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

Friday, April 17, 2015

Beautiful Day

"I could never stay long enough on the shore; 
the tang of the untainted, fresh, 
and free sea air was like a cool, 
quieting thought."

Helen Keller


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sunshine and Clear Blue Waters


"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, 
too greedy, or too impatient. 
One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – 
waiting for a gift from the sea." 

Anne Morrow Lindbergh





Saturday, April 11, 2015

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

I will be incommunicado for a while
as my husband and I take a trip to celebrate our
30th Wedding Anniversary!

I'm going to try to set up some posts to go out while I'm gone.
We'll see if it works.
:)
We start off here...my birthplace.
I moved when I was a year old and have not been back,
so I'm excited to see the beautiful city of
San Diego, CA

Of course I will be visiting a quilt shop while I am here...
In Ramona, CA.
How awesome is that??

Have a great weekend everyone!
Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Finishes

This was a good week for creating...
I have two finishes to share!
One quilting and one knitting.

I made this quilt top back in January,
but had not quilted it due to my shoulder issues.
This week was the week.

I decided to make myself quilt this with something other
then meandering. 
How else am I going to learn to FMQ other designs?

It is soooooo far from being good,
but with the quilt design and fabrics,
it's difficult to see the quilting.
:) :)



This is a Bonnie Hunter design,
but I can't remember the name of it.
(Wow!! I just looked at her website to find the name.
Hers is "Crab Apples" and I guess I really liked her design...
Mine is almost identical!)


Years ago I had made a couple of the watercolor quilts and
All of these little squares were cut for those.
They work great for the trees.


This quilt was made completely with stash fabrics!
Backing and all!!

WOOHOO!

"Family Tree" will be given to a niece
and already has the label on it, too!
I'm on a roll!!  :)


I have a knitting finish this week, too.


This is my first toe up pair of socks.
I'm not sure I'll make them like this again.
The cuff is a bit ruffly and I'm not thrilled with the toe,
but I learned something new.

This yarn is Saki Silk and was nice to knit.
These will go in my pile to give as gifts.

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

Happy Friday!
Happy Spring!

Monday, April 6, 2015

April Finish!

April has begun on a strong note!
My shoulder is 100% better
AND
that means I can quilt again!

I took it easy and finished this quilt with grid quilting.
Not that my quilting is fancy or even that good,
but there is little shoulder movement with grid quilting.
It felt great! 
And I have a finish!!


There is something soothing about quilts made with nine patch blocks,
even when they are bright and cheery.
 This looks like summer to me...
"Summer Sunshine!"



One of my niece's LOVES orange...
this one is for her.


This was such a fun, quick quilt to make.


I have worked on my snowman
and he is almost finished.
(I know.... I need to move onto spring/summer projects!)


I need to add his button eyes and maybe another
snowflake or two.
Then he will be stuffed with sand and fiberfill.
He will also get a hat and scarf.


This little cup is too cute!
I might have to make a couple of these guys for gifts.



Happy Monday and Happy Quilting!
Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Little Miss Muffet....

Now has a Tuffet!!

Remember back in February when I showed you
all of these beautiful fabrics,
cut into strips and ready for a project?


And then I showed you this after taking the first part of the class...



Well, due to circumstances beyond my control,
I wasn't able to take the second class until yesterday.
Now I can show you my finished
Tuffet!!!


 Isn't it Adorable!!
It was a bit of a challenge to put together,
but the instructor was excellent
and had all of the right tools!



This was a two person job for sure!



I fussy cut my fabric for the button.
This is such a bright and cheerful little thing!



 And the bottom is quite lovely, too!

I definitely see more of these in my future!
I won't make these on my own. Paying for the use of the 
instructors tools and to have her supply the predrilled wood and foam
is well worth the price.



Now onto knitting...



 I finished the socks made with the
Sausilito yarn.
This pattern is from the magazine called
"Hand Knit Socks" published by Threads.
This pattern is Easy Lace.




I started another pair and am not thrilled with the yarn color.
I think someone gave me this yarn, but am not sure.
This is the first pair I have knitted from the toe up
and like how these are coming along.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are knitting.

Happy Friday!


Monday, March 30, 2015

Last Monday in March

Wow! 
Here we are at the end of March already...
And I thought last year flew past us!

There hasn't been much going on in my
Hidey Hole lately.
The days are full of non-quilting things.
How did that happen??

This week I have been working on this
Snowman
and have enjoyed stitching the pieces
and words onto him.


He will be filled with sand and stuffing
and will stand up when finished.


The snowflakes need to be stitched
and tiny buttons will be added to the branches.


I also need to add some white lines to the candy cane.

He will have a hat and a scarf and branches for arms
when he's finished.

I just realized....
I should be working on beach quilts!
Maybe this is why winter is hanging around!!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!!
 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ellie Grows

It's the end of another week and I have been able to
sew a little in the last couple of days.

Ellie the baby quilt now has borders!


It was quite a challenge to find the right outer border for Ellie.
I wanted to use the word fabric for the inner border and didn't want
another aqua/turquoise for the larger border.


