WIP Wednesday #3

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all doing well on this Wednesday. I know after having a girls day yesterday with my little girl and my bestie that I’m feeling recharged. Hopefully going to get some projects worked on today. Here’s what’s in my line-up and what I’ve been working on. 

Remember the woman who I said organized the hop I was just in – Marian from Seams to Be Sew? Well, I’ve been really excited for this BOM she’s doing. It’s called Twas the Night Before Christmas and each block is going to be a different scene to go along with the storyline of the book. 🙂 I got all my fabric pieces for block 1 cut out using my new Silhouette Cameo 3… It really turned into a mess… But I don’t want to get into that now. If you want to see some of the photos from this attempt at cutting fabric (and when I finally gave up and went back to using a pair of scissors) you can check it out on my Instagram account. Now I just have to sew down the pieces. I would like to get this done by this weekend – but we’ll see.

Next up is the mini quilt I’ve been working on for the #miniappquilt on IG. I’m very happy with the way this one is turning out. I have about half of the pieces stitched down. Once I’m finished stitching I’m going to get out the watercolor paints and watercolor pencils and give everything some dimension. Then I’m going to quilt it. I’ll need to buy some thread though because I don’t have a pretty sky blue in a nice thread. I’m hoping to finish this one this week. Fingers crossed!

I’ve cut out all the pieces for block 1 of Buttermilk Basin’s 2017 Mystery BOM and tacked them down. Now I have to sew around the edges and add in the embroidery detailing. Now, I know that Buttermilk Basin does their stuff in wool – but this just shows you that wool applique and cotton can be interchanged with no problem. I don’t know why, but I’ve actually had people give me a really hard time saying that you can’t make an applique pattern designed for wool in quilting cotton and vice-versa… Yeeeaaaaaa. That baffled me beyond belief. Exact same pattern pieces and directions, just change out the fabric. Whateva… However, the background that I’m making these on – it’s 100% wool suiting fabric. Someone brought in an entire bolt that had some moth holes in the first few layers. I simply cut around the holes. I’m using it because I wanted a medium tone gray so that the rest of the fabrics would pop, didn’t have enough yardage of a solid gray that I liked, and didn’t want to buy more. All the other fabrics are from my scrap drawer. 🙂 

Next up is block 1 & 2 from Caught Ya! BOM by Fat Cat Patterns. There’s going to be 26 different fishing lure designs and their layout for a twin sized quilt uses 24 of the blocks and finishes at 63.5 x 93″. That’s just not big enough for my hubby. Therefore after playing around with some math, I decided to make mine using 28 blocks – 4 rows wide by 7 blocks long. This should allow it to finish around 77 x 101″ which is a much better throw size for my hubby. So, since there’s only 26 blocks and I need 28, I had to double up on 2 blocks and I figured I’d just get that over right away. 🙂 The background fabric I cut from a bolt of white fabric I have. The fishing lures themselves are being made from pieces out of my scrap drawer. The hooks are being made from 1/2 yard cut of a gray glitter Thanksgiving fabric I bought at Joann’s when their red tag fabric was half price. 🙂 I’ve sewed one down and didn’t realize until after I had finished that the hook had shifted while I was sewing… *sigh* Now I’m debating if I want to rip out the satin stitch done in invisible thread that covers the edges, or if I dare to leave it and hope that the quilting will hide the slight pucker in the fabric – it’s really not as bad as it looks in the photo.










