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I'm a quilting, knitting, sewing, cooking,reading, gardening nut who can never find enough hours in the day to get it all done. Then again, getting it all done is out-of-the question. I'm too easily distracted.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Signs of Spring

It's been raining like nobody's business here, but thankfully the high winds that have gone along with some of that rain haven't wiped out the lilacs, and so this morning I went out to pick some....

They never last very long once they are cut, but the color and scent is amazing!

I finished this quilt last week.

I bought the fabric as a kit from The Ice House in Grayling, MI in 2005.
I sewed the top together in 2012.
Quilted and bound the top in April 2017.

I had my mom model the quilt...she's always willing to wrap up in a quilt because she is always cold!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mom's Quilt

It's finished!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Almost Famous

I was watching Bonnie Hunter's Quilt Cam last night while I was working on loading my moms quilt top...with some urging from Faye I sent Bonnie a pic and told her what I was working on.
Faye sent her the project that was occupying her as well.
Faye's project made it onto Quilt Cam last night....
And mine made it into Bonnie's blog post this morning.
(Special thanks to my technical team for providing me the screenshot!)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Still Here...

I didn't fall off the face of the earth, but there are times I feel like I have, or wish that I had....
But I'm still here.
The Hibiscus quilt from last year is quilted, finished and stashed away.
Not sure, off the top of my head, what quilts I have finished since then but I have done a whole lot of knitting in the last 6 months or so.
Here's my latest finish:
The Maeve Cowl by Vanessa Knits.
No surprise that I cannot flip this thing around...but hopefully I'll get a chance to edit and make that happen.
I used Cascade Yarn Sierra Quatro yarn.  Its an 80% Cotton/ 20% wool.
The color is prettier and more vividly yellow (think corn on the cob )..
I do not enjoy cotton yarn at all---it's too hard on my hands...but I loved the color.
The fact that I got it for $4.75 on sale made me like it even more!
I also made these Toast Mitts (one of 3 pair knit this winter)...pattern by Leslie Friend @A Friend To Knit With.  The yarn is by Berrocco and I've had it stashed for quite a while!  This pair was sent to Elle in NYC.
And this is The Photographer Hat...I'll have to look for designer.  Made with some (very difficult to photograph) wool from Purl Soho that I picked up while visiting in February.  Super easy knit!  And as you can see, the girl likes it.

All super simple knits....which is why they are done.  I have a couple slightly more challenging projects still on the needles...and hope to have one of them done soon and ready to share.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Peer Pressure....Don't let me pack this thing away again!

Allright Quilt Chicks...
Help me out here.
So I"m working on digging my way out of a mess in my sewing room.
The dig lead me to this quilt.  
Pattern by Karen Stone.
Started by me at least 10 years ago.
I assembled the last of the border sections yesterday and sewed them on.
Used stash fabric to create back.
I still have to sew a scrap of batting to the end of the twin batting that I'll be using..
(When will I learn to make quilts that correspond with the size of available battings?)
After that this thing goes on the longarm and hopefully will be done in a couple days.

The help I'm asking for?
Do Not Let Me Put This On The UFO Pile Again!


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Today's project is inspired by my youngest daughter.  An aspiring  Crazy Cat Lady and Future Animal Hoarder who's compassion and love for the homeless and un-loved animals in the world is tempered by me, her (hyper-critical) mother who claims to be THE VOICE OF REASON when it comes to all things feline and canine.
This child is the mother of Doug the Cat, who has been featured on this blog as well as Instagram and Facebook.

In an effort to get my girl to switch her focus from the desire to own all the animals she sees on the rescue sites, I suggested that she perhaps volunteer in another capacity.
Like making kennel quilts for the animals in the shelters.
(One thing I didn't think about , until now, was that if she delivered those quilts to the shelter, she might be overcome with the need to rescue those animals and bring one or more home with her…)

Like I was saying,
I suggested the idea of making some kennel quilts.  She did a search and sent me a link to some directions / sizes.
So here I am, today, with several projects littering my sewing table, sewing fabrics I really don't like and using batting scraps to make some of those darn quilts.
(The daughter is no where in sight.)
These are NOT works of art.  
I'm just using up fabric and getting it out of here.

Finished size 12" x 18"
More to come…


P.S.  ….  I'm hoping that as I go along I will uncover my Pineapple Crazy blocks that I have LOST in the chaos of my sewing space.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bloglovin'….and other things….

I love following blogs through Bloglovin'.  
It makes it so easy to see who's doing what…all the inspiration and information I need is just waiting for me, every morning.
It's a huge timesaver…and it cuts down on my already over-flowing email inbox.
The only down-side?  Sometimes I get lost in other peoples projects and creativity, and neglect my own!!!!!
So now, A Certain Someone should know that SHE can follow ME via Bloglovin'!

I took a very simple project with me on my recent beach trip.
Reverse appliqued circles, inspired by someone i found, obviously, on another blog!
(I'll find the name and share it)
I had purchased  quite a few indigo batik fabrics and a creamy colored Grunge fabric with the thought that they were going to before something entirely different.  The need for a take along project had me cutting them up at the last minute.

So the sky, water, sand and shells proved to be a bit inspiring to me…and as I walked along the beach, (trying to get all my steps in), I took pictures and collected shells, many that had little holes worn through them, and I had an idea…

I'm going to keep stitching these circles…and I'll see where this takes me.