Rosa's World

Saturday, December 31, 2011

*High Five*.... Day 2 and 3 DONE !!!

Hi There!


Prairie Moon Quilts
"2011 Final Countdown" Contest

Day 2 ... we were supposed to look around in our sewing space and find a UFO and work on it. This blouse was on the back of my sewing chair for over a week and I KNOW it would have been there for a month or more, if Shelly and her blog contest hadn't encouraged me!


Today, I repaired that seam that needed to be re-sewn and this evening, I sewed 2 missing buttons on it.

Ready to wear for work, next week!

Day 3....

We were to pull out ANOTHER UFO and fall in love with it, again... and work on it.

This birthday Siggie quilt was "quilted" in May.... This evening, thanks to Shelly, from Prairie Moon Quilts, I FINALLY decided to sew the label on this quilt. Good thing, too! My birthday's in February and I'd like to sleep underneath it, FINALLY!

Well, my last blog for this year.

Please come back, next year...


New Year's Eve Status Update... (photo heavy)

Hi There!

In following Shelly's blog contest, this morning, I decided to dig out my white bins from our packed boxes. I needed these bins as that's how I organize my scraps.

2-1/-2 inch strips are put into a bin, according to color. If they're smaller, I cut them into 1-1/4 inch strips, for my "Lego Block" quilt blocks. They go into a zip lock bag. Smaller than that, they go in the garbage. *grin*

And... as they say, sometimes things have to get messy before they get tidied up!

I also cleared up my design wall. You an see that I've received quite a few Snow People, in our block swap. The tiny blue background one is a block that I had made, a couple years ago.

Looking tidy already!

Thanks Shelly!

Book shelf looks tidy, as well!

Remember this spot, with the pile of fabric straps, yesterday?!?!?

Well, with the previous pile of scrap, I was able to cut some into 2-1/2 inch strips, for my white bins...

And since I had small strips, I cut them into 1-1/4 inch .... more "blocks" for my Lego quilt!

And since Day 3, we were supposed to pull out a UFO and fall in love, again.... I found these 3 un-pieced 30's blocks and pieced them.... and, I then pieced some wonky blocks with the leftovers mini scraps from the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt.

These blocks will go into my future "Orphan Blocks" quilt.

And while I was cleaning (AKA playing), Gilbert was working on the "Cat Tree House".

Once again, Minou, decided that the carpet scraps, for now, are more comfortable.


Here's where he's at, with his creation....

And remember how we're supposed to pull out a UFO, and love it, once again?

Well, I pulled out my "Birthday Siggie Quilt". Gilbert quilted it and I put the binding on it... and then, it languished on a shelf, in my studio.

A quilt's not finished, IMHO, unless it has it's label on the back. This afternoon, I finally got some muslin out and wrote what I wanted.

Why I didn't do it sooner - God only knows!
But tonight, I will be sewing it on.

(a close up picture of Gilbert's quilting)

I'll share a picture, tomorrow.

And since it's New Year's Eve, Gilbert and I decided to stay home and eat a nice meal with a great bottle of wine.

Gilbert took a picture of me, with his iPhone and used the "WordFoto" program.

And that's about it.

We're upstairs in our little office, watching TV and I'm blogging.

I'll be sewing new buttons on my lime green blouse and afterwards, adding that label on my quilt.

We'll "try" and stay awake until midnight...

Exciting, eh?!?!?




(warned you that there'd be lots of pictures!)

Oh YAH... I forgot to mention that a designer friend of mine, Gerri Richards, has an incredible blog contest.... you only need to become a follower and post a comment about your favorite Christmas gift...

Cool Cats and Quilts

Friday, December 30, 2011

Orca Bay - Take 6

Hi There!

Well, by late afternoon,
I finally assembled all of Part 6,
to the Orca Bay Mystery Quilt!

I managed to straighten out, a bit, my sewing room and will continue tomorrow.... in hopes to share pictures of a much improved Quilt Studio and finishing Step 1 to the Prairie Moon 2011 Final Countdown.

Step 2 - Is to finish off a UFO.

