Ready for Valentine’s Day

Yes, I know, Valentine’s Day is a long way off, however, I am ready for a teeny tiny tea party.

tr3A charm pack of fabric – Moda’s Midwinter Reds by Minick & Simpson – inspired me to make this simple table runner.

tr1To embellish it a little, I added red rick-rack and a woolie heart.

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My binding projects are currently all done.

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easterbunnyLooks like I am ready for Valentine’s Day, Spring, and Easter.  Wait…….I think Christmas comes first.  Ooops, I better change my focus.

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Bow ties completed

This bow tie quilt, made using Quilt Smart fusible, is now completely finished – quilted and bound ! ! !

bowties5Pieced backing made with scrap fabrics……

bowtiesbackingquilted by me on my new long-arm in a meandering loopy style –

bowties2and bound by machine with a blanket kind of stitching on the front –

bowtiesbindingwhich almost looks better on the back –

bowtiesbindingbackFinished is good.

bowties1On the dining room table is even better.

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Top done

Although I have a long list of unfinished projects, I recently decided I wanted to make the quilt Weave It To Me by Judy Dohrman (Black Cat Creations) which my niece had made.  Here is my completed top.

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witm4And here is a link to my niece’s version in yellow and blue.

We both had trouble with the ribbon points getting cut off where the final border attaches.

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And my final borders look rather wavy to me.  Does it need further pressing, resting, or quilting-out?  First I need to make a backing, find some fabric for the binding,  and then quilt it.  That won’t happen for a while and therefore another quilt goes on the UFO list.

I do not fret over my UFO list.  It gives me lots of options of what to do next, and it gives me plenty of reasons to get up in the morning.  Boredom is never, ever, in my realm of day to day living.  I am a Quilter!

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1000 puzzle done

Normally I only like to do 500 piece jigsaw puzzles, but my wonderful niece gave me some puzzles for my birthday and they looked like fun puzzles to do.  I started the puzzle a week ago and was determined to finish it today (Tuesday) before I went to bed.  Well, it is now after midnight and officially Wednesday, but the puzzle is done!  It was a challenge, but fun to do.

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Time now to get back to some sewing.  I have some challenging projects waiting my attention.

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Book and Stitching

Yesterday I finished reading a book that I would like to recommend.

The book is about eight women who are quilters and meet once a month to play Bunco and have Show-N-Tell of their quilt projects.  Each section of the book focuses on one woman and her story.   It is a delightful book and I found it quite engaging – AND I am looking forward to the sequel.

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My friend Brenda (Brenda’s Stitching) requested I show two more counted cross-stitch pictures I recently had framed.  (She was with me when I went to pick out the frames.)  So here they are.

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Wall space has not been located yet where these pictures will hang.   Shall I start looking for a larger house??????

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Completed

On March 20th, my friend Pam gave me a challenge.  She wanted a piece of embroidery her mother did made into a quilt.

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Here is the finished quilt.

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And here is Pam receiving the quilt.

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I was very happy with the finished quilt and I think Pam felt the same way.

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When I visited my California family in April, my nephew gave me a piece of counted cross-stitch that he did, originally for his father – my brother.  My brother passed away and my nephew never got it framed, so he gave it to me to do with as I wished.  His workmanship was so good I wanted to be able to show both the front and the back, but that style of framing is out of my budget.  However, I did get it framed and it is now in my bedroom.  It was hard to photograph because the glass was reflecting all the lights, so please excuse this angle shot.

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And here it is right next to my favorite quilt.  I see these two pieces as I lay in bed – a real comfort to my heart and soul.

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Thank you to my Bee group for the quilt and thank you to my nephew for the Marine insignia.

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Good friends…..

It is wonderful to have good friends.  Today I had lunch with church friends.  It was a Goodbye luncheon for a 93 year-old church member who is moving to be near her children.  I have known her for about 35 years.  She is a shining example of growing old gracefully.  We will all miss her terribly.  Thank goodness we live in the age of email, Skype, and free long-distance telephone calls.

It was also a very nice way for me to celebrate my birthday too – being with good friends.   Friends from church gave me this yummy looking Edible Arrangement.

edibleThat is chocolate on those huge strawberries!  And isn’t the vase adorable?

While I was photographing the fruit arrangement, the doorbell rang and a huge burly man handed me a beautiful fresh flower arrangement and said, “Here you go.  Have a nice day.”   These wonderful flowers are from my Princesses (they know who they are).

flowerstmblLook at the color of this incredible rose – and the fresh delightfulness of the daisy.

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My niece gave me some great jigsaw puzzles which I hope to delve into after next week.  I need the dining room table for a dinner, then I can lay out the puzzle(s).

Gifts, messages, cards, and greetings have made this day a very Happy Birthday.

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Nice Surprise

Today I received a package in the mail – a nice surprise from friend Penny.  It is a pattern for a Church Ladies Apron and some thirties fabric to make this cute apron.  What fun this will be to make.  Thank you Penny.  I love my surprise!

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Today I worked on the August Craftsty block of the month – a basket.  Mine is a bit wavy, lopsided, and strange looking, but it is DONE.  Of course the basket looks mighty empty but I understand that there will be flowers added next month to fill in all that empty space.

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Red Book

Last night my niece and family took me out for a celebratory dinner as I have a special birthday coming up next week.  We ate at a lovely restaurant, Seasons 52, where I had a scrumptious meal of scallops and fresh asparagus.

To honor my special birthday, my niece put together a beautiful red scrap book  filled with messages from family and friends, along with some decorated pages.

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75sudokuI was overwhelmed with the kind words from those near and far.   Each page brought a smile to my face – and heart!    Becky thoughtfully left  some empty pages where I can add birthday cards I receive next week.  The last page, #75, gives away my age.

75I sat in church today, during the silent prayer, thanking God for the many, many blessings in my life – especially family and friends.  I am so grateful for all the wonderful people that touch my life.   The messages I received are all so thoughtful, kind and loving.  Thank you, thank you, thank you………

(Of course I also said a sincere Thank You for my new long-arm machine!!!)

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One day – two quilts

My friend Lindsay came over today to try out the long-arm machine.  We loaded her quilt, she quilted it, and here it is!

lindsayquiltShe was so thrilled to get her quilt quilted in such a short time.  She did a meandering pattern on her crazy nine-patch with north woods style fabrics.  Here is a close-up.

lindsayduckWhile she quilted I made a backing for the next quilt I wanted to quilt.  I wanted to try out my Baptist fan groovy board and Lindsay helped me get it all set-up.  (We also installed my new “Red Snapper” loading system that saved  the normal tedious pinning onto the leaders. )  We both shared the quilting on this quilt, learning as we went.  Here is the finished quilt top.

bffrontAnd here is the FABULOUS back.

bfbackOh how I love that Baptist fan pattern!!!!

Lindsay and I had a great time and were thrilled to get two quilts quilted in approximately  7-1/2 hours!  Wow.  I am especially thrilled because I learned lots of lessons today, made mistakes, and will know next time what to do differently – and yet I got a quilted quilt out of the deal.   Binding is next……..

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