Challenges

Oh my goodness, the 2018 UFO Challenge is almost upon us!  But wait, I haven’t finished the unfinished objects from 2017!

I got some finished, I’ve moved some to the 2018 list and I’ve decided to skip some of them for now. Notice that the 2018 list is typed… that’s because I’ve had my own challenge… a minor bit of hand surgery (to fix arthritis in a thumb joint) has limited my writing and my hand sewing as well as rotary cutting and scissor cutting.

Number 12 on the UFO list is a project that I did all the cutting for before surgery.  It is number 12 because that was the number randomly chosen by American Patchwork & Quilting as the January project.

I knew I could work on this in January! I can easily push fabric through the sewing machine.

Another easy machine applique project on the list is this laser cut Christmas tree.  Why I didn’t get this done for this Christmas I don’t know.

I have a couple of Sue Spargo wool applique projects on the list… it may be a few months before I can play with those:

The blocks for the bunny quilt have multiplied from 21 last year to 61 this year.  Progress but not a finish.  Yet.

Another challenge I’m having fun with is this new toy I got for Christmas:

Learning this has been a bit more daunting than I thought but I figure if I can’t cut out fabric with scissors I have a tool that can!  So far I’ve messed up enough to know that I need a class!

In 2018 I hope I can be better at finishing more UFOs than last year.  Last year I think I started more than I finished!  But starting is always so much fun!

Happy New Year, y’all!  Have fun!

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!

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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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Aloha

Just about one year ago I posted about our awesome trip to Hawaii (Hawaii – Flora, Fauna & Fabric).  During that trip I purchased this pattern:

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Well, I’ve been busy busting my batik fabric stash and here is my pineapple quilt:

AlohaI have decided to call it “Aloha.”  Aloha means meany things in Hawaiian, including hello, goodbye and love.  Let’s just say I love this quilt!

Aloha, y’all!

JSS Christmas Party – Part 2

OK, on to the second half of the bajillion pictures I took at the JSS 2015 Christmas Party.  If you missed it, here is a link to JSS Christmas Party – Part 1.

The day was filled with fun and surprises.  One of the biggest surprises:

PamPam!  All the way from Alaska!  We love you Pam!

Another surprise were these fun gift bags from Sally.  Each had a red leather cord holder for our cell phone chargers embroidered with our name and some yummy candy!  We love you Sally!

Goodie-bagShow and Tell

After a scrumptious lunch we commenced with show and tell!  Dede was up first with this pretty quilt.  I believe she said she made it for herself!

show-and-tell-DedeDede also showed a Hawaiian quilt she is quilting for a client:

show-and-tell-Dede-HawaiianAnd finally a Surprise Quilt for Pam! Pam was thrilled!

show-and-tell-Dede's-quilt-Mona brought a stunning client’s quilt she’s quilting.

show-and-tell-Mona-quilt-foLala brought a quilt she made from last year’s block exchange blocks.  I made one of those coffee cups!

show-and-tell-Lala-with-lasShe also shared a challenge she is working on with a group back in California.  Interpretations of different posters, paintings or scenes.  I believe her’s is Rosie the Riveter.

show-and-tell-Lala-with-chaBarb’s show and tell was a quilt she quilted at the North Richland Hills Library.  So cool that they have a long arm for public use!  Take the lessons and pay for the price of the bobbin – all of 50¢ I think!  Great job Barb!

show-and-tell---barbJudy’s show and tell was a quilt from last year’s exchange blocks.  The top corner blocks are comprised of 2 different blocks cut in half and stitched together with the other… did that make sense?

show-and-tell---Judy-with-lDavene brought this absolutely magnificent quilt made from handkerchiefs, doilies and other embroidered pieces collected from her mother, aunts and other relatives.  It is gorgeously quilted by Susan Corbett.

show-and-tell-DaveneLynda shared this cute baby quilt:

show-and-tell-Lynda-1And this jolly Christmas wall hanging.

show-and-tell-Lynda-2Judy C. bought this kit at the Houston Quilt Show … this year!!!!  And she already has this cute and whimsical Christmas quilt!  Wow!

show-and-tell-JudyWe also had all the Tuffet makers show and tell!  Here’s the show and I think the “tell” was “never again!”

show-and-tell-TuffetsKaren’s Turning Twenty quilt.  Love the colors and love the yellow corner stones!

show-and-tell-karenPeggy brought her quilt that she made from last year’s exchange blocks.  I think they were 16 patch Aunt Gracie blocks.  I love all the prairie points!

show-and-tell-Peggy-with-laPeggy also brought this stunning basket quilt.  The basket blocks used Inklingo, the applique used a fabric that was our Applique Society challenge fabric.  Peggy used the Broderie Perse applique method.  This is one simply stunning quilt!

show-and-tell-PeggyOk, that was show and tell.  Wasn’t it wonderful? Shall I go on with the pin cushion exchange pictures or save them for another day?  Oh, lets go for it!

