Sunday, December 8, 2019

Dreamy December Goings On Here - 2019 Edition

As Christmas nears across the world ... we are preparing here too!
 With Stockings hung by the fireplace with care...
 Notice Raggedy Ann has moved to the fireplace... well the shelf in the kitchen corridor has been reorganized while dusting occurred as well :)
 All our Christmas faves ended up on this shelf... the Angel is from Connie as it is the Mountain Christmas sign from last year :)  The little Hallmark treadle sewing machine is from Jannessa... and the little boat vehicle is an ornament we didn't want lost in the tree... it is named the Jolly Roger and has much significance in memories to my honey.

Then below... is baby Jesus in the manger scene... I love this simple nativity better than our big one.
 So you can see now that it has a place of honor too...
Here is our tree this year.  It is new to us and it needed LOTS of additions to fill it in ... but I think the fabric looped garland... silver sparkly garland and some extra lights and ornaments we love to open each year... was quite fun to decorate this 4 1/2 foot little tree. 

Then there is our 20 foot tree outside!
 And you can see our snowman looking at the tree...
 The view from the post office is quite awesome too!
 And looking from farther away... you can see our up on the hill neighbors lights around their home too!!!
So Monday we had snow here in North Carolina... we got about 1" all together and I took a short video for ya...
It was quite enchanting to have an early snow though!

Our bathroom was a easter egg green color - quite startling and not relaxing at all!  Now a nice creamy color!

Jannessa and her hubby Alan came over last Sunday afternoon... and it was Monday morning early when I happily finished this table runner ... aka placemat for our bar...
 Here it is ready for me and my honey to enjoy too!
 Also Jannessa not only free motion quilted the table runner but this table topper for Connie too!!!
 She did such a nice job!!! Connie received it Friday and LOVES IT <3

Also received in the mail this week was Holli Jo's wall hangings I made.  She posted this on facebook to share what I had made her and she is giddy to finish her quilting schedule she is on to hang them...
her sewing room is rearranged atm... hanging both are out of the question for now :D

I love the collage she made and the friendship sentiment... made all the work that happened on these wall hangings worth it!!!

Yesterday Jannessa came over and we made snow flake ornaments that are of Scandinavian descent from THIS tutorial.

Here is Jannessa's on her tree...
 And here is mine <3 ...
 Finally... I can share that I am at the end of the row on the Swoon Quilt :)
 I am working on outline of the third swoon then on to the border so I can roll once again!!!
 Here is a look from afar too...
Today I plan to work on that third Swoon bottom... and also to work on my daughter's bag I am making her for Christmas... so no pics here of that!!!  Linking my hand quilting and making stuff by hand progress to Kathy's Quilts - Slow Sunday Stitching linky... come see what everyone is up to this holiday season ... RIGHT HERE!

I also have a wall hanging for the kitchen that will be a mix of hand and machine quilting to finish it post haste but nicely... Jannessa has given me some GREAT ideas on straight line and organic line stitching I can manage I think!

While I have been writing this I have been chatting too with my 2 best friends... and listening to THIS SONG :D  How about you ... are you drinking something yummy or listening to some seasonal tunes??? 

Leave me a comment and...


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Swooning into December 2019!!

Wow... December 2019 Y'all!!!
Keep looking up Snoopy says!!!  Here in the mountains of North Carolina USA we are due some snow tonite or tomorrow!!!  Let's see if that happens as it is 50 degrees F at this moment... that is the high for today though! lol

Jannessa sent me this photo the other day....
 She loves the placemats I surprised her with and decided to hang her new winter cardinal wall hanging over the table that coordinates so well... maybe I should look for some cardinal salt and pepper shakers too! lol  I love how her table finished up!

Molly our Poodle / shih tzu mix has been in rare form lately...
 Above... not wanting to miss any of our conversation she fell asleep in her travel crate while me and my honey were in a deep discussion about painting the bathroom.... Then a couple days later she found herself in the mirror from the bathroom as it was being painted.
 She can't decide if she knows that reflection in the mirror!  She is very curious though!!!  And below in her fave relaxing spot between her daddy's legs....
 In a group I am on with facebook creators... they asked us to share a selfie of ourselves... well here is mine!!!
This is one of my fave with the sun coming in just the right angle and 3 weeks post hair cut so all looks good...lol!

But Swoon quilting took the main of my week... along with a secret project I should be able to share next week in my post as it should be received by then...
 Above I finished the row of medallions....
Below I made deviled eggs... a delicacy we rarely have and both thought would be fun to enjoy for Thanksgiving...
 I didn't take a photo of the food we decided to have but I can tell you it was delicious... a T Bone steak and baked potato and broccoli.  YUMMY!!!!!  Then back to Swoon time and time to roll the quilt on the frame...
 These are the final 3 swoon blocks to quilt!!!!  Look below you can see more clearly the top of the quilt!!!
 I send progress reports to Connie... and this was one...
 Soon I was outlining the bottom 1/3 of the swoon block first in the line ...
 And today I will finish filling in those blue lines to fill in the outlined swoon block... do a mini medallion and make my way to swoon #2 for the same areas...
I am linking this Swoon-tastic progress to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday linky post HERE <<<  Come see what everyone else is up to <3

Also linking with all my HQAL friends...
This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy and Connie

It has been a GREAT week all together with much accomplished... but much left to do :)  So off I go to accomplish... Keep your head looking up and ahead... not down and looking back though... Snoopy Says So!!! lol

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Lots of hand quilting progress to share this week!

