Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Flimsy!

En Provence is about to make its debut! Well, at least as a flimsy. I am so happy with how this turned out. Lots of he' and haw over some of the blocks, but very pleased with the outcome. My piecing just gets better and better. I dislike pinning, but this one was a must. Way too many pieces to keep in order. Plus, once I started pinning is really just become a habit. Maybe something in my future.

I love the borders. They are a little light, but might add a little bit of green around the edges. I know the binding is going to be in green, so that may be the pop it needs. I think I might play with the big flowery border and make pillow cases to try it together a little more. Good thing the hubby doesn't mind flowers.

I also got a chance to try out the 301 I just got. I had a pack of 2 1/2 squares. I collect them when I visit different quilt shops. Eventually I will be making them into a throw with the 4-patches done up in a square in a square unit. I have 50 now. This pack here, is a bit bright for my taste.

Anyway, the sewing is just dandy! Like she never stopped sewing a day in her life. I love the long bed. I really prefer the extra length. I tend to do a lot of putting together right there on the bed. I can't imagine not having it.

What in your sewing basket?

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Weekend Jam

It has been a fun weekend considering the cloud of allergies that I seem to be under. Lots of kids and teachers are getting sick at work. I had four students out a day or two in the last week in one class alone. Then there is this breezy warm weather and then cold that continues to swirl around. Mind you Saturday was just too nice. I spent the morning getting the house in order, opening windows and letting the fresh air in. The cats were so happy just longing in the window sills all day. Later in the day, hubster and I went to the gun range. We thought it would be less crowded at the end of the day - yeah right! We waited about a half-hour before we got a lane. It's amazing how fast you can go through 120 + bullets. Mind you I do have two clips, so I did shoot more. I am pretty out of practice and the gun is really new. I think hubby made a decision on which gun he prefers. It's not mine. It's way too small for his hand. Poor guy got off to shots before he handed it back to me and said done with that! No worries, it's not like we would only use one gun anyway.

Last night before going up to bed, there was a package on my porch. Yeehaw my 301 had arrived sometime while we were out. I got a great deal on this since the seller was giving a no return for it. I took a chance since she had a good reputation. Glad I did. It's in really good shape. Even the case is pretty good. Best part, no old, moldy smell! I cleaned her up, but haven't stitched on her yet.

I finally got a chance to get back to my En Provence.First round of borders is on and I am putting the 4-patches together for the second round. I plan to add two additional borders to make it big enough for our bed.

Lastly, after this, I get to try again on my big stitch quilting. I brought thinner pearle cotton and a pair of grippers. This will be my Slow Sunday Stitching. Now that everything is do for the weekend, I can sit with my feet up for awhile. Shoot over to Kathy's here to see what everyone is slow stitching on.

Bye for now!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Digging into February

Can you believe we have a month of 2017 under our belt already! I am really starting to hit the age where time flies. Gosh, if I could give a penny for every time I thought the day would never end as a kid. Anybody hear the choir a'preachin? It's one of the amazement that I see daily for kids. I realize that they can't see the importance of cherishing what you have at the moment and live for the moment. I sure do now though. Of course being in charge of myself does have its bonuses!!

Anyhoo, I have quite the month. I have two friends that I need to make some baby items for. One is a girl to be named Violet. Doesn't that just scream for something in the pinky - violet tones? The other is a boy, and the baby room's theme is Dr. Suess. I know I want to make at least one quilt, but really should do two. I might even just do a fleece back since fleece is super cheap now. Hmmmm. ideas... ideas.

Next, I want to get a one of my flimsies made into a quilt. I participated in Bonnie Hunter's leaders and enders challenge for lozenges a couple of years ago. The top has been completed for a really long time. I think its time for it to be my OMG project for February. I don't care for the bigger blocks that I used to make it longer, so I need to rethink that. I am thinking I might just do a 2 inch border in the gold and then do the binding in the navy.

Like I said, digging out, but in a fun way!

Linking up for One Monthly Goal over here at Elm Street Quilts. Check out what everyone else is up to. Be inspired and go quilt something!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

All Day Sew

It's nice to be able to take a Sunday and just sew a little of this and that. I started the morning off with Ernestine. She is the first in a line of Bag Ladies Quilt club. She is just adorable and I am having a ball working on her. I am guessing I have slightly less than half to go. Right now I am working on her coat. I have a left side and bottom to finish. I loved doing the shoes. I did fine some very tiny buttons in my stash. If they are small enough I am going to use those. Here's to hoping it works out.

