Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Log Cabin Star

I have been sewing away on a class sample for the shop.
The logs finish at 1" and we are 
using Marti Michell's log cabin ruler which makes cutting the log strips
quick and easy.
I have 16 blocks...

And my layout will be a star...

I have to sew these together and then pick a nice
border and get the backing ready for Part 2 of the class
next Thursday.

Happy Sewing,
Colleen

Friday, February 13, 2015

Painted Mountains...

Well, it's been a little while since I posted.
My intent was to post every other week...maybe I will get there.
I have been working on some machine embroidery projects
that I will show at a later date.
Right now I wanted to stop in and show you 
my Painted Mountains Quilt top with the
borders added.

Sorry the pic is not the greatest, I had to lay it on the bed 
due to the size of the quilt top.

On another note, I have decided to 
continue my daily sewing of 4 little hour glass blocks.
If I work on these for the entire year it 
will make one awesome, scrappy queen size quilt!
So far I am keeping up with this, let's hope I don't get
bored of these cuties...
pics to follow.

If you are in the path of freezing temps like we are
here in the Northeast, stay warm and stay safe.

Happy Sewing,
Colleen

Friday, January 16, 2015

2 weeks into the New Year already!

While I still make an attempt to sew everyday,
last year I was not as successful as the year prior.
Oh, I sewed a lot but not EVERYDAY.
This year I set that goal again and 2 weeks in we are doing great!

I love the activity of sewing.
A friend mentioned that I have a lot of unfinished tops
and that is true.
The reality is that I could sit and sew all day long just for
the activity of sewing.
I find it to be the best therapy there is.

My January plan was to make hour glass blocks.
4 per day...

56 so far...


4 to square up from yesterday makes 60.

And, yesterday I think I found a pattern that will work for these.
More on that when the time is right.

Another project from recent sewing is this.

I need to add the borders and this one will be...another top!!!
I call this one "Painted Mountains" because I used a
Fat Quarter Bundle of Laundry Basket Quilts Paint Box Collection.

Maybe I should start thinking about a new goal...
QUILT THE TOPS!!!
I'll think about that one...someday.

Happy Sewing,
Colleen


Thursday, January 1, 2015

It's a New Year!

Happy New Year to all!
It's been almost a year since I last posted anything on my little blog.
Promising myself to post (or at least add pictures) this year so here I am.

On New Year's Eve I like to start on a Christmas/Holiday quilt before packing away 
my stash of holiday fabrics.  
This is the choice of pattern and fabrics for this year's NYE quilt.

I cut out all the pieces and made a few changes to the cutting instructions as I went along.
Started around 9:30 pm and finished one block (minus the snowman face) before I went to bed around 11:00 pm.  Didn't stay up to ring in the New Year, too tired!

I also pieced the other 12 half-square triangles and all the border strip sets.

Perhaps tonight I can get another block done.
The blocks are 16" so I am thinking of adding additional sashing in
between each block and a larger border for a nice size wall hanging for next year.
Will have to see what I have in the stash that would work.

That's all for now...
And this year I want to sew everyday!

Colleen


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