Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Time Flies

Wow! I can't believe it's been almost three weeks since I last posted.  I've gotten a lot done, but haven't taken many pictures.  I've finished my first baby quilt, made another towel set, almost finished a jelly roll race 2 quilt top, helped DD3 with her first quilt top (also a jelly roll race 2) and whipped up this cute burp cloth.
My daughter and son in law just found out they are having a boy in December!  As of right now they are planning on doing his nursery in a fishing theme.  I thought this would be a good start. I used fabric I had laying around the house.  Hopefully I'll be able to find something more along the fishing theme.

Tomorrow is a 10 hour work day but I have Thursday and Friday off work!  Yay me!  So my plan is tomorrow evening after work I'm going to run to Joann's to pick up batting and get some of the fine terry cloth. Then bright and early DD3 and I can start sewing.  I'll help her sandwich her quilt so she can start quilting.  I'll finish up my quilt top and hopefully start sewing the I spy quilt I'm making for DGS for Christmas.   If I have time ill make a hooded towel or two out of the fine terry cloth.

I'll try to remember to take pics of our sewing marathon!  

Happy sewing,


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

It's been a busy couple of weeks, but thankfully things have slowed down a bit.  Hubby is working nights all weekend so we have no holiday plans.  But I get the sweetheart of a granddaughter most of the weekend!  My little cutie is 17 months old and of course the cutest baby ever!   My daughter brought her over yesterday afternoon and I get her till Sunday.  We're going to visit my MIL later this afternoon, but other than that we have no plans. We may go outside in the evening and watch a few fireworks, hopefully she will like them.

Last Wednesday I took a twilling class at Quilting Bits and Pieces  and I loved it!  I had never been there before and it's a very nice quilt shop.  It's much bigger than I expected and the people are extremely helpful and friendly.  I will definitely be going back. Here's a pic at my first attempt at twilling

It's by no means perfect, but it's not hard and I know it won't take long to get the hang of it.  My long term goal is to make a tone on tone cream or off white quilt for our king size bed.  For now I got this pattern and variegated thread and am going to practice with a baby quilt.

I have one more set of towels I'm working on for a wedding next weekend. I have one towel done and three more to go.   After I'm done with these, I think I'm done with towels for a while!  They are great wedding presents and everyone seems to love them, but I'm about toweled out for a while!

Have a safe and happy 4th!

Happy Sewing,


List of projects

 I'm making a list of projects either started or still in my head that I want to do.  I'll try to come back and mark when each project is completed.

Projects with a deadline:

1. Afghan for my youngest daughter-currently about 3/4 done.  Hoping to get it done for a birthday present (Aug) or more likely a Christmas present.

2. Practice baby quilt-just a simple charm pack quilt-currently pieced and quilted. Binding is about half done.  Hoping to finish it up this weekend.

3. An I-spy quilt for my grandson. I'm currently looking for more fabric I can fussy cut.  I have quite a few 4 inch blocks already cut.  I need to decide if I'm going to use sashing in between the blocks or alternate plain blocks in between the fussy cut blocks.  That will really determine how many blocks I need. I hope to get this done by Christmas, if not his birthday is in January so I could have a couple more weeks if needed.

4. Favors for the quilting retreat I'm going to in the Fall.  I'll need about 40.  I'm not sure yet what I'm making, but I have a few ideas.

5.  Big bag for my youngest daughter, I made one for my granddaughter, DD3 (darling daughter 3) loved it so much she wants one for Christmas.

6.  DD1 is pregnant and expecting in early December-lots of baby items but can't start till we know if it's a boy or girl.

Long term projects:

1.  Periwinkle quilt-pattern from MSQC Periwinkle Quilt Tutorial  I've gotten most of the fabric cut and am piecing it when I have time.

2.  Baby quilt with machine embroidered nursery rhymes.  I've embroidered a couple of blocks.  I usually work on this when my machine has been messing up, to make sure I have it fixed!

3.  King sized quilt made with twilled blocks-very long term project because not only is it big, I'm just learning to twill.  I haven't started it yet, but hope to soon.

I'm sure there will be other projects pop up here and there, but these are what's on my plate as of now.

Happy Sewing!