Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Easy Street

I've been anxious to start the Easy Street Mystery Quilt from Bonnie Hunter. This afternoon four patches began rolling off of my machine. I have more to sew, but it's going pretty quickly.

Wonder what will be next?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turkey Day

                       Wishing a blessed Thanksgiving to everyone.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Shipshewana, Indiana

And another wonderful retreat with Dear Jane friends is over. Rosemary would tell you that there are only 143 more days until we meet up again at The Farmstead Inn in the spring. There is so much creativity amid the gals in the sewing room. It's one gorgeous quilt after another. We had wonderful weather each day which isn't always the case in mid-November.

I worked on little quilts this time. The first one is from one of Jo Morton's clubs and is named Sisters. It will finish about 12" square when it is quilted and bound. Most of the fabrics are Jo Morton lines and the girls in the center are embroidered over the printed fabric images.

The second quilt is a little quilt that Cheri posted instructions for on her blog back in June. It was a fun one to sew. I used little pieces from my scrap bags but it didn't make a dent.

There were some great show and tell quilts, but it will take a little time for me to sort through them. The kids and grandkids are coming for Thanksgiving so there's work to do!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Little Quilts Link Up

Taryn has too much cheddar fabric (can you do that?) and is offering to share  at her Reproduction and Antique Quilt Lover blog .Post a picture of a favorite doll size quilt for a chance to win some solid cheddar fabric and/or a darling little quilt. This is the quilt I linked.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Day After

Today I made a few more scrappy stars for Terry's quilt along. They finish at 6" and are really fun to make.

My husband, who is celebrating his birthday today, likes to attend auctions. He is always bringing 'treasures' home for me. Yesterday he gave me a shoebox size plastic container full of old sewing items and pieces of jewelry.
While sorting through it, I found this thimble holder in the form of a hat! It's
in need of cleaning, but I think it's really cute.

Heading to Shipshewana next week for the fall Dear Jane Retreat. I'm making my stack of projects to work on while there.

Friday, November 2, 2012

No! Not November!

Already? It can't be November! The leaves have fallen and the temps are certainly much cooler. Baseball is done for the season...no World Series title in the D, but still a fantastic year. We'll get them next year!

I've been to a couple more retreats and a Halloween party at The Quilted Cottage. At the first retreat, I worked on Lori Holt's "Cheddar Cheese and Crackers" quilt. It's almost a top.This was a quilt-along a couple of years? ago and then was published in a Primitive Gatherings magazine. I loved it the first time that I saw it.
At the second retreat, I sewed the second to last Cotton Club BOTM blocks. Four more blocks and I can begin the assembly of this one.

Had to have some fabric pumpkins for fall, so this trio was sewn and stuffed.
For the Halloween Party, Connie, Helen and I went as the Triple Crown in baseball. We each wore a crown, Tigers t-shirt and had baseball pins with  BA 330, HR 44 and RBI 139.
Today I finished the last quilt square from Lori Smith's #1 Package. Lots of HSTs in this one. Our club meets tomorrow morning, so I just made the deadline.
At my quilt guild, we are making simple applique blocks. For October, the pumpkin was the easy choice. Whoever signed up for this exchange, brings the designated block and groups of the blocks are given to the names drawn that evening. Some of the blocks are kept back for the end of the year. At that time, lucky members will get a whole set of blocks. (One of each design)