Sunday, June 25, 2017

Slow Stitching Sunday Yippee!!!

I can't believe it have been a month since my last post... live has been sooo busy I didn't realize... so sorry my bloggy friends!

Here is a great pic to express my regret for keeping you out of the loop!
From our beach to yours.. happy season change... for us it is Summer... and for Australia I think it is officially winter now!!! This shot shows how empty the beach can be early in the mornings :)

My honey has been in and out of the hospital this last month... here is a pic we took after his most recent hospital stay where we got a diagnosis finally...
When my honey goes into the hospital I go too... and stay nearby having been a cardiac nurse for so many years I navigate the medical world and medical words for him... and this time for me!  He has tracheomalacia or a floppy airway most commonly found in newborns... why he got it we can only conjecture... the cure is unknown and probably just to fix the floppy airway for a stable airway (aka a tracheostomy) but for now we are using a CPAP machine most of the time to assist his breathing and keep that airway open!

That is probably lots of Greek to you too... and that is simplified!  Sorry guys... but your THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS are appreciated as we navigate this path.. I want my honey to stick around a while longer and he wants to stay here too... for him a tracheostomy is NOT something he wants ever... so his natural airway needs to get stronger if possible or the breathing machine needs to be helpful in helping him rest well at nighttime!  So that is what has kept me so busy lately... my honey has had his own personal nurse! lol

Meanwhile... our first night at the hospital in a town over an hour away.. I came home to find carpet torn up and my quilt I have been working on torn partially out of the frame...
 So I finally... almost a month of looking at it later... made time and energy to get it back in the frame properly... and now I am making slow stitching progress once again!!!
I am linking my slow stitching progress to Kathy's Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday... I have missed you all ... my fave linky so go check it out HERE!!!

While that quilt was in an "unquiltable" state... I had to keep myself occupied with something and reading wasn't gonna do it so I worked on my son James and his new brides' quilt...
Above you can see the new "Strip Stick" I found via a friend's youtube vid and requested more info... they are available in sizes too... I found this size fits my needs for now!  And it fits my pressing surface well... it aids in ironing seams open which is what I was doing as I watched a quilt cam with Bonnie Hunter :D

And I finally have the center finished between doctor and hospital runs with my honey...
Next up is the pieced border that is framed on the inside by a "floating border" and on the outside by a anchoring border and the top will be an official flimsy!!! lol  Getting ahead of myself though... the pieced border will take a bit of thought... review of the pattern I made... a video instruction... and some good old fashioned math...

 And don't forget comedic relief like that my honey provided below! lol  Thanks to our Daisy dog for being the comedy... she is pretending to be a lab in this shot! hahaha :)
While the video tutorial I purchased helped me figure out the basic way to construct the pieced border... it did NOT help me figure the math correctly... for that I am glad math was a subject I "got" in high school and college... So I will not mention the name or where I purchased this video when looking to make this certain style of pieced border but I don't regret the purchase really either...

I plan on leaving feedback once I have a flimsy to share and am complete... here are shots of some of my progress thus far though...
The inner border also called the float border to this pieced border as it will give the custom fit it needs for the quilt... is a bit skinnier on the sides finishing at 1" on each side while the top and bottom finish at 1 3/4" each... This float border is vanilla fabric like the first row of sashings are on the outer edges of the center of the quilt... so should all veg together  :)  I hope so anyway!!!

I have the top and bottom borders complete on the pieced borders now and they fit as they should.. today when I am not slow stitching I will be constructing the side borders.  Once both are together and tested in place I will add the vanilla float border and see how they really fit... maybe have all this done and the flimsy finished by next weekend???  No promises on that... EVERYTHING depends on my honey as his need to be hospitalized again until we have a home plan that is stable for his airway! and his health overall!!!  Here is my pattern again though... how I planned it to be looking! lol

And here are a few pieces I had left over from the center and my triumphant start on the pieced border after watching the video and reviewing my own plan above! lol  This WILL BE HAND QUILTED once it is a flimsy too :)  That was requested by my son's new wife in the early planning stages!!
Here is an updated shot of me I took... it now resides as my facebook profile pic :)  This was the end of May though...
Here is my 301a Gloria who has made my work on this quilt top.. Amethyst Stars... so enjoyable and a great destressor for me :)
And here is a "new" thrifted ironing board... with a cover I made after watching some youtube tutorials.... along with a new iron I got too (my old one had leaked so much the ironing board was all rusted under the cover that was stained and falling off! lol
I have had this fabric for some time ... waiting for the right project for it... now I have this fun cover to look at every day and interact with when ironing needs to be done properly on a board instead of my quilting ironing surface!!!  I love the cradle it has to keep the iron off the ironing board itself... and a new iron does not leak!!! Yippee :D

Well... that is about all I have time for today... Thanks again for your coveted thoughts and prayers for us and the VA medical team my honey has...

