Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Flower Garden Quilt

I don't think I know where to start writing here on my blog.  It has been a long time and a very eventful few months.  I have been trying to focus on completing some projects that have been here waiting for me to finish.  The one I am going to share today was begun in 2002.  I thought long and hard about making the effort but settled on finishing.

There is a story behind this quilt.  For many years I worked in outreach service for the local library system.  I delivered library service to people in their homes once a month and that is where I met Joan.  She was disabled but continued to make beautiful needlework and quilts.  I always enjoyed my monthly visit bringing the latest quilting books and magazines and books on tape for her to listen to while sewing.  She encouraged me to give quilting a try and suggested this Block of the Month from Newport Quilt called "The Flower Garden Quilt."  Looking at the mailers I can see that I received the first of my blocks in January of 2002.  I started off great and completed about 4 blocks.  This April, 2020 I decided that it was time to finish.  Some of the blocks were difficult for me but I kept at it and tried not to worry about perfection, that was not going to happen with this quilt.

This is a look at what our hallway looked like while I was in the middle of this process.

The little butterflies block proved to be one of the more difficult blocks.  Many pieces of these blocks were cut from templates I made with freezer paper. 

I do love the finished quilt and am ready to move on to a new/old project.  This quilt is quite large and I don't think I have backing fabric.  I would love to get this sent out to be quilted.  I can't wait to go to a fabric shop and just browse.  Happy sewing!

Friday, November 29, 2019

November Goal - JOY

If you are like me many of you are thinking, "where did the month of November go?"and "Christmas is going to be here before we know it!"  It has been a busy month here in my sewing room.  I did complete my JOY banner.  I can't remember when it was begun and it was a snap to complete so I am able to check another project off my list.

I also want to share one of the quilts completed this month.

 Village Quilt is complete and has gone home with our daughter in law, Lyndie.

It has been good working on projects and completing them.  I also have been working on some secret sewing for Christmas gifts.  I will take pictures and share them before passing them on to Pat to do the wrapping, he has graciously taken on that job these past few years.  

We have much to be thankful for.  We spent Thanksgiving here at home with one of our daughters and one of our sons and their families.  Because of Pat's health we made the decision not to travel to Atlanta to spend Thanksgiving with our son and his family.  We know it was the right decision but missed them and the traditions we have made there.   It is also the first year without my sweet sister Becky who went home to be the Lord in early December, last year.  Life is ever changing and so full of daily blessings, we just have to keep our eyes and hearts open to them.
Happy Creating!
I will be linking to One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts and 
2019 UFO & WIP Challenge at The Crafty Quilter.

Monday, November 4, 2019

One Monthly Goal November 2019

When I am trying to decide what I will choose for my next finish there is no problem finding unfinished projects in my sewing room.  A while back I went through projects and made a list of UFO's and came up with about 60 items.  This includes projects that have not been started but patterns and materials are gathered and waiting to be used.  These are not projects that I have lost interest in so I hope to get to them.   I will say that I have completed 8 of the projects on these lists though I have not shared all of these here.

This will be my November Monthly Goal and I will share it at Elm Street Quilts.

The embroidery is complete and now to make a banner with them.  I am sure that it won't take long and now is the time.

I have completed a couple of projects recently.

Simple Joys of Winter pillow.

Woodland Wonderland BOM quilt.  I finished the binding this weekend.

It will be fun to use these new winter and Christmas projects.

Monday, October 28, 2019

I Have A Finish Or Two

The time goes by so quickly sometimes.  This is Monday, the last Monday in October.  We will have a new grandson join our family today.  He will share a birthday with his other grandma and a great uncle.  We are looking forward to meeting him.  I was looking at my blog this morning and see that there is work to do to update things.  One of the changes I will need to make is to update the number of grandchildren we have.  

I have done quite a bit of work in my sewing room.  I am trying to complete as many projects as I possibly can.  Hunting down backings for quilts and having some quilted and attempting to quilt a few on my own.  The small projects are what I have focused on to improve my machine quilting skills.  

I do have a  finish to share today, one that was originally my goal for September.  I made two little quilts for my nieces, they were fun to make and showcase the fun fabric.

 Both of the quilts were made using "Lil' Red" fabric by Moda. 

 I used backing and binding fabric I had here in my stash.

I quilted them simply using my walking foot.  

They have been mailed to my two little nieces.
This was another recent finish that was also a gift for my niece.

I plan to set a goal for November to check off a few more projects on my long list.  I also plan to get a bit of work done outside while we are experiencing such perfect fall weather.  There are leaves everywhere waiting for attention.
Happy Fall!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

August Sewing

I was looking around my sewing room and realized that I had not shared the pictures of the two quilts I finished up this past month.  One was my March goal that I talked about in this post, I guess it is better late then never.  The little quilt pictured below is my Bungalow quilt, now complete.

I did a bit of machine quilting but plan to do more on my next small quilt.

I love the minky on the back of the quilt.  It is good to check a project off on my long list of UFO's.

The next project that has been checked off my list is my Flag quilt. 

This was made using Stars and Stripes by Camille Roskelley.  I hope to make another from this pattern soon.

   I like the simple wavy line quilting on this one.  

I keep trying to mark finishes off on my long list of UFO's but have added a new project to the list now and then.  Keep finding joy in being creative.  Happy Stitching!

I will link this post with Julie's August UFO & WIP Challenge at The Crafty Quilter

Monday, September 2, 2019

Two Little September Goals

So many projects, so little time.  I can't count how many times I have said or thought that.  I am wandering around thinking about what I should try to complete before the end of the month.  I came across two small quilt tops I made for my niece and her soon to arrive little sister.  This is what I must put first in order to make sure they get them before the new baby arrives.

There are two small, very wrinkled lap quilts waiting to be completed.  They are made with fat quarters from the Moda "Lil Red" fabric line.  The pattern is quick to stitch up and showcases the fabrics.  I will be quilting these little quilts on my machine, very simply of course.

I will link this post to September One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts

Future Plans and Goals

I have not been blogging but often think about it and I like the idea of getting back to some sort of routine.  I have been making plans for sewing and completing projects.  I will say that retirement takes time to adjust to and I haven't quite accomplished that adjustment.

I went to our local library today to pick up books I had on hold.  For the past 28 years I have had my books delivered to my desk in the Library on Wheels department.  I know many of the staff at the Lake Stevens Library so it is always fun to go there.  This day was special in that before I entered the building I saw a friend from high school and her husband.  We did not attend high school in this town but both of us moved here many years ago.  I was not sure that they still lived in this area.  It was so great to see them and I look forward to catching up and having a bit of time to get to know each other again.

I have made quite a list of the projects that have been started or that I have purchased materials for.  The list has 22 projects on it and there are many more I will add, I just thought that I would like to mark a few off as complete before adding to the list. 

Moving forward while looking forward to what the future has for us.  Time for family and friends will be at the top of our list. 

We were blessed with a trip to Hawaii and I love this picture I took on this trip.  Taking time to connect with God's beautiful creation and each other.