Other than that I’ve decided that I really would like to move my Christmas Cactus plants somewhere near the dining table (where I spend most of my time) and am debating on making some crochet plant hangers so I can hang them over the table but out of reach of my little girl. Not that she’d hurt the plant intentionally, but I’ve found her playing with her Barbie dolls in another potted plant acting like the Barbies were in a sandbox… O_o 

And, now that I’m thinking about crochet, I really need to finish up the crochet/fabric dresses that I’m making for my little girl that are all cut out and crocheted. I have to sew them together. Those will be 4 more finishes on my 2017FALQ1 list. 🙂 

After seeing that Ivory Spring is going to be having a sew along using the pattern Spring on Bleecker Street that’s free over at Quilting Treasures, I decided that I’m going to sew along. I’ll be making this throw sized quilt for my grandma who adores birds and birdhouses. The entire pattern is already available but Wendy won’t be starting until Feb 15th. I’ve downloaded the pattern and am debating on how I’m going to cut out the bit of applique. I’m thinking I’ll try to use the Silhouette to cut fusible web and then I’ll iron the cut pieces onto the fabric which I’ll then cut out by hand. We’ll see… I’m also thinking I’ll pick out a color palette and make it scrappy but within the color palette I decide on. 

Also, I’ve been hunting for a quilt to make for my mother-in-law. After spending 2 days just attempting to label and cut out the “pattern” for the pretty Diamond Hill BOM, I crumpled it all up and threw it out. I had to stop and do some evaluating. If it was frustrating me that badly with just the first block, there’s no way I wanted to deal with that for 3 more blocks plus the 4 corner/edging blocks. Anyhow, I decided that I’ll make 2 of the Spring on Bleecker Street quilts – the second for my mother-in-law using pink for the main color. She’s a pink person 110%. 

Plus, I came across the Fair Isles Winter BOM by Morning Glory Designs which I fell in love with. I’m trying to push myself into doing things that aren’t really my style so I can broaden my thoughts and I’m hoping this will help. I have OCD which shows itself in math and patterns. It’s very hard for me to do improv quilting and truly scrappy or sampler style quilts. I need to have a pattern, symmetry, or something that ties it all together (other than just color) or else it will drive me crazy. I’m someone who used to stare at my ceiling for hours every single night for months trying to find a pattern within the randomness of ceiling popcorn… Once I finally scraped the popcorn texture off the ceiling, I slept much better. Yea… For those that are unaware of OCD and how it works, it doesn’t matter how smart you are or if you have any common sense – it’s a compulsion that cannot be controlled. Even though I was totally aware that I would not find a pattern on that ceiling, and I knew I needed to get sleep, that didn’t stop my OCD from kicking in. Reasoning does not work against the compulsion and I argued with myself in my head over that darn ceiling many times. Anyhow, this quilt seems to be the perfect blend of pattern with sampler to start with. I’m still debating what colors to do it in. I really just need to go check out my stash and make a decision. Right now I’m leaning towards black and white with pops of yellow which is one of my favorite color combinations.

Ok, time to actually go do something. LOL What are you working on?

I’m linking up with:
Moving It Forward Monday at Ems Scrap Bag
Fiber Tuesdays at Quilting Room with Mel
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

A Fresh Snow Blog Hop day 4

Good morning everyone! This morning is day 4, the final day, of A Fresh Snow Blog Hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew.


This hop involves sewing a winter project with anything other than cotton. Here’s the line up of bloggers who are participating today: 

Jan 25

So go visit those whose day it is and I’ll see you later for WIP Wednesday. Bye!

A Fresh Snow Blog Hop day 3 – A Skirt Tutorial

Good morning everyone! This morning is day 3 of A Fresh Snow Blog Hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. This hop involves sewing a winter project with anything other than cotton.


Here’s the line up of bloggers who are participating today:

 Jan 24

Elm Street Quilts
Resourceful Momma
MooseStash Quilting
Any Pattern
SeaCoast Quilter

