Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another BOM

I'm such a sucker for BOMs. This one has been going on for a while but I'm just getting going on it now. It's called Pushin' Up Spring and it's being done by Apple Blossom Quilts. If you copy and paste this link:

it will take you to the page to sign up for the newsletter. You can only get the link to the pattern download by subscribing to the newsletter.

Since there are eight blocks out and I'm just starting, I can pretty much start where I want. So here is block 2:

which I did first.

This is block 6:

These blocks are terrific for someone new to applique as the pieces are quite large. Connie Sue at Apple Blossom is doing her quilt scrappy. I'm am so not into scrappy so I'm doing the "frame" in the same fabric throughout and will have the flowers coordinate.

I can't resist adding this picture. This is my dear son Joe who just turned 13. This picture was taken the evening of the day after his birthday sleepover.

It's hard being a teenager. lol.

Until next time, hugs and stitches, Jody

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Blizzard Continues

As if one storm wasn't bad enough, we got whacked with another one just days later. So of course this presents all sorts of time in the house looking for something to do. What a great time for a quilt-a-thon!!!

Well it would be if I didn't have dishes and laundry and family wanting attention and.... But I did manage to get a couple of things done.

I have long wanted to do a school house quilt and replace the section where the windows are with a small quilt block. I've actually started it a number of times and not really been happy with the results. But I'm a glutton for punishment so I'm trying it again. I have such trouble with the roof section. I hate templates and I really dislike adding things to the side of a triangle because no matter how careful I am I always end up with way too much at the top or the bottom.

This is the completed first block. Of course everything doesn't line up as well as I'd like but I'm hoping by the time I get to the last one I'll have tweaked it to be just as I want it.

I have actually spent a good bit of time sewing. But I really don't have much finished to show for it because I've been hand quilting this:

I did finish one thing. As I've been doing a lot of hand quilting I have been spending a lot of time cutting thread and threading needles. I have a number of pincushions (from swaps) but I have them in a cabinet and didn't want to use them. So I made this one:

The picture isn't really clear so you probably can't see the button in the center. I was going through my buttons looking for just the right one and then there it was - it has a snowflake in the center of it. I thought that was just perfect for my snowy day (or week as the case may be lol) project.

Thunder is loving all the snow.

Until next time, hugs and stitches. Jody

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Well here we are on the East Coast, hip deep in snow. I'm planning to do some sewing today and have actually been doing some hand quilting but I'm taking a break to post some of our snow pictures. It seems like it may have stopped at long last and we think we got a bit over two feet.

From the front door first thing this morning before anyone went out:

Thunder loves the snow:

Timmy - hard at work:

From across the street:

Joe - hard at work:

The front porch (that snow blower is about to start earning it's keep lol):

And one last look out the patio doors into the backyard. Check out the picnic table:

Hoping wherever you are, you are safe and dry and warm. Jody

Friday, February 5, 2010

A Tisket, A Tasket, I Finished All My Baskets!!

Well I finally finished up all my Tisket/Tasket BOM wall hangings.

As you can see from the February picture they have found a home over my china cabinet that I keep in my bedroom. I'm so glad to have them all finished - now I can move on to the three BOMs I have been printing off for this year.

Until next time, hugs and stitches, Jody