Sunday, February 18, 2018

Slow Stitching is my SANITY ya'll!

Looking for just the right opening for this post... I found this ...
And wish each of you that came to read my blog today a very Happy Weekend!

I have made very good strides hand quilting this week and have moved the quilt 2 different times!

Here was where I was when I wrote my blog last week...
 But through the day Sunday I made great strides...
 By Tuesday I was here...
 And on Wednesday... Happy Belated Valentine's by the way...  Isn't this patchwork and applique someone on facebook shared just lovely!!!!  I hope to make something like this one day...













Meanwhile... I was here on the wholecloth quilting...
 Then I made this progress....


Finally the packing has moved us into our bedroom so now my quilting area is here...

 where the desk used to be attached to the wall! lol
 Here is a view of my quilting area this morning after my second move of the quilt...
 And a close up of where I will spend my quilting allotted time today! :D
I am loving this project as we are packing and sorting and selling and trashing .  It gives me consistency to turn to when everything else is just "will this go... if so will it fit the u-haul moving truck we are renting?"  That is our question for everything we are taking these days too!

So this is / was our dream home in the Appalachian foothills...
the fairly curvy steep driveway opens up to this lovely view of the home we want to call home.. but inspections are coming back and problems are being unearthed.  So it is not clear but what we do know is that we will be closing this house out midweek and moving up to North Carolina with each other and our pup Daisy Mae... in a uhaul.

Our car is having some manufacturer issues with the transmission... and we are negotiating it's return before leaving too... so we don't know if we will be traveling alone following each other or if we will all be squeezed into the uhaul for our journey north...

Someone in one of my facebook groups shared this picture this week.. from Pinterest... aren't they lovely!
I think we are likely to see cute birds like these in Appalachia country... we shall see!!!

More info to come as we know more too... I will be sharing a Friday or Saturday post on this topic so that next time I share with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching it is only about lovely slow stitching I will be doing not all the angst happening behind the scenes as well.

Please keep this home in your mind and keep prayers for us making the right decisions in your hearts is our request!

Have a blessed weekend and week ahead whatever your focus is.  We are excited to leave Florida in our rear view mirrors however things turn out and return to a land where there are seasons while the beach will just be a short driving vacation away!!!

Now go on over to Kathy's Quilts blog and see what other slow stitchers are linking up right HERE!

Here is our goal in this move... what is your goal for this month... or this year??!!
Leave me a comment with your response if you like :D

Sunday, February 11, 2018

February is speeding by here!!!

Happy mid February Y'all!  I can't believe it is the 11th already !!!

After my last post we had a frenzy of showings on our home... then after a showing on February 1... we got a cash offer for our home and we accepted!!! 

The NEXT DAY they had us leave again for an inspection!!!  So to the beach we went :D
It was windy but warm for the beginning of February... and the tide was out so it was good!  Negotiations after the inspection continued until we settled on the original agreement on February 6 with all things signed... now to find a new home for us to move to!

We had been looking north to get back to seasons and decided Appalachian foothills country would be closer to family in Tennessee and seasonal but closer for beach visits and more moderate climate WITH seasons ... with trees and mountains... all the things we miss in flat Florida ! lol

Here is a view from an overlook near the part of the Appalachian foothills we will be calling home...
Click on the pic to make it larger if you like... it is near the clouds though!!!  Lots of ear popping happened on this trip!!!!

Soon we settled on a house but we are waiting on all to be final... so just a few shots of the house to show you what we have in mind as awesome..




 Soon it was the last time we would be entering Florida as actual residents ... our trip up north only lasted 2 nights and 3 days but thanks to my honey's prowess on finding properties online... we found a house we want to fix up to call home!!!

We looked at several houses and went back to this one a total of 3 times before making our decision final... but it has privacy, is newer all around that our current home, it is better sized for the 2 of us and an occasional visitor, plus it has TONS of potential and good bones about it as well!  And we got it for what we could afford to pay from the sale of the house we are selling so it a GREAT :D





Meanwhile, I have been hand quilting mainly.. I did make up a few Kaleidoscope blocks ... but my focus has been packing, washing, moving, and finding our forever home as well... as it should be!

Here is the section of quilting I was working on last post on my Colorful Whole Cloth quilt...

 And here it is laid out on the floor when I turned it to get to the opposite side...
 I am working from the center out... so once I had reached one side completely... I felt I needed to turn the quilt and work from the center that was done... to the outer opposite edge... so here it is back in my PVC frame ready for me to quilt...

 Here I am rotated and making quilty progress...
 And here is where I am working this morning ....
 Here is an overview of all I have done on THIS side :D
I am enjoying the variety of colors and stitching this quilt involves... esp with so much going on in our lives presently... and this PVC frame hand quilting project will work nicely until my wood frame gets set up in our new home if all goes according to plan on that.  Linking this hand quilting progress and where you will find me on and off today with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday link... come see what other hand stitchers are doing at her Olympic focused Linky Party HERE!

