexies in the photo will be completed today.  They aren't perfect and I'm debating changing the colors to '30's repro fabrics for the 2" hexies and keeping the 1" hexies in Batiks.



I have become addicted to hexies and as a result my redwork stitchery is on the backburner for now.  I ordered a few towels, some DMC embroidery floss and iron on transfers from Grandma's Attic http://www.grandmasatticquilting.com/about two weeks ago (speedy delivery, received in three working days).  I love that website as it is like stepping back in time.  I've decided to redecorate our kitchen, which has buttery-yellow walls, with redwork and I think the colors will work out well together.

Later today I pick up my dh's quilt (110"x110") from the cleaners, it took three years to complete and sixteen hours of binding with a thirty minute break for dinner.  I will share photos once we get that baby home and on the bed again.  In the meantime please enjoy the following photos of a few of my WIP and completed projects to date:



Sylvia's Bridal Sampler
Sylvia's Bridal Sampler
Daylillies

 

Dear Jane Wallhanging
Redwork Bunnies w/button eyes

06 September 2010

First Day!

First day of blogging feels very much like the first day of school for me. I’m feeling a little anxious in a good way and I’m looking forward to making new friends as well as learning. Learning how to blog and navigate and learning from other quilters, all the while enjoying myself along this wondrous journey.


I enjoy quilting, baking, cooking, knitting, crocheting and spoiling my husband and furbabies. We are newlyweds!

I have recently learned how to paper piece from a “Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler” BOM class I’m participating in at my local quilt shop The Yankee Quilter which is my second home. I’ve also joined the “One Flower Wednesday” over at Karen’s blog “Journey of a Quilter” and am totally addicted to making hexies!