I have been working on a big project for a while now, and it is DONE.. so now I have time to play! I will definitely be getting out more, working on all those UFOS.. (too many to count!), and starting some new projects.
One of my granddaughters loves animals- everything from spiders to snakes and more. Right now her favourites are red pandas (and a baby panda has just been born at the Toronto Zoo!), and sloths. She reads voraciously and retains everything she reads, so I now know a LOT about these animals. I was at a local fabric shop yesterday looking for some backing fabric, and could not resist this sloth fabric. I turned it into a pillowcase for her.. hope she likes it!
I am one of those people who prefer chips to chocolate, so Easter, with all that chocolate, and Easter eggs everywhere, has never been a big thing for me. But now I have two young granddaughters, so I can’t let this holiday go by without doing SOMETHING. So what does a quilter do?
Well, I made postcards for each of them. So fun! And since I did this too late to drop them in the mail, I customized the stamps I put on them, featuring Brian and I!
This is slow going! This is now 1/4 done, and love the look. I had not realized when I saw the original pattern that this needs a lot of darker fabrics to help highlight the bright. so back to the cutting board! One good side effect is that my solids are grouped together, and are much more organized.Since you use just a few 4″ squares of each colour, it does not make a dent in your stash. Pattern Color Confetti by Timna Tarr. Love her animal pieces too! Here is a woman who loves colour as much as I do!
The Etobicoke Quilters’ Guild has set up a UFO group, and I have so many unfinished projects, I signed up immediately. Since I have a ton of other things on the go, I promised myself I would devote (just!) one hour a day to this challenge. Sigh! Almost 3 weeks later, here is what I have accomplished.
I had originally started by cutting out 4 1/2″ squares, and thought I had quite a lot made. So when the challenge started, I cut out more. Here are the blocks I have made so far. I am halfway- only 200 more to go! I had not realized how labour-intensive it was to sort through all my solids, cut out squares and strips, and sew them together. It sounds so easy! At this rate I won’t get through many of my UFOs before summer.
There is definitely a lesson here… turn off the outside noise. No new projects. Sew, sew, sew!
I purchased a really cute pattern to make some oven mitts that looked like cupcakes. My sister and I decided we would make a few of them when I visited her last October. We got busy, and never got around to doing this. A few weeks later, just before Christmas, I decided to try this pattern. Truly amazing coincidence- my sister tried this pattern the same weekend!
So yes, they are very cute… BUT totally useless! you cannot put your hand in the top area and try to hold a cookie tray, or anything at all. Your hand just slips out. Sigh!