Saturday, March 21, 2020

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ONLY HEAR THE SOUND OF SILENCE?



SEW!!!!!  OF COURSE!!

I am not able to get in to see my mother.

My son and his family are away for 2 weeks.....aahhhhh

Hear that?

Nothing!!

You guessed it, the sound of silence.

No baby crying, no child hallaring to have his bohiney wiped...haha...oh yes.....
YaYa
Come wipe me.

No TV blaring.......

Just plain ole silence.

Don't get me wrong, I love the wee ones and miss them but

I feel like I am on vacation except I can't go anywhere.

Not that that matters

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Day 1  - of the quarantine I made Mr Manatee.  I actually thought they were dolphins.  


Then I cut out the below SeaHorses



Day 2 - I completed the Salty Seahorses

Both Manatee and Seahorses were made using Island Batik Scraps.


Day 3 - I made placemats for my sweet grandboys.  There are five of them but the youngest is too young right now.  These are for their Easter.
The above fabrics is Happy Town by Jacqueline Steves - Henry Glass.  For some reason the picture is not quite right but you get the idea.


Now these fabrics are from Inchworm fabrics, I just love these clowns.  These are for my oldest two grandsons which they are four.


Day 4 - I finished all of the Ohio Stars that I had prepped.  I now have 43 of them.  After I work on the items below, I am going to prep some more.




Day 5 - which is today.  Last night I cut and grouped the squares (triangles), today I will sew them together and then, I will have to piece some more squares.  I also ripped out the 6 done squares, they were the ones that were randomly put together.  I like the matching ones soooo much better.

I really should have a lot more done than I have but like yesterday my husband and I drove 40 minutes to a Walmart that had milk (delivered to our car).  It amazes me that we have been asked to stay home and there are people out there shopping....CRAZY

Then in the evenings when my husband comes in from working outside, we sit and watch TV.   I am sorry but it is so nice just the two of us.  We hardly sit and watch TV.  Actually, I am reading while he watches TV but at least we are together.  I am not much of a TV watcher but I sure can go through a book.

I actually like the slow pace, I think that is why I loved Samoa so much besides the beautiful view from our back porch, the ocean, the friends....etc...need I say more?

Here is the line up for next week's Quilt Qwazy Queens making us laugh blog hop!


Monday March 23
Tuesday March 24

If you are coming by to see my hop day, it is here!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

QUILT QWAZY QUEENS MAKING US LAUGH BLOG HOP



Here is the fun line up!!



It seems that this blog hop could not come at a better time for most of us, when the world is going crazy around us.

So...I like making  door hangings for my mother.  When Joan, Moose Stash Quilting, asked me if I wanted to join, I thought what a perfect way to get motivated to do another door hanging.

I spent a few days pondering and gathering ideas, at the time it was getting close to Valentines Day.

So this is what I came up with.



I used a coloring page, Island Batik Fabrics, and my embroidery machine.

It has been hanging on my mother's door for over a month now.

My mother has dementia, as I was bringing her home from the hospital the other day she had asked me if I knew which room she was in.  I told her I did, she asked me if her room had been moved.  I told her no.  Well....when we got to her door, she smiled when she saw the door hanging and said, yes, this is my room.  Something so simple to bring back a memory.

So I thought I would show you some of the other hangings I have done for her.  Some of you may remember and if you are just coming by my blog, well....enjoy!



This was one of the first to grace her door, it now hangs above her bed.  She laughs at this one because she truly does not do mornings, unfortunately, I think I take after her.  You have to give me about 30 minutes to wake up before you talk to me.




I made this one for her last Easter



This was an Island Batik Challenge one year, which I put on my mother's door when it was finished




I just thought this was one of the funniest ones, now hangs by her fridge.


This was one of the very first ones to hang on her door, a few of the residents threatened to steal it, so we took it off and hung it on her wall.




My mother Loves Tweety Bird and she just loved this one.

It has been fun hanging things on her door.  There have been other wall hanging that I have made that have graced her door but these  were specifically made for her with the exception of a the tree and pumpkin.

It was always fun to hear the reaction of the residents when they would see a new door hanging.  I know my mother has enjoyed them and being how she is now, she enjoys them like new every day.

Thank you so much Joan, Moose Stash Quilting, for allowing me to join in.  If there are some of you who haven't been to her blog, you are definitely missing out.  If you want a laugh or to be entertained, her blog will do it.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

SCRAPPY ATTITUDE!!

I have not been doing much in my sewing room....no excuses here.

Maybe blame it on a scrappy attitude????

Normally, I can get a lot done in a day or even an evening but lately I am just hanging.....

Let me show you what I have done which isn't much.

                                 

I have 36 six of  Ohio Star squares done.  I still haven't decided how many I am going to do yet.  Last I showed you I had 26 done.

                                       

I have nine of these Ohio stars partially done.  When these are done, I will need to cut out more.


                                                  

As you can see, I have 18 of these scrappy squares done.  These squares are 11 1/2".

                                                      


I have made 30 of these which will make 15 of the above square.  I haven't decided how big I am going to make both quilts but I am leaning towards king size.


I do have one project that I am working on but am going to keep it to myself for a while.


Monday, March 2, 2020

WANTED TO SHOW YOU MY NEW MACHINE!!


Who doesn't love a new sewing machine???

In January one rainy day my husband and I went out shopping for a new sewing machine for me.

I wanted a basic machine, no electrical board but it had to have a long neck and do the blanket stitch.

We went to Longview, which is about an hour away and Low and Behold, they were closed due to inventory.  Pooey.   When we were there last I saw a machine that interest me,  it was on sale at the time so we were going to get that one and were hoping it would be on sale.

Then we went from Longview to Shreveport about and hour and a half from Longview and shopped at all the quilting and machine stores.

One store did have the machine I wanted and it was on sale but you will not believe this...just as I was asking about the machine, the manager took the sale sign off and said...oh...this is not on sale anymore.  She just lost a sale because we were not going to pay full price.

This is the machine I was looking for:

                                                        JAZZ II  Baby lock

                                        

Isn't she a beaut??

Look at that long neck....  I think it is twelve inches.

Just a plain Jane machine.  I got it online for half the asking price.  The same price that had been on sale at both stores with free shipping.

I think my husband was more excited than I was but I will be honest I was not in a good place at the time we ordered it or when it came in.

I wanted this machine to be able to quilt larger quilts.

....I am truly making this a long story aren't I????  ha ha

I eventually threaded it and started quilting this quilt....oh my gosh....the back stitches were so loose.  I knew it was the top thread.  I kept trying to get the stitch right.  I told my husband to keep the box because I might want to send it back....still in a very bad place....grumpy grumpy grumpy.  I know...you all are going not you Barb...oh yessssss  Too much on my plate and it was getting to me.

The thought came to me and don't laugh.....WHY NOT TRY READING THE DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO THREAD THE MACHINE

dUHHHHH  .....guess what...IT WORKED!!!

Then the next thought came to me that I should probably sew on the machine awhile to get use to it before doing any quilting on it....so I did.


                                                                              Here is the front stitch

                                            


                                    Here is the back stitch....the color is off but you get the picture.

                                    

It was a dream, no broken thread, the stitches were great.  I want to now get a high shank foot for the free motion templates I have, I had gotten a low shank but  it didn't work on my juki...I haven't tried it on this one yet but will have to pull it out to see.

So I guess you know where the box went???

                          

This is the only sewing I have been doing if any......  I did quilt a whole quilt, 60 x 60 which worked fantastic with the long neck.  I am wanting to quilt king size quilts on this puppy.  I will show the quilt at a later time.