Here are some Kaleidoscope Krazy blocks I have been stitching a bit on...
 Here they are as I had cut and paired them up into sets and pinned them... these piles when sewn will bring me to halfway on block construction for this big quilt...
 While sewing these I am trying out leaders and enders Bonnie Hunter style...  making hour glass blocks!!!
 Above are the ones that I trimmed up :D

And this quote sums up my life right now...
 A Wild Wild ride!!!!

Here is a cool barn quilt block I saw on saved on my computer... while up in the Appalachian foothills we saw lots of varieties of barn quilts... so if we are blessed enough to move there I will be looking for pointers on painting my own to show off on our home!!! Always wanted to do this too soooo awesome to get the house and the chance is all works out :D
 And who doesn't love doxie quilts for doxie owners... doxies in sweaters... love this layout and inner border of winding ribbon!!!
 So until my next post....








We are DEFINITELY doing this NOW!!!!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Making good progress here on my Colorful Whole Cloth Quilt and MORE!

Happy Slow Stitching Sunday to you all!!!  I am happy to be linking up magnanimous progress today at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday Celebration day... check out all the linkers HERE :D

Before I share my AWESOME progress this week I wanted to share this Needle Nanny  / Needle Minder / Needle Keeper Notion that so many of you asked about last week.  This one was gifted to me by a great friend.... but I have made them as well since receiving this one!

Here is how it works with craft magnets on either side of the quilt and attached to a flat backed bauble of your choosing.  I have even added a craft magnet to a magnet... just make sure you put happy sides together before adding hot glue ! lol
Glue the magnet to your object of beauty then put a magnet happy sides together on the other side of your quilt ... they will hold on to each other THROUGH your quilt sandwich!!!!  Tah Dah :D  Hope this helps you make or to at least understand how they work!  I also use mine to hold my thimble onto my tilted frame... keeps it from rolling off this way because it has the lip avoid the rolling! :)

This week I think I hadn't made much progress until I looked at last weeks blog post and WoW!!!!

Here is where I am this week!

I started here just moving the quilt in my PVC frame....
 I did take a peek at how much was left and it was one more move in the frame to get to the cool border!!!!
 So once I determined how much was left I decided to make this quilt even more my own and not leave what I call the "honeycomb" sections open to be puffy once washed but to fill them in like this...
 Doesn't that look sooo cool??!!!!

I did that using these items...
 I used my honey's medication for his inhaler that has a convex top side to leave an indention on the quilt once rubbed in well...
 Like this ... can you see!!??
 Then using colored chalk lead in my mechanical pencil I marked that indention... then quilted it ...
Here is a section that is now completely done....
Here is the whole edge with the wavy outer border...

 And here is either side to see better is you like... I think you can click on the pics to get a big view if you are on a computer :D

Here is where I am this morning though...
I hope you can see the circles I will be working on today... I have 2 more sections this size to do then I can move to a different side of the quilt!  Oh my!!!! Very exciting!!!

Many people have asked about the blue lines that come premarked on this whole cloth quilt as well... do they really come out after all that work... well go back and look at some of my shots but I am spritzing and erasing as I go so YES they do come out... but best to soak in the washer for a bit I think.. and that is what I have heard as well from other hand quilters who have done this sort of whole cloth quilt.

Here is a fun pic I made for a hand quilting group... maybe you will like it too!
So whatever kind of project you are investing your time in... use your own creativity to make it your own I say!!!

Here is a cute Solar Dinosaur we found at Dollar Tree this week!  It keeps me smiling as we make our way around our town...
And here are some blocks I have also been working on this week when I am not slow stitching on this quilt....
These blocks (40 of them ) represent about 1/3 of the quilt to be for us to use... it is going to be a cool quilt I think when finished but kind of a Bonnie Hunter style scrapiness to it :D  Speaking of Bonnie... did you catch her Quilt Cam yesterday afternoon?  Check that out HERE on her blog post this morning if you are interested!!!  She is actually lining up to be near me tomorrow but the class is full and my wallet doesn't have $$ budgeted for her this time... but hopefully once we are relocated closer to her neck of the woods I can catch a class of hers in real time!!!  Have you ever seen someone you adore in real life?  What was it like??  I saw Jenny Doan of MSQC a few years back... she is as adorable in person as she is on youtube if not moreso... I saw her trunk show and HIGHLY recommend you seeing her trunk show too if you ever get the chance!!!

As for facebook groups... I do have one...
We chat about hand and machine quilting and piecing there... It is a closed group so you are safe to share your hidden objects and ask questions or share advice and progress as you make it.  It is a small group under 100 people and I plan to keep it small.  If you are interested in being part of this style group then click HERE to ask for entry.  Right now I am asking what everyone plans to focus on for February :D

I hope you have a blessed end of January and welcome February with open arms!  Make sure you ...










along the way too!  Until my next posting... Happy Quilting!