Sunday, February 28, 2016

AQS Show ~ Daytona Beach 2016 and sooo much more!!!

I was soooo excited this week.. I went to the AQS Quilt Show ~ Daytona Beach :)
The AQS Show was held in the Ocean Center just across the street (A1A) from the beach!!!
I was lucky enough to go with my honey to the show on Wednesday the 24th...

We prepurchased our tickets in January and saved a few bucks... I also joined AQS for 1 year... see what I think of their mag and got a great discount on the 1 class I also chose to take ...

Ya'll this was my first quilt show!!!! lol

I had NO IDEA what to expect and was so happy my honey was going with me for this little adventure!!!  Here are some of our faves from the show...

Here is a quilt done by my friend on facebook in Germany.. Andrea Stracke!  I had my honey take this shot of her flowery wholecloth.. it was so pretty and bright!  Here hand quilting stitches are so tiny and precise too!
This quilt won BEST OF SHOW....
It had sparkles all over it too!

This one was machine quilted but look at the lovely piecing!!! It is totally fab in person!!!!
Here is a cute quilt I saw in a vendor shop... what a cute baby quilt this would make!!!

Speaking of quilts I wanna make... this kind of DWR is def on the list if I am able to learn applique well enough...

This quilt had some cool quilting that really made the quilt pop to me... can you see the texture???
And last but not least was our personal favorite aside from Andrea's wholecloth...

Can you tell we enjoyed the show??? lol!

Thursday I braved the show by myself to go to the class I had chosen to take...
 Mary Sorensen is an EXCELLENT teacher too!  Boy was I glad I took this class... it helped me to like applique and look forward to my next attempt at it too :)  I identified my fears, tackled my troubling spots all during her 3 hour class... then bought the DVD for beginners that she offered at a discount to those in her class!!!!
She provided needle, thread, and green fabric for the leaves as well as a neutral background fabric to eventually be the block pictured in her class announcement above!  The red bird will be the focus of the DVD... I am very excited to listen and watch this DVD and give applique a true try again!!!

I also have 2 machine quilted finished... this was my trial run bib for my granddaughter Kaydence...
 And here is the second one I made... a bit larger than the first as I felt she needed one a bit larger too ;)  My 301a Gloria did all the piecing on these patchwork bibs... but Zena my 401a warrior princess did all the quilting and bulky sewing jobs!
 I quilted them each a bit differently... the first one is straight line stitching and the second is organic wavy line quilting... can you see the difference???
 Here are both bibs... now you should be able to see the second one (on the right) is a bit wider and longer than the first... I think this is the PERFECT size too!
 The backing on both is Kaydence's mom's fave print... PINK CAMO!!!!
I used velcro at the neck opening and really like the way these turned out!!!   The pattern was an online class I got for free and I have modified the pattern a bit to make the second one... will keep that pattern for future bigger baby bibs for sure!!!

I plan to mail these out to Kaydence this week... so I hopefully will have a pic of her with one on in coming weeks ;)

Finally, my ongoing project this week is complete!  The marking on Brandi's quilt is finished!!!!

I spent 11 days marking this quilt for hand quilting... my daughter chose this stencil for all the background white fabric areas and the rest I used ruler and white ceramic lead to mark the stars... will be a fun quilt with detailed quilting that should show quite nicely when done... but I have NEVER yet spent 11 days premarking a quilt before layering and starting the quilting on it!!! lol
I marked these lightly with graphite... each square is unique to the area I found the stencil fit best on the space... here above you can see an odd shaped white area I am filling in with graphite.

Here is a close up of the design and stencil I used...

Here is that same area once I have marked it with the stencil...
Once marked the legs are still blank spots all over so the design is not contiguous lines... so I fill in the "legs" and whalaah!!!
Now the design looks like it should and when I am stitching I won't have to figure out what goes where... I can just zenly stitch the motif on the white... in black thread :)  The white lines on the dark grey and black will be stitched in white thread... and each star on the quilt will be outlined in big stitched dark red thread... it actually coordinates well with the backing and binding I am getting ready to iron....
The backing was my daughter's choosing... as this is her graduation quilt... for now this quilt is "Brandi's Carpenter Wheel quilt 2016".  She actually will graduate high school next May (2017)... but I have a bug in my bonnet to get this quilt done!

