Finishing Things

I’ve been finishing a lot of things recently.  Quilts, blocks, organizing projects, books, etc.  It feels good to finish!  I blogged once about Which is Better? Starting or Finishing?  And the overwhelming majority of y’all thought Starting was more fun!  I agree, but it is very satisfying to actually finish something now and then.

This little wooly wall hanging is finished:

wool-wall-hangingI bought the kit at the Houston Quilt show a couple of years ago from the Wooly Lady.  It is called Twining Tulips.

This cute boot is finished just in time for Memorial Day!

BootAnd I’ve finished the binding, hanging sleeve and label for the Le Jardin quilt – however, I’ve renamed it Rabbits!

Rabbits!Have you ever heard of the superstition that you should say Rabbits! on the first of the month?  If you do – it is supposed to bring you good luck.  Now, I honestly don’t believe in it but we did this when I was a child and it brings back happy memories (which is good luck in itself).  Thus the new name for my lucky rabbit quilt! 🙂

The quilting is exquisite!  It was done by Susan Corbett.  Here are a few close ups:

Rabbits-quilting-close-up-1Rabbits-quilting-close-up-2Blocks

I’ve also finished more of Barbara Brackman’s Stars in a Time Warp.  Each Wednesday, she posts a blog which explores a fabric color or theme and we all play along by making a 6 inch star block from our stash based on her blog.  The last time I blogged about these I showed you blocks 1 through 9.  Here are blocks 10 through 19:

Week 10 – Green Calicos.  Small ditsy prints on over-dyed green.

10---Green-CalicoesWeek 11 – Purple.  My favorite color!  I have no shortage of purple.  My only problem was choosing which purple to use!

11---PurpleWeek 12 – Foulards.  A new term for me – Foulards have a staggered repeat in the print.  I love how this block turned out.

12---FoulardsWeek 13 – Printed Plaid – I really do love plaids but don’t have many.

13---printed-plaidWeek 14 – Rainbow or Ombre Print.  I had none! So… I bought a some 🙂 at Common Threads in Waxahachie.  I just happened to be there and they just happened to have some and it just happened to be purple.

14---Rainbow-or-Ombre-PrintWeek 15 – Woven Plaid – the center plaid is woven – I had used it on a baby quilt for some texture.

15---Woven-PlaidsWeek 16 – Paisley – I have a ton of paisley fabric.  And this could possibly be my new favorite block.

16-PaisleyWeek 17 – Conversation Prints – gives us something to talk about when we look at the fabric (LOL!).

17-Conversation-PrintsWeek 18 – California Gold – a deep yellow almost butterscotch shade:

18-California-GoldWeek 19 – Serpentine Stripes. I have almost zero snaky striped fabrics.  I could have used the purple I used in week 14 (the ombre print), but I didn’t want a duplicate block.  I found a 2 1/2 strip of the stripe 😉 and went with that:

19-Serpentine-StripesThat catches you up with Stars in a Time Warp – Here are all 19 up on the design wall:

weeks-1-thru-19

Organizing

I’ve also finished (well, almost) organizing all my fabric.  I had such a mess.  Every time I went to look for something I made the mess worse!  Well, the Container Store had these wonderful Elfa drawer units on sale.

Elfa-DrawersI’ve labeled the drawers and everything is ironed and stacked so I can find what I’m looking for!  It has taken forever!  Now, the downside … my dear hubby thinks I have too much fabric!

Books

I’ve finished two books recently.  Two totally different books.  John Grisham’s Gray Mountain and One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.  I would give them both a C+.

Gray Mountain was a bit scattered, no real resolution, main character was flat and it was more of a book about the evil coal mining industry than a mystery.

One Thousand Gifts is a difficult read.  While making a list of what we are grateful for is an awesome idea, the style of writing (stream of consciousness) was tedious. I would hate to have been her editor.

What am I reading now?  Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr (so far so good) and Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster (I’ve barely started).  Do you see a trend?  I’m trying to read one good juicy mystery or novel and, at the same time, one book that’s good for my soul.  What are you reading?

So, now I’ve finished some quilts, blocks, organizing, books and one very long blog!

Happy Memorial Day, y’all!

March Bee Day Show and Tell

Yesterday was Bee Day!  What a great day!  Linda was our hostess with the mostest – thank you Linda!  Now I usually take a lot of pictures of the food, the visiting, the laughter and the fun but for some reason I was having so much fun I forgot to take pictures.  But I did get the show and tell and that’s a good thing – it was particularly fabulous yesterday … so here you go!

First up was Lynda – she was having a dilemma assembling her quilt and asked for a bit of advice.  Well, we are never short on advice!

Lynda-soliciting-adviceSuz was binding this quilt and said she would unfold it once and only once for show and tell… (until Sally showed up and she unfolded it again).  This A&M quilt for Suz’ niece is called Tradition – now, let me see if I can get the story straight – she has two pictures of nieces with Revelry the mascot and anything done twice at A&M is considered a tradition.  (Is that right, Suz?).

Suz-with-TraditionWhen I got up for show and tell, Lynda tried to help out but the camera was a bit challenging so dear Judy took over the photography detail – thanks y’all!  Here is my latest in bringing chickens into the kitchen without the mess:

Me-with-chickensI just got two quilts back from my quilter (Susan Corbett).  This first one is from Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory blog:

Me-with-Threads-of-MemoryAnd I saved the best for last – the Le Jardin quilt:

Me-with-Le-JardinI have to show a close up of some of the quilting:

Le-Jardin-with-close-up-of-Next up was Lemma (I sure hope I’m spelling that correctly).  She brought a beautiful nine-patch:

Lemma's-9-patchLove how some of the blocks were embellished with buttons from her mother’s button collection:

Lemma's-buttonsDavene brought several hand appliqued/hand embroidered blocks – super cute!

