Saturday, December 10, 2011

Block a day

I see more of Sherries fabric. I love this, her task is so different from mine, so it keeps my quilts from all looking alike.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Block a day

A lot of these are from friends scraps. I know some of these are Sherrie's. I always love her scraps, tons of straight strips.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A block a day

Well, doing my block a day is going well. With the way I sew, chain peicing, I know I won't actually finish one block a day. I have been know to have several quilts hooked to my machine chain peicing them all at the same time. I get bored working on one quilt.

So instead of working at actually finishing I peice a day, I just strive to sew on the number of blocks a day that equal the largest number of pieces of fabric my blocks have in them. One of my blocks have 14 pieces. So that means I have to cut out 14 pieces, or iron 14 blocks, or sew I strip onto 14 blocks, etc. I am not actually cutting the blocks down until I actually make the top. So they will be stored looking like this.

It is nice to be sewing again, but sheeze, how did I start so many little things and not finish them.

Getting back to sewing - A block a day - Ready for the new year

As most of you know, we bought a large fixer upper house, then shortly afterwards, I went back to work after 10 years of staying home. I spent a good bit of that time sewing quilts for babies and charities. I also kept a supply of lap quilts to give to families who had lost a loved one. I miss not sewing, and Kevin misses not having quilts to give to friends.

I still don't have a place to lay out quilts for backing, but I am determined to sew anyway.

My plan is to sew a block a day all year, and by the end of 2012, hopefully the house will be closer to finished, and I can devote more time to sewing. And I will have a large box of finished blocks ready to go.

One year, I cut and sewed blocks for months. Then I spent a whole month just piecing tops. I finished 54 tops, all lap size.

I don't plan on piecing 54 tops at the end of 2012, but a few would be nice.

These are string blocks. I got some of my info for these from Bonnie Hunter, and also some techniques from friends I sew with. I do perfer doing them on foundation, then just throwing the strings together.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Doggie treats

A dear friends hubby is not feeling well at all. A few of us at work got together and cooked them thanksgiving dinner. I decided their precious little dog some treats. So the girls and I got together and cooked doggie treats for all of our friends with 4 legs. Well, you probably guessed it, I forgot to give her doggie some treats. Sigh.

We did have a great time making all these treats. There was plenty. Somehow I didn't get any pics of my helpers. Well we are all getting together to do this for Christmas gifts, so that should be fun.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Kevin's mom gave us this beautiful jar. It shattered in our move here. Can you believe, 2 years later, I was still able to find another one. It is filled with Christmas nuts and berries.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


This is an antique fruit bowl my sister gave me. It has always lived in a bathroom since I got it 20 years ago. I love this new look.