Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Dr. says, it's good news

...it's a virus
and the bad news...it just has to run it's course. 
He mentioned 10 days and 
it is day 10 today and I am just starting to feel better 
and really hope my energy level picks up soon.
I have things I want to do and things I have to do.

I turned on the sewing machine today for the first time in 10 days
and sewed a wee bit...all of 5 minutes!!
I started working on a pieced border for another 30's quilt.
I have 16 blocks left over from making this quilt.  
The borders on the second quilt will be a little different design from the first.
At the moment it looks pretty good in my 'head'.
I have been working on the embroidery for my ALYoF July goal...
a couple of cat blocks are done!!

Before I caught this virus 
I made a couple of wee coin purses to match a couple of Tammy Bags.
I have a plan for these wee bags...it's in my head too.
Just hope my idea works!!
You will be the first to see the end result.
There you have it...just a few of my WIP's!!

I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.





Monday, July 7, 2014

ALYoF July goal setting...

#1 procrastinator...that is ME...was going through some pizza boxes
containing UFOs this weekend and look what I found.
There are 8 blocks in Bird Brain Designs pattern #490
Love Me, Love My Cat Quilt
It has been a couple of months since I've done any embroidery.

Soooo...for my July goal....
I am going to be realistic....since it is already July 7th
I am going to complete the hand embroidery for 4 of the cat blocks.
I would love to say I could stitch all 8 but I have a few other
projects I have to get started
...for Mme Samm's See You in September Blog Hop. 
It will be September before we know it!!

I am linking up to Sew Bittersweet Designs #109.
There are lots of July goals that have joined the linky party...
check them out here.  



Sunday, June 29, 2014

June's goal for ALYoF is finished...

...and it is one of my favorites.
I will have this quilt for sale at the GAAQG quilt show July 26-27.
Proceeds will go to SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor Michigan.
The quilt measures 58.5" x 81".
It is made with 40 different 30's fabrics and Kona's white PFD.
I used the 30's fabrics to make the scrappy binding.
I quilted an all-over pattern called Plumage from Willow Leaf Studio.

The quilt was designed by my friend Christa as a four week mystery quilt 
for our Wednesday night quilting group.  
I changed the pattern slightly...I added another row and
used the white for sashing and 30's prints for the corner stones.
You can see Christa's version HERE and see how different they look.
I love them both!!


Christa made three quilts from the 40 different 30's FQ's before
she gave me her leftover scraps...thank you so much Christa!!
You can see the other 2 quilts she made... click HERE
She will have the pattern available for sale shortly...
become a follower 
and you won't miss the chance to win a copy of her pattern.
Hop on over and check out Christa's blog.

There were enough scraps for me to make 40 star blocks
plus the scrappy binding for my first quilt.
I have 16 star blocks left to make a second quilt.
It really is an easy and fast block to make.

Now I have a few days to think of my ALYoF goal for July.

I am linking up to Fiber of All Sorts for the June finishing party.

Have a wonderful week everyone!!



Friday, June 27, 2014

A lovely visit with family and friends...

NASCAR weekend in Brooklyn Michigan
has come and gone for another year.
This is our 10th year to host family and friends for the weekend.
This year there were 7 visiting from Friday to Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday all the guys go to the track...
and the ladies go shopping and do some sewing.
The weekend weather was perfect and the time went by sooo fast...
before we knew it was time for everyone to leave...
...all were heading back to Canada except for my niece.
She stayed for the week
...she booked some vacations days to spend with her 'old' aunt and uncle...
We love having her!!
There might be one more year to host the NASCAR weekend, 
but then it will come to an end...
we will be moved back to Canada by April 2016 the latest.

My niece is going to be a new mama in November 
and I am soooooooo excited for her and her hubby!!
About 6 years ago, maybe longer, she started quilting and she is luving it.
She has made many baby quilts for all her friends, 
and now it is time to make quilts for her new baby.
She finished up a few projects this week and I did 
some sewing too.
She finished machine stitching a Dr Suess chenille quilt, 
just the binding left to hand stitch down.
She also made 2 Tammy bags...she was planning on making only one 
but she had enough fabric to make 2...
I am soooo proud of her...she did an awesome job!!
I quilted the orange quilt in the background another niece.
She is an awesome quilter too!!
I've spread the love of quilting to my sister and my 2 nieces...
my DIL is also luving quilting...it makes my heart sing!!