Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A new Year..... a new machine :)

Hello All,

I hope you all had a great Christmas. I did :)

Santa was good to me, see what lovely machine he bought to add to my collection.



This is a Singer 66-1. It was made in Scottland in 1917. And it works beautifully! This is the predecessor to my Singer 201. They call it the Lotus, due to the flower design on it. As you can see, it is a hand cranked machine. I wasn't sure if I was going to like that, but for small seams, like putting blocks together, it works very well.

A New Year brings new resolutions to many people, or words they are going to strive to live by. I'm just going to try and sew more, and get on my blog here and share what I'm doing with thread and fabric :)

This little machine is perfect for sitting on the table and sewing near the fire (especially since the snow is coming down!) Which makes me a happy camper, I love the snow :) So I've been working on my Bear paw blocks (Bear pawQAL by Lorna).



I have two more full blocks that are almost done. Then I'll work on the partial blocks/bear blocks. I'm going to put a border on this too, even though it's the lap size. So lots of work yet, but I'll get there.

Take care Everyone.

Linking up with Lorna.



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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas



Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.

I got a few little things made this year. And am hoping to be back next year with a lot more sewing time and things to share.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

A bit of progress

Hello Everyone,

My poor sewing machine is going unloved these days. I just haven't had the energy to sew very much lately. Medical issues are keeping me down.

But, I have done a few minutes here and there and have 4 more completed bear paw blocks done (for the Mod bear paw QAL)



Thanks to everyone who helped me out with the backing ground fabric. I have decided to stick with the dark brown.  As my good friend Pat says, the color will imply 'trees', and so that fits in perfectly.

Here is the background color on the far left and the colors I will be using for the bear. I think they are light enough for him to stand out enough.



Hope you are all enjoying the change of weather. I love this time of year, going from a hot summer to some cool rain. It's been lovely.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Good morning All,

I think Fall is here to stay. Things have cooled off and we got our first rain of the season, feels SO good!

I haven't been doing much in the sewing room though. Working on my bear paw blocks, but very slowly, have only been getting 2 a week done.

My good friend Pat suggested brown for sashing, to imply trees. I thought that was just perfect, but the only brown I have is this one, and I think it's too dark.



What do you all think? Should it be a bit lighter? My bear is going to be shades of brown too. Hmmm...

I hope you've all been getting more sewing done than me. LOL

Have a great day.

Linking up with Lorna.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Hello All,

I've gotten a bit of progress on my Bear Paw QAL, hosted by Lorna.

I have a hard time with my hands, so tend to do some cutting, then a bit of sewing, then back to cutting again. It's easier on me.

So, I've gotten the Bear Paw blocks mostly cut out. And now I am piecing them. Don't those Fusions Bloom fabrics look awesome against the dark green background?! (Of course, they look more awesome in real life, pictures dont do it justice.)


I wont iron and trim till I'm done with more blocks. But that gets put into the loop too... cut, sew, iron, trim, repeat..

Linking up with Lorna.


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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bear Paw QAL

Hello All,

Lorna over at SewFreshQuilts is hosting a Bear Paw QAL. She makes the cutest animal designs.And I decided to play along :)

Here's the fabrics I am going to use. The dark green on the left is going to be the background and I think I'm going to use the cream/flowers for the sashing in between the blocks with the green as cornerstones. We'll see once I get a few blocks made.

most of these are Fusions blooms fabrics by Robert Kaufman


The cutting directions have been posted, so this is what I'll be working on this week.

Thanks Lorna!


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

I'm back!

Hello Everyone!

I didn't mean to be gone so long. But as this is a quilting blog and not much quilting has been going on...well, there wasn't much to say. I've been down in the pits of  no-quilting-motivation, but now, I think, I am back out.

I have done a few little things. Made both my oldest son and daughter wallets. Made my dd a small, across the chest purse. She doesn't wear make up or jewelry and doesn't really need a big purse, so this one does the trick nicely.

