Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Present for DH

I have the best friends in the whole world. We get together once a month for our "Sit & Sew" or whatever you like to call it. We've been doing this for several years now. tirane's house is on English Street, hence our name "The English

Since the day I started quilting my husband has wanted a quilt. Not just any quilt, he wanted a certain design. I had a mental and emotional block about it and never made the quilt. At our November get together after my talking about it again my friends said "Just bring the fabric Babs".

At our December get together they helped me make the quilt. tirane has the pictures and has done a great post about it so please check out her blog...

What friends are for

Monday, December 28, 2009

A little determination

I was so bound and determined to get it finished by the end of the year I finished the top at 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

I've already pulled a BIB (blocks in bag) and some scraps and am gonna shoot for another finish.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Remedial Math & White Christmas

It went like this:

18 inch blocks needed- they were easy. Done.
12 inch blocks needed-Done
6 inch blocks needed. It took me a while but I made all 36 needed.

I start to assemble. OOPS. Everyone knows I can't count. I needed 27 of the 12 inch and I'd only made 18. Back to the sewing machine yesterday.

ALL blocks are now made. The 6 inch blocks are sewn together in their pairs and next I'll sew the pairs to the 18 original 12 inch blocks.

I'm bound and determined to have this into a top by the end of the year. I'm going to use up large scraps and piece the back but I have till mid-to late January to get that done...when are we meeting tirane?

We had a WHITE Christmas here in Dallas! Here is a picture taken of the pond behind our house.

And here is a picture of my niece Raegan in the apron I made her for Christmas. She is going to be 3 in March. She has a kitchen set she received last Christmas that she plays with every day.
And this year she received more appliances and foods to go with it. Martha, Sandra, Rachael, and Paula need to watch out in 15 years or so...

I used the Apron pattern from "Sewing for Dummies" by Simplicity. It's definitely a keeper and I'll make more of these in the future.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Helping Out

I have deep Celtic roots. I've volunteered at the North Texas Irish Festival for the last 4 years and met some wonderful people from Ireland. I'm going to set aside the "Random Blocks" quilt and other projects for a bit and make some blocks and tops to help out with this effort. I'll be concentrating on kids quilts as that is the largest portion of my stash.