"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Last Minute, As Usual

 Tomorrow is December 1st, and today I put together an Advent Calendar, just in time to begin counting.  This is a panel from Stof fabrics.  I love the simple images. 
I think I'm going to hang it with some satin ribbon, but it's my first Christmas decoration up so far.  It's a start.
We've been making pierogi ( a kind of Polish filled dumpling) at my parish which will be sold for Christmas.  I had a nice autumn harvest apron but not one for Christmas.  So, I made a reversible apron.  I used  another chef apron for the outline and sewed a pocket on each side, with some lace on the edge.   If I don't wear an apron I am covered with flour by the time we are finished.
I enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving at my sister's.  Hope everyone enjoyed theirs, as well.

God Bless.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Maggie's October Dance

I noticed that I had not posted for the whole month of October and wanted to get one in before the end of the month.  This is the Maggie's First Dance quilt with the filler blocks.  It wasn't intentional to use Christmas colors, and especially with the floral theme, but I do like the impact they give. 

Autumn is here and the heat has been turned on, but I am loving the cooler temps and beautiful feeling of this season.  Today I am making apple butter in the slow cooker and it smells heavenly. 

God Bless.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Finish and Closer to a Finish

Last year this quilt top was finished but not quilted.  Now it is and hangs in my living room.  I really love it.  This is a Lynette Jensen design from her book, Quilting for Harvest.

I'm working on quilting the Homespun Hearth mystery quilt I made earlier this year and hope it will be finished this week.  I went with just a narrow border of the two darker fabrics.  The binding will probably be the plaid.  The backing is the lighter floral.  This was all pulled from my stash, and I like the darker tones.  In fact, the light floral is fabric from my late mother's stash. 

This is the fourth and last block for the Maggie's First Dance BOM by Jacquelynne Steves. 
In October we will receive the setting.  Some of the participants have used their blocks to make tote bags and such.  I'm not sure what I will do.  I used batiks from my stash for these blocks, and at first, I wasn't loving the result.  But now I know I made the right choice.  I used Crayolas to tint all of the flowers in my embroidery.  I like the way that looks, too.

We are having lovely, cooler autumn weather this week, my favorite.  Very refreshing and energizing.
Hope all is well.
God Bless You!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Finish

This is Brenna's quilt all done except for the label.  I hand quilted it with long stitches and it's been washed making it very crinkled.
I'm happy with it.
Swirls and Whirls by Sherri McConnell, American Patchwork and Quilting, June '14
I used leftover blocks in the backing.
Brenna told me she likes polka dots and stripes, pink and turquoise. 
On to a new project.  I have an autumn wall hanging to quilt, and if I complete that this week I'll be amazed with myself.  Two finishes in one week?  I'm going to try.

Don't know about you, but I am ready for autumn weather.  
Have a wonderful week.
God Bless.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Third Block Maggie's First Dance

This is the third block in the Maggie's First Dance BOM by Jacquelynn Steves. 
I like the way the crayons added color to this block.




I also fixed the mistake I made on the second block.   

I was leery about my choice of using the batiks I had on hand, but I am pleased with how the blocks look together.  There is only one more block to go.

I'm working on Brenna's quilt and have two rows of twirls to go, then the squares.  I think I'll be doing some machine quilting as well.

Hope you are all well.
God Bless.