Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Showing off MY space ... and some DEALS!

Today I decided it was time to share more of myself with you and show you my space... my main space IS my quilty space too...
I have my fave fb site pulled up "Celebrate Hand Quilting";)

You can see THE MAN quilt in front of my Fiona (the sewing machine is in the wooden box).  Next to the sewing machine are my most used books and some patterns and a little stash I haven't put away and some things waiting to be mailed... Beside that with the blue water and red headed mermaids is my ironing board... literally a board covered with a towel for a little softness and a cover!  Works great too!
Above is my design wall... when I sew a lot I move the room around and have full access to the design wall.. it goes to about 18" from the floor the way it is built.  It is very awesome and handy when piecing and machining for sure!  We are still looking for something to go in the upper right corner of the frame but it will come :)
Under that table are lots of plastic bags.. holding nice new fabric waiting to be made into quilts... about 5 projects are here or more! lol
These drawers hold completed project leftovers and yardage I am collecting for a quilt for Daisy... she loves quilts! lol  And all my thread/needles and such... not currently in use items are here mainly!

But this holds LOTS OF STUFF!  And it was a DEAL!!!!
It is a Longaberger basket and holds my paper scissors, my applique scissors, my rotary cutters, some new stuff and old stuff I just bought... ready for using with soon to come projects :)  And I paid $1.99 for it at Goodwill in their basket section... it has a hanger on the back and a thick leather strap across the flat back side of it... it is exactly what I wanted and needed!

Then today we were at the Goodwill and my honey spied this....
 It is a little collapsible travel iron with no steam at all!  I am so giddy and it cost a whopping $2.99!!!  It came from Walmart where it had a sticker worth $12.99.  This will be PERFECT for piecing .. I think steam has been my downfall... now no steam available.. (unless I get some Best Press!) lol

I have only gotten a bit done on THE MAN quilt today but still feel confident that I will meet the goal I set out in my last post!   So excited about this now :)

How about you.. where do you do you sew?  Have you found any good deals lately?

Love to hear from you & respond to all comments :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday ~ Goal setting again!

Well if you follow me you know last week I set a goal and missed my mark... then when I did meet that goal...late!... I set a better goal that I did meet yesterday!  I was STOKED!!!  Yippeee :)  So this week I am sharing a new goal with all of you to keep me accountable...

Here are TWO blocks.. THREE feathers and ONE cornerstone that need done... THIS WEEK!

My plan is to hopefully meet my halfway goal of 1 block and 2 feathers by Thursday... :)

Wish me luck!

My brother and his family sent a new pic taken on Easter and I love it!  They are all so beautiful!

And speaking of beautiful things... check out the magenta pink blooms on the bougainvillea :)

Looks so nice to me with all the other lovely plants surrounding it!
 And we have this beautiful teal sewing machine now listed on eBay.. Wanna see it?  Check it out better here!  My honey rehabbed it and the case and don't they just look FABULOUS???!!!
So what's beautiful in your life on the beginning of this week???

Would love to hear what you find beautiful too!

Have a blessed week and here's to MEETING goals!  Happy Monday :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blessed Easter Sunday All ~ Progress Report!

Hope you are slow stitching some on this Blessed Easter Sunday!  I went to the beach this morning at sunrise!
My honey got up early with me this morning and we headed to the beach for a 7 am sunrise :)

It was so glorious... it was also cool, and VERY breezy.. check out the blowing sand...  this is looking each way as we walked on the beach!
But the sunrise, although it was overcast... still shined through!

                              The waves were busy but not ferocious today.. and we went while the tide was about midway... I love seeing the birds on the water's edge... God provides us so much natural beauty to enjoy!  
We are very blessed for sure!

Now that we have enjoyed Daytona Beach USA... I bet you want to know more about my progress on THE MAN quilt... I had set a goal mid week of having a post ready to go with my latest duo complete... and here is block #7 and feather #8 in my countdown to completion of this part of the quilting.

Tah Dah!
Now to get off those pencil marks on the feather... the chalk I used on the swirly block you can see is virtually gone already!

