Showing posts from December, 2010

almost finished to flimsy

Tada! Done with today's sewing with almost a completed flimsy of the January Joined at the Hip button-up. There is supposed to be a snowflake made with wool strips on either side of the wording. I'm not sure what I can substitute. Felt maybe?? The vest is supposed to be embellished with buttons but not till it is quilted!

I will work on the machine applique part tomorrow. While I am it, I plan to do the honors on the "Winter" wall hanging. It has been up waiting for me on the design wall since mid-November and last seen HERE.

That's my plan. It has been fun playing with this project!

It has been a busy day. Because we are expecting rain by week's end I thought it might be a good idea to take down the Christmas decorations. We store the boxes out in the shed so this way there was not tracking in mud or the elements. Why does it always take so much longer to put this out than up? The snowman decorating stuff will remain out and all the wall hangings …

WIP Weds, wk #52

Ready, set, sew at my house this morning.

Yesterday I pulled fabric for the January Joined at the Hip QOMAKA JATH QOMalong with backing and binding for the base and the QOM. You can catch a peek of it in my work area. The pieced sections are all cut out and kitted up as are the appliqued bits.

I am going with a black background though. A search through the plaid and homespun box Monday night yielded no blue stripe to go under the applique word "January". What I did find was two selections in a black that would work. I also have black star fabric in the stash that could be used plus backing options for both the base and the quiltlet. Black, it is then! Shop your stash first, right? I am not seeking to make an exact replica of the picture anyway.

While re-organizing the plaid/homespun box by color groupings the other night, I pulled scraps that would work for the Oxmoor Christmas sampler. I have several courthouse steps and ornaments to foundation piece for it. Also fo…

finished to flimsy

Whipped this base for the Joined at the Hip QOM last evening. Not much to it really but this is probably the quickest any Christmas gift got made up. I substituted a different fabric for the center they sent with something from my stash. Seeing as the center will be obscured by the quilt buttoned onto this, I plan to use the kit center from piecing one of monthly/seasonal projects.

It is marked for quilting a basic grid. Last night I toyed with the idea of quilting it up today. That didn't and won't happen. With further thought and a wish to avoid switching out the machines yet again, I will wait till I have the January quiltlet done and do them both at the same time. I had also thought I would pull fabric for the aforementioned quiltlet but that didn't and probably won't happen till tomorrow.

This has just been a rather odd day. I had one of those sleepless nights so slept in later than I planned. When I did get up, I had grocery errands to run. After lunch, …

finished to flimsy

The Pieces from the Heart stitchery cat blocks top that I dis-assembled last weekend is again a top. I sewed a bit yesterday afternoon and evening and finished up this afternoon.

Since it is always good to shop your stash first, the backing fabric is an old Alexander Henry fabric that I have had for years. The selvage reads 1995 if that gives you any idea of just how long, LOL. There is a bit of it left that will probably make its way into a donation quilt at some point. The cat heads are like 4 inches in height lending themselves to something fussy cut. A bit of that creamy sashing fabric is left as well but a big dent was made in both yardages.

What is next, you may ask? I am definitely doing a "reward" project. Well, DJ gave me the money to purchase some Joined at the Hip Button Up BOMs that I have been considering for some time. (I got another fabric type gift that will surface down the line as well.) I have loved doing little monthly projects to decorate ou…

Merry Christmas y'all!

It is snowing and has been since about 8 this morning. The temps must have been very close to the freezing mark and fluctuating . The ground and bushes were dusted once but it appeared to have melted off at one point but it is covered up now! Almost 5 p.m. and still coming down in big fat flakes.

Now to let you know just how rare this is---our weather guy said that there had not been measurable snow on Christmas day here in central Alabama since the 1800's when they started keeping records of such things. Unbelievable!

I went out to take a few pictures a little bit ago. The gardenia bush branches are getting a little weighted down with the snow. It is that wet heavy kind that is perfect for snowballs or for making a snow ball. I tried to get a picture of the folks across the road who were doing that very thing---the kids were laughing and having a ball out there!

This looks a bit fuzzy but I took out a ruler to see just how much snow has fallen. I poked it into both the yard …

WIP Weds, wk #51

Not the best picture but I am quilting my long ago Christmas log cabin. I am not even sure when exactly that this top was made---just that was started after I had been asked to show a class at the tech school in Jacksonville how to piece. I had shared my strip boxes with the class. Sometime in the last 10 yrs anyway, LOL.

