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

Monday, February 3, 2014

Catching up. Again.

It snowed today.  Again.  There are two more snowstorms predicted for this week.  Will this winter ever be over?  According to Punxsutawney Phil, it won’t be over anytime soon.


But, as any good quilter knows, a snow day = a sew day!  I planned ahead for today, and brought some work home with me, but I didn’t have to commute, so I have extra time.  Hence, this blog post.

On Saturday, Mr. QD and I drove up to Lancaster, PA to visit their market.  We came home with a lovely assortment of breads, veggies, meats and cheese.  I didn’t take any pictures inside because it was so crowded.  It was a fun little getaway. 


Lancaster Central Market, in the center of Lancaster, is the oldest continuously operated farmer’s market in the country.  This was our first visit, but I’m sure we’ll go back.

The part of our day was a visit to Conowingo Dam, to see Bald Eagles.  Unfortunately, there weren’t many to see that day, and they were too far away to get any decent pictures.  Except for this guy – he posed for us for quite awhile,


This was our first outing in awhile.  Last weekend we hosted a soup party, which was a lot of fun.  Our guests each brought soup, and we had an enjoyable evening eating soup, hot bread, and munchies, and had a lot of laughs.

I am happy to report that I’m am still on my fabric diet.  I made it an entire month!  I did have to buy some fabric for binding a small quilt, but I didn’t buy any extra, and I didn’t even look at anything else in the store.  And this was the second store that I went to look for the fabric – I walked out of the first one empty handed.  I hope they don’t go out of business because of me!  That particular quilt isn’t finished yet because I decided to do some more stitcheries on it.  Soon, though.

One of the projects on my to-do list was a sewing machine cover, and TaDa:


I used a Butterscotch and Roses charm pack.  Somewhere between measuring and sewing, I forgot how to count, so when I had all the hst’s sewed together, I realized that it wasn’t big enough, so I added the cream border.  And I think I really like it this way!

Speaking of hst’s, here is another pile.


Eventually, they morphed into these:


The final product is a secret, so you won’t be seeing these again for awhile. 



In other news, I had to pack up my quilting machine and send it back to the store I purchased it from because it refused to quilt!  Or do anything that matter.  It was getting power, but it wouldn’t do anything.  I had been piling up several quilts in anticipation of sitting down one day and mastering the machine.  Since that’s not in the cards right now, I pulled out a small quilt and did the quilting on my Pfaff.  Simple quilt – simple quilting!  And…..it’s a finish.

I’ve decided to join Sewyouquilt2 for her Relaxed Robin.  It’s similar to the Stay-At-Home Robin a couple of years ago.  For the January block, we were to try to find an orphan block for our center.  I didn’t have any regular sized orphans, so I stitched together four little nine patches that I found in a pile.  Then we were to add a small border of our choice, trying to incorporate an additional color.  Mine is a little bland right now, but I’ve decided on the direction I’m heading, so we’ll see some character develop in the coming months.  I hope.


We’re adding applique in February, and I’ll be able to show that soon.

Now I’m off to watch Castle, and stitch some snowflakes!



  1. lovely pics Sunny and lots of beautiful projects,well done.xx

  2. So many lovely projects Sunny well done with your fabrics diet :-)

  3. Sew there is a good side to snow.... You have keep busy with your great project...
    Hmmmm!!! sew have you finished your SAHRR ????? LOL.

  4. Your header picture is oh so pretty. Is that taken near your home?

  5. A soup party, the market, relaxed robin..all things that sound so wonderful:) thanks for sharing Sunny :)

  6. Great post Sunny and there is an upside to snow , look at all you have accomplished , hmm a RR , do I dare check that out .

  7. Lovely quilts! Glad you put all that snow to go use, I just want to sit in a comfy chair and knit... Love your header picture!

  8. Love the word - fabric diet- :-) so am I for the time being! Nice post, nice to read, love that little bird, lovely machine cover in b+r charm pack. Wonder what the secret star will be in the end :))

  9. Try as I might the fabric diet doesn't work for me. I might go a week or two or even a month but then I 'need' a fabric to go with my latest project. Oh well. At least I'm good for a little while. LOL

  10. Good to hear from you. I can't imagine what it must be like for you over there with all the snow this year. Mother Nature's gone crazy I think. Here, we're struggling to stay dry with all the rain and to stay upright with all the gales we're having.

  11. Looks like a fun trip!! Your sewing machine cover is so pretty, I love the fabrics. the pineapple quilt is very darling. You've been really busy, girl!

  12. I really like your machine cover with the border. So sorry about the other machine. Obviously it wasn't meant to be. I hope you find the perfect one for you soon.

  13. You sure are getting some extreme weather. I hope you are okay after the second storm.
    Glad to see you are making the most of the time with your sewing. I am impressed that you have kept to your fabric diet. Love seeing all the projects you are working on.

  14. I love the log cabin pumpkin quilt. Such a neat way to use log cabin blocks.
    I wish we had a farmers market like you visited during wintertime.
    Fantastic eagle photo.

  15. Congratulations on your diet!! I went to JoAnn's last week for a few things and I avoided the fabric all together. I have more than enough to keep me busy for a very long time!!

  16. Such beautiful projects Sunny, your sewing machine cover looks great. i am looking foreward to winter, its been such a hot summer.

  17. It does look cold there and I hear there is another storm heading your way.

    I love the pumpkin piece. That's great in the log cabin.


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