Monday, August 31, 2015

Planting Seeds

I didn't get a lot of sewing done this weekend.  Instead Anna and I redid the living room.  We painted the walls, baseboard, and trim.  We bought a new rug and curtains.  Neil was happy about the curtains because he got the old one to use to cover cushions in his motor home.  We are hoping next weekend to paint an end table, some frames and ladder.  My hubby who comes home tonight from helping his parents in Portland is going to get a little shock.  Hope it's a happy one.  Anna and I think that so far it's pretty great.

I was able to prep these little seed packets 
 To go on my garden quilt.
What did you do this weekend?  Do you have any fun projects in the works?

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Quilty Hug Finishes

 Yes, you read that title right.  There is an 's' on the end of finish.  It must be the positive energy flowing in my clean creative space.  I basted, quilted and bond both of these this week.  I'm on fire!
Or could it be a little healing sewing and some quilty hugs for friends in need.  I recently found out that a childhood friend is battling cancer and therefor needs a quilty hug.
Also Ginger, founder of Happy Chemo, my partner in crime and dear friend just found out her cancer is back and things are not looking good.  Though Ginger is up beat and full of positive energy.  She is such an inspiration. I also needed a quilty hug for her.

Therefor the combination of need, healing and positive energy brought about this productive week.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Little Creative Process

I'm enjoying my clean creative space.  It was so nice to pull out my scraps and bits to continue working on my vine quilt.  You may have noticed that yesterday as I showed my design wall I had added a sun to go with my crow and words.  I have more applique in mind.  Wish I were a better artist when it comes to drawing that would make my applique plans so much easier.  Yesterday I decided to add a pieced border in between my vines and my words.  I used these bits I made the other day.
I think it really sets things off.  I need to make a little more low volume background.  As you can see a few of my corners are missing.  Then the rest of the applique and maybe another scrappy border.  I still have a bunch of bits.

I'm going to have to take a brake though I have several quilty hugs I need to quilt.  My friend who was helping me is not going to be able to any more.  Kinda bummed about that but I understand.  Not so secretly hoping that someone else comes along who is willing to help or that I win a lottery so I can buy a computerized long arm that quilts them while I sew.  A girl can dream, right?

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Reclaiming My Creative Space

This weekend my hubby bought me some rotating shelving for our canned goods.  I had been wanting one for a while so I was happy.  The fact that he just set it right in the middle of my creative space brought on a totally different emotion.  He said he didn't know where I wanted it.  Well, not there.  After moving some stuff around we got it where I wanted it.
 But my creative space looked like this when we were done.
 So I spent today reclaiming it. I shelved the canned goods.  Found a way to keep the batting, stuffing and pillow forms up where Spike can't eat it.  Found a home for my gelli printing supplies.
 Moved my fabric and projects to sturdier shelving and placed my loom and soap making supplies on top.
 Now I can get to my design wall.  Let the creative juices flow.
I'm ready to play.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back to School

It's that wonderful time of year.  The nights cool down, the mornings are crisp, and store shelves are full of yellow pencils, glue sticks, crayons, and notebooks.  Time to stock up not only for school but your sewing room.  Composition books are great for sketching up designs, office supply store often have one that have graph paper instead of lined.  How cool is that?  Colored pencils are a must have when coloring in designs in said sketch books. Elmer's school glue and glue sticks are great for basting.  So while you are stocking up for the kids don't forget a few items for yourself.

I've hung my back to school quilt up.  A not so subtle reminder to my kids work hard and do their best. 
 Anna starts school Monday and the boys on Wednesday.  Along with all the store bought supplies we made a zipper pouch to hold a lot of them in.
My one finish for the week, small but a finish none the less.  I'm hoping once they are all back in school the  house will quiet down and I'll have more time to use my new supplies in the sewing room.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Clean Livin'

At Christmas I received a wonderful gift, some cold pressed soap, from my friend, Kaylyn. It was heavenly.  In March I traded her soap for some quilting and in May I got more for my birthday.  Not wanting to take advantage of my dear friend, but wanting that heavenly soap I had to learn how to make my own.
 I watched a lot of you tube videos, googled recipes.  I found a recipe that I had all the ingredients for. I didn't want to buy a bunch of stuff until I knew I could do it. Well, lucky me it set up in the mold. Next came the hard part, waiting.  Finally the four to six week curing has taken place and I have soap.
Can't wait to share it with my friends. Oh and to try more recipes!  The list is growing almost as fast as my quilt list
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Monday, August 17, 2015

I Have A Naughty Doggy

This weekend I was prepping these quilts so I can baste them tomorrow with my friends.  I had pieced all the backs and was getting ready for the batting.  Last time I bought batting I got a bolt that was 120" wide.  I figured this would give me the most bang for my buck.  I could get two quilty hugs from the width.
 Well, I pulled out one of my leftover pieces and look what I found.
My naughty doggy had chewed a whole in it.  I was not a happy camper, but was able to stitch a scrap onto the undamaged piece and make it work. How can you stay mad at a face like this?
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Nautical Nights

