Friday, January 3, 2014

Sewing time...

...ya' know...
Snow Day = Sew Day
in my book!
To be honest, every day is a Sew Day
but we did have a Snow Day too!

Here's what the scene just outside my window looked like around 10 this morning.
I stayed inside and kept warm.
Yesterday we also had flurries and nasty weather all day long.
After running some errands I did some sewing.

 First I finished sewing  the two halves of that little hexie table topper from the previous post,
sorry, no photo of that.

Then I pulled out the flannel blocks I was working on before the Holidays.
Finished sewing up 88 blocks for a queen size quilt for ME!
That's right, this will be for my bed next winter.
After that I pulled out a little quilt I started working on in the spring.
After finishing the piecing of the blocks I did the trimming...
...lots of trimming!
This is a close-up of the fabrics/blocks.
A friend gave me the monkey fabric...
long story about that so I won't bore you.

The pattern is based on one we did in the shop 2 years ago.
I had to make some changes based on the yardage I had
of the monkey fabric but I think this is a fun one.
The rows are almost together now and then I will need a border.
Don't know what it is but I have a really hard time going the
no border route on my quilts.

And there was also a little piecing of some strips for another
project that is actually for a gift for my sister-in-law.
I need to now quilt these strips before making this into
a tote for her knitting.  The pocket on the front will be a really
cute embroidery design.  She carries her knitting in a plastic bag so I 
know this is the perfect gift for her!

I will post more photos of the tote when it is complete!

Okay, so nothing was actually finished this time but a lot was accomplished...
I feel good!


Happily Sewing, while this guy (my husband) shoveled us out!

Colleen




Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year...

...and another top!

Yesterday, on the last day of 2013 I finished another top (again, not quilted).

This one started, per my notes, in May of 2011.
Here is the EQ version...

and the version I sewed together...

along with a close-up...

and now it is ready to quilt.  
No promises but I am envisioning some embroidery in the solid blocks.

Then I pulled out my Hex n' More ruler.
(we sell this in the shop)

I played a little... 
this might make a cute little Valentine's Day table topper.
I still have to sew the two halves together but it went together
very fast!

And that is how I celebrated ringing in the New Year...
does it count if I was in bed sound asleep by 11:00 pm?

Happy New Year to you all!
Colleen




Monday, December 30, 2013

Finished a top...

...it's a small one but the top is done!


Using this pattern from Lazy Girl Designs ~ Confetti
and the Lazy Angle Ruler...
(we sell the ruler and the patterns at our shop)
The pattern is charm pack friendly but I decided to use
some of my 30's repro collection for it.

I started this little top about 2 years ago, pulled
it out of hiding and finished it up yesterday!

The next step will be to quilt it!
I added borders to mine.
The borders added to the size (42x42) which makes it a good size for baby
OR a table topper...undecided...but Spring should come in 
about 3 months!

So, this starts me on my New Year's Eve project.
Tomorrow will be a day of digging through some (not sure there's time for ALL) of my works in progress and getting them in order to work on (and hopefully finish) them throughout the new year!

Wish me luck...I will post pics New Year's Day!

I might even finish another small top on New Year's Eve as we ring in the New Year!

Happy Sewing,
Colleen


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas...

I hope you all had a...

Merry Christmas sharing peace and joy with your loved ones!

I did...and here are a few little things that bring me

The first one is this Joy necklace I have owned for many years now
(and I have earrings to match)!

And then there was the peace and joy I felt decorating the tree(s) with some of my most favorite ornaments!

I enjoy unwrapping and hanging all of my Americana ornaments.
There are many more; Santa, flags, angels, glass balls...

This one my daughter gave me a few years ago...
And this one from my grandson that I opened today and hung on the tree!
So cute!

This one is from my childhood, it was one of my mother's...
Merry Christmas Mom...thank you for the memories!

I enjoy having a little tree full of Snowmen...
And a tree of stars and hearts...


And a little tree in a jar...

with a beautiful new reindeer ornament made by a friend!
But most of all I enjoyed spending a peaceful and joyful day with my favorite Santa!


Merry Christmas to all...
and to all Good Night!

Colleen







Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Sewing...


Some completed gifts...

For the family in Idaho...
Background is a table topper I designed for my daughter...

Santa face embroidered on an apron...

Embroidered Hand towels (as requested)...
2 sets of 2 (white and beige)...

A special hand towel for my grandson...
Shhh...He did get toys too!
Just could not resist the Elf Alphabet from 
Embroidery Library...to stinkin' cute...
the green towel is actually more of an elf green.

..and then there is the dog...
Bed Covers for her!
One for Christmas time and the other
Monogrammed with her initial.
Her name is Velvet!

Okay, back to the sewing machine...
My Elissimo is getting a real workout this season!

Just a few more gifts and then it will be...
TIME TO DECORATE THE TREE!

Happy Holiday Sewing,
Colleen