Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Feeling Better!!!

This week I have been able to miss out on cold medicine and we have been mongo productive so far!  This follows a week of few accomplishments though! lol

First we cut down two dead trees and piled them up for the city to recycle..
Then we called over some friends and trimmed up 2 trees in the back yard... We don't think they have ever had much of a trim though...
See!!!  Much more came from our back yard for sure! lol  But it is now ready to be made into mulch and such! :)

I managed all the laundry including sheets on Monday and finished ironing some shirts I had been procrastinating... do you have house hold chores you put off???  I try telling myself I can get rewarded with quilting time for getting some ironing done... then I don't quilt either! ha :)  Anyway, finally got it done thanks to encouragement from a friend!

But instead of more quilting time my honey and I decided a trip to the beach would be a fun diversion!  So 80 degrees on Monday and breezy we took the 15 minute drive to the beach from our home and enjoyed ourselves a lot!!!
 Here is our view of Daytona Beach :)

And here is a sandpiper who was playing in the surf ...
So after sooo much inspiration with cleaning and tree trimming among other yard work... let me share some joys I am seeing in my back yard!
The fuscia blooms above are azaleas ... the cold we had last week made our azaleas VERY happy!

And here are some jasmine that is blooming just outside my quilting space!

After such a great day I came home and stitched.. woke up and stitched.. and today I find myself seeing the end of the middle border of Kaydence's Baby Quilt!   Yippee :)
In this shot you may be able to see the light graphite lines...
I use a bright lamp with a "daylight" bulb in it to light the way when the real sunlight is not available.

Once I finish this green border quilting and in the ditch support stitching ... I will start working on the outer ring of charm squares :)  That will be cross hatched as the inner 2 rings were.

In closing I would like to thank each of you that sent up a sweet thought or prayer for me after Sunday mornings post... as I am sooo much better this week.  I appreciate you!

Also I wish my oldest son a Happy 30th Birthday... He is a blessing to me!

Until my next post remember to ...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Still Slow Stitching!

It has been a slow ... slow stitching week around here! lol

I have been a bit under the weather with an upper respiratory issue... the cold medicine that helps leaves me a bit foggy headed and it is hard to stitch for long! lol

So earlier this week I was here for a posing shot of her quilt in progress ...
 I was working on the second row of cross hatching.  Here are the tools I use with my 16" hoop...
Cotton thread (this is YLI 40/3 in white), little scissors.. these were my first pair!, and some hemostats to help pull the needle through occasionally (when I put too many stitches on the needle! ha)... and speaking of needles I am using John James 8 Quilting with the YLI and Dritz Quilting Betweens because they are very stiff with large eye is a multitude of sizes in 1 container for the Perle cotton stitching. 

What tools do you like when hand quilting??

Well I finished the cross hatch and moved on to the middle green border on this little baby quilt...
 It is heart and swirl pattern in Perle 12 cotton in white :)

And here is a texture shot so you ca see the design a bit easier on camera with the morning sunlight coming in on it :)

 And after just moving the hoop I approach the halfway point of this border!  Yippee :)
I am linking this hand quilty post to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday HERE :)  Where Life is Beautiful today !

Hope however you spend today you are able to get a few quilty stitches in.. happily I feel more like stitching today..

I will start back on a piecing project next week... if you remember my Hollyhock Gardens quilt ;)

I also have chosen my "charity project" for the year... Last year I made a quilt for a friend with a new diagnosis of cancer.  She loves the quilt!  So stay tuned as more of my next quilt I will make for all my cost with no expectation of payment... just a gift for someone in need !  I am excited about this!!!

Do you try to touch lives of those around you with your crafty gifts?  I would love to hear your stories!!!

Linking this post to Karen at Sew Many Ways LInky Party HERE as well :)
Hope you have all Blessed Stitches today :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kaydence's Baby Quilt Update ~ Center DONE :)

I am so excited all the center of Kaydence's Baby Quilt is done :)  I finished up this morning!
I love how the Perle 12 white cotton thread looks in the raspberry batik border :)  And the cross hatch will add lots of dimension to the charm squares when washed...

Do you think about how you quilt will look when washed when you are planning your quilting design?  

Do you think of support stitching when making your quilting design plan?

I had several convo's after my last post on support stitches... this is like "stitching in the ditch" or stitching 1/4" away from a seam ... either of these extra stitch types will add "support" to your quilt and your quilting design!

