Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Under my Needles... Success!!!

Ya'll... I am so excited to share my most recent piecing... I plan to link this to Sunday Stash #54 over HERE so come take a look at what others are linking... all using acquired or stash fabrics :)

I wanted to show off how I planned this log cabin using 1 of these jelly rolls (acquired) AND some stash fabrics added in for variety...
Here is a better view of the fabrics in the jelly roll I chose to acquire! lol
And here is how mine is looking so far...
I organized my logs randomly within each length and color on this foam board I had laying around the house... and separated the jelly roll as you can see here to get going with this...
I have had LOTS OF FUN (waaaay more than expected for sure) piecing this and am so pleased that my progress is sooo much like my vision for it was.. in fact I think it looks cooler than expected...

Now my honey wants to rearrange a few of the blocks yet still keep this design... then I will add a pieced border followed by a wide border of some cool vintage fabric I found... for the pieced border I saved some of the jellyroll strips that had repeats in neutral black and red for my inner border... not sure yet how that is gonna work out! lol

This has been a fun project so far and I like that my family is getting involved too!

Under my hand quilting needle has been this!!!
And below is a close up of the border... on the right side of the pic above...

Success!!!!  Now it was time to move the quilt in the frame... now my view is fresh and when I finish this frame full...
I will be 25% completed with this quilt!!!!!

Before I close... look at our new cozy kitchen table with a nice lamp overhanging it now... 


This is becoming a favored spot by ALL in our home :)

Hope you have a blessed week and remember....

Sunday, March 27, 2016

~ Blessed Easter Sunday ~

I hope whatever you are doing today brings you great joy my bloggy friends...

This week my finger has healed to the point I can quilt again without depending on the thimble for every single stitch...

And I completely finished the second star wheel on this quilt!!!!

See the close up of the swirls in the outer border I am doing as I come to them...

I am really enjoying the variety of theads and stitching I am doing on this quilt :)  My daughter... the recipient when it is done... is LOVING the pops of red that I am putting on the stars and outer border also!  But she also says she is enjoying all the stitches and will try some straight stitches in this quilt if I insist... well guess what... I will insist that she put a few stitches in... this is her forever quilt and I want her to cherish her stitches !!!  Like she cherishes mine :)











And this is my view this morning!
I am happily and busily working on the 3rd block now :D

While my finger was healing... I focused on the log cabin quilt I am making ....
Once I finish the last 4 blocks ... I will let my honey arrange them in this pattern until he is happy with it... this wall hanging will ultimately hang in our living room.. so I want us to BOTH be happy! lol

Here is my Resurrection Sunday flower in the Mickey vase...
I hope you each have a blessed Sunday... as for me I will be slow stitching the day away ... because of this I want to link up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching Linky HERE!!!  Come see what other's are sharing there today :)

Until my next post remember...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Wild and Crazy Weekend!

Sew excited to share with you all today :)

I have completed several of the red and neutral log cabin blocks and this is my design wall currently...
 Isn't this turning out cool!!!!

Here was the colorway of the pattern...
And here was my coloring over it with Paint program...
Here is the jelly roll I used called "In Stitches" by Maywood Studios...
My inner border is a continuation of the quilt pattern in a larger strip size than used in the logs... My outer border will be some 1930's vintage fabric I recently found on eBay... I set the colors with salt and vinegar soak then hand washed it... no bleeding!!! Yippee :)
 Above it is a bit rainy out so my honey set up a makeshift clothesline in our Florida room :)  The Florida breezes had it dry in no time too!

Here is a close up of the pattern...
This fabric is 35" wide selvage to selvage and I got 2 yards for under $20 in 1 piece.. this is almost an unheard of deal I think and will really add to this wall hanging I believe.. :)

Meanwhile...
One the hand quilting front I have not accomplished much over the weekend...  I sustained an injury to my middle finger on my right hand... when my nail broke off into the quick... so I had to quilt only with a thimble for several days as it healed... but this morning I finished the remaining areas like these on this second big block... and am off to add the wheel stitching in :)
So I should have some yummy pics in my next post of progress on this project!

This weekend we put our dining table up for sale and it sold within an hour!!!
It was a fine table actually but just didn't fit our style as it is modern and we are vintage... and it was tall chairs that weren't as practical... also as large as it was it didn't lend itself to game playing etc.. that I have fond memories of growing up... so it was time for a change in our home here ;)

We got this one!
A table that comfortably holds 8 chairs.. and look at the chair backs... they are engraved with a cool design..
Here is a view of the table with the leaf in it...
But here is how we decided we wanted it for now...
And here is a better view of how cool the table top looks...
The center of the table holds a very special vase to our family and a circle doily for now.. I will make a centerpiece from a special block Connie appliqued for me.  Here is a close up of the flower in the vase...
for us this represents what this week is about in our christian history.. the death of Jesus.

Never fear though.. I have a white one waiting to replace it next week as He will be Risen!

Here is a shot of the adjoining area where we have a secretary...
From this angle light was NOT my friend... but you can see how well the chairs of the table coordinate with the color of the secretary...  Here is a better shot of the top of the secretary...
And if you didn't catch the close up of the vase... it has a Mickey Mouse engraved into the swirls... we also have magician Mickey Mouse on our secretary :) lol!
See!

