Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2011 make and create goals

I think I have my 2011 goals for making and creating all listed.

Of course, this list could change...
it usually does...


Besides trying a new technique each month,
I plan to make a few bird ornaments for our 2011 Christmas Tree decorations
The photo isn't the exact ornament but pretty close.
Each bird will have a  year printed on the bottom
to represent one year of our marriage.


I love vintage clothing!
My Mom use to make the majority of my clothing
(she worked for a clothes designer in the LA clothing market)
I use to make all my girls clothing when they were younger.
I have fallen into the "jeans and t-shirt Mom" look for too long now.
I want to also remake used clothing.

I am still learning and am VERY slow at knitting.
I am making a sampler stitch afghan.
I purchased multiple skeins of a green yarn and
have been doing one entire skein in one stitch.
I'm almost done with my second skein.
This may take an entire year....


I have set my fabric stash busting goal for 2011 at 100 yards.
Same goal I have had for 2 years now.

I want to find a group goal to take part in....
My local guild is doing a block project January-July....maybe...

I will be using some new techniques
to make a 5" block each week.
At the end of the year I will have a quilt
representing 2011.
So, those are my goals...
at least, this week...
they always change slightly...

What are your goals for 2011?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Fabric Stash report

Yeah...I finally have something to count this week!

I donated a quilt to QOV made from
my red, yellow and blue scraps.
I forgot to take a photo-it was a pinwheel pattern.

Fabric in YTD: 103 yards

Fabric used this week: 3 yards

Fabric used YTD: 82 yards

Okay, so it was only 3 yards in the top,
but that's still a plus for me....lol

Goals for Nov 29-Dec 4

Make and Create:

Finish 2 sets of Jammie's (grandchildren)
Put names on 2 aprons (granddaughters)
Binding on Christmas gift quilt
Update stocking stuffer-gift list for family
Sign and mail Christmas cards
Start decorating the House

I hope you have a very productive week!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Future projects

I have two books that I would like to do
some of the projects from VERY soon.

I like a local artist,
Nancy Halverson's designs.
Ben Franklin's carries the wire frame
that goes with the monthly blocks from this book.

Tho I am still working on perfecting my knitting skills,
I find I am looking at more and more crochet patterns.
Since I know one of the grand babies coming in 2011 is a girl,
I would like to crochet the sweet little bonnet and booties
for her Church Blessing.
I plan to sew the Blessing gown...something long and lacy.

I need to compile my list of 2011 making and creating goals.
I have  some thoughts...
completing lots of UFOs...
Quilting the numerous tops waiting in the pile...
Sewing myself some new clothes, especially for our cruise.

What are some of your making and creating goals for 2011?
Please share....

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day 2010

I am so thankful for my family!

Daughter E and husband B
They're expecting their 2nd child
and our #4 grandchild (a girl) in May 2011

Grandson T with parents E & B

Son M and wife C
Parents of granddaughters K & H

Granddaughter-Miss H

Granddaughter-Miss H

Daughter T and Z
who are expect #5 grandchild in June 2011

Sweet Husband who does dishes!

Hope you had a wonderful day with
your family and friends!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fabric Stash Busting Report

No changes, again...

I cleaned out many smaller boxes
for a couple of larger boxes
to store my UFO's in.

Passed on a large load of
my Mom's old craft stuff to charity.

Organized all my copies and patterns
into a workable system, so I can
hopefully find a pattern or idea when I need it.

Hope you have had a productive sewing week!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Birthday Party!

Happy Birthday to my Granddaughters!

Miss H-Age 4

Her sister, Miss K-age 6

They grow up so fast!

Big news-we are expecting not one, but two,
grand babies in 2011.
May and June are going to be busy months!
May baby is going to Miss May,
according to the ultrasound!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The changes are beginning...

My youngest moved out today.

I have a empty bedroom now.

We inherited her kitty, Boomer.

Changes, changes, changes.....

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fabric Stash Report

No changes for me....

Fabric in YTD: 103 yards
Fabric used YTD: 79 yards

I just got a small quilt back from the quilters
that needs the binding, so I'll add that to next weeks totals.

Still cleaning out the studio....