I try to plan my quilting design as I am making a quilt so I can iron the top the way I want my ditches... so in this flimsy...
I ironed all my seams toward the borders ... knowing I would stitch with white thread "in the ditch" (the ditch is typically the side without seams in it so it lays lower after washing if stitched there).

Here is my stitching in the ditch on the center square...
I chose this pic to show you how the right side of this seam (where my needle is) is the "ditch" side of the seam... it lays lower as the seams are nested on the left side of the seam :)

Here is a close up where you can see the cross hatched center well and how I dealt with my corners...
I think it turned out totally fabulous and I hope as I continue working on this quilt I continue to get warm fuzzy feelings growing for this little baby girl to be!

Have a blessed day whatever you do... hope you make time to take a few stitches if you can!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Slow Stitching and LOVING IT!

Earlier this week I finished piecing this cute little 42" square flimsy for my first grandchild to be... due the end of May :)  You are welcome to read more about that in my last blog post HERE ;)
 And here is a side view of that flimsy on my design wall... isn't it fun!
 Here is the backing I pieced as well... their theme is Owls...
 I think I got that going on in this girly quilt!! lol

So next up is MARKING the quilt top for this quilt to be...
 I used graphite (like pencil lead but I think it washes out easier) and white ceramic lead as well for the darker blocks... if you look closely at the pic above you will see white orange peels drawn on the raspberry border ;)

Well I finished that up Valentine's Day morning ....

 Here is what me and my dd woke too...

I got the chocolate that is a tradition for me and my honey >>>>>>

<<<<<<<<My dd got candy, chocolate AND a balloon too!  Thanks to my honey and me :)

So now with all the marking done and Valentine's being enjoyed my honey kindly offered to help with the pinning process... he knows it is my least favorite part but vitally important to a nice square quilt in the end :)

Here is a close up I took during pinning of the cross hatched center I am just finishing and again you can see the light white lines here better for the orange peel design in this border.. I will be using Perle 12 cotton for that in white as well :)

 And by 1 pm I had this quilt in the hoop!!!!
 I also got a couple of deliveries yesterday... I have been wanting a Kwik Klip to see if it aids in the pinning process... unfortunately that and the new brass pins I got were delivered AFTER this quilt was done with that... so it will be ready for a test run on the next quilt I pin baste! lol
 Here is my progress this morning ... all the cross hatched center is done and I am now doing the support stitching around the square :) 
 Next up will be that luscious raspberry border!!!

Thread wise I am using YLI 40/3 in white for all the charm square cross hatching... I am using perle 12 cotton in white on the raspberry border and a gorgeous raspberry thread I shared in my delivery shot from yesterday... my fave for hand quilting... Aurifil 28/2.

Do you have fave things you use when hand quilting?  

I love thread so much my honey is making me a storage case for all my thread... I don't have a ton of it.. but I think I will! lol

Today I am linking this hand quilty blog post to Kathy's Quilts .. Slow Stitching Sunday as she encourages us to share hand quilting!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Kaydence's Quilt Flimsy is Complete!

I am so happy to be able to blog and resurface from my piecing frenzy this week :)

First I want to wish you all a blessed Valentines... from my home to you!

My honey found these tulips when we were shopping on Wednesday... we spotted 1 pot of pink ones ready to bloom and bought them!!!

When I saw the mid day sun shining on them through the skylight above I had to share this glimpse into the beauty I get to enjoy every day :)

Do you have any plans to do something special for Valentines?  We don't go out ... but I plan to spend it working on Kaydence's Quilt... yet to be named :)

This flimsy features some Benartex layer cake squares I cut to charm size.  The fabric line is "Owlivia" :)

Do you ever run across God moments when you quilt?

Well I sure did ... SEVERAL times... while making this flimsy and with the backing as well!

I had JUST enough Raspberry fabric for the center border and the binding on this project.
I had just enough left the width of the fabric for the wider outer border I decided on... this sliver is all that was left WOF.
I also decided to miter said outer border to a nicer finish... had just enough to do said borders :)
The backing is pieced because this flimsy measures 42" square.... so as I was designing the backing it seemed someone else was in control of the design.. lol!  It turned out perfect!!!
Then while cleaning a bit of the mess I had made in the making of this... I found this perfect square to add some embroidery to for a label!
Any ideas on how to decorate this cute fabric?? I am sewing it to a muslin square and turning it and appliqueing when the quilt is finished :)

And here they are in my sewing room.. the backing on my design wall and the flimsy laid over my sewing chair...
So I can look at this photo and realize so many moments so far that something amazing has happened... I feel this quilt is blessed to be loved once gifted.

So where am I in process with this quilt?

