Sunday, December 21, 2014

This to This!

I am finally on Christmas vacation.  That nagging feeling that I have had of not getting everything done that I needed to--kind of disappeared after chatting with my mom.  She is still recovering from her broken leg so has to depend on a lot of other people for her shopping, cooking, cleaning and everything else. 

My gifts will be partially wrapped and in the mail on Monday, maybe they will make it, more than likely they will not.  I had some things shipped directly to my mom's house and she has been wrapping those gifts for me.  The same goes for her gifts they will probably arrive after the holiday, and I will need to wrap some of those gifts.

Remember this pile of fabric I posted not too long ago?

Well that pile went from this......
To this!  Ten Magic pillowcases.  One for almost every grandchild.  

I started working on wrapping, but decided that it would help if I could get the stocking stuffers out of the way.  I knew I had  one stocking to make for Finn, there are just inexpensive stockings that I put their name on.

You can see the names are just machine sewn onto the cuffs.  I had one for every family member, but several stockings have managed to disappear from the box where all of the rest were put away.  DH and I spent several hours going through all the boxes of Christmas decorations, boxes in the sitting room, our closets, and dressers to no avail on Saturday.  Now there are certain things that I am a fanatic about.  One is Christmas decorations.  They all get put away soon after Christmas into the same place.  That way there is no hunting going on through the whole house. So the fact that there are stocking missing means that someone took theirs home instead of leaving them after last years small celebration.   

Someday I will make them all nice quilted ones like these.  DH asked how many years we have to be married before he will get a stocking too!  I told him when he allowed me to have better light in the family room to stitch by.  Let's just say by the time the afternoon was over the Ott lite has taken up residence in the living room so that I may stitch more easily. 
I do not put these up because I do not have one for every family member made.  Maybe some year I will get them all done. 

I thought I would share a bit of the goodies that I purchased recently.

 I just loved this Chalkboard Christmas it is a half yard bundle and is by Melissa Ybarra of Iza Peal Design for Windham Fabrics. I purchased it from Fat Quarter Shop a couple of months ago.  No I have not made anything from it as of yet. 
I found a fat quarter set of Riley Blake's Home for the Holidays in greens at Shabby Fabrics, but I wanted some yardage of the other colors too,which I purchased at Fat Quarter Shop.  I think those reindeer are just too cute for words!

 The Thrifty Needle was having a sale on Moda Grunge recently so I stocked up on some 1-2 yard cuts. I love to use it as  for blenders. 

Finally while I was working on tissue holders I had some owl fabric which was from a scrap box/bag I won.  I had enough to make a chap stick holder, but not enough to make a matching travel tissue cover.  So I wandered to my LQS.  What to my wandering eye should appear, but owl fabric, a gorgeous aqua/turquoise blue Moda Grunge(Oh they have a lovely stock of grunge!), Kaffe Fasset shot cotton which has a lovely fingering but I am not too sure if the color depth is the same as other shot cottons which I have been wanting to purchased.  Finallly I had to have this the moment I saw it Tula Pink's Moon Shine Deer Me fabric.  I could not resist those gorgeous deer with the happy yellow, and the daisies dancing all around.  What will I make with it?  Don't have a clue but I loved the fabric. 

I still have some more of these to make.
They make up quick and easy!  And I have a stocking to deconstruct.  I cross stitched this for someone years ago, I won't reuse it as a stocking even though it is very cute.  But the snowman can be repurposed to make a pillow I think.  We will see how well deconstruction goes. 

Nothing like a lazy Sunday to do some slow stitching and a few finishes. 

Everything is coming along even though there have a few kinks in my road. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Holiday Rush

December is always busy, but this year seems to be a bit more so.  It could be because I am working more than I have in the past couple of years, it could be because DH had quite the bug, to the point where he actually stayed home from work.  Of course I got some sort of bug, just not as bad, which kind of threw a slight hitch in my plans.  Hey I mean you can only ride around in a metal tube with 100 + disease infested vermin of the little darlings without catching something. 

