Sunday, December 29, 2019

Getting close to a Finish Here on Swoon!

This Christmas week has been one of my favorites as an adult y'all!!
And I have been an adult a LOOONG time!lol
Last Sunday I showed you this pic... just rolling to the last row of this Swoon Quilt...
 And I showed you this beginning that I had gotten to before I wrote my blog... I love to hand quilt!!
 I  have been focused this week on just a few things... mainly this Swoon though...
Above the first swoon is complete as is the sashing to the right.... 

I did the same with Swoon # 2 this week... leaving only Swoon #3 and the right hand border ...
THIS is where I can be found today... If not there... I will be visiting one of you from Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Linky Party... you can visit too RIGHT HERE <<<<  

Or playing with my newly discovered bracelet...

 Here is the table my honey made for my best friend Jannessa!!!  This weekend while her grand that loves to be crafty was visiting and they were sewing together at this table...
This gift from my honey to her will last a lifetime I think!

I try to keep a couple different projects going to give my hands and body and mind a rest from time to time...  This past week it was making the shirt I had cut out for my honey a couple weeks ago...
 First get everything pressed and ready to go... THIS TIME I made a collar piece out of cardstock to hold my place there for pressing without getting steam burns on my fingers... this works like Clover's Hot Ruler made of a non burnable plastic :)

And I finished it... and by the time Christmas came around all the fabric I had ordered with my $100 Christmas Cash from my honey had come in... look at all this loot I have to use for next year!!!
 My Daughter In Law - Heather - sent me these beautiful photos of my grand Elliana ...
These photos of her make me smile...

I made a new tree topper star for our little table top tree...
Molly got caught looking pretty!!!! 

Christmas Day Dinner for us... 

Molly's Christmas present from Max... 
 Is a squirrel with a squeaker in it... she loves it's sueded texture too!!!



 Here is a pretty cool piece we recently found and improved it and made it into an art piece and sold it...
 I have been using something like this that I changed a bit for my needs... to organize my time!!!
 Here is mine in action... I like writing with a different color each day :)
Are you doing anything different for 2020 or trying a new organizational system like I am to track progress or find some lost time in there???  Do you make new years resolutions??? I do NOT! lol

Finally... I am next working on some curtains for our bedroom... do you have a pattern or understanding of cutting out the top swag curtain valance -- pictured above to the right?  If you do please leave your contact info in your response below!  I would appreciate someone to chat with before I cut the fabric :)

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Swooning about the final row AND a Surprise!!!

Happy Christmas Week Y'all!


It has been a busy week around here... how about you?  Stay focused on my post today... at the end there is a SURPRISE!!!

First I must tell ya I have spent all week hoping this present would get there and it finally did yesterday!!!  I shared this pic last week...
 Now I can share these photos too!!!


And inside I added a specially bought label for this bag for my darling daughter... and as you can see in the photo to the left... I put feet on the bottom.. she loved it ALL!!!

I finally finished the machine quilting with a walking foot on the wall hanging...
 I sewed the binding to the front and spent a good bit of the week hand stitching it down to the back using a ladder stitch.  Then washed it and dried it and....  Tah Dah!!!!
 Here is a view of what you can't see because of the tree...
 And a look at the sentiment on the bottom ...
I really enjoyed making this and this is probably what I look forward to most in next years indoor decorations :D  It makes me think of the generosity of my friend Jannessa who gifted this fabric to me then supported me as I did my least favorite quilting ... that by machine and guided me in learning some patience with that way of quilting too <3

My son sent me this photo of him and his girlfriend at a family event they went to...
Here are some mug rugs I made... 1 for Jannessa and 1 for her granddaughter Addi :)
 Our new business cards came in...
 I picked up a couple books I had ordered through the library system...
 I got a nice sized baby quilt for future use...
 And a layer cake I plan to use for a quilt for me and my honey in 2020...

