Sunday, February 21, 2010

Friday Night Sew In, OPAM, Fridays Fave Five, Sew & Tell

To start with, these projects were not all done on Friday night. They are all works in progress.

I actually had to work until about 8:30 that night and was tempted to come home and rest but I knew everyone was sewing and I sure wanted to be part of the party!

This is the block of the month from Lavender Lime Quilt store. This is the Feb. block.

Thank you to you all:

Bobbi and Heidi for hosting the Friday Night Sew Ins!

This shows you my January & Feb. block.

Does this look familiar? If you remember I made one like this for someone a few weeks ago. This shows it all basted with safety pins and ready for the machine.

I had a request to make another one so I wanted to change it up a little bit. This is for Martha!
We had emailed and she wanted a baby quilt and I wanted a scarf so we decided to do our own little swap. If you go to her blog, scroll down and you can see the scarf that she is knitting me. I am so very excited.

This is a picture showing me sewing the binding on. On the other baby quilt I made I had blue and white stars for the binding and a solid blue for the backing.

This shows the front of the quilt with the binding completely finished.

This is my very very favorite part! The backing! Isn't it cute?

I told Martha that I am not a pro but I sure had fun doing this one for her.
I will try to get this mailed this week. I am hoping there is gonna be a little surprise along with the quilt. I hope you like it Martha!

Many of you know that I have wanted to learn embroidery for a while now.
I have watched videos, read books, looked at blogs and just couldn't get it.
Two of my friends, Allie and Julie have really been encouraging me to learn this craft.
After seeing some beautiful work that Allie did the other day, I just emailed and asked her how did she learn all of it. She told me and then she suggested to go and find a childrens embroidery book. She said that they write those so you can understand it because they are not assuming that you know everything. I looked and looked and could not find one but as I was looking.................I found this!!!

It has my name on it! This is simply explained and I am so excited. It only teaches you 2 stitches - the back stitch and the satin stitch. I have a lot to learn but I have enjoyed what little I have done on this. I think this is my beginning! I sure can see why this is addicting.

Fridays Fave Five is hosted by Susanne!
Thank you Susanne for making us think of the little things.
Five Favorite Things this week:
1. A spring like day today. It was wonderful.
2. A Spend the night party with our Grands last night!
3. A quilt made "just for me" by Granny.
4. My blogging friends who I feel as if I know personally.
You all will never ever know what you mean to me.
5. Thankful to finally learn 2 stitches in embroidery! Its a start.


martha - caknitter said...

The blanket looks adorable!
Don't worry if you can't mail it this week.
I've had a few false starts with the's what happens to me often when I don't read the pattern correctly, but right now it's smooth sailing and it looks very nice.
Have a great week!

Allie said...

Your blocks are wonderful, Val - you need to come teach me how to get my points to match up! I can't do it to save my life.
Love the baby quilt! What a great swap.
I'm so happy you found that kit, Val. What a perfect way to start! Those two stitches are great for you to start with, for most designs you won't need much more. You're doing fine!

Susannah said...

Hi Val...You are going to love to embroider. My Mother taught me how to when I was a young girl. It is very fullfilling and calming, too. I just love it. You will, too.

Your baby blanket is darling. You are keeping so busy with your sewing. How do you find the time?


Anonymous said...

Since it is the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.............................................

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

You have been so very busy Valerie...
Your baby quilt is lovely,gorgeous fabric and the colours are just so bright and happy...well done...Peg OPAM 2010

Dot said...

Love your blocks and baby quilt. Hope you have a wonderful week.
Happy Quilting

Pat said...

Oh, NO...another hobby that will keep you more busy than you'll ever want to be.....LOL Have fun with it!!! And how nice to do that swap.

Shauna said...

Love your baby quilt especially the dots on the back. Your blocks look great too! Have a great day!

Heidi said...

THat quilt is adorable. I really really love the binding - it's perfect.

Midlife Mom said...

Oh dear. I forgot the Friday Night Sew In! 50 lashes with some embroidery floss for me!!! I will make up for it this week as the Hubs is away for a few days. You will just love embroidery! I started when I was just a young gal and have done lots of it over the years. It's very relaxing.

Your quilt is so pretty! She will love it! I think the backing is just soooooooo cute! Can't wait to see the scarf too.

Love all of your 'favorite things', very special! Take care and happy stitching!!! xoxoxox

Amy said...

Ooo I love the blanket. It is really cute.

I love your butterfly. I love satin stitches. I have a huge thing for pillowcases, dresser scarves, towels, and such. Hobby Lobby has tons of them.

Have a blessed day.

Love Bears All Things said...

I love the baby quilt. Is it a whole cloth or did you piece it? I was trying to figure out how the square with the bears came out that well.

Your embroidery looks good. I used to do that but haven't in years. I learned to cross stitch in the last two years and I enjoy doing it so much more. Sometimes, I have to wear magnifying glasses to see the squares when I'm doing a light or white thread but that's alright.
I'm far behind on visiting my blog friends.
Mama Bear

Alice Grace said...

Good job on everything! Keep it up! I know you are going to love that scarf that Martha is making! I can't wait to see it!

Jamie said...

Embroidery is can be so relaxing! I'm glad you are enjoying it. I love the quilt, too! It is adorable.

Michelle said...

Your quilt looks great Val! be blessed! Michelle

Anonymous said...

I love the baby quilt!!! Your embroidery has inspired me!!! Keep it up you will find it so relaxing!!