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What I’m Working On…

I’ve had a busy week, plus I felt sick in the middle of it…plus, I have a puppy.  I think the only thing I need to explain why I didn’t get much done is “I have  a puppy”.  Oh my, that pup is a handful and isn’t very good at settling done.  no worries..I love her but miss Ruby’s calmness.

I started another baby quilt with leftover bonus triangles a blog reader sent me.  I should have designed it differently to use up more of the triangles, but maybe more triangle action will happen in the borders.  We’ll see.

I only have a few blocks done…enough to putz on.

I started getting Kayla’s baby quilt cut out.  It’s slow cutting as each has to be done individually.  There is no speedy way to cut.  That’s okay but it does take longer.

I also am refusing to leave scraps as I am making this so I am cutting rectangles with the leftovers.  I’m finding that one regular sleeve of both white and black will make one block.  It also leaves me with a few leftovers for extra blocks…see? Continue reading

What I’m Working On…

I have had a super busy couple weeks.  Ruby died (read about that here if you missed that), I got a new puppy (read about that here if you missed that) The kids were home several of the days.  Here’s Kelli and Georgia.

All of the kids were home on Friday night….and life with a new puppy, well, it’s a lot!

Here’s Buck with Rosie.

I’ve realized I won’t be sewing upstairs much for a little while at least.  Rosie chews everything.  She whines without me…so we adjust which means, Betty has come out to play.  Betty is my Featherweight.  I’ve been sewing with her at the kitchen table over Christmas break.  I think I’ll be keeping her out on the dining room table for a bit though.  It’s about the only way I’m going to get any sewing done with Rosie around.

In the past bit since I talked about sewing I had finished this baby quilt.  Read about that HERE.

I made some little pincushions…there will be more about them in an upcoming blog post.

Besides that, I worked on the mystery.  Here I was at the kitchen table sewing the half square triangles while the family was here.

The clue is all finished but I forgot to take a picture of them finished and Rosie finally fell asleep at my feet as I’m writing this and I don’t want to wake her so you’ll just have to trust, my clue #5 is finished.

I also got a little cross stitching done.  I’m also working on a baby quilt I’ll tell you more about soon.

Here’s my cross stitching.  I picked this up over the weekend that Scotty was here and have managed to get a little more done on it.

I am not following the original colors.  Instead I am following the colors Priscilla mentioned on her blog.  Find that HERE.  The piece is a Lizzie Kate design called Snowy String.

I’m actually this far now.

I like the dark colors so much better.  I know a lot of people like to use light colors in winter decorating…not me.  I like it darker.

I still haven’t finished my “joyfulness” Little Sheep Virtue.

I’m planned to get it finished this month…but with Rosie, I can’t guarantee that will happen but soon I’m sure.  I started the 12 month project with Kramer, my husband who passed away in June, and I’m going to end the year stitching it.

I’ve started pulling shirts for upcoming projects.  I’ve been through all of them and have them sorted.  I have the backs cut from some and ended up with a pile of fronts, some with a sleeve or two, and gifted them to Connie.  Look at all of them!!

That’s the stack that got gifted.  Yep, the pile is taller than my washing machine.

When Kayla was home over the weekend we watched the Ken Burns PBS special on quilts.  (Link HERE)  I tried to manage Rosie and she prepped shirts.

The plan was that I was going to make her baby a crumb quilt with the ABC letters around the outside like I’ve done for Georgia, Gannon and Carver but she changed her mind.  After prepping the black and white shirts and her seeing the quilt I was going to make at the same time…This one…

She decided that she wants one like this for the baby…a little smaller maybe but one made using this pattern.  Well that’s alright with me.  This will be way easier and I’ll make her quilt and mine at the same time.

Here’s my treasure trove of shirt fabrics I’ll be using all ready to go thanks to Kayla.

So…now I know what I’m working on.  Those of you who were excited for the letter tutorial, no worries…I’m just putting that off for a month or so as Buck and Lora’s baby will have a quilt with letters all around.  I’ll do the tutorial when I tackle that quilt.

