Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Lots of sewing and some QUILTING too :)

I finished cleaning and straightening the sewing room... even tackled all that big pile of fabric I shared in my last post... check out my finished Fabric Chest!!!
And now it is very organized too!  I now need another shelf added to the top of the shelves.. my honey made those with plain plywood for durability... he has more in his ever evolving garage... aka MAN CAVE... currently he is painting the parts that are drywall... one wall is pegboard... more pics on that when he is done though... per his request! lol

Once I was organized here I decided to finish the bedroom organization and with my honey's help I reorganized how the layout was some to accomodate my desk better...
You see since we moved the desk in here temporarily I have fallen in love with computer time when my honey sleeps in the mornings... we are close and this keeps us close... he snoozes quietly in the background and I am more inspired to write and spend time here quietly of course! lol

So now the plan is to finish the office but keep it as a guest room mainly with a desk area in there for me to use when skyping... or when my honey watches something I don't care for on TV and I want to get away from that during my time at the computer...

However, I have found sewing has been my current fave pasttime since cleaning everything up!  Take a look at what I finished earlier this week...
I had 2 pillow tops I found when cleaning the sewing room up... they measure about 8 1/2" square... once cleaned up they were yelling at me to be completed... and now as you can see in the top photo they are finished (from my stash) and ready to be a neck pillow or just a snuggly pillow while watching tv or napping! :)  We love these little pillows... Daisy has already snuggled Rick's (on the right side) too!! lol

I have been catching up with my Singing the Blues quilt block making...
The pattern I designed calls for 32 of each of these blocks for a total of 64 blocks to make a 100" square quilt... here is my "pattern" I drew out...
I keep it with the block parts that are all made... so basically it is putting together 9 patch blocks now but good for me to do basic stuff when piecing.. I love and feel accomplished with hand quilting but piecing is another matter... I don't feel all that about my piecing... 

I did take a break early yesterday morning to do a couple projects... FIRST was a project for my friend Debbie.  She had happily received a memory bear made from one of her late husband's shirts...
But this memory bear came with 2 (didn't think of the pic until 1 button had been removed) BLUE eyes... yet her husband had dark brown almost black eyes...

So she searched my button selection and found some that reminded her of Jim's eyes...
I got them sewed on fairly easy and left this sweet memory bear to keep watch over her bed while she is not here presently...
Isn't he much cuter without dayglow blue eyes??!! LOL

SECOND was finishing up a cushion for Daisy Mae I had started on the day before and not finished up on...
I bought the cotton tapestry center on eBay... and it arrived that day... soon from my stash I had pulled a coordination border to make it the right size we wanted it to be for Daisy... and found some cute Doggy themed word fabric for the side fabric
and a rough quilting cotton for the bottom... it is something I wouldn't use in a quilt but is perfect to keep it in place on the tile floor... It's place is in our Florida room now :)

Then I made a few more blocks but this centerpiece Connie (my bestie) had made me over a year ago kept calling to be finished... soon I had pulled out all the fabric that I had in homespun leftovers from this and the other project...
Homespuns are very very stringy once cut... so I worked gently with this fabric... making borders for what will be a small wall hanging for our kitchen!  It will actually hang just around the corner from this piece I finished last year I think...
 She fashioned this center piece from this pic I sent her... for my birthday last year if I remember right! lol  Not sure as we are always sending each other stuff! :)
She machine appliqued this one... and I am glad she did the raw edge applique via machine...
Here is how I completed this flimsy wall hanging to be :)

Then I layered and pin basted it... I used wool batting in it for depth of stitching look on it when done...
Then I took a break and made a couple more blocks for Singing the Blues...  for all the sewing work I have shown... I looked to my Glorious GLORIA.. Singer 301a
I love that she is an LBOW (light brown/oyster white) coloring... I love the pin cushion Connie made me this year for my 50th birthday too!  And where would I be without a nice dry hot iron like this Dominion!  I love it for all my piecing... I save the steam iron for pre-sewing ironing of wrinkled fabrics and ironing my honey's shirts! lol  then there is coffee, tea or water at my side at all times too!

Finally I pulled out my 17" favorite hoop that was gifted to me so long ago and hooped up this project and got started on it... just outlining the flowers on the center with a medium grey thread that blends nicely...
Check out Daisy watching me as she sits on her new cushion too!  This is her favorite chair to sit in when Debbie isn't here... so after posing it where it should go for pics... I put it up in the chair and she LOVES it!!!  So with her company near me last night I started the stitching on this... should be a fun and quick project allowing me to return to STARLIGHT ... STARBRIGHT soon!  And refreshed from the break to finish and bind that big quilt!

So I have been MEGA busy as you can all see from this post... and as I close (the blocks are calling me back to work on a couple more! lol) I hope you each have a great rest of your week!

We have had a roller coaster of an election here in the USA that has left Donald Trump as our President elect... many feel this could be bad... but for once I am glad it isn't a career politician in our nations highest office... he is also a Republican and has majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate as well... During his tenure he will name a few Supreme Court Justices too... 1 is waiting to be named as soon as he takes office in January.  Please continue to keep us and President Trump in your thoughts!

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3 comments:

  1. I bet you are glad to have your house organized and now you can get back to quilting. Have fun

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  2. So busy! You are cleaning and I am making more and more of a mess my way. I have been doing some Christmas sewing; I'm trying to get new quilts made for both grandsons, who have outgrown their baby quilts. (one is 7, the other 4...lol) Everything looks great at your house. I like your pillows and the new doggy cushion. The wall hanging is pretty; I like those fall colors. I'm liking your blues quilt; blue is becoming my favorite color again these days. And I'm with you on the election... can't believe he won and now I'm praying he will truly make America great again. God bless America!!!

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  3. Really like the pattern you drew out. I'm with you when it comes to piecing

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