Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Weekend of Accomplishments!

With Fall in Florida comes more moderate temperatures, less bugs, and feelings of accomplishment..

My honey finished the painting and refurbishing on this great sewing machine..

It is a Singer Featherweight 221... it was in great working order but the paint job was showing it's vintage age.  So my honey took 2 months of all his spare time to strip it, clean it all out, prime it, paint it, decal it, topcoat it.... then he did all that to the foot pedal and buttonholer.  This will be part of a package we will be advertising in the near future :)

My Darling Daughter ready for Homecoming :)

 And here is a shot of her with her date (her boyfriend of 4 months!) :)

And I am quilting between all the excitement happening around me :)

I have finished 2 of the block pairs ....
 Love the patriotic cow centers too :)

This block pair has tulip centers from a lovely fabric I got a fat quarter of for my sis in law.. she loves tulips so this center just seemed perfect when pulling fabrics for this pair :)

Now I am working on this block and soon will be on it's twin that also has the square in a squares near it so will do them as a block pair as well!

Here is the whole quilt.. so you can get perspective .. it is about 95" square before washing :)

And a Happy Reminder....

Don't miss your chance to get organized over the upcoming holiday season approaching... make a list... link it up and PARTY... and someone will WIN LINKY LOOT too!!!

Linking this post to ...

Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching as all this stitching is done by hand :)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hand Quilting the Weekend Away :)

If you are Canadian I wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving weekend... I am linking up with my Canadian friend Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching today HERE!
Friday was a busy day but I did pick up my needle and thread again on the Byrum Family Quilt and haven't looked back... Okay a little house work... sheets washed.. taxi service for my dd who is now on a little vaca with friends btw :)  So all that stuff... but mainly I have been HAND QUILTING!!!

This is the start of the outer sections of this quilt... so I had to figure out where to start... and this cute patriotic cow with adjoining patriotic blocks just asked to go first :)
So first I focused on stitching in the ditch on the patriotic square in a squares... soon I was working on the in the ditch and decorative stitching on the bear claw block too!
Then it was done by evening last night!  Wow :)

So where do I go next???

The mirror image of course... you see I made 2 of each star block... one on each side of the quilt... the pics of the one above shows the cow facing right as it is on the LEFT side of the quilt... here is the mirror image block on the RIGHT side of the quilt and my focus today are these 2 blocks :)
This is really helping me reach my goals set for this month.

Do you set goals to chart progress on your crafting?  Come and join us in just 2 weeks for a Linky Party just for goal setting... all areas of your life or just your crafty side.. with gentle monthly goals you will see your UFO pile shrink and you will feel more accomplished by sharing your successes .. and misses too!  So if you blog come on over .. also a chance to win LINKY LOOT just for linking! :)
Have a wonderful Sunday is my prayer for each of you!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Whooping on a Friday!

Finally Friday... I am so happy I have something to Whoop about today :)  I am sharing this post over at Sarah's where she loves to Whoop on a Friday all the crafty accomplishments of the week... come join us and link up too!  She is showing off a cute cross stitch today too!

After finishing all the hand quilting bits of stitching that were needed to make the middle of this quilt complete...
The Byrum Family Quilt has reached over 50% complete and I took a 2 day break to rest my fingers :)

So what does a hand quilter do when resting fingers??? Well prep the next thing for stitching of course! lol  I have attempted hand piecing and some went fine and some not so fine.. so I prefer to piece vintage on Gloria :)  She is my Singer 301A i a beautiful trapezoid cabinet!
So Gloria and I had a date yesterday and I made 3 more of these stars for a wall hanging I am creating from a pattern called Wish Upon a Star...

Once trimmed they should measure 10 1/2" before sewing :)

So I am happy to Whoop about this progress toward meeting my monthly goals :)

Do you set monthly goals too??? I have a linky in just 2 weeks to show off all you have done and preview what you plan to do.. check it out on my blog in just 2 weeks!
Until then... Happy Stitching and...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Heavenly Days... I did it!

I reached a HUGE accomplishment... I am now over 50% done with the Byrum Family Quilt!!!
I tried to capture a little texture here... but I thought you might also want a perspective shot...
Red Outline shows where I have quilted too so far :)
So I figure with this much done I am over 50% done with the quilting on this beautiful day in October... on the down hill slide now.

While I had fun with my photo shoot on this BIG! quilt... I also pondered binding... I am going for a rich brown with black swirlies on it that is perfect for a nice binding to this quilt... will add another rich layer and a place to rest your eyes as this is a busy quilt! lol

Here is a close up once I finished some bits on the very center panel...
Not sure if you can see but I came back and added some texture to the grass below the tree and outlined the big hearts in the tree top :)  I think it adds more texture to those areas that was needed and will also not hurt it from holding up longer with a bit more stitching there...

I am quilting this quilt very utilitarian as I want it to have a long life of family snuggles, up n downs, tears and laughs and illnesses... I want this quilt to be ready for the long life it has ahead :)

Do you think about durability of your quilt as you choose your quilting design?  This is only something I have recently pondered more than earlier in my quilting career.

Check out this cute fabric that makes the cornerstones of the middle border... 
Can you see my quilting design.. I traced a template shape there in the diamond and added the loops with my chalk!  I had fun adding the loops :)

Well hope you enjoyed seeing what has been keeping me from being more bloggy.

Things are better overall but I still would like to remain on your prayer list.  I do appreciate it friends.

Now I am off to cut out some stars to sew on Gloria!

Happy Hump Day!