Thursday, September 11, 2014

In The Mean Time...

Yes, I am waiting for a fabric order to arrive with a few fabrics needed
to go with my FLAGS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
quilt.  You know, the quilt along with LORI
over at Humble Quilts I talked
about in my previous 2 posts.

IN THE MEAN TIME…..

I've been working on my blocks for the 9 patch swap BARB is hosting over at her blog
FUN WITH BARB.


She decided on 2 groups, one with bright fabrics and the other group with Civil War style fabrics.  I chose the Civil War style because it was something new and different for me.
She offered up this great little tutorial on a super easy way to 
sew up these 9 patches.  You can check out this tutorial at her blog, click on the tab at the top of her blog header.
Each group was to make 50 pair.  Oh my, that's 100 single ones.  Some brave souls joined BOTH
groups.  I thought about doing both and now I'm glad I didn't.  I calmed down that
overly ambisious urge pretty quickly!!! 

IN THE MEAN TIME….

You can have a look-see at a few of my sweet little 9 patches.


These are sooooo addictive to make!!

As I've sewn these up, I made sure to set aside a pair of each fabric style for myself.

I can't wait to see the ones I get back from the swap!  Clapping! Clapping!
I'm excited!!

IN THE MEAN TIME….

I better get back to the sewing machine and get the rest of my 9 patches sewn up so I can get them mailed out to BARB and meet the deadline of October 1….and sorry, the swap entry has closed.

P.S.  In my previous post I was worried about my eagle design fitting on the only fat quarter I had that would work ( well, in my mind anyway ).

It fit perfectly…YIPPEE!!

(As you can see, the eagle is pinned to a stack of fabrics I auditioned.  I think this is my final decision)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Trying To Make It Fit

I got the parts of the eagle pattern all pieced together to make  this final freezer
paper one.

The fabric yardage calls for a fat quarter for the eagle,
and as you can see I am just barely going
to squeak by…..I'm hoping!
I've done a little trimming here and there on the pattern to get it to fit.

I'm showing the back of the fabric, the way the freezer paper will be ironed on, but you can see a peek  
of the front there on the right side of the eagle.  I like to use the starch method to prepare for my
hand applique.
I'm using 2 pieces of freezer paper ironed together for extra sturdiness since this
is such a large piece.  I'll see how that goes.

Here is the quilt the eagle belongs to.  You can read my previous post to learn about the 
quilt along using this pattern.
Each block represents a particular flag that was used during
the American Revolution.

I. LIKE. THIS. QUILT.

Cross your fingers my eagle will fit on the fat quarter when I go
to press it down!!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

It's The Black Eyed Peas Fault…….and THE squash……and THE okra!

I joined the Flags of the Revolution quilt along over at Lori's blog.  This is my first quilt along and guess what?  First rattle out of the box I'm behind. 
The quilt is in a book by Jan Patek published in 2009.  I finally found a copy of the book and
started digging through my stash and discovered I had about 5 fabrics I
thought looked primitive-ish.  This is my first primitive/patriotic style quilt and I just didn't have these 
style of fabrics.
I finally got the fabric issue solved (maybe).

 Isn't this a GREAT quilt!?  I was really excited to get to it.

AND THEN

 the squash was over flowing and the okra began to
jump up and down and demand my attention.
The bossiest of all this last week has been
the
black eyed peas!
Yep,
Luuuuvvv me sum black eyed peas.

Seeing everyone's eagle blocks shared today at Lori's blog lit a fire in me to get my
black eyed peas finished up today. (at least those that were picked and ready, we have a friend who has a w-h-o-l-e field of peas so I can have as many as I want)

I finally made it upstairs for some fun fabric auditioning and play.
I think I have a plan.

I WILL get caught up with the others.  The other ladies blocks are great and it's fun to see 
the different variations of fabric used.  Run over to LORI'S blog and have
a look see.

My thumbs are so sore from all the pea shelling I hope I can still hand appliqué!! Ha!

Thanks so much Lori!!  I always wanted a patriotic style quilt and your little
quilt along has inspired me to finally sew one!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Questionable Fabrics = Damage = How I Repaired It

I sewed this quilt top back in the summer of 2008.

Partial top during the process.

I finished the top and then it sat / hung in the closet waiting it's turn to be hand quilted.

