Sunday, June 29, 2014

2 Hand-y Projects at once :)

Thanks to all that have already linked up to my goal setting linky... if you are interested in knowing more... check out this post...

So did you catch my title??  I have two hand projects going at once!!! lol

One of my personal goals with my List, Tick, and Party idea is to start having more than just 1 project going.. not many more.. but more than 1 most of the time at least... keeps my mind more active and keeps me out of trouble too! lol

So in meeting an M4 goal I have 2 projects going at once.. both are on my list of projects to complete during this month too!

First up is Oh My Stars..
I am having a blast quilting this just intuitively...
This is a great shot of the texture too!

I am using Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting... my first experience.  I will do a review of it when this project is done but be prepared for the batting you have around your edges picking up every stray thread and scratching your arms as you rub against it... very very uncomfortable... but the loft is AMAZING!  The way my quilting shows in real life is stunning in itself.. so I think overall a good choice for a wall hanging... wouldn't want to snuggle under it though I think... just not my preference... I think bed and snuggle quilts should be ALL COTTON! lol

My other hand project was actually inspired to get done because of need and Project RJq sparked my love for working with high quality batiks.  So back to batiks I went for this hand piecing project... a table topper for my kitchen table...  Here is a pic from the recipe before being bound
but I am using batiks in that color family instead of prints..
It is a Moda Bake Shop recipe they mark as "ambitious" but is really easy if you can cut and measure and hand piece already you can do this recipe for sure!
So I am calling this a Star Flower Table Topper to follow along on my blog if you like.  And here is my first star flower laid out...
Then put together!  Took me a couple days because although this batiks needles well by machine... it is very tightly woven as many batiks are and is more of a stab stitch motion to hand piece... bummer.. but fun overall.. just requires taping my finger for the tight weave to get this!
Next up is this earthy toned and textured star flower hexi...
Would love to hear about what your pallets look like... for me it is earthy or patriotic...

Share with me.. and check out the linky party at Kathy's Quilts for more handy work... leave a comment on her blog for a chance to win 1 of 3 cute fat quarters :)  Turtle inspired print!! lol

Better yet.. after you finish checking out the loveliness there come on back and click the link above to read about MY LINKY PARTY !!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Motivation Mayhem Monthly Muster Linky Party!! ~ June 2014 ~

Welcome everyone to this months LINKY PARTY! 
Yep, it is time to List, Tick, and Party!!!!  Link up for a chance to win 2 fat quarters and a tad of coordinating Aurifil 50 wt thread I had left over ;)
share this giveaway with your friends!
Last month I must have gone easy on myself.. my list was very short! lol
And yet I accomplished so much... take a quick look!
Finished my honey's quilt... "The Man" quilt is it's final name he says! Blogged about it here
Made 2 quilts for a friend .. not even on my list from last month!  And blogged about it here
Finished quilting the white stripes on Oh My Stars!
Used this book...
to make this template for OMS :)

 I also did some reading and scanning of books this month in my self-education mode.. using my stash of books to improve my craft!

Used this book... to read as my goal...
and found this design I used on Project RJq! :)

This book will take a while to read and absorb all she has to offer... this was my book for June.. I will use a different one in July to rotate my reading based on my focus of the month!  Yippee :)  Blogged about it here

So what could be left for June/July's list???!!!  Take a look!
 And here is where I have started... with the table topper I will hand piece and hand quilt for a centerpiece to my kitchen table.. this is something that I have wanted to do for a WHILE! lol  So happy this linky is helping me get to things I have wanted to!!!
And the organization focus has started and my sewing studio outdoors has gotten a new shelf to add much needed organization out here too!  Thanks honey!!!  Blogged about it here
Don't be disheartened please by the length of my list... I just realized that I can do more this month as my quilting mentor is coming for a 1 week visit when I will be supercharged to get a lot done! lol  So I am taking full advantage of that.

Didn't it rock that I was able to complete May's list AND make 2 quilts for a friend??  I really liked how God blessed that!

