Archive for October, 2011

FNSI & Beyond

Friday Night Sew In – I’m working on a new baby blanket now.  I decided to add a little extra by trying something new & embroidering a blue paw print on it.  So that’s what I worked on Friday night.  Considering that is is my first real attempt, I think it turned out pretty well.

Saturday morning, I finished making the rest of the blocks (no more embroidery on the front of this one), then I put them together & added the first border.  Later I will add a white border & probably embroider some more paw prints for the back.

These photos are not so great.  I should’ve taken them earlier in the day, but I took a nap with Little Yoohoo instead, and we ended up sleeping longer than I intended.

Handmade by Heidi

So I hope you made progress on your own projects this weekend!  I’m heading over to see what everyone else has been working on for the Sew In.  Don’t forget also, that the next round of the Bloggers Quilt Festival (hosted by the wonderful Amy) is coming up soon!

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I’m extra excited about it this time around, because I finally have some photos of the Family Tree that I made my Grandma for Christmas last year.  Will you be entering anything into the Festival this week?

S&Y Green Turtle

It’s Friday & I almost forgot!

Tonight is the October FNSI!!  I’m always excited to participate in this.  Right now, I have three quilts which I am in the middle of, & I need to get them all finished!  If I’m good, I’ll work at my sewing machine tonight.  But even if I am too tired & lazy for that, then I’ve got some hand embroidery that I intend to start on for the center block of one of the quilts.  I can work on that in bed even 🙂

Handmade by Heidi

Are you going to join in this month for the FNSI?

S&Y Green Turtle

A New Look & An Old Finish

What do you think about my updated look?  I liked the brown from before, but it was starting to feel too dark.  So I found this nice brighter theme.  I think it is much happier looking than the brown 🙂

If you haven’t noticed, I am really terrible about taking photos.  I know I need to get better about getting shots of all my projects, both finished & in progress.  But I am usually just too tired to mess with the camera, so most of the time, I don’t.  However, my best friend was kind enough to get an Action Shot of a mug rug that I made for her earlier this year.  I was supposed to have it done as a Christmas 2010 gift.  But that didn’t happen.  I did at least get it done & delivered before Christmas 2011 though!!

The mug was a previous gift, so I decided to try & stick with that theme for the new rug.  It took awhile to figure out what I was going to do, because I kept trying to figure out how to piece those cute rounded flowers into it.  Eventually I realized I could just go with the traditional Friendship Star & try to match the colors.  I think that worked out much better.  I still think those flowers would be super cute, so I may try that out someday.  But I am pleased with how this version turned out.  Here are all three together that I made for my work friends.

Argyle with mugSheep with mug

So this is not actually what I have been up to lately.  The things I need to take pictures of are – I started a new baby quilt & I finished the broomstick lace that I showed a progress picture of before.  I will try to make myself get photos soon, & I still need to layer, baste & quilt those letter quilts.  I will be happy to have those finished & on their way to my adorable baby cousins!!

What about you?  What have you been up to lately?

S&Y Green Turtle

September BOM & My Happy Quilt

I finally got around to taking a photo of my September BOM block.  I am still excited to be participating in this.  My points aren’t great, but hopefully my work will improve with each block.  I’m using a set of 12″ squares that I got for Christmas last year.

Awhile ago, I started working on a quilt for myself – I’m calling it My Happy Quilt, partly because I’m finally making a quilt just for me, & partly because I designed it with Happy by Me and My Sister Designs.  I am pretty sure I am not alone in this, but whenever I start a quilt for myself, it tends to take lowest priority behind other projects.  Here is a sneak peek of its current condition.

This chunk is going to be the center of the quilt.  I have to rip some seams and make some corrections though.  You can probably tell why from the photo above.  I cut the white pieces too small, so there is no room for the seam allowance.  I still have the baby blankets that I’m working on & the broomstick lace, which is nearly completed.  I should have a Finish Photo of that posted later this week.

Have you been following the Traveling Stash?  Jen from The Quilty Home is about to send it on to Mama Spark’s World soon.  I’ve enjoyed checking out all the fun people who’ve been swapping stuff out of the stash.  Take a peek, and maybe you can win a visit from the Traveling Stash too!

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