Friday, November 11, 2016

Easily distracted

I started this morning trying to figure out what my holiday sewing plan would be and it quickly fell apart.  I picked up some older projects to work on while I figured out my plans...and I could not settle on anything.  I started working on a few postage stamp blocks, but couldn't make it past two of those. And then I decided I really wanted to start a new project...but figured I'd should make progress on at least one older project first...so I pulled out one that was originally started a year ago and turned it into a quilt top:


and then I started on something new:


and now I feel better!  Or I will once I get a replacement iron since mine just spontaneously stopped working this afternoon.  Thankfully the hubby is on his way to the store to take care of it for me.

It's that time again...

We have officially crossed over the imaginary line that ignites my holiday sewing frenzy.  This year is a little different, as I am not entirely sure who I will be making quilts for this year.  Last year I finished up gifting a quilt to each niece and nephew.  However it may be time to "upgrade" previous quilts for the older ones.  As I ponder this, there are a few that I do have on the list:

1.  Baby quilt for Baby B (due in a few weeks, best get on this one)
2.  Secret quilt for my baby (this will make it 4 years in a row)
3.  ???

I've also considered sewing bags for the nieces this year...but not sure on that one either.  Possibly a new bag for my mom though...again not 100% sure.  There is also a senior who will be graduating in the spring...the first of me and my best girlfriends.  But not sure if I want to make that for Christmas or for graduation.

I guess I better get to work on something...while I figure all of this out!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Nantucket...

Well, thanks to a few hours of work yesterday, and then to an early rise today (thank you daylight savings!) I got Nantucket into a finished quilt top:


and now I need to figure out what I'm going to work on now!


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Just keep stitching...

Sometimes I think I can accomplish much more than I really can...sewing wise at least...at least before I get bored with that particular round of stitching...so last weekend I thought for sure I'd turn this into a finished quilt top:


yeah...didn't quite get there...but I'm making progress!  And because I'm making progress I figured it was time to actually go to the fabric store and pick up some fabrics for quilt backs...you know...to clear out that 10 quilt top (or so) back log I have.  So I picked up all of this:


Which is really only fabric for two quilt backs, the solid is for a new quilt I need to get started on, and the Star Wars fabrics are just because!  and now I guess I better get a quilt top assembled!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Boo!

Well I did get a finish in this weekend...here is my Boo quilt:


And the back:


The backing fabric has been in my stash for almost 5 years, glad to finally put it to use!  Here is a bit of a closer view so you can see both the fabric and a bit of the quilting:


The kiddo is very happy with the quilt and I should be off the hook for any Halloween quilts for a few years at least!

Temperature is dropping...

The temperature has slowly but surely been dropping (we are now enjoying ranges from 70 up to mid 80s) and the first time I have to wear long sleeves...my sewing mojo kicks into gear.  Last weekend I had a terrible urge to start a new quilt...so I went through patterns I had stashed away and decided on Nantucket by Minick and Simpson.


I chose to shop my stash for the fabrics for this one, and I found everything I needed in old fat quarter bundles I had shoved on a shelf and forgotten about.  The cutting wasn't too bad, but it took a fair amount of time getting the nine patches ready.  I made pretty good progress in just one afternoon of work:


I picked it all up again yesterday and got to this stage:


and then to this stage:


That's 50 nine patches, so just over half of what I will need for this quilt.  Since I was a bit bored with putting those together, decided to work on a few more stars:


And that's where I'm at...I hope to have it to finished quilt top stage by the end of the weekend.  I do have to really finally finish my kiddo's halloween quilt.  So, we'll see if I can meet both goals.  Of course I also need to start on a few baby quilts, and the quilts that will be gifted for Christmas this year...so I guess I better get moving on something!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Keeping busy...

As much as I like to collect finished quilt tops (at least 5 sitting on my banister right now), I chose to actually push my newest flimsy towards completion.  I got it basted:

started quilting:


and I'm now about halfway done:


and just to keep it interesting, I have put together some more orange peel blocks as well:


 just because I didn't want to add the last finished top to my un-quilted collection...doesn't mean I don't want to add more!