Category Archives: Quilting

Winter Blues Blog Hop!

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Brrr!! It is definitely winter! A good day to stay inside, sew and check out the Winter Blues Blog Hop  hosted by Carla from  Creatin’ in the Sticks.    Thank you Carla! And today is my day…

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When I joined the hop I already had a blue project in the works. I would have loved to have done something more creative, but this is a Hospice quilt and it’s the first one for 2020.  Starting off the year with a finished Hospice quilt is a good way to get this year’s ministry going!

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The Hospice quilts are backed with fleece – cozy, warm and soft!

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I really like variations of blue fabrics and have made several quilts with blue – see?…

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SnEW is glad to be in the warm studio and wants know – Do you have a favorite color to sew with? A winner will be randomly chosen on Monday from the comments and win a batik surprise! (Lower 48 US only)

Be sure to hop on over to all the Winter Blues today!

Thursday, January 23rd
Websterquilt
Songbird Designs
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Storied Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Seams To Be Sew
HeARTsCreations 
Becky’s quilts and adventures
DesertSky Quilting

Blog Hop Fun! for the Winter BLUES!

Brrrr! The winter cold has returned and what better way to enjoy it but with a Winter Blues Blog Hop!  Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks is hosting a Blog Hop to cure the Winter Blues. Each day this week through Friday, bloggers will be sharing their Blue projects with you. Be sure to check out all their blue creations this week.

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Prepare to be inspired! There may even be a surprise or two!

Monday, January 20th
Just Let Me Quilt
Bumbleberry Stitches
QuiltFabrication
Mary Mack Made Mine
VROOMANS QUILTS
Just Because Quilts
Kathleen McMusing
Den syende himmel
Beaquilter
Tuesday, January 21st
Quilted Delights
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Farm Quilter
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilting & Learning: What a Combo
Life in the Scrapatch
PamelaQuilts
Home Sewn By Us
Wednesday, January 22nd
Little Bunny Quilts
For the love of geese
The Joyful Quilter – My STOP!!!
Ms P Designs USA
Quilt Schmilt
Karen’s Korner
Made By Marney
Podunk Pretties
Sunshine in the Attic
Thursday, January 23rd
Websterquilt
Songbird Designs
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Storied Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Seams To Be Sew
HeARTsCreations 
Becky’s quilts and adventures
DesertSky Quilting
Friday, January 24th
MooseStashQuilting
Selina Quilts
LimeLeaves Design
Karrin’s Crazy World
Sew Many Yarns
Domestic Felicity
DayBrook Designs
Creatin’ in the Sticks
And what have I been working on these cold winter nights?  Socks! A friend is teaching a few of us to knit socks – Toe Up Magic Loop.  She definitely has the patience of a saint as I am a needy knitting student. I do love how the colors are working up and how fun to see it taking shape. It is fine yarn and the needles are size 0, so yes, it’s going to take a while. I have really wanted to knit a pair of socks for a loooong time now so Yeah! Another check on my wish list.

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What are you working on during the cold winter? Even in warmer climates, there is more darkness – what is adding light to your creative days?

Bedroom Full of Green Leaves

I’m also working on an applique wall hanging for above the bed. That, however, won’t be finished for a long time. Then came the window treatment. Our bedroom doesn’t have much light, so this is the best I could get for a pic.

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This bedroom makeover is quite a change for me, and I’m glad to say I like it. It was a project that seemed to take me forever – and it’s done!   A nice way to start off the New Year.

Linking with: (links will be applied on the appropriate dates)

MIDWEEK MAKERS ●NEEDLE & THREAD 
PEACOCK PARTY  ● TGIFF ● WHOOP WHOOP FRIDAY
FINISHED OR NOT FRIDAY ● OH SCRAP!

A New Year of ? . . .

Quilting, creating, travel and fun with friends! A two night sew-in with friends in March, three retreats in April and one in November. No firm travel plans yet, but I’m working on it!

First up is prepping to make a quilt for a baby girl due this spring.  The requested colors are red, gray and black. Here are the reds I’ve chosen:

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And here are the grays and blacks:

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My plan is to make a scrappy sawtooth star, with four patches between each star block. The fabrics are all prewashed and pressed. I’d like to get them cut this week, put in a project box with my notes and drawings, and bring to the March sew-in.

Next I need to make a plan for my flimsies (unquilted tops). Realistically, I will not quilt them all myself, so I need to decide which will go to the long arm professional. I’ll also need to choose and prep backings.

