December is always busy.

As much as I try to get things done before December, it never quite works for me. I have done pretty well this year. The bulk of the sewing is finished already, but the bits and pieces still have to be finished.

I took pictures of the November pin-up quilt. I think my camera is dying on me, though. I know the quilt is purple and the photos turned out blue. Even Number Four agreed. So, if the sun comes back again, I’ll take more photos with another device.

Actually got to sit at the sewing machine last week. Man that was nice. First time all month. Worked on the last circle quilt. My sewing list is longer than I would like at this point, however. Also knocked out some masks for the under ten set and got my mom’s wall hanging pressed up. Now to applique the thing and move it along.

Christmas flowers

The boss ordered these lovely flowers for our desks. So I took a photo and did a color study. Lots of choices in this one. Can’t wait to make a couple of quilts with the different colors.

Well… it’s here….

The first day of December, that is. Really on the count down now. So much to make, and a really tight timeline. I would like to say that most of my sewing was under control, and it might be, just not mine. Guess it’s time to write out a list. With due dates.

I made this little color inspiration the week before last. Slacked on getting it posted. So, here you go.

fall trees

Color Therapy

I follow Design Seeds on Facebook. The link will take you to their website. They post color palettes based on photographs. Some of them are really pretty. Some of them are color combinations that I would never think of putting together. But that is the point. Right now they are posting a Farmer’s Market theme. Really nice, soft purples with a rich cream and muted greens…. all from a beet. Absolutely cool. So I thought I might look around and see what photos I could take and do the same thing. Because imitation is theĀ sincerest form of flattery. Yeah, we’ll go with that. So, here is my first attempt.

oranges
oranges

I found this image on a website called Veer. They have really cool photos and images. And some AWESOME fonts. I have a thing for fonts. Whatever.

My next inspiration photo will be one I have taken. I hope. I have taken several for this reason. Just need to get them off the phone. Which is also where the rest of the circle photos reside. A project for next week. Woo hoo!

Have a great weekend!

October quilt

I finally got out to take a photo of the October quilt. Used one of the last warm days of the year it seems. The bottom is supposed to drop tonight. Yippee.

So, this is the first of the brothers’ circle quilts. This one happens to be for my husband. And he told me it’s really not his thing. Too bad. He’s getting it anyway. And I’ll use it. So there.

October quilt
October quilt

The circles started at 10″ and the nine patch are about 6.875″. I’ll post more how I did it photos with the next one. Not sure where I put them right now. There is no batting in this. I figured flannel and t-shirts would be enough for a camping or lighter weight lap quilt. Don’t want to smother the poor guys too much.

October quilt close-up
October quilt close-up

Here’s a closer view. There is no binding, and when you sew down the circles, you quilt your top and back. No muss and little fuss. I threw some un-pieced squares in there for good measure. And because I didn’t have enough nine patch. Or enough t-shirts to make more nine patch. And I have enough of the squares to put some on the niece and nephew quilts coming up in the next few years.

October quilt close-up 2
October quilt close-up 2

I know these boys miss their sister. Sure hope they are not too upset with me for these presents this year.

Wubbies are finished!

So today at lunch I finished the second wubby. They are for two grand-nephews, one 18 months and the other about 6 months. Too young for the capes I have made for the 3-10 set. But they definitely need something to love on and have fun with. So I found these atĀ  repeatcrafterme.com. She has several different styles, and I chose the monster pattern. It seemed the easiest and quickest to knock out. You can find the pattern here.

red wubby
red wubby

So, here is the red one. I added the tooth because there was so much red, it just needed to be broken up a bit. Not sure which one of the boys will get this one, but I guess it really doesn’t matter too much, huh?

yellow wubby
yellow wubby

This is the yellow one. He has to gum his food. The tooth just didn’t show up very well on the variegated yarn. Once again…. don’t think the boys will care much.

both wubbies
both wubbies

And just because I am so happy to have two more presents to put in the finished pile, here they are together. Hope they will be loved and used for a very long time. Every little guy needs something to snuggle with, right?

I can’t believe it’s November.

I read a terrifying fact yesterday. There are only seven more weekends before Christmas. My heart stopped a bit while my mind raced down the list of projects I still have to start, let alone finish, for presents. I started to break down the list into smaller bites, because that’s what my mommy taught me to do, and it still was almost too much. And I haven’t started this week’s project at all yet, and probably won’t tonight, either.

But, I do have some finished. They are not quilts, but they are finished. And they are cute. And I haven’t gotten October’s quilt photographed yet. And I can come up with lots of excuses for that, and most are valid, but I had time before and didn’t. So I will own that. Maybe I can get it done this weekend. I think it will be sunny.

Anyway. I am making wubbies for a couple of grand-nephews, and will post those when they are finished. The heads have been done for months, and Number Four saw them and took off. Now, Number Four is fourteen years old. My teenage boy took off with the wubby heads and wouldn’t give them back. So I made him these.

The three monsters
The three monsters

Monsters of his own. I started with Stripes and used yarn left from other projects. All three are crochet with safety eyes. I once told my sister-in-law she could to the crochet projects, and I would knit. Well, guess I do both now. Anyway, I found the patterns on knittingfever.com and fell in love. They were easy and quick. I like that in a project.

Stripes
Stripes

I call this one Stripes. (His pattern name is Zoink and can be found here.) Number Four’s favorite color is purple. And this variegated yarn was too rough for the scarf it was purchased for, but perfect for a monster. It’s kinda hard to see his purple smile. Still have lots of that yarn left. Maybe another monster some time.

Fred
Fred

This is Fred. Just looks like a Fred. Number Four’s high school colors are orange and black. And I had extra orange from a viking hat and beard, so yippee! Same purple smile. Shows up a bit better here. (His pattern name is Lark and can be found here.)

George
George

And this is George. He is the biggest. And he can be loved and squeezed and held forever. So I paraphrase. Oh well. I started with this one and got frustrated by the antenna, so he became the last monster made. (His pattern name is Plarko and can be found here.) The bulging eyes on all of them crack me up. Hope the kiddo likes them.

It’s Halloween’s Eve!

I have been very bad about posting this week. Halloween week has always been a busy one for me. This year has not been different. And I only have one costume to help with this year. Something doesn’t seem quite right with that. But because I have been busy, I haven’t gotten any photos taken of October’s quilt. Which stinks. So, no photos this week. But hopefully I can make up for that next week with a few photos of this year’s Halloween costume. And maybe a few other cool shots. Hope you have a safe and fun Halloween night!

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