Friday, January 16, 2015

January UFO Challenge Numbers 2 and 32

January is the beginning month of the challenge and I drew out the numbers while in NC to see Edward and family.  
#2 is the Apple Crisper's exchange for 2014.  
The Back and white disappearing four patch from the site Missouri Star quilt Co. I do love her U tube videos and simple projects.  I want to add this beautiful teal as sashing.  Sandy in our group had put 4 blocks together to make an alternate design and I want to try that out.

Our challenge is to work on the UFO and finish as much as we can or at least make some progress on the project.  Since I have my new cutter up and running now, I want to get strips cut and start working on it.

#32 is Autumn Joy designed by Sue Garmin.  I had made a good deal of progress on it and then got stopped.  Have no idea why now.  I do want to get this much closer to completion.  The top section is ready.  Parts of the other two sections are done.  I worked on setting up the block with the house.  Some of that I could do on the machine.  I can finish it up with hand appliqué.  I'm determined to put a pieced border on this, unlike the Christmas Joy with a plain border.  I also want to make it a little larger.  This picture really doesn't do this justice, the colors are ver pretty. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Yesterday and hand sewing.

I worked off an on all day on my EPP. Finished all the basting on loose piecies and also worked on putting some more sashing, for a better name, blue sets together.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

English paper piecing

     In North Carolina with overcast skies and two big labs working on my hexagons. Adults are still asleep, kids are playing upstairs and I have the lounge chair. Perfect for stitching for a while.  I'm working on my second row and blue "sashing". By the way, my box worked really good on the airplane. Love making progress on my handwork.
     Joan and I will be doing a UFO challenge for the next two years. The grandkids gave us numbers between 1 and 48. Joan said she had that many, but wanted to space it over 2 years. I thought that was a good idea. The numbers this month are 2, 32.  For me that will be the black and white blocks from Apple crispers, and Summer joy, a block of the month I haven't started.  I'm going to take that off and work on one I have started. I just changed it to Autumn joy since it's about. Half done. I just switched numbers. My choice, my challenge.
  Since I'm not at home I can only plan what I'll be doing. I do have some lovely teal for sashing for the black and white blocks.   I will be working on my current projects along the way. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas quilts

Leigh's Xmas paper chain for her mantel

Leigh was delighted with her quilt

Ashleigh liked her quilt too

They got to clowning

Oh yea this is comfy!

My new electric Go Cutter is sick

Yep, set it up and nothing happened. John thought maybe it was the outlet not being grounded.  He got up and went to Lowe's and got what he needed, still no luck.   I called the company this morning. She asked if I had a blue light on the power box and nope no light. A new power cord is on the way.
     I couldn't stand it , so I cut some 30's fabric for Cracker blocks. Another way to use my scrapes. Also in trimming some scrapes I found when I straightened a basket of fabric I haven't been using.  They ended up being ready to cut in 7 in. And set them up for Asterisk blocks. So, two more quilts started I guess.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Through the year- Some memories

Visit with Edward and family
Alex got a new bike for Christmas and they all had to get out their bikes.  We had a day at the Raleigh Children's Museum.

Edward and Cassie waiting for the boys to play

Airport the day I left

 I got new flooring put down and started setting up my sewing room.

Once my room got set up I did lots of sewing parts that eventually turned or will turn into quilts.

Most days  John and I spent time together with our spoiled puppy Buddy.
A visit to Dallas and snow

Visits in July and at Thanksgiving

Both families here in July

A retreat in Palestine

Cold day on the pier

Friends and retreats good combinations

Retreating with Ashleigh while Mom and Dad went to Denver

Home of Throwed Rolls
My view from my sewing station
 Retreat in Alabama

Houston Quilt show
Handwork Through the year

Yarn from Ashleigh at Christmas
My knitting
My English paper piecing
More applique

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Catching up with photos

These are pictures from the Happy Scrappy Christmas, which I couldn't attend.  The Beaumont Christmas party I did attend. The quiltI've been working on for my dear GD.
Mug rugs I received from the party

Pin cushion from Guild Christmas party

Ashleigh's Christmas quilt

Back of Ashleigh's quilt