Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WIPs With Friends

How is it already Wednesday already?? 
 I have made some progress on my spiders and even made another block!  
I know you are dying to see the spiders so here you go!

Pattern is by Flying Parrot Quilts and you can find her link on her blog here.  
Now on to the photos.

First up is the small one.


Then the medium sized one


Followed by the GIGANTIC one


Now you can see them in relation to each other.


 I also managed to finish the cauldron block.


I did have some help and it was thirsty work!  


I have some bee blocks to get done.  Maybe I will have them for next week!
I'm also linking up with Let's Bee Social

Now it's your turn to link up what you are working on!!

The linky will be open for 24 hours after I post.

~XOP~




Friday, August 19, 2016

Finish It Friday

I see that Amanda Jean has taken the month of August off, so I will put in a link up for finishes.  Hopefully you will all have something to share!   
I can't promise that I will always have a finish, LOL but I do have a BIG one this week.  
I finally get to share the wedding quilt!!!  
My nephew (and Godson) got married last Saturday and this quilt was for him and his wife. 
 I used the same colors I did for the quilt I made his dad but added some Kona Snow. 
 I am so pleased with how it turned out!!


Here are a few close ups of the quilting.  Kathy from Thread Bear Quilting did a fantastic job!



Notice the little green and white bit on the binding.  The rest of the binding is charcoal.


Love this quilting!


I made the back all gray and then used up a few of the left over HST to make one colorful strip.
I incorporated the hand embroidered label in the strip.


I love how the label turned out!


Here it is all "wrapped" up and ready to gift.  



Ok so now it's your turn.  
Show us what your finishes are!  
If you click on the blue Inlinkz button you can link a blog post showing what you have finished.
(It is under my signature)
The link is active for 24 hours after I put it up.

~XOP~






Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WIPs With Friends

That's right, it's time for another installment of WIPs With Friends.  
I will share what I have been working on and then you link up and share what you are working on.  Deal?

I have finally begun seriously working on the Hallowedding quilt.  
You saw the candy corn and witch's hats that I had made already.  I made a few more candy corn.


Autumn was exhausted watching me work on my spider.  There are three of these in the quilt. 
 I started with the smallest one first.


Here it is from the back in all it's paper pieced glory.


It looks even better from the front!


 Next up is the medium spider block.  
You can see that I wrote the fabric sizes on the paper as I went along. 
 Some ended up modified but overall so far so good.


Here it is from the front.  
I found this cool metallic wood grain fabric that I decided to use for this one.
I really like it.  

I have one more section finished and two more to make to have this one finished.
Then on to the LARGE one.


I'm not gonna lie.  These seriously creep me out!  HAHA, but I will get them finished.
I am linking up with Let's Bee Social.

So now it's your turn.  Link up what you are working on.  

~XOP~





Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mark and Karly Get Married

My nephew Mark married his best friend, Karly this past Saturday.  
He is our Godson and the date was our anniversary. 
 We have been married for 33 years now. 
 It was a beautiful sunny day and everything was perfect.  
The wedding was at the MSU alumni chapel with the reception 
in the banquet facility at Spartan Stadium.  
I will show you some pictures but this one is my favorite. 
 I didn't take it but it is fabulous!


She looked like a real live princess and he was so handsome.  
It made my heart really happy.  
This is the couple that had all of their bridal shower gifts stolen.  
They persevered and today could not have been better.

The wedding ceremony was beautiful.  
There was a priest and a minister that was Mark's friend and they both did a great job,


They did it!


After the wedding, while we were waiting around for them to take pictures, 
I managed to get a few of my own family.  
My son on the left in the blue and my nephew, James on the right.  
These two sure love hanging out!


My two beautiful daughters


Thadd and Kelsey with Saprty.
I love this photo too!!!


Me and my hubby


Moving on to the reception, this was the view from the banquet facility.  Spartan Stadium!!!


Up for a little football ladies and gents??


A beautiful family photo of my two nephews, their wives and my SIL and BIL.  
The little one is the daughter of the nephew on the far left in this photo.  
Their baby was not there for the picture. 
 Such a happy day for everyone!


 Sparty was all lit up on our way out. 

 Great evening.  

Congratulations, Mark and Karly!



I finally got to gift their quilt too, but more on that later in the week.

~XOP~



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WIPs With Friends

I am so sorry I have been MIA.  
My work schedule has been so hectic that I have not had time to post since last Wednesday.  
I have also not had much time to sew.  
How about you?  Have you had time to sew?  
We have been enjoying some very nice, although very warm, Michigan weather.  
We even managed to make it out to a lake with some friends last weekend, more on that tomorrow.

Today we will focus on the one thing I have managed to work on. 
The beginning of the Epic Hallowedding quilt!  
I am following the Epic Halloween quilt posts over at Flying Parrots for this quilt. 
 I will be adding a few touches of my own too, so hopefully I can make that work, LOL.

I am linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts Let's Bee Social

I have only had time to make 4 of the first blocks.  Two witch's hats and two candy corns.


look at that little mouse skeleton!


Kitty skeleton and that raven!


The dots on the hat are skeleton heads 


That Lizzy House ghost fabric is one of my all time favorites!


So there you have it.  My progress in all it's glory, LOL. 
 I did manage to make two more candy corns last night but didn't have time to take any pictures. 
 I guess that will be my progress for next week!

Autumn was exhausted watching all that mad paper piecing!


Now what have YOU been working on?  Please link up so we can all be inspired!

~XOP~





Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WIPs With Friends

I have to confess I have not been doing much sewing of late.  
I received my nephew's quilt back from the quilter and she did a FABULOUS job, as usual. 
 The wedding is August 13th so I will show a sneak peek at the end of this post.  

We have our great nieces and nephew in town for a few weeks, 
staying with grandma (my husband's sister).  
Last night when I got home they were all in my family room!  
The girls rushed over to me and gave me the biggest hug! 
 They are the sweetest. 
Christian decided that he really needed to try out our vacuum!  
Who was I to say no?


 We took them to dinner to meet up with their grandma and their aunt and uncle and their 2 girls.  
We took over the dining area at the local Culvers!  
My eldest daughter joined us so it was quite a party!!

We decided to take the three back to Shelby's farm and let them play with the animals.
  Well, Beep was none too sure about this invasion of the littles!


Out came the babies.  Grace was holding the baby peacock. 


Christian was the first one to hold one of the snakes.


 Then Shelby brought out the BIG snake. 
 Grace and Christian were not too sure but Jo was all about it.


Looks like we have a little Herpetologist to be in the family.



Jo watched everything that Shelby did with the snake and decided to mimic her.
Take a look at Jo's face at the end of the video.
PRCELESS!


OK if you stayed through all of that you deserve that sneak peek I was talking about, but shhhhhh don't share this photo!  I still have a LOT of hand stitching left to do on that binding!


Linking up with Let's Bee Social

Now it's your turn.  Link up with WIPs With Friends and show us what you are working on.

~XOP~