Tuesday, December 30, 2014

As 2014 comes to a close...

I have taken time to review my "be kind" motto for the year :)
And I do believe I have learned a lot about kindness and how many people are in need of it... take time to share a smile with a stranger... you never know when it could change a life!

If you notice my closing will change with the new year so stay tuned to my focus in 2015!!  I am really liking having an aspect of my personality I focus on to improve.

Let me say... I do think I was already Kind... I just think I needed more kindness overall in my home last year and that was achieved!  Yippee :)







My sewing room is coming along and I am working away at my hexi flowers...
I have done a bit more decorating and "moving in"... and got me a different chair that I LOVE!!!!

This chair was a craigslist find for $45 and it needed work and a new seat cushion and cover when I paid for it! lol  My honey thought I was crazy then ... but after a lot of elbow great and a new cushion (we found at a thrift store for $6.00 ... 3" green foam nice n dense too).... and some final adjustments...

This Shaw Walker vintage industrial office chair is from the 1930's and in mint condition would now be worth quite a bit but I could easily get $200 I think... not that it is for sale! lol  But nice to know all that work made it worth more :)

Mail call brought something I won on a blog!

I am so excited to share that I won a handmade 6" x 6" wall hanging for my dd!

I had told her something snow globe related was coming for her that I had won on a blog... well LeeAnna... the sweet quilter who designed this and made it special for my daughter and who blogs HERE... sent this and we got it yesterday :)
But here is the best pic ...
With my darling daughter in her room in front of her custom cabinet holder her snowglobe collection !!!  How cool is that for a snowglobe gift for my daughter... from one quilter to another!  LOVE THAT!

So stop by and visit LeeAnna and see what she is up to... the link above is for the blog post that talks about these adorable things :)  Thanks LeeAnna!

Meanwhile, my dd is now spread out in the hall for "best lighting" to work on a puzzle with a couple friends who came to help...it is my Christmas present delivered by New Years she says! lol

And  Daisy has found an "inside spot" in the sewing room ;)

My honey is working on his side of the sewing room... but pics of that side will be slow as I must dress the window before pics! lol

Here is his work desk though :)
We bought a treadle sewing machine we thought was salvagable but on closer inspection was not... so my honey will repurpose the top and get the treadle head working... but the base he pressure washed and painted black.  He will be repairing and reconditioning Singer Featherweights that we sell... Perfect!

Do you have a motto, try to do something new and different, eat a certain food, or have other New Years traditions?  I would love for you to share with me :)

Until my next post...









Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ending the year in a quilty way :)

How are you ending your year?  What are your plans??

Mine include getting settled into my new sewing room I got for Christmas (thanks to my grown son's moving out mid December)!! 
Love that fresh buttercream paint in the room :)
And some slow stitching...
and some piecing too!
First up is my slow stitching project that I have been working on more focused since I finished the Byrum Family Quilt.  Here it is in my hoop...
I have 3 of the 6 stars quilted using DMC Perle 12 cotton.. and I am loving the DMC brand a LOT!

Here is a full shot of Wish Upon a Vintage Star Wall Hanging so far...
I have only quilted the cream background and the top 3 stars so far.  Here is a close up shot of those 3 stars...
Forgive my hoop marks and enjoy the quilting please :)

During the day at some point I find my way to my new sewing room and make "hexi stars" as the first part of a quilt top... here is a pic of the finished pattern
I love the zig zag edges on the sides and plan to finish mine similarly....

Here is my sewing space in my sewing room how I generally like my set up...

I got to choose where I wanted to be... initally I would take up the whole room... but once I decided on what worked best for my quilting then I decided to split the room with my honey... so this is my side :)

I have everything in a semicircle kind of so I can swivel and scoot a bit and be right in front of my ironing table, or my cutting board, or my sewing machine, or my design wall ( which will be stained dark soon to match the sewing machine cabinet :)

I love using my vintage iron and my new cutting mat and of course my 301 A Gloria is GRAND! lol

The remote is on the table to control Pandora ... I love listening to music when I piece a quilt... it keeps me calm :)

So for now I am hand quilting outside and machine piecing inside.. I like the separation of spaces and projects.. plus I have several projects coming up that will interrupt my progress...

Do you follow me?  2015 is gonna be a stellar year for me in quilting.  I would love to have you as a regular reader if you aren't already :)

Have a happy Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy & her linky party HERE!

Until my next post!


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas 2014 Review...

Just a few days until it will be 2015... and our lives here at Casa Del Loro are changing...
Yep... check it out.. I am getting a sewing room !!!

You see my boys...
Mike on the left and DL on the right... moved out a week ago!  I have been in shock actually... but am now quite happy that part of my Christmas was a redo what initially was a dining room we turned into a bedroom when we bought the house for DL to use... and now it is turning into a lively, warm, and inviting space....


