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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Slow Stitching and Gifts

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!

Today is Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts and I am very happy to report that I am continuing with my Birdie Stitches blocks and participation over at Kathy’s linky party.


This is the block I completed last Sunday

August

This is the block I am working on today

September

I absolutely love Pilot's Frixion pens for tracing my pattern.  I can mark over and make adjustments as necessary then simply remove the markings with the heat from an iron when I am finished.

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A couple months ago my cousin asked me to knit her daughter a Yoda hat.  I had never even heard of such a thing but I found a pattern on the internet and was surprised at how easy it worked up.

My cousin never sent me a picture of her daughter wearing hers but I posted a picture of the hat alone on Facebook and my son’s friend in the Navy asked for one for her son, which also happens to be my Sailor’s Godson. Did you follow all of that?

Well, my son sent me a photo of the two of them
  
My son is such a funny guy

And then the baby’s mom sent me another one


I would have to say that cutie pie makes any hat look good.

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I also promised to share some gifts I made for Christmas, so here they are…


Tissue covers in patriotic fabric for the group of ladies at work that knits helmet liners for the soldiers.


I made several of these cosmetic bags.  They are a Pickle Pie Design made in the embroidery unit of my Brother Quattro 3.


I love Pickle Pie Designs because all of her linings have finished seams...no raw seams inside at all.



I also made the Pickle Pie cross body bag. These stitch out pretty quickly and are a nice size.

Now I think we are all caught up so I'm going to sink into a comfy chair, watch football and stitch this Sunday away.

Have a blessed week, my friends.



Sunday, January 4, 2015

Slow Stitching and UFO Busting

Hand embroidery is something that I have attempted several times over the years and while I am not necessarily horrible at it, I’m no expert.

I saw a beautiful quilt on Candace’s blog that inspired me to practice my embroidery (you really should go check it out at Squash House Quilts).  Then Tanya mentioned that she would be participating in today’s Slow Sunday Stitching featured on Kathy’s blog.


But wait….there’s more… I remembered a project I started in 2012 but had put away for a very good reason, I just can’t remember what that very good reason was.

Little Miss Shabby offered a free BOM titled Birdie Stitches, you can still read about it here. Her sketches are just too cute!

I decided to pull out the blocks and work on those during slow stitching Sundays and link up at Kathy's Quilts.

WARNING: Ugly blocks ahead but they will look better once I trim and press them.

January


February


March


April


May

June
I should change the year


July

August
I'm working on this one today

I used a jelly roll for the block borders but can't remember which fabric line they are from.  If anyone knows, please share.

Still not sure if I will make a full quilt with these or just mini quilts for my table top quilt stand.

This is how I’m spending my Sunday afternoon.  Are you stitching today?

I have one more Christmas gift to deliver then I can share the secret sewing I promised.


Hope you all have a blessed week!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Just Jane, Just for Me

Getting quilty mail is always fun but getting quilty mail that comes in packages with dots…



...that’s exceptionally fun and super special.

Stephanie, who blogs at Rummage and before that at Loft Creations, wrote Uncommonly Corduroy.  I have previously shared how much I love this book of bag and quilt patterns.  You can see some but not all, of the bags I made from her book here and here.

The one pattern I had not tried was Stephanie’s Just Jane bag.  That is until she surprised me with a kit containing all of the fabrics and notions I needed to make it.  



The kit contained 21 wale corduroy, a fabric I had not previously used.  It is so easy to work with and I will definitely be using it again.  She also included a mini charm pack of Color Me Happy by V and Co. for Moda.  I love this line of fabric, it reflects some of my favorite colors.

I took the opportunity to test the new little Pfaff by making my new tote.  The machine passed the test.  It transitioned very nicely from just piecing to quilting through Soft and Stable.  I’m really loving the built-in walking foot.




Thank you Stephanie for your kind generosity!  I love my Just Jane bag.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Our Holidays and the New Sewing Machine

I hope you are enjoying your holiday season.  We were blessed to have both of our children home at the same time.  Our sailor son was home for two weeks and our daughter is on college break.  Since I’m not sure when this will happen again, I baked everyone’s favorites.

 Buckeyes
  


Tea Cups


Aunt Sarah’s Chocolate Cake


Miss Lou’s Pound Cake


My mom made Sand Tarts


We did a lot of eating and visiting.  It was very sad leaving our son at the airport Friday. We hope to visit him in San Diego next March, during our daughter’s spring break.  It will depend on his ship’s schedule…keeping fingers crossed that he will not be underway then.  His ship is scheduled to relocate to Japan mid-year.

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Thank you to everyone who provided guidance with regard to a portable sewing machine.  I quickly made a decision and took some of my Christmas money to make a purchase.

Since I recently had a problem with my main machine and was without it for over a month, I could not imagine dealing remotely with a seller.  I decided to buy from someone who is close to home in case I need repairs.  That limited me to either a Brother, Babylock, Janome or Pfaff.  I wanted something that is lightweight yet durable since its primary purpose is to take to classes.

I was very interested in a Janome but the local dealer did not have the model I wanted to see and it was a bit more expensive than the Pfaff I chose.



Pfaff Passport 2.0


It features an integrated dual feed system (IDT) which is basically a built-in walking foot.  I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with this feature. 


The IDT is very easy to disengage if you do not need it.