Okay... now is the time to link!  And while you are dreaming of your goals.. check out what others are linking and leave a little bloggy encouragement along the way!  We all love feedback :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Project RJq revealed! WHOOP!

One morning the end of May 2014 I saw a facebook post from a work friend from my past.  She found out she had breast cancer and was having surgery to remove it!  God spoke to me then and told me to offer to make her a quilt... I did.. she agreed.. I chatted briefly with her husband who told me she liked pink and brown and chevrons... off I went to create.. and God butted in frequently!  But what started as this...

Ended as this & this...
from THIS pattern
You see my friend Rebekah is in her mid 30's and has 3 small children (6, 3 & 1) and a wonderfully supportive husband and family.. but no quilt!!!  God knew her need and had prepared me for the task... partially! lol

I have only machine quilted one 1 quilt.. and it was haphazardly done at best.  It was a tshirt quilt I couldn't needle to hand quilt.. so I machined it and it is loved very much and used every day... but it is far from what I wanted Rebekah's quilt to be like.. so I called out to my machine friends and watched a few videos... and as I had been putting Rebekah's quilt together I had produced lots of hst's.. so I joined them and wound up with a totally whimsical and fun play quilt for her kids...
It measures 20 long x 23 wide.. if the bras are right side up! lol

Look at the cool texture I caught in this shot... both quilts rock texture because I used cotton batting!

Backings are the same.. except Rebekah's is pieced and has a proper label too!
Rebekah's backing with her label in the middle...

Close up of her label
For Rebekah's quilt I used a new product to me called Printed Treasures fabric for the inkjet printer I have..
they have treated this thin cotton to absorb and make permanent that water based ink.  Kind of like photo paper does once dry.  I found it at JoAnn's in the quilting notions wall and used my coupon .. but I have seen it online at Amazon and other retailers too.

My review is mixed.. as it did smudge.. but it is ledgible still and after 3 washings by me it is permanently staying there in the current condition it is in.  I would use it again but I would not buy it new again.. I may just use muslin and a marker on a good day for my handwriting! lol  Plus I have the labels I made.. I just wanted this quilt leaving me to have a proper label.

And when I packed it up I rolled it up so that the front of the quilt is the last thing she can get to! lol

So here is a pic from outside... but it is actually hanging sideways in this pic & looked off kilter to me...
 Where we got this lovelier pic but still a strange camera angle.. since I have been so secretive about the overall look I wanted to have lots of pics for you today!  Hope I accomplished that! lol
Thanks for taking time to say a prayer for my friend Rebekah
As she continues to battle not only the disease but the emotional stuff that comes with something this tremendous diagnosis at her young age.
And she even posed the quilt for a fb pic to share it with all her friends!  She said she really needed it when it came.. so glad I made it!

Living up to my motto for the year... how about you?

 Linking this marvelous finish to Confessions of a Fabric Addict Whooping it up Friday linky party here
and to
Richard & Tanya Quilts ~ Link a finish Friday here :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Check it out!

My honey built us a cabinet for the florida room out back (think screened in porch kind of) where I do most of my sewing and he does all his various things too!  We needed organization... so in about 5 hours he came up with this beautiful cabinet...
Yes.. it is made of plywood.. in fact we got this plywood free on Craigslist last year!  but boy is it sturdy and HEAVY too! lol 

He plans to "face" the sides with beadboard and add doors that are thick for inside storage there too.. and those also covered with beadboard and all painted white... super cool .. when all that happens! ha :) 

So here is my space today... after doing some reorganizing...

 I have my shelves that are for my fabric and quilting things .. and he has his shelves..

He got real estate dibs because he planned in on share space you see!  Wasn't that sweet!

On the top shelf is my projects I am gathering or planning to do in the future all separated.. 2 big bags and a basket.

The next shelf down came with a divider I instantly saw my books and mags and recipes all there... so there they went.

The next 2 shelves are his sewing machine parts and things for fixing featherweights.. and I have more current  projects in the making on the next shelf down.. the very bottom shelf will be storage for featherweights and extra cases as we usually have those... :)
 Now looking more at my space you can see that I can actually NOT CROP a picture of my sewing space with computer and worktable :)

All that is left in the floor is the stash I own.. it isn't much yet but my bestie Connie will help me tame what I have already and decide what to keep and what to toss..

