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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Working on a table runner.

I am working on a table runner for Christmas.  The pattern is called Dec la Table and it is a bargello style project which requires slow and careful stitching to maintain your seam allowances and keep your strips and seams straight.  Not like me to be sewing with patience!

This project is a kit that was given to me last Christmas by friends Trish and Pat and was quite a surprise when it arrived in my mailbox in Arizona. 

So, stay tuned for my progress.  This is what I have done so far.  I think this is going to end up being quite stunning!!

I have finished the bindings on my monthly wall hangings from the book Count on It and added the buttons to the October hanging.  All ready for the coming months - what a good feeling. 

And, my Maui Sunset, to be renamed Mesa Sunset is ready to be layered and quilted although a friend who looked at the picture thinks I need to examine the lower left corner and check to make sure I haven't messed up my layout?  hmmmm  Looks like I will frog stitching

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A friendly postcard

A friend from my quilting guild gave me a fabulous postcard that she made to welcome us to our new home.
What fun!
Thank you so much, Marge!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A UFO is finished

I have had this UFO for awhile.  It was a gift/prize from Judith of Cdnquiltswappers but cannot remember what I did to 'earn' it.  Anyway, it is finished and donated to the Abbotsford Quilters Guild We Care program.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Way behind but further ahead

I seem to be way behind on many of my projects - in particular my monthly wallhangings from "Count on It" - and, am working on too many things at once, trying to play catch up after a summer of non-sewing.

All of these are ready for binding and not only do I finally have August finished, have September done, but also have October and November stitched!!!  So, behind but ahead. 

I am a member of a yahoo group that is called Queen of UFO's and was named Queen at the beginning of September which means I need to complete a UFO before Sept 14 - found a child's quilt that needs to be quilted and bound and need to get busy and complete it before my reign is over and I owe penalty fat quarters to the group.

This wall hanging was started early in May and it is waiting for me to complete making some flowers that will get added to the top of the stems.  I have all the parts (found the baggie), just need to get busy and make them and add to be finished.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I am ready to create some quilts!

I am ready to start piecing and quilting.  It has been a long time since I have been settled enough to feel inspired to turn on my sewing machine. 
Life is good!!

This is my sewing machine set up.  I have windows all along the wall to my left when I am sewing.  I also face the sitting area in the basement and can watch tv if I need distracting from what I am working on.

I have an area in the basement that is described as a 'bunker'  It is totally underground and has four steps down to get into it.  The area has great lighting and lots of clean space so it has become my storage space for all my quilting and sewing supplies. This is the entrance to my bunker.

Right down the stairs and in the heart of the bunker.  Storage shelves on one wall and I spent time labelling all my containers.  Still have a few more to go through but I know where most of my 'stuff' is and can find what I am looking for fairly quickly.

I decided to keep all my books in my bunker so put the bookshelf in here along with my rolling carts of odd and ends, bits and pieces.  Once I am totally organized (in a perfect world), I will go through all of these drawers and get them labelled with contents. 

Back up at my sewing machine, standing at the door from the bunker, gazing out into the room with the view of our backyard and valley.  Seems dark but it is the way the camera percieved the lighting while standing at the back of the room.

So, am ready to create something.  Time to get a project underway and get my machine humming.  Hopefully, I will post more often and have some finished projects to show you.