Friday, January 15, 2010

A Finish, A Start and A UFO

Finally, a finish!  Yea!  Those are few and far between for me.  I always seem to have trouble doing the finishing on any project that I start.  I can get the quilt tops done, but not quilted.  Once they are quilted (I have 3 quilted tops that my friend Mary of Quilt Hollow quilted), I have trouble getting the binding sewn on.  I have multiple cross stitched pieces ready to frame and rugs to be bound.  How do you get to that last little thing to get them completed?  This I have to work on.  So I completed my snowman hooked rug.  I got my yarn out and whipped the binding edge and it's done.

I've been seeing so many blogs with Schibbles patterns by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. and they look like so much fun.  My friend, Mary, sent me one of the patterns to get me started.  I had some charm sqaures already and found a set that I had double of.  So I started the Hot Cross Buns Schnibbles pattern.  It's been fun!  

Above, I have them laid out ready to sew the blocks together for the center.  I've been working on it this morning and have my center sewn together now.  Just started cutting out the borders now.  One tip, don't bother with washing those charms.  I've had these charms for so long and I made the mistake of washing them when I first got them.  Now I'm scrambling with some of them to make sure that I can get what I need out of them since they shrank a bit.  Lesson Learned!  I can't wait to get some more Schnibbles patterns and some more charms.  This is quick and fun!

As for my UFO, since I was cutting strips out of stash, I pulled a tote down that had some cut already.  This happened to be pieces that I had cut for a scrap basket quilt out of one of Blackbird Designs books. So I started sewing them together.  I have the 4 patches done, which are a start of the basket block.  I'll share more of them as they grown.

Just look at those scissors with my 4 patches.  I just got those in and love them!  I've seen them on lots of cross stitch patterns by Stacy Nash and always wanted a pair.  I was searching around on primitive websites and came across these.  I just had to order right away.  Aren't they adorable!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Year, New Stash, New Printer

Happy New Year!  I can't believe we are already in 2010!  Time just seems to be flying these days.  Well, I hope to get more things done this year than I did last year.  I don't have much to show for this past year, as I was in a slump with my hobbies.  Now that I'm back in the saddle again, I've been playing in my sewing room a bit.  I had to organize it again and get things out of it, as it became a catch all this past year.  I've got my cutting table all cleared off and started cutting strips.  I pulled a book out by Kim Diehl and decided on what size strips to cut.  So my drawers are almost full with strips.  I started out cleaning out my scrap basket and then went to my stash.  I decided to take the smaller pieces and some that had been in my stash for awhile and cut into strips.

Since it's been so long since I have had any new fabric stash, I ordered some.  It's here and it's gorgeous! It's Jo Morton fabric.  I pulled out some UFO's and one of them is a Jo Morton pattern.  I almost cut some of my Jo Morton fabric up for strips, but then realized that I needed some of it for a UFO that I had started.  Well, I didn't pull the fabrics that I had used so far out and put with it, so now I'm a bit low a couple of colors.  That is what the reds are in this pic, but not sure if they will be the right color of reds to go with the older Jo Morton fabric that I used.  I may just take the one applique block that I have done and make it into a wall hanging.

Another new thing I got is a new printer.  I've been wanting a wireless printer for awhile now and I decided it was time.  I loved my other printer, but can't find the ink on base here.  I found it downtown, but with the Euro to Dollar exchange rate, it was too much.  I just got it set up and printed some things out today.