Sunday, January 11, 2015

2014 Project Summary and 2015 Plans

Finally got around to reviewing my 2014 Project work.

During 2014 I had 57 projects on a list..... Suprise!!!  I did not get them all done.  Lol

Of the 57 projects:
15 totally done
8 tops done
4 projects have the blocks done but not assembled into a top
2 projects were removed from the list

So for 2015 my list is smaller - only 49 projects!!

8 of them are finishing the tips from 2014 and 4 are assembling/finishing the blocks done in 2014.  I hope that I don't bring any of these projects forward next year

I actually already got one finished this week and another one has binding ready to sew down!  (They are both small baby quilts!)

My other goal is to use as much fabric out of my stash as I can on these projects without buying more fabric.  That maybe hard to do but I am going to try.  

Wish me luck!!  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year Finishes!!

Between the holidays, family issues and work I have been too much away from sewing and blogging.

I do, however, have three finishes to share. 

The first is a lap quilt that will be a gift to a friend and is the first that I quilted with the Pro Stitcher computer on my aunt's Longarm machine. 

Here is a closeup of the quilting - which was a swirling pattern with dots

The second and third are baby quilts for several other friends

I had fun making the backing for this quilt as I was trying to use up the fabrics that I had leftover and was able to do it!!  I even found a way to use the rest of the red and some of the brown for the binding!

Just found out that another friend of the family had a baby boy so now I am off to make yet another baby quilt!!

Watch for my 2014 Summary post and 2015 Goals - hope to do in the next day or so. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt - Blocks 35 and 36 Done !!!!!

Block 35 is English Ivy for the Littleworths who were neighbors of the Austen Family.  Not really my favorite block in this quilt.  My center seam is a little off and I did not realize it until I saw the picture - maybe it will quilt out!!  LOL

Block 36 is Modern Envelope for Anne Sharp.  Anne was a pen pal of Jane's and one of her last letters was written to Anne Sharp.  The post on the Austen Family Album blog stated that in Jane's age they wrote letters on one piece of paper and then folded it to be the envelope also.  

And that is the last one of the blocks for this project.

Not sure yet how and/or when I will put these together into a quilt top.  I have a couple of other projects that I need to complete first.  I have enjoyed making all of these different blocks and may actually use some of them in future quilts.

Thanks to Barbara Brackman for putting this together and I really enjoyed all of the history about Jane Austen, her family and times.  

Also check out the Flicker Group for Austen Family Album to see the blocks made by other crazy quilters who have followed along on this project with me. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt - Blocks 33 and 34 Done

Between work, family and vacation I have not been in my sewing room for quite a while.

However, today I got back to sewing and got Blocks 33 and 34 done.

Block 33 is Corn and Beans for the Digweed Family.  The Digweed Family had a neighboring farm to the Austen family.

Block 34 is Queen Charlotte's Crown for the Princess of Wales.   

Felt good to be sewing again.  Only two more blocks to go on this project.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!  I have so much to be thankful for: husband, children, granddaughter, parents, siblings, aunt, friends and a wonderful church family!!

Just finished this wall hanging last night.  Hung it in the window - so that is why there is light coming out around it.

Have a good day with family and friends.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Storytime Squares Quilt #1 - Done

LA while ago I found a pattern for a quilt top called Storytime Squares at  It uses 8 fat quarters and a solid material and works great for a baby quilt.  

I had some fun boy fabrics that I bought at Material Girl in Crystal Lake, IL and so decided to make a baby quilt for my co-workers sister who just had her baby boy today (actually he is over one month early!) 

Got the binding sewn down tonight and will get it to the baby before he goes home.

I have another set of fat quarters picked out for another baby boy quilt using this pattern but I won't get to that quilt until the beginning of December.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt - Block 32 done

This week's block is Ladies Wreath for Jane Austen's sister-in-law Elizabeth Bridges Knight.  Elizabeth died giving birth to her eleventh child.  

I am very happy with this block and the fabrics that I chose.  

Only four more to go!!!