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

Friday, January 27, 2012

All Things Friday

I've been too busy sewing and stitching this week to do much blogging, and now it's time to share!

My first Christmas gift of the year is a cross stitched bread cloth.  I've had this pattern for many many years, and I recently learned that a friend has dishes in this pattern, Winterberry, so the time was right!

This will also count as a Sew It's Finished project, and as OPAM!

I managed to stitch three ornaments for the One Ornament a Month challenge.  I haven't decided yet how to finish them into ornaments, but the hard part is done!  I'm going to kit up a couple more, because these little projects are so handy to have when I have to sit in a waiting room somewhere.

I also finished 5 more Farmer's Wife blocks for Jamie and 5 for me.  I had to put them aside to work on a few other things, but I can't wait to get back to them.  So much fun! 

Three flimsies made it through the sandwiching process this week, and I had every intention of having some quilting done this week, but that hasn't happened yet.  Instead, these took over my sewing table.  Apparently I can't count, so there will be a few extras.  Perhaps a cushion?  Or perhaps they can be used later in the quilt?  These are for the SAHR (ahem....Nov/Dec assignment)  Hopefully they will be attached before bedtime tonight, so I can move on to the current applique assignment!

If you heard a loud crashing noise the other night coming from my direction, it was my Rowenta being thrown out the window.  I cannot keep it turned on for more than about 6 seconds and I just couldn't take it any more.  At first, I could get it to turn back on if I flicked my wrist a certain way.  Then I had to shake it all over the room, and finally, I had to actually unplug it and plug it back in.  When that quit working, I gave up.  I read a lot of reviews on irons, and it doesn't seem that there is a really good iron out there, so I just went out and bought a cheapo, and will see how long it works.  I specifically looked for one with an *ON* button, and found this.

It shuts off after 30 minutes, but it has an ON/RESET button, it's not just motion activated.  My fingers are crossed!


Many of you joined Allie's Army to help a friend in need last Fall. Allie collected blocks from around the world, and then spent hours and hours joining them together so our friend Kaaren of The Painted Quilt could be wrapped in our love. Well it's now time for more 'boots on the ground' .  Please go to Red Quilts or Happy Cottage Quilter if you'd like more information on joining Operation Sunshine Squishies.

And now I must bid you adieu so that I many continue to contentedly trim some more blocks!



  1. Good gravy, you have been busy! Beautiful pieces!! Have a great weekend...

  2. Love your work, Sunny! You have been a busy lady. I've been busy sewing this week too, but no finishes yet :/

    I have thrown a couple of Rowenta's out the window! LOL J/K of course, but never had good luck with them. I agree that there doesn't seem to be too many good ones out there, but maybe we quilters are hard on the poor things :)

    So far, I am enjoying my Reliable iron quite well. I've had it since last fall and hey, it's still working! :D :D So that's got to be good, right?

  3. You have been very busy. I have a Rowents and so far so good. I have just finishe up the Initial heart swap it's ready for the mail. Have a good weekend,and happy quilting jinnie

  4. Busy girl! slow down, you are making the rest of us look like slackers! :-) I finally got a new camera so I am going to be updating you all with my works in progress. ;-) ps.. I had that same iron when we needed two irons (when hubby was living away). My dtr. loved that it was pink, so I gifted it to her when hubby moved back home.

  5. Boy Sunny you have been busy,love all your projects especially the bread cloth it is so pretty,well done on your finishes Sunny.xx

  6. Yes you are a busy one aren't you? My Rowenta does the same thing...my husband says the plug is defective (he tested it) and needs to be replaced.

  7. Wow you have been busy. What a lot of gorgeousness :-)Love your breadcloth. You are zooming through your FW blocks - I haven't done any of your latest ones, sticking strictly to the easy ones first! Love the colours in your Hourglass blocks; your SAHR will be so pretty.

  8. Your blocks look great, I think you have joined more quilt alongs than I have. I had a Oliso once it was awesome but it didn't bounce well.

  9. Oh man you sure have been working your fingers to the bone.
    Love all your projects.
    looking forward to seeing the next row of your SAHR. Just love your colours.

  10. That is one heck of a lot of work for January, and all so nice. Whew !!

  11. What a busy week! I love your cross-stitch bread cover. We used to make those for new members of our church.

  12. Great cross stitch...I have a Sunbeam iron and I love it! Did you really throw it out the window?

  13. Hi Sunny, first time I have popped by.. you have done amazing cross stitching. Just beautiful..

  14. Wow, your crosstitching is gorgous. Your friend is sure to love the bread cloth, you just have to convince her to use something so pretty.

  15. Love your blog, Sunny! Your work is fantastic! That bread cloth is just GORGEOUS!!!
    Hugs, Mickie


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