Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WIP Wednesday

It has been a busy day so just now getting around to posting my WIP for this week . I think at times I bite off more than I can chew so I am in catch up mode at the moment .
 First off I have been working on these adorable house blocks by Shabby Fabrics  ,there was no way to resist such cuteness and it is also an excuse to use some of those scraps that seem to multiply so rapidly :-)
I still have some of the applique to do but am almost there and have the block for May printed off but not yet started .
I took the time to complete the border on the Pam Buda patchwork pockets project and love it , so last night I sandwiched it but did not have time to get it quilted yet , have no idea how I will quilt it really , any suggestions?
 Now I have this mini to complete as well as my baskets from a few weeks back ,that should be enough to keep me occupied right , wrong , oh yeah I seen that Joanne of Threadhead was having a little mini sew along this week and I had to join in on that one too , what's a girl to do ;-) These are such tiny blocks but Joanne has been generous enough to share some wonderful tutorials on making easy flying geese and hour glass blocks as well as hst's so it has made the little blocks so much easier to handle and so cute when they are done. I am just using scraps for this one as well.
 Today's blocks are ready to go but not yet sewn so I will show an update later .Thanks Joanne for a fun sew along .
 Since I have been out most of the day it is time to get a few things taken care of here in the house so I will close for now but before I go I am linking up to the Needle and Thread network today , be sure to stop by and visit as there is some wonderful work to see from all types of crafts people across Canada  . Thanks for stopping by and  have a wonderful day .
 hugs Sheila

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Morning coming down

What possessed me to give it that title is beyond me but here goes . It is a wet and dreary day here on the east coast not my kind of day to say the least but will make the best of it .
 I will show you a photo of our weeping ornamental cherry tree that is now in full bloom , just looking at that makes a person smile. OOPS , just realized I didn't have the pictures in the computer yet .Ok here we go.
 Gorgeous huh ! The nice part about spring is all the lovely new growth and seeing flowers of any kind is a good thing after the long days of winter :-)
 On Saturday I went to visit my dear friend Dianne and delivered the crazy patch blocks that are part of an international Round Robin we have been taking part it . I won't show you all the blocks because Dianne may want to do that later but I will share the block I made for her . This was my first time doing a crazy patch RR and I have to tell you I found it quite challenging to think of what to add to the blocks but at the same time I truly enjoyed seeing all the blocks that came my way each month , wow there is some gorgeous work involved ,some way  beyond my abilities . My blocks are not yet back to me , Janet(no blog) probably has them now and she still has plenty of time before the next deadline . I had finished Dianne's so thought it would be nice to pass them on .Ok I am rambling again , here is the block .
  Actually it is not the best picture but it will give you an idea of what I did . I am not the best at embroidery but I love trying to expand my library of stitches . It will be nice to see what Dianne does with her blocks , they are gorgeous.
 Remember how I told you I am easily distracted well the other day I came across some hst's that I had left over from a project I had made for my sister many moons ago , there were not that many but I just had to come up with a plan RIGHT then , you know how it is ,or do you ? Anyway I started to sew them together in the most pleasing way possible , and they were not all perfect but we managed to get them together and then I thought some applique would be a fun addition .Flowers were cut and ironed on , you have to love heat n' bond lite , hmm , what next , hey I want to learn some thread painting so this was a possible solution to the center of the flowers as I had no desire to deal with a small circle of fabric to applique  . On with some decorative threads and just went for it , I love doing this and will try now to expand my applications of this to other projects . It is far from perfect but the process was such fun .I even did some FMQ in the shape of flowers and leaves which turned out quite well if I do say so myself .
Are you playing along with the Bingo games , I have come to the conclusion I am not born to play bingo , I think I have like two buttons so far , pathetic huh . Oh well I will check todays list and maybe I will fair a little better .
 I worked on the borders for the Pam Buda  Patchwork Pockets sew along , have all the pieces made but not sewn together yet , that is a lot of small pieces to deal with but oh I am in love with this little quilt and you know I managed to get this made with using just one FQ of the black and although it was real close I did it .yeah. The light tan color was left over from my Oriental Beauty and I came within an inch of not having enough of that , seriously I didn't think it was going to be possible but the fabric gods were with me ;-)
 Anyone for carrot  pineapple cake , no icing on it yet as it is cooling but it smells wonderful , carrot cake is my all time favorite dessert.  The larger of these cakes will be delivered in the morning to the hospital as a Celebration Cake to a patient who has just completed Chemo treatments . Our little church group has been making cakes for a number of years for this very worthwhile cause so I hope my cake will be enjoyed by the lady who receives it .
This is a very large recipe and the cake has to fit in a specific cake container so I used two pans and that way I will also get to celebrate !
 Time to think about lunch , all this talk about cake and the aroma of it is making me hungry , go ahead take a piece from the smaller cake . Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a wonderful day .
 hugs Sheila

Friday, May 4, 2012

The smallest quilt yet !

