Wednesday, June 25, 2014

BRINGING PHOTO ALBUM UP TO DATE

This past week I have been going through all the pictures of things I have made lately...I keep a picture record of them in photo albums...

it started out as reference in case someone wanted alike things or patterns but as years  have gone by its nice to look back so I have been making printing pictures to catch up with the albums...

I have a friend  who is basically a shut in and through the years has kept up with what I have done till lately....say the last 14 years....the last time I visited her she wanted me to tell her about all the things I had done...well its too many to sit and talk about...I couldn't remember even if I tried....So I will take my little photo album and she can see...which I think is better than talking about it lol.....

I have been working on a big WIP that has been put away for a few years...I cant mention it yet as I want to keep it kind of a surprise and she might be looking at this blog...but soon as she finds out about it you will see pictures....most likely when I get it in the hoop...Hah! I doubt I can keep it a secret then...nowhere to hide it lol....

Well I have gabbed enough so its off to do whatever...more later....

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ELABORATE QUILTING ON FINISHED QUILT

Sunday is suppose to be a day of rest but right now I am deciding whether to sew most of the day or leave and take a drive and eat dinner out somewhere...the weather is nice so far but the ever looming threat of rain is in the forecast...

I did wind up the camera this morning and took the picture of the finished quilt I did for my granddaughter...she wanted a scrap of fabric that had fairies on it made into a quilt...the picture is a little off color..that is robins egg blue....not lavender....
yeah it was a challenge considering I only had about a fat quarter to work with....so there were a lot of sashes and borders which meant a lot of  blank space to deal with...well I decided to get elaborate with my quilting....

I had a nice big feather border stencil but it had no nice corner with it so I tried designing one but I could not do it justice so I found a shell block stencil that worked really good I think...its the most elaborate hand quilting I have done in a long time...

Other sewing I have been doing is the flannel receiving blankets I told you about in last post...I did 3 of them...I haven't made up the rest of the leftover fabric but they will be lap pads I think...I will be sending them away to a family member soon along with some other things...

I have more to tell ya about but not right now..it was a very productive week and into the weekend so keep looking more is coming...I am lovin' this sewing streak!.....more later.....

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

DOWNSIZING SEWING TODAY

I am on a break right now lol....I have been in high gear since I got up this morning with ideas....I was looking in a cabinet of different kinds of fabric (yes I have my quilting fabric in another cabinet) and I found about 4 yards of a boys print flannel...

just right for receiving blankets for babies...its not a babies print but daddy and grandpa will like it...its a collection of sports  lol....Obviously it was originally for one of my grandsons in their early years....I have made 1 already and have 2 more cut out and there is enough for other items like lap pads or bibs. etc leftover...I will be happy to get it out of the cabinet to downsize more.... and they will be ready for giving away....Its a positive thing!

On the baby quilt I am hand quilting...I have to mark the third and last corners and the last side then quilt that and then I will be ready to bind it....after I get done with the receiving blankets I will get back to that...I want it done before the end of the week...
 
I seem to be in the middle of a major sewing streak right now and I am loving it but I cant sew fast enough to suit me lol.....I hate to think how bad my sewing room is going to look when I am finished with this round of sewing fever....it was bad before it started lol but I still know where everything is  so far lol....back to sewing , break over lol....more later.....

Sunday, June 15, 2014

UPDATE ON BABY QUILT WIP

In a couple weeks the year 2014 will be half over...I got a late start to the year of sewing and quilting by starting out sick in January and having surgery in February and recouping March and April....

In May I really started working on sewing again...and I got a bit overwhelmed at what I had ahead of me in the line of quilting WIP'S....I have really concentrated on finishing some of them since and getting the mountain of batting out of my way.......

I hope the last half of the year I can get most of them quilted...so far in the last 2 weeks I finished 2 baby quilts on the machine and I am in the middle of hand quilting another one....

