Saturday, July 22, 2017

Time flies when you're having fun

Its been a busy few months....  I have a total of 22 UFO's completed.  The binding bucket is empty.... my list for Christmas is ready and my knitting is still where it was in march... lol.

  I've been working on a Crocheted Owl Blankie for a friends great grandchild back home in PA....  I have all of the pieces crochetd now ( about 18million pieces I think) and now its ready to be put together.  I'll be sure to post pics of this when it's complete... it was fun... a bit challenging...and something i've not done before... 

 Inbetween I've been working on some fun swaps with my Flickr friends, roadtripping with the hubster and working.  Work is getting busy again as school starts in a month from today....  It amazes me how some kids know so much and are so worldly and others don't even know how to write a check.........   

I took my first trip to the National Quilt Museum in Kentucky a few weeks ago....  I came out of there feeling quite inadequate as a quilter... geeeze....  I can't even imagine how they come up with some of these ideas!  wow!   I'm not an art quilter...so there's that... and I felt right at home in the mini quilt section.   Some of the art stuff was political to say the least... and one that I remember the most was a simple pedestal... with a large glass laying on its side with assorted greens and browns fabric coming out of it... simply titled    Flint Michigan..........  geeze.............

I also went to Hancocks of Paducah....huge place.... massive inventory....very friendly people.... and made a trip to the Quilt in a day Store....no  eleanor wasn't there   lol....  My very first quilt was a QIAD Block Sampler.... I still have it...   its a bit worn now... as this was done over 30 years ago I would guess...  I have most of her books and have made dozens of her projects.

We also made a stop in Effingham Illinois... I visited a shop called the Wooden Spool which was really a fun place!  Lots of fresh variety and friendly staff..........  I also went to an Amish shop in Arthur IL...   things were fine until I asked about Halloween fabric....  geeze....  don't ever ask an amish person about Halloween....  well now I know!!!

Off to Ohio in a bit to check plots with the hubster and probably visit a shop or two on the way  (BSG)

I hope to have pictures of the blankie and some other projects the next time we meet!

Happy Sewing   and if you are keeping track....   you only have about 24 weeks til Christmas!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Been a Busy Few Weeks

Over the last 6 or 7 weeks I've completed 5 ufo's... made 25 little goodie bags for the ladies in my Bitty Swap at guild...went to Quilt Camp for the first time...completed a small Fancy Forest Quilt, 2 small Atkinson table toppers and a group project Trash Bag for the car!   I also did two mini mania challenges and started a third as well as worked on a Tryptich for a mini swap...........   whew!!

Here are a few of the pics............


The top photo is the Elizabeth Hartman Fancy Forest Small Quilt... It was so much fun to do!   The middle photo is the car trash bag and the bottom photo is the Atkinson Small Happy Holidays's table mats

There are photos on Flicker of the January and February mini mania challenges and hopefully by next week i'll have photos of the Tryptich.

January UFO's were a 30's Row by Row Quilt from about 4 years ago and a pair of placemats called Carved in Stone made with Stonehenge fabrics....
February UFO's are a very old and very ugly hunters star large mat... a bath mat and another set of placemats ( still have 2 more sets of placemats to finish)
over christmas I finished up the bindings on 41 assorted projects ranging from small challenges to a large 30's quilt....
I'm hoping to keep up the UFO work and finally get them ALL done!!  
I also completed two projects for our April Guild meeting featuring SnugglesQuilts.  I did her small applique sheep and a scrappy table runner.  We hope to have many of her projects made by our members to hang around to surprise  her when she comes........  those pics are also out on flickr.

www.flickr.com/sewwunderful

will take you to a treasure trove of fun pics!!

Guess that's it for this episode of  Time to Get Back on Track!!!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Archeological Dig

One of the things I did over winter break was go on a "dig" through the sewing pit.... oh goodness.... so many wondrous things were found.... and quite a few not so wondrous things...........   I have some things separated to give away and some to go to GoodWill and some that I just haven't a clue yet what to do with!   It was fun though.... a trip down memory lane   lol

My binding bucket is empty!!  totally and completely empty!  I finished up all the bindings by new years eve... a total of 41 ( yes!  fourty one) projects are now bound and complete.... they ranged from a couple of mug mats to lots of place mats, table mats and table runners... some wall hangings and a quilt!

During the dig I found 3 of 4 25" blocks...........plus the charm pack to make the fourth... of course finding the pattern involved an even deeper dig... but I found it and did the fouth block and joined them together....   so I now have a 50 x 50 square to go on the ufo pile....  good thing there are a couple of UFO challenges going on..........  the block was made using up one entire charm pack.... truly... all that's left are a few slivers from trimming..  it's called Big Star Little Star and as soon as I take some pics I'll get it posted.....  it was a fun block to make............

I have several UFO's now that need quilting and binding...........  I have two lists... one for the on line challenge and one for our guild challenge........   with any luck I'll have all of them complete by the end of the year....  this group has a couple of mat size quilts, couple of throw quilts... one full quilt and two turning 12 quilts...   it's actually supposed to be turning 20... but I make them with just 12 fats instead of twenty for a throw size quilt.........  hmmmmm  guess I need to lay in a supply of quilt batting!!  lol     I think i'll put the quilts on one list and the smaller stuff on the other list so I'm not trying to do two full quilts in the same month.........   that might work!!!

Nuff for now.........  i'll get more pics posted on flickr.com for those who like to see the pics of what's been accomplished

Lish

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Moving into 2017

Well I've reduced that mountain of binding down to a molehill!   I finished up 25 assorted place mats and table mats....  I have 14 assorted table toppers, mugmats and small wall hangings pinned and ready leaving one 30's quilt left in the binding bucket!  Wow!  I'm hoping to finish up the last 14 today...

