"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Monday, March 30, 2015

Last Monday in March

Wow! 
Here we are at the end of March already...
And I thought last year flew past us!

There hasn't been much going on in my
Hidey Hole lately.
The days are full of non-quilting things.
How did that happen??

This week I have been working on this
Snowman
and have enjoyed stitching the pieces
and words onto him.


He will be filled with sand and stuffing
and will stand up when finished.


The snowflakes need to be stitched
and tiny buttons will be added to the branches.


I also need to add some white lines to the candy cane.

He will have a hat and a scarf and branches for arms
when he's finished.

I just realized....
I should be working on beach quilts!
Maybe this is why winter is hanging around!!

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Happy Quilting!!
 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Ellie Grows

It's the end of another week and I have been able to
sew a little in the last couple of days.

Ellie the baby quilt now has borders!


It was quite a challenge to find the right outer border for Ellie.
I wanted to use the word fabric for the inner border and didn't want
another aqua/turquoise for the larger border.


This fabric finally jumped out at me and said
"Here I am!"


I satin stitched around the sections of Ellie, making the parts more prominent.
Thank you, again, Libby in TN for the idea of sewing fabrics together
crazy quilt style and then cutting the pieces.

I'll add her eye and may add a sun and some grass.
We shall see!!




Onto Friday Knitting....

I have been able to knit this week and have one sock done
and the second sock more than half finished.


This "Sausalito" yarn is soooo soft! 


There was a knot in the yarn and caused the colors to repeat.
It's okay... they are my favorite colors in the yarn!

These heels are knitted with the short row method.
This is the first time I have used this method and really like how they 
look and how easy they are to make.

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Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ellie is Coming Together

Today I am not running the roads.... yet!
So, I am spending time in my Hidey Hole
and working on the baby quilt for my Niece's baby.

The parts had been pieced and were waiting to be joined together.


I sewed fabrics together, crazy quilt style and traced the pattern pieces onto
feather weight fusible.
The fusible was ironed into place and I cut the pieces out, adding a 1/4" seam allowance.


I pressed the edges under where there was no overlap. 
This way there are no raw edges in the piece.
I used a glue stick to glue the pieces to each other
and to glue down the edges.


Here Ellie is all glued together and pinned to the background.
Once I do some satin stitching, the lines will be more defined.


She will have feet.. or hooves?? What do elephants have?

I'm excited with how Ellie is coming together.
Hopefully she will be finished soon.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Friday...

It's been a week since I have posted anything.
Unfortunately I had to have my shoulder injected again
and was in a sling for a few days.
It's difficult to sew or knit with that on your arm,
so I'm glad to have something to post.

I was actually gone last week and was able to get some 
knitting done while traveling back and forth.
 (My basketball team won their conference Championship!!)


One pair of socks is finished!


I made a mistake and made the first sock too short,
so had to rip out the toe and add some length to it.
The colors in this yarn make me smile.


Another pair of socks was started on my trip.


This yarn is "Sausalito" and is wonderful to knit!


This heel was made with the "Short Row Heel" method.
This was my first time knitting a "Short Row" anything
and I like how it turned out. There was no picking up
stitches with this method.



Onto quilting....

I started the Elephant baby quilt for my niece's baby yesterday.
The trunk may not stay as it is...
I think it's dark compared to the rest of the elephant.


The pieces are all cut and placed on my design wall.
Libby in TN had an excellent idea last week
regarding the piecing of this elephant.
Instead of making this with individual pieces,
I sewed the fabrics crazy quilt style and then cut out each section.
There won't be nearly as much applique stitching to do now!
Thanks Libby!


This is the pattern I'm using to make "Ellie."

The background is ready to be sewn and then I will begin
adding the elephant pieces to it. 

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Happy Friday!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Next Baby Quilt

My niece is having her first child in the
beginning of May.
When this niece was a baby and toddler,
she carried this stuffed elephant
EVERYWHERE!!
She named the elephant "Ellie"
and Ellie was well loved.


A while ago I was in a quilt shop and saw this pattern...


How perfect!!
My Great-niece will have her own Ellie!!

I have gathered the fabrics for Ellie herself...
(The pattern fabrics are a bit wild and bold for my liking for a baby quilt,
so I went with pinks and grays.)


The background fabrics and the backing have been purchased...
(I LOVE the elephant fabric by Valorie Wells.)


The pattern pieces have been traced to the fusible...




I am ready to go!!
This one may take a while,
but it will be a fun quilt to make.

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Front is Finished!

The front of this stocking has been waiting
and waiting and waiting for me to
finish two things on it!

1. It needed the cording added as the "shoelaces"
and
2. It needed the strand of "lights" added.

The pattern called for the cording to be made,
but I could not get it to look right.
I finally went to Joann's and found some cording
that would work.

The laces have been "strung" onto the boot.



The handmade cording was supposed to be made into a sting of lights, too,
but I found some gold cording and sewed buttons and sequins to it
for the lights.


These elves are busy decorating their shoe home!


Santa is helping, too!


I will make a quilted stocking and stitch this to the front of it.
It will be ready to hang at Christmas!

Happy Creating!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Sextuple of Hearts

For the past three years
my mom, siblings, in laws and grands
have gotten together for at least a long weekend during the year.
Each year I have made a
Patriotic little quilt to give to my four sibs and mom.

This year we are getting together in August
and I just finished the Patriotic quilts for this year!!

WOOHOO!!

