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

Friday, January 20, 2017

Secret Sewing and Not Secret Knitting

This week has seen a lot of sewing in my
Hidey Hole,
but I can't show you!

My god daughter is getting married in May
and work on her wedding gift has begun.

This is going to take a while,
so I am really glad I started early!
She reads my blog on occasion, so I can't show photos
of my progress here,
but can show little snippets.


It took me a LONG TIME to cut all of the strips
for this quilt.
Yes... it is just two colors.
 

Sewing the blocks together has begun.
It's going to be king size... my first!
(Her fiance is 6'5" tall!)
 

Lots of starch is being used.


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There are a couple of knitting projects on my needles this week.
 

While in Pittsburgh last fall, I found this wool-free yarn.
It is so soft in the skein, but not as soft knitted.
I haven't used this yarn before, so will be interested to see
how it wears.
I love the stripes!

 

My daughter with the size 1 shoe wanted another pair of socks.
These take no time to knit!
 

This week I stepped out of my comfort zone with my knitting!
No socks on these needles.
This is Under the Oak shawl.
Judy made this a while ago and I loved hers.
 

This cable goes down the middle and is the focal point of the shawl.
So far, so good!

I'm linking to Patchwork Times today.
Please visit to see what others are knitting.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cute Little Bags

Last week, the quilt club my friends and I started a few months ago met.
Each month we take turns bringing a project or item to teach 
the others to make.
It's a really laid back group,
full of laughter, fun conversation and, of course,
Quilting!

Mary sent us the list of items we would need for these bags
and the sizes of our fabric pieces needed.

What fun these were to make!


These bags went together so quickly and are a great size.
 

They use one zipper between the two bags, 
but you need an extra zipper pull.
 

Apparently making these bags is addictive!
I should have taken a picture of the pile of beauties
 Mary has finished!


After making this set,
I can see why they are addictive!
 

Fast!
Easy!
And Oh So Cute!!

Here is a link to the pattern for this bag,
The Becca Bag,
in case you need some!

I'm linking to Patchwork Times today.
Please visit and see what others are creating.
 

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Finished Top!

Last night I put the final stitches in
En Provence!

It's a finished top.


I just put it on the floor to get a quick photo,
but I will press it good and get some better photos soon.

Then it's off to the quilters!

Woohoo!!
I really do like this design and the colors used.
Now I can say I have made a Quiltville quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Center is Finished!

When we get snow here in Virginia, 
it usually closes everything.
There aren't a lot of snow plows to clear the roads,
and we often get ice along with the snow.
I live in the country, so our roads are some of the last
to be plowed.
This all means that when it snows....
I am usually not able to leave my house for a couple of days.
DARN!! 
That means I just might have to sew!

And sew I did... yesterday and today.
My goal was to finish the main part of En Provence
and I did!



As I finished a block, I pinned it to the wall.
These are waiting to be ironed.

Finished sashing strips waiting to be ironed as well.


The blocks, sashing strips and corner stones are all sewn together.
I only had to use my seam ripper once!!

The top of the quilt looks so nice,
but don't look at the back!
Try as I might,
my seams did not always align neatly.
I really dislike pressing seams open
(it takes too long),
so sometimes they are ironed to the same side on the back.
As long as you don't see the back, who can tell??
:D

Next comes the borders!
One is almost ready to sew in place.
Maybe later??

Today Bonnie has a link-up so we can see other quilters' versions
of En Provence.

I'm also linking with Patchwork Times today. Please visit to see what others
are creating.

Stay warm!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 6, 2017

En Provence Progress

This is the first time I have participated in a
Quiltville Mystery quilt and I have learned a few things
in doing this.

First, there are A LOT of pieces in a Bonnie quilt. A LOT!

Second, it makes the process much less daunting
when the process is broken down into manageable steps.
I need to remember this when I am thinking of making
a quilt with a lot of steps... break it down into small bites.
 
Third, I'm not a really scrappy person.
I try to control the scrappiness,
but with this quilt, that is impossible.
 I Tried to just put the pieces out and sew them together
with very little fiddling, but could not do it!


En Provence is becoming a quilt!


All of the parts are assembled and ready to be put into the blocks,
Yes... I have had to use my seam ripper... a few times!





I can't totally just pick the parts and make the block.
These piles are blocks waiting to be made.


 It's coming along.
Six blocks done and the rest are waiting their turn.


I am using the sashing pieces as leader/enders for the big blocks.
Two sashing strips are pieced with each block.

Hopefully it will soon be a finished top!




These blocks are a secret for now.
The preciseness of my cutting and piecing will be challenged with these blocks.


Be safe if bad weather is headed your way.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

History of Quilting Group Quilt

I have mentioned before that I belong to a wonderful quilting group.
It's a History of Quilting group and over the years
we have learned some great things about some amazing women 
who done some unbelievable things.
Some were spies in the Civil War,
some homesteaded to parts unknown,
some headed west on the Oregon Trail,
some worked in the textile mills up north and
fought for the rights of women.... 
And all of them quilted.
 

