Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bulls Eye Progress and a Kaydence Sighting!!!

Let me start with the Kaydence siting.. I got these from facebook on Father's day and love this shot they shared...

Then I saw is a great 3 week old shot... mom is reading to her darling daughter.. isn't Kaydence beautiful!!!
And I didn't do any editing to these because I love them as they display them and share them... hopefully professional shots will follow soon enough! lol   Kaydence siting are becoming like seeing the Princess herself I think! ha :)

And on Thursday I got to see my Prince CJ!!!
 He is just so much fun to play with and so easy to keep!!!

Okay ... enough gushing grammy stuff.. 

I did manage to get some hand quilting done... last weekend I was on block 4 of this quilt and this weekend I have made it to block 8 of Rustic Bulls Eye wall hanging... 

Here is block 7 completed...
Loving the texture this adds!  It will really rock the wall it adorns when finished for sure!!!

Linking this post to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday... will add the link when the linky opens right here ;) ...

Here is the 8th block with this gorgeous Valdani perle cotton, my hemostats, big needle and thimble... all the accoutrements to fulfill this job... except I let out my needle threader that is VITAL! lol

 Connie comes tomorrow... we will leave out about 8 am to meet her at the airport a couple hours away.. I am VERY excited to see her and spend 5 wonderful days making a quilt for a friend who is grieving the loss of her daughter and is in need of the comfort of a handmade quilt... here are some of the clothes we will be using from her daughter...
Kimber's daughter was 8 years old when she left this world suddenly after getting ill... it was heart wrenching for Kimber.. and these are her fave memories that remain... this is not to be a somber quilt but a bright blue and bright pink lively loving quilt..

Want more details... stay tuned :)  You will know more as this quilt develops during Connie's visit... this is our project during her visit.. and some hand stitching time of course! lol

So what are you up to this weekend?

Hope you can make sure whatever you do you take time to ...

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Rustic Bulls Eye wall hanging update and MORE!

Wowee!! It has been a busy week here at Casa Del Loro... I finally got a proper 1 year old shot of CJ
 This is their fave shot of the 3 of them... my son DL, CJ and CJ's mom Kayla... she made the letters spelling out his age too!

Then I played with it on my iPad and came up with this....
Doesn't show mom, papa, or the "ONE" much.. but I do like it... and I love photo editing him too! lol

I have been hand quilting .. big stitch style on my Rustic Bulls Eye wall hanging...
Above it is in my hoop.. working on the 4th bulls eye.

And here is an overview of my progress...
Can you see a difference in those center 4 bulls eyes ???

Here is a texture shot and a close up in one...
I am really happy with how this project is coming along... homespuns ravel... especially in this application... but this will have fond memories and be versatile with all our home.. so all this time spent quilting through 2 layers of batting is worth it right??

I am dedicating this quilty part of my post to Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday HERE!

My honey finished the living room wainscoting process.. pictures will come next week but we are very pleased with the end result and how quickly we have acclimated to it just being there as part of our home :)

He has been working on featherweight sewing machines this week...
 And my friend Debbie dropped in with her furry friend Tebow :)
Tebow is camera shy but Debbie got caught up in the excitement and let me snap this shot for my phone :)  Now I can see her lovely face when she is calling!!! :)

I have also been working in the background on Kimber's memory quilt... and my secret project too!!!

So much going on here... and only so much time to share it all! lol

Have a blessed week ahead... I am counting down 7 days now until Connie comes for a 5 day visit!!!

Do you have any plans for the summer??


Friday, June 12, 2015

Rustic Bulls Eye ~ 1 block done :)

 And I am loving it!!!!
My new project and some of my tools for the job at hand! lol

You see... once upon a time I had an idea that I couldn't make come to life.. but my friend Connie had the patience and the book... and had taught classes even using this pattern as a full quilt...
Well I wanted a wall hanging of it... I want if to use in my kitchen for now

and maybe somewhere else later... it is a very versatile piece for my home... could even fit my foyer which has some minimalist decor! lol  Look for yourself!

