Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sew Fun Weekend :)

Welcome ya'll!

I am having a very groovy weekend with lots of SLOW STITCHING! :)
I have been productive this week around the house and listing some things on eBay with my honey so now I am making some time for my favorite things... quilting and blogging to you my friends :)

First up is the Pet Cushion I created on both my Singer 401a (Zena) and 301a (Gloria) ...

I shared this close up of a cornerstone in my last post..
Well that was a close up of this part..

 Then I auditioned this fabric and decided I had enough and it coordinates well.. the color of the center panel does not photo well though.. it matches some of the hues in this batik fabric though :)











And once washes it was immediately enjoyed...

 So much so that Daisy decided a nap was also in order!!! LOL
We have put this next to the back door that is the busy in and out part of our home... she can keep an eye on us and rest in luxury too! lol

I stuffed this one same as the other... with some fiberfill.. then cotton batting shredded up with an old rotary.. the center part has the remaining foam from her original pillow then shredded cotton batting and more fiberfill.. close the opening and wash as needed :)  Tadah!!!!

Next I thought I would try a coaster. but it didn't turn out as well as my boxed corners on the cushions did!
Back to the drawing board on this one.. and figure out why it is sooo wavy!


All the while I have been working in my down time on the FALL WALL HANGING!!!

I finished the inner border this week and started on the outer border!!!!
 I am marking this border with my Pounce Pad in WHITE... they have pink and blue also :)
 If you notice ... it is very clear to see the markings when you mark it.. then they disappear and become muddled as you quilt each area... the trick is not to touch the powder much as you quilt!!

Here is the end of the bottom border getting done .. this will have me 1/4 done with the outer border too!!! Yippee :)
Linking this awesome progress to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.. HERE :)

Soon I will start piecing my Journey of a Quilter..
it is set up as a BOM.. and I am likely to do it that way as I have sooo much happening! lol  I am doing this quilt with my friend Kathy... we are calling it "Friendship Journey" :)  The picture shows all you are to do in the first block only!!!  There are 9 blocks like this!!  Won't this be fun though.. embroidery... piecing... creating... then quilting and enjoying!!!

I have found so much solace this week in a simple verse of the Bible... John 10:9... if you have this book in your home.. check out this chapter .. it is very interesting for sure!

I just love finding pasture in my life too ... hand quilting certainly helps that!

Until my next post.. please remember...




Monday, January 25, 2016

Fall Wall Hanging ~ Progress :)

My Fall Wall hanging has gone from a flimsy....
To the last of the center getting completed on this 45" x 60" wall hanging..
Above is that last block and the stencil I plan on using in the border.. I had another pulled. but after watching a video on Craftsy ... I changed my mind! lol
Here is the latest video class I purchased and it is perfect for a newbie to an old pro.. something for anyone!!!

In the first lesson Jessica introduced several stitches including these...
I went with the Whip Stitch...
And two colors and weights of perle cotton by Valdani as my choices :)

Here is a better close up of it...
Both theads are variegated and I love the results... let me show you how easy this is now...

Step 1 is simply using a big stitch running stitch...
 then in step 2 you wrap the thicker thread around your running stitch..
 Leaving these lovely results!...
Here is a better view of what I am doing and what I have done...
I am using a chalk pencil to mark my stencil... then erasing it by spritzing with water afterward.. it dries quickly once you soak up the excess spritzed water too! :)

Linking this post to Kelly at NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) HERE :)

I have also been doing some sewing in my sewing room... on another cushion for Daisy... here is a cornerstone... just to share the cute fabric I added to this project.. she loves the other cushion I made her so this one will be a good bit larger..
More on this cushion in my next post as it is still in the dryer! lol

Hope you have a wonderful week and work on each project you hope to finish by the end of the month! :)

Remember...

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Mug Rugs from Orphan Blocks.. a Fun January Finish !!

Recently I have been straightening and cleaning my sewing room from sooo many projects I have been up to the last SIX MONTHS or so! lol  Anyway, I have been sorting and gathering orphaned blocks left over from quilts I made that never got used... my goal is to give these blocks to a friend for repurposing or to use them... well 2 of them got lucky and are now IN USE!!!
Aren't these fun Star Mug Rugs!!!!

I hand pieced the blocks (8 1/2") with a goal of making several to put together for a table topper... well I never did that and sent off the other cut and prepared pieces to a fb friend for her to finish one day... hand piecing is not something my arthritic hands can do much of I realized!

Today I would like to show your up close how I made them.. by showing you a close up of the one on the right getting done...

First of all pick out your orphaned block of any type you want to quilt into something fun...
Sorry I can't find a photo of my block unquilted.

Then choose backing that is slightly larger all around than your block ... if you have it press both from the back with Best Press... It helps the block to stay nice and crisp!

Finally pick a batting piece... I used a scrap piece of 100% cotton fabric but you may want something that is more heat resistant if yours will be used as a hot pad or pot holder!

In this shot you see how I layered the 3 pieces... my batting layer, then backing layer FACE UP and block FACE DOWN...
Pin these 3 layers together and sew around the edges leaving a opening on a straight side for turning.

Once you have your 3 layers sewn turn the piece over and trim your batting FIRST... as close as possible to the sewn line...
THEN trim the block leaving your 1/4 inch seam EXCEPT for those outer corner... trim them off like I did in this shot...
The ** denotes all the corners I trimmed off :)

Now you are ready to turn it right side out through the opening you left.. My opening was about 3" long and I backstitched when starting and stopping stitching to make them more durable for turning.
Once turned you can now take something with a sharp point like an orange stick or a small pair of scissors or a pen... and push out the very corners so they have sharp points (this is why you trimmed all those points off on the inside! ...
Once you have done this to all the corners and side seams and it lays nice and flat...
IRON your piece and press the edges that you left for the opening under so you can hand stitch this opening closed....

