Saturday, February 6, 2016

February is coming in BUSY here :)

I can't believe it is already February!!!
But on Monday morning I dutifully turned my calendar and look...
 I love the theme in my calendar for this month... Dare to be Wacky! Live a life worth LOVING!!!

And look what I have coming up on my oldest son's Birthday!!!
February 24 >>> AQS (American Quilter's Society) is hosting a 4 day quilt show in nearby Daytona Beach!  Me and my honey will be going the first day (to avoid crowds ... I don't like very crowded areas much!)
AND >>> I am taking a needleturn applique class with Mary Sorensen the second day of it!

I am MEGA EXCITED ABOUT THIS Y'ALL!!!  Can ya tell! lol

I have never been to a proper quilt show before.. how can I be my age and never have done this??? lol!  Well time to change that this month!!!  I have also never been able to do a good job with needleturn applique... see this was a perfect circle that turned into an wonky oval on my attempt at needleturning a quilt label??!!!
So hopefully this teacher can adjust my habits to good ones that can show off my skill with needle, thread and fabric :)

So let me recap my busy week for you ...

eBay... then eBay ... and more eBay selling... we are raising money to pay our home taxes for the year and it looks like that goal will be met later this month!!!  I am very happy for this :)

In between eBaying everything we don't really use or collect anymore I have been quilting on my Fall Wall hanging...
And as the photo says... this marks 2/3 done on my quilting of this outer border!!!

I am hoping by Monday to be binding, labeling and adding a hanging sleeve to this awesome wall hanging and taking a few photos before putting it away until August or so... I can't wait to have it up for many Autumns to come though!!!  It is a fun piece of art that I am creating here... for sure! :)

Linking this Slow Stitching progress to Kathy's Quilts ~ Slow Stitching Sunday HERE!

Also this week I received a package from my bestie Connie!

She sent me this cool lightweight jacket to wear in the chilly mornings here... Florida is a place in the winter you must layer up and down throughout the days of winter... lol!

But what I really love about the jacket is the sleeves... there is a thumbhole in each sleeve end...
 This feature is perfect for quilting away early in the mornings (I am up by 3 am most days)... I am enjoying it this morning too!

She also sent a little something for CJ and Rick to play with during CJ's next visit...
 This cute wooden block train will be a blast for Rick and CJ to enjoy together... well I may even get in on the action too! lol

Finally she included this picture frame ... my honey encouraged me to find a picture that would look good in it and I found this shot to add to it...
 And here it is ensconced already in our decor!  You can see Connie, then me, then our friend Debbie in this shot... GREAT MEMORIES I get to now enjoy every time I walk past this area... about 30 times a day! lol
I hope you are finding things in your life to celebrate as well!

Before I close this post... 

I would like to share a facebook funny...
Yep, I am wanted with a pretty big reward for my capture... since I colour outside the lines! lol

I do totally own up to this crime though!  In life and in reality I lived inside the lines of expectations others had of me... only in my older years am I colouring outside the lines and I LOVE IT!!!!  How about you ??  Are you guilty of getting outside the lines of societal expectations in your neck of the woods... or do you stay strictly inside the lines of life expectations of yourself??!!

Finally, I would like to leave you with a verse I am pondering today...
I find walking in the Light of the Lord Jesus is much preferred to the darkness that abounds us daily..

Until my next post I do hope your February is off to a LOVE-ly start & don't forget...


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sew Fun Weekend :)

Welcome ya'll!

I am having a very groovy weekend with lots of SLOW STITCHING! :)
I have been productive this week around the house and listing some things on eBay with my honey so now I am making some time for my favorite things... quilting and blogging to you my friends :)

First up is the Pet Cushion I created on both my Singer 401a (Zena) and 301a (Gloria) ...

I shared this close up of a cornerstone in my last post..
Well that was a close up of this part..

 Then I auditioned this fabric and decided I had enough and it coordinates well.. the color of the center panel does not photo well though.. it matches some of the hues in this batik fabric though :)











And once washes it was immediately enjoyed...

 So much so that Daisy decided a nap was also in order!!! LOL
We have put this next to the back door that is the busy in and out part of our home... she can keep an eye on us and rest in luxury too! lol

I stuffed this one same as the other... with some fiberfill.. then cotton batting shredded up with an old rotary.. the center part has the remaining foam from her original pillow then shredded cotton batting and more fiberfill.. close the opening and wash as needed :)  Tadah!!!!

Next I thought I would try a coaster. but it didn't turn out as well as my boxed corners on the cushions did!
Back to the drawing board on this one.. and figure out why it is sooo wavy!


All the while I have been working in my down time on the FALL WALL HANGING!!!

I finished the inner border this week and started on the outer border!!!!
 I am marking this border with my Pounce Pad in WHITE... they have pink and blue also :)
 If you notice ... it is very clear to see the markings when you mark it.. then they disappear and become muddled as you quilt each area... the trick is not to touch the powder much as you quilt!!

Here is the end of the bottom border getting done .. this will have me 1/4 done with the outer border too!!! Yippee :)
Linking this awesome progress to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.. HERE :)

Soon I will start piecing my Journey of a Quilter..
it is set up as a BOM.. and I am likely to do it that way as I have sooo much happening! lol  I am doing this quilt with my friend Kathy... we are calling it "Friendship Journey" :)  The picture shows all you are to do in the first block only!!!  There are 9 blocks like this!!  Won't this be fun though.. embroidery... piecing... creating... then quilting and enjoying!!!

I have found so much solace this week in a simple verse of the Bible... John 10:9... if you have this book in your home.. check out this chapter .. it is very interesting for sure!

