Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CHRISTMAS IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK...


...but my kitchen island will be decked out in style!  Considering all that has been going on around here with my Mom in the hospital last week, and my usual body response to any type of activity or stress, I'm amazed that I pulled it off.  I would love to make a matching table topper, but there is quite a bit of difference between reality and fantasy, lol.  In my dreams, I guess.  Maybe next year...

I do have a few more projects that I would LIKE to get done prior to Christmas, but I think family members will be getting a couple of IOUs this year.  Without a little elven help I don't see it happening before the 25th.  Oh well, it will still be Christmas and with a little ingenuity I am sure I can make opening IOUs something fun for the recipient.  And, as much as I love giving (really MUCH more than receiving), presents aren't the real "reason for the season", now are they?

So, I will be thankful for the most important gifts I've ever received, our Lord as my Savior...and an incredibly loving family who are still together to celebrate the holiday.  Yup, I've got a LOT to be thankful for this year!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ALMOST A RUNNER...


...for my kitchen island this Christmas!  Yesterday was the last class.  I had a GREAT time!


The pattern actually calls for a 4" border all the way around and then the binding.  However, when I took the runner down to my island, I discovered that if I did add the 4" border it would be longer than my island and proportionately too wide. 

So I am calling it "completely pieced" at this point and will begin the "stitch in the ditch" quilting tomorrow.  Hopefully by the weekend this will be done.  Then I will consider making a "non-Christmas" one for my folks/aunt for a Christmas gift.  They have a huge island and mom mentioned they would like to find an "everyday" runner for on top of the granite.  I think I may have some batiks in their colors.  Their island is much larger than mine, so the full size runner would be perfect. 

Toodles...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SECOND VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST....and so on, and so on...


Over this weekend I finished the last two rows of the first block and an entire second block!  I am beat!  I am going to clean up my room a bit so it is good to go first thing tomorrow and then I am going to go relax with Dear Hubby.  I have either 10 more or 18 more to go.  At least my points are matching a bit better on the second block...so I'm learning, lol. 

Toodles...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MY COLLAPSIBLE CRAFT CONTAINER...


After existing for the last 14 months as a free tutorial on my blog, the instructions for this versatile collapsible container have been removed from my blog and listed for sale in my Craftsy shop.  Just go to www.craftsy.com and search for Uggabear to find the pattern!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

THE FIRST BLOCK...


I'm two-thirds done the first block for J's quilt.  This is my first attempt at half square triangles, and as you can see my center points are not perfect.  But, I have a minimum of 11 more blocks to practice on and once I add quilting, etc. the slight jog on this block won't be noticeable (I hope, lol).  I was really hoping to get one full block today but I'm too tired. 

More to come!

Toodles...

Monday, October 13, 2014

MORE PROGRESS ON MY TABLE RUNNER...


I finished the 7 blocks I needed for my table runner on Sunday.  After I had taken this picture I removed the stabilizer and cut them all down to size.  At my next class we will begin assembly.  I can't WAIT! 

More to come...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LEARNING SOMETHING NEW...

Tuesday I attended a class at the wonderful shop where I purchased Ellie (my sewing machine).  I have always wanted to learn how to do applique with my embroidery module, and Hayes Sewing Machines in Wilmington, DE is the perfect learning environment.  The whole Hayes family is incredibly knowledgeable, talented, patient and SUPER friendly!  They make everyone feel right at home...which is why I travel 50 miles each way to take their classes!

Want a peak at my first two blocks?



I am making a Christmas Table Runner for my kitchen island. 

I still have 5 more blocks to applique and then I have to trim all 7 blocks before our next class.

FUN homework!