Monday, January 9, 2017

Archeological Dig

One of the things I did over winter break was go on a "dig" through the sewing pit.... oh goodness.... so many wondrous things were found.... and quite a few not so wondrous things...........   I have some things separated to give away and some to go to GoodWill and some that I just haven't a clue yet what to do with!   It was fun though.... a trip down memory lane   lol

My binding bucket is empty!!  totally and completely empty!  I finished up all the bindings by new years eve... a total of 41 ( yes!  fourty one) projects are now bound and complete.... they ranged from a couple of mug mats to lots of place mats, table mats and table runners... some wall hangings and a quilt!

During the dig I found 3 of 4 25" blocks...........plus the charm pack to make the fourth... of course finding the pattern involved an even deeper dig... but I found it and did the fouth block and joined them together....   so I now have a 50 x 50 square to go on the ufo pile....  good thing there are a couple of UFO challenges going on..........  the block was made using up one entire charm pack.... truly... all that's left are a few slivers from trimming..  it's called Big Star Little Star and as soon as I take some pics I'll get it posted.....  it was a fun block to make............

I have several UFO's now that need quilting and binding...........  I have two lists... one for the on line challenge and one for our guild challenge........   with any luck I'll have all of them complete by the end of the year....  this group has a couple of mat size quilts, couple of throw quilts... one full quilt and two turning 12 quilts...   it's actually supposed to be turning 20... but I make them with just 12 fats instead of twenty for a throw size quilt.........  hmmmmm  guess I need to lay in a supply of quilt batting!!  lol     I think i'll put the quilts on one list and the smaller stuff on the other list so I'm not trying to do two full quilts in the same month.........   that might work!!!

Nuff for now.........  i'll get more pics posted on flickr.com for those who like to see the pics of what's been accomplished

Lish

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Moving into 2017

Well I've reduced that mountain of binding down to a molehill!   I finished up 25 assorted place mats and table mats....  I have 14 assorted table toppers, mugmats and small wall hangings pinned and ready leaving one 30's quilt left in the binding bucket!  Wow!  I'm hoping to finish up the last 14 today...

I've been going thru baskets, bags and buckets and trying to clean up the pit a bit... I have two tables cleared off ( OMG flat surfaces to work on!)  and it seems the more I dig into the more things I find!

I found a pretty blue bag..........  inside that pretty blue bag I found a thimbleberries wallhanging from 2008...a 30's quilt ( yes... I like 30's)  and an assortment of other small wallhangings that now need to be quilted.........  not sure what I want to do with that thimbleberries thing... it's a huge wall hanging   60x60 and its a giant house with flowers........  that was the only year I was in the TB club...  somewhere I have some fabric that I can probably piece into a backing for it if I decide to keep it........ I'll thnk about it more when I get back to it

Also made two ties.........and a small little change purse type wallet.... really cute and used up a tiny bit of scraps..........

On the knitting front I've been trying to work on my Cascade 220 paint scarf... it's just about half way... that's about the only knitting i've been doing...

and.....................    I got a new sewing/embroidery machine... her name is Emily Grace and she's a Janome MC9900.  She has a bit of a learning curve as my embroidery machine for the last 15 years has been a brother ULT.......... but she's wonderful and she's fun and I'm sure we will get along just fine!!

That's it for now.......  I'm going to venture back into the archeological dig that's going on in my sewing pit...... have a mini mania challenge to work on...   more bout that another time

Have a safe and wonderful 2017

Lish

Monday, November 7, 2016

Christmas 2016 is moving right along!!

I can now report that 90% of my christmas 2016 is complete!   YES!!!!!    everything that I need to take back to PA with me over thanksgiving is done.............   one more package coming in the mail for the hubster and he is done........... just a few trinkets to make for work... mugrugs and such.... and a couple of little giftie trinkets.......... that won't be needed til december!!

I've had a good couple weeks............   (beaming proudly)   Pics on flickr..........

I've added another goal to my list........ for the sewing pit....  I have massive amounts of scraps....... to me scraps are anything less than 1/2 a fat quarter..........   i'm going to go thru them all and the largers scraps will go on a pile to be used for things like change purses, name tags, scrappy table runners etc....  smaller scraps will be cut into 3 3/4" squares and 2 1/2" squares for the two scrappy quilts i'm planning............  anything less than 2 1/2" will go in a large bag and  given to someone who does crumb quilts........
I'm pretty sure someone at my guild will give them a good home....   I also have a large pile of selvedges too........... need to decide on keeping or giving those too.......

I started knitting something different.......... yoga socks... they don't have toes and they don't have a heel  :-)     easy peasy to make!
one sock is almost done and the next one will go quickly......  this is a gift for a friend............   I also finished up a pair of fingerless mitts for another friend gift.......  just need to add the buttons to it to bling it up a bit...........

So all in all....things are moving right along!

Hope your Christmas season is going well too!!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Where oh where has all the time gone???

My last post was June of 2015!  What?????  It's now October of 2016...  I think I fell into a time warp and just now emerged......   I even have a weekly reminder on my calendar that tells me to come here and post!

Well I'm going to try to get this thing going again.........   I did much better when I was more accountable.   I have done quite a bit over the missing year.... so that was good............ I have 5 remaining UFO's to complete... that's all.... and they are all at the stage where they need to be backed and batted and quilted and bound.........    I have a very large pile of binding that needs to be done....  now that winter is here I will work more on that pile...  it's mostly table toppers.... placemats... runners and I think there is just one quilt in the bottom of the pile......   I enjoy binding... for me it's very relaxing.........

