Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March Sewing/Quilting

If you read my last post, you know that I didn't get much done in the sewing room in March.  However, here is what I did finish.

 This is an apron made from a kit, but I adjusted it a little by adding the bib part and straps to it.  I prefer an apron that covers my entire front since I'm often a messy cook.

This is a small wall hanging, or it could be used to set a centerpiece on.  I like the floral and the yellow and blue fabrics; they remind me of flower gardens, sun and sky.

Winter is still hanging on, even though we did lose a lot of snow yesterday and the day before. But I just know that Spring is just around the corner.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014


Gosh, an entire month has gone by since I last posted.

I've had some health issues the past few months and have been spending a lot of time doing research on the internet and in books (which means I haven't spent much time sewing and quilting, or doing much else).  I've also started seeing a new doctor, one who does regenerative and integrative type medicine.  She has me on several natural remedies, and so far, things are looking much better.  Today, the temperature is in the 50s and the sun is shining, so I spent about an hour outside taking in the warmth and healing effects of the sun.  My Vitamin D level has been pretty low over this long cold winter.

Anyway, yesterday we visited the neighbor's farm and saw all the new lambs.  They are just so cute and such fun to watch when they play with each other.

I like the speckled face on this one.

And this black one is my favorite.

Oh my gosh, as I'm sitting here writing this post, I can see a robin out the window!  It's the first one I've seen this year.  It must mean that Spring will be here shortly; yeah!

Tomorrow I hope to post pictures of the sewing I did in March (not much, that's for sure).

Monday, March 3, 2014

Finished Pinwheel Top

Hi there.

Just a short post today to show you the finished quilt top I've been working on.  This is 38 inches square, so it will make a nice table topper.

The dark blue for the first border came from my stash, but nothing I had looked right for the second border, so I ended up buying some more of the print that goes with the pinwheel fabrics.  I may do a pieced backing with some other fabric from the same line, since I like the colors and prints so much.

I love the cheeriness and Spring-like feel of this small quilt.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crescent Moon and Venus

I woke up about 6 this morning and was going to go back to sleep until I looked out the window.

These obviously aren't the greatest pictures, but I just had to take them anyway.  It was the crescent moon with a very bright Venus not too far from it.  It was just beautiful, much more so than these pictures show. 

I took a couple of pictures from inside the house, but went outside to take these.  (I sure didn't stay out there long though, with a temperature of -12 degrees and a wind chill of -30.)

I've really been in a sewing and quilting mood lately, which is a good thing.  Last evening I was looking through a quilt book by Debbie Fields of Granola Girl.  All of the quilts in the book are made with flannel, although any fabric could be used.  So I pulled out all of my northwoodsy type flannels and have almost enough on hand to make one of these quilts (except for about a one yard piece which I'll have to buy).  I think I'll get started with the cutting today, especially since the weather isn't very conducive to being outside.

Winter has to be over soon, doesn't it?

Monday, February 24, 2014

On My Design Wall

Just a quick post to show you the new project I've begun working on. 

I'm using a charm pack with tone-on-tone white for the background.  These eight blocks are each sewn but the blocks aren't connected yet since I have finished only half the blocks needed for this quilt. 

I hope to get the other blocks done today and get them all in an arrangement that I like.

Stay warm.  Still very wintry here.

Linking up with  Design Wall Monday         and  Sew Darn Crafty

Friday, February 21, 2014

More Winter and a Pinwheel Runner

Good morning on this wintry day!  The huge snowstorm from yesterday and last night is over.  The weather people predicted up to 16 inches of new snow.  It's hard to tell how much we got because the wind is blowing it around, but it was a lot. 

I shoveled part of the deck because I wanted to get out to the beginning of the wind-blown path and stand next to it just to see how deep it is.  It was halfway between my knee and my hip, so pretty deep.  This path is several feet long and goes from the house to the driveway.  It will be a challenge to get through it with either the shovel or the snowblower.  The good news is that the guy who plows our driveway has been here already, so at least the driveway is clear.

Since we choose to live in Wisconsin, and since there's really nothing I can personally do about the weather, I am trying to see the beauty in it.  Everything looks so clean and fresh after a snowfall, and the trees and bushes are pretty with new snow on them.

This long hard winter has impacted the wildlife also.  We are seeing many fewer birds at the feeders these past two months when the temperatures have been so nasty.  I've also heard reports of people seeing dead deer and turkeys, evidently from the bitter cold temperatures.  This deep snow and the below zero lows for the next week are going to be a further hindrance for them.

However, winter is more than half over, the sun has just come out, and Spring is coming in another month or two.  Yeah!

Here is the latest table runner I made.  It's supposed to be a Valentine's Day runner.  I am obviously a little late getting it finished for this year.

The reason I didn't get it done on time is that I've been sidetracked for the past couple of weeks.  I have been thinking of taking the wallpaper border off the walls in our hallway and painting the walls and trim a different color.  Normally I would wait until we could open doors and windows to help with the paint smell, but I tend to be impatient about some things and decided I couldn't wait any longer to get this done.  Our hallway has seven doors and one window, so the doors and trim took a long time to paint.  The walls haven't been as bad except for the fact that I ran out of paint just as I finished the second coat on the ceiling.  Now I have to wait to put the second coat on the walls until I can get to Home Depot to buy more paint (the closest one to us is about 80 miles away).  I will be over that way in a week, so hopefully the painting will be done soon.

In the meantime, there are plenty of quilting projects I can be working on.

I'm linking up with Sew Darn Crafty

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Black and White Runner

At the end of January, I posted about a table runner I was making (Decisions).  I wasn't sure the original end pieces I had planned on using were what I really wanted.  Well, I finally made a decision and this is how it turned out.

I really spent way too much time on such a small project, but I do like it.

I have another runner to show you very soon.  It's been sandwiched, so now it just needs to be quilted and bound.  Hopefully, that will be done in the next couple of days, so then I can post pictures.

The temps are warming a bit; in fact, today's high is supposed to be above freezing.  Yay!!
But, more snow on the way in a couple of days.  The days are getting longer though, so that's good.