Thursday, December 26, 2013

So long 2013!

The holiday celebrations are over now and it's time to look back on 2013.  Was I productive?  It didn't feel like it, but the pictures say otherwise.  2013 was a year of endings and new beginnings.  I left one job and found another great one.  Co-workers have left and new one's have joined.  I finished paying off my car and began paying off more on student loans.  Where one thing finished, another one started. And that's the way it's suppose to be, right?  Finish one quilt, start on your next!  Here's a recap of my finished projects for 2013!












Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Who's ready for Christmas?

It feels like forever since I've put a decent post up here.  I'm halfway through my Christmas 'To-Do' list and here's my results so far!  Last post I briefly talked about the applique pillows I was making for a friend.  Well they are finished and I'm very happy with the results!  Let's say me and the Satin Stitch got really well acquainted ; )  

The backs are finished with an envelope closure and were perhaps the trickiest part of the whole project!  They just would not lay flat!  Any tips or advice?  Some did fine, while others popped up.  I tried taking in the overlap of the edges (it's at 2 1/2" now) and that just made it harder to get the pillow into.  If my friend doesn't like them I'm probably going to have to put on some velcro, which I'd rather not do.  Any tips and tricks for doing envelope closure pillow cases would be greatly appreciated!

When I wasn't crafting this last month, I was very busy working at the quilt shop and helping others finish their Christmas projects.  I also went camping the day before Thanksgiving.  YES, it was cold.  Snowed a couple times too.  But I was with a nice group of pyro's who kept the fire going all night.  We had a great time! : )  I had a few family members ask me what I'd like for Christmas this year...sadly my first thought was...Time?  I want more time!!  : (  Sadly, not something they can accommodate.  Thankfully, after Christmas I'll be done with projects for others and I'll be able to start some of the stuff that's been piling up on MY 'I want to do this...' list.   Hope your Holiday season is wonderful and we all have our wits by the end of the year.    

I'm linking up this week with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.