"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Happy Tax Day!

I used to always file my taxes in early February, as soon as I received my W-2.  The last couple of years have seen me racing to the Post Office on the 14th or 15th.  If I had done it earlier, I could already have my refunds, and have them spent!

I’ve still been stitching like crazy.  I spent a lovely day last week with my SIL and a friend, and whipped up this little cutie.  I got the inspiration from another blog, but I can’t remember where I saw it.


I also worked on my giant hexies that day, and now have a finished baby quilt.


A couple of people have asked how giant the hexies are, that they’re about 1 3/4 inches on a side.  I’ve compared one here to a standard 1 inch and a 3/4 inch that I’m working on for another project.


Does anyone remember the Stay at Home Robin from a couple of years ago?  Well I finally (almost) finished mine for our UFO Challenge at Guild this month.

It’s only ‘almost’ finished, because I didn’t have enough binding!!  I probably made the binding a couple of years ago, and there’s no more fabric.   Sad smile   Does anyone have a small piece of this, or knows the name of a website where I might find it?  Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the selvedge, so I have no idea what it is. 

I’m still keeping up with my goals for Gifted Gorgeousness.  I’ve even started on my May piece, but had to do some ripping.  Here’s April:

I can’t spend ALL my time sewing, so DH and I went in search of some wildflowers last weekend. 


I just love that Spring is finally here!!!!!

What’s up with you?   Sunny

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Getting Caught Up and Purple FNWF

Yes!  I remembered to come back! 

So in addition to all the SAL’s, QAL’s and BOM’s, I’ve been to two retreats in the past month.  One was Scrapbooking, and of course, one was Quilting.  I finished two flimsies at the retreat.  I still have to buy some border fabric for the S’Mittens quilt. 

I also finished the yellow quilt that I shared in my last post.  This was actually designed to be a table topper, and the pattern shows small buttons on each of the prairie points.  I may decide to use it as a baby quilt instead, so buttons would not be appropriate.  Hmmm…..  This is an older Bunny Hill pattern, Buttons and Bows.


Earlier in March,  I had a birthday and received this lovely little project folder from my friend Maria.  It came with some lovely threads which I’ve already put to good use!








I also received a pretty little Valentine’s Day gift from my friend Di.  What an unexpected surprise.


Leanne and I did a one-on-one swap, and she spoiled me with Tilda fabrics.  She sent a small quilt, a pin cushion of her own design, some fabric, and some chocolates!  I haven’t even eaten all the chocolates yet. 


I made a small quilt for her, along with a mug rug and a pin cushion.  I actually forgot to take a picture of the small quilt, so I’m hoping she’ll post a picture or send one to me.

Friday night found me stitching giant purple hexies.  The individual hexies are quick and easy, but they are really hard to handle to sew together at this size!  I think I need nine for a baby quilt that I have in mind. 

Other than being sick twice in the past few weeks, I’ve spent almost all my time stitching.  Please don’t direct me to any more cute projects.  Or quilts.  Must go now.  There’s stitching to be done.

Happy Stitching….. Sunny


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It’s all your fault!

First off, thank you to my friends who have inquired as to my safety and well-being.  All is well at chez Quilting Dreams.  I just haven’t found the time to blog.  Thanks to all of you who post about BOM’s and QAL’s and SAL’s.  It’s possible that I may have overextended myself just a bit for 2015.  I’m stitching like crazy to keep up, and that’s why I have no time to blog!

RSC2015:  the color for March was yellow.  I started the month with a yellow doll quilt,

my Dresden plate,


and a placemat.

I don’t have a lot of yellow scraps.  I did notice however, a yellow fat quarter bundle that was looking quite lonely and unappreciated, so I pulled it out and made a small quilt. 


And a smaller quilt.  And a pincushion.









The pincushion was inspired by THIS PATTERN from Pam Buda.  I didn’t have the pattern with me at retreat, so it’s not exact.

Gail Pan SAL:  Please refer back to ‘smaller quilt’ in the section above.  Click HERE for the free pattern, which was offered during Buttermilk Basin’s Spring Blog Hop.

Val Laird Keys of Contentment BOM:  I got a bit of a late start on this, but I’m caught up now.  Click on the button on my sidebar for more information and the free patterns.


Jenny of Elefantz BOM:  Yep, I’m caught up through March.  These are cute little stitcheries and whip up in no time.  The April design was just released today.


Gifted Gorgeousness:  I’m so excited to be caught up on this!  Santa’s Village was a 2013 BOM that I actually received as a Christmas gift.  I’ve never cross stitched anything this large, so I had to special order the fabric, and then couldn’t decide how to begin.  I usually begin stitching in the center of a pattern, so was at a total loss with this.  But once I had all the patterns, I had no more excuses.  I’m actually a little ahead of my goal with this one.









Bunny Hill Snow Happy Hearts:  Have you seen these adorable little snow people around blogland?  I stitched January and February, but then something had to give.  While I think these are so cute, I just can’t think of a use for them right now.  You know I’m printing the patterns each month, and may come back to them later.


I have more to share, but I think this is enough for one post.  Now that I’m sure I remember how to do it, I’ll be back soon.  I also plan to start a new Travelling Stash box in the very near future.

Happy Stitching!!       Sunny


Saturday, February 7, 2015

FNWF and More

Well, vacation is over, the laundry is caught up, and I’ve found some time for stitching.  On Friday night, I sewed down bindings.  I’ve finished my doll quilt for the month – pink is the color for the month.  I’ll be working on more pink projects in the coming weeks for RSC15.


The second binding was on a gift.

Don’t you just love the back of it?  I like the front too, but you’ll have to wait to see it.

And here’s the binding that I finished tonight.


This is my first Gail Pan project for the year.  I was unable to post it on the assigned day, because I was on vacation.  I have a couple of other projects already chosen from the same book.

We didn’t have much internet service while we were on vacation, so I’m working now on catching up on reading your blogs.  Let me know if I missed something really important!

Keep on stitching……Sunny


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More Florida

The next day we walked down to the beach near our hotel and got some nice sunny pictures before we left.







From there, we drove south to The Everglades, where we enjoyed a tram tour.  We saw alligators, herons, egrets, wood storks, Ibis, a Roseate spoonbill, Anhingas, more alligators, and a crocodile.  What an interesting place! 


 After our tour, we headed further south to the Keys.  We witnessed the most beautiful sunset that I think I’ve ever seen.


 So much nicer to look at than snow!

Hope you’re all stitching, because I’m not!      Sunny