Friday, December 31, 2010

Ta dah!!


Finished the circles!
In this first picture, you can see some of the body of the quilt
and all of the colors.
the quilting shows up well too.
It ended up looking like hot air balloons.
That's one of the things I like most about quilting.
The secret designs that come out by happenstance.
I planned circles in circles.
What happened ended up to be
ovals in circles and then they looked like
hot air balloons.
Who knew?

 This next picture shows the border.
You can see that I repeated the ovals in the wide rectangle and the double wavy line in the skinny one.


And at last, the back.
Usually what everybody is anxious to see.
Most of my customers put solid backs on there quilts so they can see the quilting.
I used Star "gum balls" variegated thread on the front and a star golden yellow on the back.
IIIt has been nearly half a year that I have been blogging and I have to admit that I really enjoy this.
I appreciate everybody that comes and reads these posts, whoever you are. 
I hope you all have good health and many happy quilting experiences in the coming years.

Happy quilting

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Dizzy

Still Circling!
Have a few more rows of circles and then the border.
In the mean time I go for a mammogram.
Not my favorite thing to do, YUK!

Have another good hour of circles then off for the squishing

Happy quilting

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Circles


About halfway done with this quilt. 
It has machine appliqued circles.
When doing machine applique, always remember to use the lightest
fusible web you can find, and only use it around the edge of the
applique. 
This will leave the middle of the object nice and soft and easy to quilt
through.

You can see that I did concentric (what turned out to be ovals)
in the middle on the circles and then a swirl.  Then echoed the same in the space between the circles. 
When I finish, I'll post a pic of the back.

Happy quilting!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Opening presents



First comes the stocking.
The stockings have been hung for a couple of weeks and just got the toys in them a few minutes ago.  He was soooo very good the last few minutes while we were getting ready,  in that he didn't grab the stockings and pull them down.  He has carefully checked them about every ten minutes for the last 2 weeks.  A few weeks ago I started putting dimes in Ron's stocking.  He saves dimes and at Christmas I save them up a give him big bunch in is stocking.
Dusty was  Johnny on the spot to let us know there was something in Dad's stocking in case anybody was worried about it, 

video

I put some treats in the stocking and of course they fell to the bottom.  That's why he kept going for the toe instead of just getting the toys out of the top.



Santa Clause is a big hit!


"There's got to be more in there!"


Friendly greeting


"Please dad, I really, really, really, need another present!!!"

Well, Dusty got lots of toys and we had lots of fun watching him opening them and then playing with them.   He is a remarkable little dog a truly what our world revolves around.

We had a great meal and of course Dusty had a plate.  (Chrystal)
Hope your Christmas was as happy as ours

Happy quilting

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Just finished Ron's Christmas shirt.
I don't wait til the last minute, no not none a me!!  He likes scrub shirts and polar bears.The second picture has  close up of the pocket with the topstitching.  I found a perfect little snowflake decorative stitch on my sewing machine and thought it would be perfect.  I also put it across the back along the seam of the yoke.

Well, better get showered and back to the kitchen if we plan eat more than pie and jello.

Happy Quilting


Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

Still getting things finished up for the big day. 
I've got everything finished and sent to family and friends far away and packages have been received.
Still have to finish 2 OU place mats for my brother but will mail them in time for the game next weekend.

Trying to get my husband presents finished up today.  This particular shirt was supposed to be for my nephew, but after I bought this beautiful Russell Athletic ware blank long sleeve T from Sam's months ago, size 2x 'cause he like them loose.  An after I embroidered my very first designed on my software from start to finish embroidery.  I realized that a 2x would absolutely swallow this young man!!  I live in a much bigger x world.  Having purchase the Tee months ago, I knew I couldn't possibly find another so, my husband has an unexpected present and I went Walmart and looked for a Sweatshirt.  Found a beautiful heavy fruit of the loom zippered hoody on a XL hanger for $10 and zing, zang , zoom I was done.  The next day as I was trying to read the content on the label, I realized I was not done.  Couldn't find the contents, but it said 3X.  I tried it on, fit nice and baggy like I like it and boom, I have a new present and my nephew still zilch.  Back to walmart and found the same zippered sweatshirt and carefully checked all size markings and came home with extra large.  Embroidered "OU Sooner Magic"  On the left side and it is now sitting under his Christmas tree in Radford, Virginia.  Whew.  I practiced that design on my shirt under the hood to make sure it was okay.  Soon I will put it on the front.

Still have a scrub shirt to make for Ron.  That usually takes a couple of hours.  
In the meantime, Dusty is going Christmas crazy.  
We have bought about seven or eight new toys for him and of course he knows they are here.
I put them in my closet because as long as they were sitting on the table he kept standing on his hind legs trying to get up there.  Or walking around crying.  The stocking are hung ad he checks them every 1n minutes.
Our Tree is small and high on a shelf and there are some presents up there that came in from a friend in New Mexico last week.
He will sniff the lowest shelf and blow into it and then sniff trying to get olfactory messages from above.  

