Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Years Eve 2015... A Stitching Post :)

Ya'll.. I am so excited that after the Christmas celebrating was over I got a UFO out of the needs to be a flimsy pile!
I now have it layered up, pin basted, and am quilting it!! Yippee :)  THAT is how I plan Celebrate the New Year coming in... by hand quilting LOL!

Here this flimsy (finished quilt top) is as I envisioned it and ready to quilt...
The pinwheel blocks and the pumpkin embroidered block were made by a girl on facebook and sold as a set... I snapped them up as I immediately envisioned them set like I have set them... with a fun outer border of fall leaves all around... you see here in Florida where we live there is very little seasonal change... things go dormant in the winter and liven and bloom in the spring ... but I am used to Tennessee where I was born and raised... each season has a different feel... so I wanted to create something to represent the season I miss the most and will enjoy every year in my foyer hanging on the wall from September through November !!

The alternate blocks above are shot cotton by Kaffe Fasset called Pumpkin... it have a weft of medium grey threads and a wane of orange threads... making this lovely color :)

You can see it a bit better as I start the quilting on the 29th...
 Here is a picture I took on the 30th...
 And a nice close up too!
The pinwheel blocks are getting stitched in the ditch and all around the outer edges... while the alternate blocks are getting different designs ... but mainly this cool celtic like swirl design I found at Stencils International website!  I marked each alternate block after layering and pin basting with pencil/graphite.  I am currently using YLI black 40/3 thread for all the center quilting.  I am using a Hobbs batting that is 80% cotton and 20% wool and I am loving the poofiness I can see in the pinwheels once quilted.. should wash up fab too! :)

Linking this project up to NTT (Needle & Thread Thursday with Kelly HERE!

But this project isn't really NEEDED until September to hang... so I may take a break after the first of the year once my daughter and I get her quilt top she received for Christmas, marked for hand quilting ...
This Carpenters Wheel variation quilt top is a flimsy with all seams intact I found on eBay and my dd immediately fell in love with it... the seller makes quilt tops to sell on eBay as a business... and she did a fine job of constructing it... it is always a gamble to quilt what someone else pieced... but I think this will work!  the seams are even already ironed right :)  Yippee!

I hope my daughter is able to come up with a fun name for this quilt as we mark it together... she wanted to wait until her friend Tanisha went back home so we could enjoy our time marking and I could get the stencils necessary for some of the marking she desires to be quilted here... but basically I will quilt white in the black and grey wheels.. blood red Valdani big stitching around all the stars both big and small... and black in the white areas with stars and moons in a random pattern... it will be heavily hand quilted and full of love... this is her high school graduation quilt... I just hope to give it to her at the beginning of her Senior year of high school instead of the end! :)

So you see the Fall Wall Hanging is now kind of like my wholecloth quilt... a continued work in progress with no defined finish time... but I am sure enjoying it!!!!

I have 2 unfinished quilt tops that I hope to finish in 2016... I rarely keep a UFO hanging out... I started piecing a large living room quilt with a fun pattern... it remains in our spare bedroom partially pieced and partially cut out... I prefer to cut as I go on that project ... Also I have the Spools and Tools wallhanging that STiLL needs to be finished!  Oh my!!!

I do also have a vintage quilt top that needs repair (have vintage fabric for repairs needed)... so maybe I can pull that out too... so I guess 3 UFO's is what I enter 2016 with!  Wowee!!!! Am I a quilter now?? lol... I have heard other quilters say you aren't a quilter til you have a few UFO's ... well I don't like to have unfinished business of any sort ... so hopefully I will get that taken care of before the end of 2016!

But before I jump into 2016 .. 2015 has been such a miraculous year overall in my quilty life... I won't do a round up of all my projects because I would rather spend that time quilting! ha :)  But I will tell you it has been a very productive year ... you need only to scroll through my previous posts to see all I have accomplished!

I have great friends in life and online that I quilt along with so being home a lot hasn't bothered me... culture is rich in our home and I plan to continue along that line... meeting new people and learning new things!!!

All 4 of my children are settled and happy... and I have 2 beautiful grandchildren to be grateful for also this year!
Jesus and my honey Rick are my rock and foundation.. that is a solidified glorious thing too!  Although my honey's health remains unsteady our love is never wavering and for that I am grateful!!!

As for me???  I have all I could want in life!  How about you??
I wish we did have world peace as well.. sounds like a Miss America thing.. but it is true... we need more peace in this world and I hope 2016 brings us a little rest from distress around the world.

As for my new motto???  My son made me this cool canvas art...

And the center is what my inspiration was to him.. simply...
So look forward to lots of quilty and family posts... and an occasional vintage machine post in the coming year... I will also be playing along on a Block of the Month (BOM) with my friend Wendy.... check out the fabrics she plans to use right HERE!  

Also my friend Kathy M. and I are starting piecing a Friendship Journey quilt... very interesting project that I am MEGA excited about.  Meanwhile I will stitch the Fall Wall Hanging and my daughters cool Carpenter's Wheel quilt (it is 90" x 90" so will take some time!!)... 