The actual layer cake is on the left... I ordered from Hancock's Paducah off eBay and they mailed it flat... LOVE THAT!  To the right is all the fabrics in this layer cake... LOOKS LIKE hardly NO REPEATS!!!
Here are the 2 blocks I will make into a quilt for us I think...
 Here is a Christmas funny for ya...

I also worked hard all week at making progress on the Swoon quilt and finally got this to show!  The final row is all that is showing now!!!!
 I finished the left border and made my way into the first swoon top...
 Y'all this is SEW EXCITING for me... unfortunately my bestie who this is for is working a crazy schedule at the moment... so she is unsure when we can meet!  So I will finish but the above photo is the last one that will be taken until we meet for her to get it!  Saving the best row for last too !!!

I am linking this hand quilting glory to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday HERE <<

And to my HQAL sisters too this week !!
Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretEmmaTracyDebSusan,  Nanette,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchenKathi,  BellaDaisy and Connie

Finally for the Christmas SURPRISE!!!  I am offering a giveaway!!!!  

A great book of quilt patterns "Romantic Quilts"... a pattern by Poor House Designs that is complete... a fat quarter of polka dots fabric by Tula Pink and Free Spirit fabrics.... and a blue water soluble marker (my favorite kind) for marking your quilt ~ useful for machine or hand quilting !!!

Leave a comment...
Share your favorite topic of all my December posts... I have been busy this month so there is LOTS to choose from!!!  Leave your response in the comments below INCLUDING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!!!!  I need a way to contact the winner!!!  This has been a problem for me in the past so that is a requirement of this giveaway... no email address in your reply then no entry.  I will draw the winner Wednesday morning for my Christmas day delight!!!

So scan my December posts and leave me a comment on this post for an entry to WIN :)
This giveaway closes on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019 at noon EST - 
USA only for this giveaway due to weight of the giveaway items all together :)

 ~ Merry Christmas!!! 




Sunday, December 15, 2019

Last minute stitching continues along with a whole lotta FUN!

Happy Sunday Y'all!  Did everyone make it through Friday the 13th with no issues?  Are you superstitious???  I had a great Friday getting lots of things finished up here ... also did a bit of perusing online!!!
 Aurifil shared this sentiment... and this has been a lot of my week!  While perusing online though I also found some free patterns to take into the new year with me...
 This Idaho Lily I think is also similar to a Carolina Lily... the directions seem very straight forward!!!  I am excited about this.
Here is the quilt that grabbed my attention...
 and
So I will make this and Jannessa may make it too..  we are hoping to use our stashes...and I already see hand quilting ideas !!!

2020 is also going to be a time I focus on a embroidery panel that will make into a little quilt once the embroidery is complete... more on my Miss Jane Doll Quilt I plan to make in the new year :)

Molly got a much needed trim.. she doesn't like to be long haired she enjoys getting groomed too!  Funny girl that she is Jannessa and her daughter Whitney do a GREAT job with her though :D


My daughter Brandi... wanted a backpack purse for Christmas so me and Jannessa each made a Savannah Backpack Purse from a pattern I found online... I can't say it was the easiest to follow but it did come together in about 5 2 hour visits together!!!

I am accustomed to Sew Sweetness patterns with an accompanying video I think...  It is definitely not a pattern for a new bag maker in my humble opinion though... but they are made and are very sturdy... Jannessa is showing hers on on the right... I will share the front when it has been received ... probably by next weekend!

I added a book to my hand quilting library of ideas for hand quilting....
I plan to make a snowball block quilt alternating with a second block to give an overall secondary design to a quilt and use this book for ideas for the snowball blocks and the alternate blocks to show off my hand quilting flourishes :D  I am sew excited about this project... but I can't go further until Swoon is done...

