Sunday, February 13, 2011

Another February Finish

I quilted Leaf Seasons (Judy Laquidara's Quilt for an Hour project from a few years ago) a couple of weeks ago.  I finally finished sewing the binding down on it on Friday.  I just threw it over my bed to get a picture -- it's really a big quilt and quite heavy, but I love it and think I will keep this one for myself.

This afternoon I finished the stitching on Bunny Hill's Henrietta Whiskers, Block 2.  I love this quilt too -- the applique is really quick and easy on these blocks, so you get to see what it looks like in a short period of time -- I like instant gratification!
I delivered the preschool quilt to my daughter yesterday.  We went to their house for AJ's seventh birthday party (his birthday is actually next Thursday).  It was a nice day for a family get together.

I also spent some time this week cleaning out a storage closet in the basement and a bookcase in the basement -- gotta get ready for an auction this spring, so it forces me to dig out all the "stuff"!

Met with my brother and sister in law for breakfast this morning -- always nice to keep in touch.
Cleaning out and sorting stuff -- the sooner the better.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Groundhog Day quilt

So, my friend Kris gave me this cherry fabric last year -- the charm pack and I bought the border fabric.  I put the quilt together fairly quickly and then it sat with the backing fabric waiting to be quilted.  I quilted it the other day and today hand stitched the binding down -- another ufo bites the dust!

Today, I did some quilting on a Bonnie Hunter quilt (Starstruck) that I put together last summer finally.  That was in between having my neighbor get his truck with the plow stuck at the end of my drive by the road for a few hours, and having him borrow my snowblower and clear the drive and my sidewalk, and the end of his drive.  We got about 15" of snow, but the biggest problem was the gale force winds we've had since Monday.  Living out in the country is great most of the time, but not so great during a blizzard.  Those of you who live in the city can't really fathom the drifts caused by winds in open areas.  The snowplow did come out and do our road this afternoon and the winds finally died down after noon also, which helped a lot.  The main roads out here are not in good condition, however, so I'm not planning on going anywhere again tomorrow -- that means more quilting :-).  I can live with that.  It's supposed to be -27° wind chills in the morning so no school tomorrow for most of the area too.  I'm thinking a fire in the kitchen fireplace will be nice and some handwork in front of it!

All my kids and grandkids are safe and sound.  Some are snowbound, but my DDIL managed to make it to work today -- she's a nurse.
Tim, my neighbor.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

First February Finish

This is my grandson's preschool quilt.  The teachers drew the cross, my daughter went over the drawing with fabric crayons and then they had each of the 3 and 4 year olds color a cross.  After we transferred the drawings to the fabric, my daughter wrote each child's name on his or her block.  I used the square in a square technique to make them easier to work with, and alternated the 3 and 4 year old pictures.  I just finished stitching the binding down today.  This quilt will be used as a fund raiser in their silent auction in March.

It's a snow day here in the midwest.  I even canceled a doctor appointment this morning -- not so much for the snow, but the winds are fierce and have been since yesterday.  We're supposed to get a foot + of snow and it will definitely be a blizzard with these winds.  I'm pretty sure everything will be closed tomorrow if we get what they are predicting.  It's okay with me -- another day to sew!

My neighbor bought Bill's truck and has transferred his plow to it.  He was plowing my drive at 6:30 this morning and will be back a number of times, I'm sure, before the snow is done sometime tomorrow.
I'm making some progress on the ufo pile.