I've been going thru baskets, bags and buckets and trying to clean up the pit a bit... I have two tables cleared off ( OMG flat surfaces to work on!)  and it seems the more I dig into the more things I find!

I found a pretty blue bag..........  inside that pretty blue bag I found a thimbleberries wallhanging from 2008...a 30's quilt ( yes... I like 30's)  and an assortment of other small wallhangings that now need to be quilted.........  not sure what I want to do with that thimbleberries thing... it's a huge wall hanging   60x60 and its a giant house with flowers........  that was the only year I was in the TB club...  somewhere I have some fabric that I can probably piece into a backing for it if I decide to keep it........ I'll thnk about it more when I get back to it

Also made two ties.........and a small little change purse type wallet.... really cute and used up a tiny bit of scraps..........

On the knitting front I've been trying to work on my Cascade 220 paint scarf... it's just about half way... that's about the only knitting i've been doing...

and.....................    I got a new sewing/embroidery machine... her name is Emily Grace and she's a Janome MC9900.  She has a bit of a learning curve as my embroidery machine for the last 15 years has been a brother ULT.......... but she's wonderful and she's fun and I'm sure we will get along just fine!!

That's it for now.......  I'm going to venture back into the archeological dig that's going on in my sewing pit...... have a mini mania challenge to work on...   more bout that another time

Have a safe and wonderful 2017

Lish

Monday, November 7, 2016

Christmas 2016 is moving right along!!

I can now report that 90% of my christmas 2016 is complete!   YES!!!!!    everything that I need to take back to PA with me over thanksgiving is done.............   one more package coming in the mail for the hubster and he is done........... just a few trinkets to make for work... mugrugs and such.... and a couple of little giftie trinkets.......... that won't be needed til december!!

I've had a good couple weeks............   (beaming proudly)   Pics on flickr..........

I've added another goal to my list........ for the sewing pit....  I have massive amounts of scraps....... to me scraps are anything less than 1/2 a fat quarter..........   i'm going to go thru them all and the largers scraps will go on a pile to be used for things like change purses, name tags, scrappy table runners etc....  smaller scraps will be cut into 3 3/4" squares and 2 1/2" squares for the two scrappy quilts i'm planning............  anything less than 2 1/2" will go in a large bag and  given to someone who does crumb quilts........
I'm pretty sure someone at my guild will give them a good home....   I also have a large pile of selvedges too........... need to decide on keeping or giving those too.......

I started knitting something different.......... yoga socks... they don't have toes and they don't have a heel  :-)     easy peasy to make!
one sock is almost done and the next one will go quickly......  this is a gift for a friend............   I also finished up a pair of fingerless mitts for another friend gift.......  just need to add the buttons to it to bling it up a bit...........

So all in all....things are moving right along!

Hope your Christmas season is going well too!!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Where oh where has all the time gone???

My last post was June of 2015!  What?????  It's now October of 2016...  I think I fell into a time warp and just now emerged......   I even have a weekly reminder on my calendar that tells me to come here and post!

Well I'm going to try to get this thing going again.........   I did much better when I was more accountable.   I have done quite a bit over the missing year.... so that was good............ I have 5 remaining UFO's to complete... that's all.... and they are all at the stage where they need to be backed and batted and quilted and bound.........    I have a very large pile of binding that needs to be done....  now that winter is here I will work more on that pile...  it's mostly table toppers.... placemats... runners and I think there is just one quilt in the bottom of the pile......   I enjoy binding... for me it's very relaxing.........

I will admit that alot of my spare time has been taken up by various forms of Candy Crush.....  perhaps the binding will replace that........... (we'll see) 

I've been working on my knitting also...   right now I'm down to 3 in progress and one on the back burner..   I have a diamond kerchief about half way done....  I have a zig zag scarf about 1/4 of the way done and boot cuffs 3/4 of the way done....   actually there are two on the back burner... one is a beaded scarf....  and one is silk yarn kerchief..........    not bad considering.....................

2016 is almost over   but I hope to have the three started projects completed and then 2017 will be to complete the silk kerchief and the beaded scarf.........   I need new socks too!!!

As always most pictures will be put on flickr.... i will do some here.... but the majority of stuff will go on flickr... in fact.... why not hop on over there and check it out now?

www.flickr.com/sewwunderful


I'm going to update this blog and start it for 2017......... I am going to do my best to keep up with things too..........   we'll see how that goes.............   but at least for today... I'm back!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

OK.....so this is just getting out of hand! lol

It's been a rough winter.......... too much stuff going on.... too much medical stuff...........too much work stuff.... too much stress in general!

Its time now to get back into the swing of things.... find my mojo and get moving!!!

I did a few things over the winter.... not a lot really... only things that I had a committment for.... I've been doing a lot of knitting.... again.... things I have a committment for..........  I have two or three UFO's that I need to finish knitting......and a few quilt ufo's to be done........

I did get some comic book boards and organized my tall fabric cabinet.........  it looks really cool now and I found a lot of stuff I forgot I had..........  geeze..............   that tells me that there is way too much stuff in the pit!

My first goal is to do a major declutter........i'm talking serious dehoarding!!!   I'm going to use it up.... or give it up...........  gift some.... sell some..........  it's just a matter of where to start!   I think I'll just pick a spot and start ......   we'll see how that goes...........

My quilt guild has a quilt show coming up in October.... I might make a couple of mini's for it.... I enjoy making those.... and I think it would be fun to have a few new ones to show.............

that will also help use up stuff!!!

ok.... time to start making a list....       plan the work and work the plan............

I promise to keep you posted on how all this is going.....and post some pics too!   There are a few things on the flickr site    www.flickr.com/sewwunderful   

See you soon!

Lish