Sunday, August 25, 2019

Feeling better is an AMAZING feeling y'all!!!

Well... being totally under the weather for over a week is NOT anything I have experienced in a very long time... so yesterday I turned the corner for sure and today I woke early and happy and healthy :D
This is how I feel today!!!  And I have been busy too!!!

While I was sick I organized my blocks for the crochet quilt... here are the 3 blocks Connie did for me to figure out my pattern...
Here are 10 of the blocks I have sewn and marked for blanket stitching by hand with the crochet thread...
 I love that this sweet little bird on a patriotic nest pin cushion and wonderclips and a sharp needle with just the right color thread on a bobbin fit nicely in the container that the bird sits on top of...
 I use this to close the opening from turning the blocks :)

On the left are the next 10 pairs of blocks and batting ... when needed... and while I was at it I checked all my blocks... my friend Jannessa has some of my favorite kind of fabrics in a similar genre in her stash ... so with HER HELP I will be making this a charm quilt !!!!

I am sew excited about this too <3  All together I needed 80 block pairs... Jannessa will be supplying 30 block pairs in that mix to make it a charm quilt with NO DUPLICATES :)

So now that I figured that out I have a zip lock baggie with my 10 blocks in it and 10 lengths of crochet cotton thread with each and a needle that works well!  This project that is now a hand project mainly will be linked to Wendy's Quilts and More Peacock Party HERE <<

This will be a long term project and I will learn to crochet like those first 3 blocks is the goal :)  First I need to get all the blocks done and blanket stitched though!

Earlier this week I finished the second scrub shirt of late for my honey ...
 This fabric was given to us by Jannessa and then coffee stained to darken it a bit as it was BRIGHT white and navy blue.. now it looks black and cream... he really likes this one!

This arrangement of blocks on my design wall... (from my Kaleidoscope Krazy Quilt I decided to refocus)
Got sewn together this morning on my 301 - Julius... he did a great job ... I haven't seen the finish yet but I just need to press it and check all the seams then will share further steps in next weeks post :)
In teaching a friend the fine points and secrets of successful hand quilting I sat back down at my frame....
 And I got this done... which meant I was ready to roll the quilt on the frame :)
 I tried to take a wider angle of the whole frame.. it is a very sturdy Hinterberg brand frame.
 And this will be my focus today....
I am linking this slow stitching progress I am way excited to be back in the thick of to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching Linky >>> HERE   Check out her blog post today too... she has some interesting information on her blog!  You will find yourself intrigued if you indulge :D

Here is a train engine BIRDHOUSE my honey designed out of cedar and hardwoods to withstand the elements for many years...  it is 18" long and 6" wide and about 12" tall...  He designed it to sit on a 4 x 4 post !
 Here is a close up... as it ages it will gain patina as only cedar can do... the wheels and smoke stack will be sealed as they are hardwood but not as durable as cedar is very durable for the elements outdoors... we will have an ad for these coming out soon but if you are interested ... email me HERE to find out more...
Price will be $99 to include shipping in the USA.  Payment via Paypal Invoice :)
It does have a 1 1/2" opening for birds that fit that size or smaller ... and it does have a clean out on the back side of the train.

Here is a silly pic of Ellie looking darling...  she turned 3 months old this week!
 Here is a tattoo my daughter designed from a meme I sent her and her beau is a tattooer .. so he did the black work first... next time he will add the color.
I hope you can be someone's Sunshine when their skies are gray!!!!

Here is to hoping no more illness falls on this house or it's inhabitants again for a while... I am tired of spending so much time sleeping in bed! lol

Thanks or visiting and have a GREAT week!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Busy week behind and ahead...

I found the below quote on Facebook this week and have enjoyed ruminating over it as I have accomplished different things :)
We have butterflies and hummingbirds all over our front yard right now enjoying our different flowering bushes and such!

HQAL is this weekend... this is a time to share what I have been up to specifically hand quilting... I am working on the last part of the middle row of swoon here... I also have a bit in the border to do so next time I share this quilt... I will be on the top portion somewhere of these big swoon blocks (they are 24" square!!!
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,  EdithSharonKarrinGretchen and Kathi

For Slow Stitching Sunday HERE I am sharing my binding on Jasper's toddler quilt...
 I just rounded the 3rd corner of the binding :D
I think he will love this one too!!!  Check out Kathy's post today as she shows the sweetest pillow she finished so uniquely... it will open in a new tab too I think :)

And for Wendy's Peacock Party HERE I am crowing about a scrub shirt I made for my honey this week!  She has some awesome eye candy too so go visit!!
It was a 90" length of woven plaid fabric we found on ebay for cheap... I washed and fashioned this shirt below!!!
My honey loves it... if you want info on making  a shirt like this check out THIS blog post of mine.  It is not as good as some of my quilting tutorials but it gives you an idea on how to make one yourself :)

When I was a nurse I made most all my scrub shirts ... so I am now remembering what I had forgotten from so many years ago (10 years!!!).

