Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hometown Christmas

I was so successful in finding Michelle her Hometown Christmas kit and I knew I'd be seeing her this Saturday, I went ahead and cut out the fabrics for pamphlet # 1 and you know I couldn't cut it out without taking them for a test drive so I assembled Section 1. I assembled the house on Sunday and then tonight I connected the pinwheel and the hourglass blocks.
I will get to assembling and connecting the other 2 sections over the next week or so.

It was nice having today off and I don't mean to sound greedy, but I'd sure love to have a delayed opening tomorrow.....


I think the picture speaks for itself

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again, quilters are the best!!!
I posted for the Hometown Christmas Quilt kit and within minutes of posting I had an email from a girl saying she'd post on her Thimbleberries group and within a few hours I had 2 replies.
One girl had some of the fabric but the other girl has the entire kit, including the applique yardage. The best thing about it is she also lives in New Jersey and less than an hour north of me. We are trying to set up a day and time to meet and do the exchange. I'd have gone up while I was out if I could have arranged it but she apparently has a life and doesn't "live" with her email attached to her hip LOL I'm hoping we can meet tomorrow so I can have it in my hot little hands faster......
Thank you out there to anyone that responded and emailed me. You are really the best!!!!



If you email me about this project, please set your email so I can reply. I've received 2 emails and they are both set for no reply....

Friday, January 21, 2011

Hometown Christmas HELP!

I know there are a lot of people that read blogs but don't comment on them. I read a lot myself but don't always feel the need to email the blogger. So, that being said, I was wondering if anyone out there that has a Thimbleberries Hometown Christmas kit or some of the fabrics????? If you do, would you email me? A whole kit would be fabulous....some of the fabrics would help.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Berry Pickin Update

I've been plugging away working on some UFO projects, the Berry Pickin embroidery project was on the top of my list...I've been working on it now for 17 months! YES, 17 months, and I'm tired of seeing it sitting on the shelf.
I got the blocks out today, made some borders and started to connect them. This is only one section but I have other units made...unfortunately, the block I need to connect them all is waiting to be assembled so I'm showing what I have for now. Maybe this time next week I'll have the entire thing done and ready for quilting....

Hometown Christmas

Has anyone made their quilt from this pattern?
I bought this kit in 2004!!!! I hadn't even opened the package until recently, and even then I just washed them and put them in a basket on the shelf.
I got a nudge yesterday from Robin who found her kit while moving stuff around in her sewing room, who in turn told me I should email Michelle and see if she wanted to join in on the fun, and of course she said yes....She's had the patterns forever and wanted to do this so now Michelle has to collect up the proper fabrics and get organized so she can join us.
I think we'll do it like a BOM so we can continue to do other monthly committments and keep up with our 2011 UFO list as well.

Does anyone out there have a kit of this project or some of the fabrics? Want to swap for something else I might have so we can hook Michelle up?????


Humility Block?

Someone noticed that one of my corner hst's was turned and asked if I was going to keep it as a humility block? Ummmm, not this early in the game, especially since nothing is connected to it and it is on the, here it is all fixed:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Aunt Grace Circle of Friends- Month 3

FINALLY....took all afternoon to make this block but I'm done and all caught up. The gees in this 10-1/2 inch block are 1-1/2 inch wide so rather than mess it up, I had Robin make me a paper piecing pattern for the geese units, which made this block much easier to make and assemble. Thank you Robin!!! Now to move onto something else.

Aunt Grace Circle of Friends

I thought these blocks would go together so quick...... ha ha ha!
I guess if I had my half square triangles going the correct direction and I paid attention to what I was sewing instead of the TV I'd have gotten them done right. As it is, I spent close to an hour ripping apart the red/print borders and redoing them....But I did it so I'm done with the December blocks. January is only 1 block so I should be able to get that done fairly easy tomorrow. For now, it's bed time....Goodnight!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

