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These are some aprons I finished recently. The first is a apron for my DSIL for Christmas. Do you lovely ladies recognize the blocks from charms you have given me? the 2nd is a close up of the apron bib. The 3rd picture is a Valentine Day gift to my oldest Stepdaughter.
No, will it bond copper to ceramic? I was using a Gorilla glue that is activated with water. I think the ceramic and copper were "too slick" to get a good bite/adhere since the area I was attempting to bond was only 3/4 inch diameter. I'll buy some of the E6000. I used to have some but I doubt I can even find it, let alone if it's any good still anymore! LOL
Karen, how touching, bet it brought more than one tear to your eyes..
Pat, just think how much more this area will mean to you when the project is finally done. Love the apron, see I'm not the only one working on Christmas gifts.
Making a list for backing, binding, batting for all the pieces I have ready to quilt..will never mind the pretty fabric and buy the essentials..means a trip to buffalo in the next few weeks, now it will mean watching weather for travel days.
Early morning, not sure what I shall get up to, am sure there is something though. Lol
No, that was a gift I made this year and it was too big across the chest and the neck strap too long so I took it back and reset the neck strap shorter and further in. ALTHOUGH I do have a Christmas printed apron that is sitting on my ironing board waiting for a few minutes.
"It will mean more to you" is a bit what I'm afraid of! It's never good to have a rental that is too dear to your heart. Our very first renter was with us over a year and he was WONDERFUL, he became honorary part of our extended family. His wife and child finally got here from China and our studio is too far from college for her to commute.
I made 4 of these just gorgeous. 3 last year and the fourth just would't come together. Gave me headaches, just call me queen of rippers.
I was shamed into making it by my Lisa - whiner - your making stuff for others never for me etc.etc wrong motivation for such a tedious project. Now its done. Well almost, still have to put a haning thing a ma jig in the back. forgot.
One of my old threads just got "bumped", for those that have never seen pictures of one of my former homes. NO, I didn't know how to post pictures from the camera back then either! But I had some color print out and knew how to SCAN them in and attach. I don't even know where some those pictures are filed here in this house. I know they are not on this computer. that was a couple of computers ago. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/779605/
Barb, what are the corners of that project going to look like?
Bit the bullet and drove to the other side of the city this morning. No small accomplishment. There is a terrific little quilt shop there where I found "the" fabric for the baby receiving blanket. It's a Makower pin dot cotton; vanilla with tiny, slightly darker dots. I wanted the front and back to be the same since this will be a whole cloth quilt and be seen from both sides. The fabric cost an arm and a leg. I told them they could have the leg but I needed the arm to stitch and pulled out the plastic card. Now I will mostly look at it (notice the "mostly") as an incentive to get the last quarter done on the wedding quilt which I've just started. Still need to design the piece. I'm thinking of a pomegranate motif as it is religiously symbolic and the notion of quilting six hundred and thirteen seeds is intriguing.
Laurel - I'm sure the quilting will be fantastic so you need to use a thread so the design can be appreciated fully!!!!
I just finished a 2nd baby quilt. What is with decorating baby rooms in grey? I don't get it. My DD used pink & grey, these babies have aqua/grey & yellow/grey, then met a young lady in JoAnn's who was just doing grey & white. And no patterns just solid colors.
yes, I think grey is the new neutral choice, better than black IMO. Maybe now I'll be able to find more selections of greys here. Mostly solids and maybe a grey print or two, usually on black. Would love to find calico or paisley type prints..
Jean, nothing could be more fantastic than this tone on tone whole cloth piece. http://pinterest.com/pin/121315783684274804/ I have never done one before. Many have trapunto work which is also used in Japanese embroidery. I do it but will def not have the time for that.
Don't know about the baby decorating. They come out with something super snazzy and a designer logo in a magazine; then everyone wants it. Maybe the primary colors we raised our kids on caused ADHD. lol Shoot, I thought burning my gift copy of Dr. Spock, along with my bra, made me a know-it-all!
Perhaps the next generation will need antidepressants at an early age. DD says she does not plan on nursery decor at all. I'm fine with that but her MIL is super peeved with them not wanting to know the sex and not being immersed in a frenzy of baby having. MIL is an avid crafter and has a long list of gender determined chachkies she wants to make.
I was in disbelief when my GS and his wife announced elephants for their baby girls room. However once I started looking around there was tons of feminine elephants for baby girls. Her room is just darling.
love elephants (think Dumbo...)! Found the cutest stuffed elephant at a local Hallmark with a rattle inside when Bella was born, she loves it! Of course, had to get her a rabbit, and a bear and... lol. And to think she'll inherit Gramma's collection of Boyd's bears..
I have a couple questions. Do you think the background on this is to yellowy, does it make it look dingy to you? Never having done applique, Im curious what you do with the edges, this one, nothing is done. Could you somehow sew around all these pieces to make it look 'finished, or would that ruin it?
Pam, that quilt is gorgeous!! if you are wanting to try applique for the first time??? you need to find a few very simple designs...for instance a snowman. simple circles , basic shapes...square hat...
there are many types of applique, one uses iron on fusible stuff, and you stitch around raw edges. there is needle turn, where you fold in the edge of your design, as you are stitching it onto your background. there is a method in which you use interfacing. if you look on u tube you can find example of them all.
then there is the question of sewing by hand or machine, needle turn is by hand, the others are machine or hand stitching..
cute aprons Doc!!!
and Barb. I love that quilt !!
I love the look of greys and yellow, with some black and white thrown into the mix...
grey and solids in general are becoming more and more popular...goes with the new "modern quilting" craze / fad although I hate to use those terms, not sure how else to describe it.
