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March 1, 2014

Spring Break...

... is approaching. In January, there was a Grow Your Blog event and I found a few new blogs to follow and entered my name for a few giveaways. I won the Bead Soup prize over at AmyBeads! They arrived this morning and are so pretty. Such a beautiful blue color.
I borrowed the image from Amy, so you can see how pretty they are. Not sure what I will use them on. I like to accent quilt elements with them, but I have 3 quilts in progress. I would love to start another, but I hate having too many projects in progress.

It is incredibly cold here lately, with another storm approaching. YAY more snow... uh, no. I want warm! *sigh* My school closes for a snow day very rarely, but we have had 3 snow days this year. (They only close for ice and dangerous roads. They do not care if it is -5)
Pssst.. Mother Nature... I think we have enough snow.
Progress is slow. I finished the stocking, but one of my neighbors bought it before I had a chance to take a picture (I also misplaced my camera). I have another kit, so, my SIL will still get one for Christmas. I couldn't say no to a little extra cash ($60). Probably less than it's worth with the amount of time I devote to near perfection, but a nice profit on the $12 I paid for the kit. Hers says Rudie, but they look the same.

The doll quilt has some quilting finished and will likely be done before the semester is over. The larger quilts are close to shelved. I am so busy with school and I need to finish my SIL's items before working on my own.

February 1, 2014

Traveling Stash

Every once in a while I like to put my name in for these traveling boxes full of fabric and quilting goodies, called the traveling stash. This one arrived Wednesday.

This box has many lovely fabrics in it. There are also several patterns, which I did not take a picture of.
The lucky winner trades out any fabrics or items that they want to keep and puts back in any fabric or sewing related items that they no longer use or want (new or gently used please, items that you would be proud to own). Then you host a giveaway on your blog for the next person the stash will move on to.

There are a few rules:
Please only trade quilt shop quality fabric
Please only trade items you would be proud to own
Have an active blog
Post the giveaway and ship the box in a timely manner
For a more extensive list of the rules, please visit Katies blog 'Snuggle up with a Dish From Karma'

Leave a comment below. If you want something fun, you can talk about your latest project or the weather (mine finally went above 0 this week) where you live. It's always fun to see where everyone is from. I will close this one on 2/6, so I can ship on Saturday.

January 19, 2014

Kitty Quilt Update

School.... takes up so much of your time. Wow. Will enjoy not having homework. Soon, very soon. In the mean time my life revolves around courses and homework. Right before classes started for the spring I was working on a project for my SIL.

When I last posted this was my layout and everything was ready to be sewn together.

I started by attaching the kitties to the corners. *cough* I mean the corners on the cat blocks.

Then I chain pieced the 9 patches and tried to keep the rows together.
(Obvs. my ironing board is my place to take pictures right now)

I ironed my seams open to avoid bulky seams, since this one is going to be hand quilted.

Trimmed all the corners on the cat blocks and pressed them out and open.
Now I have 4 lovely cat blocks all ready for the 9 patches.
Oops. Apparently I forgot to take a picture of the completed 9 patches before the quilt top was completed.
So this top is another WIP while I work on homework. Fortunately(?), this semester I have several hours between courses and nothing to do except club meetings and homework. I plan on packing small projects like this one and working on them when I find time. 

January 7, 2014

Vacations and New Projects

Most of us made New Years Resolutions. My favorite is the people who swore off buying any fabric until at least June. Some have sworn off all year. Cannot. Buy. A. Thing. Wow.
I buy for projects, but would LOVE to have the stash of fabric some people have. Oh My! I have seen people with whole bedrooms of fabric. To be honest I would just  really love to have the space to have my own sewing room.
I tried to make resolutions for the new year, but I don't really believe that they work. After all what difference does a new year really make? If you can't stop yourself from doing something that you should not the rest of the year, why would a few more days (and a number change) make that much of an effect?
My idea was to not start any more projects until I get a few of the ones I have as WIPs or UFOs finished. I really should finish a few things, but I like to design and I like to pick out fabric and start projects. Projects I finish are usually gifts or requests for others. For Christmas I visited my SIL and she loves my work, so she requested a table topper and a lovely snowman stocking.

There are a few companies that make these. This one is from Bucilla.
I love making these. They are felt, embroidered with thread and beads, making them a quick and easy finish. I love this snowman too. He is super cute and will look lovely on their mantle next Christmas. The Table Topper is made with some of the Light Fantastic I won from Barbara over at Wont-to-be Quilter during her giveaway in November.
I drafted a pattern made of alternating windows and 9 patch blocks. My SIL picked out some cute kitty fabric to be fussy cut for the windows and the Light Fantastic prints for the 9 patch blocks.

I started by cutting out all the pieces. There are 4 91/2" cat blocks, 16 3" window corners, and 45 31/2" 9 patch pieces. (My ironing board doubles as a cutting board with the addition of a small cutting board)

This is the 9 patch block layout. I fiddled with the arrangement until it looked good and then took a picture to save my favorite layout. 

December 21, 2013

Christmas Break

Christmas break has arrived and I have not made much progess on my projects. So far the memorial quilt is about half quilted.

I am doing a random star motif for the quilting.

This quilt has one block completed.

With luck, over the holiday break I will make some progress. Unfortunatly, there are some other things that I have let slide (like hemmings), that also need taken care of. So, we will see.

September 12, 2013

Pin IT

Schedule at Kristens blog

Today is my day for the Pin It blog hop. Thanks so much to Mdm. Samm and Kristen from Meadowbrook for hosting this hop.
I made a lovely flower pot pincushion. I started this by cutting half circles and sewing them together, followed by some blanket stitching around the edge and then gathered to create the petals.
I had to make me a butterfly to perch on the pin cushion. He is crafted with stumpwork (wire and embroidery floss). I love butterflies, they are so delicate and beautiful.
The finished pincushion.

Here are all the other ladies who are sewing and creating for this Pin It! Hop on Thursday September 12th.