Wednesday, January 30, 2013

almost done

I am quilting #1 son's quilt with straight lines on the diagonal and doing it edge to edge.  When I completed that much, I decided to go the other way and make a grid in the center where the nine patches are and leave the borders with diagonal lines in just one direction.  So far I am liking it.


Hope everyone has a great rest of the week.

Monday, January 28, 2013

have I been sewing ...

Yes I have ... along with the other things that routinely go on around here.  I have finished another quilt top -- with a line of valentine themed fabric that I bought at least three years ago.  I'm consistently behind the times if nothing else :) I used a Moda Bakeshop pattern.  It was easy and fun to put together. 

I started with a Layer Cake -- some of which I cut into four pieces  to use as the center blocks of the finished squares.

 Then I cut the 10" Layer Cake squares into the strips needed to border the center blocks.

After that it was just a matter of piecing the blocks and adding some borders.

I was very happy with my valentine results.

As soon as I finish quilting the Scrappy Nine Patch I made for Michael, I am going to sandwich and quilt it.  Maybe that will happen before the fourteenth.  If I get into my sewing room this afternoon, maybe it will even be finished today.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

zipper pouches

I found a tutorial for making a zipper pouch.  The zipper part has always discouraged me from making one but now that I've tried it -- it really is not difficult.  I made a couple for Christmas  and then after Christmas I went to the mall and found a pretty Vera Bradley Purse for half price.  They were selling everytthing in the store half price because the store is moving.  Anyway, I really like the purse but it doesn't have a zipper pocket on the inside to hold little "stuff" that always gets lost in the bottom of my purse so .... I just made a zipper pouch.  The best thing is, I can use it in any purse that needs a zipper pocket on the inside.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

finished my first schnibbles flimsy

This  project involved a lot of cutting of some fairly small pieces.  The pattern is called Plan C.  I used some white fabric from my stash and 2 Christmas themed charm packs.  For those who don't know, charms are precut 5" squares.  Every charm -- there are 69 used in the quilt was cut into at least four pieces.  Lots of cutting :)  Then after laying out each row, There were 11 sections to each row that had to be pieced togerther and several of those sections had been pieced before laying the rows out.   It was time consuming but still fun to do. Reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle in some ways.  Now I just need to quilt it. I will try another one .  Here are some pictures of the process.

Cutting and Piecing

 These are sets of flying geese

 Piecing the outer border

 The middle of the quilt without any borders

With the inner border

The finished top.  It's abut 34 inches square.  I managed to pretty much cut off the top and bottom borders.
It turned out pretty well for my first one.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Friday, January 11, 2013

slow start to a new year

Had a really nice holiday - visiting in Texas and a quick stop in MS but haven't really felt much like blogging lately.  I have been busy in my sewing room for the past few days and will be posting about progress I've made getting some projects started that have been stacking up and up and up ...

I do have a finish to show -- sort of -- it's not a quilt yet but it is a finished quilt top.

It's the Kisses For My Beloved BOM that I worked on last year and once  the blocks were finished , it got put aside and now I have finally put the blocks together and added the borders.

I'm going to do my first Schnibbles Quilt -- send me some tips Polly :)--in the next few days and once it is pieced, I'm going to get busy with some quilting because that stack is now five or six quilts high - YIKES!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

heading west

Heading to TX to spend Christmas with my #2 son and family.  Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


Hope to finish this table topper  tonight except maybe for the binding.  Here is the front

and the pieced backing.  It's a kit I got from Connecting threads at least a year ago -- makes a 42" square.

Here's to a great week for everyone.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

something new for the holidays and winter

And it is completed as in ready to use!!

It's a fun week in the sewing room.

Monday, November 19, 2012

two finishes

Cross two things off my to do list in the sewing room

This project for a baby born a couple of months ago  A flannel blanket and two burp cloths.

and this for my grandson who loves robots -- a soft and warm combo of fleece and flannel

Now it's time to get busy on my grocery list for Thursday dinner -- company's -a-comin'  :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

lost a furry friend today

 Rest well Jed, we will miss you. 

"Dogs' lives are too short. Their only fault, really."

   -Agnes Sligh Turnbull

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

emptying another project basket

I sewed the binding on the "Twister" table runner I made a while back -- I quilted it while I was at the condo with Beth.  All I have left on that is the handwork. 

My other project this week is finishing the Scrappy Nine Patch quilt top and adding enough borders to turn it from a throw into a queen size quilt. I think it is going to be really pretty.  I have one border to go and then I'll be ready to sandwich it.  I think I know how I'm going to quilt it. I don't have the batting or the backing yet for the quilt so it will probably be next week sometime before I get to the quilting.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

farmer's wife blocks

I've made a couple more blocks from the Farmer's Wife Sampler book.  I don't remember the name of this first block.

This block is called "Bowtie".  Can you see it??

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

signed, sealed, delivered

I finished the family tree project -- partly while on my trip and then what was left as soon as I returned.  It's been mailed and should have been delivered today.

Don't know why the picture changed orientation when I uploaded it.

I think my favorite part was letting some of the leaves overlap onto the border.  Anyway, it's done and I'm on to some other UFO's.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

family trees

I'm in the middle of my second family tree quilt.   The first was a gift to my sweet MIL a few Christmases ago.  This one was commissioned by a relative and her hubby for his grandmother.  It has been fun to do but kind of like birthing, I forgot just how much work was involved in this project :)

Once I got the background pieced and the tree cut out and appliqued onto it, I spent a good while at my computer with my Bernina software, creating the leaves with names and dates. I printed out each leaf design and double checked spelling and dates to be sure they were correct and then cut around them and pinned them to the tree to get an idea of placement.  I had to make a few changes such as flipping leaf shapes vertically or horizontally and correct a few typos.

 Once the files were created, it was on to making the actual leaves.  I had grouped them by threes so I ended up with 16 hoopings plus a few more with just the leaf shapes so I would have some extrea leaves for fillers.  Somewhere in there I added the borders to the wall hanging.  A very narrow one and then a 3 inch border.  I like how that turned out.  And yes, I left all those paper leaves on there when I added the borders.  I kept thinking I was sticking myself as I sewed but I'm sure it was just my imagination.  The embroidered leaves replaced the paper ones and I finished them.
Can you see the two leaves below that I had to redo because they needed flipping.  I pinned them on wrong side up so that I wouldn't forget.
I kept respacing and moving things over, up and down just a little until I got everything just the way I wanted and finally was ready to zig-zag the leaves onto the quilt top.  I decided to let some of the leaves hang over into the border and really like the way it looks.  In the picture, the right side is hanging off the edge because I was working with laying out my "extra" leaves.  They are not sewn on yet but all those leaves on the tree are. 

Once I finish attaching those extra leaves, I'll get my backing and batting and get it all sandwiched and then I just need to quilt and bind it and it will be finished.