Friday, October 29, 2010

Mail Call and A Finish

I love it when I check the mail and there is a parcel instead of bills! I want to say a big thank-you to Erin over at My Patchwork Life for this wonderful prize that I won in her recent giveaway. They are wonderful.

I finished one of the I Spy Quilts that I was asked to make for my great nieces. (See this post.) The top for the second one is sewn and now I can start to sandwich, quilt and bind it. I am hoping to have it finished by the end of November. Lately I find if I set time goals for myself I seem to accomplish more.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Friday Nite Sew-In

Sometimes I can't believe how quickly time goes by. November's Friday Nite Sew-In is happening on the 19th. I really look forward to these Sew-In's because I usually get a lot accomplished. I think this would be a good chance to work on some Christmas gifts. To sign up for this fun evening visit Heidi at Handmade By Heidi.

Friday, October 22, 2010

This is the Year!

I did it! I finally finished this UFO (unfinished fibre object). I plan on displaying it this Christmas. I worked on this last Friday for the Friday Nite Sew-In and each evening since until I finally finished it. It is a good feeling to complete a project that has been sitting around for quite awhile.

I made this tea cozy this morning. I have made several in the past but I made this one slightly different. Sometimes I find the lining shows below the outside so this time I cut the outside 1 1/2 inches longer then the lining. This way when you tuck the lining inside the outside fabric folds inside and gives a neater appearance.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday Nite Sew-In Results

I have been working on this afghan for a few years now off and on. Last night I was able to crochet some of the rows together. When it is finished it will have ten stripes. I usually work on it this time of year in hopes to get it finished in time to display it for that Christmas. Maybe this year??

Friday, October 15, 2010

A Quick Project

This past Monday my mother-in-law asked me if I could make a bag for scrabble tiles. The existing bag had worn out and she needed a new one. She gave me the approximate dimensions and I worked on it this morning. I found a very good tutorial for a drawstring pouch. I set to work on it this morning and had it done in less then an hour. This bag can be made in any size just by adjusting the dimensions. This would make wonderful reusable gift bags for birthdays or Christmas.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Strippie Finish

I finally finished the strippie quilt that I made last month. This quilt top was a challenge to quilt. I wanted to put a flannelet backing on it to make it cozier for the winter. I had loaded the quilt on my frame to free motion quilt it but for some reason the thread kept breaking and I just got frustrated. (See this post.) I finally took it off the frame and ripped out all the quilting I had done. Then I decided to machine quilt it on my domestic sewing machine using a 2" diagonal grid marking it with painter's tape. Each time I sewed a line the back would pucker and I ended up ripping out the stitching to try to fix it. After about four goes at this frustration set in and I gave up on that.

In the end I ripped out that quilting and took the entire quilt top apart to put it back together using a quilt as you go method of "stitch and flip". I decided not to do any addition quilting on it and to leave it as is because of the frustration it caused. I like it as it is and I hope my friend who wants to purchase it likes it as well.

Monday, October 4, 2010

October's Friday Nite Sew-In

October's Friday Nite Sew-In is happening on October 15th. Click on the link if you want to join in. I do look forward to this because it is time I set aside to sew. I am hoping to make some progress on my great nieces quilts.