Sunday, November 29, 2009

Updates and excuses

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. My husband and I went to both families on Thursday and of course ate too much.

I didn't get anywhere near what I wanted done on the snowball quilt last weekend, but I did get the cream side pieces made.

My excuse for this weekend, I got a call from one of the ladies in town that I help out by doing her backstitching and beading on her cross stitch pieces. She had a piece finished that she needed the beading done on so she could get it framed for a Christmas gift. Almost 16 hours later-

This weekend, I took Friday and did the binding on a quilt that will be given as a Christmas gift.

Just need to add the label and it will be ready to go.

I went shopping with my girls on Saturday to take care of some Christmas shopping. Today, I got the red side pieces completed. My storage box is looking much better. Maybe next weekend, I can start making blocks.

This is my most recent cross stitch finish. This is 26 Stitches by The Drawn Thread. I actually finished this on my Pigeon Forge, TN trip.
Off to catch up on my blog reading.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Swap and update pictures

I wanted to post pictures of the other fabrics I got in the swap.

From Carol, AZ

From Nan, TX

From Debbie, OK

From Thelma, IL, who already has hers finished

From Lesly, Ontario

This is where my progress stands. I got all 480 HSTs done, strip sets sewn and recut, and the individual squares cut for the side units last weekend.
I hope to get all the side units and several blocks made this weekend. Not sure I will make it, but that is the plan.
I am going to see my quilter tomorrow and plan to drop of this quilt top. This is actually the second quilt I pieced. I started it about 12 years ago and got all the blocks together and then stopped working on it. My mother, who can't stand UFOs, got me started back on it this year and that is when the quilt bug hit really hard. I couldn't get a good picture of the whole thing, but imagine 56 of the blocks in a 7 X 8 setting. This thing measures 88 X 100. What was I thinking?

That's it for now, hope everyone has a productive weekend.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Too much fun

Got back in town this afternoon from my Cross Stitch retreat and had two packages. Love getting fun stuff in the mail and not bills. I finally found my camera cord so here is a picture of the fabric I mailed out for the swap.

I got a package from Allyson of Fat Cat Quilts- Does the one on the far right look familiar? It made me feel a whole lot better about my choices and I love the other ones she sent also. Thank you for the red, it will definitely make it into the quilt.

I also got a package from Nicole of Sister's Choice Quilts. Love these also and they made it fine Nicole.

We found our way to 5 quilt shops and 4 cross stitch shops. We had our usual outrageous fun; too much food, too little sleep, and too much shopping. I picked up more reds and creams for the challenge and lots of other goodies also.

Hope your weekend was fun also.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fabric in the mail and other packing...

I got my swap fabric in the mail on Monday but I can't find my camera cord to post a picture. I went to a quilt show on Saturday and hope I didn't drop it there. Any way, I sent Moda Marble Swirl, Iced Mocha by Buggy Barn-1900A, and Creamery Neutral III by Buggy Barn-1397. Hope everyone likes them.

The other packing I have been doing is for my annual cross stitching retreat with one of my groups. We are leaving early Thursday am for Pigeon Forge, TN. Our driver has the trip planned by what cross stitch stores and quilt stores we can stop at on the way.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.