Signing out from Florida's east coast for now!  And for the last time I ask you to take time to...
Cheers to having a .... today and every day!

I have sure enjoyed and NEEDED this years motto... do you set a goal or a motto for each year???  Would love to hear about it!!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Kaydence's Take 2 Blankie... The BIG Reveal!!!

November and December have flown by in a flash this year ya'll!
I had a big finish the beginning of November and flew into working on Kaydence's Take 2 Blankie.... her mom says that is what they will be calling it ... a blankie... so I figured why not incorporate that into the name!! LOL

Linking this post with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts ... HERE!
as well as Kelly with NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) .. HERE!

It started with my friend Wendy sharing the instructions for making what I found was called Anita's Arrowhead blocks for this quilt.

Then I made a tutorial for this block myself as well right HERE!



To make sure I was on track though I made 1 block for a final measurement of the block itself... and made this graphed drawing to work from...


I used a different color for each block and used white as my neutral ~ mom's request as well! :)
Soon I had 8 of those blocks made and a special center block as well!
And at my request Kaydence's mom sent me HER handwriting of Kaydences' full name and birth statistics...
 I started the hand embroidery on the center block on November 13, 2015...
 And had finished better than I imaged it to look on November 18, 2015 :)
 And by Thanksgiving weekend I had the flimsy together ready to layer, pin and START Hand Quilting !!!!
The vibrant green fabric you see in this quilt was thanks to my friend Connie  As was the fun backing fabric I used when I layered it...
Then I started the quilting in my hoop starting in the center...
while watching Bonnie Hunter's most recent Quilt Cam... I did a fun wavy cross hatch in the center :)

All the Anita's Arrowhead blocks I stitched in the ditch... I wanted their graphic quality to shine... not my stitching as much... but then there was the orange inner border...
I used turquoise Valdani 12 wt perle cotton thread as I had on the center block ... in this cute Heart and Swirls pattern I had a stencil for just for this quilt! :)

Then back to wavy cross hatching for the outer border...
Isn't this outer border the cutest owl fabric EVER!!! ???  I loved working with it :)

But those green cornerstones needed something more than a cross hatch job....
So I made a stencil from paper that would last for marking these 4 cornerstones... and stitched them in the pink I had used in the middle square in the green as well to make a great balance to the quilting overall I think...
So now that all hearts lead to the center of the quilt... it was time to label and wash the quilt .. bring out the texture and I think it shows okay here... but here are close ups of that....

 So for the blocks and outer border I used YLI 40/3 thread in white so it was all tone on tone in the end.. all else used was Valdani 12 weight Perle cotton I found searching online :)

I used a Hobbs Tuscany Cotton/Wool blend batting for that cool wrinkly texture but still have loft too...

Overall I am VERY pleased .. but who cares what I think... lets see what the recipient thought...


Just 7 months old and already playing peek a boo with her new blankie!!!  Thanks to my son James for catching these shots of his daughter receiving her new blankie :D

So I do believe I can call this quilt a success!!! And it clocks in at just a bit smaller than the 49" square it started out as before washing!!!

Any plans for New Years Eve??  I will be staying in and going to bed at regular time... I did get a bottle of non alcoholic bubbly for my girls to enjoy though !

Thanks for visiting!  Until my next post with next years goals and theme revealed...


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas 2015 Review....

On Christmas Eve we celebrated Christmas with 3 of my 4 kids.  It was a total BLAST and a SUCCESS!!!

Then the next 2 days we just laid around! lol >>> Even Daisy Mae got worn out from all the Christmas Eve excitement!
My nephew and nieces got their Christmas presents and sent this cute shot of them getting it! :)
They sent me a Starbuck's card and my daughter an iTunes card... but she doesn't use iTunes and I don't use Starbuck's much these days... so we traded... we each got a $25 gift card now to enjoy and USE!!!!

Here is a candid shot of my oldest son DL.. with Kayla and CJ :)
It is such a precious shot to me I wanted to share it... fun family times with a toddler giving kisses is sooo sweet!

DL made me a dimensional canvas with my 2016 theme featured on it...
And I LOVE It!!!!  He is very creative and rarely does he use those skills these days ... so I was happy to know the creative spirit hasn't left him! :)

This is what I sent him to inspire something completely different
 but featuring teal and orange my fave colours :)

Then Kayla presented me with a wrapped booklet of some sort... what could it be???
A personalized (made just for me!!!!) calendar she made using pics of all of CJ's life... and those in his life too!

On July she even featured me for my birthday !!!!  I will be 50 this year folks :)
Grammy K is me!!!  I love this page the most...

And this cool calendar has found a place for now in my sewing room... maybe I will mount both items in there... hmmmm  Probably yes.. but must consort with my honey over this decorating plan and just how to lay it out on the wall to look most visually appealing :)

Here are a couple shots of my youngest 2 kids... while they were celebrating with family on Christmas Day :)

Mike is 21... he is quite the jokester in the family and hammed it up on this second photo! :)

He and Brandi have a great relationship though and for that I am very happy !!!

