Sunday, March 31, 2013

Last Saturday of the Month

For Christians, today is not just the last Saturday of March, it is  Holy Saturday.  The most important feast of the year takes place tomorrow, Easter Sunday.  I promised myself I would finish a lot of UFOs this month, but I only finished one of the items on my list.  Instead, I have been making small cloths to be used on a shelf in front of the tabernacle in my church.
It is hard to see the details of the embroidery because most of it is white rayon thread on white linen.

The machine embroidery patterns are from Embroidery Library.  The fabric is 2 layers of  Irish linen sewn pillow case style with braiding around the edges.  After seeing how wrinkled they were in the photos I starched and ironed them again.  We were so busy preparing the church for Easter that I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the cloth on the  altar.

I completed a few orange blocks for March's Rainbow Scrap Challenge and will be adding my photos to the link up at Sew Scrappy.  I have enough strips and triangles cut for a few more  blocks, but that will have to wait until April.

 I found more pink strips so I added another pink block to my Rainbow Challenge from January.

I did manage to complete one small UFO. It's now put away to be used on a small table under my poinsettia plan next Christmas.

I have been trying to make one Scrappy Sawtooth block for each day of Lent.  Traditionally, Lent is considered to be 40 days, but this year the time from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday stretched to 46 days.  I only managed to make 37, but I have more crumb blocks and triangles ready to go.  These are the latest Sawtooth blocks added to the pile.  Although they look like a rose color in the photo, the star points are actually an odd brick color.

Sorry to place so many photos in one post, but I am just catching up with my completed projects.  I  needed to replace my camera.  After 7 years, the battery refused to charge and they no longer sell the battery it needs.. Our local Walmart is closing their camera department and I was able to purchase a Canon at a great price with more mega pixels.  Hopefully, that will improve my photo taking.      Happy Easter to all who celebrate

Friday, March 29, 2013

Hands 2 Help Challenge

One of the things I like best about the quilting community is how generous quilters are with their time and resources.  Quilts cost more to make than the average person would be willing to pay, but quilters continue to donate their handmade creations to people  they will never meet.  Sometimes the quilts are sent to places they will never visit or countries they can barely find on the map.

Sarah, of Confessions of a Fabriholic, runs a thriving quilt ministry at her church.  For the past few years, she has also sponsored an annual charity quilt challenge called Hands to Help.  This year, 2 charities will be the recipients of the quilts made during the challenge. Sarah always manages to find quest blogger's who offer tutorials and lots of prizes.  To read all of the information about the challenge and how you can participate, visit Sarah's blog.  If you sign up by tomorrow, March 30th, you could win a prize.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Traveling Stash Box Moves On

We are expecting a snow storm starting later today with sustained wind at 50 mph.  Ugh!  Hopefully, the Traveling Stash box will make the winner's day a little brighter.

My macho assistant, Retired Guy, has consented to draw a name.

Congratulations Sherry.  I will email Sherry for her address and the box will be winging it's way to a new home.