Sunday, November 29, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend in the USA :)

My blog has been so quiet all week.  Here in the US it is a Holiday Weekend...

For us Thanksgiving is a long weekend of food, family and shopping sales!!!

Although Thursday is the nation wide Thanksgiving Day each year... we celebrated with food and family on Wednesday evening with a big pot of my homemade chili... Yummy!!!

I have done shopping with a little fabric purchase... some 10" squares of beautiful Christmas fabrics... and a new seam ripper... I call Jack... aka Jack the Ripper! lol (my daughter lost my previous one...)

Also we bought a new vintage 1890's sewing machine!!!  Pics to follow when we receive this beauty :)

Here is a CLONE of it that we currently own... Circa late 1800's also...
This one is a Kruse Sewing Machine Company chainstitcher :)  And it sews such a nice chain stitch too!  Can't wait to see what is different from a real Willcox and Gibbs versus this clone we now have!

But mainly over this holiday weekend I have been stitching!! Slow and fast stitching combined...

First was some slow stitching on my Garden Bouquet Whole Cloth quilt...
I have sewn on it every day for a few hours... and that is a lot of back hatching quilting too!!!

Back hatching is what I call all these straight lines in tone on tone stitching..

Until I finally found another bow...
If you look at my previous post last Sunday (yes it has been a week since I last posted & I have been so busy stitching...)  It looks similar to this hooping above... but this is 1/4 way around the quilt... slow but sure progress is the key to finishing a project though... now it is back on the back of the chair it temporarily homes at as I stitch other things that have deadlines...

So my fast stitching was Friday and Saturday in between slow stitches I finished this flimsy...
The center block is embroidered with the recipients name and birth statistics... here was a close up I shared when I finished that part last week...
And here is the backing I pieced for this flimsy...
Very fun and Whimsical... kind of like the front of the quilt :)

So yesterday, Saturday, I got it all layered and pin basted and today I started my day by auditioning different stencils for the center block...here is the one I decided to use..

And here it is marked with a blue spritz away marker...
And here is the cute recipient also known as my granddaughter... She will be 6 months old tomorrow... hoping her mom posts a new pic of her then!
So that is my weekend!  How has your weekend been??

Linking this quilty slow stitching progress and the beginning of a my latest slow stitching to Kathy's Quilts... Slow Stitching Sunday Linky party HERE!  Come on and join in the fun if you have some slow stitching to show off.

Me... I will be slow stitching all day on Kaydence's fun quilt!  Hoping to have it done by Christmas!!!

Hope you have a happy Sunday and can ....

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Weekend progress exposed! :)

Happy Sunday friends!
Hope you are each having a peaceful and restful day!

I have been up since 4 am stitching away on my Garden Bouquet Whole Cloth Quilt... I am now on my second hooping this week of this quilt.. Let me show you the first hooping... I shared this photo of my beginning spot on my last blog post..
This is a 17" hoop and it has lots of real estate that needed to be quilted ... but I managed to finish this hooping in just 3 days :)
And moved my hoop to the right for my next area to quilt...
And now that area is ready for the back hatching to be done!!!
I love the colors in this quilt... I wish they photoed better... the background hatching is all tone on tone off white... but the flowers and leaves and stems are all different colors consistently :)  I love it!!!

After seeing so many traditional whole cloth quilts done all tone on tone.. I am glad I am giving this whole cloth the Colorful Quilting Treatment! lol

I have also been working on the Fall Wall Hanging...
Above is the Fall Wall Hanging laid out on my design wall... then I cut the inner borders and threw them up there with the pieces... all the quilting has been decided for this quilt so I am cutting borders based on the designs I will use to fill them :)
So here is my inital design including the inner border above...

And here is the outer border and binding planned...
And here is my progress so far on this flimsy in the making...
So I bought the pinwheels and the pumpkin embroidery in a lot on facebook.. the "pumpkin spice" shot cotton solid looking fabric is heavenly to work with so far :)  I had heard it frays a good bit... but I haven't had those issues... this is Kaffe Fasset shot cotton I got via Fabric.com :)  Very pleased with their service, shipping, and selection too!

I hope to link this to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.. even though adding borders to the flimsy isn't super slow or the idea of it... I have been working studiously on my colorful whole cloth and I think that qualifies :)

In the meantime I am still waiting on fabric for Kaydence's quilt to arrive... hopefully Monday it will and all this will go back on hold and I will focus on her cute quilt! :)  Yippee!!!

Hope you have a happy Sunday whatever you do and make sure to take time to...



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Shifting gears...

I can't believe it is Wednesday.. I have had such a busy and productive week!!!
I have been focusing my week on the center block embroidery in the center quilt block above...
Here is a close up of the outline stitch I used...
and today I got that FINISHED!!!
I am using pink variegated Valdani 12 weight thread for the embroidery in the green areas :)

Then I got the center part all sewn together once I re-ironed the center block.  I then added an orange border that needs mitering and cut the outer border that I thought would fit for mitering but it won't :(

After pondering what to do... I called my bestie Connie who sent me that green fabric and she had enough to send me cornerstones in that same green fabric :)  Yippee!  But that means that this project is on hold until USPS can deliver.. Saturday or Monday at the earliest I would think!

So I have decided to dive into a couple of other projects... my Colorful Whole Cloth (aka Garden Bouquet Whole Cloth Quilt) will be my hand quilting project...
Here is my first hooping of that :)

And I will start piecing my Fall Wall Hanging... here is my intro shot of that project...
I bought some fall pinwheels in various fabrics/colors and some shot cotton that will be the solid in my pattern above... I am excited about this project too!  It will hang in our foyer next fall probably at this point.. but will be nice to have an Autumn Wall Hanging in the foyer for sure!!!