But to go over 2 weeks without posting?  I started one, and never finished it. **Note to self during my 2 weeks off I need to get  some posts done.   Here is a little glimpse of what I have been doing.

I have made a 13 chap stick holders, and 7 matching tissue holders.
Almost all of these are made from my scrap bin!  I have 2 more sets to make to be completely finished with these. Oh boy my room looks like a tornado hit between digging for scraps big enough to make the pattern, and house cleaning for family cookie day. 

I have made 3 hand towels, and am close to finishing up one more.  I love the little motif that I chose, because I can actually stitch these in about 3 hours.  I have a couple more of these to do also. 

This pile of fabrics has turned into 9 magic pillow cases. I have 6 of them completed, and 3 more all cut and ready to sew. 
I also made some of these super cute snowmen using candy bars, gloves, and DH's old discarded shirts.  They will make a fun yummy stocking stuffer for all the kids.  I need to make 6 more for the kids here, the above ones are going on a trip to Oregon.  I saw the idea while cruising through Pinterest, but cannot seem to locate the initial designer. 

In all of that we had a thorough housecleaning for 2 days to get ready for this.
Family cookie day.  The cookie is a rolled sourdough type of cookie, which is then frosted.  The kids are in charge of the sprinkles, which I am sure you can see is probably not a great idea looking at some of the cookies, but that is what makes it family cookie day.  Imagine a dining room table which seats 10-12 completely covered a couple of layers deep with cookies, and another table where people are frosting and sprinkling.  Everyone goes home with part of the cookies, and cookies are given to the Ancient ones, and DH grandmother and  aunt, as well as DH co-workers.

Our middle minion celebrated his 6th birthday, and he made Batman cookies for all of his friends.  (I wasn't fast enough to get a picture of those) 
I had to use an old picture.  He has not been feeling well and was diagnosed with scarlet fever.  He is on a regime of antibiotics and a creme mixture of Eucerin and cortisone.  He can go to school, but he is a big huge red itchy, sore blob, and his skin is continuously peeling off of his feet, hands, and face. 

Oh we also managed to get our tree up and decorated, and all the Christmas shopping completed.  So I am sure you can understand me being missing in action. How are your holidays shaping up? 

Monday, December 1, 2014

December Goals

December is such a busy month, but for me I will have a couple of weeks off too.  We have family cookie day, Gabe's 6th birthday, and Christmas.

1.  I need to square up my Farmer's Wife blocks which are finished.  I would at least like to get that finished this month, and possibly start to put the lattice around it.  I also need to decide on the setting squares. 
2.  Aurifil Block of the Month it was posted on Sunday night.  The block was designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.  You can check it out here.
3.  Finish binding my Lazy Sunday Mystery Quilt.
4.  I have a few more of these to make.
5.  And these
6.  Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Along
7.  Yellow Brick Road I would love to finish up the blocks for this quilt this month. 
8.  I have lots of quilting to do.
9. My quilt group BOM.  I am about 8 blocks behind now! 
10.  Drunkards Path quilt
11.  Words of Wisdom Red Work.  I kind of stalled on N lately.
12.  I am hoping to get some more pillow cases completed for gifts for Christmas.
I may also have some other gifts stuffed up my sleeve.  We will see how well I do. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's A Wrap-November That Is

I know there is definitely a reason why I do a recap of what I accomplish in a month.  Because there are definitely times I think that I have not done anything and I surprise myself when I look back.

My goals for the month.

1.  Farmer's Wife I only have 8 more blocks to go.  I think I will need a day to square up each and every one of them, and take pictures so I make sure that I have them all.  Then decide if there may be some I want to redo.

I finished all 111 blocks even though for some reason I can only find pictures for 108.  As I am squaring them up I am taking a better picture.  I also chose the corner stones and lattice fabric but I still need to choose something for the row ends because the quilt will be set on point. 

