Tuesday, December 11, 2012

MY GRANDDAUGHTERS MODERN QUILT

I finally got the camera going and took a picture of my granddaughters quilt all done....it has been a year in the making...i kept putting it aside for other projects through the year and last month i made up my mind to get it done...here it is....

but you know there is always something right behind it ready to be done and i have quite a selection to pick from lol...

its a toss up between the color study quilt i call 'MAZE TO NOWHERE'...cant remember now if it is no. 1 or 2....this one has a green border...the other one that is done has a blue border (in the first pic)....both are pictured below...they are alike except for the borders....a case of making too many blocks lol...

this is my own block that i designed and it is a very easy block to sew ...the seams dont meet so you dont have to deal with bulk there and it goes fast ...it does take a lot of variety of colors though...it took me a long time before i got what i wanted to use gathered up but it gave me time to figure out just what kind of block i was going to make...

and the other quilt to be quilted is this one...
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i would like to get it done too...i have the back for it that i want to use but dragging my feet on what to quilt in the light space....i love feathers and i think i have a stencil that will work....i will hand quilt i think as i am not good enough to do feathers on machine and i would like to give this one away as a gift later....more on my dilemma later lol

for right now i am nursing a back ache...i aggrivated an old injury last week carrying something i shouldn't have and now i suffer for it....and believe me winter weather isn't helping...but our weather could be worse and i am glad so far that the snow is north of us but soon i think we will have some....then i will have plenty of time to sew just hope my back settles down by then...

well lunch is coming  later this morning so i dont have to cook.... i better get dressed and i could use more coffee to get woke up...happy sewing....more later....

Friday, December 7, 2012

OUR QUILT GROUP CHRISTMAS

Yesterday the group i quilt with met and it was our Christmas dinner and quilt day....there was a large turn out...some i hadn't met yet but i think they had been regulars from times before....

here are some pictures
we were getting ready for show and tell



this was cross stitched centers in child theme

everyone was interested in the border on this one

ladies checking dinner cooking...homemade rolls coming out of the oven

during the afternoon i finished my grand daughters quilt...now i have to get the label made for it...i am so glad to have it done...now i can put another one in my hoop and start again lol...havent got picture of it yet....

taking things easy today...not feeling well again...and the weather is lousy, part of the problem i think....anyway just being lazy today gives me a chance to think about what to do over the week end...its here again lol...more later....

Thursday, November 29, 2012

GRAND D. QUILT AND HAND QUILTING THOUGHTS

This is my granddaughters quilt i am working on right now...i took it out of the frame to relax it a bit so it wouldn't get those ring marks on it and i wanted to see how the stencil is working that i am using to hand quilt it....

This quilt is inching along ok without mishaps so far...i hope i dont jinx it by mentioning that lol....my hands started cramping last night while quilting but i have been working on it now 3 days straight so i think they need a rest...

Here is a closeup of the detail of the quilting in the inner border...it is working just fine....when planning a quilted border i usually pick something that doesn't fit lol...but this one popped out at me when i began to think about quilting it....i didn't want a lot of 'fru-fru' for this one as it is very contempory...i was even thinking of drawing boxes here and there freehand but didn't think i could be consistent enough....

THOUGHTS ON HAND QUILTING
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When i was first beginning this adventure of quilting was back in the 60's when i was accumulating lots of fabrics from sewing for my 2 girls....i had a huge box of scrap...my neighbor, an avid sewer encouraged me to make a quilt...so with her guidance i ventured into this world....i bet i picked her brain at least twice a week after that...lol

I learned a lot from her and from what i am told it was bred into me, as my grandmother was next to being a pro at quilting selling her quilts thoughout the county...she passed on when i was 5 so didn't get to know her long....i do have a big box of her quilting things though my aunt and mother passed onto me that i get out and go through now and then...

one of my early thoughts of hand quilting as you had to make sure the design was continueous without breaks all around the quilt...and another thought back then was no line shal cross another....so that played a role in getting me started...i was afraid i would make a mistake and they wouldn't fit right....now i am not afraid to be adventurous...lol...those thoughts came about from the older ladies at the time...when rules were strict and rigid about sewing...boy am i glad that changed lol....it has opened the door for  many new products and ideas for the sewer and quilter....
I will never be an expert quilter but i can do 18 stitches to an inch...now that is counting the top and bottom stitches...i am told that is how you count them...most of the time i average about 15....which i think it still ok...at least they dont look galloping along lol...

i have been teaching myself to machine quilt...not really good at it so i will stick to a lot of hand quilting along with learning new things so i am sure i will be adding little thoughts on hand quilting as i go along.....more later....