I will mark it next.. still trying to decide how to do the charms... for their quilt design.  But I have border designs decided and checked and will mark them first.. hoping then to get inspiration ...

OR IDEAS FROM YOU ALL... on how to address the charms.

This will be all hand quilted in white, olive and raspberry Aurifil 28/2 thread.

I will use Pellon cotton batting and have the rasberry batik fabric already cut for the binding :)

So now I would LOVE to hear from you....

What do you think?
Do you have ideas to share for a quilting design in the charm squares???  Not into just an x in them.

Thanks in advance to those that leave me feedback...

Linking this post full of Whooping Excitement to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Finding Inspiration...

So I had a super fun and busy weekend...

My honey has been selling the Singer Featherweights he has had ready to sell for a while.. but we wanted to give time for people to get over the holidays :)  Well I guess they are ready to buy.. we have sold 3 packages (yes that includes a sewing machine too!) on eBay and facebook this weekend!  It was MARVELOUS... here is one of the ads we make..
He does the posing of the products and takes the pictures.. I then edit them and add any extras to the photo...

We enjoy doing this together :)

So after selling 3 of these packages .. and doing a bit of cross stitch... I am looking now for inspiration to start my next project...

Kaydence's Owl Quilt is my next project... it isn't a bit quilt.. about 48" square flimsy by estimation... but it is important that I do excellent work on this piece... It is to be for my first grandchild!  A grand daughter too :)

So initially there was gonna be no theme and just whatever I wanted to make her was fine... well as Kaydence is growing so much.. she is 24 weeks right now... mom now loves the idea of owls for Kaydence's room and a real theme has emerged for she and my son.  So I switched gears to a layer cake of owl themed fabric by Benartex called "Owlivia"...
And I am PATIENTLY waiting for today's mail to run and I should get these more solid reading batiks I found online on sale :)  Love supporting quilt shops online !!

So first my friend Wendy for this on Pinterest... and I loved the simplicity of it.. 
But I felt it was a bit too scrappy without a real theme once I knew they had a theme... What I mean is.. I couldn't picture the fabrics I chose showing off the owls in any way with that exact layout... so I did my own online search early one morning and found this quilt...
 I love more negative space for sure but I want mine using 5" charm squares.  You see my layer cake measures 10" square (important to put a ruler to your own to make sure they measure up or don't measure too big either!) ... So I will fussy cut some of the owl prints and just cut the rest in half twice to make over 86 charms from the layer cake :)

Here is my idea...
This will make a 48" square flimsy!  I love the idea of a bit larger quilt.. and i have some really cute butterfly fabric I will use in this quilt as well... Plus I am going to piece the backing to make it wide enough for this project so I will put an owl 10" square on the pieced backing !  Yahoo.. owls on BOTH sides !!!!

So I am really excited for the mail person to show up and deliver today's mail.  But remain stoked over our excellent job on earning money for a large bill we owe soon :)  Yippee for getting that paid too!

Have a blessed week whatever you have planned...

I am hoping as I delve into Kaydence's quilt that it will look in real life as cool as it looks in my head :)

Until I resurface...

Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Banner Finish!!

Well after my post Thursday I was really drawn to getting the banner finished for my honey's business...   Check it out !!!
Here is a close up of the banner on the rod and hangers my honey fashioned too!
This finished banner measures 15" x 25".  I used Hobbs Tuscany 100% wool batting to make it extra puffy to show off the quilted texture... check out this side view...
I used Aurifil 50/2 thread for all the piecing ... I love how thin and strong it is :)  I used mostly Aurifil 28/2 thread on the hand quilting except the outer chain was big stitched with Perle 12 cotton by DMC.

The center medallion was made by an online friend who embroiders as a business... please message me for info on how to contact her if you are interested in her work...

I designed this wall hanging from that center medallion and to coordinate with the sewing room as well...

See how nice it looks when hanging!!!

And the brackets my honey "made" for the banner to hand from are actually leftover metal parts from the treadle base we repurposed as his workdesk in this room.  So we are keeping it all vintage!  He sanded and painted them as they were very rusty.. but that treadle from 1912 lives on in this room for sure!

Up next is a bit of cross stitch and back to piecing on my hexi flowers for the Batik Hollyhock Garden quilt :).... while I wait on fabric to arrive for Kaydence's quilt.

Kaydence is due to arrive the end of May.  She will be my first grandchild and I am mongo thrilled to make her a quilt...  more on my design and fabrics next time!

Linking this hand quilted finish to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE :)

Until next time....