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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July?? Really?? Again?

Where does the time go?? I just don't understand.........one minute its may and then it's July.... hmmmmm   maybe there is a rip in the space-time continummm??

A few things have been completed....  the black and gold wall hanging is up on my office wall... the icecream quiltlet got done in time for the ice cream party......... my mittens now have thumbs and the sparkly scarf is finished..........

My sweater is ready to have the sides sewn up and the front band added and a shawl is almost at the halfway point...........  it seems I haven't been doing as much sewing/quilting as I had in the past and not sure why.......  I've been doing my guild committments... name tags and row by row....  not much going on in swapland.........but I have been doing my bitty blocks............the baby quilts are still in the same stage as they were in May..........I really need to get them done since babies will be coming soon!!!

I did knit two of the cutest little sweaters for babies!  One is very tiny and just so darn cute! The other is a bit bigger and yellow with little duck buttons and adorable.........  hmmmmmmmm wait a minute.... seems my knitting projects are outnumbering my quilting and sewing projects.......hmmmmmm  perhaps that's the thing??  Guess I need to assess the time spent on knitting vs the time sewing and maybe even them out a bit more.............  hmmmmmmmmmmm

I'm still sticking to the scrap project goal and what I have done has been done with scraps.... I'm wanting to make another GPS quilt....  I love mine and would like to make another one......... I know I can use up a ton of scraps in that!!   My sewing pit really needs a good going over......... it seems to have gone down hill pretty much during this past winter and maybe that's another reason i'm not sewing...........  hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Have a long holiday weekend coming up so maybe I can get in there and do something.... like find the top of my cutting table............ I think its time to donate some of the stash to Quilts for Kids or somewhere........ the Vet Home also takes craft stuff........ so it's time to load up the trunk with stuff I know I'm never ever gonna use!!    I'll let you know how that goes next time!

There are some pics out on flickr if you are so inclined..........i hope to have the sweater done by mid July and then decide on some blingy embellishments maybe............. and the shawl by the end of July..... I will be sooooooooooooooooooo ready for winter!  lol

Ok  ...  till next time.... whenever that may be!

Happy whatever makes you happy!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Really?? Two months have flown by!

Yep.... well actually only 6 weeks    lol     Winter is finally over and things are returning slowly to normal.  Hubby is up and about... the wheel chair is gone... the boot is gone and all that remains is an occasional use of the cane.......   

He's back to doing some of the things he did before the ** event  ** in January and his office is now moved back downstairs to where it was.........

I'm finally able to get some time in the sewing pit.... and it has become a HUGE pit over the winter.... I have a few things that need finishing up...........  a pillow for a graduation present...........a pink baby quilt.........a scrappy baby quilt for an unknown gender........ and several months of Farmers Wife Sampler Blocks.........along with a wall hanging for my office at work.   Our guild is having an ice cream social in june and we are to make a small quilt   .... no smaller than 8" and no larger than 24" .... ice cream related... I have an idea in my head and half of it on paper........ I even have a pile of fabrics that would work nicely.........

Right now the pillow top is done..........the squares are waiting to be sewn together for the pink baby quilt...... the plan is in place for the unknown baby quilt.........  the FWS blocks have been put under the other stuff.... the strips have been sewn together for the wall hanging.... ready for triangles to be cut and sewn together.     On the needles is the gray blingy scarf.... about 8" left and that will be done.... two thumbs need to be put on the pink flap mitts......... and the sweater is about 1/2 way complete... I need to finish the back and right front.... then the right sleeve and the wide band that goes around the front and neck.............   I'm really not stressing over any of this..........  the pink quilt should be done by june 15th to go back east with us.... but if not.... I'll mail it............ the unknown should be done by July 15th... but if not...  I'll mail it!  the scarf and sweater and mitts should be done very soon but since I can't wear them anyway right now they will get done when they get done!  The graduation present should be done this weekend, but she's going on a SA trip to Japan and then she'll be back for grad school so I'll get it to her this summer sometime............   the FWS blocks... hmmmm well the January blocks are done......... 1/2 of the february blocks are done............ the rest of february will get done when they get done and when they are done March will be worked on............the ice cream quilt will be done if there is time........but if it's not done.... then it's not........

i think i'm liking this new attitude of mine............  we'll see what the end of May brings............

pics are going on flickr as things are finished... so you can always check there for progress... I take pics of the sweater at various times and you can see it growing.... it's made cuff to cuff..... and as I said... I'm on the down hill side now........... 

I have my christmas gift list done........and a few kits made up............ my list has gotton smaller over the last year or so and starting in July gives me lots of time to get that stuff finished up........

so all in all............  things are good..........    

see you in a few weeks... hopefully with lots of progress completed... and if not.... well then I'll just see ya in a few weeks

Lish