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MUG RUGS & SMALL BAG DONE

here is a small bag i made this week...i need to make more of them to keep on hand for gifts...so easy to make and quick to add alittle bit of money or something to give as gifts when one is needed, dont want to wait till last minute to make them either....more on this later....

i also got all those mug rugs done

 and ready for my daughter to get hers and there will be some left in case that gal comes to check out what i have been doing....i need 1 each of lavender/purple ones and 1 browns/oranges and i would have a set of each to have on hand too....

this is the week i am to work on my granddaughters quilt too...i did quilt on it last night and now today my fingers are sore....i love the fabrics by Hoffman but they are harder to hand quilt because they are so dense and i put a hoffman batik on the back so makes it doubly hard to get a needle through it...when i get to the inner border it has a softer fabric for the top so will be easier...good thing as i have a 4 line border stencil to work on then....using 4 needles at a time....cant wait to get that far....almost there...maybe after tonight if i can work on it more....

got 2 of the 3 pkgs ready for mailing today....grrrr left out the note i wrote that went in one of them...so i will write a letter and send seperate....i am not going to tear open the package....used too much packing tape on it....lol... will mail them out Thursday when i go to town for a haircut that i desperately need....

well got to  check the cabinets and see if i can make a meal without going to the store...only need a light supper but that is what i lack is stuff to make something light but i could cook a 6 course full supper if i wanted lol....dont want to do that much work lol......more later......


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A DAY OF QUILTING AND FINISHING PROJECTS

today i am working on those mug rugs from the couple posts ago...all 13 of them....

i have been waiting for a thread order before i could finish them...i have almost all quilted now except the last 3 and about half with the binding on....taking a break from them right now so i dont get stressed out...lol

this machine quilting takes a lot of thread and if you work with a lot of different colored things it takes a lot of variety of thread....been trying to make room on my thread rack for all the quilting thread with 96 pegs to put the spools on you would think i have a lot of room....but it has to hold decorative thread, regular thread and now the quilting thread and i try to keep them seperate....i guess i dont have a pic in the computer to show at this time....

i have also been sewing some small bags to use as tuck in gifts....i like to keep them on hand for graduation gifts and for other times of the year...with a little gift of money to put inside i am good to go with no stress lol....


speaking of stress i went to the grocery store out of town yesterday and was shocked at the price they had on a small container of strawberries....$5 a box....now i know they are out of season here and they are grown in florida and california and so far no bad weather to make the price go that high so i went to Walmart to see what they had....hmmmm, theirs was $4 and pennies for a container twice the size of what i was looking at in the grocery store....i think the store was trying to make more than a couple bucks on each box...needless to say no one was buying them...one lady looked at me and her mouth dropped...you could almost read what she was thinking lol....
not a lot to talk about here today....unless you want to hear about the laundry i have to do and the other fruit i am cutting up to take to my daughters tomorrow lol....more later.....
HAPPY THANKSGIVING


Monday, November 19, 2012

GRANDMOTHERS FLOWER GARDEN TIP

i learned something about adding blocks on the ends of rows of the gfg quilt on the left today....it is hard to know where you are with the blocks unless you lay it out and pin where you want the block....if i hadn't double checked myself today i would have sewn at least2 blocks in the wrong places and would have had to rip out...

i have been working on these quilts this week...in various stages...cutting more white hexes, yes again....cutting a couple more flowered print hexes and sewing hexes into flowers and finally working on the rows sewing posies into place....i sure spent the hours working on these quilts....

when i wasn't doing that i was string block making....i found out from my youngest daughter that she likes quilts of a lot of colors, no matter the pattern....i didn't realize this but i should have being she likes primitive furniture...no wonder she grabbed the old 4 patch quilt i made a long long time ago i was going to trash...all made from scraps from the clothes sewing i did for the girls back in the 60's....i thought it got threw out lol....i am sure she will like the string quilt when it gets that far.....my other daughter said she wasn't too crazy about string blocks...talk about 2 girls and different personalities lol

i am still waiting for the thread order before i can work on the mug rugs and i have been getting the boxes ready that i am sending to friends in Texas and i hope to send one to Georgia also if i can find the right thing....and i have one to send right here in Il too...the dining table is a mess of boxes and rug mugs and no room to sew...ugh....that isn't good lol....

and to top it off i wasn't feeling good today for some reason....i had planned on going grocery shopping and looking around today but didn't trust my body to co operate....going to eat light for supper so maybe things will settle down...its the wrong time to be sick for sure with Thanksgiving just 2 days away lol....

well not a lot to talk about tonight....just sewing when i feel like it....going to lay down for a bit and watch the evening news...sure hope there is some good news for a change.....more later...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A DAY OF MUG RUGS

there are 13 mug rugs sitting here on the table...yesterday my daughter came with 6 mugs and wanted mug rugs for them for Christmas presents....well when i opened the bag of leftover Christmas prints i found a whole bunch of scraps all sizes of  them...

after i did those 4 Christmas quilts last year i must have put all the scrap in the bag and put all of it back in the cabinet and forgot about it....

anyway i sorted all the strips short and long for mug rugs and i just kept going with them till i used up all but a few scraps and most likely they will end up in the string blocks later on....

after my daughter picks out the ones she wants  that will leave me 7 unless i make one more to make 2 sets of 4 for give aways....but i cant work on them now till i get another thread order....this order will give me thread enough for all the quilts i have to quilt sooner or later and a few i havent thought up yet lol.....i was running out of a couple colors so had to get them replaced also .....

tomorrow is thursday and i have to get to the post office and get my box of quilts sent off to New York....i want to include a letter with it so will draft it tomorrow but tonight i am too tired brain wise to think what i want to say....

got some more of my fabric order today and i like what i picked out...in fact i cant wait to get it washed and ironed so i can work with them lol....

well i need something to drink i am dryer than a piece of dirt in a drought....more later....

