Sunday, November 26, 2017

Amethyst Stars... 2/3 complete!!

Can you believe this...
I had to come back to my blog and see when the hand quilting on this big quilt started today...
July 15, 2017!!!
WOWEEE ... I am thrilled... I thought it had been a couple months longer! lol

Check out that blog post HERE!!!

Well today I am here to share with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday HERE all that I have been up to... including some delicious shots of my progress hand quilting this intricate pattern :D  So buckle up and read along my bloggy friends!

Here was the end of row 9 and a shot of the threads this project is taking....
 I am really enjoying the variety of stitching in each of the charm square blocks along the way.

Marking out the rope border is quick n easy with my Pounce pad :)
 Soon that and the argyle finish are complete too!
 And as promised a pic of all the threads I am using... Aurifil 28 wt, YLI 40 wt, and perle cotton 12 wt are all present and accounted for here ...
Can't decide yet but I think I will need more of the gold perle cotton I am using for the rope outside border... if so that is the only one that will need to be obtained... unless I need more Ecru DMC for the charm squares... I must order the gold online as it is Valdani and I am unable to locate locally... but the DMC is nearby at Joann's... so I can pop in there if need be to finish this quilt in the next few weeks!!!

And here is a shot of my frame and ROW 10 ... 
I have finished on the outer borders and ready to start the charm squares and stars here now :D

I hope you each had a great Thanksgiving ... me and my honey enjoyed the day immensely...
I heard from my kids and sent shout outs on facebook to those near and dear too!

Here was our table including the place mats I made...
Ready to be dressed with ham and turkey and all the fixin's...
Yummy!!!  It was really good too.  At this writing all the leftovers have been consumed so we did a good job of estimating our need and not having so much excess food in the house to be tempting... we are still working on weight loss goals and getting in better overall health.

Those place mats got made just in time before it was time to pack up the sewing room in prep for selling our home and moving a bit north... that is our goal anyway! lol

We also got to watch a rarely shown episode of Leave it to Beaver on Thanksgiving...
It is called "The Scrapbook" and it was the final episode... not sure why they don't play it when they play all the others over and over... but this episode and one other we hadn't seen played Thanksgiving and we were thrilled!

My son James and his wife (the ones the Amethyst Stars quilt is for)... built themselves a new table over this holiday weekend too...
 Above was them working on finishing it up and below it is in their bedroom ready to give them respite!
Doesn't it just look amazing!!??  I LOVE that he got some untapped handy genes somewhere/somehow!

So here is my sewing room today with my latest sewing machine project I fiddle with when I need a diversion from hand quilting and packing more stuff up....

Gloria... my Singer 301a is doing a fine job of precisely piecing the hexi centered blocks... I need quite a few to make us a quilt for our bed though... lol!

My 401a and fabric chest and cutting table and ALL OF MY STASH (meaning Bonnie Hunter's ... On Ringo Lake mystery is getting printed for making once we are relocated!!!) is packed away except for what you see above!!!!  We couldn't believe how many boxes it took to wrangle my sewing stuff ... and I am NOT DONE YET!!! lol  I have sewing items in EVERY room... but by the end of THIS DAY TODAY those should all be boxed and ready for a new home somewhere north where seasons again exist :D

Please keep us in your thoughts/prayers as we look for God's will in our move north of here... are you doing Bonnie's mystery this year??  I would love to hear about that too!!  I am a HUGE fan and this will be my first time to try out her mystery :D

Hope all is well for you and yours!  Please take time if you like to go visit the others who are linking their slow stitching hand done projects at Kathy's quilts today and remember until my next post to...





Sunday, November 12, 2017

Highs and Lows... and Thank a Veteran too!

Did you recall yesterday was this day??
I thanked my veteran and every veteran I came across... and although this may be an American inspired day each country can participate in thanking a Veteran for this freedoms they now have in the place we call home!

I have been busily quiet... I did get tagged in the latest facebook post to share pics each day in black and white... 7 days with a picture each day... check out my facebook feed to find what I have shared so far  HERE :)

I also have fallen into watching this...
 Which ended with this quilt ...
WoW!!!  Thumbs up on this series!!!

So today and all weekend I have focused on hand quilting and house cleaning... I am linking my hand quilting progress with Slow Stitching Sunday HERE :)

Kathy is asking for tips on lighting ... I use very cheap light stands (see the black one in my blog header) with expensive bulbs... they are fluorescent bulbs from Lowe's in "Daylight" and they work great giving me lots of clear white light to quilt by day or night! :D  Hope this helps you in your ability to attain good lighting!!!

While I watched the Netflix Chik Flick... I also stitched away and reached the halfway point!!!

 The receivers of this quilt read this blog... so I am including this shot for Heather to enjoy a look at row #8 at the midpoint of the quilt for her and James :)  ....
I am really enjoying every turn of the frame on this quilt and happy to share such good progress since my last post here on Sunday's with Kathy.

We have also been very busy... and decided to take a much needed break to see the leaves change in North Carolina!
Here are some snippets of our journey above.... it was not a relaxing vacation like we planned tho! lol

We did have a great friend keep Daisy for this trip and that was a blessing for sure!!!

Next time we get a wild hair to go north it will not include going through Atlanta though!!!

I took multiple pics of the fog coming up in the mornings off the Appalachian Mountains and not 1 of those shots came out well... so this is my fave pic of what did turn out ...

Enjoy the colors of the season wherever you are!!!

Back to quilting and laundry for me... hope you find productivity & bright light in your day!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Surprises!

Last Sunday I posted that I planned to slow stitch and just enjoy the day... and I did ... until I was awakened by my honey and a knock at our front door!!!
Here I am fresh as a daisy after a great nap and my front door knocker ... my Bestie!!!  Connie :D

She drove over 11 hours y'all!!!!

