Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Quilting Day!

Hope today you make time to put in some stitches on a project!!!
As for me I am working a a wholecloth quilt for our bed.  The wholecloth top was a gift from my bestie Connie.. and 2 summers ago we pinned it for quilting but a time to quilt it never came... until now!
 So here it is in my hoop above... and the pattern I found a pic of by doing a google search here....

It is a king sized quilt and will fit our queen bed generously well... I have a wideback busy print in gold and grey and white as the backing too so NO SEAMS...

Therefore, this is the perfect quilt to practice my stitch length and consistency throughout this project!!!

I have also been working on patchwork in the kitchen... working on the tile floor placement.  I am choosing the tile and he is setting them.  I see the big pic and he checks things close up!  We are having a blast..
 and our kitchen is now about 2/3 tiled!!!  This pic was taken a bit before we stopped for the morning ;)

Hope you have a Happy Quilting day however you manage to find patchwork to work with! lol

Until my next post....

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Kaydence's Baby Quilt is COMPLETE!

So happy to have this gift of love ready to send to the parents of my new grand daughter-to-be... Kaydence!
Here is what Kaydence looks like right now....
in her mom's belly ;)  Can you tell I am excited??!!!!

I started this quilt just over a month ago and used Aurifil for all my machine piecing work.  Their 50 weight thread is 2 ply and strong and very thin so it doesn't change your seam allowance much!
If you are interested in piecing one of these it is fairly easy to design yourself.. just make sure each border between the charm squares is 2 3/4" to start with :)  I got that info after my first border was already cut and sewn on... and my next layer needed a bit of "adjustment" to fit! lol

Here is a shot of the back...
And a close up of the label I embroidered...
As well as the commercial one I add as it has care instructions on the back ;)

The quilt I made for Kaydence was inspired by this Pinterest pic.. that was a dead end to find the originator...
Kaydence's Baby Quilt went into the washer at 43" square and came out of the dryer at 39 1/2" square and cool and wrinkledy as I did use yummy cottons and cotton batting by Pellon as well!
Don't you love the textures all the hand quilting gives this lovely little quilt??!!  I used YLI and Aurifil 28 threads for the hand quilting and I used a hoop on this whole project too!  So glad I did as well :)

I am sure within a year I will be making her something bigger and maybe something I could design with help from her mom!  I would love that!!!!

And to help me be ready to send off this quilt in time for the baby shower in mid April.. my honey took this shot!

Isn't this adorable on the bear!  These are a few things of my darling daughters that my honey borrowed for props! lol

Well I am off to slow stitch something and maybe do a little machine piecing too... the floor of the kitchen is almost ready for the new tile now... it has been an arduous process for sure!

Until my next post...

Linking this post to Kelly's Needle and Thread Thursday Here!





Saturday, March 14, 2015

Binding and Scraping...

I love to bind using my Wonder Clips...
See how my needle just slides into the fabric below the Wonder Clip??

I use 7 for binding... just a number that has always worked for me to keep up with....

Here is a close up of what I am talking about too...
When placing the Wonder Clip on your binding place it about 1/8" from the edge of your binding... and you can stitch away without removing the clip if you like!  Then move them all when you reach the end of the clips if you like!  Makes it a little of a game moving the 7 clips around :)

I am really enjoying the binding on this little quilt and am linking this post to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching HERE... 

Also we are still scraping the floor in our kitchen... in a quest for a tile floor instead of the 1990's vinyl that has resided there since casa del loro was built!

Here was our progress Saturday morning and a good view of our kitchen floor..
We now have over 1/4 of the floor mostly stripped of the vinyl with more soaking and scraping to go to get down to the bare concrete... it will take a bit we think now!  They glued this entire floor in 1990... no floating in that era! lol

Hope you have a happy rest of your weekend... and don't forget to make time to

Friday, March 13, 2015

Putting on the bow... slowly!

Yep... slowly I am "putting on the bow" of Kaydence's Baby Quilt :)  (It hasn't found another name).

And "putting on the bow" is a fun way of thinking of hand stitching down the binding (always leaves me sad to see a project end) ... now does my post make more sense? lol
A friend in one of my fave hand quilting facebook groups said this recently and it inspired me to finish it... so today I am gonna focus on binding a bit more...

And once I finish sewing on the binding I need to embroider the label and applique it in place...
NOT looking forward to this for some reason and unsure why really... it is an easy process and I am prepared for it... have it all laid out and ready to go... so why the hesitation??? I wish I knew! lol

Meanwhile... around Casa Del Loro we are fertilizing and sprucing from the winter and letting the spring sun bring things back to life here on Florida's east coast.  You see during the winter things just go dormant... turn old looking and chill... not much new growth... even on indoor plants... it is their hibernating phase I think! lol

While we wait over the next month for the sprinklers and nature to water all that fertilizer in and get back to yard cutting the summer away... my honey has decided to take on a tile setting job for our kitchen floor!  Yep ... nice 12" porcelain that matches all the rest of the tile we bought for Casa Del Loro.  So that will be something I can share with you over the weekend.  We plan to make it a family project and each take a job to make it flow better :)

Are you getting Spring fever yet where you live???  Maybe it is all the motorcycles we hear as it is Bike Week here and Spring Break has begun for many who visit as well!

So as I bind and we tile I hope you have a blessed weekend yourself...