I know you don't usually sash these but there was just sooooo much red and green that it needed the gold that I had used at the centers. It is big but with thin batting I have not been struggling with it as much as I thought I might. I was not sure how I wanted to quilt it but it occured to me to just quilt a big star on it with multi-color red and green quilting thread. I've quilting on it for two days and have 12 of the 48 blocks to go.

LOL, you know where to find me--watching movies or Hulu on the computer and finishing up tomorrow. And if you were wondering, this was NOT on my "10n10" list but it will be one less thing atop the bedroom dre…

looking ahead and a finish

Norma asked me over the weekend if I had considered what goals I wanted to reach this next year with regards to the UFOs and such. We were going to try to commit to completing 10n10. Of course, that led to some re-examination of whether those goals were attained or whether they got shoved aside in favor of something new that attracted our attention. How many things are we going to carry over into next year?? Are we even interested in continuing with them or is it time to give them away, make it a smaller project, whatever. Would we be biting off more than we can chew it we call it 11 n 11?

I know how I work and having to list every blessed half done project or kit I have in my possession would depress me no end. I have better luck if I work on the reward system---for example quilt my way thru a stack of some donation quilts and then I get to piece something that I have wanted to do. Similar to a carrot dangling in front of me, LOL.

Because I want to move two of the cut strips bins…

I think I've got it!

Oh, but I stayed up far too late last night drawing and re-arranging the lower half of the quilt. I was half listening to the "Burn Notice" season finale with the TV at my back that I was up actually watching the encore performance till one-------and then still couldn't go to sleep!

TADA! I'm not saying that I won't flip stuff around again or make some more substitutions in the block holder spots. Some of the blocks in my previously started projects may still show up in here. A row of hearts or those candy canes may become a mix of blocks by the time I actually execute my design, LOL. Just sayin'.

The empty spots will contain re-sized patterns such as a snowglobe, reindeer possibly with a sleigh, gingerbread house and the like. The larger one spot atop will have one of the applique patterns original to the quilt. If you are recall, I gave away my copy of the book and patterns but I would have made substitutions anyway.

I am going to write up a docume…

WIP Weds, wk #50

Well, I finished up my Christmas Patience Corners ( shown HERE) so "now what", I asked myself?

I had some vague notion of quilting as really, really want those personal tops dealt with. BUT, and you knew there was a "but" I still have piecing on the brain and a half designed scrappy Christmas quilt shown a week ago HERE.

To that end I started hunting for those little blocks you see in mid photo and the half done Thimbleberries snowman wall hanging. I went thru the largest tote of Christmas fabric. I have more red and green than I remembered in there but my memory is now refreshed. I completely tore up the closet shelving area before I went to bed......where I found some more stuff in some of my quilt library that I might include if I can re-size it and/or make it fit.

I knew when I got up that nothing was going to get done in the sewing room till I go things organized a bit. Foundation piecing stuff needed to go in one container---not stored in three different s…

hot off the press

Woohoo! I just took the last stitches in my Christmas Patience Corner, joining the top and bottom halves. I had left off last night with 5 1/2 more blocks to make in the last row.

12 inch blocks 6 x 7 set. At present it should measure about 72 x 84 but I'm shooting for about 88 x 100 when done.

A pattern is available on Quilter's Cache linked HERE but I did not use her cutting measurements. Come to think of it I didn't sew it like she said either, LOL since I was using a mix of 5 inch charm squares I had collected or was gifted with. (Thanks to Cher, Norma and my mom) With the changes, I cut the sashing bits 2 x 5 and 2 x 6.5 for the same sized finished block. Personally I like the sashing a bit narrower so it doesn't looks so "clunky" and overwhelm the feature fabric.

I started sewing on this 2 weekends ago---sewing on parts of Saturday and Sunday ea weekend plus yesterday and today. Not bad for six days of sporadic sewing!

DJ asked me what I was goi…

what cats do at night

DJ and I often wonder what Skyler is up to at night. Sometimes he is in bed with us, but not always. Does he take that opportunity to do all the things that he is scolded about during the day? "Paws off the table, stay off the counter, don't chew the Christmas tree..........." mean nothing when kitty mama and daddy are not around.

Yeah, I know--- like he understands anything we say but " NO" and a sharp clap of the hands as a deterrent. I have noticed that he does stop messing with the tree after DJ scolds him and I come in the room. That is all it takes---he comes meowing to me as if to say "I was being good" pleading his case. Yeah, let me be the enforcer, DJ.