So that is what is going on in my quilty life... What is going on in yours??

Would love to hear from you!  Please leave a comment if you can :)

Hope you are having a blessed day!  And remember to...

Sunday, November 15, 2015

What's up next...

Happy Sunday Ya'll!
From Florida's east coast to each of you :)

Having a stellar finish on Thursday... made me happy I had been working on this as I finished that!
This is the beginning of a new quilt for Kaydence Ava Grace Clower.. my granddaughter :)
Here is a very sweet picture of her taken this month :)  She is now 5 months old... and if you are a regular reader of mine you know I made her a quilt before she was born and gifted it at the baby shower... Alas there was a terrible house fire when she was only 2 weeks old that took this quilt away... luckily no one was home... but this is now the second complete loss home fire our family has suffered!!!

Anyway, there is now a need for a REPLACEMENT BLANKIE!!!! Yippee :)

Now that she has come into the world ... and mom and dad have had time to adjust to their new lives... it is time to get this little angel a new blankie ... so I am calling this... Kaydence's Take 2 Blankie!!!!

So mom had some requests this time around... and I had some suggestions she liked... starting with sending me her handwriting that will all be embroidered on the center block of this quilt... the the white center with nothing in it...
Above you may be able to make out my pencil... I couldn't get the pencil marks to photo well... but I can see them :)

So November 13, 2015 in the wee hours of the morning I started on the embroidery of her name...
Can you see the beginnings above of a little chain stitching action??!!!
I decided to start with the center of the block and her middle names... "Ava Grace".. then I moved down to her last name "Clower" :)

Now I am starting on her first name...
I keep her pics close by... Keashia (my daughter in law) sent them with her handwriting via snail mail!

Here is a close up of the chain stitching in my 7" embroidery hoop too!

So as I finish up on this name ... then work on the green surrounding sections on this block to add the birth statistics (date, time, weight, and length) also in her mom's handwriting... I will do those in pink to pop off the green background... :)

I am having a blast with this slow stitching... and pondering so many other projects on my plate for this month... let's see how I go!!!

Hope you have a blessed and peaceful rest day!


Friday, November 13, 2015

Post #500 ~ A Memorial Finish :)

This is my 500th post made to this blogspot :)  Yippee!  I have shared a lot of myself with all of blogland in these 500 posts.  Today though is very cool because I get to share the journey of making a quilt with you all... Kimber's Memory Quilt... in honor of her daughter Kaylie Elizabeth who passed away from this earth suddenly several years ago...
Above is a shot I took as my honey prepared for a photo shoot of this glorious finish!!!  These are clothes from all ages of Kaylie's life... she was just 8 when she left this earth :(

The backing I chose is bright and lively...
And a note for Kimber with some special love I sewed into this quilt..
When I invited Kimber to come pick up her quilt... I was still binding it! lol  Here is the shot I shared with her...
Of course she immediately made arrangements to meet...

Here is the last of the binding getting finished up...
And then into the washer it went...
I had used 3 markers all together to do all the marking on this quilt... they are the blue wash away markers by Clover... well I first gave this quilt a nice cold water rinse to make sure all the blue was gone from this quilt even though I had spritzed it away as I went... then washed and dried it in warm with soap and dried on warm with a towel along for company (and it keeps it from knotting too!) :)

Kimber brought pizza for dinner as a thanks for all this hard work... and couldn't wait to see her finished quilt to enjoy forever!!!!!
Tah Dah!!!!!

This masterpiece ended up being 63" x 74"... I have shared 25 posts about this quilt in progress.... it was officially started over July 4, 2015 weekend and made into a flimsy during Connie's visit... without Connie's help and expertise.... this quilt would not have worked out!!!!

And a close up of the label I made for this quilt...
I raw edge appliqued the label then embellished with stitches to incorporate it into the quilt :)

All the quilting on this wonderful quilt was done with YLI 40/3 white thread except the pink highlights around the label.. for that I used Valdani 12 wt thread :)

Look closely below the big label in the picture above and you will see the edge of my own regular quilt label poking out too! lol

So happy 500 posts to me and what a great way to celebrate 500 blog posts than with this finish!!!!

I am linking this post to...

Kelly... Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation HERE!
Sarah ... Confessions of a Fabric Addict WHooPing it up HERE!
Kathy... Kathy Quilts ~ Slow Sunday Stitching HERE!

Have a blessed weekend and a Happy Friday the 13th!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Progress Report ~ Kimber's Memory Quilt almost done!!!

I have been working steadily since my last post...
Above is progress on the border and a bag I found to hold this precious quilt when done... my goal was to have it easily portable as the recipient is a busy lady!  She is improptu and I wanted this quilt ready to see the world with her :)

Above you can see the label a bit...
Here is the label over half quilted now.. just the left and bottom borders left to stitch here...

Here is a corner... they were my favorites to stitch :)

And the last border to stitch was right here....
Finally the quilting was CoMPLETE!!!!

I could stitch on the binding... and in less that an hour I had stitched on all that binding from beginning to end... 

This just leaves...
Yippee!!!!

Also this weekend I found I was a bit distracted as my son James turned 25 and here is his daughter and my granddaughter Kaydence..
The next quilt I will focus on is to replace her first quilt lost to a fire...

Also I got my desk calendar for 2016 :)
 It starts mid 2015 so I am starting to use it now...
Not sure if these are currently even available anymore but you can look for other Suzy Toronto designs.. I found this one on eBay searching "Toronto planner"... she also has calendars and cups.. but this is what I use to keep life somewhat traceable :)

Hope you are finding progress in your own life ... as I continue to bind and look forward to gifting this beautiful memory quilt... I send a little sweet thought to each of you for a pleasant rest of your week!