Thursday, November 29, 2012

Can't believe it's nearly December

Boy it has been a long time since I made an entry here! Halloween and Thanksgiving are both behind me now, meaning that the holiday push is now officially ON!

I am prepping for my first adventure going to a sewing retreat! Quilt Camp is in less than 1 week and I have been doing my best to figure out which projects I want to work on there in the free time, and get them ready to go! I can already see that my suitcase will be bursting with fabric!!! I will HAVE to check a bag - wish I didn't but with my little sewing machine and all these projects, there wouldn't be nearly enough room for clothes in just a carry on.

Below is not even half of what I need for a king sized (mostly) low volume quilt I will be taking to work on in my free sewing time. Lots of cutting to do this weekend :)

 Next up, some OLD (read ancient) holiday fabric I dragged out of a box. I matched it up with some solids and a tonal print, and I'm planning to make drawstring bags with this as re-usable Hanukkah gift bags for the kids. We celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah in our house.

Still pulling scraps for the improv class, and I've got a brand new Layer Cake of "Odds & Ends"by Julie Comstock for Faith's Poinsettia block class. I'm not sure I'll do anything more than sit through the EPP class, since it is so difficult for me to do handwork. 

I have been plugging away at my scrap quilt from the class I took in September and I'm much happier with it now. It is still small though, since each one of these blocks finishes at 4 inches. I'm debating whether or not to keep going and make it bigger than a very small lap quilt and/or add a border or two to expand it.

I decided to make myself a bag very similar to the one I made for my partner in Mouthy Stitches 2 I liked it so much! That is nearly ready to sew together. And, I decided to make a similar bag with a London theme for my mom for Christmas. She and my Dad have been to England about 20 times since I was a teenager - they just LOVE it! So this tote will make her happy I am sure.

So much to be thankful for this fall. My sister-in-law's Non Hodgkins Lymphoma was removed through surgery and there is no need for any chemo or radiation, just monitoring. VERY good news! My mother-in-law is recovering from pneumonia that she had over Thanksgiving. Being a lung cancer survivor, asthmatic and not being very physically active - this is very good news as well.

It is my month to be the queen in the Liberty and Justice Bee. I picked a block that I think will be nice. It only uses 2 fabrics besides white, and it is a 16" block, which should work up quickly into a top. I have already received my first block, and I'm looking forward to some more packages to open! It really is like early Christmas! I plan to donate this quilt through Quilts of Valor, to thank one of the many service people who have sacrificed so much for our country.


  1. Queen you are. And You can quilt too.. were all saying were new at L & J and you jump out with this one..LOL

    1. Sorry if you found it difficult! You pushed me to learn something new with your choice too.