Tuesday, December 17, 2013

READY FOR CHRISTMAS NOW!

Ok, Christmas can happen now!....I have everything made that I was going to...as of this morning I have it all wrapped ready to go.....

I guess that means I need to do a little cleaning up around here....I have done some but I always get sidetracked soon as I find fabric or other sewing items....or maybe its just an excuse to stop cleaning lol.....

I made 9 crocheted dish cloths and have a couple that will be made from the leftovers maybe this evening....I will keep them for me to use....no pics but if you have seen a crocheted dish cloth most likely you have seen them all lol.....

I washed and ironed 4 big yardages of light colors for either backgrounds or backs or both yesterday....I was looking this morning and being I have it all set up for ironing those big pieces I could do about 5 more and get them out of the way and into the cabinet.....that would be a big plus as I don't like to iron  lol.....

Speaking of crochet-- if you get bored with sewing your fabric you can always sew 1/2 inch strips together and make something like a pad to set hot food on like this one here....

I was playing around other day with this as I was throwing away too many of those pieces...they were too small to add to my string quilts...I just sewed them end to end with a couple stitches and this is what I got....I could have done a better job I think but I was experimenting at the time....I also used a K hook for this....
 
Well I have to get around and get productive as its almost noon and I need a late breakfast...not moving the fastest so far today.....more later....

Friday, December 6, 2013

QUILT MEETING AND A TEASER

I started a post yesterday but for some reason I kicked myself out so gave up ....I was tired and didn't want to try to retype everything....

Yesterday I went to the quilt meeting for our annual Christmas dinner meeting.....way too much food and of course I had to try everything...and boy was it good....needless to say I didn't want any supper to speak of...I took the snowball quilt for show and tell...lots of questions....most of them there does machine quilting and only 1-2 does hand quilting and not very often....others had lots to show also and of course I forgot my camera...there were a lot of runners and one was a first time at paper piecing...she was very happy that she could do it....

I have a slight problem at the moment....my iron that I use everyday all day long has a thermostat problem...too hot when running and wont shut completely off so I have it unplugged so I don't have to worry about it starting a fire....I have my daughter looking for one for me...she likes to shop...I don't because I can never find what I need....I do have a spare but I like to have the two to deal with instead of one moving from place to place....

I was shuffling things around on the cutting table and found my bag of a new quilt...I wanted something different to do with strings so this is what I have come up with....its a teaser lol...

I don't have the sashes on this block but I have a bag full that do have...I don't remember just how many I have but I think there is enough for a quilt in there...more on this later....

Today already I have pinned that blue quilt I am not happy with so I can machine quilt it for me to use in the evening when chilled...be glad when done with it and out of my basket of blocks...I have several to follow up with before I start quilting the girls gfg quilts this winter....always something here lol.....well off to do laundry first then quilt so all have a great day.....big day is really coming fast....more later....

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

SNOWBALL QUILT IS FINISHED!

Well as I promised here is the picture of my daughters snowball quilt all done....so glad too!.... All hand quilted...In the center of each snowball is a quilted heart 1 row up and 1 row down so it looks right from either way....the borders are quilted....had 6 needles going for this one...I am happy with it and I think she will be very happy with it also....
 
So being I an done with this one I am moving on....I went looking for a batt piece big enough for my blue quilt I want to finish....

 
oh what  a mess....and of course none were the right size....I considered piecing the batts but it seems none were the same weight....so that was out...I opened another batt to relax...I really want to get that blue quilt done with so I can move on to more....I want to get as much done as possible before going back to the girls gfg quilts to quilt...that will take a lot of my time the size they are....
 
I have to make up my mind today what I am making for the quilt meeting tomorrow...its our annual Christmas dinner meeting....whatever I make I have to get the 'fixins' yet so cant wait much longer...plus I have some errands to do while out...and mother nature is 'smokin' again....lol...its really foggy again today...suppose to get really cold by this evening though...
 
ok I have a lot to do today so I better get going on it....look for more pics this week...I have a little teaser later....more later....

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

QUICK POST TONIGHT

It has been a busy time here at home as I am sure it is in most homes where handmade gifts are being done...

Thanksgiving I went to my daughters to spend the afternoon then came home and worked on my daughters quilt till I got tired...which wasn't too long....its amazing how one can get tired from sitting around lol....but all that gabbing must take a lot out of a person lol...I have been working on it almost steady the rest of the weekend...

I am happy to say I am done with her quilt...all done!....I will take it and the topper I made for my secret santa box for show and tell at the quilt meeting this week...that was one reason why I was hustling to get the quilt done but I was just getting tired of working on it so I needed to get it done...

Tomorrow I have errands to run and a few groceries to get then I am going to try to work on the sewing room picking up and putting away....I say try because I always get side tracked in there....but I am going to force myself to work not play lol...

Its past bedtime but I wanted to post before I went to bed....I will try to take pictures tomorrow....I think I have some other things I need to show you too if I can find them buried in there.....for now though its good night world....more later...