My honey is gonna get a piece of luan plywood (very thin plywood) and cut me some boards to store fabrics on.

I am mongo excited when I found out I can get wood ones that last forever instead of the comic book boards that have a limited lifespan... especially in the Florida weather.. where my stash lives! lol

Fiona is not covered because she is about to go into the shop for maintenance.. lol!  Nice to know the repairman!!

Speaking of repairs.. look what came in squeaky but cleaned up sooo beautifully and now moves smoothly and quietly too!

This is a Willcox & Gibbs sewing machine from 1875 to 1902.  We found the serial number but can't pinpoint the date on this one based on just that...

We haven't thought of a fitting name yet... for now she is just Gorgeous! lol  I thought of Bluebell.. but it is kinda silly and she is elegant I think... she now sits on the secretary coming into my living room in climate controlled situation :)  Happy about that!  What a deal... $31.00 plus shipping :)

I am now all done with this echo line of quilting and working inside each remaining diamond shape to get it quilted evenly...

Then I think I will do the button stars.. but I may do the red.. I am doing wavy lines .. about 4 of them throughout the red.. in red Aurifil thread 28 wt.  I bought this bendy ruler for a project a couple years ago and didn't use it... I think my waves turning out symmetrical without a template might just work!  I will try it anyway!

In closing... please don't miss out on a chance.. WHEREVER you live.. to get these 2 delicious fat quarters in celebration of finishing a quilt with these fabrics in it.. both are quilt store quality fabrics and will come right to your home if you just List, Tick, & PARTY with me THIS weekend!

Share this with all your bloggy friends..
I want to encourage one and all to set goals and reach for them through out a month and see what happens different from not having a plan in place.  Amazing what happens! 

Just link a blog post about goal setting for yourself personally ... where you have been.. where you wanna go .. what you wanna do.. what you wanna learn... whatever!  Just write down your personal goals and share them in my linky party this weekend..

One lucky linker will win the fabric lot plus a small bit of leftover 50 wt Aurifil in a nice pink I used when quilting this project myself!  Enough for a pillow I would imagine for sure!

Have a blessed Wednesday and Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Catch up and Don't miss out!

Both Project RJq quilts made it in the washer yesterday afternoon.. now they are waiting to be packed :)
I plan to do a full post with better photos once Rebekah receives these :)

But before that will come M4 LINKY PARTY time!  Otherwise known as Motivation Mayhem Monthly Muster!  So muster up and play along for the chance to win :)

So take stock in what you have gotten done and what you need to get done.. put it in a blog post so you can't say you forgot and LINK it right here on THIS WEEKEND June 27, 28 or 29, 2014...

Because I started this linky I have had a very productive month... can't wait to share my progress on my post on Friday!!!!

Because I am so excited about my project you get the chance to win not 1 but 2 great fat quarters of top quality quilting fabric... check out what one lucky linker gets to win!
Please share this on Pinterest or Facebook please :) 

Our cat Cotton...
(my daughter's cat but a house cat too) found a new and hopefully long lasting home this past weekend with a very sweet lady in her 50's with a dog and a want for a cat...

We put this ad on Craigslist and interviewed until we found a good match... we offered most of the accessories too! :)

The lady even called us that night to assure us all was well!  How nice! :)

Last week I got this beauty in the mail...

It is a bird made out of bottle caps that my long time friend Kristie makes and sells... I saw this cute one and fell in love.. only 5" x 8" base... but isn't it a cute birdie!

I have it out here in the Florida room to enjoy until Kristie makes me something else... my daughter wanted this as soon as she saw it! lol  Her room is the color of the background of the board the bird is built on!

Hope to see you here this weekend to Link Up your progress. and where you hope to go in the month ahead!  My hope is that we see worldwide attendance to take the time to write a post of where they have been and where they hope to go in the upcoming month(s)... 

I am back to enjoying a hand quilting project and will have updated pics also on Friday!

Have a blessed week!