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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Little Progress

I’ve lost a little steam this week due to illness, but I have worked on a couple of things.

I spent some time quilting the pink portions of the stars on Vintage Skate…



I have 3 stars left to complete. I may try to finish those today.

I also made a block for a member of our guild Bee…



Those are little bees on the light fabric. This was quick and easy and now ready to be turned in next week.

I also spent time yesterday removing the (bad) quilting that was started on the Kittens quilt…



I had a few edge-to-edge rows quilted, but they didn’t work. Now I need to reconfigure my plan and move ahead with it.

Today is an at-home day waiting for a call from the vet. The pupster had to be dropped off this morning so they can see what’s up with her snotty nose. Dog problems…

I will be linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Head over for some fun projects.


Monday, November 13, 2017

What’s Up This Week

This week is not a very busy one outside the house, so I hope to get some things done in the sewing room.

But first, I stuffed and stitched two pillows for Christmas. They are two-sided pillows, and here is one side…



…and here is the other…



They measure about 20 inches square. These are panels that coordinate with the Merrily quilt top I finished a while ago…



I still need to piece a backing and then get Merrily quilted. It’s in the queue, I promise!

First up this week is to (hopefully) finish quilting the Vintage Skate wall hanging…



I have all the green parts of the stars quilted, and yesterday I started quilting the pink parts of the stars. I will try to finish this one up this week.

When that is done, I want to get back to the table runner I was working on last spring (!) when Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt did a Spring QAL. She demonstrated a variety of quilting motifs. I got the table runner made and quilted along for a bit, but I still have more to finish. Here is where my table runner stands…



I have the four light strips quilted, along with the center red strip. When Vintage Skate is done I will head back over to The Inbox Jaunt and look for some fun motifs to practice on the rest of this topper and hopefully finish it up for Christmas.

Once those are done, I’m going to spend my time quilting the Kittens quilt.



I had it on the long arm and started quilting it, but it just wasn’t working. So, I ended up pin basting it while it was on the frame and I will quilt it on my domestic machine. I have a couple of edge to edge rows of simple quilting to remove, then I can get it done.

I will be linking up with Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making and Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday. Head over for some wonderful projects…and have a great week!



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Here Kitty, Kitty


I finished up the last four Kittens blocks for November. Of course, I’ve had black cats…


  
…and we’ve had tuxedo cats, like my kitty Mitzi here from my teenage years (with our poodle)…





And of course, I could never go without making a block of my late, great sewing buddy…





And the final block for November was using some fabric I found on the free table at a guild meeting, and I knew it would be great for this block…



…cuz all cats think they are actually tigers 😉

It was great to see all the Kittens up on the Design Wall…



With those done, I was antsy to get this one finished, so on Thursday and Friday I sashed the blocks and added borders, and ta-da!



I am soooo happy with this. The quilt top measures 58 inches wide by 70 inches long. It will be just right to sit under on the couch.

Now I need to piece a backing for it. I thought I had enough background fabric to use, but after I finished up the top and cut strips for the binding, I have very little left. No problems, though. I’ve pulled some fabrics and I will make a backing. I think I also have some batting in the closet, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this one is on the quilting frame sometime this weekend. YAY!


I will be linking up with Angela at So Scrappy for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I hope you check out all the great projects everyone is working on.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Needle and Thread Thursday

This week I finished up 15 new Christmas napkins…



I top stitched these around the edges, then ran a top stitch line diagonally in both directions to hold them together. These should get us through the holidays. And if you are thinking 15 is an odd number for a set of cloth napkins, you are right. But that’s how many squares I was able to cut out of the cream-colored fabric (on the back), so that’s how many I made.

I also started a new project. Yup, I did. I’ve recently finished up a few projects and I’m making progress on some old UFOs, so I figured I could start something else. After all, I can't have too many empty project boxes laying around here! I have pulled out my cream-ish and green strips and scraps and I am starting on a quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling. I am making the “Blue Skies” quilt, but with greens, so maybe it should be called “Green Grass” instead 😉 So, I’m in the process of prepping those scraps and doing some cutting. I have some of the bazillion half square triangles cut and ready to go, and I have started on the green string blocks…



The greens really don’t show up well in this photo. Anyway, I have lots of greens to work with, so this should be fun. This is a project that will take me far into 2018, I’m sure.  I think I can get the quilt completed just from my bits of scraps and strips, so I’m not looking at it as starting a new project; I see it as clearing out the scraps.

That’s about it from here. I have still been sorting photos and doing house stuff. I even ordered a book from Shutterfly using some old photos I found (I had a coupon for a free book!) The book is due to arrive later next week, so I am anxiously awaiting its arrival. If it turns out OK, I may use Shutterfly more in the future. We’ll wait and see.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. I plan on heading over to the quilt guild meeting tomorrow morning, depending on the weather. It’s a 45-minute drive, so I really don’t want to do it in bad weather. I’ll make a game-time decision in the morning.


That’s it from here.  I will be linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation. Head over for some wonderful projects.