Friday, February 20, 2015

I'm Frozen

This cold is just awful!  My hands hurt, and I just want to sit next to the fireplace and stay warm.  But it does makes me want to quilt at the same time, so it's good for something. This weekend I will be working on this.

Candy Corn/South of the Border
Quilting on my PR1000E embroidery machine using Amelie Scott's Edge to edge Quilting on your Embroidery Machine method.  I want to get her done or close to done this weekend.  The pattern is from a Norma Campbell's class I took on Saturday September 27, 2014.  It was a fun class with my quilt guild the Southern Comforters of Bowie  http://www.southerncomforters.org and will hang in our annual quilt show March 21, 22, 2015.

I've also got this on my design wall.
Current "Leader/Ender" project


I think it needs two more rows and gray saching strips between the blocks.  For now that is the plan, we shall see.

Happy piecing, Happy quilting,
Sheila

Sunday, February 15, 2015

No Retreating

Friday 13, 2015:
Since January 2008 when I became a member of the Southern Comforters of Bowie Quilt Guild I have gone on their yearly retreat during President's Day Week-end.  This year I won't be retreating.  (Sad face)  My man has been working hard since the end of last year,  and has been out of town a lot.  This week he will be home, and I decided I should stay home and enjoy his company. (happy face)  It's also bitter cold outside, and I'm kinda looking forward to staying in.   So with retreating on my mind I have commeted to spending today and as much of the week-end down in the sewing room working on finishing my quilt that will hang in our quilt show this coming March 21, 22, 2015.  And on Monday President's Day will be back to work.  (again sad face)

Saturday 14, 2015 Valentine's Dinner Intermission: Mahi Mahi with mango sauce over jasmine rice.  My man loves to cook, and that works for me.

Mahi Mahi 

Pieced Back for Candy Corn/South of the Border
This is what I've got together for the back of Candy Corn/South of the Border quilt. I'm really liking how this is looking, maybe it should be a quilt of it's own?  Nah! Staying with the orignal plan.

So for now it's Sunday, and I have more piecing to do.

Happy piecing, Happy quilting,

Sheila

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Half a Week-end with my boys

This past Friday my man, who had been out of town working all week was scheduled to come home.  And daughter #1 was going to a concert with her man, and needed me to keep her two little boy's for the evening.  So for almost 24 hours I got to spend some time with all my boys, minus my son since he is an adult who dosen't live here.   We sang songs, played games, talked, and watched a little TV.

Last month was daughter #1's Birthday and I made her 3 infinity scarf's, then this little guy said he needs a scarf too.
Wearing Mommy's infinity scarf on a cold day
So with this image in mind, off to Joann's I went, and a yard of Olaf fleece was purchased. So here is what I made for both boy's

Olaf Scarf
They like their scarfs.
Testing out the scarf's, little bunny ears for big brother
  

A perfect fit
The two little boy's went home on Satruday evening.  And today Sunday was a quiet afternoon with my man and our dog.  We went for a nice 4.25 mile walk which we haven't done with all the cold weather, and him working so much.

I finished up the I Spy Quilt, just need to put a label on it, and will take it to it's owner later this coming week.  I will try to post pictures, in the mean time...

Happy piecing, happing quilting,

Sheila


Monday, January 19, 2015

A New Year, A New Quilt

Hapy New Year!  I haven't blogged since November 16th!  A lot has happened in those two months, but it's too much to talk about here.  I had a lovely Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and a fun New Year's Eve Celebration with our traditional New Year's Day (Good Luck Dinner).  A friend from a previous lifetime contacted me via Facebook, and asked me if I would make her daughter a quilt.  Pink and purple are her favorite colors.  I've been having a hard time getting down to my sewing room,  and when I do manage to sew it's not long before I need a break.  But tonight I'm happy to report that I got the top finished!
I Spy in Pink, and Purple

This turned out bigger than I thought I was going to make, but I really like the way it did turn out.

I Spy before white sashing added

This is what it started out as, but it just needed something.  I had thought about turning the blocks into snowball blocks, but I'm glad I didn't go with that.  What's left of all the fabric's I purchased for this quilt are going on the back.  I'm trying to use and reduce my stash as much as I can this year.  Wish me luck with that.  Tomorrow is a new day, and I hope to get the back pieced, and get this baby pinned.  Wish me luck on that one too!

Happy piecing, happy sewing.

Sheila



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Embroidery for a friend and a Little Buddy

Like Mother, Like Daughter

A Nap Mat
These two Hot Pink Nike shirts were embroidered for my friend Terri over at Quilts from the Heart. http://quiltsfromtheheart.blogspot.com/2014/11/american-fitness-half-marathon.html She and her dautghter ran a Half Marathon on Saturday, way to go ladies!  And Jackson's nap mat is sure to be a favorite for my little buddy at Pre School.  He play's hard and appreciates his nap time.  I also finished a couple pages for a Shape book for Sharon's Great Granddaughter.  (No picture's until the book is finished.)

Today was a cold day in the DMV, and a no sewing day so we could go to the Redskins game at FedEx field.  After that debacle...I wish I'd stayed home and sewed.  But the National Anthem and Air Force F16 fly over was the best part of the day!

Amazing.
We heard and saw the jet's on the big screen, but since it was so overcast I didn't think I could get a good picture so put my phone back in my pocket.  What a feeling to see those jet's soar overhead.

Tomorow is another day, and I will (hopefully) get some sewing in after work.

Happy piecing,
Sheila


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quilting in the Embroidery Hoop

So here it is, a finish!  Happy Dance happening here at my house.  I feel like it's been ages since I last finished a quilt. After reading older blog post I know that it was April since I finished one.  This is a small 34" X 34" baby quilt that was made from a charm pack and Kona Snow that I got at https://www.blogger.com/home Spring Water Designs in Columbia Maryland.

Before Binding

After Binding

The Quilting was done in the embroidery hoop on my PR1000E.  The designs were from Amelie Scott's Edge to Edge Quilting on your Embroidery Machine http://ameliescott.com/Home_Page.html I love the way it turned out.

Close up of quilting

Now I'm looking for the next smallish quilt to finish, to pratice more quilting designs in the embroidery hoop.
Happy quilting, happy quilting,

Sheila




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Why did the Geese cross the road?

Today was a perfect day to sew, but...A friend called me this morning asking me if I could come over and "help her get her geese back into her yard"!  Sometime during the night they had wandered across the street, probably spooked by something unknown.  We will never know why they left the yard.

25 Geese
This picture isn't the best, I was holding a baby, and trying to record the herding of the geese!  They are all safe and sound in their own yard.  So nice of the Policemen who came and blocked the road so the geese could get safely back across the street.

After that excitement I did get a couple small finishes done today.  
South of the Border quilt top finished

A couple more 8 1/2 in. strip blocks, finished 
It's not much, but a small finish is better than no finish.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,
Sheila

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