Thursday, September 21, 2017

FINALLY FINISHED MY NINE YEAR IN THE MAKING SCRAPPY KING SIZE QUILT.....YEA ME!!!! BLOGGER'S QUILT FSTIVAL


As I have mentioned before, I started this quilt in America Samoa.  I am guessing it is about nine years, thought it was ten ....



I use my Accuquilt Go cutter for the flowers and vine.


I had thought I would give this to one of my sons but now that I have it finished and have enjoyed looking at all of the squares.....  I think NOT!!!  

It has been so fun as I was sewing seeing all of the fabrics I have used over the years.

I decided since I posted this and a nudge from a comment that I would enter this in the 





MY NEXT KING SIZE QUILT

This quilt is very near and dear to my heart.  I was close to one of my friends mother.  Even after  I was married and had my first two kids we would go and visit  my friends mother and father.  They were grandparents to my oldest two sons and later the whole brood.
My friend's mother, Sue passed away about twenty years ago.  When my friend saw that I was trying my hand at quilting she gave me some UFO's of Sue's.  This is one of them.  Unfortunately, I did not know too much about quilting so my seams were a little wider than hers but it still turned out nice.

So.....making a short story long, I am going to finish this for my oldest son for Christmas (hopefully).



Monday, September 18, 2017

ANTIQUE YO YO QUILT

This is actually not a very good picture of this quilt against the pink walls.



For the life of me I couldn't think of the technique for this quilt....a senior moment I guess.  I had to ask a friend, Gene, what they were and when he told me I had to slap my face....how silly of me.




                                                                   here are some close ups...



I just love this quilt.


It was given to me by a sweet friend in Lampasas (passed away about two years ago).  I told her to give it to her daughters but she said they would not appreciate it like I would.


It hung in my house in Lampasas and has since been folded in my closet and each time I saw it I would say...one day I am going to hang you back up.

Today was the day!!!!  In my pink room...yes...pink.  I have five sons and have never had a girly room....now I do and when they visit...I hear no complaints.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

SLAVING OVER MY IRON AND LONGARM...POOR ME (SMILING)

This week I have been working on my Island Batik project for this months blog hop.
If you want the line up, just see the post below this one or go here:  That way you can sign up for the giveway.
Notice the Aurfil thread?  It matches but I decided to go with dark brown for the front....and I am worried I will not have enough.  It takes a lot of thread to do a king size quilt....hummm  should have thought of that.



This is my backing which is 108" fabric, got it from Marshalls but I had to extend it 10 inches on the top and sides.  Try ironing it....


Took me a evening to iron and get it on the longarm.
Looks like I am crooked here....ignore that.

I have been working on this mostly at night.  My mother has been taking a good portion of my days lately.


Next I want to show you the most fun thing I ordered.

Messy bobbing...usually there are threads everywhere!!!


                                            Not any more with these Tulips Bobbin Clamps


Do I sound like a commercial (smiling) trust me, there is nothing in it for me but happiness.


I love them.....



Thursday, August 31, 2017

WITH A NEW BED, COMES A NEW QUILT


Here is a quilt that I have done before but smaller.

My husband and I keep our little grandson often. 

He has outgrown his little play pen.

So we purchased him a little bed.

With a new bed comes a new quilt.




I wanted the quilt big enough to go over the sides but I forgot about the rails on the side.



I love this little design, it makes up really fast.

I used my Accuquilt go Train die.

I wish I had the Accuquilt Go alphabet die, maybe one day.


Now to make a pillowcase that matches it.

So fun seeing all of this come together.

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Island Batik Ambassadors are having a Back to School blog hop

You can go to their blog and enter their giveaway.  They are giving away three gorgeous fat quarter bundles.

Most ambassadors are have a giveaway as well...won't you join us?



WEEK 1

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts • Inspired Layers
Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

WEEK 2

Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Joan Kawano • Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende Himmel • Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel Creations • Karen Overton

WEEK 3

Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore
Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter • Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuilts • Yellow Cat Quilts
Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs • Beaquilter

WEEK 4

Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew
Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled Quilts • heARTs Creations
Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a Dream • Kauffman Designs
Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek Quilting • Quilt’n Party


Friday, August 25, 2017

FROM SCRAPPY TO HAPPY

 I have two tubs and one basket of scraps (shamefully).  This one tub you see here are Island Batik scraps.  It is almost to the point of overflowing.



I have been so busy with my mother this week that sewing is almost impossible besides I had to order some more backing for my Island Batik Sept. Challenge.....
So I decided to do something that I could put down and come back to without much thought.



What you see above is all those scraps ironed.

Yep...IRONED!!


Here are three stacks from 2", 1", 2 1/2", and 3"...as you can see some need to be cut down...you can't cut up....only down.  


                   Some   2 1/2 " squares....it doesn't look like much but  this stack stands 3" high.

                                             
                                                          Then this mound of scraps.  I am trying to decide if I should just leave as is or if I should cut them down in strips and squares????  It feels good to have them semi organized....notice the word semi.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

QUILT AS YOU GO ISLAND BATIK AUGUST CHALLENGE (QAYG)

                                          

                                            As stated above, this month is QAYG challenge.

We have some amazing Island Batik Ambassadors, we even had a few do their QAYG on their longarm, can you believe that?

Here is mine


Since the challenge said 36" x 36" or larger, I cut out the backing and batting at 36" x 36", sometimes life calls for just doing enough.
                                                                     


                                          I found this Bumble Bee in Quilt World, April 2008.


 I blanket stitched through all three layers of fabric at the last.  I like doing this in a lot of my toppers and wall hangings, saves on quilting and time.

I think seeing this now, I would have done things differently.  Trust me, this sat for days.


I did the flip and stitch by taking my 2 1/2" strip and placing it right side down and stitch.
Then I flip it over and iron down.



             Sorry for the horrible picture.  I continued to flip and stitch the top and bottom.


As you can see I just continued going around the square, doing the sides first, then top and bottom...in that order.



I was at this point two weeks ago.....it sat at the thinking stage.  I had so many ideas but today I said...just DO IT!!!!  GET ER DONE!!!  So I threw away the ideas in my head and just continued on.


I used several greens for the binding, a few parts of this binding were left overs from other quilt bindings.

Notice this wall hanging below.  This is one example where I blanket stitched through all layers of the quilt to save on time and had to use very little quilting.


Here is another one of my toppers that I blanket stitched through all layers of fabric so that it needed very little quilting.  I actually like the look on the back when I am done.  This topper is 30" x 30".



Now on to Sept Challenge, we are having a blog hop so be sure to visit.


I think I bit off more than I could chew for this challenge but I love how it is turning out.  Actually it has been sitting for a few months but with Sept right around the corner I best get busy.  When finished this quilt will be a king size quilt.  I have the border left to put on then I need to get busy and quilt it.  Lucky for me my blog hop day is not until the end of Sept.  

I am adding the Island Batik Ambassadors just in case you want to go by and visit.





Thursday, August 3, 2017

WORKING WITH RAYON

            As some of you may know, we received 2 1/2 yards of rayon fabric from Island Batik.

                                              Here is the fabric that was sent to me.


Can I say LOVE IT!!!

Rayon is quite slippery so I looked on line and came across this blog

Megan Nielson, DESIGN DIARY.


That is just what I need.

I had actually thought about starching it up real good, still might.

In the mean time, this is what I am working on between keeping my man fed, mowing the lawn, and putting up a fence....a three acre fence.