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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sunday I had a Meltdown

When Serena asked me to cut her wedding dress because it is too long I really didn't want to.  It is not her ceremony dress. She will be wearing this dress that her Grandmother-in-law wore, then her mother-in-law and now her. 
It is beautiful!  
I'm so happy she is wearing a dress that is handed down, keeping the tradition going.  However, it is so old and the lace rips so easily that she decided she needed to l wear a different one to dance and enjoy the reception. 

On Sunday I hated cutting the lace.  I was stressed to do a good job, the TV was on a bit too loud and then Bruce started joking around.  
I always love his joking, but Sunday I was too stressed. I tried to stay calm and told him, I can't handle him joking, the TV and cutting the dress.  And then burst into tears! 

Poor new husband was so confused, asked me what he did wrong and I told him it was just the dress - I was so stressed over cutting it.

He told me that Serena was so easy going she would not be upset if I ruined it. Then gave me some good suggestions, one being that I should mail it to her (she is in Colorado) as soon as I finished it.  It had been the plan to give it to her the day of the wedding.  But his idea is so much better.

This is her dress - I cut off the front flowers and 12 inch train in the back.
and trimmed it up nice and even.
She will get it on Thursday. 
I'm biting my nails until then.  Hahaha 
Also on Sunday, Bruce bought the suit to walk her down the aisle. 
 He wanted to wear tan or green.  NO - Serena put her foot down ahead of time. NO WAY! She knows how he is with colors.  
 The bridesmaids are wearing floral dresses, and groomsmen floral ties. Bruce said no he doesn't wear flowers! Until I found him this tie.  
Yes - another score for Serena.   

So now I have to hem his pants and add buttons for the suspenders. I don't want to pay the extra for someone else to do that.  I need to hem my dress.  Alter the bodice of Angela's dress and maybe hem some bridesmaid dresses.  Those are my goals for July, not quilting ones this time.  

Happy Stitching (without tears!),
Linda



Thursday, July 11, 2019

At Long Last - Serena's Quilt is Finished

Good Morning,

I've been quite busy finishing this quilt, having company and having a bridal shower for Serena.

First up - Does anything feel better than a finished quilt? 
Only one that has a deadline to it.  And a Wedding is a big deadline. 
I would take pictures of my process - but then I would have to delete them before Serena could see them.  And then I wouldn't have them for a post!  I want to keep this as a surprise. 

I'm still a novice quilter.  I worried about that for a few minutes - and then figured it doesn't matter.  She will appreciate what I've done.  

My other daughter Angela had just bought some black fabric she didn't really want.  I asked for it and used that for the binding.  I was worried about how it would look.  I'm so used to seeing it without. But I think the black edging really pulls it together.  
Because the binding was just plain black fabric I could use a fancy stitch to completely apply the binding by machine.

  When I came to the corners as you can see here they got a little squirely.
Personally I'm okay with that.  
And my other comforting thought was - its just a blanket.  No one will see or care about the imperfections when it is cuddled up around them - or being used as a bed cover.
     Here's the back.  
I'm not sure I like doing a pieced back.  On this quilt I think it is okay. 
Cons: It was more work and time.
Pros:  It used up the rest of the fabric. Cost less than buying more fabric. 

Both Pro and Con:  Quilting on the back shows and doesn't show. 
Now I have a wedding dress to hem, my dress to alter and bags to make for the wedding.  

Wait - don't go yet!  I forgot to tell you.  I also after a LOT of debating and staring at the quilt decided to put their names & wedding date on the inside border.  So its there but not STANDING OUT & YELLING at someone.




Of course I took the picture before cleaning up the extra threads and chalk lines. 

And one last picture.  This is the only picture I took at the bridal shower.
My sweet little girl, Serena. 

Now I'm off to work. Stitching will have to wait til tonight.
Linda



Friday, June 21, 2019

A Little Funny - from Serena

I wanted to share a little funny that my daughter, Serena did.

She bought me these three used books as a gift.
She knows I enjoy used quilt books.

Inside this one was this note
to the previously owner. (Don't try to read it -
I have it blown up below.)

It says:  To Mom -    
 Congratulations on your 
 five Two ribbons at the fair - We
knew you could do it!
Love,
Patty Serena
9/25/91
And Serena added her date: 12-25-18
We got the biggest kick out of Patty's mom getting 5 ribbons and Serena crossing that out writing in 2.

I really like the book and here's one of the pages that I would really like to do.
That will be for another day. 

Happy Stitching,
Linda 


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Just Quilting Away - OMG & FNWF

My One Monthly Goal did not pan out last month.

