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’.