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

6 years blogging y'all & still so much to share!

Happy Sunday... lots to share including a 6 year Anniversary Celebration here too!
So above are 6 candles on my celebration cake!!! lol

This has been a crazy busy week... yet I still made headway with my slow stitching progress....
 Above is my frame this morning when I woke... and a close up of that is below with the legend of my progress...
 Below is that same area completed for you :)  60% done now!!!!
 Here is the t-shirt I recently got... I love it!!!
It says "Live well ~ Laugh Loud ~ Quilt often"  !!!  It is very cozy cotton fabric 😍

I am linking on this fun quilty progress to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday post HERE!  Come and see what others are linking on this happy Sunday!!!

I also woke this morning to confirmation my bestie is coming for a visit for our birthday's in July!!! I am mega excited!!!

I told you this week was very busy... well we also have been getting used to a new addition in the house...
Wednesday we went to LOOK but then came home with a new vehicle!  We have named her Cassie as she is Caspian Blue color... it is a deep metallic blue with silver trim... but occasionally she really looks a deep purple too! Totally love at first drive for us both!!!

My honey got an N scale train on eBay last week and finally felt good enough to try it all out this week...
This scale is small but so cute and ornate... it also came with some buildings but since he is currently on medications for his cold that are making him jittery... those will have to wait to be added to the decor of this train :)

Here is my honey driving Cassie down the beach with the tide out quite a bit too!
We also went shopping for a couple other things we needed and found very cool place to keep our oil can collection...
 A wood shadow box with glass front we can now hang on the wall!!!
 And here is Francis our White sewing machine from the early 1900's in a Martha Washington case...
She is now closed back up and decorated with a clone of a Willcox & Gibbs machine and a cool old Singer chain stitch childs toy machine also from the early 1900's...
Change can be nice.... progress is good... funny when I reflect though on my first blog posts... they are about eBay sales... well we still sell on eBay but now instead of clothes and misc... we are selling vintage sewing parts and supplies :)  HERE is the link to some cards we are selling on eBay.  From there you can view other items if you are interested... we don't have a store there...








eBay has gotten harder to deal with and more expensive for selling while PayPal has become more central and handy to use! lol
For our Singer Featherweight sales we use Facebook primarily with PayPal for invoicing and security!

Thanks for stopping in ... thanks for celebrating with me and us... and hope you have a blessed day today!!!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day Y'all!

Hope you each have a ...
I am 50% DONE now on the Batik Hollyhock Garden Quilt I am hand quilting!!
This shot above is halfway through the 6th row of the quilt... all together there are 11 rows :)

I did acquire a new gadget for my quilting frame this week too... from a Missouri Star Quilt deal of the day I bring you a pin cushion that stays on my frame just perfect and holds some pretty sharp scissors that came with it!!

I am linking this fun pincushion and my hand quilting progress to Kathy's Quilts ... come see what all other handies are sharing HERE!

Also ... for Mother's Day I have changed my facebook profile pic to a shot of my needle keeper...


Here are my two little grands I am thinking of today!!!



CJ on the left will soon be 3 and Kaydence on the right will soon be 2 :)












Besides hand quilting and sewing a bit on a quilt for my son and dil... we have been working on a puzzle...

 And I watched a great Chick Flick on Netflix too!!!
 
But sometimes the above is sooo true... so we go to the nearby beach to see the sunshine in all it's glory!  This time we also got to see this cool big sail boat!!! 
 So keep smiling my friends!!!

There is so much to smile about for sure and don't forget to...


Sunday, April 30, 2017

So much to share!

Hello my bloggy friends!!!  You will see as you read that I have been following my own advice to...