Yep! That includes me for today. 🙂 

I simply adore long, layered skirts on my little girl, and she loves wearing skirts and dresses! She balks at wearing anything other than dresses. I can get by with putting skirts on her, but her preference, hands-down, are dresses. She loves it when I make her anything! If she’s wearing something I made when we go out, she’ll proudly will tell anyone and everyone who will listen that “mom made this for me” and I melt every single time. 🙂 So I try to whip her up quick, easy but still cute dresses and skirts.  
For my project, I’m sharing with you this skirt that I make a bunch of. It does not require any pattern pieces to print out and can be made in any size. It’s made using simple rectangles cut to size. Let’s get started! (As you can see in the photo – this was from Christmas time and she was wearing a skirt I made for her a number of months ago – I made another one specific for this but didn’t have time to photograph it on her as I just finished sewing it up around 11pm last night. They are exactly the same though, just different fabric. I thought I had step-by-step photos of the previous one, but I don’t…)
We’re going to do some figuring now to make your skirt so get out something to write with and something to write on to make note of these numbers. Personally, I’m making this in a girl’s size large (10-12) and will include the measurements for that for reference and ease of describing. 
There are 2 measurements that you will need – 1) waist measurement (or widest part of the bottom half of the body) (28″) and 2) length you want the skirt (22″). Now, take the length you want your skirt and divide it by 4. Since I want my little girl’s skirt to be 22″ long, 22 divided by 4 is 5.5″. Add 1″ to that number for seam allowances (5.5 + 1 = 6.5″). Add 3″ to that number for the top tier to allow for the waistband (6.5 + 3 = 9.5).
Now let’s figure out the width of the rectangles. Take the waist measurement (or widest part of the bottom half of the body) and add 5″ (28 + 5 = 33). Now take that number and divide it by 2 (33 / 2 = 16.5). Add 1″ to that number to allow for seam allowances (16.5 + 1 = 17.5).
The first and shortest rectangles you cut out will be the top ones. Mine will measure 9.5″ x 17.5″ and I’ll need to cut 2 this size. The next tier down will need to be 5″ longer than the top. Mine will measure 6.5″ x 22.5″ and I’ll need to cut 2 this size. The next tier down will need to be 5″ longer than the previous. Mine will measure 6.5″ x 27.5″ and I’ll need to cut 2 this size. The bottom tire will need to be 5″ longer than the previous. Mine will measure 6.5″ x 32.5″ and I’ll need to cut 2 this size. 
Each of the 3 longest pieces (all except the very top tier with the added width for the waistband) will need to be ruffled or gathered on one long edge so that it is the same size as the tier above it.
One long end on both of the 6.5″ x 32.5″ pieces will need to be gathered until they measures 6.5″ x 27.5″. One long end on both of the 6.5″ x 27.5″ pieces will need to be gathered until they measure 6.5″ x 22.5″.
One long end on both of the 6.5″ x 22.5″ pieces will need to be gathered until they measure 6.5″ x 17.5″.
This can be done in any number of ways including: pin tucks, pleats, ruffle foot on your sewing machine, or by making a large basting stitch on your sewing machine and pulling the top (or bottom) thread. Personally, since this denim is so heavy, I knew if I attempted to pull thread to gather the fabric it would just break under the strain. I decided to go with couching some cheap yarn. Basically, what you do is get a length of yarn that is a few inches longer than the length you need to gather up. Set your sewing machine to the widest and longest zigzag stitch it has and literally sew the zigzag over the yarn while keeping the yarn in the middle of the zigzag so the thread from the sewing machine does NOT get caught in the yarn! If it does, you won’t be able to pull it to gather your fabric!!!
After I’ve done this to the 6 pieces, I pull on the yarn on one end and gather up the fabric until it is the length needed to match the tier above it.
Then I pin, pin, and pin some more. You can do this in numerous ways, with a raw edge from the top tier, with a raw edge from the bottom tier, raw edge from both tiers, or clean edges from both tiers. For this one I chose to do clean edges from both tiers so I matched up right sides together. Sew the seam and continue with the rest of the tiers until you have a front and a back of the skirt that has 4 tiers on it.
Then you will line up the sides of your skirt with right sides together and sew both sides.
Now it’s time for the hem. Some fabrics don’t require a hem, or you may not want one for the way it looks. However, I wanted this skirt to have clean lines so I chose to do a double folded hem. I didn’t want frayed edges from the hem hanging down below the hem. I simply folded over approximately 1/4″ of the bottom edge and gave it a light press and then folded it over another 1/4″ and pressed it again so it would hold while I sewed it. 
Now for the waistband. Once again, there are numerous ways you can do this. A simple fold over casing for the elastic, elastic sewn right to the edge of the fabric without any covering, sewn onto the fabric itself, etc. Still going for those clean lines, I decided I wanted to encase the elastic within a casing but not just by folding it over, leaving a space to thread my elastic thru and then sew the opening shut. I made a casing by folding the fabric over the elastic twice and then sewing it all together while holding the elastic fully stretched out. If you choose to do this, realize, the elastic will appear to be permanently stretched out when you are done sewing. However, this is not the case! Once you run it thru the wash it will shrink right back to the size it’s supposed to be. 
And, we’re done! (Seeing as how I just finished this at 11pm last night I’ve not had time to wash and dry it to show you how the waistband will really look. But, like I mentioned earlier – it’s the exact same as the floral one.)
Structurally, the skirt is finished. However, it is not quiet “done” yet. Huh? Well, my BFF seen me post pics of it on IG yesterday and offered to embroider a unicorn on it for my unicorn-loving little girl! How sweet!!! So, one it comes back with that done, I’m going to sew some detail seams in a matching color. 
Just in case you think your limited by the type of fabric you can use to do this with, I’ve done this same skirt in many different fabrics – corduroy, demin, cotton, fleece, flannel, vintage bed sheets, upcycled sweatpants she outgrew, cheap lining satin, knit. The list goes on! 
Anyhow, I hope this has sparked your interest. If you make one, I’d love to see it! Please feel free to email me or tag me on Instagram
Still here? That’s good! Because there’s a give-a-way!!! Whoop whoop! Isn’t Marian from Seams to Be Sew simply amazing? Not only did she organize this hop, but she also donated the prizes! Today’s prize is this awesome kit:
I hope you liked my project. By for now!

