Monday, January 5, 2015

A Year Of Finishes

At least that is what I hope it will be.  I want to finish old projects and if I start a new on it will get finished right

Last night I finished hand quilting another block of my Henrietta Whiskers quilt. That makes 7 total.  Tonight I plan on quilting around the figures of the last two blocks.  The plan is to finish this quilt this month.

Last year I signed up to join Huckleberry Stitches to make a mini quilt a month.  Sadly I wasn't too good at keeping up.  New year new resolve.  This year each month we will be making a quilt from the book "101 Fabulous Small Quilts".  The first quilt is called "Box of Chocolates".

I finished the quilt top yesterday.  It will measure at 14 x 21.  Today I plan on getting it machine quilted and up on my living room wall.  

If you remember I was a member of Quiltmaker's Scrap Squad.  Well Paula Stoddard of Quiltmaker Magazine contacted me about a new free monthly quilt blocks they are starting in January.  Each month they will give directions for a 3"-4" block.  

The first block has been published on the Quilty Pleasures blog.  The first block is an adorable 3" Bow Tie block.  This is going to be so much fun.  I hope you will join in and I will share my blocks at the end of the month.

Well I just got done un-decorating the Christmas Tree.  I usually get it done on New Years Day but since I had that lingering cold I didn't get to it till today.  By the way I am feeling MUCH better.

Speaking of Christmas.....We got this Christmas card from our Son and Daughter-in-law (they live in Virginia).

It didn't come as a complete surprise as they called us before hand.  But I think it was a wonderful way to announce it to friends and family.  They know it is going to be a girl and have chosen the name Ella.

So naturally I will be making a baby quilt.  I have the pattern and fabrics.  Now I just need the time to work on it.  LOL

I'm typing this in my sewing room ready to start working on Box of Chocolates.  I have one of my favorite old movies on "Unconquered" starring Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard.  Love my old movies.

I hope you stay warm and get to spend some time doing what you love.

Hugs, Cathy


Sharon said...

sounds like a great year ahead! congratulations on the new granddaughter, that will be a quilt that won't be hard to finish (-:

Janet O. said...

I look forward to seeing your minis each month.
If I was making a quilt named Box of Chocolates, I am afraid I would really need a box of chocolates at my side while I worked.
Great news about the new baby!!
I love my old movies, too. I have a floor to ceiling bookcase of them in my basement. Maybe I need to go put one in and get sewing. : )

Radka said...

Congratulations and good luck with your projects 😃,

Ray said...

Congrats, Grandma! You make so many wonderful quilts. I look forward to seeing your finishes!

Kyle said...

Congratulations on your good news. Sounds like you've thought out a good plan for 2015. Have fun!

Barb said...

The minis sound so fun!!
sounds like you have a fun quilting plan

Sharon said...

Glad to hear that you're feeling better. I love mini quilts, and I look forward to seeing yours!

Congrats on the new grand-baby! That will be a fun quilt to make.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Congratulations! Ella is such a pretty name. I can't wait to see the baby quilt you're going to make.

I love old movies, too ... I enjoy putting an old movie in while sewing or quilting.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Oh a sweet baby Ella to snuggle with. Congratulations and enjoy.

Huckleberry stitches said...

Congrats on the new addition! And thank you for a shout out! Your mini looks cute!

Karen said...

You have a plan and I will be on the sideline cheering you on.

Stacey said...

Congratulations on the granddaughter :) The Henrietta Whiskers quilt is so cute!

Jess (a.k.a. Rosie) said...

Congrats on the new granddaughter! That's a wonderful way to start off the new year! Checking out that BOM... never done one before and think it might be fun :-)

~ Jess ~
Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

Allie said...

I LOVE the name Ella - oh congratulations to them and to you!!! That's a great announcement, too.

I too love old movies - especially Cary Grant!