Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Quilting Just a Tad

Good morning and Happy New Year! The cob webs are slowly being lifted in my sewing corner and the dustballs are flying off my keyboard, one click at a time. 

I don't make New Year's resolutions. In the past, it kind of set me up for failure...like really, who can live without Lays Classics? Instead, I am choosing to be happy and choosing to slow down. Yep, I will strive for moderation, in my blogging, sewing, and quilting.

My health team says it's time to extend my periods of sewing and quilting. I may even get up to thirty minutes a session soon! It's been wonderful to look around in my sewing corner and choose an unfinished project that can be finished without a lot of time. I'm trying to avoid long bouts of rotary cutting from starting a new quilt so going to my UFO bins instead.This is what I finished the other day.


The pattern was designed by Laural Arestad and is in the Winter 2013 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects. 



"Friends, family, and the warmth of home"... I love this quote! I had actually made one of these quilts for the shop before Christmas and it is now in the home of a very good friend. 

This design was part four of a little seasonal quilt. Mine finishes at about 12.5" square.


"Winter Comforts" was the perfect project to bring to my quilting chair on a wintry morning with my cup of coffee...


Once the crosshatch quilting was finished, I added the borders and binding and then sat again...


I love using these clips...I found an earthy floral print for the back and a tiny homespun check for the binding...


and now it's a finish!

I also finished a small braided runner. I had made up the kit awhile back, so all I had to do was a little easy stitching. I machine quilted it in the ditch, bound it, and put it in my "Tickle Trunk" for a gift.


That's another thing I learned from this tennis elbow fiasco...don't wait until next Christmas to make my Christmas gifts! 

It's a great day for quilting!

37 comments:

  1. So happy to hear you are on the mend. Go slow. If you have some rotary cutting, get a friend to help. I have pledged 2014 to be a year of slowing down, enjoying, breathing.

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  2. Welcome back Lesley! So glad you're feeling better. Loved this post as little hand projects like this are so nice. I added myself as a GFC follower. Happy New Year!

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  3. There you are!! So glad you are feeling a little better and beginning to sew again. Everything's a process, eh? :) I would come do your rotary cutting if I was home! Keeping up with your weather makes me very glad that I am not. Your projects are adorable. I especially like Winter Comforts. How come I'm not surprised that you have a "Tickle Trunk"? Keep up the good work, but don't overdo it! xo

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  4. Glad to have you back...Happy New Year.

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  5. Lovely!! Aren't you a smartie!!

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  6. That is so cute. It is extra nice to get a jump start for next year.

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  7. It was so nice reading your post this morning Lesley. I'm with you when it comes to Lays chips! I love your finished project. Well done.

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  8. Hi Lesley, glad to see you are back, all the little finishes count as well! hope you continue to improve, Happy Wednesday, hope the weather is being kind to you at the moment?
    Sue

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  9. Glad to see you are on the mend! Your little quilt is a beauty and love the quote too. I'm rather pleased to read also that you will be slowing down a bit. I can't see you in real, but always reading your full posts exhausted me. You get so much done in such a short time! LOL I hope you don't have withdrawls tho. Life is meant to be enjoyed after retirement. (Before also, but especially after).

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  10. How fitting is your mini for this beastly winter! So happy to read that your coming along.
    You are so right, January IS the perfect time to start making Christmas gifts!

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  11. No resolutions for me either.... too much pressure and the possibility (likelihood) of failure! Glad you are continuing to improve, I know it's been hard to slow down. I do love the little owl hanging.... so sweet!

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  12. So nice to see you post Lesley and see your lovely work , that little hanging is adorable! The runner is lovely as well , continue to heal :-)

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  13. Lesley, I was away from blogger for awhile (you know stitching maddly on Christmas gifts!!! - I don't make resolutions either, but I have purposed to NOT BE SEWING on Christmas gifts in December!!). So sorry I missed your incapacity, but am so glad that you are doing better! Your little finishes are adorable! Tickle Trunk - I love it!

    Blessings

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  14. Love your little quilt ! I think it is great that you are finishing UFO'S at your leisure . Sometimes we get all caught up on the making of quilts and do not slow down to enjoy them. Glad to here you are on the mend . Take Care

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  15. Great to hear that you are able to do a little more - and what a great excuse to work through some ufos! Your two finishes are lovely - I have that Primitive Quilts mag too and have thought I would like to make it. I'm a classic for leaving my Christmas sewing until too late - one instance where I think a resolution is in order!

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  16. I am grateful to read of your health improvements. Our Lord is good! I spent time with my grandkids in Texas at Christmas. We continue to trudge along moving. It has been expensive moving 2 hours away. I am anxious to begin sewing again, but the new sewing room is a storage area, and overwhelming. As soon as my chickens are there I will stay. Take care dear friend. You are in my prayers.

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  17. So happy to hear that you're on the mend. Looks like you've got a great start on Christmas gifts for next year...or should I say this year? Yay!

    I guess moderation would be the key word but in terms of getting back into the swing of things slowly but I've yet to meet a quilter who has that word in their personal vocabulary...myself included.

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  18. Good to see your post! Happy that you are on the mend. Your projects are wonderful, too!

    Carolyn

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  19. Sounds like you're getting back in the swing of things. You've accomplished more than I have, and I 'm not on the sick list:) Happy New Year!

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  20. So glad to see you are able to do a wee bit more. Maybe i you should invest in one of those fabric cutters? I don't have one but many ladies use them especially when they have arthritis. Wait gift idea for the hubby?! Lovely project you finished.

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  21. Welcome back Lesley!!! Great to see your post and don't worry about replying.....I'm just glad to see you around!

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  22. they are both gorgeous projects Lesley, wonderful to see you get 30 minutes a day now yay!

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  23. So happy you are back Lesley!!! Missed you.

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  24. Nice to see you back again. That little quilt is very sweet. I have that magazine--I should actually make something from it. Lots of goodies in there!
    Lovely gift for your "tickle trunk." Can you explain the origins of that fun name?

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  25. Happy to hear that you are on the mend, and able to work on small UFO's! Take it slow... some things just can't be rushed. Enjoy working on some small projects... I see that you are off to a good start! Stay warm!

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  26. Great to see you back! We missed you.

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  27. I am so pleased to read about your good progress and to see you working on a few projects. The little block is delightful. Great to see the runner being made ahead of time as a gift. Good move.
    Enjoy being able to play again.

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  28. So glad to hear you're making progress. I was just thinking about you yesterday, and today, here you are. I hope things continue to improve quickly for you so you can get back to doing the things you enjoy.

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  29. well, after Christmas is before Christmas. You are getting ready, very smart since christmas always comes up so fast.
    Good to hear that you are feeling better.
    Happy New Year to you too.

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  30. I'm glad you're feeling better because I've missed seeing all your beautiful creations (I know, I'm so selfish to be more concerned about not having all your little pretties in my life than about that silly tennis elbow of yours...LOL.)Really, I'm very glad your elbow is starting to feel better! :0)

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  31. Wonderful finishes...I'm so glad you're feeling better...

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  32. Yeah for small accomplishments. I'm sure they felt good. Slow and steady will win the race.

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  33. What a sweet project Lesley. I love that magazine! blessings, marlene

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  34. You sure have been missed! So glad things are getting back on track for you. cute projects! hugs

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  35. So glad you have lots of time for Slow Stitching, even if it's "forced" on you! LOL
    Your new finished quilt is so beautiful! That looks like a wonderful magazine, I'll have to keep my eyes open for it.

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  36. Glad you can get back to what you love, even just a little. Brightens your day I bet!

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