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4/23/2017

April Sewing Projects

My primary focus for the past few weeks has been on the upcoming wedding of our daughter! Since we were having guests staying, my husband suggested we get the spare room painted. I bought paint a year ago when the local hardware had buy one get one can free! He recruited a friend's high school daughter to help paint. (I am scheduled for hip replacement in May, so no climbing or bending right now.) She did a fine job and earned some money over spring vacation. The guests have a lovely, fresh room to stay in.

A new place for my "Love" quilt in the room.



Sewing has not taken the back seat. I am posting a photo tour of the items I have worked on this month, with a brief caption under each. 

This wall hanging was finished and sent to my aunt in Wisconsin. 
It hangs in her room at the assisted living home.
I used Island Batik fabrics with her favorite color--purple.

Another set of Michigan coasters and

 a pincushion basket to sell at The Yellow Window.

A pillowcase for donation.

Michigan Potholders

GRIDSTERS BLOCKS
A test of the bee pattern for the Gridsters Bee block exchange selected by the Queen Bee for May.

Last month I forgot to post the 2 piggy blocks I sewed for the Gridsters March's Queen Bee.
Check Elizabeth's blog to see the quilt top she made with all her piggies.

I am April's Queen Bee and the blocks are arriving. I designed the block pattern. They are beautiful. 
I can't show them yet; they are for a special project. 


FOUR-IN-ART REVEAL COMING SOON!
I am also working on the finish for the Four-in-Art Reveal for May 2. Be sure to check back then to see how each of the members interpreted the theme of "Light in the Darkness" for this quarter. Here is a little section of the quilt.

SEPTEMBER ROW ALONG


I have been working on my row submission for the Christmas Caroling Row Along - sponsored by Seams to be Sew. It begins September 5, 2017. Over 40 pattern designers are participating! This should be a spectacular event. Put it on your calendar to row along with us. You can find more details HERE.

I wish you a happy ending to the month of April and hope it includes many things you like to do.









4/02/2017

Did A Little Sewing This Week

Last week was a busy week. My major goal was putting together the final details of the bridal shower I was hosting for our youngest daughter on April 1. It was out-of-town, so I couldn't forget anything.

I began the week on March 25, at an All Day Sew hosted by Creative Loop. I sewed 10-Minute Table Runners that day and finished more at home. These were for the guests who attended the shower. We let each person choose the runner they liked.


The All Day Sew was a fun day at a hotel conference room with lunch and dinner served. I finished the Compass Fire Star quilt top I began at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids, MI in August 2017. Nancy McNally taught the class using her pattern and special templates. I like the purple and yellow Island Batik fabrics I was able to use.

Friday I packed the car. I drove 30 miles north to pick up 4 dozen of these luscious and beautiful mini cupcakes from The Pie Hole. (This picture was taken after some were eaten.)

The bridal shower was very nice. The luncheon (which I ordered from a local grocery chain) was very good. I was happy I didn't have to do all the preparation. We ate, played 3 games and watched the soon-to-be bride open gifts; and the two hours were over. I was on the road heading home within the hour. 

I got home exhausted; but, I found happy mail on the table that excited me! I got 2 blocks from Mary for the April Gridsters Bee (Instagram #gridsterbee) block exchange, for my month as Queen Bee. They are so pretty and fun! I can't wait to get those from the other beemates this month. I can show only a bit right now, as I am using them in a special quilt.
Tomorrow will be a rainy day and I have a high school helper coming to assist in painting our guest room. I am excited to move on with the decorating after the paint dries. And a new quilt is in the works!