Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11! Hurricane Irma has left the area y'all!

We won't forget....
 But we must move forward in America!  So this is my rememberance... to have a post today... but I was gonna write a post anyway if not for this reason to let you all know...

Today is also my niece Hayley's birthday!!!! <3

We made it through Hurricane Irma in one piece... a bit of fence damage but that is about it!!!  Here was an early update I shared on facebook!  That is where I posted updates for the many who were concerned about us and others in the area :)

Yippeee!!!!  This was the largest hurricane to ever make landfall in the US EVER!!!!  Crazy large and it is still quite windy and rainy but at least the hurricane I can report has been downgraded to a tropical storm now!!!


 So as we prepared for the hurricane... and whenever I had a nervous anxiety ridden moment that wasn't filled with preparations....  I quilted by hand!!!

Here is a great shot when I was mostly done with the quilting on the pillow top... the texture is sooo cool!  Here is the pattern on the left... I found this on google search for wholecloth pillow patterns....



 Once I had the pattern I printed it on a regular piece of printer paper ... cut that into a bit larger than a 1/4 of the pattern chunk of paper and enlarged it to make the pattern come out to 8" square per 1/4 pattern piece to give me a 16" square pillow pattern once taped all together...

I taped this all together as I just suggested and then taped this to a glasstop table... underneath the table I put a unshaded bare bright light and turned off all the ambient lighting in the room... I could then see the pattern through the table and onto the fabric.

I did tape the pattern to the table... then taped the whole piece of fabric cut to size for the pillow top on top of that.  Then I simply traced it with a mechanical #2 pencil :)
 Once I finished tracing it I untaped it all... put the shade back on the lamp! lol ... and layered up the pillow top and stitched it with some YLI dusty blue 40/3 thread I found that looks simply tone on tone with this fabric my honey chose.  He likes little stitches and not big bold stitching... so that is what he got with his snuggly pillow!  And here is the finish !!!!
 The back of the pillow is a pocket opening for the pillow form to easily slip inside.  I did use Palmolive dish soap on the quilted portion of this pillow before washing it in the washing machine.  I scrubbed it in well over the pencil marks... soaked it all in a bowl for 1 or 2 hours with warm water... then scrubbed it again with the remaining Palmolive still in the fabric and rinsed it well.  Then washed it and dried it in the laundry with other laundry thrown in with it for balance... and tah dah!!!
Overall I am very happy with this project :)

Next I focused on making use of some orphan blocks from the hexi quilt I made and gifted to a good friend... now I have this pillow I machine quilted uniquely ....
 I love the backing fabric too!!!

I was inspired from the free Craftsy class I watched on Labor day when they had free classes to watch...
I watched 3 classes all together that day... but this was BY FAR my fave of the one's I viewed :)  I like Jaquie Gering's style... so if you are looking for some walking foot quilting inspiration and have the desire for an online class I recommend this one!!!

I shared my lighting find in my last post...
and I have gotten back to my frame for some quilting and trying out the lights during the hurricane!  Once I finished the 2 pillows I shared above.

Someone had commented when I shared the lamps shot that maybe I should put them behind the frame... well I am still unsure that this will work unless I do as I am doing below using 2 lights! hmmm....
 Here I am working on row #4 now!!!
 And here is a quilted friend we rescued this week....
So I found this rescued quilted doxie a home with our most precious vintage items... it is a Jim Shore pup... very cute and not like anything I have seen before... my honey found it! lol
 The photo above is now my cover on facebook too!!! <3

Up next I am waiting for a template to come in the mail that has been delayed by the hurricane to start on a quilt in this pattern called Roundabout....
 You see my honey wants a LARGER quilt for our bed since we changed bed frames! lol  He is right though... so I will get to work on it!!!

As I quilt away on the quilt on my frame I find that in a quilt soon will come this quote!  It is soooo true!!!!
So for now from Florida's east coast... I wish you all well and don't forget to make time to show you...

5 comments:

  1. glad the storm was not bad for your area - I think overall it was less that they expected - not like it was for the Caribbean Islands - horrible damage there. You put so much stitching in a small area! great job. love your quilting frame and the lights.

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  2. So glad you are safe and nothing major to fix. Lets hope Jose turns around and blows away from us now.

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  3. So happy that your part of Irma is over! I've been glued to the news watching for updates. I do love your little Jim Shore doxie and that quote is so perfect for us quilters. Your honey's pillow looks very soft and comfy; that's a lot of quilting in that pillow!

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  4. i too watched that free craftsy class on walking foot as well...definitely getting one and doing some of that...it WAS a goodie!

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  5. So glad that the hurricane is gone. Hopefully your templates will come soon so you can start your new quilt.

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