Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Finish-Along Finish and Adventures in Babysitting

While at the beach last weekend I actually completed the binding on two quilts.  This is my Bloggers Block of the Month.  I pieced the blocks for this quilt in 2012.  I had to take the borders off because I had stretched the fabric so it was set aside for a while.  I repaired it and then it was recently quilted by Leslie who did a fabulous job.  Now it is complete, I have washed it and used it for my cover when I took a little nap today.

This was on my list for Finish-Along 2015

We had our grandson Parker with us for a little while this afternoon.  He ate his lunch but then saw Papa eating a grilled cheese sandwich and just had to have one.  Here he is in the living room with a greasy cheese sandwich.  That is not done around here and I think he knows that he is getting away with something.
Grandma isn't saying anything and she is busy taking pictures of me so it must be o.k. with her.


I had to take a picture of the back of his curly head where his little halo is sticking up above his head.


After he finished eating his sandwich under my watchful eye I turned away and he disappeared.  This is where I found the little angel, trying to escape.


It wasn't working out to well for him and he was not happy about it.  


The Joy of the Lord is your Strength.
   

Saturday, May 23, 2015

May Project Finished

We spent the weekend at the beach and I took this project along to complete the binding.  I worked on the machine sewing of the binding the night before we left and it was ready to take with me to hand stitch the binding to the back.  This quilt will be going to its new home soon and I am sure that it will be loved.  I am going to pop it in the washer to soften it up right now.


I am so glad that I was able to complete my May project for A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015 before the month was over.  I will be linking to ALYOF  and the 2015 Finish Along.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

Let's See What's Bloomin'

Inside the house we have enjoyed the Amaryllis grown from a kit given as a gift.  It was simple to grow and put on a lovely display for quite some time.  Now I should learn how to take care of the bulb so that I can try again.



Our Camellia outside our back door did well this year but we almost missed the flowers with the weather as it was.  Sometimes we just have to walk around in the rain or cold to get a glimpse at what is blooming.



Our biggest excitement this year in our garden is the flowers on the Wisteria.  We have lived here for ten years now and these are the first flowers we have seen on this plant.  I thought I had done a pretty good job of pruning this plant each year but Pat decided to aggressively prune it back this year and  that seems to have made a difference.




A birthday bouquet

I have been watching the flowers start to bloom in our garden and now that the weather has improved I am pulling a few more weeds each day.  It really feels like spring to me now.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ALOYF May Goal

I chose to make this quilt my May goal.  It is in need of binding and has been waiting a while.  May is the month to complete this project, it is also good timing because I want to give it as a gift to someone who loves it.  I will be linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Thank you to Shanna and Melissa for the inspiration.
April Showers bring May flowers.
This quilt is full of flowers and bright colors.  It is quilted with flower designs.



I forgot to share the fabric I used on the back of the last project I finished.  I put little corner triangles on the back to help with hanging this project.


I am looking forward to getting a little sewing done this week, if not at home I will be able to work on something at the all day Sit and Sew on Friday.  Have a lovely creative week.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Finish Complete

There has not been much time to sew this month so I was concerned that I would not be able to complete my April project for A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015

 I went up to my sewing room and focused on completing this project and I am very excited about having it ready to give to a sweet little girl.


I did some simple quilting using my walking foot and made binding from leftover jelly roll strips.   I am getting a little better and machine quilting with each project I try.  I plan to stick to small machine quilting projects for now.

The pattern is Stitching Betsy's Closet and it was great fun to stitch and is even better now that it is a completed project.
I will be linking with the April- A Lovely Year of Finishes Party, take a look at what others have been working on here.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring Petals QAL Progress

I spent some time working on my Spring Petals Quilt Along project.  Using fabrics from my stash not purchased specifically for a project is always a challenge for me.  Julie at The Crafty Quilter has a great tutorial here to show you the different options for the applique.





I was having a little trouble deciding on what fabric to use for my corners but I like the yellow with the pink flowers.

I will be linking with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sewing With Friends

I feel so blessed to have had a day to spend with friends who love to sew and talk and laugh together.  I had the privilege of traveling to Coupeville for a Sit and Sew.  I was there from 9 am until 8:30 pm or so.  It is an hour and a half drive for me to get there but driving north through Skagit Valley and across Deception Pass bridge is a beautiful drive.  I always enjoy spending time with this fun group of sewers and quilters.

This is the project I focused on for most of the day.  I used a couple of Riley Blake Layer Cakes and made the Tumblers Quilt from "More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts" by Pam and Nicky Lintott.  I think I might add a little random applique to the plain blocks.  This pattern really showcases this fun fabric.

This is the picture of this quilt that is in the book.

I did a little work on my Daisy Days project while at the Sit and Sew.  My blocks are ready to piece together.

A few of us are doing the Adornit block of the month at the Sit and Sew, I have had some fun with this so far.

Another fun part of the day was visiting Melanie's quilt shop.  She had ordered this fabric for me earlier this year, I am excited about starting work on the Snapshots quilt at the Fat Quarter Shop.  
The weather is beautiful here today and I am going to head outside for a while and do a little weed pulling.  Have a great weekend.