Saturday, March 15, 2014

Some finishes - I was on vacation!!!

Well I had my annual vacation - I've taken my birthday off work for as long as I can remember. A couple of years ago, I decided to extend that to a full week. For me that is prime time for quilting! Woo Hoo!

So the first thing I do is a "stay-cation" quilt. This year I only got the top done and here it is:

I so miss having a place to hang my quilts to take pictures. The patterned fabric in the blocks is from a line from Moda that I found last year and have had just waiting for the perfect project. I have lots of fabric leftover so I think I will piece a back for it.

I also did was a quick and easy pillow case. I was going through my stash and came across some fabric I got for my daughter a few years ago - only a yard but that's enough for a pillow case.

This one I actually had finished a day or two before vacation started. It's a swap quilt that I did with that fabulous group of QWHT ladies. I am so thrilled with it. Thanks Barb, Julie and Frances for playing with me. Our blocks all look fabulous together.

I had found the absolutely perfect fabric to back it! Is this not the perfect backing fabric for this quilt?

One of my goals for this year was a baby quilt to donate each month. I'm a bit behind but this is the first one:

I also did some cleaning in the shed. And I found a couple of projects that I hadn't finished and decided to do something with them.

This was the beginning of a Christmas quilt:

I had intended to make it bigger but I couldn't get more of the red and nothing else seemed to work right so I made it into a wall hanging.

I made curtains for the bathroom. I've been meaning to do this for a while but couldn't find just the right fabric. But I really like this fabric.

I deep cleaned the dining room. In doing that, I realized that the curtains over our sliding glass doors needed to be replaced. I only did a valance because we decided we liked having the extra light. It's hard to see - the fabric is a chocolate brown with a design in a deeper brown - it looks like tooled leather.

In cleaning the dining room I decided to make a table runner for the dining room table. It's become a dumping ground and I hate having things piled on it. I thought if I put a table runner on it, my family might stop piling things there (of course that didn't work lol). I had in mind to make one for every month of the year. I found some blocks in the shed that had been the beginnings of an Easter quilt. I pulled these three and made a runner.

I also tried out a pattern for a Christmas ornament. I love the look and it worked up so quickly and easily. I'm sure I'll be doing more of these!

It still needs a cord attached to it. The best thing is - it's reversible!

The only real difference is on the front you can see the folds.

Oh and this is not from my vacation but it is from this year. It's last year's Christmas quilt. This time a wall hanging.

It's not completely ready. The bag is giving me fits. And I stopped messing with it. Being packed away for months isn't going to help any so I'll wait and fiddle with it in December when I hang it.

I think the last thing I have to share is the bag I made at my quilt guild's February workshop. I love this bag! I have actually been using it as a shoe bag. I park a good bit away from my office so I wear my sneakers for the hike up to the building (I affectionately call where I park the "trolley parking" - as in, if you were at an amusement park and parked that far away, a trolley would come along and pick you up. lol). But I can't wear sneakers while I'm working so I carry my other shoes in this bag. It's just the perfect size.

I guess that's all for now. Until next time, hugs and stitches. Jody