Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Quilts

This year I decided to make a collage of the quilts I made this past year.  I was more productive than I thought!

Looking forward to ringing in the New Year!

Have a Happy New Year, everyone! :o)

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

May your day be merry and bright!  

Friday, December 23, 2016

It's a (Christmas) Party!

I had the pleasure of attending a Christmas Party with a few of my quilty friends last night. Rie was our hostess with the mostest. She really outdid herself with the food, decorations (there were Christmas trees in EVERY room -- even the bathrooms!), and the merriment. Lots of fun was had, especially when we did the opening and stealing of gifts. My wallhanging was a hit and ultimately went home with my friend, Diana, who is also my longarmer (after the maximum two steals, LOL!). What a fun night with friends!

Enjoy the pictures. Rie really goes ALL OUT for Christmas and every nook and cranny was very festive!

That would be Rie in the Christmas apron.

Have A Merry Christmas!

A Happy Recipient

Today is my niece, Morgan's, 15th birthday.  She has now opened her gifted quilt and pillowcase and appears very happy with it, which makes me happy, too!  Wish I could have been there in person to watch her open it, but a picture is the next best thing.  :o)

Birthday Hugs to my Niece,

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas String Tree Wallhanging - Finished!

Ho, ho, ho, everyone!  I finished my little Christmas String Tree mini-quilt a couple days ago.  I wasn't sure whether to call it finished or not, as I couldn't decide if I wanted to "decorate" the tree.  I auditioned some buttons, but it just didn't do it for me.  So, I posted a picture of it on Facebook to get a consensus.  Everyone was very helpful and said such nice things, with recommendations from small charms, to jingle bells, to sequins, etc.  In the end, I decided to leave the tree as is (some also recommended that), and let the new recipient (currently unknown) decide whether they want to decorate it (or not) at their discretion.  :o)

I really like the quilt pattern I digitized for it.  I wanted something that reminded me of the cold wind blowing.  I used my embroidery machine to quilt it.  It's a nice, small quilt (11-3/4" x 15-3/4"), so I only had to hoop it twice the way I digitized it.  It was done in a flash!  The only bummer is when I took it off the machine after the first pass, I noticed that the embroidery foot must have gotten caught in a small portion of the ribbon and twisted it a bit. You can bet the second hooping I kept an eagle eye on it, to prevent that from happening again.  It's not perfect because of that, but it's minor and it is what it is.  I don't think it detracts from the overall quilt too terribly, and overall I'm very pleased with my little fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants gift.  I've attached a small hanging sleeve and a label to the back to finish it off.

Hope the recipient likes it,

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas String Tree

I was trying to decide what mischief to get up to in my sewing room today.  I've been toying with the idea of making a couple different sizes of paper-pieced string trees.  So I spent the morning drawing in EQ and thought I would make just one as a prototype to see how I liked it.

Then, realizing that I was going to be attending a Christmas party with girlfriends (quilters and non-quilters), and that I would need a gift, I decided to make the prototype into a "holiday" string tree by adding ribbon before sewing the background on, adding an upper section for a star, and then adding borders to make it a mini-quilt wallhanging (it will finish at about 11" x 15").

You could say I killed two birds with one stone.  I think the trees will be cute done in a forest of different sizes.  On my future to-do list...

Now to quilt my little wallhanging, bind it, and maybe even "decorate" the tree.  :o)

Still getting ready for the holidays,

Friday, December 9, 2016

Making My List...

Morgan's quilt is on it's way to her, along with my sister and brother-in-law's Christmas gift.  Check.

I sent it priority mail (insured, of course), and the post office said it should arrive on Monday.  I'm relieved.  The quilt is a combination birthday (Dec. 23) and Christmas gift for Morgan, so I wanted to be sure she had it in time for her birthday.  I sure hope she likes it.  I made a matching pillowcase, too.  I mean, I had leftover blocks and fabric, so why not, right?  :o)

More "to do's" are now scratched off my list...

