Saturday, August 8, 2020

MAKING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES.

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.

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                 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.  


DONE!!!!!


 

                                     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.

DONE!!!

                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.

DONE!!!



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

SAMOAN KAVA BOWL QUILT

I just saw that the last time I posted was May 23.....how on earth did that happen?

Then I thought back on my life this last month and I know exactly how that happened. 

Shewwwwweeeeee

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

JOINT EFFORT


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.


Wonder Curve Ruler©One Wonderful Curve

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.


oriental


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

REINVENTING THE WHEEL - Hunters Star

  Several months ago....I do mean several

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???


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

DISCOVERY

First I want to show you an awesome discovery.

These beautiful Irises


I have never seen them in our yard and I think I know why.....when they were in our yard my husband would mow them down but....he recently put up a new fence and it just so happens that these irises are right in the corner of the fence where it is hard for him to get to...Oh what a lovely discovery.



This quilt top was made in Amerika Samoa, the fabric is from one of the Samoan shops, used the Wedge ruler.  I didn't quilt it because for one, I wanted to make it bigger but didn't have enough fabric, for two, I didn't know how to quilt it and I wanted to do some fancy quilting.

Sooooooooooooo  fast forward to now.  A few months ago I sandwiched it and just kept thinking on how to quilt it.  The other day I thought who cares, if I was to do some detailed quilting it would take me years so I just did a meandering.  The next photo will tell you I made a great decision


Tulip Tumbler
by Barb Gaddy



I designed this quilt many moons ago, let's say seven or eight years ago.  It is on the Accuquilt site.  I used the small tumbler die and  tulip die.

That being said,  when I submitted the pattern I just quilted in the ditch.

I never felt this quilt was truly finished so about 3 years ago I decided to start quilting it.

I earmarked this for someone very special to me, so I have been working off and on.  Do I need to tell you that I am still working on it.


Now......I told myself this week that I was going to get HER done!!

WRONG

I went through a spool of thread, then  my new one of the same kind kept splitting and skipping so I went on line and ordered me a different brand.  So it sits.

I have to be honest with you, I have a short attention span.  I have to have the TV going to keep me going.

So...................... this is why I prefer to just do a meandering or some other simple design because the quilt would never get finished.


RADIANT
Cozy Quilt Designer

This is the joint project Jeanette from Inchworm Fabrics and I are doing.


I purchased this pattern on Connecting Threads, it is a pdf.  I purchased two, one for myself and one for my sister.  I just felt it is only fair to the designer to buy two even tho my sister can just print off  mine.




Java Batiks
by Freshwater for Maywood Studios


Here are the fabrics I chose and cut out......ummm ummmm good.

We both chose to do a throw, which will be 62" x 71.






Wednesday, April 15, 2020

WHAT DOES COLD AND COLOR HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?


                                NOTHING....


                             ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!


                     But Baby it is cold outside


  That being said, I am gonna give you some Color...lots of Color


                               Awesome Ocean

                              Awesome Color!!!




I finally finished my sew along with Kathleen McMusing.

If it wasn't so cold and the ground still wet from all of this rain, I could have gone outside to get you a beautiful picture but me being the cold  baby that I am....indoors it is.

Feels so good to have it done.

Island Batik Scraps (do you really think my scrap pile has gone down????  NOPE)

The border is Timeless Treasures which I purchased at Hancock of Paducah

Hobbs Batting Tuscany which I might add makes it so fluffy.

Color makes me so happy.

Batiks makes me just as happy.

My sister, Jeanette, at Inchworm Fabrics and I are going to be doing a project with the awesome batiks she has in her store.  I had to order more fabric from her, bummer (smiling here).







Friday, April 10, 2020

BATIKS, BATIKS, AND MORE BATIKS!!!!

Everyone knows that I love Batiks!!

I can't get enough of Batiks.

I loved Batiks way before I was an ambassador for Island Batik.

My husband would bring me back batiks when we lived in Samoa while visiting Hawaii.

Well......  Inchworm Fabrics now has Batiks.




I say Yuuuummmmie!!!

These are Java Batik fat quarter bundles.  In fact she is selling them for 25 dollars a piece.




Some charm packs


Some yardage....oh boy!!!

I sent her some money for these fabrics and told her to be kind to herself and to make a profit off of me...I don't think she listened.



Then this beauty she just sent in the mail a few weeks ago.

Notice the name! Oh yessssssss

Gotta love it.


Happy EASTER!!!