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.

Happy quilting 
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ta dah!!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!  I'm on Christmas Break!! Yeah!! Of course, that doesn't mean that I'm not going to be sewing, OR even quilting for that matter.  But it does mean that anything I do for the next few days, I do because I want to do it.  Of course that excludes that vacuuming and mundane stuff like that. But I;m ready to do the stuff I want to do because I want to do it.

When I told this lady that I would do
these 4 quilts before Christmas,
I knew it was doable, but would be hard to get them finished in time for Christmas.  What with my IVIG infusion thrown in the mix, getting my Christmas finished and in the mail, just living my life,  the usual things,  it was really hard to keep up the nose to the grindstone, so to speak, and keep after it. 
I accepted the work because In this day and age it is scary to reject any work.  What if no one else ever calls me to get another quilt quilted?  Yikes!  (That mantra seems like it is always going through my head!  I mean they are always saying on the  news the economy is tanking, certainly the quilters will be feeling it any day now and quit having their quilts quilted!) 
Anyway, yesterday when she picked up number three, I was doubly glad that I had said yes to the quilting torture I endured the last 3 weeks.  So with extra money in my pocket, and visions of more customers calling me through word of mouth, she said 
"Thanks for doing this for me, your work is so beautiful, you're so talented, I'm sad." 
My head whipped around, sad?, she sad she's sad?.
"I'm being deployed to Afghanistan in 2 months, so I won't be able to keep making quilts."
I looked at her and said,  "Oh, but your babies will be sleeping every night with your arms around them
in these quilts!!"

They say every quilt has a story!
Pray that Maggie has a safe deployment and returns to her husband
and 4 babies.

Happy quilting

Monday, December 20, 2010

Light at the end of the tunnel

Here's # 3 all done.  I quilted this one according to the fabric.  The brown and the green fabric I did free hand flowers and big meandering respectively, otherwise, I tried to outline the fabric in an artistic manor.  (in other words, I didn't outline every single thing, just hit the high spots.  You
can see in the second pic.
The big circles were done on the pink, small circles on the polka dots, etc.

I basted # 4 yesterday and started quilting this morning.  Ran into a problem.  The backing is not long enough.  It is 2 color--brown in the middle and green on each end.  I trimmed off one edge and unsewed the brown part and sewed the green parts back together. and am still about 25" by 4' short which I can probably trim off another side, but this time I'll probably have to splice the 4' part to get it.  I'm already quilting it and will call her after awhile and ask what she wants to do,  Maybe she has a piece of green!!  That would be wonderful.  I started this adventure at 4:30 am and thought that might be a little early even for a mother with 4 kids a few days before Christmas needing to bind 4 quilts.

I'll be glad when this project is finished so I can go on to celebratory Christmas things instead of worrying about, "Am I going to make it?"
I'll be done soon and the happy dance can begin!

Happy Quilting

Saturday, December 18, 2010

 Here's the second quilt of the 4 I accepted a couple of weeks ago to be done before Christmas.  I'm getting them done.  I'm halfway done with number three and still have to baste number four.  Coming down to the wire, but I'll get them done. 

I'm having to baste them on
floor of an empty apartment because if I wait until Sew'n Go on Tuesday I'll run out of time.  I basted one on the floor on Thursday and it just about ate my lunch and dinner.  rolling around on the floor is really more activity than this old body is used to! 

I've managed to get some of my Christmas tasks wedged in between quilting and basting.  Got my family's presents all finished and mailed early in the week.  I used a 25% off coupon at Office Depot and mailed them no muss, no fuss.  I was the only person there.  You might want to check them out.  They mail for the post office and for UPS too. 

Finished shopping with my doggie, Dusty yesterday at Pet Smart and got a bag full of toys to be opened on Christmas.  Of course with all the crying and carrying on, we caved and gave him one yesterday evening.  Then I hid them in my closet.  His stocking is hung and he's checking it every ten minutes.

Well, back the the sewing machine.

Happy quilting!




Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Okay I'm back

I've been really busy what with still three quilts to finish before Christmas
which is closer than I can even think about.
Every time I get on the Internet I get lost in the blogs and spend too much time
so I've just been offline.
I did finish the double quilt I wrote about in my last post and started the twin this morning that matches
it and only have 3 more blocks before the borders.
I also finished up my Christmas presents for my family and mailed them yesterday. 
I went to Office Depot to mail them.  No line!!!  And a 25% off your first package
coupon from the flyer to boot.

We had our guild Christmas party last night and me and another member were in charge.
It's a relief to have that behind me!
I think everybody had a good time,
I know I did.

This is a close up of the centerpiece/doorprizes.
They had a variety of notions like pins, sewing machine needles, marking tools, thread socks, etc stashed
in the pockets. 
there were 8 of them and highly coveted.
Here's a look at the room before every body got there.


