Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FNSI Results


Happy Times for me.

 My lovely Babylock machine is back at home.
 I do love this machine - it sews like a dream and so quietly.
 
My husband is such a dear – he found the place to have it fixed. He called, delivered and picked it up. I had it back the next day.  Don’t you love that kind of quick turn around.   

Then I had problems with my computer. It would not let me onto blogger!  It's been days! Finally today I deleted everything (cookies, places, passwords) and now I can post.

On Friday night (FNSI) I worked on my quilting.  I was a bit worried I would forget how to do the swirls.  But it's like riding a bike.  And just as fun. Here is what I completed Friday night.
 Is that the worst picture or what? 
 
Oh I forgot to tell you, I did some bedazzeling on it.
 
 Do you see how puffy it is in the center?  I was so worried about that. When I asked my quilty friends they just said "Eh".  (Like what's that suppose to mean? Don't worry about it?)
 
Well it just quilted up smooth as cream; no creases or folds.
 
 Do I need to say I'm just so pleased with this.  Honestly, I had no idea I could even do this.  Now to cut and attach the binding.
 
Happy Stitching,
Linda
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

July Goals, Hopes & Dreams

I haven't made a list of goals in the longest time.

I wanted to get away from the pressure of "having" to sew. But I'm thinking I would like to this month/quarter.

So - here's my list.

Finish my table topper.

Then which ever of the following jumps up and says Sew me! Sew me! the loudest will get my attention.

This one just needs to be quilted.


 Complete the border for this one.

 
 
Get this one together - needs blocks and a setting.
 
Can we say Let's Get Busy?
 
Linking up to The Little Thistle - Finish Along 3rd Quarter
 
Linda


Friday, July 11, 2014

So what's a girl to do when her machine is down?

Dress like a cow and go to Chick-Fil-A!
 
Utterly Adorable!
I met my grandkids there - The news showed up and interviewed them.
15 minutes of Fame and at such an early age!
 
Troy (age 4) telling the cameraman all about being a cow.
If you have a Chick-Fil-A near you, today (Friday, July 11th) is Dress Like a Cow Day. You'll get a free sandwich or free meal.  
 
We were the first to get there and place quickly filled up with lots of little  cows!  So fun!
 
Happy Stitching and Mooing,
 
Linda
 


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Happily Quilting my Swirls when...

I was having a blast quilting my wallhanging
when it happened.
Well I knew this day would come.  Really, I knew it but hoped it wouldn't.
 
My lovely Babylock Machine is at the repair shop.
 
These computerized machines are not like those old er ... vintage metal ones - there's more to go wrong with these.  All those bells and doodads, which I admit I just love.  My connector from the foot pedal to the machine broke.  So - not the worse thing in the world.  I can still run it from the buttons on the machine but doing free motion quilting (which requires two hands) and having to use a hand to start, stop and adjust the speed is pretty darn tricky. 
 
So off the the repair shop it went today.  I should be getting it back tomorrow - so how can I complain. Right?
Wrong!  Wah Wah Wah!!  I want to quilt on my wallhanging.
 
I think my quilting swirls look a little childish. However, I feel very confident that I'll improve over time.  So in the meanwhile, I'm going to just love my work. 
 
Happy Stitching,
 
Linda - who will be reading! LOL
 
 


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A someday quilt - turning into a NOW quilt

I would really like to give credit where credit is due.  When I first started reading blogs I found "Don't Look Now" by Kellie Wulfsohn.  I loved her designs but they fell into the "maybe someday" I'll make one of these quilts.
Eventho I haven't wanted to sew I still have been attending my Sewful Sister's Group.
They all got together and decided we should each make ourselves a 22in Applique table topper.  I was looking in a old quilting magazine and found Kellie's design. 
Everything fell in place - I had the pattern (which I enlarged a bit), I had the fabric and I had a Desire! Something that's been missing for months.

I just love when things all come together like that!
Now that I've completed the top.  It's time to think about quilting it. 
(I have a lot of fun in store for me!)

Happy Stitching,
Linda


Friday, June 27, 2014

Pink Thread & Lily with her Book

Can you stand to see one more picture of the table topper?
 
Good cuz that's what I've got.
 
One would think it would be so easy to pick a pink thread and sew.  But not for me. I have to think and think about it.  (Why do I have so many pinks anyway?  I seldom use pink fabrics.)
I did finally decide.  And with the next set of colors I just dived in, chose a color and sewed.
 
And in parting, here's a pictue of Lily - 4 months old and "reading" her book.
 
 
Happy Stitching,
Linda


Monday, June 23, 2014

Growing Vines on my Table Topper

 I have been enjoying working on my table topper. It was my goal to finish all the green vines over the weekend.  I almost reached my goal, but not quite.
 
Somehow the family got invited over for a BBQ and swim party. 
As I was sitting there thinking how I didn't want to invite everyone over, my hubby was planning out the menu.  I tried to change it to my daughter #1's house - but that idea was axed by daughter #2.  As soon as I realized I was outnumber by the family - I quickly got into the spirit and was excited everyone was coming.  We had a grand time.  So glad I was out numbered. (Hey, at least I'm willing to admit I'm not Mother of the Year!  LOL!)
 
I sort of got stuck trying to figure out the green around the four purple flowers at the top.  I would stitch some green vine - and rip it out, stitch a different design rip it out.  I've thought maybe the problem is there are 4 (even number) I thought about adding another flower - another leaf...
 
I still have "extras" to put on the flowers.  Maybe once I have that in place the green vine around the four purple flowers will come together easier.
 
And on a parting note - here's a picture of Lily being her sweet self.
Happy Stitching,
 
Linda