A Fresh Snow Blog Hop day 2

Good morning everyone! This morning is day 2 of A Fresh Snow Blog Hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. This hop involves sewing a winter project with anything other than cotton.


Here’s the line up of bloggers who are participating today:

 Jan 23

Quilted Fabric Art
Sew Many Yarns


So go visit those whose day it is and I’ll see you later. Bye!

Project Quilting Challenge #2

I decided this year I was going to join in for Project Quilting to see what I could come up with in such a short time and following the inspiration given. However, as I mentioned in a previous post, so I didn’t end up with a bunch of random mini’s that didn’t quite go together, I also decided that all of the mini’s I make fit into a theme. Since I adore Alice in Wonderland so much, I picked that as my theme. So, not only do I have follow the Project Quilting rules, but my own on top of it. 


This week the inspiration for Project Quilting was the Carolina Lily. I immediately thought of the garden in Alice in Wonderland with all the singing flowers.


So using this image as my inspiration, this is what I came up with. 

There were a few more things I was hoping to add, and I think I may still, but I didn’t get a chance to before time ran out to enter the challenge. I was hoping to add a face to the lily and add a rocking horsefly like in Alice in Wonderland. Anyhow…

I started the lily from a drawing I made and cut out of a solid color fabric.

As you can see, it wasn’t looking like much of anything. Just kinda, blaaaaa. So I got out my watercolor pencils and this is what it looked like after a bit of playing around. But, it still wasn’t “enough.” 

So I dug out my watercolor paints and embroidery thread and here’s the end result which I’m very happy with – but having a really hard time capturing the true colors and depth of! The photo just above is the most accurate for colors.

As far as the quilting, it had me stumped for a little. I wanted something that was a bit, umm, off, like the Alice in Wonderland movies themselves. I decided to go with a diamond-shaped spiral. Good idea but it was a headache going around all those edges! LOL

With those flowers I also used watercolor paints to edge the white fabric with red and just let the fabric suck the red up into the middle as it wanted. 

So, that’s it! It finished at 12″ square and was made in Eastman, GA. Whatcha think? Do you like it as is or do you think I should add the rocking horsefly and give the lily a face?