Can I just say that I LOVE this pattern?
It goes together so quickly
and is so much fun to make!



I used my Go! cutter to cut the 2 1/2" squares and the HST's
and started to sew.


A friend is having a baby in a few months
and I think I'm going to make this pattern into a baby quilt.
Can't you just see four hearts, pieced in bright fabrics for a baby?


AND I have another finish for 2015!!

Here are the little quilts I made for the past two years.
I don't have a picture of the first little quilt I made.



Now....
Onto the next project!


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Happy Quilting.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Another Snowy Friday

We were visited by another snow storm yesterday
and were left with a layer of sleet/freezing rain,
followed by 3-4" of snow. 
Thankfully I made my Joann's run earlier in the day!
I was completely out of white thread!
(and so was my quilt shop!!)
How did this happen??

Hopefully after today I'll be able to show you why I
needed the white thread.


In the meantime,
I have a completed pair of socks and another pair started!

Earlier in the week I finished the
"Maryland" socks for my daughter.


These are for her little size 2 feet and were knitted using a
solid black and solid red yarn together.
She loves them and was glad to have them yesterday.


A few weeks ago I found this publication put out by "Threads"
 in one of my local quilt shops...


It cost $6.00 and is full of lots of socks to make...
some beautiful and some unique!
The one thing I really like about this book/magazine is the patterns tell you
how long to knit the foot of the sock for specific sizes
instead of saying "measure your foot and..."
If I'm making a pair of socks as a gift or for someone who lives out of town,
I can't measure their foot.
 

Anyway...

Here is the pair I started from this publication...


The pattern was supposed to extend down the foot, but I find
wearing socks with a pattern like this on my foot is uncomfortable.


This pattern is the "Alpaca Texture Sock"
and is really easy to knit.
I cannot remember the yarn name or manufacturer as I lost the
tag.  I need to put the tag and ball of yarn in a
baggie after I wind it into a ball, so I can have that information!


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Happy Knitting!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hearts, hearts and more hearts

On my Design Wall today is the 
completed Hearts top 
I was working on a few weeks ago.

The borders have been added and the backing is pieced.



I cut the hearts with my
Accuquilt Go! cutter and
love the precision and ease of cutting with this.



Before cutting the hearts,
I fused some Mistyfuse to the back of the fabrics.
This is my first time using Mistyfuse and I like it
better than some of the other fusibles I have used.


It took some time getting the hearts measured and placed just right.
Now to get this one quilted!
This seems to be a theme here...
I am getting tops made, but the quilting is not getting done.

SOON!!

For those of you who are good at naming quilts....
any ideas for this one?


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Happy March! Happy Monday! and Happy Quilting!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

350 Blocks Project~February

February found me sewing a lot,
but not all can be counted as blocks.


I am participating in the
Prairie Moon
350 Blocks Project for 2015


Here are my blocks for February.


First I made this top:


25 blocks total in this top with 8 I didn't use in the top, but will use in a pillow.


Next came this quilt:


Even though I do not like this quilt,
it's 16 blocks made.


I am participating in the "Gravity" BOM
and completed the first two blocks for this.




And finally,
I made six Patriotic Heart blocks
that will become mini quilts.



My February report is 57 blocks made.

I need to start getting these tops quilted!!
My completed quilt list for 2015 is very short.

Happy Quilting!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hearts and Socks

I've been able to get back into sewing a bit
and worked on a small project this week.
No pulling and pushing fabric around,
so my shoulder stayed quiet.

Thank you for all of your suggestions on chairs.
I'll be out shopping for a new one soon!


Can I just say...
I love making these hearts.
I made a couple a while ago as a challenge
and knew I would be making more at some point.

These are my Patriotic Hearts.


As I mentioned in prior posts,
I make my siblings and mom a Patriotic quilt
each time we have a family reunion.
 This will be the quilt given to them this summer.


I'll add a small border of white fabric,
then quilt and bind them.
(Wouldn't a bunch of these make a great quilt!?!?)



Four almost done,
two more to go.
My Accuquilt Go! cutter made quick work of cutting
the pieces for these little quilts.



Now onto knitting!



I finished the first sock of this pair for my daughter.
These will be for her tiny size 2 foot.



The yarn I am using is
With these socks, I am knitting the red and black yarn together
for thicker, warmer socks.
This yarn is soooo soft!
The Simply Sock Yarn Company provides great customer service
and has a nice selection of sock yarns.


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Happy Friday!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Out of Commission...

Not much sewing has been going on here....
I had my shoulder injected
and am hoping this takes care of the pain I've been having.


One thing I need to find is a higher chair for my sewing machine.
I'm short and my sewing machine sits on a desk in my
sewing room, not down in a cabinet, so I have to reach up a bit to sew.
Sewing like this puts pressure on my shoulder and the problem joint.

Does anyone have a wonderful chair that raises higher than
the normal desk chair?
I've even tried sitting on one of my bar stools. It was higher, but not
very comfortable!

Anway,
Enough about that!


My younger daughter was home over the weekend
and she wanted to play with my
Accuquilt Go! cutter.

I pulled out a stack of patriotic fabrics
and she cut away.

Then we had fun putting them on my design wall.

This is what we have...


For several years now I have made small
Patriotic quilts for my siblings and mom.
I think this may be this years design.
 

I'll cut some white squares to finish off the design.



The Accuquilt Go! cutter sure made quick work of cutting all of these squares.

Hopefully I'll be stitching these together soon!



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Happy Quilting!