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.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted share a couple of things with you on this beautiful Christmas Eve. Here is the pillow I made for my Santa Sack Swap partner. It is a Jacquelynn Steves pattern that appeared in Quilts and More Winter 2015 magazine. 
I think I need to make one for myself. I made the pillow according to the directions. But, if I make it again, I will use batting behind the front and hand quilt all the hexies.

The pillow I made for my daughter is now in California, awaiting to be unwrapped on Christmas morning. I think she will like it.

Wishing you and those you love a very 
Merry Christmas!

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

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A New Slow Project

Sharon and I have not gotten together to sew in a couple of weeks. We will be in the sewing room together today. Don't have a big project that I feel like working on. I think I will make my self some new, sorely needed potholders. I seem to make them for others and not myself. Do you do that?

This evening I will do some more hand stitching on a new project I started this week. I saw this redwork pattern at Bird Brain Designs  called Stitchin' Wisdom.  I ended up ordering the whole kit. It included the pattern, the fabric, 3 balls of #8 perle cotton thread, and the needle. They shipped very quickly. Check it out and run your cursor over each block to enlarge it. I started on the block below. So cute.
In the pattern they mentioned a product I was not familiar with. It is called Fabri-Solvy by Sulky. You can use your inkjet printer to print the embroidery pattern onto the Fabri-Solvy. Then, just peel off the paper backing and stick onto your background fabric. Stitch right through it, then wash away the Fabri-Solvy. Some reviewers had complained that their needle got sticky. I have not found that to be the case. Maybe had something to do with needle they used. A few others had a little difficulty washing it away. I will report back on that later. So far, it sure beats using a light box to transfer the pattern. They suggested you could use a red Micron permanent pen when using the light box. I really didn't like that idea.

Are you slow stitching today? Share with us at Kathy's Quilts.

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

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Santa Sack Swap Reveal

This is my first year to be a part of the Santa Sock Swap hosted by Cheryll of Gone Stitchin' blog. The SSS began in June. We were to make an item for our partner each month through November. A sack, stocking, or tote was also to be made. The partner could choose which they wanted. My partner was Terry of Quilty-TF blog. Some have chosen to wait until Christmas to open their gifts, but official reveal day was yesterday. I could not wait until Christmas!

I wanted to share some of the goodies she made and sent to me. It was hard to believe Terry did not know me. First I opened a package with a crocheted ruffle scarf in a color to exactly match a fleece jacket of mine.

I love embroidered tea towels. She made me a lovely one. I had to smile when I saw this cute towel with the crocheted chicken topper. A couple weeks ago I had ordered a couple of chicken themed quilt project patterns.

Terry made this little Christmas pillow and blinged it out. The white beads on the tree spell out my name.

Here are a few more things she made for me.

She made a gorgeous tablerunner that is reversible. 
 She made several other goodies. She also sent 4 
beautiful fat quarters and several sewing supplies. 

My favorite gift was this lovely tote. I love the size and the fall colors. 

Most of the tote bags I own are very large. Just a few days ago I was wishing I had a bag that was smaller. This will be perfect for taking a project with me when I have to spend time in waiting rooms.

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

Sunday, December 6, 2015

This and That

I have finally finished and mailed my Santa Sack Swap gifts and Terry in CA has received it. I received her gifts, too. Just waiting to be told when we can open them. Very exciting! 

This past week I was sworn in as Vice president of my quilt guild. It is a very large guild with about 85-90 attendees each month. VP is considered the most difficult job because the VP is responsible for the monthly program. Just call me a glutton for punishment. LOL. If y'all have any ideas to offer, please don't hesitate.

Hopefully, today I will finish up the pillow for my daughter. I need to stitch down the center embroidery piece and hand quilt the block. I think she will love it. She prefers old-fashioned looking patterns and designs. Reminds her of my mother, I think.
What are you slow stitching today? Check out the slow stitchers at Kathy's Quilts.

