Monday, January 12, 2015

A First Quarter List for the 2015 Finish-Along

I am linking up to the 2015 First Quarter Finish-Along with Adrianne of On the Windy Side.

I am excited to get back to sewing this year and move some projects off my shelves and into use. I am going to start with a shorter list this time around and see if that keeps me focused.

Here goes:

1. Patriotic Scrappy Trip Along - ready to be quilted and bound

2. Low Volume strips with solid squares- ready to be quilted and bound

3. solid stripes pillow project

4. Gray, Green and Aqua Bag

Hopefully those awesome prizes will help me get some of these completed!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

4th Qtr Finish Along - project list

It is time to get back in the saddle...

Linking up to the 4th Qtr 2014 Finish Along at the Littlest Thistle

Quilting has been on my back burner for way too long. I have not sewed a single seam since we started down the very long road of my husband's health problems back at the beginning of May. The quarterly Finish-A-Long is the perfect incentive to get going on some languishing projects.

First up are quilts that need to be quilted:

1. Patriotic Scrappy Trip Along -

2. Low Volume strips with solid squares-

3. Layer Cake Lemonade Farm

4. My Big Print Bonanza-

And then there are these projects, at the piecing stage
long languishing...
5. Improv block

6. William Morris pinwheels - this has looked like this for... ahem... 2 years...

7. Lucky Stars paper piecing
8. solid stripes project

9. Tiny postage stamp Rainbow

I think that about covers it.  Looking forward to getting back to the machine and hopefully to get some finishes!

Monday, August 11, 2014

So much to be grateful for

These last two months have been a wake up call. A whirlwind of scary activity, and a real reminder of what's important. They say that in tough times you find out who your real friends are, and boy have I had some surprises.

Just before my last post, my husband started to lose the sight in his right eye. this was a huge concern, because in November of last year, he started losing the sight in his left eye- and by January he had no functional vision in the left eye.

As you might imagine, we were all terrified. The original diagnosis was a temporary loss of blood flow to the optic nerve, causing it to be damaged. The suspected cause was sleep apnea, and we were told that as long as he got that under control and faithfully used his CPAP machine, the chance of this happening to the other eye was slim. But now this had started in the other eye. We were terrified.

My husband has been in the hospital twice in the last two months for strong doses of IV steroids., thinking he had some horrible, debilitating disease that would soon attack other parts of his body. Finally, we found a doctor who was willing to think outside the box, and try something even though there was no conclusive diagnosis, to try to save the remaining vision. At that time it was about 50% of the field of vision in one eye. If we could save that, we felt that we could manage. He would never be able to drive a car or ride a bike again, but we could manage.

All quilting activities have stopped, but I was privileged to be able to hand deliver the Quilt of Valor to  its final destination.  This is James Newman, a 93-year old  WWII Veteran who survived the Battle of the Bulge. I delivered this on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and we had a conversation about that. He is a wonderfully spry and sharp man, and it made me realize how fortunate I am to know him!

Fast forward to today- My husband has been on this new treatment, for a suspected auto-immune disease for about 6 weeks now. We are so surprised and grateful that the vision in both eyes is improving. Two doctors -  both very well respected neuro-ophthalmologists told him that was pretty much impossible. Any improvement is a win, and who knows how much more might come back. It just goes to show you that you should never give up. Follow each lead to its conclusion, and keep asking questions.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Finished - my first Quilt of Valor

Linking up to 

Here she is... and I am so thrilled at the way it turned out.  
This will be delivered next week to its final destination!

And, I have checked off one more item from my Q2 Finish-A-Long list. 
See my original list here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Quilt of Valor is quilted!!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

Sew Fresh Quilts

My Quilt of Valor has returned from the Longarmer, and it looks beautiful! I am excited to get the binding on it, and the label. Now if only I can find those labels.... You can see the whole top here.

Didn't my quilter, Rosemary do a fantastic job? She chose a gold thread that works so nicely with the pale gold flannel I sent her for the backing, and it picks up the few stars in the top that include gold. 

 I love the density of the quilting and the stars in the pattern. Won't it have such a wonderful crinkly texture once it is washed?

Hoping to have it all completed when the weather is better so I can finish up and get some nice outdoor shots of it. I will be happy to check off another project on my Q2 Finish-a-long list!

More to come soon!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Springtime log cabins Pillow Finish

Here it is the middle of April and I am still craving real springtime!! But, I am only 20 days into the second quarter and I have a finish, so that's good news!

The 32 degree morning temps earlier this week certainly made me want to finish up this pillow project which to me looks like the blue skies in spring and the green buds of flowers to come!

This one is listed in my Etsy shop.

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finish-a-Long Q2 - my list

This will be linked up to Katy at The Littlest Thistle for my entry into the Q2 Finish a Long.

Many of these things will look familiar, since they are carry overs from the first quarter of 2014. Sigh...

First up, my project for Quilts of Valor. I really, really expected this one to be completed by now, but my longarmer assigned by QOV got very ill and was unable to quilt this one up for me. It was returned and will be off shortly to my newly assigned partner! I am excited to get this done.

QOV Quilt

Second will be my soft springtime log cabin pillow. I have 4 log cabins made so far.

Springtime Log Cabins

Third,  an oldie, but a goodie... My William Morris scrap quilt...

Swartz Creek Scrap Quilt

Fourth,  this rainbow quilt. I have a direction now in my mind, and I am considering trying to enter this one in a contest. Must be completed!
Rainbow postage stamps

Oh yes, and this little improv block needs to be figured out and finished up into something...


Tops to be quilted and bound:
low volume

Big Print Bonanza

Layer Cake Lemonade

RWB Scrappy trips

And finally, this bag I am making for myself:

And look how quickly I came up with TEN WIPS. Ten. Yikes!

Wish me luck. I am gonna need a lot of it!