Friday, February 12, 2016

Finishing it Off Friday...

Nancie Anne, my partner in crime for our F-abulous Finishes on Friday, gave me some good advice after our last weeks Sharing...She said to take some time off before F-inding F-orgotten treasures to work on!  Well... it turned out that's EXACTLY what I did!  Hubby and I baby-sat for two days and then the SUN shone...and I found myself outside raking and tidying up the yard...it felt so good to be outside!  Oh, and then I was off to Nanaimo with the Woolies!  All F-un and F-rolics makes for no F-inishes!

Yahoo...the rain is back, so bring on those F-orgotten Treasures!

These blocks REALLY were forgotten...Random leftovers...

I found this package of F-ive F-ab blocks...
 And this sheet of baskets and flowers (from a Free Primitive Gathering BOM...which didn't get done) The baskets had been traced onto Heat N Bond lite YEARS AGO...I was shocked that it hadn't disintegrated!!  I pulled some wool...and ironed it on...

 Before long...I had the baskets ready for stitching...I still have one more block to stitch and then will embroider the stems and add the leaves. This is as far as I got for this week...
 I also found five of these scrappy blocks...they didn't make the cut from the project that I made years ago...but they were too pretty to toss...
I envisioned a red/brown and beige table topper...so I turned to my Block Fab App on my iPad...(geeze...I should have cleaned the screen of my iPad...and then stop eating while I am on it!! haha)
 I decided to add some 'Broken Dishes' blocks to the mix...

I punched in the size and presto...I was away!  I love this app as there is no math or guess work involved.
 Clear instructions on how to make the block.
 Done!

 I made four of them...
 I added a border...but it still needed something else...

...so a piano border was added.  Much better! Now she is done!

 It's all ready to quilt...so near to a F-inish but not this week!

I did finish hand stitching another block to the 'Where the Cows Com Home' Quilt...a Cottage at Cardiff Farms design!  Slow but surely, I will get there! I love these barns!


My wee house quilt has been quilted and trimmed.

 This is such a busy quilt that it just needed simple quilting so it got an all over meander which doesn't show up except in the lighter blocks.


 I want to do some BIG stitch hand quilting in the star border...and found this border print-out in Picasso to use as inspiration.
 I'm not sure what valdani thread I will use but the quilt has been marked and it's ready to go. I will play with the threads and see which one works best!


 I used this simple fabric for backing...it's a mottled, blue striped moda fabric.


 So although I am near to a few F-inishes nothing got completed this week!

Just Judy just sent me her Friday Finish and it is F-abulous!!!  Check out her F-un Woolie table mat which I believe is a Primitive Gathering pattern...
Absolutely F-antastic!!  Well done, Just Judy!


Now we need to hurry over to Nancie's to see her F-abulous F-inshes!  Last week she completed TWO wonderful quilts...complete with gorgeous quilting and both were bound!!  The woman is a marvel!  You will find Nancie Anne's Quilts Blog HERE!

I hope you have some F-antastic F-inishes this F-un F-riday and Happy Stitching!~P

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Five Bags Full...

It was that time of month again...when The Bags meet...and man, were the bags Full...all Five Bags! Hence our Woolie Group's  name..."The Five Bags Full"!
 
For our 'adventure' this month, we were off to Nanaimo to the 'Snip and Stitch Quilt Shop' as we heard that all of their Flannels were 25% off...and they didn't disappoint!  Bonnie Sullivan's Flannel collections was stroked, caressed and appreciated by all...Then it was off to 'Serge and Sew', followed by the Ladysmith's Bakery for lunch...their cinnamon buns...well let's just say, these Bags were FULL when we were finished! haha

Our Show and Tell happened at the 'Main Street Yarn Shop' right next to the Bakery...where they have a comfy little meeting area (complete with couches and over stuffed chairs) and a sales lady who wanted to see what Wool Applique was all about!

Julie made this adorable bunny  pillow...a Kathy Cardiff and Taylor Olvera (The Cottage at Cardiff Farms) design made from their book,  "More Cottage Keepsakes"...and this REALLY is a keepsake pillow.  CUTE!!
 Julie also made the first block to Buttermilk Basin's Free Monthly BOM!  All The Bags are stitching these blocks...how can we NOT as they are dang cute!  We are all waiting for the next block., which will be released in FOUR more sleeps!
 See, I'm not the only Bag on a Pillow kick!  Here is Julie's version of Maggie Bonanomi's wee Pillow!  Love the way it's framed in green wool!  SEW pretty!
 And I love this Basket FULL of Spring flowers!  Yup, Julie outdid herself with her gorgeous creations!
 Here is Glynis' spring garden runner...absolutely beautiful...and screaming SPRING!!
 I didn't catch the name of the project or the designer...?  Glynis, can you please leave a comment at the bottom with that info, as I'm sure the readers are going to want to know!!
 And here is a picture of the whole sheebang...nice...eh?
 Thanks to Cheri's new Facebook Page we are all on a Cheri Payne high!  Glynis whipped this beauty up just this week!  Is this not the cutest!
Seriously...if you 'do' FB, you NEED to join Cheri's FB page as there is so much eye candy and inspiration...not to mention all of the FREE PATTERNS (look under the FILE tab at the top of the page under the header picture)!  Such an incredibly generous quilt/wool designer!  You can find the link to her FB page HERE! (I hope this link works...I have never provided a link to FB before...;)

Now Sandy was no slouch this month either...she has FINISHED all nine blocks to the Farmhouse Thread BOM blocks and will be sharing those when her top is all together. It's going to be DDG! And I have already shared Claire's little 'Snowman Quilt' (a Cheri Payne Design) HERE!  I have to say, seeing a picture of it and then seeing it in person...there is no comparison.  REAL life is so much better!

My sharing...well, you've seen it all...But you haven't seen the LOOT...and really it IS all about the LOOT...haha..



I am all set to make 'My Christmas Best'...an oldie but goody design, by none other than, Cheri Payne!  (Thanks again, Anita for the lovely book!)

So that's how we spent our Wednesday...There is nothing like spending time, projects, ideas, inspirations and of course, food, with a wonderful group of BAGS!  Love this group of ladies!

Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Stitching!~P

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday's WIP

I wish I could say that I have been hard at it...but alas...no sewing has gone on since SUNDAY!  Life happens...and then the sun came out and it felt like SPRING!  Seriously, I did gardening in a t-shirt and jeans...no sweater needed!  For the last few days, we have had fabulous weather!

Here's a glimpse of what I was working on during Sunday's sewing...

UFO busting...involving some of these...

And some of these...and not necessarily in the same quilt!  These random blocks have gone from UFOs (unfinished objects) to WIPs (works in progress!)

 Stay tuned...let's hope that they will be included in the FINISHED pile for Friday's Finishes!

Have a wicked Wednesday and Happy Stitching!~P