Cooking, Sewing, Working, Traveling, Gardening and Pondering

Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

~Winston Churchill~

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Airplane sewing

Hexies - On a flight to Paris and this is what I do.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

It's starting to look a lot like Christmas!

I got a few projects done for Christmas and made some progress on my primitive pennies Irish chain.
A candle mat

Three rows of the 16 I have to make of the primitive pennies quilt.

And my first attempt at this kind of wool appliqué.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Funday!

Worked on my Primitive Pennies, trying to turn the six patches into nine patches. Pretty much only ironed them. 

Then I decided to give hand quilting a try.  I had bought this preprinted square at a quilt show.  So today I hooped it up am trying to learn that whole hand quilting rocking needle technique.  Any advice is appreciated!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Primitive pennies Irish chain


Hoping I can do this.  It's a king size.  It's taking forever.  My nine patches are still only six patches.  

And I want to do Bonnie Hunters mystery  quilt next month.  Started pulling fabric you the MQ, but I don't love it.  Off to buy more fabric! Here are two ideas that I have in my stash.


Or this?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Playing around with a few new projects

I have a friend who is expecting this month...Yes, this month and I am still working on the baby quilt.  Here is what I so far.  It's a bit of stretch for me, not only in the color scheme as she picked jewel tones, but also the pattern. I hope she likes it in the end.

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Then my BFF gave me these gorgeous fat quarters, that I so need to decide what to with them.  Any suggestions?

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We took a little trip to Seattle and I spied this quilt in a quilt shop in La Conner that I just loved the simplicity of it.
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I remembered that my juicer doubles as a pasta maker, so I wiped up some noodles on Sunday!

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Last spring a dear friend, Becky, sold me her Singer Featherweight.  I had it serviced and tuned up but hadn't sewn on it at all until this week. I know I suck.  Well, I set it up on the coffee table and played around with her and made a few things.   This is becoming my new favorite thing to do.  Thank you Becky!

A Christmas table runner
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Six Charm Packs paired up and now doubled
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Then I also threw together a table runner on my Bernina too.

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I am also working on a Missouri Star Quilt Shop Irish Chain pattern.  It will be king size with matching shams and pillowcase - one day that is.  Here is my slow progress.
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What are you working on?

Friday, July 25, 2014

In honor of my wonderful hubs!

Sorry for the delay in blog updates.  I had a little procedure back in March that I have been focused on healing and recuperating from - all is well.

Back in May we took a wonderful trip to Boston, Cape Code and Boothbay Harbor.  What a beautiful part of our country.

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And now some quilt inspiration

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Then we went to the Orange County State Fair for some fun and games!

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And then I started my garden project...

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It's been a good summer and I promise to be back soon with more quilty, sewing, stitching goodness soon and more frequent!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

If I don't finish something soon...



I may just go insane.  Too many UFOs laying about for too dang long. So I finally ripped off the band aide and decided to machine quilt a top I made last year.  I did a bigger format stippling with free motion quilting. It was hard to say the least,  since I have never done something this size before.  It was heavy and it was hot!


Here is what it ended up as.