Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving day was fun. We followed tradition... mom made the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pies and I made side dishes - Mac & Cheese, Corn Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, and Cheesy Spinach Casserole. The first three are holiday standards and HAVE to be made every Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the Spinach was a new one this year. Mom and I liked it, but I don't think anyone else even tried it. Oh well - I'll have to find another one to try for Christmas. Guess I'll be flipping through old issues of the Southern Living Christmas books in the next couple of weeks.

Here are pictures of Megan's outfit completed and on her:


I really liked the way the pattern came out! I'll have to make it again. I wasn't thrilled with the way the applique came out though. I loved the test stitch I did, but ran out of my prefered stablizer before I got to the actual top. I know I'm the only one that noticed the little imperfections, but it was still a little dissappointing. And I had my camera on the wrong setting, so the pictures don't show the true colors.

And here's a picture of the whole family together:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Outfit

The Thanksgiving outfit is complete... well almost. I still need to add the buttons, but since Megan was asleep when I finished they will have to wait until the morning.


I've had this pattern since before Megan was born, but this is the first time I've used it. It went together so quickly. I started it Monday night, and would have had it completed that night, but I didn't have the right color thread for the top-stitching and button holes. So today my color-blind husband braved JoAnns with swatches of fabric and instructions. He did such a good job!
Now I can't wait to try it on Megan and see how it fits.
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Semi-Complete

Work and other commitments have had me too busy to do any sewing since the weekend (and that was probably only 15 minutes.) But I am determined that tomorrow - no matter what - I will sew!!

And just so you know that I can actually complete projects, here are a few:


Quilt for Megan
I have been collecting cat fabrics for 10 or 15 years. I never knew what I would do with them, but I kept collecting them. I finally decided to make an I-Spy quilt for Megan. And while I had enough fabrics to make each of the 90 blocks from a different fabric, I decided to use 45 fabrics. Now Megan will be able to play a matching game with her quilt. Now I need to have it quilted. Luckly I have a "source" - my Mom!!

Here's a close-up of some of my favorite fabrics:



Beach Quilt
This was a class Mom and I took together. It was so much fun. The whole thing is pieced on a fusible-interfacing type product called Quilt on Point (or something like that). Once the cutting and fusing of fabric are done, the sewing goes SO FAST! This could be sewn in one sitting (not that I could find enough time to do it all in one sitting... ha ha ha). This too needs to be quilted.




Parlor Pets
This is another of the patterns I have from Parlor Pets (the Flowers in my previous post). I just love this pattern!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

WIP part I

Here are some of the projects that are in some form of completion...

Chris's Duck Quilt
This is so close to being finished! All that's left is hand stitching the binding. When I purchased this pattern at the Houston Quilt Show in 2000 or 2001 I thought it would be simple, after all its just paper piecing. I never looked close to see all of the small pieces until after I told Chris I would make it for him. And now, years later it is almost done. Maybe before the end of the year...

Quilt for a Gift
This quilt will be a gift for someone very dear to my daughter. Of course I have been thinking of making a quilt for this person for some time now, but thought I had a little more time than I actually do. Good thing it looks like it will go together quickly.


Lap Quilt
I purchased this pattern over a year ago with no immediate plans for making it. Then earlier this year my mom and I want to a Fat Quarter sale at a local quilt shop. Their Fat Quarters were 20 for $25 and the quilt needs 20 Fat Quarters... how perfect was that!


Tote Bag
I LOVE Quilts and More magazine. This is the second bag I'll make from the Fall issue.


Flowers
I just bought this pattern at the Houston Quilt Show. I love the Parlor Pets patterns! At first I thought I would put these flowers in Megan's room, but now I think I might start making them to use in my future sewing room.



Thanksgiving Outfit
I decided last week that Megan needed an outfit for Thanksgiving. I had remembered seeing some very cute Thanksgiving fabrics at the local fabric stores, but when I went back, every store was sold out! What to do? Well of course break out the new embroidery machine and stitch out something for Thanksgiving. Never mind that all the cute designs are applique and I hadn't done that yet. So today I stitched out a test design. Now to pick out a pattern and get to sewing!


Ok - I think that's enough for one day. Some day I'll share the unstarted kits, the patterns that still need fabric, the fabric that still needs patterns, and the ideas that have neither fabric nor patterns yet.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Welcome!

Lately I've found myself drowning in unfinished projects!! I know most sewers, quilters, and crafters have a few UFOs/WIPs, but my list of projects to finish is getting ridiculous!

My 2008 New Year's Resolution was to finish all of my projects (both those started and those I'd like to do someday.) Then, and only then, I would splurge and buy an embroidery machine. OK - stop laughing - In my defense on New Year's Day I was still on post C-section painkillers.

So maybe if I post my outstanding projects I'll shame myself into finishing some.

In the coming posts I'll show you some of the projects...