Thursday, June 8, 2017

Gifted Quilts

Can hardly believe that this is my first post in10 months. Numerous things going on that made me not want to post. But, I don't want to get into that. Wonder what happened to that Spools quilt I last posted about? Blogging wasn't the only thing I was slow with. I finally presented it to my youngest sister a couple weeks ago. She was surprised and thrilled. My mother taught all 4 of her daughters to sew, but my youngest sister and I are the only ones who still do. So, it was fitting.

Besides, my daughter (who sews) confiscated the Mary Engelbriet quilt because she loved the way it draped and how cozy it felt.
Mary Engelbriet fabrics

May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Button Tree Lane

After my post on Sunday I had several people who asked about the origin of the backing fabric I was using on the Spools quilts. I managed to find my left-over fabric and it still had the selvage. I often cut the selvage in a long strip with about a 1/2" of the fabric print. I usually give them to one of my guild members who does awesome things with them. 
The quilt pattern is called Spools by Camille Roskelley. You can buy the pdf pattern at her online store called Thimble Blossoms here. She has lots of great patterns.

May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nearing the Finish Line

On Saturday, August 13th, all the guilds in the Tennessee Quilter's Association met for the annual Assembly Day. This is always a fun day and I really enjoy it. It is a lot of work for the hosting guild and usually takes 2 years to prepare. The Courthouse Quilter's of White Bluff, TN only had 5 months to put this Assembly Day together. They did an outstanding job. The main speaker was the amazing Kaye England. She is just a hoot and kept us laughing. She showed some of her many quilts from the Voices of the Past series along with some antique quilts.

In the afternoon, blogger and quilt designer Kelly Young showed her modern quilt designs and explained elements of a modern quilt. It was so fun to meet a fellow blogger. She blogs at My Quilt Infatuation.

Today I am working on the binding of a Spool quilt. I made all the blocks when I was at my guild's spring retreat. This is a throw-sized quilt. 
I took this photo inside because for 2 days our weather has been gloom, then rain, then sunshine, and repeat. Looks like today will be no different. 

I did most of the quilting with a variegated thread in colors of red, green, blue, and yellow. I used a loopy design to look like threads unraveling from the spools. Not perfect, but good effort.
I love the backing. From a distance it looks like any other paisley. But, if you look closely, it has a sewing theme. 
I am using the same fabric for the binding. Today I will continue to slow stitch this binding. Why don't you take some time out to slow down and do a little slow stitching, too?

Linking to Kathy's Quilts.

May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Almost August Already?

I cannot believe that tomorrow is August already. Where does time time go... just flies by. Kids in Middle TN are going back to school this week. But, I have been busy and I have gotten a lot done in my sewing room.

This past week I was diligently sewing on a project for Sharon. She knew I was making something for her, but she did not know what. I did tell her that I was making hers first and then mine. Wanted to use hers as a learning tool. Sounds bad, but I already had fabric I wanted to use for hers. Still gathering fabrics for one for my daughter. Still haven't decided on fabric for mine. This fabric is perfect for Sharon. These are her colors and she is an avid gardner.
The project was a Bionic Gear Bag. Have you seen these? Go here and watch the video of what all it holds and how to use it. I bought the pattern on Craftsy. It's pricey, but I am making 2 more, so that brings the price per project down. It is a very labor-intensive project, but well worth it.

Below the bag in the open view. There are 4-9" zippers, a 22" zipper for making the handles. Then, I also made the little zippered dumpling bag. I said, "Sharon, don't ever say I don't care about you. I don't put 6 zippers into one project for someone I don't love." LOL
I gave it to her yesterday afternoon and she loved it!

This afternoon I plan to slow waaay down. A couple years ago I bought a stamped cross-stitch quilt top from Debbie's etsy shop at Kitten Creates. It had been her mother's. I blogged about it here.

I started working on it before my own mother passed away. It was the project I had taken with me when she died, so I have not really wanted to work on it. But, after the Bionic Gear bag, I need a project that is little more "mindless" to work on. So, this evening I will be slow stitching and have earbuds in my ears while I listen to a good book on my iPod.

