Saturday, February 27, 2010

February Comes to an End

All I got done this month was finishing the Elephant Mini and making a tote for myself. I missed two of my classes due to illness and again found myself with little time to do what I

I spent two days in the hospital running tests due to an irregularity with my heart. Turns out I have a defect in my left ventricular branch. I'm working on bringing my blood pressure down and changing my diet to help with this and of course trying to fit in a little exercise. The weather has been either too cold or too windy and the fact that my back has also been killing me hasn't helped much. The "stress" of all the lay-offs and pink slips being handed out because of our poor education budget has made us all tense. Somehow, slowly taking it's toll on me and all those I work with over the last few months.

Some of us escaped being pink slipped for this first round, me included. However, those of us who were spared are feeling a bit of survivors guilt. We're just sick over the the number of staff (15) we'll be losing, especially the fact that they are really talented educators. There is so little we feel we can do when they say there is no money to fund the necessities of education. What a sad state we are in.

Anyway, back to sewing projects and a not so bitter subject. I plan to work on a puzzle quilt for my grandaughter who will be graduating this June. She like brights, like yellow, green, blue and orange. I looked through my stash and didn't find many suitable brights so I'll have to the fabric store (yippee) and look for a dozen or so fat quarters for this project. I'm looking forward to it and just getting back to my sewing machine.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine Mini

I Need your vote. I entered my Valentine mini "Sweet Love" in the Quilting Gallery Valentine Contest. Please take a minute to hop on over and vote for me. I sure would appreciate your support. Click on the link and scroll down to Valentine Contest bar to post your vote.

(It's the mini in the Feb 6th post below. For some reason the photo won't upload right now.)

Have a great Valentine's Day!


Monday, February 8, 2010

Blue Elephant

The "Blue Elephant" is finished!! First project down on my CGGQC list of things I need to finish in February. Making these mini quilts is so much fun. You might remember that I made a pink one for one of my instructors and then decided to make one for myself because I liked it so much. I think it's really cute. I plan to hang it in my guest bedroom.

Next project to tackle is the purple Half-pint quilt top. Just need to add the batting, back fabric and then machine quilt.

Enjoy your week!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sew Day Today

So excited to have a three day weekend. Having an extra day gives me the time to do a little extra sewing. Last night and this morning I worked on this small Valentine table topper for my buffet table. The hearts are appliqued on and machine quilted. I just love it; the bright pinks look so cute!

The rain is coming down really hard today and the news says that by tonight we should have snow at 4000 ft (we'll see). I just love the rain. Today, I'll stay in and sew with the company of two of my grandson's who didn't want to go home last night after dinner. One is 5 and the other 4 yrs old and they enjoy playing in my sewing room and hoping that everything I make is for them.

I've got to work on those February CGandGQC projects. I hope to do some blog hopping too!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

February Projects for the CG&GQC

One of my February projects will be to complete the purple Half-Pint quilt. I'm embarrassed to admit that I put the top aside and didn't finish it. I really liked it but didn't know who I'd give it to so I just put it away for a while. Now I know just who I'll complete it for. That special little girl loves purple and she'll be excited to receive it.

I'd also like to finish the blue elephant mini and a sampler quilt top that I'll be starting in my class next week. I've also been working on some paper piecing crazy quilt blocks from fabric in my scrap bag and plan to get several more of them done (I've got four blocks complete now).

Just typing this list sounds pretty ambitious to me since I haven't been sewing much. I really need a jump start again after the Valentine Sewing Party. Visiting your blogs and seeing your projects is something I look forward too