Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Goals

I guess I don't set goals very well!!!!  For February goals were as follows:

1.  Keep up with my row quilt.  (See side button.) Done.  I even did the redwork which was a lot of fun.  I hadn't done embroidery of any kind in years.

2.  Do the snowman block of Comfort and Joy.  Done.  So much fun picking out fabrics and making the picture.

3.  Get moving on the hexie quilt, even if that just means organizing rows.  Done, but all I did was organize some rows and organize a container with everything in it.

4.  Pull out a quilt that Holly and I worked on last year and figure out what it needs to get finished and finish it if I have time.  Well, I did figure out that it only needs borders, but still didn't get them on.  

Goals for March:

1.  Keep up with row quilt

2.  Do the angel block for Comfort and Joy

3.  I dunno' what else I feel like doing.  I like not having pressure!  But goals are to push, so maybe I am not meant for this in quilting!!!  Maybe I'll work ahead in Comfort and Joy.  Right now I'm thinking about the stars in the angel block.  I'm out of my comfort zone!!!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Design Floor Monday

I have decided that I don't like making the same block over and over, so what I am working on now is perfect for me.  I have been working on the row quilt (button on right)  and the Comfort and Joy.  Both are letting me have a great time.

On my floor are just a couple of things.  I got behind on my row quilt because we went to Mardis Gras (see below) so I am still scrambling to get last weeks row done.  These fabrics are auditioning for the row released today by Robin.  I'm trying to match what is already in and figure out what is coming next.
This is the row quilt.  That big hole in the snowflakes is just waiting for a piece of redwork.  If it doesn't go well, I'll just add some more flakes!
I've also been working on the angel for Comfort and Joy.  I'm am having a lot of fun with that.  My machine has been making 'bobbiny' noises, so I investigated and cleaned a bunch of thread that got wrapped around somehow.  No clue what I did!!  Can't wait to see what you all are working on!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Comfort and Joy, Part 2

I finished up this afternoon, and decided to go ahead and post it. I am doing the applique in fits and starts, as I wait until I have several things the same color. I am having a lot of fun working on this! It's like putting together a puzzle! I hope more folks are catching up this month. I love seeing everyone's fabric choices

I'm trying to catch up on my Row quilt. Since we were out of town and the printer wouldn't work, I'm really behind. I got my daughter to print the redwork, and I'll see what I think!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Throw me something, Mister!!

No sewing has been going on around here for the last couple of weeks because we headed off to Mardi Gras. Last year we went to New Orleans so we tried another one and went to Mobile this year. We had a great time, and then went off to visit family and friends and are home now....and glad of it. Since I had no quilting things to share, I thought you might like to see the beautiful trains and costumes of the queens and kings of the Mardi Gras. The are simply amazing. All are done by hand and are absolutely breath-taking.  All of these are in the Mardi Gras Museum in downtown Mobile.  It's not to be missed!

I kept trying to pick a favorite, which was really impossible, but I think this one below may have won.  The dress was beaded and I loved the dramatic train.

Here are my husband and I on a float replica at the museum.  Anyone want some beads.  We have a ton, but plan on getting rid of a lot to schools and grandkids.  So I'm back and ready to work on the 2nd row of the row quilt, and after I get finished washing that is just what I'll do!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

What I'm Reading

I love this day, too.  I've been reading too much and sewing too little.  I finished The Paris Wife, which I really enjoyed.  4 stars.

I just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed.  I give it 4 stars.  I love books about hiking the Appalachian Trail and this was about hiking the Pacific Coast Trail.  Seems to me that Cheryl was a very damaged young woman.  She healed and grieved by walking the trail.  I enjoyed it and read it in about 4 days which is fast for me since I read only at night.

I have just begun reading Unbroken, which I've heard so much about.  I am on about page 3 so I have no opinion.  This is written by the author of Seabiscuit.

Now off to find out what you are reading.

EDITED:  Never mind!!  I'm not reading Unbroken.  I was playing on the ipad and going to our library, so I got The Tiger's Wife and decided to read it.  I only have it 7 days, so it's first!

Monday, February 04, 2013

Design Floor Monday

This is my favorite day of the week for blog browsing, but I don't get much done if I do too much of it! I've already found a new fun applique quilt at that I want to do. Hope my printer gets hooked up soon. Our network is being contrary. Anyway, here is what has been going on.

This row of Delectable Mountains is the first row in the quilt along that has a button on the right.  I accidentally made double what I needed.  Is this a sign for two quilts or more for the orphan blocks?
I finished this block of Comfort and Joy on the 31st.  Only 4 of us posted on the page.  I am disappointed because I love to see what fabric everyone chooses!
Yesterday I did the flag at the bottom, and today I hope to work on the snowman.  I've decided that I really enjoy these one-of-a-kind projects.  I really don't enjoy doing the same thing over and over.
One of my Feb. goals is to finish this top.  It's all sewn together, but needs 3 borders to be complete.  This was a mystery called "The Squares In the Middle"  and I think it was by Katedid.  I'm sorry, but I can't remember the spelling and don't want to walk back downstairs.  (Knees!!!)  My daughter and I worked on this one day mystery, but it took longer than one day for us.  She cut  and I sewed and then she pressed.  It could have been more than one day because she had 3 kids under 5!!  This is supposed to be the throw quilt in her living room.  I'd like to get it finished this winter.
Back to seeing what you have been doing!  Happy quilting!