And a group shot... my honey had no idea either she was headed our way for a few days of quilty fun!!!

Here she is after SHE had a little nap after her travels... hand quilting a wall hanging/ future baby quilt for someone very lucky...
 Daisy loves Connie and was by her side most of her time here... we also got another quilt layered... for her oldest daughter to snuggle once HAND quilted...
 We took a tour of the beach too...
 But the waves were up and still lots of trash on the beach from Irma so no driving on it this time.  Then we visited all our fave restaurant.. .a local restaurant and had a belated birthday celebration while we were there...
We also got pedicures while she was here... all in all a lot of quilty and friend soaked loving fun we had for 4 full days and 4 nights... sleeping here and there and quilting LOTS!

We chatted a lot while she was here about goals and plans ... for us each... and Rick and I decided now that she had made this spontaneous visit and closed some loose strings really during her visit it was time to get a move on moving to cooler climate and getting our seasons back... so we spent a lot of time researching and came out with some answers...
We want a log cabin style home and we want southern North Carolina area... so we are moving forward and listing things on local sell groups and eBay too... so far we quickly sold these 2 things..

 And this was bought by a lady who will pick it up on the 6th of November... as she was on a Caribbean cruise when she contacted me and made the purchase via Paypal!!!  WOWEE :)

Facebook spotting of my son Mike... with my brother and his kids!
Can you believe too that in this next week we will enjoy costumed kids... and adults in a tradition we call Halloween... greet November in ... and change time too!!!  Back to Standard time!!!
 My honey and I have been very successful selling things so we went and bought paint for a fresh coat on the house... but this wasn't mixed right so we had to return it and have a remix....
 Meanwhile... I have been hand quilting ROW #7!!!!
 Here are charms #4 and #5 freshly spritzed and scrubbed clean of the chalk markings...
 And if I didn't believe this before with all the changes and surprises happening around here I believe it now!!!
And here is a cool "Chrome Locomotive" as it was named... that we saw while driving around our town the other day!!!  Wouldn't it be nice to have this traveling home for vacations???!!!
Well... time to get back to quilting this morning for me... and who knows what the rest of the day will hold as we have lots of things on local swap shops as we are clearing out the clutter and excess preparing our home to go up for sale. 

I am linking this hand quilting post up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching linky... come see what everyone is Slowing Down and Stitching!!!  HERE <<<

Keep our sanity in your thoughts and prayers PLEASE as we prepare to change all we know as "normal"!  So for now remember to ...


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Forward Progress Happening Here :)

So happy to have some positive progress here this week to share at Kathy's.. for Slow Stitching Sunday :)  And this is where you will find me today too!!!

Yep... I rolled the quilt on the frame again... now on row #7 of 15 rows total to do so ALMOST HALFWAY y'all!!!

I am sooo excited with this progress... here is a close up of the beginnings of row 7...
I am really enjoying the border and planning out the motifs for the charm blocks too... it is all quite fun for me :D  Linking this post to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching come SEE!!!  HERE <<< and praying this is gifted by Christmas!!!

I can't stitch all the time though... I am not as handy with thimbles as I could be so my fingernails break off frequently... thus I have also been working on some machined projects while increasing my use and ability to stitch with thimbles! lol

I completed this cool table topper...
If you are interested in my thoughts on the pattern I purchased and the overall construction of it in more detail look at my post from yesterday right HERE!

Earlier this week my kids met up in Tennessee and I got these photos sent to me...
 Above is James and his wife Heather with my son Mike... and below is Mike with my dd Brandi :)  So nice that they all keep in contact with each other!! 💗
Meanwhile I have been thinking of upcoming holidays and treated myself to an early Christmas present in the form of the new Quiltfolk magazine... focusing on middle and eastern Tennessee!!!

This is a completely ad FREE magazine that is 170 pages of vintage and historic quilts in pics.. plus a few newly constructed too... but the focus is on quilt history in each state.. this quarter it was focused in Tennessee ... where I am from!!  They cost $22/each or $75/year subscription and there is no postage fees and it came well wrapped for safe transport via USPS... I hope to order more interesting ones in the future as I find them quite pleasing to enjoy on my back porch as the weather cools a bit.

Also on the Countdown to Christmas in my mind has been making some placemats for our dinner table... and I found a youtube tutorial I felt inspired by... here is the photo that inspired me...

And here is my fabric choices for MY placemats...
 Here I am actually doing it.. see the negative fussy cutting template I made at the top of this pic below??  A first for me ... just made from cardstock though :)  I got 4 of these 6" x 10" hexi images from a fat quarter!!! PERFECT :D
 Then I had the inner border on...
 Then the outer border and a good pressing was had!! lol
 Finally a look at my completed idea after re-auditioning bindings... not sure about the backing yet... should I go with plain fabric or make them multi seasonal with some print on the back that would also look nice with a black binding...
Well I made 2 of the 4 I need so far and now will ponder this quandary as I slow stitch this Sunday away :D  These measure now 12" x 17" so that is a good size for us.. we use smaller sized lunch plates anyway :)

Are you making any crafts for your home for Christmas??

Finally... my honey has been making me a built in office in our bedroom... and he has painted the wall a soft gray color!!!
 Now here it is once all had dried well and I could move back in to this space :D  I LOVE IT!!!
 I especially like the little shelves above... holding my overflow, a pic of my bestie and me from last summer's visit and some decore items...
 We continue to ponder a move in the springtime... please keep us in your thoughts and prayers... anyone near Graham, NC?  This is in the center of the state ... would love to get some pics from you if you live near this part of the world!!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I am up to... I would LOVE to hear from you as well!  Please leave a comment and have a blessed day my friend!  And don't forget to follow the link I left for you to see what all hand work others are up to on this fine Sunday!!

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