Monday, September 30, 2013

Sister quilt Phase 1 COMPLETE!

Welcome from Port Orange, Florida USA 

(near Daytona Beach :)

I am Kathi B. Clower!

I have been working fairly regularly every day on making triple diagonal lines on the Sister Quilt or Hammock Quilt ... as I have come to start calling it.  I finally finished the gross or major part of the  quilting!  I put in the final diagonal line this morning and planned phase 2!  I started this exactly 3 weeks ago so that is pretty fast for me :)
Here is a section from the middle and bottom of the quilt... it is a good sized throw... will have to measure accurately after the quilting, washing and drying is done :)

The triple line action doesn't show much now ... but when phase 2 in complete I think the design will be well complemented.
The plan is to quilt in the rhombuses a squared figure eight and fill in the bow ties.. kinda looks like the bow ties are being reflected in the white space...

I wanted to get jazzy with the thread color but that doesn't work because my backing is white... so I will use my lovely YLI 40 wt hand quilting thread for this part of the project... I debated also using a backstitch instead of a typical quilting running stitch.... but after a trial run I like the quilted look I think... how about you?
The blue lines will go away with the wash... and the humidity I quilt in... so I am only adding them a quilting amount at a time :)

A few blocks of the Hammock Quilt done :)
And the bottom right corner completed with my name added (date will be added when I finish quilting before binding)....

The 13 year old UFO quilt I finished and mailed has been slept under and cuddled under with the grandkids and thoroughly blended into everyday life... that makes THIS worth it to me :)  Is the time you put into your craft worth it???

 Also.... My daughter is getting ready for her first high school dance... check out how cute she is ...

Before I know it my baby will be going to PROM!

Hope you have a blessed week... back to quilting I go... Phase 2 will be FUN!  120 blocks of it! lol

This blog is linked to Celebrate Quilting Blog Hop for Fall 2013 ... check it out here!  You will see lots of fun quilty stuff there :) 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hammock quilt update!

So I started hand quilting triple diagonal lines on this quilt September 10.  Relived September 11 as I stitched and have watched chapters of my life change and close and open since I started.

I am now one half done with the diagonal lines and decided I needed to see her in all her glory right now... to ponder my next steps.

with a close up of the diagonal stitching I have put in...
And a pic of the back...
I loved making the chevron for the back and piecing it in but I am not enjoying hand quilting over it and will think twice before using a pieced back like this in the future... one seam or two for a traditional pieced back is fine.. but this pieced back has much more bulk to quilt over by hand :)

I plan to use YLI varigated 40 wt quilting thread for the white spots... add some whimsy and fun to this quilt front and back :)  What are your thoughts???

Hope you do something productive this weekend!  I will if you call quilting productive! lol


Friday, September 20, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! My exciting week :)

Hope you are having a happy end of the week and planning a fun fall weekend... Fall is official in just a couple days!  Temperatures a cooling a bit on Florida's east coast and quilting is in full bloom... along with my back yard :)

I finished quilting and sent this quilt to it's owner.  She recieved it Tuesday :)
Here it is in full view :)
And here is a close up of the quilting on it... fairly heavily hand quilted :)

She loves it and is sleeping under it as I write this :)  Yipee!  Whoop!

Wanna know the specifics on this quilt???  Check out this post :)

So what is next???

I started on my "sister quilt" as it has a sister ... me and my bestie Connie made quilt tops together this summer and now I am quilting mine and she is also quilting hers... both by hand :)  Whoop!  She is almost done with her quilting and I just started mine... they both have lots of love being sewn into them... read more on this quilt here.
And finally... I took a little shopping trip to JoAnn's... got me lots of fun colors of hand quilting thread by Coats & Clark... YLI just doesn't have enough color selection and this is my second fave thread ...
I plan to use the lighter blue/teal on this quilt in all the white spots... follow along and see what happens :)

Planning to link this finish up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict here & Richard and Tanya Quilts here  & Sew Many Ways here :)
Hope you have a great weekend...


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Another day in paradise!

