Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Helping Mrs. Claus

Again this year I have the honor of being able to help Mrs. Claus with a quilt project for a young lady.  Last year it was Paddington, this year it's Cinderella.  I've got Bibbidy-bobbidy-boo and mice singing Cinderelly, Cinderelly in my head most of the day and night.  I rewatched the movie on YouTube - and man that stepmother and sisters were mean! 

the green is Kaffe shot cotton in honeydew and I love it.  there's a slight bluish tint running against the green and the fabric is really soft.  the whole of the quilt has been cut and situated on the design wall - just needs to be pieced and I'm hoping that the softness of the fabric didn't cause me any cutting errors.  Mrs. Claus would never give a quilt to a child that is done poorly, so I'm being extra careful with my work.

I've not forgotten about my poor neglected Bee blocks (please don't kick me out of any bees).  so hard to get all done that needs to be done this time of year.  I'm hoping it's the same for all the bee members so they aren't cursing my late blocks...  here is the sad state of wait for my bee blocks - yes, there they sit, waiting for attention...

 and now my handwork shame is out - ask me to embroider and expect to wait.  I'm trying, but it is taking me much longer than other bee members...  happily the quilt itself isn't late and I'll be done long before the blocks need to be assembled.  but still, the lateness of the bee blocks is weighing on me.  I plan on doing almost nothing other than sewing this weekend to try and get caught up.
and also my niece's quilt - front and back complete, just needs to be sandwiched, basted and quilted.  
and that, my friends, is an awful lot of blue and purple for a gal who loves red, orange, pink and yellow!  :-)  happy quilting!  oh, one last thing - here's my best WIP that's been in the making for 17 years TODAY -
my favorite project EVER!!! <3 <3 <3
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

I’m thankful for quilting!

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here’s my niece’s quilt progress.  the back is on the design wall, the front is folded across the top of the chair there.  I’m going to take a break to go overeat with some friends and pretend I’m interested in football.  and drink some wine.  (I don’t have to pretend to like the wine!!!)  :-)  no turkey for me, though.  first Thanksgiving with friends since going vegan – so hope no one makes a big deal about it.  whatever happens – I’m truly thankful to have friends who include me and my daughter in their holiday traditions.

This time of year I really miss my mother, who is gone, and my family in California, who are just too far away for me to meet for dinner.  I’m especially thankful for my sister and my niece, my daughter and my puppies.  and maybe the cat.  she keeps the big dog entertained. 

I’m thankful for my stepdad and his girlfriend and my dad and stepmom and cousins who make sure to keep me in the family loop through sweet emails and lovely holiday cards.  Oh how I wish I had more time and money to be able to spend every holiday in their company.

I’m thankful for a warm home for me and my daughter and all those furry kids and a job that helps pay the rent – and an office where I have some real good friends that make me laugh almost every day. 

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and I’m thankful for the online quilting support that we are all able to share with each other.  The quilt world really is full of so many nice people!  I hope you have a lot to be thankful for!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

1D pillows done

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finished the second 1D pillow today.  added some Modern Citrus Mosaic Squares (Robin Zingone) fabric from Robert Kaufman to the outside edge of the green Clover Dots (Brandon Mably) 1D star and to the back of the pillow.

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with some squares of Emily Herrick sea stars, Kaufman Metro Circles, more Mably Clover Dots and some Michele D’Amore’s Bold & Beautiful orange Crayon Stripe on the back to mimic the mosaic print.  pillows are dog-tested and approved…   the bean is now listening to the boy band – when is she not? – and telling me there’s only a week to the NEW RELEASE.  remember when I was wishing for them to record a new song?  be careful what you wish for! 

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happy napping puppy (and teen) :-) 

Friday, November 2, 2012

some bee blocks…

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made a practice block for myself with some Denyse Schmidt fabrics from the Chicopee line and an Emily Herrick starfish fabric.  the pattern is from quilter’s cache website, titled caned seat by Marcia Hohn.  cool pattern and not too difficult – it’s paper-pieced, which isn’t one of my favorite things to do, but always makes for nice finished blocks.  I made one for Jodie, who is making a Pittsburgh Steelers quilt – love the color combo in this one.


I can’t remember what the black/grey fabric was called.  that’s almost the end of my stash of it.  I found it a bit ago at Joann’s, of all places.  the yellow is a Kona, but I didn’t mark it in any way to know what the color is.  Quiltology was having a fat quarter sale of Kona one day and I just made a mad grab for a bunch of colors.  I’m trying to add in more solids to my quilting.  I love love love prints, but I can admit that some of my quilts might be a tad busy because of it.  but then you run into fabrics like the bee print in this one and it’s hard to say no…  :-) (it’s a Michael Miller fabric – Hive, maybe?)

I still have three more blocks to complete for the October/November assignment in the NuBees.  it’s been slow sewing over here.  feels more like the time of year to get under a quilt rather than make one.  maybe I’ll pull out some of last year’s unfinished Christmas mug rugs and get going on those – inspiration for the almost-here holidays!  happy sewing :-)