Sunday, May 1, 2016

A Slow Stitching May Day !!

Happy May Day to you my bloggy friends...
I hope you are making time to stitch at this wonderful time of year :)

I sure am!!!

Earlier this week I finished this cool wall hanging... it is a mix of slow and fast stitched quilting :)
This was a wedding gift for my oldest son who eloped with his beautiful bride last month.. so a bit belated but they didn't seem to mind! :)  You can read and see more pics on this quilted finish HERE :)

Also my honey and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary yesterday!!!!

 Above is the photo I post on my facebook page :)

My daughter made me a bracelet... I enjoy a stretchy bracelet on my wrist... when I get nervous or anxious I play with it! lol

So she made me a rubber band version in colors I chose... I think it turned out quite nice too!
Since finishing the wedding wall hanging I have refocused on Brandi's Starlight ~ Starbright quilting though... nice and slow!!!!

Here was my progress exactly 2 months since I started this quilt... I am on the 4th block of 9 presently....
 Here is a close up.. use my needle minder to orient yourself to where this is in my frame if you like ;)
 Here is a fun slant on my progress...
 And here is a straight on view...
 I am currently big stitching around the top of the star...
 And here is my remaining part to quilt today and tomorrow probably :)
I am also working on my Spiral Log Cabin quilt again... I have the center now bordered with a thin black border that brings my measurements up to the right size for the next border...
 and here are the flying geese that will make up the next border ... in progress on my ironing surface! :)
While I have been working on all these things my honey has been busy constructing a Hinterberg Hand quilting Frame :)  YIPEEE!!!!!

It started with some specialty parts and machine cut wood pieces in a box we ordered a few weeks ago as soon as they became available on their website.... then the instructions explained what wood to buy and how to cut it... it was all Greek to me! lol  but my honey is a master woodworker with things like this and he figured it all out...

Here is a picture of the raw wood being held in place to get our first idea of what the end would look like...
And here it is laid out on the floor.. the small parts have already gotten stained at this point...
Here it is now stained and top coated... 

This actually took several days to get the wood cut and detail cut and sanded all down... then stained... cured... and top coated and cured.

It still seemed fast to us though... It is NOW ready to use once we buy the poles for it next week!

I know it is long... we made it as big as the instructions called for so it would be versatile.

We also have more "tweeking" to do to give me side tension ability etc... Lighting and a good chair are necessary too... but instead of thinking of all that... 

I would rather dream of that Log Cabin being done so I can load it in this frame!!! My first quilt to load in it!!!

Well... I have shared quite a bit... if you made it this far CONGRATS!!!   Hope you were entertained!

If you have a similar hand quilting frame and ideas on how to load a 3 rail system the easiest please let me know.

Also I am planning to buy the leader fabric for the poles next week also... thinking I got a lot of zig zagged edges to keep the fabric from fraying over the years too!  Oh well, it is all worth it in the end!!!  

Hope you have a blessed Sunday and Cheers to Slow Stitching with MUSTER...

Speaking of mustering... check out Kathy's Quilts blog today and see what that is all about and what fun hand work people are linking right HERE!

Remember... no matter the highs or lows each day... even each minute... Life IS Beautiful!!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Fun Finish!

Today I have a wedding present ready to give...
It is for my son DL and his new wife Kayla... they eloped in March... so I had to get something made special just for them...

Last week I shared a sketch that I penned on graph paper but once I got the word panel squared up ...
It sort of took on a life of it's own... lol!
I love how this border turned out too.;.. also this is a matching game border... the colorful fabrics have 1 match somewhere else on the border... there are 34 matches all together on this wall hanging! lol!

Next I was going to put some 5" squares in a wider border in a modern setting but it called for a little less busyness to me... so I added this border...
And because I was hoping to gift this during a planned visit from my son, his wife, and CJ on Sunday afternoon for dinner...
I decided to machine quilt the center parts...
 So I pulled out my very first vintage sewing machine Fiona!
She is a Morse Sewing Machine made by Toyota in Japan... she is a clone of a Singer machine when a loophole allowed their plans to be copied for a time...
She really helped me make fast progress on the machine quilting parts... which was over 75% of the quilting of this wall hanging.

Then I pulled out my hoop ( since my frame is full! lol) and stitched the borders ... I thought it would go quickly... as I did big stitched hearts in a continuous pattern...
But I wasn't done by dinner time on Sunday ... oh well... I have called my son now that it IS done and he is stopping by today to get the package all nicely bagged :)

Here are his initials I embroidered on the left upper corner.. I put hers in the right upper corner and "Est." and "2016" in the bottom corners with dark blue Aurifil 28/2 ;)

Finally it was time to bind it!  I was never so excited to get to this point! lol
And here are the finish shots....
 A closer up pic of the top half...
 and the bottom half...
 Can you find matches in the triangles ??  Some are easy to spot!
 I used warm and natural cotton batting as this is a utility piece and may not be cared for as I would... so that made the hand quilting difficult and the texture of the quilting not as prominent in the pics but the texture is there and all the fabrics are soo soft and fun to interact with!!! lol
 Here is a close up of the heart and the border and the binding all together for you to see...
 A view from a different angle...
 Do you see my boo boo I had to fix??
 Labeled and proud of this!!!!
 And my YAHOOO shot!!!!!!
Including the back side that turned out so nice n flat!!!  I was sooo happy :)  This is definitely the best quilting by machine job I have done yet!!!
 Here is a close up of the hanging loops from satin ribbon I put on it for flexibility when hanging... they can use a rod or push pins, or a dowel rod or a yard stick... any of those things would work well here!
This quilt was a lot of fun... definitely out of my comfort zone but I like being out here sometimes... and my next project to piece has more similar issues for me to deal with... even moreso!!! lol  So let's hope I learned all I needed to to be ready for my next adventure...

