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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Metro Rings Finish

This quilt has been waiting for quite some time to be finished
and it finally is.
It went to my LAQ a couple of weeks ago
and came back earlier in the week.

I was able to get the binding sewn on yesterday and
am thrilled with this finish.




This quilt was a challenge for the
History of Quilting group I belong to.
"Do something you have wanted to do, but haven't."
My challenge to myself was making something with
Curves.


The pattern is called Metro Rings
and it uses the Quick Curve Ruler.
Once I figured the ruler out, this was a pretty easy
pattern to make.
This quilting design is perfect for this quilt.
It's quilted with a light gray thread.
 



I just love the turquoise, aqua and grays together.
It's the first time I've really used gray in a quilt
and it won't be the last.
 
 


This quilt is going to live at my house,
at least for a while.

 


I don't know why I waited so long to get this quilt finished,
but it is now and I love it.

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Little Progress...

Little progress has been made with my mom after her
car accident last week.
My mom is having a lot of pain,
probably from bone bruising,
since nothing is broken.
The pain is a bit less,
but not where she would like it to be.
We are all impatient at times like this,
aren't we?

Since I have been with her so much,
(and took a quick trip to California to see my daughter and son-in-law)
(thank God for siblings who are ready and willing to help!) 
little has been done in my Hidey Hole.

I did get a quilt back from my LAQ today
and
I LOVE IT!!



This one has been waiting patiently to be quilted.

 


I saw this quilting design on line and love it on this quilt.
It gives it just enough pizazz, but doens't take away from the quilt.

 

The backing is just plain turquoise fabric.
Love it.
Now I need to make the binding and get it sewn on and finished.



In the few minutes that I've had to sit and sew,
I'm working on my Temperature Quilt blocks.
I am so far behind with this quilt
and hope to catch up in the next month or so.




It took me a while to collect all of the fabrics
and by then January was half over already.
These blocks above are for January.
The blocks below are ready to be sewn
for February.



I need to get the rest of March's blocks cut and then
start on April's.

Mary at Needled Mom and her sister
started this quilt along back in January.
Their quilts look so cool already
and are so different.
Hopefully I will have something to show soon.
 

Be well
and
Happy Quilting!

 


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Other Things

I'm here, but not in my Hidey Hole here.
My mom was in a bad car accident
and has required some extra help and company.
She wasn't badly hurt, thank God,
but enough that she couldn't be alone.

Plus, she has needed help dealing with the insurance company.
The driver who ran the red light is uninsured,
 driving on a suspended license
and was "distracted". 
Four cars and a pedestrian were involved.
My mom's car was totaled and we are so
thankful she wasn't killed.
No one was that day, but we don't know the
condition of the pedestrian at this point.
Things can sure change in an instant.

Before this happened,
I started working on another 
Christmas tree skirt for a wedding we
are going to next month.



There are four of these strip sets sewn together.

 

They will be cut into wedges with this template
and sewn together into the tree skirt.

I doubt much will be done in the next few days,
but it shouldn't take long once I am back to my
normal schedule.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Bible Book Block Quilt Finish

It's done!
The largest quilt I've quilted myself is finished.
About half way through I thought,
"What was I thinking?? There is a reason people are
longarm quilters for hire."

Some areas look better than others,
but as a friend says,
"Finished is better than perfect."




 "Bible Book Block Quilt"




These blocks represent the Old Testament,
minus four blocks. I couldn't put them all in the top,
so used one for the label on the back.
I had planned on piecing the four into the back and forgot all about it.

 


The information is written on the boat.

 


Last year the quilt group I belong to made these blocks all year,
while learning a bit about each book of the OT.
We could use any color scheme we wanted 
and the layout was up to us as well.
 (Our leader, Linda, comes up with the greatest challenges!)


 


Everyone's blocks were gorgeous!
The color schemes were so different and all so pretty.

 


The quilts will be on display at the quilt shop
where we meet in May.
I'll try to remember to get photos of all of the quilts
and share them here.

Onto the next fun project!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Things I've Learned Lately.....


These past few days I have been working on different things
and have been trying new and different ways to do them.

First,
I finished two more pair of children's socks to be donated.


I am a double pointed needle sock knitter,
but decided to try the Magic Loop that I've read about
and a friend uses.
Well... I don't know if it's because I've used dpn's for so long
or if there is a step I am missing with the magic loop,
but I am not a fan of the magic loop at all.
The cable would get twisted around my hand,
it took longer to get the stitches back onto the needle
after moving the cable around
and it felt very cumbersome.
Back to the dpn's I go.



Second,
I am quilting my Bible book blocks quilt myself.
This is the largest quilt I've quilted on my sewing machine.




 After marking, manipulating, sewing,
manipulating some more, etc.
it became obvious to me that I should have used
black batting in this quilt.




Look at all of the batting fuzz on this black fabric!
 It will get washed after I'm finished,
but it would have been better with black batting.
Never thought of it.

 

Onward I will go, though.


Third,
in quilting my Bible book blocks quilt,
I decided to try using some rulers in the quilting.
While I am definitely a rookie in this area,
I am enjoying using the rulers and will do more of this.

I have a stitch regulator for my Bernina (BSR)
and have quilted with that for several years now.
When using the rulers,
I have to use the ruler FMQ foot,
which requires using the foot pedal to power the machine.
I have found that I have much more control using this foot
and the foot pedal as opposed to the BSR.
The BSR is powered by moving the fabric....
the faster I move the fabric, the faster it quilts.
The problem for me is to turn the BSR on and off,
a button needs to be pushed.
To push the button, I have to let go of the quilted piece
and it almost always moves on me.


