Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hello September :)

Hello my bloggy friends and...
 It is hard to believe life has been so fast forward for me that I haven't shared with you since MID AUGUST!!!!

Hot and humid here... how is your weather???

As we welcome September 2015 into our lives... I am still stitching on the same dress on the memory quilt I was in my last post.. stitching is getting done... just not at a fast pace.. lol!

I have now not only updated my computer to Windows 10 .. but a new computer I got for my dd for her final 2 years of high school and into college (will she do that?? lol) .  I updated it to Windows 10 as well.  Windows 10 is So EASY to navigate... the negative to Windows 10 is if you have anything pirated on your computer... it does remove that stuff... I don't so all is good for me :)

The BIG SURPRISE was a gift to me from my honey!
I got a new computer too!!!!

It came with Windows 8.1 but I quickly and easily (after 3 restarts of the computer) got Windows 10 on it as well.. and transferred all my pics and docs to it as well!!!  For now we are keeping that old computer as it does still work... just VERY slow at it these days! lol

I will say of all the computers I have owned DELL has BY FAR the best customer support available 24/7 but on the first call I was assigned to a team there and they have called me to check my status and answered emails and voicemails promptly.

Are you in the market for a new computer ???  Check out Dell and this one was a factory refurbished one we got for half off retail but with all the expertise of help that a new one comes with and it flies on the internet and processing multiple pages too!  Thanks for offering top quality products dell and very affordable too!

Hope September brings you pleasant weather and calmness before the frenzy that seems to ensue for everyone as Christmas approaches...

Until my next post...(hopefully not making you all wait 2 weeks or more this time! lol)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back up and running with Windows 10 :)

Well... I guess I needed a bit of respite from all things internet!!! lol

Since my last post I have uploaded Windows 10 to a new computer I got for my dd... and then to my 4 year old computer that was running on Windows 7 too!!

All went well on the new computer... but geek help was definitely needed on my 4 year old computer to get it to be convinced this was a GOOD thing :) lol

So what is important to share with you all about this conversion??  I LOVE the new Windows Edge platform except I have yet to figure out how to change the search engine from Bing... to Google again.. and MY BLOG would not post in Windows Edge... so I am using Google CHROME to post this ;)

In the meantime...during all this updating I have still been quilting!!!

This quilt... shown as a flimsy above... is such a joy to work on as each block or sashing is a new adventure!!!

I have finished the middle column... that is in my last post :)

So next I worked on the left side vertical pink sashing strip... adding Kaylie and Kimber's favorite ... butterflies to that area ...

I used a blue wash away marker and all came out after these photos... but I am using white YLI 40/3 thread for the handquilting and try as I might... the pattern doesn't show much on the loud prints until I wash it and get the texture popping!!!

Then I moved to the 4 blocks in the left hand column...

I finished this cute block with Piglet pajamas in it...
 And am now working on this little cotton dress!
And during all this computer changing over stuff... my honey has decided it is time to sell another featherweight he has serviced and sewn on..
This beautiful machine sews like a dream and is soooo quiet and yet so strong too!  If you are interested just PM me on facebook or check it out in one of our facebook sale ads.. we have 10 pictures of this beauty :)

Well, as good as it feels to blog again... and regain my bloggy voice... I am also mentally drained from figuring out how to do everything computer related again.. having a business from home that depends on the internet for sales and communication ... and keeping up with other things going on behind the scenes here at Casa Del Loro is exhausting to say the least!

So for now I will wish you a great week and try to take my own advice now to...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Whooping a NEW BEGINNING!!!

Hey there from my sweet grandkids...
From my home... here is CJ at 14 months old....
 And via Facebook and Tennessee here is sweet Kaydence I have yet to focus my camera or kisses on yet! lol  She is 2 months already too!!!

It has been a while since I have had a post that made me wanna whoop really... at least around a Friday! lol  Cue Sarah at Confessions of a Febric Addicts Friday linky party... check her out HERE!

So what am I whooping besides the worlds cutest grandkids a Grammy could ask for??? lol

My new beginning quilt I showed you here last week
... and in this shot I was ready to quilt on my new desk my honey made me too!
Well.... I love the quilt and I love Love LOVE the desk!!!  It rolls and it is a nice large 16" x 42" top... my honey picked out all the wood special for this project and the casters work great on the tile floor too!  It has a shelf on the bottom for current supplies and for a place or me to prop my feet when I am in depth quilting :)

Superb is my review of having a desk to set my hoop on and use to work off of! :)  Love it for my style!  Home Run Honey :D

As far as my progress... it has been stellar too...

Here is the center block... about 16" x 24" background block size... it is a rabbit jumper from when Kimber's daughter was about 18 months old...
 Here you can see some of the blue lines I haven't sprintzed out but you can see the design better this way... all lines are gone now though ! lol  This tshirt was one of Kimber's favorites... she said her daughter was truly a little chatterbox! :)
 And here is how I start each outfit... with a picture and add drawing on my iPad.. not sure i I endorse any program for this topic yet... Do you have a fave one that draws easily on photos... and lets you type in a title like I have done here????
This dress above is one of Kaylie's baby dresses.. note we were able to leave the buttons on the dress front during piecing and my quilting plan includes accentuating them.  See... :)
Also this week I tried my first paper pieced block...
Yes, it turned out nice.. but boy is it a waste if you are tight on fabric! lol

Also it took me over 2 hours to produce this block after watching a long vid by Carol Doak.