I would like to get brave enough to tackle a whole cloth quilt someday :)
Besides loving it, the only reason that I would attempt thinking about that quilt is, the pieces are all already cut out and the steam a seam is on the back already. To me, the work would really be in doing something with the edges. I know they didnt, but in my mind, I would want to.
I did a class once with a block with Y seams. No fun to be had there. I think actaully, thats what got me to start paper piecing. I loved that it turned out perfect every time.
Ref that applique...I think it would be almost impossible to do that applique by machine & have it come out looking like that sort of applique should look. Pieces that small & detailed need to be done carefully by hand.
I'm with Thunder - try applique with some large pieces & see if you like it before trying something complicated.
While at the fabric shop today I saw a piece that will be taught shortly, lovely poinsettia's with beading in the centers..I'll have to soon decide if I'm going to fly to Florida for a weekend or not, if not then I'll take the course.
Need fabric for 5" border..had the fall trees that I did the 2" border but it's too overwhelming..cannot completely iron on the piece I of fabric I traced for easier placement of the pieces..doing it a bit differently..what I shall do when the next border is on is cut from the back the additional fabric under the pattern eagle..minimize the thickness...
hoping by weekend I can have it finished and quilted..here's hoping..
Well, the thing about pintrest is, one thing leads to another and another and so on. You click on something you like, and then it takes you to more and more, and then there is stuff you never knew about, and you love it too. It like the skeletons...I dont know how I got to them, but boy did I think they were pretty/neat/ interesting...etc.
I dont know how to post over on the 'cube'. I forgot about it once Dave started ATP. Im desperate to be 'in on' the black and white D9P. Would one of you all sign me up, or just know that Im going to send some as well.
OMG...stupid is as stupid does. It would help if I went to page 7...not page 1. On page one I saw Jan 5th and in my mind, that was yesterday, I even thought...isnt that odd, they go the opposite way as ATP. OOOOOOOOOO Lord. Well, since Im a month behind when that was posted, I guess Im a little late...:-X
I did get a fair amount of 2 x 7 strips cut today. Im going to use them as enders and leaders for a postage stamp quilt. I wanted all squares a different fabric, but this one will end up with 3 squares of the same fabric. The should be pretty hard to detect as the same tho, with so many. I'm almost wondering if I should use some sort of stablizer tho, so it will hold its shape when putting it together.
It starts tonight for me and goes through Saturday!!! A typical nor'easter is on it's way. Norm has the shopping list for his way home from work. We will be fine. It is supposed to be just light and fluffy snow but the winds are supposed to get to 40+ which will make white outs a huge possibility. Also will make it difficult to keep the roads clear until it ends. They will fill back in as soon as the plow leaves!!! So-we are planning for cookless meals if necessary and if no heat we will go to my daughter's house five miles away. We have Norm's work truck which will have no problem with the snow. So we will be fine. As long as I have power, I'll try to post and update you Jean...
Got the start done on five more totes yesterday. All the handles are made and all the quilting is done. Just need to assemble now and my ten for February will be done.
Rained on & off yesterday & overnite. To be stormy later today. Will be great for pulling weeds & putting grass seed down tomorrow!!!! Should have raked leaves over the weekend. Oh well, not too many and they are small.
Started some patriotic D9P yesterday. Blues in the slice pieces, red in the center, and an eagle w/bunting in the corners. I'm listening to a book that requires some concentration so can't work on a pattern that requires "thinking".
Just finished my ten totes for February. I used the fabrics from Marion (Maid M) (abbisgranma) for all ten of them and she also sent me the coloring books and crayons!!! They came out well I think. Still have some her fabrics left and some from Thunder, Jaye and some from Linda Kay also. You guys are the best!!!!
Oh cuddling!! I seem to remember something like that. :-) Barb, just be careful please and stay in touch as much as you can.
Okay ladies, the rains are on their way. It was drizzling when I got up this morning but has continued to get harder as the day progresses. Just spoke with a friend who happens to currently be in Pensacola and she said it was stormy during the night there. Don't know if we are to get the "stormy" part but definitely the rain.
Pam, what is the weather for Saturday? I will be coming to Gainesville for a memorial service and curious what to expect.
Wow Barb, they look fantastic. The best possible use for those fabrics.
Those were left over pieces from our various swaps. I am so happy Barb could make good use of the fabric. PS...Kim bought the books and crayons. She said she thought this was a wonderful idea and more kids needed people who really cared. So she added those just to make her feel better. :-)
72 on Saturday. I sure would like to hook up.
I too, Im doing a funeral on Saturday. One of the girls friends Mother, rejected a liver transplant. Hard for me to process. Here one day, ...
She was so nice :-(.
Great bags Barb, Im getting real close to being done with my first one. If the darn study did not flood from a broken pipe, I would be done already. My 'reward', other than knowing a child will get it, is buying the crayons and coloring books. Im going to talk to the manager of Books a Million to see if he will give me a deal for quantity.
Boy did you hit that on the head. I have been taking all the drawers out of the dest, etc. The wall units not oly have drawers full of JUNK, every nick nack that the girls ever got in their life were on that thing, so we could move the furniture out. ERRRRRRRR Hard enough just to get it all out, but now im in a fret over going thru the junk before it goes back. At least the carpet...therefore the smell, is OUT. Got an estimate on putting wood in there to match the living room and dining room. 1400$...NOT. I hate to put carpet back in cases this happens again, but I dont use that room enough to warrant that kind of money. The AC man came out and said it would be 7K for a new AC or 2500 to replace the compressor in a 13 year old AC. Im actaully considerng 100 dollar window AC's in the bedrooms and sewing room and calling it a summer. The home owners association does allow them, but all but one would be in the back and they would never know.
Very grateful still, not to be ill, but when it rains, it does pour, doesnt it.