So much is going on with me personally I want to let you know that all is well but my family would covet prayers for understanding and patience.

As I think on the need of these things in our situations... I look at the beauty God has surrounded me with in my own back yard... let me share a bit with you...
You see I spend most of my time outside in a screened in porch... off that my honey built a patio with this beautiful mexican petunia bush growing and blooming each morning to greet me... I am up EARLY and so are these blooms :)  By afternoon they are all gone... but the bees and I sure enjoy the mornings :)

The hammock in the background is a great place to pose quilts for now and relax in the breeze come fall and winter :)
The big aloe we moved into the corner is also doing well it it's new home and after a good pruning....
Check out the new shoots coming up from the center... she seems VERY happy :) 
Hoping she produces some babies next year too!  This is the same aloe that bloomed twice for us this year :)

New life is going nuts in this planter... we put in a few springs from a wandering jew we already had when we trimmed it and let them root... then put them in this planter and they are just taking off like crazy!!!

I sit right behind this ... I can see the glasstop table my laptop lives on from here :)  Welcome to my paradise :)
Daisy loves the morning grass to lay in and sun herself... I caught her enjoying this paradise too!
This fall I hope to find myself quilting in these yummy chairs with ottomans... and adore my mexican petunias and maybe some birds will find a home for the winter in our birdhouse :)

So those are the things I try to think on when the going gets tough.  I appreciate you taking a look at all I have to be thankful for including my honey who did all the work to make it so special for me :)

I also want to thanks Connie who has been the best "bestie" a girl could ever ask for as I have trudged through this chapter of my life... she is amazing... I am so glad she now sleeps under the quilt I just finished :)
Meanwhile I will return to stitching... 3 needles...
3 rows of stitches going diagonally across the colored seams... so many seams to go over! lol  This is the sister quilt I now call the "hammock quilt" cuz that is where I see it being used this winter :)
Truly I am loving it but find it harder to pray for my self than to pray for others while I quilt.  You see I pray for the recipient and try to think of blessings for the recipient while I quilt something for them... it urges me on really... with this quilt I have to urge MYSELF on... much harder! lol

I will persevere on this front as I want to start another project and this project needs done... we don't have a good big cozy quilt to snuggle under yet... we NEED it before fall... so I gotta get done! lol

Thanks for your prayers in advance and I hope whatever you do this mid week day you make the most of it and find the paradise in it someplace :)


Monday, September 16, 2013

The 13 year UFO is Complete!

This finished quilt will belong to my bestie Connie when it is complete.  She started this quilt top 13 years ago as part of a class... now it is finished!

So we pin basted it with about 200 pins and some nice bamboo/cotton blend batting :).

Now it is ready to quilt!  I sunk into the super luxurious cotton cloth sandwich and finished quilting the first block on July 7, 2013... this fall is my goal for completion as that is the climax of the 13 years it has been unfinished :)  We have binding cut and ready to go too so away I sew!

On August 8, 2013 I am over half done with the hand quilting...
I am loving every minute of it... quilting has been added to make it more densely quilted... I am using white and yellow YLI thread in 40 wt for the stitching :)

On September 6, 2013 I completed the hand quilting including signature and date :)  Just shy of 2 months to quilt this wonderful quilt made of wonderful fabrics :)   Whoop!!
On September 8 I completed the binding and washed it... but alas all the pencil marks did not come out ... so I will try some Oxy-clean this week and plan to mail it on Thursday :)  This post will show once the recipient has received it!  Yipee!

Don't you love how good fabrics just wrinkle right into the pattern???
How about a close up ??? !!!

 And then I had fun posing the quilt... on the hammock!
 And on a chair ready to use!
 But for now in a box it goes... to be shipped!  The recipient has only seen snatches of pics and no full sized pics as of yet... hope she enjoys this post as much as I did quilting her quilt top into a much loved quilt to have forever!
UPDATE!  USPS got it there in 2 days!!!  She LOVES it and is taking it to naptime with her... as she works night shifts :)

Have a blessed week!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Quilting revisions... SISTER QUILT :)

As usual... the quilt "spoke to me"... after that post the 2 lines I am putting on this Picnic quilt diagonally just didn't look right... it didn't look quilted enough... so I pulled out my pearl 8 cotton and added another line in the middle... now me and the quilt are happy... what do you think?

