Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quilty Pillow Talk

For about 6 months I have planned to remake the first quilted thing I did... a pillow that my honey has since slept with EVERY night! lol  I never knew it would become his lovey of sorts... So finally.. during a visit from my bestie Connie... I remade that pillow!
Here it is fresh out of the dryer... and snuggly approved!

So let's now back up a bit... I was overwhelmed with how to make a good STURDY long lasting pillow... so I chose high quality fabrics and high quality thread for hand quilting and sewing the pillow together once quilted.

I also wanted to use the SAME pattern I had quilted on the original pillow....
you can see the center of the muslin sandwich my wonderful teacher gave me to show off my first stitches well... just wasn't made for every day use :)  But back then who knew it would become a heirloom of sorts... my first quilted piece... the pillow was put together by my mom... and enjoyed over 3 years now by my honey.. so upgrade we did!!!
When Connie got settled in we chose fabric... I found a lightboard my daughter uses I decided to borrow for this job.... and I traced the pattern onto the chosen fabric with graphite...

 Then I made my quilt sandwich and pinned VERY WELL!!  I even used nicer fabric for my backing some vintage white fabric that should hold up to many washings in the future this time :)
Here are my first stitches and I focused throughout the day and a half it took me to stitch this 14" square pattern onto my fabric sandwich to make it a wholecloth pillow top!
Although you can't see the pattern very well I used a dark blue grey thread for the stitching... my honey is in love with this pattern! lol  He says it is just perfectly quilty for sleeping with! lol

Here are some shots of Connie and I stitching...

She came in town from Tennessee on Monday and decided to stay beach side a couple nights and really treat herself... so beach side she stitched on her granddaughters snuggle quilt.  Her granddaughter is 10 I think and picked out lots of fabrics used in this quilt as well as colored the blocks in the quilt... it is really looking good and I am sorry I didn't get a full shot to share with all of you!  But it has a very neat story...

We endured the cooler temperatures as much of the country endured deep freezes and snow by quilting !!! lol

So now it was time for Connie to teach me how to make the top into a pillow!

First I marked with a pen and scissor cut along that line just the bottom of the quilt sandwich... the BACKING side is cut to your specific pillow form size plus seam allowances... my pillow form has been washed and was now 15" square so I cut mine to 16" giving me about 15 1/2" finished pillow.

Then pin those layers together... this was a great opportunity to use the new pins Connie just gave me not too long ago :)  We enjoyed using them! ...

I made the back of my pillow a envelope style close that was double thickness for durability and used Best Press on the crease to help it not buckle there with washing... it washed well and no future ironing will need to be done I think....

Hope you have enjoyed this Quilty Pillow Talk post :)

Sorry I haven't been more bloggy but get ready for a busy week on my blog... I have much still to share and going back to the circles on the Byrum Family Quilt and I have solidified future projects and some order there... so I have lots going on... Do you Follow Me???  Now is a great time to follow me as I have a finish and some totally fab projects in the horizon if you enjoy my style!

Also,  don't forget my LINKY PARTY!!!
Starts Friday Morning EST and goes til Sunday at Midnight... Simply write a blog post about your accomplishments and goals for the upcoming busy month of December... and link to my LAUNDRY LIST LINKY PARTY!!!
Friday is called Black Friday here in the USA... so I will be hosting a special giveaway to anyone that links on Friday by Midnight EST :)  YIPPEEE!!!!  Then there will be linky loot available to all that link over the weekend too!!!  WHOOOOOP!

So come on and link up next weekend... plan ahead and have your post... with LOTS of pics please!!!!... to my LInky Party... and don't forget to get inspired reading others posts & leaving bloggy love!... I always leave this one weekend a month GUNG HO for progress!!!

Have a blessed Slow Sunday Stitching... I am linking this post up just with Kathy as well.. as my Sunday will be slow stitching circles... I am currently 50% done with the border and need to finish it and get it bound and washed !!!!

May you find Joy in your Stitches today :) 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

One Week's Progress :)

I have tried to keep up in blog world but may not have managed to visit all my regular stops as I have been busy stitching!!!!