Pam, have you checked to see if the City of Gainesville offers a "help" program for replacing new A/C units. At one time, I know they did. They also offered help (low rate loans) for water heater replacement as we took advantage of that offer. We have used the same type deal with rental property we used to have in Tallahassee...loan was from City of Tallahassee. Worth calling and checking into...
The totes are wonderful, Barb. You've made the day of many children in need of happy moments. :)
I spent the day in the studio storage room and realized I'd had nothing to eat today. Came up for a bite and a cup of tea. It's wet and yucky here too. Emptied out most of the room and moved in two storage cabinets from the Miami house. The room provides dual storage for sewing and catering work. Most of the stuff found its way back in there but there's more to do to accommodate all the fabric and notions brought back over the past several years. My back is telling me to quit now and reward myself with some stitching before starting dinner.
While muddled in mindless cleaning the design for the whole cloth naming blanket came to me. It will be a giant pomegranate containing a pomegranate tree with eighteen pomegranates. The number eighteen, or Chai, symbolizes life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chai_%28symbol%29 Now I'm getting excited about this and washed the fabric today. Randomly shaped Pomegranate seeds will make up the background quilting. Not sure about a border yet. Maybe pomegranate leaves or flowers or both.
Hope I'm not overstaying my welcome. Here's the rough sketch design without borders. I've got some ideas for that now too. The negative space in the large pomegranate will be filled with pomegranate seeds. Oh, I can't wait to start this.
Going to be absolutely eye catching and a work of art..bet you are now all energized, ready to seek out the perfect fabrics!
Karen, thanks..not a difficult project, all the work was cutting and packaging specific numbers..today I'm matching fabrics to those numbers and cutting..I'll be glad when I can finally add the pieces.
Tomorrow I'm off to the husqvarna dealership for a class for those who bought new sewing machines over the Christmas holidays...basics on 1st class, 4 more after that, ie what to do with the feet, the quilting etc. looking forward to it.. Of course the session is free to those who bought the machine in her studio but $35 a lesson for those who did not..minimal I'd say to get the most out of the machine..
Laurel, your design is stunning. I really like it.
And Betty, I would love to get the pieces and then return them to you. Or trace the big sheet- probably easier that way. Norm just absolutely loves eagles and wolfs. I have made him a wolf blanket but would love to surprise him with an eagle... Let me know...Thank you.
Edited for spelling!!!!!
Betty I bought the fabric this past week and washed it yesterday. It's a Makower fabric. Cream with butter colored pin dots. Makower is a UK company that makes fine quilting and embroidery fabric. There are some really nice tone on tone patterns out there but none of them made sense for this project. Some are geometric and many are floral or vines. It wouldn't look right to have roses or grape vines with a pomegranate design.
Barb, all the pieces are in baggies, infact i will include most of the fabric, need to little for the eagle parts and yet have to buy a minimum cut...will ship them out shortly! Not sure I'd ever do another but one never knows..lol
Laurel you will have to post photo's of fabrics you are using!
You are one clever lady Betty. And of course I would have shared and forwarded to Thunder!!! Now I must be careful Norm does not see this. When you send pieces to me can you put in a dummy pattern of something so when he asks what Betty sent, I can show him that? He picks up the mail now and doesn't miss a trick!!!! He would want to know what I got especially from you!!. Thank you my friend.
Linda - depends on what you are wanting to do with it. Since these are older machines, they don't have bells & whistles. And although they are a solid machine, if it was used a lot, it may have some wear. What tends to wear out on these is the upper tension mechanisms and the bobbin cases.
I think it is quilter_gal who has all the info on the older machines. Have not seen her on for quite awhile.
To those up North - how are you doing? Just watching coverage on TWC makes me cold!!!!!
Betty, no hurry on the eagle! Please wait until your next trip down to USA okay!!!!! No need to spend extra and I will send postage...
Sitting here watching the town plow leave 4'+ snowbanks across the driveway. Fun! Fun!
We do have a man who plows us and the kids have told us they will be down later. We don't need anything so we aren't too concerned about it. I will try to use my 24" ruler and get a measure of the snow after the wind dies down a bit...
I've always wanted to do a quilt of Lemoyne stars but knew I did not have the patience to do them the correct way. Have put singles in sampler quilts.
Well, F&P show this week has a ruler (Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Template) for making them that looks like it may well be worth the investment. Here it was in the Oct/Nov 2012 issue and I somehow missed it. Need to check & see if JoAnn's carries the ruler.
Brilliant day out there..was out shovelling back entrance into basement, steps, just finished when Andrew who plows arrived to do the main drive. He plows wide enough and long enough I could park 12 cars..lol. Almost thought of getting my snowblower out to do walkway but heck physical activity is good for you.
Have everything packed ready to go the sewing studio in Midland for lessons n the saphire..short a piece of brown/black for the eagle so sure hoping somewhere in town I can find it..poor eagle has half wing,tail,feet..needs a body and head lol
Barb, going to check my schedule, need some mailing done so maybe a Saturday run to Buffalo might be in order.
Glad family will come help..too much for Norm to do. I would say we got about
1 1/2 ft yesterday alone..
Sky is blue. Sun shining, making it the perfect kind of day..
If you look at this page, there is a storage box...second row, second item, for 9.99. At the bottom of the page, last item, is what appears to be the same item in colors, for 6.99. My computer wont let me order that 6.99 box for love nor money. I was wondering how that came up on your computer. I was going to order 7 of them, would get free shipping, and I could put my blocks in them that Im working on. Now that I know they have them for 6.99, Ill be darned if Im paying 9.99.
I just tried it, added it to my wish list, and my wish list never comes up. I think their web site has a problem.
Did you call the 800 # & order that way. I've had to do that when sites seem to get stuck on me.
