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.