Linking this Glorious Finish for a completed WIP with Julie Cefalu's Crafty Quilter Blog Link Up HERE <<<

I have been planning a future quilt for our guest bedroom...  This will be the center of the quilt
 Here is the pattern... all those 4 blocks... those will each be an orange peel...
 Kind of like this... I found a layer cake of all newsprint backgrounds... I will use 2 of them to make the orange peel foundations like the photo below...
Except our orange peels will coordinate with the room and the center of the quilt too :)

My new friend Jannessa came over this week ... we pin basted a quilt for her and she picked up her PVC quilt frame my honey made her...
 She also picked up her cell phone cradle my honey designed for us to use...
 Here is how her pvc frame looks... we are trying to source boxes to ship them affordable... right now they are pick up only though....
 My sweet grand daughter Ellie... with her mom Heather... SWEET!!!!
 Molly looking cute for her favorite visitor's birthday wish to send via text....
 Our neighbor who harvested our strawberries this year found 2 more packs of them... so I have been enjoying a belated sweet strawberry shortcake again :D YUMMMY~!!!!
 Here is a cool pattern I watched a Donna Jordan video on this week HERE... It looks like a fun quilt to make and is called Beads!
 I coffee stained some navy and white plaid woven fabric Jannessa gave me... and cut out another shirt for Rick...
 You can see the right side is white while the left side took the coffee staining better... most of it looks like the left.. this was one of the only areas I found a white area remaining...

So then I decided to get fancy on the pocket with my Singer 319w Cleopatra and used a cam with this design on it...
 This is gonna be a fun shirt to make this week :)

Well ... I am a bit under the weather this weekend... feeling achy and just "not right" ... so I am saying chat more next weekend when I will again be blogging... feel free to leave comments or ask questions if I wasn't clear in any of my explanations.... and remember to live your life carefully... it is the only chance you have to leave a positive mark on the world :D

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Lots of progress to share!

I hope you have each had a wonderful week.  I really appreciated your feedback on last weeks post !!!  You all spoke and we listened!!!!
 Above is a more narrow valance to use over her window ... it will be quilted and layered with batting to protect it from sunlight :)

But this progress is a surprising show of events...
 Amelie's banner is done !!!  The fabric showed up Monday and my gears started moving and soon me and Cleopatra were sewing it into a banner of sorts :)
The recipient, daughter of my post office dude, loves it as does mom and dad (who celebrate Halloween all year round!!!)... pic of the room will be coming :)
Linking this finish to Wendy's Peacock Party HERE
Linking to the Crafty Quilter's UFO Link Up HERE as this has been on the list for 6 months to get done!!!!

I have spent a good bit of the week hand quilting on Connie's Swoon Quilt...
 Above I finished the center swoon... in the center :)

Below I have the right side center to finish and the outer right border to complete... that will get some of my undivided attention today :)
Jasper's quilt got finished with the machine quilting and the binding got applied to the front!!!
 Now Cleopatra finally gets a rest!!!!
 Molly is inspecting the finished quilt as I work on the binding...
 Sewing it down... here is the hand fashioned label that needs a date added to it :)
Linking this and swoon quilting to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitchers where we share what hand stitching we plan to be doing this day... HERE!!!  She has a lovely post today to to share!!!

Here is a center design for a medallion style quilt...
 Using my already made kaleidoscope blocks...
 Here's some left to make!
 And here is the beginning of my rough draft plan...
 I will use this new book to my collection...
 Here is Connie's EPP progress... she is currently working on those variegated neutral backing hexi's!!!
 And here is a sweet little tea cup pin cushion my new friend Jannessa gifted me :D
 Here is a perspective photo for a 12 oz coke :)
 Here is sweet Ellie ... my grand daughter with a milk mouth picture sent during the week!!!! :D
 Here are some cell phone cradles my honey made for me and Jannesssa this week too...
 And here is one more square completed this week.
Overall a VERY accomplished week I would say... thanks for stopping in for a visit... and if you have made it this far.. tell me which project of the many I shared you enjoyed the best!!!