Just called, they are out of stock. I, of course, asked them why they have them on the website still, and they said they are having trouble with their web site and they should not be there . Ive wasted WAY to much time on joanns today, thats for sure. Nothing they advertised I wanted at the store either. O well, they will come around on sale again. They have the ones for 9.99, but they are the same thing, only clear. Who knows, one day I might actually be able to go to joanns and get what I went there for. That place is jinxed for me. I guess we all know I didnt NEED them anyway.
You might be right LindaKay..little tidy up wouldn't hurt..
Got to measure small off chute room from family room to craft room, brother Bernie called and said he would be here 8am..need some idea of how I want finished..a design would help! Shouldn't take too much energy right?
Barb, I can't find words to comment on your photo. It's something I've never seen. I'm trying to visualize snow plows, drifts that make you and Betty unable to get out of your driveways and all the complications of snowy weather. Think I'd be holing up 'til Spring. We can't we get out of our driveway in two inches of snow/ice with four wheel drive.
I never saw a snow plow until DD went to school in MA in '04. I thought it would look like a farm plow or giant front end loader. Wasn't I surprised to see an everyday truck with an attachment on front. lol How long is your drive? Do you pay a monthly fee for regular service come winter the way we do our landscape company? Our drive in Atlanta is over one hundred meters/three hundred fifty feet and includes a bridge. Forget Maypop. Our drive there is gravel and over five hundred meters/1/3 mile uphill. We can't get out of either home if we have serious icy snow. Though people would like to picture us southerners as cold weather wimps, the real reason is because snow here is usually preceded by sleeting rain. Driveways and roads ice over. You cannot even walk on it let alone drive.
true enough. many years ago we had to attend a wedding in Arkansas before the Holidas, talk about ice, thick thick. no one moved...for me coming from upstate NY this was unbelieveable but so real.
Gloating 78 here today a bit cool underair, but this winter is just amazing. Island is over run by touristo and so is Sarasota. So you think you stay put because of blizzards, no you stay put because of over run with people. Snow is nice and clean, people are nasty, pushy, want to go where they are already. Very Hectic.
One of the advantages of aging in New England when you have family near is that they come and clear you out when necessary. Here is my daughter clearing the back deck and my grandson working on the front... They know neither Norm nor I are supposed to shovel. We do have a plowman who comes and does our driveway per storm. He is a friend and doesn't charge us like his other customers. If the snow is under 3" he doesn't come at all. Only cost me $80.00 all last year!!!!
I have to agree with Helene about the tourist. Alot of them just need to 'chill'. I say come on down tho, they are the one thing that keeps FL
from having a state income tax. Hopefully by the end of their vacation they are relaxed and happy.
Im sure the snow was very pretty, especially before it had any footprints or started getting moved around.
Barb, that's assuming the kids can get out of their drive to help you out. Aren't you lucky to have family near? New Englanders say they miss the warm friendships most when they relocate to the South. We are a very transient area of the country. People come to Atlanta for business or professions and often relocate or retire elsewhere. I think with the growth of cultural resources in Atlanta and as development of the urban core includes housing, not just business, that trend will slow and we will become more like New York and Boston.
Talking about up north topics, I'm canning great northern beans today and transferring my newly sized pomegranate design to the fabric.
When I 1st went to HI, I looked at the houses on the mountains & my 1st thought was "how do they get up those roads in winter". Immediately laughed when I remembered I was in HI & there would not be snow in winter!!!!!
It is indeed all relative. In PA winter meant putting chains on the tires and clop clopping down the roads. They would mainly sand & pack the snow and you just drove on the packed sand.
Jean, when a goof friend moved back to the milder Pacific Northwest (Tacoma/ Seattle ), she saw all the little raised reflectors on the road and wondered "how much the snow plow doesn't scrap them off?" She KNEW better if she was thinking!! (Like you and HI!) That part of the state gets LOTS of rain and rarely snow, THEY need those reflectors in all the rain!
The weatherman says more snow -3-4"-changing to rain tomorrow! Can you imagine what that will do to all this snow. I need to have Norm check the roof!!!!
How are you feeling now Betty? Best you stay home and get well...
Chamber of Commerce day here today. I got alot of spraying for aphids and rust done. Started working on finishing up front prunning. Tried to clean up one side of the yard, but I think I did more moving stuff around, than cleaning. I ran out of daylight, but Ive got to do some round-up spraying tomorrow. Showered, and Im ready to do a little unwinding with some putting together of some D9P blocks.
Looking forward to watching Laurels quilt take shape. I know its going to be a stunner.
Sunny...low humidy..no mosquitos...slight breeze... mid 70's... blue sky...sand hill cranes filling the sky and sounding their arrivial. Azealas and camelias blooming, carolina jasmine, citrus blossoms, tea olive filling the air with glorious aroma. Birds nesting all around. One of those days you get only a few of a year. I call it a Chamber of Commerce day, as I figure this is the kind of day they would 'put out' to the world to brag about the area. I hope to get in a few more of these before the oppressive summer hits. Im guessing it was about the same for Marion and Jean.
WOW Pam... it's just cold here! LOL, not what the North Eastern states are getting but it sure is NOT what you are describing!!
Betty so sorry to hear you have the flu bug. So far I have dodged it, I encourage the clients with flu to STAY home, I don't want it or need it!!
My Valentine projects are finally cooperating with me and will go out tomorrow. VERY doubtful they will be received on Valentine or sooner but I guess that's my outcome for now. THANK you E6000, it seems at least when I switched to that product my success rate changed.
at the quilt shop they are hand quilting an applique quilt "Florida" by pearl Perira from the American Album series.
that is one unusual quilt top, done by the Venice Fl guild as their Raffle for next years show.
American Album series depects quilt tops of all states...
Helene - those are some beautiful applique pieces. I can appreciate that type of applique but would never have the desire, or patience, to do it. After all that work, you couldn't use it and I believe in using my quilts.
