Finished Projects and WIP Projects

I actually finished a project this week!  Yay!!!  It is a little wool Pumpkin Candle Mat from a pattern published by Primitive Gatherings:

pumpkin-table-matThe size is about 18″ across.  It looks great on my big leather ottoman in the living room adorned with a candle and, yes, that is a lizard climbing through the pumpkin vines:

pumpkin-candle-mat-with-lizI loved working with the wool and I am ready to start on another one!

And I took this Christmas quilt to the long arm quilter last week!  Can you believe that?  I hope to have this pretty plaid quilt on my bed by the holidays!

Mad-About-Plaid-Christmas-QIt came from a book called Mad about Plaid by Teri Christopherson.

Another almost completed project is the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:

Scrap-ScrambleI want to add some borders – a small red inner border and then a piano key outer border made up of all the fabrics used in this scrappy paper pieced project.  I don’t have enough of the red Aunt Grace 1930’s reproduction fabric for the inner border, so I’m stuck until I find that.

While I’m at the keyboard (computer keyboard, not piano keyboard) I may as well update you with my blocks of the months and weeks.

The Austen Family Album block of the week from Barbara Brackman’s blog is up to week 23 so I have three I haven’t shared yet.  Here is week 21, called West Wind:

Block-21-West-WindWeek 22 is Friendship.  This was a good block to use my red swirly stripe – I don’t have much left!

block-22-FriendshipAnd finally, block 23 is Old Maid’s Puzzle.  If you look at the layout of this block on the blog and on the Flickr group web site there were several different interpretations of this block.  You can see that I took it in a whole different direction than everyone else!

Block-23---Old-Maid's-PuzzlThreads of Memory block of the month.  This is block 8 called Jacksonville Star:

Threads-of-Memory-8---JacksI tried real hard to line up all that background fabric!

Last but not least is Le Jardin block of the month.  This is block 5 – this block was one of the reasons I signed up for this block of the month!

Block-5

Eventually I will embroider a red clothes line across the top, but it continues on into the next block with little birds holding the line. How cute is that!?!

I’ve mention this before, but next week is the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild show (September 19th and 20th) at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.  Y’all need to come!  I’ll see you there!

By the Numbers

Five hundred and ninety two

That’s the number of shapes I’ve cut out by hand this week for Clue 2 in the Case of the Secret Garden Mystery Quilt.  This mystery quilt uses Inklingo to print the shapes on the back of your fabric – no templates, no paper piecing.  The printing went fine – only messed up bit and then the cutting began. I chose not to rotary cut as I’d already wasted a bit of fabric messing up my printing and I was afraid I’d whack up a bit more with the rotary cutter.  So snip snip snip while I watched TV the last few nights.

592-shapesI’m keeping them organized in envelopes with the fabric and shape size indicated.

As I worked, I kept thinking that the title Secret Garden really rang a bell.  Maybe it was an old Nancy Drew mystery.  So I finally googled it (of course) and remembered a children’s book of my mother’s called The Secret Garden (by Frances Hodgsen Burnett, 1911).

Clue-2-Cut-Up Now, I no longer have that book (although I do have many of her cherished children’s books like original Wizard of Oz books) but I did find a copy in the local library.  A quick read as soon as I finish up with The Case of the Secret Garden Clue 3 (we finally get to sew, and print and cut even more!).

Twenty Five

We are on week 25 in the Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week.  The block this week is called The Carrie Nation Quilt and Barbara Brackman gives us a historical peak at Carrie Nation and her escapades.  Here is my Carrie Nation Quilt block”

25-Carrie-Nation-Quilt

Eleven

I finished block 11 of the Postcard Cuties For Winter quilt – only one more to go!

Postcard-Cuties-Block-11

Seven Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Two

That’s how much it costs when your diesel truck gets contaminated fuel – thank goodness it is covered by insurance!  We would hate to loseClifford, the Big Red Truck”! Clifford-the-big-red-truck

This and That

What do you title a blog post about two grandmother blocks, a cup of snow heads and a tree-climbing dog?  “This and That” seems to work!

I have two blocks from Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week Blog to share.  The block from last week is called Jack’s Delight.

22-Jacks-DelightI’m not really delighted with it – I think I chose fabrics that are way too busy – but I shared it on the Flickr Grandmother’s Choice site and got a lot of positive feedback.

I am much happier with the block from this week, called Girl’s Joy:

23-Girls-JoyI’m still working on the Postcard Cuties For Winter quilt and have another snowman block done – actually a cup of snow heads:

Postcard-cuties-block-10Two more blocks to go – I may be finished with this by next Christmas!

And finally – my tree-climbing dog Molly!  She found herself interested in something on the other side of the fence so…

Molly-climbs-a-treeup she went!  What does she think she is, a cat?  No, she’s all dog and she could easily jump over that fence but she knows she’s not supposed to.  However, nobody ever told her she shouldn’t climb the tree to get over.  But then she seems to have second thoughts…

Molly-up-a-treeShe’s on the Wall of Good Dog!

So that is “This and That” here at Cookie’s Creek!  Have a great day y’all!

Happy Belated National Polka Dot Day

Yesterday was National Polka Dot Day – a very important national holiday that deserves special recognition – even if it is a day late! :-)

In honor of National Polka Dot Day this week’s Grandmother’s Choice block is dedicated to the continuing admiration of the Polka Dot!

Parasols and PR

Parasols and PR

Along with my Polka Dotty Parasol I’ve also completed one more Postcard Cuties for Winter block this week:

Postcard-Cuties-Block-9I’ve got 3 more to go!  You know, this whole quilt is only 36″ square – these really are tiny little guys!

This afternoon I’m quilting a wall hanging and a table runner as well as working on binding for the Desert Sky quilt.  Pictures to be posted soon!

Have a great day, y’all!

Multi-tasking into the New Year

For the last few days I’ve been working on a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  I feel like a ping pong ball bouncing from one thing to the next!  Along with all the wonderful time spent with family and friends, putting all the Christmas decorations away and hitting the gym a few times since Christmas to work off all those treats, I’ve also worked on various quilt projects.

Post Card Cuties for Winter (by Bunny Hill Designs) – two more blocks are complete and one ready for hand work.  Here are the two completed cuties:

Post-Card-Cuties-Block--7

Post Card Cutie Block 7

Post Card Cutie Block 8

Post Card Cutie Block 8

Grandmother’s Choice – Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice blog continues to be a very favorite.  Each Saturday morning the first thing I do is check her blog to see what the next block will be and to read a bit more about the history of women’s rights. And I love the bright, springy, happy fabric I’m using: Good Fortune by Kate Spain.Here is this week’s block called Cheyenne:

18. Cheyenne

And last but not least - Carol Doak’s Mystery Block of the Month.  Carol has already given us the January block called Arrow Star:

Arrow Star

The Carol Doak Mystery Block of the Month is available for free through her Yahoo Group.

Resolutions! I have two New Year’s resolutions related to quilting.  One is to practice free motion quilting weekly.  I’ve taken the class, have practice material and I have all the right tools but I never seem to find the time to practice.  The second resolution is to only buy new fabric if it has a specific project.  No more buying because I think it is simply beautiful.  If it is that pretty, I’d better have a well thought out plan to use it!  I’d like to make really good use of all the gorgeous stash I have in boxes, bins and bags throughout my studio!

So do you have any quilting New Year’s resolutions?  If so, please share!

And Happy New Year, y’all!

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