Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Farewell 2015....

and in just two more days...we'll welcome 2016!!  Just crazy!!  Time just goes by soooo fast!!

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!  I can show you a quilt I finished a few days before Christmas for our daughter.  She has always loved purple...and I realized I'd never made her a bed sized quilt, so it was time she had a queen size quilt!  The pattern is Scrappy Trips by Bonnie Hunter.  I've made two of these now and I just love this pattern.  I could definitely make another.  I used a mix of cotton prints and batiks.
This picture shows the true colors...
But I like this one with the afternoon sun shining down on it.

I can't take all the credit for this quilt.  Chloe helped sew on the binding...


She also helped with the hand stitching part too!!  :)


I didn't get as many pictures at Christmas as I would have liked...but this was a fun night of cookie decorating.  A tradition the kids have loved since they were little....the more frosting and sprinkles, the better!

We so enjoyed having Zach's girlfriend, Harleigh, this year!

Sunday after Christmas, we all toured Colonial Williamsburg.  We are tiny in this picture, but yes, hubby is wearing shorts...on December 27th.  It was 78 degrees that day!!

I'm caught up on the mystery steps!  Clue 4...

and clue 5!  The last couple years, Bonnie has revealed the full quilt on New Year's Day...will she do it again this year??  I think we need some more pieced units...but who knows!!  She always has something up her sleeve!


I had one customer quilt to do this week...this one was a biggie!  99 inches wide...that's about as big as I'm comfortable with on my frame.

I'm so excited!  The electrician came this week and installed 4 ceiling lights in my sewing room!  It's sooo much brighter in there...it was so dark, even during the day if it is cloudy outside.  Now I have plenty of light, night or day!!  (you can see that BIG quilt on my machine getting the binding sewn on!)

Thank you for all the kind comments on my last post...I do love blogging and "meeting" quilty friends from all over the world.  Some of you are set to "no-reply," so I wasn't able to reply directly.  I hope each of you have a blessed New Year.  I can't wait to see what 2016 will bring!!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle
Monday, December 21, 2015

Merry Christmas--December Update!!

It's been forever since my last post...yada, yada, yada...seems like that's my new motto here on the blog.  I've loved this blog over the years, but it just seems like I can't stay motivated to keep posting.  I know I have a few (a couple?) readers out there and even some that have asked why no new posts.  I do plan to stick with blogging though...some days/weeks, I just feel like I don't have a lot to share.  I also haven't been reading/commenting on my favorite blogs either...that needs to change too! 

Anyway...here is an update from the last six weeks.  (of what I can remember anyway...)

The week after Labor Day, I went on a quilt retreat.  This retreat was with my sewing group I was part of when I lived in Delaware.  I was so excited when they invited me back now that I am close enough to join them again.  I can't believe it's been a month ago!!  The retreat is held at the Beacon Motel in Lewes.  What you can't see, to the left of the hotel, is Mare's Bears Quilt Shop.  Not only did we have 5 days of non-stop sewing/quilting...we had daily (or 2-3 times daily) shopping trips to an awesome quilt shop!  Heaven!


Here is my spot...I took my featherweight and she sewed like a dream!

We were all set up in the lobby of the hotel.  It's still an open/functioning hotel...just the end of the season and not many guests.  We stayed in the rooms right up stairs.

Front entrance to the lobby...there were 28 quilters!!


One of our retreat projects was to make a bag/bucket...everyone brings little goodies to share with everyone, and these bags were used to collect all the loot.  I sort of made up my own thing...I'm happy with how it turned out...

We also swapped polka dot strips!   

 After returning home from retreat, I finished this tshirt quilt for a customer.  He was super happy with the end result!

 I finished this super cute baby quilt for our newest great-nephew, Ronan.

This picture shows the truest colors....I found the backing at Mare's Bears while at retreat!

I followed along with Temecula Quilt Company's "We Wish You A Mini Christmas" sew along.  This was so fun...each day for 12 days, they shared a mini quilt block.  Each block took just a few minutes...so even if I didn't have a lot of time to sew one day, I usually could squeeze in 10 minutes to make that day's block.  Each block finishes at 2 1/4".  Now to decide on a setting...but that'll have to wait until after Christmas.

And then of course....there is the Quiltville Mystery.  I've been keeping up with the steps, but I've put off sharing much...because of this...can you see it?

I'm making mine 1/2 size...as in miniature.  I saw someone else do it a couple years ago on another mystery and I loved it.  About 8-10 years ago, I made a couple of BIG Thimbleberries quilts 1/2 size...but I had the whole pattern in front of me when I did it.  My biggest concern with making a mystery half size, is that I'll have done all this work and somehow it won't work out right.

So far, it's all going okay...I just hope it continues!  Stay tuned....  :)  Here are steps 1-3.

 I have six sets of step 4 done and I'm sewing them when I get a minute in between baking and other Christmas preparations.  Always at this point, I'm anxious to see what the end result will be...but on the other hand...I need the world to slow down, so I'm fine waiting....

Don't forget to check out everyone's progress on the mystery on the Quiltville blog (click here)!

I'm excited for the new year...I joined the local quilt guild and joined their UFO Challenge.  I have a retreat in January and March with some quilty friends, a class with Pat Speth in February, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival (that is just down the road from me)...plus lots of family stuff...it's going to be a great start to the New Year.

We are going to have both kids home for Christmas and I am so blessed and thankful for that.  It's been a couple years since they've both been home at the same time...I want to cherish every moment of it.  I'm so excited for this week!  My wish for you is for a very Merry Christmas spent with those you love...and maybe a little sewing mixed in too!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Happy Quilting!
~Michelle