Sunday, February 23, 2020

Busy Week Here ~ Sew Much to Share !!!

Have you ever stopped to realize how easy a smile spreads when you share one???

Look at this sweet smile... tell me she doesn't make you wanna grin right back!!!
 Her parents also sent this sweet photo of her with the quilt I made for your play with....
 Later this week Molly got snuggling with her squirrel gifted to her by her boyfriend Max at Christmas....
She loves this toy more than any of her others... it is sooo sweet!  And yes... this is a hand quilted quilt she is snuggling in... it is one I made for her  and my honey to enjoy together!

Due to the weather Jannessa didn't get to come over for her birthday celebrating until Tuesday the 18th (her birthday was a week earlier !!!).  She had said she preferred chocolate chip cookies for her birthday so I made her a big cookie for her birthday as a surprise and she loved it!!  Then she got her scissor fob too... once home she shared her fob in place...

After she took home her cookie leftovers... we made more cookies  ~ normal sized!!! :D
This is a shot on our new plates and showing off Jannessa's great fmq on this table runner in our kitchen!!!!

Here is my journal for this week... it was a VERY busy week for us.. it all didn't get captured here though!!!! lol
I spent most of my brain power pondering the wallet....
 Above is the beginning of card slots and below you can see those card slots on the interior of the wallet...
 After 2 play dates Jannessa and I each have a wallet to enjoy that is complete!
 I used Tula Pink Squirrels on the outside of mine with black and lavender trims...
 And here it is hanging with my keys... ready for an adventure...
And here are a couple photos of Jannessa's finished wallet... she made hers able to be a cross body bag instead of a wristlet strap that mine has.....
 
If you are interested in finding out about this wallet/purse check out THIS link for the pattern :)

Next up we are making this briefcase by my favorite bag designer Sew Sweetness!!
 And we have each pulled fabrics.  Here are mine....
 We need a few more bits so this will go on the books for mid March to make.

When making bags or wallets USE YOUR IMAGINATION though... look at this example I saw in the Sew Sweetness facebook group ...
She took a plain fronted bag and added some amazing fmq details on this and a fancy strap too!

Thursday we had snow... I loved just watching it fall as I quilted and sewed on different projects on my list....
It never accumulated to anything so that made the falling snow all day even more fun to watch!

I have completed 1 of these crochet squares with buttonhole stitching and started on another...
 I am very pleased with how the Appalachian Delight quilting progress is going...
 Here is a close up of one of the bear in the cabin blocks complete on the bottom half of the block (as far as I can reach :)  )
 This is the 3rd block over and where I will be working today....
I am linking this progress with my favorite Sunday Stop >>> Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Linky Party right HERE <<<<  Come on over and see all the different kinds of handwork being shared today!!!

 Here are a last couple of facebook finds with significant meaning to me ....

 What is your love language??? 

Mine is quality time I think... although I love being spoiled with any of the above ways of showing love 💖

In closing I want you to read this remember life is short... live it with zest!
Have a blessed week ahead and thanks for stopping into my little spot from the mountains of North Carolina!!!  I hope you share your fave love language in the comments below 😍

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Appalachian Delight Progress!!!

I saw the above image on Facebook.. she looks like me as a child before I grew up, had kids, and turned silver haired! lol  In all actuality I did hand work as a child starting with counted cross stitch from age 6 or 7 I think! I had ever the nice collection then of dmc threads to do my cross stitch with.  I didn't find quilting until 2011!!! 

How about you? 
When did you start hand crafting and what was your first way to craft??

I am having so much fun keeping track of my crafty and quilty adventures in my journal... and the pre-assembled pages... soon I will have it all in my journal book... that is the goal anyway

For instance because of my list of started but not focused on projects on my list above... was the crochet quilt... I worked on this block this week and finished the button hole stitch up on this one and pulled out another to work on...
 Then it was Valentine's Day!  Happy Valentine's to all you that celebrate such a holiday :)
 We celebrated with sweet little gifts.. and a trip to Franklin, NC.  I made Rick this shirt he had been patiently waiting for me to make...
 Here is a close up of the v neck and pocket detail I added with Cleopatra my 319w Singer.
 I got me a couple new shirts on a clearance sale... the one in the back is actually embroidered!!!!
 While in Franklin we went into a thrift shop and found 10 plates we really loved...
 Here is the label on the back of the plates we found...
In looking to see if we could buy others like these plates to have a full set we found they were a bit pricey to buy otherwise! lol  So if we ever need money we could sell our new china!!!  We paid $5 for these 10 plates!!!!  lol

I worked all week and rolled the quilt on Thursday morning...
 I marked the outer border on the left side...
 Soon that was filled with dark burgundy perle 12 cotton thread & the lines were spritzed away!
 Here is my focus on the 2nd area of 6 areas across I will be quilting...
 And here you can see the overview of my quilting progress and where I will be today ... happily slow sitching...
 And with that I will link this content of this post to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<  Come see the wonderful pattern she is working on today and even an Australian link as to where to buy  the pattern too <3
I hope your tribe, like mine, is secure for you!  I hope that you know you are awesome too <3  Ellie received her quilt later this past week and loves it already her parents say!  I am sew blessed :D


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sew much to share this week y'all!

