Friday, February 29, 2008

March Goals / February Review

I hope you all have a great weekend!!!

February Review:
Put final border on pumpkin quilt, piece backing and mail to quilter *nope*
Mail Grandma’s Log Cabin to quilter *nope*
Work on Star Lights Quilt *yes*
Work on Victorian Stars Quilt *no*

Start adding leaf border to Bent Creek Snappers *a tiny bit*
Stitch an ornament *yes, made the biscornu*
Work on The Cape *finished it!*
Start Bent Creek Snapperville SAL *yes*

Also started this month: the Old McMary’s SAL, and stitching for the Garden Exchange, another ornament.

March goals:
Put final border on pumpkin quilt, piece backing and mail to quilter
Mail Grandma’s Log Cabin to quilter
Work on Star Lights Quilt

Add border to Bent Creek Snappers
Stitch an ornament
Old McMary’s SAL
Snapperville SAL
Work on Garden Exchange
Stitch Margaret’s NRR and mail to Von

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Winter Biscornu Finish

So, I’ve slowed down quite a bit in my stitching lately. With being sick, the nice weather, and the good books I’ve been reading, I’ve been doing a lot of other things :) We have had the most beautiful weather, and it makes me so happy! The winters in Portland are dreary, drab and dark. It has been sunny, warm and inviting for the past week, and it’s just great. I recently finished The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I recommend it, it was a really well written book.

I do have another WIP picture on Old McMary’s. It’s great doing a SAL on this, because it makes me get it out to work on it :D I stitched more red, incase you couldn’t tell. It’s kind of nice to do this red, you don’t need to look at a chart, you just fill it all in. :) I may have to get another skein of that red though. All of the red you see it one skein, and I have one more. So… there is still quite a bit of red there to do.

I have a small finish too! I did a Barbara Ana pattern called Winter Biscornu. It is soooo cute. I am happy with it! I will have this chart up for trade if anybody would like to swap charts with me. Just let me know.

I stopped at my LNS (local needlework shop) Acorns and Threads last week. I had a great visit with the ladies who work there. I wish I could work there LOL! Even though they told me it is “bad” because you buy too much. I could see that ;)

I received Margaret’s NRR in the mail from Rowyn. It is so beautiful with the Victorian houses. I found a nice pattern for it, and will start on it soon.

So much to do! If only I can keep up! :D

Sunday, February 17, 2008

WIP day

Hi there! I hope you all have been keeping busier than me :D I am recovered from being sick finally. I am still totally exhausted, but I am getting better every day. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy...

So, this week I get to post pictures of my WIP (work in process) for the two stitch a longs I am doing.

Here is my progress on Old McMary's. I haven't worked on it for almost a year so here is where I left off...

And here is what I did yesterday on it. Red, red and more red :D

This is my progress on Bent Creek Snapperville.

Fun fun! I've been getting a lot done on my Star Lights quilt. Just a lot of chain piecing. I only have one more corner to do on each sqaure, which means sewing over 280 pieces together, but still... that is great! I may have this quilt done sooner than I thought.

I hope you all had a nice weekend :D

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Feb Goals / Jan Review

I splurged a bit. I have been wanting to learn to make Jessie a dress, and me a skirt. I found the pattern I’ve been looking at for quite some time on the clearance rack and thought… now is as good of a time as any :) It’s an Amy Butler pattern, and here’s the fabric I got to make it.

And here is the fabric and pattern I got to make Jessie a dress.

Colleen is good at making clothes, so I’m going to be bugging her when I make them LOL! She said skirts are an easy beginner project for clothing, so wish me luck :)

I’ve started stitching a biscornu, it’s a Barbara Ana pattern. I LOVE her patterns, they are so cute and happy. I was pretty excited when I found them recently. Here is my progress so far.

I heard from Marie that she received the PIF I sent her. I read on her blog that she decorated her kitchen with chickens. I happened across this kit for a tablerunner, and decided she had to have it :D Marie and I have been chatting quite a bit, and I really enjoy her friendship! She is wonderful, if you have the time go and get to know her :D

Goals for February (seriously, it’s February??)

Put final border on pumpkin quilt, piece backing and mail to quilter
Mail Grandma’s Log Cabin to quilter
Work on Star Lights Quilt
Work on Victorian Stars Quilt

Start adding leaf border to Bent Creek Snappers
Stitch an ornament
Work on The Cape
Start Bent Creek Snapperville SAL

Review for January

Put final border on pumpkin quilt and mail to quilter *almost there!*
Finish top of Grandma’s Log Cabin quilt and mail to quilter *finished, but not mailed*
Start adding leaf border to Bent Creek Snappers *no*
Start and Finish Vonna’s NRR and mail to Von *yes!*
Work on Bittersweet Farm *no*
Work on The Cape *yes*

I am pretty sick right now, so not much is getting done except watching my catalog of Jane Austen movies LOL! I stitch here and there, but am so exhausted. I hope to be on the mend soon. Today I got out to the store at least, and that is an improvement :D I hope you are all having a nice weekend!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Cape Finish

I was able to finish stitching The Cape today. I love how it turned out! It is so pretty :) The waves are my favorite part of this one.

I've been working away at my Star Lights quilt, it has required A LOT of chain piecing. Jessie has been my little helper and cutting the threads for me as I sew. When you have 400+ chain pieces going on, that is quite a big job for a little kiddo, she was happy to help though. :) Thanks Jess.

Also, Jessie got a haircut. She has such pretty blonde hair, when they cut over 6 inches off it about made me cry, it looks cute short, PLUS we won't be having a fight every morning when I am combing the knots out of it. So, it is a good thing I suppose.

Friday, February 01, 2008

My stitching and quilting have been suffering this week. You know why? There are these books you see… that I just CANNOT put down, and therefore, I am not being very productive. I wrote in my last post that I read Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, well… after reading that book as fast as I could, I went and got New Moon (the sequel), and read through that fast, now I am on book 3 called Eclipse. They are all fantastic books. I’ve been up late almost every night this week reading them, and that is making me suffer big time, I am so tired :D If you are a romantic, you will love them. If you’ve read them, let me know what you think?

Here is the little bit I’ve been doing this week… I started a new quilt (Victorian Stars), and it is from a recent issue of The Love of Quilting magazine. If you click the link, you can get this pattern for free from them. I changed the purple colors shown in the magazine to blues/greens. Here are the two blocks I came up with. I at first didn’t like how the dark blue striped fabric looked on the star block, but the more I look at it, the more I think it’ll look just fine. So, now I’m going to continue cutting out the blocks for it.

I finished all of the buildings on The Cape yesterday and have started on the lighthouse. I am close to having this one done now.

I am soon starting two SAL’s. One will be Bent Creek Snapperville with Courtney, we decided to post our progress every other weekend.

The other will be The Workbasket: Old McMary’s with Jaimie. If any of you are interested in joining, let me know!

I hope you all will have a lovely weekend!