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......


Friday, November 23, 2012

NO SEWING TODAY, RELAXING

Thanksgiving day is over for another year...although i am thankful for a lot of things in my life that i think about all through the year...And i think this year i am aware more because of all the terrible things going on all over the world....

I went to my daughters home for dinner thanksgiving day...it was a nice relaxing afternoon for our family....thoughts were given to those we are missing and some revisiting the past popped up here and there....i worked on my grandmothers flower garden quilt most of the afternoon while visiting....my grandson took a picture of it when my daughter held it up....

Today no sewing...not much of anything going on...i am just tired and very lazy today so am taking a day off from everything except tv and computer surfing lol....but i have my day all lined up for saturday....every place i look i have projects ready to work on so i will be trying very hard to get most done by the end of the year.....and i would like to start the new year with my sewing room all cleaned up...will have to  work really hard on that one...just talking about it makes me tired lol......so at this point i am outta here....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.....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CHALLENGE PART 2 BLOCK


here is my block for the part 2 of a challenge i entered in another group...this is just one block and its huge.... but the challenge was to add 'flying geese' around the outside of the whole block and get them to work perfectly...this was my entry....

i really like this block but then i like quilts with stars too...they work for traditional and modern quilts both and they are pretty easy to make....i am thinking of making one row and adding 1 more star and 9 patch to make a runner with a border and flying geese around that....i do believe it would make a striking table runner....

in one of my blogs i follow today i found an address for sending quilts to new york because of hurricane Sandy...other day i found one but they only wanted bed size ones...this one today will take the smaller ones too...so i think i will send a couple including the one i am finishing that was pictures yesterday....it could wrap a child and then i will send one that will be good for a baby or toddler....i just cant imagine being in the mess that is in new york and new Jersey right now...just terrible...

as i have mentioned i kind of lost my confidence in machine quilting recently, i wasn't that good to begin with being a beginner and i have had a runner that i wanted to do something special on with a design and was scared to try it cause i thought i would botch it...well yesterday i got brave after i quilted the crazy strings one i thought i could work on the runner...it went ok and i even put a design in the blocks and when i get the binding sewn down i will post a picture of it....

for now i am going to lie down for a bit....i woke this morning too early but not feeling quite right and later found my digestive system is acting up so i am going to lie down and hope to feel better later on today....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.....

Sunday, November 4, 2012

POSIES READY FOR GFG QUILT, NEW FABRIC

wow new month, new week again....i am shaking my head and looking back...i always think i have missed something as fast as the time goes by....but i was busier than usual last week which is a good thing for the most part....

i had a fabric order come saturday which suprised me a lot because i didn't order it till Tuesday night...it really came through quick...the last order was over a week getting here and it was smaller order, go figure!....anyway i got right at washing and ironing the fabric...


i need to refine the tv remote-chair caddy as i have 2 of them to make before Christmas...my friend got the proto-type so now i can ask her what needs to be changed...will give her a call this week to see before i start changing my ideas...

the past 2-3 weeks have been taken up with sewing on the grandmothers flower garden posies getting ready for another row...this morning i counted how many i have ready for rows...27 so far...
that would be enough for almost 3 rows...so i guess that is one of the things i will be doing this next week...also i am going to try to get back to machine quilting again...i have been putting it off hoping a nice design will come to mind that i can do without botching it lol....i still dont have all my confidence back i lost a few weeks ago in regards to machine quilting....nor do i have that many patience either....

Monday will be a mixed up day for me i think....it is the anniversary of my first hubby death, it always does a number on me, some years more than others....no idea what this year will be like....i have plans to be very busy and maybe even a trip out of here for the afternoon....my daughters birthday is this week also so no one has a mixed up week more than her emotionally....i always try to get together with her then and this week will be no different...

i am making a mental note to reset my clocks back when i leave here...i was reminded in another group and yes i had forgotten to do it last night....grrrr....so i missed sleeping in that extra hour lol.....but it hasn't affected my coffee cup or my habit of drinking a couple cups before i get woke up so that is what counts lol....sooo i am off to get dressed and maybe go for a drive today even though the weather is starting to look nasty...and i suppose cold...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....