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Mother's Creativity

My Mom was an extremely creative person.
She baked,
she decorated,
she reused and recycled and remade
and she was a supreme seamstress!

I've been cleaning out alot of stuff in my studio
(it's just too cluttered to feel creative)
and I found this....

It's a flower corsage she made
from bird feathers

She attached a little bird below the flowers
and added a ribbon bow.

Such creativity!

(Sorry for the bad photos-had to use phone camera)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How would you finish this quilt?

I got out this UFO project yesterday
as the rain and snow were falling outside
(and I knew I didn't want to be out in that weather!)

This is what the tree blocks look like and

This is how I am sewing the top together.

Border options:

A.Sew on the 4 corner 1/2 triangles so it is squared up and add a couple of borders(probably 3 borders)

B. Keep the angled corners and then add the 3 borders

C. Do you have another suggestion?

This is for our Queen sized bed. It will be nice to have another project off the UFO list and onto a bed!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fabric stashbusting report

Woohoo-this week I have something to claim!
I've been sewing purses-totes for Holiday charities

Fabric in YTD: 103 yards
Fabric used this week: 4 yards
Fabric out YTD: 79 yards

I usually post my weekly goals here too,
but I haven't even planned my week.
I'll post them later.

Have a great week!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Not sewing related, but I need some help!

My Husband purchased a service of four of this pattern for me a few years ago.

He didn't want to purchase more in case I didn't like it.
I do like it for everyday but just never purchased any more.

Do you know a Internet site
that has past or discontinued utensil patterns?
He purchased it about 3-4 years ago.

Thanks for any help!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Scrap busting quick crazy 9-patch quilt

Wow, try saying that post title 3 times fast...lol!

I have always wanted a gorgeous Christmas Quilt
for my Queen size bed,
but like most quilters, every time I think about my own projects,
I usually move on to something first for someone else.

I decided this year I was going to make a Holiday quilt just for me, no matter what!

I decided to do a simple crazy 9-patch, because
One: it's fast and easy
Two: it uses up scrap fabric really quickly and
Three: it's not a exact pattern you can mess up!

I took some photos to help explain:

Gather a minimum of 9 different fabrics in your choice of color.
It's nice if you have a few extra fabric selections to add here and there.

Cut a square of each fabric (same size).
Tip: the larger the beginning square the larger you final square will turn out.
I started with 12" inch squares-
When finished and trimmed they will be about 10.5".

Stack your squares in a neat even stack
Tip:You have to keep your squares in the stack in the same fabric order
throughout the cutting/sewing process or this method will not work for you!

Make your first cut at whatever angle you would like.
Having a super sharp rotary cutter is very helpful since you are cutting thru 9 layers
Remember: You have to keep the stack on the left side in order at all times!
Take the top piece of the right stack-move in to the bottom the the stack
Now sew a right stack piece to a left stack piece
Press seams towards outside edge of block.

Return pressed stack to cutting board, keeping it in order,
The side you just sewed should be on the the left side,
Make another long angled cut on the right side of the stack.
This time, remove the top 2 piece of the right stack
and place them on the bottom of the right stack
(the photo above shows I have rotated the 2 piece to the bottom)
Sew a right and left stack piece to each other
remembering to press the seams to the outside of the block.

Third cut is made after the stack is positioned with the
1st sewn piece at the top and the
2nd sewn piece on the bottom.
Make your right side cut again,
moving the top 3 pieces to the bottom of the stack.
Sew a right to a left side piece-press seams outward

For you last cut, position the square stack,
making your final long angled cut down the right side.
Move the top 6 right pieces to the bottom of the stack.
Sew a right and left piece together-press seams outward

If you kept your stack in the same order thru out the sewing process
you should have 9 blocks made up of the 9 different fabrics.

Trim up your blocks to your desired size and
join into a quilt of your desired size

I have not trimmed my blocks yet,
but laid out 3 blocks by 4 blocks so you could see what it looked like.

This would be a great quick pattern for
a baby quilt in fun children's prints
or a King sized quilt made out of your leftovers.

Thanks and enjoy!

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's gone!

Finally got in and had my hair cut!

Six inches gone!

Wow, do you feel a cold breeze?