Today I have 1 side of the baby quilt hand quilted....I have a wide ribbon and feather border going at the moment...it measures about 5 inches wide and it didn't have a corner with it so I spent last night and part of today designing trying to come up with a corner....Without much luck I turned to the block designs I had and found a shell pattern that looked like the feathers in the bigger design so I used it for the corners and I am putting one in the center of each side....it looks pretty neat...Its the most hand quilting I have done in a long time on one piece....no picture today but it will come later....

I am inching closer to getting my other daughters snowball quilt finished...got the fabric couple weeks ago for the back and border...its bigger, will take up all my table space to lay it out....it will be  nice to get it done too...I am sure she would like to have it....back to quilting....more later....

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WORKING ON SMALL QUILT FOR GRANDDAUGHTER

Yesterday I tried to organize my leftover batting...what a mess I had....big enough pieces for small quilts with leftover length....sooo I started piecing them as I found quilts to match the batting...kinda backwards huh?....well I used up 3 of those batt pieces this week...2 machine quilting and now I have a 40x50 one in the floor hoop and the center is half quilted so far...

the day is young so I might get all the center done by tonight...lots of space to quilt in but I am not getting elaborate in the center....but I may put a big feather border in the yellow and blue borders...I will know more about that when I get there....
 
The quilt above is kind  of an unusual quilt...a few years ago my granddaughter spied the fairy print (center block) in a fat quarter...she wanted a quilt made from it...I told her I didn't think there was enough...but she insisted so I tried....I ended up using almost all of it in the centers so its a quilt mostly of  borders and sashes with the colors in that little square in the center....Maybe one day she will be able to use this if she has a girl of her own....

 
I brought this one out of archives to show you...I got this top back out yesterday also...I think I am going to work on it next...it has been a challenge since day one...as you can see there are 1/2 of a courthouse step block for borders placed end to end....Marking will be a challenge to quilt them...this one will take some thought...I don't think I will ever make this one again....I had put it away twice with the last border unfinished as I could not get it to work....then one day I got it back out again and lo and behold I found the right piece and combination and it worked...I doubt I could be so lucky next time.....But I am glad I stuck with it because I like it!....till next time....more later....

Friday, June 13, 2014

PLAYING AROUND WITH A NEW BLOCK

Yesterday I pretty much spent the day in the sewing room...at times trying to put some things away off my table...then I would get side tracked and find enough leftovers to make something...such as a couple potholders...then I worked on a new block...
this block idea was made by one of the ladies at the quilt meeting this last month... I can't remember the name she called it...I was so interested the idea would not leave me alone so I had to make one up.......I just kept going with the 'stuff' that was on my table...then I made a different version of same block...the light in the big squares....
boy what a difference color values made....if I make a quilt from this block I will really have to watch the color values so an odd one doesn't stick out....then again using the positive and negative opposite each other might work differently....have to play around with this one....I have a lot of light colored prints...more on this one later....
 
I bet I spent a couple hours trying to figure out what I did with my 'Dewey' blocks....
well today I remembered they were still in the bag I took to the quilt meeting to show...Dah!...I had run across some fabric on the table that would have been right for the Dewey block but could not remember what size triangles I needed and needed to see one of them....maybe today lol.....
 
I like our nice 70 degree weather we are having but the house feels so cold....maybe its because I have been sitting  beside a hot iron most of the day sewing then I feel cold when I am finished...the temp says 71 in the house so that should be ok so I guess its just me....
 
Maybe a cup of coffee will warm me up this morning....more later.....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

PASTEL BABY QUILT IS FINISHED

I finished the binding on the small baby quilt I machine quilted this week....again I was up late but I wanted to get it finished....I even got the label sewn in it and the irish chain quilt..

I love these pastel modern type quilts...they look so fresh in design and soft and sweet....its a pleasure to work on them....the picture shows it a little brighter than it really is...

I have a chore to do today that has been long overdue....My little ironing board that sits next to me when I am sewing needs a new cover...

