Friday, November 18, 2016

Having such a great week y'all!

I am so excited to share a host of fun shots with you this weekend :)  I have been slow stitching away!!!
In my last post I left you all hanging with this shot! lol

Now let me show you what I have been up to >>> but FIRST!

A close up :)
of a needle keeper I made from a refrigerator magnet by adding a strong magnet to this.. and have a free one to keep it in place on the quilt... then any of the surface will hold my busy needles!  So much fun too to reread this cool magnet with each change of a needle! :)

If you use a frame do you have a needle keeper you use?? I would love to hear about yours!  Or how you organize your needles when working with more than one :)  I have 3 going on this quilt... (one blue, one white, and one for the edge stitching ;)

Above is my quilting plan and where I was this morning when I took this shot is highlighted :)

Blue Diamond Quilt is not a final name but a better working name than I had going... so far we haven't heard a name for this quilt that fits it and the importance of this quilt to us... having a redo :)

I want to share a close up and an artsy shot of my stitching too!
Can you tell which is which?? lol!
It is so hard to show you all texture when using a frame I am finding.. I have taken shots all times of the day and eve... Not having outside light is hard too though... I do miss stitching outside but by only leaving the door unlatched... I can hear the bubblers and squirrels and birds outside not far away :)

Here are a couple shots of my frame...

This first shot was taken after my first rolling of the quilt...
 And below I am soon to turn the quilt down more in the frame...
I like that this quilt has a pattern I can highlight to watch my progress... I will have to come up with a visual way to keep track of my progress for sure!  Any tips for this are welcomed!!!! :D

Lest I forget... next to my recliner is Rustic Flowers Wall Hanging project for the kitchen! I am currently half done echo quilting the center applique... I must be honest that it isn't getting much of my attention here lately though! lol

I doubt I will write again before Thanksgiving this year...
 
I have many things pulling for my attention presently.. more projects to come out of the sewing room as well as every 3 days to be ready to roll this quilt frame again... will definitely keep me busy... then will be time to dress our home for Christmas!!!  I am excited for that !!!

Sunday I do plan to link this post for slow stitching with Kathy's Quilts ;)  Come HERE and check out what everyone else is slow stitching on Sunday :)

Until my next post have a blessed weekend my friends and ...

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I have been FEARLESS this week!!!

Happy Sunday Y'all!!!  and I have been fearless since cleaning and organizing my sewing room!!!


In the meantime cleaning out some clutter taking up room in my brain too! (lol).... I went into high speed piecing on the blue quilt... I was drawn to this project large a huge magnet was attached pulling me awake early every morning and working on and off on it though out the day... THIS IS NOT LIKE ME! lol  Then I went to Kathy's Quilts to see what she was talking about and this is her topic today...
Please MAKE THE TIME to read her post... and P. S. >>> It is NOT political in any way... a nice rest from that for a minute at least!  Go HERE to read her post... then come back and read what I had planned to write before this took precedence :) hahaha

So now I can fearlessly I have had an amazingly busy and productive week... I shared some things in my last post that are already being appreciated...
This was a hit on facebook!  One girl even suggested Daisy as the quilter :) lol

The hand quilting is happening when I take a break from piecing the blue quilt... I am about half around the shadowing of the flowers :)

I did finish all 64 blocks early Friday morning and snagged this shot on our kitchen table...
Well facebook enjoyed my doily almost as much as my block production... lol!  

Now here they are laid out waiting for my honey to rouse for the day! hehe
A few adjustments were made in an effort to even out reds yet not have any duplicates in the diamonds or beyond :)

And I must say my Gloria (301a) only required maintenance 1 time during construction of this quilt and it was soon after I started webbing the top together... I changed the needle with the bobbin and the new one must have been bent or misshappen somehow... as then Gloria refused to stitch with each revolution fast or slow!  My honey came to the rescue when I was thought out of what could it be that she didn't like... he replaced the needle with a NEW one... from the same pack as that was all I had on hand... and she didn't quit stitching properly til the sections were all sewn together..
A great example of the coolness of this quilt is the blue and black paisly square the yellow/orange arrow is pointing to was sent to me by a dear friend... and the blue and white plaid block the pink/fuscia arrow is pointing to is one from my grandmother's stash :)  I love that!!!  This quilt is filled with memories in the form of fabric.. I can't wait to sleep under all the love that is going into this one!!!

