Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Lazy Daisy and Sewing Adventures too !

While Spring on the calendar started a while ago... it is just now springing up here in the mountains of North Carolina! 

So Happy Spring Y'all!

Here is a view of our pond and the back of our home on a panoramic shot...
The building on the far left is our pump house... then those big trees across the pond are Bradford Pears that have bloomed and now turned green :D ... the grist mill or water wheel with house is next then my honey has his "mancave"... a 500 sq ft building for all his woodworking and home reno stuff to be stored... plus stuff for the garden and plantings all over this property... finally is a greenhouse and outdoor storage from the mancave.. and the Valley River is viewed on the far right... it is a busy stream that never dries up... we are thinking that is the difference between a creek and river! lol

In our pond (about 1/4 acre large) we have rainbow trout, bass and crappie in there... we realized this week when feeding the fish... there is a nursery where the active grown fish don't go and it is overseen by a grandma fish who is quite large (over 2 feet long!!!)  The fish we feed are from 1 foot to 20" long themselves... and they all look quite healthy.. we have yet to find one floating!!!  But it is all a learning experience...
Above is a video of feeding time on the hascienda!  Enjoy :)

Onto sewing adventures... first are the curtains I made for the bedroom...
 they are 2 layered and have raw edged covered with binding....
I copied them from the curtains left in the sun room portion of our living room...

But using fabrics from my stash that would coordinate with quilts we have and that I will be making... my goal is to have a quilt to change to for each season :D  We shall see how long that takes!!! lol

Now that you have seen the sunroom curtains... look at the new leaders I have for my quilt frame...
They are olive green and off white stripes running the length of the poles... I have directions on how much to cut them for proper use... I had a wider fabric than typical quilting cotton so I got to adjust these a bit which I like... makes it easier to load and unload when done!

Someone had asked about my quilt frame on Facebook... it is a Hinterberg wood frame with 3 metal poles.. a 3 pole frame is the easiest and most user friendly to use for hand quilting.  The front pole holds backing  layer of your quilt sandwich... then the top and batting layers get attached to the 3rd pole and pulled taute once the bottom of these 2 layers is attached with heavy straight pins to the backing... This picture may make more sense than my explanation
So if have a 3 pole frame of any brand... try this way of loading ... I get great tension with no issues :D  And there is no pin basting with this hand quilting frame... BUT I have used this frame to load a quilt for machine quilting too to pin baste for that... it is so much nicer than crawling on the floor... small quilts can be taped to a countertop to pin baste... but large quilts twin or bigger... you need a way to baste or a frame like this to not need to pin baste.

Now to my sewing room reno... I have a few craft boxes to unload still but all the sewing room boxes are unloaded and my room is full of fun!!!!  Here is a peek in the door just off the living room now...
 And here is a panoramic view showing 3 sides of my sewing room...
My cutting table is waiting for a large cutting mat... my cutting mats are all gouged up... I had replaced my Olfa cutting mats with Fiskars only to realize the quality was NOT the same... so I have an Olfa 24 x 36 on order now to fit my cutting table and get it in order...

Above the cutting table is my ruler holder my honey made me several years ago from plywood... it works sooo good!  Next to the right is the closet I will show you in depth below in pictures... it holds all my fabric and notions and batting and stores my scraps and books... LOVE THIS CLOSET!!!

next is the window with a great view of the river and my honey's man cave... with pics of all my friends with friendships to span a lifetime! :)  To the right of the window is a chest I want replaced in the near future that holds my hand quilting marking pens/pencils/chalks... and threads specific to hand quilting as well... plus a few patterns and some glue baste I may use in the never future! lol.

Around from that is Zena my Singer 401a and the Quilt frame my honey made... it has a vintage chair for it now where in the old place it had a stool I couldn't stand so we left it behind for someone else to enjoy... then my one and only Ott light that I simply move to my sewing spot of the moment... right now I am working on Gloria my Singer 301a... making apple core table topper!!!

Now don't miss my "k" thread and bobbin holder and the organizer shelf below it... to the right will be my design wall... more on that when we make it but Zena has the flannel for it on her cabinet!!! lol

Above is my closet in snipet shots for you to enjoy... the top right is the next big quilt to go in the frame... for our bed!  My sewing room sign that hangs over the door to this room... and sooo much other fun stuff... we spent under $200 on all the wood and screws for this closet reno ... and boy was it worth it.. ALL my stuff is in one room now!!!  Except my hand quilting frames of course! :D

And now to my darling new project... a string of apple cores !!!
These are about 4" finished size...
 These are waiting to be joined up... I do a few at a time as it is fun but a bit tedious too!
 I am using THIS tutorial for machine piecing my apple cores... she is a bit hard to listen to BUT WORTH THE LISTEN!!!  If you are interested in trying this project grab a charm pack or some 5" blocks and a template and lay it out first :D

Have you seen a corkscrew willow?  Or have you seen a conehead evergreen like the one to the right???  I love this home!!! <3
 And of course my honey is enjoying the first mow on his completely renovated John Deere... had a deck painting, new blades, spindles, oil, spark plugs, air filter, seat, and leveled... it is now mowing so nice and making a sweet fresh cut grass smell in our home :D

Now that it is raining he is focusing on painting...
the bottom half of the wall was a pastel green that belongs in a baby room or something... that was the color of our walls all over.. now we have a nice linen color covering them.  A little yellow a little peach and a very light color called Malted Milk and totally elegant with the white chair rail... here is a photo of the wall with the white touched up and all the wall painted and cut in :D
Well I think this is quite long enough for now... if you would like pointers on making a apple core by machine just ask and I will post more on this next week when HOPEFULLY I will have a finish to share with you all as well!

Have a happy Sunday all and remember....


3 comments:

  1. everything looks really nice Kathi and you must be so happy to have everything pretty much in place now. Love the willow tree - I had a willow of some type when we lived in Idaho but none since then and they are so pretty. You will enjoy your back yard so much and spend all your time there I bet - do you have a nice front yard too or not so private.

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  2. Everything looks so pretty. I don't think I've ever seen a corkscrew weeping tree. It's very pretty. I'm sure you must be finding new surprises daily at Lazy Daisy. Your sewing room looks very comfy and the bedroom curtains are great. I think the apple core pieces would make a great hand sewing project for watching tv in the evenings. Enjoy your new world!!

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  3. The fresh green color of spring looks so nice. Our grass is slowly turning green but mowing is still a month away. Thanks for the lovely visit.

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