Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Twisted Up Tuesday..

Hello my Bloggy friends!

Check out the beautiful hand work my friend Connie is up to!  This dresden plate is the center of a little preemie quilt... she has the cross hatch drawn out on the border already too :)
 Here is the back of that dresden.. isn't it just beautiful either way??


What a roller coaster I have been on for about 2 days now but all is good and I am off the roller coaster now... at least for the time being :)

My daughter has a stomach bug and has been really not feeling well which also makes me sad but this was her day to go to get her brain looked at ... check on the tumor... and see the doctors the next day to see what they think.

Instead, I am using my nursing skills to get her better so she can not miss more school.. (she goes to a very busy school and gets behind easily if she doesn't watch it)...

I have been quilting away on the Byrum Family Quilt and am working hard on the inner border now...

Here is a view of my stitching with the blue lines still in place... can you see the circles joined???
Closer look at stitching :)

Here is how I marked this design...
With round objects :)  2 different sizes spools of thread and a medicine bottle I use for my perle cotton in use! haha!

So here I am stitching today and tending to my daughter.. what are you up to today??

Are you having a Twisted Tuesday too? 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Linky Loot WinnerS!


Wow!  Thanks to all of ya'll for making 

August's LINKY PARTY a total HIT!!!

And because ya'll know how much I like eye candy... check out the eye candy this months winner also happened to post...
meet Katniss... checking her list :)
So if you all recall.. I have 2 prizes this month... first I would like to award the Linky Loot Bonus prize...

And that Lucky Linker is Jill!!!  Check out Jill's post right HERE!

Jill is an accomplished quilter and blogs as Happy to Sew at www.happy2stitch.com... She not only quilts but also knits and is about to sew this cute costume... so who knows.. maybe she can measure for proper length for hemming using her new tape measure... or maybe it will go right in her purse for quick on the go measurements :)  

Now for our big LINKY LOOT.... 

Meet a new bloggy friend to me but not to crafting world... Remember her imaginative pic above of Katniss is what drew me in to wanting to get to know her better! lol

Pat who's post I found a very fun read was delighted as well when I notified her that my honey drew her number!!!  Pat is a veteran quilter.. check out her blog header and all her tabs rich with cool info and projects she is doing currently...

LINK TO HER BLOG POST

 I have already chatted with Pat and now have chosen her Linky Loot from my stash!!!   Follow along with Pat at Scrapatches.blogspot.com and maybe she will share when she gets it :)  But for now it is a SURPRISE for her!

Yiippppeee!  I loved reading each of your posts and leaving bloggy love for every participant... I truly appreciate each one of you LUCKY LINKERS taking time to link.

Now if you didn't win something this month stay tuned for next months party... Didn't get to play in August???  THEN PLAY THIS MONTH... Mark me on your calendar and take a few shots of what you are up to when you see something you did that makes you smile snapshot it and share on your blog post... Link up here... I love eye candy from you!  Link up lots of photos if you have them :)  

Until our next party happy stitches and ...




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Progress on my slow stitching is AWESOME :)

I am so happy today to be able to link up with Kathy and Slow Sunday Stitching... check out her lovely blog here and leave her some happy thoughts today as she is needing them :)

 I have a few "it was dark so I took pics with a light on" pics of my current hand quilting progress on the Byrum Family Quilt (BFQ)... lol!!!

This quilt is for my brother and his family (4 kids too!) so this quilt will see lots of action and needs to be durable... I am using YLI 40/3 thread that is glazed and very strong in a natural color.

