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!


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!