I've seen so many doing end of year recaps and I always think to myself 'I didn't really do much' but in going back and reviewing, I actually DID! WOW! Who knew? I awarded 9 QOV's and (nearly) finished the pineapple, large star with checkerboard border and the X's & O's quilt (just need to stitch down binding) plus I finished binding one other. I did 12 pillowcases for donation and each QOV had a pillowcase so that's 21 pillowcases. I did fail to complete the little Christmas tree wallhanging (one stupid block made me throw in the towel as I was putting it together) and the circle quilt (didn't like the borders after they were on so that's laying in a heap somewhere).
I'm hoping to get the borders on the present quilt sometime in the coming week in addition to putting the autumn quilt together (that one won't have any additional borders..woohoo!).
So I guess I did fair to middlin' for 2017. I NEED to do four more QOV's but at the moment my heart's just not in it. I have plans though.
with 2017 and I'M nearly done with this quilt! I do see one piece that should be swapped out and I'm thinking on whether or not I should fix it or leave it. I've already done LOTS of ripping on this one and, frankly, I'm tired of it. Not sure it's enough to bother me. We'll see.
Of course it is! Wanting to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! Just sharing a few random Christmas quilts with you that I've gleaned from Pinterest. No idea who the makers are but they made some beauties!!
I was at the antique mall today for our monthly birthday lunch and while waiting for our table to be ready, I just happened to spot this machine. No telling what it might have been in it's former life since everything's covered in paint. Think the asking price was $47 or $48. No clue why anyone would waste so much time painting on old machine like this!
OK, the top is together except for borders (not my favorite part!). I browsed my stash but, of course, didn't find anything I thought would go. May run to Joann's later to see what's available. I'd like to get this done!
These blocks are quick to go together. I only have 4 more to go then the sashing on the left (though I'm seriously considering just sewing one more side on each block!) then a matter of sewing rows together and putting a border on. Will be perfect for replacing the pumpkin quilt!
I won a book from Blackbird Designs a couple of weeks ago and it arrived in the mail today. Such a cute book but I gotta say their row is by far my favorite! A cute little owl row! And Alma even autographed it. Love that.
there are 10 blocks if I count that very first star (which is not in the photo) and that would mean half way there. I'm actually starting to love it (as opposed to just liking or even really liking it! HA).
And then there's another project that I started recently...
and this will be 4X4 so it can hang in place of the pumpkin quilt during December. It's quick and easy and is from a youtube tutorial by Missouri Star. Love the way the sashing is added to each block along the way. Another for next year--sigh.
Just to notify everyone..Hooty's in the house as of today, Dec. 3, 2017! Always love when he returns! Hope he's brought the Mrs. along. (Terrible pic but didn't want to disturb him too much on his first day back! LOL)
but it's more than anything of late. I guess I've been spending more time cross-stitching lately and the quilting has gone by the wayside. But there has been a little sewing going on. Two or three months ago, Carole over on her blog had a quilt along for a beautiful quilt in fall colors. I LOVED it but only had a short time before leaving on a trip. I made one block and posted a picture of it. About a week ago, I pulled the pieces and parts from back then plus more fabrics to go along with the rest and have been busy mostly making half square triangles and trimming them up (not my favorite thing to do).
So this is what's together at this point in time
and it spurs me on to continue because they're so pretty (IMHO anyway..HA). I didn't include the very first star I made and posted the pic of mostly because I'm not quite sure I'll use that one in the finished quilt. We'll see. I DO have 3 more blocks nearly together--the strips are sewn together but then the machine messed up which always aggravates me and I walked away. I think Carole's was 3 by 4 but I made my blocks a little larger and think mine'll wind up 4 by 5.
This would probably be a gorgeous Christmas quilt too and maybe one day that'll happen. Would also be a very pretty QOV and that's what I SHOULD be working on!! I need to make four more for presentation. The guys are probably thinking I've forgotten theirs. Need to get busy.
