Sunday, November 30, 2014

Best Laid Plans and Colds

I was so proud of myself for finishing up some projects that had been put on the back burner while I finished some orders for bowl cozies. I was on a role so I decided to use my new die for my Accuquilt to cut out the fabric for my step-daughters rag quilt while I baked pies on Wednesday. I figured I could get it ready to go, then sew it up on Saturday after Thanksgiving and have it ready to give on Sunday when she comes to visit.

I had also planned to baste this Christmas quilt top so I would have something to hand quilt while watching Christmas movies.

Well I didn't plan on two people having colds at Thanksgiving dinner so of course by Friday night I was getting a sore throat. On Saturday morning I ached all over and felt very tired. I went back to bed around 10 am and slept until my son called at 1:30 pm. I felt a little better so continued my Cold Ez, liquids and rest. By evening I was aching again so went to bed early.

Sunday morning I awoke several times with scratchy a dry throat. My poodle, Tebow finally couldn't wait any longer and I had to get up. Aches gone, sore throat still present. I spent the day reading and resting but did go out in the late afternoon for Tebow and I's Sunday treat, Dairy Queen.

Tonight will be more rest, Cold Eeze and the rest of my Blizzard. Hope that knocks the rest of it out so I can get my quilting mojo back.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Finishing up

Today I decided to finish up a few small projects. These stockings were the first on the list. My daughter had requested six matching stockings for her family the week before Christmas 2013. I had all but the cuff put on two of them before I put them away until this year.

Well it could have been a fast finish except it took three tries for me to get it sewn on the right side. Why did I keep sewing it on wrong? Who knows.
Then I put the backing on my Thanksgiving Table Runner; no binding yet so won't use till next year.

Last of all I fixed the edges of two bowl cozies.

I also was able to sort and store more fabric in the sewing room. On the quilt agenda for the rest of the week,  pin basting the Christmas lap quilt I plan to hand quilt. I need something to hand quilt while relaxing in front of the TV. Maybe big stitch with #8 perle cotton. I also plan to cut the pieces for my step-daughter, Ann's rag quilt.  I promised to make it for her over a year ago when she picked out the fabric. Of course my two granddaughters had also wanted one of their own so I made them right away. After making those two rag quilts I was over rag quilts for awhile. I am cheating this time by cutting Ann's out with my Acuquilt, no clipping and the least favorite part of quilting for me is the cutting.

May those of you who live in the USA have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014


 I have finally finished my "Big Stitch Quilt" and named it "This and That."

The pattern is an eclectic scrap pattern I found on the internet. I cannot remember where so I can't credit the person.
It is made with large scraps cut different sizes and shapes and backed in a soft yellow flannel.
I big stitch quilted with a natural color pearle cotton thread in various patterns through out.

and several others 
To finish it off I stitched butterflies around the border.
The yellow is not bright as it shows in this picture. It is a soft baby yellow.

I have come to realize this week that my brain retired when my body did so I do not remember when I started this project.  I know it was before I moved in August. I actually finished this in October but didn't settle on the binding until last week. Since this was a scrap quilt I didn't want to buy fabric to bind it. I have dug through my containers of fabric looking for something that would work several times and had no luck. Storage bins are not the best for storing fabric in my opinion.  
I spent a day last week sorting my fabrics, folding and arranging on shelves in my finally finished quilt room (Pictures to come in a future post.) when I ran across more of the blue fabric I used in the quilt. There was more than enough for the binding. Yipeee. I immediately got out my Accuquilt and cut, ironed and machine sewed on the binding in less than five minutes. Did I say I love my Accuquilt. :) What a timesaver for someone who hates cutting fabric.

I then spent Saturday hand sewing the binding down to finish.

I also made this bowl cozy set for my sister in Ohio.


I still have a couple small bowl cozies she ordered for Christmas gifts to make this week, a table runner to finish for Thanksgiving, stockings for my daughters family (started last year) and a Christmas quilt to start quilting.  This week should be busy.

Have a blessed week my friends.