Wednesday, September 22, 2021
And here's my pumpkin table runner finished. This was a manageable size for me to quilt on my sewing machine. The pumpkin wallhanging is on the wall at the end of where this table is. (This pattern is Punkin' Patch Runner by Bonnie K Hunter of Quiltville)
I have gotten a little more time at the sewing machine to work on some small holiday gifts for family and friends but I can't show those yet. I'm almost finished with our holiday cards too.
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Remember the pumpkin quilt wallhanging top I pieced? Well, it's still at the long arm quilter who is swamped but she contacted me earlier this week to get my decision on a stitching design for the quilting so I think it will be ready in the near future. I decided I need to work on making a quilted pumpkin table runner. I still have the borders to add to this and then the quilting. I'll be doing the machine quilting myself since it's a small project - either stitch in the ditch or freeform, undecided at this point. This pattern is by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I love her scrappy patterns and so enjoy reading her blog every day.
I am more than ready for pumpkin season, hoping for an earlier than normal end to fire season this year. Sure wish the east coast could send those flooding rains out west.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
I also wove this yardage in 10/2 perle cotton for our holiday cards. What looked like white poinsettias on the loom no longer look like them after washing. Oh well.........
Monday, May 24, 2021
The pumpkin piecing is done. It turned out to be around 48" x 66". Next up is to call the long arm quilter to get it to her for quilting. I'm happy to say it should be hanging on the 'quilt wall' this autumn. Before I start on any other projects at the sewing machine I really need to get my machine in to my Bernina shop for maintenance, it's way overdue because of covid restrictions........guess they apply to sewing machines too.
Monday, May 17, 2021
Here's my new quilting project although one has to turn their head to see it correctly. I have this problem when I upload pictures to blogger from my phone but never from my camera so this is a first........and it's irritating. Anyhow, these are pieced white/gray pumpkins and orange pumpkins on a dark gray print background. I learned something new with this project, how to sew concave and convex shapes to get curves. I'm coming down the homestretch on making the blocks, then it will be time to sew them all together. My goal is to get it to a long arm quilter quickly as she has a 8 week backlog. My other goal is to hang this on the big wall opposite the dining room table this fall. Right now the barn quilt is hanging there. Another goal is to eventually have 4-5 quilts to exchange out in that spot during the year......that will take a while and I'll be working on other projects before that happens.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
The past few days I've gotten a couple hours here and there to start sewing together the recycled blue jean squares for our picnic blanket. Here's what it looked like as of yesterday afternoon, today I've got 5 more rows sewn on. I've got 6 more to go.
I really love this project - many thanks to Bonnie Hunter of the Quiltville Inn for making it recently and selling the pattern. Yes, I could have figured it out without a pattern but I always want to support other fiber artists and this is what she does for a living.
I've decided that I won't even ask a long arm quilter to quilt this for me, it's so thick at the corner seams, it's sure to break needles. I won't be using batting as it's so heavy already, just a backing fabric and binding. I'm going to tie this quilt. I think that will be perfect for a picnic blanket. Soon the search will be on for the perfect backing fabric - it must be colorful to go with the colorful stripes.
Hopefully in the not too distant future I will be able to spend more time creating, which means I will then have more to share.
A housekeeping note - on my blogger dashboard there's a note that if followers use the FollowByEmail option to read my blog that it will be going away in July 2021. So, if you get an email when I post to my blog you will now have to bookmark my blog and be sure to check in on your own to see what I'm doing......there will no longer be those emails.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Here are a handful of gifts I made for this past Christmas. These are zippered pouches made from food packaging. I saw the idea on a couple of quilter blogs so went with it. I did several varieties of oreos, nutter butters, lorna doones, cheetos, sun chips, licorice, etc. They are the actual packaging layered with quilt batting and backing cotton and then quilted. They have zippers on the top.......didn't get a good picture of those. I found the small bags, those kisses, were very hard to turn right side out as the quilted fabric gets pretty stiff since the outside of the bag also has iron on vinyl to make it, hopefully, last longer. When I started sewing these I was still going to the grocery store in the wee hours of the morning set aside for seniors - I'm sure it was entertaining for others to see me in the cookie and chip aisle trying to decide what to buy based on the size of the bag it would make as many cookie packages were just too small after being cut apart. And yes, we did have to sacrifice and eat all the insides of the packages..........
Monday, March 1, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
link to the pattern on Ravelry. Just enough to have something to think about while knitting the leg portion but not so much that I can enjoy watching tv in the evening.
This morning I blocked the cowl I knit a few weeks ago, when it's dry I'll share a picture of that. Now off to throw the shuttle on that towel warp.........
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
And here is the colorful handspun all finished - looks like it's a coordinating yarn to the towel warp. It's a polwarth and silk blend. I still need to wash this skein and count the yardage. Not sure what this will grow up to be yet.
I'm going to try and get back to spinning in the evenings but I've also started knitting a pair of socks so might work on those for a couple nights. The leg portion of those requires me to pay attention so will have to be selective on knitting while we watch tv in the evenings as some shows/movies require more of my attention.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
This week I find I need some color in my life. My family lost my cousin in January, he was way too young but had many health issues..........and no, it was not to covid. So now I need to deal with his affairs so am just taking it one day at a time as the process will go on for months. I'm also feeling the need to get back to something that resembles normal in my life.........I mean the new normal in covid times which other than not being able to go to a fabric store to pick out fabrics in person for a quilt and eat out it really doesn't affect me much, I'm happy staying at home.
I'm going to make an effort to post more often and maybe I'll actually have something to share. Hmm, where are those pictures of some gifts I made this year..........