Sunday, March 11, 2012

Friday night here it was sleety and cold - a perfect night for staying home; but I had invited Jenny, Angela, and Sue from across the road to come to sew, and they all showed up. Of course I forgot to photograph the projects; but we'll be getting together again in a couple of weeks, and I'll be ready.

Sue has been sewing bags from this book. Now she has said she's a beginner sewer and the instructions are easy to follow. If a beginner can say that confidently, then the book is a winner in my opinion. I have this book in my collection, and she's inspired me enough that I hope to get some fabric next weekend and make one.

Jenny finished up this small quilt top; it's Whimsy from the Moda Bakeshop. She left it here; I think she's planning on me surprising her by machine quilting it up. The surprise will be on her! Seriously, she did a nice job on the piecing; I'm sure simple straight-line machine quilting will be super easy for her.

I piece this quilt top when I first started my blog almost five years ago. I want to finish this by handquilting. That was my plan for Friday night; but the top is bigger than I remembered, so I ended up with cross stitch and finishing up another ornament.

And on a personal note, I've always taken my excellent health for granted. But recently I've made some positive changes to try to insure that I stay healthy; so to that end I've started taking these. It's a fun way to make sure I'm getting the calcium I need. I highly recommend them!


Pokey said...

Yea! An evening spent sewing with friends. With that nasty weather, I bet you were glad they came to you! Your project will be so nice when finished. I probably have a few UFO's that are more than 5 years old, they'll be college age soon, ha-ha~

Siobhán said...

It sounds like a lot of fun! What nice projects. I love both of those quilt tops! I have a quilt that I've been hand quilting for over 10 years now. Well, in all honesty, I don't think I've quilted on it in at least 5 years, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to do more NEW hand quilting projects! LOL

Have a great week!

Jennifer said...

Alright, I guess I'll take the quilt home and finish it myself in the hopes you get your other ones quilted instead! Had a great time Friday and looking forward to sewing again soon.

Audrey said...

Looks like a wonderful evening. Snug and cozy with quilting and cross stitching!

Gumbo Lily said...

I like all of the quilts and the Amy Butler book. I'm glad to know the book is "easy to understand." Might be a good gift for my beginner sewist daughters.

Sue said...

Mary, it's so nice to see you blogging again!

Looks like you had such a great time with your neighbor friends. You all whipped up some fun stuff. I really love the quilt you started a few years back. Those colors are lovely. It will look wonderful hand quilted.


Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

What fun! I love getting together with my crafting friends for a night of fun, food, fellowship, and crafting. You sound like me... have a project in mind then when you see it, changing your mind, lol. Handquilting will mean so much more, of course so much more work too. It's a beautiful quilt so far!

Have a delightful week sister~

Melanie said...

Sounds like fun--- I need to post an update....It was almost 60 everyday this weekend...I'm sending it to you. Raining up a storm now...just melting that snow.....

Karen Sue said...

Friday night was the PERFECT night for sewing with friends!! I'm getting antsy for this weekend at the HI Express, but it's supposed to be so nice all week, you feel a little more guilty for just hangin inside...ok, not too guilty!!
Your projects look good! Maybe you'll have to swing over and visit for a while!!

Christine said...

You girls must have had a fun evening!
I love your quilt top! The colors are wonderful!

Donna said...

Sounds like a wonderful Friday night ... friends and sewing! Love the projects!

choc chip addict said...

Sounds like a fun time! I have recently started making bags with a couple of my "crafty" friends, and this book looks like a winner. I'll have to track it down (probably from Amazaon) to see if it's a necessity that I can't live without! My daughter graduates from high school in June and several gifts are waiting to be made for her best buddies.

Linda said...

Oh everything looks so great...I was searching for something and came a cross a cross stitch Santa I finished but never did anything with...I finished it about 20 years ago!! And some angels too...who knows how old they are!! The quilt tops look wonderful!

The Old Parsonage said...

Hi Mary

Christmas projects? Yeah!!!!!!!!!Hope that you're getting some Spring weather soon.

Enjoy your week sweet friend!