Tuesday, December 27, 2016

more sewing

well I continued sewing yesterday,  I finished up the clues for Bonnie Hunter's mystery  we are up to 5 clues  waiting for Friday's clue.    then I decided to cut the first two blocks of Edyta Sitar's  new book which is written like a Block of the Month 4 of us are going to do it together this next year.   Wow   lots of small pieces..   I have first 2 done and in baggies ready for the retreat this coming weekend.  Our small quilting group, has been going on a retreat starting on New Year's Day this will be our 3rd year.   first 2 were in Paducah Ky at the Quilt in a Day retreat center this year we are going to Springfield, Ill  Closer to home and they feed us instead of us taking meals..  So looking forward to getting a lot of sewing done and lots of friendship.  
Today I decided to put applique blocks into a quilt top. this project has been a long time UFO  i wanted to learn needle turn applique and these were 9 large blocks and not many small pieces.  I learned I didn't really care for needle turn applique but persevered to finish it.  It is ready for the outer border but I need to find the right shade of dark red so it will need to wait until I find it.   
Here is a picture of it without the last border.

happy sewing,
sharon J

Saturday, December 24, 2016

More Christmas Eve sewing

 well I kept on sewing this evening, so i got the Swiss Mountain Morning quilt top done.  It is ready to find a back and quilt it..     It is a little late this year for Christmas but it will be ready for next year.

Happy sewing
Sharon J

Christmas eve day sewing

I have been sewing today,  nice and quiet at our house.   I finished my Bonnie Hunter 2 mystery quilt.
top.    It is ready for the long arm machine not sure when that will happen.

then I started to put border on another quilt   Bonnie Hunter's  Swiss Mountain Morning  from a class several years ago.   I was just going to put a plain border on it and be done.  

then I found all of these pieces that are for the pieced boarder   had enough minus 2   so I made 2 more and am going to put them on the quilt.  I just had to trim them down.  now to decide on the small border   Can't decide what color to do   white, red or green?   what do you think?  

I also made my UFO challenge list for 2017   my small sewing group is doing this to help each other get some UFOs done. I also put on the list  3 new projects I want to make this year and 2 BOM projects that I am doing...

well back to working on this border,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

happy sewing,
Sharon J

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Xmas sewing

had two of the same pictures  first time  so corrected it and now have both groups of pillowcases
sorry about that..  first pic is my kids and grand kids pillowcases and second pic is nieces and nephews

well Xmas is around the corner for my family.  nest weekend  we do ours early so everyone can be in the own home for Christmas eve and day.    the kids have declared a tradition  that I must make them pillowcases with their names on them every year.  So I have just finished getting the names on all of them...  Now to get them wrapped.     Did some other sewing  but didn't take a picture so as I pull them our of the gift box I will take pictures and post them hopefully tomorrow.   Here are the pictures of the pillowcases.   

Happy sewing
Sharon J

Monday, November 28, 2016

getting things done for Xmas

well haven't posted for  a while, been busy quilting for customers to get their quilts done for them to give as gifts One more to go it is a T-shirt quilt to make from scratch..  

I have also made 14 pillowcases for kids,grandkids, nieces, and nephews for Xmas just need to embroider their names on them and will be done.  They look forward to them each year, it is fun to find fabric to match their interests.

Made  a baby quilt and some bibs for new great niece, bibs for great grandson .
I also am making kitchen towels with fabric toppers on them   these are not all done yet, but will be soon.  One apron to make yet.

Just finished this quilt for myself at least the top.  It is called Tavern blues.  took this as a class and didn't want it to be a UFO for next year.

the trees are up but not decorated  but stuff is waiting for me to get in the mood to do it. Granddaughter came over and help get everything out of the storage area and carried to the correct room so that was a big help.  Got a lot of my shopping done while weather was decent.  

well better go get busy on the t-shirt quilt.   see you soon

happy sewing
Sharon J

Saturday, October 1, 2016

last week of Sept progress

well this was the end of Sept so thought I would do an update on my progress.   I got two customer quilts done ready for pickup.
I finished making all the blocks and setting triangles for Bonnie Hunters 2015 mystery quilt yes I am behind.   now need the design wall to put it together but it is full with another quilt .

I fused 20 blocks for a customer quilt made from shirts they are ready to machine applique down with blanket stitch  here is one of them  the background is from docker pants.

then today I decided to play with this crazy patch paper piecing block. I made three blocks  this will use up 3 1/2 inch strips plus some 2 1/2 inch strips.    easy sewing since I just wanted to sew and not do much thinking.  might make a few more tonight not sure yet.

I put a quilt in the longarm today so it is ready to start quilting. 

starting to make my list for Christmas gifts to make   pillowcases for all  kids, grand-kids, nieces and nephews.  baby quilt for great niece,  not sure what else yet  must get started  I have a retreat coming up end of Oct  so will be taking some of these items to work on.   

happy sewing 
Sharon J

Friday, September 16, 2016

this weeks progress

this week I got a customer quilt basted for her so she can hand quilt it.   This saves the knees and for older ones  no getting on the floor.. another quilt loaded to quilt  hopefully tomorrow.

I also got all 20 blocks done for my 2015 Bonnie Hunter mystery. Yes I know this is 2016 but it got set aside for other things  and then I started the 2016 one.    this is one of two blocks for the quilt.  I was moving right along with them and had 15 done and then stopped to count to make sure how many more I needed to make and looked at the first 3 that I had done last year and they were different from the 15 I had just made.  So decision was to rip all 15 blocks apart and start over or rip the 3 and remake them to match the 15   well I decided 3 was easier that 15 so  I created a new block for my quilt.    they are all done now and sliver trimmed to correct size.   this feels good to be this far and it is on my UFO list so that is even better.   Now I need to make the other block and pay attention to how it is suppose to go together...   I only have one of them done and I think there are 20 of them too.

here is the correct layout  

here is the one I made  and my sliver trimmings

I also made some tag quilts for Great Grandson and his best little friend  first one if for his BFF second one is his for his house and   the cubs one is for him at have at his  GIG's house.   He loved them right away   

my goal for resat of the year is to get several projects to the flimsey stage.  I have many projects in pieces and parts.   I surveyed another project called woodland clover by Pat Speth from a class few years ago with her.  All the blocks are made and pieced borders are made just needed sashing pieces cut and sewn  so I did that today.  Now this project is ready for the design wall next, as soon as I decided on setting triangle fabric for the one that is on the wall now.   
I feel like I got a lot done this week.  Hope next week will be as productive ... 

Oh I fogot  a friend helped me make a long skirt for my daughter out of the cubs fabric to wear to the game on Sunday.    Don't have a picture of it  but hope to get one with her wearing it soon.

Happy quilting 
Sharon J