Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WiP Wednesday (My BDay!)

Yup, it's my birthday! 43. Wow. That sounds really old to me. But that's okay. My birthday will be over soon enough and then it's on to Thing 1's birthday on Saturday, then hubby's next Wednesday. Yeah, as I mentioned yesterday, it's birthday week around here. Actually my neighbor's birthday is today as well and she always remembers to send me something. We got home from Girl Scouts last night and she had sent over some flowers and a little loaf of pumpkin bread (yum!). Anyway, I've had some birthday sewing to do. About that...
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

(don't forget to go check out Lee and everyone at Freshly Pieced!)

As for birthday sewing, I am making pillowcases for the girls to take home instead of junk bags. It's so close to Halloween, nobody wants more candy at their house so I like sending something useful. Thing 1 picked out the fabric and I have two done so far.
I've also been making 'ditty bags' for deployed military. Our quilting guild has undertaken this project so I thought it would be a perfect use for the red, white and blue fabric I won a while back from Rachel D at Just Sew Y'all Know. So far I've done two and I have the others cut out.
I participated this past week in the Ghastlie Blog Hop and was finally able to show all my goodies I made for that here. I also made a belated Ghastlie project, a Halloween sign, that I showed here. Check out the other sistahs and their projects today as listed over in the right side of my sidebar!

Along with everything else, I really wanted to make some progress on my red and white hexie quilt. I've primarily been working on sewing together the 'filler' white. I did tell me husband if I EVER decide to do another quilt like this to please tell me there is nothing wrong with applique. I know I'll love it when it's done but, oh my! Here's the bottom connected up.
I think my hand may fall off by the time I finish it. Yes, the pink ones are just pink paper. I tend to reuse the templates so I work on large sections, remove the papers from the middle and work some more. I may also see if I can get someone to quilt this for me. There is this really insane inner voice that says I should hand quilt it but I just don't know if I can do it. We'll see when the top finally gets finished.
Well, that's it. No finishes. Oh yeah, I did attend a baby shower yesterday for the Japanese/Austrian baby quilt. Yeah! Done and delivered. I ran into another friend for whom I made a baby/big boy quilt for her third boy and she repeatedly told me how much he loves it. THAT is why we do it my friends! For people who love it and appreciate it!

16 comments:

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

Your hexie piece is going to be awesome! Don't let the voice of the quilt police guilt you into hand quilting if it's not what you want to do. "You hand pieced it, so it should be hand quilted." Not necessarily! I just made a small hexie piece and I heard that voice, too. I machine quilted it and I love it. I couldn't imagine hand quilting through the bulky seam allowances.

Brenda Turner said...

Happy birthday, sweetpea!
Love you muchly,
mom

Linz said...

I love the idea of pillow cases! So cute!! And the hexie quilt is looking amazing!! Wow. So. Many. Hexies!!! You rock!

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope your day is wonderful!

Pat said...

Pillow cases, what a great idea for gifts! Your hexies are coming along great too. And thanks for the reminder of why we quilt!

Dannelle said...

The hexy quilt will be a main attraction wherever you use it. I can't imagine giving that away! Bless you for doing so much for others.

Eden said...

Happy birthday to YOUUUUUU! Have a great day. The pillowcases are a great idea and I am sure the girls will love them! I am off to sew myself for the dirst time in a couple of weeks! I hear you on the hexie project and mine is MUCH smaller than yours. You are more patient than I.

The Thompsons said...

Happy, Happy birthday Melinda Dear! I have to say that pillow cases are such a great idea.

Mindy said...

Incredible work!!!!

Have a wonderful birthday!

tanya said...

Holy Hexagons! That looks amazing!

amylouwho said...

That's why I do it too! For the ones who love it and appreciate it! I love that hexie quilt! AMAZING!

Ella said...

Happy Birthday! That hexie quilt is going to be phenomenal!

Mrs.Pickles said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like you have been sewing up a storm. Everything looks great!

Doris said...

Happy Birthday, dear. You are a mere 8 months my senior... I know,you still feel about 27, right?!? We had our crazy birthday week the second week of October. LOTS that week in our family. Have a good one, nice to see your WIP.

M-R said...

Great stuff, Melinda. Your hexie quilt is looking wonderful. Kudos to you! And happy birthday to you too!

Loralynn said...

Happy Birthday! Love your hexie quilt!

Kathy said...

Happy birthday, Melinda! Love the progress on your hexie quilt. The pillow cases are great gifts!