Monday, November 24, 2008

Little Bits of Time

First things first...the giveaway results! For my last giveaway I had my daughter choose a random number; this time I decided to use the "random number generator!" So....congratulations to....Jacquie of Tallgrass Prairie Studio! Jacquie, please e-mail me your snail-mail address, and I'll send the little Christmas goodies on their way, just in time for decorating! With preparation, one can accomplish a lot with little bits of time. My preferred way to sew is to be able to have hours and hours with no phone calls, housework, or interruptions; that's just not the way it usually goes, though! Especially during holidays and other busy times, I've had to learn to work with little bits of time. This weekend I was able to get some things accomplished because I had done much of the preparation work last week.
I machine quilted and bound (with scrappy binding) one of my Fig & Plum table runners. I also made three fabric baskets and two little "This and That" bags from some of my Fig & Plum scraps. Nine potholders are sewn together and ready to be machine quilted. So I accomplished a little.
Here is a runner I can finally share with you...it was for my Mom for her birthday...and since she's such a big fan of black and white fabrics...I knew I couldn't post it until she'd received it! I was on the phone with her when she opened it, so that was fun!

Just a couple of Christmas decorations to share today. The first is a gorgeous Christmas pillow made for me by my Grandmother, probably about 15 years ago. The second is one of my earliest patchwork projects ever! It is a tree skirt I made for Christmas 1985; of course, I didn't use a rotary cutter, cutting everything out with scissors and a cardboard template. I clearly remember using the yarn ties to try to cover up the places where my corners didn't match!
One last accomplishment this weekend...my Secret Santa Swap gifts are finished, wrapped, and will be on their way to Australia today! Oh, and I'm still looking for one more person to make a Pay it Forward gift for (see my sidebar for my little group). I won't be send out those PIF gifts until after the holidays...but I'd really love one more person to sign up! Happy sewing, everyone!

15 comments:

Simone de Klerk said...

Thank you for showing us all those beautiful projects you are working on. How lovely to show us the pillow your grandma made for you! Very special. Love the swap that is going around again. Look forward to see what you made!

rachel griffith said...

that was alot to take in.
but SO in a good way.
:D

i love the fig & plum stuff.
SO pretty.

and in honesty i loved it all.
you did alot of work.

how fun that you were on the phone with your mom. that's always fun. i've done that with momma before.

yayyy for finishing sscs!!!
mine will be in the mail today. {or first thing in the am.}

and if no one else wants to sign up for you pay it forward, i'll go in. i did just sign up for one and i'm starting one on my blog tomorrow. so...it's up to you.
if you wanna have me, have me. if not, no big deal.
lol.

rachel griffith said...

p.s. sorry my typing was so bad.
haha.

Stephanie said...

Lots of great sewing happening! You're one productive lady. Gee, if you put a little color to the black and white table runner your could join the Black and White challenge and be the first one done.

Stina said...

Well congratulations on all your finishes!!! Wish I cold be that happy...;o) Love the fig &plum fabrics!!

ivoryspring said...

Hi Sherri,

It's lovely to hear from you. And LOVELY projects as usual. I just never get tired of looking at your tablerunner!

Carrie P. said...

You have been very busy. All beautiful. I am sure your mom loved the tablerunner.

Joy said...

Wow, you get so much done!!! Those Fig and Plum fabrics are simply gorgeous - I'll be on the lookout for some I those ;o)!!
Gonna work on my Santa swap pressies today too, I have another week or two to get mine done.
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Kritta22 said...

What does a pay it forward group do? I'll play!! Just let me know the details!

Lorraine said...

wow....lots of lovely things there...and that B&W table runner is just fabulous!! I agree with you about spending some time in prep work....it makes it so much easier when you just have that hour or so to spend sewing...I love those little "This & That" bags....have made lots and they make great gifts.....!

jacquie said...

thanks so much. i'm so excited. it's time to start decorating now! little bits of time is how i sew too. i don't have extended time very often. i love it when i do. i love all your work. the black and white tablerunner is stunning.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Wait, all that wonderful work would have taken me months and you did so much over the weekend, I need to get me act into gear! Congrat to Jacque, she is one lucky gal!
PS Love the pot-holders, do you have a pattern for them that you sell? i would love to get it?

The NELSON Family said...

Fun projects!
I'm so bummed I didn't win, dang random generator!!
Next time :)

Kevin and Vicki said...

Yes Sherri, let me in on the "locals" giveaway. I might have a chance to win...you have too many friends!

Niki :-) said...

You’re invited! To the LAST PUSH quilt-a-thon I am having . Come see what it’s all about!
http://justusquilters.blogspot.com/
The more the merrier! Spread the word, and grab the button! Quilty hugs! Remember, Dec 13 is the special day! Niki in AZ