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Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Blessings

I hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful Easter yesterday! We had warmer temps and sunshine... made for a great day to relax and enjoy a great meal...

As promised... a couple of updates on some projects in progress... first up is Part 2 of the Blackbird Design's Garden Club Series. This one is named Apple Orchard.

The next quilt is named Josephine and is from an older Easy Quilts magazine. I'll give all the details when this top is completed... right now, here is a peek at the fabrics all cut and ready for piecing. Yes... I did make a sample block before cutting up all that fabric! :-)

So far, the instructions for this have been very clear and easy to follow... since this pic was taken, some flying geese units have been made. :-)

That's about it for here... we're enjoying all of the colors of Spring... so many flowering trees are blooming... and of course, there's daffodils, crocus and hyacynths! It used to be that Fall was my favorite season... as I'm getting older, I'm learning to appreciate each Spring more and more!

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!


Sunday, March 20, 2016

Woolrights Spring Hook-In

Yesterday was a beautiful, cloudy day... just right for a road trip! I ventured out to Lancaster, PA to attend the Woolrights Spring Hook-In! 200 plus people participated in the hooking part of the hook-in... some people (like myself)... just went to look at the hooked rugs on display... and see what the vendors were offering...

Here is a handful of the rugs that were on display...

...and although I wanted to purchase SO much more... I stayed with just spending the pre-set amount of cash I had brought with me... yep... the plastic stayed home!

...a few pieces of wool from the Wool Studio... a hooked rug pattern and two punchneedle patterns from The Old Tattered Flag.

Like I said... a good day for a drive out to the country... to visit with wooly goodness!

Next post will be an update on some of the projects I've been sewing... maybe even a progress report on one (or more) of the three projects I just purchased at the hook-in? *wink*

Until next time... enjoy each day for the gift that it is!


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Sunday Best

Last week I thought I had decided which kit was going to be the first pieced quilt top on the Janome... I even made a test block to make sure the pattern's measurements were correct... but then, I looked at the amount of time it was going to take for the cutting, and thought.... "No way... I can't wait that long... I just want to sit and stitch"!!!

So... yesterday I pulled out the second kit in the Simple Whatnots Club... this is Collection 4 which features Kim Diehl's Sunday Best line of fabric. This little runner is called Double Dutch Stars and finishes up at 10-1/2" x 26"1/2...
Please excuse our lawn... spring has not sprung here yet! lol!
It was an absolute pleasure to sit and stitch with this Janome! She feeds the fabric through so evenly and effortlessly! Since this is the first time I was using a 1/4" foot, I had some trial and error with the timing to pull out pins. If I waited too long, the pin would get caught (on the foot edge) and twist the fabric a bit... pull the pin too soon and points would not match and it looked like no pins were used at all. I think I've got a system going for that now...

Next will be to sandwich top, batting and backing and quilt as desired... that sounds like next weekend's adventure!

Until next time... enjoy each day as the gift that it is!


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