Friday, November 20, 2020

SECOND HONEYMOON!!

                                            Today I finally finished quilting this quilt.


                                  

Some of you may remember this quilt, I have mentioned it a few times.   It seems as I was scrolling though my blog to find the post about this quilt that I have lost a lot of pictures.  Hummmm  not good.

Oh well....as I was quilting this piece I was thinking back to when I actually started it.  At my best guess and as memory provides, it had to be in the year 2004 or 2005.  My son graduated from high school in 2003, that same year we moved.  

This quilt started out as a single quilt, I was not happy with it so it sat around for 16 years to be worked on and finished.  Recently I remodeled it into a 107" x 107".  My son has always teased me about getting it done.  I have to say, it just needs a binding.  You are looking at one happy camper here.

One other little tidbit, this quilt is unique in the fact that my mother made most of the geese that you see.  I was at work one day and she just took over the project, much to my displeasure but what could I do, she needed something to do.  Now I have an extremely precious gift to give my son, not only from me but my mother as well.

I think I only have two older quilts to quilt, then I will go on to the incomplete quilt tops.  Happy days.

When I decided to get this quilt finished, I was trying to decide how to quilt it.  I decided to take the easy way out and just meander it.  I am so glad I did.  It seems I am on a second honeymoon with my longarm.  I bet you thought I meant a second honeymoon with my husband....Ha ha.... every day is a honeymoon with him.  Laughing again.

I have not been able to use this longarm for 2 years.  It has been slightly abused by grandchildren, by things being put on the longarm table knocking the machine off the rollers etc.

So....I had forgotten it's little querks and actually to be honest, I just forgot.  For one...it is amazing what a new needle will do.  I did put a new one in in May but then a daughter in law and grandson came and that was that.  I also adjusted the bobbins case, seems it was too tight.

I have to tell ya, I took a few walks this week in frustration and several times I wanted to throw a tantrum....wouldn't that be cute, an old woman splaying all over the floor.

In the end, after the few adjustments, and getting reaquainted, we finally got the job done.



Thursday, October 29, 2020

COME LET US ADORE HIM!!


If you have been visiting my blog, you will know that I have been working on "Starry Night"

Last week I was not able to sew any, was busy babysitting while my son helped my husband put in the metal post.  I helped with the heavy log post but the metal ones I was not able to help with.  So my son and his family came for four day.  During that time, there was no sewing for me except that I was able to cut out all of the remaining blocks which helped a ton this week.



  Isn't he cute???


        





I used so many different batiks.  Java Batiks from Inchworm fabrics, Island Batiks, Batiks I have hoarded over the years from Hawaii and Marshalls.



Guess what????  Come on guess????  

The top is done!!!!!!  

I am so excited.  This was such a fun quilt.  

I will show you when I can clear up a space to lay it out or hang it up.  Or maybe when it is totally finished????



This next is the backing for a king size quilt.  I had some left over stars.  You are actually looking at the wrong side of the backing.  I had a time working with all of that fabric.  I was totally pooped when I got it all done and thrown over the machine.  I just need to load it.  I have to tell ya.  I was not happy when I went to my long arm.  Some of the fabrics that are attached to the poles were off.....I have my grandsons to thank for that.  Good thing none of them were around...HaHa

It is a rainy rainy week and cold.  

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

STARRY NIGHT AND PALM TREES


I am just too excited not to post.


I finished Joseph from "Starry Night" by Sew kind of wonderful.


Then I went on to the Palm Trees....oh my gosh, this block is so fun to make.  I see a whole quilt with palm trees in my future.


Island Batik Fabrics were used in the palm trees.  In the Joseph and Mary I used Java Batiks (Inchworm Fabrics) and Island Batik Fabrics.  I would say that I am mostly using Island Batik Fabrics.

This was my first full day this week to be able to sew, well, I should say afternoon.  I had some chores to do since I have spent most of my time outside helping my husband setting fence post for two days, by the time we got in I was too sore and tired to do much else.  These old bones aren't what they used to be.

Monday, October 12, 2020

A HOSH POSH OF THINGS AND MORE!




Bear Creek Quilt Company was asking for pillowcases and quilts for the Oregon fire victims.

So I stopped what I was working on (will show you in a minute) to make some pillowcases.



I looked for their address but can't seem to find it, sorry.  If you are interested, just contact Bear Creek Quilt company on facebook.  I tried to find the post, sorry.


more pillowcases



Sew kind of wonderful came out with this pattern.  I may have shown it to you but if I have, just bear with me.  I just loved this pattern.  I purchased the online video and so glad I did.  I am a visual learner and those clases has helped a lot.

This is all I have gotten done.  I was in the zone and going to town.  I had all these plans and then I saw the post asking for pillowcases and quilts.  Then my grandson came to visit (no crying here).


Notice the hair, I am kicking myself for taking things literally.  I wanted her to have brown hair and felt the stable should be brown....I don't want to do it over so I am thinking maybe some quilting in the hair?

Here are the two quick curve rulers, one is the quick curve and the other is the wonderful curve ruler.  The wonderful curve ruler is for the "Starry Night."  The Quick Curve is for the quilt below.