Monday, November 12, 2012

SMALL QUILT DONE

the sun is out today but i am sure its deceiving as the temp is just above freezing....i was suprised this morning when i looked out the kitchen window to see ice in the corners of the window....i dont think there should have been....maybe the window isn't tight anymore...will have to look into that i think....

saturday i walked by this quilt laying on the table ready for quilting and i said to myself several times during the morning 'i better quilt that today' and the last time i thought why not just sit down and do it now...lol....

so i did....got it all done including the binding before the day was through....hopefully these are the last of the pastel patches i cut out years ago....they have to be at least 20 years old lol....i had a habit of cutting way too many squares for things back then....but then i was making a lot of baby blankets for kids so i guess i thought i was ahead of the game....well they all grew up and now their kids are having kids and i am back making baby things again for great neices and nephews ...not as many though....

i wanted to make a quilt top for my good friend who is very sick with diabetes and other health problems but after figuring, i couldn't use the fabric for that particular pattern... i didn't have enough so now i am looking for another pattern to use....


Not sure what the rest of the day will bring....this morning i worked on sewing the posies to the main part of one of the gfg quilts...i think this week i will work on that then by Thanksgiving day i will need to baste more white hexes again so that will be my sewing while i am visiting and eating thanksgiving day lol....

but for now i am just going to get another cup of coffee and ponder my next move.....more later.....

Monday, November 5, 2012

SHERBET COLORS QUILT

i made this quilt a few years ago for my grand niece when she was expecting a baby....i have liked it really well and almost kept it as i ran out of a lot of the colors especially the blue border which i think is very striking and i wasn't sure i could ever make another close to the same colors again....

its a basic hour glass block with all colors combos without matching when its put together hence the prism effect....the picture shows them pretty good but the colors are more striking in person as i remember....cut two strips at least 1-1/2 inches, i think i used 2 inch strips...use triangle to cut and use both sides of the fabric making a positive and negitive and use both in the quilt for contrast....

well while i was ironing my new fabric yesterday i thought about this quilt and wondered if i had enough pastels to make another to put in my cabinet for my future GGChildren if they come to be....i looked up the picture again in my photo album i keep and again on line to see if i still had a record of it....

i recently found a blue that is almost the color though it has a hint of purple here and there in the fabric but i think it will be ok....i would like to be as bold as the one in the picture....i have yet to round up all the pastel solids or blends to make it ....i am sure it will be different from the picture because some of the blends i liked are no longer available...i already tried  reordering those lol....Hoffman watercolors really stood out in the quilt but they have discontinued several of them i used....but i will keep looking because one day soon i will be making another one similar to the sherbet colors above and i think bigger....it was so much fun to make!.....more later.....

Friday, November 2, 2012

MEETING NEW FRIENDS, FLOATING BOX QUILT

I had a very pleasant experience yesterday...in the past i have been invited to join a bunch of ladies that like to quilt and meet once a month....that was a few years ago....but after working odd hours like i did my habits have been turned upside down so was always hard to get going in the mornings....

Well, one of the ladies invited me again this past couple weeks and yesterday i was up earlier than usual so i got around and put together my little sewing bag and off i went to their meeting....i had a really good time...and there were more there than i expected, half of which i already knew....i fully intended to take my camera but i forgot it...i would have had some good pics of the things they were doing....

In december i will go again and its a potluck...so will be doubly fun i am sure...and i will make a note to be sure to take the camera...

When i came home yesterday i put together the floating box quilt aka/ easy block...i dont have the sash around the top and the left side yet which will be the same as the sash between the blocks....no border for this one....but i am wondering if there is too much light space in this quilt....
i will have to study it more before i decide what to do next...at first i wasn't liking it but it is growing on me...if i had an embroidery machine i would put something inthe boxes but that is not an option...

The ladies at the group where i was yesterday want to see my grandmothers flower garden quilt but i dont have a bag big enough for the 2 of them....i am deciding about making a huge bag to contain all of the gfg things even the box of hexes so it will have to be good size on the bottom...that way i can keep it all in one place and put it away when i am working on something else instead of having it all over while trying to work with other things....more on this later.....

I worked on finished the posie block i worked on at the meeting yesterday and now have quite a selection to pick from that is ready for adding to the rows of the grandmothers flower garden quilt...so that should be what i work on in the coming months till my supply gets down then start over again lol...one thing for sure is this quilt is teaching me to have more patience!....more later....

