W.I.P Wednesday

Well I’m back!  After a very long blogging hiatus, I decided I missed it….I missed the people who comented and read my blog, I’ve missed the journaling aspect of the blog and also how it kept me inspired to work on my projects!  Especially since I seem to have WAY to many WIP’s now LOL.

So to get back at it I thought why not start on W.I.P Wednesday brought to you by Kelly at Freshly Pieced. I guess I will start with my Farmer’s Wife Quilt.  This quilt is one I have been working on since I purchased the book about 3 years ago.  I keep making a few blocks, setting it aside then coming back and remaking them as my fabric likes have changed so much over the past few years!  This time though I feel I really like where I’m going with this and hope to make a few each week.  Hopefully third times a charm!

Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt

 

 

I also have been working on this Schnibbles quilt as well…

Schnibbles

And last but not least (well for those that I have pics for thus far LOL) I have been finishing up this Lizzie Kate Winter alphabet cross stitch (That I started WAY to long ago)

Lizzie Kate Winter Alphabet

Otherwise I also am working on several other cross stitches, a baby quilt and I haven’t even mentioned my knitting-sheesh!  I need more time in the day I tell you!

Anyways, if you are reading this Welcome!  I hope to be here again soon and am so happy to have dusted this blog off!  Look for some changes to it soon!

Happy Quilting

Cara

WIP Wednesday!

This week’s WIP Wednesday is not much different than the previous but here’s the rundown:
Finishes:
Made this awesome Hoop Travel Bag from the wonderful ladies at Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery….so cute that it quickly got used for my knitting! LOL must make another one for my hoops now!
Also finished and posted my inspiration piece for Hoop Up Stich and Send swap.  It is a design by Sarah Jane Studios and was so fun to stitch!  I added some applique clouds into it as well!
New Projects
Started the fabric picking and cutting for this awesome QAL!
And after a long hiatus I have rejoined the Doll Quilt swap on Flickr.  DQS12 is under way and I am busy brainstorming my partner’s quilt!  I love this swap and have missed not participating!
Current WIP
Still working on my Vignette in Stitches quilt, and my Coastal Knits sweater.  Also working on the ideas for my Hoop up Stitch and Send swap partners!
Stalled or WISP’s (work in slow progress)
Still on hold is my Farmers Wife quilt.  Hoping to get back to that this weekend!
SO…..
This week’s stats:
Completed projects -2
New projects -2
Currently in progress -5
Hibernating-3

WIP Wednesday

So as part of my new approach to my crafting I think I am going to do a weekly report on my progress!  I have seen this here and here and really liked the idea so here we go!
Finishes:
Newest:
I signed up for Round 2 of the Hoop Up Stitch and Swap swap over on Flickr.  This is my inspiration mosaic and I am in the process of working on my Inspiration piece so more on that probably next week!
 Current work:
Blocks #1 and # 2 of Vignette in Stitches BOM
Rocky Coast Cardigan in progress.
And the continuation of the Loose Feathers (Blackbird Designs) 2009 sampler.
Slow WIP or stalled:
Farmer’s Wife Quilt
This week’s stats:
Completed projects -1
New projects -1
Currently in progress -5
Hibernating-3
OK so next week I will have a better idea of where to put what…may have to separate the crafts…At any rate this is hopefully somewhere to start and may help keep me on track!
Happy crafting!
Cara

Happy 2012!

Well hello again!  It has been a while and I apologize for the extended break but what I love most about blogging is that you can come back at anytime! Well I decided to start the new year off….well…new! So to do that I feel inclined to start with taking this year in a new direction!  I have been busy crafting in all kinds of different forms and after a long self-imposed hiatus, have come back to also quilting again. To end 2011 off right I decided to reorganize and clean out/purge the Quilt Nook so as to get a better idea of what I was still into and what I could donate or get rid of.  That was quite cathartic and it has been lovely to get back into the nook again!  In doing this I discovered I have had a year or so of lots of starts but not so many finishes….I think to start 2012 off new I need to finish what is left behind.  I have compiled a list of this things to follow so as to give myself a place to see my progress.  As you can imagine there are soooo many new things I would like to do as well, but find making project goals while there are still so many WIP’s very counterproductive.  SO here are some of the things I would like to get finished so as to free up my goal list, besides, who doesn’t love the feeling of finishing!

Quilting:

  1. Hexie quilt
  2. Farmer’s Wife quilt
  3. Dear Jane blocks
  4. Label Quilts that have none
  5. quilt and bind tops that are waiting (3)
  6. Complete BOM (3) that I have had on the list

Knitting/Spinning

  1. Sugared Violets (85%)
  2. Kate’s Shawl (20%)
  3. Rocky Coast Cardi (10%)
  4. clear the current bobbins (3 different spins)

(it seems I have had a bad case of cast-on-itis lately! OOPS!)

