Monday, February 18, 2013

Weekend Work

LMW stayed with us this weekend. Not only did I have him most of the day Friday, but also from about 11:00 Saturday morning until about 12:45 Sunday afternoon. His Mommy and Daddy took a little weekend trip and he spent part of the weekend with me and part with his other grandmother. It went better than it might have, even if he did wake up a few times and tell me "I need Mommy." ;)

I did manage to get a few things done, but they aren't ready to share yet. What I do have to share is the transformation of our baby girl K's nursery.  This is what we started with...
And after a bit of sewing and painting in the last two or three weeks, this is part of what we came away with...
There is more, but I don't have photos of it yet. Window dressings and cushions for a white rocker go with this.  I finished the mural this afternoon after dropping LMW off. I am one tired Nanna but it's all worth it. I can't wait until we have it all together and I can show you the whole room!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Meeting New Friends

My friend Marlene at Stitching by the Lake is has been asking her followers to visit other blogs and she's calling it "Let's Go Visiting. Today is my day so Welcome everyone!!
You gotta love Mr. Rogers! 
 I'm Belinda and I live in south central Arkansas. I share this blog with my daughter, but since having my first grandchild almost 3 years ago, her posts have been few and far between. We all know what life with a toddler is like don't we?!

I started quilting a little over three years ago when I finally quit work. It quickly became an obsession and my sewing machine and supplies have taken over my guest bedroom.
At present, I'm working on a Disappering Nine Patch for my sister-in-law who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. It's going to be a surprise. (I hope)
I just finished a Log Cabin quilt for a friend of mine and I now want one of my own. It was the first time I've ever done one. I have a page here where I've posted photos of most of my finished quilts. You can jump over there from here is you like or click the tab at the top. Take a look around and see what my daughter and I have done in the past!

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Thank you for visiting with me and...Thank you again Marlene!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Design Wall

Make that design ironing board. *grin* since I don't really have a "wall". This is what I'm working on now.
A Disappearing Nine Patch made with Sonora and Fandango. I wanted to use more of the Fandango, since I had a charm pack, but an intense search all over the internet for another charm pack turned up nothing. It must be very popular because it was sold out everywhere. I finally found some limited yardage on etsy.
I haven't figured out exactly how I want to put the squares back together.
Once I get all the nine patches cut (12) then I'll be able to play around with it a bit more and decide. When finished, I'll give it to my sister-in-law who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. *insert sad face* She recently made a comment about not ever having a hand made quilt. And I couldn't stand it, so I will deliver it with no warning and surprise her.

I think I'll name it....Sonora Dances the Fandango...well, maybe not.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Log Cabin Finish

Yay Me!! I finished the Log Cabin quilt for my church friend. I'm so happy happy happy.
I learned a LOT from this quilt. And I had help figuring out exactly how to quilt it from two friends... Sharon and Snoodles. Thanks girls!!
I thought I would never get all the threads and fuzz off this thing. It wanted to hold on to every little piece, but I think I finally got it all before I rolled it up for delivery. I had to lay it out on one of our beds to see how it would look.
So now, I really kinda want to make one for myself..... it will have to wait a while though.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February BOM

I have my Feburary block(s) done. They weren't hard and I enjoyed taking a break from quilting to put them together.
The first one is a Scrappy Heart from Carter Quilter. It's my first time at doing little corners on a square. I really want to learn some more popular methods.
The second is a Crazy Heart paper piece from Marcia.
I added the white and outside border to make it a full 12 1/2". I'm going to try to have two blocks for each month and next October I'll have enough squares to make two quilts.

Here is Janice's block. She's doing two blocks a month as well. We are enjoying doing these in tandem.


I went ahead and did another block for January.
This one wasn't paper pieced. I think the instructions must need tweaking because it's supposed to have a border, but it's 12 1/2" without the border so, I just left it off.

Now, I'm off to work on the quilting of my log cabin. It's taking me quite a while to get that done since it's a queen. I've never worked on a quilt that large and it's a real struggle sometimes with my little machine. My husband and I made a list the other day of things we want and a bigger better machine was at the top of my list!!

Enjoy your day my friends!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

I Missed Christmas in January

Oh dear. I never was able to get anything together for my Twelve Months of Christmas for January. I kept thinking about it, but just couldn't find the time to work on anything Christmasy. I did however, make a really cool purchase before the month was gone. See these?
Aren't they the cutest things? I really scored on them because.....just take a look at the price tag.
Yep, $9.99 marked down to $3.50. But wait!! When I got to the register to pay, the clerk knocked them down to $1.50 each since it was so far past Christmas. Woo Hoo!!  I'd seen them earlier and there were some cool candy cane ones, but someone else beat me to them. Bummer.

Anyway, that will have to be my Christmas in January. I sure hope I can get something together for February!

For My Girl

I finished the bedding for my baby girl that's coming. I have to admit it was a struggle working with minky.
I read up on it, and followed advice so it might have been even harder had I not done that. I also had issues working with the satin binding for the ruffle.
Not only did my machine not want to gather it, but it didn't want to sink the needle into it either. I used a big one too. But it all worked out and K was very happy with it. I wound up doing the flower by hand for the most part. As soon as we get it all put together in Baby Girl Winston's room, I'll post a pic. I worked on the mural in her room yesterday but need another day to put on another coat and tweak it.