Looking for some inspiration now- Found this piece of batik, and I think it will be a good background- What do I need? Sashing? frames for each flower?- I probably have some muted greens I could use- I just don't know. I love doing this wild stuff! It feeds my crazy imagination!!! I will likely use some fleece or some kind of batting -Don't know. Open to all ideas-
So soft in color, anxious to see what you come up with..
trying to find batiques in shades of red to deep pink and few fat quarters of green tones for a project I bought pattern just after Christmas (poinsettia table runner) and wanting to find jelly rolls its an endless trip with no success at local fabric shops..think it means another trip to Joann's .. Is there another chain fabric store?? Wonder if the links for fabric stores send to Canada..
for a wall hanging make a grid of 6 or 8" white blocks framed by black 1-1/2" strips. Quilt your pictures onto batting and wrap each picture around the batting. Then applique them onto your black and white. This will give a floating appearance and woul make your pictures pop.
Well, here's where I am- framed and just placed on the batik for inspiration! Running out of ideas- I don't think I want to do a hanging- Probably some totes- I have wallhangings packed away, and no walls to hold them! I know friends would enjoy totes -
Placemats to match the quilt I made for DD. -sitting room and DR area.I use painters tape to mark for quilting. fast and easy for small projects. Wonderful for Greek Key quilting design on quilt borders etc.
Jo - those embroidered pieces are WONDERFUL!!!
Met with my quilt group this AM and have 4 tops to quilt before 3 March.
Had a get together with the gardeners from Dave's this afternoon and of course we had a blizzard!!!!
I'm in for the nite. Need a cup of hot tea to warm me up.
But now I am stumped as to what to do with them-! A wallhanging would be a waste- thinking totes, but not sure. They would be nice for a window treatment-don't need that- So, I'll just put them away for awhile. It's hard to create something without having a real destination for it.
So I just started a jelly roll race...
my 1st seam was 850" long and took me 50 min to sew.
I just grabbed 2 1/2" pieces out of my scrap box avoiding any that were very "dark". The shortest scrap was 15" and the longest ~50.
I'm now ready to iron and start the 2nd seam.
I can't seem to get the angle seams for binding. Tried when I first started quilting and they always came out zig- zag. Maybe now that I'm a bit more familiar with the sewing thing, I'll try again when I finish my current projects.
Finished the front for the Best of Winners (Blue and White) trophy wall quilt for the Nationals yesterday and started the Best of Breed Lap Q. Then to the auction lap Q. I'm a bit behind where I wanted to be, but can work on things evenings this week.
Just got news that the boy we sold from our last litter will be coming back. as per our contract. Leo wasn't showing for him and he didn;t want to keep him if he wasn't showing. He's with a friend of ours who's been working with him. He's very loving, but goes to ground when a lead goes on him. Going to see if he will come around here and see if we can get home comfortable showing, but not something we were expecting.
We think that there's something we're not being told about possibly... something that may have happened at his home. We'll see. It'll probably be next fall before we know if he wants to show, but that's OK. It's OK if he doesn't. We have some that just don't like the ring. Both the mom and grandmom of the boy we just showed at Eukanuba didn't like to show, so we didn't force them. But the entire litter of three boys (our first litter ever) all love to and the last is nearly a champion. They're like kids... you expose them to the ring and, if they don't like it, it's not forced on them (we're not stage parents).
stu, my sister was there with one of her American Eskimo, she did very well..today Inut is competing in New York City 'Westminster' show at 10 or 10:30am..he's won Best of Breed 3 years in a row, she is hoping for a 4th it isn't optimistic!
Keeps hoping one year they will make American Eskimo best in show...
Hi, everyone! Today's Dear Abby column mentioned something I thought some of you may be interested in. It's a project that makes blankets for needy kids. Here's the link to their website: http://www.projectlinus.org/
Well Stu, the little boy may just wants to be a loving pet to someone instead. Nice to see you attitude about showing----where I live it is the beauty shows for little girls. I won't even get started on those!!!!!!!
I also have to review every time I go to miter strips together. It seems I just can't keep that information clear in my brain lately. Maybe to much going on--who knows.
Some time ago I was asked how I made the centers for my 3-D poitsettias.? Came across this sunflower pattern geourges - the center is a brown fabric and then the suround (edge of the center) is done with tiny brown yo-yo's
Sure has been quiet on the sewing front. ANyone doing anything?
