Saturday, October 28, 2017

Christmas Sewing

I have been checking off my Christmas sewing list one project at a time and making headway.  Currently I have finished a quilt and pillow cover and have 2 out of 8 Christmas stockings fully complete (sans the names emroidered) and the six others in some form of construction and also another pillow intended for a gift awaits hand quilting.  The reason I have the first two stockings complete is because they are for my first grandbaby !! I am over the moon excited about my grandson and although he isn't due to arrive until spring, I made him a stocking for my house and also one for my son and daughter-in-laws home.  I do have a picture of the quilt and pillow cover to share and when the stockings and other pillow are complete I will share those as well. I see alot of sewing for baby in my future and I am so excited.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Staying busy

Oh boy... These days seem to be filled with saddness in the news and sewing has filled my extra hours with a welcome distraction.  The latest tragedy in Las Vegas is just heartbreaking but once again I am consoled by the bravery and courage of those who risked their lives to help complete strangers in many cases.  In the face of these atrocities humanity reminds me there is so much good.  I have continued to use up scraps this week. I made 5 identical tote bags from the scraps left over from the red, black, and gray split decision quilt I made for charity.  These colors are our school colors so each of the girls I work most closely with will recieve one.😀  I also have been working on a Christmas quilt .  I took progress pictures inside so they are poor quality.  I have several other Christmas projects in the works also but I am unable to share them yet... They are secret... It is safe to say I'm anxious to show them!  Hopefully soon...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hello Again

With the start of the school year I found myself very busy getting into the rythym at work but also determined to reduce my scrap stash.



 I mentioned in an earlier post that I wanted to finish languishing works in progress and reduce my stash ( specifically my scraps).  I was feeling overwhelmed by the amount of scraps I had accumulated.  So I have been sewing in earnest to make charity quilts out of those scraps.  A coworker recently had a baby girl so I pulled out some pinks, greens, and oranges and made a stacked coins quilt for her.  Once that was done... I got to work on the others.  During this time hurricanes ravaged Houston and the surrounding areas and I decided to kick it into overdrive and finish as many quilts as I could for the "Quilts for Harvey" quilt drive through the Linus connection.  I took some quick pictures of them during their construction and then feverishly basted, quilted and bound them.  I shipped them off in haste and forgot to take photos when they were done 😕.  I hope they bring some small measure of comfort to someone who needs just that.  Although I cannot replace a lifetime of memories or a family home that has been lost, I can send a quilty hug to someone in need and let them know I care.  I have also been busy with secret Christmas sewing... Hopefully I will be able to share that soon!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Rainbow Bugs

Given the title of this post, one might asssume I've been under the influence of psychadelic mind altering substance.  Alas, that is not the case.  A few years ago I was given a ton of fabric, some scraps and some yardage.  Included in that ton was 5 yds of rainbow Volkswagen bugs on black background fabric.  I have kept it thinking sooner or later the right project would come along.  The right project came along in the form of a picnic quilt for my niece who celebrates a birthday this month
It is serendipty as she is bright and colorful just like the fabric, she just recently recieved her drivers license and also.... She drives a Volkswagen Beetle.  Here are some pictures.  They are low quality as they were taken with my phone but you get the gist. ☺

I made and atttached the tie to the back so she could easliy keep it in her car.  I hope she likes it.  Happy Birthday sweet niece of mine..


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hippy hippy shake

This weekend I decided to purge some of my stash.  I bagged up some to pass along, and started yet again another 3 projects.  I took my most colorfull scraps and played around a little bit.  I have a rough idea for one project... the other two maybe quilts for charity, I'm undecided.  One thing I know for sure is these colors brighten my sewing table and leave me feeling kinda groovy 😉.


Stay tuned for some colorful, bright, and happy finishes...


Monday, June 26, 2017

It's finished...

I finished the "camo stars" quilt.  It is washed and properly crinkled 😉 and ready to be gifted to my coworker and his wife.  Although the color palette is not anything I would normally gravitate to, I'm pleased that I was able to pull a harmonious bunch of camoflauge inspired colors together from my scraps to construct the stars.  This quilt was made entirely from fabric I already had on hand so it also put a nice dent in my scraps which is always nice.  I hope the recipients like it and I hope that this new chapter in their  lives is filled with happiness .  I decided to incorporate the cowboy boots on the back instead of on the front as originally intended.  Its been so hot here 109 degrees.  Looks like I picked a great time to move to the desert.  I snapped pictures lickety split on the fence in the backyard.  Not the prettiest as the back yard is all dirt thus far ... it is likely to stay that way too... until it cools down 😜

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Camo stars

It's hard to believe it has been over a month since my last post.  I have been busy between work and moving but thought I would update my progress on the retirement quilt I have been working on.  I have finished both tbe quilt top and backing  but have not basted or quilted it yet.  Here  is a picture.  I'm hoping to finish it this weekend and then I can get my barn door quilt finished and have it on my bed.😊