Monday, January 12, 2015

Sewing Buddy!

I have really had fun this weekend!!! I had a sewing buddy who is not a dog!!! It was so nice to have someone to bounce ideas off and visit with. My friend for years, Joy, is making a quilt for her first grandbaby due in March. It's a little boy, and she is happy beyond words.

 I tried to help her with an easy pattern, so we went with this one. After a few hours of sewing circles on, I realized she'd have been better off with a straight stitch pattern like a Jelly Roll Race or charm squares. I've apologized profusely, but she is happy with her quilt, as she should be. She has taken it off to the long arm quilter today and hopes it will be ready for a shower in February.
This is the quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Company that I'm making for her daughter.  It's all Dr. Seuss fabric.  I'm going to make a small border of the black and then a little wider with the white.  The back is like the white with red stripes.
Here is Joy's complete circle top.  Her daughter's colors are gray and navy.  I think this will fit right in.  Also, she has some deliciously soft gray Minky for the back.  I've never used Minky on a back, so I wasn't much good on advice there.
So I am going to have to quilt the Topsy Turvy quilt myself.  I refuse to pay a long arm quilter when I have that Tiara just sitting there.  So I must practice.  Nothing else to do on days like today....cold and rainy and yukky!!!

Friday, January 02, 2015

So I was getting ready to write up all I accomplished last year, when it hit. I had finished nothing. Not one project. And there are so many things that need to be wrapped up. On top of that, there is more to do.

This is a bear paw that my aunt started years ago.  I said I'd finish it, but there it sits.
And I have a good friend whose first grandson will be here in march.  I started the topsy turvy blocks from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  So there's that.  It's all in Dr. Seuss fabrics.

This is my quilting closet.  Everything on the top two rows is a UFO or PIGS.  A lot are all organized with the pattern and fabric.
But here is the saddest group of all.  This Valentine heart quilt I did last February and it is totally ready to go.  The back is even ready.  I would have it done, but I bought that Tiara II and I can't take it to be quilted since I should do it myself.  And I am sooooo bad.  This is a sad situation.
This one is from Diane Hundley and has been finished for years.  It's ready to go, too.  I just didn't know how I wanted it quilted.  I still don't.
So I am going to contemplate a while before I make my list of things to do for 2015.  Have so many possibilities.

Thought I would show you part of our collection of Matrousakas and painted figures we got in Russia when we were there a lot several years ago.  My husband was working there, and I made several trips.  I bring them out in January when Christmas comes down.  I hope you enjoy looking at them  I love the slender figures the most.  They are beautifully painted and costs about $8 a piece at the time.

Have a wonderful quilty 2015!!  Happy New Year!!