Monday, December 22, 2014

Catching up and looking ahead...

With both of my children soundly enrolled in school this fall, I have found time to do a bit of machine piecing.  When I saw that Lori at Humble Quilts was hosting a quilt along I decided to join in.  I can't decide if I want to add a row or two to make the quilt larger and so it sits.
 After taking lots of dark icky photos inside, I made my way out into the snowy grass.  
Slow internet access has kept me from blogging and I've missed it! 
Maybe I'll set a goal of posting once a month in 2015 and see if I can keep up.
I have lots of quilts in the works and others that are simmering on the back burner.  I've promised three quilts to the retreat center that I've been spending time at this past year. That alone should keep me very, very busy.  I've been flirting with trying needle turn applique. AGAIN. Something about back basting clicked and I'm willing to give it another chance. 
Are you making plans or setting goals or maybe limits for 2015?


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pushing my quilty envelope...

One of the things I missed most when I took leave from quilting was the swaps!  When I saw Lori at Humble Quilts post her upcoming doll swap I joined up right away.  I came across this photo of a vintage quilt that is or at one time was for sale and decided that I wanted to replicate it. The only information I had about the original quilt was that it was about 19" square.  I started with a plan to make the 9 patch blocks finish at 3"  The other elements were guestimates...
And this is the quilt that I managed to piece... 
I'm excited about getting it basted and quilted before I leave on Friday.  If things go smoothly I may even be able to get the binding and label finished and make the post office before they close.  I hope my swap partner likes it!

Monday, March 17, 2014

three little words....

I am hooked!
On Saturday, I went to my favorite quilt shop to celebrate National Quilting Day.  I was in the door for mere seconds when I spotted this pattern and template set.  Star-A-Day.  One star every day for a year sounds easy-peasy, right?!  Meet my little star friends Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Only 362 more stars to go. Oh, that I don't fall behind too often!  Join me?
I'm heading back to the quilt shop on Friday...should I get a set of templates for you too? I might want to mention here that the stars finish at a mere 3 inches! 
Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop
Cedarburg, WI

Monday, March 10, 2014

one step left

We traveled this weekend for my son's state hockey playoff games and I took my stitching along.  The lighting in the hotel room was horrible!  I really need to start packing my travel Ott light when I leave home. 
 I was able to complete the out hand pieced ring while we were away. Deciding to wait until we got home this morning to applique the center circle was the best decision.  I know I would have been unhappy with the stitching.  It's Monday morning and my family has returned to their busy school and work days.  The dogs are still at the kennel until I pick them up this afternoon.  It's so very quiet that you could hear a pin drop.  Well let's hope not to hear any at least. 
If all goes well appliqueing the circle onto the background I should have a finished block soon.  I took copious notes on each step so far because I'd love to have a Sunburst quilt in scrappy blues and cream.  But I don't want to jinx myself.  So far this block feels like it has a lot of beginner's luck in it.
Have a great week!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Winning the War on Procrastination...

One Stitch at a Time!

Back in December I attended the "most laid back, best food ever, sign me up again!" quilt retreat.  And on the last day, as my new friends and I were packing up our sewing things and preparing to say good-bye, we thought it would be a great idea to make a quilt at the spring retreat that would be auctioned off for a local event next fall.  The assignment was easy.  All we have to do is return in April with a 12" finished quilt block using blue and or green fabric and cream as the background fabric.  Fast forward to today.  Gosh!  With a good 16" of snow STILL on the ground April seems so far away.  Except when I looked at the calendar today it hit me that I leave for quilt retreat four weeks from today. So I've picked up my needle and thread and one of my very favorite blue fabrics (that I only use for special things and I cry when I use it because when I do it will soon be gone) and for at least the next few days I'll be waging my own little stitchy war on procrastination.

Friday, February 28, 2014

I am suffering from a severe case of cabin fever and need something to distract me.  I found a kit that has been hiding in my stash since our move up to Wisconsin...YIKES...that's almost five years now!  This week I was able do some prep work and finish the stitching on the first block.  I've set a goal to finish this quilt top by the first day of spring.