Sunday, January 27, 2013
I am using fabrics from my stash (one of my frugal goals for the year). I did go to JoAnn's today and use my Christmas gift card. After 15 years my rotary cutter died. My cutting mat had also become very brittle. A big "thank you" to my DH for such a thoughtful gift. I'll enjoy the new rotary cutter and mat for many years.
My goal for this week is to finally finish the border on my Civil War Chronicles quilt. I would like to get it to the quilter this spring. I'm only a year late in finishing the 2011 block of the month quilt. I really haven't enjoyed this block of the month but I know the finished quilt will be awesome.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Hope you are enjoying your Holiday.
Friday, January 18, 2013
I have really enjoyed my Janome 12000 and all its features. I especially like the large hoops and being able to embroider large designs. I also used the built in dual feed feature yesterday to sew the patchwork pieces together and do the "in -the-ditch" quilting. I'm gradually learning many of the machine's features. There is so much to learn but I'm lov'in it!
Yesterday I completed this little table runner. It is made from Moda Tapestry Charm Pack. My friend gave me the charm pack for Christmas. The pattern is from the book Charmed and Dangerous by Heather Peterson. It was a quick project. The batting, backing, and binding are from my stash (that's my goal).
I used the "stitch-in-the-ditch" quilting method but left the two center squares. I'm planning to try out my new AcuFil Quilting program for my Janome 12000 and add a decorative motif in the center of each square. This will be my first experience using AcuFil Quilting. I'll let you know how it goes and post a photo.
It's good to be back in the creative mode after almost three weeks of ill health!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The quilt is finished. It measures 40" x 40". The backing is flannel and the binding is pink polka dot fabric. (Both from my stash) The quilt looks great hanging on my design wall but guess I'll have to part with it soon as the new baby is due in March.
Here is a closeup of the binding and backing.
Next up is a tablerunner from a charm pack a friend gave me for Christmas.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
When the quilt top is finished I will use a pink flannel backing and pink polka dot binding from my stash. I'm hoping to use up much of my fabric stash this year. It was a goal last year but it seems that I added more fabric than I used. I'm hoping to do better this year.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Two of my grandnieces received American Girl Dolls for Christmas. Today I decided to experiment with making a crocheted cap that will fit their doll. This is my Felicity doll wearing the cap. I used yarn that I had in my stash. The cap might look better in a smaller yarn but this will do.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Happy New Year to all my Blog Friends. DH and I had a lovely New Years Eve at home after a nice dinner out. Our little doggie is upset by fireworks so we were here to reassure him that all is well in 2013. We are looking forward to good health in the coming year.
I have finally decided on my word for 2013. It is frugal. According to my readings, furgal it’s about living smarter, so that you can afford to live the life that you want to live. The key word being YOU. After reading about frugal living, I came to underatand that it isn't about deprivation but instead it's about creativity, organization, planning, making wise decisions, and much more. All to help you live the life you want to live. I think it is just what my 2013 should be about. I hope to blog about some of my frugal living experiences in 2013. (Of course, my love of thrift store shopping fits right into frugal living!)