Sorry for the short and sweet post, but we have severe weather here and I really need to get off anything plugged in. Hubby about had a stroke when I refused to turn off the sewing machine to finish quilting it while we were having a lightening storm… Bye! 

Linking up with:
Persimon Dreams for Project Quilting Season 8

Stash Report #4

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all doing good and are safe and sound. The weather around here was crazy yesterday and last night! Tornados popping up everywhere, hail, recorded winds in places as high as 151 miles per hours – yes, that’s one hundred and fifty-one. A Wal-Mart in Warner Robins, GA actually lost part of their roof and the store was flooding! There was a wave of bad weather yesterday afternoon around 2pm, a second wave last night around 4am (yes, we were all awake!), and there’s supposed to be a third wave early this afternoon. Fingers crossed. Anyhow, onto the stash report. 🙂 

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 5.6 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 7 1/3 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 8.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 panels ADDED + 1 3/8 yards USED
I’m not sure how to count the panels so I figured I’d just keep them listed separate from regular yardage since most of the time they are less than a yard.

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,220 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 2044 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 824 yards ADDED
I did actually use yarn and finish projects (the tops of the dresses for my little girl), however, my scale batteries died and I’m not sure how much yarn I used… So I guess I’ll just save those totals for next week.

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 5
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 5 pieces USED

The 2 yards of fabric that I purchased was this pretty, fine tulle that my little girl picked out and asked me to make her a dress from. How could I say no to that? Plus it was on sale for $1 per yard!!! *score* I’m thinking I’ll make her birthday dress from it since it will fit into the Unicorns & Rainbows theme she decided on. Now I just have to pick out a pattern. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the top is actually a pretty green while the bottom is a baby blue. 

The fabric I used included 3 yards total from 4 different fabrics for the dresses I’m making for her right now that have the crochet tops (this is where the yarn used is for as well). Plus, I cut out all 28 base blocks for the Caught Ya! BOM that I’m making for hubby. So far I’ve made 4 of the blocks and have pulled all the fabric for the applique from my scrap drawers and haven’t even noticed a dent. We’ll see though because these pieces seem like they’ll use up my big scrap pieces quickly. I’ll either have to go to the fabric on my shelves in the near future, or I’ll piece together smaller scraps to make fabric to cut out for the applique. We’ll see how ambitious I’m feeling. 😉 

How about you? Did you use or add any fabric or yarn to your stash this past week?

I’m linking up with:
Patchwork Times Stash Report

LGO2017 Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of Let’s Get Organized in 2017. This week is part 1 of organizing our craft area. I’ve started on my yarn stash. I started here because there’s lots of it and I think I can get it organized relatively easily. LOL

What I didn’t realize is that what you see is only about 5% of my yarn stash… I kept finding Joann’s, Michael’s and Wal-Mart bags that where here, there and everywhere with yarn in them… Not to mention mailing bags & boxes of nice yarn from when I got a bit of mad money and was buying yarn from individuals who were destashing on Ravelry… Anywhoooooo. 

A quick Google search or peak around Pinterest will yield lots of interesting ideas for storage. Everything from reusing cardboard boxes taped together to repurposing furniture from other rooms to use for your yarn. There is no right or wrong way as long as it works for you to keep you organized. Plus, since everyone’s stash varies from those with less than 10 skeins to those of us who have several hundred, you really need to consider your stash size before you decide on a storage solution. 

I seen this photo of repurposed magazine holders being used for yarn from Laughing Purple Goldfish. And I love the idea!

But, with several hundred skeins which includes lots of Red Heart Super Savers, Big Twist Rainbow Classics, and Caron One Pound skeins, for me this is impractical. One of those larger skeins would take up an entire magazine holder – IF I could squish it into there. That’s what I mean about the storage solution has to fit your stash. 

Now this idea from Knits for Life I really REALLY love!