 It's Friday all ready , where did this week go . I haven't done much sewing but do have a couple of quick things to share . First off I am taking part in Melody's Penny Rug BOM and she told us that for May we will need two small quilts for a clothesline , well luck would have it that I was searching through some scraps for another project and came across a strip of small squares I had sewn for a swap a couple of years ago so proceeded to sew these into a square of a size I felt would work for this project. I am not sure how Melody wants us to attach these quilts but I have decided to let them hang freely from the penny rug so made this into a very small quilt , measures about 4x5"and I even did some binding , just ask was that a challenge  ;-) I need one more quilt and have that idea in brain just waiting for a few minutes to make it.
 Don't look too closely at the quilting I just eyeballed it ,didn't want to take the time to mark it , shame on me huh .
 I also got my two house blocks made for May , this months color is blue so I searched through my scraps to see what I had to suit and these are what I came up with .
 My favorite is the lower one made in oriental fabrics , it was a small piece I had from who knows what other project and it has a lot of blue so I felt it qualified . Thanks to Terry of Terry's Treasures for hosting this BOM

I don't know about you but I am easily side tracked , when I was searching for a piece of fabric I came across a bag that someone had given me of some scraps (they know I love scraps) and in this bag was a few squares that had already been sewn together so I had to think of something that I could make with those .Since I didn't have a lot to work with I figured either  a mug rug or a pot holder would be the best I could come up with so a pot holder it is . I added this leaf I had cut for another project and quite like how it looks .
So that's it for me today , oh before I go I would like to give my friend Annette a little plug , she has the most gorgeous quilt in the Mc Call's  Quilt design star contest ,it is called Jewels of the Night and is incredible .
You can go here to vote for her or one of the other wonderful quilts , there are two categories , Annette's is in the professional category . Thanks .
 Have a great day :-)
 hugs Sheila

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesdays Treasures

It is Tuesday again so time to link up with Melody of the House on the Side of the Hill who is our lovely host for this weekly event , it is always a good thing to spend time being thankful for what we have , sometimes we can get sidelined when things are not going just as we would wish but if we take the time to just sit and be grateful for all we have in life it will make things so much easier to deal with.
 I have been blogging now for over two years , hard to believe I have that much to say , so my treasure today is all my blogging friends , you have no idea how you have impacted my life in various ways. There are bloggers who always make me smile , they just have a way of brightening a dull day , there are those who are so inspiring , those who give encouragement when we need it most , those who share their ideas and are there to help you out , I could go on and on but my point is I am thankful for each and everyone  . I have a very long list of blogs that I follow and continue to add to that list when I come across someone who interests me , I may not have the time to visit everyone all the time but I love knowing that you are there when I can visit . I am also thankful to all who take the time to visit here and leave comments , I truly  enjoy reading them . I believe that people come into our lives for a reason ,  while we have them they give us joy and bring that something special into our days or perhaps they will leave us with a valuable lesson so today I want to say I truly appreciate everyone who has crossed my path in life and I hope that in some small way I have given something back.
 I don't want to post with out a picture , just would seem strange so I will share what Mother Nature has done to my dear Rhododendrons , there is not much hope of seeing any blooms this year , we have had heavy frost a few times this week , spring kind of fooled us a few times with warm temperatures and now we are back to reality .
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day. Oh and be sure to hop on over to visit with Melody and see what others are treasuring today.
 hugs Sheila

