Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rustic Bulls Eye ~ A FINISH!!!

Yep... by Sunday night I was looking at this...
 The left side of this shot shows where I started on the border.. and on the right side of the picture is where I am coming back around my starting point :)  Yippee!
I am definitely glad I did all the border in 1 swipe like I did... I did get some comments on that last time... but I would definitely do a border like this again and do it the way I did this so it all gets done at once :)

I finished up that border Monday morning... then while everyone was asleep (I wake EARLY!) .... I sewed on the binding I had made up a few weeks back just for this project.. I had "borrowed a bit to test out a featherweight for my honey but not much... look at what I had left!!
 The unusable selvedge!  Can you believe I had JUST ENOUGH to bind this quilt without adding more.  Praise God!!!

Once it was sewn to the front it was time to hand stitch it to the back... This really hurts my left thumb a lot so it took me 2 days to bind this little wall hanging ! lol
Tuesday evening rolled around and  I finally was at a point to remove the worst of the pencil marks in preparation for washing this cute quilt! ;)
 I use a formula available google search online and keep it in the bottle of expensive stuff that works but I bought before I knew a much more economical way to remove heavy handed pencil marks... and my dollar store toothbrush does the trick quite quickly laid out on the kitchen counter in nice bright light!

Finally it is washing away and comes out of the washer completely pencil free and BEAUTIFUL!!!!   So pop it into the dryer for just a bit and I take it out to hang dry overnight!  MISTAKE!

You will see how it hangs... I love it but will be rewashing it and blocking it! lol  Lesson learned for a wall hanging!

Meanwhile... as it is drying and I sleep I wake Wednesday with a brainstorm of an idea... Connie made this top for my birthday present, I added borders, backing, and 2 layers of batting and quilted it uniquely... why not keep this piece as a favorite and add MY FIST APPLIQUE & EMBROIDERY to it....

 Hope you can see this close up...
I NEEDLE TURN Appliqued both circles ... First I appliqued the black plaid by simply marking a removable line around a rx bottle top of my daughters... trimmed to a scant 1/4" and did it easy as pie!  CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT??!!!!  Okay it isn't perfect and I had perfect circles too but didn't want that... this is a rustic piece and I wanted this to be natural looking... I think I accomplished that :)
 Here is another vie of the label embroidered with the dark grey variegated thread I used in this piece... and finally for you to enjoy is my favorite wall hanging to date!!!!

Meet Rustic Bulls Eye !!!!
 And this is where this wall hanging will reside...
above a collection of antique oil cans and a Willcox and Gibbs sewing machine all that my honey cherishes and sitting on a Martha Washington cabinet with and eBay find lace scarf that looks custom made!  All in all a great look I think!

Other than the wave that blocking should take care of... what do you all think?
Is this worthy of putting in Amy's Fall quilt festival??

 As soon as I grabbed this shot I had to go pick up my daughter and run some errands.. in fact I was a tad behind because I got so caught up in getting pics and admiring the finish.. I truly can't believe I did that! lol

For the books... it's final measurement is 35 1/4" x 36 1/2" long.. it started out 38" square.

Anyway.. when I got back a couple hours later... look what was waiting or me...
 This is my space outside where I quilt.. I used a chair to set my quilting in beside me to hold the bulk of it and to lean on as I hold a 16" laptop hoop... I love this method for me... Aaanyway, my honey made this table to my specifications (it is on wheels, has a foot rest, is my requested height and no spurs/rough spots noted anywhere!!!) and swept my corner up and declared this table now usable (he finished it a few days ago but it needed to cure before coming out in the humid environment I sew in).  He loves for me to give him a project or idea he can run with... this is one nice piece of furniture too... I love it...

See how I will use it??
I am mongo excited about all this... hope you don't find me boastful or proud here... I am truly just ecstatic to have so much accomplished... and to be starting on Kimber's Memory Quilt too!

Hope you have a stellar week & weekend... I am planning on linking this finish and I look forward to replying to each of your comments on this post :)

Kelly at NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) >>> Here
Whooping with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict (Friday) >>> Here
Richard & Tanya Quilts ~ Link a Finish Friday #179 >>> Here

Until my next post...