However, I currently don’t have the wall space for it… My craft room has 1 wall that’s nothing but windows and a door;  the second has windows and a fireplace; the third has about 3′ on both sides of a set of french doors that lead to the living room; and the fourth is my only real wall space and it has a door to the hallway. Maybe when we move…

If you’re interested, you can find more eye candy and ideas for yarn storage on my Pinterest board – LGO2017.

Anyhow, between the lack of wanting to do something permanent (like built-ins) since we are currently in a rental, along with the considerable size of my stash, I decided to go with simple, yet organized and easily portable. I’ve read about people on Ravelry keeping their stash in plastic totes and having them numbered so that’s what I decided to do. These are the totes that I got – 18 gallon Sterilite plastic totes with snap on lids – that I picked up from my local big box store. I didn’t want to get bigger ones because I’ll be the one to move them around and I didn’t want them to be too heavy.  

Here’s my plan. I’ve already numbered the totes (yarn 1, yarn 2, etc) using sticky labels. As I put a skein into a tote, I’m entering all the information, including a photo, into my Ravelry stash. If you have any sort of yarn stash, you really should be using Ravelry to keep track of it! First off, it’s FREE; second, it’s easy as pie; and third, it keep all relevant information regarding your stash in one place that you can easily access from anywhere with an internet connection. At the craft store and debating if you have a particular skein in your stash? Check your Ravelry stash! Need to pick up another skein but forgot to note the dye lot number? Not a problem – check your Ravelry stash! Out and about and talking to a potential client about yarns and she asks about the fiber content but you can’t remember? Check your Ravelry stash! So far, I’ve only come across 1 yarn that wasn’t already in their database with all the general information (weight per skein, yards per skein, fiber content) and it was easy as pie to add it. 🙂 

Anyhow, as I’m putting yarn into the numbered totes, I’m also including the tote number to the information in Ravelry. Yes, there’s even a predesignated spot for you to fill in where that particular skein is being kept. 

My OCD will not let me store multiple skeins of the same yarn in different totes, so this is a process for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to say by next Friday that all my yarn is organized… But we’ll see. First I need to go buy more totes. I laughingly only purchased 2 thinking I could shove it all in those. HA! Those 2 are packed full and I’ve only put about 20% of the yarn I have lying around in bags into the totes and I’ve not even touched the skeins on top of my shelves!?! 

If you’re interested in purchasing the same totes I got you can get them here


Do you have a yarn stash that needs organized? Have you decided how you’re going to organize it yet? Share with us! 


A Fresh Snow Blog Hop

Hi everyone! In case you’ve been under a rock, today is day 1 of A Fresh Snow Blog Hop hosted by Marian of Seams to Be Sew. She hosts the best hops IMO. Anyhow, this hop involves sewing a winter project with anything other than cotton. Here’s the line up of bloggers who are participating:

Jan 20

Jane’s Quilting
Lulu & Celeste
Quilt In Piece
3Patch Crafts

Jan 23

Quilted Fabric Art
Sew Many Yarns

Jan 24

Elm Street Quilts
Resourceful Momma
MooseStash Quilting
Any Pattern
SeaCoast Quilter

Jan 25

Don’t delete this! That way you know who’s day it is so you can go see what they’re sharing with you AND so you can enter the different give-a-ways!!! WHOOT WHOOT!
I’ll see you later on with the LGO2017 post. Bye!


WIP Wednesday #2

What have I been working on… I think the question is what haven’t I been working on? lol Seriously, I feel like I’ve been really productive the past week and half even though my little girl and I are sick as heck… There’s been a few nights that I’ve not slept – not even put my head on a pillow. I literally just skipped sleeping several nights – not in a row! But still. Anyhow, let’s see what I’ve been up to. 

