Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back up and running with Windows 10 :)

Well... I guess I needed a bit of respite from all things internet!!! lol

Since my last post I have uploaded Windows 10 to a new computer I got for my dd... and then to my 4 year old computer that was running on Windows 7 too!!

All went well on the new computer... but geek help was definitely needed on my 4 year old computer to get it to be convinced this was a GOOD thing :) lol

So what is important to share with you all about this conversion??  I LOVE the new Windows Edge platform except I have yet to figure out how to change the search engine from Bing... to Google again.. and MY BLOG would not post in Windows Edge... so I am using Google CHROME to post this ;)

In the meantime...during all this updating I have still been quilting!!!

This quilt... shown as a flimsy above... is such a joy to work on as each block or sashing is a new adventure!!!

I have finished the middle column... that is in my last post :)

So next I worked on the left side vertical pink sashing strip... adding Kaylie and Kimber's favorite ... butterflies to that area ...

I used a blue wash away marker and all came out after these photos... but I am using white YLI 40/3 thread for the handquilting and try as I might... the pattern doesn't show much on the loud prints until I wash it and get the texture popping!!!

Then I moved to the 4 blocks in the left hand column...

I finished this cute block with Piglet pajamas in it...
 And am now working on this little cotton dress!
And during all this computer changing over stuff... my honey has decided it is time to sell another featherweight he has serviced and sewn on..
This beautiful machine sews like a dream and is soooo quiet and yet so strong too!  If you are interested just PM me on facebook or check it out in one of our facebook sale ads.. we have 10 pictures of this beauty :)

Well, as good as it feels to blog again... and regain my bloggy voice... I am also mentally drained from figuring out how to do everything computer related again.. having a business from home that depends on the internet for sales and communication ... and keeping up with other things going on behind the scenes here at Casa Del Loro is exhausting to say the least!

So for now I will wish you a great week and try to take my own advice now to...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Whooping a NEW BEGINNING!!!

Hey there from my sweet grandkids...
From my home... here is CJ at 14 months old....
 And via Facebook and Tennessee here is sweet Kaydence I have yet to focus my camera or kisses on yet! lol  She is 2 months already too!!!

It has been a while since I have had a post that made me wanna whoop really... at least around a Friday! lol  Cue Sarah at Confessions of a Febric Addicts Friday linky party... check her out HERE!

So what am I whooping besides the worlds cutest grandkids a Grammy could ask for??? lol

My new beginning quilt I showed you here last week
... and in this shot I was ready to quilt on my new desk my honey made me too!
Well.... I love the quilt and I love Love LOVE the desk!!!  It rolls and it is a nice large 16" x 42" top... my honey picked out all the wood special for this project and the casters work great on the tile floor too!  It has a shelf on the bottom for current supplies and for a place or me to prop my feet when I am in depth quilting :)

Superb is my review of having a desk to set my hoop on and use to work off of! :)  Love it for my style!  Home Run Honey :D

As far as my progress... it has been stellar too...

Here is the center block... about 16" x 24" background block size... it is a rabbit jumper from when Kimber's daughter was about 18 months old...
 Here you can see some of the blue lines I haven't sprintzed out but you can see the design better this way... all lines are gone now though ! lol  This tshirt was one of Kimber's favorites... she said her daughter was truly a little chatterbox! :)
 And here is how I start each outfit... with a picture and add drawing on my iPad.. not sure i I endorse any program for this topic yet... Do you have a fave one that draws easily on photos... and lets you type in a title like I have done here????
This dress above is one of Kaylie's baby dresses.. note we were able to leave the buttons on the dress front during piecing and my quilting plan includes accentuating them.  See... :)
Also this week I tried my first paper pieced block...
Yes, it turned out nice.. but boy is it a waste if you are tight on fabric! lol

Also it took me over 2 hours to produce this block after watching a long vid by Carol Doak.

I do like her reasoning and methods.. but it isn't fun like I like quilting to be for me... I have 3 more blocks to do like this but different "bird" colors.... lol!  We shall see how long that takes :)

Another Whoop to share during this last week was that my recent finish wall hanging was featured as the header of one of my facebook hand quilting groups... I don't frequent it much anymore as it has gotten large and more impersonal.. but I enjoy the eye candy... 

 Imagine how amazed I was to be the giver of the candy for 24 hours of show!  Whoop!

In closing... here is one more pic I found of Kaydence.. taken by a photographer...
 Doesn't this shot just make you want to smile! :)  It sure does me !!!

Have a blessed weekend and until my next post...