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Sunday, August 29, 2021

WOOFA for August!

 Time to get back to something!  Whether it be blogging, sewing, or what have you....the time is NOW!

Last month my Mom and I went to a garage sale where I managed to leave with 5 totes full of fabric, a hand stitched quilt top, and several Grandmother's flower garden hexi blocks!  What could I do?  This wasn't even an estate sale.......it was a moving sale and I asked the lady why she was getting rid of her stash....she said, "Oh Honey, I have a big room in the house full too and I am not going to have room at my new house".........I really didn't even know everything I bought til I started looking through it all.......so......

I have added this hand sewn quilt top to my WOOFA list........even though it didn't start out as my UFO I feel a sense of obligation to finish this gorgeous quilt..........

I can't imagine spending so much time on a quilt and then putting it in a garage sale but I am happy I am able to finish it for her....check out the hand stitching!

I looked through my stash for a piece large enough for the backing with no luck but I found enough green fabric to piece together 16 large pieces that I think will work well.....



so this is my contribution to the August WOOFA.......thanks Chez for keeping me on your list!  I hope to have this finished for September!  Don't forget to see all the other WOOFA projects at Gone Stitchin!



Friday, February 26, 2021

February WOOFA party finish.............

 I was frantically trying to get this quilt and Raggedy Ann done before my newest Granddaughter was born on the 11th.........I was about a week late but got it done!


I included some gifts for my other 2 granddaughters but I'm not sure they liked them....lol........



 Sisters each got a pillow case and new doll outfit.....
                                                                      


Even Tita, their kitty loved the box everything was packed in....

as much as Cali, my kitty did.....


I am linking up today at Chez's Gone Stitching February WOOFA party.......Click HERE to check out what other's are working on........




Saturday, February 20, 2021

Done and Done, Done, Done, Done and Done.............

 Yes........that is 6 "Done's".............the first two are the quilt and Raggedy Ann for my new Granddaughter.............



I quilted in the ditch then quilted diagonals in the smaller squares...and a meander throughout with an outline meander in the blocks with the dancers...........





and here is Raggedy Ann, whose "real" name is yet to be decided when Lila is old enough to name her..............



.........and since it's always more fun when packages contain something for everybody............here are the next 4 "done's"....

I made a couple of pillow cases and doll outfits for my other granddaughters.........

First is a Mermaid pillow case for Iris........(albeit with crooked lines...I pulled an "all-nighter and the lines looked straight at 4 o'clock in the morning....lol) and a mermaid outfit for her American Girl Doll........the mermaid is a paperpieced pattern I had made last year.......



and here is a Moana Pillow Case and Doll Outfit for Ella's Raggedy Ann (named "Nana Baby") The Moana motif is a Machine Embroidery........




So now all that is left to do is box them up and send it off!.....ummmmm.........and go take a nap!






Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Sandwiched and ready to quilt and bind........Raggedy's clothes cut out and ready to sew up!

 Well I'm a little off goal since I was hoping to mail this out on Monday but still making progress........

Here is the back of the quilt............Not sure what kind of quilting I will do but I do think this pattern probably calls for stitch in the ditch to show off the diamonds nicely in the back........might do a machine embroidery in the white areas but nothing is written in stone here............


I got a little off center with the label......I usually embroider before I sew but this time I embroidered after.........I tell myself I'm the only one who will notice..........right?  Ok then......off to do some quilting................








Saturday, February 13, 2021

Flimsy Done!

 I worked on and off all day and got the flimsy done.  Tomorrow I will sandwich, quilt, and bind .........then it will be ready to send on Monday!  Go Go Go!


I wish I had appliqued her name with the Fuschia but I wasn't going to start over........so....it is what it is.........I know we quilters are always wishing we had done something different but as long as I don't forget to put the label on I will be ecstatic!

Now all I can say is it's time for bed.........lots to do tomorrow!


Thursday, February 11, 2021

WOOFA Progress!

 Ok I don't know if this project really qualifies as a UFO but I sort of shuffled it into my WOOFA list because it was a "special" case....

So anyway.........here is my progress on the "Granddaughter Kit"........these are just the blocks laid out on the floor......tomorrow I will begin sewing them together... I ended up making 12 blocks instead of 9 because the 9 just didn't look like enough.......



It will have a border with her name at the top and the Raggedy Ann's dress will be made from the floral fabric which I will also use for the backing......onward!



Tuesday, February 9, 2021

I'm Here!

 Oh my goodness.........is 2020 really over?  I think maybe I have dropped the blogging ball for a bit but I'm back!  The holidays were not the usual but still quite enjoyable. The family was together "apart" and met though Zoom instead of the usual get together at my Mom's house in New Mexico.

