Saturday, May 20, 2017

an update finally

well haven't posted in awhile. been a very busy couple of months.   I went on a quilting cruise April 1-8 to the Caribbean. It was great had great teachers Carol Doak her last cruise, Danella Stout, and Debby Maddy.  Project were great  will post pictures when get them finished.  I am truly working on them   My friend and I made a challenge to each other to get them finish by end of Aug.  

Then four of us went to Paducah quilt show  for the week. had a great time.  new ideas and patterns and of course some fabric but not too much..   Watched a demo from George Sicilano piecing his micro mini quilts so amazing..  I have one to do  maybe next years list too many on the list for this year.

I have been quilting customer quilts this  month.  Tying to catch up from being gone.

My quilting group is doing a UFO challenge this year we each put 12 UFOs on a list  and my grandon is picking a number each month for us to work on.  Well he picked a good one for most of us this year especially for me  since last couple of month I haven't been able to work on them.   Our number this month is 8 and mine is done...   I started it from 2 mini charm packs and some background made the blocks and then set it aside.  so now I have put blocks together and put border on it which was from a friend that I quilt for  she brought me her left over fabric from a Xmas quilt  and guess what is was from the same line of fabric from the charms  perfect and enough from another piece for a pieced back   and I even quilted it yesterday after dinner and brought back to front for the binding ...
 here is a picture.  

now I am off to quilt a row from 2016 row by row that I made into a wall hanging   going to stitch the ditch on sewing machine and invisible thread...    

happy stitching 
Sharon J

Sunday, February 26, 2017

last week of Feb progress report

I got 2 customer quilts done this week ready for delivery and another one ready for the quilt machine this one I made the top out of a son's shirts.

I also got the outside border on my applique basket quilt  so it is ready to be quilted would love to get it sneaked into the machine so I can enter it in the Neoga Quilt show in June.

Today  I have been getting hand outs ready for the two classes I have  in March and April.  I have been trying to contact guilds within driving distance to present lectures and classes.  I have gotten 2 requests so far so it is paying off send info out.  this is getting exciting  if you belong to a guild or know of one please let me know their contact info so I can send them information and hopefully come visit.       

Well off to see what I should do next   might work on my Quilter's Garden  I have cut out another block  or could put another quilt in the machine ready to quilt.  let you know what I get done. 

happy sewing 
Sharon J

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quilter's Garden

Happy Valentines Day. We did ours a day early with Mom J , daughter, granddaughter, and great grandson. thanks to nice weather we grilled chicken on the grill tasted so good. so fun celebrating the first of everything with Griffyn

I checked my BOM of Edyta Sitar's  quilter's garden project on Sunday and found that I had one of the two blocks for Jan done and other one cut out and partially sewn.  So I finished it   now need to work on Feb blocks.

Ready to put another customer quilt in the long arm today.  So glad to be back in the sewing room

enjoy your day and happy sewing
Sharon J

Friday, February 10, 2017

new year quilting finally

I have finally gotten to sew in the new year. January was almost a no sew month due to a family emergency. I was gone for 3 1/2 weeks of January. So when I got back home I had to take care of the house and laundry so I did a little sewing on my Vintage Farm Girl blocks and started a customer quilt in the long arm.  Then last weekend went back to my daughter's to watch the grandsons so that she could go to a stitcher's retreat that had be planned for months and Dad could work.  Really enjoyed the weekend with the boys.    On Sat morning was a retreat morning for us too.  Dylan who is 14  did videos and Brandon who is 8 played with play-mobile people and watch video of them and I started a lap quilt.    I got the blocks ready to sew.  Had a great morning  here are pictures of my end of the table for cutting and organizing my blocks and second picture is my temporary ironing station. Sewing machine was in the basement so went down there to sew first step of blocks.

This week I got the quilt done in the long arm   and finished Jan, Feb, and Mar  farm girl blocks. I am doing these with the Olney Quilt guild as a monthly project  so I am ahead of schedule which is unusual for me.    I am doing the 6 inch size  a lot of the group are doing the 12 inch size.  they are so fun.

Now I need to work on my Quilter's Garden by Edyta Sitar  a small group of us from my sew group are doing this as a BOM.  started this in Jan  not sure I got both of my blocks done at retreat in Jan before left town.  

Happy sewing.
Sharon J

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