While I am stitching away in the sewing room using my design wall to hold block parts and sewing away on Gloria... my honey and Daisy got in LOTS of snuggle time! lol

I love the shirt he is wearing above.. it is all patchwork :)  He made me crop his face out though! lol

I also received a goodie in the mail... a secret present I had ordered for a friend abroad... and this cool walking foot!
It has metal feed dogs instead of plastic like the newer ones.. I have always used a zig zagging machine to attach my binding but the next few quilts will do okay on my 301 with this cool walking foot I think... I emailed a pic of it to Bonnie Hunter last week with a note and she agreed the $12 including shipping I paid for it was a Bargain Bin price for this beauty!  Bonnie recommended this in a recent quilt cam... so I looked and was gonna buy another I found for $20 with ship... but lost track of the end of the auction.. this one was buy it now .. so I did! lol

Finally yesterday I finished the "center" of this top to this point.... 
 And I had a hand quilting plan that included a white outer border....
 But on the bed it was already a generous quilt...
I believe once markings and a good wash are done after a quilt is bound and ready for that step a nice dry in the dryer is in order...

I am using 80/20 cotton/wool batting in this quilt... I want some wrinkly puffiness only this batting will give me.

So the quilt that was languishing on the frame got removed after I woke this morning and in under 3 hours I had this one loaded...

 Then I gathered all I could think I would need for this... so far I have used all Aurifil thread... I will be able to say that also when I am done here as I have only Aurifil 28/2 wt thread and some white DMC Perle Cotton for the occasional design I will be adding!
 So you see... FEARLESS describes my week...

And my sewing room is back to a baseline clean space and my fabric chest is nice and tidy... I still have some projects to complete on the design wall but that is a good thing... gives me more to ponder than political things.. lol!

MOSTLY THIS QUILT NEEDS A NAME... any suggestions would be most welcomed!!!  A fun prize you help me choose from my fun fabric chest if you post your response and I use it too!

Have a blessed week y'all!  And made sure to make time to ...


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lots of sewing and some QUILTING too :)

I finished cleaning and straightening the sewing room... even tackled all that big pile of fabric I shared in my last post... check out my finished Fabric Chest!!!
And now it is very organized too!  I now need another shelf added to the top of the shelves.. my honey made those with plain plywood for durability... he has more in his ever evolving garage... aka MAN CAVE... currently he is painting the parts that are drywall... one wall is pegboard... more pics on that when he is done though... per his request! lol

Once I was organized here I decided to finish the bedroom organization and with my honey's help I reorganized how the layout was some to accomodate my desk better...
You see since we moved the desk in here temporarily I have fallen in love with computer time when my honey sleeps in the mornings... we are close and this keeps us close... he snoozes quietly in the background and I am more inspired to write and spend time here quietly of course! lol

So now the plan is to finish the office but keep it as a guest room mainly with a desk area in there for me to use when skyping... or when my honey watches something I don't care for on TV and I want to get away from that during my time at the computer...

However, I have found sewing has been my current fave pasttime since cleaning everything up!  Take a look at what I finished earlier this week...
I had 2 pillow tops I found when cleaning the sewing room up... they measure about 8 1/2" square... once cleaned up they were yelling at me to be completed... and now as you can see in the top photo they are finished (from my stash) and ready to be a neck pillow or just a snuggly pillow while watching tv or napping! :)  We love these little pillows... Daisy has already snuggled Rick's (on the right side) too!! lol

I have been catching up with my Singing the Blues quilt block making...
The pattern I designed calls for 32 of each of these blocks for a total of 64 blocks to make a 100" square quilt... here is my "pattern" I drew out...
I keep it with the block parts that are all made... so basically it is putting together 9 patch blocks now but good for me to do basic stuff when piecing.. I love and feel accomplished with hand quilting but piecing is another matter... I don't feel all that about my piecing... 

