Friday, June 28, 2013

Pam's quilt DONE is 1 1/2 months start to finish :)

On May 16 I started piecing these cute double pinwheels...

I finished that part of the piecing on May 22 and started putting them into rows. then a quilt top with borders was born on May 24 late into the night... now nicely pressed and ready to sandwich :)
My needle hit the quilt sandwich for first stitches May 25 about 6 pm. :)  It felt so nice to quilt again! lol
The last square was quilted in aqua thread about 3 pm on June 9.  Time to load up 2 needles and white now :)
By 6 pm on June 9th I had started on one of the butterflies and doing the outline of the white spot there...
Just 29 more to go plus outlining all the edges of the quilt to prepare for the border treatment... what to do there is the question at the moment! lol

On June 19th about 9 am I finished the butterflies and started the 45 degree angle lines from this pattern drawn by my bestie Connie Combs...
I had a hard time finding a marking utensil to mark with... every water based pen was going dry so I wound up using a grey quilters pencil by Dritz that I found in my stash!  Yahoo :)

Here is how one of the corners turned out using her drawing as inspiration :)

June 25, 2013... just 1 month EXACTLY later... I finished the quilting on this wonderful quilt and it is ready to bind!  Whoop :)

Binding complete about 6:30 pm on June 28, 2013.  A quick pic and into the washer it went!
 Check out a close up of the quilting I did :)
Overall this was a very fun and interactive project... I really enjoyed it and am glad to put the 5th quilted project in a box for safekeeping until I can deliver it to it's now owner :)  Yipee!

Linked to Quilt Story :)


Binding Stories...

Do you love binding or hate it... it seems to be one or the other for crafting and quilting... do you like the wind up of a project???

For quilters binding is sewing up all the quilt and readying it for the first wash and dry!  It is an exciting time and a time where expedience really counts.  So why am I writing here instead of binding???

 Well the good news is the binding is over half done.... so I will finish today and post that finish on links noted at the end of this post :)  but I needed a personal post... just for me and my followers :)  So here it is...
 See the dragonfly above that I quilted... there are 2 in this quilt...

 You see this quilt is destined for my bff of 25 years Pam...
She is lovely and talented but currently has decided not to talk to me anymore and she returned anything "borrowed" over the last few months that we are happy enough to say we only live about an hour from each other now... so this quilt will go in the closet to wait for it's intended owner to wake up and smell the love that has been sewn into every inch of this quilt!

Love that!  Thanks for letting me vent my personal issues here... thanks for listening if you read this far and thanks for your prayers for me... but especially for Pam and whatever her torment is.

Have a blessed day!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A busy week then an afternoon in the park :)

This week has been crazy busy... sorry I have been a few days in writing :)

My son Mike got his Florida license on Monday then flew back to TN to work on getting himself a car with his brother's help :)
Tuesday morning he bought a 2000 Mustang... his first car!

I have been steadily working on the quilt so much so that I have finished the quilting...
and started the binding...
with a little help along the way...

Then after a doctor's appointment for my daughter... we stopped by the park and remembered the reason we moved to Florida!  The Great Outdoors :)

Brandi on a topsy turvy ride... yep I tried it too :)
showing off her walk the plank skills!
Driving us... she wishes!!!
But the hit of the park was all the carved wood sculptures and how pristine and peaceful the park was!  Here is Brandi with a tortoise...

Here is a real turtle running away from the park area because kids came in and started messing with him!
Sea horse

Sea Turtle

Pirate... maybe Captain Hook???


Where I hope to marry my honey some day!
So hope you enjoyed this little pic heavy post... just wanted to share some of the stuff going on and the beauty all around too!

Have a blessed day!


Friday, June 21, 2013

Border dance time ~ Updated!

Not only have I finished all 30 butterflies with outlines... but I have designed and started on the border of Pam's quilt!  Yahoo!  Whoop Whoop!  (As my friend Sarah says :))

So here has been my process...
Pray over the quilt to decide the design that should be there... look at the existing quilting and see what will complement it... consult other quilters that are focused on that style of quilting for advice...

So I prayed over it...
Drew on it with erasable pen until I decided on a design then marked the winning design that started like this...
to the fabric using tape as my 1" measure between lines like this...
can you see the light grey lines???
Using plain old painters tape over and over until it lost its sticky to stabilize the fabric AND mark 1" measurements... like this :)

Then sew on my drawn lines for the grounding effect this flying away pinwheel quilt needed!

So now I am off to sew more straight lines that meet in the middle!