Stitchery/cross stitch

  1. finish  Lizzie Kate winter alphabet (95%)
  2. finish BBD Summer House (40%)
  3. continue BBD Loose Feathers  2009 sampler (just started)
  4. finish Lynette Anderson button club quilts (2)

I also would like to catch up my photos, ravelry data and flickr photos.  I have a Hoop up Swap to write about and pics to upload for stash and finished projects as well.  Hmmm seems I have my work cut out for me~I suppose I should get to work then and tackle my large list! I feel if I can  move some of these to the finished pile, I will be much more inclined to move forward with a clean slate!

Hope you all had a wonderful New Years celebration and I hope to see you here again!

Happy quilting/knitting/spinning and stitching! (LOL!)

Cara

What’s new!

Hello again!  I have been on a bit of a self imposed hiatus from all things bloggy for a bit.  I am back though and boy do I have tons to catch you up on!  First, I have picked up knitting again in my hiatus. I joined the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild (awesome group!).  I have also been doing a lot of Stitcheries and hexies-including some awesome pieces from the Hoop Up Stitch and Send swap.  I also have picked up a new (and addicting) hobby-spinning.  Yep, spinning my own yarn- SO awesome.  For now though,  I just wanted to check back in and dust off my blog.  I will be back to post separately about my quilting, knitting, stitching and spinning endeavors.  I will however share  a few pics to tide you over!

Until then…Happy crafting!

Cara

….and the winners are….

Wow!  Well I must start by telling you all how much I have enjoyed reading your wonderful comments on the 100 Blocks post!  Thanks so much to all of you for entering! I know you are all awaiting the results of the giveaway, so I won’t beat around the bush, the following numbers were drawn by the Random number generator and the winners of the giveaway are as follows:

#31 Melissa Corry who said: “I am all about traditional piecing. Your block is adorable. I have never tried a yo-yo but it is on my list of things to do”

If you would email me your address, I will send it off to Quiltmaker and you will receive the 100 Blocks issue!

#134 Wendy MT  who said: “What fun is Pocketful of Posies! Congratulations on the magazine ”

If you would email me your address, I will send you a copy of the 100 Blocks issue and a copy of the Pocketfull of Posies Pattern and a few other goodies.

Congratulations to my winners and I hope you enjoy the prizes! To those of you who are still interested in a copy of the magazine, it did hit newsstands today so hurry and get your copy while you can! You won’t be disappointed!

I will be back tomorrow with a small recap of Houston market this fall!

Until then….congrats to the winners!

Cara

100 Blocks Volume 2

Hello again and good Friday to you all! Well, today’s the day! I am just popping in to tell you a little bit more about the my Rosie’s Posies block that is in the second volume of 100 blocks by Quiltmaker magazine!  This awesome second volume is to be hitting your Local Quilt Shop and newsstands galore on the 16th of this month- but a few of us and Quilty Pleasures  are participating in the blog tour to give you some sneak peaks ogf our blocks! In case this is the first time you have heard of this special edition, last year Quiltmaker magazine published Volume 1 of 100 Designer Blocks- well it was a huge hit and actually sold completely out!  So imagine my surprise when I was asked to contribute a block to the Volume 2 of this issue!  I was thrilled to say the least! So since this was during my first time exhibiting at Spring market, I decided to do a variation block from one of my most popular quilts, Pocketful of Posies.  This is the block I came up with…

Rosie’s Posie’s is #101 in the applique section of the issue.  For this block, I used my favorite moda dots background fabric and all of the yo-yo flowers are from French General’s Rouennierre’s line- I love the beautiful reds, creams and browns in this line and it inspired the “Rosie” in the posie!  In this version of the block I also changed the Ric-Rac to a white and added some stem stitch embroidery to give a little more detail to the posie.  Here is the quilt that inspired the block!

This is one of my favorite quilts to date! I love hand work and so the yo-yo’s were perfect to keep me busy and posies are one of my favorite things so they just went hand in hand.  The original quilt is called “Pocketful of Posies”.  This pattern is available on the website.

So now to the good stuff! To celebrate the blog tour and the magazine, Quiltmaker is giving me one copy of this collector’s edition to giveaway, and I am also giving away one of my personal copies along with a copy of Pocketful of Posies pattern.  So here’s the drill, you have several ways in which to enter:

 Simply leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite quilt technique is!

Become a follower (see the google follower box on the left hand column) of my blog and let me know

Blog about the giveaway and let me know.

Retweet my blog tweet and let me know

Follow me on twitter and let me know (you can find me on twitter by clicking the twitter icon in the right hand colum)

Oh and just because I will also throw in some yummy fabric goodness to the pot……so go on and get your comments in and while you are at it hop on over to Quilty Pleasures, the Quiltmaker Magazine’s blog and see who else is on the tour today for more chances to win a copy and or some other goodies- you just never know!  The giveaway will close on Monday night at midnight and I will post the winners shortly after that!

I hope you enjoy the tour!

Until then….Happy Blog-hopping!

Cara