Saturday, July 19, 2014

So this happened....


Deep subject, but I digress.  I've always wanted to say that, "I digress..."

I went back to work full time, as I've already shared here.  That means very little sewing time, virtually none lately, really.  I have however put my sewing area in order today, and I have the goal of finishing things.  So many things.  Now that things are neatened up (is neatened a word?) I have promised myself that I am going to come home from work each day and then spend at least an hour sewing.

I have forgotten how it relaxes me and allows me to let my mind rest.  What has prompted this sudden desire to get my hands back to work with needle and thread?

This happened.  A few months ago I got an email asking me if I'd like to contribute to an article in Quilter's Newsletter about pricing quilts.  At that time I was trying very hard to make "a living" making quilts.  It wasn't working out well, hence why I went back to full time working outside the home.  Anyway... the article is in the Quilter's Newsletter now!

Everyone laughs at me when I tell them it was one of my life goals to have my name in a quilting magazine, and it not be a letter to the editor!  Well it was a goal, and  now I've been quoted in a quilting article so that goal is complete, and I am happy!!

For the rest of today, Bee Blocks for Stash Bee and then working on the memory quilt which is the project I've been puttering on little by little.  My goal is to get it done by end of August and I'm sure it is doable as long as I stick to my plan.  For my own mental health I really NEED to sew, as I've learned in this last week.

I have learned that it is hard to make a Bee block when you bought all of the fabric you needed except for the MAIN one, the background!  Hopefully I will get that done tomorrow.. but for today I worked on Dana's cubicle quilt and the memory quilt.  Pictures sometime this next week. :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

So Far This Weekend

Got up and got the spouse off to work (yes... he works all weekend so I get to SEW!!)
Went in to town to get cat food (the cat was hollering at me!)
Went to the fabric store for red fabric but their selection left much to be desired.
Came home and made this for Stash Bee April Queen, Sally:

Then put together the blocks I have gotten and made so far from March when I was Queen (This will be a quilt for my oldest):

He has always wanted a "traditional" Crazy Quilt from satin/silk/etc. and I have one in the works but I had to be realistic now that I'm working full time again and have some other ladies help me get him a crazy quilt made before I am ready to retire... LOL!

Then I saw THIS on Facebook!!!  Get ready to be completely overwhelmed by cute! (I might be a bit biased.)

And that is all I know today.  Now I'm going to work on the memory quilt non-stop (other than Sunday morning go to meetin' time.) and see how much I can get done.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Selfish Sunday Sewing

Hubby didn't come to bed until after 1:00 AM so he slept in really late so needless to say, we did not go to worship this morning.  Since he was sleeping I was selfish and had a "me mostly" day.

My daughter made pecan, chocolate chip scones while I was snoozing away (I go to bed around 9:00 PM due to having to get up at 4:15 AM on weekdays) so when I got up at 6:00 AM this morning I had one of them with my coffee.  Not on my diet but totally worth it!

I then came out and did some sorting of fabrics and pulled out the next quilt top that I want to finish for our quilt pile.  I still need to sandwich and quilt this beauty....

 but it has been hinted that a long arm might be my 25th anniversary present so I'm holding off on the big quilting projects until I see if that materializes or not..... anyway I dug this project out.. this is where I started:

And I ended today with this much:

I plan to add another row of circles to the bottom and then I'll surround this in black and then add more circles to the outside and then another black border.. etc. until it is big enough for a bed quilt.  So other than voting on a "cutest baby" contest that our grandboy is in I did stuff just for me today!  Tomorrow will be back to work and I'm going to concentrate on getting at least one square a day on weeknights done for the memory quilt.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

End of March Wrap!

Wow.  Time flies!  Korben is already 5 months old!  This Grammy can't even believe it!!

My son and Korben in St. Patrick's day. 

This one is about a month old.  Little guy keeps rolling onto his tummy then he can't get back over!

This one is about a week old.  His other Gramma watches him during the day while his Mommy is work and she keeps us well supplied with pictures so we don't miss anything.  Isn't that grin infectious??

Okay, enough with the proud Grammy bit. LOL!!  Today I got quite a bit done in the sewing area since the Hubby had to work and I had the day to myself.  I finished a mini quilt top which I'll likely get quilted tomorrow so I can gift it to the person I made it for.

Then I started on the important project that I've had the stuff for since mid-November.  It took me a couple weeks to decide what to do and then I've just been slow getting it done but I worked steadily on it today and made a bit of progress.  I am going to try to finish by end of April but it is a Queen sized project so it might take me longer.  It is a memory quilt made of clothing.  I think I talked about it in an earlier post.  It is for my son's Grandfather-in-law, his Mom-in-law's Dad.

I started with this:

And I'm here now (though I haven't done the embroidery on the new blocks and you can see none of them are sewn to each other yet):

 My plan is to have flying geese going in that pattern like they are flying up the quilt as I add more rows.  This is a quilt as you go project and I have finally figured out the best way to sew the rows together so I'll likely get all of these embroidered and sewn into rows then attached to each other tomorrow.

In other news, I am still loving my new (not SO new anymore) job and I'm now in training to learn how to do other more complicated stuff, so that's good!

Hopefully I will be able to keep up a once a week post and show progress on this quilt.  I'm really excited about how it is coming along and I'm also excited to get the rest of the blocks from my Stash Bee hive mates from hive 4.  So far I've made 2 blocks, Sara made me a block that is twice the size I asked for so it will be my quilt center.  I got Heather's block and I've seen pictures for 2 more from Robin so I'm excited to get them and add the embellishments and get that one put together for my oldest since he has wanted a crazy quilt for ages.

I think that is about all from here for now.  I've been jumping around to a bunch of your quilting blogs and I'm a bit jealous that you all are getting so much done! 

Happy quilting!!