Monday, 30 December 2013

Mini Retreat At My House

I invited some friends over for a day of sewing at my house - C made it. We had a great day. She arrived about 9:40, with two coffees in hand (I'm not a coffee drinker so none in my house). She set up in my dining room and we got down to business.

Notice a coffee and a giant drink of water
C sewed away on sugar block of the month. They look great but are pretty finicky.

I finished this quilt top this morning - the one for my niece.

for some reason these are flipping when I insert them and I can't get them straightened out - kindly tip your head

Once I'm back to work next week I'll get it sandwiched then I'll start quilting. My machine likely needs a tune up before I start quilting though.

For lunch I made us homemade roasted red pepper soup - delish but I forgot to take a picture.

My afternoon sewing consisted of gifts for people who read my blog - I took pictures and will show them once the gifts are given.

I'm linking to Patchworktimes - check it out.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Boxing Day Moving

I moved my design wall downstairs tonight. It was a much easier job than I thought it would be - it always is. And I re-arranged and tidied the sewing room up a bit too. Tomorrow I have to get some marking done - then on to some sewing!

Cabinets with assorted fabrics - and dining room chair holding more fabric. I want to get a clothes drying rack to hold the fabric of works in progress.

Design wall - directly opposite cabinets

work table - in doorway to dining room, between cabinets and design wall. Switched the locations of ironing board and work table - like it much better.

Monday, 23 December 2013

Design Wall Monday

There's not much on the wall this week - cause the wall is still upstairs in the old sewing room.  I want to get it moved downstairs but need to finish cleaning my house first. And get ready for Christmas.

I finished this for my sister-in-law for Christmas. She's just started her Masters so I'm putting some nice pens, sticky notes, cash, etc in it.

the front - Charley Harper fabric

the back - also Charley Harper fabric
the pattern
 This went together really quickly - so quickly that I thought I'd made a major error. I hope she likes it.

You might remember this tablerunner from a few weeks ago:

I started appliqueing around the shapes and letters - a bit hard to see in the photo.

 The appliqueing is going well, except when my cat jumps up on the sewing table, sits on it, and weighs it down so I can't move it. One of these days she's going to get her tail caught under the needle.

We've also just had a major ice storm go through my area. Lot's of damaged trees and power outages. My big tree is so far okay, with only some small branches coming down. My lilacs are a bit weighted down but I hope when the ice melts (next weekend maybe??) they spring back up. Here's a few shots:

a good 1/2" of ice

lilacs - finally the sun has come out

more lilacs with sunshine

Merry  Christmas!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

It's been over a month

I knew I hadn't posted for awhile but I didn't realize how long it's been since I last posted. I've been really busy though.

Crafternoon with my nieces and we made ornaments for the family. They are coming over Friday for the day to finish off.

Baby shoes - for sale and hopefully sold.

Baby shoes for sale and also hopefully sold.

Baby shoes as a gift

Owl hat - sold this one already

Another owl hat - this one sold too.

Table runner for me. It needs buttons, which are on backorder so I'll have to wait a bit. It needs applique around the shapes too.

I've also done some marking (since my boss reads my blog) and planned a giant volleyball tournament.
My first day of Christmas vacation is Friday and I can't wait.