Sunday, December 31, 2017

On your mark... get set... DONE!

Wowee ya'll!  My last post just a couple weeks ago showed me at 3/4 done... I have now got this view to enjoy!!!
The goal had been to have this off the frame for New Years day ... we need to disassemble it for our upcoming move... but this morning I was able to finish the quilting on the quilt that was on this frame and take it all off!!

Now to make up binding and attach it and decide on wording for the label and embroider it on there too... and sew it on!  I am just so excited still though that I am looking at this empty frame a day early if not more !!!

 I worked on this quilt every day as we have packed, cleaned, sold, and gave away things to downsize and prepare for our upcoming move...

Here is a nice shot I took but didn't date... I think it was 1 1/2 weeks ago though...
 I had lots of questions in my hand quilting facebook group so I made this photo tutorial...
 And shared this one too...
 Someone asked if the chank and Mark B Gone went away easily and they do but I also made this photo to show it! :)

 Here is the quilt with just a bit more quilting left to happen in the borders...

And with EVERYTHING marked!!!
 Here are some highlights of some personalizing I embroidered on the center top of the quilt for the newlyweds...
 The layer cake I used to make this quilt with...
 A fresh photo of the newlyweds they shared for Christmas...
I think my son looks like a mountain man at 6' 7".. and his wife is only 5' 1" lol!!!  But aren't they cute :D

Meanwhile I have still been aking slow but sure progress on a quilt to be hand quilted!!!
 And dreaming about a wall hanging I like for my future sewing room once we sell this home and find a new smaller home :)

Sharing this post with Kathy's Quilts today... come see what other hand stitchers are linking up on this cool day for most of the USA HERE!

Here is a preview of my focus for 2018....
 And with that... I am out of time for now so will post and answer each of your comments if you are able to accept a reply.

Have a blessed day and a Happy New Year 2018!  Make sure you take time to Love One Another today!!!


Sunday, December 17, 2017

3/4 Done with Amethyst Stars and MORE !

Hello All!  Hope you are have a happy holiday season wherever you reside in the world !!!

I have been plugging away at this quilt ... Amethyst Stars and am now over 3/4 done :D
Actually it calculates to 80% complete on the rows I have done but the top edge... that is starting to show when I rolled to Row 12... in this shot...
with the next roll a row of green will then be visible!!!  Stay tuned to see if I finish this quilt up though before the New Year!!!  That is my goal is to have this off the frame before we move!!!

And speaking of moving...
 Our Casa del Loro is officially on the market for sale!!
Here is what I posted on Craigslist before the house went up for sale though in the back yard...
Which left us here....
 Then with some hard work by my honey and our yard folks.... we got it to this :D
While all this change was happening in the back yard... look who I was hanging out with ....

And I even did a bit of retail therapy for the Season ... for myself! lol
I got some hand knit wool socks that are made of a wool that will let me wash them too!!!  I got them off Etsy... just leave a message if you want more info on these!

Now that we are talking again about hand done things... let's chat about quilt marking...

I am using chalk... both actual chalk pencil and Pounce mainly for marking but some squares are light enough to mark with a blue wash away marker too....
Above you can see the Pounce pad and the chalk pencil as well as my thimble by Clover :)

Now you can see the perle cotton big stitched on those lines below!
I am linking all this fun slow stitching progress... and where I will be spending most of my time today as well to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday Linky... see what others are slowly making at her linky party HERE!
When I quilt I occasionally indulge during the holidays in a bit of Peppermint bark by Dove!! Yummm
I love the holiday sayings on them too!!!  Do you have a fave snack you indulge in during the holidays???

Although I haven't worked on this this week... I have been making a bit of progress on a future hand quilting project... by getting some blocks machine pieced... here are 9 all done and laid out on the carpet....
this is really gonna be a Krazy Kaleidoscope quilt too I think when all done!!!  all but the greys I used are from my existing stash too ~  LOVING IT!!!!

One thing we will certainly miss in our location in Florida is seeing the rockets launch from our back yard... look closely at this shot and you can see the comm trail rising toward that big cloud... it is the trail left by the Space X rocket earlier this week from Cape Canaveral Florida due south of our home :D


Finally from our home to yours we wish you a Happy Christmas!!!!

Take time to listen to some Christmas tunes... Pentatonix has a new album out and I have been enjoying it via headphones and even on the Bose speaker... quite remarkable what they do with little to no actual instruments but those given to them by birth !

Have a blessed Christmas... please keep our home sale and subsequent purchase of a new smaller home in your prayers and thoughts!  We are excited to start this new chapter in our lives and look forward to sharing the highlights here as well!

Most important we find it hard to remember for most drivers but show your love for one another and have extra Christmas  cheer when driving this Holiday Season!  This seems to be in short supply when shopping and when driving around here anyway!

Blessed Holidays to you all and don't forget to....







Sunday, November 26, 2017

Amethyst Stars... 2/3 complete!!

Can you believe this...
I had to come back to my blog and see when the hand quilting on this big quilt started today...
July 15, 2017!!!
WOWEEE ... I am thrilled... I thought it had been a couple months longer! lol

Check out that blog post HERE!!!

Well today I am here to share with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday HERE all that I have been up to... including some delicious shots of my progress hand quilting this intricate pattern :D  So buckle up and read along my bloggy friends!

Here was the end of row 9 and a shot of the threads this project is taking....
 I am really enjoying the variety of stitching in each of the charm square blocks along the way.

Marking out the rope border is quick n easy with my Pounce pad :)
 Soon that and the argyle finish are complete too!
 And as promised a pic of all the threads I am using... Aurifil 28 wt, YLI 40 wt, and perle cotton 12 wt are all present and accounted for here ...
Can't decide yet but I think I will need more of the gold perle cotton I am using for the rope outside border... if so that is the only one that will need to be obtained... unless I need more Ecru DMC for the charm squares... I must order the gold online as it is Valdani and I am unable to locate locally... but the DMC is nearby at Joann's... so I can pop in there if need be to finish this quilt in the next few weeks!!!

And here is a shot of my frame and ROW 10 ... 
I have finished on the outer borders and ready to start the charm squares and stars here now :D

I hope you each had a great Thanksgiving ... me and my honey enjoyed the day immensely...
I heard from my kids and sent shout outs on facebook to those near and dear too!

Here was our table including the place mats I made...
Ready to be dressed with ham and turkey and all the fixin's...
Yummy!!!  It was really good too.  At this writing all the leftovers have been consumed so we did a good job of estimating our need and not having so much excess food in the house to be tempting... we are still working on weight loss goals and getting in better overall health.

Those place mats got made just in time before it was time to pack up the sewing room in prep for selling our home and moving a bit north... that is our goal anyway! lol

We also got to watch a rarely shown episode of Leave it to Beaver on Thanksgiving...
It is called "The Scrapbook" and it was the final episode... not sure why they don't play it when they play all the others over and over... but this episode and one other we hadn't seen played Thanksgiving and we were thrilled!

My son James and his wife (the ones the Amethyst Stars quilt is for)... built themselves a new table over this holiday weekend too...
 Above was them working on finishing it up and below it is in their bedroom ready to give them respite!
Doesn't it just look amazing!!??  I LOVE that he got some untapped handy genes somewhere/somehow!

So here is my sewing room today with my latest sewing machine project I fiddle with when I need a diversion from hand quilting and packing more stuff up....

Gloria... my Singer 301a is doing a fine job of precisely piecing the hexi centered blocks... I need quite a few to make us a quilt for our bed though... lol!

My 401a and fabric chest and cutting table and ALL OF MY STASH (meaning Bonnie Hunter's ... On Ringo Lake mystery is getting printed for making once we are relocated!!!) is packed away except for what you see above!!!!  We couldn't believe how many boxes it took to wrangle my sewing stuff ... and I am NOT DONE YET!!! lol  I have sewing items in EVERY room... but by the end of THIS DAY TODAY those should all be boxed and ready for a new home somewhere north where seasons again exist :D

Please keep us in your thoughts/prayers as we look for God's will in our move north of here... are you doing Bonnie's mystery this year??  I would love to hear about that too!!  I am a HUGE fan and this will be my first time to try out her mystery :D

Hope all is well for you and yours!  Please take time if you like to go visit the others who are linking their slow stitching hand done projects at Kathy's quilts today and remember until my next post to...





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!