Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lovely Finishes for February...sort of...

I just realized that I have not yet posted what my "Lovely Year of Finishes" is for the month of February. So, I guess I better since there is not much left of this month. The first picture is how far I got on my January project. It needs a few more rows and then to be quilted. I did get lots done on it which is better than nothing. This months is a table topper that I started last fall and it needs a border and quilting as well as a bit more embroidery. I may be able to finish this one though! We shall see.

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you get something finished today.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Quilt buds and the ugly quilt saga

Yesterday, my quilty friends and I had a stay-retreat, if that is a word/phrase. We had breakfast together and then quilted from 9am to 9pm. We ate so much wonderful food, were blessed by such generousity and enjoyed each others company. It was a wonderful day/evening. I look forward to our next one. Normally we meet each Friday to quilt together and have lunch which we take turns providing. We are together for four to five hours each Friday. If you do not have a quilt group, I high recommend putting one together.

I worked on the pattern "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go." I completed ten of the twelve blocks. I already have completed the stitchery scenes. I also made quite a few flying geese blocks for this as well. I will post the completed quilt soon.

The saga of the Ugly Quilt has come to a close. If you recall, I was making a quilt for my granddaughter and I woke up in the middle of the night and thought, that thing is just plain ugly. It is still not my favorite but I have finished it with some changes to make it acceptable. Here are the before and after pictures.
So what do you think? I know my ten month old granddaughter does not care and it is soft and cuddly. I am going to make her another one soon that is one that I hope I will like better.
Have a wonderful weekend. I hope you get to have some stitching time.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine's give-away winner and a crazy weekend

Wow! do you ever have those days when so much happens it is fun, crazy, loud, joyful and all the rest? Well, we just had an amazing few days. My youngest daughter had the Valentines Day of her life. She is now an engaged young lady and so excited. Yes, we shopped for wedding dresses this weekend and she knew it was 'the' dress when mom, that's me, cried. It is beautiful but more important she looks even more beautiful in it. (have to wait to see it till after the wedding) We also had family from out of town visit and my sweet sister in law and I went to the Hemet Quilt show. So, with all of that and a few more things added in, the Valentines give-away is late being announced. OhioLori is the winner. I have sent her an email notifying her as well. So what did the pile end up looking like, well here are a few pictures.

Three more things were added; a half yard of white fabric, five fun flower buttons, and for Valentine's Day, chocolate, yummy chocolate.

The summary of what is in the bag for this give-away is, three fat quarters, one half yard of fabric, two sets of vintage buttons, my favorite marking pencil, ribbon and red ric-rac, conversation hearts, and five very fun buttons. Be sure to look for another give-away next month.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine Give-away continues

Did you think I had forgotten about my continuing give-away? Life is always a bit uncertain when you have chronic migraines. So no, I have not forgotten. The pile is growing and here are a few pictures of some of the new additions .

This is one of my favorite marking tools. Quilters Choice silver pencil.

This is some very pretty ribbon and medium sized red ric-rac. So fun for this time of year.

Quilters are all sweethearts and who better deserves a box of sweet hearts? I added these for those who like me love chocolate but can not have it.

Last but not least, vintage buttons. I love buttons, all kinds of buttons and these are so cute. I am sure I will add some other more modern ones to the mix as well.

Have fun and be sure to sign up for this give-away. The last day to do so is February 14th at 9pm Pacific time. All you have to do is be a follower and leave me a comment about it.

Have a fabric kind of day.
    Scrappily, Susan

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Let me introduce myself, neighbor

I am new to the group that Marlene has started to help us get all those unfinished projects done. She is over at Be sure and stop by. I have already found her to be a wonderful neighbor.

I am a semi-retired nurse. I was also a homeschool mom. I have been sewing since I was 9 when my great Aunt Thelma encouraged me to try sewing for my dolls and then myself. I made my first dress for myself when I was 10. It was just a shift but I remember it and wore it. I made my first quilt out of flannel when I was 14. I made it for my baby sister who was born on my 14th birthday. Off and on I have been quilting ever since.

Today I love to quilt most any style. I prefer to design my own blocks and embroidery patterns. I love to hand quilt and also free motion. Both are quite addicting in their own way.

My three children are grown and I am an enthusiastic gramma. My Dh and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary this summer as well.

Well enough about me, have a wonderful day playing with fabric scraps, I am going to...


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February Give-away

I just love getting gifties in the mail. It brightens my day, puts a spring in my step and stirs the creative juices! It is always fun to get that little nudge to be a little more creative.  And generousity should bring on more generousity. So I am pulling some things out of my sewing room and putting them together. I am going to add to the pile each day till  February 14 then I will take a final picture of all the goodies and have the drawing. So what is today's addition to the pile? Three fat quarters...
These fat quarters are Valentine/Spring in their cuteness. Tomorrow I will add buttons, or vintage lace or a pattern? We shall see.
All you have to do to be in the drawing is be a follower and tell me so in a message.
Have a fabric filled day!

Monday, February 4, 2013

What a busy weekend! There was Ground Hog Day, a special day to be certain, hehe. And then there was Super Bowl Sunday. The commercials are always the best part and usually the only part I watch not being a football fan. So what did I do all this festive weekend you ask? Well, thanks for asking. I sewed brides maid dresses. They are a vintage Vogue pattern in red satin. The fabric is just beautiful and the dresses should be lovely. (as long as I don't make any mistakes)  Two are ready for fitting and one more to go. I have to admit I feel the need to get them done not so much for the bride but so I can get back to my quilting projects! Is that bad of me?

I received some quilty love in the mail and I just have to share it with you. This mug organizer is made to perfection and so cute! Check out her site and leave her some bloggy love.

Hope you have a lovely quilty day! Tomorrow a give-away, see you here!