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

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,

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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. 

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And a smaller quilt.  And a pincushion.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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! 

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

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 So much nicer to look at than snow!

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

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The weatherman said Snow

And we said NO!  So we packed up the car, and drove for two days until we reached sunny Florida.  We spent our first day in and around Miami.  It was a dreary cloudy day for the most part, but it was warm and there was no snow on the ground.

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this bird’s for Maria!

Of course we saw lighthouses and birds, and took a tour of downtown Miami on the Metromover.

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We went to the Riverwalk, but there’s nothing there.  The highlight of the day was going to South Beach, to see the Art Deco district.

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The only stitching that has been done the past few days is some crocheting in the car.  I started a new baby afghan, and hope to get most of it finished before we get home. 

More later……..Sunny

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Blues

I’ve had the blues all this month, but it’s not what you think.  Blue is the January color for RSC15.  The mission, should we decide to accept it, is to use blue scraps in any way that we can.  Angela posts block tutorials each week to make a beautiful star quilt, but I’ve decided on another plan. 

I have taken on a small service project, making place mats for Meals on Wheels.  My goal for this month was 12, but I may end up with only 11.

  These are all sandwiched, and folded in half, and I hope to get them all quilted tomorrow at our Sit and Sew day.  I don’t plan to bind them, but just do the sew and flip method.  Does that have a name?  Many of these started with small orphan blocks – nine patches, snowball, and HST’s.  The Dresden plates that I made were too large, so I just used half a plate per place mat.  I’ve used up nearly all my batting scraps, but barely made a dent in my blue scraps.  I even let my SIL shop my blue scraps.

I found a couple of blue hexies while I was organizing, so I made a few more and now I have my first doll quilt for Get Your Mrs. Claus On for 2015.

And I’ve decided to make a Dresden quilt with all the rainbow colors for the year.  I haven’t decided on the centers or the background yet, so what you’re seeing is my oh-so-lovely ironing board cover.  I’m hoping someone will take pity on me and make/buy me a new one.  LOL!

Are you tired of seeing blue?  I finally finished a baby afghan that I started back in the fall on our trip to Nova Scotia.

I’ve started the next one, so I’ll be able to work on it in the car on an upcoming road trip.  Crocheting is the only thing I can do in the car and not feel sick.

This beautiful postcard arrived in the mail today, from Jeanneke in the Netherlands.  It’s for Sheila’s postcard swap.  Making postcards is a lot of fun, because they’re small and quick to make.  Jeanneke hasn’t received my card yet, so I won’t show it until later.

The little crocheted hearts and button heart are just adorable.  Thanks Jeanneke, and thanks Sheila for organizing the swap.

I’m still plugging away at all my other small projects.  I’ve finished Jenny’s stitchery for the month, almost finished my Bunny Hill snowman heart, done some more cross stitch, and picked out my pattern and fabric for the Gail Pan SAL.  And if that isn’t enough, Val Laird is now offering a free BOM.  Check out the link on my  side bar if you’re interested in some beautiful stitchery.  I’ve got my fabric picked out, but haven’t started stitching yet.

Sadly, I do have to sleep sometime, so I’m off to do that now.  Thanks for stopping by, and

Keep on Stitching……Sunny

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mid Month Check-In

Well, we’re half way through the first month of the new year.  I’ve been working hard on all my projects, so I’ll take this opportunity to share what I’ve done.

Today is the 15th, so it’s time to link up to Gifted Gorgeousness.  My chosen project was a BOM in 2013, and I barely got started.  Since I have all the patterns now, I’m not stitching them in the order in which they were released.  I’m very happy to have the first month finished!

Last month, I made a second Scrappy Stars quilt top.  I’d been hanging onto several strips of red and white fabrics for a few years, and finally decided that this pattern would be perfect for the fabric.

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I still have a couple of strips left, so I’ll be making a scrappy binding.  And I found a great backing fabric last week, so this will be going into the pile for quilting.  This quilt makes me happy!

In other quilting news, I finished this a week or so ago.  Again, this was fabric that had been gathering dust for awhile, and finally got put to use.

 

I continue to use up blue scraps, and my SIL shopped the scrap stash last week.  It feels good to use it up!

Speaking of my SIL, we had a sewing day last week, along with another friend.  We each chose a small project from “101 Fabulous Small Quilts”.  This started out to be rectangular, but I decided to make it bigger by squaring it up, and adding a border.  It will be a table topper in the bedroom.

Sure doesn’t look square in this picture does it?  Trust me on this.

Today I went to 4 quilt stores in the Lancaster, PA area, and I accidentally purchased fabric.  It all has a specific use, so it shouldn’t live in the stash forever.  Perhaps when I go on Retreat in a couple of months?

Keep on Stitching…….Sunny