Monday, October 29, 2012

KEEP RECORDS OF YOUR WORK

Yesterday when i was wondering what to do for the day i thumbed through my 4x6 photo albums that i keep record of the things i make....no its not a brag book it is simply to record what i have done because a lot of things are a one of a kind and may not have a printable pattern to them....
this picture for instance can be a tool to work with...it is the picture of a baby quilt i made for my nieces baby...i knew the pattern i made it but i didn't remember how i put it together ...that was 12 years ago...so if i want to make another like it i would have to refer to the picture...there are items in my albums that go back over 30 years ago...

I wish i had done this years ago when i was a stay at home mom making things to sell out of my home...one item comes to mind...
smocked throw pillows were the rage in the 60's and i had a diagram to follow but i made a big mistake...i am left handed and i start things from left to right which changed e  the outcome of the smocking...well that mistake sold a lot of pillows because no one else had them like it....but i didn't take pictures of any of them so i dont remember how they looked....i still have the diagram but for the life of me i havent been able to duplicate how it did it....

There are several reasons for keeping pictures of your work...when i am depressed and down about myself i sometimes look at them and go back in time...those that were given away have a memory tied to them and at a glance i can look at the ones that i made that i still have without getting them all out of the cabinet and creating a big mess lol....

I should have even gone one step further by  adding the directions how i did an item, cost and the amounts of supplies needed but that would make me too organized and i doubt i could do that for long lol....all kidding aside its just a good thing to do no matter how involved you get with your sewing or your hobbies and something nice to pass on to the kids for them to see how you spent your time....more later....

Friday, October 26, 2012

CUTTING HEXES TODAY

THIS IS WHAT I AM DOING TODAY


I am doing hexes again....i am running low on white ones after adding them to several blocks recently...while in the sewing room marking and cutting more hexes i decided to cut a couple batches of prints to add to my box for future ones....i also basted a whole block (lavender/ lavender print in pic) ready to start sewing together and to the right of those in the pic is  some of  the posies i have sewn the white half way around ready for adding to the row....

I know it doesn't look like a lot but it is a lot of patience sewing....that is the hardest thing about this grandmothers flower garden quilt...it seems if i dont work on it when i first get up and have my coffee the day gets by me and i cant seem to get to the hexes....

today is no different either....i got that much sewing done on them but i have laundry to do and i think i will throw in a larger yardage piece of fabric to do up for the cabinet...i hate doing the bigger ones as i really dont like to do ironing of anything....that is one of the memories of my childhood...mom thought she had to have everything ironed back then...ugh!....i was so glad when wash and wear came along when my kids were growing up so i didn't have to iron much....lol

dishes are in the sink soaking right now...need to do those up....i was thinking when i was drawing water ....'how does one person dirty so many dishes?' lol....but then it isn't just one day of dishes either lol....

well off i go to the kitchen...more coffee, maybe some toast ...it might be a long time to supper if i get busy and one good thing...i cooked yesterday so supper is in a casserole dish for me tonight ..yay! lol.....more later....

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ELONGATED BLOCK QUILT

I was looking back through my sewing pics and i came across a quilt pic i took in 2007...boy how time flies...i didn't think it had been that long since i made this quilt....
suprisingly i remember how much i liked it then and would like to make another one in different colors...that much i know...the colors?....no idea as of yet but now that i have it fresh in my mind i am sure i will think of color combos that might look good...the picture should have been taken the other way around to show off the colors better as the long boxes should be up and down....

I also noticed that lately i have been making blocks with sashes around them.... i wonder what the deal is with that....do i go with an idea till i wear it out???....hmmmm i will ponder that one!....lol...

my sister called last week and in the conversation she mentioned that she cant go anywhere without her walker now...and that got me thinking that she needs a walker caddy....so i have been 'scouting' my stash cabinet for a good print to quilt to make her one....i got called away so i think i will go back in and start looking again....i wanted to make her a tv remote chair caddy so i think i will just start a box and fill it and send...i was reminded that the postage will go up again in Jan '13 so it would be good to beat that if i could....wont she be suprised lol.....

i have a gazillion notes and figures sticking out of the box i keep my rulers standing up at the head of my table in the sewing room....some have written on them which of the items they were for and others dont....i found a notebook that i am starting to take them and transfer the notes to the notebook for safe keeping in case i want to go back and make another....some of them would be for quilts that have found a new home and i wouldn't have the dimensions otherwise...i should have done this a long time ago....sigh!

i made it to the store yesterday and got my chicken dinner for my supper and took advantage of the sales they had and by the time i carried my grocery bags to the house from the garage i was beat so i didn't make it to $general to look around....maybe today i might...my daughter informed me she was stopping by after she gets off work so i need to be here then....time has a way of getting away from me before i do what i say so we shall see lol....more later....

