"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crazy Scrap Quilt

Last night I wanted to do some sewing so I pulled out one of my many UFO's and got to it.  I thought the blocks for this quilt were maybe from 2013.  You can imagine my surprise (shock) when after a bit of research I found they were really made in early 2011.  Can that be?  Yes.  I was reading Aneela Hoey's blog one day back in April of 2011 and saw her making this .  I enjoyed making the blocks because it's really a free and easy block, just put your fabrics together as you please.  I did organize my blocks into colors and use the cupcake as the common denominator.  When I saw the striped fabric I had begun to use as the sashing, it almost came out, but last night I went with it and in the light of day I think it worked well.

 That wide strip of navy may have been used differently, but it's fine.
I even like my brown/tan/yellow blocks.

So I'm four years late finishing the top, but it's progress and that's a good thing.

Our next round of funky weather is due to begin in a few hours.  I'll be keeping myself busy making the border for the Knitter's Gifts quilt, which is made up of mini drunkard's path blocks. 

God Bless You. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Knitter's Gifts Progress

I put Grand Illusion aside for a while so I could catch up on this quilt, From Head to Toe, A Knitter's Gifts by Denise Russart   I was very behind on this and finally have the blocks sewn together.  I think Denise will be giving us the directions for the border this weekend or next, so at least I'm ready. 

 The mitten pairs need to have an applique of the cording that holds them together, so I hope to get to that tomorrow. 
I think this design is a delight.  

Stay safe.  God Bless You.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Grand Illusion Progress; Or How I Cannot Follow Directions

We've had lots and lots of snow in the New England.  We did not miss the blizzard of two weeks ago and got about 2 feet, then have had several smaller storms.  As a result, I've had lots of upper body workouts shoveling.  Even though this much snow is a challenge, it is beautiful and fun. What I do worry about is the deep freeze we will be getting tonight, with temps going to 0 and the wind chill making it feel like 15 below.  
The blocks for Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery QAL are finally put together, and I was attaching the sashing.   I have never unsewn as much and as often as I have unsewn my work on this quilt. I really wanted perfect points, and as you can see there are many. But that's not where I went wrong. The picture above shows Bonnie's layout, and the layout I will eventually follow.  

This picture shows the layout I was making until I realized it didn't look right.  I was attaching the sashing strip to all sides of the blocks, instead of just two.  Yes, an amateur's mistake.  So, I'll be ripping out again.  Coats and Clark should love me, even though I am not making the best use of their thread.

As a diversion one weekend I crocheted this shawl.  Perfect for the our weather.  When I remember where I found the pattern, I will edit this post with the info.

Stay safe, stay warm and God Bless You.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Quilt Doodle Doodle BOM 2014 Blog Hop - My Stop

Thank you to Cindy of Quilt Doodle Doodle  for sharing this fun quilt design. Welcome to my stop on her blog hop to show off our quilts.   I think many of us see the skates and mugs and have fond memories of winters spent enjoying the ice, even though our toes were frozen, and the same goes for  the snowmen and snow mounds.  Those images spoke to me.  

If you've visited my blog before  then you know that I enjoy QAL's.  I've learned new techniques and made interesting quilts as a result.  So early last year when I read of the Quilt Doodle Doodle 2014 Block of the Month and saw the first block, those cute snowmen heads, I joined in.  This quilt really was fun to make, and because we worked with 2.5 inch strips, it went together very easily.  The challenge was how to embellish.

One source of inspiration for me was a Christmas card I received from my sister that has mugs with holly and cookies.  So I put cookies and holly near my mugs, and added some candy canes for fun.

I used a real candy cane for the template and drew the gingerbread man, star and heart shapes.  I used a brown crayon to darken the edges of the tan fabric to give it a baked look.

I wanted to use my Sizzix angel die, so it became a cookie too.

And as you can see I added some holly and the berries are buttons from my Mom's button box. And a candy cane in the cup.

It all comes together in the mug row.

I wanted animals around a tree so I used my dog and cat dies and my AccuQuilt cutter.  These shapes were too big, so I cut them down and even shortened the torsos to make them the right proportion.  The grey cat is in memory of Puff, who was really a pastel and had some coral pink in her fur, so again out came the crayons, and the tan dog represents my last dog, Pluto.  They are both dressed up with red bows.  Aren't they cute?

I again used my Sizzix to cut a snowman and some fir trees to put around the house.

I crocheted the garland to put around the door and window, and also the wreath for the door.

It's very possible that some crocheted snowflakes will find their way onto the bigger trees, but other than that the embellishing is done.  I will be adding a border because I want this quilt to cover the top of my bed for the holidays.  

I hope you will visit all of the bloggers who joined Cindy's blog hop, and thank you for dropping by.

January 24th

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hi There and Happy New Year

Well, it's been awhile since I've posted, but that's because I didn't have anything to show as far as quilts go.  I had a wonderful three days this past week devoted almost entirely to sewing, working on the Bonnie Hunter project, Grand Illusion.   Her finish of this quilt looks super to me, and I love that in her scrappy version the blocks together look like broken shards of colored glass, at least to me.  I hope mine looks as good.

I do have two blocks made, although I'm still working on the components for the entire quilt.
Two down, too many more to go. 

Can you tell I'm not hurrying?  This year I'll be going slower and probably won't be making as many items as previous years.  I want to perfect my skills and enjoy the process.  In my head I'm hearing a voice saying, "famous last words." 

I want to invite all of you to Quilt Doodle Doodle's blog hop for the 2014 BOM that some of us participated in.  I'll be showing off my quilt and the finishing touches I've added, so I hope you will visit.  1/24/15 is the first day and also my day.  It's going to be fun.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and that all of us will stay safe and enjoy good health and happy times in 2015.

God Bless You and Happy Quilting!