Today I did yard work, and more yard work. Still more to be done but the bulk is done. Mowed & the BIG weeds gone. Those that are left need a dose of weed killer.
Next task will be to put down some grass seed...next week!!!!
the quilt is stunning - I'll make a trip and take pictures(veryone and their uncle is in Fl. this year because such exceptional winter, like I said before so I don't get off the island readily).
Like I said it was made by a guild, each capable member had to participate. I believe each block was worked on by either 12 or 14 people.
I have quilt camp this weekend & need to gather fabrics to take with me. I'm still working on making scraps into useable strips so know I'll be taking those along with me. Maybe I'll do an Anita's Arrowhead. I'm to teach a class to another group later in the month & it might be nice to have an example to show them. The 3 I made all went to others.
Well it's 9am and the girls who normally come to paint or sew on Tuesdays while I'm at work haven't arrived as yet..perhaps they knew I was still home unwell and cancelled for the day..they would not have bothered me as I'd be upstairs and they downstairs but just as well..a quiet day it will be.
Jean, I get one of those fed ex phishing emails at least three times a week. They have been coming since the first of December. At first, I sent them to Fed Ex, to see if they could at least shut one person down. They didnt respond, and those things are still coming fast and furious. I do just as you suggested, delete them. Im just now thinking tho, they do kinda coincide with when Im ordering stuff online, even if the stuff is coming UPS. Maybe thats how they get people to open them, they know the person has something coming anyway.
Looks like fun at Bett'ys, sure hope your feeling better soon to enjoy it again.
The fourth section of my quilt is off the frame. Now to add detail stitching to the squares while using a hoop. Then to figure out how to make the four parts into one quilt. Hoping to baste up the whole cloth piece tomorrow. Maybe even put a needle to the fabric. I'm straining at the bit but still have a long way to go on the wedding quilt.
It's lovely Laurel..only a quilter knows how much love went into those stitches!
Ann was here today, she is doing the Christmas placemats, she decided when working downstairs that she would love to try the perriwinkle quilt when I get the template...we talked about yardages etc. while having lunch she looked at the hanging quilt/quilts on my beds and said how she loved them..when I told her they were bought and for how much she asked why on earth would she go through the trouble of making one...told her for the love of quilting!
Betty, it is so nice to "see" Ann and June again!!!! Where was Pat? I didn't see her.
Looks like they are all having fun. I can just hear the laughter! The sunbonnet blocks are adorable...
I love your pillowcases. I would mount them in a shadow box if they were mine and display them proudly.
Sorry to hear your Mom isn't feeling well. Sending wishes for a speedy recovery for both she and Jim.
Laurel, your quilt is coming along so nicely. How much more to do?
Betty, DD does not quilt but she has seen me needle one thing or another (including her and her brothers) for years. She has a fine appreciation for hand work.
Barb, probably two weeks of relaxing and a little Netflix to finish the fill in stitching on this quarter. With my schedule it will probably be a few months before it is all together. The justification for working on the whole cloth piece before the wedding quilt is done is that I will be keeping my fingers limber if I stitch. At some point, after hand assembly, the wedding quilt will require a hefty amount of additional quilting because I'm going to have to add squares, and not just sashing or borders, to size it near correctly. Even so, it will be a quilt of creative dimensions.
Barb, yep you've met the girls so you know they can be a handful! Always full of laughter..
They often ask when you will be back. Ann was in good spirits..actually she will be here any moment for tv bingo. Pat suggested much the same, shadow box with a few other family momento's but these are from an aunt thru marriage who was going to put them in salvation army buckets before aunt Muriel told her I'd appreciate them..perhaps I could put a set on back bedroom bed.
Laurel, you have everything figured out re design so I know it will be a quilt to treasure.
Like painted morning glories!!!!
My Stacy leaves Thursday for a few days spent with her brother and family in Colorado. I'm sure you have all heard me mention my son and DIL and the two beautiful grands that are there. I made a hat for each of them including Stacy for when they are together. Came out kind of cute I think.
I've been taking fabrics off my shelves & pulling them together. I have now gathered what I hope is enough for 3 tops - all will be very BRIGHT & cheery & bed size. Think that should be enough to keep me busy over the weekend.
Hopefully will be able to get some sewing in this AM also. I feel the NEED to create something!!!!!
Has anyone ever gotten bad, I mean really bad fabric online. Is it rude to send it back? I have never seen fabric this 'cheap' never at wal mart or even the FQ's at joanns. It is so stiff and the weave so 'open'. I would not even use this for a charity quilt. It just feels horrible.
I've never purchased fabric online, Pam. I have to feel it since it's going to be hand worked.
Whoo hoo! I got the whole cloth design finished and basted today. It's ready to stitch. Maybe try a stitch or two tonight? Wish I could post a photo of the design. Don't think it will show up with the almost white fabric.
I've been pleased with fabric online, but I wouldn't hesitate to send it back if I wasn't happy with the quality. If I wouldn't buy it in a store, I wouldn't keep it from an online source. I would tell them exactly why I was returning it.
I bought some fabric I was not totally pleased with on line, I sent an e-mail to the company, told them what i did not like, and they sent me a refund, then an e mail coupon for 25% off another purchase,apologizing for the inconvenience.
This is the fabric, I got it as the backing to a pink and green quilt. I looks just fine in person, but it feels horrible. It was on sale last week, so I went for it. Usually Im more careful to see who makes it. I guess when I saw it, and it was the right color and price, I just clicked order. Now that I look at the description, I will never buy fabric on line that says lightweight cotton and has no manufacture.
I will certainly buy from fabric.com again, but I will read better.
Id never get any nice fabric if I couldnt order online. Jo Anns it for me in town.
I got other fabric as well, it was totally up to par. I like them because they have free shipping with 35$, and some good sales. I would take any suggestions for other places.
