Saturday, April 23, 2016

March Finishes

I finished a couple of quilts in March, but couldn't show them until now as they were wedding gifts to my cousin and her new husband. They have seen the quilts and are thrilled with them. Now I can show them to you.
 The one on the left with the horses is for my cousin Leia. She owns a miniature horse and a mustang. She's been around horses all her life and loves them. The backing on her quilt is another horse print that reminds one of Christmas. And she is thrilled with this as the backing is fabric that she loves. This will be a well used lap quilt.

The second quilt is a winery print quilt for her husband who works for a winery. I wasn't sure what to make his quilt with, but I have it on good authority he is pleased with it. His has the green that's the border on the front as the backing. Both quilts were given to them with lots of love and with washing instructions. They have been washed once, but we all know that fabrics can run when we least expect them to.

The good feeling that came from watching them open the package with the two quilts was
well work the work that went into them. The expressions on their faces when the opened them said it all. The amazement on their faces was priceless when they realized that the package contained not one, but two, lap quilts.

I feel like I made points for being a good cousin in coming up with something they would like. Not meeting her husband to be before the wedding, I had no idea what he might like. I just took a leap of faith when planning the second quilt.

I can now go back to my list of UFO projects and get some more done. They can be shown once I get them finished as so far they are not on a "surprise gift" list.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

February 2016

The month of February is almost gone. I finally took a picture of the last quilt I finished in December 2015. It's a winter wall hanging and I'm happy with it. I bought the kit at a quilt show somewhere and I can't tell
you the place or the year. The kit had all the fabric and yarn for the scarf and the snowman's hat, along with the backing and the binding. Another quilt that was purchased when I was first learning to quilt that got on the procrastination listing. I started putting it together in 2011, but didn't get finished until December 2015. I put the last stitches into the binding December 31st and the label.

My 2016 quilting year is starting off with finishing a couple of quilt tops, getting some binding ready for quilts that are in line for quilting, and finishing a table runner made from blocks I won at our February quilt guild meeting. I won the 6 heart blocks
seen in this design along with the center square and the 2 triangles of fabric to put it together. I went to the quilt shop the fabrics had come from and purchased enough of the darker purple to use as the backing and the binding. I got it sandwiched the third week of February and did most of the quilting at my small quilt group meeting. Finished the balance of the quilting at home and then put the binding on it. It's the first finish for 2016 and I'm pleased with it.

I will be working on getting more of my projects finished as time goes by. I want to do what I did last year as a challenge to myself. I want to get as many of my long standing UFOs done as I can AND I want to finish everything I start in 2016. I'm off to an okay start as the table runner is one of those starts. There are 4 others on the 2016 list and one of them will be finished next month. One is a block of the month and ends in November, so I'm hoping to get it done the first part of December. Will see how that works out. Another one on the list will most likely be finished in May. The last one on the list is a work in progress as it is hand stitched and I can only work on it for short periods of time.

Thanks for checking in.

Friday, January 22, 2016

A great end to an old year

It takes me a while sometimes to decide what I want to put on my blog. I finally decided to put those things that finished the year 2015. In November, my father-in-law passed away. He was 93 and wanted to to be released from his earthly life. We are sad that he passed away, but remind ourselves that at 93 he had lived a good life.

The other thing that happened in November is that a quilt friend helped me to sandwich 3 of my quilts that have been around waiting for a while. I am thrilled to say that all 3 got quilted, bound, and labeled before the end of 2015. One was a quilt for a friend's #2 granddaughter, the #1 granddaughter already has hers.
This is the quilt for #2 granddaughter. The picture is not the best, but hey, it's the only one I have of the quilt. I spent more time deciding what I was going to put on the back of the quilt than I did in stitching the top together. And then there's the time procrastinating putting the back together once I decided on it. However, I managed to finish the quilt Thanksgiving Day and it was boxed and wrapped that weekend. I got it our friend's house before Christmas. Don't know if it has gotten to it's intended person or not. Haven't talked with the friend to find out.

The second one I got done was one I had taken a class to learn how to do back in 2005. I got the top done probably in 2007 or maybe 2008. But didn't get the backing together until 2015. Are you seeing a pattern? I am. Anyway, I love the way it turned out and it feels wonderful to say it's done!

It came from a book about Mariner's Compasses. Don't know that I would do another one anytime soon.
This was another one of those, gee, maybe I should finish it. I'm thrilled with the way it turned out and while it's done, I don't know where it will hang.

The third one that my quilt friend helped me sandwich was finished December 31, 2015 and I don't yet have a picture of it. It was a kit that I purchased at some quilt show, somewhere, in some year. I bought it because I fell in love with the quilt and the kit included everything to make it except the thread and the batting. Yes, it included the backing and the binding. The price was reasonable and the kit could be from 2003 as that's the copyright on the pattern or it could be as late as 2010 as I started it in 2011. I will get a picture of it and post it here.

But with those three finishes off my UFO list, I succeeded in doing what I wanted to do for the 2015 year. I got more than 12 things finished, completed several from parts to tops, and finished everything I started in 2015. I am so pleased with the success in 2015, that I'm doing the same in 2016. I will finish more than I start, make complete tops out of more that are still mostly in parts, and I will finish everything I start in 2016.

