Tuesday, January 31, 2012

15 Minute Challenge

I'm so happy to be feeling better and able to fully enjoy sewing again.  It feels great to have been able to sew 6 out of 7 days.  Here's how the week played out.

To see how others have done with their challenge, visit Kate at Life in Pieces.

This block is the one that puts me past the midway point on the 501 Project.  Yay me!

Corner Star

Hope you had a good day.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Starching Snowflakes

Last week I finally remembered to buy some pushpins to starch and block the snowflakes I've been making. Actually I bought some pushpins the week before but I forgot I had so now I have plenty.  If you look here, you'll see my earlier attempt of making do by using straight pins and cereal box cardboard.  Not the best solution.  The cardboard was too hard and the pins kept bending.  This time I followed directions and used real cardboard box material covered with plastic and pushpins.

When stacked, the pushpins provide a little airflow and the whole setup is compact enough to tuck under the bed to dry.

I also sewed a couple more 501 Project blocks.



One more block and I'll be just over halfway through the project.

I played around in EQ7 with the Buckwheat block in this color scheme.  Within an hour I created 23 quilts with it and of course there are a ton more but this is the one I like the best so far.

Of course I love just about everything that's purple.  I don't know that I'll ever make this quilt but it sure is fun and instant gratification to create them in EQ7.

Hope you have a good day.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Gotta Get Going

It's been a slow start to the year as far as the 501 Project goes, mostly because I've been working on other projects.  However, for the next few weeks I hope to commit most of my time to making some progress.  I'm not very fast at cutting and piecing.  In fact, it takes me hours to piece one block but I enjoy every minute of it.  I just love the process.  Here's the latest block:

Blythe's Best

Now, on to another subject.....Awards.....

Linda of L&R Designs has given me this award:

I always have mixed feelings about awards.  While I'm pleased that someone thinks my blog is worthy of a second look and wants to share that, I'm not much in to the 'chain letter' feel of it.  However, I'd like to thank Linda for thinking of me.  And in keeping with the award, I'll try to tell you 7 things about me.

1.  I'm the oldest of 5 children.
2.  I was raised in the military - Air Force.
3.  I was married at 17 and divorced at 46.
4.  I love being single.
5.  I've been gaining and losing the same 25 lbs all of my adult life.
6.  I used to read at least one book a week.
7.  Some people smoke. Some people drink.  I sew/craft.

If you'd like the award, please take it and tell us 7 things about yourself.

Hope this finds you having an enjoyable weekend.


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Foto Finish - White

Will I ever be organized?  It's Saturday already and again I'm scrambling for a photo.  This year Barbara is giving us optional themes, which believe me is easier than coming up with one on my own but still I'm never organized enough to have picked one or taken one before Saturday morning.  (is that a run on sentence?)

The theme this week is 'White'.  Now I know you're going to be disappointed but I'm not going to show you a photo of snow.  Even though we've had a mild winter so far (don't want to say that too loud), I'm tired of winter.  My photo is one I took last April in my son's yard.  I think they told me it was a magnolia or maybe I guessed it to be but when I checked this morning, I couldn't find a photo of a magnolia that looked quite like it.  Maybe you know.  Anyway, here it is.  I like the way the papery white petals look against the fence.  I think if you click on it, you can see it more closely.

To see other entries in today's Foto Finish, visit Barbara at Cat Patches.

Hope you have a great day.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Catching up...

After another few days of being down and out with this cold/flu thing, I'm ready to pick myself back up and get going again.

I received the nicest gift today from Jeanne of All Things Quilty.  I won her giveaway of Georgia Bonesteel's Lap Quilting book:

This was the first quilting book I ever used.  I used to borrow it from the library for weeks on end and made quite a few quilts for the nursing home and a number of vests using the templates and blocks from the book.  I love this book.  Thank you so much Jeanne!

My friend Heike of Heike's Quilts and Socks has received the gift I made for her so I can show it to you now.  Remember these two 501 blocks?  I turned them into an iPad cover for her.  She likes fall colors.

I've finished another 'follower' gift and with luck, it'll get mailed tomorrow.  Photos to come later.

Hope you had a good day.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

15 Minute Challenge

In spite of continuing to deal with a lingering cold, I was able to do some sewing/crocheting every day this past week. Here's how the week worked out:

I need to make a conscious effort this week to work on the 501 Project.  I haven't worked on it in quite awhile.

To see how others did with their 15 Minute Challenge, visit Kate at Life in Pieces.

I just heard today that another of my gifts has been received by my follower, C Dawn's Bucket so now I can show them to you.  Cynthia likes fall colors so I made two table toppers which is how Cynthia is using them but they also have a hanging sleeve in case she prefers to hang them.  In keeping with this month's SewCalGal's FMQ Challenge, they've been quilted in the heart leaf pattern.

Hope you had a good day.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Foto Finish - a day late

You'll have to excuse me.  Yesterday I was so 'into' the project I'm working on that I didn't want to stop to find a photo for Foto Finish.  But this morning I haven't started sewing yet so........  This week's Foto Finish theme, should we decide to accept it, is 'Where I live'.  I had to go through all my 'old' Foto Finish posts to make sure I hadn't used these photos yet.  This is the view from my balcony taken on Halloween day 2010.  I took it because I thought the shadows were interesting.

In contrast, this is the same view taken in November 2010, a few weeks later.

To see other entries in Foto Finish, visit Barbara at Cat Patches.

Hope you have a good day.