Monday, December 31, 2007
So, I am sitting here catching up on blogs from the weekend and come across Judith's post of "why did I forget my quilting goals??" LOL! Hey, me too! That is too funny :D I have several projects in my mind, several in bags, and several as work in processes is some form or another. Quilting is a bit tougher for me that stitching, you have to think a lot harder (that math!) you have to be much more precise in your cutting, and you have to move a lot more LOL! You know, up and down to cut, press, pin, sew… I've loved the outcome of making quilts, they are very very rewarding to me. SO, this year I feel that I can step up my game a bit more. I have so far done pretty simple quilts, that don't require too much complicated piecing. I want to make something somewhat complicated, and I am not sure what that will be yet… but I want to.
My goals this year are to:
Finish my current WIP:
Grandma's Log Cabin
Thimbleberries Pumpkin Quilt
Blue/Yellow Log Cabin
And make the quilts I have kitted up:
Aunt Phyllis' Carpenters Star
Cowboy Carpenters Star
3 ea: Tablerunners
And to make some new ones:
One for my babysitter
One with my plaids I got this year
Make a quilt with my Hawaiian Fabric
Quilts take so much longer to make than a cross stitch. I get stuck after I make the quilt tops, finishing them is hard for me. I don't like basting them and all that, it takes a long time and can be a pain. I don't have big space to put it on a quilting frame… so wish me luck, I know I can get them done :D
wish you all a Happy New Year!!!
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This year was huge for me, because I just really got into this blogging thing, then into the exchanging thing, and into some of the challenges. Wow, talk about great! It has really motivated me. I finished a lot of things, but don’t know the number of them, it’s hard to keep track :P
Finish Rob’s NRR and mail it to Von *yes*
Work on Grandma’s Log Cabin Quilt *no*
Work on Pumpkin Quilt *yes*
Work on Bittersweet Farm *yes*
Stitch November and December on Bent Creek Snappers *yes*
Made two tablerunners, JBW Designs: A Very Merry Christmas, two Pumpkin wall hangings for my sister and mom.
Put final border on pumpkin quilt and mail to quilter
Finish top of Grandma’s Log Cabin quilt and mail to quilter
Start adding leaf border to Bent Creek Snappers
Start and Finish Vonna’s NRR and mail to Von
Work on Bittersweet Farm
Work on The Cape
I really want to finish the Bent Creek snappers this month, I doubt I will, but I’ll try :D
There is a big white lighthouse in the center of the design… it’s boring. So, do you think I should add some sort of stripes to it or something? I am thinking black stripes… or brown. I am not sure, what are your thoughts oh wise ones? :D
Mark spoiled me and I was so surprised with the gifts he got for me, it was great. He got me a new coat and a cell phone, as well as a stereo for my IPOD. It made my day LOL! We’ve been wanting to get me a cell phone for a long time, but I didn’t really know what I wanted, so I was happy he just went an picked one for me :D He says it’s to track me down when I’m out shopping… I don’t know what he’s talking about (I tend to be gone much longer than what I say) I told him that he’d find it ringing on top of the dresser! LOL!
I got a lot of stitching done in the days I had off, and it was wonderful. I’ve been so rushed about by everything… I really needed to have some down time with my favorite hobby :D I finished November and December on my Bent Creek Snappers.
I need to add the leaf border and the buttons to it now, and then this big thing will be done! It is really long too, I will eventually get this framed and hang it above a doorway. It’ll be cute :D
Since I did one of these every month this year, I was thinking I needed to do something like it again in 2008. These were small and manageable, with little color changing. I think I’ll make Christmas ornaments one or two a month, and they’ll be for other people, why not get a head start on them? I wish I’d have done it this year because when Christmas hit, I was wanting to make things for everybody. Wish me luck :D
Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
JBW Designs: A Very Merry Christmas
32 Count Bone Linen
Needle Necessities Floss
I am working on some Christmas tablerunners right now, that I know won’t be done in time, but they can be saved for next year, and it also doesn’t put me in a panic to finish them by next week. So, I’ll share photos of those when I make more progress on them. I got most of my Christmas shopping done, and man that feels good! We have just a few more things to get for family members and we’ll be ready. I am going to mail out my Christmas cards tomorrow (if I can finish them tonight) and that will make me a happy camper for sure!
