Sunday, June 10, 2018

25% COMPLETE Hand Quilting & MORE fun stuff to share!!!

Happy Sunday Y'all!  Thanks for stopping in as well!!!  From the North Carolina mountains to you I wish you all well!
The views here are amazing and birds are always out chirping and singing happy songs!  We just love it here :D  And this Bonnie-ism really seems appropriate today to share with you all...
Have you designed a life you love???  It can be quite tricky to accomplish I agree!

It has been a busy week here at the Lazy Daisy :)
 Last Sunday I spent time hand quilting and designing this wholecloth pillow from stash and leftovers of the quilt I am quilting currently...
 Why does my honey need a new snuggle pillow??  Will #1 his current snuggle pillow is getting worn... and #2 I made these cool pillow shams and the current snuggle pillow he sleeps with just doesn't coordinate... it is cool batik colors and as you see... this calls for more warm muted colors...
 I used some tips from a Craftsy Unlimited class to make the Friendship Braid pattern on these pillow shams... the rest was all my design though :)  I love creating things in this environment!

I also am FINALLY a North Carolina citizen with voting priviledges and all!!  I am waiting for the official driver's license to come in the mail... for now I have this paper ID to show my pride in my forever home state!
 I have been looking for this pattern and after successfully getting my driver's license we made a run to Walmart down the road and in waiting for my honey I found this pattern...
 Yahoo!  It is for making memory bears... I can't wait for the opportunity to make one with this pattern too!!!  Have you seen/made this pattern yet???

Also this week my honey got a close up on one of our resident FROGS!!!!
 He was by our water wheel... his favorite place to hang out... but rarely will he let us get close enough to get photos of him..... Yay!

I got 2 different orders of fabric... first came some backing and batting I ordered for the charity quilt I will be machine quilting later this week... I shared the quilt top last week....
 And I got this cool fabric to make a wall hanging for my sewing room!
My deal with myself is though... I must finish the pillow for my honey to snuggle before I bite into this next project... and I haven't started to hand quilt his pillow top yet! lol  So it sits on my ironing table waiting for me to finish 1 to get to the next!!!!

After chatting with a good friend who machine quilts a lot... I decided to invest in some pool noodles at the dollar store for pin basting on the big island in our kitchen ... I will be pin basting all 3 layers following a youtube video by Melanie Hamm.  She explains the process in 5 minutes and includes info on spray basting if you choose that.. I don't but pin basting is my fave way to layer up a quilt for any type of quilting... I will be using Zena my 401a to machine quilt as that has the walking foot on it :)

The above photo is 2 pool noodles per "pole" and each pole has a long piece of quarter round to make it stiff and long ... my honey came up with that idea!  I was gonna use mop handles we had picked up at the dollar store... so now we will return those and use what we had... being ingenious is my honey's favorite talent btw! lol

Finally we are getting to my favorite part and where I have spent a good bit of my week...
 Hand quilting IS sooooo powerful...  I have made lots of progress too!!!
 From marking with my pounce pad (check out a YouTube video by Leah Day if you are interested in trying this method)... to stepping back and realizing I am 1/4 done with ALL the quilting on this quilt!!!
 Here is a close up of my current progress point....
 And here is a long view...
So all this hand quilting goodness I am linking up with other hand work lovers over at Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday linky party... Come on over HERE and see ALL this different kinds of hand work going on today all over the world!!!

Update for those of you following my honey's sciatic pain... he did a steroid dose pack and muscle relaxers and heat this week and took it easy... the hardest part... and is not much better once the steroids finished up so we will be calling his primary doctor on Monday!

Also his newly acquired oxygen concentrator has a yellow flashing light... we thought we had solved the issue with a bit of water in the line... but this morning it is flashing again!!!  So we will be investigating both issues this week....

Keep him in your thoughts this week please!!!!

