Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ready for the Fair

My projects are complete, all 10 of them. (Actually 11 if you count the set of doilies as two.) Don't think I will be overall winner this year since they changed the limit of entries from 10 to unlimited. (You know there is going to be a home-economics teacher that enters all 36 canning/jellies categories.)
Anyway, here is a picture of all and some of them will need new homes after the fair.
Here's the run down:
1.) Quilt - I will keep this one. 2.) Apron - dragonflies on navy blue with green trim - needs a new home. 3.) Fabric berry baskets - some need a new home. 4.) Fireside basket - I will keep this one. 5.) set of pillowcases - light blue/tan - needs a new home. 6.) "Bear" Christmas Stocking - has a new home. 7.) Multi colored doily - needs a new home. 8.) Set of doilies, ecru colored - needs a new home. 9). Christmas table runner (48") - needs a new home. 10.) Minions tissue box cover - needs a new home.

Ok family and friends, including those of you who are drive-bys, if you want something, leave a comment telling me which item you want. You are limited to ONE and first posted gets it. Also, if you are a drive-by, I will need to contact you so become a follower and please use a "working" email address.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Another Completed Project

I've been contemplating what to make for fair entries. While perusing my favorite blogs, I came across berry baskets made from fabric. Each basket is made with 3 different fabrics and a really stiff interfacing (Pellon 72F), which is quite pricey even with a discount coupon.
I came across a fat quarter bundle with 21 fabrics and it was ordered. That would give me 7 baskets, each using a different 3 fabric combination. For the interfacing, each basket required a 5 inch strip which meant a yard would be sufficient with virtually no waste. (I love it when a plan comes together.)
Now that they are all completed, which 3 do I use as an entry in the needlecraft, kitchen item category?

Completed project no. 5 for the 17 completed projects in 2017 challenge.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Project No. 4 Completed and a Fair Entry

This quilt pattern, "Raise the Roof" by Carrie Nelson became an instant favorite the moment I saw it. This version is made with Civil War reproduction fabrics and quilted with an all over stipple pattern.

This quilt (82), will be one of my fair entries and is completed project no. 4 for the 17 completed projects in 2017 challenge.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Getting ready for the Fair

Everyone, this is Bear.
With the county fair fast approaching, one of my entries is going to be a Christmas stocking and I decided that Bear was going to have it. Christmas in July!

Wish me luck.
(Completed project No. 3 of 17 in 2017.)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Completed Project. No. 2

Mo, the niece that attends Alabama, "Roll Tide," has a birthday coming up. Using a few odds and ends of fabric, here is her birthday present. It is a tetrahedron zippered storage pouch and yes, it does contain a surprise inside.
Happy Birthday!
and sis, be looking for it in the mail.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mother's Birthday Present-Completed Project No. 1

If you follow my blog, you know that I'm always in a quandary as what to give mother for a birthday present. My "go to" item in the past has been pillows with a photo on them. This year is going to be a little different.
My inspiration is a granddaughter in the band at the University of Alabama and I was thinking that something pertaining to "Roll Tide" would be appropriate. (Not to be confused with the grandson who is at Auburn University, "War Eagle." Yes, we are a family divided.)
So, here is mom's birthday present and for once, I finished ahead of schedule. (Sis, be looking for it in the mail.)

New Years Resolution: 17 completed projects in 2017. This is no. 1, 16 left to go.)

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Getting Ready for the Fair

This weekend I completed another project for the county fair which is in September. My plan is to enter 10 items, (the max), if I can get them all completed.  Every year I tell myself, I'm not entering, but then the brochure comes in the mail and my competitive side comes out.

No Marcus, you can not have it now.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Days Gone By

Many, many, many years ago, too numerous to count, I created a project for a local quilt shop. The quilt was compose mainly of showmen, where we personalized them to be our family or friends. There was a postman, a construction worker, a nurse, a businessman and many others.
Over the years, I often hear from someone either finishing the project or wanting to start a new one and see what the original quilt looked like. Finding the photo and sending it to them has always been a pain, so I decided to post it on my blog. Easy fix and I hope you enjoy the snowmen.
Quilt currently resides on the gulf coast (of all places) with my mother.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Spreading the Joy!

When I spoke with my sister earlier today, I told her that my spare bedroom is covered up with too many quilts and some of them needed a new home. As usual, she wanted them, but knowing how many are already at her house, I said no, however, if she needed a graduation gift or something I'd be willing to send one. Wouldn't you know it, she needed one.......A co-worker is going to be having her 1st grandchild. Oh joy! (You know I can't pass that one up.)

Since the new addition is going to be a boy, I'm sending the one with the most blue in it. (Here's a close up.)
Sis, it's in the mail and I hope grandma Margaret likes it. (Quilt no. 76)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Gift for a Friend

Last year, someone did something very nice for me. I told her that I would make her a quilt and jokingly she replied, "yeah." A couple of weeks ago, I asked what was her favorite color and she replied, "PINK!" Have I got the quilt for her.

Using one of my favorite patterns and a "Watermelon" bali pop, here is the quilt I am sending to Wendy. Enjoy girlfriend and once again, thanks.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Birthday Present In The Mail

As the norm, I am making mother's birthday present . . . a pillow with a photo. Trying to select which picture was a tough choice. There was a picture of the group who went to see "Star Wars," pictures of the grandchildren, and a couple of miscellaneous group shots from different events. None of those struck me with any bright ideas. Then my sister sent me a picture and I decided that was the one.

This year the picture I am using is that of mother's darling baby boy as a four year old. (My little brother is now over 6 ft. tall and 50-something.) The black and white photo would work well with black and white fabrics, so the decision was made and I went to work.

Happy Birthday mom.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Christmas Presents & New Years Resolutions

Look at what Santa brought me. It's Frivol #1 and #2. I can't wait to open these up. However....

half-way thru December I made a New Year's Resolution that I can not start a new project until (2) UFO's, PhD's or PIG's are completed, and I mean COMPLETED. There are way to-o-o-o-o many unfinished projects laying around that I'm scared to count. There are (4) that just need binding and labels, should probably start there. Then I've got Bertie's Winter and Spring BOM's started. (Bertie's Winter didn't get finished before December but I'm determined that Bertie's Spring will get finished before April.) There are several stacks of different type blocks (Christmas swap, disappearing stars, churn dash blocks and some applique) which need to be sorted and assembled. The list could go on for a while, and I haven't mentioned all the containers in the upstairs closet, much less all those in the sewing room armoire.

New Years Resolutions:
1. Must finish at least (2) projects before a new one can be started.
2. Can not purchase any new fabric except for backing.
3. Can not purchase any "sewing" thread until all the existing spools fit on the spool rack which holds (96). I should also not purchase any embroidery thread. Make do with the hundred or so I have.
4. Enter at least (1) quilt in the local fair and (1) in the state fair.
5. Round up all the machine sewing needles, and hand sewing needles in one place.

Doable? I think so. Wish me luck.