Saturday, February 18, 2017

...And after this unplanned 3 month blogging hiatus...

I have a catch up post to share with you all... I have been thinking of all my regular readers :)

First I want to dedicate this post to my good friend who is now in heaven... Kathy Porter.. she passed in January from ovarian cancer... her death was not sudden but did hit me hard... she was a very sweet quilting and blogging friend of mine.  If you knew her please pray for her family she left behind like I have been !!!


Over the Christmas season I found this photo on Facebook .. my grandmother (will be 99 years young this September!!!) with my brother and his family :)  It is now on my refrigerator! lol


Now let's get into some quilty business... I worked very hard all of November and December and on January 4 I finally finished so we could sleep under what is now known as "Chain of Diamonds" quilt...
 And here it is on our bed :)
I designed this myself but was inspired by this quilt called Emily's Wedding Quilt found in a Fons and Porter magazine/website :)
We have since added a quilt I made with my bestie Connie a few summers ago from a book she had.  It lived as a throw and backdrop for featherweights for those years... and now it will be for Daisy to sleep under!!! lol
Yahoo :)   These are BOTH hand quilted btw ... I am so happy to see these both going to good use now in our daily life!  A fresh start for sure!!!

Soon after finishing these I decided to start sewing my stash up into quilts for 2 twin beds we have in our 2 guest rooms... this summer we are expecting friends and family to come for visits and I wanted real quilts on the beds ... but my poor hands were worn out from Chain of Diamonds quick quilting ... so my honey sat me down and had a chat with me and it was decided that these 2 quilts would be machine quilted on my newly fixed up 401a Singer from 1952 :D  WOW honey thanks for getting her back into running condition ... mending got done and quilting to do after that... all my piecing was done on Gloria my 301a from 1956... she is an excellent straight stitcher...
You see to the right of this machine is my ironing station... and to the left is my design wall... so it all works soooo nicely... she sits in a Queen Anne style #40 Cabinet... and is quite at home here :)

Hopefully this will give you a better idea....
Notice also the "k" thread spool and bobbin holder my honey made and gave to me over Christmas :)

So to work I got making half square triangles from a Missouri Star Quilt pattern I watched on youtube called a Herringbone Quilt...
I used some 10" batik squares and creamy light yardarge I found in my stash...
 and made fresh friends with Zena to machine quilt this using a vintage walking foot I found
that Bonnie Hunter had recommended as a better choice for these vintage machines in a quilt cam session I watched...
And this is how it turned out!!!

Hope you can see the machine quilting on this one... I followed the zig zagging of the quilt overall and love how it finished ... it is about 76 x 100" done :)  A nice LARGE twin just as desired!

Just needed 1 more quilt and I had this panel I wanted to incorporate in a design...
then I found THIS blog post with a free pattern on it... I used a jelly roll instead of 3 1/2" strips from yardage... and made mine scrappy instead of color blocked as they did in this shot of theirs...
This is also a Wedding Quilt! lol  I don't know if I have attraction unknown to that or what!  But again, I was inspired and used some of their directions but I cut and pasted the pattern to make it my own...
I did take a few more pics of this one along the way... it went from this with 1 jelly roll I bought on sale and yardage I had in my stash...  (the center fabrics came from Connie though! lol)


To this fun flimsy!!!
And here is the Wavy Sea Turtle Quilt getting quilted on Zena my 401a...

To make this finished quilt about 74 x 90" when done...
 and a close up so you can see the quilting better ;)
So I am finally up to February.. and I am working on an all new project... did a bit more mending of stuff that needed mending while Zena was being so agreeable... you see before my honey fixed her she was breaking thread for no reason no matter what he or I did! lol  I guess she just needed a time out or something.. I actually bought a Singer 347 for my zig zagging needs but it just wasn't heavy duty enough... so after the holiday was over my honey spent 1 on 1 time with Zena and now she is EXCELLENT!!!!

This project I am working on now is my first time working with 1930's reproduction fabrics... I followed a Moda Bake Shop recipe for Simply Woven HERE to make the center and added a couple borders and this is what I finished with... on Gloria my 301a of course :)
My top ended up at 46" x 60"... nice size for a 2 year old and her daddy to enjoy snuggles together :)  And on Valentine's day I added a pieced back with 2 little hearts in the piecing...
I love those little hearts a lot!  HERE is a close up with directions on how I made them with leftover 2 1/2" strips ;)... they don't show off enough here but once they are properly quilted from the front in the overall pattern I have chosen they will be more fun.

This quilt will be for the 2nd birthday of my granddaughter Kaydence...  So 2 hearts on the back.. there will be 2 on the front also in the border quilting.. The pic to the right is a fun shot I caught... the one below is a pic I took just for this post... and for my facebook followers too :) 

I will tell you that it sure it AWESOME!!! (after having to machine quilt 2 quilts) ... To be back at the frame HAND QUILTING again y'all!!!  This Hinterberg frame we bought as a kit and my honey built into a frame really is...
My Happy Place!!!

Notice above... I have wireless headphones... quilting helps... and a glass of sweet tea on the table beside my chair (table rolls and my honey made me a few years back... chair I got at Walmart for $70) and my fave lamp to the right moves around the quilt with me and it's a fun gooseneck ( it came with an attached torchier part too but my honey took that off as it was useless really for my needs.. $15 at Walmart)... I have a second one of these lamps but one is all I need presently :)  The shade is painted to make it opaque so it doesn't blind me as I quilt and points all the light at my work also!

I hope to catch up to each of you between posting this now as well as sharing Sunday.... when we can all see what you are slow stitching over at Kathy's slow Sunday stitching linky HERE where she is sharing a favorite podcast and how to bury machine quilting threads in a tutorial link :)

I haven't been reading many blogs during my hiatus... since about the time I quit blogging because I got so immersed in quilting... and now I am on a timeline as I am having a necessary knee replacement surgery in March just next month!  Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery and painless healing!!  

I wrote this post on Friday and read over it this morning adding this photo in to show you how I am doing the center... 
With baptist fans from THIS great tutorial!!!  I made a template from some template plastic I had and punched holes with a tiny hole punch I had saved from my paper crafting days... I am marking with a blue water removable marker :)  More on this in my next posting !!!

I look forward to hearing from you all... have a blessed day and until my next post.. hopefully sooner than 3 months from now!!! lol

And in this time of turmoil in the US as a whole... as well as the world overall... remember to...

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 ...