Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Quiet Weekend

I kept low key here at home this weekend. I am not feeling all the best the last few days. I really hope I am not coming down with anything to nasty. I been just taking my time doing things, but finding that I have got quite a bit accomplished the past couple of days.

Before I get into what I have been doing the last few days, I just wanted you to know about a new friend I made through blogging. Her name is Anita and she recently joined my PIF. She is now trying to find people to join her with her PIF. She is involved in several blogs, but the one she has her PIF logo on is not all quilting related. I wanted to let you know she is very excited about this PIF and is anxious to make pretty homemade gifts to send to someone special. I really hope you can help her out.

I can now say the Double Irish Chain is ALMOST done!!! I have the binding sewn on, and will sit down tonight for a little bit to start slip stitching it in place while watching the second part of Oliver Twist on PBS. I just need a couple hours and I should have it done and ready to give to Trevor's parents! Here is what it looks like on the back. I will show you the finished product before the end of this week. I added a nice green fabric for the binding. I am amazed how much quilting I did on this quilt. I think this is the most machine quilting I have ever done on a quilt. I am really happy how it turned out!

I am sooooooooooo excited!! I received in the mail my first installment of my 'Hot Chocolate" snowman BOM this week! I just couldn't wait to finish the Double Irish Chain quilt, and HAD to open up the BOM to see all the pretty fabrics and choose the rayon threads to go with them. I spent part of the weekend playing with my first little snowman and just finished making him and the first tree connector block a few moments ago!!!!!!! I LOVE how he turned out!! The only thing I have left to applique on is his fishing pole. I realized after I started machine appliquing that I should have put some stabilizer to the back of him. I had none, and when I went to pick some up at Fabricville, they had none left (BIG SALE this weekend). My block is not lying as flat as I would like, but I will manage. I WILL make sure I have stabilizer for the next month.

I also received my order from Connecting Threads on Friday. Now that I am addicted to this free motion quilting, I ordered a book all on Feathers!

I also ordered this cute little pattern from Bunny Hill Designs to make these adorable little jelly bags! I think I might try one of these next weekend! I have a little something to send to a new friend of mine overseas, and I think she might like one of these.

I am also hoping to complete the two blocks for January and February for the Country Calendar BOM and have them posted. They are almost done!

If I am feeling up to it, I might do a bit of baking this week. There is a new muffin recipe I want to try using the "Summer Berry Fruit Dip Mix" from Epicure. A woman I work with is an Epicure Consultant and I have ordered many delcious herbs and jellies and such from her.

Well I suppose I should end my post here. I want to clue up a couple more things before I sit down for the rest of the evening to tackle slip stitching some binding.

Quiltingly Yours


Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Andrea you quilt looks fantastic you must be so proud of yourself a lot of work there, cute snowman.

Ann J said...

Great job on the quilting !!
Hope you are feeling better soon = Take Care.....Luv AJ

Patchmaker said...

Can't wait to see the Double Irish Chain finished. . . I'm sure they'll love it! Hope you feel better soon!

Anonymous said...

please post the receipe for your muffins, i have the same jellies and herbs, hope you feel better, i missed saturday

Silverthimble said...

I would love to hear how the muffins turned out. I also recently bought that same dip mix. Are you willing to share the recipe?