Pin Cushion Chinese Auction Exchange

All the gift bags and boxes were gathered on the coffee table:

pin-cushionsFirst up was Lynn.  She was stolen from several times so got to open several very cute pin cushions.  They weren’t hers for long!

Pin-cushions-lynnpin-cushion-lynn-againpin-cushion-lynn-3Connie was the lucky lady to get this pin cushion made by Peggy:

pin-cushion-connieJules opened these blue and white cuties from… (Hungary maybe?). I believe Davene, drawn by the blue and white, eventually ended up with these.

pin-cushion-JulesBarb loved the box and loved the cute elephant pin cushion inside!

pin-cushion-barbMona got this ruler box with little cubby holes for pin cushions and other trinkets.

pin-cushion-monaPeggy got a key lime pin cushion pie.

pin-cushion-PeggyI opened this adorable pig.  It was soon stolen and I stole a very cute chicken.

me-with-pincushionI’m sorry I didn’t get a picture of all the pin cushions and who got what but this was fast, wild, crazy and fun!

Before we all packed up our goodies, Judy gathered us out front for a group picture – taken by Sally’s sweet hubby Dwight.  Thanks Dwight!

dwightJSS Bee Christmas 2015

Bee-Group-120315Merry Christmas, y’all!

Fabric Jackpot!

A friend of a friend of my dear hubby asked him if I’d be interested in some fabric from an estate sale.  Well, sure, I guess (hoping it wouldn’t smell musty).  How much?  $30 for a “Tupperware bin.”  OK – let’s go for it…  Well, how lucky am I?  I’ve hit the Fabric Jackpot!!!  A true bonanza of goodies, packed in a giant bin and two boxes.

Here are some of the piles….piles-of-fabricLots of pretty reds.  How cute is that western fabric with the boots and hats?

redsBeautiful batiks.  Love the green with the pretty splotches of color:

batiksLots and lots and lots of flannel for baby quilts.  Most of this I will donate to the JPS Charity Baby Quilt group at our guild.

flannelsThere are some odd fabrics, upholstery fabric, apron panels, etc. that will go on the free table at the next guild meeting:

miscellaneoousBut also very pretty blues:

bluesAnd purples!!! I bleed purple so this is perfect!

purplesA few fat quarters of civil war fabric:

civil-warA wonderful selection of greens and oranges:

greens-and-orangesHow about this scrumptious selection?

pretty-combinationThere is some serious yardage here, y’all!  At least 2 1/2 yards of the teal paisley!

A little bit of yellow.  I’m guessing this was not her favorite color, although the bumble bee fabric is super cute!

yellowsA little bit of Christmas:

christmasSome neutrals and browns:

neutrals brownsBlacks and grays…

blacks-and-graysEven this wonderful Japanese fabric!

japaneseA bunch of bright and pretty florals too!

floralsHere is some fabric that I can’t decide if I love it or hate it!  Swirly colors are pretty, background color not so much… What do you think?

swirly-fabricHow about this sunflower panel?

sunflower-panelAnd then I came across a big pile of log cabin blocks – 31 thirteen inch blocks!  This was one serious project left unfinished.  As I looked at her stash I realized some of the fabrics I had sorted into different piles belonged with this project:

log-cabin-fabricsHere are a few of the blocks on the design wall with possible borders….

log-cabin-projectThere are several possibilities.  Wish I could have known what she planned.  I think I’d like to finish this project.  Hopefully someone will help me finish a few of mine after my big quilting estate sale!

Oh, but wait!  There’s more!  A Quilting Frame!

quilt-frame-boxDear hubby and I put it together.  All the parts were there although some of the parts were coming apart.  Not sure I’ll ever use it but it was a fun discovery…

quilt-frameAll of this for $30!  And, no – it didn’t smell musty at all!

Now I call that a Fabric Jackpot!

 

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