Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Dancin' :P

Yep, I am definitely Happy Dancin'!  The linky party was a success and I quilted all weekend long on the Byrum Family Quilt and made great progress... first our LUCKY LINKER!!

Carla submitted this concise blog post and because she took the time to do that Linky Loot is now in route to her home :)

Don't miss Octobers Laundry List LINKY PARTY...
 As I enjoyed reading each post I hand quilted a good bit this weekend and this is the midpoint of this border now...
The pink lines are chalk I have used with a stencil and the right side is done and cleaned off... Once I finish this side of the middle border completely I will also spray water on the remaining bits of chalk to make sure none stays around to stain the quilt ;)

I should finish this section by the weekend I am thinking... but we shall see as life does Happen! lol

Friday, September 26, 2014

It's Laundry List LINKY TIME!!! September 2014

Hey There and Come on it!!

It is that time again!!!  Time to List... Link... And PARTY!!!

See here's the deal... I need motivation to create things... so I figure we can motivate each other by sharing our journey's in crafting... I quilt.. but you may crochet, sew, or paint even!  Share it ... make time for it... maybe not daily like me... but sometimes... so after a month you may have some progress to share... right HERE! lol

Sooo... please include a list of some sort of things you wanna do...
and hopefully you will include some finishes you have recently completed too!  Include lots of pictures to help us visualize where you have been and where you are going....  Then link up that post and PARTY by visiting the other linkers and leave some bloggy love!!!

There is also the mysterious LINKY LOOT winner each month...

Yep.. someone will win something fun for their ongoing projects or stash from mine!  Fun huh!!! So link up by Sunday at Midnight... and Monday I will get help from my honey choosing this months Linky Loot WINNER!!!!

So here I go with my post now :)

I am so excited it is finally time to Party over my accomplishments this month!  Check out last months list!!!
I will be finishing the center section over this weekend I think... on the handquilting of BFQ!

Mongo excited about my progress on BFQ...
Here is BFQ on my table being handquilted... I don't use a hoop or a thimble... all I need is needle, thread, scissors, and good light and I am good to go! lol

Regarding my blog list....
I have 3 of my 12 finishes now on the page.. so next month I am hoping to wrap that up...

I am also working on machine piecing a wall hanging for the foyer... you can see those in this shot I took...

Here you can see the BFQ in process and the stars are on my design wall there.. behind my new cabinet that is now in place! LOVE THAT!  Do you follow me ??  Did you see that post?? True trash to treasure story for sure!

And I have been rocking me some tunes while I make such excellent progress on the hand quilting and piecing I am doing..

Also this month I gifted the unused parts of my hexi flower project I bombed on to someone who will hand piece and finish them... I played taxi for my dd a LOT! lol  We even did some shopping for the homecoming dance coming up next month!  She is 16 and in 10th grade.. Hanging with mom is only done when necessary... so yes.. I enjoyed it a LOT! lol

So what is up for next month??

  Currently on BFQ I am on the middle border here...

But the quilt still has quite a bit more left to quilt once I finish this middle border...

So I have a long way to go over the next month to reach this goal.

 I have 3 stars done of 12 that need doing.. I would love to finish this to a flimsy this month but am only goal setting right now to finish the stars... :)

And then there is my quilt history I want to finish.. but I can't seem to keep my hands off this book when I should be doing THAT! lol
So I am planning a future quilt as I study this book and enjoying it I am!

So now it is your turn to show off your sweet selves!!! lol

I wanna see what you have been up to and what you plan to be up to .. WITH PICS if possible :)

Link Up Below anytime til Sunday Midnight EDT!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sew Excited!!!

Just 2 more days before I can take a look in black and white at my progress this month!!!
Hope you ready to List your goals... reviewing your previous months goals if you have been playing along... link up with me and Party !!!!  Yep, LINKY LOOT is on the loose this weekend!!! lol

What do you post about?  anything you recently accomplished in your crafty life with pics is awesome... and projects you are planning to tackle over the next month or it may be progress on an existing project... so enlighten us.. it is a great time to get new readers for your blogs and show off your artistry in any craft at all!  So come on and join in :)

I know this may seem hokey to you but since I started keeping a monthly list instead of brow beating myself over unmet goals on a weekly list things have gotten so much more exciting and I get more done!  A friend recently posted this graph on facebook and I want to share my take on it...
I feel like a month looks like the graph on the left  but my actual daily life looks just like the one on the right!  So I may not get all I want to get accomplished... but over time I rock it!!! lol

Speaking of progress... I am ahead of my expectations on the Byrum Family Quilt.  I am also making stars now that I have Gloria back in a cabinet no less so a nice flat surface to sew on... I am so in love too!
I just love to share pics with you... please if you link up take time to include some pics of your work... we all love the eye candy and it makes posting more fun!

See ya this weekend!  Great LINKY LOOT is available!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Stitching!

I just love Sundays... a day to have no real plan and just see what happens... ahhh!