The room has a large window on the other side of it... and it is perfect for my honey to flourish with our Featherweight business...
But let's take a closer look at his work table... we had a modern metal utility desk with a glass top that was there but had no personality... in the garage we had a treadle from the late 1800's that was not repairable... so he pressure washed and painted the base and now check out his table!
So slowly the changes in Casa Del Loro (our name for our home) are calming... And I have so much to share from our first real Christmas as a family this year since our tragic year in 2008... it was remarkable the healing we have all done.

Here was our Christmas tree Christmas morning...
Chock full of presents and a tree skirt I finished on Christmas Eve NIGHT! lol  ... so I decided to put it on the tree after the presents were all opened in a few hours...
So Christmas morning we sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and recognized the importance of the real meaning of the holiday to our family. 

Then all opened their presents.. since we are all adult/teens this consisted of mainly gift card exchanges... I made cookies for the boys to take back to their apartment and got them some rubbermaid containers for refrigerating leftovers and they were VERY thankful! lol  Perspective is all in how much YOU pay for it sometimes as a 20 something couple of guys! :)  My honey got practical gifts and a new beard trimmer he was desperately in need of to easy the trimming job.  My daughter got this HUGE bear...
And I got the most beautiful quilt shop building...

 Here is a side view...
 And here is a view of the quilt shop in it's new home :)
It will be a nightlight in the living room at night when it is pitch black dark in the house and be a beautiful addition to our decor I think :)

 I also got a great rotating cutting mat I had really wanted but couldn't pay the price myself! lol  Thanks to a sneaky bestie I am happily using it in my quest to make these Batik Hollyhock flowers...

So from all of us...



 DL and Brandi................................

and.............................Mike & Brandi
Rick ~ Your Featherweight Specialist :)




And from me especially...

Hope Your Holiday Season is full of positive times and memories to last your lifetime too!

I have quilty projects piling up around me so stay tuned with me into 2015 and see what all I have planned :)


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014 & the Byrum Family Quilt ~ A Finish! Tah Dah :)

I am writing this blog post just after completing the Byrum Family Quilt.  This project is a queen sized (91" square) scrappy quilt with a panel center I fell in love with for this family quilt. 
The rest of the quilt was fabrics I had purchased with them in mind and a bit of stash to fill it in a bit :)
Here is my bestie Connie holding up some artwork my other bestie Wendy sent me... she made it several years ago and had no purpose for it... as I shared this quilt coming into life with her she agreed to help me... from Australia where she lives...

via facebook chat and pics only.. to help me learn more precise piecing techniques!!!!  Amazing woman that she is she DID IT!!!!
I learned so much about piecing accurately... this is my 13th quilted project and I just finally got the need for PRECISE PIECING!!!!  Hallelujah :)  I now have measuring my units that then become blocks accurately... so all the pieces of the quilt come together without fussing.

I am so happy that this quilt... started the beginning of July 2014 and finished complete on December 2, 2014 is a finished project and was mailed on the 3rd of December :)  It is under the Christmas tree as you are enjoying this post OR maybe it is being snuggled by now!!! I hope so :)

I did send them a letter explaining the quilt... it was pic heavy but small pics and it took 8 pages to explain it all to them to help them understand the meaning and love I put in each piece of fabric I chose for their quilt.

Have you had a monumental project you gifted away that made you happy when you gifted it... well I am sooo happy this has been gifted... I hope to get a pic of the family enjoying the quilt and will share with you when and if I get such a shot!  That would mean more to me than a note of thanks actually!

Hope you have a Happy Christmas Day!

Added Christmas Morning at 8:30 CST...
My nieces & nephew and his dog :)
 With a note of thanks and that they LOVE IT!

Hope your Christmas was meaningful and filled with loving thoughts too!

Linking this MONGO finish to:

Whooping my finish with Sarah HERE!



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Dresden Tree Skirt FINISH :)

In just 3 days I took this fabric & template...
And made this flimsy on Gloria ... my Singer 301A...
Picked out my binding & thread...
Hand quilted each dresden blade...
Then used my BIAS made binding from THIS tutorial... it took most of a 1/2 yard cut too!

And hand stitched that all down...
Yep, I remembered to add a label at the last minute too :)

And pre-washed "Tah dah"!!!!
The top tie I wanted sturdy so I designed it as part of the binding... but the decorative tie below is the satin ribbon that held the inspirational 7 fat quarters I started with as explained on this blog post!

Here is just a fun shot of the front and back of this cute Christmas Tree Skirt...
So I will be showing off this darling tree skirt on my tree on my blog later in the week... But it will be enjoyed Christmas morning!!!  I am posting this as I wanted to share with you and Bonnie Hunter too on her Christmas Eve linky Party here :)

There is so much I haven't shared or couldn't share all of so follow me as there is lots of fun quilty stuff to come!

Happy Christmas Eve from my home to yours :)