Monday, January 11, 2016

FNSF Update - Midnight Mystery January Clue

I forgot to do the Friday Night with Friends!
(I'm so Sorry!)
I came home from work and I don't remember much else.  I was just too tired.

Well, I did work on my quilt over the weekend. 
I now have the Midnight Mystery Quilt Top completed.
(January's Clue)
 So I may not have stitched with everyone else - but I did stitch.

So - now it's on to how to finish this - no border, more borders ?
It measures 73 inches.  Which I suppose is big enough.

Taking into consideration my track record of adding borders to quilts (ie - Angela's quilt) I should probably stop here and call it good.

In the mean time - I'll go look for some fabric see if something catches my eye for a border and find some backing fabric. 

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

First Post of 2016

Well, are you all bundled up with this wet weather?  
And if you are in the lower hemisphere, are you enjoying some nice sunshine?

I loved the sun when it was shinning and now that it's wet and cold I'm love it just as much.  And I love the early morning skies.
This picture was taken this morning on my way to work.

I have been working on the Midnight Mystery.
Cheryl has really made this fun.
All my blocks are sewn for the December clue.  Waiting (happily) for January's clue. 

And check out what I taught my daughter, how to play Barrel of Monkeys.
So that she can beat her boyfriend. (I know some tips on to get them all up and in a row.) 
Somehow this game was so much easier when I was a kid.
Hahaha

Happy New Year!

Linda
Linking up with Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Sewing Goals for 2016

I have a couple quilts I would like to finish up this year.  (Actually all of them - but lets face it, that's not going to happen!  hahaha)

Goal #1
Angela's Quilt. 

This has been on my list for years. I mean YEARS.
It went from this.
To this during this last year. 
I just need one more border and then to quilt it.


Goal #2
Erik's Quilt
I need to cut this up and put it into a nice design 
This should be an easy lap quilt.


Goal #3
Midnight Mystery Quilt.
Once all the clues are up, I want to quilt it and give it to Daughter #3


Goal #4
Rosanna's Quilt.
I have no plans for this - YET. But I hope to design it, sew it and quilt it. (An unlikely goal - but I'm going to give it a good try!)

And you?  What are your goals?

Happy Sewing,
Linda

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Clear Zip Up Pouch

                                                 
Check this out - 
I decided that I would make some emergency pouches for my girls.
The front of the pouch is clear.  How handy is that?

I found the pattern somewhere on the internet - probably through Pinterest.
I had so much fun making them.
The first one didn't come out that great. (not pictured) I took it apart and redid the fabrics and re-sized the binding. And sewed it up much straighter.
I put in just some little stuff  - like a nail file, hair tie, allergy medication, headache medication etc.
I'm pretty happy with the results. 

Now it's off to make Christmas cookies to give away.

I want to wish everyone a 
Linda

Friday, December 18, 2015

One Potholder - One for Dinner

I  really don't know what happened to all my potholders.  I guess I slowly threw each one away.  

I was down to NONE.  I've using my dishtowels. 
How sad is that?

So I came up with a great idea.  Tell me what you think.  I was thinking of asking each family that comes to my house for Christmas dinner to bring me a potholder.  Sort of like an Christmas Dinner admission fee.  Well, that doesn't sound quite right - you can't have a "fee" for something that has to do with Christmas.

So we, my husband, daughter and I were at a craft fair.  I was explaining my idea.  My husband ran straight over - bought me the above potholder and announced "I'm Eating Dinner!"

We laughed so hard.  I explained to lady selling the potholders my idea -and invited her too - for the price of a potholder!

Actually, this is the BEST potholder I've ever had.  I wished I had her number and could buy more or I knew how to make them.

Merry Christmas if I don't see you before,

Linda

Friday, December 11, 2015

BIG Blocks - Working on Midnight Mystery

I've been working on the Midnight Mystery quit.  A little here and a little there in between decorating 
 and baking cookies.  
That's me with our Christmas tree.  It's hard to get a good picture with a white tree.

Cheryl at Meadow Mist had us make these HUGE courthouse blocks 
and I was wondering how in the world was this quilt going to look?
Then she had us slice and dice it into 4 pieces to make the corners of a star block.  Wow - what fun!  We have no idea what we are doing!  hahaha

Check out this Star Block for the Midnight Mystery.  Hmmm....I think I'm beginning to understand why the name of the quilt is Midnight Mystery!  Since we see "Stars" at "Midnight".  

I was very concerned about that center "one-way" fabric in the courthouse steps, which is now surrounding the gold star.  Would it work in the quilt?   At first I thought it was a bit over powering for the star block - but after stepping back, I'm thinking it works.

This is a 24" block - Gotta love those Big Blocks!
So there you have it - that's what I've been doing.

Now I better get to Christmas shopping,

Happy Stitching,
Linda
  


Friday, December 4, 2015

FnwF Update

Working on some HST units. 
The Midnight Mystery instructions are very easy to follow. Even at night after working all day!  

Maybe that's enough for tonight. ��

Happy Sewing,
Linda