Thursday, January 26, 2012

Updating projects

Still working on the millennium quilt.
I found an owner when it is finished.
I have one niece born in 2000. So it's hers.
I did work on it last evening for awhile.
I am adding the sashing between the rows.
It's a tedious process. You have to mark where the previous columns lie on the strip so the next strip matches up.
Somewhat of a boring process but a necessity.
I'll be glad when this part is done then I can do a creative step before adding borders.
I'll share more as I go.
This is 4 of the 8 rows so at half way I gave myself a little break.
I worked on finishing some block for a baby quilt my youngest started and never finished.
It was some quick piecing.
It helps to clean up a spot in the UFO pile.
Of course it's not done yet but at least it's a start.
I'm trying to finish at least one project before I start another.
We'll see how that works out.
It needs some sashing as well..... GROAN.
I love to take pictures of my quilts while laying them out. I can see how I might want to change them.
This one will need some help before its all said and done.

Back to work.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Snowman Swap

Wow I have the pleasure of sharing my swap goodies with you.
I did a Snowman Swap with Julie from Country Girl at Heart.
And what a heart she has.
The saying on the wall hanging is
"Happiness is making friends"
is that not approiate since this is our first (hopefully not last) swap.

She sent me a gratitude journal as well. I have heard about these and wanted to start one so this is the perfect chance now that my special blogger friend did all the work for me.

She did a spectacular job.

The picture doesn't do it justice.

In the package was a little snowman pillow that was too cute for words.

I put him on my window sill and every time I see him he makes me smile.
And I can always use notecards.

There's nothing like receiving a hand written note in the mail.

Thank you Julie for all your beautiful work.

Yours is on its way.

Thanks for being understanding.


Monday, January 23, 2012

Millennium Blocks

On the shelf in my sewing studio the lived a stack of Millineium fabric. It had grown accustomed to living there for the last 11 years. Fortunately I found a star pattern I thought would be perfect for the fabric. Seems there was enough for a whole quilt. Even the backing.

I am lovin it coming together.

The star points are made using half square triangles. I trimmed down the squares to use creatively somewhere else in the quilt.
The scraps will be used to fill small pillows or something. This is the about 1/3 of them. Some were used already.

Time for a break.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A new Header and More

I just love the colors in this post card. Don't you just love the ducks.
That's what it feels like around here in SW PA. The rain seems like it's never ending.
I know I'm the minority but I want some snow. I really love the snow.
Or is it I romance the idea of fires and cuddling under a handmade quilt and working on one of many hand projects.

Speaking of hand projects I want to post the progress of a rug I'm hooking from a kit I purchased from Hungry Hook Primitives.
My hope is that if I post my progress here I might get it finished.

I think it's coming along nicely considering I started working on it a few days ago.

I saw a 10 min hooker button on a blog and thought I might try that. At least it's worth a shot.

I also finished an embroidery project I began before Christmas. So technically I'm early for Christmas 2012.

This pattern is from Jenny Hoffman at Country Rustic Primitives I have several of her patterns and love them all.

I also participated in a snow man swap with Julie from Country Girl at Heart blog. I have followed her blog for awhile.She's a sweet gal. here's a sneak peak at the project. The finished one goes out today. After she receives her package I'll post the finished piece.

Sneak peak.

And last but certainly not least but MIL passed away today. She unfortunately left us some years ago but physically left to be with The Lord today. Keep my hubby and his family in your prayers.

Blessings for all,