On January 11 I became a Nana to my 3rd granddaughter and I am working on what my youngest son calls the "Granddaughter Kit"  

Each of my other 2 granddaughters has received a quilt and a Raggedy Ann Doll from Nana. My son takes a photo each month of the first year on the quilt from Nana so I have until February 11 to get this done and mailed!   (I don't think I'm going to get it there by the 11th, but she will be a month old until March 11, right?

I have added this to my Woofa List and will have it done for February WOOFA.

Here are the 9 machine embroidered blocks I will be setting on point for the quilt top....


And here is Raggedy Ann......still have to make her clothes......


Cheer me on!  I'm great with deadlines but I'll take all the encouragement I can get!


Sunday, November 29, 2020

WOOFA for November

I finished the "Jack of Hearts" quilt that I started back in 2012 as a mystery QAL.  I'd had the flimsy done for awhile but had planned to use it for what became the Sophie Project for my DIL. I was excited to find the perfect EPP pattern of an Italian Greyhound so I added that plus the 2 "pillows" to the top of the Jack of Hearts flimsy and it became "Sophia Popia"



The first photo below is my Kitty (Cali) giving her approval....the 2nd is my DIL's Kitty (Louie) so the quilt got a Double Stamp Kitty Approval....lol...









I also finished all the blocks for Long Time Gone but haven't finished the flimsy yet.....

Thanks to Lovely Cheryll for hosting WOOFA and you can click HERE to visit her link-up to see all the work done for November....







 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Mini Snow Globe throw pillow, EPP Mermaid, and some new barstool covers......

 I have been visiting Mom this past week...will head home on Monday.  Before I left home I made a little mini pillow for my Granddaughters using the vinyl applique snow globe.....



I had a snowman printed applique which I used for the back of the pillow......


I brought all the LTG blocks to Moms to start putting together but was having so many problems with the checkerboard filler block and one of the churn dash blocks that I decided to wait til I got back home and remake the filler blocks.........

So instead I decided to make one of the EPP patterns I got from this awesome little book by Mary Hertel called "Sew Magical"......

The book is full of paper piece patterns for all kinds of magical creatures that my granddaughters love.....my first try is this mermaid.........

my next project from this book will be one of the unicorns..........

I also helped my SIL cover 5 of the barstools in the fabulous family bar that she and my brother have in their basement...........



Since COVID19 took over our lives we have not taken Mom to any of the restaurants she used to enjoy nor shopping but I do try to take her on a drive when I visit.  Yesterday we drove out to the cemetery where her grandfather is buried.  She never knew him but was excited to see the gravestones of 2 uncles that she did know.............


I always enjoy visiting with Mom but, as you know, it is always good to get home.........and Mom loves our visits.....when I leave my younger sis will be here for a week and then our eldest sister comes in December.......I have 2 siblings who live next door to Mom and between the 5 of us we make sure she never has to sleep alone and that someone is always nearby.  We are so blessed to still have our Dear Mom and doubly blessed that she is still able to live at home at the young age of 99!


Thursday, November 12, 2020

Vinyl Applique...some Christmas Decorations.......and Sophie is on her way to her new home....

I have been having fun trying out some of the vinyl applique designs with my embroidery machine. 

First design I made was a pretty mason jar with flowers inside........it made a sweet throw pillow 


sweeter still when it is filled with lightening bugs





 I've also made a couple of Christmas wall hangings to send to my Grands.........first off a pretty glass jar filled with Christmas Candy.........and, of course couldn't do without the lights inside.............



and finally, a cute little snow globe........this one called for some added rhinestone snowflakes inside that fall around just like a real snow globe......not sure what I'll make with this one yet.... I had a bit of trouble with the stabilizer and it made the globe part a little wonky....probably should have used something different....at one point I actually lost everything out of the hoop....luckily I was able to re-hoop it but I think I'll try this one again and see if I have better luck on the second try....




and Sophie is done and on her way to my dear DIL.... 


















 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Working on Sophie Night and Day....................

Yes I am even working on the Sophie Project in my sleep!  Lol........do you do that?  Get so involved in a project that you begin dreaming about it?   

I actually got the sandwich made but before that I needed to get the backing "Kitty Approved".....




I put the label on the paw print on the back......



Once Cali approved the backing I was able to get started on the quilting yesterday.........

I used a simple decorative stitching with a variegated thread and my walking foot..........I will stitch in the other direction today.............



on the top I tried doing a FMQ bones motif.....not very well done but it's my first try so it stays.....lol.....I was also not sure about the variegated thread here.....but again....it stays.....





I decided to just finish the top area quilting with a large meandering FMQ and will do the edges the same........



So I'm off now up to the sewing room to make some more mistakes progress!