Other years I’ve taken off from Christmas Eve to January 2nd but this year didn’t.  I do had Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day off…but not the other days.  Being I’ve had so many days off this year with Kramer being sick and passing and me having my cancer testing that I don’t have any more paid days left.  Also, I don’t know what my cancer testing in February will bring so, I thought it best to work.  I’m missing the extra days off to sew and start on taxes but I’m happy to see the kids.  I think it would be pretty lonely around here without them dropping in.

I’m starting a post about my goals for 2020….I’ve really been thinking about what I want to make and accomplish.  Watch for a blog post about that coming in the new year.

Also watch for a post tomorrow night on the little baby quilt I whipped up over the weekend.

What I’m Working On…

I’ve been busy most every night this week working on something.

This happened….
I finished the November Little Sheep Virtue from Little House Needleworks.  I enjoyed stitching this one.  Everything came together very smoothly.  I ripped out about 6 stitches and that’s it.

I pulled the December one and started stitching on it.  I had the entire top row stitched and found an error.  I had to rip this far back.  
To make matter worse, I started ripping out and had about half of it ripped when the thought to come to my head that I should have ripped it out from the beginning to the point of the error.  I would have only had to rip a tiny bit.  Bummer.  Maybe if it happens again I’ll remember that.

I loaded the Wild Child quilt on Tuesday night and planned to start machine quilting it.

I really want these done before the mystery starts so I need to keep plugging along on them.  About then I started in with a crappy stomach ache.  UGH.  It was only seven at night.  I didn’t feel like machine quilting.  I ended up going to my room and sorted out a pile of quilting magazines I had.  I’m trying not to hoard them. (It’s a struggle not to..seriously)  I still didn’t feel better.  It was 8pm now and to early to go to bed.  I was too lazy to go downstairs and watch television so I went back to the sewing room and pulled a project from the UFO pile.

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What I’m Working On….

SURPRISE!!  I started another quilt.  I know, that’s likely not a surprise.

I am not sure what my intention is in making it.  I do know that I’ll gift the quilt but don’t have a specific recipient in mind.  I have a couple quilts I need to make for graduation presents for May so it might be for that.

Last week I told you I had two quilt tops finished.  I didn’t really get any chunks of time over last week to get them on the frame…so what’s a girl to do who doesn’t have anything to piece.  GET A PROJECT GOING!!

In my pursuit of trying to come up with ideas for a quilt for a Christmas present for the childcare kiddos, I ran across Bonnie Hunter’s Jewel Box Stars Challenge quilt.  Hmm.  I figured that would be perfect to make.  I could just pull my 2″ bucket over and start sewing the four patches…and that’s exactly what I did.  I love quilts that I feel like I don’t have to “cut out”.

I decided to make it and within moments I had the 2″ bucket out and was sewing.  I LOVE the scrap user’s system for this very reason.

I sewed strips together for about an hour.  The next day during naptime I ironed them and cut them into segments.
In no time at all I have twosies.

Someone once asked me why I make so many Bonnie Hunter quilts.  Truth be told…her quilts work so well with my storage. (My storage is her idea so no wonder) But I can get a whim idea to make a quilt and start it before I’ve even had a chance to ask myself, “Is this quilt the quilt you REALLY want to make?”.  If it’s a quilt for myself I think it all through a little more but if it’s a quilt that is being gifted…I LOVE that I just jump right in.

One evening Carver was here late and I was  busy cutting the half square triangles for the quilt.  Oh my word.  He loves “twilting” (His was of saying quilting)  We had the best time.  It’s official, I think he’s already spent more time “twilting” with me than his mother has.  Kalissa, Carver’s mom, is not a crafty/sewing girl.  She even joked I might have my quilter in Carver.  I love it.

I got enough blocks together early in the week to know that I was pretty sure I was going to like this.  What do you think?? Continue reading