Inspired by Sajata Shah's Organized Chaos I created Nautical Nights.  I loved how she had extended the points on the kaleidoscopes to create a sort of mariner's compass.  I added a sort of wonky friendship star as a alternate block.  I had some issues with fabric placement to make the round around the mariner's compass.  In fact I was quilting it when I found one was not right.  Rather than unpick almost everything, I appliqued the correct wedge over the wrong one.  No one will ever know, right? 
 I choose fabrics from Moda lines; Collections for a Cause, Castlewood, and Paisley Park.  I know these are not my usual colors but thought they went well with my theme.
 Adding a pieced border to frame the whole thing.  I do love a pieced border.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hexi Stars and More

As promised my hexi star progress.  I decided to go with large solid hexis between the stars.  I did this because;  One, when I pressed my hexi stars I forgot that I had used a fission pen and all my stitching lines disappeared. Two there would be a lot of bulk where the points met if I didn't.  Finally I was worried that the points might not all match up and it would not look good. 

I made the large hexi by using my compass and measuring from the center of my hexi star to point on one of my stars.  Next I drew my circle and drew a line through the middle of it.  Then I took my background triangle and starting at the point where the line met the edge of the circle I laid it out so that the other side of the triangle hit the circle again.  I continued around the circle until I had created a hexagon.  I know there were probably more mathematically correct ways to do this but it worked for me. I glued this template to lightweight cardboard and cut it out.  Then cut out and pressed my hexis.  I also pressed my hexi stars around it to find my stitching line again.  Then started putting them together.  Here is what I have so far.
 Yesterday I had a Quilty Hug Sew In for Happy Chemo.  We were very productive.  We finished this top from squares I was given by a guild that I did a trunk show for.
 This one was made from blue, green, and yellow scraps, plus a bunch of left over red 2 1/2" squares from another project.
Finally this top made from donated orphan blocks.  Now to find backs and get them quilted.

Monday, August 10, 2015

I ran into a wonderful group of ladies a few months back while I was out having lunch with my grandma.  I have known these great ladies for a very long time.  They were in my guild when I first started quilting.  They took me under their wing back then and taught me and helped me along my quilting journey.  I remember when my Anna was born.  I picked up the mail just before we left and there was a little squishy package from one of these ladies, full of the cutest bibs.  I can't tell you how much that meant to me.  Apparently they have a secret little group that meets for lunch once a month.  I got invited to join.  Last week I meet with them.  Look at the lovely flowers that graced our table.  Betty grew these in her garden.  That dahlia is 8" across.  This picture does not do them justice.
In addition to lunch we did a little hand sewing.  These very cute Lori Holt blocks are made by my friend Sue.  She does every thing mini.  According to her, she doesn't need a big quilt but lots of minis.  In Lori's book the blocks are 12".  Sue has made her's 4". I admire Sue's work but don't think I could ever do it.

I worked on my hexi stars.  Hoping to show you my progress soon. Did you find time to sew this weekend?  What did you work on?

Friday, August 7, 2015

Not Always Black and White~ Finish

 I would have had this one done sooner but when I took it to baste with friends I forgot the back.  Just a slight problem when trying to baste a quilt.  Grrr!  A week later I was wiser and made sure I had all the pieces.  That basting session went much more smoothly.

I was going to just do straight line quilting but then saw a quilt that was quilted with wood grain quilting.  I really liked it, so I gave it a go after watching this tutorial.  I enjoyed the process and the effect on my quilt.  I will definitely being doing it again.
I finished the quilting last night and got the binding sewn on one way.  I chose a solid black binding.  I felt it framed things nicely. This morning I got up and finished it up using this method.

Had to hurry.  A storm is coming and I wanted to get pictures before it hit.  I even thought about taking the picture with the binding just glued in place.  But it looked like I had time to sew it down.  I would have been really mad at myself if I was wrong and the storm hit without pictures.  So lucky me the storm held and here is a finished 'Not Always Black and White.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pretty Pretty Bits

My bits bin has been calling to me.  All those pretty little bits needed someone to play with them, and I needed a little play.  So I dumped them into a laundry basket.  I find I can see more or their smiling faces if I do this and no one gets left out of the play.
 Next I found and cut little bits into 1 1/2" strips and sewed them together in sets of two.  Nothing was very long.  My bits are anything smaller than a charm. I then cut those sets of two into 1 1/2" sets.  Playing with my bits this way gave me a large variety of different sets.
I have a plan for these cuties.  I'll reveal that later.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Planting and Growing

This last weekend I had a little mindless play in my scraps and created these two words.
I made them to go with my vines I made a while back.  The vines have been waiting patiently on the design wall waiting for inspiration to hit.

I had done a little sketching trying to figure things out.  And while this is a starting point I know this is not going to be the end result.  
 I still have ideas churning in my head.  But I did like the idea of the crow.  So I made him.
 Here are my pieces so far, waiting once again for those churning ideas to settle down and solidify into a quilt I will love.
At least that is the plan.