I did take a break early yesterday morning to do a couple projects... FIRST was a project for my friend Debbie.  She had happily received a memory bear made from one of her late husband's shirts...
But this memory bear came with 2 (didn't think of the pic until 1 button had been removed) BLUE eyes... yet her husband had dark brown almost black eyes...

So she searched my button selection and found some that reminded her of Jim's eyes...
I got them sewed on fairly easy and left this sweet memory bear to keep watch over her bed while she is not here presently...
Isn't he much cuter without dayglow blue eyes??!! LOL

SECOND was finishing up a cushion for Daisy Mae I had started on the day before and not finished up on...
I bought the cotton tapestry center on eBay... and it arrived that day... soon from my stash I had pulled a coordination border to make it the right size we wanted it to be for Daisy... and found some cute Doggy themed word fabric for the side fabric
and a rough quilting cotton for the bottom... it is something I wouldn't use in a quilt but is perfect to keep it in place on the tile floor... It's place is in our Florida room now :)

Then I made a few more blocks but this centerpiece Connie (my bestie) had made me over a year ago kept calling to be finished... soon I had pulled out all the fabric that I had in homespun leftovers from this and the other project...
Homespuns are very very stringy once cut... so I worked gently with this fabric... making borders for what will be a small wall hanging for our kitchen!  It will actually hang just around the corner from this piece I finished last year I think...
 She fashioned this center piece from this pic I sent her... for my birthday last year if I remember right! lol  Not sure as we are always sending each other stuff! :)
She machine appliqued this one... and I am glad she did the raw edge applique via machine...
Here is how I completed this flimsy wall hanging to be :)

Then I layered and pin basted it... I used wool batting in it for depth of stitching look on it when done...
Then I took a break and made a couple more blocks for Singing the Blues...  for all the sewing work I have shown... I looked to my Glorious GLORIA.. Singer 301a
I love that she is an LBOW (light brown/oyster white) coloring... I love the pin cushion Connie made me this year for my 50th birthday too!  And where would I be without a nice dry hot iron like this Dominion!  I love it for all my piecing... I save the steam iron for pre-sewing ironing of wrinkled fabrics and ironing my honey's shirts! lol  then there is coffee, tea or water at my side at all times too!

Finally I pulled out my 17" favorite hoop that was gifted to me so long ago and hooped up this project and got started on it... just outlining the flowers on the center with a medium grey thread that blends nicely...
Check out Daisy watching me as she sits on her new cushion too!  This is her favorite chair to sit in when Debbie isn't here... so after posing it where it should go for pics... I put it up in the chair and she LOVES it!!!  So with her company near me last night I started the stitching on this... should be a fun and quick project allowing me to return to STARLIGHT ... STARBRIGHT soon!  And refreshed from the break to finish and bind that big quilt!

So I have been MEGA busy as you can all see from this post... and as I close (the blocks are calling me back to work on a couple more! lol) I hope you each have a great rest of your week!

We have had a roller coaster of an election here in the USA that has left Donald Trump as our President elect... many feel this could be bad... but for once I am glad it isn't a career politician in our nations highest office... he is also a Republican and has majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate as well... During his tenure he will name a few Supreme Court Justices too... 1 is waiting to be named as soon as he takes office in January.  Please continue to keep us and President Trump in your thoughts!

Mostly remember to...

Friday, November 4, 2016

Cleaning and Crafting!

Hope you are all having a Happy November so far :)
 I got my honey to photo my poor hands...
And I found this cool quote...
I do miss my daily hand quilting time... I have yet to get back to Brandi's quilt Starlight... Starbright... but have plans on Monday to return to it!!!