We found this cute little machine in complete and appearing able to sew chain stitches condition at a cute new shop to us this week....
I love vintage pink sewing machines... even just the color is delightful!  It sold quickly! lol

I finished putting together a wall hanging for the kitchen behind the Christmas tree... we still have our turkey wall hanging up! hahaha 
 This beautiful panel and coordinating fabric was given to me by Jannessa... she loved it when she bought it but has too much Christmas stuff now and wanted to know if I wanted it ... well YES!!!!  So now I am working into making it a machine quilted and hand quilted finish :)

I had to add a bit to the back because it was only 1" wider than the front ... so I pieced in a diamond and added some green fabric for a festive look!
 Soon I was layering, marking and pinning the quilt ...
 Organic lines using registration lines to keep me mostly straight happened across the panel...
 I use garden gloves from Dollar General that come 3 pair for some small amount of $.  They fit loose and make me sit back every 10 minutes or so to readjust everything but that is good!  Those organic lines went quick and look great I think for this wall hanging...
 Being silly I sent a shout out to some of my fellow vintage quilters in a couple facebook groups... they liked the trio of photos :D
 I took the quilt out of the machine and worked on finishing those bag straps ... I also used this time to chat in depth with Jannessa who loves to machine quilt... on how my path should go to quilt this and it look it's best.

With her words echoing in my head... this morning I got us and took a shower and hit the sewing... I am making great progress but I am going slow and steady this time so as not to overshoot where I want to be....
Here you can see my morning spot as I enjoyed a cup of coffee and walking foot quilting....
The other place I was prior to this quilting time was enjoying a slow quiet wake up stitching on the swoon quilt... let's see what I have to share this week with you!!!

Last Sunday after blogging I came here and worked....
 Soon I was into the border...
 Before I knew it... It was time to ROLL!!!!!
 Y'all ... I started this Swoon Quilt in June of this year and have worked on it fairly steady most every week....  Now it is about to be complete... it will take a bit of my heart with it!!!
 Here is my start on the left side border on the middle row of swoon blocks...
 Now here is the center of the swoon itself getting quilted....
 And when I complete this blog writing and visiting time... I will go back to the center flower and finish stitching it and mark the lines in the right side of the swoon block and finish it next :)  I love this quilt and quilting it for Connie!
 This is all that is left now... surreal!

I got 3 different homespun type plaid fabric lots in 1 sale on eBay!  Giddy to get it I washed it and pressed it then prepared it for cutting my honey out a new scrub shirt...
 I made a fresh pattern... the other was out of size now and was crumply... it needed replacing... to do this I iron roll type of Freezer paper wrong side to right side and it sticks... not a hard hold but good enough :)  Cut out your pattern then add tape if needed...
 I was blessed to win these handmade pattern weights from Virginia Lindsey of Gingercake Designs on Youtube... you can see the video where she makes these exact ones HERE <<<
 In early October ... Jannessa found an all wood table on Marketplace and her daughter and sil went and picked it up for her because it was large and hard to carry....

You can see in these photos the top is a yellow color wood and the sides and legs are wood painted white ... a farmhouse look.

Jannessa wanted it to house her 2 most used big sewing machines though... she asked Rick to do this for her... it took him a bit but it is just waiting on varnish now... several coats but the design and construction is complete!!!



Here is the table now... new legs... beefed up table top with 2 drop downs for her machines and it is all 1 color now!!!!
 She brought her machines over for a "final fitting"  and all passed with flying colors...
 That is Jannessa and her grand that came over with her.

And down below is a beauty shot she took of her machines in their new homes...
 I saw this meme early one morning and grabbed it... do you have a time of day you call "your own"???
Mornings is that for me... my honey goes to bed late and sleeps in late because of that.   I enjoy flitting from one project to another watching progress happen on house chores or sewing or organizing... whatever I am doing so this spoke volumes to me... and I do love sunrises!!!

I don't talk outside crafting  and creating much... but I wanted you to know that I do believe... do you?
Thanks for visiting my blog today... for more hand stitched things and for all the random hand stitching I have done and shared from this week I link to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitchers crew HERE <<<<  Come see what everyone is up to >>>>

Meanwhile come back next week.. there is bound to be a surprise on Sunday!!!!