Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progress on my slow stitching is AWESOME :)

I am so happy today to be able to link up with Kathy and Slow Sunday Stitching... check out her lovely blog here and leave her some happy thoughts today as she is needing them :)

 I have a few "it was dark so I took pics with a light on" pics of my current hand quilting progress on the Byrum Family Quilt (BFQ)... lol!!!

This quilt is for my brother and his family (4 kids too!) so this quilt will see lots of action and needs to be durable... I am using YLI 40/3 thread that is glazed and very strong in a natural color.

So far I have finished the very center panel quilting!  Yippee :)  I am so stoked to get this part finished and get to the patchwork areas... do ya think I am crazy as panels are pretty fun too... but I love the feel of patchwork under my fingers as I quilt! LOL :)

And I took this pic just to cheer Kathy up... a bucket full of hearts :)

And here is a nicer view of the top of the tree... although you can't see much quilting here... I promise it is there... the outline of the tree and a pretend outline I quilted for the leaves of the tree... I may come back and add more definition to this but it is quilted moderately and the rest of the quilt will be similar.  Less than my normal amount of stitching for sure :)
Now on to the innermost border...
where I am stitching just inside the line ( and through my seam allowances) to stabilize this border then I will add various sizes of circles using medicine bottles, bottle caps, and a spool of thread as well!  Yep, I love finding objects to trace onto my quilts then bring to life... this quilt will have lots of fun quilting to come...

I am surely happy to be making great progress on this quilt... what are you up to on this Slow Sunday ??? Do you stitch or relax??  Any plans for Labor Day??

My Laundry List Linky Party is in FULL SWING!!!  

Not sure what I am talking about... win prizes just for linking your goals in a blog post to my blog... entry ends tonite... but not to fear next month I will be back again during the last weekend of the month offering you a place to stay more focused and organized with your crafting and other goals too!  Check out THIS post for more details on entering :)
Also linking this post to Karen at Sew Many Ways here :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Laundry List LINKY PARTY weekend ~ August 2014 ~ 2 chances to win!!

It is TIME!  Link up your month blog post for 2 CHANCES TO WIN!!!!

1 lucky Linker will be chosen at random to receive this....
cool tape measure that is retractable.. 60" long and perfect to keep with your sewing things or when you need to measure something keep it in your purse... I do :)

Also... as always there is LINKY LOOT also up for grabs this month!  YIPPEE :)
Linky Loot is something out of my magic cabinet sent to a lucky linker who is randomly chosen and the prize is based on what they shared for upcoming goals... so talk about it here friends!  If you are needing a fat quarter or so to add to your stash this is the place to LINK!

So, now that you understand how cool it is to write a blog post with goals you have met and goals you wanna meet... then LINK that post up below... then Party until Monday when a winners are announced :)

So here are my goals from last month....
BFQ was first on the list... and I am currently hand quilting the very center section!  Yippee :)
And here is my progress on the table topper...
Yep.. 2 done out of 7... right! hahaha :)  I messed up on the 3rd one and decided this was getting less fun that it should be... so these will now adorn my kitchen as pot holders... not sure if that will happen this month or when Connie comes to visit... I have the right batting, I have the backing, and the binding... so it is possible that I will get inspired to quilt them one day :)  Right now my focus is on BFQ though.  So I did not add this into my goals for next month...

I also did most EXCELLENT at decreasing my internet time and increasing my music time.. I am keeping this goal on there another month though as I feel I could do less internet still and be more productive with house things and sewing time :)

Backing up the list a bit you will see I checked off the template... since I made that goal my friend Wendy in Australia decided she wanted to make some too.. so I ordered our templates and have hers to send to her :)  So I have put off the second part of that goal until November.. so Wendy and I can do this fun little candle mats together :)

Now onto current goals made starting today!!!!
As you can see my focus is hand quilting BFQ... it has a need to finish date of Thanksgiving... so I am quilting on it mostly over the month but knew I would want a little variety too... so let's really work on the blog in earnest this month, and have more music than internet time AND... start a new wall hanging and continue perfecting my piecing..