This fabric finally jumped out at me and said
"Here I am!"


I satin stitched around the sections of Ellie, making the parts more prominent.
Thank you, again, Libby in TN for the idea of sewing fabrics together
crazy quilt style and then cutting the pieces.

I'll add her eye and may add a sun and some grass.
We shall see!!




Onto Friday Knitting....

I have been able to knit this week and have one sock done
and the second sock more than half finished.


This "Sausalito" yarn is soooo soft! 


There was a knot in the yarn and caused the colors to repeat.
It's okay... they are my favorite colors in the yarn!

These heels are knitted with the short row method.
This is the first time I have used this method and really like how they 
look and how easy they are to make.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ellie is Coming Together

Today I am not running the roads.... yet!
So, I am spending time in my Hidey Hole
and working on the baby quilt for my Niece's baby.

The parts had been pieced and were waiting to be joined together.


I sewed fabrics together, crazy quilt style and traced the pattern pieces onto
feather weight fusible.
The fusible was ironed into place and I cut the pieces out, adding a 1/4" seam allowance.


I pressed the edges under where there was no overlap. 
This way there are no raw edges in the piece.
I used a glue stick to glue the pieces to each other
and to glue down the edges.


Here Ellie is all glued together and pinned to the background.
Once I do some satin stitching, the lines will be more defined.


She will have feet.. or hooves?? What do elephants have?

I'm excited with how Ellie is coming together.
Hopefully she will be finished soon.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Friday...

It's been a week since I have posted anything.
Unfortunately I had to have my shoulder injected again
and was in a sling for a few days.
It's difficult to sew or knit with that on your arm,
so I'm glad to have something to post.

I was actually gone last week and was able to get some 
knitting done while traveling back and forth.
 (My basketball team won their conference Championship!!)


One pair of socks is finished!


I made a mistake and made the first sock too short,
so had to rip out the toe and add some length to it.
The colors in this yarn make me smile.


Another pair of socks was started on my trip.


This yarn is "Sausalito" and is wonderful to knit!


This heel was made with the "Short Row Heel" method.
This was my first time knitting a "Short Row" anything
and I like how it turned out. There was no picking up
stitches with this method.



Onto quilting....

I started the Elephant baby quilt for my niece's baby yesterday.
The trunk may not stay as it is...
I think it's dark compared to the rest of the elephant.


The pieces are all cut and placed on my design wall.
Libby in TN had an excellent idea last week
regarding the piecing of this elephant.
Instead of making this with individual pieces,
I sewed the fabrics crazy quilt style and then cut out each section.
There won't be nearly as much applique stitching to do now!
Thanks Libby!


This is the pattern I'm using to make "Ellie."

The background is ready to be sewn and then I will begin
adding the elephant pieces to it. 

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

Happy Friday!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Next Baby Quilt

My niece is having her first child in the
beginning of May.
When this niece was a baby and toddler,
she carried this stuffed elephant
EVERYWHERE!!
She named the elephant "Ellie"
and Ellie was well loved.


A while ago I was in a quilt shop and saw this pattern...


How perfect!!
My Great-niece will have her own Ellie!!

I have gathered the fabrics for Ellie herself...
(The pattern fabrics are a bit wild and bold for my liking for a baby quilt,
so I went with pinks and grays.)


The background fabrics and the backing have been purchased...
(I LOVE the elephant fabric by Valorie Wells.)


The pattern pieces have been traced to the fusible...




I am ready to go!!
This one may take a while,
but it will be a fun quilt to make.

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Front is Finished!

The front of this stocking has been waiting
and waiting and waiting for me to
finish two things on it!

1. It needed the cording added as the "shoelaces"
and
2. It needed the strand of "lights" added.

The pattern called for the cording to be made,
but I could not get it to look right.
I finally went to Joann's and found some cording
that would work.

The laces have been "strung" onto the boot.



The handmade cording was supposed to be made into a sting of lights, too,
but I found some gold cording and sewed buttons and sequins to it
for the lights.


These elves are busy decorating their shoe home!


Santa is helping, too!


I will make a quilted stocking and stitch this to the front of it.
It will be ready to hang at Christmas!

Happy Creating!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Sextuple of Hearts

For the past three years
my mom, siblings, in laws and grands
have gotten together for at least a long weekend during the year.
Each year I have made a
Patriotic little quilt to give to my four sibs and mom.

This year we are getting together in August
and I just finished the Patriotic quilts for this year!!

WOOHOO!!

Can I just say that I LOVE this pattern?
It goes together so quickly
and is so much fun to make!



I used my Go! cutter to cut the 2 1/2" squares and the HST's
and started to sew.


A friend is having a baby in a few months
and I think I'm going to make this pattern into a baby quilt.
Can't you just see four hearts, pieced in bright fabrics for a baby?


AND I have another finish for 2015!!

Here are the little quilts I made for the past two years.
I don't have a picture of the first little quilt I made.



Now....
Onto the next project!


Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others have created.


Happy Quilting.