I have ordered from thousands of bolts, but I find it hard to go thru the site.
I love Hancocks of Paducah, but dont like paying the shipping.
green fairy, whittles, connecting threads, keepsake quilting, the intrepid thread, fabric.com, thousands of bolts, fat quarter shop, pat sloan, marthas quilting corner. that's all I can think of at the moment...
green fairy is the my # 1 spot to check for precuts, jelly rolls etc...
Intrepid thread has lots of new stuff, very very good quality.
Hope you have plenty of help Karen. I think moving is one thing I have started to truly dislike the older I get!!!! We are in limbo right now and stuff is packed that I want to use and Stuff I don't use still waits to be packed but we need to find the right place first. You know what it is like I'm sure!!!!
I can definitely relate to the moving situations. I still can't find items I know I packed. They must be in with DH's books and there is a pile of those he has yet to unpack. And I have 2 wicker crates I can't get too until he moves what he has piled on top of them. And then I put stiff places and now can't remember where and I spend hours looking for things.
I was much better at moving when I had to do it every 2-3 years!!!!! Collect too much when I sit in 1 place for too long.
I loathe moving. Ive been packing up stuff and boxing up stuff from the room that flooded, and Im hating every minute of it. Besides not liking to do it, I see so much stuff I need to go thru and put somewhere else or throw out. Ive been in the house for 12 years now and there are still boxes I havent unpacked, and probably never will. I stumbled on a box of old sorority stuff the other day, dont want it, hard to toss. My Mother called the other day and wanted me to take a box back that she found that has stuff from 7th grade in it. Just what I need. One day tho, the new floor will be in, the room will be put back together, and that will feel like utopia.
I called fabric.com about the fabric I want to return, the girl I talked to was far from friendly, but at least they are sending a free label to ship it back. Guess she just doesnt want to be working on valentines day. It certainly wont stop me from buying from them if I see the right fabric at the right price.
Glad you called Pam. I have not ordered very much from them but atleast what I did order has been very good. I have been going to Missouri Star Quilt Company but the last order I placed still hasn't been shipped and it has been a while. That is so unusual for them.
I have also ordered from a place called Counterpaines LLC and their materials are very nice.
Unpacked boxes? Oh I thought those were the base for my end tables! :-) I still have some that need to be gone through but I think most of the stuff is Kim's and she should be doing it...not me!
I don't really order fabric online much, just because I don't feel like I get the true colors off the computer screen, but I also like to feel what I'm buying too. I used to work at a quilt shop, and I know how much business means to the small businesses, so I try to shop at my local quilt shop as much as I can. And I'm lucky, because our local shop, Stepping Stones, is a very good shop. LOTS of fabric!
Maypop, do you go to the Quilt Expo that is in the Atlanta area? I think I might enter a quilt there this year, and I wondered if it was a good show?
Packing won't be so bad this time. About half our stuff is still packed in the storage trailer because we had no room for it here. I wish I had the time to go through it, I'll bet there is quite a bit I can do without...since I have for two years. Need to pack sewing room, computer room and kitchen. Most of the rest we are giving to the grands or donating.
It does feel good to clean and dejunk... "lighten the load". Right now I'd settle for just CLEANING!!! LOL
DH is still keep plugging along on the remodeling... DH & my 3rd son worked all of yesterday. They got the exterior trim on the new door, and replaced a corner exterior trim that was damaged before we bought the house. It looked tacky and I think it made the wrong first impression. My son is home for a visit from China and he came and helped for 2 different days. What a Sweetie!
I took tomorrow off from work. Now... to just not get called out today and I'll be rejoicing!
I know 1st hand that a bit of new trim & paint can really make a difference.
Next week I think I'm going to tackle removing the old wall paper from what was the laundry room and what will become the Butler's Pantry/kitchen extension. Once the wall paper is off I can check my finances & hopefully be able to get the new pantry put in. I plan to get the kind that has the pull out sections.
But this weekend I am looking forward to hanging out with the ladies & sewing, sewing, & more sewing!!!!!
Karen the very best to you in this new adventure!!
Heading to Buffalo at 3:00..friend of mine has a few quilts to do so off fabric shopping. Tummy just started to act up again, wouldn't you know.NOT going to cancel as I've a few things I need as well and pkgs. for the post office. Anxious to get all I've said 'I'll send' on it's way.
OK Barb, Here's the front, The back yard is big and has a large play house plus two nice storage buildings one of which looks like an old timey general store from a western movie. There is still room for the pool I really want.
Happy, it's been a number of years since I've gone to the Quilt Expo but it was great the few times I've been. Really a large show with a lot going on. I'm a pretty amateur quilter and because my finish work is almost entirely hand stitching I'm not knowledgeable about new techniques, products and fabrics. Maybe this would be a good year for me to re-visit the event. You are referring to this one in September? http://www.sewingexpo.com/GeorgiaQuiltShow.aspx It's less than ten minutes from my home.
Karen, I must have missed it but where are you moving to? Was it somewhere in Tennessee? How exciting!
I can't believe it is past the middle of February. Pretty soon it will be summertime. I work at a garden center, and I get to take January and February off, since that is our really slow season. Usually I get a good bit of sewing done this time of year, but not this year. And I've only got 2 more weeks of freedom! Looks like I won't get a lot of sewing done until the heat of summer hits, and we slow down again at work. Hope to keep seeing everyone's projects here!
Did send a post this morning from hotel room but they were having difficulties with wifi..did post Karen how I admire you for taking time to fulfill a commitment for a worthwhile project..nothing gets in the way of putting smile on grandchildren's faces does it...even moving and exhaustion.
Now home, hit stormy weather for about 20 miles, was thankful bad weather cleared..
