Monday, January 30, 2017

Lotta Progress

Yep, lots of progress came to my house this past week.  I'm feeling much better but I still do have a lingering cough that seems to lessen each day.

A lot of hand quilting got done on this hanging.
Well, that is until Miss Ashes came along and decided she wanted a nap on top of my quilting frame.  Well, why not and I might as well have a nap along with her.  So we did.  It probably helped my cold.

Outer borders got added to this top.  This will soon (as soon as it is machine quilted) be going to a neighbour who moved to Portugal a few years ago.  This ufo has been sitting in a bin for only two years now and it is time to get this shuffled to the front of the line.
Our neighbours signed fabric squares and I then added images to the blocks.  The images will remind him of the hill where he could look up from his former home to see deer, bears and trees and the signatures will remind him of the friends he left behind.
A few of The Garage Girls are making the Antique Sampler (by Sue Daley) and since I was so behind in joining the fun, a couple days of pulling fabric and cutting got me started so that I can show my progress to them too.
All the cream background got pinned to each block so that I don't lose any pieces.  I have a bad habit of losing pieces and have to recut more to replace them.
There are two more projects to get started on and I will get those projects prepped so that I can work on them as I want to.  Getting started sometimes is the hardest thing to do.  A Simple Life and Dutch Treat are the next ones up.

So, it was a good week after all.  :o)

Today, the sun is shining, but it is cold outside.  Miss Ashes is sleeping in front of the fireplace.  This would be a good time to sneak down to my studio and do some quilting.  Ssshhhh ....
Have a great stitching day!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Next up

The next top up for hand quilting is this wall hanging.
A close-up of what has been done so far.  I did do small machine quilted meander in some parts of the centre.  I do like the effect it gives.  For me, there is no problem combining both machine and hand quilting together in the same quilt.
My goal is to get this hanging quilted before the end of February.  That is doable.

I'm linking to The Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Bunch of Barns

Well, here it is .... my first finish for 2017!  Can we say 'yay'!!!!  This is hanging on the wall beside the door leading into the garage.  My barn quilt is not my usual style, but I have a plan and it includes making a large barn quilt.   This was a panel and what can I say, except I love panels and have quite a few in my stash to work on.  Yes, I do make complicated quilts, but when I see a panel that I love, I buy them.
 Coordinating fabric was found for the backing.  More barns.  Love it!
I used my Styrofoam design wall to block this quilt.  Perfect for blocking.  Just stick in pins on one side and then pull and manoeuvre into place.  Stand back to make sure everything is straight and adjust where necessary and then leave the quilt to dry.  Perfect way to block.
Well, what can I say except this is a good start to 2017.  How many more quilts will get done this year?  Oh, the surprises in store to come.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Almost finishes

Oh woe is me ... I've come down with a cold virus.  DH got it first, then he passed it onto me.  This is the first day that I feel human.  Not much has been happening here except for some hand quilting.  That was mindless work that I could do without concentrating too much.

My barn quilt is almost done.  Happy, happy, happy!  Doesn't the baptist fan quilting look wonderful?

The borders stumped me until I looked at the barns and kept seeing lots of roof peaks.  That's it!  So, my borders have a lots of peaks.
The binding is on and I can work away at that while watching t.v.
Waiting in the wings for binding is this quilt which I machine quilted before I got sick.  Too sick to show you until now.

So, these are my almost finishes!  Not bad, eh!

Now that I feeling a bit better, it is time to take down the Xmas quilts and put up different quilts.  :o)

I'm linking to The Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


I do believe that I have entered into the realm of insanity.  Why?  How?  What happened?



With friends.

At this time, I won't go into detail.  Just give you a synopsis of the upcoming UFO's.  Oh yes, some of these are long term and that is why I know they will become UFO's.  LOL  Let's face it, that is reality.

So, to start off the list, here are Secret Quilt #1 and #2.  These will be revealed in June of this year.  I'm taking photos as I go and there will be lots to discuss at reveal time.

Antique Sampler by Sue Daley.  My Garage Girls friends Darlene and Claudia and no-blog Mary are joining me.
Dutch Treat by Judy Garden.  Meerkat Trading is holding this quilt-a-long and I'm using their shweshwe fabric which you can see behind the book.
My friend, Debra of Patchwork Sanity and I are doing this quilt.  We both saw this book at the Quilts by the Bay quilt show and we each bought the book.  A Simple Life.  Oh gosh, if only it was that simple.
My friend no-blog Mary and I are doing this quilt.  There is quite the story behind this quilt.  More to come on that.
How I got into this, I don't know?  Reluctantly for sure.  Anyway, this is supposed to be thread painting and I have until June to figure it out.
So, that is all my new projects for 2017.  Insane, right!  LOL LOL LOL

Just after Christmas, there was a meeting in the garage and my friend Claudia asked me about the pact that we had made last January 2016.  Oh, that pact.  We had agreed to take 4 UFO's and finish them in 2016.  Well ...... ummmmm .... here are the 4 that I had agreed on and guess what?  Not a stitch was made.  LOL LOL LOL  So, I guess I had better do something with them this year.  We'll see.  Claudia did better.  She finished hers.
So, what are you going to do in 2017?

I'm linking to The Needle and Thread Network.

Have a great day!