Monday, November 30, 2015

Final November Review

Do you remember when I was making these with my hand dyed fabric samples?
The other day while I was at Home Depot, I was given this by the Glidden Representative. 
I've already used it to help me choose colors for the shelves in the guest bath. I really like those little dots of paint they put on the top of the can.
We spent a couple of days down on the beach. I like collecting images as much as shell fragments. 
A large piece of drift wood. 
Cool looking barnacles and moss on old dock pieces. 
And my shells all piled together.
On the way home we stopped by The Screen Door Restaurant, on James Island, for some yummy food. Everything on the menu sounded terrific. I opted for chicken and waffle with peach molasses. Oh my, was it delicious. Hubby got shrimp and Gechee boy grits. I will try them next time as the texture was more coarse like riced-potatoes. I'm not fond of the usual way you get grits, but these were good. 

And for the creative side of things:
3 table runners have bindings done and are ready for gift giving. 
Mondo bag #1 got a proper strap. 
Mondo bag #2 got a little reworking. I took the bottom seam apart far enough to put binding on each seam so it can now be turned to either side and used. I then attached the straps. 
I put bindings on the 8 stitch outs I did so they can be used as mug rugs, or pot holders. They would even be good for under a plant that might get over watered. 
And for my Grandkids, some pillowcases. 
These were all done with each kids favorite colors. 

Aren't they all just adorable? I guess that's Gramma talk for, I sure love these kids!

In looking over my intention list for November, I see that I completed many of my intentions. I also have added and completed several items. But, alas, there are quite a few that are still in the unfinished stage. 
That's what life's all about, isn't it? You choose what you intend to focus on. Your month unfolds. You get some things accomplished. You do things that weren't even on your mind at the beginning of the month. You realize time has passed and important things have been accomplished and those that weren't, were not as important as you may have thought. You make new decisions for your next month, and move forward. And that's just the way it goes for me. How about you? 

May God bless you with His Peace as we approach Christmas. 


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Third Week of November

Not much time got spent in my sewing room this week. I attended several meetings and had some appointments that couldn't be postponed any longer. 
I did get a few things accomplished. 

Two quilts were long armed for clients. 
This is a 'red' turning twenty pattern. I quilted it with a daisy design. 

And this precious one got a small sized meander. 

I did a little stitching on a needle holder

I took the center star block apart. The points would have gotten nipped off when I put it into the settings. After pressing the pieces I found that they were just a smidge off.  I checked the paper print out I had for the diamond and found out that it was not accurate. I recut all of the pieces and followed the directions very carefully. I'm very pleased with my new center block for the Batik quilt. 

It trimmed up beautifully and is flat.

The replacement of our floor joists, subflooring, etc etc in the laundry room and guest bathroom is completed. I asked for a kitchen sink as I wanted to be able to use it for dyeing fabric. 

This sink will be perfect for ice dyeing.  

Tonight we have our Thanksgiving Dinner at church. I'm bringing my specialties: veggie and fruit trays!
I'm so thankful our local grocery store always has them available. Yep, you guessed it! I'm not much of a cook, in fact if it weren't for DH loving to cook I'd probably be at ideal weight, or depleted monetarily. 

Lots of company coming in next week, so I'm guessing my creative time will be curtailed. Oh well, I can always carry those projects over for another month. I'm going to enjoy the people in my life while I have them. I hope you do the same. 

May God bless you with loved ones to share your time with,

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Very Productive Week

I put a few more stitches on my jacket. This was wrapped chain stitch and variations on the basic stitch. 

I got busy and covered my design walls, first with solid color felt or batting. Then it was time to fill them with projects, and some finished pieces that continue to inspire me. 

The grey background has a couple of empty spots where some pieces were, but I've been busy!
One of those taken down was the 10 pieces of printed fabric that distorted once they were sewn together. I picked out all of the stitches, squared them up and reseed them into this:
I'm not sure just how this will get finished, but I have a couple of ideas already. I'm just glad that it is now square, even if I haven't put it on the wall that way! LOL

And I finished making 40 square-in-a-square blocks for the BOM Mystery quilt along. 

Assisted, minimally, with getting my dryer vent cleaned out! PLEASE, check yours, and get it cleaned, I never would have imagined this much could have accumulated. 
And there were four chunks this size or larger!!

I also got busy with Craftsy BOM Summer 2015 project. I had finished one block, and the cutting of several basic pieces before I went on vacation in October. I had 15 more 12" blocks to do, and then for November the installment was for the central motif, a 20" block. The first picture is of 12 of the blocks laying on the floor, I don't have quite the right space to see all 16. Three of the last four appear after the center block. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

One Step Forward, Two Steps in some other direction!

It seems that sometimes my plans just don't make it past the writing stage. How often does this sort of thing happen to you? 
I got a couple of stitching lines added to my jacket:

Four client quilts were completed.

And then, like right now with this underline thing going on! I'm on my iPad, I have no idea why it's typing in blue and underlining everything!   

I give up, I'm calling this post done. I'll let you know next week if things improved or not. 

May God bless each of you with the power to endure whatever may be happening in your life,

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Intentions

I apologize for the first posting of this. All of my spacing was lost, and even I couldn't decipher what I meant! 

This string quilt is going to be an inspiration for a 'leader-ender' project for this month. 
November intention list
Add TAST stitches to my hand dyed jacket

4 art lessons 

BOMs: Mystery with Terrie - November clue

            Craftsy Summer Batik - November session and 15 unfinished blocks!!

Roots challenge - this was due October 1st,,

Client quilts. 3 are in and all decisions are made. Another one is in decision mode. 

Put Dragonfly Fabric Book pages together. 

Get the four mirrors up on the walls

Move forward on collage piece

Finish: binding stitch outs into useable hotpads or mug rugs

           Mondo bag #2

           Assorted pieces of quilted fabric into useful items (totes, table runners, etc)

Work on at least one of the "free flow" pieces

Start nests/beginnings, enough thinking has been done!

Do some surface design work for fabric swap group

Continue with 'elements' class work

Dye four silk scarves 

Woven ribbon piece - cut up and used in pillows for the grands

Cathedral window piece to be mounted and framed

Finish the thread sketch on poppy 

Long arm practice - new techniques, feet, ideas

Make at least one 'millefiori' hexi

And a few more items that I will surprise you with!! 

 I'll be surprised too if I get HALF of this done. 

I'll leave you with another inspiration,

Have a blessed day,