Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I have been Sewing!!

I have been working for a few hours on Bonnie Hunters "Christmas Lights" today. And, the top is put together!!! The center anyway, with borders picked out!!

So, what do you think of my version of this great project???

I like it - and I was happy to find some fabrics that will go with my quilt top for the borders.
Bonnie has a black as the first border - I have choosen the same green that the star blocks use. Then I thought of a gold fabric, then the last border being a red with gold through it. The green fabric also has gold in it. For the binding, I am going to use the rest of the black candy cane hearts I used in the red square blks, plus, since I won't have enough, I will use up some of my other blk candy cane fabric that I have and it will work out great!!

I think it will look alright. The green border is only 2" wide, I think I would like it 2 1/2" - but since I only have what the pattern asks for I am not sure I should mess around with the measurements!!

I like that all my fabrics have a touch of gold in them. The cream one is gold snowflakes!! And the red is gold threads... I think using the black for the binding will just pull it all together.

One thing that I am thinking of is doing a bias binding......... I have not done this before, cut a bias binding!! But, my quilt shop lady told me, and I have since read (gotta check this out you know) that bias binding works really well on quilts that are going to be used. Throws, and quilts; wall hangings don't need the movement that bias allows, so 'normal' binding is fine. I just might be learing something new with this project. AND, I am going to make sure to make the time to work on it!!

So, what do you think of my choice?? Yup, I think I like it!!! If you have different idea, let me know - please!!!

Okay, on to news about my job. I was put on the till the other day! After two months of putting the items into the cart and running for what ever is needed, I was put on the till - where, you can not leave till your breaks!!! That means, if you have to use the bathroom, hold it!!! And I, of course, felt like I had to cough the other day, and there is not a kleenex to be found!! Or a cough candy, or - there was nothing!!! lol!!! So, I am not sure how much I am going to like being 'trapped' at the till, when for the last two months, I had the freedom to move around!!!

I am woundering if I should have applied for the full time cashiers job when it was posted awhile ago!!!

Kidding!! It is just a new position and I will get used to it, just like I got used to packing the carts!!!

Today was a day off, and I spent it in my sewing room, sewing up a christmas project. Yes, I have been doing some Christmas shopping. I can not believe how many people around here had their lights up in November. I think without the snow, and how warm it's been - we have flies coming into our house!!!! It's annoying, and it's probably happening when we let the dogs out!! - that people are trying to get into the Christmas mood by using the only 'Chrismas'y' thing around - lighting up the night with cheerful light displays!! And blow up yard ornaments. My favorite is the snowmen!! I had mine blown up in the house one year!! He was by the window and you would see people looking and pointing!!!

I am a little behind in my 20 min a day sewing goal I have going on, but I am half way through Oct. thanks to todays working, and I am planning on being all caught up before the year ends.

Have a very nice day tomorrow, get some Christmas cheer going and I will make sure I keep you posted on the progress of this little quitl!! Is anyone doing Bonnie Hunter's new mystery?? I have printed off the steps so far, but I think it will go into my 'projects' binder for now. I have some past projects that I want to see done, and a couple of them are Christmas projects, so I should pick them to do first!!! Talk soon!


  1. Your quilt is so pretty!!! I love the fabrics you chose. A bias binding is not hard to do at all. I have made them many times. I just have resorted to striaght cuts recently because I didn't think there was a difference in it or a bias. Hmmm, I will have to rethink it now.

    I love to sew, quilt, crochet, etc. etc. etc. I have something or three always going. Don't you!! I will feel satisfied once I get the binding done on my current projects. Then I can start more!!!!! I create, therefore, I am. :)

  2. Hi Brenda!
    I am finally getting caught up on my blog readings... Been busy...
    Your Christmas Lights is looking great! The fabrics you have lined up for your borders will look great! 8-)
    Bummer about standing in one place at work now... I know I couldn't do it! Good luck with that!
    I can't even get into Christmas yet... Maybe by the 20th I'll think about doing some decorating... Tis a bah-humbug kind of thing with me...
    Happy stitchings! 8-)

  3. Congratulations on getting to sew! Whoohoo! I love your border fabrics~ it is going to be a beauty. :-) I've done bias bindings, but usually I just do straight cuts. I haven't really noticed any difference in the quilts~? We are decorating a little bit this year... I like the lights. ;-) LOL Have a great day!

  4. I love it!!!!! How in the HECK did I miss this new entry?!

    My quilt parts are in a grocery bag languishing away. Oh, well.... May be for next Christmas.

    I'm glad you're sewing!!!!!!!!


  5. Hi Brenda... Just popped in to ask "how's it going?"