About 2 yrs. ago I sandwiched and basted it.  Now it was ready to jump into a quilting hoop
or frame. I decided on the small PVC frame my hubby had made for me  w-a-y back when.

If I remember correctly, I placed the quilt in the frame and clamped the edges down, unclamped,
moved it around several times until I was happy with
the area I wanted to start quilting on.

As my eyes scanned over the quilt top while I threaded my needle

I SAW IT!

OHHHH NOOOO!!

DAMAGE!!

See here, above the safety pin.

All that clamping and re-clamping had mooshed the hard area of where the seams meet
resulting in the frayed damage to this old vintage fabric.

I just sat there in horror wondering how in the world was I going to fix this.  It was
ALREADY thread basted.  All systems were A GO!

AAARRRGGHHH!

Out of the frame it came and back into the closet where it was!  I was sad and upset!!
I was determined I WAS NOT going to unbaste it to repair it.  How oh how was I EVER going to fix this???
WAH!  WAH!  WAH!
I was REALLY melodramatic about it.

So, about a month ago I brought it back out and was determined to find a way to repair it.
Here is what I did.

I fussy cut a piece of fabric.  Starting at the seamed edge I turned under the edge of my fussy cut piece and pinned it down to the damaged area.

I decided my silk thread would be thin and would melt into the repair job a lot better.

I stitched down my fussy cut repair piece following the seam edges turning under my repair piece like you would hand appliqué.  As I got to the inside of the section I trimmed and turned under, still appliquéing as I went creating a curved shape into the brown darker color.  I thought the repair would be hidden better stitched into the brown.  It may be like stitching through concrete when I hand quilt over it, but I guess I'll deal with that when I get to it.

Hardly noticeable from a distance.  ( i hope )

Here it is all repaired and ready to be hand quilted, and the saddest thing is it hung in the closet for 2 yrs. with me agonizing over it and only about 30 minutes to repair it.

It is now in my round lap hoop and I have already quilted several blocks.

The moral of this sad repair job is to LISTEN to that little voice that tells you "maybe you shouldn't use some of those fabrics.  Maybe there're too old.  It doesn't matter that they came from your Munner's vintage fabric stash."
Lots of the fabrics I used in this quilt were older than me and a little on the fragile side.  It was back when I first started quilting and I didn't know better….BUT I DO NOW!!!

This quilt is Bonnie Hunter's Boxy Star pattern.

Have you ever damaged a top/quilt before you finished it???

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 238th Birthday America!!!


I'VE REALLY ENJOYED SEEING EVERYONE'S PATRIOTIC

RED WHITE AND BLUE

QUILTS!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

YES……FINALLY!!!

This is just tooooo cute!

Sent to me from my ever talented friend

JULIE

She is the handmade postcard makin' QUEEN!!!!

Thanks Julie!!

p.s.  I know I haven't posted much lately, BUT I HAVE been sewing.

LOTS and LOTS

EVERYDAY!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

" Square " Beach Balls


Don't these blocks just s-c-r-e-a-m springtime?  Summer fun in the sun?

Yes, they remind me of colorful little beach balls ONLY

they're square!!

These cute little triangles in a square are our April

Block Lotto blocks.

They measure 7 1/2" square and our fearless leader


shared 3 methods on how to construct these.  One of those methods was
paper piecing and that is the method I chose.
I really don't mind paper piecing, no fuss no muss and everything usually
turns out pretty good!

Hope I win these this month!!!!!

Fingers crossed!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

HELP! I've Got Puckered Stems!

WHY?
See the ripple at the top of the blue?  This is caused from my bias stems that have been sewn down.
Yes, I cut them on the bias and used Elmers glue to attach them.

See here…..more ripples!  
I have wondered on many reasons why.
Are my stitches too close together?
Am I pulling too tight?
( I am stitching like Piece O Cake method )

Doesn't seem to matter if the stems are really long or short.
This short stem is puckered AND twisty looking!

BUT…..my numbers here, and everything else stitches up nicely and lays pretty flat.

WHY?
Does anyone have some I-dees on how I can remedy this issue?

I think it will quilt out ok but….

I DON'T LIKE IT!

I know there are some GREAT hand appliqué-ers  out there that might have the answer!!



Sewing down this cute little bird on the 4th border is next!!!  YIPPEE!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Webbing My Quilt Top

Have you tried this method when it comes time to sew your whole quilt top together???
This will be the first time for me.

