Saturday, August 20, 2016

sew along saturday...

up early and already at the old viking playing catch up on sew along blocks....here are the last 2 (until next week) of the farmer's wife....dinah and augusta....before putting this top together, some squaring up will be required


next up are 365 blocks and with pretty much the whole day ahead, should get those done as well...and have you seen these?   it's 'gratitude', jo morton's first fabric line with moda, and they are pretty darn gorgeous...i could sure enjoy a FQ bundle of these or, better yet, a half yard bundle...LOL!  


would they make some really nice vintage looking patriotic wall hangings?   yes indeed....

Thursday, August 18, 2016

thursday blocks


starlight, matilda and carol....that gives me a total of 62 done, 26 more to reach the 88 needed for a twin size quilt top.   background material is on the shelf.  when this sew along started, 2-3 blocks per week were being posted, but now it's down to one so doesn't look like they'll all be done by the end of 2016 unless i forge ahead on my own.   sorta rests on my other sew alongs, holiday sewing, UFO sewing and what else is going on.  still looking for work and checking out other things that are contingent on finances.  with august whizzing by, that leaves a mere 4 too-short months until another year arrives and the UFO list still looms large....right now quilting and sewing take up most of my free time and while i'm fortunate to have this, occasionally feel the need to do something different.  for now will keep on keeping on and be attentive to options that present themselves....  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

owning up....

at august guild meeting, there was a local vendor from WV with--what else--fabric at rock bottom prices...was feeling celebratory as it's my birthday month and well, one thing led to another, and before you can say "i'll take a yard" ended up with 4 yards of fabric, but the kicker is that the total budget hit was LESS THAN $9...that's right, a whopping $2-ish per yard...now these are marden type fabrics, meaning leftovers from years past but good quality cottons. i needed some solid black but none was available, but found these....


the lights are for the next round of 365, the teal/purple prints too pretty to pass by, the top fabric reminded me of turkish or tuscan walls, and can't leave candy canes behind, especially with a blue background.   except for the lights, have no project in mind for these but one day the right pattern will come along, i'm sure of it.  i still need some solid black, like 2 yards, but all in all, have done well curtailing retail fabric therapy this year so far...only 4 months left and am hoping to fit some new jo mortons into the budget, but that should be all.  ***  thinking more and more about machine quilting the little christmas and little pink virginia reel....so many seams, and this would give me a couple of quick finishes....then can focus on finishing my current donation quilt and keeping current with sew alongs....so watch this space!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

in the house....

and sooo pretty too!   thank you henry glass fabrics AND the fedex driver!


design wall monday

with no other tasks on the to-do list, was able to start my day with the old viking--recently oiled and cleaned up and ready for action!   first thing was the 365 block for today, done!   next up tackled some secret christmas sewing.  then tackled the 12 days of christmas blocks that are now a little flimsy, about placemat size. 


needs to be trimmed to size for basting, quilting and finish....i have a pretty Christmas stripe i think i'll use for binding; either that or some polka dots.   then moved right along to this as was anxious to sew with these pretty fabrics...


the limes matched in regular daylight but not quite with camera flsh.   ***   and when life sends zucchini my way, i make zucchini bread, complete with raisins and walnuts...it makes a big pan so half always goes into the freezer...love it toasted for breakfast.  oooh, the aroma of spices is filling the apartment!


and last, but not least, got a lovely email from lisa at henry glass fabrics...i won a giveaway of some beautiful new fabric...how great is that!   it's journey to versailles and gorgeous blues, reds and creams....in fact, the entire line is sooo pretty.   check it out! 


so, spent every minute of this day; will get my dishes washed and then relax with some quilting...and this busy monday will be history....

Sunday, August 14, 2016

sweet sight!

whew, after two and one-half days of sewing, just this afternoon got current on my 365 blocks!   this certainly feels good....block for august 15 is in my inbox but not looking at it until tomorrow....and next up is farmer's wife....could get very used to this new trend!   here are the latest..


the lower left block has a corner that's a tad larger due to the way it was trimmed...and notice the date in the upper left corner...today!!!