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....

Friday, October 19, 2012

STRINGS AND MUG RUGS

I didn't leave yesterday as i had planned....the weather was terrible....i got as far as the door and said 'no way'.....the wind was blowing, rain hitting the door and the temps were cold , yes really cold for a fall day....i was half way expecting snow or ice last night during the night....anyway it didn't seem like a day that was fit for anyone and i hate running round in the rain trying to stay dry.....so i just decided to stay home and enjoy something i like to do....SEW!

I got out my scrap basket and played in it all afternoon....i have some patience but after 4 hours of playing in scraps i am ready to quit....but i made 6 mug rugs of which i have yet to quilt...i thought maybe i would do it last night but i was too keyed up from being 'scrappy' all afternoon i didn't think i should machine quilt anything and get keyed up again or i wouldn't sleep lol.....

and i also made some string blocks while i was  playing....ok i counted them yesterday and there are quite a few but this morning the amount i have left me lol....i just know it wont be long and i will be thinking about how i am going to use them in a quilt....
the picture looks like they are single blocks but they are small stacks in each one, i just grabbed them and laid them out...i could have made a lot of them yesterday but working on mug rugs and strings at the same time takes a little more brain power especially when i was making a mono color mug rug....trying to use just one color in it while using lots different one in the strings....next time i think i will just stick to one item at a time...lol...

i hope today that i will quilt the mug rugs before the day is done and i still have the bag to assemble so would like to get that done also....but for now its coffee and breakfast time for me and i will see where my day takes me after that....more later....

Thursday, October 18, 2012

MODERN RUNNER

I had been in kind of a slump the past few days...lost all confidence in my machine quilting and was just plain down....today would have been my wedding anniversary to hubby #2 so i suppose that could have been what started it...anyway i will leave this afternoon for awhile and get out ....that should help my mood...sure dont want to lose my sewing streak i have been on....

oh wow my baby grandson will be 17 this next week....it takes me back to his yowling, howling days ....he would not sleep when he was a baby....you almost had to get him in a wrestling hold to corral him so you could try to rock him to sleep....what a time we had....my daughter is having a wiener roast in honor of his and his cousins birthday which are 1 day apart on saturday....i checked the weather and its suppose to be a nice day but very chilly....but it will be nice anyway....

i had a call from a friend this morning who recently lost her hubby...i thought about her yesterday while quilting on my granddaughters quilt....she and a group of ladies meet once a month to quilt but they arent a guild...just some that like to sew...they have invited me several times to join them...well i need to make the effort....they meet at 9 am...i am lucky if i am up at 9am....by the time i get myself woke up its noon and they quit at 2 pm....that is about the time i think if that is the week they meet....i am going to vow to do better with this....

though i was down in the dumps this week i did manage to work on the easy block being i was cleaning off my sewing table....i had a lot of the scrap that was just right for those with a few  slices of the cutter...some i had more than one block and others just a single one but the scrap is off the table....

i now have 41 blocks made....and i have a lot of strips on the machine cabinet sitting waiting to be added ....after looking the strips over i think there will be a good variety of colors without cutting more....and it sure will use up a lot of pieces....

time to get going....coffee is gone and i need to get dressed and decide just where i will go this afternoon...hmmm weather looks rainy....grrrrr.....more later.....

Sunday, October 14, 2012

EASY BLOCK

last night before i went to bed i ventured into the sewing room again and got out this block i have been working on....years ago i backed most of my quilts with poly/cotton fabric so have a lot of scrap from that...well being the frugal person i am i had to find a use for them...so the centers on this quilt will be the poly/cotton...it acts a little wierd when a too warm iron hits it so i didn't want a lot of little things from the poly/cotton so for now i am getting the bigger pieces used...this kind of looks like a signature block so people could sign their name on a block when they visit....just an idea....

i have quite a bit of 1 1/2 inch strips gathered and a lot of fabric that will work if i cut a strip or two....i can get 2 blocks out of one strip so that will be a plus....i already know the back of this quilt will be poly/cotton as i still have 2 bolts of it to use up...it is also going to be one i will donate to the nursing home...i have been working on it when my little scrappy basket get out of hand and i need to do something with the contents....

if i am relaxed enough today i am going to resume my machine quilting...sure wish i had one of those big long arm machines but i dont have the room for it unless i put it in the family room...and that is an idea....the sewing room stuff creeps to the family room anyway lol....

well its time i got busy with anything if i am to get something done today...so have a great week all....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......


Sunday, October 7, 2012

MUG RUG SET, CHALLENGE BLOCK

It seemed to be mug rug friday here at home....i made 3 mug rugs and quilted them....i already had 1 blue one made but when i was rummaging around in the scrap box i ran across a lot f blues so again i got side tracked and made three of them that would co ordinate with the one already made...it was a good idea as martha would say....i just finished binding them....i even had leftover binding that was right...though i had to add a few inches to 1 of them...luckily i had a small piece of same fabric in the gfg quilt stack of fabrics....

Saturday i worked on part 2 of a challenge from another group....the host threw a curve at us....she announced there would be a part 2 to it after we finished with part 1...and boy did she!....if we did the easier one the first time we had to do a harder one on part 2 so i am working on a harder one this time.....we are to add flying geese to the outside of the block and make it come out even all the way around....i worked on the block and before i quit i wanted to make sure the flying geese was going to work before i quit so with some figuring before i started i just had to know.....i had added a border first and then needed to know just how many flying geese it was going to take....yay i had figured right...that made my day...

this morning i cut out the rest of the squares for the geese and now ready for the other 3 sides then it will be on to quilting and binding the block....this will be table topper size of about 26 inches when finished so will be a nice size fall one that is looking good!....

i can post part one now of the challenge being she posted the pics of everyones

this measures about 18 inches square and the border and hst are what we had to add to the already block from quilters cache....i chose Christmas colors and i even chose a new name for the block....'Ribbons on my Christmas package'...it seemed very appropriate lol....

the sun is shining and is looking very fall today....if i was smart i would be out taking some nice fall pictures before all the leaves are gone....from my family room window i can see my tree just ouside the patio is turning what looks like an orange this year.....if so it will be very pretty so will have to check it out...

well off to get a little more coffee before i move on with the day....week end is almost over again and new week is here...make it a good one.....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....