First I lay out the feather to remove the markings from...
 Then spray on the magic stuff that has virtually no odor and leaves no stiffness in the fabric afterward!...
See the bubbles it makes when you spray it on the pencil markings??
 Then I wipe it down scrubbing it really ... with a soft dry cloth.  And Whallah!
If you want to get some of this Marking Pencil Removal solution try the great prices at my friend Debbie's shop on Ebay here!  I am not paid to advertise her shop... I simply think she rocks customer service and has great prices.. lol!

So for my finale...once I complete 6 swirly blocks.. 7 fun feathers.. and 2 yin yang cornerstones... I will machine bind the binding to the front of the quilt THEN do the quilting of the chain that is the outer border of this quilt... that way my lines stay even to the binding and all looks nice... THEN I will add the label my honey hasn't seen yet... and sew down the binding to the back by hand!  Whew!  That is still a lot of steps.. but there is light at the end cuz I could list all that needed to be done in 1 paragraph! lol

So how do you plan to spend your Easter.. Do you celebrate at all?  Would love to hear your traditions of the season or just how you plan to spend this day of this year!

Linking this post and my awesome goal met to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts here!  
And with Karen at Sew Many Ways linky party here!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday to ya!

I am on the lookout for Betsy.. she still has to claim her winning fat quarter from this comment!
If anyone knows Betsy... I sent her an email and haven't heard back... if unclaimed I can redraw or give away later :)

As for my title today... I just couldn't put "happy" before the title as this is a somber day in Christian history... before the celebration of Easter Sunday is "good Friday".  This is actually the day we remember the death of Jesus on the cross... so no happy there.. but I have plenty of HAPPY to share!

Yesterday I got to see Jenny Doan of MSQC (Missouri Star Quilt Company) fame!  I want to a trunk show she had at a LQS near me :)
Here she is showing off a quilt I bought her template for... making these with a charm pack... isn't it cute!

And I got her signature...
On my latest copy of Fons & Porters Love of Quilting mag... :)

I sure will have happy quilting Jenny!  Thanks for the encouragement!
Jenny's husband held her quilts.. she showed about 30 quilts in 3 hours :)
It was lovely to meet such a piecing mastress in my own little part of Florida.. it was just a 30 minute drive to see her :)  If you know me... you know piecing is what I need help on most! lol  And the best part is it was paid for as an early birthday present from my bestie Connie!  She was supposed to go with me but had to change her plans ... then another friend was gonna join me but her husband is ill... so I mustered courage and went alone and had a blast!!!

After consulting with my friend Wendy... I bought this book an it came in yesterday too!  I found it on Amazon for under $20 to include shipping!  SCORE!!!
 This is just a sample of over 500 pages of quilting design ideas and directions on how to blow this little but thick book up for printing off the pattern to make a template!  Love this :)
I have some quilts coming up that I am lacking imagination on their quilting design... I think this book is just what I needed to flip open and become inspired!!! :)

Meanwhile... I have 6 blocks, 7 feathers and 2 cornerstones left after I finish this duo...
I am loving my honey working next to me with his little oil can... it came inside Fracis' case :)  He uses it to oil machines he fixes up to sell now that I have 3 great machines to fill all my needs!
Currently he is designing a universal cabinet for all vintage japanese and american machines of the 1940's and 1950's... many machines are now sold without cases... his plan is to make new cases for the ones we have to sell and then offer just the case once he has worked out all the kinks.

I am very excited for this project of his... as I slowly stitch away on his quilt! lol

I have also been planning a quilt and started collecting fabric for a 95 x 95 New England Patriots quilt...  It will be light silver grey, navy and red, with red Patriots team fabric in it in star form!
This is just a rough idea of it and how I design many of my quilts :)  I can't afford the fancy computer program and love using a pencil and paper to see my designs come to life...

How do you design.. do you use a program, draw it out, or just go for it and have that knack???

Linking this HAPPY post to Whoop!! Whoop!! time at Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict here!
And with Kim at her SEWjo Saturday post here!

Have a blessed Friday!  Thanks for visiting with me :)