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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Do small things with great love.

Last week I showed a small embroidery that I will put in the center of a dresden block and fashion into a pillow. The pillow will be a gift for my daughter.I have gotten a little of the stitching done. Plan to do some more slow stitching on it today. 
My daughter lives up to the essence of the saying. She has donated her time and love to many causes over the years. She has volunteered to assist veterans and active service men and women for quite a few years through various organizations. She and her children have sorted canned goods at a food bank. They have assisted in cleaning up a beach. 

Her newest contributions are to Teeny Tears and Angel Outfitters. They make tiny clothing for preemies who do not survive. Please read about their missions at the above links.

My daughter is an avid crocheter. Sewing has not really been her thing. But, look at these tiny diapers she sewed this week! Beautiful top-stitching on these. I'm a proud Mama.
Last week-end she made these little knit hats for the preemies.They are made from medical stockinette and ribbons, then embellished. There are 48 sets of 2.
She also spent her Black Friday making these tiny buntings.
And, yes, she also cooked Thanksgiving dinner for 2 of her children and her 6 grandchildren. Plus, she works full time. I am so proud of the woman she has become. 
And, as you can see, she is beautiful on the outside, too. Love you, Dana.

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

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

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching-Nov. 22, 2015

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. We have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for my stitching friends, both local and online. What a wonderful community!

Today I will be sewing with Sharon for our usual Sunday Sewcial. I am first going to make a set of pillowcases to replace some my granddaughter had stolen from her car this past summer. She was in the process of moving. The pillowcases match her graduation quilt.

For some slow stitching, I am going to embroider this little saying and put in the middle of a pillow. I got the pattern here at Nana Company.
I had one block left from my Dresden plate quilt. I am going to remove the yellow center and replace it with this embroidered piece. It will be a gift.

See what others are slow stitching today at Kathy's Quilts and then, relax and slow down yourself.

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gardening in November

At this time of the year it can be difficult to find something to blog about. It's the time of homemade gifts and secrets. Today I am working on some  presents that I cannot post here.

So, I will show you some things I have purchased recently. At the guild retreat I bought this cute little  platform  that has a spindle for a spool of thread and space to glue your needle threader onto. A member's husband makes them. Very handy.
Last Thursday we went to an estate sale for a former quilter who has gone into assisted living. We were the first to arrive, but did not see a lot I wanted. I did buy 3 yds. of solid flannels. The purchase I am most excited about was some Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks in two sizes. I got 44 blocks that are 3/4" hexagons including an outer round of muslin, plus 13 more without the muslin round. Nine of the complete ones were set together with a green fabric that I will never be able to match. I am sure I can replace them with a similar green fabric.
3/4 inch hexies
I am unsure, but I believe the prints are 1930's reproductions. But, I have never seen these prints before. I also got 72 of the 1" hexie blocks, complete with the muslin round. I paid $10 for the entire lot Flower Garden blocks.
1 inch hexies
These blocks are hand-pieced. They were not English paper pieced. The quilter did excellent stitching on them. Here is the back of one of the blocks.
I am looking forward to making these into a quilt sometime in the future.

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

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Finish and some Frogging

Been busy this morning. I wanted to put the newly finished Dresden Plate quilt on my guest/sewing room bed. Well that required a new bed skirt (white eyelet) and new sheets, too. You know how it is. *wink*  Then, of course you may as well dust under the bed, etc. Now, I will have the old bedding to wash. My photo is a little fuzzy, but I love how this very large quilt looks on this bed because of the 16" drop.
Sharon and I have not sewed together on the last 2 Sunday afternoons. Today we are getting back into our routine. Except, I will be un-sewing. Remember the 4-patch star quilt I started? Rebecca in Alaska who blogs at Quilting Everyday is making it in lucious browns and creams. I just might have to make another one like hers. Here is mine.
Anyway, back to the un-sewing part. I have already sewn all the 16" blocks into a top and have plans for the borders. But, during the Craftsy deal in October, Sharon and I took a class by Marti Michell to learn to Quilt-As-You-Go. Sharon suggested that these would be the perfect blocks to do that with. I could finally learn to free-motion quilt on these blocks. So, today, I will sit and chat with Sharon while she sews and I use that famous frogging it, rip it.

A lot of quilters will be slow sewing today while I un-sew. Check them out at Kathy's Quilts.

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

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching- Binding

Within the next day or so, I should be finally finished with my 1930's reproduction dresden plate quilt. I looked back through my blog and realized that I started this quilt in Sept. 2012. No rush. LOL You can see the beginning stages here. In my last blog post I was working on the binding. When I was stitching on it last night I realized that, apparently, when you are chit-chatting with friends you don't stitch as fast. Imagine that! But, the retreat was so much fun! We hope to make it an annual event!

The quilt has a lot of yellow and red and I hoped to tone it down with the lavender binding. I love a polka dot binding and this Aunt Grace floral gives the feel of dots. I love it.
Why don't you join me and others at Kathy's Quilts as we do some slow stitching today. 

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

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quilt Guild Fun

Today I was at my guild's first day of a 2 day retreat. This was a first for us. We had a fantastic turn out! There are a lot of people that don't feel they can go to an over-night retreat. We have one every Spring. When your guild is large it is hard to get to know everyone. But, I was able to touch base with some more of our great members. Fun, fun, fun!

A few months ago I was very disappointed because Kim Diehl was originally to be our National teacher for this year. But, due to health problems, she cancelled. That's  when someone came up with an alternate teacher (Betty Cummings) and the day retreat. It was a winner! I go back tomorrow, too.
I rarely send a quilt to a longarmer, but I have had my dresden plate top finished for months. It is so large I finally decided to have it quilted. I picked it up yesterday and worked on the binding at the retreat. Quilts, good friends (new and old), and great food. What's not to love?

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

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Gloomy Week-end

We have had rain and cooler weather all week-end. Sometimes, when the days are like this, I really just want to curl up with a good book and read. But, I spent a lot of time reading last month.I read 4 books and ,surprisingly, I enjoyed them all. 

I also spent a lot of time watching Craftsy videos. I got in on their deal to pay less than $10 in October and watch all the videos for free. Did any of you do this? I not only watched quilting videos, but cooking videos as well. I want to start cooking more. It can a challenge because my hubby is a somewhat picky eater. 
My yummy breakfast. Bananas and Pecan Pie Granola.
Last night I made Pecan Pie Granola from a recipe on the Barbara Bakes blog. So east and delicious. Will be great on oatmeal, ice cream, or yogurt. I am making yogurt for the first time in my new Instant Pot. This pot pressure cooks, steams, sautes, slow cooks, makes rice, and yogurt. I just bought it this week. Barbara also has a blog called Pressure Cooking Today.

Later today I plan to do some slow stitching, but I really can't share it. I am making something for the Santa Sack Swap. Time is running out. Here is a teaser.

What are you slow stitching today? I am linking to Kathy Quilts.

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

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Got a Fan or Two

On the 3rd Thursday of each month my guild has a Sit and Stitch day. They usually have a project that you can do or just sit and stitch. Last Thursday the project was an English paper-pieced fan. They are so cute and fun to make. I made the one in Fall colors during our SAS. The instructor let us use her sewing machine to actually stitch through the (tongue-depressor) handle. Isn't it cute?
Yesterday I helped my guild to man the quilting table at the Music and Molasses Festival here in Nashville. I had carried a bag of scraps and my kit for the second fan. I made the blue front of this fan while there. I started on the fan back, but ran out of the fabrics I had chosen. But, we quilters have a long history of knowing how to "make-do". I'm sure I can find something to fit with these fabrics.

The lady who came to teach us how to make the fans showed us some paper-pieced quilts she had made. They were all beautiful, but the one that caught my eye was appliqued with rings of pentagons like the blue one above. Gorgeous!

