Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hand quilting, Machine piecing, and Designing too!

Since finishing Kaydences sweet Butterfly Woven Quilt... she did receive it and she loved it her parents said... so all is well there!!!

Here is where I have spent some of my Sunday last week!!!
Daytona Beach Shores, Florida!
We have a driving pass to drive on the beach and walk around whenever it is open for driving on... when the surf isn't dangerous or in the driving path... so that is what we did last weekend... what a great way to rest and relax!!!

My bloggy friend Kathy is talking about how relaxing and restful taking slow stitches is... I couldn't agree more!  I have picked up a UFO that was sitting beside my recliner and have made a refreshing focus on it this week.  Here it was when I had it pieced and ready to layer and pin baste...
And here it was in my hoop as I started going closely around the "flowers" coming out from the center...
Daisy is always close at hand when I am hand quilting... above I was working on this project on my back porch Florida room (screened porch)... now I have brought it in and am working on it in my recliner in the air conditioning and in the living room :)
If you look at this photo above... the flower closest to this writing is not yet quilted around... the other 3 flowers and berries are quilted around now...  This is raw edged applique done expertly by my bestie Connie... I made it into a wall hanging but she did the applique I am not skilled enough to manage! lol

I am using wool batting on this project so once finished and out of the hoop the quilting will really show too :)  It will be a while yet as I have quilting for the borders... all to be decided as I go... this is my relax and enjoy project... because that is also Kathy's theme today for our slow stitching and I am working on this today as well... I am linking my post today to Kathy's Slow Sunday stitching HERE!!!  Come see what others are slow stitching while they relax and refresh 🌸



When not slow stitching on Sundays and when I need to relax... I have been designing a new quilt with this cool new book I just received.. it is an older book but still a GREAT book for designing borders.... it has 12 different quilts in it too :)

These quilts aren't so easy to make and far more than I would design myself... but they also explain how to add fun pieced border designs to your own quilts... the authors are great precise quilters on their own and together I think they are just FAB!!!!




Judy Martin is the queen of precise piecing log cabin quilts and Marsha McCloskey is the queen of the feathered star pieced patterns!!!  Yippee!!!

In between slow stitching and designing a quilt for my son and his new wife.... I have found ANOTHER ufo to unearth and continue working on piecing on Gloria my Singer 301a!!!
It has been over a year I think since I have worked on this quilt ... I had to discover how to piece the "flowers" all over again! lol

Here is 1 flower and a pic of the pattern...
 Here are several finished flowers and the template...
 Here is the booklet the pattern is in... it is full of lots of cool information though and is compiled by Darlene Zimmerman... this pattern is Hollyhock Garden and comes in 2 sizes in this book... but I am designing my own size! lol
 Here is some of the flowers on my design wall...
 This collage of pics shows a better view of what the finish may look like as well as my designing process... so I know how many flowers I will be needing!
 I am making the flowers from batik fat quarters... each fat quarter makes 6 flowers... 3 positive and 3 negative ones... I am using both types in my quilt... the pattern says to use just the positive ones though... I just can't see wasting those negative triangles though....
 You make strip sets then cut the positive and negative triangles...
Once the 2 sides are sewn together you best bet is to double pin the center to get a perfect flower each time... this is a pic I sent to Bonnie Hunter after her most recent Quilt Cam.. I was just sewing them....
Her quilt cam reminded me of the importance of taking time to pin some things... so I am now!

I need 102 flowers if you noticed that in my notes above... I am over halfway now so hopefully I will start adding the green triangles later this week.

Today I plan to work on a quilt I am designing for my son and his new wife...
 Above they are in Gatlinburg last weekend when they finally tied the knot!

And after seeing quilts that inspired them I am designing on graph paper something similar to the pic below I found on pinterest in Civil War colors at their request....
I love how the sashing of the charm square fabrics make stars :)

I will be adding a fun pieced border from my new to me book on borders to this to make a nice living room snuggle quilt for them as a belated wedding gift... it will be hand quilted once pieced on Gloria!  I am planning an extra long quilt as my son is 6 foot 7 inches tall with big feet ... his sweet wife Heather is only 5 feet tall! lol

I have recently printed new pics of my grandkids... thought you may enjoy seeing them...

Kaydence's new grandma does a great job of sharing pics... and CJ's mom caught him with a big smile I think as his dad swings him big!!!!

Hope you have a restful and relaxing Sunday y'all!

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Butterfly Woven Quilt for Kaydence is ALL DONE !!!

After sharing so much in my last post about HOW I quilted this quilt... I have kept my nose to grind stone and finished the quilting of it 💗
I had lots of fun making this a special quilt for my granddaughter Kaydence... with her first and last initial on the left side of the quilt...
I couldn't let KC be the only thing on this to identify who it was for though... so I used the nickname her dad and stepmom had given her across the top as well!
I had to draw it all out several times before I was satisfied... but what do you think below now! :)
I found that quilting "Bubbles" with back stitches turned out well for both sides of the quilt also... I wasn't sure before I did it though! lol
And above the label and tag are now on her quilt... I love the finishing though!

Then into the wash and dryer it went... finally ready to show off :)
I used a permenent pen and heat set it... and since I didn't have exactly the right shade of pink to sew down the label... I added a bit of found lace instead!!!

The hearts on the back side of this quilt came to be on Valentine's day... when the front was complete and needed a backing just a bit wider than this fabric was... so I expanded it from the center and used fabric from my stash and the hearts from leftovers from the front for sweet Bubbles to enjoy and remember her 2 year old present from her Grammy!!! <3

Linking this slow stitching accomplishment to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday Linky <3  HERE!

I would also like to wish you all a Happy Quilting Weekend... this is a fun weekend to take time to sew and I am doing just that myself as you can see above!!!



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