Today when I woke up I decided to work on my hand quilting on the middle border of my current project the Byrum Family Quilt.  The red outlines the border I am on now..
And here is a close up of this fun fabric I am stitching on...
Can you see my chalk lines... I had the template and ordered the chalk.  It came in yesterday.. just in time for me to use it! lol

I enjoy marking with chalk as it fades as you stitch and any residual you can spritz with water to remove completely before the first wash!

I had white and this is my first adventure with pink... it looks neon pink in the bag.. but as you can see comes out as a light pink on the fabric... here is a closer look at the chalk markings and my "support stitching" done in the ditch and 1/4" in as well...
Because I plan to spend most of the day quilting these fun wavey lines... I also will link up to Kathy's Slow Sunday stitching HERE!

But I am also doing a little work with Gloria today... I have yet to use her since her big reveal in yesterday's post!
This morning I set aside the hand stitching and cut out a star!
And now here it is!!
Yippee!  That is now 2 stars done out of 12 needed :)

I can do this multi tasking now that my Gloria has a permanent home... even though she is easily removed... it is her place to be when I am here :)

So what are you up to on this Sunday.. hustling about or enjoying the calm before the holiday storms to come? :)  Get yourself organized for those upcoming holiday projects and join me here NEXT WEEKEND to share a blog post via linky and List.. Link... and Party!  Laundry List Linky is NEXT WEEKEND ya'll!
And as always.. LINKY LOOT is gonna be available to one Lucky Linker!!!

See ya on Friday... till then Happy Stitching and...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Gloria's new dress AND MORE!

Wowee!  We are having an early Christmas here on Florida's east coast... at least that is what we are calling it! lol

My honey got a new tshirt I found secretly for him on eBay...

He is an awesome Lionel Train engineer when he isn't doing one of his many other jobs to keep our home running smoothly... he loves playing and interacting and talking about his train collection.  Most are vintage... all have meaning... and they all work too!  He has a 3 track set up currently...

This is actually almost a full sheet of plywood big and this pic was taken early in his train building career... he now has it going all over the place and is pondering elevating one of the trains! lol  Needless to say he needed the fun tshirt to match his fun hobby of collecting Lionel trains :)

I just updated my facebook pic...

 Gloria finally got her dress all cured enough to bring her out to my sewing space... but first my honey grabbed some shots!
Love the trapezoid shape of the cabinet when closed...

And the "wrap around" feature when opened :)
Check out the before pics on THIS post!

Now outside in the Florida room... she is just the right size to fit right beside me for convenient piecing and binding!
My long table is where the quilt is resting when I am not quilting it... and the fold over top of Gloria's cabinet rests nicely on it... we decided a towel should lay on the table when the top is open to avoid scratches :)

So here we are... ready to make more stars... will that be today now or tomorrow.

Hope you have a blessed weekend wherever you are :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

It is a Fabulous Friday ya'll!

Hope you are having a Fabulous Friday too!

I have made great progress on the BFQ (Byrum Family Quilt) and am now to the middle border on it.. the mosaic section is in the books as finished! 
Yep, all that section inside the red arrows is now finished... I have to go back and fill in the teal blue squares but my filler for them is in the mail... it is a stencil I got with different filler designs I liked for this quilt...
 The entire quilt is much larger than that pic... here is a pic of the whole quilt for reference...

So once I finish the Middle Border here I will be 50% complete with the quilting on this awesome quilt :)  Whoop!!!

Also I had another great thing happen this week... my Gloria (a 1956 301A) got a new dress to wear!
 This is a 301 cabinet made in the 1950's called a "Singer # 74 cabinet".  Originally I think they came blonde like this one on the right or darker like the mahogany we used to refinish her with :)  The machine here in this pic was not a good machine so we passed on that but found a great deal in the cabinet even if they HAD lost the legs! lol  So on a leg hunt we went!

 And here is my Gloria in her new cabinet ... the bronze in the stain matches her bronze tension dial and bronze link around her badge.. I just adore her even more in her new home :)  And because we are savvy and thrifty shoppers we only have about $100 invested in the cabinet!  Whoop :)

She will be cured and ready for sewing THIS WEEKEND!! YIPPEE :)

So yes... I am having a Fabulous Friday... and it is just 1 week until it is time for my own linky party!!!
So gets your goals set, blog about them and link them up here next weekend!!!

Linky Loot is fun to win but just making goals makes you a WINNER!  So make your own "laundry list" of goals and join us here next weekend... all weekend long! lol

For now I am linking this Fabulous Friday post and all my whooping to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict Whoop Whoop!  Here :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Making headway on BFQ :)

I am happy to report the Byrum Family Quilt (BFQ) is moving right along!
I have more than this section complete now!
I have more than this much done too!

Here is the "mosaic section" I am working on enclosed by arrows :)
And remember this pic was taken during he piecing portion.. this quilt is much larger than this now... but I wanted to show you a good picture of the central portion I am working on :)

Here is a side view of the mosaic area...
I was trying to figure out what to put in these starry teal squares... hmmm... then I found these with cheap shipping so I ordered these!
And here is a cool shot of just the 5 beatitudes I have quilted on this quilt... with 5 more to go before the mosaic section is done..
Hope you are enjoying the quilting as much as I am.. now time to get back to it! lol

Happy Stitching and