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

THIS AND THAT

While straightening up some in the sewing room this afternoon i found this folded up...i forgot i made this while back...it is the last of the tiny 16 patch blocks i put in the small quilt....not sure what i will do with it...maybe just quilt and put in cabinet...not one of the prettiest i can see....oh well we all have at least 1 dont we???? lol.....

this was an awkward day....i sewed a little on the easy blocks....i have added more to it...i decided to add sashes between the blocks...and i think the new name will be floating boxes...with the sashes they look like they are  just hanging in space....i revamped the dimensions again so may not make it as big....if that is so i have enough blocks made already ....i am adding about 6 more though with colors that i have not added yet...

i quilted 3 more mug rugs today also, couple more to do then will be caught up with that too....and i made a posie for the gfg quilt adding the white hexes half way around and its ready to add to the row of the quilt now....

other than the above i was pretty lazy today....so maybe the rest of the week will be more productive....more later....

Saturday, October 20, 2012

BAG IS FINISHED

well here it is the week end again....i swear some of the week days get overlooked and the week end rolls around too quick, making the weeks just fly by....being busy makes them go by so fast too....

i got up in time today to see my saturday sewing shows on public tv....a regular sewing show which had a lot to do with quilting this week, Fons & Porter show about quilting, showing a new block and a Quilting Arts program....while watching them i put together another posie together for my Grandmothers Flower Garden quilt....

yesterday i worked on my bag i have started and finished it...and it all started because i didn't want to throw away a scrap of floral fabric...isn't it funny what peaks our creativity?....i got side tracked because i was waiting on a thread order to quilt it then got busy with other projects but now its all done....
i had quilted this before i lost my confidence in machine quilting and had very good luck with it at the time....i think this bag looks tropic for some reason , maybe the colors...here is a back view...wish i had, had enough floral fabric for the back...

i only have a scrap left of the green used for the bag...it was just the right color...this bag was truely built from scrap lol and it will make a great contribution to make my sewing portable...

i will be going to my grandsons birthday party later today so i will pack my bag with the mug rugs i made this week and finish them by sewing the binding down on them...right now its foggy and not very nice looking outside so i hope the sun comes out to burn off the fog so the wiener roast goes off without a hitch....

and for me i need to get around....have fabric in washer at the moment ready for dryer, need to take care of that and work in the kitchen so no major sewing today unless i do some when i get back home if i am not too full of hot dogs and marshmallows lol....more later....

Thursday, October 11, 2012

TV REMOTE HOLDER

today was a productive day...though i did not know it until i went in the sewing room....when i saw some of the prequilted fabric i have been working with trying to use up i happen to think about my friend Mary....she has been after me to make her a new holder for her tv remote for her chair arm....i made her one years ago and she had worn it to threads...it had several pockets in it...for the life of me i could not remember when she was telling me about it just what it looked like...today i drafted instructions on a new one for her....i do remember the old one was small so i vowed to make this one bigger....

this time i wrote down instructions and measures , i didn't do that before...this one didn't have as many pockets but bigger pockets...i did use some of the prequilted fabric of which i quilted over it with a fabric back...added pockets in a co ordinating fabric and divided them into seperate ones....and added binding all around...the picture really doesn't do it justice but at least you can tell

...the pink fabric isn't showing up very good...the darker  part hangs over the center of chair arm and you have pockets (the pink) for a mag and tv remote in one pocket and a mag in the other one on the outside and a couple deep pockets that tuck down in the chair cushion to hold it in place...those pockets can hold maybe kleenex or smaller mags or puzzle books, what have you....

i dont mind telling you she was very happy when she found out what i brought her this afternoon and we had a good visit...she also showed me the old one and it was in shreds lol....i am going to make myself one sometimes this week i think...maybe that will keep the remote from falling off the chair arm all the time....

if you have been following this blog you know i have been in the middle of a block challenge and i got part 2 done last night and i love it....it was a big block to begin with and with adding a border and the flying geese to it make it the size of a table topper....i will  show it when our host posts all the pictures.....

my daughter was here yesterday afternoon and during our conversations she suggested that i offer some of my things on line for sale....i have thought about it but still undecided....not sure there would be much interest....more on this at another time....

today when i went to the store as i was paying the checker i noticed that one of my rings were missing...it was one that was given to me ...more sentimental than worth anything but mine just the same....that made me pretty sad as i thought it was gone forever....but when i got a glass of ice tea later i found it in the ice bin...literally on ice lol....boy that sure did change my mood in a hurry...my fingers must be getting skinny so i suppose i should stop wearing my rings so wont lose them forever....

well its too late to start anything sewing wise tonight or i wont sleep so i guess i will check out the blogs i follow and call it a night....more later....