 November in the USA is a time to recall all that we have to be grateful for.... even my calendar this month reminds me this is a month of Thanksgiving!
Our Christmas Cactus is busting out with gratitude and showing off these awesome bright pink double blooms all over!!!
 And I am a step closer to finishing the bag for my daughter by adding a hidden message for her to see....
 It is hard to read but in cursive it says "You look really pretty today" ... I just had to buy the tags for this project :)

Mainly this week I have been hand quilting... beginning with a new row Monday morning.. I did slow stitch quite a bit last Sunday so I could let the area I was quilting dry from being spritzed then roll down....
 This was my first area to see...
 and by mid week I was here...
 Now today I am working on the mini medallions beside the big medallion shown here...
Linking this lovely hand quilting I am sharing with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitchers HERE <<<  Come see what else my friends are stitching up!!!

 I did make a couple of surprise finished place mats for Jannessa...
She loved them... I washed and dried them too but forgot to get a photo of them both... each features two loving cardinal couples :)  These are to use at Christmas and since that is next week for decorating up the house after Thanksgiving I though I may as well gift them now.

Then after a long rainy few days... my honey got out in the rain on our back deck at sunset & got these photos!!!!
 And this one too... both from our back deck looking over our pond...
 So a shorter visit for you all for this time as I have several secret sewing projects I worked on too! <3

For now enjoy my new closing and share what you are up to too in the comments!  See ya next Sunday!!!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Giddy with Progress this Week!

Ya'll I couldn't come up with a better label for this week's post... I am simply GIDDY with the progress I have made around here since last Sunday's post!
And I have also continued to give thanks for all the good in my life at this moment...

How about you?

Last week I had sooo much happening I didn't share that I got 2 new little cutting mats.  But I did share this project I was interested in...
 Made possible by my friend Jannessa who gifted me this Winterlude fabric and pattern... but if you recall I shared how my bar in the kitchen needed a longer and skinnier table runner so I used their blocks and made up a different plan...
 First...
I decided the center would be the blue blocks with vanilla polkadotted center spots...

Now on the left or right you can see the ruby Olfa rotary cutter I won along with the pink floss and true blue Olfa cutting mats!  What better way to give them a test run but with this project!!!!










I used Julius for the piecing of the 3" finished blocks...
 And soon I had the 12 center blocks done...
 Low time to add the outer triangles for the square in a square like the pattern called for :D
 Soon that was done and sewn into a long strip and I cut red and green from this same Winterlude line to make all the little squares around the outside of the blue ones...
 Like this...
 Soon it was ready to get the float border done and then add these 42 squares... all have the cream portions for centers.
 Finally I got it ALL pieced this morning ...
 And here is a close up of the right side of the table runner....
I love it!  Jannessa is going to fmq the center and I will add organic straight lines and a flange binding I will try to manage on my own by machine 100%!!!!!  Oh my!!! I have never done this binding... Jannessa has shared her favorite tutorial on this topic...

DO YOU HAVE A FAVE PIPED / Flange BINDING????  

Please tell me how to find it in the comments below so I can be ready!  

I have also been making stellar progress on my Swoon hand quilting...

Here I had finished the first swoon block and was working on the sashing where we had marked a medallion but it was so light it needed a re-marking... so I did!
 Soon that was done and I outlined each segment of the top of the second swoon and prepared it for the big stitch filling in...
 Finally ... with all this cold weather that is way colder than usual... by Thursday morning as it was teens outside when I woke to quilt... I turned on the fireplace and enjoyed a bit of a fire to keep me warm... mmmmm
 And I made it to halfway that morning filling in the second swoon block top...
 Soon I was to the second sashing ... after the second swoon and before the 3rd...
 I love how we decided to quilt these medallions ... they are really gonna show off the negative space on this quilt when Connie has it displayed on her bed!!!

Finally to the 3rd Swoon top block...
 Morning... nooon... and night I hand quilt on this frame.... I really enjoy it too.. it IS my sanity...
 After going around each section with regular hand quilting thread...
 I fill in the lines about 1" apart with big 12 wt thread... looks sew nice on these busy blocks!
 And this is where I am this morning... working on these 2 pinwheels and the outer border as well as edge basting to be done!!!
 I am linking this wonderful progress to Kathy's Quilts HERE <<<< Go see what others are linking and check out Kathy's finish this week... ALL by hand instead of machine pieced like mine are!!!

And our Christmas cactus started to bloom this week... sew many blooms!!! <3
 I was lamenting to Connie about being stuck on a secret project I am working on for a special Christmas something for someone ...
I sent her the fabrics on the left along with some other fun things I had collected for her since our last meeting... and she is now sending me the gorgeous Hexi Flowers on the right!!!!  SCORE!!!!





Then yesterday Jannessa came over and remembered her wall hanging... so my honey snapped this shot for us...
 I am definitely Thankful, Grateful & Blessed to have her and Connie in my life.. as well as my honey of course! lol

We are almost done with our backpack purses we have been working on .  I think she is using hers herself and I am sending the one on the left ot my daughter....  it has been an arduous but interesting bag to make! lol
I let sweet Cleopatra (Singer 319w) do this heavy duty job... Jannessa used a Singer 301 for hers :)

How has your week been?  

My honey has mulched and vacuumed the yard again this week...The cold encouraged leaf dropping from several of our trees...along with new growth!  Hoping they hibernate well and re-bloom next year okay!!!  We also experienced difficulties with the inflow and outflow with the freezes affecting the pond ... so my honey worked on that too.

Our car is running as it should and drives great since getting new front tie rods put in.  So with 2 trips to Asheville under our belt this month.. I sure hope nothing else happens :D

Have a blessed week!