He lives not far from us and stays busy with work.. and just being an independent young man!















Now many things I "got" for Christmas were timed with when they were needed... like the wonderful computer I upgraded to in August of this year... my honey bought this for me from his featherweight sales profits...
Dell has EXCELLENT customer service and support... I have been most pleased with this purchase as well... but my honey didn't stop there! lol

He also got me a cool wireless Bose speaker to go with the new computer!!!!
It is little as you can tell by the paperback book posed with it... that is my current FAVE READ!!!  I love learning more about Australian culture too... this book shares a bit of that and a great adventure too!

It was wonderful to have most of my kids with me for Christmas Eve .. and to have Christmas Day as a nice quiet relaxing day to appreciate the birth of our Savior.  Maybe this will be our new "tradition"???

I didn't get to see James or Kaydence... they remained in Tennessee and James' work is very taxing so a trip either way just wasn't working out!  But Kaydence did get her quilt and her parents LOVE IT!!!!  I will post more about that soon ;)

I have lots of fun projects coming up ... ending this year with some UFO finishes and starting some fun new projects as well!  Hope you will take time to sign up and follow along with me... 

As always your comments to my posts are definitely desired!!! :)

I do hope however long you get to enjoy Season you make sure to also....

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015!!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas 2015 :)

I think this image above would make a great Christmas card.. so I thought I would share it here for you to enjoy my bloggy friends... :)  

May your day be filled with joy however you choose to spend it!


As for us... 
Brandi's best friend from preschool has come for a visit... Tanisha is her name :)
Here is a shot Brandi took on her new phone (LG V10) just after she arrived.  She came before Christmas and is staying til after New Years!!!  Yipppeee!!!!

She took her first airplane trip to get to Florida from Tennessee (my daughter paid for it for her Christmas present this year)... I had Brandi and Tanisha fill out a little questionnaire I made up... mainly to help me shop for Tanisha something fun for Christmas... but also to make sure I was on the right track with my daughter as well.. Teenagers do change their minds.. and they are young ladies as well!  :)
 All turned out well... and after a bit of shopping and a bit of sewing... I had a couple Christmas stockings for them to enjoy!
In Tanisha's questions she said their families Christmas traditions included opening a gift on Christmas Eve... well let's do that with the stockings I thought :D
 So on December 23 we had our Christmas Eve present opening above... and they loved the stockings!

My daughter got her fave quote in life in a magnet...
"Just Keep Swimming" the magnet says...

 And Tanisha really enjoyed the fuzzy fun socks in her stocking :)
 Purple is her fave color... so I found lavendar socks! :)

Then we hung them on our kitchen bar ....
And after adding a quilt as a chair cover and some more presents I had stashed...

Christmas arrived for them...
 Brandi got a new quilt top with batting, backing and binding... that will be my next project...

Tanisha got a book set she is very excited to own!  Insurgent series??!!!  Very nice book set and she was thrilled once she opened it!!! :) lol
 But the girls each agreed... Christmas Eve morning present opening should start with presents they had purchased each other...
Once all the present opening was done and wrapping paper was cleared it was time to get our party hats on!!!!

we had a Christmas Eve party !!!
Now my daughter wanted to invite her friends too... but I wanted this to be just family... and it was!!! Yippee...

We had a smorgasbord of foods we had prepared the day before and all that morning.  We created the menu ourselves and set off on fun Christmas themed snacks...
We had an edible gingerbread house decorated so cute... "ornament" shaped rice krispie treats the girls thought of together... sugar cookies with Christmas trees in them... a bowl full of cherries... Deviled eggs and a couple just left hard boiled... bacon (my son Mike LOVES bacon so we made a bunch!!! ... those cute Christmas trees in the center are brownie Christmas trees... my famous sausage balls thanks to my daughters excellent kneading skills in mixing all the ingredients as my arthritis is to bad these days to knead all they require... orange juice and Egg nog too!     Wow!!! What a menu!!! :)

And when all arrived at just a few minutes past 10 I had even found time to make CJ a cute bag...
 for the wood blocks we gifted him...
This shot shows my monogramming the little bag I made.. very cute but almost too small.. I may remake.. I used this video and love the simplicity in the bag for sure!!!  Debbie Shore does the video in real time and took her 20 minutes... I think I could do one now once the fabric is cut in that timeline... and it is easy to personalize with a monogram or shape!

CJ got a few other fun things including books and learning toys mainly :)  He loved each present he received too!

We hope you take time to ENJOY this day as the birth of Jesus is the way to have salvation everlasting...  

Although Daisy doesn't enjoy clothes or hats.. we did manage this photo too!
Doesn't she look just like the Grinches dog with these antlers on??

So Merry Christmas you all from Florida's east coast to where ever you are reading this now!  If you find yourself alone this holiday season.. please don't be sad... know you are being prayed for right where you are... take time to read a good book or watch a fun old movie that makes you laugh :)

Until my next post with some of the presents I received at our party exposed!  Today I will sew something either by hand or machine... but mostly I will...