Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Finishes

Sunrise through the smoke 11-18-16

The fires are still burning around here and creating a bit of color at sunrise. Hopefully the rain that is supposed to come through tonight/tomorrow will help with the fires. We have only had about 3-4 rain “episodes” in the past few months here at my house…so unusual here. Our “episodes” of rain have only been 20 minutes or so; not a day full of rain. Hopefully the fires will be out soon and the air will clear and we still start getting rain soon…and be able to breathe when we go outside. This is the first autumn I’ve been in East TN (19 years) that I haven’t been able to open windows in the fall to enjoy the weather. Such a strange fall around here.

I made a little progress this week on the Christmas Circles quilt…that’s what I’m calling it for now. I finished sewing the charm pack squares to the layer cake squares, then at Bee on Tuesday I cut out the fabric behind the smaller squares.

I then took those cut out pieces of fabric and ran them through my AccuQuilt Go! cutter with the circle dye, so now I have lots of circles.

I then started sewing the circles onto the smaller squares on the blocks.

I’m doing this all raw edge appliqué, though you could use any method you would like. I have about 10 of these blocks completed, but I still have quite a few to go…42 in total. They will then be ready to put into a top. I’m pretty excited about that!

The only other work I have been doing this week has been on my needlepoint cats.

I’ve made some progress on this since last time I’ve shown a photo of it. I have some of the flames and the middle part of the cats to complete. I’m really trying to get this one done soon. I also hope to spend some more time next week working on the Campers blocks, though I will only have a couple of days for that. I will try to get a couple of the backgrounds of the blocks done today.

For now though, I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Check out all of the great finishes there!

Monday, November 14, 2016

A New Week Ahead

I’m excited to get on with this week. By the end of the week my laundry room should be all done! Yay! Not bad for just a couple of weeks’ work. I so appreciate having the laundry facilities available when I need them…something I don’t think about much until I don’t have it! So on with this week!

I’ve been a little busy already this morning. I have hamburger buns rising right now, and I have cleaned the sprouts that have been on the counter for the past several days. We also temporarily hooked up the washer and dryer last night so I can get some loads of laundry done today. I still hope to get some whole wheat chocolate chip cookies made after lunch, then it will be a nice dinner of salmon, rice, and asparagus…yum! I also plan to spend a little time in the sewing room today.

Over the weekend I decided to start working on a Christmas quilt that I had planned on making this year. During the local quilt shop Shop Hop this past June, I picked up a layer cake and a charm pack from Moda’s Christmas Gatherings – Primitive Gatherings fabric line. You can see the colors in the link here, but they are pretty burgundies, greens, golds, and creams. They are holiday fabrics, but they are not the traditional reds and greens of Christmas, so I plan on having this quilt out all winter.

One of the shops in the Shop Hop had a sample of a quilt made using a layer cake and a charm pack, and it looked quick and easy and something I thought I could handle. Here is a sample of the blocks in the quilt…

I sorted out the fabrics and paired up the charm pack and layer cake fabrics. I folded the larger square in half horizontally and vertically and creased it, then lined up and pinned the smaller squares with the crease lines.

Then I raw applique stitched the smaller squares onto the larger squares.

You can see the stitching a little better from the back side of this square.

I only have 5 stitched so far, so I hope to get the other 37 done today. Then, from the backside of the larger square I will cut out the fabric behind the smaller square. You then take that cut out piece and create the circle to then applique onto another block. I like using up all the fabric! I will probably save the cutting for tomorrow’s Guild Bee, since I need hand work for that. I may also take a couple of blocks from Bird Dance to stitch if I have time. I have 4 hours to fill at Bee!

So that’s what I will work on today. The rest of this week I will probably do more work on Suki’s adventures in camping. I’m pretty much done with deadline stuff so for the rest of 2016 (all seven weeks of it!) I will probably mostly dabble in my sewing room and maybe clean it up a bit. Other than Suki’s project, nothing else needs to be done before Christmas, so I can play a bit!

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead. I will be linking up with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making and Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday. Head over for some great projects.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday Finishes

I’m still stripping wall paper, but I got a little bit of sewing in this week.

I did finish this Vintage Holiday pillow…

This is a gift and is now winging its way across the country. I really am very happy with how it turned out and I plan on making another one for myself…hopefully for next Christmas.

I also finished up my crochet project…a poncho!

This isn’t a great photo, but this is a really easy pattern from Red Heart. I’ve never made a poncho, so I decided to make this one (minus the fringe). I plan on keeping this in the trailer for those cold evenings by the campfire in the spring and late fall. I had a lot of fun working on it, but I’m glad it’s done because crochet and knitting give my hands fits (carpel tunnel from my secretarial days!) Also, when I finished I only had about 20 inches of yarn left - woo hoo! It's great to use up all of the yarn and not have half a skein sitting around!

I also completed two blocks for a Christmas gift quilt from this pattern by Amy Bradley Designs…

I’m veering from the pattern (a lot!), but I am using the ideas and some of the applique pieces. I’m only using one of the trailer patterns throughout the quilt rather than all eight. Here is a peak at one of the blocks…

Mr. Owl

And this is the star of the quilt…

Suki girl

That’s about it from here. I hope to finish stripping the wall paper today, then by the end of the weekend we hope to be painting and finish up the laundry room. I don’t think I will get any work done in the sewing room until later next week, but we’ll see. For now, I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Check out all of the great finishes this week.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Late Start to November

My first post of November and it’s already the 8th of the month! We were camping most of last week, but when we got home we found we had a leak while we were gone. Yup, a big mess to clean up! So, that’s what’s been going on around here since the weekend. Fortunately, things are not as bad as it first looked, but it’s still a pain in the neck to deal with it all. Not what we had planned for right now. Anyway, I finally got back into the sewing room yesterday and here is what happened….

I put together the Vintage Holiday pillow cover. I used the “wrong” fabrics for the corners and side pieces (according to the instructions those two fabrics should be switched), but I kind of just skimmed over the instructions of which fabrics went where. It still turned out fine and I like the larger pieces with the trees. Anyway, it’s done and I like it. This is a gift and will soon be on its way to its new home. I may try to make another one for myself for next Christmas. I think it’s a really cute pattern.

This pillow cover has flaps on the back, with this cute vintage sign fabric…

This has been a fun project. I don’t make many pillows. I think I just don’t care for the process, especially the finishing, but this project may have swayed me to make more pillows. The back turned out really nicely, so I can see more pillow-making in my future.

That’s all I have done so far this month. I ran out to the post office this morning to ship a Christmas gift, and I stopped at the pet store to get food for the critters. I have lots of laundry to do today, and more wall paper stripping (my least favorite thing to do!) I also plan on slipping in some time in the sewing room. I will be starting a Christmas project starring this pretty girl…

She’s 10-1/2 now, and still a sweetie. Here is what she looked like the day we got her, 10 years ago…

Who could resist that face? Well, I’m off to get some things done. I will be linking up at Fiber Tuesday with The Quilting Room with Mel. Head over for some great projects.