Sunday, September 30, 2012

Plugging away....!

Do you have flimsies, waiting to be sandwiched and bound?  Well, I do!

These projects just seem to sit there, waiting.  For what?  Sometimes, I'm not sure.  It's been the case for this little quilt.  Sure, I can make excuses, but really.... it's been way too long!

Started this little hand embroidery project last year!  I've had the center done for quite some time.

Yes, I was waiting for fabric to come in, but honestly, it didn't have to take so long for me to complete this.

The pattern is called Little Tree by Waltzing with Bears!  For the border, I used a combination of Seasonal Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings and Odile by French General!

I love the little hanger!

As I look at this little quilt, I feel the need to remove some machine quilting in the center.  What was I thinking?

On another note, I did complete another block from my Folk Art Quilt project.

Plugging along here!

On a different subject, I am in search of a photo editing software that is not overly expensive.  Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by!  Cheers!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Autumn is in the air...!

I love fall!  It has got to be one of my all time favourite season.  Here in Upstate New York, it is absolutely lovely.  The weather is a bit coolish and the trees are just beginning to change their colours.    We are definitely getting a glimpse of fall.

I continue to keep busy, in between classes and business dealings, by getting quilting projects completed.  If you recall, on a recent trip to Syracuse, I picked up some patterns and kits and have since completed this cute little country wool project!

The pattern is called Snowman Gift Bag and is designed by Peg Springstead of the Quilted Crow New York.

I plan on using it as a winter decoration!

I think it will look lovely with some holly springs or perhaps other types of greenery in the bag!  Don't you think?

Wool is so nice to work with!

Simple ... not as complicated as needle turn applique.  Not that I do not enjoy hand applique, it's just that a wool projects is much simpler to prepare.  

Speaking of hand applique ... I have been plugging away at my Folk Art Bloom quilt.

The background fabric I had been waiting for finally arrived at Fibre Junction - Marcus Bros Tavern Blues by Paula Barnes.  I took the day to prepare the rest of my blocks so that I can tackle them.

I like to have all of the prep work done so that it becomes a production line applique marathon.  Of course, with occasional breaks for some machine time and other hand projects.  Working on the same project continuously just tires me out!  I like variety! ;o)

Thank you for stopping by!  Cheers!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

No Robots please....!

I do not know about you, but those "prove you are not a robot" requests are difficult to decipher! I have just about given up on making any attempts at leaving a comment on those blog that have the "no-robot" request. And if I feel compelled to write something, I'm out after the first strike! Honestly, I do not need more challenges in my life! ;o)

I understand that SPAM is on the rise, but I have dealt with this by programming my blog to request "comment approval" for comments made on posts greater than 10 (ten) days. Of course, my blog no longer accept anonymous posters and that, in itself, cut back the SPAM tremendously!

Onward to the fun stuff. I've been working on this little, well not really, wool project! It took me quite some time to complete it!

The pattern is called Two Prim Snowmen by Jan Speed from A Piece of Work.  

I love how it turned out!

I did have an issue with the wool stretching/warping from the hand work, making the top un-even. I was advised that most people will just use a bigger back piece for the underneath and cut accordingly. That just did not do it for me!

I sat on the problem for a bit until memories of my knitting days came to mind. To re-shape the top to it's proper size, I blocked it, just like I would my sweaters! Worked like a charm!

I just love the patterns from A Piece of Work and will be carrying many of their designs at Fibre Junction.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!  Cheers!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mini vacation - Day 3 ..!

On day 3, Gina and I took it easy.  We had a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and later set off for the ride home.  It really is a pleasant ride.  Very scenic, that is if you like the Adirondacks.

We must have taken a wrong turn at some point as we came across a Starbucks!  Now, that enhances the ride! ;o)  I will have to remember that new route!

I did forget to show you a picture of my loot from The Quilted Crow in New York.

Took the opportunity to pick up a couple of her patterns.  They are so cute!  They will make cute gifts!

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm off to play with my loot! ;o)


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mini Vacation day 2 - Evening....!

After we spend a good part of the early afternoon at the Quilted Crown New York, we headed off to.... drum roll please....

Have you ever been?  This was my first time.  I love fairs!  Of course, you cannot go to a fair and not spend time with the animals.

Check out this goat!

It's a miniature Dutch Belted cow!  Just kid-ding!  I know, I'm punny! ;o) But really..... is that neat or what?!

I have never seen so many rabbits in one area in my life.  Must have been the year to show rabbits!  No pictures of rabbits, too many to choose from! ;o)

Myself, I'm a bird lover.  While Gina was sight seeing with the bird man, I checked out some fowls.  I love Chickens.... check out this Silkies with her brood.  Are they cute or what?

Here you have Punk Silkies! ;o)

I definitely want some Silkies in my coop.  Not sure I want Punk ones!  They seem high maintenance!

Now, what's a fair without rides.  Gina was eager to hop on what she called the Carousel, what she really meant was this...

What a beauty!  Now while you're way up there waiting for people to get on the Ferris Wheel, you might as well take ......

As we waited, enjoying the view, Gina says ..... "I want to go on that ride next"

Okay! As we get off the Ferris Wheel and head towards the barf chair ride I say, "You go, I'll watch over our things".  Really, this was not the kind of ride you would want to take your bags with you!

Here is Gina all excited!

Now here's Gina enjoying the ride!

Yea, someone had to stay behind and watch our bags!  That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! ;o)

Here's Gina after the ride.... love the wind blown look!

Off we continued to enjoy the various rides.  We pretty much closed down the joint!  What a blast we had!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you ever do get a chance, I highly recommend the New York State Fair!  I will definitely be going back!
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