Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Best of 2017 Linky Party

Project complete - this quilted cubicle cover. The preprinted panel and the three strips of companion fabric were all part of the flea market buy here. The quilting itself was straight line and minimal.

I have moved to a different workspace and wanted something "quilty" without going over the top. This day project was a fun finale to a year trying to perfect this craft. I didn't have a chance to measure the space prior to the project but it fit perfectly.

For this and a lap quilt pinned in the sandwich stage, I used cotton batting strips that had been cut for other quilts. I whip stitched pieces of batting together, it looked sort of Frankensteinian but once quilted no one is the wiser.

I think it is a good practice to reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future. I was kicking around the idea of my Top Five for 2017 when I found this linky party at meadowmistdesigns.

For some odd reason, the interweb picked up on one of my Countdown to Christmas posts from 2013 and it came in as my Number 1 post for the year.

It came as no surprise to me that the next two ranked in the top five:
Surprise-gift-for-supervisor - a quilted kennel cover for a cat rescue volunteer.
Sons-quilt-finished - my first quilt sent to a longarmer. I was in such a rush to get it to her for quilting, I jabberwomped the backing.

The next two were fun, light posts:
Permanent-ban-from-man-cave - actually highlighted a wedding lap quilt given to my niece.
Baby-on-way-with-dollies-sure-to-follow - the completion of a baby lap quilt.

Two creations I have in mind for 2018 are:

Entering the Pantone color of the year quilting challenge.
Also entering at least once the Art with Fabric Blog Hop held twice a year.

Posting a Pattern of the Day from 1965 - just because. 

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

Thanks to all who have joined me in this countdown. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

A Christmas to Remember

We are slicing into the fruitcake, keeping warm by the fire, spending time with friends and family. 

I treated myself to thrifted finds of quilt books and fabric. In the background of the image you can see the project I am currently working on.

Holiday Cheers!

What I'm listening to:

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas canvas creations

Rounding out my Christmas decorations were this year's thrifted canvas creations. Ooo'd and ah'd over by my co-workers, they are simply delightful. 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Say what Santa?

Continuing with my Santa series, this year's amalgamation are Happy ones! 2016 santas-santas-and-more-santas.


It wouldn't be Christmas without some odd adornment, last year it was beards, this year it is brows. 


And I am finally stumbling onto some unique Christmas videos

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Egg Carton Tree and Swinging Big Band

Continuing with another highlight from a 1960s how to create pamphlets - the egg carton tree.

And ... the egg carton Ball Tree!
Christmas came early for me in the form of $10 for two bags of remnants from a flea market vendor. He said he sold a bag of quilts for $10. I wasn't too sad because not all quilters are good at pieced patchwork. I would rather take it from this type of remnant stage and add my spin to it. 

I have laundered about 1/3 of it, there is quite a bit of plaid.  Most important, there was a certain red print I am using as an accent color in my current project. There are also varied Christmas prints, I won't rule out another holiday-themed project. 

What I'm listening to:

I couldn't find a video directly related to this CD but found another worth a listen ~

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Feather Angels and Luther Vandross

Looking through a batch of 1960s how to create pamphlets, I saw this image.

Scrolling through shopgoodwill.com, I found feather angels on sale.
A couple of fabric banners thrown in for good measure. 

What I'm listening to:

For Luther Vandross fans, this really is a wonderful recording.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Early Tami and Sandi Patty

My mom insisted we dress up on Christmas morning so I have many images of my brother and me. Shirley Temple curls were all the rage in the early 60s.


What I'm listening to: