Friday, May 27, 2016

My sewing room is clean ... come on in!!

Earlier this week I had to straighten up my sewing room so Clarinda could get put in her cabinet... and I had finished some projects and had prepped for the next so was time to tidy up!  So I took all these as signs and cleaned and photoed a bit as I was at it ...  WHOOP!
I shared this shot on facebook and many wanted to see "the rest of the room!" lol

I will show you more... but first lets take a look at my part!!!  Take note of my cool vintage iron and home made ironing surface... as well as my design wall there on the wall to the right also ;)

I have shared this "Quilt" sign before... but here it is again with Clarinda in her new dress!!!

 Clarinda was made in Great Britain in 1967 and is a 347k!  She zig zags and straight stitches and does it now without any fussing!  I love her :)
 To the right of her is Glorious Gloria for 301a from 1952.  I am using her on a project currently and love her smooth stitching!!!!  I also love this vintage chair my honey recovered for me....
 Over Gloria is a calendar for 2016 that I got as a Christmas present from my DIL Kayla... I always can't wait to change it and see what pics of CJ's life I get to see!!!!  She is an AWESOME DIL!!!!
 Just to the left of that is this butterfly... Someone gifted it to me along the way... I really like it :)
 This is a canvas my son made for me... all about my goal for 2016... Life is Beautiful...

Now for my honey's side of the room...
 I made the valance... it is machine and hand quilted :)

He fixed and sells vintage Singer Featherweight sewing machines like you see on the table and the shelves so this space serves him well!

Now I can't show you a shot currently of the rest of the room! lol

But suffice it to say it is a tad messy I am sure!!! hahahaha :)  But don't they say creative minds thrive with a bit of clutter in their design spaces???  WHOOP!

Meanwhile I continue working on Brandi's quilt... I am almost 56% complete on it now !!!!  Whoop :)

And with the outer border completed this morning !!

I haven't truly started on the wall hanging on my frame but I am all set up to quilt there now... I just wanted to focus on Brandi's quilt as it's date to be given will be here soon!

Check out the lamp for my frame that my honey found on eBay...  It is a cantelever style lamp from the 70's made by FASE....
The arrows above are pointing to it's nice long reach!!!!

We initially found and paid for it ... but when it arrived it was all broken from poor packaging for it's journey... once we settled with the seller my honey set about "fixing" it... and he altered A LOT of things but in the end the final design shown the lamp looking no different than it was intended... HE IS FANTASTIC at this stuff!!!

Soooo.. he has named this lamp "Ms. Penny" because that is what we wound up paying for her... and a few hours of work and ingenuity by my honey!! :)

check out the how bright the halogen bulb in this lamp is too...
Nice and bright and ready to go!!!!

I am linking this post to Sarah's Whoop Whoop Linky Party HERE!  She is having a very cool giveaway today also!!

So until my next post... remember....

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Celebration Time is HERE!!!

Ya'll... I am soooo EXCITED to share with you... this shot!!!
I took this shot this morning and promptly moved the quilt! lol

But it is soooo exciting to NOW be on the downhill slide.. yes it is just 1 week shy of 3 months to get halfway on this quilt but there is a LOT of quilting here! lol  And to be honest this is my passion but life happens to get in the way for even a daily slow stitcher like me!

Linking this great progress to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Linky HERE!  Today she is sharing some fave tools she is currently using on a project.... so here are some of mine I am using on Starlight.. Starbright!
You will see my needle keeper, hemostats (needle puller) scissors, thimble, and thread (not pictured)! lol

I also wanted to share my personal feedback on a couple thimbles I recently got...

I ordered BOTH thimbles from site to store for FREE shipping from the supplier...  each took about a week to arrive and I picked them up the same day to save trips...

First is the thimble I am already currently using on my upper hand middle finger...
It is made by Clover and is made of brass the packaging says... it is a heavy weight metal thimble that wrapps around your finger.. I tend to quilt using my fingernail so this protects my fingernail and when I want to stab stitch through a tough seam it does the trick without getting bent or anything... or bending out of shape from how I set it for my finger... overall very pleased with this thimble... but it was too long for my thumb!

I do quilt with my thumb also especially since I went to frame quilting... so I was hoping the other brand of thimble that was metal that I would try would work to reshape for my thumb....
The Dritz thimble is a little shorter in length... it also says it is made of brass but is a silver color of metal.  The dimples on this thimble are not as deep as the Clover thimble... and once shaped for my thumb .. no matter what we did to position it ... it dug into my thumb cuticle... but even aside from that it just didn't work on my thumb.. so the search continues... and I try to use my thumb for quilting sparingly for now.. lol!

Here is a shot I took of them in their packaging that they came in...

They were both about $10 each when I purchased them about 2 weeks ago... so not bad on price for either... Overall they are very different though...

So I hope this review of thimbles has been helpful to you in deciding what may or may not work for you but holes in fingernails at the pace I quilt just isn't an option anymore! Hahaha!

Now one other thimble of sorts I do use almost every time I quilt these days is an UNDERHAND thimble... (Yep I ordered this from too!  (Site to store for FREE shipping in about 10 days time!!!)
It resides on my left (underhand) middle finger)... when I need to feel the needle for some reason I use my pointer fingertip... but this way my underhand doesn't turn into hamburger meat! lol

Okay so enough about the necessities of letting your hands last for you :)

Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting... I continue to stay really busy so keep visiting... I will have more to share soon ya'll!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Whooping on a Friday about Starlight... Starbright and sooo much more!!!!

Hello my bloggy friends... sorry I have been consumed in my life and not writing to you all! So let's recap what has been going on around here to keep me so busy!!!
Quilting on Starlight... Starbright is going WELL!!!!

I am now at the halfway pinnacle of quilting on this lovely quilt... I hope to be done by mid July.. but we will see... she will be home and expecting it completed on August 3!!!  Linking this Whooping Moment to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict Whoop Whoop Friday Post HERE <<<

I was VERY excited last weekend when DL, Kayla and CJ dropped by and gave me this photo...
 From their elopement day!!!!

Above is Kayla in her beautiful wedding frock and her son CJ cheesing for the camera as they are ready to depart in the Jeep DL rented for 24 hours... he proposed when he arrived with the Jeep for her (her fave type of vehicle is a jacked up Jeep like the one in the photo above)... we live in a tourist's mecca and a Jeep dealership here rents Jeeps like this for 24 hours at a time...

So my son DL proposed on an eve in March and the next day is the photo above and the cool frame they put together for me below from their wedding day at the courthouse!  They hired a friend to photo them after the ceremony... we had been anxiously waiting these photos... I think the photographer did a RAD job too!!!
If you look in the photo collage above... the top right is a silly photo with CJ playing with DL... then DL and Kayla are holding a sign Kayla designed and wrote on that says "The Byrum's"  and a great family photo on the bottom of the collage!!!!

It sits front and center in my living room presently and since none of my other kids are planning a wedding anytime soon (that I know of anyway! lol)  it will probably stay there for a bit too!

I am gearing up for a new piecing project... a new bed quilt for our queen sized bed!!!!

The planning for this yet unnamed scrappy quilt is in full swing!!!!
This is an adaptation of Fons and Porter's pattern called "Emily's Wedding Quilt" that I found in a free PDF downloaded book... however it is just 2 blocks alternating and instead of making them the pattern called for size of 9" I am making my blocks 12" finished and changing up my outer border to just a simple white sashing... "Singing the Blues" is a name that has been coming to me... but I am just not sure.

The story of why we need this quilt and why I am actually bumping other projects I had planned... and holding off a bit on starting the quilting on the wall hanging that is on my new frame... to start a new project is simple... our current quilt... my first quilt to make... is worn out!

I have been inspecting this quilt and trying to convince myself that it would be okay... but the process of making a quilt to a flimsy, then hand quilting and binding it and washing and using it will be about 6 months in reality... so moving it up the ladder now is what I am doing... Increasing it's importance as we will soon be sleeping under something store bought if I don't get this show on the road!! lol  Yuck!

So I am collecting 5" charm squares in light, medium and dark blues for the quilt blocks...

I have assigned a place for each shade of blue... here on the right you can see a row of what I have deemed light... then 2 rows of medium blues (these will end up all being cut to smaller pieces in the block making process) and finally some dark navy blues (these will be centers of each block so no duplicating here)....

And since I took that shot of the quilt I have added lots more info to that sheet of paper... I have counted how many hst's I need to make and how many tri recs angles I need to cut... how many 4 patches to make...

I am mixing these blues with steel grey by Kona and Optic White :)  I think this quilt is gonna be very cool and hold lots of memories of quilts made in the last 5 years too!!!!

Currently I have about 2/3 of the total amount needed to get busy with the piecing... I want to have all the blues together before I start in earnest on this project... I have some close friends sending me some blues for this quilt also... add more meaning to it for sure!!!

I have NO IDEA how I will quilt it... but I do know it will be quilted on my new frame and after the wall hanging is finished...

So I have to get Brandi's quilt done and yet still devote some time to the wall hanging daily as well as block making or block part making each day... must get more organized I think to meet these goals along with house chores and other things that take up my days and nights.... lol!

Also... I have been having some thread breaking issues with my 401a Zena... it has gotten so bad that I finally decided time to replace her ... my honey finally agreed and now there is a Clarinda in the house!!!!
She is a beautiful two toned blue... she has a matte finished bed and body and shiny top hat area... She is 1 year younger than me as I was born in 1966 and her manual is dated 1966 copyright but all the 347K's were made in Great Britain for only 1 year.

Here is all that she came with... but her blue color doesn't show below I don't think like it does more truly in the photo above...
Clarinda had a big wad of lint UNDER the bobbin case area under the hook actually... so my honey has put lots of TLC into getting her running for me... we found her on eBay through a resale shop for sale and made them an offer which eventually we agreed to a price... I am happy with the deal but wish my honey hadn't had to devote so much time to getting Clarinda ready for me to use!

I hope to have a shot of here not in the portable case or in a state of repair on the table but in the queen anne cabinet Zena currently resides in... I think it will make a beautiful "dress" for Clarinda!

As for Zena... she has a strong motor and is a good machine otherwise so she can be parted out for others to replace parts on their 401's ;)

Come on back on Sunday... I plan to hand quilt this weekend and JUST GOT IN 2 new thimbles to compare and contrast for you all!
So have your thimble questions ready!!

Hope you have a blessed Friday and a Great Weekend too!!! 

And remember... no matter how rough the road may get from time to time... 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

So much to share from this week! My frame is LOADED!!!!

So happy to be here to share with you all this week... I want to start out with happy wishes to all my Mom readers...
Seems this may be an international holiday too!  Canada, Australia and the US all celebrate today!

I am linking this post to my Canadian bloggy friend Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<
     PLEASE take a look at her awesome blocks she is constructing presently and showing off progress on her blog today :)  I really am enjoying watching this project come to life!!!

I have an updated pic of my grandkids to share on this day also!!!!

Here is Kaydence at 11 months old... her mother is in the background too :)

Aren't they both just beauties!!!??  She is an awesome mom and DIL also!

Kaydence turns 1 year old on the last day of May !!!!  She lives in Tennessee where we are all from... so I doubt I will be seeing her before she turns one... but I love finding shots of her!!! lol

And here is a cool shot I found from March 2016 of CJ with his dad... my oldest son DL :D
CJ will be 2 years old on June 6... so less than a month! :)  I am very excited about this as he lives near me and I may be seeing him around then also!  They will honor him on this birthday with his first HAIRCUT! lol

And here he is playing with the little wagon in our Florida room :)  xxoo

As for me??!!!  I have been sooo busy!

First some update shots of Brandi's Starlight ~ Starbright Quilt I am working on in my PVC frame :)  Last week I was almost 1/2 way through the 4th block of 9 on this quilt...
and I shared the photo above as my progress to be... well by Tuesday I had moved the quilt in the frame...