I finished the bottom row had started last weekend... and now I am on the BORDER of this large queen quilt :) 
Finish date is the 28th and I think I am on track to have the border finished and the binding on and washed and photographed by then... we shall see!!!!

Here is my progress on the border design I finally decided on..
They are CIRCLES!  I used a bowl and Bohin colored chalk to mark my circles on the border.

And since I have finished the bottom border now I know it takes THIRTY (30) circles to fill a border on each side.  So I have 90 circles to stitch this week!  Plus I am basting the binding edge as I finish a border side so I am ready to bind as soon as the borders are all done!!!

The chalk washes off easily (what little remains you can see in the stitched pics) with a spray bottle of water and paper towels to wash away the colored chalk! :)  Always TEST your plan for marking on the fabric you will mark to make sure it will be removable though :)

Also this week we did a major fix of our van and have it ready to pick up my bestie at the airport Monday.. she is coming for a visit from Tennessee :)  Yippee!

And I am excited this cute 301A found a home with my new friend Judy!  She picked up her new machine this week and so far they are enjoying getting to know each other :)  Yippee!
So I will return to slow stitching quickly to finish up this great quilt for my brother and his family.

Keep my fingers and sweet stitches in our prayers please!  And also safe travels for Connie!

I am linking this post up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching... where I showed my progress last week! :)

Have a blessed week!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Finally down to the bottom :)

I have been quickly slow stitching since my last post on the Byrum Family Quilt... I am now on the bottom of the quilt working on this block...
I was just getting started on this block when I snapped this shot.  My friend Wendy embroidered this piece in 2004 and mailed it to me to go into this quilt... it now holds the bottom center place of honour!

So the top border and sides are all done... just have 3 B's left on this quilt and the clock is ticking for the finish too!  I have:
Bottom stitching ~ Started now :)
Border stitching ~ Have a quick n easy idea there!
Binding ~ Have the fabric ;)

So if I am not too chatty coming up please stick with me... just trying to make headway on this quilt... the deadline is Thanksgiving weekend to have it done, washed, and photographed :)

My honey is pondering ideas for great photos of this queen sized wonder!

Speaking of photos... Last Sunday we posted this pic on a few facebook groups...
These machines in their cases are now all sold!  Yippee :)

Now my honey is working on painting one RED!  It is gonna be AWESOME!

Don't forget my upcoming Linky Party!  There is a special giveaway for Black Friday linkers!!!
I am linking my quilty progress to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE!  Check out her blog post while too as she makes important points about focusing on your slow stitching amidst the chaos of life :)

Until I post again... Happy Stitching &...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Goals Exceeded!

Wow!  What a super weekend it was for us... let me fill you in.

Friday we got an expected package with something extra in it for me from my bestie Connie...
Look at the DARLING pins with pink and white flower heads in a flower box!!!  Isn't that just too cute ??? :)  And the card she sent me the week prior and I hadn't shared that but you know I am a sucker for cards for sure and she sent a very heartfelt one to me :)  Much appreciated way to start off the weekend...

Then just hours after posting Friday we sold this sewing machine and received payment!!!
We were so giddy ... yet I still managed to get some stitches in..
This area is 12" x 18" and is Jacob's Ladder blocks but I made it larger in hopes you can see all the in the ditch stitching I have done on this block to keep it "moderately" quilted like the rest of the quilt.

Then Sunday our day started with a sale.... which turned into a packing fiesta... yet I managed to get more stitches in ...

Which was way beyond my expectations for sure!

So 2 featherweights, a lot of quilting, and a little family time thrown in .. so all in all a great weekend.

Also, I heard from Michele and her Linky Loot she won for linking with me is bound for her Maryland home tomorrow!!  She gave me lots of choices even though she is a very well rounded crafter that I think my stash LOOT will be a complement to her projects :)

So join us Thanksgiving weekend in the USA and link up your goals for holiday planning... It is a fun and wonderful way to get things accomplished too!  Black Friday.. November 28 will have a special drawing for 1 lucky linker... then another drawing planned for Monday morning :)  So join us early or join us late but JOIN US & Have FUN!

Happy Stitching &