Saturday, January 29, 2011

Moving right along...

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.  ~ Hebrews 4:16, NLT

I spent most of the day yesterday making a cover for my latest purchase, the NOOK Color.  I've ordered a cover for it from eBay but that is taking too long getting here so I decided it would be simple to make a temporary cover to protect my purchase.  Wrong.  By the way, I am absolutely enjoying my NOOK.  Anyway, it seems like any time I think something is going to be easy, I'm wrong.  I mean, how hard could it be?  After all, I've been sewing since I was 14 years old .  The fact that I realize I've been sewing for most of my life is what always seems to get me in trouble.  Since I KNOW how to sew, I don't need to be careful or even read the instructions, right?  I know what I'm doing.  Well, that kind of thinking always makes my projects take longer.  Finally, here is my NOOK cover.
And yes, this simple little cover took me most of a day to make.  And then it ends up looking like a potholder more than anything else.

Today, my husband and I went to an estate sale, among other things.  I found 22 large spools of thread,  15 smaller spools, needles for my sewing machine, and 5 yards of white cotton fabric for $9.00.   When we got home, I finished up my 7th block for the Layer Cake Quilt-Along I'm in.  I enjoyed Block 7, maybe because I think I did such a good job on it, brag brag. I struggled with the first 6 blocks so much and this one just kind of came together for me. It even came out 12.5 inches square without my having to do any squaring-up.  See how nicely my points and corners meet? Bragging again. The left side looks crooked but that's my lack of photographic skills, not my sewing skills.  I'm happy :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Is it Wednesday already?

How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
His understanding is beyond comprehension!

~ Psalm 147:5, NLT

Is is Wednesday already?  Yes.  So that means I've had all day to do my flower for "One Flower Wednesday," it's 8:30 pm and I did get my flower sewn. I almost made it a Thursday flower.  Oops.  My umbrella is sideways. 
I also received this absolutely beautiful hexie from  "Possum Blossom Patchwork"  in Australia. Also included were the very important little cardboard cutouts for paper-piecing the hexie petals.  Thanks!
The Layer Cake instructions came out on Tuesday and I did copy them, just haven't gotten to making that block yet.  I did make my star for my Star Block of the Month.  I've never made a star before so I was pleased with the way this turned out.
Oh, just thought I'd include this photo of a quilt I finally finished this past summer.  I am posting it in a very appropriate place as well as here, another blog I belong to called "Slowpoke Quilters."  I started this quilt in 1978 when my little son was a baby.  I was a stay-at-home Mom and looking for something to do.  My Mother and Grandmother had always quilted so I thought I'd give it a try.  My Mother told me that this pattern was fairly easy and I should be able to finish it rather quickly.  Well, I decided I wanted a king-size bedspread and, little did I know, that this project would take me 32 years to complete.  Of course, I didn't work on it for several years.  My Mother and  Mother-in-law both took it home with them at different times and hand quilted several sections but it is SO big that they eventually brought it back to me.  I hand quilted for a while, gave up on that and decided to learn to quilt by machine.  Finally, some how, I finally finished it last summer and here it is.
That's it for now.  I got worn out just typing all of the explanations for not finishing this quilt for 32 years!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Slow quilting week. Again.

I didn't accomplish much this week.  I did manage to complete my flower for  my "One Flower Wednesday" group.  I wanted to  make a flower with red bandana petals so here goes.
I managed to accomplish my hexie flower and since I was traveling back home to El Paso from the Hill Country (this entailed an 8-hour drive) I was able to sew and sew and sew by hand.  I made all these hexie flower petals:

I also belong to the "Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap" so now I have lots of petals to swap with my fellow flower stitchers as well as several to continue my own hexagon flower whatever-I-end-up-making.  I made a mug fug out of a hexie flower for my "Mug Rug Swap" so maybe I did accomplish something, smile.
We're making two mug rugs so one is comleted and the other is in-progress.  I'm making the second one with a 6-inch block I made from Carol Doak's paper-piecing instructions.  That is all.  Now I'm off to work on my Penny Haran applique quilt.  Well, I'll do that tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Somewhat busy...

I have been somewhat busy.  We're still at our little ranch in the Hill Country hunting whitetail deer and feral hogs.  So far, we have not had any luck.  This is the last week we have to try to kill a doe so we can make deer jerky.  We actually only go hunting in the late afternoons.  Anyone that knows me knows that I am NOT a morning hunter.  So during the day time I'm doing a little quilting.  I made my little hexagon flower for "One Flower Wednesday."  What I really like about these little flowers is that the materials can be carried around wherever you go and you always have something to sew.  I haven't actually taken my sewing to the deer blind but am considering doing that.  Maybe.

Then I entered the Penny Haren Pieced Applique Block of the Month group where we're  doing some sewing each week.  I like that we have something to work on each week.   I completed these foundation blocks on the first week and am busy working on this week's foundation blocks.  I'm  not sure how the final product will look but the pictures in the book are beautiful.  I might have something wonderful to show some day.
And then I made the Layer Cake Block #6.  We have a block to make every two weeks.  Ta da...Here it is.  I think it's pretty good considering my first blocks were not too good.  I'm improving.  Yes!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hexagon Flowers

I've joined two groups doing hexagon flowers.  One is called "One Flower Wednesday" where members create a hexagon flower each Wednesday and post it.  Here goes:
 I've also joined "Inchy Flower Swap" and hope to soon get the information concerning the flower I will be making for someone.  What I like about this is that I will be able to do my hand sewing while traveling.   Probably.  Maybe.  Anyway, I've made 3 flowers so far and am cutting out the pieces for some more.  I have a few other things going which I will post soon - also probably and maybe...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  May we all have good health, more love, and God's blessings.
I've had a busy holiday season,  spent Christmas in Fresno, CA with my daugher, two sons, and their families and had a wonderful time.  I was not able to do any quilting at all but I did visit a wonderful little quilting store in Clovis, Ca called Quilters Paradise.  Of course, I made a few purchases.  Now I'm back to quilting again.  I hope I haven't gotten in over my head as I joined the Layer Cake Quilt-Along in November.  Now I have also joined the "Block Lotto," where we make a new block each month, Penny Haren's Pieced Applique on the Quilting Board, along with the "House Block of the Month" on the Quilting Board.  That along with all my unfinished projects...
Anyway, here is my 5th block from the Layer Cake Quilt-Along.  I had an easier time with this block than with the other four.  I don't know if I'm getting better or if this is an easier block.

These are my blocks from the Block Lotto.  They're called block stacks and were also pretty easy to make (IF I made them right.)  It usually turns out that if something was easy, you probably made it wrong.
 I've been following a terrific blog called "Stray Stitches."  It's quite entertaining and I've learned a lot from this terrific blogger.  As a matter of fact, she is celebrating 300 followers (I have 11) and is offering a great giveaway which includes:
  A full color pattern call Flying Colors and 25 fat quarters and 5/8 yard of black fabric to complete the pattern if you so desire.  The link to her blog and giveaway is Stray Stitches Giveaway .  Good luck.  I really need to get some more followers.