I also realized when using the FMQ foot,
I have more control over the movement of everything.
It isn't as "loose" as it is with the BSR.
When doing meander or loops,
the BSR is great because of the speed of which I can quilt.
Otherwise, I may be a FMQ foot girl from now on when quilting.

So,
sometimes an old dog can learn new tricks
and other times, not!

Hopefully I'll have a quilted Bible book blocks quilt to show soon.
It's coming along!

Happy Quilting!
(and learning!)
















Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!



The Lord is Risen!




He is Risen indeed!

 


Alleluia!!


 


 A small part of the flowering of my church this morning.
It's a glorious day!





These are some of the Easter eggs I smocked years ago.
Some furry friends have found their way into the basket, too.

May your heart be filled with Joy and Love today and always.

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Making Dresses

This week, I have been doing something
I haven't done in years.
When my daughters were little,
I made almost all of their clothes.
The only things I didn't make were undergarments, jeans
and other pants with zippers.
I would go into quilt shops to buy the fabric
for their dresses and other outfits,
because they had the best selection of cotton fabrics.

Then came the day that they didn't want to wear what mom made anymore.
So, all of the patterns and piping and buttons and trims
were packed up and have been in boxes for years.

Until the other day!
My sister has a granddaughter who is almost a year old
and I was getting the itch to make something other than a quilt for her.
I looked through my stash and found some fun fabrics to use.

Dress #1



This pattern was a good one to begin with
and try and knock the rust off of my garment sewing.


Dress #2




Same pattern, but I added some piping to the bottom of this one.


Next, I found several unfinished things that I smocked years ago.
(I did a LOT of smocking back then!)
The patterns weren't with the fabric pieces anymore,
but I thought I could figure out how to finish them.


Dress #3



I can't tell you how many times I used this pattern
when my girls were little.
It came back quickly as to how to sew it together
with the lining.



I had to be reintroduced to my buttonhole maker for these dresses!
It took a bit of practice and the buttonholes were made.



This dress might be too small.
There wasn't a pattern with this one, either,
but I just had to finish it.
Hopefully it will fit the little one.

While I wasn't doing any quilting this week,
I was playing with fabric.
Making these little dresses doesn't make me want to give up
quilting for garment sewing, but it was fun to work on these
for a few days.

I'm linking to Whoop Whoop (sidebar)
and TGIFF today.


Happy Creating!




Monday, March 26, 2018

Mystery and Pillow Cases



Libby, at Life on the Hill,
is hosting a mystery quilt a long.
This is my kind of mystery!
Quick, easy blocks that are fun to make.
The  last clue was released on Friday
and the reveal will be today.

Here is my last clue sewn together.




She gave us a cutting scheme for cutting fat quarters in the fastest and
most efficient way and then has had us sew the various pieces together
into blocks.

On Friday, Libby asked us to play around with our blocks to see if
we could guess what the final reveal will look like.

Here is what I came up with:


It's like putting a puzzle together
only faster!

 


I'm not good with the names of various blocks,
but I know the outer part of the blocks below are
Churn Dash blocks.

 


It will be fun to see what Libby has designed today.

 


On a mindless sewing note,
I've made a stack of pillow cases for some of my
grand nieces and nephews.
My brother and sister-in-law have a new grandson
and the first Old McDonald's Farm quilt is going to him.
I decided to make all of their grands pillow cases
and raided my stash to find fabrics.




I had all of these fabrics in my stash and had so
much fun pulling and pairing the fabrics.

 

These all went together lickity-split!
There will be more pillow cases in my future!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.


Have a great week and
Happy Quilting!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Old McDonald's Farm Part 2

When I made the first
Old McDonald Farm quilt,
I almost had enough leftover triangles
to make a second quilt.

I pulled some solid fabrics,
cut more triangles
and pieced another baby quilt.



There is something about these triangle quilts
that just makes me smile.



For this one, I backed it in a lime green chevron minky.
Oh, it's so soft!!


The minky is so wonderful on the back,
but makes it more difficult to quilt.
 It's worth the effort, though.



I already know where this one is headed.
It will be delivered tomorrow!



There will be more triangle quilts in my future!


On another note,
I found this fabric for $5.50/yd for the backing of my
Bible Book blocks quilt.
Won't this be perfect??
It may be used for the binding, too.




Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

On a Roll....

On Monday and Tuesday I found myself with a few free hours in the
afternoons.
Appointments were canceled,
so what is a girl to do?

SEW!!!

In those few hours I was able to get the borders on my
Bible blocks quilt.
Woohoo!!


The blocks had been sewn together over the weekend
and I was toying with border ideas.

At first I thought I would use the four extra 
Bible blocks in the corners of the outer border
as corner stones.




 Putting those blocks in the corners was too much of a contrast.
My eye went right to those corners.
I am really pleased with the solid black borders instead.
The extra blocks may be pieced into the backing.
(I had to stand on a stool to take this photo....
hence, the crooked look.)
 
 


I cut and sewed strips of various reds
and used those for the narrow red border.




I'm debating on whether or not to quilt this one myself.
It's much larger than I thought it would be when making the blocks
and I've never quilted anything this large.

 

An over-all quilting design isn't what this quilt needs, though.
I'll see if I can get my courage up to do this!

Happy Quilting!