Friday, November 30, 2012

Mountain Majesty and Blogger's BOM

 All the blocks are done of the Scrappy Mountain Majesties (from Bonnie Hunter's pattern).  This one is a gift, so I need to finish up very soon.  The borders go on tonight and will be quilted as soon as I finish the project below.
The fabric used for the Blogger's BOM project is busy enough to try out a few new quilting patterns -- on the white sections, I need to play it safe.

Today I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, be sure to visit and see who else is joining in.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Show-N-Tell

Very good friend Mary is visiting this week -- lots of visiting and shopping!  While here, I quilted a baby quilt she had just finished, giving me an opportunity to try out my new "Red Snappers" (a system for loading quilts on the long arm -- no more pins!).  I watched the You Tube video demonstrated by Renae Haddadin and found them very easy to work with - and FAST!

Still wanting to try those "Red Snappers" again, my sister Phyllis finished a cute little crazy patch, so I loaded it on -- what a SNAP!!!  

Saving the best for last, Blog Reader Friend, Amy Loar sent me a picture of her finished project inspired by my pattern "Missy's Fall Garden".  Her project started with a block exchange in their Bee.  Amy appliqued the centers to the flowers, snipped the edges and assembled on point -- Awesome Finish gifted to a very special young lady Amy knows. There is nothing more flattering when a quilter makes a pattern her own by adding those special touches.

Now I am heading over to Sarah's, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, for a link up to her Black Friday Party.  Then I am heading to the sewing room for a little "Easy Street" Sewing with Bonnie Hunter's new Mystery Quilt.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Monday Design Wall - Batik and BOM

Two things are going on here -- on the wall is a batik "Scrappy Mountain Majesties", a pattern from Bonnie Hunter's Collection.  I needed something masculine (for a cowboy type).

Draped over the long arm frame is the BOM (hosted by Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works) ready for quilting.  It ended up being 95 x 95 -- another big one.  I need to find a backing -- with all of the fabric in my stash, I can't believe there is not one thing available.

I will be anxious to see other Monday Design Walls at Judy's Patchwork Times when I come home tonight!  I will also join in with a link -- see ya there.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Weekend Updates

All of the Blogger's BOM are done, filler blocks are done and I am ready to start sewing the rows together.  Not sure how big this will end up, I still have a little yardage for a small border.  Jackie over at Canton Village Quilt Works hosted the BOM this past year and I could not be happier with the result.  Thanks Jackie!

Not much sewing happened in the last 2 weeks -- I think my sewing machine actually collected a little dust.  I came back from the Houston Quilt Show sick as a dog (I wonder where that saying came from).  So sick that I missed several days at work, no Zumba for 2 weeks and no sewing.  Today I woke up ready to sew and shop and talk and blog!  That is a good sign!  Hopefully Zumba is next - I sure miss it.

When you are under the weather, hand work helps -- but even that was hard for me.  What I was able to do, crochet.  This crocheted Christmas Tree pattern was first published by Woman's Day in December 1979.  I still have the magazine and have made more of these than I can remember.  I used a variegated green yarn for the one above, decorated it with little Texas Stars and could not be happier.  I bring out a red one every year for a small 1/2 bath -- it has little lights and brightens up the room.  My favorite are the solid white ones -- which I have given away many over the years.  Guess it is time to make another one.

Now to tackle the kitchen (my stove collected dust too) -- I am ready to bake a Pumpkin Cake and cook a big pot of Gumbo.  I am also linking up with Sarah at Confessions for a Fabric Addict for her weekly get together.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Orca Bay Finished

 I love this shot -- a combination of excitement and exhaustion!  From the left, Jamie (me), sisters Rayna and Phyllis and Miss Alice Anne, our late mother's life long friend (who also quilts).  As usual, the Festival did not disappoint.
 Bonnie Hunter's 2011 Mystery Quilt, Orca Bay is all done!  I only had the hand work, but I wanted it completely finished  before the 2012 Mystery Clues came out.
I am also heading over to Sarah's, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, to link up to her Whoop Party and join others who have projects on going and finished.