Looking at it from further away and straight on it looks like this...
My plan is to "stabilize the quilt with these diagonal lines then decide what other stitching it needs... and quilts do talk if you LISTEN to them :)

I finally got all the pencil marks out of the quilt I finished and took some pics... but alas the recipient gets first dibs on seeing it whole... so here is a sneak peek pic of the quilt between pics :)  TEASE!
Grand reveal of this quilts photo shoot next week... mailing it today :)

Have a blessed weekend and don't forget to enjoy the beauty all around you no matter where you live!


Monday, September 9, 2013

My latest quilting endeavor!

Well last night I finished binding the quilt I was working on and washed it but all the pencil marks didn't come out :(  So off to buy some oxi-clean as I hear it will take out what remains of the pencil marks... I think after a few more washings the pencil would be gone as light as it is now...
So while I work on that ENDEAVOR!  I am starting my next project which got switched from my initial intentions... but they all gotta get quilted so SISTER QUILT TIME it is :D

We started with this "Picnic" pattern in a book my bff got from JoAnn's using her 40% coupon :)
We bought 3 jellyrolls and had scant amount left over... in this pic you can see mine has about 20 more blocks than hers as I wanted a bigger snuggle blanket and she wanted more of a lap quilt :)
She laid hers out as the pattern called for after fussy cutting each block to bring them back to square... I left mine slightly rectangular and set them in a chain pattern.  Do you have a fave?

Quilting was easy on hers... she is using pearl 8 cotton in beige to quilt her cream based quilt.  I am using YLI 40 wt thread in white to quilt my white based quilt :)  We both used cotton and bamboo batting... it beards a bit when quilting but hand quilts easily and is soft and cozy when washed sooo :)  I am happy!

I am quilting mine with double lines going diagonally.  I got feedback from a facebook group I belong to called "Celebrate Hand Quilting" and loved this new idea!  I am using 2 needles at a time to keep my lines straight with no marking this time :)

We pieced the tops together machine by machine on my back porch this summer... read more about that here.

So this week I plan to quilt away and wash away the graphite marks ... what are your plans ???

My daughter had a friend over this weekend... I caught them playing in the hammock :)
with Daisy!

Have a blessed week whatever you do!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Finally Binding!

Binding a quilt is like a walk down memory lane.  You think of all that went into this quilt and pray for the recipient of the quilt...

I love the corners the most!  Do you bind your quilts like this or use another method?

This time I joined my "ends" using a Missouri Quilt vid I found here!  My thoughts on this are...

IT ROCKS!  You can't tell where I ended it :)  No bulk and it turned out perfect just following the vid... and I do my corners like she does... see how nice they mitered :)

Well from a little machine sewing....
The binding to the front with white quilters weight Coats and Clark thread to back to my fave YLI light yellow thread to hand sew it to the yellow backing... I am having a blast...

Walking down memory lane....

I started quilting this quilt 2 months ago today :)

Pics of the washed and dried quilt will be coming soon... then off in the mail to the recipient it goes... the one who started it all 13 years ago putting this together.

Have a blessed weekend!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Quilting Complete!

Today I am happy to be at this point in the quilting process for this 13 year old UFO that I have been steadfastly quilting :)
That is right... signed... dated... DONE!

I finished it in the morning light and it as so glorious I wanted to share with you :)

Earlier this week I still had the corner to complete...
Then as I neared the corner I penciled in my plan for backstitching my name and date as requested by the owner of the quilt :)
Finally getting to this corner seemed to take longer than the rest of the quilt but I MADE IT!!!

Whoop Whoop!

Linking this to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for her weekly Whoop here :)

Have a blessed weekend!  I am off to bind and wash this quilt... Pics coming soon sans the pencil marks :D