Most of these fabrics are the ones chosen ... but some are representative of another fabric being in it's place... will show you that as I start piecing it... Wendy has faith in me... so I think I can do this :)

The pattern is called "Wish Upon a Star" and was published in a mag a few years back... after an exhaustive search of cool small quilts or quilts that could be down sized to wall hanging size and finding nothing I could achieve that I liked.. Wendy showed me this and I was in LOVE!!!!

So in love I asked my honey to make templates for the pattern... and he did!  Yippee :)

So there is my goals post and what I am Whooping about too!  So I will be linking this post to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict today :)

Come on over and play with me and link up your goals this weekend... I have lots of linky loot to choose from AND don't forget the cool tape measure you could win.. all by just linking a blog post :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Progress on Projects :)

Yep, I am busy making progress on my progress as time to share nears :)
Yep, time to List, Link & Party is just a day away ... what do you need to do???

Get a blog post ready to link Friday, Saturday or Sunday listing out what you have been up to lately and where you plan to focus next month.. I feel it helps me be accountable to others to get goals met over a months time.. How about you??

Also it is time to PARTY because I have special extra LINKY LOOT this month!
So be ready to link up...

Progress this month has been fabulous overall .. I am excited to review my list and see where I am really for the month... and now that I have my wonderful hand quilting project going... it will be my main focus for next month..

<<< Everything is coming up hearts... like this cute pic I got of the basket of hearts here on the left :)

Or the initials of the family this quilt is going on right down the middle of the quilt :) Here >>>

I still have a bit to go on the center panel here but I am making great progress to finish on time I am thinking :)  Just keep on quilting every morning! lol

I did find some antique white fabric this week too... more on that on Friday's post!  It was a great deal... do you ever look at your local thrift shops for FABRIC in bolt/yardage?  That is where I found this and soooo blessed to find it! lol

Invite your friends to join in on the fun this weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hand quilting Aaahhh ~ LOVING IT :)

I am loving waking up early all of a sudden.. and I don't wonder why anymore... I am back to having a hand quilting project underway and I am so jazzed about this project... all the love it will get for as long as it will stay together ... and how zen the hand quilting process is once you are into it!  Yippee :)

To the right... I have quilted the outline of the tree on this center panel and am now outlining the hearts that go down the center of the tree... The shaded pink heart that has my brother (younger and MUCH taller than I) and wonderful sil initials in it and year married was already part of the panel... I just added that info with embroidery  during the piecing phase :)  Below that are hearts that each of their children added with paint brush or finger painting them there... J is for Jared... he is the oldest and the only boy.  He is a strong leader sort and when I had my nieces and nephew here this past spring and we did this artwork he and his oldest little sis Madison (the M under his is for her) headed up the ideas for what to put on the tree in the first place!                              It was so much fun doing this project on a panel with them adding to it like this... I used fabric paint from Michaels for their finger painted hearts :)  H is for Haley who has a birthday very soon. and finally is Delaney .. the baby of the family but she knows what she wants ... and fingerpainting was not what she wanted to do... so she used a brush and got help from her older siblings... what a wonderful memory :)

Is there a part of the quilting or other crafting process you love most?  I would love to hear about it!!!  I read every comment and look forward to getting comments so please share what you enjoy most in the crafty world we try to live in amongst all that is going on in the world today...

A tropical storm is out in the Atlantic right now... they predict we will only get breezes from Cristobol so we shall see :)  Living so near the coast (about 2 miles from the beach as the crow flies) means we must stay alert to weather situations.

Have a blessed week... hope you plan to Link to Win your goals this coming weekend!
Until next time :) 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I love Slow Sunday Stitching :)

How about you?  Do you like to sew something imaginative... or meet a goal on Sundays or do you refrain from all work on Sundays?  Recently this question was asked on a couple quilting boards I am a part of on facebook and I wondered if any of you guys believe Sunday should be a day of rest only.

Personally I can't imagine hand quilting NOT being relaxing and meditative.. I find it totally relaxing yet focused... but it is my favorite part of the quilting process and I am finally BACK!!!!  So I had to rearrange my space a bit...