Here is our huge Christmas tree. Mark says it’s 11 feet x 11 feet! I think he’s right. It’s really bushy. We love it though, and it makes the house smell so good. My sister got their tree last weekend, and she said theirs is 16 feet tall, holy cow! That is one big tree :D She has got me beat.
Thank you for your encouragement on my goals for next year, you are all so nice. I hope that I can stick with them and get some of these lovely things done for myself, I am pretty excited about it. I didn’t add my quilting goals to it, quilting seems to go differently for me than cross stitching… so I will just try my hardest to use what I have at home for my quilts :) I am too addicted to fabric to say I won’t buy any until certain things are done, I just can’t do it, I’ve tried LOL! It’s my vice I suppose. All things in moderation I say.
Good luck getting your preparations for Christmas done, I know you all will need it :D Have a great week!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
I want to finish my Four Seasons and Bent Creek Snappers this coming year and get them framed, that is my main goal for the year. I’ll reorganize a bit now :)
1. The Four Seasons (currently WIP)
I just have so much stash, it needs to be used up. I do use it though, so I am not feeling too guilty about it. I am just excited to be able to use it right now :D I have two big kits I’d love to start, but won’t until The Four Seasons and Snappers is completed :)
I have been working on Bittersweet Farm, I scanned it in. I do this at work on my breaks and at lunchtime. I had put it away for awhile, and finally got it out again this week. I like this chart a lot, there are several specialty stitches and it gives it so much texture. I have swapped out several colors to use up what is in my stash too :)
So, exchanges this year were a lot of fun. I got pretty strapped on them all however, and have decided to not do quite as many this year. I have joined the Birthday Club again, and am so glad that I did, I had fun this year with it! Also I am involved in the Neighborhood RR, which has about 5 more to go, so that will extend into October of this year. I think I’ll do two or three exchanges this year for now, unless I just cannot resist them. :) I’d like to stitch more gifts for my family and friends right now. So, that is my plan at the moment. I am so glad I started this blog and have met so many nice people, thanks for making it such a great experience for me :D Here is to another great year!
I am feeling a lot better now, that bug has lasted a long time, and the kids are just barely feeling normal again, poor kids! I am grateful that we are getting better now though, because Christmas is coming right up!
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I like the boat, it's so cute.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Also, I received a great package from Cathy yesterday in my mailbox! I was super excited because I know how great her packages are. I was a lucky recipient of a hardanger piece earlier this year from her, now I have two. She made me the cutest little hardanger angel. I don’t think I’ll ever venture into hardanger, but wow I sure love having it LOL! Thanks Cathy.
Also she included a large piece of fabric, which I will most certainly use up, candy, and two charts. One from my wishlist and the other I love too. You were so thoughtful and that means a lot, thank you!!!!
I also made an ornament for my sister Nikki, she loves snowmen, so I saw this little chart and had to stitch it for her. It’s a Becky Boos chart called Let it Snow. I had fun making it! I haven’t heard if she got it yet, I am sure she has by now though.
I received a PIF from Carol last week. She made me a fob with my initial, and it’s so cute. It’s from a Prairie Schooler chart called Garden Alphabet. It is now residing on my scissors, I love it! Thanks :D
I am working away on my NRR at the moment and whatever else I decide needs my attention, I can’t focus on anything for too long at once :P I feel so scattered!
Monday, December 03, 2007
So, when Mark goes out of town I usually stay up really late every night sewing/stitching and watching girlie movies that I know he has no interest in. I love my Netflix account :) I had Colleen come over on Friday night to sew, and she stayed until midnight! We had a lot of fun. She finished up a quilt for a hospice, and worked on her Christmas tablerunner (same pattern as mine). I worked on putting the border on my Pumpkin quilt:
I woke up Saturday morning to horrid weather and continued sewing, this time on my Christmas tablerunner. I got it quilted and the binding sewed on. I then started the Christmas quilt using the Moda Holly Jolly fabrics, I bought the pack of pre-cut 5” squares that has a big selection of the fabric line in it. That night my friend Kelly came over and we went to a quilt shop and found some ideas for a quilt she is making, and I got the last border for my pumpkin quilt. When we got back to my house we sewed more! I continued on my Christmas quilt and she worked on her new project. When she used my machine I finished hand sewing the binding on my tablerunner.
Here is my finished Christmas tablerunner, I love how it turned out!
And this is the final border I got for the pumpkin quilt.
More photos later, this time of stitching LOL!