Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I am keeping my promise!
I seriously can't believe I am actually getting these quilts done! 
This is exciting, and refreshing.
I like walking into my studio and seeing now 3 less unfinished tops!
Should have done this a long time ago.
here is February's finish.

As you can see, it's a traditional sampler.  I used this to teach at our local quilt store. 
It hung in the shop, unfinished, all the years I taught.  We are talking about 10 years ago, now. We chose to make it out of timeless fabrics.  It is made with templates rather than rotary cutting, and I machine pieced and quilted it.

I love the border fabric, wish I could find more like it today.

This one is March's finish.  Several of the fabrics are from the Lewis and Clark collection of several years ago.
I think it looks masculine and may give it to our son in law.  

Well, that's it for now.
I have chosen the April  quilt, but still have to purchase the back for it.
I'm on the hunt.
One of the downsides of finishing a quilt quite a while after you have pieced it is, it's not always so easy to find fabric that works with it for the back and binding.  I'm not all that into matchy-matchy, but I like it to look as though it belongs, like I put some thought into it.
What are you favorite online places to buy fabric?

See ya soon,

Thursday, January 30, 2014

So, here's the deal
I made myself a promise at the beginning of 2014.  
It's not a resolution, I don't think we, well at least I, take them seriously enough.
I won't break a promise to myself.  
This is it:
I am going to finish one UFO every month this year.  
I am going to dig it out of the pile, buy whatever I need
I can see your all-knowing grin from here!

so far,
so good.  
Here is the first finish of 2014.

I bought a couple charm packs and a bit of yardage to go with it a long time ago.
I  love the purple, green and the leaves. and the dragonflies.
But when it came to piecing with it, I really wasn't interested in doing anything spectacular with it, so I decided to try making blocks which required very little if any cutting of the charms.
This is what I came up with.

It's done,
and I like it.


Now to choose the February project!!
What are you working on?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Good Morning!

I have missed you.
This has been a crazier than usual period of time and I have not even been online as much as usual.  Not that that's a bad thing, timewise, but then I don't get to see what you all are doing.

So, tell me, I'd love to hear from you, what's been happening?

In the past year, our grandson turned 1.  Oh, how delightful he is.
They were here for 10 days for Christmas.  This was the first time in 6 years we were all together for Christmas, so you know my heart was singing! 
It was also the first time our youngest daughter and her family met our oldest's fiance and the baby: the first time both our grandchildren were together!!
What joy!
A dream come true!
Oh, I hope these visits are much closer together.

Most of my projects ended up being for the kids' presents during the year.  No matter the promises to self, I never finished as many UFOs as I'd planned.  
Because of that, this year I told self and family I will be finishing, ie sandwiching and quilting, one UFO per month. 
Don't laugh!
Who wants to hold me to it??
I really want to get these done, don' t you?  

The Mancuso Quilt Show is this weekend and I am thoroughly looking forward to it.  
Last year, I never made it to any, so I am ripe for the picking,
 my pockets that is, 
of cash.
I hope the vendors are exciting, I'm sure the quilts will be.
Have you ever been to one of their shows?  

This is one finish from last year.
Nancy Allen, of Bountiful Heirlooms, whose link is in my side bar may recognize this.
It's Victory Garden from Oley.

She's not quilted here, but all the hand applique is done.
Hope you all are staying warm.