I'm in FL for the week. Was a WONDERFUL sunny, 80 yesterday. Of course, being in FL equates to laying floorining not sewing. I do hope to get out to the "studio" and collect the fabrics for the strip swap.
Construction of the MBR addition is moving along. That end of the house is now closed off and we are moved to the "spare" bedroom.
The shingles were delivered yesterday but they are the wrong color. We had hoped shingles would go on today so insullation & drywall could start Mon. So, a short delay, but we are over a week ahead of schedule overall.
I neglected to bring my JoAnn's ad down with me. Guess I'll go look on line to see if cutting mats may be on sale. Think that is all I don't have down here. Have a HUGE table to put one on!!!
Wednesday was my nieces birthday. Tuesday evening I got the bright idea to make her a table runner. Wednesday I cut and sewed the runner. I decided to make it reversible. It was done in time for her birthday party that evening. I don't think I have ever planned, cut and sewed and finished a project in one day!! It's a very simple pattern so it was doable. To take the photos I hung a piece of batting over the project I had started the day before and didn't want to take down so you can see a bit of that. I haven't figured out how to 'clean up' the photos on my computer yet... The main color is black on black and the inner border is a soft sort of sage green, the reverse side is black on white. Her colors are black and that soft green. She has four kids, the youngest one is 3 so she really liked the black and white print.
Well Jean, it is good to know about your nice weather. This part of Florida has been grey, overcast and wet for several days!!! Guess you got it all. LOL
I made some pillowcases for my GDs for valentine's day but the pictures didn't come out--think I am going to have to replace my camera soon.
Gloria, I really like the runner! Colors are very nice and the black on black print is great. I rarely find any "BOB" like that around here. I am long overdue for a trip to a quilting store other than Joannes.
Gloria...love the tablerunner you made!! Beautiful colours you chose and I am sure your niece will treasure it for years to come!!
Jumper...wow that jacket is awesome!!! I always admire people that can sew such beautiful garments...that jacket sure looks store bought!! Have fun at the wedding today!!
Here are some of the things that kept me busy the last few weeks
1. picture: This is the motivational Wall Hanging my Daughter, her BF and I worked on for my DD's GF who had a bad fall and broke her back...she is a marathon runner and she really liked it a lot and called me to tell me she hung it up in her room and it is the first thing she sees when she wakes up in the morning. She is on her way to a full recovery...but it will take time to fully heal.
2. picture: Echo handquilted the Wall hanging
I have been trying to post 4 pictures for the last 30 minutes and it just won`t post!!!!
1. picture: Snowman applique Wall Hanging...had lots of fun doing this one!!!
2. picture: Backside of the Snowman Wall Hanging...I always applique (machine blanket stitch)now through all the layers of a quilt(front/batting/back),eliminating the need of any addional quilting in the center of the wall hanging
Working on a small Easter Bunny Wall Hanging right now and will post pictures later.
Have a great Weekend everyone
Wow Catbird that quilt turned out beautiful!!!! Loveeeeee the handprints!!! Great idea of using the handprint as a label!
I've been playing with using up small scraps of fabric and am putting this together for my front door. I need to keep it simple so it can be seen from the street...First is stems, then leaves and now I'm working on the tulips. Keeps me busy and out of trouble!!!
I'll put it on the door... Trying to decide if I want a subdued border, a bright border or maybe none at all. My door is a dark hunter green and I'm thinking no border may look great. There would be wonderful contrast. Any suggestions?
looks really pretty Barb! I have a dk green door too, I was thinking a binding that had all those color stripes in it would be cute around it too, but unless you can find that fabric, that would be a lot of sewing little pieces together to make binding!
Your hanging resembles my little crocus that I planted last fall. They are so confused by the weather, that they are blooming already! My mini daffs are up too, but haven't opened up yet...
Barb, love the hanging and yes, it looks great on your door.
Oh my Kathy, they are pretty. Would you believe we are having pollen cover our cars already? This way early for that problem. I bought some Helleborus yesterday so that will be my activity now. I have always wanted to try growing them so we shall see!
Thanks for all the kind words. I love the crocus Kathy. The colors remind me of pansies which was my grandmother's favorite. Plants just don't know what to do this year. I just pray we don't end up with major droughts.
