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!!