I will be making a comment first as soon as I post this so hopefully all your comments will come to my inbox today (that was a solution offered by another blogger last week)... otherwise if you don't hear from me and you are nice enough to leave a comment on this post... come on back later and see if I saw it yet... I comment on EACH post every time! I love comments :D

Have a blessed day and remember to...

15 comments:

  1. Thanks for taking time out of your day to read my blog post this week and leave a reply... I am having problems with blogger and am leaving a comment to notify me of your comments... Have a blessed week! Kathi

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  2. The wall hanging for your sewing room is perfect! Congrats on being officially a NC-aleniean sp? Trying to type it as I say it, lol. Your pillow is really cute. What a great way to use up the wee bits of things left!!
    Sandy's Space

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  3. You are making great progress on the hand quilting! How fabulous to be able to look out a window while quilting! Love your set up!
    Have a relaxing Slow Stitching Sunday!

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    1. Thanks and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the view out my windows too :D Kathi

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  4. Way to go! A quarter finished on your quilt. I can tell you are enjoying your quilting.

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    1. yes I surely am Gretchen! Thanks for visiting and have a GREAT week :D
      Kathi

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  5. Love the gold centers on the red-white-blue stars. Beautiful quilt. And a very handsome frog, as well.

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    1. Thanks Linda :) The pattern is Hanover Stars but the colorway is my own :) We have about 3 frogs around our pond ! Kathi

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  6. So glad you found that pattern. That bear is adorable. I love your quilting. You are making great progress. I am looking forward to seeing the quilting on your honey's snuggle pillow. So sorry that his sciatica hasn't improved. It can be so annoying and tough to get to settle down.

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    1. thanks Cathie.. I was soo happy to find that pattern too... I hope this can get properly diagnosed if a bulging or pinched disc or something and adjusted... he is miserable! Which makes me that way too! lol Kathi

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  7. Lots of wonderful projects going on at your house. I suffer from Sciatic nerve pain and just got a inversion table. No more sciatic nerve pain down my lower back and legs. Hope Rick finds some relief as on-going pain gets old quickly!

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    1. At this point Carla I don't think he could get inverted to be on that table... but I am glad it works for you so well... we are hoping to go to the VA for a diagnostic MRI and figure out if he has a pinched or bulging disc or something causing some of his issues... once the meds were gone the pain has gotten worse I think! Otherwise we are also enjoying all the projects getting progress on them around here too :) Kathi

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  8. haven't had really good internet for awhile now to get on and check blogs while we travel - I hope Rick is starting to feel better
    we are still in Minnesota and will be heading south towards home next week and then I will be able to keep up with all the blogs I read

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  9. I've been thinking about reading your Sunday post all weekend and I'm home again, so I finally got to enjoy it this morning. (I've been in TN ) When I rode through the Asheville/Knoxville area, I thought of you! You are moving along on your quilting and it looks so pretty. The pool noodle idea is brilliant. Rick is a lucky man to get his own hand quilted pillow.... I could see myself buying hubby one from the dollar tree , so I could get along with my other stuff...lol. You've got a lot of projects in that mind of yours... isn't it fun to always think ahead of all the possibilities? I found a yard of pretty blue cotton fabric at a thrift store in TN for $1. I am always thinking ahead, too. I'm sure Rick has been miserable with his pain, I hope all is getting better. Your resident frog is cute; I don't know if I've ever seen one that big in person. We have a lot of little green tree frogs at our house. I'm happy you are happy in NC; I've decided I need to move to TN after my recent visit. ha! I could settle for anywhere from Knoxville to Nashville.... hubby says for me to dream on!

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  10. So glad I found you at the Sunday Slow Stitching party. I read through a bunch of your posts and enjoyed seeing the lovely hand stitching you are achieving on those great projects. You have a wonderful spot there both inside and out. I have never heard of a finger cot but I see you give your fingers heavy use just like me. I have stitching holes and I cannot keep gloves on while in the garden! Happy continued stitching!

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Thanks for taking time to comment. Have a blessed day!