The main reason to show you a shot of my hands... is to share how pretty my mothers ring is now... I got it cleaned at the jewelry store and they did a magnificent job!!!
Above is a close up for you :)  I am asking for an ultrasonic jewelry and glasses cleaner for Christmas now too!  My honey thinks Santa may accomodate my request! lol

I have been cleaning... the closet is about done... I have some albums to add to my scrapbooking sale pile yet but that is about it....
See how neat and tidy it turned out... if you missed it... here is the BEFORE shot...
See what a mess of stuff it was!!!!

Now it only has 2 things on the floor... our dirty clothes basket and some wrapping paper in a holder :)  Yippee!!!!

Next I moved to the bedroom itself... which just needed a good cleaning more than tidying really... and it is done!!!!

Finally I got to go into the sewing room.. wow it was a mess... it had taken lots of hits from the closet as I emptied it and found fabric.. and needed a good tidying overall and a cleaning too...

Unfortunately I was sooo excited to get to this room I forgot to get you before shots... but I could not walk through it!!!  It was a clustered mess of stuff... I haven't seen my cutting table neat in over 4 years y'all!!!!  4 years!!!!

Now look!!!
 My cutting table is clean and tidy... with the exception of those 2 stacks of boards awaiting the pile of fabric pointing to below!!!! lol  This is today's project btw!!!
 Here is another view of the cutting table with my awesome design wall in view too... I love it!!!
 The boards I showed you above will have wrapped 1 yard and less on them of my fabrics then be organized for my fabric chest...
I also have lots of fabric I have purchased in a lot long ago from an estate sale... a bit of it has polyester in it and will melt into plastic under my vintage piecing iron... so I have organized it in one of my scrapbook drawer organizers repurposed for this job...
I nicely took this shot for you all with a repurposed bubbler we brought into the Florida room... you can see the far end of the Florida room and my color organized fabric drawers too!  The fabric is next to the steamy iron and ironing board for pressing to check for poly mix in each piece before using it in a quilty project!!!  Yippee :)

Here is my thought now that I see what all I have available to me in my stash now... I wanna make some pumpkins using yellows to orangy reds in them... Bonnie Hunter inspired this project and here is a pic of her making hers on grey backgrounds into a snuggly quilt... but I want something different from mine... we shall see if that happens this year.. or next! lol

So next up is wrapping and organizing my fabrics in my stash... and fitting them into my fabric chest!!!  This will be an all day affair I think... mixed in I will take breaks and organize and clean our bathroom as I haven't really given that room any attention yet!

I have gone through lots of old pics and stuff... sorted them to give as Christmas gifts to my kids so they can take their own private walk down our family memory lane... and I found this that I scrapbooked several years back... now I want to frame it!
Getting my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing was a HUGE accomplishment and one I am very proud of!  My whole family was there to watch me receive my diploma from a wonderful school in Florida (I did this online from Tennessee)  Here is the frame and picture and tassel from getting my degree...
And here is a pic I snapped this morning.... with my honor cords draped over the frame hanging on the wall of our bedroom... I graduated with honors!!!  Magna Cum Laude!!! 
 And I can see this every time I leave my bedroom too!!!  I had planned to hang this in the office when it got repainted and I moved back in... but I think I will hang the scrapbooked photo there and leave the formal frame and honor cords in the bedroom where they are now :)

While cleaning the bedroom I came across a stocking I started about 5 years ago!!!  I finished one for Rick but never finished mine!!!  So between working in the house cleaning and organizing and running errands for this and that... I am trying to take time to work on this some too...
I doubt this will be done for this Christmas but it sure is fun to have something to stitch on out in the Florida room while I listen to 2 bubblers bubbling water and enjoy the light breeze fall brings to Florida!

My son James...
Will turn 26 in a few days... in celebration he bought a side by side 4 wheeler vehicle...
Here is a posed shot of his family as he snapped the shot of his new "toy"!!!!  Zach is behind the driver's wheel and is 11... Heather, his fiance and Zach's mom is holding Kaydence in the passenger seat :)

And here is a shot of CJ ready for Halloween!!!!
So that is quite enough info for one post I think... but I wanted to keep you up to date on why I haven't had any quilty progress to show here or on fb... I have just been too busy with all else since Matthew the hurricane left our area!

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