Sunday, January 15, 2017

Reading Pillows for Christmas

I really love to make gifts for people and sometimes I find something fun to make for all of my grandchildren for Christmas.  This year I was having trouble coming up with an idea.

And then I was reminded that I saw this tutorial at The Polka Dot Chair and made a decision that this is what I would be making for our grandchildren for Christmas.

I managed to make ten reading pillows this year.  It was so much fun and I have a few more to make throughout the year ahead.

I added their names with simple embroidery on my machine and machine appliqued something I cut out from the fabrics.

Many of the books were purchased at a library book sale held conveniently at my place of work.

The kids were pretty excited to receive their pillows and books.

I had the chance to sew all of these fun pillows while spending a few days at the ocean on a cold and wet weekend, which was an added bonus for me.

It is great to be able to use ideas shared by others to create something fun.  Thank you Melissa at The Polka Dot Chair for sharing this project.  I should start thinking about next years project  but for now I do have a few more pillows to make.


Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 UFO's - Just for Fun!

I have created a list of UFO's again this year but have not limited myself to working on these alone.  I just think it will be great to mark things off my list.  This also helps motivate me to take the time to get things organized and know where these projects are.  I used the allpeoplequilt list again this year and I will link up each month with Elm Street Quilts, One Monthly Goal.  I have a One Monthly Goal button on my sidebar. has a list you can print and fill in.  Each month a number is chosen and that will be the project you focus on.  I think I completed 7 of the 12 last year.  This month is number 6 which I am excited about because I plan to finish my Snapshots quilt.  It is pieced, quilted and ready for binding.  I love sewing the binding but sometimes I need a little push.

This quilt was fun to put together.  I remember doing all of the cutting for the blocks while down at the ocean on a relaxing weekend.  This quilt is one we plan to keep, so far, and I have a feeling that it will be used at the house by the beach.

The quilting Kathy did is perfect!  I want to start on the binding now.   
Thank you Patty at Elm Street Quilts for your One Monthly Goal link up and encouragement to finish a project a month.


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Last Finish for 2016

I started out the year making plans to complete many projects and to try to start just a few new ones.  This UFO Challenge from allpeoplequilt's was a good source of inspiration.  I filled out the list at the beginning of the year and each month checked the website to see which number had been chosen.  I did pretty well keeping up for the first few months.  My progress was slowing down in the summer and came to a stop in the fall.  As I look at this picture I noticed that I did not note that I did complete my August project, my Adornit quilt top.  Front and back are complete and waiting to be quilted.

I am excited that I was able to get back to a project just after Christmas, number 8 on my list and I have now completed my "Vintage" quilt from the Simply Retro book by Camille Roskelley.

This quilt was really fun to put together and I think this is one I will have to try again.  If I fill in my Adornit quilt top finish on my list I will have completed 7 out of 12.  Looking at the rest of the items on the list, I will have to transfer them to my 2017 finish goals.  

I will be linking to Julie's Hello 2016 Goodbye UFO's December post.  Thank you Julie for all of your inspiration and encouragement.

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

I was so excited to see the pattern and tutorial for this pillow Julie shared on her blog The Crafty Quilter.  I had drawn my sister Raydine's name for Christmas and I knew that this would be the perfect gift for her.  I love the fabric that Julie used for her pillow here.  I have the same fabric but have been using mine for a row by row quilt, it is not complete so I did not want to use my Fig Tree Farmhouse fabric and not have what I needed to finish my row by row quilt.

I made the pillow with some of my Little Ruby fat quarters.

I had a great time making this and wish I had time to make another.

It is a little hard to see but I used some old white ric rac as my trim.

I made an envelope back and binding for the edge as Julie suggested.  Thank you Julie for sharing this great tutorial.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I Finished a Couple of Projects!

Woo Hoo!  It has been a while since I have been able to complete sewing projects.  That would be any projects actually.  Below is my zig zag quilt that I had added to my 2016 Finish list.  I sent it to be quilted, Kathy did a fabulous job and now it is bound and ready to use.  I do have to add a label though now that I think about it.

I took the pictures on a rainy day so they were taken inside and do not do the quilt justice.

You can see the quilting a little in the picture below.  I love that Kathy was creative with the quilting.

I am now sure where this quilt will end up or with whom but for now I am content that it is complete.

The project below was made for a family in our church who lost their sweet baby at birth.

We completed it and gave it to sweet baby Ian's family.  

We were able to give this as a gift of rememberance of this child.  It was a labor of love made with a few tears.

I hope to have a little sewing time and maybe finish a projet or too in December but I know it will be a busy time.  I want to focus on the blessings of now and not miss what each day brings.
Maybe it is time for a little Christmas music and some decorating.


I will link with Julie at The Crafty Quilter and share my November finish.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall Fun In Wisconsin

We had the privilege of traveling to Wisconsin to spend time with our family there.  We don't usually see each other more that once a year so it is always fun to be together and catch up.

Here they are our grandchildren wearing their new Seattle hats, sitting outside on a beautiful fall day.

Each fall we go to the pumpkin patch and the kids pick out pumpkins and gourds to take home and decorate with.

Julie and Dad





Brad and Julie

It is always great to spend time with these kids.  Full of energy and fun.  Lily had just figured out what her costume would be for Trick or Treating.

Time to go home, it always seems to come so quickly.

Thankful for the time we had together.  We are blessed.

Friday, September 30, 2016

A Little Stitching and A Sweet Friend

It has been such a long time since my last blog post.  This has been a very different few months.  Not much sewing or creativity going on here at my house.  I hope that will change soon.  I have done a couple of small embroidery projects and attended a couple of "Sit and Sews".  I do have two quilts the were quilted by my quilter Kathy that I will bind and share soon. I will show you two of my "One Stitch at a Time" designs by Kathy Schmitz.  I have completed the stitching on my July and August designs but now I must make something with them.

           My August project below was fun, I used my crayon box to make this one a little different, it has been a while since I tried adding coloring to my embroidery projects.

September's design was called "Sweet Surroundings"  I made this one with a friend in mind but have not had time to complete the project yet.

My husband and I spent a little more time than usual at the ocean this summer.  We have always taken our dog Emmy with us.  It was always Emmy's favorite place to be.  She would perk up and be full of energy.  She was failing fast this summer so we took her with us whenever we could.  We were sad to have to say goodbye to Emmy late in August and will always remember her love of the beach.

I am not sure that I want to get another dog, we are so busy and I don't know what is best right now but we are thankful for the time we had with Emmy, she was 13 years old.

Here she is waiting for me to get moving or throw the ball to her.  She had begun loosing weight when this picture was taken but still enjoyed running or walking on the beach.

To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.
Ecclesiastes 3:1