Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Sewing Time

Feels great to have another semester done. Graduation was yesterday, so today was free for sewing. I find the Under the Stars project to be quite boring. So, in order to force myself to get the project done, I load up my six small design boards with the pieces for the blocks. I make myself finish six blocks before I can start on the more fun projects.
The good news, for me, is that I only have 32 more blocks to go. I am ready to get this baby on the design wall and be done with it. Do you find some blocks to be absolutely boring to sew?

The next project I worked on today was block number 7 of the 2013 Designer Mystery Block of the Month. I love this fabric and think this BOM is great fun to work on.
With those blocks done, I got to work on Lucey. I am practicing my FMQ on really inexpensive fabric and making play quilts for my grandkids. I recently finished this Disney Princess quilt top.
When Little Missy was visiting for Thanksgiving, she stood on a step stool and watched me quilt this for her. I haven't buried my beginning/ending threads yet or bound it.
Here is the back of the Princess quilt. I found this quilt design on YouTube. It is from Lynn Durban and she calls it ButterClam. You can find it here.

Today I finished up a baseball/robot quilt for the grandsons. I was practicing making random squares. When I quilted, I had the baseball theme fabric on the top.
 The back of the quilt is Robot themed fabric. When I turned it over, I really liked the backside the best. The quilting kind of looks like circuit boards. Very appropriate for robots.
That was enough for one day. Now I have the two play quilts to get bound. That is always my least favorite part of quilting.

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Icy Sunday

We are getting the freezing rain that has plagued much of the country. Our trees are coated.
I took this picture through the screen, so it isn't really showing up like I thought it might. I am not going outside to get a picture, so this will do. So far, we haven't lost power. Some not too far from us have lost power, however. Keeping my fingers crossed.

DH and I got the Merry, Merry Snowmen quilt hung up for the season.

These little guys make me smile every time I look at them. They are going to be a great addition to my minimal decorations this year. I am getting old. I don't have a lot of enthusiasm when it comes time to pull out the bins of decorations. I put fewer ornaments on the tree, but I told myself that I was just reducing the temptation for the 15-month old who will be coming to visit us soon.

I spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon hours sewing blocks. I kept my fingers crossed that we wouldn't lose power, and I have been lucky. I have now finished 30 blocks for the Under the Stars quilt.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Little Sewing Time

We had a great Thanksgiving. Son, DIL, and Little Missy visited from Michigan. On Saturday, we sent Son and DIL off to have a day of shopping and eating out. We had fun with Little Missy. We made a gingerbread house and Christmas cookies. We had a great time. Little Missy isn't even four, but she absolutely loved the whole process of decorating the gingerbread house and cookies. She is grandma's best girl. I really miss her. 

It has been so long since I have been in my sewing room. Ahhh! It feels good to be back. The first thing I did was shorten a pair of pants for DH. They have been laying by my machine for three weeks. He says that with all of the machines I have I ought to be able to shorten a pair of pants. Of course I can, I just think it is beneath my dignity. Ha. I will spare you any photos of the boring process. Believe me, I did get the job done.

Then, on to the fun stuff. I completed block #6 of the 2013 Designer Mystery BOM series. It is called Fireworks. Cute.
The next project was a block for my bee mate. She asked for wonky houses. This is so far from my comfort zone that I can't even describe it. I have spent years trying NOT to make my projects look wonky. I really don't get this whole wonky craze. Oh well. I will give her what she wants.
I am so much more comfortable when I am using a pattern. I have no creativity...really. That is an Easter Bunny looking out the window. I am so sorry that I have already put this into the envelope to send off. I am really disappointed. I really try to produce a good quality product for my bee partners, and I am afraid that I really fell short on this one. So sorry. I'll do better next time.

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