Sunday, December 28, 2014

A Belated Merry Christmas

I had so many plans for this past week.  I had lists, and schedules, and I had it down to the minute.  Everything would get done and be done just in time, and then I got the call. I had no idea when I wrote the post about missing my grandma that my 90-year-old grandmother who was still here wouldn't see Christmas.  And so all my plans and schedules went out the window so we could attend her funeral.

When we returned home I did what I always do when I'm stressed or sad, I locked myself in my sewing room and worked.  I had planned on quilting "Hanging Around" from Simply Modern Christmas this week anyway, but I had more motivation to try what I had planned on doing with the quilting and not worry about how it turned out.  I now have a request to make this bed sized and quilt it exactly the same way.  We will have to see about that! ;)

We spent the Christmas holiday alone as many are ill with the influenza in our family, and for this year that was an okay change.  It kept it quiet and simple which is what we needed.  We have fresh snow and sunshine today (after not having seen the sun for weeks), so I'm ready to get back to work and enjoy this beautiful day with needle in hand.  Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Sunday, December 14, 2014

One Never Knows...

I tend to drive my family nuts with my project lists and project bags.  They often wonder what I am going to pull out and work on and where it will come from.  When my son found a forgotten "to go" bag last week and in it was this Moda embroidery project half finished, I knew it needed to be completed, and why not, it was over half stitched already.

I know my grandmother would have had a towel that looked just like this when I was a little girl, and I miss her a lot during the Christmas season. This reindeer reminds me of past Christmases spent with her and makes me smile.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mystery Part Two Complete

I actually finished the second set of instructions for the Quiltville Mystery on Sunday, but for some reason I was so exhausted when I finished I didn't get my photos posted.   :)

I love this setting for the 100 4-1/2 inch blocks I made, but that is the exciting part of the mystery...

You just never really know how they are going to be used.  It will be fun to see what comes of all of this work, and hopefully I can continue to keep up! :)  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time to Sew!

For the last month I've been cleaning, organizing, and donating things that we as a family have outgrown.  It seems these things sneak up on you and suddenly you realize the time has come to let them go.  Once that was done, I figured I should get the Christmas decorating done.  This time of year always seems to have plenty of sew alongs and I'm always so busy I miss out.  Not this year!  I've started sewing again, and I am ready to make some new quilts.


Yes I started the Quiltville Mystery Quilt.  I've actually started the mystery each year for the last three years and never got the first set of instructions finished.  This year I am bound and determined to finish.  I don't know that the blocks will end up being stars, but it was fun to lay them out this way.

I have all 100 broken dishes blocks finished and I am ready to start the second set of instructions.

I also spent some time making a super soft baby blanket and some knit hats for my soon to arrive niece.  There is nothing better than getting to snuggle with a new baby (I cannot wait!).  I'm off to find my instructions for the second and third sew alongs I want to should be a fun sewing filled month.  Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen