Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 is Here


Okay, so truth be told, I didn't do very will at finishing projects or blogging about them in 2017. If I blog every day about my 15 minutes of sewing, will that drive readers away?

I did finish this quilt, so I can cross that off of my UFOs, right? I have gifted it, but I really wish I had a pic of the flying geese going up/down. Sigh. Now to made some shams...in 2017!!



I did add a page for 2017 so I could list them, but I have so many years with so many unfinished quilts, it's embarrassing. BLUSH

I did start Bonnie Hunter's En Provence and here's a sample of a somewhat finished block. 


I also played around with Cheryl's Meadow Mist Mystery 2017 and I'm almost finished in time for tomorrow's next clue.  I think the piece on the bottom row in the middle might be the inside of the fabric or not??? I'll check.  All the other steps are finished, I hope. 


I'm also going to try free motion quilting for the first time, so I am ready with my panel and will work with Bold Motion Quilting's QAL videos. Wish me luck. 


Let's just not go there with all the other 100 or so projects that are just languishing in their project bins/boxes/trays or whatever!!! I'm so bad about not finishing them....sigh, what's a gal to do?  Never start a new project, not happening here. Who wants to beat me with a wet noodle every time I stray?  I need someone to stand over me with a whip. I get so distracted, think I have a problem? You betcha!!! 

The other news, which will not be good for my 2017 finishes, is that we are returning to our hometown and that means I need to pack up all my sewing "stuff" and put this room back to more of a livable space to stage it for selling.  Of course, that's after I get rid of all the "stuff" in the basement that I haven't touched for years and none of my children want or will ever want. January a good yard sale month???? 

Talk to you tomorrow?  Haha


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tension Issues

Oh my goodness, look out beautiful this looks....until you look at the underside.  I have to rip it all out!!!

Remember, check your tension!!! I love my new machine, but my tension has never been right, so I'm blaming it on my new bobbin winder. The bobbin winder that came with the machine had no knob!!! I'm hoping it's the culprit because I've tried everything and nothing has worked.




Sorry to be amiss for so long, but, again, life just gets in the way so much of the time. 


Saturday, September 10, 2016

It's Been Awhile


I will just say, "Sorry," and move on. Life really gets in the way A LOT for me. It's been a hot summer and the pool has been very inviting. Too hot to sew outside, so "swimming" it is!!! The tree over our pool has shed its leaves directly into the pool. They are still falling, it's a bunch of work to keep them gathered up and off the bottom. Since my husband is unable to tend to the outside work (or inside), I've taken on this task. I've only sucked up so many leaves one time and had to call the pool company to blow the lines. Got one of those leaf catchers, pronto!!! 

Enough said, here's what I've been up to:

I decided that I couldn't pass up the Sew Sampler subscription box from the Fat Quarter Shop. This was the pattern called Moonshine and they included the fabrics so I was able to whip this up pretty quickly.  I'm really happy with my points on this one. I've added the outer borders and will update the pic soon. I'm actually loving the surprise of the whole subscription box thing!!! I really need to iron the flannel and work on my portable design wall.  I'm definitely not a photographer. LOL


Also, I decided to buy the kit for the Gravity Quilt from Jaybird Quilts. Here's Block 1.  I did buy the kit, just made sense.  I'll get a better pic, but didn't want to forget to share what I'm working on. 





I'm also working on a bunch of other projects and I will share soon.  I think I might have 20 projects in the works that I've been trying to spend a few minutes on once a week, at least, so they don't drop off my radar. Soon, thanks for reading. 

I'm thinking about doing Instagram for my progress steps so I can just take a pic and post. Write about them after they are finished, although, that might mean I never post on the blog. HeeHee  Do you Instagram?  I'd love to follow you. Please share if you use it to post your quilt project steps/progress. Thanks. 



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

On the Go - More Help Needed

So, here's the quilt:


It's pretty much directional, so do I quilt my motif (taken from the appliqued elements and quilt designed in AnS) in the outside border going all around or do I do the top/bottom the same as well as the sides or do I just quilt the motif around the quilt?  Better stated, do I treat it as a wall hanging and that I want to see the cars going across the quilt at both the top and the bottom? Or not? This is why I never get anything done.  

Here's a pic of the motif (may be hard to see):


I'm using the blue thread, just have to decide, help!!!!  I know, I know, it's my quilt, but I'd love some input. 





Monday, April 18, 2016

Advice Needed - What would you do?

I'm struggling here.  I've never done anything black before (well, finished anything) and now it's loaded and ready to quilt. I'm going to mark the appliques and fill in the background with some sort of fill pattern.

I now have a new machine AND Decision Paralysis.

What do I do in the four-patches in between the applique?  

I was going to use the truck, airplane, car from the pattern "On the Go" by Kariepatch Designs to make a quilting design for the black borders. Do I use black thread for just the borders or the white I plan to use in the center? 

Help! Please comment if you've tried white thread on black and if it was something you'd do again. I'm so anxious to get started. It's basted and everything, just can't decide...


New Machine - So Excited

Here's my new HandiQuilter Infinity!!! It's ginormous.  I'm so excited and can't wait to do all my tops that have been hanging around. 


I finally traded my old HQ16 in because I just couldn't sell it for what people wanted to pay for it. Nothing wrong with it and it had everything, just time to step up a bit. Loving it. 


Here is the first quilt that I did on it last week. It's called "Snack Time" by Julie Herman. This is a close up of what I designed in Art and Stitch for the center hexagon. I did elongated loops in the triangles and fatter ones in the print hexagons. I also did the binding with the faux piping so it was all done by machine. It's the way to go, for sure. Even gifted already. 



Friday, February 12, 2016

Getting Back to Sewing

Sorry, I've been trying to re-arrange my studio and just didn't seem to get back to sewing/quilting, but I'm forging ahead because I missed all of January's blocks of the 365 Challenge! These are really tiny and I can see I need to be much more accurate with my cutting/sewing. LOL I'm using all stash fabrics, so my dark may not be dark enough and my lights might not be light enough, but my record for finishing projects prohibited me from spending money on this one!! 

Here's February 12, 2016 block: 



Now, here's the beginning of the blue and white quilt that I'm making. I designed it in EQ7 and the rows of the top left corner have been sewn together, so we'll see how accurate EQ7 is when I go to sew the diagonal rows together.  I am using it as leaders/enders for the 365 Challenge because they took a bunch of seams so more rows are finished without realizing it. A good thing.

Just want to mention that my design wall is four 2' pieces of that foam board that you can get at Home Depot (they usually come in 4'x8' sheets, but these can be dovetailed together so less cutting for what they were designed to be used for!) and are covered with flannel. My studio has slanted ceilings so I don't really have a good place to put a design wall. These work better if I need to move the wall to another room for a really good pic of a completed top.  Also, I have a back stairway and the steps are in front of it and they blow in my "wind" as I scurry down the steps.  I'll take a better pic when I get further along, but just wanted to share that I'm actually making some headway. 


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