I did have 2 finishes from my #2017FAL listmy fingerless gloves & my oldest daughters Winterbird shawl. Plus I’m working on 4 dresses for my youngest at the same time. Since they are the same thing with different fabric / yarn I’m making them assembly line style. I made one of these dresses for my granddaughter in a size 2 using this free pattern from Purl Soho and wanted some for my youngest. The directions are only for sizes 2, 4 & 6 which isn’t big enough for my almost 4-year-old. So I’ve been winging it with no problems. All the fabric is snuggly flannel from Joanns. These 4 claimed 3 yards from my stash. 🙂 

On Monday I spent the day “shopping” my fabric stash for several new projects I’m making. First up is the Caught Ya! BOM (see button in sidebar) that I’m making for hubby. It’s an applique quilt and I cut all the base blocks from a bolt of solid white (using 2.6 yards from my stash). Next is the Buttermilk Basin 2017 BOM (see button in sidebar) that I want for me. Someone in my quilt guild gave me a bolt that had approximately 7-8 yards of a gray wool on it and I decided to use that as the base for these blocks (these are all applique as well). I’m proud of myself! So far I’ve only used pieces of fabrics out of my scrap drawers for all the pieces for these 5 blocks I’m working on. 

Next up is the Diamond Hill BOM (again – see sidebar) which I absolutely fell in love with. Immediately I seen it in my head done with a  deep gray background and Kaffee Fassett prints. But… Seeing as how I only have 2 different 1 yard cuts of his fabric in my stash… Well, I decided I wasn’t going to make one for me right now. But, it’s so pretty! And I really want to make one! So I decided I’d make one for my mother-in-law for her Christmas present for this year. She’s all about pink so stash shopping was easy for her colors. LOL All I need to get is 2 1/8 yd of a solid, light green (for all those applique vines). That middle pink will be the main color.

I’ve finished cutting out all the applique pieces for the applique mini quilt swap I’m in on IG. Not sure what color(s) I’m going to use to sew the pieces down yet. But I know I need to pick up some sky blue for the quilting. 

I’m hoping that I’ll be pulling out a sewing machine tomorrow and start actually sewing all these things – the applique pieces onto the 4 Caught Ya blocks, the 1 Buttermilk Basin block, the 4 dresses, the 1 large Diamond Hill block, and the mini quilt. What am I doing today? Hopefully cutting out the pieces for the Diamond Hill block applique, the Twas the Night Before Christmas BOM (also an applique), and the pieces for my mini quilt for this weeks Project Quilting challenge.

On a side note – as this little girl is getting bigger I’m loving the conversations we have. Lately they’ve been revolving around 2 things – her upcoming 4th birthday and the garden. She’s decided that she wants a unicorn and rainbow birthday party!?! (Seriously where do they come up with this?) And, she would like her own garden this year! LOL I asked her what she wanted to grow and she told me “rainbow flowers and tomatoes because tomatoes are good.” ROFL I guess it’s a good thing I already had plans to expand the garden this year. 

What have you been up to?

Fingerless Gloves Finish

Way back in early September I splurged and bought a skein of Haute Knit Yarn in the Haunted Forest colorway from a destash sale. The yarn was so pretty and it was a great price – I couldn’t resist. It was also my very first skein of yarn that I purchased that wasn’t from a big box store. 

I knew I wanted to make something for myself that was “me” and after some online hunting, I found a free pattern for fingerless gloves that I loved and I got started right away. 

Look at the texture on them! *swoon* They crochet up flat and you have to seam the edges together and then add the buttons. I had both gloves crocheted up in 2 days! Since I didn’t have any buttons that I thought looked just right with them, I set them aside. And they collected dust. 

And a bit more dust…

I finally picked them back up 3 days ago (1/13/17) and had them finished within an hour. It took me almost 4 months to finish that last little bit of work to be able to call them completed!?! WHAAA?!? Anyhow, they are all done now and I absolutely love them and the yarn!

I really need to get my hands on more of that yarn. It was an older skein of sock weight yarn so I’m not sure about the base it’s on. I’d LOVE more of this colorway or any deeply saturated jewel tones if anyone has some that’s sitting in their stash that they’d be interested in selling. Just sayin’. LOL It’s not like I’m on a craft supply diet or anything like that. 😉 

Anyhow, it feels great to have an item on my #2017FALQ1 list complete!