"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Row of Snowmen

I'm joining Quilt Doodle Doodles' 2014 BOM.  You probably have seen similar rows of snowmen on other blogs because they are so cute they are irresistible. 

They make me think of a row of clocks with their noses giving different hours.  

God Bless.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Grow Your Blog

Welcome to my blog.  My name is Joanna, I live in the Northeast of the United States and my blogging is usually about the things I make.  I have been sewing for about 52 years - YIKES!  Was I born with a needle and thread, scissors and pincushion?  Maybe.  Actually, my mother and her sisters were all sewers, as well as their mother, so the influence was there.  My sister, mother and I used to spend hours roaming about fabric stores and mill outlets, just looking and touching the fabrics.  When we learned of a new place that sold fabric, we were right on it.  At one time in my life, in my twenties, I made almost all of my clothes.  I loved it.
Now, mostly I make quilts.  It is very different from garment construction, and I know I have a lot to learn about the craft, which may be why I enjoy it so much.  Plus, I get to look at and touch fabric all over again.

The rewards of sewing are many, and sometimes unexpected.  For instance, this past Christmas I made a crayon roll for my sister's youngest granddaughter.

It was a big hit with the baby and her mother, and her oldest sister asked me to make one for her to hold her pens.  It's a simple project that made an impact.  That's why I love to sew.

I also crochet and knit, but not as often as I once did.  And, I like cross stitch.  Embroidering well is on my wish list.

A big Thank You to Vicki of 2 Bags Full for putting together this Grow Your Blog event.
I look forward to visiting many blogs in the next few days that I may never have heard of if not for this event.  So, Vicki, hugs.

Have fun visiting.

God Bless You.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Stash Buster Quilt Top and Hexagon Runner

This is the Stash Buster quilt top.  Some of the blocks look so different to me when set in the quilt, such as the second from the right on the top row.  The quilt is attractive and the qal got me to use  rulers that I owned but never used so that was a good exercise.  Thank you to Linda of Quiltmania for this qal.  It was fun.  I have the backing half put together.  I'm trying to use fabric from my stash but I may have to go shopping for some that will blend in with what I have.  Isn't that a shame:)

Back in August I posted about the new Sizzix dies I purchased, and one of them was the hexagon.  

I was using scraps to make something, just playing.
This week I decided to make a runner and this is what I came up with.

I have plans of doing a crocheted edging, if I can manage it.  

We had our second blizzard this month Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  The snow accumulation wasn't as bad for my area as the first one, but it was dangerous driving and severely cold.  Last night I took a short walk and enjoyed the crunchy snow.  Yep, I'm a hard-core New Englander.  And I get my exercise shoveling snow in winter and cutting grass in summer.  Lucky me.

I hope you stop by on Saturday when the Grow Your Blog hop takes place.
2 Bags Full

The blogs will be of all interests, not necessarily quilting/sewing so that will be fun.

God Bless You.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

January Sew Kitschy block

The January block in the Sew Kitschy qal.
I'm linking to Quiet Play.
I hope you can tell they are potholder and mitt:)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year, New Blocks

Happy New Year to everyone.  Hope we all know joy, good health and many good things in 2014. 

 This is block 19 in the Stash Buster QAL that is hosted by Linda's Quiltmania  http://lindasquiltmania.blogspot.com/  One more block and we put them all together.  I'm curious to see the setting for this quilt because I don't know what sashing I will use, if there is one.   

This is block 18 of the Ben Franklin Mystery Quilt.  http://erikhomemade.typepad.com/
It's called Independence Square.  It's one of my favorites so far. 

I like this crocheted pillow from Red Heart's web site and since I'm in the mood to crochet something I may take on this project. 

  I'm waiting for a local hospital to let me know if they need any lapghans.  One of my goals for 2014 is to make more things to donate.  I love to quilt, crochet and knit, but how many quilts do I need? 

Another goal this year is to use my fabric stash.  I have some beautiful fabric waiting for my attention and I want to use it.  I know that this will be the hard one to keep, but I'll try.

I'm going to join in the Sew Kitschy BOM which is a paper piecing project and looks very cute. 
I learned of it from Sunshine in the Attic's post so thank you.
I'm definitely going to make a patchwork scottie, too, from Quilting-On-The-Go.  Too cute.

I think I'll go and cut some fabric and start on one of these projects.  

God Bless You!

Moxie's snow print.  We had a blizzard a week ago, but the snow is all gone.