Woolly Thoughts and Small Worlds

I know, I haven’t written a blog in months (actually, almost a whole year). My only excuse is the many projects, retreats, vacations, stitch days, bee days, guild days, workshops and other fun stuff.

But today I want to share with you my two most recent obsessions — Sue Spargo wool applique and My Small World.

I’ve done wool applique before but it’s always been a simple blanket stitch.  Now with some projects, that’s what is called for.  But all there are all kinds of wonderful stitches you can use with wool that add dimension, interest and beauty.  Sue Spargo has a new book with all kinds of detailed instructions:

My first project was a simple needle book.  My friends assured me that this is folk art and mistakes are OK, they are part of the charm.  As you can see by my mistakes, this needle book is very “charming.”  Here is the front:

And the back:

And one of the pages inside:

Ok, now I was hooked.  And it was a good thing, since I was chair bound for several days after minor knee surgery.  So I took a wool project that called for blanket stitch and went to town with all the wonderful stitches I wanted to practice.  This is The Fall Guy by Sew Cherished:

Here are a few close ups:

I took a Craftsy Class from Sue Spargo and started on this Butterfly Sampler.  As you can see, it is still a work in progress:

A close up of the completed butterfly:

I was very excited to meet Sue at the Houston International Quilt Festival and I have signed up for her block of the month next year.  Can’t wait!

My Small World by Jen Kingwell is another project I am working on.  This is her pattern book:

Lots of fun, tiny bright blocks to start:

Here is the City block:

With a close up:And I just finished the Factory Block:

I’m using bright happy fabrics; trying to fussy cut some cuteness when I can and enjoying every moment working on this quilt.  Can’t wait to show you more!

My last blog was about finishing UFO’s.  And yes, I did finish a few but that didn’t stop me from starting new ones like these two obsessions.

Till next time, hopefully sooner than later!

Cookie

 

UFO Challenge

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?  I do!  I want to finish up on all those fun quilt project I have started so I can start on some more!  Well, I found the perfect inspiration on the APQ website – the UFO Challenge 2017.

I have filled in my 12 UFOs (unfinished objects) that I want to finish in 2017 (note that I used a pencil so I can edit freely 🙂 ).

I even joined the Facebook group for further inspiration…

Some of these projects are on the verge of completion, such as my Spring Baskets quilt.  All it needs is some pink piping and green binding!

My purple and white Just Takes 2 quilt is also pretty close.  I’ll be taking this on retreat in January to try to knock it off the list.  Here is one portion of the quilt:

Here are some of my purple bunnies – the pattern calls for 121 applique bunnies.  I’ve only got about 100 to go!

The Fiesta de Talavera quilt is a block of the month – so I don’t have all the blocks yet.  Here is block 2 (still needs some machine applique work):

Another project is a Jacobean Applique quilt inspired by this fabric and book:

One block done, but I need to made some decisions about where to go with this quilt – how big do I really want to make it?

My oldest project is a counted cross stitch dragon and castle.  The dragon block is done; the castle is nearly finished.  I can see these two as centerpiece blocks in a batik paper pieced wall hanging. I think I started this in 1999!

As I went through my project boxes, bags and bins I found a bunch of future projects that I haven’t even started on yet!  I have the patterns, have even set aside the fabrics, but have never started them.  Maybe I should make a list of those too!  For each UFO I finish, I can start a new project – LOL – I don’t think I’ll ever be able to follow that rule!

Happy New Year y’all!

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Christmas Party – JSS Style!

Last week the JSS Bee had their annual Christmas party extravaganza!

Peggy was our gracious hostess and we thank you for having us.  Your home is so beautifully decorated for Christmas!  I love that you finished your Christmas mat for your tray from Houston!  Davene and I have some work to do to catch up!

We had so many activities for the day, including laughing, eating, show and tell, block exchanges, and same fabric challenge.  I have a bazillion pictures – so lets see if we can make these make sense!  Now be sure to click on each picture to see it fully – then click the back button on your browser to return to the page.

Pictures of our friends!

Show and Tell – we started and stopped show and tell several times to fit in some other activities.  But I tried to show all the pictures in one bunch:

Block Exchange – last January (or maybe it was February) we planned out what blocks we each wanted and how many – then agreed to make that many blocks for others participating.  As usual there was some simple blocks to make and some not so simple blocks (the not so simple blocks were whine/wine blocks).  Peggy was responsible for the whine/wine blocks this year! 😉

Same Fabric Challenge – this year Kay volunteered to organize the Same Fabric Challenge – we each purchased a yard of some fabric (unknown at the time) and then during the year made something quilty out of it.

My goodness!  I sure hope I got a picture everyone’s awesome work posted.  I am honored to be surrounded by such talented loving friends!

Merry Christmas to all y’all!

Cookie

JSS Retreat – Scenes from the Walls

I got home from our Fall retreat less than 48 hours ago.  I think I’ve just about recuperated!  You know, going to a quilt retreat is a lot like a kid at summer camp … you stay up late, have tons of fun, eat way too much and come home exhausted!  It’s GREAT!

everyone-working-away

Looks like we are all working hard….

I’ve gone through my pictures and I’ve really fallen down on the job this time.  Random pictures of quilts and blocks that I have no idea who worked on them.  Oh well, I’ll share them anyways!

Oh, and one last picture of some scrumptious blue fabric we all went gaga over! Shibori by Moda.  You should have seen Davene’s face when she saw these!

yummy-blue-fabricIt was a fabulous retreat and I’m counting the days until the next one!

Hugs, Cookie

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My First Blue Ribbons!

I am beyond excited!  Last week at the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show I was awarded my first two blue ribbons ever!  The show was fabulous with hundreds beautiful quilts.

Ele-funky was a quilt of pure joy to make!  Every elephant was different and I added special embellishments to each one. I had more fun making this quilt!

In addition to the first place blue ribbon, this quilt was also awarded an NACQJ Award of Merit.  That’s the extra blue and yellow ribbon you see.  Wow!  I was blown away! Such an honor.

ele-funky The pattern is “Elephant Walk” by Peggy & Laura at Fiberworks, Inc. The quilting was done by Susan Corbett and she added so many extraordinary touches, such as the quilted elephants behind the baby elephants.  I hope you can see them in these close-ups

e-close-up-2 e-close-up-1This year the theme of the show was “Life’s a Beach.” The show chair had a special category based on that theme and Aloha won first!  I picked up this pattern on a vacation in Maui – it is called “Sunshine Pineapple” by Vicki Stratton and Barbara Jones.  It is also quilted by Susan Corbett.

qs-pineapple-2When I made these quilts, I did so because they were fun; they made me happy; they were bright and warm and engaging.  The ribbons are like icing on an already wonderful cake!  I am tremendously honored!

Now, what fun, happy quilt should I work on?  Probably one of the dozen or so I’ve already started!

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