Here is my opening whip stitched closed...
Then quilt it up by hand or machine to have a cool Mug Rug!!!!

Here is a close up of the first one I finished... I used a 12 wt Aurifil in Raisin color for all the quilting here...
 What is cool about this Mug Rug is my daughter (17 years old) took her FIRST hand quilting stitches on this piece...
She said it was a bit boring to her! lol  Well taking 5 or 6 big stitches in a poking kind of stabbing stitch would be boring to me as well I think... So on my next project I plan to let her quilt properly ... I will give her something more challenging to quilt in a regular stitch with regular cotton quilting thread instead of big stitch thread! lol  That should teach me!!!!

The second one I wanted to be differently quilted... so my friend Wendy sent me this photo among others .. and I was inspired!
the picture is not that great but my mathematical and design mind went wild with the possibilites... so first I stitched in the ditch in YLI black thread...
Then I made the secondary pattern in Valdani Perle 8 cotton thread!!!!  That was tough to tug through batik fabric but I think the outcome speaks for itself!!!
So what do you think... got some orphaned blocks that need rehoming??  Or do you have blocks with possibilities of quick other projects to make for yourself or for gifts for others??
And after washing and drying them .. sooo yummy looking don't ya think??!!!!

I have 2 other blocks I have pulled and am thinking of baby bibs now! lol  Oh my!  The may become a habit to collect a couple blocks from each quilt I make ... or maybe not if I can help it! ha :D

I am linking this January UFO completion to Julie HERE!  Come see what everyone else is finishing in the UFO realm :)

Meanwhile I am down to the last FOUR blocks of the center of the Fall Wall Hanging...
More on this project when I start the inner border... but you don't want to miss the cool way I am planning to quilt it.. so follow along now!

So that is what I have been up to the last couple days... how about you??  Any quilty progress??

I am linking with Kelly's NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) post HERE!  come see what Kelly and others are sharing today :)

My daughter also has been having some back issues and is currently on medication and under doctor's care... please keep her in your prayers!

Until my next post remember...

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Getting over a hand quilting hump :)

Welcome Ya'll!  It is RAINING here on Florida's east coast as I write this post... we don't typically get much rain in the winter... so it is sooo soothing and refreshing to have a nice rain!!!

I know many who read this may be dealing with bone chilling cold... or if you are below the equator... summertime heat waves and fires... I pray for each of you and hope you will return that favor by leaving a comment today and praying for me as well!

When I shared with you on Wednesday I had just hit the halfway point in my Fall Wall Hanging... but it was slow moving because this block was coming up...
I am linking this post to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday linky HERE.... hope you will come see what everyone is stitching today :)

So when I got to this block ... I still had no firm plan for the center... behind that cool embroidery is thick stabilizer that I couldn't remove as the stitching is so busy... I trimmed what I could before adding it to the quilt ;)  But I wondered how it would stitch up!

Well I worked through the smaller blocks until I reached this bigger block and took a deep breath and thought about it....
AFTER stitching around the pumpkin itself and the entire embroidery design it became clear I needed a good solid base for this floating pumpkin to hold it down...  Crosshatching worked perfectly!!!

To mark this block I used this pencil by CLOVER...
It says it is water soluble... but i had never used it to make sure.. I tested a small area before marking my whole block and it did wipe off quite easily once wet... so away I went!

Before I knew it the pumpkin block was all finished and it was time to decide on the color of the leaf border I had already decided on for the grey border on 2 sides of this block...
With the help of friends.. and real life experience... I decided on the black variegated to grey Valdani 12 wt thread...

I stopped for a pic at the halfway point to make sure it would show up properly when photoed... I LOVE this thread!
 And here is the block I completed yesterday :)
I got so excited I started working feverishly on the blocks surrounding this one but really wanted to view this block without the remaining white marks... so I thought I would show you HOW I DO IT!

First get a spray bottle you can fill with water.. plain tap water works fine.. and spritz your entire block while it is laying flat to absorb that water into the batting a bit..
I let this sit about 5 minutes or so then got a nubby rag and started wiping the marks away....
Once it dried... even though when wet I could see them ... the marks were all gone... I expect when I wash it with soap and water in the washer when finished all residual remains of this pencil I am using will be gone :)  Yipeee!!!!

Also this week I have participated in a BOM.. it is properly called #WDBOM2016!  You can find details on Wendy's blog HERE... Wehago Designs Block of the Month 2016 is what the hashtag is short for though :)
I sooo enjoyed making this BOM .. it was fun walking down memory lane from the quilts I have made to choose these fabrics.... these fabrics were leftovers from Kimber's Memory Quilt... the bright fun blue is vintage fabric and didn't make her quilt... but I had pulled and had hoped to use it there so I used it here instead :)  Yay!

I also found out there was a need for 12" finished 9 patch blocks for fire victims from brush fires in Australia... one lady name Shari is collecting these blocks and will make quilts from them ... I sent these 4...
I didn't crop this shot because I wanted to show off a bit of the vintage bunting Wendy made me and now hangs over my design wall... and you can see a fun disappearing 4 patch block I made up too!  (Next to my 9 patch in the bottom half of the pic!)

Well .. I want to make good slow stitching progress today... only 9 little blocks to stitch before the center is complete on this wall hanging!!!  Yay :)  Join us over at Kathy's.. follow the link above ! :)

Until my next post please remember to handle your life with care as...