Hand quilting straight lines is going fast... and look how cute the middle turned out!
And the corner with the butterfly in it.... looks so cool!
At this writing I am 1/4 of the way done with the border... hope to finish by Monday!  June 24 :)  Then just to bind!  And that will be the Whoop Whoop I hope to share next week!

Hope you are having a productive week too!


P>S>  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict here.  Check her out and what others have posted too... link any progress or plans for progress!

If you are a quilter looking for some quilty friends check out my facebook page Patchwork Friends here.  It is a private group of quilty goodness to keep our posts off public pages :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The end of our projects is in site!

So as we have been busily working... me on quilting and my honey on refinishing the floors in our Florida room (screened in porch with a roof on it).  We had indoor/outdoor carpeting here from when we bought the house so we are happy for this upgrade!
See how nice the other side looks... now for my side :)

This was my temporary desk.... while my regular desk got a good cleaning by my honey!  Yipee
And I got moved out of my seat while the floor was drying... but I just kept on quilting!  My honey rocks like that!

See the quilt I am hand quilting!
You can see the bottom edge is not quilted yet.

And my new and improved work area before I move my sewing machine and cabinets back in...
I got my chair back now... and I have a plastic mat on the floor that is clear so it is protected but not obvious!  LOVE THAT!

Now for a peek at what I got my honey as a belated father's day and thanks for all he does around here :)
He got a hammock... built for 2.. it will hold us both!  Yipee!

See how my sweet Daisy thinks it is all for her!  She is such a poser :)  As for my honey... had to drag him out for these shots :)

Have a blessed week and hope something happy happens for you!


Monday, June 17, 2013

I am overly inspired I think

Ha ha... is there such a thing as overly inspired???  I am so loving the work I am doing on this quilt... still not happy with all my piecing work but loving my hand quilting work!

On butterfly number 21 leaving me 9 butterflies until I start on the borders :)  Yipee!

But I find myself inspired to try a kit, learn some new techniques by those that know, and make some quilts for us to use instead of the store bought comforters.

So... I bought my first kit!  Yahoo... here is a screen shot of it... I found it in the July/August Love of Quilting 2013
It measures about 55 inches wide by 65 inches long... LOVE it!  It will look wonderful in my foyer or dining room so I love that it will get lots of attention when it is out... and it holds special meaning for me... meaning I feel like it was made just for me almost...

You see...
The 4 candles represent my 4 children (DL, James, Mike, & Brandi)
The 2 hearts represent my 2 loves (my husband til he died and now my honey)
The 4 poinsettas represent my 4 best friends (Pam, Brandy, Connie & Joyce)
I will bejewel the christmas tree so we avoid putting up a tree every year... this will be our place to stack presents... underneath this beautiful wall hanging
I love the chevrons across the top and bottom.. wish you could see the border fabric better but it really ties in all the colors
I may change the mittens to dauchshunds if I get bold enough but I just LOVE the fun holly border top and bottom... Have I missed an inch of this quilt kit yet?

All it is missing is the batting and backing so I will be on the lookout for something fitting for the back... or may just do muslin... not sure :)  Whatever it will be awesome and it will be done ALL by hand and by mine to keep!

Also coming up is my bestie Connie's visit.  She will be staying a week and we will have a quilting fiesta while she is here... we have puzzles to work and beach trips planned... as well as a quilt shop day too!  So much quilty goodness!

What is your fave part of crafting???  Would love your feedback!

Check out this great quilt I found on a google search.... this is what I aspire to do someday!
Have a blessed crafty week!


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Slowly making progress... Aloe Update too!

Well in my last post I shared all we have been up to... the family like has gotten busier and the work has slowed but not stopped :)

I am on the 20th butterfly on Pam's quilt out of 30 total.. then on to border work.  Yahoo for progress... sure wish the butterflies were done but I won't wish away the time to stitch them either!
 Here is the back side with my needles loaded and ready to go...

In between stitches I fixed this curtain to hang up higher in the middle... I like it now and like the shabby chik look it has :)
My honey is making progress on the Florida room floor tiles and is cutting the last one as I write this...
So now it looks like this...

And now for an aloe update...

Here she was earlier this week...

The blooms are drying up and blowing away and the hairs that grew on te limbs are shooting out a seed pod looking thing... there are 3 of them on the aloein this pic on Thursday...

Today it looks like this...

Now all the blooms are basically gone and the seed pods are getting jucier looking... hmmm wonder what is next???

We have had a lot of rain for this time of year thanks to an early tropical storm from the Gulf side of the state... but it looks healthy and happy otherwise... will keep watching!

Have a blessed Father's Day and a happy Sunday!