Here is how it looks before you finish sewing the horizontal rows together.  My instructions for
this quilt uses this method but I have seen it before over on
Quiltvilles website.  You can see the "how to"
HERE

The jury is still out for me on this process.  I didn't particularly like manhandling the WHOLE top
ever time I sew a seam.  


Pressing was cumbersome.  I did scoot my ironing board over next to another table I have to help hold up the top.  I also found if your not careful you can distort some of your blocks
with the back end of your iron catching and
pulling some of the blocks.  You just
have the whole weight of the top pulling from the tiny chain piecing you did.

The main purpose is to help you from getting your blocks and pieces mixed up on the way to
your sewing machine from your design wall.

Of course, anytime you try something new and different it seems wrong and uncomfortable.  Mizz
Bonnie Hunter is an ole pro at this and so it seems right for her (and others).

I won't say I won't try this again.  Perhaps next time I will HALF the quilt and use this 
method in 2 halves.

The main goal regardless of the method is to have a completed top all sewn together.
Here it is….(the middle part anyway) YIPPEE!
I still have the hand appliqué borders to finish and as slow pokeeee as I am
that may be a little while longer, so I won't be showing
this again until later.

At least I have the hardest part past me.

This part measures 64" x 64".

Let me know if you have tried this method and what you thought!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

THIS was SCARIER than SCARY!!!

HORRIFIED is the best description I can give for what I just went through!!!

I had to mutilate…uh…I mean trim out the corners on these blocks!!!
Oh My Goodness what a STRESSFUL event!!

WHAT….IF…..I….DIDN'T….CUT….THEM….CORRECT??!!

I guess I will know the answer to that question when I pin and sew on these arcs.
I will be holding my breath!!

This cute little bird that is part of the top border for this quilt made me feel so happy and
helped me to calm down from the stress and horror of what
I just went through.

Who knew quilting could be so painful?!

HA!

"Just get over it" some of you say….. and "get on with it you wimp!!!"

I AM!

I AM!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Pieced Stripe Blocks Galore

I'm playing and thinking and figuring this morning on what I want to do with all these blocks!
There are 48 of them 'cause
I WON
the December Block Lotto!!
Gotta love that!

They are a 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" size.

I have them all mashed and smooshed up on my design wall and I think I've pretty much made a decision on how to use them.  It will involve taking the scissors
to each one of them!!!

WHAT???  SCISSORS?

EEEKKKK!!!

They will be fun to work with!!!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Deadline Met and Mission Accomplished

I was SOOOO excited AND exhausted but I finished sewing on the binding at 6:00 pm Friday evening!!  Yes, a completed quilt in 5 days.

( You need to read my previous post to know what this post is talking about )

Hubby came home a few minutes after I finished it.  I was glad I had moved my sewing 
room back upstairs where all my gift wrap, bows and such are up
here too.  I quickly found some ribbon and tied it around the
folded and rolled up quilt.
Hubby was really surprised when I gifted it to him.  He was REALLY
impressed I had actually machine quilted it.  Especially
in a design other than just straight lines.  ( I was patting myself on the back for this one too! )

Here it is…. I know it's just squares, but I wanted it simple so I could make it quick and fast
as fast could be.  
I chose some older fabrics
that have been lurking around for a while 'cause I'm sure tired of looking at them
every time I thumb through my stash!!

I knew Hubby and the Goober dog would like it regardless!
( The Goober dog lays in the chair every night with Hubby so it's his quilt too! )

This gingham on the back has been in my stash l-o-n-g before I knew to call it my stash.
I added this tan fruit/veggie in 'cause it has corn and various other
fruits and veggies Hubby has in his garden.

I like it……especially now that it's finished.  There are sunflowers and a block FULL of red tomatoes.
An African print toward the top, various type prints and a few flowers
thrown in so he can stay in touch with his FEMININE side! (snicker)

Maybe I should challenge myself with deadlines on future quilts and inspire myself to 
get more accomplished………….naaahhhhhh!

I'm headed outside now,
it's 84 degrees!!!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Quilt with a Deadline

Do you ever get ideas and at the time you think they seem wonderful, brilliant and
very much attainable???  Of course these ideas NEVER come early
with plenty of time to achieve them!
Not in my case anyway and then
THE PRESSURE IS ON!