It's been quite awhile since my last post. I was at Disney World, the happiest place on earth, a couple of weeks ago and will only share a small portion of my visit. We started out on Sunday with my knee bothering me (it had been for 4-5 days before the trip) and then Monday I thought I was going to die! My activity tracker showed we walked 18,660 steps and I didn't think I could go more. So I rented a scooter which accelerated our entry into many of the rides (bonus!). But I felt bad for my traveling buddy as we were either getting behind or too far ahead of the other. It worked for the most part and we had a good time.
Donald and Daisy meeting and greeting (sure glad I don't have to stand in those lines anymore!). And then we went to see The Lion King musical..AWESOME! I was really mesmerized by the two giant guys on stilts and how easily they moved around the floor. The acrobatic monkeys were fantastic as well.
Before leaving, I had been in cross-stitch mode and actually got two pieces finished. One was small and I got it back from Michael's just in time to put out for November.
I think it's adorable but then I did make AND finish it. It's sitting on my table in the foyer. The other was taken to Michael's yesterday and its a Halloween theme (both of these are Prairie Schooler) so will be ready for next year. The one I'm currently working on is a fall sampler and so far really liking it as well. It's a good thing to do with the hands while doing a little Netflix binge watching! LOL ugh
When this was first posted, I knew I'd have to make that quilt. LOVE fall colors and this one fits the bill. But I'm always several steps behind and I've been working to finish a couple of small cross-stitch pieces so I can get them framed. That finally happened (the finishes) so I started cutting the pieces for the star block and actually got ONE pieced (yes, that's pathetic, I know). I'm making mine a tad larger since the pieces are 4.5" to start ending with a 16.5" block as opposed to the original 12.5".
I need to dig through the ginormous stash to add more variety. I've certainly got enough to mix it up a little more, just need to get to it! Here's the link in case anyone else is interested (it shows the final product).
I found a couple of quilts hanging in the closet that had been quilted but not yet bound. I finished one today (woohoo) but would NEVER have remembered when it was made or who quilted it for me. Fortunately on these two, I'd made the label and pieced it into the back prior to quilting. I really need to do that for all that I make since I'm so bad about labeling my quilts.
It's been washed and is laying in the yard drying as we speak. I'll bring it in before it's all the way dry and finish it up in the dryer. This one was made in 2010 entirely from my stash and I could easily probably make 30 more just like it without making much of a dent 😕 This one as well as any others I finish will be donation quilts since, sadly, my kids couldn't give a flip about my quilts. Oh well, their loss I guess.
I took my two great nephews (the rugrats) to the fair a couple of days ago and it just about wore me out!! It was VERY hot and the fair is HUGE!! But then I'm also outta shape and really need to do something about it. Maybe when it cools down some, I'll make an effort to step it up.
Of course a couple of goofy photos
There were some really pretty garden areas with sculptures in areas of the fairgrounds. This was made entirely of railroad spikes (ruggies obscuring most of the sculpture).
#1 rug played a game and won a drone for his brother. How sweet!
#2 rug didn't quite make it up the ladder before it flipped on him!
Getting ready for the day they turn 16 (Lord help us all!).
Chilling while Aunt Beady was looking at mattresses.
Cute display of lots of umbrellas over an eating area. Mostly I was too tired to take many photos and it was so late in the day before I found the bldg. with the quilts and such that I didn't even want to look. You KNOW it was bad when that was the case. Oh well.....
There's always something that causes me to take longer than it should to finish putting the pieces together 😕 and usually it's because I sew something wrong. I had two rows in upside down (one of the rows included Mickey's face!!) and had to take it out and re-do it. Well, now it's put together correctly and I need to pick out a border.
When everyone was doing the 365, I wasn't interested initially. But then at some point, I decided I would do it but probably not 365 and NOT small blocks. My backgrounds are 6 1/2" and it's 10 X 12 so I guess I did about 1/3 of a year's worth. And I knew I wanted to finish this as a donation quilt so I used lots of "I Spy" type fabrics. Pretty happy with how many different prints are in there although not all are worthy to be called "I Spy" type (LOL). Hopefully some kid will enjoy the heck out of it.