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Happy Birthday month continues... and Progress on the border :)

July is the Birthday month in our home...
my honey celebrated his year to be equal to a deck of cards (52) ....
... and playing with a sewing machine! lol 

But my daughter is 17 TODAY!!  Yesterday was her friend party and here is a collage I made of the shots she allowed paparazzi! lol
Meanwhile I have been helping in all the festivities and quilting in all my free time!!!

I am now 3/4 of the way around the border :)
You can see the variety of threads and needles I am using... plus some other tools too!  I use the hemostats as a needle puller for thick spots and because that perle 8 cotton is kinda tough to pull through several stitches sometimes! lol  And that Clover thimble is quickly becoming a fave :)  Kudos go to Wendy for the suggestion on trying this style!!!

Here on the right is me finishing a row of stitching... 5 needles threaded to have their turn before I move the hoop again :)

Here on the left you can see one I moved the hoop after finishing the dark grey scallop above... you can see my 5 threads much easier...

And now all that remains is that final 1/4 of the border.. then binding and deciding which side is up ... maybe after washing??  and add the hanging sleeve then :)

Meanwhile, I am planning out the french braid table topper.  Here is the center that will be set on point for the table topper...
This center was also part of my birthday from Connie... she used leftovers from the wall hanging to make this :)  And I want it to be cool and used and enjoyed!  So I went looking for french braid how to vids and who did I find but Jenny Doan of MSQC fame!!!
 She calls it a Scrappy Table runner I think HERE!  But this is my basic idea... I have more things going on too though... lol!  But her tutorial easily balances the idea with my ideas too!  So I am excited in the future to see this happen too!

So that is what have been up to this week!  How about you?

Well Kathy finished a mini quilt this week.. go check out her blog.. and if you blog write one and link up!!!  We all wanna know what you have been up to :)  I am linking with her too!

So until my next post...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bordering FUN!

Well... as soon as I quit lamenting over the weekend about how bored I was with doing the repetitive center quilting on this wall hanging... I got to the border and FUN jumped back into this project !!!!
 I am running 5 needles across at a time...
 Check out this close up...
 I am using Valdani perle 8 and perle 12 weight threads in this border with a dash of light grey 12 wt DMC, and some black YLI 40/3 for the edge basting stitch...
 Finally this morning I caught this shot!  I am already 1/3 of the way around this border in under 2 days!!!!
 Here is how the quilt will hand on the wall... this is 1/4 of the whole quilt for reference... each bulls eye is 7 1/2" finished :)
To go along with this great wall hanging... Connie also has sent me the beginnings of a table topper or table runner from one I found on eBay but missed out on winning...
Here is the one Connie made me with the leftovers from the wall hanging above...
This measures about 15" currently... and this is my plan now for it...
You see I always love making things my own design... so I like skinny logs better than fat ones but love the big squares set on point for the french in this braid design.

I will have 2 logs to each square... then bind it in the same I bind the wall hanging with I think.. we shall see what I have left after piecing this... all my logs will be the homespuns... but the squares will be regular quilt fabric for some stability! lol  This is all still in the planning stages as I am making fast progress on this now!!!

And you know what that means!!!  Soon I will be hand quilting Kimber's memory quilt!!! Yippee :)
I am linking all this quilty progress.. and the quilty ideas too! lol to Kelly's NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday)!!!  Come see what others are linking up HERE... she is a fun quilter and always has fun people linking up interesting things.

Before I close... I had a video to share this week... My grandson CJ is officially WALKING!!!  But I couldn't figure out how to post a video from my iPhone to my blogspot blog.  I am just not techie! lol  So here is a still shot from the video I have to share with you today :)

He is 13 1/2 months old now :)

Thanks for joining me today!  And whatever you have planned remember to...

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Bulls Eye Wall Hanging... almost there!

