Thursday, January 23, 2014

Slow Stitching

Did somebody steal January?  Sheesh, the months are going quickly.

There has not been much sewing going on around here - again - this past week.  I am beginning to sound like a broken record. 

One of my fairly regular Christmas gifts seems to be a jury summons.  I always love how it comes in with the wonderful Christmas cards.  Anyway, this past week saw me on jury duty and actually serving on a jury.  It was a short one this time, unlike the 5 month one I was on in 1997.   It still took up my treasured time, but I am free for another year now.  Yeah.

My sewing moments were short, but I finally managed to finish up my Sally quilt that I started about 6 months ago.   It has a soft flannel backing and an all over quilt design so it is nothing fancy, but I am pleased with the finish.  It's one more completed UFO in my books too. 



When I do the quilts for the grandchildren I always like to include a label with their newborn photo on it. 



I'll be linking this one up with a Lovely Year of Finishes.

A Lovely Year of Finishes
 

Goal setting for February is going to be tight as we have a busy one, but I think I will finish up a Schnibbles from several years ago.  It is done in my favorite fabric line, Boutique by Chez Moi.

One other small project that I finished was a pincushion.  Beth had made one for herself and shared the material with me to make one.  It is a nice heavy one with the crushed walnut shells.  I loved using the selvage edge on the fabric too.



Lastly, I sewed up a couple of X&+ blocks for our February queen who requested bright + and gray, black and white Xs.




I am hoping to get a little more sewing in this coming week.  We will see.  You never know what will pop up around here. 

25 comments:

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Nice projects Mary!! love the quilt

Denise :) said...

Darling little pin cushion, Mary! I love the idea of putting a baby picture on the labels -- so precious!!! :)

em's scrapbag said...

Love the Sally quilt. Your label idea is wonderful. Cute pincushion and I'd love the see the x &+ quilt when it is done. Her bright + are going to look so cool.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love your Sally quilt - how sweet and so cute to add the photo as the label.

Carla said...

What a lovely baby quilt. Great idea to include their picture on the label

Nat Palaskas said...

Yes, where has January gone! You and I need 2 months in Jan. and 2 months in Feb. and so on! Love that Sally quilt. Lucky Sally! The pin cushion is cute too - Have a good weekend Mary. We have 3 days weekend this week, woo hoo! Hugs Nat

Maria said...

Love Sally's quilt made of one of my favourite colour combos...great stripy binding too.
Nice X blocks and such a cute pincushion.
I have never been able to find walnut shells down under.

OPQuilt said...

I, too, have "wax and wane" sewing spells, and I feel like I'm in a wave. But amazingly, when you are in a slow time, you still get bee blocks done and a quilt! Good inspiration for me, as always. Thanks.

Elizabeth
opquilt.com

Terry said...

Your quilt looks great, and I love that little pincushion! :0)

Exuberant Color said...

That is a cute idea for the label.

Bouts Choisis said...

What a lovely quilt - your free motion quilting is amazing! Lovely baby too!
I have to make some pincushions - I was presented with an enormous bag of crushed walnut shells for Christmas by my daughter having said that I couldn't find them in France. Several thousand pincushions should use it up nicely ...

Stephanie said...

I just love the photo label. What a fun quilt. Except for the fact that January is speeding by I'm very happy to get through January's weather. 0* this morning with a wind chill of -16*. How did this California Girl end up in this frozen tundra???

andsewon said...

Wonderful Sally quilt! Recall those readers! All your projects are wonderful. DH had grand jury duty a while back. So many cases in one day! I have a bag of shells for pin cushies too. Want o make as gifts.
Still Winter here.

Barb said...

Your quilt is just wonderful....

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

Love how Sally's quilt turned out and such a lovely little pin cushion too....where do you get the crushed walnut shells? We have lots of pecan orchards around here....and I have heard they sell the crushed shells for various things....my Dad loves using them to tint the resin he uses in his sculpting....I haven't sewed this week...spent yesterday organizing my embroidery files.....lol

Gosia @ Quilts My Way said...

What a lovely quilt for Your grandchild,Mary!!! Great work!
My best,
Gosia

Pokey said...

Aw, that photo for the quilt label makes it all the more special and personal. Great touch ~
:-}pokey

Wacky Woman said...

Jury Duty huh? Love your quilt!!

Michele said...

I love the photo on the label idea. I'm glad you have the jury duty behind you and can get back to the sewing fun.

Ivory Spring said...

That Sally quilt is toooooo cute!!! And how sweet you include a newborn picture. I love that very personal touch!

The blocks are very striking too. I always enjoy seeing your fabric/color choices.

rubyslipperz said...

What a most Stupendous idea, to put the newborn photo on a new grandbaby's quilt! Thanks for sharing that wonerful tip!

hugZ,
annie

Quilt n Queen said...

Congratulations on finishing your Sally quilt...it is sEw cute...love the label idea. Awesome, have a wondeful week!! Happy stitching, Pauline

Sandy said...

Your Sally quilt is precious! Congrats on getting it done. And good for you for completing jury duty!!!

Barbara said...

That quilt is adorable. Have been on a jury once and just loved it. I do not think I would like 5 weeks though. That is quite a time out of one's life. Too old now thankfully.

Sarah said...

The Sally quilt is a gorgeous layout. I love flying geese. Lovely idea with the newborn photo on the label too.