Thursday, November 20, 2014

November progress.

I've been busily trying to finish some things that have been taking up space in my sewing room.

The Trilogy's 'Autumn Spots' was part of my Crazy January Challenge back in 2011.  Took me long enough to finish it.  I swear the bow is less imposing in real life!


'January' by Waxing Moon Designs was not a neglected piece.  I think I started it in October.

Love the motif.  I have a long list of errands and hope to include a stop at the frame shop.  The weatherman is calling for snow and my errands include a whole lot of driving so I have to wait until after my morning meeting to see what is happening outside. 

I also finished these blocks left idle after a class last fall.  I don't know if this block has a name.  We learned to make the block as a variation of another block so I'm not sure what to call it.  I had the use of a design wall so I put the blocks up to see what they looked like but I am not sure if this will be the lay-out I go with.  The fun of a block like this is that you can achieve different looks with different lay-outs. 

Finally, another long time WIP that has been lanquishing in a box.

It is missing the outer border and corner stones because I had to purchase some yardage...which I hadn't done at the time of lay-out.

Primitive Gatherings '45 & Life To Go'.  It is so named for the 45 star blocks.  They are small blocks finishing at 5 inches...and each star block has 41 pieces.  I love tiny pieces.  The pattern includes the directions to make the blocks 10 inches but it was the small size that drew me. 

 I have finished assembling the top minus the border but haven't taken a photo yet.  You'll just have to live in suspense until it is quilted.

I have more old projects in the works but am not sure how much sewing time I'll manage with Thanksgiving.  I will have a house full.

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Birthday Boy

The Boy Wonder turns 22 today.  I sent him a package since I won't see him until Thanksgiving.  It just amazes me how time has passed.  I remember more of his babyhood than I do of my girls'.  Shhh.  Don't tell them.  He came into the world the hard way and had quite a first year.  He is only 18 months younger than the Scholar so I had two babies at home.  He slept like a trooper all day long making it easy to take care of his sister. 

Once he got his days and nights straightened out he was an easy baby.

This birthday card is just perfect. 

Happy Birthday.....Su Madre.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Another finished project.

I finished Winter Solstice this afternoon.

I've been working right along each month and posting along with Paulette and the other participants. 

I was finished with the main part of the quilt at the end of October but still needed to create the checker board boarder (ugh), quilt, and bind it.

Luckily it is a smallish wall hanging so I could quilt it in one afternoon (and Stella* was in a good mood) then bind it the next day while catching up on past episodes of Scandal.  (Don't you love that show?)

I've been waiting to use this quilt pattern....pine trees with starts on top.

*Stella is my long arm.  So named because some days she has her groove on and other days she's in a seriously foul mood.

Happy Stitching.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Finish it November.

This month will be all about finishing projects.  One project is on the ironing board, another on the long arm, and numerous projects are tucked away in project boxes that I need to pull out.  

I know I won't finish everything but I'm trying.  I don't like having so many unfinished projects. 

But, even so, I caught myself mentally picking out fabric for a pattern I saw online and thought I'd make next!  


My latest finish is a wool table topper I started last winter. 

Old St. Nick by Primitive Gatherings.  

This was a very enjoyable piece to work on.

I have some other wool kits I can't wait to start.  And there I go again...making plans to start one right away!  No wonder I have so many unfinished projects. 

The same holds true for cross stitch.  I was starting to make plans for a January challenge where I start a bunch of new things but I really have to focus on projects I've started and put away. 

It looks like we're going to have dreary fall weather so it will be a good time to commit to a month of finishing up what I started this last year (and the year before...and the year before.)