So she made the wall hanging and mailed it to me... I put it up on my design board and played on a few apps on the iPad until I had this little mock up of Rustic Bulls Eye :)
Yep.. I decided it needed borders to breath then a darker binding... add some buttons for effect and quilt using Perle cottons :)  The circles of the bulls eyes are homespun but the varying gray backgrounds are quilting cotton... from our stashes and her LQS :)
So earlier this week I got busy and added mitered borders using this GREAT youtube vid !

then I marked it... here is the stencil I chose for my border and I mimic the corner design where the center of each line is...
wait til I get to my ideas on this border!  You will LOVE IT!!!!

Then I sewed on the buttons so all the varigated perle cotton in red/pink was knotted to the flimsy only on the front.. my thought on this is that even though it does create something to hang your thread on it won't tuft into the batting layers... yep... layers... I am using one cotton batting layer and one wool batting layer so this baby is extra thick to sew on by hand!!!
Above I have just started my circles in the circles :) lol ... but you can see the buttons and the threads and tools I am using in this shot.. I am using Valdani perle cottons and YLI 40/3.. I will DEFINITELY be using my new thimble ... and HAPPY to have that ... and needles I can thread ... with the help of my handy needle threader (forgot to get a shot of it this time)!

Here is the border and buttons added... and all marking done ready to pin baste...

This was also my first time trying out my new Kwik Klip for closing the safety pins I use for basting...
 There are great directions on the back side of the package too...
My review is very favorable.. I paid $6 or so for this little tool and it is sooo worth it to safely and quickly and without discomfort I pinned this 40" square quilt myself with no help :)  Usually I recruit my honey or daughter to close the pins... not any more! lol

So far this is my progress in my hoop... just barely (remember I have 2 layers of batting all around to consider! lol).
One block is done ... I have just recently rehooped and have started on the second one... I have 16 total and the border to do... this will be a FUN project though... and should go fast I hope :)  As fast as hand quilting goes! lol

Otherwise we have been busy with CJ...
Here he has cheerios hidden under his legs as we play peek a boo with them!  Fun times :)

Around Casa Del Loro my honey has been adding wainscoting to the living room to match the foyer I showed you above...
All the white is considered a trim moulding called wainscot. It is VERY labor intensive but other than industrial and engine maintenance my honey also is a finish carpenter by trade! I am soooo blessed!

Hope whatever you have planned for your weekend... makes you smile at least once a day!  And on Sunday come check out what Kathy is up to HERE for Slow Sunday Stitching ya'll!

Until my next post,





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

A stopping place... and a FRESH start :)

Yesterday morning I put the final stitches in this hoop of flowers on my colorful whole cloth quilt...
I think this is between 1/4 and 1/3 done now.  I looked back and this quilt was started on March 19, 2015...
And here is a nice texture shot showing a bit more of the flowers...
So with that at a good stopping place with June 8 being the beginning of my rest break...  I have turned my focus to 2 newer projects :)

First is to mark for hand quilting and sew buttons to the center of each circle on this Bulls Eye flimsy...
The center was made by my bestie Connie... I added the borders with fabric I found for the backing and had plenty to throw the needed borders on it...
it will measure about 36" square I think once washed... but that is a bit ahead...

Today I will mark it for hand quilting... add those buttons... then layer it and pin it! :)

I am very excited as this smaller project (about 40" square now) will pin easily and be a pretty quick stitch too I think.. so sooner we will enjoy this deliciously textured finish I have planned!

Also I have been doing some design work on a UFO I have had for a couple years and actually had forgotten about it! lol

Here is what I have currently completed...
 And here is a mock up I made of what I plan to add to call this one a flimsy....
So the flying geese on either side of the center are paper pieced... that will be my first on this project.

The black border shown will actually be a dark grey Moda fabric left over from the Bulls Eye Wall Hanging ;)  I will also bind it in that same fabric I think!

So lots of work yet to go on this... it may wait for more attention until Connie comes in just a few weeks time now...

Hope this week finds you being productive and happy about it!

Until my next post...