Wednesday, December 29, 2010

5 hours later...

I got the book, "Feathered Friends",
by Jette Norregaard Nielsen
for Christmas from my Husband (Thanks Honey!)

Birds are a strong theme in my art plans for 2011.
I decided to  try the seagull pattern.

Oh my!
63 pieces....
7 X 9 inch block...
5 hours!
(making copies, cutting out paper units
cutting fabric, sewing, pulling off paper)

And the result...

(he doesn't have an eye yet)
I like the block, but I am NOT doing another one!

I have another pieced block of a seagull
that is more square and abstract.
I think I will try that one tomorrow.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Final StashBusting report for 2010

Wow...what a year!

I started off very slow at the beginning of the year,
 but came very close to my goal in the end!

Fabric in this week: 0 yards

Fabric out this week: 11 yards
(small quilt, apron, 2 nightgowns, Jammie bottoms, donation bag of fabric)

Fabric goal to use for 2010: 100 yards

Fabric used in 2010: 93 yards

I'm pretty happy with myself, despite not reaching my goal.
Thank you to Judy at patchworktimes 
for the great fabric challenge she has had this year!

How did you do in 2010?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Previewing new disdes

I have had the same very bright yellow and purple
dishes for about 15 years now.

I still like my dishes,
but after 3 kids and 3 grand kids,
they are pretty chipped and sad looking.

I purchased a service of 8 salad plates.
The salad plate are off white with a brown swirl design around the edge.
Here are 3 possible combo's

Round pink dinner plate with a brown ribbon design  at the top

Square bluish-green plate with brown swirl pattern
Round orange dinner plate

I like them does my husband!

Finally..a finish!

I spent a few hours in the studio finishing
Christmas gifts.
It was a wonderful feeling to sew again.

This is a quilt for my Mother In Law.
It was suppose to be for her birthday,
but I am little late, so now it is a Christmas gift.

I wish the photo was better.
The center of each block has a printed message
from one of her children or grandchildren.

Happy I have a finish!
Now onto sewing grandchildren jammies
to wear on Christmas Eve.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Fabrc stash report

This weeks sewing....




I sang in the Community Choir on Monday,
and today I am leading the choir (for the first time) at Church.

I did manage to get my studio cleaned up
and organized this week tho.

I am hoping for some sewing to occur tonight!

How did you do this week?

Friday, December 17, 2010

UFO 12 month challenge

I am participating in the year long UFO challenge at

You list 12 UFO projects you would like to finish in 2011.
Each month Judy picks a number between 1-12
and the project listed with that number is the one you work on.
I have alot of UFO'S, so...

2011 UFO List:

1.Pink Vintage quilt-finish blocks, top and borders

2.Pine tree quilt-borders, send our for quilting, do binding

3.Christmas crazy 9-patch-finish blocks, top, borders, send out for quilting, do binding

4.Cheater cloth pinwheels wall hanging-borders, quilt it, bind it

5.Welcome wall hanging-quilt and bind it

6.Red 9-patch queen quilt-borders, send out for quilting, bind it

7.Log Cabin Christmas wreath-quilt and bind it

8.Utah State Fair challenge fabric-design pattern, sew top, quilt and bind wall hanging

9.Scrappy Flag wall hanging-quilt and bind it

10.Bear in the Farmhouse-send out for quilting then do binding

11.Mystery class quilt-send out for quilting and do binding

12.Yard sale Dresden plate quilt-borders, send out to be quilted, do binding

I am looking forward to a year of many finished quilts!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fabric Stash Report

Only 2 more weeks to make my goal of 100  yards.
Am I going to make it?

Not at this rate!

Another week of no sewing.

Still at 82 yards.

At least I haven't bought anything new....

How about you?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Unusual Christmas Tree

I grew up with a very creative Mother.
She handmade a good majority our clothes.
She could see something in a used store
and it beautifully became something new.

Growing up, we had creative Christmas Trees.
One year we had a tree made from Pampas Grass plumes
(white with red ball ornaments-it was gorgeous!)
Another year we had a tree made from white Kleenex.
(chicken wire cone stuffed with tissues and the same red balls)

While she and my Dad lived in the Philippines
she acquired a Stick Christmas Tree.

The Tree is put together with sticks.
which have been individually hand painted.
The whole thing weighs a ton!

She decorated it with gold and white ornaments.

I inherited it when my Dad passed away last January.

Miss you Mom and Dad!

Monday, December 6, 2010

I dare you.... pet me!

He ease dropped on my phone conversation.
Found out he is getting fixed.

He is NOT happy!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fabric Stash Report

No changes...

I had the best intentions, of course...

Too many other activities took over...

Make and Create goals the same for this week!

How did you do this week?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Last Bit off Fall

I was walking home from a friends funeral today,
when I spotted this....

...a few little fall leaves sticking out of the snow.

Beauty in simplicity