I have several interests to share through this blog including my love of needlework, quilting, cooking, and my pets, Molly and Butterscotch. Hopefully I will be able to keep up with adding to most of these areas over time. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Computer Problems

I was all set a couple of weeks ago to do a nice blog posting when my computer decided to have problems.  I was unable to access the internet using either Google Chrome or Internet Explorer, so I decided to do a system restore.  Long story short; after having to do a system restore a couple of times due to Windows Update freezing issues, I think I have things in hand - at least for now... 

I promised a posting of my totally completed box from The Fold - "A Full Heart".  My friend Karen did a VERY nice job mounting this piece in the Lone Elm box.  While I could have figured it out for myself, Karen is a perfectionist and  I knew it would turn out perfectly. 

As soon as I finished Part 1, I turned my attention immediately to Part 2 "My Home" - below is my finished scissor fob.  I'm sure that Tina and Teri are busy preparing for market, but I am so looking forward to Part 3!  Hopefully news will be coming out shortly.  

I also recently finished the Needleworker Sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I am so happy with how she turned out.  I used the suggested linen and threads with the exception of the Valdani in which I substituted some DMC instead.  I loved working on the 40 count.   

I finished this sweet little bag from Shepherd's Bush called "My Stitching Bag"  It is a pre-finished bag from Adam's Originals.

Besides needlework, I have some other finishes to show.  I took a Cartonnage class at my local shop to make this sweet Sewing Kit.  I used fabric from Blackbird Design's recent line called Plum Street.  I love how it turned out and will be taking more classes from the lovely Claudia Squio from Colorway Handgoods (https://www.facebook.com/colorwayhandgoods).  She is so clever in how she puts together these handmade projects that look so professionally done even in the hands of a novice like me.  :)

I have also been busy in the sewing room working on quilt piecing.  Here is a sample of what I have been working on over the last few weeks.

This first bunch is from the current year Second Saturday Quilt from Quilts Plus.  The Second Saturday series is a buy the first block in January, then bring the completed block back in in February and you get the February block free - and so on and so forth throughout the year.  If you miss a month, you have to buy the block, bring it back the next month completed to get your free block.  If you do not miss any months and have completed your blocks each month as planned - you can end up with 12 finished blocks for $7.00.  You also have the option to make additional blocks each month to get additional tickets for door prizes.  They always have 3 color ways for you to choose from - this year it was scrappy, cottage and batiks, and each year, the shop completes a full quilt for each colorway from 36 blocks of each colorway.  It is always such a treat to see what she has put together for each one!

This second bunch is from their 2011 series ( I am way behind and am working my way back up to 2014). 

I have two more months from 2011 cut and ready to piece.  That will finish up 2011 and I can move on to 2012.  

After my trip to Quilts Plus yesterday, I headed over to Hancock Fabrics as I heard they were having 50% off sewing and quilting notions just before their move to 116th and Keystone.  Here is a portion of my haul.  I picked up some different color rick rack to trim off pin cushions, some Thread Heaven, machine embroidery thread as well as some spools of serger thread for my new serger I bought last year and have not trialed yet.  There was a lot more in my bag, but thought I would give you a taste. 

Well, hopefully my computer will behave for awhile as it is not in the budget to replace right now.  I've been spending some money on some planned home projects including some plumbing and interior touch-up, plus Molly needs some fencing to help keep her from running over to the neighbors for treats.  :)

Happy Stitching,