I am off to a good start. I have only started one quilt and have only the borders left to put on it and then can find backing fabric and finish it. I have one more that only needs borders and I intend to get those on before the end of the month. Till then, Happy New Year.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Flag Day

Today was Flag Day.  A day to recognize our Flag. A symbol of our country. Long may she wave. She stands for our freedom, our country, our countrymen and countrywomen who serve to protect our country. Did your flag fly high and proud today? Did you even think about what that flag means? Or did you just put her up because you thought you should?
My flag stands for freedom and for my country. She waves proudly. She's a gracious old lady and deserves our respect. When I see her go by, I put my hand over my heart in salute to her. She never touches the ground. She comes down at sunset because I have no light to shine on her at night. She never gets rained on because she'd not an all weather flag. She's treated respectfully and with grace and honor. When she gets ragged, I treat her with care and make sure she flies no more. My flag, my country. And I'm proud to say I'm an American.

Are you?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Hot June

Yep, the month of June is starting off way too hot for me. I don't like it above 90 and already we've hit the 100+ several times. I try picturing myself in a nice cool place, but still it doesn't work. My air conditioner is working, but not as efficiently as I would like. I'm lucky if it keeps the house 15-20 degrees cooler than outside. Thank heavens I have a small window air conditioner in the bedroom that I use when I sleep at night.

Since my last post, I've done a lot of things. I went on a quilt shop hop in April with a friend. I stayed within my budget. Boy was I happy about that. We saw some gorgeous fabrics and some fantastic quilts. I picked up a few books and patterns, but very little fabric. Everything came home in the same tote bag as the binder that collected the free patterns from each shop.

In May, I went to visit my Mom for Mother's Day. We had a fantastic time. We went out for dinner and we talked about all kinds of different subjects. Going to have to do it again - we had so much fun. I also took a workshop through my local quilt guild. I think I have a picture of that quilt. Not the best of pictures, but it will give you an idea.
It is currently sandwiched and awaiting quilting. I hope to get started on that soon. However, I have a couple of other projects that need to be done first. I have a couple of place mats to make up for my quilt guild and the president's block. I have made 8 of the place mats for our community service committee and plan to make at least 4 more. They are simple and I can whip one up in an afternoon. I even haven a couple of those pictures which I'll include in this posting.
These are fun little place mats to make and while the colors are not ones I would choose, they do make for fun little projects. I would love to make a matched set but I have to figure out that would work. Maybe I'll just have to try it some day. Would have to pull my fabric scraps and see what I get. So here are are couple more for you to look at.

 This one has a bit more pizazz, I think, than the previous one. I'd like to make a few more like it, but the kits come from our community service and they don't always have any two alike.

This one seems to be red. It stands out like the colorful one, yet the blue one above has good points too. I have some scraps here at home that may very well end up in this pattern.

I'm off to find a cool spot under the air conditioner. Will write more later.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

March is blowing away

Yep, the month of March appears to be blowing away at my house. The north wind is challenging the allergies and the trees are waving in the breezy air.

Yesterday a friend & I went on a small 3 shop shop hop. Yes, that sentence is correct. We decided to do what 3 of our local area quilt shops call the Bunny Shop Hop. Clever, Easter is next month. The object was to visit each of 3 shops, pick up bunny parts and then in the 3rd shop, put the bunny together. Silly us, we thought we got to keep them. Nope, the bunnies stayed at the 3rd shop we visited. However, I did remember to take pictures of our bunnies. So for your enjoyment, here they are. I was hoping they would go
side by side - but I guess I goofed when I put the in, guess I'll have to re-figure what
I'm doing. Okay. Let's see what I can do. Never mind, I guess this is as good as I'm going to get.

They stayed at the quilt shop and we of course came home with patterns and fabric purchased. I bought one pattern and two panels. My friend's bunny is the right hand one. She bought several patterns, a book, and several pieces of fabric. Both bunnies have a bright pink tail. We left them sitting in a basket with 3 other bunnies. As we left, it looked liked they would by joined by a couple more bunnies. Once our bunnies were completed we put our name and phone number on the ticket that had come in one of the parts bags and placed it in the container with the others. We're hoping to win the prize which is a basket full of quilting goodies. Don't know when the drawing is, but I'm sure we'll know the winner by the end of the week.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Project completed

I have completed something this weekend that I started last weekend. It's a quilted bag.
I found the kit in my catch all room when looking for two of my "missing" projects. I can say that while I found one, the other is still on the missing list. Don't have a clue where it is. I suspect some day I'll come across it and go "so that's where it was!".

This bag is from a kit that I purchased many, many years ago from Better Homes & Gardens Club that I belonged to. I had not remembered I purchased this kit - that's how long ago it was. But I thought, what the heck, I'm going to make it up. One can never have too many bags to use. This one is 14"x12"x4" and is now ready for use.
I have to say, if I make it again, I will not be following their instructions. The way that the bag went together was a nightmare to quilt later. However, I really like the pattern and will most likely make it again - My Way.

The month of February is almost over and the month of March is creeping up on us. While I like the month of February, I don't seem to get much done. Is that because it's shorter than the other months? Or is it because I just don't pull myself together? Oh, well. I will try to do better in March. I have many things on my UFO list that I want to finish and I'd best be getting to them. A couple of them won't take long, and a couple of them will be works in progress for a while longer.

This month I did find backing for a quilt top I did a year ago. Now I need to cut batting for it and piece the back so that I can hopefully get it sandwiched at our next small quilt group meeting. Once I get them sandwiched, it's just a matter of a couple of weekends to get them quilted.