Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hello! Any Body Out There?

 I would love to say that I have spent my time over the last six months, diligently cleaning and organizing my dang sewing room.  But, you all KNOW that would be out of character for me!  However, up until July, I did spend time every weekend sorting and tossing, sorting and tossing, sorting and tossing.  Guess what? There is still way too much stuff in my sewing room!! I think my fabric has started to pro-create and multiply.  I haven't bought any fabric in months and I am embarrassed to admit, I probably have more fabric than I will be able to use in my lifetime!!  Of course, if I acknowledge that, then I couldn't ever buy any more fabric.  And that would make me sad.

This week I have managed to take five days to make an 8 Minute Pot holder.  I think I am starting to figure out why my sewing room isn't getting cleaned. Apparently I REALLY am busy as a turtle.
I may work at a turtle's pace, but I do make nice hot pads!

My friend Anne at work,  turned me onto these.  Aren't they cool? My current potholders are ancient and look awful.  I am fantasizing about making a batch of these for myself and another batch for Christmas gifts.  However,  I will have to work at a faster pace than I have this week!!

I also finished this pot holder which I have been puttering with for the last month.  

What's coming up on my calender?  Next is time for the anual quilt retreat of the Quilts From The Bluffs quilt group. The theme for this year, is "UFO's"!!  I am so excited.  I have already picked out my Unfinished projects. Yes! I have some of those!!

I want to complete the Mechanic's Quilt for my son, Mike the Mechanic.  Last year I finished the blocks. This year, the quilt top!!

I've worked on a Disappearing 9 Patch fall/Halloween theme  top for the last two retreats.  Now, I want to sew the backing for it using a cute pre-print and the left over fabric from the quilt front.

Plus,  my friend Anne (mentioned earlier),  gave me her string blocks she had given up on and I want to sew a few more blocks, and combine them together into a top. If I can, I hope to figure out a backing for it, so I can have it quilted. And then,  donate it to my department at work that locates housing for people who are homeless.

I'm thinking of naming this string quilt "Anne & Deb's Grand Plan"

Have sew wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Little Evening Crafting

While my house does need more cleaning and decluttering (I know, unbelievable, isn't it?!), I decided to tackle some other activities. 
Tonight I:

I "filed"  some Halloween fabric...okay, folded it!!
Made a pretty button bracelet. I got the idea from Sew Many Ways.
It felt good to do a little crafting!  My bracelet has a few less buttons, than the one in the tutorial, but I still like it. It makes me smile! 

Enjoy your day...and don't forget to do a little crafting or sewing or quilting or what ever makes you smile!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy President's Day!

Here in the USA, today is a federal holiday celebrating "President's Day"--a combined holiday which used to be "Washington's Birthday" and "Lincoln's Birthday." In those days, we got TWO Monday's off in short little February. Oh well, I guess that's what they call progress. Since this would be my last "three day holiday" (ie: weekend plus Monday) until April,  I started out with so many  great plans.

Laundry. Lots of laundry. Want to catch  up.

Decluttering.  Want to recycle/toss many items.

Exercise.  Get that community center membership I have been putting off.  Maybe if Clark Gable was at the gym, I would quit procrastinating!!

Sew. Lots of sewing.  I want to sew together my son's disappearing 9 patch blocks.  
What happened?
On the positive side...I did go through my quilt magazine stash.  I went through several stacks and tossed out about 30 magazines (those are ones I had torn out 1 or 2 "keeper" patterns) and have another 25 (more or less) to pass along to others. Don't fear...I probably kept about 50 magazines. But, the stash is getting smaller!! 

I attempted to work on my hexie blocks.  But,  even with my hand brace,  I am still having thumb pain. Grr...So,  I got lost at Pinterest.  If you are interested in looking at some of my boards, I am listed as Cluttered Quilter. I pinned some great vintage quilt designs...some modern designs.  And many, many recipes. 

I hope everyone has a great week...I know I plan to! 


PS: Okay, here are a couple snickers to get you through the week...