Friday, April 04, 2014

On The Needles Friday

Judy at Patchwork Times HERE hosts On The Needles Friday each week.  Be aware that you will see just one more thing that you really want to do..........

I am showing progress on Jean's sweater........... All that is left is the neck ribbing, the button band, and sewing the side and sleeve seams.............  I can see this ready to give to her when they come to visit....



Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Blocking Jean's Sweater



All the parts have been completed and the sweater is drying in the sun...............

Then I can sew the parts together and add the finishing touches..........  It will be so good to finish this for a very special sister......

Last night I finished the last of the scarves Cassie brought me yarn to make and began working on the six scarves I am making for Kate.......



Many years ago I started the Mar Bek Nativity...........  It is such a large piece and often got pushed to the side for other things more urgent........  Then I started quilting and it really got put behind...........

I decided last week that I would work on it for an hour each morning..........  



I have all the things I need even the frame that was designed for it.............

As you can see the star is coming along and one angel is begun..................

Lets see what I can do in a week.............










Thursday, March 27, 2014

Oh Happy Day...................

Lem and I are celebrating our "50"th anniversary today............

We are celebrating by staying at home and enjoying each others company......

Now for an update on last week.................

I have had this pattern for some time...  You can enlarge the picture and see where it came from.




I have been wanting to make these bunnies and have a basket full of them one year.....  This is the year.....

I went through my fat quarters, selected my fabric and made a template of the rabbit.....  Cut them out and sewed them together.........


This little bunny sat and waited while I found eyes for everyone........




I will confess that one of the most fun parts was searching through the buttons for just the right ones......



 

I should have them arranged soon............


Monday, March 24, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Another top done.....  I have been sewing during the odd moments I could find and I have finally finished another top...........  This is for the Guild Challenge.......  Now my challenge is to get this top and the one I finished last quilted........  I am going to attempt to use my sewing machine for these projects.....

I will be basting them using the Sharon Schamber method using two boards....  You can find a video of that method HERE...........

If you have not looked at that video you will find it shows you how to baste any size quilt alone.........  I have used it on several quilts and I am quite pleased with the results..........

Jason has gotten the boards for me and I have cleared a table upstairs........  Now all I need is the time to get this done..........




Several things on the agenda keep me from working in the studio very much but maybe next week.......

Lots of other ideas and eye candy are at Patchwork Times HERE

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Few Weeks Ago


Well, really over a month ago I had my sisters-in-law over for lunch one Saturday............

That same evening a group of neighbors came over for refreshments that afternoon......  Two events in one day means less time for me to stress about how the house looks..........


For luncheon we had a Greek Salad followed by Zuppa Toscana..........Hot Rolls and lots of talk......


That evening we had fruit and cheese and crackers and I made two pecan chocolate pretzel pies that were on the cover of Woman's Day several months ago................


I am trying to do better at posting but when I turn on the computer I find that time goes much faster and before I realize it an hour or two has passed.......... 

Right now I had better get back to sewing...............

Monday, March 17, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Each year my Guild has a challenge for everyone.........  This is the challenge for 2014.........  Those that participate will have their quilt ready to show at the Christmas Party...........


This is the book the challenge is taken from............  I am so glad to have this book because it has so many quick but attractive quilts to make........



Garden Magic is the one we are asked to make..........

A trip upstairs and I found fabric that I felt was just the right thing........  Now I will have something else on the design wall next week..............Go to Patchwork Times........HERE.........  for more eye candy...




Friday, March 14, 2014

The first sleeve is moving along..........  It appears that I might actually get this sweater finished this year..........

Next week I will need to stop to get ready to demonstrate a placemat pattern for the Guild........

Busy days ahead...............Other people have been plying their needle..........  Go to Patchwork Times HERE to see what they have done.........



Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What Grandfathers Are For............


 Jason stopped by Saturday to help me with a few things............... Andrew was with him......  Andrew was his helper that day.....  They took a break and played for awhile............


How grand it is to watch the together...............

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Valentine...........

Yes, it is a little late for this post...........  Since all of the decorations have been put away and Easter is out I thought I would post it now...........

No, the table runner has not been layered and quilted........  Rome wasn't built in a day........  and I surely never get much done in a day............



The small quilt is from Temecula Quilt Company...........  They have a monthly small quilt plan and I got this one put together in time for Valentines........  The same Roman rule applies to this one......  Maybe they will both be finished next year.....  One can only hope...................



A touch of red and white on the table ..............


The Red Teddy Bear from Marilyn..............


The doll holding a small stuffed heart................

Valentines in the plants.............

And a wreath on the cabinet door....................




Just a few things that take no time to put out but add the right touch.........  And if fulfills the need I have to rearrange without moving the furniture................

Monday, March 10, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I was beginning to wonder if I would ever get this quilt top finished...............

At last it is done.........  Now to go upstairs for the backing and get that prepared for the next step of layering.  I am going to try to quilt this one myself using my new table...............


I also found a kit for a doll blanket that I had purchased over a decade ago..........  It is now a top and will await the next step toward finishing.............
Many more exciting things are being shared at Patchwork Times go HERE...................

I am behind in my emails and I hope to be able to answer them some time this week.............Thanks for your understanding.

The Thread and I

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, Do it with thy might.

Ecclesiastes 9:10