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Saturday, February 14, 2015

200th Post!!! and another storm for Boston!

Oh My 200 posts!
Not bad for a very part time blogger!


Yes  - Boston is bracing for another storm!
My poor little house is buried! 



Already have 2-3 feet in the yard,
so what's another foot of fresh snow!! 
Yikes!

The trees in the backyard are covered with snow…
so Beautiful.
This one is my favorite!



Last snow storm I completed this 1600 strip quilt.
Plan on donating it to the SCQG Comfort Quilts,
someone will love this quilt!


In planning for this snow storm I've pulled this fabrics!
The background is "October Afternoon" a flannel by Riley Blake,
Print fabrics are "Robotic" a Rebekah Ginda Design for Birch Fabrics,
and the solids and Moda Solids.


Such a yummy combination!
The perfect selection for the new little boy
my nephew and his wife will be having in May!

Now to find the perfect pattern!
That's today's task!

Snow starts in 6 hours!
Snow blower and shovels are ready!

For all of you that follow my blog…
Thank you, 
I hope you find it inspirational.

Happy Quilting, Janet

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Snow Days and hand stitching go together …don't ya think!

SO my house is buried under Inches FEET of snow!
Third week in a row of two snow days off from school!
With two more snow storms expecting to be coming into 
Boston and surrounding areas in the next few days … 
I could be getting LOTS of hand stitching done!!

Taking full advantage of the snow days I decided to … Yup….
Started working on another new project...
Along with the snow my Quilting ADHD has set in!

Let me back track a bit…
a month ago one of the nurses that I work with brought in
a quilt that was made by her Great Aunt.
A beauty Vintage Quilt!


looks to me like it may be from the 30's - but not sure.
It's in great condition, just a few little stains here and there
but no fabric fading!

Here is a close up of one of the blocks
they measure 18" x 16" - good size blocks



It is all hand quilted. 
Check out the whip stitch binding technique, 
below in blue thread!


I decided this quilt was just way to cute, 
so I traced the pattern,
and made my own templates

coming up with my very own CUTIE!


Background is a Moda Bella Solid in cream, 
the solids are mostly Moda Solids with a Kaffe Shot Cotton thrown in, 
and the flowered fabrics are mostly "Liberty of London" (purchased on Etsy!)
or "London Calling" by Kaufman.


Here is block two in progress …
Love the red polka dot fabric (from my Japanese import stash!)
pairs nicely with the "Liberty of London" fabric



This is going to be a fun one!!
But aren't they ALL!!!

Cross you fingers that Boston and surrounding areas 
won't be totally buried with more snow in the next week!!

But then again … 
it just means more time for cutie projects!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ladies of the Sea Block #4

Finally!
This block was started way back in July


it wasn't a difficult block…
other projects just took over!

Another redwork quilt...

Finally finished putting together
my latest embroidery quilt.
The pattern is "Sun and Sea"
by Sandi Bard Designs

Nine embroidered blocks
stitched in Sulky 12 wt color 4014


The border fabric is "Bubble Shells"
from Tula Pink's Salt Water collection.

It features a way too cute Seahorse fabric
called "Ocean Ponies"
that works great for the corners!


Here are two of the blocks up close

Now it's time to decide on quilting choices!

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Super Bowl WIN and some nervous EPP!

What a GAME!
Congratulations FOUR time Champions
New England Patriots!
They did their Job!




I have been a Patriots fan for as long as I can remember!
Watching my Dad go to the games 
(he was a seasons ticket holder - 
from way back when they played at Harvard Stadium!)
the fever just rubbed off!
When he stopped going to the games
we would sit and watch the games together
yelling at the tv!
Happy Memories.

Last nights game was so nerve-wrecking
couldn't just watch
 so I nervously English Paper Pieced (EPP)
my 2 inch pentagons … 
and was able to complete
TWO blocks!

Now that's nervous energy!!

The pentagons are EPP and stitched into a ring,
the ring was appliquéd to the center blue square,
then the ring was appliquéd onto the background!
All hand stitched!
 The background fabric was trimmed away to remove the papers.

Have a total of 4 made, 5 more to go …

When do the Red Sox start playing!?