Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Forgotten Quilt Projects

Way back in 1992 I took a quilting class for beginners along with two of my friends.  This is the wall hanging I made.  We learned how to use a quilters ruler and rotary cutter, all about perfect points, batting, binding, and hand quilting among many other things.

My stitches were too long and too far apart, but not bad considering it was my first attempt at hand quilting.

This is another small wall hanging I made when I wanted to learn machine quilting.  It was quick and easy to make, but I felt like I was cheating by using the sewing machine for the quilting!

While going through my bags, bins and boxes of fabric and projects, I found the following quilt tops that I started and never finished.

This one makes me a little sad.  My Grandma was in a nursing home and my Mom asked me to make her a lap quilt she could use when she was out of bed and in her wheel chair.  Sadly, Grandma died before I finished it.

I don't even remember this one!  I don't remember when I started it, who it was for or anything else about it. Well, I do remember buying the fabric at an Amish quilt shop in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  The border for it is a beautiful yellow with purple pansies.  It will be pretty if I ever finish it!

I LOVE this pattern.  I think it's called Tumbling Blocks.  Erin picked out the pattern and the fabrics and I set out to make her a quilt for her twin bed.  Oh my goodness, I had no idea it would be so complicated and difficult.  By the time I got this far, I found out it was rated for advanced quilters.  I have hundreds of squares and diamonds cut out and don't know if I will ever finish it.  I remember thinking at the time that it would probably be easier if I hand pieced it.  Maybe it would be something to work on when taking a break from something else.  Erin would be happy!

My fabric cabinet is filling up.  I'm close to finishing the organizing of the sewing room and then the decorating begins.  I need to shop for a comfortable chair to sit in while I do handwork or read or nap!  I can see light at the end of the tunnel of this redo and I'm so excited.

Have you ever put a project away and then forgot about it?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xo Annette xo

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Every Thursday I share what I'm thankful for.  Sometimes it's a serious or big thing, and sometimes it's a goofy or small thing.  I believe that no matter what is going on in our lives, there is always something to be thankful for.  Always.

Today I'm thankful for
     *  pumpkin spice kisses and all things pumpkin
     *  the last two tomatoes
     *  picnics
     *  relief from humidity the last couple of days
     *  people who inspire me
What are you thankful for today?

I hope you have a thankful Thursday!

xo Annette xo

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Comes in Twos

I fell so far behind with the Focusing on Life photo challenge that I just gave up on it for a while.  There were many weeks that I did take the pictures but then didn't write a blog post.  I would like to get back on track with the weekly challenge, but in the meantime I'll occasionally show you some of the photos.  I can't promise you though that the missed weeks I show you will be in order!

Week 36 we were to take pictures of things that come in twos.  What better than feet and eyes.  Luckily, Shylee came to visit and was more than willing to let me take pictures of hers.   Her feet are always moving and her eyes are very expressive.  If I'm completely honest, her energy and constant motion makes it seem like there are two of her!  

I hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

xo Annette xo

Monday, September 16, 2013

What I Found On Vacation

It's been nearly two months since I went to Arkansas to visit my family.  I was able to visit an antique mall and found some wonderful treasures for my sewing room.  Two of the items are actually new.  I found the pink alarm clock and the shabby hook at Hobby Lobby.  I really wish we had one of those stores here, although I would be in trouble if we did!

My favorite find is the old sewing machine drawers.  I couldn't believe I found them in such good condition and with a top.  This way I can set something on top of them, like the clock!

The sewing room is coming along.  The more I work on it, the more ideas I get for projects.  I need to hurry up and get the room done so I can start doing the fun stuff, but it seems like just when I think I've found all the fabric, I discover another bag full!

I hope you have a fantastic Monday!

xo Annette xo