Monday, January 31, 2011

Goodbye, January...

I don't know about you, but I'm always happy to turn the calendar over from January to February.  I'm not really a winter gal, so I'm happy to see January go.   We are supposed to get a real whopper of a snowstorm the next couple days, along with half the rest of the country!  We've been out shovelling the first inch of snow.  I think the snowblower will be coming out tomorrow morning.

Just under the wire, I finished UFO #3 in the 2011 UFO Challenge.

This was the 2010 Summer Freebie from Primitive Gatherings.  For the last couple years, they've had a deal where they give out a free kit for a small block each week if you make another purchase.  I also buy their Block a Week (more of my UFOs!), so I've gotten the freebie kits as well.  I finished mine differently than they did.  I had some neat Remembrance fabric I wanted to use for the border.  So one UFO can be crossed off the list!  I'm better at finishing the freebie blocks than the others - these are only about 4" each, so they went pretty fast.  Now I need to finish the other Block a Week (for the last two years!)

Do you think we will get a snow day tomorrow?  That would be OK!

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I didn't mean to take a 3-week blogging break, but I guess that's what happened!  I'm in just-get-through-winter mode and haven't had a lot of exciting things to blog about lately.  It was -17 degrees here last night.  That's enough winter for me - spring can come anytime now.

One exciting finish to report - Wool Crazy is done and hanging on the wall!

This was really a fun project.  I've never been all that excited about crazy quilts, but now that I've made this one, I can see how you get hooked on it.

My favorite part is the watering can and bugs.  I'm not much of an artist, but the tomato pincushion is my own design LOL.  I added some buttons from my grandma's button jar to the project - partly to show off the buttons, but mostly to cover some undesirable seam joins.  If I do another one of these, I'll do the joining a little differently.  I'd like to make a seasonal Wool Crazy like some I've seen on blogs, but we'll see.  There is a lot of work in one little wall hanging, although it's pretty addictive once you get started.

Progress is being made on UFO #3 from the 2011 UFO Challenge.  The binding went on today during the Packer game.  I just have the sleeve to put on the back and then I can post about it.  Maybe there won't be three weeks before my next post!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Antique Fair

Recently I won a giveaway from Blackbird Designs - the prize was four packets of 2 1/2" squares of the entire line of Antique Fair.  This is a beautiful line of fabric, with soft reds, dusty blues, tans, and browns.  I think it will be in stores in February.  Thanks, Alma!  I can't wait to do something fun with these.

It was great to have some time to sew this holiday weekend.  The Wrapped in Paisley quilt top is finished.

This quilt was really fun to piece.  Everything went together perfectly and came out to the dimensions it was supposed to.  I really enjoyed the piecing, and there was a lot of it!  The fabrics were great, too.  If anyone is interested in this kit, I noticed Green Fairy Quilts has them on sale this week.  Now I need to get this quilted before next Christmas!

I'm supposed to be working on my Primitive Gatherings Freebie Quilt this week, as that was the one I have on the 2011 UFO Challenge, so I think that's what will be up next.
Hope everyone has some time to sew this week!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my blog friends. 

Time to post quilty goals for the year.  I've joined Patchwork Penguin's 2011 UFO Challenge, so my ten quilts are listed on the sidebar.  The first number she picked is 3, so I'm off to work on quilt #3 today.  Listing my ten UFOs to work on, I can easily see that Blocks of the Month are my downfall.  I get all the blocks made just fine, and then I just...stop.  I hope to remedy that in 2011.

It's a cold, windy day here, so perfect for staying in the sewing room all day.  I've got stew started in the crockpot so I don't even have to stop and make dinner!

Hope it's a great day where you are!