Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Work Space

This is what I have been working on for the past couple weeks.  28 out of 34 Viking Hats in various stages of completion. While I am very, very appreciative of any orders I receive...I am about crocheted out lol. It will all be worth it in the end though when the girls have their hats. I'm kinda hoping that I can catch a glimpse of the hats during the cheerleading competition when it airs on TV. How exciting it would be to have the team win and see my hats on TV!

OK, back to my crocheting...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Owl Swap

Aunt Pitty Pat is hosting another swap.  She is holding it over in her Pins and Needles group. This time the theme is OWLS in case you haven't guess lol. I've been on an owl kick lately and couldn't pass this one up. I mailed off my Holly Jolly blocks today so I have room on my calendar for another swap. WooHoo!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Big Green Beast

I added the binding to the beast today. I decided to sew the binding down for a couple reasons.

First, I wanted there to be a definite black "border" around the quilt. Since I sew the binding down to the back first when I machine stitch it down, this gave me that effect. 

Second, I wanted to get it finished so Justin could use it during these very cold nights. He has waited 6 months so it is about time he can have it on his bed.

Third, I knew I wouldn't have the time in the near future to hand sew the binding to the back and didn't want to see it on my sewing table anymore lol.

I love the randomness of the back. I did see a couple puckers in the large black area but that is OK. I used the same green thread in the bobbin when I sewed the binding on as I did to do the quilting. This way the line just looks like part of the quilting. Now it just needs a label.

I think I just might need to make a random striped quilt this year.

**Another windy day makes yet another quilt look a bit wonky**

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

A couple days ago I received an order for 35 crocheted Viking Hats from a cheer leading team in New York. They need them for the 5th of February. That's alot of crocheting!

Maybe I can get Suzi to help out a little?

I will be busy working on these hats so you may not hear from me too often. I'll pop in as often as I can and of course I will still be checking in on what everyone else is making. There is alot of fun things going on now that the holidays are over. I've joined a few swaps and have been looking at a couple sew alongs that are starting up soon. So much fun out there!

Monday, January 4, 2010

January's Posse Project

I joined a new group that just started today. The Patchwork Posse. There is a yearly membership fee. I have been going back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to spend the money to join or not. I was lucky and ended up winning a year's membership. WooHoo! That made the decision alot easier lol. was the first day. This little bag was posted as January's project. I've seen bags like these on different blogs but the directions never looked easy to me. This bag took all of 15 minutes to make. Now that is easy!

My Halloween stash is still at the top of the pile so that is what I used. I had two pieces that were just a bit bigger than the pattern called for. I raided my stash and found a 9" zipper plus a scrap of batting and I was good to go. I always keep my bits of batting that is at least 4" wide/long for little projects. You just never know when you will need a bit here or there. Like for Christmas ornaments.

This is the back. I also had a few rolls of Halloween ribbon that hasn't been put away yet either. Good thing I'm not overly organized huh? I just did some quick semi-straight line quilting since I knew this was just a trial run to see if I could actually make one.

I might try a couple different things on the next one. Expect to see more of these. I was thinking they would make great little tuck-ins for swaps. Then I could add things in the bag as a little surprise.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The King has been quilted!!

I finally sat down and quilted Justin's King size Green Beast. See that little bitty throat plate area. I think that's what the space to the right of the needle is called. I managed to roll and smoosh that big boy through :)

I stuck with straight line quilting for this one. Actually I should say semi-straight lines lol. Since this is for my son, I knew I could go a bit crooked and he wouldn't notice (or care). I also ran out of green thread THREE times. Yikes! I ended up using 3 different shades of green on this bad boy. They are all very similar in shade so it's OK.

Suzi even tried to help me do some quilting! 

Now I just need to cut and make the binding. Then of course hand stitch it down. That could take a bit. Poor Justin, he has been waiting for his quilt for about 6 months now. I started it back in June '09. I ran out of fabric 3 times before I got it finished. The back is mostly pieced strips too. That ate up a bunch of fabric.

I'm hoping this will be my first finish of 2010. I know it will be done before the end of the month. Once it is done, then I can play around with other quilts. I promised myself that I wouldn't make any other quilts (other than Schnibbles) this month until this one was done.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Some of my favorites :)

Some of my favorites :)

DQS8 has opened! They are only accepting 160 members this round. I have been haunting the Flickr group waiting for sign ups. I am very pleased to say that I MADE IT IN!!!. Yes, it is the little things that excite me lol. These little quilts are so much fun to plan and work on. It doesn't hurt that I enjoy "stalking" other people's blogs :0)

** We were asked to post a mosaic of some of our favorites for inspiration.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

I would like to wish all of you a very Happy New Year!!