Friday, November 28, 2008

Aunt Phyllis' quilt

I finally got Carpenter Star #2 finished last night. This quilt is for my Great Aunt Phyllis for Christmas. I'll be wrapping it up and mailing it to Utah next week! I am so excited for her to receive a quilt. Mark had lit a nice fire in the fireplace last night, so I finished the binding on it while we got nice and warm. I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving yesterday with your family and friends. We went to our friend's home and we had such a good time! The food was fantastic and I was pretty lazy for the rest of the day.

I got up pretty late today, and Jessie went with me to Hollyhill Quilt Shop. It's my favorite place for buying fabric, and I got some nice things to make a few more projects in the near future. So many fun things to do...

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Christmas gifties and squishies

I've been working like one of Santa's elves the past few weeks. I finished another quilt! This is the Carpenter Star pattern. I have done about 5 of these now, and highly recommend it for those who are just learning to make a quilt, it is a fun one to do!
I made 6 more of these cute red and white bags, along with a matching pin cushion. Those scraps have gone a long way into making things haven't they?? Gotta love that.
I got the inspiration to make a pin cushion from Carrie's Blog. Her patterns are so pretty, be sure to visit her blog!
Jessie helped me set up for this picture, and when I was getting the photos off of the camera, I came across this picture, she had an idea of her own for the photo shoot I see. :) LOL!
See how guilty she looks?
And I made some little zippered pouches just to try it out. I used a tutorial that is over on my side bar. Super easy, and CUTE! I will make more of these :D
Back to being an elf, lots to do!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Curren's quilt is done!

Well, I finally got it all finished. Curren has been asking me a few times a week if it is done yet. When I told him yesterday that it was, he gave me a huge hug and said “Mom, you took forever!” and I heard Jessie say “Mom, I want a quilt too!” even though she has one :D Kids are so funny. I told Curren that I got this done really fast (I think a couple of months is fast!) He was not impressed :D

It turned out kind of big for his bed, he has a full size bed. I think it’d fit on a queen bed with no problems. I added an extra border, I had quite a few scraps left, so I did the small squares, all of the way around the quilt, I think it added a lot to it by doing that. I love how it turned out, it’s a great pattern for a boy, he thinks it’s cool, and that is what matters! :D
I’ve been able to get a lot done in the past two weeks. There are several reasons behind this. It is dark by the time I get home from work now, which means we can’t go for walks, play outside, or be in the yard. It has been pouring rain quite a bit, which means you just don’t go outside, adding to it being pitch black out there. And, Mark has been in China on business, which means free time at night to do whatever my little heart desires :D I have a big long list of things I worked on while he was gone. We all missed him a lot, and he got home safe today. I am so glad to see him!

I was able to make six more of the red/white pouches, I tied both of my Carpenter Star quilts, I only need to bind them and they’ll be done! My ornament is finished for an exchange I am in, and I worked on Snapperville. I feel like I got a lot done, but I am kind of tired now, so we’ll see how much more I get done before Christmas :)

Are you all ready for Christmas? I am not, but I never am :D I am excited for it!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Fall Exchange from Leena

I received a beautiful exchange from Leena last night. We have done a personal exchange, and wanted it to be fall themed, since we both love fall. She made me a beautiful wall hanging, it's finished so perfectly. I love it! Thank you Leena.

Leena stitched a Bent Creek snapper chart October, over one. It is so pretty, and then added the twigs onto it, it is amazing. I am trying to figure out how she finished it so perfectly, I can not do it, no matter how hard I try :)
Here is the whole exchange, she was so sweet and sent a chart from my wishlist, I will be stitching this very soon :D Also, she sent a heart shaped thread keeper, and lots of finishing goodies. I am a lucky girl yes?

I've been busy working on my Bent Creek Snapperville, I want to get one of the blocks stitched this month. I think I will make the goal. I also stitched up the ornament for Courtney, I am working on finishing it! And you know that little red & white bag I made? Well, it is breeding, 6 more are in the works for Christmas gifts :)

I wanted to share what Curren made for me a few days ago. This little heart was folded in half, and on the back it says "I love you so mutch!" I just about died from the cuteness of it, and it made me cry. He is such a sweet kid!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Winter Stack

So, I've been working on this for a few months off and on. Mostly when there was a lot of daylight because of the dark fabric. I hadn't stitched on darker linen much at all, so it was an adjustment :) I finished this today and think it's adorable. It's for my little sister Nikki, whose birthday is on Friday! Even though she doesn't live by me, at least I got it done before her birthday LOL!! Now I have to get it mailed to her.

