Tuesday, January 17, 2017

rainy day sewing

it's cloudy, drizzly and rainy here today but so happy no white flakes...not a one!  so far winter hasn't really arrived...at least for this recent transplant from very snowy new england!   ideal weather to sew, starting with the church group this morning, and this afternoon doing this...


two rows of the farmer's wife are together and even though the background fabric isn't really striking, it does allow the blocks to stand out.   six more of these vertical rows and it'll be an official flimsy....even at this stage it does represent a significant amount of sewing, all paper pieced of course.   and then couldn't help but sew a few of these together....


these will also be on point with no sashing; not sure how many of the blocks will be used but probably not all as there were LOTS of them sewn.  this was a really fun and educational sew along and hopefully the flimsy will be available for preview soon...by the time february rolls around, hoping both of these tops will be done.   this means a basting day is somewhere in the future, after some backs are obtained.  with oodles of things to finish, try and make some progress every day....

Friday, January 13, 2017

and blocks are done!

sew along #2 now complete...just remaining are the farmer's wife blocks and flimsy....the westering women will be used for a charity lap robe and out of here soon.


and pet peeve of the day??? command hangers....since march, have now had to replace 5 of these overpriced and poor quality hangers.  a 1# hook insufficient for an 8 oz clock?  really....very bad item 3M......scotch tape is good but these hangers are lousy.....thankfully there are alternatives....shudder to think how much these cost and have ended up in the trash....but all is well now and back to the old viking for more sewing fun!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

continuing westward

today's sewing included 2 more of the 'westering women' sew along, now with only 2 to finish it up...better late than never of course....


love these colors--indigo and cheddar!  that leaves the farmer's wife flimsy to construct and the stars/time warp too...feeling like the piles are getting fewer and fewer on the sewing table...also sewed up a lap robe and thinking of doing the same with these blocks....even found 2 cross-stitch projects that were done and just needing framing...on hand also...so they've been washed and will soon be done as well....2017 is the year of the FINISH....will still be able to bust stash chipping away at the too-long UFO list....happy to have you join in!

Monday, January 9, 2017

big reveal....

even though my floor isn't big enough to show it all neatly and in detail, hope you get the idea....


you can't see my ear-to-ear grin, but know i'm deliriously happy this flimsy is finally done.  was completely gobsmacked at the time it took to do this sew along and it has taught me an important lesson, especially now that i have other quilty diversions and doing more charity sewing than before.  next up is to finish the westering women blocks and the farmer's wife project too, so no time to be bored.  now that this is done, can get dressed and finish breakfast dishes--yep, hit the machine right after breakfast...LOL!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

first corner, first finish...

first corner block is done and the other 3 are in process...now that i've got one together, should quickly finish the others....good to see where all the little pieces go and how it should look...


choosing to make all 4 the same as, quite frankly, have had enough challenges with this project so far and just want to be done with it....this was the easiest to make but still no piece of cake...

and did finish one little project, some mod little tumblers sewed up for a placemat for a dining tray table i use for meals and miscellaneous clutter.....i love these fabrics and bright colors....these came from some charm packs sent to me last year and there are quite a few left for more fun...


in the deep freeze here for a few days, but 50+ degree weather coming mid-week....and again this weekend, a local PBS station has a "downton abbey" marathon so it's back to Highclere for more zingers from the dowager...LOL!

Friday, January 6, 2017

bittersweet bargain

this week went to 2 guild meetings and at each one, the brevity of life was starkly evident.  at the first meeting, a woman brought in 2 suitcases of quilting stuff (books and fabric) from a deceased elderly lady with the promise of more suitcases to come.   at the 2nd guild meeting, large totes of bagged fabric were sent in by a quilter's husband, she who was now permanently disabled at a too-young age and will no longer quilt.  of course, like moths to a flame, the loot was examined and chosen for charity projects or personal stash.  that was the intent of the donations and i was a willing participant.  confess to feeling somewhat ghoulish, despite my own small selection, at the thought of benefiting from someone's misfortune.  not sure if others were thinking the same, but knew the day would come for me when my left behind quilting stuff would be similarly parceled out.  that thought (and the budget) kept me from accumulating more, except for one small bag of scrap pieces for far less than the price of a big mac.


lots of pretty pieces with hardly a reproduction piece in the bunch, but some nice mods and neutrals....with the scrappy DWR coming up, they'll get used and by using, will become a monument to one whose life was irreparably interrupted forever.  i hope she would have been approved.....

Thursday, January 5, 2017

round one...

of the final four corner blocks is completed.  i've included a photo of the next phase yet to be done.  it's been a busy week so done well to get this far.   the completed top is in sight and though it's tedious, at least not getting more blocks every day to add to the task...


as you can see, the next part is not simple and is no doubt time consuming.  all the while i'm doing this, muttering "no more sew alongs"....but of course that's for now. 


when the tedium is peaking, take a break and do something different....this is an official UFO now ready to baste.   it needed some stitchery and that fine nose kindly sent to me by a blogger....the pesky iron has left a stain on one of the blocks, so once it's finished, needs washing before it goes into the finish pile.  


am also quilting a new placemat for my tray table and the christmas baubles wall hanging is being quilted too...afraid i've lagged behind on bonnie hunter's mystery....up next are more doll clothes, the westering women and farmer's wife projects.....that's how my new year's starting....and yours?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

hello 2017!






without guy lombardo or dick clark, new year's eve just isn't the same...so spent the evening binge watching 'downton abbey' and sewing of course!   have resisted resolutions (except for no long-term sew alongs!) and any major organizing yet, but have roughed out a january list of things hope to accomplish.  christmas is put away but now the apartment need a thorough once-over before getting back into the swing of my regular schedule.  my one general hope is to whittle down the stash even further and finish as much as possible, just to alleviate bags and boxes of waiting projects. ***  and the end-of-year tally for stash is a net use of 22.25 yards, so that is good indeed.  the huge 365 flimsy was not factored in that total, but did keep all my empty spools from the year and a lot of thread got used.   most of the little orange spools were new and this photo is a good indication.  

Friday, December 30, 2016

christmas prezzies...

in addition to the previously posted cheddars and quilt calendar, received these very nice gifts....first up, a soothing and tasty cold weather treat....holiday spice tea....plain tea is not my thing, but this delicious blend just tastes so, so christmas-y....it almost seems too special to drink on ordinary days but i do anyway and it tastes like a holiday indeed!


next up are a few things from vic....dear vic has a problem in that one little gift is simply nowhere enough....she is a serial giver!   i did tell her earlier this year that i was limited to cards this year, but she ignored my hint and was thus a fortunate beneficiary of her generosity....and she knows i am appreciative....


two snuggly pillowcases, a cute patchwork stocking, rotary blades and 9 FQs of indigo crossing....she knows i love blues!   she is probably hunkered down in her sewing space watching snow fall...LOL!   in addition to these items, a joann's gift card,  another generic gift card and some very nice homemade soap from janet in UT.....consider myself so darn blessed for these gifts but especially the givers who have made my first christmas away from new england so special....thank you one and all!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

six more, six more...


the phone takes not that great photos, but here is the last pile....10 more done and 6 left to the end....the sewing space is a wreck but my mojo is in overdrive.  years ago there was a commercial that went "i can't believe i ate the whole thing"....well, i can't believe i did the whole challenge....will finally be able to put away at least one stack of fabrics that have taken over my ironing table....first task in 2017 will be to make the 4 corner squares and finish the flimsy.....stay tuned for the big reveal!