Sunday, May 1, 2016

Spring has Sprung

Actually I think we went from winter to summer, last week it was in the upper 80's.  That is high even for Atlanta.  Our peony's are blooming much earlier than usual.  The pink one was given to us by DH's aunt.  The white one was a cutting that I took from one my dad had planted.  My mom told me that it would never bloom, but it has some beautiful blooms on it this year.

I had another finish this week, I got the binding on Ribbon Candy, this was a kit I bought last year.  I worked on it at the fall retreat at Charlie Elliot.  Leisa quilted it and did a great job.  It is going to be a Christmas present for someone, just not sure who yet.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A finish

 I finally managed to get something finished.  This is a Bonnie Hunter free pattern, Patches and Pinwheels.  I am not even sure when I started this, I know that it was several years ago,it was a fabric swap organized by my dear friend Kristie.  It is  a huge quilt 86 x 86.  My good friend Leisa quilted it and as usual she did a great job.  I finished the binding a couple of days ago, the only thing left to do is a label.  I try to always put a label on my quilts, for several reasons, especially if it is a gift for someone.  I have lots of antique quilts and it would be so nice to know something about the maker and exactly when it was made.  I hope that some day in the future someone will be glad I labeled my quilts.
I spent some more time at the dye pot, this time working on different shades of green.  I have everything from grass green to a great shade of teal.  Love the teal shades.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

December really??

I can't believe that I haven't blogged since December.  I knew it had been a while but 4 months, time flies.  Several reasons for not blogging, school is keeping me very busy, plus just had lots of other stuff going on.  I have been having some health issues, lots of hand problems which has been keeping me from doing very much sewing.  I have also been having some back problems.  Getting old isn't easy, but much better than the alternative.  I have missed blogging, it is an opportunity for me to share what I am doing and hopefully people enjoy reading it.  I am slowly trying to get back in the groove of sewing and doing handwork in the evenings while DH is watching TV.  Today was my first day at the dye pot in a couple of months.  I decided to do my own tribute to Prince with my wool, check it out.
Raspberry Beret

Little Red Corvette

Purple Rain

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Swittens or Mittears? Which is it.

Over the last year I have bought several sweaters at various Goodwill and Salvation Army stores,  I never knew what I would do with them until this week.  I decided to make mittens out of them to use as containers for Christmas gifts for the office staff at school.  I think they turned out ok.  Now just to fill them with homemade cookies. These were really easy to make, I found several tutorials on the internet today, but really just did my own thing.  Have some more sweaters that I want to cut up and use a different pattern.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone has a happy, healthy and love filled holiday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Enjoying my break

I am so glad we are out of school this week.  It is a greatly anticipated vacation.  I really didn't have that much time off this summer, since I went to a new school, most of my summer was spent getting the media center ready for school to start.  Yesterday I took the day off and did absolutely nothing, other than a quick trip to the dentist to have an adjustment made to a crown.  Today I spent most of the day in the sewing room, each year my goal is to have all of my Christmas sewing done by Thanksgiving, I don't like to have to rush to get things complete.  I made two of the "10 minute table runners"  today one for my MIL and one for my SIL.  These were kits that I picked up at Little Quilts going out of business sale.  They turned out nice, will definitely make some more for other holidays.

 I spent quite a bit of time tracing off another table runner, this one from Pat Wys's book, Handmade Christmas Cheer.  There is no way this will be done before Christmas, just like to have some "Christmasy" handwork for the holidays.

Not a great picture, but this is what the table runner will look like when finished.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Don't understand!

 I tried my hand at organic dyeing again over the weekend, I think I need to do some more research on this.  I had a huge pot of bright red maple leaves that I had cooked off, put in a yard of wool, The wool I had was a beautiful shade of red, when I put it in the washing machine with detergent it came out a beautiful sage green.  Don't know what happened, will definitely try this again after reading some more.  I think it was chemicals in the detergent.
 I also got my Quilty box on Saturday. This is the  third one that I have received and think it is a really good deal.  This box has some layer cakes, a ruler, thread, and some Sulky paper solvent.  Can't wait to try some of these items.
Quilty Box