Friday, December 19, 2014

Hooping Progress & a little Christmas too :)

I am really excited about my progress this week with no deadline on this project... I am half done with the white areas on this project...
I am still using the hoop and I am LOVING it!

And today I got some packages too...

Stencils for the borders coming up on this wall hanging...
 And a new pair of flip flops!!! lol
My daughter likes my new black ones.. and the grey ones have served their time :)

My honey got a cool little bitty oil can this week too!

And we have finally started to decorate for Christmas!!!  Pics on that coming as we aren't finished yet... but I do have lovely shots to show you of my friend Connie's Christmas tree...

Isn't her space cute!!!  We sent her the sewing machine case for her Class 15 clone machine.. check out the pics she got of the loot we sent her...

Needless to say we are all excited the shipping of Christmas is now behind us and we can enjoy the season for what it REALLY is now... Jesus birthday :)

I am linking this quilty Christmas post to Sarah Whooping Friday Linky HERE!
     Check out Callie and her inspirational quilt at the bottom of her post too!

Hope however you are spending this season you can reflect on what is important to you :)

Happy Christmas Season and ...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hooping It!

Yep, I may be a convert.. still undecided but I LOVE the way this is looking...
This circle is 9" across and part of this wall hanging I am hand quilting...
Don't think you can see but I marked this stencil onto my flimsy BEFORE layering...  This picture also shows how I rolled up the edges of my backing to cover the batting and flimsy edges to protect them while hand stitching!  I love this idea.. another idea I found in a facebook group :)

Here is the stencil I used...
This stencil actually measures 7" square but put on point as I have it measures 8 1/2" across which was PERFECT for these circles!  I used Fons & Porter graphite lightly for marking ... it is coming off as I stitch :)

So what is up with turning to a hoop???

My quilty friends have influenced me and I had the hoop generously sent to me by someone who had an extra they didn't use at all... well now I am using it!!!  I will give more feedback as I use the hoop more :)

I LOVE the stitches I am making.  It measures 16" across and is PERFECT to hold my work as I stitch!

I am using wool batting for this wall hanging as it makes the quilt pattern pop and I wanted that here...
 We have also finished the last of our Christmas shopping this week!  My 16 year old dd wanted a HUGE..
Teddy Bear!  So my honey is giving her this 4 1/2 foot tall one he found at Big Lots!  Who knew???!!!

And we are finally decorating areas that have been cleaned and organized the last few weeks... 
 this corner was our "everything without a home lands here" spot... now it is so happy looking with my Fiona in her hand made case and our Willcox-Gibbs treadle head... there are a few old oil cans that we picked through for showing off from our collection and the cool thermometer there... The sewing machine picture was a puzzle gift from my bestie Connie last year and we worked it and I shared that here... it is now hanging where it belongs :)  My dd's artwork is the car by the beach... soon that will be a wall hanging there I will fashion.  But for now I enjoy her artwork a lot!  No rush to change it over yet.  She painted this the year before we moved to Florida :)

Time for me to return to Slow Stitching to Christmas Carols :)  Linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching HERE

Hope you take time to relax and get some sewing done!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Whooping a busy and productive week!

It seems like it has been a while since I really felt like whooping .. but this week I really really do!  How about you???  Hop on over to Sarah's & see what everyone is whooping about... join in too!!

The Byrum Family Quilt post will come out on Christmas Day. 

When the receiving family opens it... it is safely tucked under their Christmas tree :)

I finally gathered AND WASHED all the fabrics for an upcoming quilting adventure.  

Here the batiks fabrics have been all pressed and are ready...
You can see it best as my blog header though... and here is more of a true color of the green solid I will use.. This all still needs to be ironed.
I will use these fabrics to make a quilt similar to this Hollyhock Garden pattern...
I think it will be delightful!  Still waiting on the backing fabric to arrive but I have plenty of time to wait on that! lol  And I must ponder a name for this quilt as well.. for now it will be Batik Hollyhock Quilt :)

Then there is my current project which just is ready for quilting now...

This is called Wish Upon a Vintage Star and measures about 36" x 46"... it will go in my foyer when finished :) 
got my latest flimsy pin basted and ready for quilting!  Yippee :)

So as you read this I will be in slow stitching heaven and thinking about cutting into those batiks!  They are sooo yummy!!!

Have a Happy Friday and a Blessed Weekend!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Flimsy is born :)

 A Flimsy ... (fancy name to me for a quilt top ready for layering) got finished yesterday and is ready to be marked then layered!  Yippee :)

What was 12 stars got whittled down to our 6 faves...  all 12 was too busy! lol
I joined them together ever so carefully so the points would meet right...  Then time to add borders!

First a thinner border.. I went with a 2" finish on this border to make the overall size correct when finished :)
I planned this to be a double mitered border ... so the corners are trimmed but not sewn yet in the pic above.. but I like how the grey & white polka dot we finally decided on and I had enough of (lol) made the center just pop... but will it complement the outer border???
Here it is just laid out... is it overwhelmingly large now?? It was for me... I had to rest on it a day before I sewed and finished the mitering of the corners...

So corners mitered... here's 2 :)

 I "brushed up" my mitering skills with a few helpful hints I found on a kinda grainy youtube video from last year... the content was great but you had to understand the basic concept to "get it" so I did not add the link...

But I finally finished yesterday afternoon... but had to wait for today to show it off :)  I needed a bit of sunlight on this amazing flimsy!

My plan is to mark it today and then layer and start the hand quilting on it... and work on that while I start my next project :)
This for the inner white circles
This design on the grey thin border
Fun for the outer border too!

I will only mark the white inner circles for now with graphite.  The stars themselves will get outlines and quilted 1/4" in each star piece.
The inner and outer borders will get marked with pounce chalk as I get to them :)

Backing I found in my stash for this wall hanging... Thanks Connie! lol
I plan to use YLI 40/3 in natural for the inner stars and swirls... then black in the borders to help it not pop so much.  I will be quilting this using wool batting Hobb's Tuscany brand so it shouldn't shrink much when done... it currently measures about 36" by 46" :)  Perfect for my foyer wall spot my honey designed!!!

That is what I have and will be up to.. How about you?  What is up with you this week?

Linking this post to Kelly's Linky Party at My Quilt Infatuation HERE :)

Have a blessed rest of your week and thanks for visiting with me!