Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

And here's to a productive 2011!  

I would like to really improve on my garment sewing skills, at present it is so mediocre.  Keep telling myself ... I should be a neater / more accurate seamstress.  Also I want to work on some stitchery patterns.  Sure like the look of quilted wall hangings with a stitchery panel.

Red & white Bear Paw quilt to date.  It's 39" square now.  There is still the outer border in white.  I'm thinking of having a slightly wider outer border ... we'll see ...

 While taking a break from cutting all those HSTs for the bear paw quilt, I fooled around with another method of making HSTs and eventually a Pinwheel block.  I followed Jenny's tut on YouTube.  Sewed it up in a jiffy!

A small order of tea towels from Bird Brain Designs.  Here's where the stitchery comes in :)

Anni Downs' pincushion is on my to-do list.  However I will be changing the concept of the pincushion.  I'm not a garden buff but I'm surely a needleworker!

My New Year start at the stroke of midnight.  That's the measly result of 20 mins of work!  By far for me cross stitch is the most time intensive hand work I do.  It's Prairie Schooler's Friends - Friendship is a sheltering tree.  Margaret W and I set out to complete 10 pcs from both Friends and More Friends some years ago.  But somewhere in between realty kicked in ... or truth be told ... laziness :)  This will be my last block of 4 that will be converted into a wall hanging quilt.  Here's the other 3:


  1. Best wishes in the New Year, Barbara!

  2. Anonymous12:24 pm

    Happy and productive New Year,

  3. Happy New Year, BJ. :)

  4. Woo-hoo! Wonderful projects and a great start to 2011!!

  5. You were sooooo busy last year, I can't imagine you getting any busier!
    I always like popping into your blog to see the varied projects that you are working on. I am not a stitcher but I enjoy seeing your lovely work. What have you got planned for those tea towels?

  6. Anonymous5:30 am

    Thanks for the tutorial on Pinwheels, I just laughed at the simplicity of it, who would have thought!!!, will have to try that myself! Love the stitcheries you have planned, looks as though you are going to be kept busy for the whole of 2011, BTW love your Bear Paws wall quilt!!!

  7. Anonymous5:31 am

    OH! forgot to sign that was me, Merilyn

  8. Love your PS patterns!! have a prosperous New Year with lots of happy stitches on whatever project it may be!!! XXXD

  9. Ah! I love that pin cushion. I'm not a big gardener, either, but I love Anni Downs's stuff. LOVE your PS WIP, too! Thanks for the you tube tutorial on HSTs. I learned by doing strip piecing and then a special triangle ruler--I'll have to try this one! Good luck with your 2011 goals. Happy new year!