Monday, November 23, 2020

Organized Mess

 


I am working at getting things under control.  For many years I used my dining room/living room as a convalescent area - first from a work accident and then from a car accident.  While recovering from the car accident (almost two years) is when I took up quilting.  It's been a LONG time and now I would like a real dining room and living room and dedicated sewing room.



I'm working with a room that is 20' x 30' - large and very brown.  This is just a small portion and I am stripping right down to minimal.  Most of the room is empty with one small corner my computer and needs (which is getting a change) and one corner has things that go or will find a new 'home' in another room. 


Both of my furkids don't like change and have avoided my 'terror' upon them.  BUT, I have gotten a few double takes on why I am not calming them down with maintaining the food bowl to their liking - especially Bella who is on a diet.

I still haven't touched my machine which is buried on a small table with things to put in it's new place.  I do have something I need to work on, but will use one of the classroom machines when ready.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Christmas Cookies and Treats

 


I like so many do not like the whole count down to Christmas thing, but I think we all need some cheer this year.  I don't do decorating (just the shop), but this year I am setting a few things out - no tree because of two furballs.  I'll set the tree up on Mom's side for her to enjoy.

BUT, you don't want to miss out on the Virtual Cookie Exchange  that Carol has hosted since 2013 - all the pinterest boards can be found on her site.

I'm not the Hop this year, but look forward to finding time to sit down and visit with all these lovely hosts:

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark

 December 2

MooseStashQuilting

Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts

Beaquilter

December 3

Quiltscapes

Websterquilt

DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

 December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

DesertSky Quilting

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing

Scrapdash

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Flipping


 We had an unexpected night of snow, wind, and ice which led to me finding out just how graceful I was when heading out to the post office.  I didn't fall, thankfully, but it was one of those manauvers that would make for some good laughs on one of those shows.

And rounding out this dreadful year with things failing.  My microwave works if I call it the right (not so nice) names and pound on it, the TV blew a tube so no picture (but I only use it for white noise), and I was really expecting the washing machine next - Not Yet.  It was the camera and hopefully it is just because the battery won't recharge and a new one will cure the problem.

A quilt blogger with no photos just won't do, but I'm not doing any sewing right now - although I need to photo my OMG finish.  I am flipping things around the house.  Things have been in place for soooooooooo many years, time for a new look.  As well as the sewing stuff needs a new shuffle. 

Be Safe,

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Monday Making

 


I haven't been doing a lot of quilting as I have been doing more ME things.  I did get the newest 'house' block made for the guild's President Challenge.  This month our catagory is 'National Pride' and there are so many to chose from, but I chose a variation of the Union (unity) Block as that is where my thoughts are.


The bottom row are the mini blocks that I'm doing - copies of the blocks made by members - they are pinned to a scrap piece of batting.  There were several repeats as well as we had only half our members at the meeting.  I'll probably be doing some catch up at some point when those missed reveal their blocks.


As with so many states, we are starting a backward slide with Covid-19.  Schools are starting to shut down and the Governor has (so far) mandated closing restaraunts and bars closing earlier and no group gatherings of more than 6 people for two weeks.  NYC's shennigans of course leads to the shut down of all of us, but we have to have a wake up call to be more dillegent - some people just need a frying pan up the side the head.

We are sliding, also, into extreme cold, high winds (some areas had tornado warnings last night), and heavy rains with snow in higher elevations.  I think I will work on some more of Bonnie Hunter's leader/ender blocks - block making makes me at peace. 

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, November 9, 2020

Monday Making

 





Well, all of the sashings and part of the inner border have been stitch in the ditch.  I have an accent line and then ditch on that inner border before tackling the outer border.  I've gone thru 10 bobbins - that's a lot of boring straight line stitching.  I'll clean the machine and change out the needle - wind some new bobbins and find some thread to match that blue.  Then an easy, relaxed FMQ motif to fill.  I'll be using the blue for the binding (already made) and this one should be done today. 

It's funny that we had freezing temps with snow a week ago and the past few days we have been in the 70's - beautiful.  My SIL was visiting while my brother was doing some clean up and we got an invite up the road to one of the Monday sewing gals who has not been since the Covid lock down (pre-existing health).  We loaded Mom and some lawn chairs and enjoyed a piece of pie with ice cream out side with some much needed catch up chatter.

