Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Post Holiday Report

My embroidery thread stash
I am participating in "1 Year of Stitches", an embroidery project. Each day I need to do at least one stitch. Here is the progress during this first week:
Day One
Day Two
Day Three

Day Four
Day Five
Day Six

Day Seven
I have NO idea where this will go, but I am enjoying the process more than expected! I have been doing free form so far. This has been a very fun and freeing project!

I can now show the pillowcase set I made for my panda-loving-daughter, for Christmas:

 At last month's guild meeting, I picked up some free blocks. I believe no one wanted them because they were autographed:

I made two complimentary blocks and assembled this top:
I also put a border around it that matched the fabric I used in my blocks.
This will make a nice lap quilt. I will probably keep it because I don't feel right about donating a quilt that has all these names on it. I will use it though, and somehow I feel attached to it because of the fellow quilters that made the blocks.

I started a new applique quilt too. It is a pattern called "Whoo Knows" and will be made for my owl loving oldest son.
Pieces cut and ready to sew down.
An online friend of mine, Margi from Michigan, is a knitter. She makes the most awesome knitted socks. I can't knit worth a darn but I crochet. I decided to try to make my first pair of crocheted socks:
Day One
Day Two
It has been challenging but fun. I also found some luscious yarn at a local thrift store. I hope to make more socks with this:
This is so soft!
I am off to a great start this year. Lots of projects to work on and new ones in the planning stages. I hope you are all off to a wonderful new year of sewing and crafting too!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

FAL 2016 Report - Quarter #4

2016 Finish-A-Long
Participating in the Finish-A-Long has been great fun this year! I got a lot of projects done. No, not all of them, but many were completed. I finished four of seven projects in quarter #4.

Click on the photos to go to the original posting:

I finished the U is for Unicorn label

My Tweets is complete
My Favorite Things is complete
Autumnal Donation Quilt is complete
Thank you to Rhonda and the gang for sponsoring this challenge in 2016. I KNOW it motivated me to complete things!

Happy New Year and Happy Sewing Y'all!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays

I wish all my readers a happy holiday season filled with love and friendships. 
See you next year!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

It's a Finish!!!

OMG!!! Count em, count them good! THREE more FAL finishes!!!
This is a lap sized quilt that will be donated to a local charity. A lot of the fabric I used was on our guild's "Free Table." I used the half-square triangles I had picked up at a meeting last year and some scraps from my own stash.
Autumnal Donation Quilt
This was a block of the month that I worked on for a little over a year. It is button stitched appliqué by hand. It is such a cheery quilt! It was designed by Cindy Staub from Quilt Doodle Doodles.
"My Favorite Things"
This was another block of the month project I did. It took me a bit longer to finish this one! Erin Russek is the designer and this is her pattern called "My Tweets." Her blog is "One Piece at a Time".
"My Tweets"
*Speaking about the night guild, I am going to join it again. Not only that, but I volunteered to head up the monthly challenges. If feels so good to be back in the swing of things!

Until next time, happy sewing y'all!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Birthday followup AND a finish for FAL!!!

I have been super busy in the studio again! It feels so good! I have missed my creative side for quite some time now.
The first thing I worked on were ATC's. These are Artist Trading Cards that I made for a swap. Think of ATC's as baseball trading cards for artists. The theme was Halloween. I made six cards.
 Some of these were inspired by artists that I enjoy.
There will be another swap for Yule that I think I will join in doing too.

I finally finished one of my FAL projects! It was JUST a label for the U is for Unicorn quilt. I don't know why it took me SO long to make it. But it IS done now, yippee!!!

I turned 62 last week. For my birthday I got an America the Beautiful Pass. This gets me discounts at national parks and five other national or federal agencies. I got mine at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is the high school that had the National Guard escorting nine African American students into school. It was the start of desegregation in the south.
It felt very eerie to be on the same grounds and walking up the same stairs that held so much history!

We then went camping this past weekend for, probably, the last time this year. It was at Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier, AR. It was a wonderful getaway. The campsite was spacious and the weather was perfect! We went on a long hike in the woods and I now feel quite renewed.
That's it for today. I have some other finishes coming down the pipe and can't wait to share them with you. Until then, happy sewing y'all!