Can you believe it... I started this 2 layered batting wall hanging back in June ... soon after Connie sent it to me (early birthday present) ... back when we thought I would have it done by July! ha ha :)

I do think I will see an end to this project in the next week or two though as all that is left after the center is complete...
... is to quilt the border surround that is already marked... bind and put a label and hanging sleeve on it.  Yippee!  Light is bright at the end of this tunnel :)  I am currently on bulls eye #15 out of 16 total!! :)  Yahoo !!!

I have been dreaming of quilting Kimber's memory quilt a lot this week.. I am ready for some fun quilting without the layers of thickness to sew though... don't get me wrong... the clothes will make
me keep out my hemostats for thick seam moments... but most of my quilting these is planned very differently.. that one I will quilt each block how IT looks best :)

CJ came over a couple times this week..
That was definitely fun !!!

My daughter is taking 2 classes in summer school this month.. she finished and passed 1 class over the last 2 weeks... now to finish and pass the second class next :)

So as I slow stitch today I want to link up this excellent progress with Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching :)  Come on over and see what other slow stitching is going on around the globe!

Until my next post...

Saturday, July 11, 2015

My Faves ~ July Edition :)

My Faves ~ July 2015

Recent Pictures...

Great friends!

Great Memories!

and Great Looking! lol

 We did it together...

Matching Tshirts
Pedicures... she went back for a mani before leaving too! lol

A pic I worked on as a sweet memory of her short beach time this trip

Birthday Memories...

Yep, I am a firecracker!  Born on the 4th of July :)  So we celebrated and had dessert..
Such a yummy dessert we got for our birthday celebration at a local restaurant :)

It didn't last long.. there were 4 of us celebrating birthdays in July! lol

My dd made me red velvet brownies too!  Yummm :)
And I was blessed with lots of loot... My daughter painted me a special large canvas in a cool way...

My honey really spoiled me this year though!
I got my fave chocolates.. in mini size!!

And this pattern on the left is a BOM style pattern of a quilt I want to make.. I will share more on that later... and the fat quarter bundle on the right is the fabric to make it with that I had already picked out!!!!

I can't believe how generous he has been to me for a birthday too!

 Now what to do for him!!???  His birthday is coming on the 20th

I also got a host of cards and other gifts... Connie had given me a wall hanging to quilt, and the matching t-shirts to wear during her visit!  My favorite card was from my grandmother who is 96 years young and never forgets my birthday or to send me a card on my day :)  That means sooo much!

I certainly feel loved this year for sure on my special day.  Do you enjoy your special day each year??


Quilting Accomplishments...

I am so excited about this part of my week I am linking with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday on Sunday morning... that is my fave spot to read on Sunday's and my fave thing to do!!! lol   Today she shows her hand embroidery and talks about how good closure on a project feels! 

So come on now and check out how well my week has gone...
Got this quilt layered and pin basted ready for hand quilting...

Close up of the center block :)
 This block measures about 16 x 22 inches and is a little 18 month old jumper.  I only need to quilt every 8" with this particular batting (it says how close/far you need to stitch or the batting to remain secure within the quilt on the batting packing or insert if getting off a roll) but I want this to feel cozy.

My friend Wendy suggested something like this and I LOVE this more interpretive quilting idea...
I plan to stitch in white YLI 40/3 thread to keep it super sturdy for years of snuggles too!

And in the meantime I have been working on my Bulls Eye wall hanging...
 I am now on the 11th of 16 bulls eyes.. hope to make better progress on this before my next report to you! lol

And finally choosing which of those luscious fabrics from the fat quarter bundle and which from my own stash to put together for the pattern I received for my birthday...

Although the official pattern is called "Journey of a Quilter" by Leanne Beasley... I will be calling mine "Kathi's Friendship Journey" quilt... It will hold my first embroidered patchwork done from scratch  and my first applique... needleturn or otherwise.. will be my firsts!Yay!  Do you have quilts you enjoy that are full of firsts too?  I love to see my first hand quilting too!  I sleep under still every night! :)

So that is what is up with me... hope you enjoyed the ride today!

Thanks for visiting :)