Today I took this shot...
I have taken off some time from hand quilting this to work on finalizing my Spiral Log Cabin Flimsy and get it ready for hand quilting...

Here is the whole framed up part for you to see on this 4th block progress...
So if you can tell I am in the bottom left hand corner presently... and should make it about halfway across today... as this quilt will now be my focus... my daughter's 18th birthday is end of July and I want this done when she returns from a summertime trip she is taking! :)

These blocks are each 28" so it is hard to get bored or tired of this quilting... if you love hand quilting... and taking time to share pics with you helps me chart my progress too!  Halfway through the 5th block will be halfway... I am anxious to see that come about sooner than later! :)

So what has been keeping me away from quilting on Starlight ~ Starbright??

First I cut and shared my starting progress on a flying geese border for this quilt center to get adorned with...
 Here were my flying geese in production...
 I used the Easy Angle ruler and Companion angle ruler to cut these and all turned out PERFECT!!!!
 Above are the 40 flying geese I needed... and below is how I set them on this quilt center...
 Then I used the "neutral fabric" from the flying geeese and cut borders for the quilt... this took a couple days as it went on fairly easy but lots of seams for sure to mind while sewing....

I must say I love the end wall hanging for our living room though!!!

And this flimsy will be the first to adorn my newly finished Hinterberg Hand Quilting Frame my honey & I finished this week!!!!

Last week I shared the frame shots while it was being made... but this week I am sharing it adorned with the flimsy above!!!

First though... I want to share the quilting frame in place... it is 10 feet long and that can be a no go for some quilters as space is an issue for something this long... but check it out!!!

Here you can see our living room... I am standing in the dining room/kitchen area to get this shot...
 And can you see the frame peeking out over our mussed up sofa?? lol
 Here it is!!!  Waiting on the poles to come on payday! lol
 And with the metal poles in place (it is electrical conduit... very stiff and unbending really!)
Here is a shot from the day after the leader fabric arrived and was washed, dried, ironed, torn to length for a nice square piece of fabric... then divided per the directions that came with the frame into 3 pieces....
 I chose a horizontal stripe fabric as a suggestion from a bloggy friend with a similar style frame... she said hers came with it and it helps her pin it straight... I am sooo HAPPY I DID THIS also!!!!

I also marked the center of the fabric "leaders" on each pole with a permanent marker to mark the centerpoint... you use this to mount everything and not have it cattiwaumpus on there! lol
 Finally... after several tries and then a good nights sleep and a good pressing of my flimsy and this was ready to go back on the frame without any wrinkles or lack of tension... it just flowed on when I was fresh and took my time! lol
So remember this if you try something new like this... try it really when you are at your most astute...

I do want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT in this post to my friend Wendy!  Find her blog here where she is currently showing her BOM for May.. a very cool block... including directions for assembly of this "Puss in the corner" block! >>>>> HERE <<<<<<

You see this frame wouldn't have been on my radar and I would have still been using a hoop only for these bigger quilts had it not been for her encouragement and the way she is soooo versatile with her frame too!  She has a Hinterberg frame built from a kit like mine is... and the company just recently had some kits made up for sale... I got this one just about 6 weeks ago and look at me now!

Wendy has encouraged me and my honey along in this process and shared pics and info about her frame and how she uses it best with all she has learned over the years... I am blessed to call her my friend for sure!!!

And before I let you go... check out what my daughter found last week at a neighborhood yard sale!!!!
 this little foot stool fits neatly under the chair it now sits at... but isn't this doxie life like on the tapestry!!!!  I fell in love.. now this shot was taken after a good washing (years of dirt on this one when it was brought into the house!) and it had dried overnight.

But check out Daisy now next to that doxie foot stool!
 I thought she was looking like a model sitting next to her likeness!  We showed it to her and she barked at it! lol  Wonder what dogs really think.. how they interpret what they see with lack of some colours??!!

Enough pondering with you for today I think.. Have a blessed Mother's Day wherever you are and remember no matter what...