The chevron striped fabric above will be the bias cut binding for this quilt which will put all these cute zig zags on a 45 angle... will add a festive finish to this quilt I think!
I will be using my fave batting... Hobbs Tuscany Cotton/Wool blend... it is 80% cotton and 20% wool so it still crinkles when washed and dried but also gets puffier thanks to that wool and is very breathable so not too much in the Florida weather either! :)

So this week I will be quilting on this... and thanks to the marking shots I took... I think this will be fun to link up to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday here!  (Also, the applique she is showing is very similar to the method I learned this week! :) )  I hope to take my first hand quilting stitches in this quilt much later today or tomorrow ... after the pinning is finally done that is! lol  I also hope to get a full-sized shot of this quilt while it is laid out for pinning :)

This week... also brought the 31st birthday of my oldest child...  This was one of the pics I sent him... a little walk down memory lane... he is a HUGE history buff... Do you remember the song from the mid 80's??? I didn't until I listened to it on youtube! lol  Then it was VERY familiar to me ... just never knew the name! lol
 Sorry this post is so long and I haven't made time to share all this with you before the end of the week... but better late than never!  I hope you enjoyed the eye candy I had to share this week from the quilt show... I am MEGA inspired by that show!

Remember... no matter what twists and turns come your way this week...  Life is always precious and...

Saturday, February 20, 2016

What is your favorite season?

Mine is Fall... Tennessee Fall to be exact...
Didn't this turn out just LOVELY!!!

I will do a formal post on this very soon.. but I am just giddy to share this shot... and the journey that led to this finish deserves a post all it's own...

So yes, Fall is my favorite season.. What is yours???


Since I finished this quilt with fun hand quilting ... then washed, dried, and hung this beauty... I am linking to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday post... HERE!

Now I have switched gears and started marking my daughters' graduation quilt!!!  In 1 year and a few month she will be graduating from high school!!!

So she got this flimsy for Christmas...
she picked it out online as just a flimsy so that I could hand quilt it done for her :)

So after some fits and starts and erasures... I have a pattern going and I currently have 2 of the 9 carpenters wheel stars marked...
but check out how the white background is getting stitched...
I do hope you can see the meandering star and moon pattern I am marking on the white background...

On this quilt I am marking with graphite, white chalk & white ceramic lead size 0.09 mm... this will all wash out when I am done but is safe for the quilt as it shall take me several months to stitch all this... I am choosing to mark the quilt before layering because the designs are so involved and I need the straight lines drawn neatly for me when I quilt... will go MUCH faster for me :)

Her idea is... I stitch all the black/grey areas in white thread (YLI) and all the white background meanderings in black thread (YLI)... then we will add some dark red (Valdani Perle 8 cotton) big stitching to the stars to make them pop a bit... very exciting and different from anything I have ever done and VERY QUilTy when finished! lol

In the meanwhile, my friend Wendy is getting a Double Wedding Ring Template Set!  I am very excited about this as I have always wanted to do this pattern... so I bought the template set as well!  It is by Marti Michell and will be a project in the future for me..
I am in a fb group for DWR designs and see lovely eye candy there...  so many ideas!!!

Once I finish the 3rd carpenters wheel and star I will be making Kaydence some bibs with both Zena and Gloria!  Here are some of the fabrics I have pulled along with the perfect thread I found in my stash... and a cool pattern I found online...
 Here is the cute recipient of these bibs to be...
I am blessed to call her my granddaughter for sure!

Here is my inspiration to encourage my design...
I found this one for sale on Etsy :)

So I best get back to marking... this sweetie needs some handmade bibs !!! lol

Whooping up all this accomplishments and plans with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict HERE

Have a blessed weekend and always remember...

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sharing a Little LOVE!

So now that Valentine's and the long weekend are over it is time to show you a bit of what I have been up to!

For Valentine's my honey finds a card and a certain kind of boxed chocolate for me :)  I get giddy every year for this tradition!!!
And I got him a card...
and made him some oven mitts for our kitchen :)  He loved them both!!

Wendy, sent me this photo and I put it in a frame until I can shop for the "perfect" frame...
 Wendy lives just outside Melbourne, Australia...
Yep, almost 10,000 miles away as the crow flies!  Wowee... we have been good friends for a couple years now and I love this latest photo she sent me.. don't you??

In my next post I will give you a full reveal of my just finished wall quilt.. "Tennessee Fall" I have named it!

So until my next post remember...

Monday, February 15, 2016

Feeling LOVEly Here!!!