I will admit that alot of my spare time has been taken up by various forms of Candy Crush.....  perhaps the binding will replace that........... (we'll see) 

I've been working on my knitting also...   right now I'm down to 3 in progress and one on the back burner..   I have a diamond kerchief about half way done....  I have a zig zag scarf about 1/4 of the way done and boot cuffs 3/4 of the way done....   actually there are two on the back burner... one is a beaded scarf....  and one is silk yarn kerchief..........    not bad considering.....................

2016 is almost over   but I hope to have the three started projects completed and then 2017 will be to complete the silk kerchief and the beaded scarf.........   I need new socks too!!!

As always most pictures will be put on flickr.... i will do some here.... but the majority of stuff will go on flickr... in fact.... why not hop on over there and check it out now?

www.flickr.com/sewwunderful


I'm going to update this blog and start it for 2017......... I am going to do my best to keep up with things too..........   we'll see how that goes.............   but at least for today... I'm back!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

OK.....so this is just getting out of hand! lol

It's been a rough winter.......... too much stuff going on.... too much medical stuff...........too much work stuff.... too much stress in general!

Its time now to get back into the swing of things.... find my mojo and get moving!!!

I did a few things over the winter.... not a lot really... only things that I had a committment for.... I've been doing a lot of knitting.... again.... things I have a committment for..........  I have two or three UFO's that I need to finish knitting......and a few quilt ufo's to be done........

I did get some comic book boards and organized my tall fabric cabinet.........  it looks really cool now and I found a lot of stuff I forgot I had..........  geeze..............   that tells me that there is way too much stuff in the pit!

My first goal is to do a major declutter........i'm talking serious dehoarding!!!   I'm going to use it up.... or give it up...........  gift some.... sell some..........  it's just a matter of where to start!   I think I'll just pick a spot and start ......   we'll see how that goes...........

My quilt guild has a quilt show coming up in October.... I might make a couple of mini's for it.... I enjoy making those.... and I think it would be fun to have a few new ones to show.............

that will also help use up stuff!!!

ok.... time to start making a list....       plan the work and work the plan............

I promise to keep you posted on how all this is going.....and post some pics too!   There are a few things on the flickr site    www.flickr.com/sewwunderful   

See you soon!

Lish

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bonnie Hunter OMG!!!!

I had supper at Arnies last nite with Bonnie Hunter!  YES!!!!!!!!    BONNIE HUNTER!!    We have been waiting THREE years for our time with her and last nite was her nite!!!  
What an awesomely creative person!  She is sooooooooooooooooo friendly and soooooooooooooo unassuming....  this is the flipping Queen of the Scrap and she is just like the rest of us!!

She brought many of her quilts to show us and each one was more impressive than the previous one.  She gave us a talk on how to store our scraps and what sizes to cut the leftovers into for future use.   Anything less than a 1/2 fat quarter should be cut up while you have the cutter and ruler in your hand and stored....     colors   and neutrals..........    lights and darks.... no mediums.........  neutrals should not be darker than a brown paper bag.............  my head was exploding by the time I left..........

I do believe my scrap piles are going to be cut and pressed and stacked and stored.......... no more crates and boxes of colors......... nope..... gonna get it organized and get it used!!  so many beautiful quilts to be made without harming any yardage!!  wow!

ok.... i'm going to start plotting and planning now...........   guess what next years theme is gonna be....

lol


visit Bonnie at  www.quiltville.com    grab a cuppa and settle in..............


and just as an aside..............  I am now 99.9% done with christmas 2014!!!  yup   a bit of knitting and a bit of hand sewing... some snaps and some buttons.........!!  woooo hoooooo

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ok.... I surrender!

Seems to me that time is just getting away from me!  It's almost OCTOBER!!  88 days left til christmas... yikes!

I haven't been much into sewing or quilting these days... doing only what I have to....and nothing more.  My MO and JO haven't been meshing...........  i've been knitting............. easy peasy simple stuff... a shawl.... a sweater.........a ton of scarves and fingerless mitts............  got a couple things on the needles right now that need to get finished up....   a cream/brown shawl.... entrelac scarf... another scarf.... taking an online craftsy class to learn cables...so that scarf is still on the needles.... I have one slipper sock done.......... and 1/2 a baby hat.........  lol

I did get my whole cloth hand quilted bitty blocks done and off in the mail........... and i'm going to be doing winter snowglobes for october and november..............  the creative brain seems to be coming out of the fog...........so maybe.... just maybe....

I spent friday and saturday at day camp sewing and chatting and learning so i think that helped also.......  ya just never know!  lol

Maybe soon I'll have some fun stuff to tell you all about............and pictures too!  I plan to make snowballs for the little ones for christmas... .that way they can have indoor snowball fights when it's too cold and snowy to go out...   of course for that to happen I need to get my butt in gear!  lol

I have been sticking to the Scraps only promise for this year..........  so that's a good thing...........  i've also been culling the herd so to speak and getting rid of stuff that won't ever be used.... stuff I didn't even know I had and stuff I have no idea why I have..........  It's going to a couple of charities so that's a good thing too........

so I will be back................ soon I hope..........with pictures of stuff...........snowballs and table mats and placemats and scarves and socks and stuff!

whew!!!

Lishy