Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Bit Of A Bust

As far as snow goes ... the Snow Day was a bust.  I can still see some grass in the backyard yard.  But as far as the SNOW DAY?  It was great!

I made wonderful progress on a sweater sleeve, which I should finish today - the sleeve NOT the sweater.

Finished the embellishing on 2 (TWO!) of my Enchanted Garden blocks.  They are so pretty.

And ... Started the samples for a class I will be teaching in May ... way ahead of THAT game!

I also did laundry - I'll spare you from those photos.

Monday, January 26, 2015


This is worth repeating ... I get an immense amount of pleasure from a SNOW DAY! This is a bit odd, considering the fact that most days, I work at home.  Technically a SNOW DAY isn't really any different than any other day.  But ... there's just something special about a SNOW DAY!

I might even be moved to do a second blog post later, just to share how I spent my joyful SNOW DAY!

For now ... this is what I've been up to ...

Finished a pair of socks! The yarn is called "sea turtles". Hand dyed and purchased from a yarn shop on the Outer Banks, during our family vacation/wedding last summer.

That's 1 of 6 pairs I have set for my goal in 2015.

A couple of very springy OP quilts

And a new wool/cotton wall hanging.  "A Soft Day" from the book Enchanted Garden.

There are kits for this at Spring Water Designs (mail order too!). I was supposed to deliver this sample today ... but ... It's a SNOW DAY!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Just Checking In

Some days I have so much to do and feel overwhelmed and end up sitting and reading or knitting.  Both of those things are accomplishments but not necessarily checking stuff off "the LIST". Some days I have so much to do that I can't wait to dive in and "get 're done!"

Today is sort of in between.  We were supposed to have snow ... which is GREAT for sitting and knitting.  But so far ... No snow and I moved on to "the LIST."

I finished up a customer quilt.  It is such a happy color - feels like spring!

I did a little bit on my on going BOM - Enchanted Garden.  I'm loving it!

AND ... I added to my Cowboy Rope ... teaching this at my Guild Retreat next month.

Ok - really, none of these were on "the LIST" for today (or yesterday) but it's only 10:30 - I have all day to get distracted and play and maybe check something off ... I might mop the floors ... or not.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy ... Something

Hey there, hi there ... no more excuses for not blogging and more importantly - no more feeling guilty about not blogging.  The sun is out today!  It's cold out. It warm and cozy in my house - that's something to celebrate.

What have I been up to?

I made this little quilt - Spool Spirit.  It's a Norma Campbell pattern.  She'll be teaching a class at Spring Water Designs.  It was a fun quilt to make - I LOVE everything about spools.  It has mitered seams which I've not done much of and my quilt laid flat!

I'm still chugging along on my Nickel Christmas quilt from a Pat Speth class last winter.  I'm down to the last 20 blocks.

And I've been knitting and working/teaching a bit at Spring Water Designs.  That about sums it up.  One of my goals for 2015 is to blog at least once a week - I do believe that's attainable.  I also want to clean out 5 closets ... I got 1 done!  And - read 10 books ... finished 1 yesterday!

Happy JANUARY 15th!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

All About the Numbers

Lots of catching up, reorganizing (ok - organizing), setting goals and starting the new year.

I did have a busy, productive 2014.  I didn't track fabric usage or spools of thread or commit to a UFO challenge but I did (and do) keep track of QUILTING.

For 2014
Charity quilts = 17
Pay customers = 49
My own quilts = 30 (8 specifically for the shop)

TOTAL = 96 quilted items

This is a little less than 2013, but a new quilt shop opened last January and I've been busy teaching and making samples for the shop - LOVE Spring Water Designs!!

First OP top done for 2015

It a donation quilt - not sure where it's going, maybe to Southern Comforters - Quilt BINGO.

Jan did a beautiful job piecing it - it's so nice and flat.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy New Year

My Cute Husband and I spent New Year's Day in Washington, D.C. watching hockey.

The winter Classic - Wahington Capitals vs the Chicago Black Hawks.

Our team won!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Bit Of sewing

In and around everything else going on here - baking, eating, visiting, eating, presents, eating, knitting ... and did I mention eating ... I have a managed a few stolen moments in the sewing room.

My pile of 156 

I'm now up to 210!  But my math was wrong - I need 320 blocks; I'm more than 1/2 way there.

And my dilemma about my 30's BOM/Orphans?

I ditched the pinwheels - for now - and am going with flying geese sashing.

They will be scrappy (not all blue), this is just what I've gotten made.  I think this is much better, certainly better proportionally. I added a teeny border around each block.  They weren't exactly all the same size.

And as my friend CAPPY says ... "when in doubt, turn those blocks on-point."  Or was it, "add appliqué ."?  I'm going with on-point.