So that is all we have been up to around here.. coming up will start the remodeling of our kitchen and adding a proper bar to the ledge there... Watch my honey's skills in that department... as I continue to sew and create for our home and for friends and family!

Have a blessed day ya'll and remember...

Friday, March 18, 2016

Spiral Log Cabin ~ Piecing Progress :)

Happy Friday Folks!!!!

Check out my Design Wall today :)  I am sooo excited!
Last Friday I shared that I was gonna start my first log cabin quilt... a Spiral Log Cabin Wall Hanging is how it will finish.. it is for our living room focal wall as you enter our home :D

So how did I accomplish this with just this at my disposal?
First I found a piece of foam board that was holding a puzzle we have yet to make a frame for and found a new place to store the puzzle... I made sticky notes for each size of log I needed to make and I even used different colored sticky notes for dark versus neutral logs...
but truly the different colours weren't really necessary! lol  Oh well ... made it more interesting a task anyway in the prep work!

Then I separated my jellyroll... I only used 1... sold the second one within 1 hour of advertising it too!  Yippee :)
It is important with a Log Cabin pattern.. because you are sewing so many small pieces together to make a square unwonky block to make your fabric as unstretchy as possible... I was using a jelly roll which is WIDTH of fabric cuts... when a log cabin is recommended for LENGTH of fabric cuts that do not stretch at all...  So I used Best Press...
My method was to best press all the jelly roll strips just prior to cutting them into logs... I spritzed the Best Press on each fabric piece and let it rest for a bit...then ironed it dry and it was quite crisp... made it easy to cut and easy to sew!

Here are my first 4 log cabin blocks up close...
And the 4 I just finished this morning...
I liked this second grouping best as it seemed more scrappy to set the tone for the scrappiness I desired for this wall hanging to be! :)  So the pic at the top is probably the final placement on all the blacks in my pattern...

Now this next week I will focus on cutting enough red (the neutral logs are ALL cut) logs to make 16 red and neutral blocks!  Yay ;)

I want to send a special thanks to Wendy for gifting me this book by Judy Martin...
also included in the photo is a little book I got myself by Sharyn Craig... both are very ingenious quilters and these books hold many patterns but more important together they hold the secrets that really are making this log cabin quilt successful!

Linking this post to Sarah's Whoop whoop Friday Linky Party HERE <<

In the meantime ... I have made it 2/3 of the way through quilting my second Carpenter's Wheel block on Brandi's Graduation quilt.  Here is a close up!
 Can you see the red big stitching around the star pieced diamonds??

I am really enjoying the diversity in these 2 projects currently.

How many projects are you CURRENTLY working on?  I like 2 I think.. as I dream of more to come... I try to keep track of where I am in each.. I have more WIP;s... but currently working on projects.. 1 piecing and 1 hand quilting is good for me :)

Also, I got to keep my grandson CJ yesterday...

he will be 2 years old in June!


Isn't he a cutie with his silly face on... trying to grin at me! lol

Have a blessed weekend and remember that...




Sunday, March 13, 2016

My first Carpenter's Wheel block is complete!!!

Ya'll I am so excited to have finished the first block of this quilt!!!  


It is 28" square...
 There are 9 (yes NINE) of these blocks that make up the quilt...

I have merely completed the center block in the top shot :)  Both Brandi and I love how it is looking though!  I am using Hobbs cotton (80%) and wool (20%) batting and am loving the loft it adds to the cotton feeling of the batting and very easy to needle for sure!!!

Here is a peek at my current set up with the PVC frame my honey made me just for quilting this quilt...
We also purchased a second inexpensive gooseneck floor lamp at our local big box discount store :)  It helps to throw light on all parts of this 20" x 50" frame ;)

Now I have started on another Carpenter's Star block... I am working on the very top part... the "wheel section in this shot...

It is already starting to bring this block to life as well!  I am very pleased overall with the time I am putting into this as it is going much FASTER on my frame now :)

Do you use a quilt hoop or frame?

I started quilting without a hoop but learned after about 10 quilts that hoops help a LOT... then I have tried this version of a frame and am in LOVE with how I can see my work and keep it more consistent and not have to move as frequently as I would a hoop on this big block quilt!

One addition to my quilting gear of late has also been an underhand thimble...
 It is made of a silicone like material and is soft and pliable but not easily penetrated by the needle point...  Here is the package insert ... I am using this Large that was gifted to me by a friend on my middle finger... but plan to get a medium for my pointer finger also! :)
Do you find your underfingers get abused much?? I had hamburger like finger tips on my left hand.. now I am seeing that all heal up using htis frame and consistently remembering to use this thimble and use my middle finger as my main underhand finger to use with my rhythm... :)  Yipeee!

I am planning on getting a proper frame kit that my honey can one day build me a proper frame for quilting to avoid basting and try something else new now... I think I will like it too! lol

So how about you?? What are your habits?? Do you have tools of the trade you adore??  I would love to hear!

Don't forget by the way if you are in a Spring season time zone change....
Linking this hand quilting progress to Kathy's Quilts... Slow Sunday Stitching post >> HERE
I feel blessed you came to visit and made it this far too! lol

Until my next update remember...