Friday, May 20, 2016

Works in Progress

Like most quilters, I think...I have multiple projects going on at once!  There are just so many things I want to do!  I'm going to share a few I've been working on the last couple of months.

First up is my "Spoolin' Around" quilt.  My friend, Lisa, and I have been swapping fabric kits to make spools for TWO years.  We've been making them as leaders and enders all this time.  Finally when I needed only about 100 more of the 700ish blocks, I decided to get them all made and now I have my quilt top assembled!  Next up is to get a backing made and get it quilted.


I've been drooling over Lisa Bongean's crazy quilt candle mats for a very long time.  I finally broke down and bought one at her booth at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival this year.  The wool applique was easy enough and the "crazy" embroidery is challenging and rewarding.  I think I'm not doing a good job, then I come back a few days later and think, "Wow...that looks really good!"  This is a long term project as the embroidery stitches are slow going...but I'm loving every minute!


I recently pulled out this project from 2014...it's the block of the week from Primitive Gatherings, called Sunflower Gatherings.  I was farther along than I remembered and now I have all the blocks fused and only have three left to applique.  I have six of the pieced blocks left to assemble...then it's on to the borders!


Last but not least, I couldn't resist Buttermilk Basin's mystery block of the month again this year.  I loved last year's so much, I knew I couldn't miss out!  

It was pretty easy to figure out it was going to say "Let it Snow."

Once again, I'm loving it!






I can't wait to see what the next block will be!!  Of course, I think it'll be a "T," but what design will go with it?  :)

What are you working on? 

Happy Quilting!

~Michelle


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Smokey....

We lost our sweet Smokey this week.  It was completely unexpected, so I think I'm still in shock and it happened so quickly and suddenly.  There is a great big void in our house without him...he was a constant companion, following me wherever I went.  He loved to cuddle right on my chest...no easy feat as he was a BIG kitty.  He loved to be brushed and would shed enough fur to make a scarf!  He had an incredible purr, even while sleeping.  He was a great quilt inspector, always happy to "help" out.  I know he was a happy kitty and had a good life in our home.  He will be sooo missed.

That face...

He loved to sleep on his back.  LOL

Sometimes I had a little space on the couch...

I love this picture...so many captions to choose from!

Always helping...

He and Chloe weren't the best of friends, but the last few months she was winning him over...

so cuddly...

more helping...

"let me spread the fur evenly on all the blocks...."

RIP my sweet kitty...I will miss you.


Monday, May 16, 2016

Hello May!!

Hello friends!!  As usual, there is a lot to catch up on since my last post!  I have a few finishes to share with you and will share some "works in progress" on my next post.

First up...my Double Delight quilt is finally, finally finished!!  Woohoo!  This was probably one of the oldest UFO's I had and I'm so glad to check it off the list!  I really love this one! 


 Okay...so maybe this one was a little older!!  This was a free block of the month from a blog called "Capricorn Quilts," I believe.  I think it was 2007-2008?  Each month, the pattern for the redwork/embroidery part was released and it was so fun to follow progress of quilters around the world.  I think this project was one of the things that got me hooked on blogging.  :)   Anyway, I've had the top all done for quite a few years and now it is finally quilted and checked off the list!!  Both of these projects were on my UFO challenge list through the local guild.

Another little UFO...this little mini is from Primitive Gatherings.  Again, I had the top done, but it needed quilting and binding.  I love this!!  :)

This is the 2015 Buttermilk Basin mystery.  Another monthly free stitch-along.  All the wool is from my meager stash, but I think it turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so!

This is a better picture of the colors...and you get to see my Smokey....so win win!!

 For my daughter's birthday...I made her a Broc-kitty pillow.  She has a cat named Broccoli...so of course, she needed a broccoli pillow!!   This picture is kind of washed out...

This is a better one with her kitty!


So there you are...all caught up with the quilty things in my life.  I'll share some works in progress in my next post...I always have plenty of those!!  :)

Hope you all have a wonderful, quilty week!!

~Michelle