Wednesday, March 6, 2019

OMG for March

I just love having only ONE goal per month.
Having only one seems so doable.  
Even for a person like me that get busy with other areas of life.

Thank you Patty of Elm Street Quilts!

So, this month will be another of Val Larid's BOM.
I changed up the center of the design, but the rest is Val's Design. 

I did have time to start on it over the weekend.
I had thought I would do the freezer paper method.
That didn't turn out so well - I'm not liking it.
Look how sloppy - and hard this will be to stitch.
I didn't want go look for it - but there was no other choice. I spend some time digging around in the sewing stuff and found some Heat & Bond.

(Side note here:  I've known for years I need to do some organizing of my stuff. I barely know where to start!  I've been watching Tidying up with Marie Kondo on Netflix.  It's getting to me and I might just tackle this situation.)

Now back to my applique and using Heat & Bond. 
So much easier - and so much quicker!
And oh my gosh!  So much neater!

So this is my goal - to finish this block.

So now - on to the questions.

1.  Do you think I should use fabric for the bee's wings or just embroider?

2.  Which method do you prefer, Heat & Bond or freezer paper or turn applique?

3.  Have you watched (or read) Tidying up with Marie Kondo?

Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

From Disaster to Perfection

Oh my gosh - listen to this! (Er - read this!)

I finished the quilting and binding on my Dogs Quilt. I still needed to cut the threads on the back.

BUT in the meanwhile....

My little darling granddaughter came over.  All was well, she was having fun playing, then she started going down hill. 
She was tired and climbed onto my bed and covered up with the Dogs quilt.  Ahh how sweet.

UNTIL she threw up!! On the quilt!  That is not technically done! That I had NO intention of ever washing! It was only going to hang on the wall. That I wasn't sure could even survive going through the wash since it is appliqued.

Yes that quilt.  

Bruce threw it in the washer and the dryer.  

I didn't say one word.  If it's ruined, then it will be ruined.
AND it came out so soft, and cuddly and perfect. All the quilting even looks better!   I'm soooo, soooo glad it was washed.  I totally love it!
  Now instead of being a wall hanging, I will be using it and it will be sitting on the back of my couch.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt!
I totally love that little granddaughter too.

After she threw up - I told her.  "You know what that's called? Blowing Chunks!"  She laughed and laughed.  Jumped down and started jumping around the room.  Oh my gosh!  Stop that kid!  Before you Blow Chunks again!


Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Fear is Taking Over

Oh my gosh, I can't believe I've taking this on.

At first I was happy -  I did it!  I finish the backing.  AND I sandwiched my quilt.  What a great day!
 Now I'm just thinking, what am I doing???

The quilt is so big, it barely fit the living room. I had to tape the backing under the couch!
I do not know how to quilt this!!  I'm NOT that good of a quilter.

Right now I'm thinking I could SID round the black stars to stabilize it.  Do some feathers in the white border.  Maybe that's too much?

Do you have some suggestions for the big yellow stars? I do know that my daughter will want something very simplistic. 

And then I'm thinking for the outside border straight lines going out to the edge. 
One thing I know, it won't get done if I don't start on it.

In the hand sewing area I'm still working on the Generosity BOM
 I found some fabric for the bell flowers.

Happy Stitching,

Friday, February 15, 2019

Kindness & Generosity Blocks

I love doing hand stitching. 

Although I'm not that happy with this last one.  

I'll move on to the next one while I think about it.
Okay I do not care for Mushrooms - well I love them in food or raw, but in stitching not so much.  

I actually stopped doing the BOM years ago because I didn't know what to do instead of the mushrooms. 

As I was looking at the similar shape between the flowers and the shape of the mushroom heads - it occurred to me draw some bell shaped flowers and a bee.
I sized it to fit the mushroom area and using transfer paper drew it on the fabric.
Actually - I was rather pleased with myself as I've never thought up a design before.  

In the meanwhile, my sister called and asked if I would please give my BOMs to her as she loves them.  Aww - I'm so glad she does!  

I showed her my design and the mushroom one and do you know what she said?

She likes the mushrooms better!


Well, too late!  (I don't know if that transfer will come out of the fabric.)

You know how it is, sisters always like different things. 
Well, maybe it's just me and my sister.

The Kindness Block is my OMG for the month of February.
I also had a secret OMG.  The reason I didn't mention it is because I had NO faith in myself to complete it.

It is the backing for Serena's quilt.  Which is almost finished.
I've never done a pieced back before.  After reading a couple tutorials I just went for it.  It was actually a lot of work.  All that getting down on the floor and crawling around to measure (king size quilt) and up to sew and then down again - and going to the bedroom to iron.  

AND THEN!  I was 4 inches short on one side.

What the What?!

I was just too tired and had to quit for the evening. 
The next day I was sooo sore from all that up/down/crawling.

It is still my goal to finish this backing before February ends. 

Enjoy your stitching,

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

February's OMG

My OMG for February is another one of Val Laird's blocks.
I've already started on it.  
I'm looking forward to working on this. The blocks are so fun. But...I'm wondering what will I do with them when I finish.  Make a wall hanging that I don't really have a place to hang? A small quilt that I don't need?  Or I was thinking of making some pillows - but I don't need this many pillows. 

Although if you ask Marzipan I most certainly do need more pillows.

This is Marzipan this morning.
 Oooh...comfy pillows!
 Well, let me find a better spot.
 No - not really as comfy as I thought. Let me move them around.
 There - this will do.
 Uh - Oh.  I didn't know you were looking!
Well - you didn't scold me so I'm here to stay.  Now get busy and make more pillows!

Then I was thinking maybe I could make the pillows and divide them among my sisters - or daughters.  

First things First - Make the blocks!

Happy Stitching and Pillow Fluffing,

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts 

Monday, February 4, 2019

FNwF Update

Now you know I had every intention of posting on Saturday.
But the day just got away from me.

Here's my block that I finished on Friday night.
I wasn't happy with it.  It just didn't do it for me.

But then on Sunday as I was flipping through the finished blocks I kind of liked it.  I may still do a satin stitch in the handle - with yellow.  
(This is where you chime in with your opinions.)

Here are all four blocks:

I've already started on the next one, Kindness
This picture was taken at night - that's why it's darker.

So what kept me so busy on Saturday was shopping for tools. 
My husband's tools were stolen from our pickup truck.

We spent hours at Home Depot, Lowes and then some quick stops at a couple other stores. Sunday we were back at Home Depot again for a couple more hours. And then onto the grocery store. If only I could have spent all that time (and money!) at the fabric store!  Hahaha

Actually I didn't mind.  And I just praise God that He had already provided us with some savings so that we could replace all those tools. 

Happy Stitching, 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Inside the Green Bag

Well, since I had so much fun with the stocking, I want to continue doing some hand embroidery.

And I know just where to go.

The Green Bag
Yes, it's been years since I looked in this green bag. 

But I knew I wanted to go right to it and get started on my next project.

I sorted out the scraps of fabric and floss and paper patterns to find
Val Laird's BOM. 
I do not even remember how many years ago I started this.

I found the next one to work on.
So this will be my project for the month of February. (Unless I finish it before - then I'll pick something else.)
Of course, after this much time I don't remember how to do needle turn applique. I'll have to figure it out or Youtube it.  Or maybe try that method where you sew around and then turn it inside out.  

Happiness is finding and working on the next block.  

Happy Stitching,