Was thrilled to find another couple of quilt shops in my travels..g o r g e o u s fabric..
USA Postal Service sure must love my business lol
Home, bathed, in my jammies, looking at fabric I bought for the periwinkle quilt..going to read up on another twister pattern I purchased (one I tried to get online but couldn't) so all is well in my world...
finally... getting work done on the lap quilts I started 1 1/2 years ago... for previous boss & his new wife - they will be married 2 years in July, and it was to be a wedding present for each of them... yikes, I'm way behind the times...
I have a quilt that I started in 1994, and didn't finish until 2007. So don't give up on your unfinished projects. I tend to get going on something until it frustrates me, and then I will set it aside for a while and come back to it later.
Yes, these lap quilts were frustrating me - because I couldn't find a backing that wrapped around enough to be the front binding... so, I put a backing on, and had extra of the same fabric and will do a 2" binding of same material, front & back, separately on the 4 sides.
So, it won't look professional, but it will be done!
Thanks Pat, for making me feel better about my UFOs...
sometimes it's something that is promised to someone (gift, or swap blocks) and I find it difficult to forgive myself for disappointing someone...
Worked long and hard on the studio again today. This is the first full day I've been able to put in. Now I see why it's taking so long. My poor Sweetie works slower than a snail. He just has NO stamina. Many days I put in an hour before I go to work, chalking or painting, cleanIng putting away tools etc and come home after work and I'm dismayed at how little was done in the 11 hours I'm gone. He's doing the best he can.
I put an hour or two in OUTSIDE, oh my that felt good!! I did a little weeding and drove rebar into the ground to display some of my cup & saucer garden art. I had some bulbs I had dug up to thin in early November, they were outside in the cold, I moved them into the house a couple of weeks ago. It finally thawed enough outside that I could use my potting soil. I potted up the dug up bulbs and we'll see if I can save any of them. They all had some growth when I planted them so maybe there is hope.
I'm thinking seriously of putting chicken wire down, then bark, in my front curved flower bed. I planted over 100 bulbs in there this fall and I have a neighbors cat using it for a litter box.
So envious of you being able to harden..bitter cold this mornimg..we must over past few days had freezing rain..wanted to go pick up a few groceries and the windshield is covered with thick ice..inside warming up and car outside trying to defrost...sure doesn't make for a quick trip to the grocery store
Yes, it is going quickly but my guide finger is meat even with a pretty extensive callous. lol Not having to quilt over all those pieced seams is a pleasant switch. I meant to comment that the random oblong shapes in the third photo are pomegranate seeds. There is an inner circle/pomegranate with the stylized tree and an outer one with seeds and the Hebrew letters for life. The letter sound "ch" is in the third photo with some of the seeds surrounding it. The "y" is the shape that looks like an apostrophe to the left of the "ch".
Your stitching is beautiful. I just have to admire it, I know I don't have the patience.
I hope to get another hour or two in on the studio this morning. I have a nephew that flew into Tri-Cities on Friday and I need to arrange a quick visit after church. The hour drive there & then back is time eater.
I can't believe how much I miss when I can't get to the computer for a couple of days.
The pomegranate stitching is phenomenal, I so envy being able to do fine hand stitching. Just a quick update on what we're doing in February. Sheila and I joined Margie Engles new quilt guild, Coastal Quilters. We were given a brown paper bag with 40 2 1/2" strips to make a "strata" quilt. Yesterday we turned in our finished quilts. A little background info. The backing was something I found ay Wal-Mart many years ago for $1 a yard. You couldn't iron it on the front side as the gold would grab the iron and not slide. I donated it for backing because I had bought 10 yards thinking it would be good for something. 100 % cotton. I also used it to make the binding for both quilts. Sheila donated the batting and her lovely longarm quilting. Margie and Sheryl will donate all the quilts gathered to charity. Most are earmarked for homeless children. Our latest block was paper piecing (not my favorite thing) and we bought 8 reprints of our pattern block for $1.00. We could sew on the lines or fold the paper pattern back out of the way and sew along the edge of the pattern. I'm trying both methods. We started with eight 4" x 8" rectangles in four or five different hues. Trying to get good contrast between light, medium and dark.
Patti finished her block making the mariner's star, mine could be a friendship star or a pinwheel design. I think you can get the idea.
Patti donated her block to the placemat cause and I went home with a garbage bag full of donated orphans and backing fabric. They all know I am the placemats for MOW lady! My goal for tomorrow is to get two more quarters done so I get one complete block. I'll try to post pictures when I get that far. On friday we had GDO and we went to the Spacecoast Quilter's show Quilting from the Heart, so watch for that thread, I have some wonderful inspirational info to post.
Since I piece, not quilt, i had a good time taking some wayward blocks and making hot pads out of them last night. I tried to do a decent job of the quilting, but it didnt really matter, it was just fun to see something quilted. I used, for the inside, the hot pad stuff with a piece of batting in between. When I read directions for some, it had two layers batting and one of the hot pad stuff. That wouldnt fit under the walking foot tho. One thing I know is, one layer of the hot pad stuff does nothing for keeping your fingers from getting burned. These are the bomb, even if they dont look retail worthy.
Holy wahhhhh, was up at 3:15am, guess I'll not have to go to bed to keep up with you gals..talk about treasures..
Mittsy, can you tell me "how" I came about having quilt books with your name in them..I'm thinking it's your name on postal label..ahhh maybe it was from another Mittsy. Lol
Did my good turn of the day, had a cousin of my Dh's whom I just met, worked with her untild 1/2 hr ago..she went home thrilled with her project..brownie points. Lol. Take a break then see if I can get some of your energy..you gals sure are sewing up a storm..