I was actually making headway on this one but got interrupted when "Starry Night" pattern came in.  You guessed it.  I am working on both.



Just a random picture of this catfish that came out of our pond.  No,  that is not me, I wish.


 Then last week, I got the hair brained ideal to make the girls that I have activities with on Wednesday these placemats.  I made six of them.  When my machine was working, at one point I was threatening to trade the machine in.   Anyways, I got all six done and delivered.

You can get the pattern at Applique Market.


Now...today I get to work in my sewing room.  I ran around this morning doing my chores and running errands and now...ahhhhhh  I am in my happy place.

Friday, September 25, 2020

A LITTLE CURVE AND TWIST IN THE ROAD!




Jelly Roll Twist

52 1/2" x 60 "


My nieces decided they wanted to make this quilt last Saturday.

I joined in.  As it turned out, it was only me and one niece.  No matter.  This was such a fun quilt to make.  It goes so fast.  This quilt is great for a beginner.

I used Riley Blake"s "Root and Wings" jelly roll.  Free pattern on the fat quarter shop.

You really can get this done in one day and even quilt it if  you don't mess around but I took an extra day to quilt it.



Don't you just love this pattern?


I just knew I had to try this pattern!

Below is the Quick Curve Ruler and the 6" Sew wonderful ruler.


Here are two of the blocks.  It took me all day yesterday just cutting out all 42 blocks.  My hardest problem was finding enough different fabrics.  I used Java Batiks from Inchworm Fabrics, and Island Batiks,  a lot of them I purchased from Hancocks of Paducah.


I know you all will find this hard to believe but my hand always gravitated toward the bright fabrics for the corners.  I guess I have a problem with darks and an addiction to brights.

                         Then this is the MOD ORNAMENT


I made this a few weeks ago.

You can get the free pattern on the Sew Kind of Wonderful site
You use the mini curved ruler for this one.
 
Not only do patterns have curves and twist, so do our lives.  My husband and I put our house on the market.  He spent 2 and a half days bush hogging the property, another day our son and his friend came and helped do a few things around the house.  I started cleaning out and organizing, I took down all of my quilts, trying to make it all a blank slate.  Anways, the twist is, my husband came to me after we got all of this done and before they came to take pictures and said, "Do you really want to sell", I asked him if he did and he said no.  So no we are not selling.  Go figure.   

Friday, September 18, 2020

LITTLE MISS MUFFET

             Little Miss Muffet

                     BY MOTHER GOOSE
                    Little Miss Muffet
                    Sat on a tuffet,

                   Eating her curds and whey;
                   Along came a spider,
                  Who sat down beside her,
                  And frightened Miss Muffet away.    

I finally got my camera cord in the mail so I can show those of you who do not have instagram or facebook my tuffet.

The fabric is Island Batik "Primo" by Ebony Love.

I was going to paint the legs but when I finally got it all together, I said..."I am DONE!"

Such an easy project but for me it was one mistake after another.  But she is done and that is that.

My sister will show you hers when she has it done.

Little bit on the personal side.  My husband and I have put our house up for sale.
It just happened.  One day we were discussing it, the next day we talked to our real estate friend.  He called with a quote which was so amazing that we jumped on it.

I feel kinda sad, this has always been my husband's dream but he said he lived it and time to move on.  We will see if it sales.  To be honest, if it sales, that is fantastic, if not, I will be just as happy.

                        

          On to new Adeventures




Tuesday, September 8, 2020

HOME COMING - PRIMO BY EBONY LOVE

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See the young man on the left?  The black mask?  That is my son.  He just came home from Afghanistan.  He has been gone for seven months and like a lot of the soldiers, he was able to come home early.  As some of you may know, my husband and I went to pick his wife up and grandson from New York.  What a horrible time to live in quarantine!  First we had to move one family out so we could move her in.  

She lived with us for three months and last week-end we took her home so she could be there when her hubby came home.  Come to find out he has to be quarantined for 14 days....

Some asked why we took her all the way to New York when she had a car?  What a horrible time to be traveling, we wanted to make sure she made it safely. 

Then we traveled to Virginia to see our youngest son.  What a trip!

There really hasn't been much sewing in my sewing room.  A lot of organizing in my sewing room and in my home.


It has been a year and a half since my husband and I have had this house to ourselves.  I am having fun putting it back together again.


Today I am sewing.....YEA me!!

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My sister, Jeanette, and I are making Tuffets.  We had planned to make them when I visited her a few or more weeks ago (can't keep up with time and dates).  The hardest part was picking fabrics.


I picked "Primo" Island Batik Fabric by Ebony Love.  I just love these fabrics but I have to confess, there is a lot of waste and well.....I really can't get into this project.  I told myself to just get it done so I can go on to other things.


Those of you affected by the fires and floods, my heart and prayers go out to you.

Crazy world we are living in right now.  Be safe and keep believing.

PSS:

I also noticed that when I copy and paste my pictures from facbook that eventually they are no longer there.  I had accidentally sent my camera cord along with my phone cords to a young gal that is gathering cords for soldiers who go to the VA.   Oops....