Monday, February 8, 2016

A Finished Quilt!

After a week of furiously quilting away on a 13 year old UFO, I finally have it finished.
I started this quilt so many years ago.  I made scrappy nine patches out of all the red fabric I had.  I chose to sash in black which really makes it pop.  
I tried a new (for me) binding method with a flange for the first time and I have to say I love it and will certainly be using it again in the future.  It is so easy to do.  Just requires sewing two strips of fabric together along the length of the binding.  The main fabric is cut at 1.5" and the flange at 1.3/4".  Yes, that is correct, the flange fabric is wider than the main fabric.  Press the seam to the main fabric and then press the binding in half.  Attach to the back of the quilt and then flip to the front and stitch it down in the ditch.  It definitely added a little something special to the quilt.
I am so pleased with how it turned out and so happy to be able to cross this one off the list.  I ran outside to get a few pictures before the snow arrives again today.  We had about a foot of snow on Friday and we are expecting more today.  I plan to stay warm indoors and head on up to the sewing room to pick my next top to quilt.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Little Hearts!

I went to a quilt show in Manchester in November last year.  I purchased a couple of little kits which I thought were so darling.  Not wanting to get them lost in a pile or a box, I thought it would be good to tackle the little heart project as it is almost February.  The Quilt is made from a mini charm or Moda candy.  20 light fabrics for the hearts and 20 darks for the background.  I ironed the hearts to fusible web and machine blanket stitched around the hearts.  
They are so pretty!  I have to apologize about the orientation of the photo's.  I could not find where to rotate them.  
Here is a picture of the quilt oriented the right way!  It is just darling and I love the colors they put in the kit.  I believe it to be a Barbara Brackman line of fabric.
A few evenings ago we had the most beautiful sunset.  That little orange cloud in the center was VERY orange in reality.  It looked like a little fire ball.  Just beautiful.  I have learned that the camera never really does it justice.  However, I will still run out there with my camera.  
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Valentines Hexagon Centerpiece!

A few days ago I blogged about a little bag I found with pieces in it to make a centerpiece for Valentines day!  I am happy to report that I can cross this particular UFO off the list!  It is one of my favorite centerpiece patterns (from a Quilts and More Fall Magazine from a few years ago) and I now have one for every season.  It is such a good size for our kitchen table.  
I also made some mug rugs to match.  This fabric is so fun.  I used Sue Daly's hexagon templates for the mug rugs.  They work up so easily.
I had fun quilting these.  A few got hearts quilted onto them and this one got a bit of cursive "Love" quilted into it.  I put them on the table yesterday and immediately enjoyed a cup of tea using one of the mug rugs.  Works like a champ!  

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Little Bag of Hexies!

I seem to happen upon things when I am hunting for something else.  I came across this little ziploc with some hexies in it.  I remember that it was supposed to become a centerpiece many moons ago.  It is a Valentines project judging by the fabric.  Excellent timing I would say!
I took the contents out of the baggie and realized that I had not even cut out all the required pieces.  By some small miracle I knew exactly where the fabric was!  So I got stuck in and cut out the rest of the pieces.
I have 6 hexies basted which means I have 14 left to baste and then stitch them all together.  It is one of my favorite patterns for a centerpiece.  I think I did not have all of them basted as I wanted to embroider some of them... - no, I just want to get them done!  Watch this space.  In a couple of days I will have the project completed and that will be my first UFO of the year.  Thanks for stopping by to visit.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hexies and Allietare!

Hello sweet people.  I have had some time to sew over the past couple of days.  I have been working like a fiend building units for Allietare, Bonnie Hunters mystery quilt for 2015.  It has been a fun one to work on but SO MANY PIECES!  I have made all the units now and am stitching the blocks together.  I really like how it is turning out. 

I have also made my third hexie for Quilts on the Go - Katja Marek's Sew Along from her book, The New Hexagon.  I am in love with making these.  I have not done the big stitching in the sashing yet as I am trying to decide which thread to use.  But these are really addictive to make.

Here are the first seven blocks of Allietare laid out with the corner and setting triangles.  The neutral bits poking out will be trimmed off once the quilt is stitched together.  I will probably play with the placement a bit more once all the blocks are done.  I just could not wait to see what it would look like.   It is rainy and dreary here today - a perfect sewing room day.  I hope you got a chance to sew! 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A New Year, a New Start!

Happy 2016 friends!  I don't know about you, but I really like the idea of a new year.  It's a time to set fresh goals for a whole pristine year ahead.  You get to start over and try again.  We have a tradition on New Years Eve.  The whole family sits down and formulates their goals for the new year.  We report back on our goals from last year and our accomplishments.  We set our new goals and tell one another what they are.  Then we each get a family assigned goal.  Sometimes it is an all you can eat character assassination but there is alot of laughing and loud discussion.  When you speak your goals out loud and others hear what they are, you seem to become a bit more serious about achieving them. 
 
I have been saving my ball bands from the entire year.  At the end of this year I worked out how many yards of yarn I have crocheted/ knitted in 2015.  Turns out it is 11.1 Miles!  Not bad - that's a few afghans I would say!  
I am taking part in Katja Marek's Quilts on the Go Hexie Quilt.  I have completed two of these hexies and we have four to make this month.  
My sweet son made this amazing metal rose for me.  He is such a talented and creative man.  My kids are all artistic and I absolutely love watching them create beautiful things.  It makes my heart sing that they love the creative process.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Some Christmas Cheer part 2.

As promised here is part two of the Christmas cheer tour!  This is the centerpiece on my dining room table.  I love metal Christmas trees with simple baubles hanging from them.  
This is the tree in my dining room.  It has many decorations from South Africa hanging on it.  The tree skirt was made by me many moons ago.  I think it was actually the first tree skirt I made.  One of my cats loves to sleep on it.  I think he thinks it belongs to him!
This tree is officially called "The Naughty Cat Tree".  It has only cat decorations in it.  I add a few ornaments to it each year.  This year I treated myself to a Jim Shore ornament.  I made the tree skirt a few weeks ago.   I know it is hard to see but the fabric is tree branches with cats perched on them.  So sweet and appropriate for the tree.  I have taken so many photo's of this tree and have yet to get a good one. The light in New Hampshire is not good.  Even during a sunny spell.  
I made another tree skirt for the tree in the family room.  Every once in a while one has a project which gives you fits right from the word go.  I had so many dates with my seam ripper etc.  I nearly gave up on it.  Then I thought it would probably be a good one if I just persevere.  I am happy I did.  I really do like it now.  
Thank you so much for all the sweet comments during the course of the year.  I have so appreciated each and every one.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you will get some time to stitch around the holidays and that not every moment will be spent in the kitchen.  I can't wait to see all the lovely things you make next year.