January finishes

Here are my January finishes. The first is a quilt top that I made last year. It had been basted since before Christmas but I finally sat down and quilted it. It’s called Intersections. Then I finished this pair of socks. It’s my 4th pair and the first that I really feel are successful. I’m doing a Craftsy class —Knit-along 2016: Socks with Lucy Neatby. I’ve already learned quite a bit! When I finish the knit-along I’ll have 3 finished pair of socks!2016 Intersections socks

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January Retreat

The PMQ January retreat was wonderful, as always! The bitter cold precluded our usual walks so we just sewed even more. I worked on a baby quilt that I don’t want to reveal until after it’s gifted but I have lots of pictures of all the other sewing that was going on.

I also hosted the January PMQ meeting. It’s always a challenge finding chairs for 29 people in my living room!IMG_1765

 

 

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It’s a new year!

Hurray! I’m so glad it’s a new year. The last one was not so good for my quilting, but the shoulder is much better and I’m able to sew again! Even better, I’m heading off to a quilt retreat in a couple of days!

In looking back over the year, I finished more projects than I thought. Some were done before my surgery but I did finish some after. My biggest project of the year was a queen sized quilt for my daughter and her husband. They found an inspiration photo they liked on the internet and then picked colors. I created the pattern based on the inspiration photo.

2015  Beths qult beth's quilt

Here are the rest of the projects I finished this year. Altogether there were 12 quilts but most were small. Six were donated and 2 were gifts. Some of the others will end up being donated or gifts but just haven’t made it to new homes yet.

 

 

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A Slow Recovery

As it turned out, my July post was overly optimistic and the shoulder recovery has been slower than anticipated. I have been gradually able to piece more and more but in short bits of time. Using a lighter iron helped some but lots of physical therapy helped more. Finally, last week I was able to resume free motion quilting for short amounts of time.

The result is that my finished quilt total for the year has been very skimpy. I have a few things close to being finished. I’ll post pictures as I finish turning the bindings. I did finish two of these quilts. My friend Tracy gave me a kit that she wasn’t going to make. I took that fabric, added a bunch more, and decided to make X blocks. I made enough blocks early in the spring to put together two quilts like this one. They are 40 x 60. One went to Piece Mill Quilters for a donation quilt. The other will go to Bits N Pieces as a donation quilt.2015 Tracy's X Blocks I

I did find that I could knit with limited shoulder motion so shortly after my surgery, I  started knitting some small projects. Years ago, before my life as an obsessive quilter, I was an obsessive knitter. It’s been fun this summer to get the knitting needles out and play with yarn. I’ve finished a couple of cowls including this one.Marsha's bandana cowl I also finished a pair of socks. Then I did a quick pair of fingerless mitts.socksIMG_1720

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It’s been awhile!

Hello everyone! After a long silence, I’m finally back! This blog mostly functions as my sewing diary but I haven’t sewed for almost 3 months. This was due to a shoulder injury, followed by shoulder surgery, and followed by a long recovery period. Happily, I can now sew again. I’m still not quilting, and pressing is a challenge but I can sew a bit which makes me much happier!

This last weekend I was ecstatic to be able to go to a quilt retreat! I joined a group retreating in Brunswick, MO at the Sew Sweet Quilt Shop and Retreat Center. This is a lovely shop and a fabulous retreat place. IMG_1503

We stopped on the way on Friday for lunch at lovely little place in Moberly, MO called The Southern Yankee which we found through Yelp. I had the Maple Bacon Chicken with sweet potatoes and garlic, parmesan roasted corn. Yummy!

At the retreat center, we had a great weekend. We explored Brunswick which has a population of 858. It claims to be the pecan capitol of the country. Michele and I had our picture taken in front of the world’s largest pecan in downtown Brunswick. IMG_1504The town was founded in 1836. Lewis & Clark stopped on the hill overlooking the site that is now Brunswick.

We took some walks around Brunswick and found this fabulous Victorian for sale. Hopefully someone will buy it and restore it to its former glory!

01-folk-victorianThe retreat center has a gourmet kitchen, luxurious hotel-like sleeping rooms and, of course, an attached quilt shop. What’s not to love! Here are a few shots of the retreat. It was just so wonderful to spend time with fellow quilters and finally sew again!

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Puzzle Quilt

My collection of Paula Nadelstern fabric has grown over the years so I’m excited to finally start using it. I’m taking a class at The Quilted Fox on the Puzzle Quilt. Today I completed the first 2 blocks.Puzzle block 3 Puzzle Block 3b

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February Finishes

2015 Jelly Roll Squares 2015 Smoke and Sunshine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I managed to finish two more quilt tops in February. I named the bright one Jelly Roll Squares. The gray and yellow one is called Smoke and Sunshine. The patterns for both of these is in the book Precut Quilts by Janie Lou. Janie Lou’s is a great newer quilt shop in St. Louis. Jelly Roll Squares is 62 x 72. Smoke and Sunshine is 42 x 52. These both with started with pre-cuts and are part of my project to use up some of my pre-cut collection this year.

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Finish #3 for 2015

2015-Drop BoxThis week I started quilting on all the quilt tops that I made during the 2 January retreats. The first one finished from the group is Drop Box. This is a pattern from the book Take 5 Fat Quarters by Kathy Brown. I’ve seen this pattern made in several fabric combinations and they’ve all been great. This one started with a free fat quarter packet. The colors are not my favorite, but I’m sure someone out in the world will love these peachy and warm tones. This is part of my 2015 goal of using up some of my precuts and turning them into donation quilts. The quilt is 42″ x 55″.

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January Retreat #2

What is better than a retreat? How about 2 retreats! The Bits retreat was lots of fun and very productive for all! I finished 2 and a half quilt tops. Again, these are smaller ones that might end up as donations or kid’s quilts. Here are the 2 that are completed.photo 1 (3) photo 3 (3)I now have 5 quilt tops that need quilting!

 

 

 

 

 

There were lots of other interesting projects in the works. Here are some of them.

 

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First Finishes for 2015

puzzle sqAlthough my goal was to finish this one in December, I didn’t get it quilted until January! But now it’s finished. The pattern is called Movement in Squares by Wendy Sheppard. The fabric in the squares is mostly from the Mosaic collection by Marcia Derse. It’s 54″ x 62″. After I take it to show and tell at my guilds, it will go to California to hang in Beth’s new office.

My second finish was much smaller! I sewed together my leftover blocks from the One for the Money quilt and made a table runner. A little quilting and it will make a great donation for the raffle at the next Bits show!

2014 One for the money table runner

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