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

RUNNER FROM QUILTERS CACHE

well yesterday didn't turn out like i thought it was going to....instead of working on part 2 of the challenge i committed myself to i tinkered around in Quilters Cache looking at blocks....

i have been making a lot of 'flying geese' units for that challenge so i thought why not make a few more...in another project and that happened to be a runner...

yesterday i was looking through the bolts i have stacked on the floor in the sewing room and found these fabrics....so what else??? right then and there i got to work on a runner...after a couple hours this is what i came up with


i dont think it took a great picture...more striking in person ...it measures 15x35 inches....simple pattern but i didn't want to get really elaborate so that it took too much time.... i have a lot of other things that will take a lot of time...i finished the border this morning while drinking my coffee...

if i have patience today i may do more machine quilting...got a bag to do and put together, and my challenge part 2 is ready for quilting and if i run out of those i have 2 small quilts i can put together and quilt.....

on the agenda today i think its the kitchens turn....the dishes are creeping out on the counter now so its time to get them washed up and i will need to spend some time cooking today...maybe enough for a couple days then i can get in some good sewing time....

my son was here last night and he helped me put the summer chairs in the garage for the winter....oh how i hate to do that cause it looks so bare on the porch even though there is a metal bench that stays out in the winter....and of course my other little bench that i sit on when i feel couped up in the winter that is on the back porch on the south....i put my coat on and sit in the sun on calm days if there isn't snow there....people might think i am crazy doing that but it sure helps to keep away depression from lack of sunlight....

i could never be a cave person....well maybe i might if it was a sewing cave with all the goodies....ok i am outta here...lol....more later......


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

BAGS, BAGS, BAGS

yup you could say i was the bag lady this past weekend...i made 3 of them to put quilts in for a gift.....now i know it would have been less time consuming to go buy a gift bag and cheaper too but this did 2 things....got rid of more fabric out of my cabinet and made a nicer gift....

i think i mentioned somewhere that i had fabric that was prequilted with a lightweight batt backing to use up....well i got the brainy idea to quilt a cotton back to it with a heavier batt...now that makes it more durable and double quilted...i was afraid when i started it that it might make the fabric look tacky but they came out wonderful....the blue and yellow one is the double quilted fabric on the outside and the pink one i reversed and put the cotton back on the outside to look more baby like....
i am happy that i did this now maybe i can do more with that fabric and get it out of the box in my sewing room...i had about given up on finding a use for it....it was leftover from making doll sleeping bags years ago when i was dressing dolls....

my daughter was here yesterday evening for a bit, checking on me i think....i halfway expected her...kept looking for her to pop in while i was machine quilting and had just finished when she came....i had to clear off the couch to make room for her to sit....its been loaded with the things i have been making for the past few months....i have got to find a nice place to store my things so they are all in one place....

i have been using one of my chairs in the family room as a design space lol....i put a piece of batt down the back of the chair and placed my blocks on it to see how they look..i can see them from my chair and  glance at them now and then to see if i want to make changes....makes a good temporary design wall lol...my sewing room isn't big enough for one though i wish it was....

inbetween working on the smaller projects i got some time in to work on the gfg quilt too but my granddaughters quilt took a back seat for the time being...so this week i better put some time in on that one or i will  never get done....

i have 1 runner, and a small baby quilt to machine quilt this week sometime and a pink posied piece of fabric that will make a nice lap quilt for nursing home i would like to get done too....more on this one later....

well i need some more coffee then get out of here to deliver my things and run errands...looks like a busy day today....more later....

Friday, September 28, 2012

MUG RUGS, BAGS AND THOUGHTS

As the title says....i made some mug rugs this week while the scrap box was open...i happen to find enough to make some that were less scrappy....more planned....
that kind i like better than just picking out a scrap and adding it....the one in the foreground on the right is a potholder made from the only block i had left from the wall hanging in the bathroom...it was just too pretty to hide in the odds and ends box forever lol...

if i had room i would sort my scraps according to colors but my sewing room is so small as it is there is hardly enough room for what i cram into it now lol....yesterday i made things a little easier in there though...i have been slowly and i mean slowly trying to organize things a little better...and yes i am finding some things i forgot i had put away....this morning i took my coffee in and sat and stared at the open closet...that is where i want to transfer my fabric to from the cabinet that is taking up valuable space in the room....i was wondering what i could toss to make more room in that closet or find a new 'hiding' place for the crafts that are there....but i came to think that keeping it in that room was the best place....more on this later....

i thought for sure my thread order would be here yesterday....hopefully today it will arrive....i am waiting for colors for the 'last' hour glass table topper and the new bag i am making so i can quilt them.....both green....the bag i got the idea from a scrap of floral that was laying on the sewing table , it kept talking to me lol and i kept playing around till i got this for the front of the bag....

i wish i had enough of the scrap to make the back but it will have to be green but at least it will have an interesting front....i will quilt the front and the back before i put it together so the lining will be quilted already....

this morning i found a pink piece of poly/cotton that is suitable for a lap quilt for someone in the nursing home....i think i had this idea before for this piece as it is cut already....only this time i think i will machine quilt it using the flowers in it as a guide where to put the funky flowers i will quilt....when i was in the nursing home it seems that they are lacking smaller quilts for the residents ....they had to hunt for something for me when my shoulders were cold so i have been thinking along those lines too...maybe long and narrow ones might be nice for a couple ladies....more on this later also.....

this week looks more like fall so far......i have a tree in the back yard that is dropping leaves as i type....that is not a good sign...its early for that but with the drought we had all summer i suppose it was under a lot of stress as a lot of trees in town were so an early fall will probably be upon us this year.....when fall comes around it always makes me think of the past and how my year went and how i can make the best of the year in the time left before a new one rolls around....

i consider myself lucky to be here as 2 winters ago i got very sick and if i hadn't been in the hosptial i would probably not be here today...i do wish though that i had more stamina and better legs so get out more than i do and maybe make 36 hour days instead of 24 lol....i try to cram as much into my day as i can with my health but its not easy sometimes...

ok enough of thoughts for one day....i think i am going to get out and drive somewhere this afternoon and enjoy the weather 70 is nearly perfect for me....more later.....

