Saturday, June 17, 2017

Side Tracked

I have noticed since I've become a quilter that I can get derailed or side tracked very easily.  And even more so now that I am retired.  But isn't being retired supposed to allow you to do what you want to do when you want to.  :)  
This month has been a little off track anyways so why not get off track with my projects.  I'm doing pretty good with my goal list - but a different UFO has been calling upon me.  It's not on my UFO lists anywhere but it was reaching out to me.  So that's what I did for a couple days when I could steal away to my sewing room.  I worked on fusing some masks for my Savannah Flair quilt. 

 I got this pattern as a free BOM from Fat Cat Patterns in 2010.  (Ya it's been a while)
Here is photo of the quilt pattern. 

I really like this quilt and am not sure how it got tucked away for so long.  But am very happy to be playing with it again. I'm hoping I will have time to fuse the last 3 masks this month.  I have all the animals fused and sewn down I'll show them on my next post of this quilt.
As for today I am getting together with a few of my sewing friends and will be working on my other UFO - Folk Art Gathering.  I need close to 100 flying geese.  That should keep me busy today.  
Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Double Done

Do you ever take short cuts and then kick yourself in the butt?  How many times do our shortcuts end up in double work.  Or how many times do we do something that is half XXX then don't like what we made.  Well that's where I was.  I took a short cut, then didn't like it.  Thought I could live with it because after all the quilt was for me this time.  And I don't like re-doing things - I often times try to figure out how to make it work.  Well I guess I've reached a point in my life - I don't like that.  If I'm going to go to all the work of making something I don't want that one little thing to spoil how I feel about the whole project.  It was putting a damper on how I felt about this quilt.  My Labyrinth.... is really done.  

I machine stitched both sides of the binding.  Some people have great success with that - I do not.  I wasn't happy with it.  I have this quitl that I so carefully pieced, lining up all the points and corners.  I had it long armed quilted, and then blah.  I didn't want to take it to show n tell or let anyone see it in person.  So what is a girl to do when a quilt nags at her for several weeks.  
I tried to think of different ways I could fix it and really this was the only way I knew I'd really be happy with it.  

This is the back where I have properly hand stitched the binding back on my quilt.  
 Now I am not ashamed to show it to anyone.  I got it done yesterday afternoon in time to take to our last guild meeting for the season at SNR.  I am very happy I re-did the binding and so now all is right in the universe.  Lol.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Graduation Congrats!

Congratulations Jeremy!
This is our daughter and grandson. Proud Mama can you tell.

This is his girl friend Savannah. 

Jeremy was our youngest and only grandson for 8 years.  With the addition of 2 more grandsons, he became the oldest  - but wow - now he is 18 and graduating from high school.  Of course as grandma, (and grandpa) we have all the memories that at this age can really embarrass him as was evident when I tried to post this on facebook for his birthday. 
 He promptly took it down.  But they are still our memories and I'm sure one day he'll appreciate them too.  You've grown a lot sweetheart - So proud of you.  
Love you to the moon and back. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

It's a Girl

I am so excited  - I am going to have a new great grand...... daughter.   Here is my granddaughter and her baby bump.  
This is Filip and Ciara's 3rd child and will be a baby sister to Carter and Benjamin.  Here they are with their cousin Jorden, our other granddaughter.  We've got lots of boys time to level things out a bit.  (grin) 
Carter (on the left) has always loved his big cousin Jorden.  He used to always say that she was his girlfriend. I was given free rein on what I wanted to do for our new little girls quilt.  And of course I'm already planning.  
I don't have it all worked out but it's going to involve this panel - 
And this panel - it's called a play mat so may end up as that and not be part of the quilt. 
These coordinating fabrics as well as a few more.
Using ideas I got from this pattern.
I'm sure I will be posting more on this in the future - so stay tuned. 
Sweet Blessings -

Friday, June 9, 2017

UFO's Progress Report.

Little bits count right.  I've still got a couple weeks left - but I worked on Folk Ark Gathering and got a little bit done.  It's a little hard to see in this photo, however the angle at the top is only pinned in place and not stitched.  So I got that needle turn appliqued on.

I had the cat block done except stitching the wool down for the eyes so I did that. And started stitching the leaves on the heart block that I had assembled.  
There is a couple weeks left in the month, so I guess we'll see how much more I can get done on this.  

I have made a few additions and adjustments to the Bear Quilt UFO also.  I have made the stump and placed a little grass in front of it.  I have also cut the stop border that goes around it.  
It still needs a lot of work.  :)
But getting little bits done - baby steps to a finish. 
Have a blessed day! 


Thursday, June 8, 2017

What's Up?

It's been a fairly busy week around here - I really do get amazed how time flies.  
Friday I went to the cottage and we made more of the quilt bundles.  We're taking quilt tops that have been donated to the guild then measure and cut backing and batting and binding for them.  Put all of that together in a bundle.  We wanted to have them available for the last meeting which will be this month, in hopes that members can take them home to work on over the summer.  
Saturday I went to Lake Havasu City with a few friends.  We went to a quilt shop and then out to lunch.  
Sunday I worked on the In-box Jaunt quilt top and finished it. And got it sandwiched ready to go.  

