Monday, June 20, 2016

'I Spy' some very cute Grandkids and some Blackbirds too!

Blogging friend, Celest, just finished her 'I SPY' quilt that she made for her three grand-kids!
I love the way she toned down the busyness of her 'I Spy' blocks by putting a different colour border around a group of 25 "I Spy" squares!  Colourful and fun...and a great way for her grands to learn their colours!  eg. In the green box, find a fruit, in the blue box find a vegetable.

Thanks for sharing, Celest!!  I love this quilt!!  Think I'm going to be 'Pinning' this one for future reference...just in case!  It's a winner!  And your grands are dang cute, as is your grand-dog!!

And here is blog follower, Marie's first block to Cheri Payne's FREE BOM called 'Blackbirds Gatherings'....
WOW!!  I am going to love this quilt!  Marie was worried that the house was too dark but I think that it's perfect!  Good choice of border fabric too!  Marie is off to a great start!

Thanks ladies!  Awesome projects!  I love it when you send in pictures for us all to see!

I will be posting sporadically (if at all...) this next week...my youngest daughter is arriving for a visit and we will be up to our regular hi-jinx...but alas...very little, if any, quilting!

Have a Magical Monday and Happy Stitching!~P

Friday, June 17, 2016

One Thumb Up...Waiting for Two!

For the last week I have been out of commission...I cut my thumb on the whirring blade of my Magic Bullet Blender..I know, not possible but somehow I did it!  I am blaming it on Mr. Trump!  He was on TV...and my mind was not on making a fruit smoothie!  I swear they should call his campaign "Shock and Disbelief"!  But I digress...

For the past week my left thumb has looked like hamburger and I have been out of sewing commission!  No hand stitching or sewing machine for me!  Who knew you needed a thumb to thread a needle, put in a bobbin, or line up fabric!!  I couldn't even hold the wool pieces together to stitch...the slightest pressure brought discomfort!

So what was a quilter to do?  Well...I could still iron, draw and cut...so I prepped blocks...LOTS of blocks!

This is what I have got ready for stitching...a wee strawberry bowl filler..and last night I was actually able to put a few stitches into the leaves before giving up...(yup, baby steps!)
 I reduced this Buttermilk Basin pattern to make it into a wee pillow...it's going to be very sweet and summery!
 I prepped the first two blocks to the new BOM...Bee-utiful by Pam Morgan (for Moda Bakeshop).  I changed the cat into a dog...:o))
And block two of BEE-utiful!



I also prepped Cheri Payne's newest BOM from her Facebook Page!  It's called 'Blackbird Gatherings' and it is going to be a winner...I just know it!  The house is a bit too dark and the windows don't pop but I kind of like it that way.  (code for~ I'm too lazy to change it!:o))

 And I prepped the next four baskets to Dawn Heese (Linen Closet) Mystery Basket BOM!  Love these wee baskets~



 And I also prepped this month's Buttermilk Basin's "Let It Snow' BOM...It was here that I discovered that hand work just wasn't possible...:o(

So that means that I am technically working on FOUR different BOM! YIKES! Now that's a first!  I usually do one BOM at a time!  I sure hope I can keep up!

My sewing room is spotless and everything is in it's place.  There are no dust bunnies visiting...I have organized my wool, my threads are all wound and put away neat and tidy...everything is WAITING..

My perle cotton and Valdani all in its place...(I need to find a bigger cabinet!)
 And my wool threads are about as organized as I can get them...

Yup...we are ready and waiting...
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It's been just over a week and I can safely say that my thumb is finally on the mend...I may even leave the bandage off today!!  Moral of the story...NEVER use anything mechanical, electric or sharp when watching Donald Trump!  Bad things will happen...:o} haha

I might just mess up that sewing room today and give that thumb a run for it's money...but the TV will stay off...

Have a FUN Friday and Happy Stitching!~P

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Five Bags Full...

We had our June woolie meeting, where the Five Bags Full got together for some Woolie hi-jinx and as usual, the Bags didn't disappoint!  They have all been busy! 

I thought I would share our Show and Tell....Claire hand quilted her Cheri Payne 'Snowmen Quilt'!  This quilt just gets cuter and cuter!  Claire's hand quilting is the icing on this wee quilt!

Glynis finished her Cheryl Wall Basket quilt top...and now it's ready for quilting!  Love this quilt!

 Glynis said this one was a fast one to put together...the reason being, there is no matching when putting the rows together! Do you see how the rows are staggered?  I like that idea!  This would make a wonderful charity quilt or a fast gift for someone special!  Just imagine it Scappy...

Both Glynis and Sandy took part in Cheri Payne's Sampler Quilt BOM from Cheri's Facebook Page called 'Quilts by Cheri~ Friendship Group'.  It's a closed group but all you have to do is request to be a friend and you can join!  There are lots of  patterns under the FILE tab, FREE for members.....this is one of them!!  Both quilts were beautiful and looked totally different!  

 Sandy is also stitching the Dawn Heese BOM...the Mystery Basket BOM from Linen Closet Blog!  This has got to be the sweetest BOM EVER!
Here's another picture of our monthly bowl fillers...certainly worth another gander!
 See!  I told you that it was a busy month for the Bags!  I ALWAYS look forward to our get together!

Would you believe that hardly anyone does wool around here and none of the shops sell WOVEN felted wool!  I guess that answers the question as to why aren't more quilters turning to the woolie side of stitching! If you can't find wool and don't see wool project displayed in the quilt shops then you wouldn't think to do it!   So it's wonderful that the five of us can get together and share our love for all things wool!  They don't call us the BAGS for nothin'!!  Gawd, I love our name!:o)))  I am such a Bag!!

Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Stitching!~P