Sunday, November 12, 2017

Highs and Lows... and Thank a Veteran too!

Did you recall yesterday was this day??
I thanked my veteran and every veteran I came across... and although this may be an American inspired day each country can participate in thanking a Veteran for this freedoms they now have in the place we call home!

I have been busily quiet... I did get tagged in the latest facebook post to share pics each day in black and white... 7 days with a picture each day... check out my facebook feed to find what I have shared so far  HERE :)

I also have fallen into watching this...
 Which ended with this quilt ...
WoW!!!  Thumbs up on this series!!!

So today and all weekend I have focused on hand quilting and house cleaning... I am linking my hand quilting progress with Slow Stitching Sunday HERE :)

Kathy is asking for tips on lighting ... I use very cheap light stands (see the black one in my blog header) with expensive bulbs... they are fluorescent bulbs from Lowe's in "Daylight" and they work great giving me lots of clear white light to quilt by day or night! :D  Hope this helps you in your ability to attain good lighting!!!

While I watched the Netflix Chik Flick... I also stitched away and reached the halfway point!!!

 The receivers of this quilt read this blog... so I am including this shot for Heather to enjoy a look at row #8 at the midpoint of the quilt for her and James :)  ....
I am really enjoying every turn of the frame on this quilt and happy to share such good progress since my last post here on Sunday's with Kathy.

We have also been very busy... and decided to take a much needed break to see the leaves change in North Carolina!
Here are some snippets of our journey above.... it was not a relaxing vacation like we planned tho! lol

We did have a great friend keep Daisy for this trip and that was a blessing for sure!!!

Next time we get a wild hair to go north it will not include going through Atlanta though!!!

I took multiple pics of the fog coming up in the mornings off the Appalachian Mountains and not 1 of those shots came out well... so this is my fave pic of what did turn out ...

Enjoy the colors of the season wherever you are!!!

Back to quilting and laundry for me... hope you find productivity & bright light in your day!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Surprises!

Last Sunday I posted that I planned to slow stitch and just enjoy the day... and I did ... until I was awakened by my honey and a knock at our front door!!!
Here I am fresh as a daisy after a great nap and my front door knocker ... my Bestie!!!  Connie :D

She drove over 11 hours y'all!!!!

And a group shot... my honey had no idea either she was headed our way for a few days of quilty fun!!!

Here she is after SHE had a little nap after her travels... hand quilting a wall hanging/ future baby quilt for someone very lucky...
 Daisy loves Connie and was by her side most of her time here... we also got another quilt layered... for her oldest daughter to snuggle once HAND quilted...
 We took a tour of the beach too...
 But the waves were up and still lots of trash on the beach from Irma so no driving on it this time.  Then we visited all our fave restaurant.. .a local restaurant and had a belated birthday celebration while we were there...
We also got pedicures while she was here... all in all a lot of quilty and friend soaked loving fun we had for 4 full days and 4 nights... sleeping here and there and quilting LOTS!

We chatted a lot while she was here about goals and plans ... for us each... and Rick and I decided now that she had made this spontaneous visit and closed some loose strings really during her visit it was time to get a move on moving to cooler climate and getting our seasons back... so we spent a lot of time researching and came out with some answers...
We want a log cabin style home and we want southern North Carolina area... so we are moving forward and listing things on local sell groups and eBay too... so far we quickly sold these 2 things..

 And this was bought by a lady who will pick it up on the 6th of November... as she was on a Caribbean cruise when she contacted me and made the purchase via Paypal!!!  WOWEE :)

Facebook spotting of my son Mike... with my brother and his kids!
Can you believe too that in this next week we will enjoy costumed kids... and adults in a tradition we call Halloween... greet November in ... and change time too!!!  Back to Standard time!!!
 My honey and I have been very successful selling things so we went and bought paint for a fresh coat on the house... but this wasn't mixed right so we had to return it and have a remix....
 Meanwhile... I have been hand quilting ROW #7!!!!
 Here are charms #4 and #5 freshly spritzed and scrubbed clean of the chalk markings...
 And if I didn't believe this before with all the changes and surprises happening around here I believe it now!!!
And here is a cool "Chrome Locomotive" as it was named... that we saw while driving around our town the other day!!!  Wouldn't it be nice to have this traveling home for vacations???!!!
Well... time to get back to quilting this morning for me... and who knows what the rest of the day will hold as we have lots of things on local swap shops as we are clearing out the clutter and excess preparing our home to go up for sale. 

I am linking this hand quilting post up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching linky... come see what everyone is Slowing Down and Stitching!!!  HERE <<<

Keep our sanity in your thoughts and prayers PLEASE as we prepare to change all we know as "normal"!  So for now remember to ...


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Forward Progress Happening Here :)

So happy to have some positive progress here this week to share at Kathy's.. for Slow Stitching Sunday :)  And this is where you will find me today too!!!

Yep... I rolled the quilt on the frame again... now on row #7 of 15 rows total to do so ALMOST HALFWAY y'all!!!

I am sooo excited with this progress... here is a close up of the beginnings of row 7...
I am really enjoying the border and planning out the motifs for the charm blocks too... it is all quite fun for me :D  Linking this post to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching come SEE!!!  HERE <<< and praying this is gifted by Christmas!!!

I can't stitch all the time though... I am not as handy with thimbles as I could be so my fingernails break off frequently... thus I have also been working on some machined projects while increasing my use and ability to stitch with thimbles! lol

I completed this cool table topper...
If you are interested in my thoughts on the pattern I purchased and the overall construction of it in more detail look at my post from yesterday right HERE!