Welcome All!  Hope you have had as fun a week as we have had here at Daisy Meadows!!!
I saw this wood sticker with this saying on it and isn't life just like this I thought!!!  I feel like this is me ... wandering around life and finally finding the right direction to go in.  Finally!

 Last week a sweet lady sent me the complete and uncut pattern for several sizes of raggedy Ann & Andy!  I was thrilled to receive such a sweet offering from one sewist to another !!!
I purchased raggedy fabrics then too!!!  We have some rick rack but needed some inspiration... We is me and Jannessa.. she is a doll maker already and making Raggedy's is something we think we can rock for our grands to enjoy!!! YAY :D

I found the PERFECT no bleed pen at my local Dollar General for under $2!  I was so stoked :)
 So here is all I have gathered from stash and buying for this little bullet journal experiment and can it keep me more organized that I already am and will I use it ???
 Remember this sweet pair of stork scissors I shared last week??? 
Well I commissioned my scissor dangle friend on Etsy to make me a new dangle or fob for these little scissors...
 I could not be MORE pleased!!!!  she did an awesome job... Amethysts are special to me anyway and the smooth purple beads are charoite she said & then she threw in some swarovski crystals... delightful!!!!  :D


I saw this panel for sale on a facebook sales page... someone was offering it for sale.  I did research but it was gone by the time I decided it would have been a good deal with the coordinating fabrics added in...
 After doing further research this panel is 24 x 36... that is big for a wall hanging... my honey is pure and true a John Deere fan but he doesn't use blankets and quilts except at bedtime... so I couldn't make it into anything I can think of besides a wall hanging... we have no real estate in his outdoor spaces for this fabric type item... any ideas ??? 

Then I saw this cute idea... a large picture frame with chicken wire in it...
 How awesome!!!!!

That got me in a decorating mood...
 I updated this photo of me and Connie to the one we took last month... and put it on my collage wall my honey fixed me :)
 As for the Beads Table Runner placemat ...
WE LOVE IT!!!!  Taking almost a week to sew that binding on was ridiculous but worth every minute of work ... this one is now OUR FAVORITE!!!

Since I was on sabbatical from hand quilting over the last couple weeks... I decided Ellie needed to get her a Play Quilt... Her parents had asked for one feeling the baby quilt I made her was too precious to be a play quilt I asked last week for some ideas with this fabric bundle...
 Here the fat quarter bundle laid out to see...
 And here is the lattice quilt design that stole my heart as I was searching for something fun and fast...
 I made my squares 8 1/2" and made my sashings 2" wide and about 14" long to be long enough...
 I pinned judiciously middle and each end to keep the bias from stretching as I sewed the blocks...
 And look how nice!  This technique was seen on the blog I photoed above but I went to the MSQC tutorial for key points on construction of the quilt...
 I made mine 6 across and 6 down and bordered with a bit thinner white floater border...
 Then I pin basted it to some white polar fleece... it ended up about 53" square for me before washing!

Then I left Julius my 301 and went to Cleopatra my 319W for machine quilting...
 Cleopatra has a nice big harp and made this job fun once the pattern was decided on... thanks Connie!
 In just over a day of machine quilting (fast for me!!!) I was making the victory lap of basting around the edges... I wanted to add the binding to the back and wrap to the front and zig zag it onto the front...
 And I did it!!!! YAY :D
 Here is Elliana's Play Quilt in under a week to complete!  It is now boxed up to ship to her parents this week!!!
 Here is the label I wrote with a Pentel Gel Fabric Pen I got from Amazon.
Along with my label too <3

All the while I was quilting we have had quite the weather here in sw North Carolina!  SNOW...
 And look at this pic my honey got!!!!
 I started the week entering a pic in my journal...
And ended the week with a page in my journal outlining the steps of this quilt project... not all are the same though!  I hope to streamline this process through bullet journaling :)
 Finally, yesterday afternoon my sabbatical completed and I returned to the quilt frame!!!!

Here is a close up of my stitching in the ditch around each half square triagle down there...
 And here is a backed off view.. I plan to finish this block today and move to the last block bottom in this row.... Linking this slow stitching return to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Link Up HERE <<<  she has some interesting conversation going on over there today!
 Are you all my kind of crazy I wonder??? lol 
I bet you are if you made it this far in this post :D

Until next Sunday...