 Above you will see my design wall in the background holding up the 2 completed hexi star flowers... these will be pot holders to adorn my kitchen... and to use! lol  Not the table topper they were meant to be... and that is okay with me :)

Just in front of those hexis I have a stool... that is where the quilt sits as I do not use a hoop but quilt heavily pinned only using a table/stool/ironing board.. to support the quilt.  As I quilt an area I remove the pins... one at a time.  I have to watch my tension very closely and check it often but I enjoy quilting this way..

As a child doing handwork came naturally for me and no one told me hoops should be used when they watched me stitch... now as I quilt... I find many want to share what I should do differently to get a different type of stitch.. well here are my stitches! ....

And I do have a hoop if I have a quilty friend come visit they are welcome to use it... and I may use it myself one day... but not for this project :)

So I am one happy girl today as I slow stitch the heat away in my mind... the feels like temperature here has been in the 100's all week long !!!  I know... I live in Florida ... what do I expect... well a breeze would help! ha :)

Hope you have a blessed Sunday however you spend it.

Don't forget to Link Up next weekend right here!!!  Follow me so I can remind you with my post on Friday :)  Check out the Linky Party logo on the right side of my blog for more info... or check my post from yesterday for details too!

Linking this happy Slow Sunday Stitching post to Kathy's HERE!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Happy Weekend!

I am so excited to share with you my 2 flimsy finish FINALLY on the Byrum Family quilt!  You see this has a scrappy front and a pieced back... so I figure that will now have 2 quilts in 1 :)  Check out the inspired backing I did...
104" square backing.. pieced on Gloria
after I got warmed up piecing the front! lol
94" square front... pieced on Fiona
Hope you don't mind that I made this flimsy shot so big but I wanted you to notice all the details in this top... made especially for the family that will be receiving it!  My brother!!!
The Byrum Family!
I will be hand quilting this finish over the next 3 months or so... they are coming to Florida for a visit on Thanksgiving... so I can hopefully gift it to them as an early Christmas present then!

Here is a better pic of the backing... before I turned it over or sandwiching...
 My brother and his family live on very strong Christian values... and try to incorporate their faith into every aspect of their life... so as I shopped for fabrics or this quilt over the last year I prayed over each one before buying... above are the 10 commandments... on the front are the beatitudes... each fabric has a special meaning for them in this quilt!  Isn't that neat :)

It all started out in a container of randomly collected fabrics and donations from dear friends like this!
Connie is holding artwork made by my friend Wendy in Australia and in front of that is neatly folded all the fabrics for this quilt... plus I did pull some from my stash as well!!!

The label I like to make using special fabric treated for ink jet printers to hold the ink wash after wash...  I put it at the top of the cross on the back of the quilt... here is a closer look at it!

What are your plans for this weekend?  Any quilty ones?

Pics of my stitches coming tomorrow for Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching... I have missed my Sunday posts! lol

Don't forget next weekend we check out where we have been and where we are going with our goals!!!
Just write a blog post with goals you have met recently and goals you want to meet over the next month... link it up with my linky party.. and PARTY!!!!  Also a chance to win Linky Loot!!!  One lucky linker will get something from my quilty stash just for them based on their post and their goals!  Cool deal I think!  So link up NEXT WEEKEND!

Until next time :) ...

Linking this 2 flimsy finish to...
Sew May Ways >>> Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party here :)
Tanya & Richard Quilts >> Link A Finish Friday here :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Hello my bloggy friends... I usually find it fun to blog 2 or 3 times a week... but time has slipped away from me and now I realize it is almost a week since I have shared with you!  For shame!!! lol
Squirrels play in our bird house and birds live in the trees!  Silly animals :)
Well, Saturday the 9th of August, my brother and his family moved into their "new" and they hope final home to raise their family in... on that day I also finished their quilt top... AND before they had their old home cleaned out for the new family I had the backing all pieced in the shape of a cross made from fabric with the 10 commandments on it... I am just soo excited with that progress...
Where I finished up "The Byrum Quilt"
Flimsy pictures you say?? Well first of all this is TOP SECRET right now.. and second of all the top is 94" square... yep, HUGE!!!   The backing measures out 104" square itself as well... so we plan to move the living room around for the pinning of the quilt sandwich this weekend and will get pics then!  Yippee!

