Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Finish........and In the Hoop Now (or again)

At about 2am this morning I finished sewing the binding down on my grand daughter's quilt.  Whoop!  Whoop!  

Now I cannot find my fabric pens to date it.  Crap....

I hand quilted this one.  If I had PLANNED on doing that I would have used wool batting, especially since it has Minkee on the back.  Wool batting is like Butta'....

Linking up with Friday Finishes on Confessions of a Fabric Addict....

I have decided this year I am going to focus on UFO's.  Not that I won't do an occasional wall hanging or table runner, but my main focus will be on cleaning things out and finishing them up. 

So.......next in the hoop, OR back in the hoop I should say, is is this gorgeous Laurel Birch quilt I did quite a few years ago.  It was "in the hoop" before Lynlee's but then I had to take it out to get her's done.

I have been dying to get this one hung up on my wall in my bedroom.

I'm a lot farther on it than I thought I was.  Good for me!  So here we go, the beginning of a year of finishes.

Here we go people!!

Always, 


Gentrie




Saturday, January 2, 2016

Goodbye 2015.......Hello 2016

Happy New Year Everyone!

Next weekend is our first Open Quilt Saturday of the new year and I'm excited!  I want to complete Hailey's quilt and then do something fast and quick.  Just to get my new year started off right!

I bought these at our local shop here last week.  They have one particular fabric line coming in after Christmas that I have my eye on to get......but I could not resist getting these.



I love the Simply Colorful II line.  Those are all my favorite colors in there.  I found the regular charm pack online on sale and had it loaded into the basket to get and then the 2 year old struck.  Do you think I can remember what site I had that on?  I'll have to search back through my history.



I got this pin cushion from a dear friend.  She is really non-blood family, my 2 year old calls her Grandma.  I love it.  The embroidery is awesome, and the walnut fill is supped to keep your needles sharp.



I bought myself an adult coloring book.  I find that not only does it help me de-stress a little, but it also helps get my creative juices flowing again when I find myself going stagnant.  This first picture is as far as I have gotten so far, and it is not completed yet. 

It is a beautiful and sunny day today after a week of gloom and snow.  I do not mind the snow, but it is nice to see the sun again!  Love you sun!!

So Happy New Year, and may it be beautiful and prosperous!

Always,

Gentrie

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Madness

Amongst all of the Christmas Madness this quilt is still in the hoop, but getting sooooo close to done.


Between how busy we are at work and trying to get all the Holiday festivities and chores done it is not complete yet.  Basketball is over now (for the 6th graders).  In a way I am sad, I do enjoy watching Hailey play basketball.



I am loving our tree this year, smell and looks..



Mark got an elk this year which means we had to buy a small freezer to put the meat in.  Which means the shelf that was once in the room (no pictures due to the horrific mess it was) had to come out.

What to DO with the extra shelf????

In walks my Saturday project this weekend......



Yep, reorganizing my closet!!  I do not have my own quilting room in this house so the question becomes where to put stuff.  My husband could barely get to HIS portion of the closet due to boxes of quilting items in the way.



Insert trumpets sounding here.........he can now walk RIGHT up to his clothes now!  Oh, and the tool box is mine.  My husband did inform me that I have another tub of fabric in the storage unit, besides the tub of batting, and would I like him to bring it over?  Oh how sweet you are dear, but I think we may have to wait for that momentous occasion.

Again, the before photo is WAY TOO atrocious to post here.  Let me assure you this was an all day project.



Have a Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Always,

Gentrie

Friday, November 27, 2015

In the Hoop

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I have been hand quilting again, which I have not done for quite a while.  In the hoop is my granddaughters quilt.




Through the strip piecing I am doing a meandering diagonal quilting.  Nothing structured, fun and random.



Can you see the calluses forming on my fingers?  They are so stinking sore.  Had I PLANNED on hand quilting this quilt I would have used wool batting, especially since it has minke on the back.


In OTHER breaking news, I did finally receive my swap blocks!!!!  Yeah!  There are SO many fun fabrics in here!  I love them.  Now just to figure out what I am going to do with them.....hmm. 



Sunday, November 15, 2015

Projects in progress

I have been out of commission for a while with all that has been going on.  Between taking care of two elderly parents and 2 kids and working full time, I just don't get enough quilting (or me) time.

Right now as I type this my 2 year old is sitting in my lap asking if she can touch the buttons. Um mm, no.


This is a quilt that I made for my grand baby.  I had made her blankets but not a quilt.  We had a one day sew in the third weekend of October and I put this top together.  I am hand quilting it now.  I tried it on my machine but I think the minke on the back was throwing it off.  I could not get my tension adjusted right and gave up before I ruined the quilt. 

We had another one day sew in yesterday and that is where I tried machine quilting this.... FAIL!!!  So I hand quilted for a little while and then worked on Hailey's quilt for a little while.



In other news, we have been having some amazing sunsets!

My block exchange blocks seem to be lost in the mail.  SAD FACE HERE!

I am keeping hope alive they will show eventually.

Always,

Gentrie