Linking up with BETH @ Love, Laugh, Quilt

Sewingly YOurs,

Sharon

 



Friday, November 6, 2020

Have A Better Day

 


We have had some glorious weather and I have been enjoying it.  I'm in no hurry to work a project or finish a quilt.  November and December have always been my ME time months.  And with this crazy year, I want to make my days better.



I am slowly quilting my OMG project, but taking my time with no hurries or pressure.  I have the whole month to get it done - so be it.


And as many times I've told her 'no' (she knows that word), she gets close enough to touch it, but not lay right on it.  STINKER!!

Although the nice weather follows us into the weekend, I plan on making some butternut squash soup in the crockpot.  A better day meal.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

  

Monday, November 2, 2020

OMG - November 2020

 


I'll be using the OMG again to finish up a quilt - there are only three left on that pile. YEAH!!!  Please be sure to visit or join in the linky HERE.


I use OMG April to move this quilt to flimsy stage - and now to quilt it.  It's nice to see a project that is completed in the same year - how strange is that?


Sewingly Yours,

Sharon 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Monday Making

 


Over the rainy weekend I managed to get the Autumn Jubilee quilt assembled as far as I can.  I have no yardage that will work for the next two borders - shopping time.  BUT, I like that it is at least to this stage and it will join the pile of quilts to be finished off in 2021 - which is fast approaching.


 I even managed to get the pink Cactus Blossom blocks set into their rows along with the setting sashings made.  Today I want to get this quilt into the flimsy stage.  I don't have yardage for the final border on this one either, but this one can 'marinade' and maybe something (older fabric) will come in purposely in a gifted bag of goodies.  It will wait it's turn for the big finish next year.

I have just three quilts to finish off that second huge tote of 'to be quilted' - my goal met for the year.  And I have that one tote left (with two new ones added to it) that will be cleared out next year.  I've even taken stock in what my 'theme' or motto will be for next year and is one of the reasons why I need to organize and move my sewing area to be more productive and inspire the creativity.

More rain, cold and even possible snow is on the horizone, so sew away!

Sewingly YOurs,

Sharon


Friday, October 30, 2020

Blue Moon

 


As if the year 2020 hasn't thown us enough surprises, but think about this week.  A Hurricane, early voting week (yes, I have voted), and a blue moon for Halloween.  Oh, yeah - don't forget the cursed time change thrown in as well.  Makes you want to go into early hibernation!


And many of us had our first snow.  The old addage is if there is snow before Halloween, it will be a mild winter.  Heck - it means a longer winter in my mind!


My furbabies couldn't wait for me to open the door this morning for a walk - then they changed their minds as well as thought I had lost mine.


I put up the pink blocks from that baggy that was in my Mom's other bag.  I was one short and quickly (well, sort of quick - not really) made it up.


There are only 25 blocks because this is all I have left.  Oh I could easily add to it, but the idea was to use up what was in the bag.  Even the bit of muslin was used up, but I do have lots of that 'old' muslin as I use it for my vintage quilt repair.

So the weekend will be slowly working on getting this piece into a flimsy.  Maybe even the AUTUMN JUBILEE might become a flimsy as well, but then I don't really have border fabric on hand for that one.

Soon the Estate items will be out of the way and I can concentrate on some house moving - not moving out, just rearranging and deep cleaning/purging.  So my projects for November and December are lined up to finish out the year.  Just finishes, no more starts.


Have a Happy Halloween

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Thursday, October 29, 2020

OMG Finish - October 2020

 


I used this month's OMG to complete another piece.  Feels good to get so many projects quilted, bound and labeled - no longer sitting in a tote.

Please be sure to visit all the LINK UPS HERE .


I used OMG to put this one's blocks together into a flimsy earlier this year.  Lucky thing that it got moved up the list to be a finish for the year.  The blocks are cross stitch scenes with parts of the alphabet.  Left over Jelly Roll strips used for boxing the blocks and for the scrappy border.  The binding even came out of the left over binding drawer.  The batting was pieced cut offs and the back is a cut off from an extra wide backing.  Things used up!

Thank you Patty for the encouragement each month.

Sewingly YOurs,

Sharon  


Monday, October 26, 2020

From The Heart

 


I would like to thank CAROL for hosting yet another fun HOP.  Little projects for quick gifts as we are all pressed for time during the Holiday Season.  And sometimes it's great to use that left over fabric sitting in the corner - a ready made gift for any time.  I find quilters love to give from the heart - and hand - and this year giving is close to all of our hearts.


