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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Is it STILL January ???

Jeez - it's still January and I've broken my "I Won't Buy Anymore Fabric" resolution twice !! Ok, in my defence, I decided I had too much baby fabric/flannels/PUL fabric and, since the local FL store had one of their famous 50 % off sales .... well, you now what happened! I wanted to use up the white w polka dot flannel and found that oh so cute pink Owls flannel. So, I spent my Saturday night making up 4 receiving blankets, 2 pink owls/white on the reverse, 1 just white polka dot and one just pink owls. They tell me new parents just can't have enough of these blankets, so hopefully my niece will appreciate these!
This baby (grand niece to be) has truly inspired me. I offered to make a baby carrier cover, but once I read through the pattern - well, it was going to be kinda difficult. So instead I picked up this waterproof one and used the Owl decals I picked up @ FL (during their last 50% off sale). The flap with the HOOT decal lifts up so you can see baby, and the flap with the Owl decal opens so you can put the baby in.  Again, hoping dear niece likes these offerings 'cause there's more!
 This is a pic of Pellon's free Frou Frou bag which I am going to try to make as a diaper bag in fab "baby" fabric. Again, I'm told new parents just can't have enough of these either.
I'm still in love with this Peter Rabbit fabric , I made a baby bib out of it for the shower. The green will be the lining fabric and I plan on using a bright green for the ruffles, wish me luck! And in my spare time I'm back quilting Felines and Flutterbies ... finished another block last  night. Oh.... this may just get done in time for the guild's quilt show in October - HA!

P.S. My sister gave the wee hearts quilt (shown in the second last post that I finished off with machine quilting) to my niece last weekend, and she loved it! Joint projects are great :)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ah Sundays .....

I promise - this is my last Christmas picture!  Well, except for anything I make between now and then which may be Christmasy .... I had a panel with several old Father Christmas images. I made 3 or 4 door hangings from the panel, this one I hang on my bulletin board at work!
It's Sunday and as usual I am relaxing in the kitchen, listening to CBC and today I'm watching the snow melt - hurray!! After last week we certainly need the break. Speaking of breaks, I finally got back to my quilting and stitched some on my Felines and Flutterbies last night while watching War Horse. It was a hard movie to watch. I hate anything that shows animals being treated badly and this movie was no exception. I just wonder how many people who watched this movie got caught up in the overtly rah rah what a hero smaltzy stuff and missed the real message - treat animals as you would want to be treated yourself!! Ok enough preaching for this Sunday. Have a great week!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Back to Work :(

Here's a pic of this year's lovely Poinsettia. The pater gives me one every year and I have to admit I kinda like having them around, even if they never last very long .... I've taken down most of my holiday decorations but have left the red on the table as it looks so nice and cheery. Tomorrow is back to work day and they are calling for a snow storm tonight ! Grrrrr. It's been a great vacation though, I managed to get the house cleaned, cook a roast & entertain the mater & a friend, celebrate New Year's eve with a friend and even get into the sewing room !!
I missed this year's Christmas deadline, so am getting myself ready for next year! Last week I showed you this Dresden mini tree skirt/table topper. And now, here is a matching table runner! I wasn't paying attention when I first cut my Figgy Pudding fabrics
and cut all the blades way too big! So, I proceeded to cut them down
which left me with tumbler like wedges now made into a matching table runner. Woohoo! I'm still very much in love with Figgy Pudding fabrics, but I think I got the last of it! Yes folks, I broke my New Year's resolution already and went out to the local LM fabric store .... I needed something for the table runner backing!
While in the sewing room I finally finished off this project my sister started many many years ago. It gave me another chance to practice my machine quilting and got it out of my sewing room. Now that a grand baby is coming I think it was appropriate to get it done!

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a fabulous and creative New Year. 

Well, I thought I was terribly terribly busy last year. My collage above reflects my busyness, although somehow I feel like I wasn't very productive! My lack of creativity is reflected in the fact that my Felines and Flutterbies is still on the frame !I hope to finish this one for our quilt show in the Fall.
I managed to get Whoo Loves Baby off to the quilter, so it should be ready in about a month - yeah 'cause the baby is due mid February .... I'll be a great aunt!! OH NO - how did I get this old ??
Spent a few months in the summer organizing our Sew What's group donation to the Wellspring charity.  I made several different items, including these water bottle carriers. Everyone donated whatever they wanted and it was fun to see what everyone made. I managed somehow to attend the Smith family picnic this year - my first in years .... and that was fun! But the highlight of my year was our Oakridge girls reunion. YEAH - Thanks to Colleen for the idea and to the ladies for getting everything organized ... we spent a fabulous weekend @ Sand Banks gabbing and catching up on everyone's life since school days ;)
I've had 2 weeks off work - and boy did I need it! I could soooooo do the retired thing! A few years yet so I'd better not get too used to this sleeping in thingee. Now that I have some "free" time I actually got some sewing done, and woohoo - finally got to my Figgy Pudding fabrics I've been collecting since forever .... so here's a nice Dresden table topper/small Christmas tree skirt I just finished up - YEAH!
 This year the mater decided to give remembrance gifts, so my sister, niece and I all recieved a Royal Doulton figurine. Here's mine
I don't have a curio cabinet, and my China cabinet is fulllll, so for now it is sitting on a table where I hope the kitties won't touch it!

Happy new year everyone,