Saturday, January 31, 2009

A little of this a little of that

Hello friends! I think I've become a "weekend" poster. It seems to be the only time I can sit down to do it. Anyway...

I have been diligently stitching on Shores. Every block finished is another step to it being done, so it is a good motivation. I finished the lighthouse block last week, yay!! The house block was started last week too, and the most of this house got stitched while watching A&E Pride and Prejudice. I will finish the other half of the movie tonight, and stitch some more on it. I love that movie...
Old McMary's hasn't had a WIP photo lately. It has been worked on when I can at breaks at work. I really like this one a lot, though it has been slow going.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lots to share

Happy Monday to everybody! I hope you are all doing well and that you had a great weekend. The weekend was SO MUCH FUN for me. My friend Charissa came down from Washington to spend the weekend with me. She arrived on Friday night, and we both worked on a project and chatted away… I finished the American Pie quilt top that night. It kind of looks the same as the pictures from last week, except all of the blocks are sewn together now :) Isn’t it pretty? I think I’ll put a small 1” white border all of the way around it. I have yet to find backing for this one, I haven’t seen one that has called my name yet.
On Saturday Charissa and two of my other friends came over, and we went on a mini shop hop to our favorite quilt shops in the area. We were all looking for different projects, and all came home with something fun. I fell in love with the mini-quilts that one shop had hanging up, using Jo Morton fabrics. I got some ¼ yard cuts and a few patterns to try out. Look at the horse fabric! I love it :) After shopping all day, and eating, we went and saw a movie. I recommend Bedtime Stories, it was so funny! Then Charissa and I stayed up late… too late really and made this bag. For our next church quilt class we wanted to make bags and I needed to have this bag up for display on Sunday… we just managed to finish it in time. The pattern was a pain, and was missing a lot of instructions, (or we were both so tired) that we had a hard time getting it finished. We kept reading and re-reading the pattern. I am pretty much re-writing the pattern for the class we are making it in. Anyway, it turned out cute, and so all was well in the end!

I have a new project all kitted up and ready to stitch. This is from a 2007 Gift of Stitching magazine. I'll dig out the date for you it anybody is interested in it. It's a tin finish, which I haven't done before, so I think it'll be fun to try.
AND one last thing, I got the Four Seasons framed!!! Isn’t it awesome? It’s so huge, but I love it.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Shores of Hawk Run WIP

Well, here we are 10 days later, and I've made some good progress on the first block of Shores! I am loving it so far. I think I'll stitch the one below it next, with the pretty house :)
And I've also been making steady progress on the American Pie quilt. I love it so far! I have all of the blocks done (finally) and have laid it out this morning to see what it'll look like...
I have a friend coming over tonight to sew with me, it should be fun! I hope to get borders sewn onto my MIL's quilt today. Have a great weekend everyone :)

Monday, January 05, 2009

Gift from a friend

Thank you all so much for commenting on my new start for 2009! You are all so great to cheer me on. It got me motivated to really work on it, I am close to being done on the first block now. I’ll be posting photos of it this weekend.

So, I am in total shock still. On Wednesday I received a package from a friend. I’ve known her for a few years now & we met over on Livejournal. She was stitching the Mirabilia mermaids at the same time I was so we connected and have become friends since then. Well, we decided to send each other Christmas presents this year. I made her the red and white project bag, and she sent me this…

I opened the box to find this beautiful sampler. It is by Hillside Samplings, and she stitched it so perfectly. It even has our family’s initials on it! I am in love with it. I started crying when I saw it, it was so sweet of her to make this for me, I will treasure this forever! sorry my pictures aren’t great, it’s so dark when I get home at night!)

What a wonderful friend I have, I am so blessed to have such good friends in my life.

Here are my goals and whatnot for January, a bit late :P

December Review
Finish Gazebo Quilt *yes*
Work on American Pie Quilt *yes*
Work on Cherie’s Quilt *yes*
Stitch one block on Snapperville *no*
Also: Started Gina, Queen of the Sea, made 3 stockings

January Goals
Stitch one block on Shores of Hawk Run
Stitch one block on Snapperville
Work on border for Bent Creek Snappers
Add borders to Cherie’s quilt
Make 3 Abby’s Treasure Box bags
Work on Gina, Queen of the Sea
Make baby blanket for Stephanie

Thursday, January 01, 2009

It has begun!

I got brave, pulled out the threads I'd need and started Shores of Hawk Run Hollow. It seems so daunting to start another huge project again... after taking 7 years to complete the Four Seasons, I don't want to work on it for 7 years! I hope I am dedicated enough to keep on going. Gee, it sounds like I have a positive attitude coming into it! LOL! I am excited though, and I like it so far. I started it last night while watching the New Years Eve celebration on TV. Here is where I am so far.
And here is the ornament I made for Courtney, it is a freebie design from Barbara Ana. I just searched for it and I don't see it on cyberstitchers any longer? I really like that little red bird, it's so cute!
We went roller skating the other night, and Mark had taken some pictures of Curren, and then combined them into this, it makes us laugh so hard, hope it makes you laugh too!