Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trying to end the funk!

Yes! It is true...I have been in kind of a quilting/sewing/blogging funk. I do it to myself.  I want to do so many things and get frustrated when I can't get it all done. Work has been crazy. Life has been busy. You get it.

I have been knitting. Knitting in the evening really calms me down and I love to knit.  I didn't know that when I learned 7-8 years ago, but I do.  I love it.

Sewing jazzes me up. If I sew at night, I am too revved up to sleep.  I can't really see as well at night, so I have been balking at any type of hand sewing. I need to get over that.

I have also been somewhat intimidated by my ever growing pile of UFO's.  I did make a huge step though--I bought the Washi Dress pattern and fabric on a trip to Indianapolis 6-7 years ago.  A few years ago I finally started it.  I was almost finished, except for the cap sleeves.  It has been hanging in my sewing room for at least two years, waiting on those sleeves. I want to sew clothes for the grands, but wanted to finish the dress first. And the dress was still not finished, so I'm not sewing for the grands. I got everything out and realized I had lost the instructions.  Rats!!!  I emailed the kind designer, Rae Hoekstra, and her assistant sent me the directions.  So yes! The dress is in the process of sleeves!!!
I think I will be finished tonight!!!  Woohooo!!!

Maybe I am finally breaking out of my sewing funk!!!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Life Happens, But It's All Good

Do you ever think you have your world under control and then find out how crazy it can be? March was nuts.

We bought a house. We did it. We've been talking about it for a while and decided to go for it. And  then we found a great one we couldn't pass up. I was a bit worried about moving my world to the next town, but I really love it.  I love the space, I love the calm. Our work commute increased by about 20 minutes, but I'm ok with that.

Oh yay!  I thought I lost my post...

I did get a top pieced. It is a graduation gift for my niece.  It is currently at the quilter's.  I'm making matching pillow cases too.  I used a Moda Bake Shop pattern, "Sunset Ridge".

I also caught up on our guild color challenge, which is to use the Handy Andy pattern to make two blocks each month in a prescribed color palette. So far, it has been a challenge to use colors I 

normally don't use.    Check out https://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com/2019/05/design-wall-monday-may-27-2019.html and see other great possts!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Good Fortune Top is done!

Wow!  Where have I been???  I have been so busy I haven't posted in a while..like 3 months!!!

Life has just been crazy here.  I have been trying to sneak in a little sew time and today I finally got to sit still long enough ...... I finished Bonnie Hunter's Good  Mystery Quilt!! I decided this year I wanted to use Christmas fabrics instead of the color scheme Bonnie had suggested.  I think it will be fabulous to wrap up the grandkids each Christmas!


Unfortunately it was pouring rain this afternoon and I couldn't go outside to get a good picture, but I will post one soon. 

I even pieced the back.  I had this fabulous Christmas cookie recipe themed fabric.  I added a row of pieced leftover four patch blocks down the center.  Why did I make so many of these anyway??

And speaking of extra blocks, today I found the stack of green and white HSTs I thought I was missing.  Wish I had found them sooner, when I needed them!! Well, hopefully I can hand the quilt off this week to my quilter friend and let her work her long arm magic and quilt this baby for me.  I am just so happy I finished!!!  Now on to something else!
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Monday, December 31, 2018

Good Fortune Part 6

Well, I'm not finished with Part 6, but I've made good progress.  I finished Part 5 and I think I'm doing pretty good considering I had to catch up and I've been at work all week.

Part 6 progress shot:
I'm going to go to Texas tomorrow to help Mom as she broke her leg and can use a little assistance, so I will be back sewing in a week or two.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Good Fortune Catch Up Time!

Wow! With the holidays and visiting family I became a little behind on the Quiltville Mystery Good Fortune! I knew I would have to wait to catch up, and thankfully Parts 2-4 were not too complicated. I know this project is not a race, and I will not be upset if I am a bit behind. I chose a Christmas fabric color scheme.

Part 3: I wonder what Bonnie has planned for those bonus half square triangles?


Part 4: I love string piecing!
Next up: Part 5!!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Good Fortune!

Wow! Where has fall gone???  I have been so busy here in Crazy Sue land, but I am still knitting and quilting.

I couldn't resist---I HAD to join the Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery--Good Fortune. Yeah, I really should be working on UFO's, but I knew if I didn't do it I would suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out). Just do it.

I wasn't wild about the color palette, so I decided to try using Christmas fabrics. I have a whole box. Once I got started playing in my box of fabrics, I realized that many were lots of colors and patterns that would not "read" well as red, green, or yellow, but would just look like a jumble of patterns and colors, so I made a quick trip to the quilt shop for a little stash enhancement. ;)

Part 1 was red and white four patches. I'm glad Bonnie went easy on us!

Part 1 is done! ready for Part 2.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Quilt Show Weekend

This weekend we went to the Pinebelt Quilt Show in Hattiesburg, MS. I entered two quilts and was thrilled to find out both received honorable mention. 
"Too Much Yellow" was my versions of Bonnie Hunter's "On Ringo Lake" mystery. I added the nine patch square border.

My "Susan's Splendid Sampler" also won honorable mention.  It was from Pat Sloan's Splendid Sampler I. 

I managed to get a Splendid Sampler II block done yesterday. It was a cathedral window block designed by Jenny Doan.  It was quick and easy--instant gratification. 

Check out http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com/2018/10/desgn-wall-monday-october-8-2018.html to see what everyone else is up to.