Those crocus were the last bulbs Dad bought for me. There were 100, mostly the small, mixed colors, along with more mini daffs and mixed iris. I just noticed while bringing groceries in, that either Hubby's garlic is sprouting about 2" or more crocus... he decided to plant his garlic in the same place I planted crocus, while I was gone...
I love purple and yellow pansies, especially the mini ones. I had a little bed of them back home, but usually buy a flat of the regular ones in the Spring for my big pots out front. Almost bought silk ones at WM today to dress up my porch planters...LOL
Morning all! Glad you liked that page, Pat! I found quite a few for my files, love when I find free pdf's! Supposed to rain here the rest of the week, as long as Hubby doesn't give me a list of something to go shop for, I should be able to work upstairs. You would think being home all day, that I could accomplish everything I need to do... NOT!!! LOL
Barb, your door quilt reminds me of the conversation we had last year about making quilt blocks to hang outside, similar to the Quilt Barn blocks. Both our side and Dad's side have huge picture windows that I would like to hang some that I can change in and out. Since we live next to the street, our front porch always has plenty of dust and pollen, so anything I would hang outside would need washed often. Hmmm, another 'to do' checklist...
BBL, going to attempt to accomplish something today!
Just what I need to wake up to this morning---more free pattern sites. LOL Kathy, you know I have absolutely no will power when it comes to those sites!!!
More rain here also! Yesterday they said we would be clear today but alas that is not to be--I really am starting to need some sunshine!!! Well, I do have to make a run to Joannes today. I can't believe with all the thread I have acquired that I came across a color I don't have but need to finish a project!!!
Have a great day everyone.
Stu, if you are lurking----congrats on the latest wins with the boys and the girl.
my best friend from IN called a while back after a trip to her family in MN, WI... said "on the way back, we noticed some of the coolest things... designs painted on these people's barns! Looked like some of the patterns that you sew on your projects..." She had discovered Quilt Barns! She usually does all the driving, but had her sons with her, so she got to sightsee. I gave her links for the Quilt Trails around here, if she ever gets back this way, and links to the ones in other states. She's not a quilter, but I've made a few things for her and the granddaughter.
If I move the sewing room to Dad's side, I would like to frame the window with blocks. As long as they aren't lined, the sun would show thru them, I would think, maybe use a thin muslin for the backing?
I have a clear glass storm door and the tulips hang in between that and the green house door. In the summer, we change out the glass for screens and that's when I take the hanging back in. Works out great...
YOU didn't go to the site Susan?? They are FREE!! what's not to like!! LOL You can just print them out and file them away and feel all good about not spending any money other than the cost of printing ink & paper.
I didn't go to the site, cuz I have so many patterns on my system, AND magazines... my Enabler friend has No Idea how many quilt patterns I have LOL
and I'm in a tiny home, so have no more room for patterns, nor does my computer - I'm Trying to delete stuff off my system so it runs better (nasty little system doesn't have 200 gig use LOL )
Thank goodness I have some of the neat sites marked that everyone has suggested. My niece in Canada is just starting to quilt and I sent her a list of site from the accumulated group. Oh how I wish British Columbia was closer to me as I would love working with her.
I know how you feel Marion, My grand daughter in law is just starting and she wishes she were my next door neighbor so we could sew together. I share her wishes as she has become very dear to me.
We are just 250 miles apart so we do get the odd week-end to work together.
I've found that the exact relationship is unimportant. It's what is in the heart.
One of my granddaughters is the daughter of my ex- daughter in law and her second husband. But when one of her relatives told her I wasn't really her grandma, she retorted, " Yes she is..she's my grandma in my heart".
Overall meander quilting with some hearts & flowers thrown in is so DE-STRESSING!!! The gliding of the machine over the fabric and the totally unplanned design. Being able to just relax the brain and be creative. An hour of that and I'm more relaxed than half way thru the last vacation!!!! Had no thoughts of taxes that needed to be finsihed up or cleaning that needs done.
Just noticing I have a window that needs washing. The cat sits there and obviously sneezes on it!!!!
Destressing---what a wonderful word and yes, a wonderful way to do it Jean. I can do that just sewing.
