Friday, December 15, 2017

Scrap Happy

It's been a scrap happy week in my sewing room. All my pineapple blocks are on the design wall waiting to get sewn together. Their leftover bits are tucked into rail fence blocks and squeezed in beside their momma blocks. All that scrappy goodness was joined by my newly basted wonky log cabin. It was some great eye candy while I exercised. 
Though difficult I did get in my workout before finishing up the quilting on the log cabin.
 I'm so pleased with the results.
 I looks so happy in the gray that has become my winter yard. I really like it next to the little bit of snow we have.
In addition I've been busy making soap. I didn't realize as I gave it away a gifts for friends and neighbors during the year that I was advertising. Many have come shopping in my home for Christmas presents.  I still have a little and if you order in the next couple of days I can still get it to you in time for Christmas. 
My Etsy Shop
As my daughter says, "Everyone uses soap, or at least you hope they do."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Moving It Forward

I'm having a hard time putting my scraps away. I have several pressing projects that I should be working on but still I play in my scraps. I've promised myself that soon I will start working on what really needs to get done but for the weekend any way I played in my scraps. I sewed up these little units.
I also worked on my pineapple blocks. They are mostly done, but I thought you might be tiring of seeing them. So I'll wait until they are a flimsy.  Instead here are the rail fence blocks I'm making from the little leftovers from the pineapple blocks. I've changed the blocks a little. I felt the others were too busy. I'm toying with layout but I'm thinking of starting with the lightest and filtering down to the darkest, maybe in a diagonal kind of way, somewhat as shown. But it is not set in stone.
Being Monday it's time for you to share your progress. Looking forward to seeing how you are moving your projects forward. Link up and share.  Can't wait to see your progress.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Rhythm & Blues a Wrap

I'm so happy to be able to share a finished Rhythm & Blues with you. I'm thrilled with the results as is the drummer boy. I showed it to him this weekend when he came to work on his car in my garage.
I originally had thought I would just quilt wavy organic lines through it. But when it came to choosing a thread that would work with the blues and white I had problems. So when I found  flowing water and ice on Lori Kennedy's site I knew I was onto something. Not only could I change the thread for the different areas I felt it went with the quilt, and was not to feminine for the drummer boy. 
I've made this into a pattern. It is layer cake friendly, and goes together quickly thanks to strip piecing and a little trick with a 10" square.
 You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Moving It Forward

I finished the blocks I was chaining through last week. Here is what my pineapple quilt is looking like so far. It measures 48" x 60". I'd like to make it a little bigger.
 So I've started 10 more blocks. That should make a good sized throw at 60" x 72". I might even make it through all those cut strips. Never though that would happen.
 In addition to making my scrappy pineapples I finished quilting Rhythm and Blues. I was hoping to show it finished last Friday. But between shopping with DD and visiting my grandma I ran out of time and it wasn't quite finished. Still needs the binding. It will happen soon and hopefully I can show it this Friday instead.
In the mean time link up and show me your progress. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's holiday sewing.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Moving It Forward

As promised here is the progress on my pineapple blocks. I've only finished one more. With holiday travel I wasn't able to finish any more. Just add a few more rounds so that they are a little closer to being done.
I was however able to finish these sock I've been knitting. I'm not really a knitter. In fact I've only knitted one other time over twenty years ago. It was a project we did with the young women at church. We all knitted a hat and then wore them sledding. Thanks to YouTube I refreshed my skills and learned a few more. Though my socks are not perfect, I'm pretty pleased. I see more socks in my future. 
Now it's your turn. Link up and show us what you've moved forward this week.


Friday, November 24, 2017

Thankful

It seems fitting with Thanksgiving happening yesterday to express a little gratitude. I am truly blessed. Eighteen years ago I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease that attacks my blood. Now many would think that tragic. I guess in some ways it is. But in many ways it's been a blessing. Through my treatments, that took place in chemo labs, I have met many wonderful people. One of whom inspired me to start Quilty Hugs. 
 My ITP is inactive now, for the first time in 17 years my blood counts are normal. Thankfully Quilty Hugs lives on. I'm thankful for all the wonderful quilters that give so generously to help those fighting cancer. The quilt above was made one of those giving quilters. A tutorial on how to make it can be found here.
This one was also done at one of my sew ins. Still need to get it quilted. In addition to my sewing angels. I'd like to thank Sarah for her push each year through Hands2Help. Also the many quilters that send so many wonderful quilts at that time. And Kristi who sends me boxes of  beautiful quilts year round. All these quilts bring so much comfort. I appreciate everyone's help so alleviate some of the suffering that goes with this terrible disease. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What's New

I had a little brain child in the middle of the night a few weeks ago. Does this happen to anyone else? Your sleeping soundly and a little idea begins to form. It grows until it wakes you begging for attention. Then you spend the rest of the night nursing it. I don't know why these ideas can't come at more reasonable hours. But just like my children they think they need to be born in the middle of the night. 
 This idea came just before our last boutique. It said it would be a great idea to spend the next few days making cute little drawstring bags and terry cloth bath mitts. That they would make great gift and sell well. Which fortunately they did. I'd been a little upset if I'd lost sleep and had nothing to show for it. Yes I do love my sleep.
 I decided to do two different gift bags. One with three mini sampler bars and the other with two full sized bars. I've made a few more bags and have added them to my Etsy Shop.
 I've also been working on my pineapple blocks.  I keep ending up with these little bits. They are too cute to throw away so I had to come up with a home for them in these little rail fence blocks.