Sunday, December 31, 2023

Happy New Year


Miss Bella and I had a snack for ringing in the New Year.  She headed to the couch for sleep and I did some clean up.  I have a backing I want to piece up for the night so I can quilt the day away.

I got my goal of working thru that 'quilted' pile with time to spare, so I caught up on some sitting things to finish out the year.  A friend and quild member gifted me this pattern with ALL of the fabrics.  Out guild has a challenge of 'Two Color ' quilts this year.  This may not be a full two color, but close and I want to use this since it was gifted.

I'm changing up the pattern a bit.  Using the Cake Stand blocks down the center and then the guild blocks in the side columns.  The setting will change a bit too - using the challenge and the fabrics to create hopefully the vision I have.

The end of 2023 took a toll on the family.  We had 11 deaths in a month - friends, family member of a friend, and community folks.  One was a beginner student of mine.  I was shocked as we had been sending notes and her returning/dealing with things.  I knew I had to pull her last project and finish to be sure the family receives her last piece of art - she was quite the artist.  She fell in love with this cover quilt when looking for her project.

 She saw these rows representing many aspects of herself and community.  The quilt was 90% done and all of the notes/fabrics in 'her' tote.  So a quick finish for this.

As you can see, she changed some of designs that suited her taste more.  She did love color!!  She so enjoyed going thru my stash to find fabrics and had a really good eye.  I said she was an artist - designed and painted many of the quilt blocks for the local Quilt Block Trail.  I just had to do the sash and borders.

I took this to another local quilter in her town (my other go to long armer) as she had talked about a quilt motif she saw he had used (Butterflies) and was planning on taking it to him as well.  Waiting for it to come back to get the binding on and then take to her husband.  A great project to end the year with.  And it will be special to be the finish and homed for the new year.

Sewingly Yours,

Monday, December 25, 2023


 May your day be filled with hope, happiness, and peace.

Sharon & Bella

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

First Snow Storm


There was so much hype about the mega storm to start the seaon off.  This is what we got here in  the valley.  Some areas in the mountains got 10-12", which is norm.  The winds took out the power in in some of the hill towns, but we were good.  I did get a couple of trees down, but in areas not so they are bothering anything.  They will be spring projects. 

My pile of quilts to be quilted is now down to two.  This was a Moda 'Snowflake" QAL (last year or the year before?) and is finally getting quilted.  It's only 50" square so should not take too long to do.

The last quilt from the pile is a large one which I had though about sending out , but I am going to tackle it.  And the pile will be done!!!  BUT, there are more in the tote and they are going to be completed in 2024 - no 'snooze you lose' on those babies.

The table got cleared except for a few magazines that I am going thru each night.  Saved them for ONE pattern in it.  Clipping them out and putting in a folder for some day and the rest of the magazine is being tossed. 

Sewingly Yours,