Friday, January 23, 2015

Poor Little Fingers - Working to the Bone (Civil War Quilt)

While at my friendship quilt meeting, the Sewful Sisters, I decided that I'm going to get this Civil War top pieced before the next meeting. (Great goal, right?)
I've spent all my free time working on it.  (Housework? - Ain't got no time for that!) My fingers have been busy, cutting, pressing and sewing.  I timed myself and one border took 3 hours for me to sew using my sewing machine. (Okay I admit I'm slow.)  This morning before work I sewed another side border on. 
Yes!!  It's coming along nicely. Two sides on and two to go. I think I'll have it pieced before Tuesday night's meeting.

 I've also been busy getting our taxes ready, and planning a trip to Kaui - for our 21st Anniversary.  (Remember we missed our 20th because our grandbaby, Lily was born.)

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

To Stitch or Not to Stitch?

I've seen some people around blog land starting new stitchery projects.  And that's nice.  But just not for me.  I'm determined to get my borders on my quilt.  (Oh!  You will be so happy to know I did work on it!!  No pictures - cuz I'm a dummy and forgot to take some. )
Then someone gave me this booklet.

Rather old fashioned but I really like the little mice and the Charlie Brown type Christmas Tree and I'm thinking I'll make it "someday".
We all know someday may not happen!  And then I remembered I have this little kit that I thought I would make "someday". 
 I got it out and overcast the edges.  (Wait - I say I got it out - like it was that easy!  I searched and tore things apart for three days to find it!  LOL!!)I haven't done cross-stitch in 25 - 30 years. I'm looking forward to this project. 

Now back to my borders on the Civil War quilt.

Happy Stitching,


Monday, January 12, 2015

January Goal & Great Clover Product

Hello Everyone!
I've been trying to find time to write a post - I keep getting distracted with everyone's blogs! Especially this time of year with all the new projects and BOMs!
(I love them, love them, love them! And want to start them!)
I was thinking last year I completed two UFO's and one new project.  I was pretty happy with that.
Then I decided it was time to make a list of all my quilts and projects.
(I haven't been brave enough to do this for the past 5 years.)
I came up to lucky number 12.  Well, it I finish only 2 a year it will take me 6 YEARS to finish them.  NOT acceptable. 
So how can I get more done yet not feel I'm chained to my machine?
(Oh my gosh! I just remembered three more UFOs!)
Here's what I'm working on for January.  My Civil War quilt.
I've only just pinned the vines down to get an idea of how to do this.
I have to tell you about this - because if you ever make vines on a quilt, this is the way to go.
Clover makes this fusiable webbing for bias tape and it's the BEST!!
 I applied it to the vine (with an iron) and then once it placed on my border pulled off the paper and applied the iron to make it stay.  Sooo EASY!!!
Picture is before I ironed on the vines, flowers, etc.
This does give you an idea of what I'm doing.
Using the fusiable web & ironing on the vines and flowers, it has smoothed out all those loose parts.
Cool Right?
  I want to wish you all a Very Happy New Year. With much Happiness, Good Health and Quilty Fun.