I will spend some time sewing with my friend Sharon this afternoon and then finish up my fan tonight. Check out what others are slow-stitching today here.

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

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Prodigal Blogger

Oh, my! Guess I have been gone for quite a while. I was very busy and also having some fun. One of the fun things I did was go the Chattanooga AQS show last month. I traveled by bus with 46 other guild members and quilters. Always some amazing quilts at these shows. Sharon had never been to an AQS show and she enjoyed all the vendors there. But, there were probably only about a third as many vendors as are at the Paducah show.

Sharon and I had been working on another bargello together...queen-sized quilts this time. I had told her that I could not get the strips put together correctly alone. But, she got way ahead of me on hers. Isn't hers gorgeous?
That big white spot is just where the sun is shining on it. I used the same colorway, but different fabrics. Sharon is free motion quilting hers now. I got my strips so screwed up that I finally just put it away. Maybe I'll bring it back out in 2016. I have plenty other projects to work on.

As if I didn't already have enough to do, I decided to take classes in Spanish. I studied French in high school and college. I can barely speak French. However, there is lots more opportunity to speak to native Spanish speakers. I am enjoying this class.

Yesterday I spent hours cutting triangles for another quilt. Took a long time, even with my Accuquilt GO. Remember the wall hanging I made for my son? I love this quilt. It started out as a full sized quilt, but DS wanted it to hang on his living room wall.
I have threatened to steal it back many times. I am using a slightly bigger triangle than this one, but basically the same colors. It will be a bed quilt. I plan to hand-piece and big stitch quilt it like the other one. 

Lots more going on. I'll try not to stay away so long next time.

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

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

We've Got a Winner!

I had a fantastic birthday! I got to spend time with 4 of my 5 grandchildren and my 6 g-grandchildren in San Diego area. On Sunday we had a big gathering at Old Poway Park in Poway, CA. 

I was able to get in a little stitching during my travels. An online friend made me this cute pin cushion. It is filled with sand, so stays put on my knee.
I got home late last night. I slept late this morning and took a nap this afternoon. It is always hard on me to go from Pacific time to Central time.

Anyway, I ran the random number generator last night and then was too tired to post. In fact, I was too tired to look and see who #12 was.

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2015-09-01 
Our winner is: 
Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...12
Happy Happy Birthday! I have two quilts on my bucket list one is a Lone Star and the other a large pineapple quilt! Those shot cottons would make a really great amish quilt with a lot of wonderful hand quilting!!!!!! A girl can dream can't she!!!!!!

Congratulations, Carla. I have sent you an email.

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

Friday, August 28, 2015

Goodies and a Giveaway

Last week Kathy who blogs at Empty Nest But a Full Heart mentioned a fantastic deal on civil war reproduction prints fat quarters. I had never heard of the Brooklyn Fabric Company before but, I would definitely order from them again. I got 30 fat quarters of quality fabrics for $50 and free shipping. I ordered on Tuesday and they arrived 2 days later. 
I may use some of these for my appliqued baskets.

Now, as I mentioned in my last post, my birthday is on Monday. Yep, this is a big one. It will be my 70th birthday. So, I thought I would have a giveaway for this event. One person will be a lucky winner of a fat quarter bundle of 34 fat quarters of shot cottons. Aren't these lovely?
Now, what do you need to do to have a chance to win? Leave me a comment on this blog post telling me what quilts are on your bucket list. You know, the ones you hope to make more than any other? The giveaway is open to International and US readers alike. It is open until 11:59 pm PT on August 31, 2015. You must make your comment on this post. Winner will be chosen by random number generator.

IMPORTANT! I must have a way to contact you. If you are a no reply blogger or a Google+ member, please leave you email in your comment. If I can not contact you, someone else will win. Don't know how to leave a comment? Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville recently posted a pretty good how-to here.

Good luck everyone!

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