Yesterday was Valentine's Day around the world... I am sorry I didn't have more time to be able to chat with you all... but you are important to me <3
If you are friends with me on Facebook you saw this Valentine Sentiment I shared with my followers...
But here I like to share the WHOLE story and not just snippets...

It has been over a week since I have chatted with you all here... let me catch you up!

I have been doing some slow stitching 

this week as I worked on the binding of the Tennessee Fall wall hanging...
I have been calling this my Fall Wall Hanging... but when it was time to make the label I thought this quilt would surely deserve something a bit more sentimental to me... I am in love with this wall hanging!!!

Below is a shot I took that doesn't show my quilting really... as it hasn't been washed yet.. but is just after I sewed down the binding to the front... then I slow stitch it to the back of the quilt... as I am doing above :)
And here is my "practice label" I wrote out on a sheet of paper to decide how big my triangle needed to be to include all the info I wanted /needed to put on it to properly label this beauty....
I bought the pinwheels and the embroidered pumpkin in 1 lot off someone on Facebook.. so I wanted her to have credit on the label.. thus the Pinwheels by info above :)

Now I have that label blind stitched into place along that loose diagonal edge... the idea for this style label can be found on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville blog site btw..

I am finally to the hanging sleeve ...
I am following Bonnie Browning's AQS video on Youtube for my hanging sleeve instructions... makes a perfect sleeve quick and easy... now to get it slow stitched down! That is my goal for today...

Once I get this hanging sleeve stitched into place I will wash and dry it so it crinkles ever so wonderfully and hang it for pictures and enjoyment for a couple days!!!!  Yipee for that!!!

I can then store it away rolled up for fall! :)  Now I am excited for Fall to come to Florida... even if not in cool weather with leaves turning all fun colors... I can enjoy this wall hanging in our foyer all season long!  And still go for long walks on the beach too!  Best of both worlds for sure!!!!

Linking this slow stitching progress to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday post HERE!

I have also been doing some fast stitching...


I made my honey a very cool Valentine's gift on Zena ... my Singer 401a :)
I bought a yard of this cool fabric and first cut out the mitts per her instructions on Youtube...

I used 1 layer of Insulbrite and 1 layer of cotton batting per the Insulbrite directions... 

They are fit perfect... but we took a poll of our home and decided a bigger pair was in order... so I will make a second pair and gift these to my daughter for her future home... is this gonna be the beginning of a hope chest kind of thing?? lol!   I don't know!  She is planning to move back to Tennessee when she graduates high school... she is on the downhill slide of her junior year currently.

Either way.. this pair will NOT go to waste! lol  We will use them until I buy more insulbrite :D

My Review...


I really love her pattern... and Vanessa's instructions on Youtube are wonderful as she walks you through the tricky spots... I contacted her via email when I read that my Insulbrite said to you in conjuction with a layer of cotton batting to be best... she said then use that in her reply ... BUT this change put more bulk in that outer layer ... so the fit is a bit more snug than it should be... but I do LOVE how well they work!!!  Thanks Vanessa the Crafty Gemini for a fun and easy project!!!!

Next up is....


A lot of quilt marking on this beautiful flimsy that has been PATIENTLY waiting it's turn ...
This is a partial sketch of my idea... I did this by importing a picture I took of just the center star and drew on it in PAINT... the more I use this method to decide quilting designs.. the more I like it and am getting used to what different functions do... how do you decide your quilt design???
You can see I have been pondering this project a while... This is over 10 days ago that I worked on this drawing... and I still haven't sketched it ON the quilt itself yet!  Just haven't had any time though it seems....

Ebay has been stellar... we have nothing that didn't sell that we want to list again... so we are done with that for the moment and we have the $$$ to pay the house tax that is due... in Florida if you don't pay your property tax on time... they will auction your house off!!!  It is crazy the hoops you have to jump through here when owning a home.. much different living in a high tourism state versus Tennessee where it isn't that way... for instance here you have to show up in the tax office when you buy a home to prove you live here year round via evidence they ask for... mail etc... then they give you a homestead exemption on your tax amount owed.. .basically a discount because it is your primary residence.  It is also expensive to tag a car from another state in Florida... we paid a very high tax the year we moved here to get a Florida license plate and stay compliant to the laws.  

That said though..

 I would do it all again to live in my Shangri-La!!!!


Well... Off to slow stitch that hanging sleeve... but oh so happy I got to catch up with you!  Have a great week my bloggy friends!!!!