All Caught Up

I'm taking this weekend to catch up with all my block of the month kits and finish up anything small that I have started recently. I'm almost forced to do this because back in December Robin, Michelle and I each made our "Top 3" projects for January and when you actually make a list you kind of have to follow it. That's my story, and hopefully I'm gonna stick to it.
I got my mom's snowman mini done and mailed to her, I got the 2 borders on a quilt for a girl in work (no pictures since it's going to be a surprise) and # 3 is going to be Monday's project.
But in between I got caught up with my "Snow Days" block of the month. December's block had a huge amount of embroidery and add that to the holidays, and I just got
way behind but I did finish last week and made the pieced blocks and then immediately start
ed with the January embroidery. I worked on this one like a woman obsessed and finished it last night, trimmed it and got the pieced blocks made today AND I attached the blocks to make the entire right side of the quilt.

I have to say that in the end there will have been a ton of embroidery and piecing to this quilt and I'm thrilled with how it's looking. I look at it every day hanging in my room
and cannot believe that I have done all this work.

I have my Aunt Grace Circle of Friends BOM to catch up with now too. I need to get December and January's blocks done.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Baby Quilt Finish

Yes, I have a finish but I don't know if I can consider it a 2010 or 2011 finish, and NO, it's not on my UFO list for the BPF Challenge but it's a finish, and that's all I care about!
My nephew and his wife had their 3rd child back in December and named her Kaitlyn. Since she has 2 older brothers I knew that she would need her own "girly" quilt. I used some 30's polka dots and prints for the blocks and a purple polka dot for the back. My friend Sandi did the quilting and if you look real close at the up close picture you can see that the quilting is baby bottles, pacifiers, baby pins etc. Sandi did a great job and the quilt should have been mailed off to Florida for the baby but I needed to finish tacking down the binding...which is one of my least favorite things to do.
BUT, it's done and if weather perm
its, it will be in the mail no later than Thursday.
Here's a picture of the finished quilt and a close up of the bottle quilting.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Finish for January

I spent a little time this afternoon making this mini from the "COUNT ON IT" book from Art to Heart. Michelle is doing this mini BOM while I am doing a Patchabilities along the same lines.
I'd already ordered the book when I saw Michelle's snowman on her blog so when I couldn't decide what to do this afternoon I traced and got it sewn up. No, I'm not keeping this for myself, I've made it for a very special person for her house in Florida because she always tells me she loves everything I make so I'm waiting for the stand for it to come in tomorrow's mail and then this guy will be making his way to the Florida sun.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Day- 1/1/11

Here it is, New Years Day 1/1/11! Family is all safe and happy (yay for that), I got snow last week, had the week off to sew, spend time with family and be a bum (yay for that) so basically, all is good!

Last night we had dinner at a nice chinese restaurant that we frequent quite often because their food is the best, and from the looks of all the people there and the waiting line, i'm guessing that a lot of people know about this place too. After dinner the kids went out so hubby watched TV (read-snoozed on the couch) and I sewed.

YES, I sewed 75 4 inch pinwheel blocks last night. I mentioned in a previous post that I was using all my scraps for these pinwheels but when I realized how long it would take to do it that way I decided to try the Triangulations Papers that Robin and Michelle suggested. OMG, what a lifesaver those things are. One night to pick and press the fabrics and sew them, the next afternoon I took the papers off whilst doing other things around the house and then yesterday I pressed them open, paired them up and made up all 75. It took till just after midnight but they turned out fabulous (and perfectly sized!) and now I'm up to 126 pinwheels out of 314 that I need. Not a bad 3 days work!!!

Today will be another quiet day at home taking down the tree and getting my daughter's laundry all done since she leaves to go back to college tomorrow. She hates to leave but there is light at the end of the tunnel....She graduates in May so she has that to look forward to.

I am still mid way on my Snow Days embroidery project. My December block is almost done, minus one small snowman and the little boy building him so I think before I sit and stitch tonight I will have to get the pieced blocks done because as I've said in the past, this is the gift that keeps on giving because once I attach the blocks I will have to trace some more trees or something onto the blocks....and next week we'll be getting the January pieces so I NEED to get these done pronto! More pictures of that project this week I hope.

Hope you all enjoy 2011!!!!