Thursday, April 10, 2014

So Many Works in Progress

Sometimes when I haven't had much sewing time I wonder if I have accomplished anything on my long list of projects. After looking around I found that I have not had many finishes lately by have made a little progress.  The block below is the April Sugar Block Club Block which I completed when I had a short time to sew last weekend.


I didn't get the greatest picture but the blocks below are the  2014 Sugar Block Club blocks so far.


I worked on three different projects at the March Sit and Sew hosted by Melanie at Fabric Chicks in Coupeville.

This is going to be a fun cheerful quilt.  I was not able to complete it because I left some of the fabric at home when I packed for the sit and sew, I hope to share it soon.

I finished the little blocks for my Schnibbles Canasta quilt that was started a while ago, 25 blocks in all, now to get it pieced together.



I also completed a couple of blocks from the Fat Quarter Shops' Designer Mystery Block of the Month 2013.  I am almost caught up, hurray!

It was a cloudy day but this is the view as I walk down to Melanie's shop in Coupeville. She opened her shop for us at least once each day while we were at the Sit and Sew.

This is the view looking out from the door of the shop.

While at the sit and sew we all went out the door to see the rainbow.

Melanie's project was sewing 2 1/2 inch squares together for her picnic quilt.   She chain pieced and the chain got pretty long.

And longer.

Mel had to step outside to stretch it out its full length.

I did have a finish this month that I almost forgot about.  I put the binding on my "Secret Garden Stars" quilt.

It's new home is on our bed and has been washed twice because of little incidents involving our cat.  I will just keep it folded in our room to add a touch of spring.  I think I am going to spend a little time this morning adding some spring touches to the rest of the house. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Spring Pin Keep Swap

Wendy at Ravenwood Whimzies Primitives sponsored a Spring Pin Keep Swap.  I thought it would be fun to participate and I am so glad I did.  My swap partner Francine of Primitive Stars sent me this super fun pin keep and candles and an sweet card.   I have found the perfect spot for it in my sewing room.



I had fun making the pin keep I sent to Francine.  I used a pattern from Bunny Hill Designs called Bitty Bunny.  I want to try making another bunny some time.  Were supposed to mount our pin keep on something so I used a little tin and added "grass and flowers".  I love the spring coil Francine used!



It really feels like spring has arrived here in the Northwest.  I even did a little bitty bit of yard work. 
 Enjoy the little bitty blessings each day.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

So Many Blessings

Do you ever get tired and forget to notice all of the things in your life that you should be thankful for?  Well I must admit that this happens to me so I started thinking about the some of my blessings this week and thought I would share just a few of them.

Fabric Therapy!
I went to the Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show and enjoyed all of the beautiful creative quilts and did just a little shopping.  These three fabrics are from one of my favorite designer's Bari J. Ackerman.  


More Fabric Therapy!  
I stopped to visit Melanie at Fabric Chicks in Coupeville and came home with these beautiful fabrics.  While I was there I was treated to a fabulous Chai Latte and conversation with a sweet friend and a super shop owner.


Grandchildren!
What fun, a sleepover with three of our grandchildren and playing dress up with this sweet little girl.


Beautiful Flowers!
 As a reminder of our Ladies Spring Luncheon at church.


Good food and fellowship, sweet music and testimony of God's Grace.


Birthday Celebrations!

A Seattle Seahawks themed birthday party for Caleb.
This cake was a labor of love created by his parents (especially dad).



Golf ball cookies (so yummy) and cupcakes to celebrate Micah's 32nd birthday made by his wife.



I plan to pay a little closer attention and take note of the blessings in my life.
Just this evening I received a note from my new Secret Prayer Partner and I want to share a verse she shared with me in the card she wrote.   I should not be but I am still amazed how God works in others to give us what he knows we need.

Galatians 6:9,10
"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith."

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Keeping Up on Blocks of the Month

When ever I get a little time I work on my Block of the Month and Stitch Along projects.  I have limited myself this year and that was hard for me to do, there are so many talented people sharing Blocks of the Month and Stitch Alongs.  I am tempted to join in on every one I see.

The block below is block 12 of Building Foundations Sampler Quilt Along at Row House Creations.  I shared block 13 here but somehow missed making block 12.


This is the March block from Fee's Up the Garden Path Stitch Along.


The next two blocks are the same block done two different ways.  They are from the 2014 Aurifil Designer block of the month.  This is the March block and so far I have made two of each block. 



I have looked back a little at my blog posts and I don't see many finishes, so many projects, so few finishes.  I will have to see what I can do about that.   The sun is shining here in the Northwest, I think my garden is calling to me, that would mean less sewing, oh no that won't do.  At a time like this the word balance comes to mind, I'll have to think on that for a while.  
Don't miss the small blessings!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Are You Thinking About Ruffles?

I am excited about this hop and want to thank Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt for sponsoring and Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy for being our cheerleader.
I have been thinking about ruffles quite a bit these past few weeks.  When I heard about this blog hop I decided to join in right away because I had a few projects involving ruffles that I had wanted to get done.  Joining blog hops is a great motivator to help get projects going.

I saw a tutorial for these kitchen towels on a Riley Blake video, you can find it here.  I gathered fabric from my stash that will go great in my new kitchen.  We are having new cabinet doors installed in April and changing some colors so my new towels are ready and waiting.



My next project is something I have been thinking about making for some time.  I had the idea but was not sure how I was going to go about it.  I used some of my French General fabric and created a very long ruffle and made a "flower" out of it.  Then from another piece of French General fabric I made the ruffled "leaves".




This is one of those projects that just comes together as you go along.  The circle of fabric below will be the center of my flower.





The white fabric is called sandcastle, I like the feel of it and use it for embroidery and often for pillows.  I added strips of natural linen all around and buttons in each corner.


The back is made with the same fabric used for the leaves.




I had fun with all of my projects and have been inspired by all of the other participants in the "Think Ruffles" hop.  I have listed all of the other bloggers sharing their Ruffles projects today below.

March 11th







Have fun and I hope you are inspired to go out and sew some ruffles!