"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Friday, May 22, 2015

Finishes Before Starts

Why is it when I have a pile
(And I mean a PILE!!)
of quilts and projects in progress
I am ITCHING to start something new?

Do I feel the need to add to my stacks of quilts
waiting for machine quilting?
Do I really need another pile of fabrics
stacked in my Hidey Hole somewhere,
waiting to be cut or put away?
Do I need more bags/baskets/bins
with unfinished projects sitting around in here?
Unfortunately, once I get an idea in my head,
it is a fight not to start working on it right away.
NOT this time!
I am not starting anything new until
I have quilted three quilts
and finished a couple of little projects.
Things usually get finished around here, 
but lately... not so much.
SO....
Here is one project I started a while back
and am going to finish soon.

This is Bucilla felt stocking kit.
I have made a number of these and have a
number of kits still unopened.
This one was started a few months ago
and put into a basket where it sat.

 I love the palm trees on this stocking.
The curved edges of the fronds are not stitched down,
giving it a 3-D look.

I don't know how old this kit is and I can't remember
where I bought it.
It will be finished SOON!


Quilt #1 being quilted.
I have come to realize that I really
do not enjoy machine quilting.
My quilting is not wonderful
and I know it won't improve without practice,
(and I'd rather start something new then practice!)
But
hopefully this quilt will be finished by early next week.




I did finish a sock this week.
This is for a child, size 2-3.
Unfortunatley I lost the label for this yarn
and don't remember what it is.
I Love the colors and the softness!
These will be finished soon, as well.

Last week I ordered this new little ruler from
It's a Sock Ruler!
The curved end fits right into the toe or heel,
so I am now getting an accurate measurement
instead of wondering if I pulled the sock
or have the measuring tape in the right place, etc.
Hopefully I will be back with some
finishes soon
(And then can show you the start of something new!!)
:)
Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are working
on this week.
Have a great Friday
and 
Happy Finishing!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Caught Up

I am only participating in one BOM this year...
Thank Goodness!!

I hadn't sewn the last two months blocks for
Gravity,
but took care of the four segments yesterday.

They go together pretty quickly,
once I take the time to figure out what needs to be cut
and sewn.


I have not seen "Gravity" in person
and hope I like it finished more than
I am liking these segments.
(I LOVED the photos of Gravity and have been surprised
that I don't like the segments more.)
 

I haven't worked with solids much at all,
which might be the problem.
The colors are vibrant and rich.

These blocks use two rulers I had not used before,
so I am learning something new, too.

Now I am caught up and ready next month!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Design Deck Monday

I have had this project finished
for a couple of weeks,
but couldn't show it until today.

As I have mentioned before,
I belong to a History of Quilting group
and each session, our leader gives us
a challenge project to do, if we chose to participate.

For this session, we discussed the
"Road to Richmond,"
in coordination with the release of Barbara Brackman's
"Richmond Reds" fabric line.

Our challenge this session was to come up with
a project that signified our personal
"Road to Richmond."
It could be anything and made from any fabric.

I moved to Richmond in 1983 from upstate New York,
after graduating from Nursing School.
So....
I packed my bags and headed south.






This is Amy Butler's "Weekender Travel Bag" pattern,
made from batiks.
(I obviously did not use the Richmond Reds fabrics.)




I did things a bit differently from the pattern.
I didn't want a super stiff bag, 
so instead of using the Peltex, 
I used two layers of batting and quilted all of the pieces.




I quilted and added piping to the end pockets as well.
(The colors are actually deeper then what the photos are showing.)



And do your remember this fun Nurses fabric??



It's the pockets inside the bag!

An unexpected treat!!


This bag was definitely a challenge for me and brought back
memories of my years of garment sewing.
One thing I would do differently is line the handles.
They seem very thin and I'm afraid they won't hold up over time.

Otherwise....I LOVE my bag!

Please visit Patchwork Times  and Main Crush Monday
to see what others have created.

Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Finished Log Blocks

I finished sewing the logs together for
my log cabin quilt made from recycled shirts
 this afternoon
and just love how all of these
Plaids and Stripes
play together.

After playing around,
this layout is my favorite.


Using the recycled shirts for the log cabin blocks was fun!
I have a good variety, so the mixture plays well together.

I love the pops of green, orange and yellow.
(I have moved the block from the 5th row down on the right.
I see a couple more I need to move, too.)


The one difficult thing about using the 
Go! cutter to cut the logs is not
having the plaids and stripes lined up.
Using men's shirts makes that a bit difficult anyway.

Hopefully these will be sewn together soon.
This is going to be a baby quilt for my new
Grand Nephew!!



This past week I was able to finish knitting
a pair of socks.


These look small, but they fit my size 7 feet.

I started another pair the other night.


This yarn was purchased at Tuesday Morning by my mom.
I'm trying to use up some of what I have so I can buy some
of these yummy new yarns I keep seeing out there!


The sparkle is fun in these.


Please visit Whoop Whoop
and
 Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Building Blocks

My pile of "deboned" shirts from Monday's post
are slowly being sewn into
Log Cabin Blocks.


I have the Log Cabin Die for my Accuquilt
and went to work cutting the logs.

This sure made quick work of the cutting,
although there were times when the accuracy wasn't
what I thought it should be.