I forgot to take pics of the free standing lace angels
hanging on thread stands interspersed in between the bags of notions.
(Here's  a pic from a previous post)


Everybody brought finger foods.  Both savory and sweet and we had a gift exchange and a good time was had by all.

I better get back to quilting
Happy quilting

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quilt

Here's the quilt I started working on yesterday:


It's a double size and there is a twin size just like it.
Cute pattern.  I'm doing some pretty simple quilting.
The Stripes alternate with double wavy lines and loops. 
You can see the large squares pretty well
to see the quilting there.
I love doing those kind of designs in those big squares.
The back looks pretty good too. 
I'll be sure and get a good shot before I send it out.

Getting my infusion.
Should be getting by groove back soon.

Happy quilting

Friday, December 10, 2010

Needles

I just found an incredible deal on sewing machine needles at ctsusaThe guest blogger at Stash manicure today.  You can click on Stash Manicure on the right side of my blog under "Blog that I follow".  What a savings and no shipping!

I get my IVIG infusion tomorrow--yeah!!  Yesterday I slept from
4;3:30pm to 6:30 this morning.  Can't get
much done with a sleep schedule like that!!

Got a good start on one of the quilts I basted Wednesday.

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Haven't posted for a couple of days because I've run out of gas.  I got postponed a few days on the infusion of IVIG for my Myasthenia Gravis and I haven't got anything done to post about. 
 I did manage to get a couple of quilts basted with the help of a friend, but that doesn't warrant a picture.  And nothing has happened to talk about because all I've been doing is sitting
and watching TV.
I'll get my infusion Sat and Sun so things will  pick up .

Happy quilting

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mystery quilt and purple potatoes



About a year ago, some friends from Sew'n Go decided to do the Mystery Quilt from Quilter's Newsletter that just finished in the Oct/Nov 2010 issue.
I just finished quilting one of them:


This is not mine.
Mine is in a neat little package of folded up fabric.
It DOES have all the 60 degree triangle blocks completed,
but that is all. 
(I don't feel bad about it, I quilt A LOT, don't have much time for piecing anything for myself.
Two of the others that participated have finished their tops and plan to show them at the December meeting of the Mid-Del Stitchin' Sisters Quilt Guild.
(I will once again show my neat little package of fabric.)
Here's the back:





Last night I made carrots and purple potatoes to go with sliced ham.  I'd never had purple potatoes before and they were very tasty.  Tasted like potatoes, but better.  Aren't they cute?  And very purple!

Happy quilting!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Double Irish Chain

Here's the Red and White Double Irish Chain
I finished a few weeks ago.
It sure looks great on this bed. A much better look at the quilt
than I can provide in my little bitty
apartment.
Makes me proud!

Fishies

 Finished this one Wednesday but I was sooo busy yesterday I didn't have time to post.  This is a cute little quilt,  Stack 'n Whack out of fish fabric.

 
Stack 'n Whacks are always fun to do.  And you never know what you will come up with, it is always a surprise.
 
today I will be doing some embroidery to finish up some Christmas presents and get that out of the way. 
Yesterday I preshrunk some fabric for Christmas shirts for me and my Husband.  Ron always gets a Christmas shirt, but this will be my first one.
I'm like the cobbler who doesn't have shoes.  I hardly ever have the good stuff for myself, but I have this really cute doggies wearing  Christmas coats and hats that will make a nice shirt and this year it will be mine.  Ron's shirt has some really fun polar bears rolling around through Christmas stuff.
 
I was going to take the fabric to cut out at Sew'n Go on Thursday, but couldn't find the patterns.  I spent about 3 days looking for the patterns and finally Tuesday night, while I was tossing and turning, unable to go to sleep.  I got up about Midnight and looked in my closet one more time and uncovered them.
You see,  last May, when I got a new Quilter's Dream Horn Sewing Table to go in the corner of my living room behind the couch where I do all my quilting,  I had to rearrange everything. 
I had been snugly in that space for over ten years and it was very crammed packed with all the things I needed to do all the different kind of sewing I ever wanted to do.
It was like an explosion when I cleaned it out and tuned myself around 180 degrees. I got rid of a lot of stuff and had to relocate a whole lot of stuff, patterns included.  This was the first time I had to use them and since I always use the very same pattern every time I make a shirt for me or my husband it was crucial to find them.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sew 'n Go


 Yesterday at Sew 'n go I made 2 of the 15 minute table runners and basted another quilt.  I hadn't made a 15 minute table runner before and they were very simple to make, as advertised. As you can see t
I put 1/4" bias tape on the seam line and red buttons to
hold down the points.  I did not put any batting or stiffener in,  but I have one cut out that I want to quilt, so I will use batting in that one.
scroll down past the directions and get the PDF file.
I suppose if you want to you could take some blocks you already have
pieced and use those for the front and that would be another way to go,
Be creative.
Have fun

Happy quilting
hey come out pretty cute.
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