Our leader, Linda, has given us some great projects to do
over the years, that go along with the book or subject we are studying.
They are challenging and so much fun.

Two sessions ago, Linda switched up our normal way of doing things.
She asked each of us to do a "book report" on any book we wanted.
We could have read it in High School or whenever, but we were
to give our report to the group.
In addition to the book report, she asked us to make a quilt block
that represented the book to us.
We could do anything.... but had to use the fabrics she gave us
and it had to be a 12 1/2" square.

This session was awesome!
It was so neat to hear each report and how the books spoke to each of us.
The best part was seeing the blocks that were created.

Linda collected all of the blocks and made this quilt.


Isn't it amazing how different each of our blocks is?
And yet they go together so nicely in this quilt.
Linda pieced the top,
Patti quilted it
and I sewed the binding onto it.



This quilt will be raffled off and the proceeds will be donated
to our local women's shelter.

This group of women is such a blessing to me.
I look forward to seeing them each and every month
and have learned so much from being a part of this group.

Happy Quilting!



Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy 2017...A Finish

They say that whatever you do on
New Year's Day,
you will do for the rest of the year.
If this is the case, I'm going to have a great year.
:)

I went to two church services,
visited with friends
and finished a quilt!

Not a bad way to begin a new year.


This top had been finished for several months,
but hadn't been quilted.
I had made two of these scrappy baby quilts at the same time
and had finished the first one a while ago.
This one was patiently waiting to be quilted.
 (I had to stand on a stool to take this photo, which is why
it doesn't looks square.)

I practiced some feather circles in the white areas
and then quilted in the ditch and on the diagonal over the rest of the quilt.

I love this striped binding with the scrappy blocks.

This will go on my baby quilt shelf, waiting for the arrival
of one of the many babies being born this year.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others
are doing in 2017.

Happy 2017!
Happy Quilting!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016

Here we are....
the last day of 2016.
How did this happen??

Looking back on what has been accomplished in 2016
has been fun.
I finished more than I remembered!
This is one reason why I blog...
to help my memory!
:D




One thing I love about quilting is all of the different
fabrics and patterns we can use.
The options are endless.

I have all kinds of ideas and plans running through my head for quilts 
I'd like to make in 2017.
The possibilities are endless!




One goal I had for 2016 was to finish one Bucilla kit a month.
This lasted about 6 months, although I did sneak one in at the
end of the year.


I will continue with this goal in 2017.




I wasn't quite as productive in the knitting department in 2016,
but knitting goes much more slowly for me.
It's pretty mindless handwork.



Goodbye 2016.
Hello 2017!

Happy Quilting!


Friday, December 30, 2016

Quilt for Merritt

One more quilt is finished before 2016 comes to an end.

I love this baby quilt.
The pattern is so easy to make,
but with the right fabrics,
it's striking.




You know how much I love Kaffe fabrics.
This pattern really shows off the large prints nicely.
 

I had been waiting for the right pattern to use the shell fabric in the middle.
This is it!
 

This quilt is square...honest!
There is something about how I take the photos that makes it look off center.
 

This is done and ready to be wrapped.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Birds and Socks

This week has been pretty free of obligations,
so it's been quiet and slow.
The night before last I needed to just cut and sew something.
I had pulled out a pile of fabrics I had used to make this quilt
so I could fold them and put them away.

Instead of folding, I started cutting and sewing.


I had some 2 1/2" strips cut already, so sewed up both sides of a pair of strips
and used one of my triangle rulers to cut them into HST's.
 



When using this method, there are a couple of threads to pop
at the top of the triangle once the sides are cut.
They come apart very easily.

 

Open up the triangle, press
and you have a half square triangle.
 
 

I played around with a design with the HST's and
decided to make pinwheels.
 
 

In my stash I found this piece of toile with birds.
 

The blocks are all pieced and waiting for borders.
I'm thinking of just a plain outer border, but will leave
it hanging on my design wall for a bit to see
what else might come to mind.

It felt so good to just sew and sew yesterday.
 


I've had some knitting time during the last couple of weeks
and finished two pair of socks.


These were made with Socks that Rock yarn
and were given to a friend.

 

My sister brought this sock yarn back from Massachussetts for me.
It is so soft!
These will be for me!

Happy Quilting!
(and knitting!)

Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Monday!

I hope everyone had a peaceful and joyous Christmas Day yesterday.
My daughter and her boyfriend were here for the weekend
and left this morning.
It was a wonderful Christmas for us because we were together.

 I didn't do any sewing over the weekend since they were here,
but I've been playing a bit this afternoon.



Before Christmas I found a pile of "left over" pieces from a
quilt I made a while ago and decided to make pot holders.


These went into stockings and a couple of gift bags.

Who can't use new pot holders??



I was able to sew Clue #5 of En Provence
this afternoon.
This clue was easy peasy..... makes me a bit concerned about the next clue. 

:D 


I hope we won't need too much more of the dark purple.
Otherwise, I'll have to purchase some as I am almost out.
I'm not a huge fan of purple and had very little in my stash.

A tray full of fabric clues.

Have a wonderful week.
Happy Quilting!