Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Finish: Baby Steps

This hardly qualifies as a finish, but I'll take it!
Nine patch
It took two attempts before December's MCM Bee block (a nine patch using reproductionish prints) for Mary was satisfactory.  The first block only measured 15.25" instead of 15.5".  My arm is no longer in a cast, but my wrist is still swollen, stiff and achy.  I am finding that stitching and all that goes with it is more difficult than I had imagined.  Sewing isn't that painful, but I can't say the same for rotary cutting and pressing.

Botanics with a few Architextures fabrics

starting a Liberty of London stash
In addition to sewing, I finished wrapping all my recent fabric purchases on comic book boards.  It's a nice feeling have that project completed and the fabric no longer in piles on my cutting table (and ironing board and on the floor and on chairs....).  All that down time meant too much free time to browse online fabric shops and their end of the year sales.  I think I went a little overboard.

novelty prints
adorable cowboy Christmas fabric

I succumbed to my Botanics and Liberty of London craving, added to my novelty print collection and couldn't resist this adorable Christmas fabric.

I am calling this a finish (it's all relative, right?!) and linking up with Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday.  Happy Friday y'all!
Happy stitching and thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Really Random Thursday: Improving

This week started on a high note.  My Seminoles won the last ever BCS Championship.  What a game!!!!!  My husband and middlest attended the game while the rest of us watched in the comfort of our pjs in front of the tv.

Sadly the boys caught my cold.  After the game, my son posted this on Facebook.  He's so sweet I didn't have the heart to correct his referring to quilts as blankets.

I now have a working cell phone.  Two weeks without was frustrating.  Now to watch out for ceramic bowls of water and hard surfaces ;-)

The suitcases are now all unpacked.  It won't be me this time climbing on the ladder to put them away!

Have you seen the movie Pitch Perfect?  I love this movie and have seen it too many times to count.  Lately I feel like Chloe, except in my case the excuse is because of my arm.  Cast should come off in two weeks then some rehab before sewing.

My injury did come in handy at Wednesday's guild meeting.  Michele knew how much I wanted this door prize and gifted it to me after she won.  Thanks Michele!

I thought I was being smart by using BlogPress, my iPad and Siri to compile this post.  That was before receiving continued error messages (after I had drafted entire post) saying network couldn't connect or some such nonsense.  After several hours of this, I went back to basics and retyped the entire post on Dashboard.  Lesson learned.

Linking up with other Randomeers here.  Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 Quilty Goals

I'm a little late with the resolutions, but I found it difficult to focus on goals with my hand in a cast and sewing off limits for the near future.  However, now I'm home and my spirits are lifted by the idea of wearing short sleeve shirts which work better with my cast than ski jackets and sweaters.  
{I am ignoring the below freezing warnings issued for the next couple of days.  My friends in the north have it much worse. }

Word for the year
Once the cast is off I have quite a bit of catching up to do, but once that is done, there is a list of projects I am excited to work on.  I am anxious to continue working on my spiderweb bee quilt and finally complete my cowboy/cowgirl quilt that has been a WIP for way too long.

2014 goals
As much as I love the instant gratification of Instagram, I miss my blog reading and want to reestablish that routine.  I'd like to create more gifts for friends and family and quilts for charity this year.  I have a list of specific quilts I want to make and a couple of patterns to be written.  I am super excited to attend Sew Down Nashville.

what the what???
Now to get this blasted cast off.  I was so relieved to learn I could travel over the holidays that I didn't even ask about recovery time.  I will find out soon enough as I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow.  Keep your fingers crossed as I can't cross mine ;-)

sweet Leo
I have a long list of personal goals which of course includes spending lots of time with this guy!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are finding some time for stitching!