So far I have finished the very center panel quilting!  Yippee :)  I am so stoked to get this part finished and get to the patchwork areas... do ya think I am crazy as panels are pretty fun too... but I love the feel of patchwork under my fingers as I quilt! LOL :)

And I took this pic just to cheer Kathy up... a bucket full of hearts :)









And here is a nicer view of the top of the tree... although you can't see much quilting here... I promise it is there... the outline of the tree and a pretend outline I quilted for the leaves of the tree... I may come back and add more definition to this but it is quilted moderately and the rest of the quilt will be similar.  Less than my normal amount of stitching for sure :)
Now on to the innermost border...
where I am stitching just inside the line ( and through my seam allowances) to stabilize this border then I will add various sizes of circles using medicine bottles, bottle caps, and a spool of thread as well!  Yep, I love finding objects to trace onto my quilts then bring to life... this quilt will have lots of fun quilting to come...

I am surely happy to be making great progress on this quilt... what are you up to on this Slow Sunday ??? Do you stitch or relax??  Any plans for Labor Day??

My Laundry List Linky Party is in FULL SWING!!!  

Not sure what I am talking about... win prizes just for linking your goals in a blog post to my blog... entry ends tonite... but not to fear next month I will be back again during the last weekend of the month offering you a place to stay more focused and organized with your crafting and other goals too!  Check out THIS post for more details on entering :)
Also linking this post to Karen at Sew Many Ways here :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Laundry List LINKY PARTY weekend ~ August 2014 ~ 2 chances to win!!

It is TIME!  Link up your month blog post for 2 CHANCES TO WIN!!!!

1 lucky Linker will be chosen at random to receive this....
cool tape measure that is retractable.. 60" long and perfect to keep with your sewing things or when you need to measure something keep it in your purse... I do :)

Also... as always there is LINKY LOOT also up for grabs this month!  YIPPEE :)
Linky Loot is something out of my magic cabinet sent to a lucky linker who is randomly chosen and the prize is based on what they shared for upcoming goals... so talk about it here friends!  If you are needing a fat quarter or so to add to your stash this is the place to LINK!

So, now that you understand how cool it is to write a blog post with goals you have met and goals you wanna meet... then LINK that post up below... then Party until Monday when a winners are announced :)

So here are my goals from last month....
BFQ was first on the list... and I am currently hand quilting the very center section!  Yippee :)
And here is my progress on the table topper...
Yep.. 2 done out of 7... right! hahaha :)  I messed up on the 3rd one and decided this was getting less fun that it should be... so these will now adorn my kitchen as pot holders... not sure if that will happen this month or when Connie comes to visit... I have the right batting, I have the backing, and the binding... so it is possible that I will get inspired to quilt them one day :)  Right now my focus is on BFQ though.  So I did not add this into my goals for next month...

I also did most EXCELLENT at decreasing my internet time and increasing my music time.. I am keeping this goal on there another month though as I feel I could do less internet still and be more productive with house things and sewing time :)

Backing up the list a bit you will see I checked off the template... since I made that goal my friend Wendy in Australia decided she wanted to make some too.. so I ordered our templates and have hers to send to her :)  So I have put off the second part of that goal until November.. so Wendy and I can do this fun little candle mats together :)

Now onto current goals made starting today!!!!
As you can see my focus is hand quilting BFQ... it has a need to finish date of Thanksgiving... so I am quilting on it mostly over the month but knew I would want a little variety too... so let's really work on the blog in earnest this month, and have more music than internet time AND... start a new wall hanging and continue perfecting my piecing..

Most of these fabrics are the ones chosen ... but some are representative of another fabric being in it's place... will show you that as I start piecing it... Wendy has faith in me... so I think I can do this :)

The pattern is called "Wish Upon a Star" and was published in a mag a few years back... after an exhaustive search of cool small quilts or quilts that could be down sized to wall hanging size and finding nothing I could achieve that I liked.. Wendy showed me this and I was in LOVE!!!!

So in love I asked my honey to make templates for the pattern... and he did!  Yippee :)

So there is my goals post and what I am Whooping about too!  So I will be linking this post to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict today :)

Come on over and play with me and link up your goals this weekend... I have lots of linky loot to choose from AND don't forget the cool tape measure you could win.. all by just linking a blog post :)