And I'm not the least bit disappointed. 

Because I totally blew myself away with finishing all those feathers!

Which was going to be this month's OMG.   
Now I've started on the border.  
I had in mind to do this simple scallop and stripe. I have all the scallops done.  I thought I would finish the stripes in one day.  How hard can they be?

Nope - that didn't happen.  Apparently they are not hard - but a little time consuming.  I worked all most all day on Sunday and I have 1 1/2 half sides done.  
So far I'm thinking that it is turning out well.  I can't wait to drape it on the bed.  So the strips will be for June OMG.  I'm really hoping to have it all completed before mid-June.  Then I can start back on those stars again. 

I have until the wedding in mid-August - so I'm on track.

Oh let's talk about thread - I've run out of thread three times!  I had an almost full one of the gold, when I got down to the end (at night) I went to the store in the morning and I picked up two spools - not sure which would match best.  Well, turns out I've needed them both. (And they both match)  Of course when I ran out it was again at night, and started with my third spool of gold.  Then I ran out of Ecru (at night again!) so I was looking throughout the house for more. Luckily Mom had some in her sewing box that she gave me.  (Thanks Mom.  You always do look out for me.)

Friday Night with Friends is this Friday!  Yay!! Thanks gals for stitching with me. 
I'll be enjoying stitching those lines this Friday. 




I'm linking up with Patty of Elm Street Quilts for OMG 



and with Cheryl over Gone Stitching for 



Have Fun Stitching,
Linda


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Cutest Potholder and Feathers Galore

While my granddaughters were over I decided we would make a present for their Mother.
 She had mentioned that she wanted potholder to hang.

Well, the light bulb went off and I got her girls to pick some fabrics.
Good chance to discuss print scales and color contrast, as in "No! That black fabric is not good for this!"
What a fun and fast project!  

All that was left when Mama arrived to pick them up was finishing the binding.
I gave them a needle with plenty of thread and sent them off.
Is there anything more precious than a handmade gift from your children?
Well...yeah, maybe there is - but this is really cool too.

Mama was so surprised and so happy!  Isn't the print with the blender just perfect?  


Now - on to my Big Project. Getting this quilt quilted before the wedding.
Feathers!  Lot and lots of Feathers. 
 I heard once that if you do a king size quilt with feathers you will be a feather making expert. I'm not sure that if that is true. 
But I quickly realized that I didn't know how to do feathers upside down 
or sideways.  
But I can now!

Happy Stitching, 
Nicey Linda

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Special Present -

Sometimes it is just so strange how things work.

After my mother passed, my sister and I went to her house and kept a few token things to remind us of her.

Well, now three years later....I get a call from the son that had liquidated the assets. He had kept the sewing machine and cabinet for me.  WHAT??  Did he know I sewed?  Did my mom tell him I did at some point?  I did see the machine and cabinet while there but had no way to get it to my house 12 hours away.

Of course I JUMPED at the chance to get the machine and the next day drove up to get it.  I only had to drive 2 hours north as he was down for his work and brought the machine.  YAY!!

So here she is - not an expense machine. I like that it is a Brother and light weight. 
And the cabinet
The cabinet has a nice mechanism that raises and lowers the machine easily.
And thread holders!
Right now it is in my garage - until this weekend when I make room for it.

Strangely, this came right around my birthday - so I consider it a birthday gift from my mom.

 In my "About Me" profile (to the right of this main text), I talk about my mother and wanting to sew on her machine.  I feel very blessed to receive this gift. I like the way God planned this out.  Do you think they were conspiring together?

Now let's go sew!
 Thanks Mom!
Linda

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

My New Toy & May's OMG

Joy! Joy! Joy!

I bought myself an exciting new toy.
Amy of Amy's Quilting Adventures has been telling us not to use our cutting rulers for ruler work.  
Sunny told me about the Line Tamer Ruler .  

I found this different brand one at my local quilt shop.   
I love how my motion quilting foot fits inside and I can easily use it to make straight lines. (Although honestly mine will ever so often get a little wiggle!)  I just need more practice.

It's just the right size - both in length - as it fits in my domestic machine throat.
  And the width is just right. Easy to hold.   
The ruler markings help keep it lined up without any fuss. 
I have all the foundation quilting done (all the stitch in the ditch).

My May OMG is to do the gold stars. 
Here's the quilt on my dinning room table - it's a poor quality picture as the morning sunlight was streaming in.

I can't wait to start! See you all over at Elm Street Quilts.

Happy Sewing, 
Linda