Monday, November 26, 2018

Good Fortune

So I decided to play along with Bonnie Hunter and the Good Fortune Mystery. I have never done a mystery quilt along before, so I am looking forward to this. The first clue came out on Friday. You can find it here if you want to join us.
I decided to have a little extra fun with this so I pulled out my featherweight. I haven't sewn on it in quite a while, so I needed to anyway. It is an excellent machine for piecing.
This was my grandmother's machine. It was manufactured in 1948. My mother learned to sew on it, I learned to sew on it and my daughters learned to sew on it. Now that I have a granddaughter, I am hoping she will want to learn to sew, so I can pass it along to the next generation.
 I really want to try and make this a scrap busting quilt, so I began by pulling out my scrap bins to make these little beauties. They sew up really quickly, using Bonnie's tips for assembly. I have made four patches before, but I am always really happy to get new tips to try out for piecing. It's one of the best reasons to do a quilt along.
 Here is a stack, ready to be pressed open. I hope that I can get the rest of these done today or tomorrow. Christmas sewing is paused, waiting for some fabric to arrive.
And here is what I have done so far, almost half way there. I want to be ready when the next clue arrives. This is going to be so much fun to see where this goes. There is a link up every Monday so you can show off your work too, and see what others are doing. It is great inspiration.
So if you're looking, go to 

C'mon and join us! 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Christmas Crafting

Hello there. I know it's been awhile. Some secret sewing going on, plus, just a bit of laziness on my part. When you get out of the habit of blogging, even for a few weeks, it's hard to get going again. Right now I am working on some Christmas stuff. What I have to show you today is not gifts, so no big secret.
Remember this fabric from 2016? Cotton and Steel? Well  bought some because it was so cute. And then I didn't use it. Until now.
 Well I carefully fussy cut these cuties out, and stitched them together and stuffed them.
 And then I bought some small wooden letters at Michael's. I drilled the holes and painted on the year to make them into ornaments for the grand kids. I just strung the Santas together and tied them to the bottom.
 As I was stitching and stuffing the Santas, I was keeping them in an Altoids tin. I love how cute they are all together in here.

One more for J. I also had some tiny jingle bells left from another project a few years back and put them on the bottom. Can't have Christmas without jingle bells.
 My other project is a table runner for my oldest daughter. We will be there for Christmas this year, so I wanted to make a new festive runner. I bought some yardage of Swell Christmas with her in mind. She loves vintage looking things like this.
 It took me awhile to come up with something that would really show off the vintage look. I drew this out and ended up paper piecing it to make it work.
 Then I found this red in my stash that had the perfect color and the perfect vibe to be the border.
Some more Christmas fabric from a few years ago for the back, a label and it's done and ready to go.
Kinda hard to photograph since it's 84 inches long. But I am happy with the result. I know she will be too.
Until next time, happy Friday.