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mai Tais in Paradise - Top Completed

Yay!!! Tuesday, I finally finished the top for my Mai Tais in Paradise quilt which I started on my Caribbean Cruise with Bonnie in August/September 2011. It needs a good pressing, but it was folded up 'cause I took it with me to share with my friends this past Wednesday.

I'm not working on Bonnie's mystery quilt this year because I'm trying to whittle down my multitude of UFOs.  I am, however, saving the clues; because I know it will be a beauty and I'll want to make it in the future.  *grin*

Wish me luck,

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Another Finish...

Voila!  My Curvy Log Cabin is back from the quilter and it looks awesome!  After a few TV nights, I also have the binding on and sewn down.  I'm happy to have another finish to add to my "Completed" list.  :o)  

I also dropped off my niece, Morgan's, quilt and should get that back soon.  While awaiting it's arrival, I made a matching pillowcase for her quilt using some of the leftover blocks and backing.  I'll share the pillowcase and the quilt together when it's done.

More to come,

Friday, October 28, 2016

A Quilt For My Niece

Morgan holding charity quilt top
While visiting my sister, brother-in-law, and niece this past Summer, I made a couple of charity quilts. My niece, Morgan, really liked one of them and I was going to give it to her and make another one to give to community service in it's place.

That kinda changed when my sister, niece and I went to a local quilt shop.  Morgan saw a collection of 1930's repro fabrics and oohed and aahed over them.  So I told her that instead of the charity quilt, to let me make her a larger quilt using 30's fabrics and the same pattern/design as the charity quilt, but make it big enough so that would fit her bed. (I have quite the stash at home, so didn't have to purchase any additional 30's fabrics.  LOL.) She agreed and I told her it would be a Christmas gift.

Well, Christmas is creeping up on me more quickly than anticipated . . . especially since I have to mail it.  So, for the past few days I've been cutting and sewing my little heart out. I also already have my name on the waiting list for my longarmer (did that a week ago when I dropped off my Curvy Log Cabin to be quilted), so that it will save time and I can pretty much drop it off to be quilted when I'm done piecing the top.

I love assembly-line sewing!

I used two different white tone-on-tone backgrounds because
I'm trying to use up my stash.  However my OCD forced me to group them
into separate piles - even though they read the same
 unless you are really, really close.  ;o/

I spent the day laying them all out into a pleasing arrangement, and am now ready to sew all 240 blocks into rows.  I'm hoping to finish it this weekend.  :o)

Fingers crossed,

Monday, October 24, 2016

Curvy Log Cabin Top Now Completed

I recently finished my curvy log cabin quilt top. I'm very happy to call it complete. It took quite a bit of time to construct, more so than I anticipated. This top is from a class I took from Jean Ann Wright using her 6" Curvy Log Cabin Ruler. Because you use the ruler there is a lot of stopping and squaring up, hence the time factor. 

I have since drawn up a similar paper piecing pattern in my EQ program to use if I should ever make another.  I'll be selling my ruler off at our guild's yard sale next month. I just wasn't a fan, but for someone else it may be exactly what they are looking for.  :o)

I dropped the top, backing and batting off to my favorite longarmer yesterday and should receive it finished by November 12, if not sooner. I'll be happy to have another UFO to add to my list of completed quilts.  

Onward to another,

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Very Minor Damage

I took the dog for a walk around my block last night, and snapped photos of some of the minor damage in my neighborhood. We were very lucky. Luckier than many... Please continue to keep those impacted by Hurricane Matthew in your prayers.

Fallen Palm on My Street

Windshear Damage

A Tree Completely Snapped in Half

The Front Entrance to my Gated Development.
One Street Over From My Home.

A Lone Palm Frond

Wildlife Enjoying The Higher Than Usual Waterline

A Downed Lightpost by the Sidewalk Access to The Park Behind My Home

One Street Over -- Can Only Wonder Where The Top of the Tree Landed

One Street Over

The Park Behind My Home

The Park Behind My Home

The Park Behind My Home

Neighbor's Home Next Door

A big sigh of relief,