I am so excited to share my progress in so many areas of my quilty life!!!  As I am linking this post to my fave Sunday blog to read and enjoy (Kathy's Quilts HERE) I will start with hand quilting progress on my Batik Hollyhock Garden quilt but there is more hand quilting below too!!!
 I was on the 2nd row a couple weeks ago when I linked up... now I am almost done with the 4th row!  The blue arrow on the left of the above shot shows where I am and you can also see the legend in the bottom right of that shot! :)

And here is a shot looking back on this row a bit too...

I love my Hinterberg quilting frame my honey built for me to use... and use it almost exclusively now even though I have a hoop and a project in that hoop that is to small for the frame.. I haven't worked on it in a month or more!!!  Here is a shot you can see the frame better in if you haven't seen my frame...
It has metal poles we got at Lowe's... the kit we ordered from Hinterberg.com right here in the USA ... I found a long length of cotton striped fabric on eBay and we used duck tape to apply the assigned length and width to each pole... this fabric is known as "leaders".  The kit came with fairly good instructions on how to put this all together and how to cut and apply the leader fabric to each pole.. once in place it stays forever and I haven't had any issues with using the tape to apply the fabric to the metal!

Unfortunately I broke a fingernail on my quilting hand into the quick of my nail bed... so I am taking a short break from handquilting as that fingernail grows back and it isn't so sensitive... me and regular applications of Bag Balm are healing it fairly quick though... soon I will be back to quicker progress on this quilt! :)

While that is going on there... I have been piecing a quilt for my son and his wife that live in Tennessee... James and Heather... it is called Amethyst Star quilt.  I am using Gloria and loving herπŸ’–  I love my vintage machines to piece with!!
Glorious Gloria is her name!!!

Here is how I am laying out my rows for machine piecing in a controlled scrappy way...
And here are the first couple rows...
 I have all my pieces cut and in piles...
It took me a while from getting all pieces cut until I started piecing the center of this top... but now I am having a blast with it since I am not able to hand quilt too! lol  Make the best of a situation I say!!!

I am marking all the little squares with a silver glitter pen on the back across the middle diagonally...
... Then I am sewing just to the right of that drawn line to make my star points on the scrappy sashing strips...

I am piecing the squares and sashings into 4 patch units like this...
Above you can see how I make the join of the "4 Patch" rotate so each square can join like I have below in a row...

 I then have ironed the joined squares open as that seemed to make the most sense... and sure enough when I now have 4 rows all joined in this center section it looks MARVELOUS if I do say so myself....
 There will be 15 rows before this center is completed... and now my pile of parts has decreased some... I am hoping to keep the scrappy look going til the end though!  I started this with some of my stash and a layer cake cut all into 5" squares... sashing strips... star centers... and a LOT of star point squares for the flippy corners I am marking! lol
 Yesterday.. April 29... was my honey and I's 6th year anniversary!!!
 

I feel so blessed to have him in my life!!!  

 He got me a couple things to celebrate our years together... first we found this water bubbler for our foyer... summer is here already and we aren't outside to enjoy those much anymore!

And a quilt pattern I just ordered last night on eBay....
This will be a Christmas wall quilt for our foyer if the size is right in the ad :)  I have always loved the feathered star pattern and this one is perfect for that space!

Here is the one currently opposite the bubbler ...
 And a larger view... it was a rotary cut with templates, machine pieced and hand quilted finish quilt!
 Here is a pic of the way I label my quilts... I get these off Etsy from a seller there :)
And I finally made the banner for a local charity with some fabric I found online and a new t-shirt the charity owner brought to me...
I used the front tshirt logo on the back cross... and the back tshirt image for the front of the banner.

I really enjoyed making this up... I took a break after 2 rows of the quilt center on Amethyst Stars to get this made and delivered.  The lady that runs the charity is in LOVE with it as a banner for her charity!  She will be using it in parades and to mark her charity's spot when in public places!  This was all machine done... my finger was hurt already at this point! haha  

I will continue to machine make things for this charity including quilted pillows for those that are injured and need a comfort pillow to help them feel safe again.  There is such a strong need for us all to be kind for sure in this world we are living in!

Another couple days of taking is slow should have me able to wear a thimble again though!  So no worries :)  

In this time of so much negativity going on everywhere in the world  ... make sure you take time to...