Sunday, October 21, 2018

Playing Catch up ~ A New Quilt is in the Frame!!

I missed blogging last week because my best girlfriend came for a quick visit...
Connie lives about 4 hours from me and because her life is so busy.. she had not yet been to our home!!  She visited at least once a year when we lived near the beach but not since we moved to the mountains... so she left us with this souvenir shot of her visit on an old oak tree :)

While she was here she worked on some hand quilting... while I finished up the stitching on this purse for our friend Debbie!
 Molly is watching out for me as I stitched it all together too! lol

And here is the finish...
 It was Priority mailed this past week and already received and put into use!!

Also Connie brought gifts when she came including this cool quilt hanger that my honey installed in our kitchen...
 She also left us some apple juice bottles that are glass and she uses the leftover glass bottles for flower vases... well we loved that idea!!!  So my honey went into our yard and made me a vase for the computer area...


















And once I got my quilt loaded in the frame ... He also filled another vase with more flowers when I napped one day!!! :)

Here he is suprising me with flowers on a day I didn't feel so good...
 And here they are posed from the opposite side of the jar on the quilt I am working on intermittently :D
And last night it was to freeze here... so this was the last of the flowers from our yard ... so I wanted to share their delightfulness with you all!!!

Molly is now officially 4 months old !!!
 And after celebrating her birthday with a nice bath!!!  We prepped our guest room for Connie's soon arrival... I love this quilt but soon I think it will be time to wash it one last time and send it to it's destiny... to be with my darling daughter (dd) Brandi ....
She chose this quilt top and the quilting plan and colors ... I just did the work! lol

Once I finished the bag for Debbie... while Connie was here I started prepping the Rooster EPP project ...
 And even got out the organizer I had bought for this project too...
Pulled fabrics from my stash... and that pin cushion on the neutral fabric on the left... a gift from Connie too!
 Glued the templates to the fabric as the directions called for using scrapbooking adhesive I had in my stash :D
 Soon my pattern had MY colors in place of the makers colors... so it will match the vibe in our home...
 Here is a close up of that sweet hexi pin cushion Connie gifted me too ...
 And long after Connie was gone back to her home and her crazy busy life... I finally got it all organized!!!
Now to find the time to work on it some more... time to glue baste down all the edges with my Fons and Porter fabric glue sticks.

I removed the doggy themed border fabric and not jiving cornerstones and made this more civil war looking with remaining fabric left from Roberta's quilt finish....
 Daisy's Stars is now "Stars Among Us"  Tutorial to the scrappy star blocks is on my blog HERE.  It is truly more of a memory quilt we will use on the foot of our bed in honor of her... as none of this coordinates with Connie's decor! lol

I chose these stencils ... both I have never used before... for this quilt...












The left for the border and the right for the body of the quilt where the stars are :)

With batting and backing already pulled long ago for this quilt loading went quick...  First was the backing to put on the 2nd rail and the bottom rail... winding it twice to make sure all was straight...

Then the top and batting were added first to the top rail and rolled on (twice as well) ...
 Until they were going on straight and even...
 Then pinned to the backing at the bottom rail and tighted all up....
 Now I am ready to mark and begin quilting once I baste the bottom edge!!!
 Molly is my steady companion when I quilt... she tries to squeeze her growing body in this little box... so I traded it out for a larger box but she teethes on everything right now.. so don't know how long that will last !!! lol
 Soon the bottom border was all stitched in place...
 And I am now making great headway on the slow stitching of this crazy triangle pattern from my stencil!!!
 Here is my set up.. early each morning I bring in the day slow stitching...
 And here is how I am marking these designs.. with pounce chalk and with a piece of pink chalk in a marking tool...
I am linking this fun slow stitching ... where I will be today and every day... with Kathy's Slow Stitching Squad of hand work specialists HERE!  Come see what others are doing following the link and if you blog come join the party too <3

This week Bonnie Hunter posted this Bonnie-ism...
 And I received all this wonderful fabric in fat quarter form...
 Then I organized it with some in my stash like this...
 And checked value like this (Batman is for sale and was just a quiet space to rest your eyes between the colors at the top and those same fabrics in value only in black and white at the bottom! lol
 All in hopes of making 16 big 14" blocks of log cabin bear paw blocks like this...
 So this weekend I cut out the log cabin blocks in medium and light with red centers to keep the home warm :)
 And here is a close up of my piecing plan per bear paw block... with the first 4 log cabins pieced on Gloria the Glorious 301a!
 Here was my inspiration block found on Pinterest and shared there by the Stashing Sisters...
 If you are into log cabins...mine are not quite as intense as theirs... but I think it will work!!! lol

In closing this long post... I want to reward you with a glimpse of the Valley Eagle!!!  A bald eagle that lives in this area but we had never seen him... until the day before we got these photos and this day too...
 Here is my dd... now in Kentucky with some of her tribe.  We have a growing friendship now that she is grown up...she is in the center with Jasper the 6  year old sitting on her back! lol
So until my next post ... NEXT SUNDAY!!!!  Have a blessed week and...

Sunday, October 7, 2018

One finished & another ALMOST finished too!

Hello my bloggy friends... Hope that October is treating you well!
Now that you have seen THIS SEASONAL side of me... How about this side too :D
Can't help but be a bit silly!!!  I am finishing up now my SECOND finish since my last post y'all!!!