Monday, April 30, 2012

Weekend progress

Although I didn't get a lot of sewing done over the weekend I did manage to finish off my sample piece for the workshop . This candle mat was designed by Annette of In Stitches and Seams and is a real fun project to make . I have another in stages that I will also finish up real soon .
Now you may have realized by now that I enjoy making things from basically what  most would toss , I must be cheap ;-) Well this project gives you scraps that are not exactly straight and far from uniform in shape however I took the time to sew them together and made this mug rug , the good part about this is it gave me a chance to try some more FMQ , Not so sure you can see it but there is a raw edged appliqued flower which I did entirely free motion then echo quilted around it and added a few leaves , I love doing those leaves .
 I know I should have chosen a different fabric for the flower it blends in too much but I was determined to just use up those fabrics . Now some of  the gals who took the class passed their scraps to me as I also save the unusable pieces to eventually make a dog bed , I have an old pillowcase just about full now with odds and ends of scraps . Hey it will make Luke really happy and better than giving it to the landfill .
  I have been playing along with Rana and doing the BOM with the autumn theme , to check it out just click on the pumpkin icon on my sidebar , it would be easy to catch up and I think it is a fun project but then I love anything fall.  I am all caught up now and like how this is looking , what do you think ? Dear hubby said "it isn't my thing" oh well can't please him everytime .
 I will have to say it was tough to cut through those stars , didn't want to mess them up but they look interesting in their new setting .
 Finally I did the fourth block in Pam Buda's Pocket Patchwork  little sew along , I still have some catching up to do with this one as it is time to add some sashings , I was so glad I had enough of the black to make that final block as I was not able to find anything similar ,wonder how this will all go together .
I don't use a lot of black and I have had this fat quarter so long I have no idea where or when I got it and I do love it in these blocks.
 We had some heavy frost over night that I believe was detrimental to the health of my Rhododendron blossoms , they had started to open on Sat. and now look all wilted , such a shame . It is a cool but sunny day here on the east coast , hope the sun is shining in your neck of the world. Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon.
 hugs Sheila

Friday, April 27, 2012

The postman arrived :-)

If you love a rainy day come on over , it is just dreadful , rain and wind and yuck. However the postman arrived with a delightful surprise for me ,the first one arrived on Tuesday morning on my way to quilting , sorry I just have not had two minutes to post. My friend Annette surprised me with this sweet postcard , I love sunflowers so this is  just perfect and oh so creative .
 Don't you just love it , it sure brightens a dreary day :-) Thanks so much Annette  .

 Today I was going to head down to visit my parents for the weekend but my body thought otherwise and I guess this weather is a huge part of the reason so I was feeling a little sad about not going when the mail arrived and Bill brought in this little package for me filled with the most gorgeous wool pieces and aren't they sweet the way they are held together with buttons.
 This wonderful surprise was from Cyndi , you sure made my day Cyndi , thanks so much I will sure enjoy using these in upcoming projects . Cyndi knows how much I love wool :-)

 I had a busy week , on Wednesday I had my first ever try at teaching a workshop for our guild , I was worried that I would not be up to the task but I think it went well , everyone achieved success and I think they enjoyed the afternoon . I have never had so many questions thrown at me at the same time before and I hope I explained things well enough. I am not that comfortable standing up in front of a group but it did make it a little easier that I knew them all . The pattern we used was designed by Annette of In stitches and Seams  and she gave me permission to teach the class , thank you Annette , I know the girls all loved your pattern.

The name of the pattern is Crazy for Candles , a lovely variety of colors in this group . Great job ladies !!
 In preparing for this class I made a candle mat as well but mine is not quite finished , however when I made this before I had a block left over so decided to turn that into a mugrug and practice this months FMQ , I did not have a good marking tool so had problems seeing my design however I think this is a really great way to put some wonderful designs on our quilts , in the areas that I could see well it was an easy way to FMQ , so don't look too closely but here is my little sample .

I also have a second Christmas item for this month , the first being the snowman stitchery I showed in the blog hop and then just today I finished off this pillow top .
 Oh my it shows up the scratches on my old church bench , Luke our dog loves to get up here and ask for a treat :-) Anyway this pattern is by This and That and is called Comfort and Joy , cute pattern .

 The last time I was home my Mom asked me to finish off a baby quilt she had started , the top was complete and it was all sandwiched but she didn't feel she had time to quilt it , I have nothing to do don't you know ;-) , so I brought it home with me and I got it quilted on Sunday as I was at that time thinking I would be going back down today but that is ok I will take it the next time.

I took this picture yesterday when the sun was shining beautifully , see the grass in the background , it is getting so green and lush , just gorgeous , you can almost see it growing .
I think I have kept you long enough and I really need to go anyway ,time to stretch . Thanks for stopping by and have yourself a wonderful day .
hugs Sheila

Sunday, April 22, 2012

And the Winner is !

In this beautiful box that my friend Dianne gave me are all the names for my blog hop giveaway ,I had to do this the old fashioned way as I have no clue how to do it any other way .
I had Bill draw the name for me after he stirred them up for a while , this is the name he drew out .
  Can you read it , well it says Charlie and Wendy ,Wendy of Charlotte's Web 
Here is a close up of the winning name ,congratulations Wendy , please send me your mailing address so I can mail off the little mini to you .
 Thank you to everyone who entered and to those who became followers , welcome and I hope you will return often .
 Thanks for stopping by and hope your day is special .
 hugs Sheila