Then comes the charity quilts. The donations received need to be sorted through and a plan formed. The blocks made at the November retreat will be pieced. New blocks will be cut for the April Quilt & Sew-in. A new cause has been chosen for this retreat – more about that at a later time.

And then there is this basket FULL to be sorted, cut and put away.

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Whew! That’s all my overwhelmed brain can handle for now! Have you made plans for the new year? Or do you take it a day at a time – free and unstressful?

A Very Good Year

My year was not as productive as some, but it was enjoyable. It is the process, not the progress that I now focus on.  There was still a lot of thread used! Each year I post a pic of my empty spools.  Not as many as last year, but I also had less partial spools when the year began.  It continues to amaze me how much thread quilters go through!

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What are my plans for 2020? I will continue to minimize the contents of my studio.  I have been cleaning out my craft bins, tossing, gifting and rearranging as I go. I sold some of my fabrics because  it would have taken at least a dozen quilters to stitch through my stash! I also sold my electronic cutting machine (Scan n’Cut) because I was not using it. Beware – stand in one place too long in my studio these days and you’re on your way out! Now I’m seriously thinking about finding my Featherweight a new home. I’m not acting too quickly on that decision as I want to be sure. The cleanout has been very freeing.

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I’m also knitting again! Starting out with something simple like a dishcloth seemed like a good approach.  Next week I’ll be taking a sock knitting class – something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time and I am excited! I chose a pretty jazzy yarn!

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There are several flimsies in the wings waiting to be quilted. I need to decide which ones I will tackle and which will go to the long armer. There are also a few projects that have been around for a long while. Hopefully the motivation will hit me to complete them. A couple have challenges that I have been avoiding.  Hmmm…am I passionate about them enough to meet the challenge?  We’ll see!

So here it is – my end of year Project Progress Listing. Lots accomplished – lots more to do!

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Thank you for being part of this past year with me. May your new year be filled with joy, peace, love and creativity!

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Little Gifts – Only 3 more days!

This past week I made a couple of more little gifts. A family member loves otters. I’d pretty much run out of ideas for something cute for her and then I remembered that I still had a couple of kitchen towels that I’d bought for embellishing. This little guy turned out so cute! The Applique wasn’t difficult and the best part for me was that it looks like an otter!

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Next I wanted to send off a little something to a friend’s mother. Traditionally I make Pizzelle each year. This year I made almond, chocolate and vanilla. I sewed a scrap rope bowl to hold the Pizzelle – a both useful and partially consumeable gift! As long as I was sewing rope, I made a second one.

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Reminiscing is so enjoyable for me during the holidays. I looked back at older blog posts from my first blog. I found a pic of a cubicle quilt I’d made for my daughter back in her cubicle days at her first job out of college. How fun this little Santa is!

 

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Now I’ll clean up the studio and say goodbye until next week when I hope to spend some productive and creative hours sewing.

Wishing you all joy, happiness and peace. Merry Christmas!

Nine More Days!

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It’s been a fun and busy week.  A friend has a family farm and invited two of us for a 3 day sew-in.  All that time concentrated on sewing and friends (and food) was such a treat! I put the main body of this batik and black & white quilt together.  I cut the squares after I reorganized my batiks a while back.  Now I’m working on the borders.  I need to cut a little more and look forward to a finish before the end of the year.

Yard/house chores have taken some of my time.  We mainly heat with wood – it’s nice and warm but there is work involved.  We used the beastly wood splitter and then there was hauling and stacking.  Whew! I’m not used to so much manual labor!

A friend that I meet once a month for a day long sew-in made these two lovely ornaments for me.  I love their elegance!

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The house has been decorated since the begining of Advent and I have been intentionally sitting and enjoying it all.  The living tree is a skinny tree and adds enough festivity to make me happy.  Ornaments from when the kids were little still adorn the tree and yes, we hang tinsel! Can you spot the little boat and water skiier? That’s from the early years of our marriage. There’s also a little lit tree with ribbon on the kitchen island and a slightly larger little tree in the dining room with bright lights and a little ceramic angel on the top that I made years ago.

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And, of course, there’s all the wood carvings my son did many years ago.  There’s even a carved candle! He no longer carves, but oh how I hope he’ll take it up again one day.

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I’d almost forgotten that I stitched these pillows a couple of years ago and put them out about a week ago.

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful season and that all your prep work is progressing along merrily!