Funny y'all should mention cats sitting in the windows watching things. My daughter's cat sits on her printer (inspite of attempts to stop her) and watches the activities outside. Now she has learned there is a button if you tap it with your foot, you can make paper shoot and and fly around. Who says cats aren't smart or cat owners are just dumb? LOL
Aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggg... That rotten cat was playing "gravity" while I was cleaning in my sewing room and overturned a container of beads onto the hard wood floor. I'll never get them all cleaned up! She is 2 and half, it looks like she will never outgrow the "naughty kitten" stage.
Watching the video, I thought they looked wide also, but it's been a long time since I held a baby size 1 & 2 in my hands..LOL I remember buying Matthew his first pair of suede shoes, size 0.. Couldn't the pattern be cut slightly smaller, like cutting the seam allowance out? It looked like there was only about 1/4" seam on the insides of the ones I could see..
Loved those little Mary Janes and the first cowboy boots she held up..
The T-storms came thru last nite. Now it's just dreary and I won't mind hanging out in the basement with the sewing machines today.
Just watched F&P show. They had a very interesting carry bag on. The episode is under the 1900 series - for you bag lovers/makers.
And I really do need to finish up my taxes today...
Pat, in your "free time" can you edit the 1st posting and add the link from the thread we came from. Thanks...
Horrific winds here today..alert is on so will stay in and play...now why cousldnt it be on a Monday, but, does mean I can make one final attempt to finish that king size christmas quilt..I'll have to post so many of you can tell me which blocks are yours..so wanted to make a chart to say which block came from who and forgot..
Full to the brim after helping myself to that yummy cake,thank you all for birthday wishes..
Betty - no storms here. High Winds usually just mean a Chinook is coming with fabulous warm weather.
Did I send you a quilt block, Betty? Don't remember if I did... don't think so...
Glad you had a good birthday :-)
Hmmm no quilt block Susan, but then I don't think we were in a quilt block swap together..these are Xmas blocks from 2010/2011... Will be doing happy dance big time when thos project is behind me..have but a 16 " border, one side only left, the binding I can sit watch t.v and hand see..sooooogetty antsy seeing I'm so close
I have swap blocks from 2009, so my memory not serving me as to whether we were in a swap together.
Say, what are the sizes of the blocks you got? I would love to "whip up" another one for you - say the Maple Leaf with a heart? :-)
Well, finished the Best of Breed lap trophy Q last night (backed, quilted and binding done yesterday). I have also the two wall quilts finished. Now to put together the auction Q, then back, Q and bind (no, not all today, but has to be done by he end of next week). To top it off, have been extremely stressed out the last couple of weeks as I don't know what's happening to my Job right now, but they've closed all the clinics for this coming Friday afternoon and are having a meeting with the staff. Thr rumor is they're combining two of the clinics and selling them, but not sure what's in store for mine...so... needless to say... Have been having Panic attacks. Have had them three times before in my life, but still not fun. My Family Doc is helping me a bit through this. My intelect knows that whatever happens, I'll be OK, the rest of me somehow doesn't believe it. Nasty feeling. It may be time for me to make a change and this is my higher power's way of nudging me. I'm in my 17th year at this employer. Well... quilting will keep me busy right now.
Sending prayers and soft hugs Stu..no matter how we fret and plan the good Lord says plan all you want, chuckles to HIMSELF and says only MY plan will be..
Know we can say, dont worry, easy to say but hard to do..keep yourself busy, see all you are achieving and think what will be will be!
Off to sew..hoping to put this Christmas quilt to bed today...see all you do so quickly and although I'm fairly quick am amazed at what you all accomplish..guess if I stuck to sewing and not nclude 5 other crafts I'd be ok. Lol
Off I go, got to keep on track today or I will be saying same thing next weekend!
Agreed panic attacks are no fun! Hang in there--yes as Betty said--it is easy enough for us to say but...
Glad you have your quilting to work with Stu. I have used my sewing as a stress release--well that was until Ross was diagnosed with cancer then I couldn't concentrate on sewing. Sending good vibes your way in hopes they help some during this time.
Marion, did the same but with knitting machines..bought an electronic one as I loved my other 2 manual ones, took a bit of concentration to operate,$4 k and 20 years later its still under the bed..only last week I find I'd like to take it out..was able to contact a woman in Toronto who teaches same unit so think I'll give it a try...could nt even find the manual but she kindly emailed me site for downloading...guess we can't give up!
