Monday, July 25, 2011

Lots of Updates

I have been listening to Prairie Home Companion on Saturday nights for the last 6 weeks or so, and if you've ever listened to that radio show, you'll understand when I say: It's been a busy week here in my sewing room.  Lots of projects are making significant progress.

First, the Yo Yo Along with Penny from Take a Hike.  I got a late start, but I am going on it now.  Today I can proudly say I have 69 Yo-Yos  done.  They are quick, easy and addictive to make.  The total needed for this is 1008.  Yes that's ONE THOUSAND!

The next project is my napkins for my daughter's October 1 wedding.  I need to do a total of 97, and as of right now have done 59.  So more than half way done!

I finished my Birdie Stitches block for July one week early!

I have also joined a 36 Block sew along with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.  I may not be able to keep up with the 6 blocks per week pace, but I have the first 3 done and the second 3 cut out.

And last, but not least I made Days of the Week dishcloths from a tutorial on Knitty Bitties blog.  I am loving these things and my kitchen is so much cleaner now and not so many paper towels are being used.  Even the hubby likes them.  So, YAY!

I hope your weekend was productive and happy too.  We did a lot of good eating around here this weekend.  Best thing about summer is the garden fresh food available, some home grown and some farmer's market and some grocery store.  Enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2011

In the Good Old Summertime

It is so hot all over the country today.  We have actually enjoyed several days of cooler temps here in NC.  That doesn't happen too often.  Still trying to get lots done around here.  I may just have to accept the fact that it is going to take awhile and I need to enjoy the process a little more.
These are the napkins I have been hemming.  The stack is growing and almost larger than the still to do pile.  I'll need to check and verify that.  So....progress.

 But then last week this came and has been sitting there distracting me....looking at me and tempting me to come and play with it.  I finally caved.  Since I had the pattern and labels from the Label Crew...I did this:

The world's cutest pin cushion!  I made one for my daughter too, but forgot to take a picture of it before I gave it to her.  I didn't put windows and doors on hers though.  So now that I played with my new toys, I need to go hem a couple more napkins.  Especially since I joined a couple of quilt alongs with other bloggers.  Can't wait to really get going on those too. 

Have a sunny week and keep cool.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Chugging Along

Just trying to get through all the gotta do projects here.  It's so hot here and supposed to be over 100 degrees tomorrow.  Good time to be indoors sewing.  I am trying to give each of my projects a little bit of my time every day so that they all make progress.  Stitch, stitch, stitch.

This is what I have got going on today:
Quilting the 1001 Peeps quilt.

The hemmed stack of napkins is growing!
I also wanted to show a little quick project I whipped up from 4 strips of a jelly roll.  I needed to make something to protect my Kindle.  This is some of my favorite fabric!

It has an easy Velcro closure.
I am trying to stay on task with the napkins, but then the UPS guy stopped by my house and look what I have!
I have been dying for this fabric ever since I first saw it.  Now that I have this layer cake (thanks to Kimberly Jolly at Fat Quarter Shop-so fast) I know I will buy some yardage as soon as it becomes available.  Another winner from the ladies at Sweetwater.  I will try not to let its presence disrupt my napkin hemming.

One more thing.....where do you get your inspiration?  I surround myself with things I enjoy looking at while I sew.  This is the latest addition.
love the labels
Have a great week and stay cool.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day

Happy Independence day.  Just think of all the things we are free to do because we live in America.  It is a day to count our blessings.  The 4th of July reminds me of so many past years where there was swimming, watermelon and fireworks.  This year, the kids are gone, the fireworks will not be shot off due to budget cuts, there's no watermelon because it's just the two of us and it's too much to eat.  So hubby is outside smoking some pork and I am inside in the A/C, sewing.

Here is what I have been doing this week.  I have continued the cleaning and organizing the sewing room.  I found some fabric pieces I had long forgotten.  And I have sewn a few projects.

my rainbow

I bought a charm pack of Kona cotton brights.  When I got it in the mail, I thought it looked like a rainbow, so I immediately cut some white squares and did this in a few hours.  I need to decide how to finish it.  Then I finished this top that had been sitting around for a couple of years.

The faded spot on the one heart is a smudge I found on the camera lens after I downloaded this.  Next I found 3 quilt tops I had made and put in a pile.  I ironed them and hung them on hangers so maybe I will finish them someday.

I made this top for a "grand kids quilt"

This is my wonky 9 patch quilt.  I love these colors.

This top is my first made from a jelly roll of Fig Tree Quilts fabric.
The last thing I found and took a picture of was this small quilt that I started so many years ago, I don't remember when.  It is some Laurel Burch fabric I bought at a local quilt show.  I have just a bit more to hand quilt and it will be done.  You'd think I would get on it.

I don't remember where I found this pattern.  One of my many quilting books probably.  Maybe now that I have shown it to the world, I can finish it this summer and bind it.

I hope you have a great week.