This past Sunday night I was looking at the quilt Hubby covers up with at night in his easy chair and thought to myself…."I am REALLY tired of looking at that quilt, he needs a new one."
Yes, the perfect Valentines gift.
I got up Monday morning inspired and decided on big scrappy blocks, nothing
fancy…..keep it simple.  Deciding on fabrics and cutting ran smooth.
Sewing up blocks ran even smoother.
THEN
I began to think "could I really make a whole quilt, quilted, bound and all in just
5 days?"  The problem is I want it to be a complete
surprise and so keeping it a 
SECRET
began to cause me TONS of grief and as well as SLOW me down.
Hubby has been in and out and in my hair more times this week than he has in the last month!!!!
Lucky enough my sewing room is upstairs so when I hear him
come in I can go downstairs to keep him out of my sewing room and ruining
his surprise.
Right now I have about an 18 inch area and the quilting will be complete.  
My arms, neck and hands are pretty sore.  I hadn't counted on that.  I am doing just
an all over meander.  I have never machine quilted any thing 
besides straight lines before and I was pretty stressed out for a while
BUT 
now I have the hang of it and I have worked the soreness out!

I got the binding done during breaks from the machine quilting.
Ouuuu, my black binding looks like a
creepy spider or critter! ha!

SURELY I can get the binding all sewn down by tomorrow night?
( I'm kind of slow, I think my stitches are too tiny )
YES
I am giving myself until tomorrow night, I am going to need all
day tomorrow and I REALLY want to give it to him
completely finished!

Ok, I better get back to it, I sure don't want to burn too much midnight oil…..

Wish me luck and send good vibes my way that tomorrow
my little quilty fingers can FLY through
the binding!!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I Was Scared!!!

Hello again everybody!  The New Year started out with a bang of creativity for me.
I was moving and shaking.
I dug in the closet for tops that needed to be quilted.
I made a back for one ( previous post) and pin basted it together.
I had prepared tons of little tiny leaves and pieces for my Quilt Show BOM hand
applique' project.

Then BOOM!  The SICKNESS….the CRUD…..the PLAGUE hit!!!

I MISSED THE WHOLE LAST HALF OF JANUARY!!!
I was SOOOOO MAD!!
All my creative efforts came to a screeching halt!!!

WAH!
But all is well that ends well.  I am much better now (lingering cough).  I must
be better if I am thinking of re-arranging the furniture again! HA!!

 I decided to put all the parts of my BOM up on the design wall.  I had not seen the parts all together.  As I finished each piece I just put them in the drawer with all the other parts.
oooouuuuu……aaahhhhhh
I.LIKE.

Then I decided to try my hand at soaking out the glue on one of the 4 main appliqué' blocks.
I filled a little tub
AND
THEN
I WAS SCARED!!!!
Yep, I was too scared to put it in the water.
My stomach hurt, I paced the floor holding the cute little block in my hands.
I'M SCARED!!!
I had never done this before!
BUT armed with the advice I researched online I became BRAVE!
I took a deep breath and threw it into the water fast as fast could be
before I changed my mind.


 Hey, whatever was wrong with me?  See, it looks so happy floating around in
it's little bath and there weren't any pieces or parts that
floated to the top!

Sigh….what a relief!!!!

OK…..now I'm feeling brave and strong and ready to charge on!


 I soaked the glue out of these too!!!  They are the cornerstones for the above top.

WOW, it was hard for me going into unknown uncharted waters, but I think it worked out ok!

I'M NOT SCARED ANYMORE……..

UNTIL I think about machine quilting that top I have all basted and ready to go.


my stomach hurts again


Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Morning Design Wall




There seems to be A LOT going on here!

HAND APPLIQUÉ BORDER on the Left and WILD THINGS on the RIGHT!

(I LOVE A LITTLE VARIETY IN MY QUILTING!)

My design wall is holding up 3 quilt tops that are "IN PROCESS".  Also included is
the start of a back for one of these tops that I have TRIED to figure out and
piece this morning using the left over scraps from it's top.
Of course the 2 wildest tops were sewn y-e-a-r-s ago.  For some reason, upon their
finish I promptly hung them in the closet and forgot
about them.
Sooooo, hunting up the fabric pieces and scraps used so long ago has been
a chore……BUT EUREKA!  I found them and I
hope to have a back ALLLL finished by
days end!!!

Wish me luck!!!

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON THIS MONDAY??