I'm sure you've all heard of the devastation these tornadoes have reeked in Indiana and across the states. This little 2 yr old girl was found in a field 10 miles from her home, currently recuperating in the hospital. Her parents and siblings were killed in the storm... So much damage from this swath, the little town of Holton was pretty much destroyed, and the town of Henryville was practically leveled. Thank goodness the schools had been emptied before the storm came thru...
Once I get done with the projects I'm working on, I plan on making a bunch of twin-sized tops and gradually quilt them. It'll let me try some patterns and give me a supply for donation quilts. I have a feeling that the weather we're seeing across the country is just the start of a bad season, especially as it's been so warm so long. The twin size should be OK for cots and the like in temporary housing. I knew there was a reason that I bought that 35 yrds of natural and warm batting black Friday at Joann's. Been itching to play with some of these patterns, so it's a win/win. And it gives me a chance to use some of the fabrics I've had for a bit as well as scraps for some scrappy quilts.
Yes, the tornado moved her that far... but the new update reports that she did not survive her extensive head injuries, as she just passed... So many heart wrenching stories and pictures from those storms, just unreal. Her name was Angel...
That poor little girl. To have survived so much and still not make it thru...
Another 10 hour day at work. Did I mention I "get" Saturday and Sunday off? But hey, it wasn't a 12 hour day so I should count my blessings right? IF the preparation for the state audit doesn't kill me the AUDIT will I'm sure. I'm an exempt employee, NO overtime money, no nothing nada zip and even required overtime is legitimately unpaid. I got home in time to go to bed with my cold medication.
oh Pat - surprised your being exempt means no OT - guess that's because you're not part of the union, but I would think that State law would dictate employee regulations...
Hope your cold gets better - all this OT must surely make it more difficult to get well...
Mystery's block of 2011 is 2 row from right, 5 row up.
My 2011 is 3rd row up from bottom, FAR right golden blocks with G&R.
My 2010 is Top row, 3rd from left (snow men with classic red and green color)
it's probably a good thing that I don't have a granddaughter... 1- she'd be 'must be spoiled rotten' project, and 2- she'd have a couple of these to wear for Gramma's pictures... LOL
I made ones similar to these for my nieces when they were babies, absolutely so cute in Christmas pictures..
Just before she died, my mom made a beautiful knitted baby dress for me to put away.."for when you get a great grand daughter". She got one finished and was working on another when she passed. I waited until Sammi was old enough and then washed and blocked it out for Sammi to wear.
When my DIL was pregnant I rushed out and took smocking lessons, bought a p,eater and started making the prettiest bonnets and dresses...couldn't talk all those grandsons into wearing them..17 years later I'm hoping the day will come when their wives are expecting and I can start sewing for girls..
Betty, I made all those heirloom smocked dresses for my granddaughters (even snuck in a few shirts and short pants for the boys). Now I have the pleasure of seeing my great granddaughters wearing their mom's dresses. Many of them my mom tatted the lace for. Check out Sew Beautiful magazines, I have the first 5 years issues...can't bear to just toss them out.
Out of the 15 so far girls, there is 1 girly girl. I don't expect any different with the one coming, knowing her daddy as I do. Ours girls can ride, shoot, wrestle and play sports as well or better than their brothers and cousins. In spite of this or maybe because of it, the grown ones are lovely young ladies, sure of themselves and able to hold their own in this sometimes wild world.
oh Karen - how very sweet that dress is!! And what a wonderful keepsake from your DM!!!!
It looks so much like a pale green dress I did for my daughter (of course, being as it was before digital cameras, I don't have a pic of it for here... and she's now in her 30's, so don't know where the pic is... likely with her now, as I sent a lot of her baby stuff to my DD.)
Thanks, she's a good kid! Just got her license, cheerleader, among other things, but has her 'ornery' side, too. Her brother wrestles, hunts with his Gpa, pesters their mother to death..LOL When they were little, they were both so shy... not any more!
Last year I found out that a good friend of mine, his daughter gave birth on my husbands BD. We waked my husband on that day. I had started this quilt for said baby and finally finished it. Going to CT tomorrow
yes I firmly believe, One leaves - one gets born - but to happen to someone I knew and owed a favor - so appropo - My friend was a salesman in my business for over 20 years and gave me a lot of inside scoop.
BTW Barb how are you feeling.? How are we going to resolve your delicate situation??