A Few Things. . .

Sunday, January 30, 2011

With January on it's way out, I felt I had some unfinished projects hanging over my head. I had this quilt machine quilted months ago and then it just sat. I vowed to put the binding on before February. This morning, I finished the last several stitches and ran outside with the camera to capture a few fleeting moments of precious sunshine. It was a perfect day to finish the quilt.
Also, wrapped up some VQB blocks. Every color is represented in these blocks, the finished quilt will be a well orchestrated concert of color.
Here's the Olivia Bag all done up in Valori Wells' new cotton linen collection Jenaveve. It actually traveled with HRQ to Road to California as part of the handbags display. The pattern is easy to follow and well written~and it's reversible! We have a great button selection at the shop so I chose these big metal buttons. It's a nice roomy bag and I really love the dimension the pleats give.
I've also finished a couple of mug rugs. I love the idea of having a special little cozy to have my breakfast or snack on. I received one as part of a swap I participated in, and I keep it next to my sewing machine for my water to sit on. . . so classy! I'm thinking these would make great gifts for Mother's Day and friends' birthdays; especially if I coordinate a mug to go with.

Another Monday awaits. The kids and I have counted the remaining 17 weeks of school until Summer break, we are all pretty excited. Enjoy your week~and make time to stitch something pretty!

2011 Kick Off

Sunday, January 9, 2011

2011 has flown in at full force. I hope all of you enjoyed a happy holiday season. I love having the kids home, holiday music and all the special food associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I'm just as happy to have it be all wrapped up for another year. Today is the first sunshine of the year~yahoo! I literally stood on our front deck and soaked up the sun. It's a chilly 51°, but still there's sunshine! I look forward to spring, the field grass grows tall and green, the mallards hatch their eggs and we have ducklings, the fruit trees blossom in pink and white; and there's an overall feeling of rebirth; the first sunny day of Winter always reminds of Spring.
I've been sewing a bit. Finished the top for my Valentine's table runner. All shades of pink with splashes of orange, purple and gray thrown in for impact.
A bit of fussy cutting too~had to include some of the Mendocino mermaids in a pink quilt. Once I quilt and bind it, it'll be a shop sample for the binding class I'm teaching in February.I've been on a bit of a bag kick lately. This is the latest. Ordered the Echino print and Olive Swing Bag pattern from Pink Chalk Studios. I love the bright, fresh print. Honey Run had this nifty button and my favorite Kaffe Fassett shot cotton for the lining. Is it too early to start thinking Spring?

I'm off to start dinner, fold one more load of laundry and check backpacks for school. Enjoy your week!
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