Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving!  S flew in on Tuesday and we are enjoying what will likely be my last warm Thanksgiving.  For awhile at least.  I am keeping my Phoenix house so it would be a possibility to come down, but I can't imagine that I would skip Thanksgiving with family just to be in warmer climate.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Flurry of Finishes!

I have had a very productive weekend and managed to finish up a few projects that have been hanging around for awhile.  The first finish was this Friendship Star wall hanging, which was one of the quilts that I made in my beginning quilting class in, ahem, 2001.

And the back.  If you enlarge the picture, you can see the quilting outline of the stars on the front.

This afternoon I finished up this ornament while I was watching the Bears game.  S and two of his sons are huge Bears fans and I don't get to see many games down here since I pretty much only have the main network stations, but today's game was on Fox, so I was able to watch.  Our AZ Cardinals pulled out a come from behind win over the Eagles too, so good job to them.  Please excuse the wrinkles in the ornament.  I didn't take time to iron it before taking a picture.

The other thing I finished during the game was this cat mat for the shelter that was started on one of my airplane rides this summer.

I actually have some feline pictures to post as well.  First I have Tyrone testing out S's quilt.  I got the binding attached by machine this weekend, and also did the same for Chocolate Covered Cherries, so now I can work on the hand stitching as I am watching Christmas movies.

Sassy was sleeping yesterday all curled into a tight little ball.  If you look closely, you can see her little foot tucked behind her shoulder.  Cats are so flexible!

And finally, here is Echo being his usual dorky self.  I have been going through the contents of some of the drawers in my rolling sewing cart and Echo took advantage of finding one empty and decided to take a nap in it.  As you can see, he's a little too big, but that didn't seem to bother him lol.

And I had to add this final pic.  What are the chances?  No, not of having your bobbin run out, but having it run out when you are exactly at the end of attaching a long binding to a quilt.  That is what happened to me yesterday when I attached the binding to Chocolate Covered Cherries.  I hit the thread cutter, pulled the quilt out, saw the empty bobbin, and thought oh, no, I have been sewing without bobbin thread for who knows how long.  But lo and behold, the binding was attached all the way to the end.  Amazing.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Back From the Quilter and Echo Approved!

I was back in ND the last couple weeks of October working on the house some more and seeing family.  It was a great trip and I have been accumulating pictures for some blog posts with before and after photos of what we have done so far with the house.  Guess I should probably finally post those for my bedroom down here too since I completely forgot about that.  A sneak peek of the bed and one of the lamps is in the picture below.

When I got back from my trip, S's quilt was ready for pickup from my long arm quilter, so here it is, all quality control tested by Echo and ready for trimming and binding.  I am hoping to get the trimming done yet today and the binding attached by machine.  The binding is made, so I should be able to get that done.  I want to start sewing it down while I watch the new Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel tonight.  I just love that channel during the holidays.  It seems to have the best movies.  In my opinion anyway :-).