Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happy NTT Thursday!

NTT??  Yep... Kelly hosts a fun and quilty linky on Thursdays called NTT (Needle & Thread Thursday)... I love her linky... check out the other linkers HERE!

Today I am sharing some whole cloth tips... many are inspired to try this type of design for hand quilting as it looks deceptively easy...

Here is where I started Sunday...
And Monday I got the stems and flowers done...
And did that ribbon as well on Tuesday...

Then by Wednesday night I had finished the cross hatching background :)
Tah Dah!!!!

I am really enjoying this.. but it is a slow process.  And understanding the hand quilting basics leaned with patchwork stitching definitely helps.

When you stitch a wholecloth you are making all the design on a piece of fabric... all the lines I am stitching on now will be washed away when I am finished leaving only my colorful thread and the natural color of my whole cloth.

I would love to answer any whole cloth questions you have.. please comment with questions :)  I answer every comment personally!

While I have been stitching on this my honey is adding wainscoting to our living room and hall.  We had it in the foyer and dining room... he did that there as well!  It is labor intensive for sure and pics will come in a future post.

Also... I have had company while stitching...
CJ came to play yesterday!!!  Yippee :) 

CJ is my handsome grandson if you haven't met him here yet!

Finally I have a request... I need HELP finishing this wall hanging. 
I plan to tea dye the middle embroidered square to help it match the off white vintage fabric I used for my background color of the spools.  But I need filler on each side of the embroidered square... would you put little stars or small spools or flying geese??? So many ideas I have... do you have any suggestions???

Thanks for stopping in!!! 

Until next time remember to...






Sunday, April 19, 2015

Pincushion Reveal & Whole Cloth Update :)

Thanks to all of you that voted for your favorite Pin Cushion design for the little cast iron truck.  This will be a much used pin cushion.. so I wanted it to look fun and be functional...
What do you think???

I also ordered some ultra fine pins for it & for my future quilt piecing adventures
and I think I will love them!  They also have glass heads so they are ironable! Yipee!!!

Linking this cute pin cushion idea to Karen at Sew Many Ways linky party HERE!

While we were running errands this week we say the funnest thing ever...

Yep... if you see that dog... on the Hog... you are right!!!  Wouldn't you love to be that dog!!! :)

Also this week I got to visit with my oldest son DL and CJ too!

CJ loves his Papa... and his Papa loves him :)  And we found a steal on a play pen for nap times here too!  And you know me... pediatric nurse.. I had to get him a few age appropriate toys too...

So next time they call for a babysitter we will be ready without them having to bring half their house with him :)  Yippee again!  And aren't his cute baby cheeks just so kissable in this shot??!!! lol

Now on to the best stuff of the week.. 


My progress with the colorful Whole Cloth quilt... amidst my busy week I am learning to balance a bit more and have made so much progress I am ready to move my hoop now :)
Here are a couple close ups of my work for you to enjoy...
 The heavier blue areas in the top of these shots is where I needed to see the stitching lines better... some of them are quite faded from sunlight and time... remember this was a estate sale find for $8... so I will be happy to mark some along the way when necessary!  I am so blessed my friend Connie found and got this for me :)
I love the texture created when a section is all quilted.. it feels sooo cool too!  Very soft and supple for sure!!!

I have a couple secret projects coming up
.. and I have resurrected my Spools quilt top and will be finishing it...

would love your feedback on what I should use on the sides???  flying geese maybe...

should it have a small outer border??? 

I am also planning to tea dye the center piece so it matches the antique white of the spool blocks..

So quite a busy week ahead!  For today though I will happily be moving my hoop and working on secret projects! lol  And I will be linking this post with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts.  She is talking about having a project tote.. I have 2 actually that I use all the time but have no shots of them.. Check out her slow stitching linky party HERE!

Hope whatever you do today you find time to...





Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Great Kind of Week...

It has been a great but very busy week here around Casa Del Loro...
And I FINALLY found a new chair last weekend!

I was so excited to do my endless search on Craigslist and this time hit paydirt in an ad without a pic... but the description that caught my eye... so I sent an email and he responded with a pic .. off we went and got it!  We plan to put a new seat on it but it is great as is... see my desk and quilting area now..

My new chair is MONGO comfy which is GREAT and I love having my hand quilting nearby.. you can see I have done a bit of work since this pic...

To this pic...
I just have that background cross hatch to do now :)

Linking my quilty progress to Kelly for NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) HERE!

I also got this cute little cast iron truck this week which was GREAT...
 So I then auditioned fabrics for the back of it... to make it into a walnut shell filled PIN CUSHION!!!


Which of the 3 above is your fave for the back of this cool truck?


Monday and Tuesday were filled with errands and house keeping chores... because on Wednesday we had a full day planned to do other stuff which turned out so GREAT!!!


In the morning I had 2 quilty friends come for a visit and we chatted a LOT and quilted a bit...
 Meet Debbie (sitting) and Kathy :)  We had a bunch of fun!

Then me and my honey decided between rain drops to go for a beachside walk....
But the tide was all the way up.. so no driving was allowed...

Since we came for a walk anyway we just walked onto the beach....
And NO ONE was there!!!

It was sooo surreal to be on the beach during spring break and only the birds were our company initially.. by the time we left a few people were noticed ... but very cool altogether for sure :)

Then Thursday I got to not only meet a new person in my life... his name is CJ!!! Ya'll this is SUPER GREAT!!!!

 CJ is my oldest sons... fiance's son.  However they have no wedding date.. so future posts will just let you know ... I am claiming him now as my grandson! lol
Isn't he cute sleeping here!  He took a nice nap while he was visiting and we had a fun playtime too!

Hope you are all doing well!

Until next time...


Friday, April 10, 2015

New Blog Header & Wholecloth PROGRESS too :)

Time for something less busy on the top of my blog.. hope those that follow me take time to look at my blog outside a reader format :)  I enjoy all the blog headers I see by viewing my fave blogs actual blog!  How about you?

Do you read me from a reader format or in full screen enjoyment?

We have been busy around the house this week and today I felt thrilled to share one of my fave pics as the new blog header.. this whole cloth is a long term project for me as I may not finish it til close to Christmas...  You can see the backing for this quilt in the pic above...

And here is our bed currently...
A close up of the pillow in the center I had to replace as the original pillow got worn out... so a new pillow cover it was if you recall from last November's adventures ;)
And here is a pic of the whole cloth on the bed...

Our bedroom currently is very bland but will probably be the last room we redo ... pondering wall color as I stitch with so many colors of thread on this whole cloth...
Above is a great shot to show my progress on the quilting... not as much as it has felt like for sure!  But will be so beautiful when all done... thanks to YLI and Aurifil threads...




This bowl sits by a great new pic I got of my brother and his family just on Easter!!  They say they are LOVING their quilt still too!  I am sooo happy!

Did you know today April 10, is National Sibling Day??  It is an unofficial holiday but I think I will send my bro a text.  He is my only sibling!
And a shot I posted in my fave facebook hand quilting group was the header yesterday...  they change in this group fairly frequently but I was stoked to see a nice shot as the header and realize I made those stitches!!! lol

I will be sharing some about the vintage machine in my header in my next post... as this is all the time I have for now.. the whole cloth is calling me!!! lol

Linking this slow stitching progress on Slow Stitching Sunday to Kathy's Quilts HERE!

Have a blessed day and until next time please...