2.  Aurifil Block of the month.  I kind of liked this block called tossed salad. 

Lattice quilt-basket weave quilt the top is all finished.  I even have the fabric for the backing. 
4.  Drunkard's path I have a bunch of the sub squares made into rows.  I need to put those rows together to make some blocks.  I have about 8 blocks made and more fabric cut to construct more blocks. 
5.  Blocks from the BOM for the Batik group I belong to.  I am behind 4 blocks.  I am now behind 7 or 8 blocks.  See not quite a BOM.  One of my challenges was that I had ran out of my focus fabric.
 I actually found some online and ordered a few more yards.

6.  I have lots of quilting to do.  I like to quilt, but I like to piece, and I like to sew and I definitely need more hours in my day!
I finished quilting the Lazy Sunday!
 Still working on the charity quilt.
 I worked on some Christmas presents.

Magic Pillowcase
Chap stick Holders.  I got this idea from Dawn at Sew You Quilt 2.
I even managed to make a small tea towel for a present with this super cute redwork tree.
I printed out the pattern on Transfer Eze and stitched away.  I haven't rinsed the transfer Eze off yet. 

I also pulled out a UFO and started working on it.  With a lot of help from the fabulous Nancy the Pug Mom I have a better idea of how it works and have actually finished a bunch of blocks. 
I also started working on the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt. I dug through my scrap boxes and pulled out some black, yellow, pink and aqua/turquoise colors. 
I read/listened to 4 books this month too. 

Not to shabby of a month if I say so myself. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Coulda, Shoulda, Wanna, Oughtta, Woulda

Thanksgiving was lovely.  I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the kids, and having the majority of the cooking done instead of being the one to do it.  The little boys decided they were going to dress for dinner, so they had suit pants, vests, shirts and ties on.  I keep marveling at how quickly they grow.

I do not shop on Black Friday, because frankly I do not see the value spiritually or monetarily to being out with the crowds to purchase "stuff".  What I wanted to do was work on my Christmas gifts I am making, and start Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt.  The first set of instructions is published the day after Thanksgiving. 

My challenge was that DH was home and he seemed intent on drawing up plans for the kitchen remodel we have been talking about,  and comparing and shopping for appliances the majority of the day.  Nope no appliances purchased but we came to some agreements regarding a tentative layout.

Saturday (today) DH had to work so I had the whole day to myself to do what I wanted to do.  I worked on some binding.  I have been working on the binding for 3 days now and only have part of one side done! I am just a few inches from turning my first corner.  That is just kind of sad you know. Especially since this is only a twin size quilt. 

I ought to have been working on the quilting for the guild charity quilts I have.
I would have done some FMQ practice, but the sun room is too cold, and my heater that DH thought was "the best" and had traded someone for,  had a malfunction.  I am thinking if it melts the plug between the prongs that it probably shouldn't be used.
I do have the quilt and machine all set up to play though on a practice piece which is about the size of a baby quilt.

I could have started working on more Christmas gifts- I found some simple Christmas tree patterns on Craftsy and am just going to do some Red Work Embroidery on some dishtowels that I purchased. But as you can see I didn't really do a lot with those. 
I did make a magic pillowcase using a tutorial I found on YouTube.  It will be a gift for one of the grandsons.
Love the pattern and the tutorial and think I need to make a few more!
Made a wee bit of headway for the Yellow Brick Road.
 And actually cut out some parts for the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt.  I found these scraps while digging through the scrap boxes.
I have 12 HST triangles completed and squared up.  Just 268 more to go.  I have about 15 yellow 2 1/2 inch squares cut I have 85 more to go and don't even get me started about the black squares.  :D

What I did do was waste a huge chunk of my day on Instagram reviewing the steps to Lori Holt's Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas QAL and writing them out.

Isn't this just cuteness overload?  Some of the blocks are from Lori's book Quilty Fun, but others the instructions are on Instagram only. 

I think I would get much more done if I stayed off the computer and instagram.  There is always tomorrow!