Next up I finished webbing and sewing the body of En Provence. This was my OMG for the month of January. Woot! It is really coming together. I can't wait to get the border rows on. I have the 2 4 patch sections and then I'm adding another 2 borders so it will fit my king size bed. I need to press this puppy with some starch before I add the borders. But so far, I think it is the best one of her designs I have done.

Hooking up with Kathy for Slow stitch Sunday and Elm street quilts for OMG. Go over and see what everyone is doing.
Enjoy your week!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

What a great day for football and hand stitching. The Packers are in!! Great game. Watch some of the Chiefs game, sadly it was not a fun game to watch. So more football next week.

While watching the games I worked on the sashings for En Provence. Sashings are sewn together and I think I am close to assembling. There are so many pieces to these blocks it will require a lot of pinning and taking my time. That's okay, its not a race.

Speaking of taking my time.... The Bag Ladies Club is in full swing. I have part of Ernestine stitched. This requires a patience and exactness on my part. I love her clunky shoes. I have the hat done, the shoes, the box, and her sock. SO cute.

Hooking up with Kathy for slow stitching..... here

How are you filling your day?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ice Day = Sew Day

Only a year in the making!! Finally, a flimsy. I decided that I want to try big stitching on this. I want to do a  cross hatch pattern on the white sections and add a little detail through the embroidery for holding it together.
Since we are having an ice storm here over the next four days, I got a snow day!! Whoop! Better known as a sew-day. En Provence is getting some webbing done. I have 10 blocks finished and should be able to get them done tonight. 


 Chester hanging out in case a block decides to leap off the table and run for its life!

Hooking up today with Confessions of a Fabric Addict here

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Slow Going Process

That's about how my day is going. I have made progress, but nothing that stands out directly. I have been needing to do a lot of prepping, so today is the day. All of my En Provence blocks needed trimming. Yeah done. It's a amazing how just sliver can make a block look so much better.

Next I needed to doing something about my yellow blocks.

 I decided to switch out the large flowers I had for a solid yellow .

Score! So much better!

I also prepped by first bag lady, but that's as far as I got with that. I decided that I want to do some big stitch quilting on my power of the sewing machine embroidery that I recently finished. I spent sometime deciding what to do with that. I have watched several videos and really like one in particular. Here's a video link to her youtube. I'm thinking some simple cross hatching and such.

Linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's. here

I'm also going to do Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. This month's colors are purple. Boy do I have purple! Lot's a purple! However, I do plan to do some little pigs and baskets, but more on that later in the week.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

En Provence Block 1

Well, I am not sure .... I  need to make a few more and add the sashings to really tell. I think it is growing on me though.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pieceful Night

Good morning!! We are expecting snow overnight and, I am so happy. A couple of weeks ago we got a patch of black ice. Snow, I can deal with.

Last night as I worked on part 7 of En Provence, the craft room was full of a pets.

From the top counter-clockwise, Buster, Lacey and Margo. Margo loves to curl up on Lacey. I find it ironic since Lacey puts Margo's head in her mouth daily.

Then, there is Oreo in my chair. Between the chair and the orange cabinet is Chester. You can make him out if you follow the coffee cup straight down to the floor.

It's nice to have fur-buddies. Now, the finish part 7. Only forty more to go!

Monday, January 2, 2017

En Provence Part 6 Link up

Well, after a defeat yesterday for my hourglass blocks being cut wrong; today they are complete! Bonus I have the 60 small on I cut yesterday to be put together for another project. I have some spools from a leader and ender challenge from awhile ago that I think these might play nicely together.

Here is today success. I am really excited about this these. They turned out very well. They need trimming as all of the other do too. That's okay there is another day for that business. I plan to get the last set down before the end of the week. Then my OMG challenge for January will be getting the blocks made and the quilt webbed. I think it is a manageable task. Plus I need another quilt for the bed!

Linking up to  One Monthly Goal

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year Finish

Happy New Year!!

Surprisingly enough I was still up at midnight. This is probably a first in a long time. I have been reading a lot on simplifying life. I think this is something that I can get a handle on. I like projects and doing lots of different things. I still want to do that, but less. Instead of trying to finish everything all at one time, I plan to just take things slower maybe only a couple of things at a time. My main focus is just to enjoy and live in the moment more.

Now onto a finish!! I finally finished this little project. I started it in June of 2015. In the last week I have really put time into it. I can tell it could be better. My stitches could be more uniform, but once it has borders and is quilted, no one will know except me.

Goals for the month  -
1. finish the embroidery project and get it hung up.
2. get En Provence webbed
3. Start the Bag Ladies quilt-a-long

Bye for now!