Tuesday, April 5, 2016

March Finishes !

  Its been a busy month!  I'm battling a bunch of Spring Fever.. and  fussing around to keep the mind busy  after  couple years of Kid Krapp.

 So a friend requested a Fidget Quilt for her dad w Alzheimer's I hustled to get that done and in the mail. It was a fun project
    In a  current market flyer I spotted cute fabric  for  updating the front room.. as the way with most things by the time I got there the  promotion had changed  or I cant find the product shown.....typical... after  a week of  snooping ALL shops in the area I settled on these  prints.... and got to work.  The blue is for valances in both rooms.
  The Jazzy print with coral is the kitchen valance and pillows.

  Its amazing what you can do with a ruler and pencil !... and sewing machine.

 ... even found some hot pink flannel for the backs of the pillows.....

  I cant change the red rug .. but I lightened up the rest the place.

  I started doing the Pinterst thing.. What a time consuming deal.. but also what an amazing source of ideas!
 This is a child size quilt.
  Over course of the month I set up The Dare Quilt from Nancy... (I need a better name for it )...
 .. But I got brave,, I  scanned pinterest for a few ideas and how to.. The jumped in !!
 Its by NO Means a Show Quilt.. but I had fun doodling on it.

 We will go on the premis that Finished is Best!

  Ive been organizing a few closets,, and the stash bins down stairs were snooped thru. Im finding bundles of  colors for inspiration.. along with Old projects in baggies that are calling me...

The inspiration here is a Salesman sample card with  nice floral.  I used everything imaginable of those colors.

 This is a nice lap Size quilt
 .. From another Baggie with pink & green strips a RailFence quilt was assembled.  I had cut this out as a kit for the RV back in 09- 10?? when we purchased the RV.

 Easter was a quiet day with Party for Two.

We finished the month with a visit from Nancy.. Lots of sewing ,, shared ideas,, chatter,,
We can FIX the world in a matter of 3 days in our talks !

One of our topics fell into using  the stash.. and where it all goes.. WHO needs  quilts.. Where to send the GoodDeeds.. Well theres  no end in sight of places to donate. That's a fact.  But mention was made of the Shriners Hospitals.

I'm thinking this is the Year for the Shriners.

My new roll of batting is just the right width to use for kid quilts.
 I have plenty of ideas and time.....

 I will still take donations of cotton fabrics or larger yardage & sheets for the backing..
Buzz me if you have cotton fabrics !!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

February Finishes !

 February was a variety of weather from big snow and minus 0 temps.. to 50 and thawing !
 During the big snow  I ordered garden catalogs and fabric flyers to wish for spring growth and bright colors,, even dreamed up a plan to redecorate the front room....  but the pic in the flyer did NOT match what the store had..  my inspiration is on hold for now... nutz
 Carson had a birthday !  a fistful of dollars took the prize over clothing,,,

 The Bonnie Hunter Mystery  of Quiltville.. has been in the works since Thanksgiving with a clue each week..
 ...I finally got it quilted.  I have a peave about quilting that doesn't Fit the quilt,,  the allover designs for some reason they are hard for me to conceive.
As busy as this quilt design is  that is what is called for ,, a big allover quilt stitch.. for ME to DO that I had to set the machine up . backwards,, backing fabric on top,, up sidedown,,  so I guess  even I can learn new tricks  LOLOL!

 Remember this from January..  the black got buggered up,, the sizes didn't follow my thinking.. my design in the ol head didnt come out the same... YOU know how that works ... LOLLL....... sooo Plan B...
  all the pretty batik strips were re cut, reassembled into a braid.    Now to get it quilted!

  These bright colors are all from the donated scrap box.. the pattern called Diappearing Four patch.
  The back side was pieced with common colors and quickly quilted with scraps of batting.  It is DONE and will be a Good Deed

  Last year about this time I was working on a challenge  from Nancy.. a  large bundle of batiks and told to DO something different.... I did

  the time has come to quilt it !   I'm watching pinterest for  finished quilts done by others.. I 've been practicing on the long arm and feeling braver.. so Its now marked.. Thread should arrive today...with some pics of others work beside me Ill make a go at it.

my sewing table was Emty !  Sunday it was time to  start something new... with the last bright one going so well , I thought to  do a country flavor.. with golds , greens,, copper.. toss in some odd size muslin strips from the scrap box.. and we will have a quilt. I stitched while watching hours of pretty dresses go by for the Oscars pre show...

 ... from a four patch to this....  This will also be  GoodDeed when finished

 The family  has  enough quilts ! Yes they Do !.. This year  I'll be sewing for GoodDeeds again.. Wounded Warriors..  Homes for Humanity,, Ronald McDonald hospital kids.. Any where I can find a need.

** I'm taking in fabrics again.. **

clean your closets of excess quilting stash , of anything cotton.. sheets (for backing) ..  sewing scraps... pretty color men's shirts... as long as its cotton !
  I've bought  thread by the 5000yd spools ($50).  I'm collecting large size fabric for backing..
 I've purchased this monster roll of batting.. 66 yards ! ($80) 

  I've got the ideas ! I've got the time..  Just think how many good deeds can be done!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Christmas 2016 Quilt

  Thanksgiving weekend  was a big fabric sale,,,  I had sketched the design  tested out my assembly. Then went shopping !

 this method uses a large print and the repeats are layered and pinned together...
 ....of course I goofed.....let's call it  being creative...
 with stacks of  matching prints,  it's cut carefully...
  this is very cool  to watch it all come together  !
 .... each one has a different variation...
 . when the wind is howling and its -14 below I'm NOT going anywhere !  This is where I'll park la' butt .

  Remember the miss cut.............  ahemmmm  Creativity !

 Its not quilted yet,,, It is still  waiting for a bright idea moment......

JANUARY 2016 Finishes

  I'm Backkkkkkkkkkkkkkk !  so with the resolution to keep this blog up to date this year ,,, Here is  Januarys progress...

 I did the Bonnie Hunter quiltville mystery with instructions given every week till finished... its HUGE, she uses many many scraps and many many pieces.
  We got dolled up for a date  night,,,  that deserves a  new pic  !
 Christmas 2016 quilt was sketched and started..

  This was Plan A of a new quilt using batiks.. you sew big panels of color,,, then slice it up... when you  straighten the edge it makes a neat curve,, bargello style... then with each piece numbered  you re assemble.. for some reason my fabric buckled and bowed and ticked me off..  made me fuss,,,,,,,,,, sooooooo Onto Plan B.. I recut it all while Nancy was here and will do a braid with the  leftovers.........  gotta have a plan B ,, LOLL

  We've had a fair amount of snow to keep us  hibernating,,, and snooping TX reality and Park sites while the wind blows.... The RV looks sad  setting there  snowbound and the gate piled with snow.
 Our Deck and fencing is a work of art.

  Here's the combined finishes  of January.  The Christmas '16 is not quilted yet.  The Quiltville Mystery next in line to be  quilted. The pink and green is made of  upholstery and curtain samples, something new to work with! On the floor  are the Three batiks quilts made with  Hoffman International Fabrics they donated,  now  quilted and ready for use.

  and then there's a bit of quiet time....  sketching dreaming  of new color combos,   wishing for spring... Yet savoring the  hibernation and sewing time.......Cheeers ! my Dears !