I was going to fix it earlier in the week but could not find my electric staple gun....I thought it must be in the basement but rather than risk falling down the stairs I waited till help came along....Last night my son came and he found it in the basement...so now I am in business when I get to it...hopefully today...That little ironing board is becoming an antique lol....I made it in the 60's for use on vacations ..that was before motels thought to put ironing boards in the rooms....it has been many miles and ironed many miles of fabric...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I FINISHED THIS IN MAY FINALLY

While back I kept talking about a quilt that I needed to finish hand quilting after I came home from the hospital that had been laying on the dining table....

well I finished it in late May.....It wasn't the best choice in fabric...flowers were spaced too far in the fabric I thought....I had bought it on sale a long time ago and was just sitting around on the bolt so I have been using it here and there trying to get rid of it....I still have some leftover but it will be good in a scrappy quilt....

The baby quilt that I am machine quilting this week is quilted...now to trim and add the binding I hope today sometime...I have a big batch of laundry to do so I should do that first...but you know how it is...if you want to sew you sew! lol....

Just maybe I can work on another UFO or WIP whichever you like to call them...I have an hour glass quilt that I took the border off so I could add more rows to make it bigger some time ago and I would like to work on that too...I have the fabric for the back and maybe the borders if I add some but I have to wash and iron it before I can use it so I may include that in my laundry today lol....

Well its high noon so I need to get busy with my chores..the weather isn't good today so will be good day to stay indoors and work.....sooo I am outta here.....more later....

Monday, June 9, 2014

PLANS CHANGED FOR UFO SEWING

Sunday turned out to be a bummer!...

After many obstacles in my way to the sewing machine to quilt I finally sat down to work on this baby quilt....as you can tell I didn't get far.... my back start hurting soon after starting....Then my arthritis stared kicking up a fuss so most likely there is rain coming today...I will try again later today to work on this quilt...its been laying around for a couple years now and it would be nice to get it finished...

My fabric came for the border and back that goes on the 'scrap basket' quilt ...

at first I wasn't sure I was going to like it but it is growing on me and I think it will work....I know I didn't want a solid for a border as I didn't use many solids in the quilt and didn't want the border to be the focal point of the quilt ...there will be a dark red narrow border between the main part of the quilt and the blue border....

After looking through all my loose batting I find I better start piecing or making things with the sizes I have....I am getting too many leftover pieces laying around...yesterday I pieced the batt that went into the baby quilt which worked ok so will have more thoughts on my 'batting mountain' later lol....hmmm maybe a fall runner or head start on Christmas....more later.....

Saturday, June 7, 2014

WORKING ON UFO'S FOR A CHANGE

It seems the harder and faster I work the behinder I get!!...And that is a fact!!!....Today I sit here thinking about all the piecing and quilting I have waiting for me everyday and sometimes its mind boggling...and today I feel it....It makes me wonder if I will ever see my big pile of UFO's finished...not to mention the big basket of blocks which at the present time is wayyyyyy overflowing...
The basket is in a corner and its piled a lot higher than this right now....

I made up my mind to work on those UFO's today...I have one in mind that may not take too much work to finish..
Its a small quilt one of those modern baby types I did while back..this one was done with the leftovers from the others....I thought I had a picture of it somewhere but after looking I didn't find one....Oh well it will be a fresh picture when its finished a surprise for all of us...lol....hopefully I can finish it by the end of the weekend...

I attended our monthly quilt meeting Thursday and our show and tell revealed most of us is working on 'scrappy' quilts...I took 1 section of my scrap basket quilt to show and gave them basics on how to make one but I doubt if anyone will...they seem to have their own ideas just like me lol....

We are going to change out meeting place again...The monthly rent for the ideal place we were in the first time went way up and our small group could not afford it so we moved on but there were steps and not all convenient so now we are going to move again..this time no steps but farther to drive for a few people...

In a small town and county there just isn't a lot of places to hold meetings even small ones like ours...some places that have the room don't like to rent them out to any groups other than their own preferences....but we will keep trying lol...

Well off to get started...again I am starting late with my day but I will probably be up late so maybe it will even out....more later.....