In the weeks before Thanksgiving I'd been thinking about making advent calendars for Seth, Eli, Shaye and Audrey. I simply couldn't decide on a pattern or idea.
Very frustrating for this Nana.
And then I spotted these fabulous stockings!
It's red and white velvet with delectable fur and bells to trim the cuff. 30" long with pockets on the front for goodies and treats to help count down the days until Christmas. After the countdown has come to an end it's a huge regular stocking for Santa to stuff on Christmas Eve.
It didn't take me long to order four stockings with personalization and have them shipped directly to my daughter's house.
My grandchildren absolutely love them.
Wouldn't it be fun to have a stocking like this for yourself???
I'd love to have all the pockets filled with chocolates - YUM.
And, on Christmas morning it would be fun to find all sorts of quilting/sewing/stitching doo-dahs just for ME. LOL
What would you want to find in the pockets and the stocking itself?
I don't know if she found me or I found her but either way we've had some fun e-mail conversations. I've watched Deb work her way through quite a few UFOs with lots of dedication. Actually, I've been in awe. Rather than try to tell you about Deb, I asked Deb to answer a few questions. If you have a few minutes please visit Deb - you'll be in awe, as well.
I tried to add a picture from Deb's blog but sadly I failed.
You'll find lots of wonderful pictures when you visit her blog. :-)
1. How long have you been quilting?
I took a beginning class in 2002 - so taking out my 3 year hiatus it's
been 8 years.
2. How long ago did you stop quilting and when did you come back to it?
I fell off a step ladder while stripping wallpaper in September 2009 (4
years ago tomorrow actually!) and badly broke my right leg. Ironically that was
going to be my 1st quilting room. I had surgery and spent 6 days in the
hospital followed by 12 weeks of no weight bearing, a blood clot and months of
physical therapy. All of my crafty mo-jo vanished and I didn't sew one stitch
until I started quilting again in late September 2012.
3. How many UFO's did you discover when you returned to quilting?
My 1st count last October was 88... but I found 13 more later for a
total of 101.
4. Have you worked only on UFO's or have you thrown in a new project or two?
I've finished 65 projects since 10/1/2012 and 56 have been UFOs - so yes
I have thrown in a few new projects but they have been mostly table topper size
or smaller! My UFO Reward System gives me a new large project after I finish 10
UFOs and I give myself some leeway on small projects as long as I finish them!
I know it sounds strict but it seems silly to work so hard at finishing while
creating more at the same time. At the the start of 2013 I decided to take this
year and really focus on UFOs. My word for the year is FINISH. I've struggled
with procrastination and finishing things my whole life so this has really been
life changing for me.
5. What have you discovered you missed about quilting?
This is a great question Darlene! I've done many different crafts over
the years because I grew up in a creative family. My Mom sewed most of our
clothes and taught me to sew in my early teens. I went to college to be an
architect and ended up being a CPA - it seems like I try to shut down my
creative side at times and no good comes from that! I love to play with colors,
patterns and have always loved fabric so quilting really hits home for me. I
think it is wonderful therapy too. Simply said - doing something creative just
makes me a happier person.
6. What do you do with all your completed UFO's.
Here comes the accountant side of me (lol!). 33 of my 56 finished UFOs
have been donated to Project Linus or other charity groups. I love making
bright quilts with fun novelty fabrics for kids. I get to try new color
combinations, new patterns and new techniques so it's a total win win situation.
I've given 8 away as gifts and the remaining 15 are here with me. It makes me
so happy to finally see quilts being used in my home.
Forgot to add - my Dad's craft was woodworking. I have beautiful
pieces of furniture and other items he has made throughout my home. He has kind
of given it up as he's gotten older and that is sad. I really should do a blog
post about it!
Please visit the creative spot in her home where all the magic happens.
I'm Shaye, Darlene's granddaughter, I hope you remember me. :-)
My momma, Kristie and nana, Darlene need your help, please. My little sister will be here soon and they need help with a couple of things
They need to get busy on her nursery but my mom can't decide on fabric.
They've looked at Moda & Riley Blake collections.
The one Moda collection she is crazy about won't be available in yardage until the end of October. That's really cutting close to my sister's anticipated arrival cuz my mom never carries full term.
Do you have suggestions - help us please! :-)
Bear in mind that my mom doesn't always use typical nursery prints.
For instance, she did my room in Bliss by Bonnie & Camille.
And, my sister doesn't have a name yet because my mom and dad can't seem to agree.
I've suggested Elmo and Mickey but they don't like either one.
After I laid it on our bed I decided it had to be bigger.
I managed to put a huge dent in the container filled with 2" print squares.
I used all of the 2" white squares, as well.
Every line of fabric Bonnie & Camille have designed for Moda is represented in this quilt:
Cotton Blossoms, Simple Abundance, Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern, Marmalade, Happy Go Lucky and Scrumptious.
Here it is in all it's glory; big enough for our king size bed.
The stats in case you want to make one, too.
84" x 90" finished
1680 - 2" print squares
1680 - 2" white squares
Total - 3360 - 2" squares
When I decided in May that I wanted to make this quilt I was chatting with
Carol (Brown Quilts 4 Me).
We decided it would be more efficient for me to make 16 patches.
It was much easier to keep my 2" squares straight (we feared individual rows might bow)
14 - 16 patches per row
This quilt was so much fun to make.
I hope you'll make one, too.
Start cutting your 2" squares.
Thank you for stopping by to visit with me.
I've had a couple of very pieceful days - I hope you have, as well.
A new project with my Avalon jelly roll by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.
