Sunday, February 24, 2013

Eye Candy Gram - The Neverending Border

I haven't had a lot to show the past week or so. I've been plugging away on the neverending quilt border for The Bluebird Quilt. I figure that I'm about half way finished with the embroidery. I am also working towards finishing up a quilt top this week and it is one that I haven't shared with you yet. So I will have a big surprise to unveil! So stay tuned!

Enjoy!  Merry Gay

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Design Wall Wednesday …

It’s BOM time!  I’ve been working on 2 Block of the Month quilts, The “Aurifil 2013 BOM” and “Jingle Belle”.  I don’t actually have them on my wall, but there isn’t anything there, so I’ll have to show you work table shots.
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This is the February block for the Aurifil 2013 BOM, all lain out ready for me to stitch the next time I sit down at my machine (tomorrow).  I’m excited about watching this quilt come together.  It’s going to be done in Christmas colors for my bed.  Actually, so is the February applique block for Jingle Belle.
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I’m using the same colors in each of these quilts, so by the end of the year, I’m probably going to be sick of red and green, but I will have 2 quilts to show for it, so I won’t have to make another Christmas quilt for a while.

I do have other things that I’m working on.  There is the seemingly never ending embroidery around the perimeter of the Bluebird quilt.  And I haven’t even shown you the Crabapple Hill BOM, which isn’t a quilt at all, but one of those perpetual wall calendars with cute little embroidered blocks that you can move around from month to month and year to year.  I’m really going to enjoy having that! 

Oh, and the 2 French Cottage Garden quilts/bedspreads. I am going to finally finish one of those ….. well the top anyway (I won’t quilt them until they are both done) probably in the next couple of weeks.  I have to tell you, I love love love the way those are turning out,  But I’m so sick of making pinwheels.  It feels like I’ve made a   thousand of them.  I’ll post a picture of the one I have finished when I finally do get it finished.

So, for now, that’s enough to keep me busy.  Hope you enjoyed taking a peek.

Enjoy,  Merry Gay

Friday, February 8, 2013

No New Pictures

Well, my camera broke.  Sad smile  So I don’t have any new pictures to show you.  Not that it would matter if I had a camera since I’ve been bogged down with hand embroidery for the last 2 weeks and will probably continue to be bogged down with it for the foreseeable future.  That’s what happens when you decide to heavily embroider the entire outer border of a quilt.  I keep telling myself it will be SO PRETTY when it’s finished that it will worth all the work.  We shall see. 

In the mean time, however, I was asked a couple of weeks ago by a blog reader to give everybody a peek at my sewing space.  That is complicated since I have recently moved all of my ‘stuff’ from my sewing room into the dining room so I could spend more quality time with my husband and also get some sewing done at the same time.  But I have pictures of my sewing room before all this happened, so I will show you pictures of that.

Ready?  Here goes ………


This photo shows the desk I use for my sewing machine and it also accommodates my laptop.  I can multi-task using this setup ….. you know read blogs/ e-mail/watch Netflix while I sew.  It worked so well for me.  I haven’t been able to get this kind of thing worked out in the dining room where I sew now.  That kind of makes me miss it.  I also had my ironing board situated so that I could sew a seam and then just spin around and press it on the ironing board without having to get up which was really nice.  Just one more thing … I had that wing back chair!  I loved having my dog (sometimes more than one when I had more than one) right there with me for company.  Alison is sitting there in this picture and she passed away a little more than a year ago.  I still miss her.  Anyway,  I digress …..


Here is another view from the bedroom doorway.  This is a smallish room.  It had been a dressing room before I transformed it into a sewing room.  Let me tell ya,  I did a whole lot more sewing here than I ever did dressing!  LOL.  I still keep some clothing items in the dresser, and the light is so good in here that I always put my make-up on in here. 


This is yet another view …. a straight shot from the bedroom door into the hallway.  It shows the little cabinet that I use to store buttons and fabrics, stabilizers and embroidery supplies.                                                         

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These pictures are taken of my sewing area as it is now in the dining room.  These pictures were taken at night, so it is much darker, but on any day this room is always darker than in my actual sewing room.  I do have a wonderful view of my back yard though.  It works almost as well as the old set up and my husband appreciates the fact that I have rearranged everything for him.  And that is really all that counts in the long run.

I hope you have enjoyed the short tour.  I will be back next week with a new post and some new pictures!  I’m working on getting a new camera (wink).  Until then…..

Enjoy,  Merry Gay