I've been buying some fabric here and there, hoping to find that quilting mojo. This is a FQ bundle of Boundless solids, by Craftsy.com.


Here's a lovely bundle of Robert Kaufman's Fusion Blooms, a 10" stacker.


The gray on the left of the next picture, I bought at a quilt show. The other three lovelies were a birthday gift from my friend Carol


These lovelies were a birthday gift from my big Sis, who is also a quilter :) These photos are not the best for sure. These are so rich and vibrant in real life.


And here's some I bought when Quilt Fabric Closeout was having a sale. The butterflies and roses are 1/2 yrd pieces for the stash, the butterflies on the right I am going to use in a backing for one of my quilt tops. Theres a few yrds there, so good for a pieced back.




And now that I have some pretty new fabric, I think I'm going to join Lorna in her Bear paw quilt along. I just love Lorna's animal quilts, they are so cute! And I've always had a thing for bears, so this just sang out to me.

                               

I'm making  a crib sized, but going to add a border of the paw prints, cause they are too cute to leave out. I'll be using some of the Fabric fusions for the bear paw blocks and the bear, but haven't decided yet on the background and sashing.

So, here's hoping I can get some quilting going on and keep my mojo up :) Would love to hear from you all, what have you been up to?


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Opposites attract blog hop


Hello All,

Today is my day on another fun blog hop by Marian! Opposites attract, we can only use three colors.  The Fat Quarter shop is giving away $25 gift certificate, every day! AND  DJ Inkers is giving away a CD (go to Marian's site for that one) every day!

I've been seeing these purples and greens (and a bit of white, see it on the flowers) all around my Ridge for the past few months.



And I thought how beautiful there are together like that, so I put them together in a project.




This is my FQ bag. (This is my third bag, I just love this pattern. I do have it as a PDF, but haven't put it up for sale anywhere... yet... maybe one day...) I've revised it a bit, using some interfacing to make all the pieces slightly stiff. Added a wider strap. This purse hangs very comfortably right on top of my hip.



 And this time I did some patchwork and fmqing on the outer pockets. Using some lovely Kona solids (Wow, that bit of matching colors on the side seam was not intentional. lol)

 My bit of white is the zipper, keeps my wallet in place, and anything else I want secure in a zip pocket.



And a tiny bit here on the pocket and under side of strap. Perfect for phone, pad and pencil, whatever.



One more picture.



And now for the giveaway, a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter shop! WOOHOO! Please enter the rafflecopter to have a chance at winning.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much for stopping by. Make sure you go and visit everyone else today. There is a full list of participants over at Marian's site.



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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Making some progress




Good morning All,

I haven't had much time in the sewing room, but I have managed a bit here and there.

I'm working on my project for the Opposites attract blog hop starting next month.



My FMQing is rusty, but I had fun making these quick flowers. I love these greens and purples!

I got my inspiration from nature. Spring time on the Ridge means lots of greens and purples. Everything from pinky-purple.....



To dark purple...


And so many shades in between.



It always amazes me how many purple wildflowers there are here :)

I've also done a bit of work on my 9patch quilt.


I still have a long way to go, and many blocks to make before it's time to iron and trim.


These are 4.5", aren't they cute! This is a great scrap buster, I can't wait to see if finished.

Linking up with Lorna and Lea Anne today, thank you Ladies!

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Friday, April 15, 2016

SPRING! and a fun new blog hop

Good morning All,

I hope that Spring has sprung where you are (unless of course it's supposed to be winter at your place ;) LOL). My talented daughter has been capturing the beauty on the Ridge.


apple blossoms

gorgeous butterfly!

my son loves picking these wildflowers

lilacs! such a lovely smell

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And a fun new blog hop is coming in June.

                                       New blog hop

As soon as I read about it over at Marian's blog, I had to sign up. I had an image pop into my head, so I know what I am making already :)

Head over to Marian's blog to read all about it.


Have a great day!

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