Monday, December 12, 2016

Late to the party

I've been dying to participate in one of Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville mysteries.  I'm a bit late to the party but that's okay.  As Bonnie's not a race.  I also realized that purple and pink are colors that are missing from my stash. Oh darn, I adore the colors that Bonnie has chosen so I think that just means I will have to make this one again in her gorgeous color palette.  For this go around, mine will have a little different flavor.

Here are a few of my part 1 and part 3.  Part 2 is on the back burner for a bit because I decided that I'm going to die cut those and my die has not yet arrived.  So I'll have to share those in another post.

Thank you Bonnie for all of the fabulous info that you have provided.  The intro has so much great advice on color and value.  When I first started piecing my neutral 4 patches I quickly realized that my initial neutrals were more medium that light.  So I went back to the drawing board (my box of 2" squares.). And came up with some that were lighter than a "brown paper bag".

Go on over to the Monday Link up to see all the happenings with En Provence.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Rainy days and Sundays

Rainy days and Sundays are such wonderful times to be stitching on a quilt, don't ya think?  This is what is on my lap this rainy Sunday....In this particular block the polka dot is the original fabric and I am hand appliqueing fabric over the original pieces.  I have to apply some more band aids to the white background pieces as well.

My son-in-law entrusted me with his wonderful family quilt.  It is a much loved quilt that needed a little tender loving care.  So I have a nice hot cup of coffee and my audio book ready to go while I spend this afternoon nursing this gem back to health.  I wonder what Grandma was pondering when she hand stitch this lovely together...

This was a very quilty weekend for me.  Yesterday I spent a lovely (again rainy) day with my mom and my quilting sister.  We took a wonderfully scenic trip to Bennington, VT., to see the Jane Stickle quilt at the Bennington Museum.  A must see trip for any "Janiac" and Bennington is such a quaint New England town.

It is in amazing condition especially when you realize that this quilt was made in 1863.  A most amazing scrap quilt.  Each block is made from a different fabric.  Jane must have had the most amazing collection of scraps.

Are you doing any slow stitching on this Slow stitching Sunday?

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Whittling away at my UFOs

A couple of weeks ago I did a little bit of reorganizing in my play room.  I do more than sew in my space, so I think it is more appropriately called a play room.  It actually has always been a playroom.  It used to be our children's playroom.  I just reclaimed the space to be my playroom.  Regardless of what I call this wonderful space, it really was a mess.  I had all of my "in progress" projects very neatly stored in plastic boxes and they were stacked in various places around my cutting table.  I've always been an "it's all about the process" person.  What I hadn't fully realized was how many different "processes" I had going.  Not to mention the pile of things I can hardly wait to start on waiting in the wings.  And that doesn't even include my weaving and knitting processes (giggle).

I sucessfully freed up a couple of shelves in the one small closet that is in my playroom.  This is the new home of my project boxes.  I've given myself permission to be able to work on something new as long as I am diligently working on a box from my closet.  And so far, I am sticking to my new plan.  My new plan has been in place for two whole weeks.  I think my major downfall is that there are way too many really cool sew alongs going on in the quniverse.  So hard not to say "count me in"!  The other thing is that my day job sort of gets in the way of my playtime (giggle).

I'm whittling away at my Kathy Schmitz calendar quilts.  I completed August over a year ago.  And now I have October.....

And November......

I skipped September because September is just about over.  I'll surely have it done by next September (one can only hope anyway).

Until we meet again......

Friday, July 29, 2016

UFO is done , done, done.....sort of

I just love when this happens.....

The empty box means it is now a quilt top.  Hooray...I plan on doing some big stitch hand quilting on this one.....It's one of Norma Whaley's wonderful designs....

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Slow stitching Sunday

I love hand stitchin' bindings.   I know that is the least favorite thing for many.  I think it appeals to me because I can be lost in my thoughts or lost in a great audio book or singing along with some great tunes while spending some time with needle and thread.  The best part though is it means I actually finally finished something.  Which is quite a feat for this queen of Works in Progress.  So my Slow stitching Sunday was spent sewing the binding on this Happy Engagement quilt that I made for our beautiful daughter and her charming sweetie.  It's hard to get a picture in this household without one of the furry kids poppin' into the screen (giggle).  Hope you're enjoying your Sunday.  And if you liked to see who else is Slow Stitching today.....Hop on over

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy little wallhangings

I am just thrilled with how these little wallhangings came out.  They make me smile.  Isn't that the point of a bring happiness to your little world?

The top one is a pattern by Threads that Bind and the bottom one is from Norma Whaley (Timeless Traditions).  I have quite a few of Norma's patterns.  Which one shall I do next? Hmmmmm...Hope you get to take a little time for yourself today to do what makes you smile.

Until we meet again,

Friday, April 29, 2016

April OMG is done just in the nick of time

Well I'm a little closer to getting on track with my Gardens of the King SAL.  I just LOVE Missie Carpenter's starch EPP method.  I have adapted her method to some of my other projects with great success.  It makes blocks with very complicated piecing go together in a snap 👍🏻.
Here are the blocks I had hoped to complete for my April OMG.

I just love the Cherrywood hand dyes that I am using for this quilt.  Your needle glides thru them like a knife to butter and the colors are just superb!

I'm happy to link up to the April OMG and can hardly wait to see how well everyone did to achieve their goals!  Now to mull over what to do for May.  Hmmmm.....