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

HEXES AND HOUR GLASS

this morning i am having trouble getting started with my day....when i loaded a bobbin in my machine i noticed my bobbin box had a lot of bobbins that only had a few feet on them....so that told me to get out the hexes and use those few feet of thread for basting my hexes for the gfg quilt
i need to start adding the white ones around more blocks like the picture so i can add them to make a row and it will take a lot of white ones....i seem to be always running low on those....if i start working on this quilt again i wont be able to put it down....and i have a lot more things i need to work on too....

i quit and now not feeling very well...not sure why but i am going to try to sew and forget my 'ails'...my back is also bothering me so that could stop my sewing cause it probably hurts from all the sewing i have done lately....

i finished this runner yesterday....

wasn't sure i had the right color for quilting but luckily i did....the hour glass blocks i made years ago lots of different color combos...made one quilt from them and for some reason i made a whole bunch more....i am trying to get them used up...why on earth i made so many is beyond me....i guess i was pretty new at the strip piecing at the time so it was fun to make them....but now i think i only have 1 more runner made with green  to finish and i hope i dont find more hour glass blocks hiding in my basket lol.....

a bit ago i was thumbing through a mag and found an idea  for a modern block table runner from an advertisement of a big quilt....just what i need another idea but i seem to thrive on them lol....i just need someone to come after me and finish as i think them up lol....hopefully i will feel like working this one out later today i am anxious to see how it turns out....and it will use up some more odd pieces of batting...

i reordered some fabric other day and have another order coming that i am waiting on....have a few pieces of fabric to wash and iron and will include the new order when it gets here this week, maybe get them all washed up ....then i might be ready for working on my fall color quilt....

i am getting very anxious to see what it will look like....from the block i made and the adjustment i will make on part of it i think it will be very pretty with a big variety of colors....

i think its time for me to lie down for a bit and see if i can shake my ailments so i can get on with things....maybe a nap will help.....more later....



Tuesday, September 18, 2012

TRYING OUT NEW DESIGN

Recently my granddaughter visited and decided she wanted a quilt of the reds, oranges, browns then added blue to the combo....at first i thought she was out of her mind as it was out of my comfort zone....and then she said put them together in a pattern....lordy my mind went into overdrive trying to figure out what to use....after she ok'ed it and we revised it some we seettled on this and i thought it needed more so i added a piano key outside border...well i started quilting it this week....

if she reads this blog wont she be suprised???? lol....i think this afternoon though i will be taking a break from it to rest my poked fingers lol...one thing is still up in the air on this quilt...the beige border will need some extensive quilting and my first thought was feathers as those are my favorite but this quilt is modern and feathers are traditional so not a good mix i dont think....i have several stencils of geos and i could even draw something if i could think of good subject to use....i will have to decide soon as i am 3/4 done with the center...i intend to  define each piano key with quilting...a lot of work but i think it will need it....so a lot of work yet before this masterpiece is finished...

lunch was brought in for a few days this week so the dishes havent piled up to much but i have some in the sink from the week end that i better wash up....my son will be here i think tonight ....who knows maybe i will bake something this afternoon while working in the kitchen and send part of it home with him so i wont eat the whole thing lol and besides i could use a little heat in the house....its getting colder outside and i might have to use the furnace soon...old bones cant take the cold like i used to...

ok time to go do something constructive....and of course if i really get bored i can always go clean up my scraps laying all over the sewing room....sure dont take long for them to pile up...more later....

Friday, September 14, 2012

2 QUILTS FINISHED

It's been a busy week here at home...this new sewing streak has me moving from one thing to another all day long but i am getting things done...

In the last 2 weeks i have made a little girls quilt with butterflies from irish chain pattern...hard to see the butterflies in the picture...
i have had the print fabric i know for at least 14 years...i remember where i bought it ...i am very suprised i haven't used it before this..the fabric is very pretty in person...the quilt is one width by about 45 inches....then while i was working on it and during the time when i got bored with it i started another quilt i mentioned in previous post...the red/blue hole in barn door quilt....well i am finished with it now...got it done this morning...

its the little boys quilt i decided to make when i found this combo staring at me when i opened the cabinet...i have just a scrap left of the very busy blue print....the color works in this quilt but i passed over it lots of times wondering what to do with it , it always seemed to busy to work in anything up till now and this time it seemed to be just right...

