Monday, January 27, 2014

A Sewing Weekend

I had a fun day of getting reacquainted with my sewing machine yesterday.  It was a perfect day!  I had the doors and windows opened in my sewing retreat and listened to the chattering birds outside. 
Sew….what did I accomplish?

I added more blocks to my Goodnight Irene scrappy sewalong.  I’m still trying to decide how big I will make it, but I am thinking maybe 9x7 blocks. 

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It appears that this block is a popular choice for the RSC14.  This month the color is blue.  I had seen this block on Wanda’s blog.  She has an eye for color and design that cannot be topped and her blocks in this design are incredible.  Thus….the inspiration!  The block is very large (24x28) so I seriously doubt that I will be doing all 12 months of this challenge.

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Those who follow my blog know that with spring also comes the grandchildren’s school auction.  Each year I make a school uniform that is auctioned off.
 
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I received my pincushion swap from my swap partner, Leona.  I just LOVE what I received.  This is a pincushion that I have wanted to make F.O.R.E.V.E.R. and have never done it.  I absolutely love everything about it – the fabrics, the color, the weight and the design.  As well, Leona included all sorts of fun goodies with it.  What a great swap it was!

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For some reason I am continually getting an error message when I try to open blogger so I am back to using Live Writer if this post seems very strange.  It just seems to be a problem on my desktop computer so who knows what goofy setting I have changed. 

35 comments:

Stephanie said...

Goodnight Irene is coming along nicely. I just love your BIG blue block. That quilt would be HUGE with 12 blocks. You have such amazing sewing skills and you're generous with your talents too. I love sewing weekends.

Betsy said...

You get so much beautiful projects done over the weekend. Thanks for sharing Mary

barbara woods said...

beautiful quilt ,send us some warm air!!Please

Exuberant Color said...

it's -5 degrees here and the windows are closed......
I love your blue block.

I got an error message with Blogger for about 2 weeks and then it finally went away.

Terry said...

Your goodnight Irene blocks are beautiful! Now I really want to make another one of these! :0)

Ivory Spring said...

Mary, so good to hear from you. Here I am, finally able to sit down for a few minutes to leave comments on your posts. :)

I love your Goodnight Irene quilt - I can feel the "warmth" from the fabrics you have chosen for the quilt. And that blue block is making my heart flutter!!!!

Ivory Spring said...

Oh, the uniform is to DIE for!!!!! How adorable.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Your Goodnight Irene is coming along wonderfully. Love the large block. Your uniform is delightful - I think cloth sewing much more difficult.

scraphappy said...

Love your blue block. That is a HUGE size, but I love the colors and fabrics in it.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Love your Goodnight Irene!

Can't imagine having the windows open - going to get down to 0 tonight.

I actually prefer Live Writer. Your post appeared just fine.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Exquisite quilt!! I love how the white pops.

Denise :) said...

Blogger can be so temperamental!! The school uniform you made is darling! I have seen the soul searching block (isn't that what it's called?) in a couple of places, but they look really cool, and yours is no exception! Nifty pin cushion -- that's clever *and* cute! :)

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

What a nice pattern Good Night Irene is.....I had seen it before but not with that name and pinned it to my Pinterest page....Love the pin custion Leona sent you....I agree that it was a fun swap....wish your Swap Mama would get off her buns and send out the new Swap info, don't you???

Maria said...

Oh I do like the fabrics for your Scrappy "Goodnight Irene".. 7 X 9 sounds good.
What a great Block.. would make a quick quilt.
you always make the sweetest uniform for the auction..
Leona's pincushion is gorgeous and she did spoil you with gifts too.

Carla said...

What a beautiful day of sewing. It was like that here yesterday and today it is snowing.
Yuck.
Great blocks!

Pokey said...

Good Night Irene is so nice in your color choice, but I do like that quilt every time I see it. Love the sweet pincushion, and your sewn uniform is well done...remember the days of constantly garment sewing?
:-}pokey

Joanne Lendaro said...

You are one busy lady!! Love all of the blocks and the pin cushion is adorable!

Sue said...

You have been a busy little beaver lately, I love Goodnight Irene and the "Big Blue Block".
You new oin cushion is to die for.

Sheila said...

Good night Irene is really coming along beautifully , I love it ! Lovely pincushion and wow you did a great job on the uniform !

Barb said...

I love love that first quilt.....that white in there just makes it all pop.

Edith said...

Love your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Nat Palaskas said...

I love the name of that quilt, Goodnight Irene! It's a pretty scrappy quilt. Did you get a new sewing machine? I need a new one too. Mine keeps skips and jumps, so very annoying! You are a darling DGM to make those gorgeous uniforms to auction! Good job Mary - Hugs Nat

Candace said...

I'm counting the days when we can once again open the doors and windows, Mary! Love, love Goodnight Irene and what a big and beautiful blue block! Your garment sewing is to die for!
Cheers!

Bouts Choisis said...

I love the "Goodnight Irene" blocks - would make a great "Leader and Ender project". What a lovely pincushion!

Michele said...

What a nice school uniform :-) How generous of you! Your Goodnight Irene blocks are wonderful.

Barbara said...

That certainly is a very smart pin cushion. I'm wondering what you do with all your beautiful quilting.
The school uniform looks fun too.

Michele said...

Such lovely things to see in this post. I want to make one of those pin cushions too. Some day!

Leona said...

Love your projects Mary! Enjoy the pinnie!

Sandra said...

The Goodnight Irene pattern is very interesting. I look forward to seeing how you finish this with borders and quilting. Love those warm colors:)

StitchinByTheLake said...

I guess scrap quilts will forever be my favorites! blessings, marlene

Kerrie said...

Everything is beautiful as always! You are always so busy and inspiring! Hugs, Kerrie

sunny said...

Love your scrappy Irene! And how kind of you to make a school uniform to donate. That must make some child very happy.

Michelle said...

It looks like you're having a lot more fun than I am! Love your Goodnight Irene blocks. :-)

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Your pincushion is so lovely! The cathedral window is such a fancy block and the red, white, and black fabric is a classy choice for it. Lucky you!

paront1222@comcast.net said...

I stumbled upon your blog this morning and I'm in love with your scrappy blocks! I love the idea of using the black on white with one color way. I was excited when I saw it was a Material Obsession pattern but then it wasn't in either of my books. I'm presuming it's in her newest book that I see is $40....pretty steep I think for me especially since it's just the 1 pattern I want right now. Do you know if there's a source for the cutting instructions for this block without buying the book?
Normally I'd buy it but I retired in December and don't get a pension until January since I was short a year on my longevity at the school.
Any help would be greatly appreciated

Peggy in NJ