It offers more stitches than I will ever use.



My main machine is also an embroidery machine which means it is very heavy and too expensive to be carting around.


At just over 12 pounds, the Pfaff will serve the purpose.  Oh...and it was ON SALE!!!!

I’ll be back soon to show you the project I am making to test the new Pfaff.  It has me seeing dots…that is a good thing J

Enjoy the last few days of 2014!


Friday, December 19, 2014

Help, please



Update:  Thank you for your comments and guidance.  I have made a decision (& purchase) and will share soon. Thank you again for stopping by and your help!
Happy Holidays my friends.

It has been quite a while since I’ve posted and I have missed blogland something awful.  What little time I have had to check in with my quilty, crafty friends has been spent on Instagram.  I look forward to returning soon and sharing the secret sewing I’ve been up to.

For now, I need your help.  I am looking for a small, simple, economical but reliable sewing machine that I can easily take to classes.  I’ve done a little online research at Janome, Bernina, Brother and the result is that I am completely overwhelmed.  I would appreciate it if you have any advice to offer.

Wishing you all a very happy and blessed holiday season.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Just Checking In...

There has been some secret sewing going on here which is one of the reasons I haven’t posted for a while.  Another excuse reason is that my husband and I attempted to paint the interior of our house ourselves.  And then there is the fact that my sewing machine is at the repair shop.

The secret sewing is gifts for friends.  Some of those Lovies follow my blog.  That is a good reason, right?

The painting proved to be something we decided was better left to the professionals… contractors report October 20th!  We have really high ceilings and some challenging areas so I do not feel one bit guilty about bailing on that task.

And then there is the sewing / embroidery machine…remember the cute little cosmetic bags that I made and then the machine decided it just did not want to work with that design any longer?  Well it started acting strange with other designs so I took it to the dealer last week.  It’s still there and I haven’t sewn a stitch.

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My cousin asked me to knit her 8 month old baby girl a Yoda hat for Halloween.  Yep, you read that right…a Yoda hat.  Can’t say that I had even seen a Yoda hat until now but I’m giving it a try.  You might see a picture soon.

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Last time I shared that I purchased a quilt pattern from Kaaren at The Painted Quilt.  It is going to be my husband’s Man Quilt.  Well, the real name of the pattern is Camp Wilderness.


Kaaren writes great patterns and includes the most amazing line drawings for the applique’ pieces as well as close up photos for reference.


Even though I do not plan to start this quilt until next year, I have been researching fabric choices.  I would love to use one line of fabric.  Any ideas?

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And lastly, I won a giveaway!  Carrie, the Queen of applique’, won a prize for a quilt she made and donated to the Quilters Dream Batting Hopes and Dreams Quilts Challenge. Click here to read more about Carrie’s participation and see her adorable quilt. When Carrie received her prize she realized it included items that she likely would not have time to complete so she shared them with some of her followers.

I won patterns for tea towels…13 of the cutest patterns for all seasons.  Thank you Carrie!


There are 5 towels that I would love to make right now….if only I had a machine... errr!


Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you all have a fantastic week.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Progress Report and Sweet Mail

Happy September! 

I have been sharing some completed projects with you the last couple of months but realized I had not been mentioning which of my lists the project belonged to.  These are the lists I created while participating in Sherri’s Summer Organizing Series.  So I’m going to back-track a little here.

Progress Report

Work in Progress (WiP):

After weeks of trying to decide whether or not Goodnight Irene was getting a border, it did…



Now this one is off to the long-arm quilter with Willow Weave.  Goodnight Irene was Terry’s sew-along earlier this year.  She has started a new sew-along and you can check it out here.

The other WiP that I have is the helmet liner project which will continue until end of October.  You can read more about them here.

Unfinished Project/Object (UFO):

I shared about Willow Weave here.



To Do (Project I want to make but haven’t started):

I completed more bags from Uncommonly Corduroy and told you about them in early August here.





Also last week, I completed this dish towel/pot holder.



Another item on my To Do list is this Halloween Baltimore quilt, pattern by Pearl P. Pereira. 




This is block one…



I machine stitched the applique using clear thread…not loving it.  So, I’m going to re-think how to complete the stitching.  Since I am using the fusible method for attaching the pieces to the background fabric, I may finish that part and go back to the stitching when all of the blocks are fused.  This quilt will NOT be finished this Halloween and realistically, it may not be finished next Halloween either.  This one will move up to the WiP list and could be there a while J

I have added a new project to the To Do list and this one is for my hubby.  This will be his “man quilt” as Kaaren from The Painted Quilt calls it.  I ordered the pattern today and will share a photo of the cover when it comes but you can see it at Kaaren’s by clicking here. You won't believe this perfect MANLY quilt.

One of our goals is to purchase a camper in a few years.  DH already bought the truck and we have been to a couple of RV shows to get an idea of what we want.  Our plan is to take short vacations until we retire and then take a really looonnng one J

Sweet Mail

You may call this Leftover String Beans





I purchased Stephanie’s quilt pattern String Beans and took her up on her offer to unload some of the leftover fabric she used.  

You can see the quilt here.  I’m adding this to my To Do list for next spring.


Now that you are all caught up, I’ll do a better job of updating my lists.  I think there is a way to add them to the sidebar of the blog but I have to figure that out…one day.


Have a blessed week everyone!