After all this sewing i been doing i have a stack of small pieces of batt ....i already has some stuffed in here and there in a shelf but now there is a whole lot more...looks like all those string  blocks i made will be made into bigger blocks and used for potholders....




this is just the smaller stack of small pieces of batt...the other one sits on the floor in family room behind the chair for now...this stack i will work on first i think it has the smallest pieces in it....the other stack has bigger pieces that maybe i can piece together for runners...without making too many seams...

got to take a break from sewing later today and buy some groceries....i think i will make out menus for this next week with things that i can make ahead so i dont have to stop sewing for long...good thing i like leftovers lol...

it is such a pretty day this friday that i should take advantage of it and go do a little other shopping....fall is really showing up now....hard to keep the house warm at night but i am going to be frugal and not heat the house i hope till late october or november....more later about that lol....

well its back to sewing after lunch....i have a table runner all pinned ready to machine quilt....i have been lagging in that department for awhile while hand quilting those quilts....so now its back to  practicing again....i also want to machine quilt that hexagon table topper i posted earlier for my daughter so most likely that will get done sometime over the week end...so for now its ta-ta....more later ....

Saturday, September 8, 2012

ANOTHER QUILT STARTED

I thought i would pop in and see what was going on while my dishes were soaking....yes i let them pile up while i was sewing lol....not sure that i mentioned that nothing much gets done here when i get a sewing streak and this one is proving to be a whopper....either that or i mixed a little too much coffee w/caffeine into my decaf this morning....either way i am lovin' it!.....

I should stay out of my fabric cabinet....when looking yesterday i found a piece of fabric right for a little boys quilt..it looks kind of like streaked denim and i found red to go with it and some navy blue...so i proceeded to make some blocks.....
its a variation of either shoo fly or hole in barn door...geez i cant remember which ...i always get them mixed up...i just know the triangles point different for each lol...i wish i had some more fabric that would have contrasted it more but i didn't and i didn't want to vary it too much with other colors...today i worked on it and got the top done ....i had just enough of the mottled blue for the back...its in the frame now and i will work on it tonight....

i got the other quilt done yesterday....sorry no pic yet but it will come this week...going to try to finish couple other things too....

of course there is more....lol....the 4sq-4patch is in the works too...now that i have decided to make it big instead of 2 smaller quilts to keep i will be working on it too....i have made up a section to see how it was progressing and i like it for a scrap quilt....much better than the ugly green one the 4 patches were before i tore it up....here is picture of both  judge for yourself lol


and now the ugly green one that used to be


for me there is no comparison...not a big lover of stripes or certain colors of green of which is the border...so no wonder the 4 patches didn't stand a chance in this quilt...but i will like the top one better...i do already lol...

my poor sewing room looks like tornado turned around in that room....if i can stop sewing long enough i need to straighten it up....at least make an effort to put fabric back in cabinet...3 giant stacks are sitting ready to topple over on the edge of sewing machine arm...and i got another order today and will need to wash and iron that and what i didn't get done the last order....now i am going to try not to look at fabric in stores or on line for at least 3 months into January 2013......

the family room looks like a small quilt shop right now....i have had quilts laying all over trying to figure out which of them goes to the 3 new additions to my great nephews.... all 3 are in the same family and all babies were born this past month lol...wonder if they planned it that way....i am afraid the kids wont care for it when they get bigger...most want their own day lol....

well the dishes are calling lol....and i think i will get my mac salad made while in the kitchen...fish and chips for supper tonight too along with fresh strawberries....hope for a good movie or something to watch so i can work on the new quilt...maybe i can set another record this week.....more later....

Thursday, August 30, 2012

BLOCKS FOR GFG QUILT READY FOR ROW

I woke today with a little ambition...sure hope it lasts through the day....i would like to quilt the rest of the borders on the 'patches and points quilt' that is lying on the table....
i dont know why i am procrastinating about it....its an easy quilt....i have another one in mind to set up when this one is done....dragging my feet why i do this....this is one bad habit i need to break i sure would get more done...

i also have lots of grandmothers flower garden blocks ready for a row to add to the smaller quilt, that will make row 5....i have been trying to make more blocks....i average about 1 whole block including half of the white hexies a day but need to get going and see if i can do 2 a day...


i cut more white hexies last night 64 to be exact but they wont last long, these take 8 per block so you see it takes a lot of  your background fabric....i also used up some one of kind prints into hexies too and put them in my box for future blocks.....after finding that box of scrap other day i think i better look other places to see if i tucked more scraps somewhere....

i saw a quilt made of larger hexies while scanning blogs recently and that has been on my mind....i will keep that idea on hold for the time being and keep looking for other ways to do it too....boy these hexies are so addicting you just keep wanting to make more and more lol...

i have to get some groceries later today....we have a family reunion sunday and i need to make a couple dishes to take by then...not sure what i will make, no ideas so far...i guess my mind is on sewing too much lol....i made a fresh salad with cauliflower, tomatoes, g. peppers, onions, garlic, salt and pepper, and italian dressing this week that was good and refreshing, maybe i should make it and cookies....kids always like cookies....

well time to get busy, going to be another hot day here and Issac will bring rain Saturday and Sunday they say....more later....