Linking to: Kathy's Quilts.
                A Quilting Reader's Garden

May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer Travels, Quilts, and Lazy Sundays

Once again it has been a while since I posted to this blog. That should be changing as things are simmering down now. Last week I returned from San Diego. My youngest grandchild was graduating from high school. 
Sierra was thrilled to have all her siblings in attendance Her sister lives in
 Long Beach, CA, one brother lives in Chicago, and the other in Murfreesboro, TN.
After I got home, I finished stitching the two-sided binding onto the Piccadilly Square quilt. 

This is a sofa quilt for my grandson and his wife. I also have enough of the brown paisley used in the patches and for the backing to make window valances to match. Have lots of scraps from this project and I may make some pillows, too. I will be slow-stitching the label on tonight.

Tomorrow I am going to Sharon's and put my Spool flimsy on her long arm and begin quilting it. I made all the blocks while at my guild's spring retreat. I guess I need to press it again before tomorrow. It has been folded into a project box for a few months.
This wonky spool pattern was designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms. It is also a throw sized quilt. I have some really cute, sewing-themed fabric for the backing and variegated thread for the quilting.

Today I am linking up to Kathy's Quilts
for Slow Sunday Stitching.

 May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching-June 5, 2016

Today I will be doing some slow Sunday stitching on a quilt binding. I am so proud of this binding. It is my first time to make a 2-sided binding. The front of the quilt has a floral border with some blue flowers. I used blue corner stones between sashings and the pattern called for a repeat of the color in the binding.

But, see, there is no blue in the backing. So, it really needed a black binding. I cut the blue binding at 1" wide and the black print binding at 1 7/8" wide. I used a 1/4" to put the 2 strips together. 
Then, I attached the binding to my quilt with a scant 3/8" seam.

My biggest problem was putting the ends of the binding together on the quilt. I soon found that you absolutely must have the needle hit exactly where the 2 pieces of blue come together. 

But, hand-stitching this binding is a dream. It folds so easily on
that seam line.  

A few weeks ago, my blogger friend Rebecca of Quilting Everyday had a give-away and I won! It was like Christmas morning, opening that package. One of the many items was an armrest caddy. 

Not only does the dark brown background exactly match my lounge chair, but it is my constant companion while stitching this binding. It is wonderful to know where my scissors, thread, and needle are. Sometimes, in the past, I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out where these items went. Do you have that problem?  

Rebecca lives in Alaska and part of my winnings was these two unique fat quarters of batiks. They definitely say "Alaska", don't you think?
SOooo, I found a pattern that uses lots of batiks on a black background called Dream Catchers. I do have a collection of batiks, but I did not let that stop me from ordering more. LOL  I will definitely need to fussy cut these special pieces. Thank you so much, Rebecca. 
I think this will be my project when I go on a retreat the end of September. 
Linking to Kathy's Quilts.                
 May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Where have you been?

Oh, my goodness! Has it really been nearly 3 months since I last posted to this blog?  Life was getting a little over-whelming and something had to give. Well, it certainly was not going to be making quilts. So, blogging took a back seat. 

Once things began to settle down, I was able to attend my guild's Spring Retreat. It was wonderful to have those 4 days to look forward to. It was so much fun! There were 49 ladies there. Meals were catered. Lodging facilities were wonderful. And, we sewed, and chatted, and sewed, and laughed, and sewed some more. It was fantastic!

 I took a quilt I had kitted up a couple years ago. The Thimble Blossom pattern is called "Spools". It's a throw-sized quilt. I got all my blocks finished at retreat. The quilt top is now a flimsy. The backing is pieced and ready. I will show that in a later post.

Then, I found a pattern and fabrics that I wanted to use to make a sofa quilt for my grandson and his wife. They purchased a new sectional sofa and could not get it into the house. So, they settled on a different one and it is chocolate brown. His wife is not really happy with the color, so I thought a sofa quilt would brighten it up. She loves paisley and I found a beautiful brown paisley. Her favorite color is blue. 
These fabrics are so luscious to touch and pet. I am also using the brown paisley for the backing. Yesterday I got the quilt sandwiched and basted with Sharon's help. I cannot wait to finish it.
The pattern is called "Piccadilly Square." The photos do not do the fabrics justice. The stitching you see is basting on the longarm. They will be unsewn later.

Not sure any slow Sunday stitching will get done today. I am going to go celebrate the 2nd birthday of this little cutie. She is my youngest great-grandchild.

You can checkout what others are slow stitching today at Kathy's Quilts here.

May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Splendid Sampler Quilt Along

Have you seen the Splendid Sampler quilt along by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson? They got together with more than 80 other designers to submit blocks for this QAL. There will be 2 block patterns per week for 50 weeks. (Click on the Splendid Sampler button on my right sidebar for more info.)

The first block came out on this past Sunday. I got the block made this afternoon. Here is my block designed by Pat Sloan. 

One reason I wanted to do this QAL is because there will be so many different techniques used. On this first block I hand blanket-stitched the fused heart. I had never done that before. I used red perle cotton but, it is difficult to see in this photo. 

Special note:
Thank you to all those who send me words of comfort regarding my step-daughter. Sadly, she passed away last Wednesday afternoon. The out-pouring of love was unbelievable. She had so many visitors at the hospice that someone asked if she was famous. She had touched so many lives. We miss her and her smile.

May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Sad Times

Just a short post. My 59 year old step-daughter is in hospice care. It has been a difficult week for my family. She has battled cancer for many years. She continued to travel extensively every chance she got. She is an amazing woman.
 I have been stitching my appliqued baskets at the hospice residence and at home. I may have to call them worry baskets like Audrey at Quilty Folks blog.

Please keep my family in your thoughts. I will return when I can.

 May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beautiful January Days!

Last week we had a big (for us) snow in Nashville and very cold temps. Yesterday was sunny, breezy, and temp in the mid-60's. By the middle of this week it will be cold again. What's the weather like where you are?

Sharon and I took full advantage of the beautiful day and drove 70+ miles to a quilt shop in Kentucky called Whittle's. It is a no frills shop in the middle of nowhere. They have name brand fabrics at a fraction of what we would usually pay...Moda for $5 a yard. As I walked in the door, there was another member of my guild. Later, I found that another member had come in the afternoon. It is very popular with my group.

I bought some fabric for my Garden Charm quilt. This is the Craftsy 2016 BOM. Look how well these go with the border fabric I had bought. The 3rd from the bottom is actually a green, but looks kind of tan in the photo. I will see if I can pull a couple of fabrics from my stash, too.

 I needed a background fabric. I didn't have anything I wanted to use in the stash. Lynette Jensen was using a pale cream print, but my border fabric has white and no cream or beige. Last week I was reading Carla's blog at A Few of My Favorite Things. She mentioned using a fabric with honey bees as a background. So, I  stole borrowed was inspired by her idea. I found a beautiful fabric online and ordered it. Isn't  this just perfect? It has a bright white background and tiny turquoise, yellow and black honey bees buzzing around. Thanks, Carla!
I am so excited to get my fabrics for this quilt and get going on the January block. It is still January for a few hours. LOL   Right??? Later I will continue on these little needle turn baskets for some Slow Sunday Stitching.
I miss-cut the reverse applique square in the middle. But, I may leave it. Who will notice it among the 290 other baskets in this quilt?  Actually, the whole basket is pretty wonky. Guess I was tired.

Have a fantastic Sunday!

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Made some plans

Before January 2016 is over, I thought I'd set a few goals. I have really been enjoying the Stitchin' Wisdom embroidery blocks. I have finished 2 of them (here and here). They are easy and fun to do. I plan to continue to embroider 2 per month until finished.

Garden Charm             
My Garden Charm border fabric
Of course I will continue to work on my little applique' baskets as time allows. I have those in a tote and can work on those anywhere time allows. No rush.

I have been in awe of the 2016 Craftsy BOM by Lynette Jensen. I have always wanted to do a quilt with a center medallion. Colors for Garden Charm are pulled from the focus fabric for the borders. I ordered this large floral fabric for my borders. I couldn't find a 3 yd. piece in my stash that I wanted to use for the background, so I have ordered some and should be here before the end of the month.

Besides the other quilts that I have started and those I want to start, I want to make at least one small, completed project each month. I find that I really enjoy making something that is not going to take forever to finish. I have several things planned. But, if I don't put it on a monthly agenda, they will never get done. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Weather Outside Is Frightful

It was predicted that we would get some snow today...maybe 1-2 inches mid-morning. It rained last night and the early a.m. I looked out about 4 a.m. and it was still raining. I got up about 8:30 a.m. and OMG! Lots of wet, heavy snow! This afternoon there is about 7 inches on the ground.It's still snowing!
It's beautiful, but we are not accustomed to snow and slick streets here in Nashville. Even people coming through from areas that get lots of snow are unable to drive here.
Plus, look how heavy. I'm afraid some of the limbs on my evergreen tree are going to break.

So, what's a girl to do? I finished up another block on my Stitchin' Wisdom quilt. It is just so much fun to stitch with the perle cotton. I'm loving it!
I am now appliqueing some of my little baskets for my "forever" quilt project. With this bad weather, maybe I should call them hand baskets. LOL

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hive A Good Day

Okay, so we are 10 days into the new year. But, I cannot seem to get motivated with all those plans I had in my head. I think I need to get them in black and white (on paper or screen) or nothing will get accomplished this year. Have you gotten started on your 2016 goals?

Today I am going to continue to slow stitch on my 2nd block of the Stitchin' Wisdom quilt. I've made a little progress already. These blocks are so cute and fun to stitch.
Let's hop over to Kathy's blog and see what others are slow stitching today.

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year to all my friends, family, and fellow bloggers! I'm sure 2016 is going to be a fabulous year! Maybe it has to do with my word of the year. For several years now my daughter has chosen a word for the year, rather than make resolutions. I've tried that, but no word really meant much to me...until this year. I was thinking about the new year earlier this week and the word came to me. Yes! My word for this year is POSITIVE!
Remember the old song that says, "Accentuate the positive. Eliminate the negative"? That will be my theme song this year.

Many people make a New Year's resolution to lose weight and get healthy. That's good. But, then come the negatives. Don't eat this. Never eat that, etc. With my new positive attitude I will concentrate on what would be healthy choices. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Try new recipes for vegetables or even try a new (to me) vegetable. If I eat a candy bar, I will relish it. I don't have to throw out all the vegetables in the house. 

Have you ever been around someone who would name all the reasons something can not or should not be done? Or, they spend a lot of energy on what they regret in their past? It can be such a downer. I do not want to be that person. What is past is past. We can achieve so much more if we allow ourselves to. I am going to achieve a lot of goals this year, if I don't let negativity creep in. 

Also, that positive attitude alone won't accomplish much without action. I am listing goals for the new year in several aspects of my life.  But, I am also listing the baby steps it will take to accomplish these goals.
Of course those goals include quilts! Looking toward a year of not just making quilts, but enjoying the journey as well. What are your goals for this year?

May all your ups and downs today be with needle and thread.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Product Review__Fabri-Solvy

Last week I mentioned using Sulky's Fabri-Solvy. Well, I finished my first embroidered block on my Stitchin' Wisdom quilt. I washed the block and most of the Solvy dissolved. In the small enclosed areas (such as inside the scissor handles) some of the product stayed. I think it will come out with little effort once the quilt is finished and washed. I had no trouble with my needle and the perle cotton getting sticky. It was very easy to embroider through the fabric and the Solvy.

The Fabri-Solvy comes in 8½ X 11" sheets. What I found at JoAnn's was the roll. If you use the roll, you need to cut your pieces of Solvy to size and make sure they are flat before putting in the printer. The roll is 8½" wide. I have a couple pieces being weighted down now for the next blocks.

Isn't the sewing bird cute? This is a fun project to work on. I had never embroidered with perle cotton before, though I have quilted with it. I have used 6-strand embroidery thread before and Cosmo, but really enjoyed using the perle. The color is a med-dark, slightly rosy, red. Love it!

What are you slow stitching today? Join others at Kathy's Quilts for some slow Sunday stitching.

May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.