Little Miss Muffet
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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!!
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.
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....
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Since I have decided to stay in the smaller room, I am reorganizing and hanging things.
This was an Island Batik Challenge which I loved. It reminds me of Amerika Samoa. I was actually waiting til I got in the larger room to put it up but now this will be my sewing room up it went. It is put up with pins and command strips...haha....but hey, it works.
Oopppsss how did he get in here? This is my youngest grandson. I have never seen a happier baby or big baby as he is. Lots of kisses and hugs going on. I am sure he wishes I would just leave him alone. He is only 6 months old at 30 pounds.
I saw this at my sister's house. The rest of the story later.
So I went to Micheal's looking for the said cart and decided to get this, I am calling it a pocket rack. Notice I already have it junked up??? I hung curtain hangers on the side for my scissors. I am trying to clean off my work space for more cutting room.
The rest of the story. So I showed my sister this rack. She went out the next day to Micheal's to get her one, same color and everything. I found humor in this and still do. Somehow this cart is in my sewing room as well, just like hers, don't know how that happened???
Saturday, August 8, 2020
I have always loved that saying, now that we live on a farm I understand it more but in my sewing room I understand it even better.
If telling you that I have been very busy, that would be an understatement.
So.....for many many moons (since last year) I have been trying to get all the tops I have finished. I am almost there.
When I got back from visiting my sister in Washington I decided to get a few more done. I had actually quilted a top for her. Her long arm was acting funny so I told her I could just quilt it on her domestic machine which I was not having any luck with so I just brought it home and finished it for her. She has already received it in the mail.
61" x 75"
Then the thought struck me, why not just get busy and work on of my quilt tops. This one was already sandwiched. I was waiting to do more detailed work on this one but you know what, it wasn't going to get done. I did this one while watching my 4 year old grandson for four days. I would work on it at my leisure.
When we first moved into this home these dresdens were found up in the attic. Several years ago I put them on the squares and put the top together.
92" x 98"
The next week I did this one. The top was finished in Nov. of 2014. It is made with Island Batik Fabrics and at the time was not a challenge but a just because. As an ambassador, I did a lot of just because quilts. The fabric line was Strawberry Fields Forever. I loved this fabric and decided to see how many ways I could do the half square blocks.
I did have my 4 year old grandson for 2 days and I still have my daughter in law and her (our grandson) living with us. So I babysit for her quite often. So I did this one when time would permit. You can see that it is a pretty large quilt. It fits a queen size bed nicely.
67" x 94"
I finished this one this week. I am so excited to have this one done. I had purchased the blocks at an antique store here in town. This will make a fabulous single bed quilt. I enjoyed looking at the old fabrics on this one, some of the fabric are the kind that fray so I don't think this one will be used much.
This week my daughter in law was sick so I had my little 18 month old grandson to take care of day and night.
Here is my little grandson eyeing the cookies. See the one that is cut in half, that is his, he was wanting another bite. His mother doesn't like it when I give him sweets which I don't do often because we want to keep mommy happy. BUT I have to tell ya, the look on his face when he had his first bite....priceless and the smile he gave me when he got his second bite....even more priceless. He is like a whirlwind in my home. I had him blocked off in the family room but I turned my back for one second and he was over the side of the couch and running through the house. Does that tell you how my week went. When that stinker went down for a nap, I would quilt. I actually did a lot on Monday morning when he was still sleeping.
All is back to normal in my house. I am in my sewing room and thinking, what next??? I have two quilts for two of my sons but they are so large I need my longarm so they will have to be done later when my daughter in law leaves.
We will see what I can come up with, I have one panel quilt which I am thinking of making a quillow and then I have the TREE of Life quilt I made for a customer but she did not want the colors so I made her another one. I can finish that one??? I believe that is it. So that is four tops. AHHHHHH I love the sound of that. Then it will be on to the unfinished projects.
Have a wonderful week-end. Hopefully, I won't spend so much time away. Sorry for the long post.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Then I thought back on my life this last month and I know exactly how that happened.
We cleaned out my sewing room, the room my sons and his family were living in. The next day we went to Ohio and met up with our Daughter in law and grandson to bring them back to live in my sewing room. I have given up on having that room again, I really don't mind. I did set up my longarm, took it away from the wall and oiled and dusted it. My daughter in law doesn't mind if I set up a quilt in that room. My son is overseas], we felt bad for her. She lives in New York and has been quarantined all that time with our grandson.
Then .... yes there is more. It seems all I do is babysit and when I am done, I am too tired to do much else. If you think that was a whine.....you are so right....
A friend from Samoa asked me to do a Samoan BABY QUILT.
You all know it takes me longer to think then it does to actually make a quilt. Took two weeks just to finalize what I wanted to do.
Samoan Kava Bowl
44" x 44"
I had purchased the background fabric and geometric fabric from Hancock's of Paducah. Maryellen McAuliffe sold me the black. Perfect fabric for what I wanted to do.
Here is the back....
I am so glad this is finished, now I can go on to other things.
Crazy world out there. All of you be safe!!
Saturday, May 23, 2020
If you have been reading my blog for long, you will know that my sister, Jeanette, and I do a lot of projects together.
She has a tendency to pull me out of the box I have around me.
She introduced the Quick Curved Ruler to me a while back.
seems they changed up their ruler some.
Jeanette owns an online fabric store, Inchworm Fabrics. She sent me some fabric to do a project with her. I have shown you this quilt before but she now has hers done and so we can show them together.
I have actually done three different designs using this ruler and have loved each of them.
Gaggle Battle Quilt
72" x 84"
I just loved this quit but no longer have it, I gave it to my son and his wife for Christmas.
You can find Jeanette's post here: I love hers as well, she played around with the blocks and came up with her own design.
Here are the beautiful fabrics at Inchworm Fabrics I love the beautiful Oriental fabrics, always have. I think they are my favorite right up there with batiks.
Not much going on in my sewing room. I made 40 blocks for a quilt I am designing from the outside in....I always love to just wing it and that is exactly what I am doing. I know there is EQ8 and I have that but there is nothing I love better than just cutting and sewing to see where it takes me. I also have a fun idea on how to quilt it but we will see, got to get the design going first. It is a custom quilt for someone. Boy she sure puts a lot of faith in me.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
I came upon the idea of reinventing the Hunters Star using the Accuquilt Go die. I love seeing how I can make something different from these dies, it gives a person several ways to use one die. By the way Accuquilt has nothing to do with this post, it is my own post. If you have been a follower for a while, I have many project using the Accquilt dies in different ways than intended.
Here is the quilt....a horrible picture I might add.... I have been taking pictures of this quilt for months and get the same results.
Here is the picture today...much better
Here it is up close
Here it is closer...see those beautiful fabrics??? Feline Fine by Jackie Kunkle, Island Batik
Here is a blue and white version. I just love this. Making this one into a table topper. Island Batiks fabrics.
What you need to make just this one block is one strip of the blue and one strip of the white 4 1/2" the length of the fabric.
Fold each fabric to where you get four layers. From the four layers you will make two cuts giving you eight sections each of the Hunters Star die.
So you would have eight of each of these sections.
Here is the beginnings of the hunters star. You put two blue halves together and two white halves together.
You will need eight of these.
Sew the white to the blue. Do this eight times.
Sew the segments together as shown above with the white square opposite the white square, you are just flip flopping the segments.
Now you have four squares, hopefully, they look like the one above.
Place the remaining 4 squares together with the white going inward with the blue making the star.
Don't you just love it? This is 24 1/2" square
Here is my table topper with a 1 1/2" border
I have this little topper in a hoop, I plan to hand quilt it...hummmm maybe???