 Then I started some blocks for my UFO - Folk Art Gathering. 
Monday - I did some house cleaning, made a stump for the bears, and we bought some groceries. 
I also worked more on the blocks for Folk Art Gathering.
Tuesday - I went and stitched with a few friends at the local quilt shop.  I've been working on the next "Bag Lady" - Buehla Jean. I don't do in any kind of order - just as it hits me. 
Yesterday - I worked more on prepping blocks for Folk Art Gathering.  I got these to the point that I can do hand stitching on them on Friday at the cottage.  The applique below is wool and I will be doing a blanket stitch around them.  

 The top block in the picture above is the block below.  It will have a man and a woman on it.  I will be needle turn appliquing them on.  Here is the woman's dress.  
I also made more grass for the bear quilt.  I want to put some in front of the stump. Although I have fused the branches and leaves to themselves and the grasses to themselves, I have not fused the trees, branches, leaves or grass to the background. 
I will keep adding to it and when I am satisfied I have enough - I will fuse it all together. Then I will need to do a lot of top stitching.  Did I mention a lot.  :).  
So - that's what I've been up to.  Today,  I want to fuse the grass together to go in front of the stump and make a few more little branches.  If there is still time available, I would like to start the first step in the free motion QAL, which is to "Stabilize" - AKA - Stitch in the ditch.
I will let you know how I do.  Hopefully sooner than this post.  
Have a great day - Be Blessed, 

Friday, June 2, 2017

May wrap up and June Goals

1. Bag Lady #5  Hildigard/Katie -  Here she is.  
 2.  UFO'S:  
  2A  APQ UFO # 2  - Ruby Red Dot.  No Progress. 
  2B  Bears -  Goal - make progress - get some of the grasss and trees placed on background.  Goal MetI am making progress:  

This is pretty much where I started at.  The bears are together - and I have them on a green background - but that's all that is together- UNTIL NOW.  
3.  Dresden Plates - Lilacs and Angel Food Cake.  Goal:  Fuse and top stitch these blocks. Here are the pictures from the pattern. I am doing mine in brights. 
This is what I did! 

.4.  Charity  - Goal Met!
    4A  SNR Guild - More Dog Beds    No Pictures however we completed 17 more.  
    4B  CRQ Guild  - Welcome bags for new Teachers  
 5.  Labyrinth Quilt - Finish the top.  Goal Met - in a big way!  
  Bonus points if I can get it pinned and start quilting. I cheated a little - I took it to a long armer.   And I made matching pillow cases.  
Here are some close ups of the quilting. 

6.  SNR Guild Craft Fair - Goal Met -Each member was given a bundle of fabric to make something to be sold at the craft fair next fall.  This is the fabric I was given.  I think I'll make a table topper or 4 place mats.  Anyway I need to make something with it and turn it in.  Well as I have posted  in previous posts - That didn't go as planned.  Plan B is Frosty. 
And as always - I have extras that come up that I didn't know I'd be working on during the month.  
1.  SNR Guild Workshop sample.  My guest teacher whom was a snowbird had to go home early to Canada so I ended up needing to make a sample and get things ready for the workshop myself.   Here is my double pot holder.  
2.  Preemie Pajama's for Pakistan  One of my friends and guild members had a missionary come to their church requesting pajama's for preemie babies.  I  guess she wanted to have around 20 pairs.  So here is what I helped with. 
3.   Binding for friends Quilt.  My friend asked if I would make the binding and attach to her Quilt. 
Here is her quilt.  
4.  Project quilting.  Off Season Challenge.  "May I"
Well this was perfect because here is my inspiration - My great grandson.
And here is what I created.
Here's a close up  
All in all it was a good month.  So Next up 


1. Next Bag Lady - Buehla - Jean.

2.  Dresden Plate - The next two Dresden plates from Quilt Doodle Doodles. 
One is a Pony 
One is a butterfly
Mine of course are in bright fabrics.

3.  UFO's 
3A-  Bears- Keep working on the Bear Quilt (pictured above) - Make Progress. 
3B -  APQ random UFO # 10 Which for me is "Folk Art Gathering"  
Here an image from Cheri Payne the designer of whole quilt. 
Here is an image of the section I'll be working on next 
Here is my beginning status -  

There is a more detailed listing of where I left off in this blog post.  
4.  Charity - 
SNR guild - Need to complete a charity quilt over the summer months.  I have this one made and pinned ready to quilt.  Goal will be to start quilting it.  
5  In Box Jaunt QAL - Lori Kennedy is doing a Free Motion Quilt along.  She started it last month but I'm going to work on it this month. This will give me a good chance to practice my free motion skills.  And hopefully use on the charity quilt.  
Spring QAL, Lori Kennedy
The picture above is from her blog.  (I'm hoping it's okay to post if I'm giving her credit since it is copyrighted) 

I'm sure I will be doing other things this month - So having these as a starting point I'm sure is enough.  The only extra that I know of at this point is getting ready for a retreat that is at the first part of July.  
That's it for now - I'll keep you posted.  
Have a Blessed Day!