I would love to hand quilt, but I've had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands about 10 years ago, and I just don't have the hand stamina. I do love to appliqué, needle turn, but I guess pushing through all three layers to do the quilting is just too much. I like the piecing part much better than quilting, anyway, and just have given myself permission to have someone much better at it than me to do the quilting. I do machine quilt small things, but not bed quilts.
OOOOH is Happy speaking my language. I have the urge and desire to do something with my hands tho, so needle turn and redwork are what Im going to try.
I have some books to move on. I will take a picture and see if any of you might could use them. When Im throwing fabric away I dont want to look at any more, in a box that says clothes only :-x, I always include a couple books so hopefully someone will use it and not notice they are not clothes.
The piece work posted here is simply amazing. I would enjoy learning the techniques and patterns but then that's a whole other direction that I know would result in a ton of UFOs. This is my first whole cloth quilt and I'm loving working on it. It's not stressful on the wrists. My wrists do get sore if I quilt on the wedding quilt for a few hours. I'm finding that whole cloth quilting is most like embroidery and think this is something I would like to pursue. It allows me the opportunity to draw with a needle in ways I have not been able to master with a machine. I enjoy all sorts of applique techniques and openwork as well.
I looked at the picture and all I could see was that iron down, I thought...shes going to burn down the house. I then remembered reading somewhere...I think, that your iron CAN be left down. I dont understand it, because I dont see how it would be hot when you wanted to use it, yet not not burn thru the board. I wish I had one tho.
Does stay hot..minute you take your hand from the handle legs come out electronically to keep it in that position..Technology isn't it grand.
But if the house burnt down it would be from me sewing Nd cooking at same time..heard the alarm once or twice, I'm just sooo careless, get into sewing and forget I'm cooking..sure I'm not the only one. Lol
Although bitter cold -28' sun is warming me up as I sit..hmm if I closed my eyes I could dream that I am on a Florida Beach
How are you feeling today Betty? Still feeling punk or are you on the mend?
Helen looks so intense! Her place mats will be pretty.
I'm playing with some place mats whose pattern and fabric was a gift. Sea green, blue and cream...They are hexagons or ovals depending on if you make a mistake or not. Can you tell that I did!!!! Cut my corner triangles too small so I'm going to round them and the mats will look like ovals!!! Better than tossing them...
Feeling much better..as long as I'm not nauseated I can deal with it.. Ohh anxious to see your design..great thing about sewing, if it doesn't turn out, redesign!
Bought a pattern from a new fabric shop I visited on Satirday..it was done to look like a sunflower with blocks around it, then too stitched to it was a large leaf that when partially sewn to the block a section left open was for fork/knife/spoon..now if I had some nice green I'd try one today?
Isn't it amazing just how much we try to cram into a day?
Good save Barb!
Betty, I put a big pot of dry beans on to boil, I started them on high to get them started quickly and FORGOT them. The pot was HUGE and it had super thick bottom, a very expensive pan. I hear this noise, thought it was part of the movie and realized it was the fire alarm! Warped the pan, stunk up the house... oh ya. I CAN relate your lack of attention to cooking when engaged in something else!! LOL Is it any wonder Ben does the cooking at our house? And he sits in front of the pan and watches what he cooks...
That sunflower sounds nice, Betty - picture? It sounds beautifully functional :-)
Betty - no, you're not the only one... Bob's always on my case about getting on the computer or sewing and leaving the stove...
Please take care... nausea isn't fun, is it?!
Barb - great that you "saved" the placemats!
Pat - join the "let's not burn down the house" club... yikers!!
Beautiful work with the hand quilting...I can no longer hand quilt as my carpal tunnel did me in with that. Bummer, I thought surgery would have been the answer.
What is this with being sick Betty? Are you the one who sent it down to me? Had sinus infection for the past few days and just not feeling very social. Took time off and rested and read my Nook. Better but this cold snap has left me with more headaches. They too will pass.
Mittsy, good to see and hear from you. How is your Mom doing? Hubby?
Karen, love the picture of your house...lucky to find such a well kept place. Ours appeared to be well kept when we bought it but we have since come to learn most was just cosmetic. Slowly but surely Kim and I are getting things done...why is remodeling so slow?
Helene, my sister was just telling me this morning that the "snow bird" situation is worse this year or so it seems. The Port Charlotte area is so congested that she dreads driving over to see mom. Gas prices are running about 50 cents above what we are paying. I guess it is the old rule of supply and demand.
Marion, whats the temp in your neck of the woods??? cold here, outside was 30 when I got up, 60 in the house!! I am wearing socks and shoes, in my house that is very rare!! going to move one of the little space heaters into my room, so I can do a little stitchin...
working on the butterflies charm quilt again...got to get one done before arrival of Ryleigh, along with something for her too!!
Oooooh Ryleigh...I like it!
Marion we've been in the house 3 times and so far are happy with the way it was kept up and the way things were done. Hubby is very nit-picky and he was looking it over with a fine tooth comb. He was under it and on top of it and in all the corners.
brrrr -22 this morning..even cold in the office, thank goodness for a microheater at my feet!
After finishing a few projects last night I was able to quilt and bind 3 placemats so I've something to keep me out of mischief here at work.
Had Missouri quilts send LindaKay a package re Perriwinkle template and pattern sheets..once I receive the package from her I'll bring the project in and sew here in the office. It will be a Wedding Gift and wedding is in May sooo that should keep me busy.
Been looking around at something similar to your unit, sure wish I could find a 2nd hand one..
Have been looking at the units that are reasonable, using your own sewing machine..now that I got the large throat one for Christmas I'd like to put it to use..could be used on the tracking bed. Will keep searching...big birthday coming up, kids always do something special...could always hint right? lol
If you are buying a quilting machine you NEED to make sure it has a stitch regulator. Otherwise it is like using your sewing machine, with the feed dogs down, and your stitch length is determined by how fast or slowly you are moving the machine.