Friday, March 24, 2017

Moving Right Along

     I finished the Churn Dash earlier this month.  This is the one using the Regent Street fabrics, the American version of Liberty Lawns.  I enjoyed quilting it, but it seemed to get bigger and bigger as I worked on it.  

      It is now done, though, and bringing a breath of Spring to my dining room.

 I finished it in time to leave for my week-end in New York with the local theatre group.  This was my first trip ever to the Big Apple, so really enjoyed it.  Not much sightseeing, but saw 3 Broadway shows in 2 days.  This was on my bucket list and I enjoyed it as much as I thought I would.

From our hotel room window.

Waiting in line to see Sunset Blvd.  

     My next big project involves Rug Hooking.  My friend Sharon and I are organizing a two day retreat here in Arrow Rock on April 7-8.  Neither of us has done this before, so we are a little nervous.  My goal this week was to make some zipper bags to give for door prizes.  Sharon had some adorable sheep fabric (rug hookers love sheep anything).  I added some companion fabric from the stash, bought some zippers and sewed like the wind. 
5 total zipper bags, 3 boxed bags and 2 flat ones. 
Once I made the first one, they really went fast. 

     Now to complete the rug I'm working on, so I can start a new one at retreat.  Here's the one I'm trying to finish.

     Wish me luck....


     Red is the Color of the Month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and was also the color for our guild Scrap Basket Challenge in February.  One of my 2017 goals is to utilize my Go cutter more, so used my Kite die to make a Baby Grace donation quilt.  I'm calling it Bandana.  

     I finally decided to try my hand at English Paper Piecing.  Friend Janie had given me some precut shapes several years ago, so I started with them not really expecting to like it.  Surprise, Surprise!  I love it!  It is now my favorite take-along project.  These rosettes are now a table mat, blanket stitched to a piece of flannel and decorating an antique table.

There are sure to be a few more of these in my future.  
Linking up with SoScrappy,

Friday, March 10, 2017

March. In like a Lamb

     The winter months have just flown, partly because we have had so little winter weather here in Missouri and partly because I have been on the go.  I covered the Florida trip in a post last month.  That was January.   In February, my older daughter and I joined my younger daughter and family in Puerto Rico for a few days.  I can't say enough good things about that place.  The weather was perfect, the people are so nice, the food is good and if you like beach, there is a lot of it.  Here are a few of my favorite pictures.
Parrots at a National Forest Preserve

Blue, blue water.

Sunset on the beach.

Old San Juan from El Morro, the old fort.

Two days after I returned from this trip, our guild's retreat happened.  It was a lot of fun and I actually got all of the blocks done for the Floral Churn Dash quilt that I started last Spring.  

The colors are not showing true in this picture.  The background is Moda Bella, Butter, a beautiful pale yellow.  I layered and basted it today, found a great FMQ design on Pinterest, so plan to start quilting on it tomorrow.   More about this one later.  
En Provence is a quilt!  It is quilted, bound and hanging in my dining room.  Here's a picture after it was finished.

I love these Bonnie mysteries, but happy I only made a half size.  

     I hope you are accomplishing some sewing and having some fun too.