It is Winter Stack by Waxing Moon. I used most of the recommended threads... had to substitute a few with what I had in my stash.
I love the big polar bear, he's so cute!
I've picked up an ornament chart to make for a personal exchange I am doing with Courtney, I can't wait to start on it. Also, I got both of my Carpenter Star quilts basted together, they are now ready to be tied, I am so happy about that, for that is the part I dread. I will be setting up my frame tomorrow night to start working on them. I am happy to be motivated to get things done! Woo!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Von's NRR is complete :)

Well, I must say it feels good to have accomplished finishing such a big round robin. The neighborhood round robin has been going on for over a year and a half for this group. We all stitched a lot, and have done such a good job.

I finished Von's NRR today, and will mail it to her tomorrow. I hope you like it Von, it really is beautiful. It was exciting to put the final stitches on it today!
I used a chart from the July 2008 Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine. I think it fits in perfectly :)

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Thanksgiving Exchange from Carol

The past few days have been such fun mail days for me. First I want to show off what Carol made for a Thanksgiving exchange we were in. She is so great, have you been to her blog? If not, you must go and visit, she is a stitching machine! LOL! I mean that in a good way of course, she is very inspirational to me. She made me a pinkeep from a Shepherd's Bush chart, and I LOVE it. She also sent fabric and a pattern to make a bag! I am excited to try it out :) Thanks Carol!!! *hugs*

I heard from Joan that she received the Thanksgiving exchange I sent her. I stitched her a small ornament, and the chart was by Lizzie Kate :)

My friend Karen came over last night to sew with me, and I was all over the place, I could not settle on any one thing to work on for more than 15 minutes. This week I had received a pattern in the mail from This and That called Abby's Treasure Box. So, I made one, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be :P I can see me making many more! It was fun. I want to figure out how to double the size of it, because it's pretty small. I used the red/white fabric scraps I had from cutting out my new quilt! I am not too far, so no pictures of that yet.

I got the binding sewn onto Curren's quilt this morning, so I will start getting that done, and I hope to get Von's NRR done this weekend too! You all have a great weekend!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting. :)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What have I been up to?

For the past few months, I’ve been busy working on a dozen different things, which means slow progress on each of them, which doesn’t make for exciting blogging :) I do have a few things to share now, and I say, it’s about time! :D

First off, I finished a small quilt top last night, it’s another of the Schnibbles patterns by Miss Rosie Quilt Company, called Gazebo. I want to do every single one of these mini quilts, they are all adorable. I used the Moda Flutterby fabrics, they all have some sort of bug incorporated into the pattern, and it is very cute, and very bright, in fact, the brightest one I’ve made so far, and I LOVE it. I plan on giving it to Jessie of course. So now I have to quilt it and bind it.
I’ve been collecting red and white fabrics for a new quilt. Here is my stack, I pre-washed them with one of those color catcher sheets, and I am glad I did, because the sheet was very pink when I pulled it out of the washing machine. I really never pre-wash my fabrics, but since it’s all red with white, I figured I’d better do it this time. I am excited to start this quilt, more pictures to come once the assembly begins!And I am making good progress on Von’s NRR. I am almost done, I have some backstitching to do and that’s it! I am so excited!
I’ve been working on this tablerunner for my mom the past couple of weeks. I wanted to give this to her for her birthday, which was on October 6th, so I am totally late. I am such a lame daughter. But it’s the thought that counts right? At least I try, LOL! She loves the country d├ęcor and has lots of cows in her kitchen, so this should fit on her table nicely.
So, I mailed off my Thanksgiving exchange today, which means I have 3 more exchanges to mail out and I’ll be exchange free for as long as I can. That is until I can’t take it anymore and have to do another one. I plan on holding off for now though, too much stuff to work on for family and friends around here.