I just love finding pasture in my life too ... hand quilting certainly helps that!

Until my next post.. please remember...




Monday, January 25, 2016

Fall Wall Hanging ~ Progress :)

My Fall Wall hanging has gone from a flimsy....
To the last of the center getting completed on this 45" x 60" wall hanging..
Above is that last block and the stencil I plan on using in the border.. I had another pulled. but after watching a video on Craftsy ... I changed my mind! lol
Here is the latest video class I purchased and it is perfect for a newbie to an old pro.. something for anyone!!!

In the first lesson Jessica introduced several stitches including these...
I went with the Whip Stitch...
And two colors and weights of perle cotton by Valdani as my choices :)

Here is a better close up of it...
Both theads are variegated and I love the results... let me show you how easy this is now...

Step 1 is simply using a big stitch running stitch...
 then in step 2 you wrap the thicker thread around your running stitch..
 Leaving these lovely results!...
Here is a better view of what I am doing and what I have done...
I am using a chalk pencil to mark my stencil... then erasing it by spritzing with water afterward.. it dries quickly once you soak up the excess spritzed water too! :)

Linking this post to Kelly at NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) HERE :)

I have also been doing some sewing in my sewing room... on another cushion for Daisy... here is a cornerstone... just to share the cute fabric I added to this project.. she loves the other cushion I made her so this one will be a good bit larger..
More on this cushion in my next post as it is still in the dryer! lol

Hope you have a wonderful week and work on each project you hope to finish by the end of the month! :)

Remember...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mug Rugs from Orphan Blocks.. a Fun January Finish !!

Recently I have been straightening and cleaning my sewing room from sooo many projects I have been up to the last SIX MONTHS or so! lol  Anyway, I have been sorting and gathering orphaned blocks left over from quilts I made that never got used... my goal is to give these blocks to a friend for repurposing or to use them... well 2 of them got lucky and are now IN USE!!!
Aren't these fun Star Mug Rugs!!!!

I hand pieced the blocks (8 1/2") with a goal of making several to put together for a table topper... well I never did that and sent off the other cut and prepared pieces to a fb friend for her to finish one day... hand piecing is not something my arthritic hands can do much of I realized!

Today I would like to show your up close how I made them.. by showing you a close up of the one on the right getting done...

First of all pick out your orphaned block of any type you want to quilt into something fun...
Sorry I can't find a photo of my block unquilted.

Then choose backing that is slightly larger all around than your block ... if you have it press both from the back with Best Press... It helps the block to stay nice and crisp!

Finally pick a batting piece... I used a scrap piece of 100% cotton fabric but you may want something that is more heat resistant if yours will be used as a hot pad or pot holder!

In this shot you see how I layered the 3 pieces... my batting layer, then backing layer FACE UP and block FACE DOWN...
Pin these 3 layers together and sew around the edges leaving a opening on a straight side for turning.

Once you have your 3 layers sewn turn the piece over and trim your batting FIRST... as close as possible to the sewn line...
THEN trim the block leaving your 1/4 inch seam EXCEPT for those outer corner... trim them off like I did in this shot...
The ** denotes all the corners I trimmed off :)

Now you are ready to turn it right side out through the opening you left.. My opening was about 3" long and I backstitched when starting and stopping stitching to make them more durable for turning.
Once turned you can now take something with a sharp point like an orange stick or a small pair of scissors or a pen... and push out the very corners so they have sharp points (this is why you trimmed all those points off on the inside! ...
Once you have done this to all the corners and side seams and it lays nice and flat...
IRON your piece and press the edges that you left for the opening under so you can hand stitch this opening closed....

Here is my opening whip stitched closed...
Then quilt it up by hand or machine to have a cool Mug Rug!!!!

Here is a close up of the first one I finished... I used a 12 wt Aurifil in Raisin color for all the quilting here...
 What is cool about this Mug Rug is my daughter (17 years old) took her FIRST hand quilting stitches on this piece...
She said it was a bit boring to her! lol  Well taking 5 or 6 big stitches in a poking kind of stabbing stitch would be boring to me as well I think... So on my next project I plan to let her quilt properly ... I will give her something more challenging to quilt in a regular stitch with regular cotton quilting thread instead of big stitch thread! lol  That should teach me!!!!

The second one I wanted to be differently quilted... so my friend Wendy sent me this photo among others .. and I was inspired!
the picture is not that great but my mathematical and design mind went wild with the possibilites... so first I stitched in the ditch in YLI black thread...
Then I made the secondary pattern in Valdani Perle 8 cotton thread!!!!  That was tough to tug through batik fabric but I think the outcome speaks for itself!!!
So what do you think... got some orphaned blocks that need rehoming??  Or do you have blocks with possibilities of quick other projects to make for yourself or for gifts for others??
And after washing and drying them .. sooo yummy looking don't ya think??!!!!

I have 2 other blocks I have pulled and am thinking of baby bibs now! lol  Oh my!  The may become a habit to collect a couple blocks from each quilt I make ... or maybe not if I can help it! ha :D

I am linking this January UFO completion to Julie HERE!  Come see what everyone else is finishing in the UFO realm :)

Meanwhile I am down to the last FOUR blocks of the center of the Fall Wall Hanging...
More on this project when I start the inner border... but you don't want to miss the cool way I am planning to quilt it.. so follow along now!

So that is what I have been up to the last couple days... how about you??  Any quilty progress??

I am linking with Kelly's NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) post HERE!  come see what Kelly and others are sharing today :)

My daughter also has been having some back issues and is currently on medication and under doctor's care... please keep her in your prayers!

Until my next post remember...