Remember when I cut 2" squares from scraps of Bliss, Ruby, Vintage Modern, Marmalade & Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda?
They took another tumble in the dryer because I added some Scrumptious. :-)
I have finally started what I'm calling my Postage Stamp project. There are many definitions of Postage Stamp quilts - in my world - this is a Postage Stamp quilt. LOL
I'm lovin' it and will share as it grows.
Recently I had some problems with my e-mail - I could see the icons but couldn't actually see the e-mails. My Tech Guru (Mr Daze) and I decided I needed to delete everything so he could work on reinstalling stuff. Everything is working again - whew - so if I missed an e-mail from you please forgive me.
I appreciate your visit and wish you pieceful days!
Where the heck did April go? I thought I still had a lot to say and yet it's been two weeks since my last blog post. Guess I don't have much to say after all. Sigh! :-)
Take a look at the title of my post - LOL.
Shaye's BIG announcement!
Our 2+ year old granddaughter, Shaye is here to tell you that she's going to be a BIG sister in November. She and her BIG brothers, Seth & Eli are very excited. :-)
We have a long wait however I have a feeling November will be here before we know it.
I have been doing some sewing but nothing worth mentioning. LOL
The mailman brought two packages with two fabulous new books! As you can see I've already precut some super old fabric (it was buried deep, deep, deep in the stash closet) to make a project from "Stash Basket Beauties" by Kim Brackett. She's the queen of 2.5" strip projects. :-) I've flipped through the pages of Camille Roskelley's "Simply Retro" book but haven't settled on a project.
Hopefully my next post will bring some news about me using a needle and thread. :-)
Thanks bunches for popping in to visit - wishing you a very pieceful day.
I'm finally here to share my Simply Charming mini.
This is Teresa's Treasures (18" x 22") made with an Avalon charm pack. I wasn't sure about the navy blue prints but adding the blue binding adds a nice finish.
Don't forget to visit my Kathy's blog to add your link for your Simply Charming mini finish.
On Friday after I quilted my Teresa's Treasures mini I decided it was time for my next Moda precut self challenge project.
I had a new fat eighth bundle that was teasing and tempting me. Sigh!
It was Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. Bigger Sigh!
Let the cutting, sewing and trimming begin.
Here's the result...Dashing by The Pattern Basket.
Yardage is not available yet however, as soon as it is I'll be running anxiously to purchase my border, binding & backing fabrics.
In the mean time I'm thrilled with the result - it's definitely a "Happy Go Lucky" quilt.
It's time to empty my snippet bucket and rewind the empty bobbins. Those are the six bobbins I wound last week and I managed to piece the Simply Charming mini, two twister quilts and the Dashing quilt. That makes me :-) I'm a happy girl.
One of my dearest bloggy friends has been checking on me via e-mail to tell me that she's been missing my regular blog posts and my visits around bloggy world.
I've told her that I haven't been blogging regularly because I haven't had anything to blog about.
And, while I've popped in to visit each everyone of you I've been oohing and aahhhing silently. Today while I was sewing I asked myself if I've run out of things to say - HECK NO! LOL
Please don't give up on me I'm going to try harder to post on a more regular basis.
A few weeks ago while 'hermitting' I was thinking about and planning future quilting projects. I decided it would be fun to challenge myself to make a project featuring some Moda precuts (i.e. a charm pack, layer cake, jelly roll, honey bun, fat eighth bundle and fat quarter bundle). I started looking through books, patterns, Pinterest, etc. It's been a daunting task because there are so many fabulous patterns available for precuts. Whew!!!
Since I couldn't decide on patterns for every precut I decided to just get started.
Doing often leads to inspiration.
Friday morning I cleaned and oiled my sewing machine; wound a bunch of bobbins and selected a charm pack of Avalon that Carol had given me when we met with Cheryl for lunch in March. It took me forever to decide on a project. I chatted with one friend who had tons of suggestions but then I chatted with another friend, Carol and she suggested I use it to make one of the mini quilts from Simply Charming (duh - why didn't I think of that? LOL) We went through the book together and found a pattern that would work. woohoo!!!
I'll show a picture of my mini Simply Charming quilt tomorrow after I quilt it - it'll look much better than it does now. :-)
That mini quilt didn't take long so I decided to move on to a project using a layer cake.
I cut 10" squares from my Hometown (by Sweetwater for Moda) fat quarter bundle. So, is it a project using a layer cake or a project using a fat quarter bundle? LOL
I made a Twister quilt using the large layer cake template.
I've made a couple of Twister quilts using the smaller templates and while I had fun making those I never felt comfortable cutting around the templates. I feared I would cut off the tips of my fingers with my rotary cutter. ACK!!! Quite frankly, I've grown accustomed to having those finger tips. LOL
I was instantly smitten with the larger template so I had tons of fun!
Needless to say I love, love, love the quilt top, too. teehee!
This layer cake of Sunkissed (also by Sweetwater for Moda) like the Hometown fat quarter bundle had been in my closet for a long time.
When I rolled out of bed this morning I knew exactly what I was going to do today.
Can you guess?
If you guessed another Twister quilt, you're absolutely right!
I'm becoming a pro at these cuties. LOL
Now I want to dig in my closet and find layer cakes to make more Twister quilts.
Please don't send the men in the white coats!
A project with either a jelly roll, honeybun, fat eighth bundle or fat quarter bundle is up next - what to do, what to do?
I'm glad I decided to do this self challenge with Moda precuts because it's forcing me to look for and use fabric I'd forgotten I had. So often I get caught up in the latest and newest that I forget about the past latest and newest that I had to have.