Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fourth Finish &

I love it so!
 I love this Ampersand Quilt from Imagine Quilts by my pal Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co.
 I love the low volume prints and the little pop of colors making the ampersand.
I love that when you see the quilt up close...
... or all snuggled under it's warmth and crinkly goodness...you don't see the ampersand...
...until you step away.

I love the quilting!
   Gave it to my pal and coworker Kathleen to work her long-arming magic....do what you want pal!
She did and it looks fabulous!
I especially love the back...and that aqua binding.
Can you guess I love it?!!
~d

Friday, January 16, 2015

Rainbow Angled Frames...third finish

This top has been hanging around since the beginning of last year when I posted the Angled Frames tutorial on Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along.
 I gave the top to my pal Pat to practice with her new long-arm machine...just have fun Pat!
I do believe she did and I love the all over large stipple...sort of like a jigsaw puzzle!! 
 It was also my first attempt at machine stitching the binding on the back then turning it on to the front and doing the same thing!  What a brilliant idea...thanks Lynz
 Now if this was a special quilt for someone I love then hand stitching would be in order but since this was one of seven tops I made for the tutorial I gave it a whirl!  It think this will be the perfect picnic blanket for me and hubby...when it finally gets warm!!

If you are interested in making your own Angled Frames the tutorial button is there on the right AND you can visit ORBC Quilt Along where there are and always will be free tutorials for your sewing pleasure!:)
Now I need to get working on this little bag o'pleasures!
~d

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wide to Straight

That's what she wanted...
 ....her flared bottoms made narrow.
Done! She can iron them better. I did my part!
Second finish of the first quarter 2015 Finish Along.  
I still can't believe it's 2015!!
~d

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rugs of Mug?

First official finish for 2015.
 Nothing like a get together with family...sitting around chatting...eating good food...doing a little sewing....that's how to get things done!
There is still time to link up to this year's Finish Along ...other than the fact that this is great inspiration...or a kick in the butt...to get something finish there are also fabulous prizes at the end of each quarter. The more you finish the more your chance to win!
Here is a little peek of something else I finished...but can't show it all to you yet!:)

It's still really cold here...snow is still on the ground and now...ugh...we are expecting freezing rain tonight into tomorrow...
...I want to be here...don't you?:)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Starting 2015 out right!

We have a new hostess for the 2015 Finish Along .  She hales from waaaaay down under!
Adrianne from On the Windy Side.....windy side of New Zealand... has taken over the reins this year!:)  Looking forward to getting to know you better Adrianne!
Here are my finishes for the last quarter 2014...
...it was the first time last year I didn't finish something on my list.
This pickle dish is a carry over and I think it's going to haunt me for a long time as I have decided to hand quilt it...and embrace the fact that none of my points meet! It will also be my first foray into the world of wool batting.  I'm looking forward to that part!:)
2. binding
3. binding
4.  More binding!
5. This one is scary...make her pants slimmer at the bottom...I really don't like altering!
 6. Can you believe this is the beginning of two quilt tops?  I really, really want to get these done this quarter....we'll see!
It's snowing and time for me to get sewing!
~d






Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Phew....4:5 of 6 done....with only hours left in 2014!!

 Christmas Eve at our house....first time in three years we could recreate the sibling photo!:)
 Christmas day at my in-laws....see that awesome quilt peeking in the mirror?  I'll have to take a better photo of it and share!
 Day after Christmas 200 miles away at my parents....Santa went a little overboard!:)
 Here, finally, is my 5th out of 6 finishes for the fourth quarter.
 The little embroidery piece  was started in Jo's class at the FQ Retreat this summer in London.
A little hand quilting with pink perle and now it's happy on our bed!
This was supposed to be the 6th finish of the 4th quarter. I did get all 48 blocks appliqued. They are sewn together in 4 sections of 12 blocks waiting to be hand quilted. Was going to have it longarmed but wasn't happy with my points ....really rough...so hand quilting.
Guess you know what is first on the list for Finish Along 2015!!:)
Thanks so much to Katy for all the encouragement this year with FA 2014!!

Happy New Year everyone and thanks so much for stopping by to visit!!

xo ~d


Sunday, December 21, 2014

That Festive Time of Year!:)

Greetings all! Hope you are having a great holiday season...things are getting festive around here!
We've already had snow and ice!
 A great Thanksgiving at my parents house followed by...
(so exciting having the girl home!!)
 ...a second Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law's place. Hubby grilled the best turkey I have ever tasted. We wrapped that puppy...um...bird up and hauled it to Baltimore...
(the boy's girl, nephew, niece)
..for more fabulous feasting.  Lucky us!:)
 Next up was Miracle on 34th St, Baltimore!
 This neighborhood really knows how to put on a show!
 This is their 67th year of celebrating!
 Bike spokes....
 ...hubcaps...
 ...loads of white lights...
 ...and of course the colors of Sesame Street!!
Grand illumination night really brought out the crowds and the press!
(nephew, hubby, the girl, S-I-L, niece)
The cold couldn't keep us away!:)
Next up was the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing a Duke Ellington Nutcracker with the Step Afrika Dancers.  The Strathmore is an amazing place to take in a performance.  
All the little kiddies were dressed in their holiday finery.
Aren't those two on the left adorable?:)
 There have been a lot of makes but of course I can't show anything but I did get this tote finished for the above niece as her birthday was this month too!
 She loves origami cranes...you can see her handiwork on the napkins above!:)
 This year's card.  Trees drawn on MS Paint...snowmen with a Sharpie!:)
 A co-worker became a grandma for the second time.  Babar taggie and book for grandma to keep at her house!:)
Here is a little peek of some of our decorations. I love Holiday Stuffies and get a new one for the collection every year.  This year it was the gnome in red cap. After bringing him home I received two surprises.  Christmas goose was given to me by my wonderful mom-in-law won at her woman's club auction and "Dolores the Angel" came all the way across the ocean from Edinburgh, Scotland!!  Our pal Jo made her as a sample for a class and not only named her after me but gifted her to me too!!!

We haven't put our tree up yet...a potted holly...but in the meantime the wonderful forest of wooden trees made by my pops keeps us in the holiday spirit!

Hope all is merry and bright!!
xo
~d