This project is one of my 'go to' items for little ones, tweens and teens.  You don't need a lot of supplies and a great way to personalize.


The crayon roll up is so quick to make.  There are a lot of tutorials online, but I like this one at Two Little Monkies.  And she shares how to adjust for size crayons and even for pencils.  


I don't use juvenile prints often, but I save the few that come in 'gifted' scrap bags just for this project.


You can have such fun with them.  Match with a coloring book or doodle pad and you have a quick gift.

Thank you for visiting and please be sure to visit today's hosts:

 MooseStashQuilting

Just Because Quilts

Day Brook Designs

Karen's Korner

Quilt Schmilt

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Karrin’s Crazy World

Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

Songbird Designs

Samelia's Mum

Autumn Jubilee

 


I'm happy to say that Autumn Jubilee is all caught up.  Fat pumpkins, colorful falling leaves (we have a lot of these now), and changing trees.


I really had to dig thru my scraps for this project and nothing really close to what Carole has used.  BUT, I found this piece of green with falling gold and brown leaves sprinkled thru.  I had to piece the scraps to get just the right amount of 'made' fabric and I pieced differently just so I could use it right to the last 1.5" x 3.5" bit.




The top and bottom rows of scrappy stars.  I had to change up from a 4-patch center to using up a scrap that has lanquished for a very long time in the orange tote.


Rounded trees filled with Autumn leaves seemed to compliment the piece - and it is out of the stash finally.


This is the pile of scraps left and depending on how Carole shows the final setting, will decide if I change up to use some of these to their scant finish.  BUT, anything left is getting tossed as they have all been around too long.

 

Dont' forget to visit today:

October 26

Sharon

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Put Your Foot Down and Quilt

 


I have all my monthly 'need to do' projects done for the month and now I can catch up on Carole's Fall QAL.  I saved all the pdf's and have all the pieces cut, so it is just putting that foot down!


The pumpkins went together really fast - lots of strip piecing that chained right thru the machine.   Some of the rows would make really nice table runners if you didn't feel up to making the whole quilt.



Remember the next HOP starts Monday - quick, small gifts for the season that will fill your heart.


Sewingly Yours,

Sharon




Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Scrappy Wednesday

 


The second house is done with a variation of the Hens and Chicks block (small block).  Our October challenge block if 'Farm Life'  and we had lots of chickens on the farm when I was a kid and it was my job to collect eggs.  We had a very mean rooster - let's just say, I was SO glad when the chickens were gone.


Today I will play in my Civil War scraps to make all the 6" Log Cabin blocks.  Since so many members made them, I thought I would make all the variations of the 'Log'.  Standard log cabin, court house steps, squared, spiral, fanned, and pineapple.  If you can suggest some others, I will add them.


  I try very hard to make sure my quilt math is up to date.  But math question!  How come a 15 minute FMQ takes almost 3 hours to pick out?  My OMG project is in time out for a couple of days and then I need to concentrate on the finish - and NO picking out.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Monday, October 19, 2020

Monday Making

 


I plan to work on some heritage blocks that are  going into a couple of quilts that are part of a guild challenge.  I have offered up an optional President's Challenge for members - a catagory is selected (September was Home Life) and they have to research and make a block(s) that represent Home, share any history and what their resource was.

We'll , also, be sharing settings, sashings, borders and quilting along the way as well.  Members can select their own design, use just a single block project, or how ever big they want to go.


I broke down the list into nine catagories with some block examples to help out.  This is the layout I am going to use.  It is a pattern designed by Wendy Sheppard and is a free pattern found HERE.


Their challange to me is to make a 6" finished block from their shared block finds.  This is my smaller May Basket (which I am just noticing a mistake to fix).   Their blocks were Dresdan Plate, Posy Basket, Log Cabin (several variations), Broken Dishes, Pinapple, Shoo Fly, Lightening Strike, Miller's Delight, Cats & Mice, House That Jack Built, Falling Leaves.  So I have a lot of small blocks to make.

The October catagory is Farm Life, so I need to select my block and make the large and small version for that. as well.  This will be fun Guild project for the year  - learning, sharing, teaching, and having some pieces ready for a Heritage show in the Fall of 2021 as well as regional Spring 2022 show.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, October 16, 2020