Look for a post Sunday for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy as I will be linking there and delighted that (once the batting arrives to the pinning party Friday) the pinning will be over and the hand quilting will begin!  Yippee :)

In the meantime.. I do have something fun to share ... I have been doing some hand piecing on my hexi star flower table topper...
Now I have 2 done
and am working on the 3rd... there are 7 to make before I join them to make the flimsy properly :)

I started this project to try multi-tasking... as hand piecing affects different parts of my fingers than hand quilting... so we shall see how it goes with both projects going!!!  Very soon I am hoping!!! lol

Meanwhile, my honey has put together a little railroad for himself on a piece of plywood we salvaged for free (someone hurricane shutters they decided they didn't need... in Florida really???)!  Check this system he has designed!

He has 3 working trains... one from the 60's, one from the 70's and one from the 90's all working together on the track he bought on eBay for a deal and has carefully sanded each piece to get great connections all around.. screwed in each piece of railroad... and the trains love it!  So fun that we have interesting hobbies... to us anyway! ha :)

For my hand piecing project I am staying organized and using my portable design wall to hold my pieces in place together :).. my bestie Connie made them.. along with my design ideas .. during her July visit for our birthdays... this was my birthday present and I think she rocked it!!!
 Here on the left is my portable design wall as it was intended to be used... and being used today on the right!
 I love the buttons Connie added that we both fell in love with during a visit to the LQS :)
 So what are you up to this week? 

Well.. must go for now and fondle my fabric! lol

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gloria is here! WHOOP!!

There is a new vintage sewing machine I just got for a deal on eBay.. I am just soooo excited!  I am sharing this Whooping post about it over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict with Sarah right HERE!
 I got a 1956 Singer 301A!!! My honey bought it for me actually and it was such a funny story how I came to get this beautiful two toned machine!  Also abbreviated LBOW (for light brown/oyster white) for her paint colors :)

You know my honey buys, services and sells featherweights.. he acquires them several ways but looks in many places ... one of his fave searches brings up all singer machines..  that is when I fell in love with the 2 tones version of the Singer 301.  I love that some were assembled in Anderson, South Carolina and are designated 301A's... so I looked for one of them :)  This is the first Slant-o-matic machine Singer made and they made them in 3 batches total.  Some are bisque.. a slightly darker light brown than Gloria.. and there are also black ones.  These machines are sometimes called a Featherweights "big sister" too!  Gloria weights 16 lbs by herself.  So nice and light for a full sized machine.. and with her gear motor she can sew ANYTHING with me !!!!

I learned to sew on a Singer Golden Touch and Sew when I was young and used that machine until a house fire took it in 2008.. then I sewed on a Janome occasionally.. but entering a new phase of my life I have fallen in love with vintage machines... they are quiet and do their job well in general! 

Fiona has always been my main machine since I started liking sewing machines about a year ago.  I even sold my nice Janome to better utilize that money since she never got any action! lol  (I bought fabric with that money!) ha :)

Now I think Fiona may have competition... but Fiona doesn't suck up corners/threads either and Singers are NOTORIOUS for working this way.  I will say that in playing around with Gloria she is a gem of a machine and I was very blessed to have found her at a time when my honey was feeling generous with his profits! lol

So Whooping that accomplishment today!

I am steadily working away on the pieced backing of the Byrum family quilt currently... and waiting for binding fabric to come in so I can have that decided :)

Moving along on goals I set for the month... Will you be ready to link up your progress end of the month???  Don't forget to write a post... link it up .. and PARTY with me :)
Linky Loot will be amazing this month as I am really getting to know my stash better!  And how things ship the best too! lol 

So link for a chance to win something specific to YOUR goals :)

Thanks for reading along and have a blessed weekend!