Sunday, February 22, 2015

Unexpected Blog Hiatus

Hello everyone. Unfortunately you will not be hearing much from me for the foreseeable future. I was admitted to the hospital on Friday in pre-term labor. I'm only 22.5 weeks now so am on medication and complete bed rest to prevent further labor and hopefully reverse the process. I will be here at least 2 weeks, hopefully much longer, so I will obviously not be sewing/blogging. I will try to provide periodic updates and appreciate all positive thoughts coming my way.



Friday, February 20, 2015

Goals Met!

Hello everyone. I'm so happy that I have met all of my goals for the week! I got all of my February bee blocks done and they will go out in the mail today or tomorrow.

I finished my "little things" - mended a pair of my husband's pajama pants that I found in my cabinet from who knows how long ago, shortened some hunting overalls for my dad and added button holes to the sides of his face mask so he can comfortably wear his glasses. His overalls are made mostly of wool and the raw edges were serged rather than hemmed. I don't have a serger but my sewing machine has several overlock stitches. I have never used them before but it was super easy and I'm really glad I learned something new! That's always exciting. :)

I also got all of the sashing cut for my grandpa's quilt - the $5 quilt - and started piecing the top. The directions wanted each sashing strip to be cut before sewing them to the blocks but since all of my blocks were not exactly 11", I decided to leave the strips long and pin them to 3 blocks at a time. That way I was sure that my sashing strips would be the correct length.

All of my rows are now complete and I just need to add the long sashing strips in between each row and at the top and bottom, along with 2 borders. My plan is to have this quilt and my Double Crossed quilt ready to be quilted by mid-March so I can get them to my long-arm quilter, Anne, and get them back mid-May to finish. I think this quilt will make a great Father's Day gift for my grandpa.

I'm linking up today to Can I Get a WHOOP WHOOP? and crazy mom quilts' finish it up Friday.

Have a sew crafty weekend!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Icicle Star Blocks

Hello! I hope you've all had a sew crafty week so far. I have gotten my (4) 6" Icicle Star blocks pieced and they are absolutely adorable! They take a while because each one has 48 little pieces but they are so worth it!

Now I just need to make (2) simple Garden Fence blocks and my February bee blocks are done. I'll have pictures of those on Friday.

I'm linking up today to Let's Bee Social and WiP Wednesday.

Sew Fresh QuiltsWIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Have a sew crafty day! And to everyone attending QuiltCon this week, have fun!


Monday, February 16, 2015

To Do Week of 2/16/15 and Craftsy Sale

Hello. I hope you all had a nice weekend. One of my local high schools, the one I graduated from, is putting on the production, West Side Story, right now so I went to see it Friday night with a couple friends. One of my cousins had a main role and the daughter of one of the friends I went with ran the sound board. Everyone did a really good job! I'm always impressed by the talent of these high schoolers. The show has been so successful that it's being held over for 2 more performances this coming weekend. How exciting for these kids!

Before I get to my goals, today is the last day of Craftsy's big class sale! Check it out! (Sponsored post.)

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My goals this week are going to be a bit lighter because I always seem to make them kind of lofty and end up not finishing everything.
  1. Bee blocks - I have 1/2 of 1 icicle star done with 3 more to go, along with 2 other blocks.
  2. Catch up on small things - my dad's hunting pants and face mask and a pair of my husband's pajama pants.
  3. Cut sashing for $5 quilt. Begin piecing top.
I'd love to hear what you're all up to this week! I know a lot of people will be heading to QuiltCon this week and I can't wait to read about all the fun!

Have a sew crafty day!