Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hand Quilting



I have been working on quilting my big quilt.
Thee is an awful lot of white.
I finally decided to quilt it so it would replicate the pattern on both sides.
I mark it with masking tape.



I have learned to mark small amounts at a time.
It is going to work.



Have a happy day.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Caught Up

My daughter and her husband came for a surprise visit last weekend.
I didn't get any sewing done,
but I did pick out fabric for the houses.

So yesterday, I was piecing them together
and I realized that they were speaking to me.




The pink house:  The house my granddaughters live in.
The cherry house:  our time in the lovely Linden California


House with flowers on the roof:  my flower garden
Yellow house:  It looks just like the farm house we lived in in Linden.
The Gray house:  well it didn't speak to me, but I still like it.


I even got caught up yesterday.
I made the spools. 
They were kind of fun.
By far the simplest row in the book.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Scrappy Happy

I love scrappy quilts.
I guess my definition of scrappy
is a quilt that I made out of my stash.

That being said,
I got this basted yesterday.
It qualifies as scrappy under my definition.



I found this backing from
Connecting Threads.
I love it and it couldn't be more perfect.




I finished this scrappy quilt earlier this week.


 I love it.
I must admit that
while I was making it,
I didn't know if it was going to work.

And to be honest,
I just couldn't see it.


But it does work and I have already used it.

That being said,
I didn't get a row of my new scrappy quilt done this week.
I'm hoping to get one done tomorrow.

Because Labor Day, 
should be used for a labor of love.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Smitten with these Mittens


I love the way the mittens turned out.
I had been thinking that they might be easier than some of the other rows,
You know, because they have a big piece of fabric in them.


I was wrong.


There were 92 little white pieces.


That includes 20  one inch squares.
-which is the norm for a row of this quilt-



But they were worth it.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

A van load of goodies

My nephew said told me he had some magazines for me.
Come on over and pick them up.

So I get there and he had a few other goodies for me.

First question, 
We have an off brand sewing machine that gets bunched up, can we fix it?
Sure, it probably needs a good cleaning is all.

Next question.
This was my wife's grandmas. 
It has a 1969 Singer in it.
Will you take it home?
For the record, I didn't want to bring it home,
but I have a sewing machine cabinet with a 1960'ish machine in it, that needs a cord.
It is a beautiful cabinet, so we could sell it, I guess...
Yes, I will take it home.



My wife's grandpa, made this sewing draw set,
Do you want it?
Yes, put it in the back of the van.



Can't wait to clean it up, I know exactly where it will go.


And yes, I remembered the magazines.

I have been kinda busy getting ready for school to start tomorrow, 
but I really wanted to make my row of leaves.
Between you and me, 
I think they look like Christmas ornaments.
But I was happy with them.


Check out the stem.
It was 3/4 of inch,
Take off a 1/4 of inch on each side for seam allowance and
you have a teeny, tiny 1/4 inch stem.



Hope you have a great week.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

County Fair.



It is county fair time.
I was happy that this quilt was a winner,
but they had it hung so no one could  possibly 
imagine how it really looks.



I enjoyed working on my row of hot chocolate mugs this week.
I am really enjoying the process of putting this together.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

So good to be home

I woke up Monday morning and thought to myself:
I have to go back to work in 2 weeks,
I need to get some sewing done.

I put this cute quilt together.
There should be another one just like it,
and I am hoping to work on it this week.


Now, on to my Lori Holt project. 
I looked at these directions and thought, really?


I can't help but share
- the short version-

Cut the squares,
mark them
and cut them again.



Sew on the marked lines.


Cut them in half.


Sew on the marked lines.


Cut them in half.


Press them.



And you will have 4 flying geese.  

Way cool.




And then there was yesterday.
I need a baby quilt.
Something to teach people to hand quilt on.
Something to give away.


Partly because I didn't want to leave the house
and 
partly because we don't have a lot of quilt stores around here anymore,
I  made this little quilt from my stash.

It will be easy to quilt.
I'm still not sure about it,
but I will think about it.