Tuesday, December 28, 2021
I've participated in 'The Best' party every year and I think it is good to go back thru the year's posts to see just what was accomplished - usually more than we think. Be sure to visit the LINKY PARTY or maybe even participate.
I took part in many blog hops thru the year, put my piece for the Show Your Stripes hop produced a piece that was on my year's "NEW" list. It also became a traveling teaching project, which I enjoyed so much.
I used the ONE MONTHLY GOAL for a large part of the year. It got to pull out a lot of projects and get them done OR finally quilt some tops. I did manage to empty one tote of 'tops to be quilted' for the year.
I am so proud of my little quild. We have met around the Covid restrictions - even doing some meetings outdoors when needed. They all participated in our 'group' entry for Hands2Help and the quilts went to our Community Chatholic Charity office in time fo Easter family baskets.
Our very vintage Heritage roses were fabulous for the year. This one was in it's full glory when we suddely lost our eldest brother. My quilting year went on a little hiatus as I grieved and took care of his estate.
Next year I plan to concentrate on more finishing rather that startings. Things can grow from there.
Friday, December 24, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
As the Northern Hemisphere is experiencing the shortest day of the year, the Southern Hemisphere is enjoying the longest. We haven't had much snow and what little we wake up to is gone shortly. BUT it is cold!
I've not worked on much of my own pieces, but helping Mom to clean up a few of her 'hidden' treasures. This Christmas panel with pieced and applique'd borders was quilted by one of her former students and now I am finishing up the binding.
And a little humor,
Sunday, December 12, 2021
I'll be finishing up the last few blocks for a 'project in a bag' that was passed on to me. Not sure when it will turn into a full quilt, but it is a bit of play today.
We may have lost some limbs, a shutter missing, and a door ripped off an outbuilding, but nothing compared to the loss of so many from the past storms. My heart is heavy for these communities, families, and friends.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
I'm still working on that applique', but today is my beginner class and one of my student's project is from this book that her sister sent her (with pieces cut and bagged). If you've hardly sewn and never quilted - 'quilt speak' is a foreign language.
We went thru basics and getting use to the machine workings, tools and use, etc... She made a table topper and a small wall hanging to get into technique's and terminology. So now things make a little sense.
This is a nice beginner book as all the blocks for this final piece are shown how to make with lots of instructions and little projects for each block - all beginner friendly blocks.
All the blocks made and rows ready for today's session. We did find that the flying geese blocks were never cut/bagged, but I had scraps that were a very close match.
Her sister did note that when she was ready she would send the borders, but with time - they could be lost and my student said she would rather wait for the center to be together to decide whether she wants borders at all.
It will be a good day,
Sunday, December 5, 2021
I had my booster Friday morning and it kicked my tail for a couple of days. Then I decided I had to get up and do something. The log cabin blocks got added to the Guild 'At Home' Round Robin and today I will add the applique' that laps into that round. There will be berries, but added after the piece is quilted as it may be just buttons, or just yo-yos or maybe a mix of the two.
AND yes, I am seriously thinking of hand quilting this one - it's going to be BIG as three more rounds to go.
Please be sure to visit all the hosts in Carol's Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange this Year.
Thursday, December 2, 2021
I haven't gotten a lot of stitching in - by machine - mostly doing hand work. My time is taken up by doing tasks for Mom and that's OK. I am slowly working on some pillowcases using the 'hot dog' method. They are for our Guild's donation for the Community Christmas Boxes and due at our next meeting. A few juvinile sets and I'm sure I got something for adult sets.
And I had to do a quick retake of what I was hearing. We had a sudden and very ferocious thunder/lightening/wind storm pass thru. By the time I prepped for the worst, it was over. Boy did it rain!! BUT a thunder storm in the NorEast in December is rather rare and odd - and scarey.
Hope you all aren't stressing over holiday projects - relax and breath,