Thursday, January 27, 2011

WIP & not much to talk about

I wanted to put another picture of one of my WIP on here yesterday but didnt have the computer long enough.  And not much has been going on in the way of sewing. 

My daughter has to go to Shriner's for a check up in Feb & we're pretty sure she's going to need an operation to loosen her grafts.  She wants to make a quilt to donate so she's been looking through my books and planning.  When i called the hospital, the lady i spoke with said they like to have twin size quilts.  I forgot to ask her if that was just the size of the mattress or with an overhang.  The patient beds have rails so i wasnt sure.

Anyway, here's a picture of the tumbling blocks i started.  Actually, i wasnt going to finish this cause i started it for my grandmother and she passed away last April.  When i told my youngest why i wasnt finishing it, she asked if i would & give it to her as a memorial quilt for Gran.  So it's back on my list.

 I will try to start getting better pictures. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I thought i'd join in on the WIP Wednesday posts.  Go to Lee's blog  ( to join in and see what everyone else's doing.  

My WIP for today is a table runner.  I know you cant tell that by looking at it now, but soon it will be very clear.  Well, i dont know about soon, soon but someday.  Now i'm heading over to look at what others are working on to ooh and ahh - maybe even get some ideas for a new project.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Handmadebyheidi (Heidi) and craftyvegasmom (Bobbi) are hosting a sew-in this Friday the 21st.  It's a monthly event set up so people who craft, sew, embroidery, whatever can "get together" and work on projects.  Go to Heidi's blog to sign up.  Post on your blog (if you have one) and post a picture of what your work on Sat. to be entered in a drawing for prizes.

This is a neat way to see what others are working on and view other blogs.  I'm going to either work on hand quilting or start a new quilt.  I'm not sure which.  I need to start on the quilts for my nieces and nephews but we'll see.  Maybe a little of both.

Hope to "see" ya there.

On another note...I went through my closet last night & found books and some really nice fabric.  Some of will be perfect for the "i spy" quilts i'm going to make for my grandkids.  As soon as i get my phone back from my dd, i'll get some pictures of my beautiful fabrics. And another UFO since i dug out a quilt i'm making for my grandmother, aka Nannie.

For anyone reading this: stay warm & God bless.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Getting Started...

I've been going through my fabrics to see what i want to do about the 9-patch quilts i want to make.  I was going to do a different color scheme for each quilt, but i think that's going to be too hard.  Instead, i'm going to make a scrappy 9-patch for all the little ones and just try to do themes or certain colors for the teenagers.  Rags quilts crossed my mind a couple of times but i better just stick to what i know will work. 

I dont think i'll worry too much about all my UFOs at this point.  There's just too much for me to do.  I will get one done though.  This one is for my daughter.  I originally made it for my dad but found too many mistakes in it.  My oldest daughter wanted it, mistakes & all.  I need to iron, sandwich & tie it.  And start another one for my dad.  Clay's choice is actually my favorite block.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Challenges, Sew-Ins & Swaps

I have decided to join in some challenges, a sew-in, and a swap. 

The challenges are at Patchwork Times ~
UFO challenge:  I'm not sure if i can still officially join but i never let that stop me before, so i'm going to do it anyway.  First you list your UFOs 1 - 12.  Then the lady who runs this blog, Judy, picks a number and that's the UFO you finish in that month.  If this is confusing, please, go to her site and she'll explain it much better.

Monocromatic challenge:  A color will be chosen each month, and that color and white (or a variation) is what you use to make your quilt, pillowcase, wallhanging, or whatever you want large or small.  This month's color is yellow.

The Sew-In is at Handmade by Heidi & Crafty Vegas Mom ~
One Friday each month Heidi and Bobbi have a sew-in.  Sign up; sew, cross stitch, craft, etc; talk about what you did on Saturday; and, see what everyone else has done.  They even have drawings for prizes!  I joined in one a long time ago & it was a lot of fun.

Finally, the Swap is at Another Little Quilt Swap ~
Just as the name suggests, you make a little quilt and swap with someone.  I haven't done this yet but watched the last two and a couple of things appealed to me.  One the deadline is very doable, you get to choose the quilt you want, there's no problem if you have to drop out, no pre-assigned partners, and i just really like the set up.  I guess that's more than a couple things but check it out for yourself.

All of these blogs are in my bloglist --->

I guess i really need to find a signature for this, huh?

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year, New Blog

Hi to whomever's out there,

I would like to start out this year with my new blog.  My goals for this year are to blog at least once a week, hopefully, about all the progress I'm making with my quilts & UFOs, and to make at least 20 quilts this year to give for Christmas gifts.  Since my family doesn't know that I even have a blog, I think I'll be safe putting pictures of my progress on here, too.

Well, I have my list of the people I want to make quilts for and an idea of what colors and themes they like, so now all I have to do is get the material together and start sewing.  Each quilt's going to be a 9 patch.  My first road block is that I dont do well with scrappy quilts.  I like to have a plan.  As in this color HAS to go here & that color HAS to go there, but I'm going to give it a try.  I'm hoping having a deadline will give me the push I need.

Anyway, if anyone stumbles onto my ramblings ~ thanks for listening.