Saturday, January 4, 2014

The New Year always gets me organized! (for a short time anyway...)

My first project for the new year is a crocheted scarf.  I have quite a bit of unused yarn in my stash.  I determined I should slowly start using it and any not used by July 1st will be donated to a lady I know who makes afghans for sick folks.  I will see her in mid July at one of our Bluegrass Festivals and give her what I have then.  I am pretty sure it will be a lot with the extreme slowness of the way I work.  I found this pattern by searching All Free    .    The scarf I chose to make is this one..... An Easy One Skein Beginner Scarf.                I made mine a little wider than the original.  I added two more shells per row. It isn't moving all that fast because I just pick it up when I have a moment.  But my goal is to finish it by the end of the month.  I imagine there will still be cold enough weather to use need it.
                                                                    The Rasberry Rabbits

Another thing I have done is to join an online group called Fellowship of The Flowers.  We will be making some type of felt flower every Wednesday all through the year.... and.... turn them into projects along the way.  Here is the link.... FELLOWSHIP OF THE FLOWERS ....       I bought my membership through Craftsy but I think you can link to it through the site as well.  

Here is a picture of the first flower I made....  I may or may not be finished.  I didn't make it exactly like the class example.....  I have to wait to see what happens with the next two to see if I need to add more.  What do you think??  There will be two more flowers added to this to make into a project which at the moment is not known.  I will show it when it is done.

So the new year begins with lots of projects.  I never plan to be bored!!!   I like to keep busy.  Can you tell?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year.

                       HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

For all my followers.... I will have to apologize.  I have not been here for ages.  Things change,  and life happens.   In the past year, since I was last here I have had surgery on my left hand to make the PAIN GO AWAY.  That took awhile but things seem back to normal now.

After that was resolved I seemed to get into quilting in an even bigger way, also more paper arts and just generally keeping busy, busy, busy.    We did a good bit of traveling this past year going to two Nascar Races and three Bluegrass Festivals.  Also a big trip to Maine and Canada and a few side trips to visit my daughter.  But for the next few months we are HOME and I plan to do a lot of sewing.

So...... back to quilting.
I did actually get one finished this past fall to give to my daughter for her birthday.  She, like me, loves Coffee so that was the theme of the quilt.  I used a pattern from a Fons and Porter Love of Quilting magazine and then made it my way.  So it is similar but different.  Instead of coffee cups in each square like the original pattern indicated I appliqued coffee "sayings" that I had created with my   embroidery machine.  If you click on the whole quilt picture you can see it better I think.

My next goal is to finish the TWO  block of the month quilts I have been working on during the past year.  Just a few more squares and I should be able to put them together.  Then I can send them off to my finish quilter.  I was going to try and do my own machine quilting BUT I know if I want to get them done in this life time I will have to break down and do that step.  I love the sewing the top part way more than the final stage!  And my quilting lady does a great job!!!   So this way I should have several finished quilts by the end of  next year.
    I made a master picture of where the finished quilt pieces will go and then added in pictures as I went... until July when we started traveling in earnest and I just never had time to take pics. I did add a few more but still not complete.

This first picture shows how I am working on the Block of the month project from Country Threads.  I still have a couple of squares to make and a LOT of strips to put in other places, but haven't put the rest of the completed squares into this picture yet.  It gives you an idea though.

And the next picture shows the quilt I am working on from Craftsy.  (I take a lot of classes from Craftsy.)  I am also nearly done with this one, just haven't taken a picture is a while. 
Both of these Block of the Month quilts helped me reduce "some" of my stash!.  Lots more still available though.

Meanwhile I have started a new Block of the Month quilt with a group I belong to on line. That is coming along fine.  We started in Nov. and I have finished those blocks and the Dec. blocks as well.

I always say I will make some resolutions and then never keep them.  This year I have made some "suggestions" to myself and hope I can go beyond the Suggestion level.  I found several little projects that have been sitting, patiently, waiting for me to work on them.  No promises but if I actually finish them I will post as I go along.