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Christmas Stars….today’s project!

December 26, 2009

Today’s Project!

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I hope to work on this today!

I have these cardboard design boards hanging from the ceiling in my quilt room.

Each one has a different project on it.

This one I began on October 11, 2003. I finished one miniature quilt and gave it as a gift to one of the Quiltin’ Babes!

I didn’t get a photo of it. I still can some day….I hope.

I think it comes from the book, “Wear Warm Clothes”. It is one of the first quilt books I ever purchased way back when the Quiltin’ Babes was in it’s infancy.

I have the directions for one square hand written on the sheet of paper with the pinned pieces to it and the date. My attempt to be organized in my disorganized state!

After being on Flickr early this morning…trying to be quiet while everyone else slept….I started to sew on a few ongoing projects. This one has been on my “I hope to work on this season” list.

It can be strip pieces by cutting strips on 1 inch width of red and green and then sewing them together. You then subcut the strips tp 1 inch and then sew the strips together until you have a 36 patch.

The question today is do I sew or do I take the blue painters tape off the walls in the kitchen so we can get the kitchen back together! We started painting and then everyone in the entire house came down with the flu…..a nasty, horrible, disgusting, I’m so glad it’s over, case of the flu!

Hopefully we’ll get both done!

We had our own Christmas miracle yesterday. Grandpa and his friend invited us over for Christmas dinner. The first time since they started living together about 6 years ago. It was a big step for this complicated family of ours. She’s younger than we are ….but older in many ways. She has 5 children, one still at home came for Thanksgiving this year….another first. We met 3 of the 4 remaining adult children yesterday…and many of the grandchildren. I brought apuzzle along and the kids helped off and on but especially once we got down to the last 50 pieces of a 300 piece puzzle. The meal was fantastic and we all left feeling closer and more hopeful for the future.

Grandma died of cancer in 1995. About a year before she died she and Grandpa moved into an apartment and we moved into the house. Our older son was only 5 years old at the time. Being back in the house brought back a lot of memories. We miss Grandma so much.  It is her sister, Aunt Carolyn, that just died last month. They are now finally together in heaven. I have never seen two sisters closer in my entire life. It is a pleasant thought to think they are together again.

Hope for the future. My only wish would have been that Julie and the girls could have been there. They are in Colorado visiting Julie’s niece and her new baby. Usually we are at Julie’s the day after Christmas.

Life works in mysterious ways.

I finished two blocks! I have a few more ready to sew together… but this is good for one day. My son and I played Othello for the first time.  He won the first game and I won the second.


Christmas Quilt Project

January 11, 2009

Christmas Quilt Project

Originally uploaded by Q_uilted T_hrifted

I don’t want the season to be over…

The Tuesday quilt group I am in is having our annual retreat this weekend. I am not going this year due/do to a little one at home and daddy just getting off the night shift. So I sewed this entire day at home!

Sometimes I think to myself “how many unfinished quilt projects can I work on in one day?”

The project above is my second go at this quilt. The first one was started in 2003 and given to Barb in my Tuesday quilting group as a Christmas present. I did not take a picture of it. We meet in each other’s homes so hopefully at some time I will be able to.

I came across this before Christmas and started the star pattern around the 6×6 patch. It then got buried behind all the boxes of Christmas ornaments and decorations. I reached back to my cutting table….which is still hidden and got it this morning. I still have my trees up but they really “should” come down tomorrow. I finished another 6×6 patch today.

Triple Irish Chain

I started my day out by sewing some of my 1 1/2 inch squares for my Triple Irish Chain.

More Triple Irish ChainI have so many sewn one of these days I have to count them. I have one quilt top done for my niece Erica. I hope to finish a second one for her younger sister.

Scrappy Bargello I then sewed some strips for the scrappy bargello I am working on.



As I was sewing my bobbin thread ran out. I pulled out the bobbin and found I had spun white thread over a partially filled bobbin of green. I figured since it was green I may as well use it up!!! The tric was to find green thread for the top of the machine. I then remembered I had made some garland out of red and green spools of thread and bits of fabric. Since I had the green thread I sewed some of the scrappy bargello strips. The red and green ones you see above with the green thread. I then grabbed a foundation for the string pieced diamond and sewed the green fabric with the green thread. Then for fun I sewed a section of the stacked coins…of course green fabric on a white strip. I also sewed the red and green strips together for the Christmas Star block above. In the end I used up all the green bobbin thread.

I then filled it with white thread… and figured I may as well try one more project before I get so exhausted I can’t think straight.

A Little Blue and Yellow Project

Blue and Yellow

Do You notice what is wrong with this picture?

The bulb is burned out that shines over the presser foot.

Can you guess how long it has been out?

I think it has been over a year……… sad. I did buy a bulb……but where did I put it?

Since I am Q_uilted T_hrifted! I wanted to show two thrifted items I purchased this holiday season.

Thrifted Tree Ornament Angel

Owl Tree OrnamentPrice 69 cents at the local thrift

Purchased the owl and the angel for 69 cents each. The owl still had the original tag on it at $4.99

I would say that was a bargain.

The last two projects I don’t think you have seen yet.

Christmas Doll Quilt for Charity

Christmas Doll Quilt for Charity

I saw this quilt on Flickr and decided to make it to give away for Christmas. The Tuesday Quilt group I am in decided this year we would buy a doll and make a quilt to donate. We will be taking them over to the location in February so I have a little time. I thought I was ready to trim down the sides and realized when I went to look at the original quilt that it needs another border. I had to use the seam ripper and open up all the seams so I can add to it. It took me a while to find a seam ripper and then of course within minutes I found another.

imga03341The other work in progress I added to today is a 4-patch design. The upper left block is red in each 4 patch. I have no idea how this is going to turn out but…..I’m going for it.

To end the night I just want to share with you two bears I made back in the 70s. I use them to hold my needles.


The one on the left has rust stains on him. He has aged…just like me!

“how many unfinished quilt projects can I work on in one day?” Today it was 8!