Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NO SEWING TODAY...SHOPPING INSTEAD

Today I didn't sew at all....my granddaughter called and asked me to go into the city with her....she did her shopping which was a couple of quick errands which amounted to me getting 7 hexes basted while sitting in the car waiting...she was quick lol...

Later we did shopping for me, well she did some too in Joanns fabric store....I got a batt for the gfg quilt...had a little thought when I went to get it...low loft or regular loft...the low loft won out....hope its the right way to go...I usually like a little puffy in my quilts but I will have a lot of very little stitches so the low loft will be easier to get them....

After that we ate at one of my favorite places for BBQ chicken then got some groceries and came home ...after all that I was really tired....I am thinking I may be low on potassium again...I suppose I should go in for tests again...

Tomorrow I hope to finish up that end on the quilt..then off to the next step...I have some other small quilts I just might work on for a few days and get them out of the way...one for sure will be hand quilted...not sure about the other one...it might be a charity quilt and they like them machine quilted...more on this later....

I did get some of my fabric washed and ironed and I looked around and I found more so I will stack it all together and proceed to group loads by color till I get them caught up...hopefully before I need them lol......

Well its after midnight and I am tired so maybe I will get a good nights sleep....hope so....more later....

Monday, July 28, 2014

DETAIL OF BORDERS ON MINI GRANDMOTHERS FLOWER GARDEN QUILT

I am almost done with the mini floral grandmothers flower garden quilt top....I finally have pictures to show you....I made sure I got some before I completely finished the top to show the border sequence I have been working on...
 
Those of you that have been following me may remember I am making several flower garden quilts for my family...here is the latest one
When I got toward the end of all the rows I thought it would look nicer to add a border around for a more finished look and this is the result...I don't have the closest end at the bottom of the picture finished but I have close ups of how I am doing the border...
In this picture 2 of the ends are tricky...the first thing was to make sure the back and forth of the design would be even...so that meant I had to add 1 white hex to fill in before I added the blue....on the right edge of picture a white hex has been added already...that made the see saw effect across the row...
In this picture you can see how I added the blue and the outer row of white...I sewed hexes together matching the see saw effect...I thought it would take me forever to do this but actually it went pretty fast...The points and 1/2 of the white hexes will be trimmed off to make straight when the binding goes on....
 
On the side rows all you do with them is fill in with a partial block which will make them even then sew hexes end to end with each other and sew to quilt....
 
When this part of the quilt is finished I will have to check the backside for Loopy-loops and take the basting out...then I can quilt....
 
Today I hope to get some more fabric washed and ironed to use right away in 2 small quilts and I want to make some mug rugs sometime this week....I am always doing something if not I get very bored lol.....more later....

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BUSY, BUSY SEWING

Oh I am so behind...I promised pictures but truly they are coming....July isn't the best month for me....both my parents passed in the last two weeks of this month , different years as well as my second husband so its a sad time of year for me...this year particular...maybe its because I am getting older too....anyway I am always glad to see this month pass...

I have been staying busy as much as I can....I have been concentrating on the mini flowered grandmothers flower garden....I finished all the rows and laid it out and decided to add a blue border and finish off with a white border...both are hexie rows so its narrow by border standards lol....but it will be a way of individualizing each quilt as I do them except for the 2 big ones...I will explain more when I post pictures....

I also had border fabric left from 2 different projects and decided to make up a lap quilt with them....2 blues...with a thin white border....all blue otherwise...something different but out of my cabinet....

Today sometime I have to wash up some white and part of the blue fabric that is going into the quilt I just described....I found more of the 1 fabric in cabinet but lighter in shade but will be good for the back and maybe the outside border of this little quilt...I am sure I will find more fabric that needs washed that can go in with the load so it might be an afternoon of ironing...

Not much else going on other than sewing and I do promise pictures....I just don't take the time to do it.....more later....

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

HOLIDAY PROJECT WAS PUT ASIDE TILL NOW

The holiday weekend didn't go as I thought it would....I had a project all ready to work on to keep me busy...It was a small quilt using disappearing 9 patch block and using just 2 different blues leftover from other quilt borders....I did get the center done and added a navy thin border and it is waiting for an outer border to finish the top....but....

My son in law's father passed away Friday night and I was involved with things for the family through Sunday...Monday I had to rest....I completely wore myself out cooking things....I guess I don't have the strength to do that much any more...

I gave up big dinners years ago because of the stress it was on my body....I still hate it because I did enjoy cooking for a crowd but my legs and back just cant take it....

No pictures today but I will take them later...I will also have pictures of putting the fill in sections to the mini flower garden quilt.....I have been doing hand sewing on that quilt when I don't do anything else and I think I am on the last row of this one....I will know more when I lay it out and look at it again.....if you want more info on the flower garden quilts - the small flower and the bigger flower ones are in the label section under GRANDMOTHERS FLOWER GARDEN....if you haven't tried one of these you should its very rewarding but very time consuming...

Its lunch time here and my banana for breakfast didn't go far so I guess I need a sandwich to get going and oh yes work on the mess in the kitchen....don't know how I dirty so many dishes lol.....more later......