I do like her reasoning and methods.. but it isn't fun like I like quilting to be for me... I have 3 more blocks to do like this but different "bird" colors.... lol!  We shall see how long that takes :)

Another Whoop to share during this last week was that my recent finish wall hanging was featured as the header of one of my facebook hand quilting groups... I don't frequent it much anymore as it has gotten large and more impersonal.. but I enjoy the eye candy... 

 Imagine how amazed I was to be the giver of the candy for 24 hours of show!  Whoop!

In closing... here is one more pic I found of Kaydence.. taken by a photographer...
 Doesn't this shot just make you want to smile! :)  It sure does me !!!

Have a blessed weekend and until my next post...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rustic Bulls Eye ~ A FINISH!!!

Yep... by Sunday night I was looking at this...
 The left side of this shot shows where I started on the border.. and on the right side of the picture is where I am coming back around my starting point :)  Yippee!
I am definitely glad I did all the border in 1 swipe like I did... I did get some comments on that last time... but I would definitely do a border like this again and do it the way I did this so it all gets done at once :)

I finished up that border Monday morning... then while everyone was asleep (I wake EARLY!) .... I sewed on the binding I had made up a few weeks back just for this project.. I had "borrowed a bit to test out a featherweight for my honey but not much... look at what I had left!!
 The unusable selvedge!  Can you believe I had JUST ENOUGH to bind this quilt without adding more.  Praise God!!!

Once it was sewn to the front it was time to hand stitch it to the back... This really hurts my left thumb a lot so it took me 2 days to bind this little wall hanging ! lol
Tuesday evening rolled around and  I finally was at a point to remove the worst of the pencil marks in preparation for washing this cute quilt! ;)
 I use a formula available google search online and keep it in the bottle of expensive stuff that works but I bought before I knew a much more economical way to remove heavy handed pencil marks... and my dollar store toothbrush does the trick quite quickly laid out on the kitchen counter in nice bright light!

Finally it is washing away and comes out of the washer completely pencil free and BEAUTIFUL!!!!   So pop it into the dryer for just a bit and I take it out to hang dry overnight!  MISTAKE!

You will see how it hangs... I love it but will be rewashing it and blocking it! lol  Lesson learned for a wall hanging!

Meanwhile... as it is drying and I sleep I wake Wednesday with a brainstorm of an idea... Connie made this top for my birthday present, I added borders, backing, and 2 layers of batting and quilted it uniquely... why not keep this piece as a favorite and add MY FIST APPLIQUE & EMBROIDERY to it....

 Hope you can see this close up...
I NEEDLE TURN Appliqued both circles ... First I appliqued the black plaid by simply marking a removable line around a rx bottle top of my daughters... trimmed to a scant 1/4" and did it easy as pie!  CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT??!!!!  Okay it isn't perfect and I had perfect circles too but didn't want that... this is a rustic piece and I wanted this to be natural looking... I think I accomplished that :)
 Here is another vie of the label embroidered with the dark grey variegated thread I used in this piece... and finally for you to enjoy is my favorite wall hanging to date!!!!

Meet Rustic Bulls Eye !!!!
 And this is where this wall hanging will reside...
above a collection of antique oil cans and a Willcox and Gibbs sewing machine all that my honey cherishes and sitting on a Martha Washington cabinet with and eBay find lace scarf that looks custom made!  All in all a great look I think!

Other than the wave that blocking should take care of... what do you all think?
Is this worthy of putting in Amy's Fall quilt festival??

 As soon as I grabbed this shot I had to go pick up my daughter and run some errands.. in fact I was a tad behind because I got so caught up in getting pics and admiring the finish.. I truly can't believe I did that! lol

For the books... it's final measurement is 35 1/4" x 36 1/2" long.. it started out 38" square.

Anyway.. when I got back a couple hours later... look what was waiting or me...
 This is my space outside where I quilt.. I used a chair to set my quilting in beside me to hold the bulk of it and to lean on as I hold a 16" laptop hoop... I love this method for me... Aaanyway, my honey made this table to my specifications (it is on wheels, has a foot rest, is my requested height and no spurs/rough spots noted anywhere!!!) and swept my corner up and declared this table now usable (he finished it a few days ago but it needed to cure before coming out in the humid environment I sew in).  He loves for me to give him a project or idea he can run with... this is one nice piece of furniture too... I love it...

See how I will use it??
I am mongo excited about all this... hope you don't find me boastful or proud here... I am truly just ecstatic to have so much accomplished... and to be starting on Kimber's Memory Quilt too!

Hope you have a stellar week & weekend... I am planning on linking this finish and I look forward to replying to each of your comments on this post :)

Kelly at NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) >>> Here
Whooping with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict (Friday) >>> Here
Richard & Tanya Quilts ~ Link a Finish Friday #179 >>> Here

Until my next post...