Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Fun Finish!

Today I have a wedding present ready to give...
It is for my son DL and his new wife Kayla... they eloped in March... so I had to get something made special just for them...

Last week I shared a sketch that I penned on graph paper but once I got the word panel squared up ...
It sort of took on a life of it's own... lol!
I love how this border turned out too.;.. also this is a matching game border... the colorful fabrics have 1 match somewhere else on the border... there are 34 matches all together on this wall hanging! lol!

Next I was going to put some 5" squares in a wider border in a modern setting but it called for a little less busyness to me... so I added this border...
And because I was hoping to gift this during a planned visit from my son, his wife, and CJ on Sunday afternoon for dinner...
I decided to machine quilt the center parts...
 So I pulled out my very first vintage sewing machine Fiona!
She is a Morse Sewing Machine made by Toyota in Japan... she is a clone of a Singer machine when a loophole allowed their plans to be copied for a time...
She really helped me make fast progress on the machine quilting parts... which was over 75% of the quilting of this wall hanging.

Then I pulled out my hoop ( since my frame is full! lol) and stitched the borders ... I thought it would go quickly... as I did big stitched hearts in a continuous pattern...
But I wasn't done by dinner time on Sunday ... oh well... I have called my son now that it IS done and he is stopping by today to get the package all nicely bagged :)

Here are his initials I embroidered on the left upper corner.. I put hers in the right upper corner and "Est." and "2016" in the bottom corners with dark blue Aurifil 28/2 ;)

Finally it was time to bind it!  I was never so excited to get to this point! lol
And here are the finish shots....
 A closer up pic of the top half...
 and the bottom half...
 Can you find matches in the triangles ??  Some are easy to spot!
 I used warm and natural cotton batting as this is a utility piece and may not be cared for as I would... so that made the hand quilting difficult and the texture of the quilting not as prominent in the pics but the texture is there and all the fabrics are soo soft and fun to interact with!!! lol
 Here is a close up of the heart and the border and the binding all together for you to see...
 A view from a different angle...
 Do you see my boo boo I had to fix??
 Labeled and proud of this!!!!
 And my YAHOOO shot!!!!!!
Including the back side that turned out so nice n flat!!!  I was sooo happy :)  This is definitely the best quilting by machine job I have done yet!!!
 Here is a close up of the hanging loops from satin ribbon I put on it for flexibility when hanging... they can use a rod or push pins, or a dowel rod or a yard stick... any of those things would work well here!
This quilt was a lot of fun... definitely out of my comfort zone but I like being out here sometimes... and my next project to piece has more similar issues for me to deal with... even moreso!!! lol  So let's hope I learned all I needed to to be ready for my next adventure...

For now I am happy hand quilting for a few days and making headway on Brandi's quilt !  Currently I am on the 4th star of the 9 stars on the quilt :)

Linking this FUN FINISH post to:
NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation HERE
WHOOPING with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict HERE

Hope you have a blessed rest of your week my bloggy friends!!!  And remember no matter how bad it may get...

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunny Sunday to You!

I am so excited it is time to share at Kathy's Quilts ... Slow Sunday Stitchin Linky!  Link is at the end of this post for you to see what other's are linking up!

I have had a week full of fun stuff but am most excited about my Slow Stitching progress...
Check this out... I am now 1/3 of the way done with this quilt here in this shot!  Look at a close up of how my first corner came out too!!!
I am so happy with how all this is working out on my new PVC frame too... here is a shot AFTER I moved the quilt to start the next block...
I really love this set up out here in my Florida room ( screened and windowed covered porch) :)

The parrots over my frame are colorful and a fun addition to having to stare at a wall when I am pondering this quilt.. I am happy I got them to keep me company when I quilt early in the morning ! :)

So a BIG birthday is coming up for me in July... my 50th.. and I decided after having this PVC frame that a regular quilting frame that is about 10 feet long is really what I want to quilt big quilts on in the future... I have the wholecloth that is only 1/4 done and needs finishing and we desperately need a new bed quilt after that!  So we bought a kit from Hinterberg frames.  I contacted them by the phone number on their website and their customer service is wonderful via phone and email!

Here is the naked wood my honey is using to assemble this kit with... this is just being held up in this first shot... to give you an idea what it will look like!
 Here are some of the specialty parts that come with the kit all stained "gunstock" color...
 Here is all the wood pieces cut except the long 10 FOOT tressle piece! lol
The gears came in the kit but added a fun contrast above we thought.. my honey actually posed this shot for me and I took it! lol

So that is what I will be doing on July 4, 2016... quilting at my new frame... if not before!!!!!

I have also gotten my Spiral Log Cabin quilt sewn together and planning the innermost border to bring it up to size for a pieced inner border..
I really love this project.. it is challenging me in some ways and confirming that I am "getting it " at other times! :)  I like that!  I miss the challenges nursing kept in my life... I am finally to a place in quilting where I am challenging myself and pushing my own borders!   Do you ever take on a project knowing it will stretch your comfort zone??

Also this week....


My grandson CJ came over to play!

Isn't he a cutie!!! He is so fun to be with too.. he is not a fussy kid at all! :)

I completed my BOM for Wehago Designs...


I liked this so much I chatted with my honey and we decided the pattern would be very similar for our next bed quilt... you see our current bed quilt we sleep under ever since I made it almost 5 years ago as my first quilt!!!  It needs some minor repair and a new binding and to be hung on a quilt rack for a rest... I need another to rotate with it once it is fixed... so here is my idea...
I will use more of a slate grey instead of her mushroom grey.. I will use her same white and scrappy appearance in blues... mainly medium and dark blues so it will hold up to being close to the steel grey I plan to use for it that I found in my stash... I bought it for another quilt that hasn't gotten made yet and is a bit dark for it... I will use this for this project and be happier I think!

