Friday, April 25, 2014

It's Friday....Yippee!!  It has been a somewhat productive week.

I have been working on quilting my Kitty in the Window quilt.  I am stitching in the ditch around the kitty and the window frame and finally will do the same around the borders.  Hopefully will finish it this weekend.

I was also able to sew together the Who's on First quilt top.  That is the fabric I won last year about this time but never got around to sewing it together.  The fabric is called Who's on First by Bristol Bay Studio for Bernatex, Inc.  It came with a main panel and 11 fat quarters.  Here is a picture of the finished quilt top.

 I love this baseball themed fabric...Baseball is one of my all time favorite games to watch.   I think I will use a flannel for the backing maybe in a matching blue.  Then I can take it to the grand kids baseball games and wrap up in it.  

I only sewed it up because I would get tired of working on the kitty quilt.  I have Monday off work so hopefully will be able to sew all day.  I really need to get my Jean blocks done so I can start on another quilt top.  I received a 14" hoop today in the mail so I can start quilting by hand some of these quilt tops.  I still have four quilt tops to quilt.  
1. Be my neighbor (House quilt)

2. The 10 minute block quilt

3.  The Blue Plate Special quilt. 
 4.  Puss in the corner lap quilt.

By the time I get these done I  will have a few more tops made, I am sure.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today the weather is warm but I hear another storm is coming in with lots of snow.  I just wish winter would leave and spring would stay.  One thing is for sure, I get some sewing done on the snow or rain days.

I've got my Kitty in the Window quilt ready to quilt....but I have been putting it off due to the fact that I wasn't to sure exactly which pattern to do the quilting in.  I think I have decided.  After watching a video course on Craftsy called Dot To Dot Quilting, I have decided to do some diamond shapes on the kitties and a scallop on the sashing.  I will post pictures of it at a later date.

In the meantime I have been working on some sewing accessories that I need.

This is the Sewing Machine Mat with pockets.  I found this great blog called Aunt Polly's Porch.  Her sewing room organizers were on the Moda Bake Shop the other day and I fell in love with the items she showed how to make.  There is a sewing machine cover, a pin cushion to tie on your machine and another small one to keep nearby, a chatelaine to hang around your neck with a pincushion on one  end and your scissors on the other, a versatile caddy to use by your machine or on your ironing board or when sitting in a chair or on the couch.  There is also a handy bucket covering to keep things handy.  She is so creative!!

Hopefully this afternoon I can get started on my quilt.

When I went to a DUP meeting the other day, our captain was handing out plastic eggs with the cutest story inside to help us remember the real meaning of Easter.

As Easter time approaches, let me share with you the tender story of an eleven year old boy named Philip, a Down's syndrome child who was in a Sunday School Class with eight other children.
Easter Sunday the teacher brought and empty plastic egg for each child.  They were instructed to go out of the church building onto the grounds and put into the egg something that would remind them of the meaning of Easter.
All returned joyfully.  As each egg was opened there was exclamations of delight at a butterfly, a twig, a flower, a blade of grass.  Then the last egg was opened.  It was Philip's and it was empty!
Some of the children made fun of Philip.  "But, teacher," he said, " teacher the tomb was empty!"
A newspaper article announcing Philip's death a few months later noted that at the conclusion of the funeral eight children marched forward and put a large empty egg on the small casket.  On it was a banner that said, "The tomb was empty"
With John of old, we bear especial witness and testify the " the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world" (1John 4:14) and that a major purpose of his sacred mission was to teach us how to love and serve one another.    Marion D. Hanks - Easter 1992 

I wish everone that reads this a Happy Easter.

Monday, April 7, 2014

One of the quilt tops I have been working on is a jean denim quilt.  I am using scraps of old jeans and putting them together in "10 minute Blocks"  I am using a dark blue print as the center.
 As you can see I  even incorporated the black denim as well as the shades of blue denims in my blocks.  I only have a dozen blocks but need more to finish this one off.  I hope it turns out as good as I hoped it would.
Over the weekend i was able to finish the binding on my disappearing 4 patch.  I really like how it turned out.  The weather was so beautiful today so I was able to take pictures outside.

The quilting is just straight line stitching.  The binding is the same stripe as the back only done on the bias.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The last few days have been very productive.  I was able to quilt and finish the baby quilt I was working on.
 This is the front.  I pieced it from scraps of flannel..most of it I had in my stash. 
I also pieced the back.  I love the fabric with the girls in various sports. They are sooo cute!!
 This is a close up of the blocks.  I just did a diagonal stitch line across it on my home machine

I also got my disappearing 4 patch quilted and will do the binding in the next few days.  Then I will post pictures of it.

The weather has been so rotten outside that I haven't wanted to go out at all.  At least it has given me a chance to get some projects finished.   Here is a list of what I hope to accomplish in the next few weeks:   1.  Quilt and bind my Be My Neighbor House Quilt
              2.  Quilt and bind my Cat Quilt
              3.  Quilt and bind my Blue Plate Special Quilt
              4. Work on my Jean quilt top
              5.  Quilt and bind my 10 minute Block Quilt

I've got my work cut out for me....But I love every minute of it.