Sunday, September 21, 2014

BOO table runner is done

I have not set foot in my sewing room this past week, but I do have a finish - the BOO! table runner.  It just needed a little hand stitching and a few fun buttons.  I had some candy corn buttons in my stash and added just a few scattered around the colored blocks.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Boo table runner

Sunday was just too chilly for me to go play golf with my husband, so while he golfed I sewed.  First task was adding binding to a UFO which I'll show you later this week.  Then I did the blanket stitching around a cute applique for a guild block.  Can't show you that - yet.  And since I was in a blanket stitch mood I working on this little ghost shaped table runner. 

So now I have a lot of handwork between the binding, the hand stitching on this Boo table runner, and hand quilting on my cats wall hanging.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's a mystery

The first session of our newest Saturday Sampler was yesterday and we received the first set of instructions for what we will do with our 6 fabrics.  We used 4 of them and made these 3 sets of blocks that measure 6.5".   So there are 8 each of units A, B, and C all ready for next month.  

The other fun part of this new mystery quilt is that all clues to the designer have been removed from the instructions.  The designer will be revealed with the final instructions.  So it keeps some of us from becoming Internet sleuths to figure out what the final project might look like.  It really IS a mystery.

Friday, September 12, 2014

A little flannel

I didn't have any time to sew this past week, but Friday night - once the new cutting table was set up - I pulled out some flannel.  This self-binding baby blanket will be mailed to Baltimore next week for a new little boy.  Even a short hour of sewing was so-o-o-o relaxing.

A new cutting table

For weeks now I've been thinking about a new cutting table and looking online.  I knew whatever I chose to do needed to be inexpensive because we have some other house updates we need to spend our money on right now.

So, my solution was found at Menards: 2 white cabinets, one with drawers and one with doors.  And I bought a butcher block top.  No assembly needed - just moved them in and laid that heavy butch block on top.  Now I just need to choose some hardware but there is no rush.

The height is just perfect so I'm hoping my back will no longer hurt every time I cut fabric. And the extra storage space is perfect too.  My big rulers and hand quilting stencils all fit in the long drawer over the doors.  And the top drawer on the left will be perfect for storing thread.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Changing seasons

I love switching out my decorations around the house to showcase a new season and fall has arrived here in South Dakota, at least for a few days.  The temperatures today are nearly 40 degrees cooler than Monday was.  It's soup weather!  Or maybe chili.  So I added my fall leaf table topper to my kitchen counter to replace the patriotic summer runner.  I made this one several years ago but it makes me smile every year when I pull it out again.  

What kinds of autumn decor do you enjoy at your house!

Forgive the poor photo, but the light is not very good on such a grey dreary day.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A new project

I know that I don't need any new projects but sometimes a quilt comes along that I just HAVE to do.  House Warming Party is that quilt.  I love the reds and greens and creams in this.  It's a BOM, and these 4 blocks are for month 1. 

So I'll be doing this BOM. the new Saturday Sampler mystery quilt BOM, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge BOM, and am involved in a Halloween block swap.  I think I see a theme here - lots of blocks!!