Saturday, April 26, 2014

Out with the old....

Goodbye 640! You have been good to me for 8 years and I will miss you.

But I have fallen in love with another.

She's a beaut. Big and bright and called a sewing computer. I can't wait to get to know her better.

Spent a lovely day in Los Osos with my material girls. There was only 6 of us but still had fun with good food and fellowship. We all brought some hand work to do and caught up on all our lives. These ladies are the cream of the crop. We missed all of those who couldn't make it.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Block of the Month Updates and a 10 year project - done!

I used to cross stitch a lot.  That was before I started quilting.  So this project started about the time I started quilting.  I wish I would have recorded the start date of this.  I know that I used to work on it only on Tuesday nights when the Material Girls would meet at Pam's.  After we stopped meeting on Tuesdays, I took it to work and swore I'd work on it on my lunch hours.  And I did.
After consulting with a friend, I decided to use the left over linen fabric it was counted cross stitched on to pipe/bind.  It's not very big but makes a perfect little fall pillow.  (If I want, I can take the pillow form out and use as a wall hanging too.

So after doing a lot of spring cleaning yesterday, I was able to sit and sew and got caught up on all my BOM's.  I finished the Farmer's Wife blocks last week some time and the rest I cut the pieces on Friday night so I was able to just sit and sew.

First - the Fat Quarter Shops BOM - this is block 11 - so one more month and then I can put the whole thing together.

Here's Pat Sloan's Block for April and all the pieces together so far.

And Blocks 7&8 for the Fall BOM.
And last but not least, the Farmer's Wife blocks.  Only 11 more blocks to make and then I get to put this together too.

 Hopefully I'll have my Material Girls challenge piece pinned and the quilting started and maybe the backing for my latest Nickel scrap quilt.

Happy Easter to all.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Best of the Valley

Two weekends ago the local quilt show called Best of the Valley was open and this year I entered three quilts. I was lucky enough to get a ribbon on each quilt. A first place for my fish quilt, a third place for my butterfly quilt and an honorable mention on my linen quilt.

I didn't take pictures of all the other wonderful quilts but my friend Debbie posted a bunch on her blog which is listed on by 'blogs I read list'. Her blog is called Quilt Crazy Debbie.

Other than that I have just been working on a Nickel Quilt book pattern called Tillie's Treasure. I have two more borders to go before I can pin and quilt it. I also have ordered myself a new Bernina sewing machine. I decided get the 750 QEE. I will hopefully get it in the next few weeks.

My new little girl dog Needles is adjusting well. Still hasn't warmed up to Jeff but loves me dearly. She still has a potty problem that we are working on with praise and treats if she goes outside. When I'm home she likes to check on me and since I'm usually at my sewing machine it gets a little tough to sew. I can't sew with a dog on my lap so I pull my wicker chair right next to my chair and she comes to be with me there.

I also hope to get caught up on my block of the months for April. I have my 9 Farmers Wife blocks done and they are the hardest.

Thanks for looking.