Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 Finishes - So Far!

Focusing only on positives this year, I set up the Bernina I had shipped here last Christmas and was able to get some bindings sewn on.  So I have three finishes already in 2015!

I sewed the two Minick & Simpson bindings on because the first thing I did was put my M&S stash in the new closet.  It's a good thing because the plastic tote in which I had carefully folded away the binding fabrics is still packed in one of those boxes in the cottage.  These quilts are nice and flat, but were folded for a few months.  They need to be washed to get rid of the folds in them.


Nantucket by Minick & Simpson.  It was so much fun sewing along with a group of ladies making this quilt. The fabric is their Midwinter Red line for Moda, but the binding is another red from another collection.  I love that their fabrics lines work together!

 


 
The next finish was Hurrah also by Minick & Simpson.  Although I couldn't find the tub with the binding fabric, I found more of that striped fabric in my stash and was able to forge ahead on getting this binding done.  Yes, I bought extra of their stripes.  I love them for bindings.  In this case, it's a good thing I did.
 
 
 
 
The third finish was the Jelly Roll Jam free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I had the binding in a Ziploc and I wisely folded it in with the quilt.  Penny pulled it off the chair and claimed it.  After all, I did take away all of her other quilts when they were washed and packed.  This baby needed a quilt!  It's funny because I gave her another quilt soon after this, but she keeps going back to this one.
 
I have two other quilts that need bindings, also free patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Those will have to wait until I can unearth my solids.  I plan on diving into the boxes in the cottage hopefully this week as I'm feeling somewhat better.  Of course, they piled boxes of books on top of everything, so I guess those will be the first things unpacked back there.
 
 
 
I was at a point where I was out of projects to stitch.  I found a tub that had ended up in a wardrobe box with my clothes because it was in my bedroom.  In it was the unfinished quilt by Brenda Riddle, A New Day.  While I was assembling the blocks, I think I remember finding a HST turned the wrong direction. I must have fixed it because I can't find it now.  Of course, if I didn't fix it, I'm sure I'll find it after the borders are on and it's quilted.  That happened to me one time!
 
I have feelers out for two cleaning ladies.  I hope to get one (or both) of them in this week.  This house is big and has a lot of wood floors.  I tried vacuuming with one hand while pushing the walker with the other.  It didn't work so well -- but I'm positive it would have made for a funny picture.
 
One last picture.  It was real foggy this morning.  By the time I took this picture, a lot of the fog had lifted but it was still hanging over the bayou. 
 
 
I didn't venture all the way to the back but the bayou is under that layer of fog.  Oh, a few folks have asked me about that "street light" back there.  I actually have two in the yard.  They are dusk-to-dawn lights, and are great to have because it's a long way to the back of the yard and they light up the area nicely.  I call them my bogeyman lights!
 
I can do this .... I can get the cottage unpacked .... I can settle into my new life .... I can stay healthy this year .... I can do this!  Only positive things all year long! 

17 comments:

julieQ said...

Sending more positive prayers and thoughts to you...and wow! Lots of fun finishes!!

Mimi said...

Yes....only positive things this year. My suggestion on the quilt with the possible wrong way hst....take a picture of it and ponder on it. The wrong way block will usually pop right out and all BEFORE you stitch further. Good luck on unpacking. Your quilts are lovely. I, too, love M & S.

Pam said...

Hi Vicky! Love your quilty-finishes!! They are just beautiful! I don't comment very often but I always like to pop in and see what you're working on because you love Minick and Simpson quilts and fabrics just as much as I do :) Sounds like Penny really loves Jelly Roll Jam - Lol. Best Wishes to you for your continued recovery - Take good care!

karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Yah for the finishes!

katie z. said...

What a great way to start the year!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Wow! I love your finishes!! Nantucket has always been a favorite of mine, but I've yet to make it. I love yours!! Penny is so cute under her quilt. :-) Have a great week!

Laura said...

I hope you continue to post your projects in progress and your finishes. I really like seeing them. Makes me think maybe I can spend more time sewing when I retire!

Kyle said...

You definitely have a positive start to the year. Your Minick and Simpsonquilts are fantastic. I love their designs and fabrics too. Good luck on the rest of the unpacking.

Darlene said...

My dearest Vicky, you are one of the strongest women I know; therefore I know that you can do anything you set your mind to. I have no doubt. :-)

Love your finishes - woohoo!!!

ILY ((Hugs))

Sharon said...

No reason to not stay positive. You are where you want to be, your new space is amazing and you are home. All good stuff!

AnnieO said...

Yay for finishes! I love M&S too, treated myself to their latest line of reds, Crazy For Reds, a whole Fat quarter stack.

Mary said...

You have some real beauties here. I am so glad you are feeling better!

Karen said...

Good to know that you are able to do some sewing and that you are getting around though you still have a ways to go.

Suzanne said...

Way to go!! You can do it! I love looking at the pictures of your place. Absolutely a beautiful place to be! And great job on getting the bindings done!

Carolyn said...

I'm glad you're feeling better and starting to get things done! I still love Nantucket. I have the Midwinter Reds and have done nothing with them. I'm getting the itch to sew again...

Can't wait to see what you do when you can really get moving!

suz said...

sounds like you are on the mend - take your time with unpacking - it won't go anywhere - enjoy each day. Love your finishes!

Melinda said...

Sending positive thoughts for you. You have plenty of time to get everything done - don't stress over it. Good work on having finishes already this year - you are far ahead of me.