Sunday, January 29, 2012

My last block is done.

I just completed #25  for the Beyond the Cherry Trees block of the month.  It's been a long haul. 

I have been trying to figure out how to make a mosaic of all 25 of my blocks, not only to show you, but so that I can easily see the layout of them.  Since I did them with a scrappy background, I want the look with the different backgrounds to be well dispersed, but as of yet, I haven't been able to figure it out.  I don't know that I have enough floor space to lay all of these out...let alone get a good picture of them laid out either. 

We'll see what I can come up with. 

Now onto the borders. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Yesterday's choices

Got home from work and told myself I had three choices of things to do that evening. 

One....weave in all the threads and fix a snag on the knitted shawl that I mostly had finished a little while ago.  

Did that and wore it to work like this.

Here's a couple other options.

#2 was to work on my Cherry Tree block (#25).

Picked out my fabrics for each freezer paper piece (did this the day before)...

Got all  my pieces cut out and they are ready to go.

#3 was to read a few pages in my Nook.

The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini.  I am on chapter two.  I do love this series.

So I am happy that after a long day at work, I was able to enjoy three of my favorite things to do all in one evening. 

Now to make some headway on my Cherry Tree block.  Need to cut out the background and make some marks for placement and then I am ready to stitch. 

Happy stitching...or whatever you want to do this evening. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Another Beyond the Cherry Tree block is done...or is it?

That little bird flying off in the distance is supposed to be in the upper right hand corner of the block, but it would be a tight squeeze, so I haven't decided if I am going to put it on or not.

I showed you a sneak peek of this block in my last post, but I had to make more cherries.

They are time consuming, but I do enjoy the process.

This is block #21 out of a series of 25.  I only have one more block to make and then on to the borders.

So, I had better get busy

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I have a finish!

I can't take FULL credit for this one. This was a round robin that (I am ashamed to say it was in 2004) several of us participated in.  There were six of us that worked on mine, but there were several participating in this round robin at the same time.  This was  organinzed by an on-line group that I have participated  with for several years.  We presented our finished tops (or in some cases, their finished quilts) at our retreat in June 2005.

I had mine quilted in 2011 and today I got the binding made and machine stitched down.

I spent the rest of the evening handstitching the rest of it down and had hubby hold it up so I  could share it with you. 

Of course, the center star is mine, the flying geese are Sandy's, the on-point stars are Ruthie's, Carol did the pinwheels, Bert did her applique and lastly Vicky did the sawtooth border.  I think it turned out quite lovely.  I am going to make up my label and attach it tomorrow and that is when it will officially be finished.  So, this is the first finish for the new year.  Some projects just take longer than others I guess.  LOL.

I am going to give you a sneak peek at my Cherry Tree block that I am working on.

It still requires a couple little stems and "several" cherries before this little number is complete, but at least I am plugging away at it. 

I am in the planning stages for my next "sit at the sewing machine" quilt.  I say this because I have three MAJOR applique projects going right now and haven't really sat at the machine for any length of time ...for quite some time.

Gathering Baskets

I went shopping with the gals yestereday and started picking up fabrics for this quilt.  I have been wanting to make it for some time and I think I need a little diversion from the applique on occasion and I would like it to be something for me.  Kind of a "quick fix" if you know what I mean. 

Anyways, that's what has been happening around here.  A little bit of progress in a few different areas, but at least I can say I have one completion to start out the new year.  Hopefully I can keep this up.

Hope you are getting your new year off to a good start. 

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