So I am now collecting 5" squares of medium and dark blue prints.. I will buy the white fabric next month... and then all I need is the stars to align and my other projects get finished as I wait for it to rain blue fabrics my way! lol  I did pull some from my 5" square box.. I am recruiting friends to send me some blues from their own stash too in 5" squares or larger is my request!  We shall see.. I hope to spend my 50th birthday this year at my frame and piecing this when taking breaks!  lol!!!!

Other exciting stuff that happened this week...

My winnings I like to call blog candy... lol...  from the blog giveaway came in....


Here is the lovely fabric by my fave Cotton + Steel (via the UK sender)
And a very cool UK mag...
There was more but it is getting regifted so you can see it once it is rehomed :)  Overall I am overjoyed though!!!

I did get this green charm pack this week...

 42 shades of GREEEN!!!!  This was a stellar sale at Fat Quarter Shop.. the charm pack was $.68 and shipping was $2.50!!!  Came in 3 days too!!!
If I could only find one of these in BLUES would be PERFECT huh!!!! lol

Speaking of Perfection... Pat and Robin loved the gifts I made them and featured last week!

And what is next???


I got a fun word panel I saw someone on my facebook groups shared and fell in love as a wedding gift for my son and his new wife... did I tell you my oldest is now a married man??? Love his choice in wives too! :)  So I am making them a cute panel adorned with scrappy charms... with a modern edge.. or so I am hoping...
She loves modern... I am hoping she loves this and he loves it enough to display it in their home.. I am planning to give them a walmart card to buy a curtain rod or some sort of decorative rod to hang it by... that matches their style....

Would love feedback if you are so inclined!!!!


Have a blessed week ya'll... I plan to keep on trucking and catch you next Sunday.. unless I get a wild hair and decide to post before then of course! lol

HERE is the link to Kathy's Linky Party today... come check it out now!!! :)

Remember... no matter how bumpy the road may get...















P. S.  It is NOT Sunny in this area of Florida today.. so I made my own with this post... sorry so long but it felt good to catch up :)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Progress ~ On all fronts :)

Sorry I haven't shared with you all yet this month!  But progress has been happening here!!!

First let me share my hand quilting progress... for this sharing I will be linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE ...

Above is my progress a week ago...

And below is what I am working on this week...
I am about half done or a bit more presently with this area :)   On the quilting for this quilt I am over 30% now !!!!   Progress!!!!

And did you notice the little pink and white cameo of a hand crank machine attached to my quilt??

It is a NEEDLE KEEPER!!!!  Given to me by my friend Debbie!  I LOVE it too!

The cameo has a strong magnet on the backside and then you take the second magnet and put under your quilt... the magnets are VERY strong too and work well to hold my needles while quilting :)

I haven't made any new progress on my Log Cabin quilt I pieced into blocks last month... but that will soon meet my cross hairs and get webbed together :)
I am trying to figure out my inner border... so that stalled me a bit then a need came along that took all my attention...

Oven mitts...
See how small the center ones are compared to the 2 new ones I completed this past week!

I altered the original pattern I found from Crafty Gemini on Youtube... and made it BIGGER!
I think it turned out well the second time around... it made up easier and washes well and works wonderfully well... so with this fabric I decided to make some very good friends who just bought a new and maybe their final home ... so a house warming gift was in order!!!!

Here is my pattern made out of plain cardstock I use in the computer printer...

and here is their first oven mitt...
It was great fun making them and I really got to test out my 401a... these Singer sewing machines from the 1950's that were all metal just rock!!!!

Well Robin had recently mentioned she would like me to make her a quilt for her KING SIZE bed!  Oh my... no time yet for that... so whilst sewing the mitts I planned a cute loving pillow for Robin... she is still healing from open heart surgery and having some complications in her healing...
I did a bit of hand embroidery after I machine quilted both the front and back panel of the pillow... Her fave colors she said are green, red and white... and I think this pretty fabric fits the bill perfectly... Yippeee!!!!

Soon I had them all ready to wash and  mail off to them at their NEW address :)  ..
I am excited as they should receive them in Monday's mail!!!!

So that is why I haven't had time to catch you all up... hope you understand... I have been busy! lol

I also bought a little flag for our front door this week...
 And here is a perspective view of our front porch at Casa Del Loro ....

Also... I was excited to find out.... I won a bloggers linky party loot!!!!
 Here is a close up of the fabrics...
And HERE is a link to her LOVELY blog!

The fabrics are a fat eighth bundle... she got a fat quarter bundle and divided it to share with one lucky linker... I was it!!!!

You see I love doing giveaways... but I never WIN!!! lol  So I was giddy to win this and coming to me from the UK!!!!  I love long distance fabrics in my stash the most for sure!!!

So what is next??!!


I will be piecing a BOM by Wendy at Wehago Designs >>>> HERE!

You can surely join in if you are interested... we are in our 4th month of 9 patch variations BOM.. each month is a surprise provided by Wendy with all the cutting and piecing specifics to make a 12" finished block!!!!

She provides hand piecing and machine piecing tidbits too!  Awesome :)

I have more to share but I suspect this is enough for this post... I will not be away so long... continue to send up happy thoughts for my right hand to heal from some broken fingernails... so I can pick up the pace this coming week on my hand quilting progress!!!

Have a blessed Sunday and remember .. no matter what this is ALWAYS true if we look for it!....















As a P. S. I would like to wish my daddy a happy birthday today!