Monday, November 30, 2009

Fun New Blog

I just found out about this great blog - she has some free embroidery designs, including some for Christmas. Check out Andrea's blog here. I don't do a lot of embroidery, but I do enjoy looking, and I have friends who love embroidery. So, check it out, let me know what you think, and be sure to leave a comment with her, too.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Here is what I have been working on...

It's my fall mini quilt for the mini quilt swap. I really hoped to get it finished and mailed before fall is over, but I don't think that is going to happen. The maple leaf blocks are 3 inches, finished. I embroidered the stems instead of piecing them. I hope to quilt it in the next couple of weeks.

I have also finished some cute hot pads for a hot pad exchange at Quilt Guild next month. I will give one away and keep the other (and possibly give it away as well - for Christmas!) Here are the two hot pads...

and here are the opposite sides...

Then, I quilted a tree skirt that is supposed to be sold for charity. I really had fun quilting the big star, using a design element I had just seen a week before.

Although I would like to get back to my other projects, I will probably not get more done until after the Thanksgiving weekend! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

I have been working feverishly

... on several different projects. Then my camera battery needed recharging before I could get very many pictures. However, I will get them posted soon. Just as I think things are slowing down a bit, I find I have 4 or 5 new projects to work on - for others and personally. I am grateful to be kept busy, but hope to find a balance between busy and insane.

I hope you are having a great week, and that Thanksgiving will be a nice day for you!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

We have a sweet cat

This is Missy, our cat. She decided to sit on my cutting table today to keep me company while working on my maple leaf mini. She didn't stay long, but did pose well for the camera. My table is quite messy - as is the rest of the room, but that is not unusual while I am in the middle of projects.

Today I have been thinking about things I am thankful for: warm autumn days (50 degrees), the time to quilt, when family times are good, a warm home, a son who still likes to be with me, good quilting friends - who do more than quilt with me, pretty flowers in the spring and summer, and even the purple mums in the fall, a good haircut, friends to eat lunch with, Sister's weekend twice a year, and good food. This is only a start, maybe I'll add more as the month goes on. What are you thankful for?

Have a great sewing day!
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Monday, November 9, 2009

Another Mini Quilt Finished

This is the other mini quilt I have been working on. I am so thrilled how it turned out. The border fabric is one I picked up several times last year - I just love the color. The dark greens are left over from my Summertime quilt swap. The light green is left over from the flower applique quilt I finished yesterday. I also had the cream in my stash, and the back was from a quilt a group of us did a couple of years ago for a local hospital. That quilt hangs on the wall in the hospital, and I visit it when I am there for any reason.

I also finished a customer quilt today (nearly twin size), and I quilted it in about 4 hours. I am very pleased with the results and it is a quilt I have made as well. I need to make the back for it so I can quilt my own. I have two customer quilts left and then I can do one of my own (bigger than the minis I have been doing). I also want to set aside some time for playing with fabric and making a landscape quilt. I am just a little nervous about cutting the fabric for the landscape quilts I want to do - they are so beautiful - and what if I mess up??? (grin).

Have a great sewing day!
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Summer Project Finished

I made a goal, at the beginning of the summer, to finish this project. I am pleased with the results and happy to have it finished. I don't do much applique, so it was a good challenge for me. I have another mini project to share as soon as I wash out my quilting markings. It is fun to do minis, but I find that they are as much work as full-size projects. I am working on my Fall mini quilt swap - it has been designed, and I have begun piecing. I will share it later. Happy quilting!
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