It didn't take long last Sunday until I finished all that hand stitching of the binding and got to this point!!!!
 I wash my freshly finished quilts on cool or cold with some regular soap liquid.  I bought the washer I have now just because it has this HUGE tub to soak my quilts in too... so I add a 30 minute soak now to new quilts in that cool water!!!  I will follow that with a drying session but find NEW big quilts need a second wash on warm if they will tolerate it based on colors used and a nice hard dry the second time to get the crinkly effect we love !!!  I use 80% cotton and 20% wool batting by Hobb's Tuscany from Connecting Threads in all my bed quilts... We love it <3

While it was washing I picked up the pillow top I am hand quilting to add to the bed. 
 My honey likes a snuggly little 16" cotton fluffy pillow to sleep with but has very oily skin.  So he goes through pillows about one every couple years... this is the same pattern we have on the bed presently on his snuggle pillow but the other one is batik greys which clash with this civil war / reproduction style quilt colors we are going to now.

Once my honey was up and Molly, our shih poo puppy who will soon celebrate 4 months old, was being watched by him... I decided it was time to go back in the sewing room for a bit... while the washing and drying was going on for the second round and work on Roberta's commissioned quilt project!!!
 Above I am outlining the completely machine quilted center... have I said how much I do not like machine quilting myself ??  I won't accept any more big machine quilting projects...I don't mind doing things for my Etsy shop... they are FUN!!!  But this.. was PURE struggle to quilt via machine... I am made for hand quilting personally. lol!  At least I now KNOW this about myself <3

Soon enough I had to take a break... or several as I fluffed the quilt in the dryer because it is soooo big... 105" square it finished up here...
 Here is a photo of the center....
 And here is my show photo!!!!
 And finally y'all!  I can share these photos of it on our bed :D

 The pillow shams look great in their own design with the quilt too we think!!!  And the backing is AWESOME and COZY too 😍
I am linking this FUN FINISH to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday Linky Party HERE my friends... come see what others are sharing too in the slow stitching arena!!!  Kathy is located in Canada... while the USA commemorates Columbus Day tomorrow... they will be celebrating Thanksgiving there <3  Share what you are thankful for no matter where you live!

What I am thankful for is the project I am sharing now... I am in the home stretch and may finish it today... or tomorrow!!!  It should be presented to the owner later this coming week I am hoping too!

This commissioned project I took on as a good deed for a sweet couple.  He is a Vietnam Veteran and she was in dire need for someone to quilt this flimsy into a quilt to snuggle or hang on the wall in her home... she can't decide which it will be! lol 

So here it is with the edges basted and trimmed as I took this photo to decide how to quilt those outside borders ...

 Soon I had an idea and got to work making straight lines coming out from the inner border using beige thread on top to match this outer border... I had used a very light grey on the center to match that... it was really almost a silvery white in the Aurifil 50 wt realm :)

During a quilting break I did this...












Then when I got home I finished the machine quilting of that border and while my muscles enjoyed the break out of the house... it was time to sew on the binding!!!  YIPPEE!!!
 Y'all... I have never been THIS CLOSE on a binding....
 That is only 1/4"... I had more of the fabric available to use ... but when I made the binding up I thought I had left PLENTY of binding to have 6" or more!  Was I WRONG!!!

So as I write this...


















And here is the official label I will add backing fabric to and sew onto the back bottom of the quilt itself...

 Here it is rinsed and ready to press and sew then wash and dry whenever the quilt is finished and washed....









So today I will finish the long left side of this quilt binding... then focus on getting the label on and measure for and make the hanging sleeve for it using THIS YouTube tutorial from Bonnie Browning of AQS.  Then I can wash it ONCE  on warm with a towel in with it to make sure it gets good and clean (smaller quilts I always add a towel to the washing and drying to keep it from knotting up).  And dry it well.  Come back next week to see if I got this delivered... I will try to convince Roberta to let me take her photo with it <3

Also I got my first ever "award" on one of my most often visited Facebook groups this morning...
 I got this from showing the photos under recent... but mainly my overabundance of love SHOWN TO ME on my photos of Hanover Stars completion during the week.

I did see this in this same facebook group as the focus on this weeks show and share was hand quilted quilts you had flying geese in... I would LOVE to make a bear paw with fun borders on it like this one is done!!!
 This is a cute pumpkin and that bird I have liked in florals ... looks awesome in solid reading fabrics too <3
 Here is my quilting label idea for Hanover Stars...
Maybe I will get that done this week using the same fabric I printed Roberta's quilt label with now that my printer ink arrived yesterday (I was out of black!!).

We have several items up for sale right now in the vintage sewing world of goodies... do you sew vintage??? Feel free to PM me on Facebook or email me HERE if you need any advice or items for your particular vintage machine (1930's to 1960's) :)


We have bobbins of all kinds too in our stash of stuff...

Whilst I have been doing all this stitching by hand.. I have gotten back to Bluprint by Craftsy... Hoping to make this in the not too distant future and thoroughly enjoyed this class :D
 Here is a nice example too made by a class member!

Here is a cute Christmas ornament idea if you are trying to get into the holiday season already too...
Overall I think this is what we really need... not more time watching tv or listening to music or even pondering things like politics... but time being positive & kind!
Did my opening photo make you chuckle a bit???  I hope so !!!

What are you thankful for as Canada prepares for all things Thanksgiving tomorrow and here in North Carolina USA we are watching the leaves start to change and some are already falling...

Share what you are grateful for... what kind deed happened to you or that what positive domino effect you were part of!!!  For me I will say finishing this quilt is a blessing and the kindest deed I have ever sacrificed over!!! hahaha.. sounds funny but it has been a struggle for sure y'all <3  Now it is your turn to leave me a comment. 

Spread the kindness contagion and...