I have my favorite green lime blouse, downstairs, that needs new buttons and a seam that needs sewn. No, it's not a quilty thing but if if wasn't for this challenge, this blouse would probably STILL be languishing there, this time... next year!

Soooooo, tomorrow, I don't need to go out and do errands. I will be...
a) cleaning out my studio and taking pictures.
b) fixing up my blouse
c) working on my Orca Bay Mystery blocks.

Oh.... here's what I've got done, so far...
(this is Part 6)

28 "black" blocks and
28 "white" blocks.

Hope you all have a Fantastic Friday!


Prairie Moon's "2011 Final Countdown" Contest

Hi There!

My friend Shelly, over at Prairie Moon Quilts
has her annual "Final Countdown" contest.

Not only can you win a lovely surprise-prize..... Hey, maybe we should invent a new word, here, called "Sur-Prize" - but she also gets you to get off your butt and ACCOMPLISH something.

There's 3 parts to her contest and it started yesterday....

Check it out, here...

Well, yesterday I had to go to work, but once I got home, I started to work on my "Orca Bay Mystery" blocks.

Here's a picture of my design wall.

Some of you might remember that we thought we'd be moving by the end of November and it all fell through. Sooooo, even though I pulled out a quite a few things out of my boxes, I've still got a lot of quilty stuff all packed.

Here, I need to pull out that partially packed box, on the corner of my table and get rid of it!

See behind my chair? I have very little room to move! Boxes are stacked up and yes... I've lost a good part of my design wall, as well. I need to tackle this issue, as well.

And as I was working on my Orca Bay Mystery Quilt, I accumulated scraps and snips and orphan blocks. I truly need to get these organized before it grows into a monster!

And these 4 or 5 bags of scrap?

Yepper.... I need to pull these out and cut them into 2-1/2" strips, for future projects, or into 1-1/4" strips for that Lego Quilt that I had started. Strips that are smaller than that now gets tossed out.

Soooo.... it's now 9h25 a.m.

I will work on the Orca Bay blocks till noon.

After dinner - that's "lunch" for you other people - I will tackle these "issues", take pictures and then report back.

Thanks Shelly for this contest!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cat Tree Progress

Hi There!

I've been busy and have nothing (yet) to show for it.

Ever been that way?

I haven't blogged in AGES... or so it feels that way, anyhow.

Gilbert has decided to build a "Cat Tree", for our 3 cats.

We got a box of (free) carpet strips from a generous soul, on Freecycle.

Minou, our oldest cat, ONCE AGAIN, has decided that she not only needed to explore a cardboard box, but had taken up residence, for the night.... amongst the strips of green carpet.

And here's the beginning of our "Cat Tree".

I will try and post pictures,
as he progresses along.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Frummie and Charlie's Quilt

Hi There!

Doesn't this look like a picture from a home decorating magazine?!??!

Last year, Frummie sent Gilbert and Bertha, our Longarm machine, their quilt to be quilted.

Once quilted, we returned the quilt to our friends and.... for various reasons, Frummie finally finished the binding on this beauty 2 weeks ago. She sent me this picture and said I could post it, if I wanted to share with you.

Yet another picture I've been meaning to share.

I've been busy working on my Snow People swap blocks. I'll post of picture in the following weeks.

I'm also trying to keep up with Bonnie Hunter's "Orca Bay Mystery Quilt".

Also, in my news, I'd like to share a new-to-me social media group that I am COMPLETELY enamored with!!!

It's called "Pinterest".

You create your own "bulletin" board and can name it whatever you wish. You "Pin" images from the web, or from other Pinterest members. I know it sounds silly but you would not BELIEVE the beautiful images I've seen, the crafty ideas, tips and tricks to help around the house and more!

It's addictive, it's educational, it's fun and also helpful.

Hope you give it a try. If you need an invitation, give me a hollar!


Friday, December 9, 2011

I Have Been Busy...

Hi There!

Remember my Batik Quilt?

Well, I finally finished this quilt and in November, I sold it!

This quilt was bought and given away as a birthday gift to one of the Irving ladies.

What an honour!

And the buyer has asked that I make a bigger (similar) one, for her!Link
As I have a few irons in the fire right now, it will have to wait till February or March.

Off to bed...