Monthly Archives: November 2021

Finishing Projects and Gifts

Hello and I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving shared with family, friends, good food (way too much good food), football and shopping and for those of you who like to be in the woods hunting. Those seem to be the favorites. I can say I manage to tick a few of those and had a happy Thanksgiving.

I have been working diligently on a friend of mine’s quilt. Her grandson graduated from high school and went into basic training but will be home for Christmas. She painted and embroidered some blocks reflecting various farm scenes as he grew up on a farm. I put them together for her into a quilt top and quilted it on my Bernina Q16. At first I was intimidated by the size but quickly realized I would be able to manage it on the surface table of the Q16. Then of course there is my limited capability of free motion quilting designs. I watched several videos and practiced on my little practice squares until I was comfortable enough to add them to the quilt. I found working in segments worked well for me. My comfort and confidence level soared working on this quilt. I found I really enjoyed myself quilting the last 2 borders. I am now hand sewing the binding on and will hopefully deliver it to her this Thursday. I hope she likes it. Once I have the binding on I will post a full photo, but here is the WIP

My next adventure in machine quilting will be to finish my online quilt challenge classes with Angela Walters. Those classes have been a blessing to me. I have learned so much. My next area of interest in machine quilting is a video tutorial/class I have of Judi Madsen, Quilting Makes a Difference. It is all linear and background fillers. Hoping to get started on those after the first of the year.

I am still working on my stars upon stars quilt. I have received my new BOM installment and am excited to get started on that after I tidy up some items on my list.

I have begun decorating for Christmas. The tree is up and trimmed now working on organizing and replacing storage for the ornaments and decorations. My living room is a mess right now. But the tree is lovely. My sister commented that she thought I had too many decorations on the tree. Is there such a thing? Not in my estimation. I try to add a Christopher Radko ornament each year and a figurine of Jim Shore. I am particularly fond of the snowmen. I have my eye on this snowman with the woodland creatures.

Christopher Radko Ornaments - Snowmen Ornaments

I did add this Jim Shore ornament to my collections this year. I thought it was beautiful.

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Nativity Star Stone Resin Hanging Ornament, 5”

Today, working on binding, tidy up living room and begin wrapping gifts. I just love the holiday season. Hoping yours gets off to a great start.

Have a wonderful day.



Friends of Baltimore/Finished

I wish I could say I’m celebrating but I am not. I have been working on Friends for almost 3 years and it became such an integral part of my daily routing that I am a bit lost without working on it. When I hung it to take it’s photo, I did not know the impact it would have on me to see it all completed. I then realized, I made that. I can only imagine how I will feel when I get it back from the quilter. Here is my photo, it did get photobombed by my sister’s cat, Buddy.

I have not yet started on my next big quilt project. I have been trying to clean up some smaller projects. I also took on working on a project for church. They have some wall panels that needed repair. I have some Christmas gifts I need to make. I need to finish my online quilting challenges for my Bernina Q16. I have 4 classes to complete. I’ve also added a truck quilt to make for my great nephew. I was working on my BOM Stars upon Stars when I got the Church Panels. I’ve tried several different techniques for the LeMoyne Star block and have finally settled upon Dee’s method.

Back to sewing happy stitches.


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