For now I am happy hand quilting for a few days and making headway on Brandi's quilt !  Currently I am on the 4th star of the 9 stars on the quilt :)

Linking this FUN FINISH post to:
NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation HERE
WHOOPING with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict HERE

Hope you have a blessed rest of your week my bloggy friends!!!  And remember no matter how bad it may get...

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunny Sunday to You!

I am so excited it is time to share at Kathy's Quilts ... Slow Sunday Stitchin Linky!  Link is at the end of this post for you to see what other's are linking up!

I have had a week full of fun stuff but am most excited about my Slow Stitching progress...
Check this out... I am now 1/3 of the way done with this quilt here in this shot!  Look at a close up of how my first corner came out too!!!
I am so happy with how all this is working out on my new PVC frame too... here is a shot AFTER I moved the quilt to start the next block...
I really love this set up out here in my Florida room ( screened and windowed covered porch) :)

The parrots over my frame are colorful and a fun addition to having to stare at a wall when I am pondering this quilt.. I am happy I got them to keep me company when I quilt early in the morning ! :)

So a BIG birthday is coming up for me in July... my 50th.. and I decided after having this PVC frame that a regular quilting frame that is about 10 feet long is really what I want to quilt big quilts on in the future... I have the wholecloth that is only 1/4 done and needs finishing and we desperately need a new bed quilt after that!  So we bought a kit from Hinterberg frames.  I contacted them by the phone number on their website and their customer service is wonderful via phone and email!

Here is the naked wood my honey is using to assemble this kit with... this is just being held up in this first shot... to give you an idea what it will look like!
 Here are some of the specialty parts that come with the kit all stained "gunstock" color...
 Here is all the wood pieces cut except the long 10 FOOT tressle piece! lol
The gears came in the kit but added a fun contrast above we thought.. my honey actually posed this shot for me and I took it! lol

So that is what I will be doing on July 4, 2016... quilting at my new frame... if not before!!!!!

I have also gotten my Spiral Log Cabin quilt sewn together and planning the innermost border to bring it up to size for a pieced inner border..
I really love this project.. it is challenging me in some ways and confirming that I am "getting it " at other times! :)  I like that!  I miss the challenges nursing kept in my life... I am finally to a place in quilting where I am challenging myself and pushing my own borders!   Do you ever take on a project knowing it will stretch your comfort zone??

Also this week....


My grandson CJ came over to play!

Isn't he a cutie!!! He is so fun to be with too.. he is not a fussy kid at all! :)

I completed my BOM for Wehago Designs...


I liked this so much I chatted with my honey and we decided the pattern would be very similar for our next bed quilt... you see our current bed quilt we sleep under ever since I made it almost 5 years ago as my first quilt!!!  It needs some minor repair and a new binding and to be hung on a quilt rack for a rest... I need another to rotate with it once it is fixed... so here is my idea...
I will use more of a slate grey instead of her mushroom grey.. I will use her same white and scrappy appearance in blues... mainly medium and dark blues so it will hold up to being close to the steel grey I plan to use for it that I found in my stash... I bought it for another quilt that hasn't gotten made yet and is a bit dark for it... I will use this for this project and be happier I think!

So I am now collecting 5" squares of medium and dark blue prints.. I will buy the white fabric next month... and then all I need is the stars to align and my other projects get finished as I wait for it to rain blue fabrics my way! lol  I did pull some from my 5" square box.. I am recruiting friends to send me some blues from their own stash too in 5" squares or larger is my request!  We shall see.. I hope to spend my 50th birthday this year at my frame and piecing this when taking breaks!  lol!!!!

Other exciting stuff that happened this week...

My winnings I like to call blog candy... lol...  from the blog giveaway came in....


Here is the lovely fabric by my fave Cotton + Steel (via the UK sender)
And a very cool UK mag...
There was more but it is getting regifted so you can see it once it is rehomed :)  Overall I am overjoyed though!!!

I did get this green charm pack this week...

 42 shades of GREEEN!!!!  This was a stellar sale at Fat Quarter Shop.. the charm pack was $.68 and shipping was $2.50!!!  Came in 3 days too!!!
If I could only find one of these in BLUES would be PERFECT huh!!!! lol

Speaking of Perfection... Pat and Robin loved the gifts I made them and featured last week!

And what is next???


I got a fun word panel I saw someone on my facebook groups shared and fell in love as a wedding gift for my son and his new wife... did I tell you my oldest is now a married man??? Love his choice in wives too! :)  So I am making them a cute panel adorned with scrappy charms... with a modern edge.. or so I am hoping...
She loves modern... I am hoping she loves this and he loves it enough to display it in their home.. I am planning to give them a walmart card to buy a curtain rod or some sort of decorative rod to hang it by... that matches their style....

Would love feedback if you are so inclined!!!!


Have a blessed week ya'll... I plan to keep on trucking and catch you next Sunday.. unless I get a wild hair and decide to post before then of course! lol

HERE is the link to Kathy's Linky Party today... come check it out now!!! :)

Remember... no matter how bumpy the road may get...















P. S.  It is NOT Sunny in this area of Florida today.. so I made my own with this post... sorry so long but it felt good to catch up :)