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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

WOOFA September!

 Yay!  I'm so proud of myself.........I actually worked on 2 projects on my WOOFA list this month..........After NOT working on one in months I am still way behind, but nonetheless..........happy to say that the Garage Sale Quilt is sandwiched, quilted, bound, Done!

I limited myself to using what I had in my stash to finish this flimsy I was lucky enough to find at a garage sale this summer.....I found 4 different greens that I cut up into 16 big rectangles that I sewed together for the backing

After sandwiching and after asking for input from my blogging friends for the binding I settled with a Green containing a bit of white, yellow and red that I found in my stash and I think it works





I've also pulled out...or pulled off is more like it......the Long Time Gone quilt that has been looking at me from my design wall for months now..........all the blocks are done and now I am piecing it together in sections using checkerboard filler blocks.   


I've started at the bottom and worked to the right so I think I have a little less than half ready to put together.  I have decided I am changing the checkerboard filler blocks to a bigger size.  The 1.5 x 1.5 squares are just too small for me I think.............I am hoping to get this finished in October......or at least November..... but I will continue to work on it in the meantime.....

So anyway.........don't forget to go and check out Cheryll's link-up page HERE and see the fabulous things everyone has to show you!  Thanks for keeping us on track Cheryll!






Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Old WOOFA project.............

 I have been looking at the"Long Time Gone" quilt on my display wall for a LONG TIME now and decided it was time to tackle it again............


The last time I worked on it I struggled trying to sew the block with the 9 churn dash patches to the other 3 surrounding blocks and it just wouldn't cooperate so I threw up my hands and put it away until now..............


This is the section which includes 8 LTG blocks sewn into one section.......the directions have you fill in the blank areas with  checkerboard filler blocks....it's a little crooked but you know what they say.........."from a moving train or an airplane it will look fine" 

I am hoping to get this finished for October WOOFA but in any case I will at least work on it in October...........

Thanks to everyone for your ideas on the binding for the Garage Sale Quilt........I am happy to report that it is done and will be posted as a September Woofa finish!















Sunday, September 26, 2021

Sandwich and quilting Done!..........binding is next..........

 I finished sandwiching the garage sale quilt top today then did just some diagonal stitch in the ditch quilting.......now trying to decide on what color binding.............


I want to use something from my stash for the binding but not sure what color to use........I sort of thought green would be over-kill and red might look too Christmasy.........but I did have a red with white polka-dot I placed to look at and some blues...........any ideas?  Here are some possibilities.............(I guess I should have tried the green too since I really don't like any of these.....)












Monday, September 20, 2021

Playing with Dollies.............

 My sister has been cleaning out closets and came across some old dolls that originally belonged to our youngest sister and asked if I wanted them..........I have also been cleaning out closets but I couldn't say no........the dolls went from little Sis to my nieces and I thought maybe I could refurbish them for my Granddaughters.........

Here is what the vintage dolls looked like when I got them......(my little Sis admitted she was responsible for the short haircuts on most of them.......) "I don't think I realized when I cut it that it wasn't going to grow back".....



Unfortunately, not all the dolls were repairable......After I decided on the ones I would repair 2 of them gave their lives for the others............One gave up her hair and the other gave up her eyes.....both dolls were in pretty bad shape.....one looked like maybe a dog had chewed on her nose and mouth and hand and the other had lost most of her hair and also had some cracked plastic.....


So anyway........I washed the dolls and their clothes, made hats and purses and repaired and embellished one of the dresses.....and here they are now!


This little Gal was missing her left eye........so here she is with a new eye and a new hat and purse to match her "vintage" dress



This pretty blonde was missing hair patches and only had a pajama top to wear..........Now she has a new pink outfit and some blond hair extensions.............




This young lady got a new purse and a new hat with attached hair extensions..............





Here she is with her friend.....ready to go shopping!





So these 4 dollies will go into "Nana's Prize box" so my Granddaughters will have some more for their collection..............

(yes....at the age of 70 I am still playing with dolls!....Us "little girls" never get to old for that.....)





 




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!