Earlier this week my kids met up in Tennessee and I got these photos sent to me...
 Above is James and his wife Heather with my son Mike... and below is Mike with my dd Brandi :)  So nice that they all keep in contact with each other!! 💗
Meanwhile I have been thinking of upcoming holidays and treated myself to an early Christmas present in the form of the new Quiltfolk magazine... focusing on middle and eastern Tennessee!!!

This is a completely ad FREE magazine that is 170 pages of vintage and historic quilts in pics.. plus a few newly constructed too... but the focus is on quilt history in each state.. this quarter it was focused in Tennessee ... where I am from!!  They cost $22/each or $75/year subscription and there is no postage fees and it came well wrapped for safe transport via USPS... I hope to order more interesting ones in the future as I find them quite pleasing to enjoy on my back porch as the weather cools a bit.

Also on the Countdown to Christmas in my mind has been making some placemats for our dinner table... and I found a youtube tutorial I felt inspired by... here is the photo that inspired me...

And here is my fabric choices for MY placemats...
 Here I am actually doing it.. see the negative fussy cutting template I made at the top of this pic below??  A first for me ... just made from cardstock though :)  I got 4 of these 6" x 10" hexi images from a fat quarter!!! PERFECT :D
 Then I had the inner border on...
 Then the outer border and a good pressing was had!! lol
 Finally a look at my completed idea after re-auditioning bindings... not sure about the backing yet... should I go with plain fabric or make them multi seasonal with some print on the back that would also look nice with a black binding...
Well I made 2 of the 4 I need so far and now will ponder this quandary as I slow stitch this Sunday away :D  These measure now 12" x 17" so that is a good size for us.. we use smaller sized lunch plates anyway :)

Are you making any crafts for your home for Christmas??

Finally... my honey has been making me a built in office in our bedroom... and he has painted the wall a soft gray color!!!
 Now here it is once all had dried well and I could move back in to this space :D  I LOVE IT!!!
 I especially like the little shelves above... holding my overflow, a pic of my bestie and me from last summer's visit and some decore items...
 We continue to ponder a move in the springtime... please keep us in your thoughts and prayers... anyone near Graham, NC?  This is in the center of the state ... would love to get some pics from you if you live near this part of the world!!

Thanks for stopping by to see what I am up to... I would LOVE to hear from you as well!  Please leave a comment and have a blessed day my friend!  And don't forget to follow the link I left for you to see what all hand work others are up to on this fine Sunday!!

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Leaf Table Topper DONE :)

Last year about this time I bought some Bosal Leaf shapes from MSQC to make a Fold N Stitch Leaf Topper...

But there were NO INSTRUCTIONS on how to make the topper with the precut pieces... so I had to buy a pattern by Poorhouse Quilt Designs...
This blog post will tell you what you REALLY need to know to make this and YES ... you need their pattern to make it I think!  Although the directions make it harder than it has to be AND the directions tell you this is a beginner project... I am an intermediate level quilter and found it quite a challenge at some places... thus this blog post!

First I read ALL the directions several times through.... then I decided on my dark and light greens and my 8 different colors... I used some prints and some batiks... but mostly small prints...
 This was also my first go at machine applique and using any type of adhesive product... I had been told by friends that Steam a Seam Lite 2 was the best for a project you wanted to stay light ... so I tried it.. I did have another brand of product but this was handy and I was dying to try it :)  I was NOT disappointed just so you know!

Here is everything now cut and ready ...
 The pattern tells you to lay the Bosal foam shape on top of your pinned together pieces and using a regular foot or recommended zipper foot adjusted for narrow fit to then stitch your leaf shapes.  Well that didn't work well for me... so I traced the leaf shape and followed the line ... with the pieces pinned so they didn't shift... MUCH EASIER!!!!
 Once turned ... using their directions leaving a slit... I laid out my version of patchwork ...
 Soon I had 4 laid out.. paper is still attached to the patchwork areas though...
 After I got all 8 done... and there was some creative exchanging done as well! lol  I took off the paper and specifically fitted each leaf...
 I ironed my Steam a Seam 2 per the manufacturers directs and never found it a mess as all to deal with.

Then I followed the suggestion of how to sew down the fabric edges but I chose to use a zig zag narrowly done on all my leaves..

I used dark green Aurifil 28/2 for a bit of leafy fun shape to my leaf applique process...

Here you can see some leaves front and back :)
Finally it was time to sew all the leaves together... I saw this trick on a video I looked up on YouTube... and instead of cutting out the big leaf shape I cut out the smaller section and marked my leaves.. you can see here my cardstock copy from the pattern...
Above are 4 sewn together... and more challenging... is the whole circle of them!!!

 The secret behind this shot is to make sure you don't sew your last join together until you iron it with steam and adjust it... then sew it by that measurement not the template as you have sewn the rest together by!  I had to resew the last join 3 times before I got a flat lying table topper y'all!!

Sooo... now that I have given you some tips... anyone want to buy my pattern for $7 includes shipping in the USA?  Comment below and I will email you back to get verification of your paypal email address before invoicing if you are interested!

If you buy this pattern from me above... you will get all the original parts of the pattern that have been gently viewed only.. as well as any assist from me that you like or need in making this with your fabrics and bosal... you can buy the bosal single sided foam in a sheet or buy the leaves as I did your choice..  I used all stash for the fabric to make mine though and LOVE it!!! 💗

Tune in tomorrow to see where I use it  for now :D

So until I catch you up tomorrow >>>make time today to...