I've been sewing round and round
and are making larger and larger blocks.
 

All of the plaids and stripes are so much fun together.
 If someone was wearing these at the same time,
I wouldn't be nearly as impressed with the look!
:)
 

Hopefully these blocks will be finished soon!


The wisteria is just gorgeous this year.
It's an American wisteria in a pot on my deck.
This variety isn't nearly as invasive or strong.

Happy Quilting!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Designless Monday

This is the time of year
when there are not nearly enough
Hours in the Day
for me.

I am usually good around the holidays,
but spring time.....

My anniversary trip put me way behind in the
yard work, but the trip was so worth it!

Like a lot of us,
my creating with fabric has suffered
while I create with Mother Nature,
or clean up what Mother Nature left after the winter.


In addition...
I am working on a project for my
History of Quilting group
and can't yet share it.

Here is a sneak peak...
(and you will wonder what THIS fabric
has to do with the History of Quilting!)


Years ago (2005) I received this fabric from a friend of my husband's.


I had no idea what I would use it for and have kept
it all of these years.

Soon you will see what I am doing with these wild ladies!



Last night, since I was too sore to do much else,
I "deboned" a pile of men's shirts I had gotten
at one of the local thrift stores last week.
I hit pay dirt with the shirts this time!


I need to make two Boy baby quilts quickly
and will use some of these shirts
for at least one of them.
The plaids and stripes are just so much fun!

Please visit Judy at Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Lots of Socks!

Whenever we are going away,
one of the first things my husband asks me is
"What projects are you taking with you?"

I'm sure a lot of us are like that.
I start thinking about the projects LONG before
I think about the clothes I'm going to pack!

Well, on this Panama Canal cruise I took 
Yarn, Needles, one pattern and my "Knit Kit."



(My husband gave this Knit Kit to me for
Christmas a couple of years ago and it
is perfect for traveling!!)


Knitting projects are much easier to pack then
quilting projects.... especially SOCKS!!

Well.... on this trip I had some time to knit!
In fact we had a number of days at sea and I
sat and knitted and watched the water a LOT!
(In between the walks, mini golf, reading, etc.!!)


I finished this pair, using "On Your Toes" yarn,
purchased at "Tuesday Morning" a long time ago.
These are just plain vanilla socks with the
short row heels.


This pair was finished, knitted with
Supersocke yarn in "New York" colorway.
These socks were knitted using this pattern from 
Ann at Stray Threads.


Next, I started this pair of socks for a child.
Once again, I have lost the label for the yarn.
(I need to start putting the ball of yarn and the label in a baggie
so they stay together!)
 This yarn is fun to knit with all of the different colors.

And last but not least....


.... this pair is being knitted with
Ambiente  yarn.... so so soft!
These socks look like fall to me.

I have been knitting the short row heel and like these,
mainly because I don't have to have the pattern to knit them.
Hopefully these heels wear well.


When we got home, I was itching to get into my 
"Hidey Hole" and sew something!
 I signed up for another "Tuffet" class
and had the fabric for this next Tuffet,
so this is what I put together.


This one will be for my daughter...
The HUGE VCU fan!!


Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are working on this week.

Happy Friday!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Back to Reality

We are back home
after an unbelievable
Panama Canal Cruise.
This trip had been on our bucket list for a long time
and it didn't disappoint!
Going through the Canal was quite an experience...
one I'll never forget.
We had each read the book
Path Between the Seas
before going through the Canal,
and seeing it after reading what building the Canal took
or required made it all the more fascinating.

The laundry is done,
the mail is sorted,
food is back in the house,
but I haven't done much in the quilting department.


However...
I have some pieces to share that I bought in Panama.
This gorgeous work is called "Mola"
and is reverse applique with embroidery added.

The stitches are so tiny and beautiful.
And, of course, I LOVE the bright colors!

The pieces are unfinished
so will need to be put into something.


 Aren't the colors gorgeous?
They are a bit wonky,
but I love them!


I think I will  make pillows with a couple of these beauties.


I could have brought back a suitcase full of these!

It's off to find fabric to coordinate for pillows and wall hangings!
(Well... maybe not today!)


Hopefully I'll have some quiltiness to share soon!

Visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating!

Happy Monday!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Anniversary!!

30 Years ago today
I married my
Best Friend!

"A Successful marriage
requires falling in love
many times,
always with the same person."

Mignon McLaughlin



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I love you to the Moon and back!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Creating Memories


"I soon realized that no journey carries 
one far unless, 
as it extends into the world around us, 
it goes an equal distance into the world within.”
- Lillian Smith 

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Places...


"The purpose of life is to live it, 
to taste it, 
to experience to the utmost, 
to reach out eagerly and 
without fear for newer 
and richer experience.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt





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Friday, April 24, 2015

Amazing Feats...



"Far better it is to dare mighty things, 
to win glorious triumphs, 
even though checkered by failure, 
than to take rank with those poor spirits 
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
 because they live in the gray twilight 
that knows not victory or defeat."

—THEODORE ROOSEVELT



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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Calm and Serenity





“My soul is full of longing for the secrets of the sea, 
and the heart of the great ocean 
sends a thrilling pulse through me.”
 – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Monday, April 20, 2015

Oh the Places we will see...




"I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
- Susan Sontag


Happy Day!