DJ put up the tree a few days ago. I know what Skyler has done the last two nights besides dump over the living room wastebasket. See Mz. Mousie sitting under the tree? Someone, not mentioning any names here, has been dragging her around by that long braided tail. He does thi…

WIP Weds. wk whatever

One more post and then I will hush, LOL. Three in one day! That doesn't happen much any more.

Other than putting a few stitches in my #12 redwork Santa block this is what has had my attention the last two days. I am working on the re-design for my Oxmoor House Christmas quilt. I gave my pattern book away but because I had no intention of making a duplicate of the original. I don't really need it.

Now, some of the blocks won't quite look like this---like the church and mittens for one. Some designs are placeholders for a different pattern from another source that I don't want to bother to draw in EQ--like the teddy bears will probably be gingerbread men if I can get them down to fit on 3 inch squares, that is. The colors are not etched in stone either.

So far I have only made some of the top two rows: the big pine tree block, those three star blocks and most of the flying geese. The church block is an entirely different block but finished. The big blue square i…

more quilts

Here are a few more of the quilts from yesterday's meeting. Lois' Many Trips around the World. I volunteered to quilt it for her but she gets to bind it.

At right, another of Lois' recent completions. The pattern was recently featured in Quiltmaker magazine, one of Bonnie Hunter's "Addicted to Scraps" contributions that she called 4 patch X. Bonnie used 2 inch cut squares while Lois bumped hers up to 2 inch FINISHED. The block finished at 11 inches with this change.

This is Judy's log cabin that will be her husband's Christmas gift. Very pretty! Judy favors the blended tones. The aqua is a nice accent to the browns. It goes perfectly with her area rug too. Since that room has a fireplace, I imagine her DH will be "snug as a bug in a rug". Working on the binding may be a challenge to keep this project a secret, she said.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the quilts---I sure did!

Challenge reveal/Group Christmas party

We had our annual Christmas party yesterday at our pal Judy's lovely home. Good food, good friends and just a relaxing day. Time just flew! A few of the gals who have not been able to come very often this year were able to attend as well.

Part of the event the last few years has been the reveal of our challenge tops which will be donated to Wrap Them in Love. I thought that I would share those with you today.

This year's fabric was "Romance" designed by Michael Miller but you will see some of the lunch box fabric from the previous year's that were turned too. I don't care when the quilts get turned in, just as long as they show up at some point since that was the stipulation of the donor. We each had about a yard of fabric to work with so it is fun toss how we all find ways to work with that limitation.

Beverly was concerned about decapitating the figures so she fussy cut the squares using a Block Aid AKA Patience Corners block. (shown above, left) I l…


A "completed to flimsy"---woohoo! I finished up my Bama Belles challenge quilt top yesterday. Those of us who participated will have the show and tell on Tuesday at our Christmas party so I just got done in the nick of time. Pattern source: Anne Wiens of Sweetgrass Creative Designs available on

I finished off the day by prepping the backing and binding. I was able to use the same stuff that I backed my Daisy Chain with and still have a bit leftover to go in the 30's stash. The binding will be that same stripe but cut on the bias as I love stripes, checks and plaids that way when possible. The color is a bit off in the picture---it looks more turquoise here when it is actually more towards the aqua and greenish tone. I also elected to use a fussy cut challenge print square for the larger cornerstone but all in all, the pattern is easy enough and went together easily. Initially I was going to go with the baby sized top but I had enough fabric …

sidewalk supervisors

I should be working on my challenge quilt but I decided that I would put up the Christmas decorations instead. The prospect of pressing all the pre-washed fabrics really has no appeal to me.

I must have made umpteen trips back and forth from the outside utility room and the shed, with no help from the hubby. He could have at least offered to carry the boxes in, but no. Not sure why he is so tired when he didn't do anything, LOL. The tree is NOT up and that is HIS job. You can bet he will think he needs my help in hanging ornaments when it is time. No doubt he feels that December 1st is too early to be thinking of the holidays.

And here is the OTHER sidewalk supervisor. He is not much help either. I made sure to use some handi-tack behind the angel as DJ has knocked it off a time or two and definitely on the two sheep as Skyler has taken off with them before. If I don't put any other decorations, the nativity set always goes up.

I have shown picture of the decoration…