Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Finish for 2013

I wanted to get one more finish in for 2013. So I worked on this little quilt late into the evening.
This is my Jacks Schnibbles quilt.  It only took me 2 hours to quilt the whole thing.
It is fairly small, it measures about 45 x 60

That gives me 5 finishes so far off my FAL 4Q list.
Link up for the Finish Along starts tomorrow and goes till the 8th.
So Technically I can work on more finishes for the quarter. But as of now I have 5 completed.

Happy New YEAR!!


Monday, December 30, 2013

Celtic Solstice - Still on Step 2

Yep, still on step two, but I am making some progress.  I got all my white and yellow squares marked, and have various steps completed for step two.  I knew the king size would slow me down a little but not this much, but to be fair, I do have some really good excuses for being little behind on the mystery.

First off, when step two came out and after all the Christmas parties were over I had to study for a final exam for my Microeconomics class. I aced that with a 96 and got an A in the class, and I am sitting pretty with a 4.0 GPA over all! Yehaw!
For those who don't know I started back to college about a year and half ago.
I'll finish this coming May with my Bachelors degree.

When step three came out I was packed and driving so I could take a ride on this: The Carnival Dream.

When Step 4 came out I was somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

The kids said all they wanted for Christmas was a cruise, so Santa brought them one a week early.
We spent the week walking on beautiful beaches

Snorkeling in the blue water...

And exploring the islands of  Nassua, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten.

Can you believe I did not even miss my sewing machine?
After the cruise we spent a little time in Daytona Beach, Florida. We got home in time to relax for a day before heading out to visit relatives for Christmas.  The wee bit of sewing time I did squeeze in was reserved for my Starry Night Quilt. I really wanted that one done by the end of the year.

So December was a busy a month which didn't leave much time for Mystery sewing.
And those are my excuses, and I'm sticking to them.  ;)


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Starry Night Complete - 4th Finish 2013 FAL

I've had quite a busy December and didn't get as much sewing done as I'd like (I'll give more info about my December adventures on Monday), but I did get another project knocked off my 2013 FAL list.  I finished binding My Starry Night Quilt late last night.  Got it done just in time for Christmas next year. 
I went down to the beach today to visit with family so I decided to bring my newly finished quilt along for a photo shoot.  No fancy quilting on this one, just some meandering and some continuous curves.
This quilt is for me and will be used till it wears out.  


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Pretty Pouches for Christmas Presents

Merry Christmas!
I can finally show off the little creations I made for my friends and family.

First up, two jewelry pouches.
I really like these jewelry pouches. Hopefully my two young friends in MN do as well.

I can't gift an empty pouch, so I added a couple necklaces and a pair of earrings for both of them. 

For my friend in TN, I made a pencil pouch. I used this free tutorial.

I like the look of scrappy batiks. I makes me think that this pouch is perfect for an artist.

 I even made the ends scrappy.

For the stitching on the top I used a heavy weight variegated thread. It think it helps add to the scrappiness.

I also sent her three ear bud pouches.  One for her and her two daughters.
I am very proud of these three.  They are the best ear bud pouches I have made.
The actually turned out as circles!  The other ones I have made turned out as wonky weird ovals.
They still ended up with a home though, my daughter is the savior of pouches gone bad.

And of course, some hand knitted dishcloths to give away.
Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gamecock Quilt

 If you live in South Carolina you are either a Clemson Tiger fan or a Carolina Gamecock fan.
I particularly don't see the point in rooting for a chicken when everyone knows that tigers eat chickens.

That being said, one of my guild mates wanted me to quilt her Gamecock quilt for her.  She is giving it to one of her relatives for Christmas.  I finished it a couple weeks ago and gave it to her at our December guild meeting.  She did a great job with the piecing.  She even fussy cut the row of Gamecock logos so there is a chicken... er I mean Gamecock centered in each square.  

I quilted some overall freehand footballs for her mixed with some double swirls.

She did request that I put one tiger paw in the quit for her. I was happy to oblige.
She obviously knows Tigers trump chickens.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Celtic Solstice - Link Party #2

Here are my pieces for step 2 cut out and ready for sewing.  I spent most of the weekend attending Christmas parties and finishing up some holiday gift sewing - I'll post those photos after Christmas - so the sewing part of this step is still on the to "do list".  

Check out the progress from everyone else working on the mystery at the Monday link up.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Celtic Solstice - Link Party #1

I did pretty good tackling step one of the Celtic Solstice mystery quilt this weekend.
I sewed all my orange triangle squares together and 20 of my white ones.
And got half the blue on the remaining white triangles.
220 more seams to go and I'll be done with step 1.
Yep, I am doing the king size version!

To see how everyone else is doing check out the link party on Bonnie Hunter's blog.