Have been working (very) slowly on my row by rows and made a quick 90 degree turn back to the circles. I had finished the applique on the last few circles and wanted to begin the assembly. The circles are on 6.5" squares and it will be 10 x12 so 60 x 72 before border..will be a good donation quilt I think.
And then I decided to put a fall quilt in the entryway (not sure why I bother since probably no one will see it). But at least there's a little fall in the house.
but then I don't think I ever have one of those. I 'finished' two more rows today so making progress but no pix. Hopefully soon. Just posting a couple of photos here so I can find them later (maybe). I went to get ice cream and saw this on the way home..
I thought it was pretty. Spotted this guy before I left...
still doing a little quilting but most of it at the moment is working on my row by rows. It WOULD be nice to actually get one quilt made from all the kits I've ordered over the past 2-3 years. UGH! But until I get a grouping that appears to maybe be a decent size, I'm not showing them. Currently it looks like maybe my first group will be hot air balloons since I've been getting several of them to a workable stage. We'll see.
Today was our monthly birthday lunch at the antique mall tea room and everything there is decorated for fall (even though outside it's still in the upper 90's which is fine by me!). Some beautiful quilts were festooning a few booths so of course I had to snap some photos and I'm sharing with you!
Tonight is bunco night and last month I won with 5 buncos!! So exciting. Maybe I'll win again tonight (though I seriously doubt it). Wish me luck! LOL
Our final port of call was Halifax, Nova Scotia. I was really looking forward to visiting and seeing this beautiful place but the weather didn't cooperate. We had an excursion to Peggy's Cove on tap and I had hope that the weather would clear but it didn't. We spent pretty much the entire time in the bus and the short time we got off to see the lighthouse was QUICKLY cut short when the rain began coming down in sheets and 8 busloads of tourists packed into the small gift shop. NOT FUN!! But I did get some decent pix out the bus window (and a couple before the bad rain).
And I did get a really cute hooded zippered rain jacket from the gift shop!! I had a jacket (not rain repellent) and an umbrella (that turned inside out a few times due to high winds) so the beautiful purple rain jacket will live in my suitcase and be there for future trips. I had checked weather.com multiple times prior to the trip and NOTHING showed like what we actually had. DO NOT believe weather.com--they lie!! LOL
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1 Widows by Lynda La Plante
2 Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant
3 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
4 Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong
5 The Buried by Kathryn Casey
6 The Thief of all Light by Bernard Schaffer
7 Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin
8 The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
9 City of Bones by Michael Connelly
10 The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
11 The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
12 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
13 The Baker's Secret by Stephen Kiernan
14 Educated by Tara Westover
15 Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
16 The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
17 Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
18 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
19 Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
20 Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
21 The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
22 Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
23 Between the Lies by Michelle Adams
24 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
25 Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
26 Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
27 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
28 The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
29 Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
30 Home Front by Kristin Hannah
31 Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin
32 Cardiac Event by Richard L. Mabry, MD
33 These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
34 Burnt River by Karin Salvalaggio
35 A Life Intercepted by Charles Martin
36 The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
37 All The Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian
38 As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
39 The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
40 Dead of Winter by Annelise Ryan
41 A Lethal Legacy by Heather Graham
42 The Body in the Wake by Katherine Hall Page
43 One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase
44 Cold Woods by Karen Katchur
45 night road by Kristin Hannah
46 American Predator by Maureen Callahan
47 The Territory by Tricia Fields
48 This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
49 Into the Savage Country by Shannon Burke
50 Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
51 Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
52 The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
53 All Rivers to the Sea by Bodie Thoene
54 Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
55 Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
56 The Bitterroots by C.J. Box
57 Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
58 Heaven's Keep by William Kent Krueger
59 An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames
60 Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
61 Savage Country by Robert Olmstead
62 Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
63 Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
64 Copper River by William Kent Krueger
65 Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt
66 Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
67 Below Zero by C.J. Box
68 Cold Shot by Mark Henshaw
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2. In Too Deep by Lynn H Blackburn
3. See that My Grave is Kept Clean by Bart Paul
4. Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger
5. A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais
6. Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger
7. Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger
8. A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci