Saturday, February 18, 2017

...And after this unplanned 3 month blogging hiatus...

I have a catch up post to share with you all... I have been thinking of all my regular readers :)

First I want to dedicate this post to my good friend who is now in heaven... Kathy Porter.. she passed in January from ovarian cancer... her death was not sudden but did hit me hard... she was a very sweet quilting and blogging friend of mine.  If you knew her please pray for her family she left behind like I have been !!!


Over the Christmas season I found this photo on Facebook .. my grandmother (will be 99 years young this September!!!) with my brother and his family :)  It is now on my refrigerator! lol


Now let's get into some quilty business... I worked very hard all of November and December and on January 4 I finally finished so we could sleep under what is now known as "Chain of Diamonds" quilt...
 And here it is on our bed :)
I designed this myself but was inspired by this quilt called Emily's Wedding Quilt found in a Fons and Porter magazine/website :)
We have since added a quilt I made with my bestie Connie a few summers ago from a book she had.  It lived as a throw and backdrop for featherweights for those years... and now it will be for Daisy to sleep under!!! lol
Yahoo :)   These are BOTH hand quilted btw ... I am so happy to see these both going to good use now in our daily life!  A fresh start for sure!!!

Soon after finishing these I decided to start sewing my stash up into quilts for 2 twin beds we have in our 2 guest rooms... this summer we are expecting friends and family to come for visits and I wanted real quilts on the beds ... but my poor hands were worn out from Chain of Diamonds quick quilting ... so my honey sat me down and had a chat with me and it was decided that these 2 quilts would be machine quilted on my newly fixed up 401a Singer from 1952 :D  WOW honey thanks for getting her back into running condition ... mending got done and quilting to do after that... all my piecing was done on Gloria my 301a from 1956... she is an excellent straight stitcher...
You see to the right of this machine is my ironing station... and to the left is my design wall... so it all works soooo nicely... she sits in a Queen Anne style #40 Cabinet... and is quite at home here :)

Hopefully this will give you a better idea....
Notice also the "k" thread spool and bobbin holder my honey made and gave to me over Christmas :)

So to work I got making half square triangles from a Missouri Star Quilt pattern I watched on youtube called a Herringbone Quilt...
I used some 10" batik squares and creamy light yardarge I found in my stash...
 and made fresh friends with Zena to machine quilt this using a vintage walking foot I found
that Bonnie Hunter had recommended as a better choice for these vintage machines in a quilt cam session I watched...
And this is how it turned out!!!

Hope you can see the machine quilting on this one... I followed the zig zagging of the quilt overall and love how it finished ... it is about 76 x 100" done :)  A nice LARGE twin just as desired!

Just needed 1 more quilt and I had this panel I wanted to incorporate in a design...
then I found THIS blog post with a free pattern on it... I used a jelly roll instead of 3 1/2" strips from yardage... and made mine scrappy instead of color blocked as they did in this shot of theirs...
This is also a Wedding Quilt! lol  I don't know if I have attraction unknown to that or what!  But again, I was inspired and used some of their directions but I cut and pasted the pattern to make it my own...
I did take a few more pics of this one along the way... it went from this with 1 jelly roll I bought on sale and yardage I had in my stash...  (the center fabrics came from Connie though! lol)


To this fun flimsy!!!
And here is the Wavy Sea Turtle Quilt getting quilted on Zena my 401a...

To make this finished quilt about 74 x 90" when done...
 and a close up so you can see the quilting better ;)
So I am finally up to February.. and I am working on an all new project... did a bit more mending of stuff that needed mending while Zena was being so agreeable... you see before my honey fixed her she was breaking thread for no reason no matter what he or I did! lol  I guess she just needed a time out or something.. I actually bought a Singer 347 for my zig zagging needs but it just wasn't heavy duty enough... so after the holiday was over my honey spent 1 on 1 time with Zena and now she is EXCELLENT!!!!

This project I am working on now is my first time working with 1930's reproduction fabrics... I followed a Moda Bake Shop recipe for Simply Woven HERE to make the center and added a couple borders and this is what I finished with... on Gloria my 301a of course :)
My top ended up at 46" x 60"... nice size for a 2 year old and her daddy to enjoy snuggles together :)  And on Valentine's day I added a pieced back with 2 little hearts in the piecing...
I love those little hearts a lot!  HERE is a close up with directions on how I made them with leftover 2 1/2" strips ;)... they don't show off enough here but once they are properly quilted from the front in the overall pattern I have chosen they will be more fun.

This quilt will be for the 2nd birthday of my granddaughter Kaydence...  So 2 hearts on the back.. there will be 2 on the front also in the border quilting.. The pic to the right is a fun shot I caught... the one below is a pic I took just for this post... and for my facebook followers too :) 

I will tell you that it sure it AWESOME!!! (after having to machine quilt 2 quilts) ... To be back at the frame HAND QUILTING again y'all!!!  This Hinterberg frame we bought as a kit and my honey built into a frame really is...
My Happy Place!!!

Notice above... I have wireless headphones... quilting helps... and a glass of sweet tea on the table beside my chair (table rolls and my honey made me a few years back... chair I got at Walmart for $70) and my fave lamp to the right moves around the quilt with me and it's a fun gooseneck ( it came with an attached torchier part too but my honey took that off as it was useless really for my needs.. $15 at Walmart)... I have a second one of these lamps but one is all I need presently :)  The shade is painted to make it opaque so it doesn't blind me as I quilt and points all the light at my work also!

I hope to catch up to each of you between posting this now as well as sharing Sunday.... when we can all see what you are slow stitching over at Kathy's slow Sunday stitching linky HERE where she is sharing a favorite podcast and how to bury machine quilting threads in a tutorial link :)

I haven't been reading many blogs during my hiatus... since about the time I quit blogging because I got so immersed in quilting... and now I am on a timeline as I am having a necessary knee replacement surgery in March just next month!  Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery and painless healing!!  

I wrote this post on Friday and read over it this morning adding this photo in to show you how I am doing the center... 
With baptist fans from THIS great tutorial!!!  I made a template from some template plastic I had and punched holes with a tiny hole punch I had saved from my paper crafting days... I am marking with a blue water removable marker :)  More on this in my next posting !!!

I look forward to hearing from you all... have a blessed day and until my next post.. hopefully sooner than 3 months from now!!! lol

And in this time of turmoil in the US as a whole... as well as the world overall... remember to...

15 comments:

  1. you have been doing a lot in your blogging break - I found too that we have to come to the understanding that we can not hand quilt all of our quilts especially if we have problems with our hands - it is just the way life is. Save the hands for the special quilts and do straight lines or curvy lines on the rest - they really do look good. It might not be as satisfying but I have come to love my machine quilted quilts now too. Good luck on your upcoming surgery - recovery does take a little time and you will not be pain free immediately! but give it time and your knee will be so much improved.

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  2. Your work is just beautiful. Glad to have you back with news on your blog.

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  3. Welcome back to blogging! Sorry to hear about Kathy, a wonderful person and blogger. You have been busy doing beautiful sewing. Thanks for the mention of that walking foot as I have been looking for one for my Singer 301A. I am happy that you are back.

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  4. I knew about Kathy ; it is so sad. You have certainly been busy; so much gorgeous work in one post!!

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  5. So much quilting you have been doing in our blog break! Love those butterfly's and your quilts are just beautiful.

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  6. What a delightful post. You have been busy with all your quilting projects. I do hand quilting too and sometimes I wonder if I'll ever finish a project because it takes so long. But, I always do and then I put another quilt top on the frames - just an ongoing friendship with my needle and thread. Your quilts turned out so nice. Love the hearts on the back and the butterfly stitching is so whimsical and happy.

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  7. Oh my goodness, you have been so productive and finishing things!
    I adore that new quilt you are working on with the butterfly design in the border and the baptist fans... quilting that would be pure delight! Enjoy!

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  8. You may not have been blogging about it, but you have been so productive! Everything you have been working on is simply gorgeous. Welcome back!

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  9. I think you got that "need to finish" illness I caught too. I recently lost a friend to cancer and it really gets you thinking and motivates you!

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    1. Also love that butterfly stencil...I have one too and have used it lots.

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  10. I have thought of Kathy often and did not know she had passed. Such a sweet person and a wonderful quilter. I love your Chain of Diamonds quilt. Awesome design. I, too, have not blogged in a long while. Last year was such a difficult one for me. Looking forward to brighter days.

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  11. Hi Kathi! You have been busy! Your quilts are amazing! Quilting on a machine is no joke, a great shoulder workout! Your bed is beautiful. Your granny is cute. So sorry about your friend passing away.

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  12. You have been busy! Love your happy place setup!

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  13. What a coincidence. I have 2 sewing machines- a Singer 301 and a 401a. My mother made my baby clothes on one, and I made my wedding dress on the other. I hope I can make such beautiful quilts someday. I am inspired by you.

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