Friday, January 27, 2017

Think Sun, Sand and Sea!

is organizing a new free

Block of the Month for 2017

It starts February 1st.

I am not one of the designers this year 
but I shall be sewing along.

Time to find some fabrics and dream about warm beaches.

You can also join the 

to get more details. 

Hope to see you sewing, too!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Let It Snow!

I have my lovely flannel + crochet goodness 
to keep me warm!

I woke up to this fresh snow and have stayed in
(like I have pretty much everyday so far this year)
and worked on my project for the

A Fresh Snow Blog Hop

First I made a mug rug test project.

Then I made a pillow cover.

Now Katniss and I are working on a quilt.
It is a create as I go process and has
Disappearing 9 Patch Blocks as the main design.
It may or may not have crochet between the blocks.
Katniss and I hope to have this one done soon.

To help me make this I am using this fun new toy from ...

Kay's Crochet

.... that cuts tiny evenly spaced holes in my flannel block.

I sandwich and sew two flannel pieces, right sides together,
 and turn them right side out and run a line of stitches around the edge
before I cut the holes so it will have finished edges and be long lasting.

It is easy to insert my Size D crochet hook in the holes cut by the blade.

The crochet is basic singe crochet in easy rounds.

I used white yarn and closed the pillow form right in as I finished.
This makes a nice accent around the edge and
if I ever have to remove the cover from the pillow
I just need to pull out the white
yarn and the rest of the crochet will be intact.

I have tried to make this type of project before with
a needle and yarn and blanket stitching the edge 
and also with a sharp end crochet hook to pierce the fabric
but between my eyesight and my aches in my hands 
I could not complete a project.

I really love the new cutting blade. 

I have enjoyed working on this project while counting down the days to my
laser eye procedure. It has been slow going.
It has also help me to feel creative and productive.

Please visit all my blogging friends today ... 

Jan 25

For a chance to win  

this adorable wooly block

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Click on the link above

Thanks, Marian, for organizing this hop!

It is snow fabulous!

Thanks for visiting today ... :-)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Forecast is for A Fresh Snow

Snow, it's a good time to stay in and sew. 

I am sew looking forward to all the inspiration.

Katniss says, "No peeking.
Please come back soon 
to see what we are working on."

Happy snowing!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Looking Forward

The new year has kicked off 2017 with

I am not participating right now but I hope to do so later this year.

The New Year is always a time of reflection and renew and repurpose. 

Right now I am counting the days until a laser eye procedure that will hopefully 
improve and prolong my slowly declining vision.  
I have written of my eye issues in the past so this is not really news 
and I will not go into private details.  
I look forward with thanks for all my blessings, large and small.
I am hopeful.

My quilty place is happy today even though I am not sewing.

Thanks to 

who has made her own beautiful quilt inspired by my

and has entered it in

There are many, many inspiring projects in these links.

Thank you, Erin, for sharing!