Monday, September 27, 2010
Do you ever,ever feel like you are in a rut? For some reason, I have been having trouble getting motivated with my sewing the last few months. I did manage to get geared up for my retreat a few weeks ago, but none of my projects were really speaking to me. That has never happened before. I thought about it yesterday and decided that this year I have been focusing too much on trying to finish up all of those UFO's that are cluttering up my sewing room. Now finishing them is not a bad thing, but I have been making myself finish them, it hasn't been something that I have really wanted to do. I decided that I needed to take a break and work on some fun projects and some smaller items. That is when I found a year of small projects on my friend Becky's blog. I think this will be the perfect thing to get my sewing juices flowing again. The first project is an ironing board cover, now you may not think that is the most exciting project in the world, but I am actually looking forward to it. I have found a pattern and have purchased all of the necessary items, been through my stash and found the perfect fabric, and lets face it most of us could probably use a new ironing board cover. It is my project for tonight after dinner. Wish me luck!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Several weeks ago I picked up the latest issue of Quilts and More. I had told myself that I wasn't going to buy it, I had plenty of quilting magazines. When I picked it up and saw the cute Halloween treat bags I knew that I had to have it. I have three great nieces and nephews plus several other young people in my family that I like to give little treats to on the holidays. I knew that I had plenty of fat quarters that I could put to use, I even found some Halloween printed ribbon in my ribbon stash. The bags sew up very quickly and will hold just the right amount of candy for little ones.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The "Bed Show" is one of the highlights of quilt camp each year. Each person brings a quilt to display on their bed. I am always amazed at the beautiful variety of quilts that people bring.
|This is Sisters Choice.|
|Leisa's appliqued quilt.|
|Karen's Bonnie Hunter scrap quilts.|
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I finally heard the call of my sewing machine. It feels like it has been forever since I had a chance to so some sewing. I have three quilts that are ready for binding. I know it looks like a holiday explosion, two Christmas quilts and a Halloween quilt. The two Christmas quilts are presents for my two great nephews, they are just alike except one has a green border fabric the other a black border fabric. I have decided that everyone in my family needs their own Christmas quilt. The Halloween quilt, I have to get the binding on before I head off to retreat later this week (more on that later) I even managed to finish the latest installment of the Star Crazy blocks. I am really anxious to see how this quilt is going to look when it is finished. After doing some sewing I started looking through all of my projects trying to decided what to take to quilt camp this week. I decided not to do the project that Sharon and Shannon were offering. I liked it, but it involved buying a new ruler and I didn't want to go out and buy more fabric. I am trying really hard to work from my stash. Considering how big my stash is that shouldn't be a problem. I am really excited about retreat this year, my friend Becky is going for the first time. The only bad thing is I am having an allergy attack and hope to be feeling better before we leave on Thursday morning.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
I started donating blood while in college and try to donate at least 4 times a year. I never realized just how important it was until several years ago when my dad needed blood over a holiday weekend and there was trouble getting what he needed. I have made it a point the last few years to try to schedule my donations around holiday weekends. Since we are always out of town on Labor Day, I try to schedule it for the following week. A few years ago it occured to me that there was no better way to honor those that lost their lives than by giving blood on September 11th. This was my fourth year giving blood on this day, it is a tradition that I plan on continuing. If you have never given blood, it is painless, doesn't take long and can save someones life.