Davene-with-applique-and-emHow about a close up of one – look at all those french knots!

Davene's-block-close-upJudy’s granddaughter made this quilt!  It’s it just awesome!  It has minky on the back too.

Judy's-granddaughter's-quilWhen Sandra showed us this beautiful quilt she said, “I just love Fall.”  I think that would be a good name for this quilt.

 

Sandra-Love-Fall-QuiltBarb has been working on her Dear Jane quilt!  Look at these two cute blocks!  And a cute new sweater too.  😉

Barb-made-Dear-Jane-blocksSomehow, at this point, the subject of moose came up (can’t say why…) and Judy gave us her best moose impression!

Judy's-moose-impressionAfter we laughed until we cried, then Mona brought us back around with this pretty quilt she quilted for a client:

Mona-shows-a-client-quiltCindy was working on some embroidery – this sweet Christmas towel.

Cindy-is-embroidering-chrisWish I had gotten a picture, Cindy and Lynda both had on the same cute Scottie dog top!

Peggy brought a project box to show and tell.  I got so caught up in her story, the only picture I got was of her holding the box!

Peggy-with-her-show-and-telThe project box contains a quilt project that Peggy started a long time ago.  Our guild speaker last week was Froncie Quinn and wonderful her presentation was about historical quilts and how she creates quilt designs for reproduction quilts. Well, at some point Peggy had visited the Shelburne Museum, had seen this quilt and had bought the pattern.

Froncie Quinn

After hearing the speaker at guild, Peggy found her project box and discovered that a lot of the nine patches are complete and the applique prepped and ready to stitch.  She is all inspired again.  How fun is that whole story?!

Sally brought a very special quilt to share – made for her friend as a remembrance of a lost child.  So much thoughtfulness and love went into this quilt – it will be a precious gift.

Sally's-rememberance-quiltAnd Sally brought her gorgeous Christmas Quilt fresh from the quilter:

Sally's-Christmas-QuiltLove it!

Nancy came across several antique quilts being given away by a neighbor (I think…).  Here are just a couple of these amazing quilts:

Nancy's-Antique-Quilts-1 Nancy's-Antique-Quilt-3 Nancy's-Antique-Quilt-2What a fabulous show and tell!  And what a fabulous Bee Day!

Have a great weekend, y’all!

Two to the Quilters!

I’m very happy to say that today I took two quilt tops to the long arm quilters!  Woohoo!  I just had to share a quick picture of each quilt.

Le Jardin by Bunny Hill Designs:

Le-Jardin-TopAnd Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory.

Thread-of-Memory-Completed-I’m thinking about renaming the Threads of Memory quilt “Stars in My Flower Garden.” And I keep referring to the Le Jardin quilt as the “Bunny Quilt” but I bet I can come up with a better name – maybe “Bunnies in My Flower Garden.”  I seem to have a theme going!

I’m still working on the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion quilt.  Unfortunately I stitched 55 units from part three with the black in the wrong place.  Ugh!  So I’m ripping as I watch TV this week and will take it to my guild retreat next week.

Have a great week, y’all!

Starting, Finishing and Continuing

Since my last post I have started a new project, finished the last block for a project and have continued working through the Grand Illusion Mystery.

Continuing

Let me start with Bonnie Hunter’s Grand Illusion Mystery.  It is no longer a mystery!  New Years day was the big reveal.  Check out Bonnie’s blog to see the finished quilt! I’ve been working away on Part 1 and Part 2.  Part 1 is done!

Part-1-DoneAnd I’m in the midst of Part 2!  Pressing the pinks before I add the blacks…

Pressing-Part-2Thank goodness I have two (yes two!) retreats this month!  While parts 1, 4 and 5 are finished, this project still needs days and days of dedicated stitching time!  Check out Bonnie’s Monday Linky post to see how other Grand Illusionists are coming along.

Finishing

As I mentioned, I did finish something!  Woohoo!  The last block of the Le Jardin hand applique quilt:

Block-9Now I just need to put all these bunnies together and add the borders.  Another retreat project!

Starting

Since I finished my bunnies I have nothing to hand stitch right now so I started a new wool applique wall hanging. It is called Twining Tulips and it reminds me of Spring!  You know there’s only 74 more days until Spring!

Starting I bought the kit at the Houston Quilt show a couple of years ago from the Wooly Lady.

Twining-TulipsI love working with wool and the bright colors are so much fun!

Have a great week, y’all!

A Couple Months of Blocks of the Month

There are two Blocks of the Month that I’m working on – one is Le Jardin hand applique quilt and the other is Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory Civil War quilt

Le Jardin is from Bunny Hill Designs.  I started this in April after seeing the Block of the Month for sale at the Houston Street Mercantile booth at the Dallas Quilt Show.  Here are blocks 6 and 7.  There are only 9 blocks, so 2 more to go!

Block-6Block-7Barbara Brackman’s Threads of Memory is a free online BOM.  Check out her Civil War Blog for the patterns and fascinating history.  Here are blocks 9 and 10.  And there are only two to go on this BOM!

Threads-of-Memory-Block-9Threads-of-Memory-10---BritSo I only have two more months on the BOMs!  I’ll miss them, but don’t worry, I have a lot more projects up my sleeve!

Have a great week, y’all!

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