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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What's on my frame today...

This is what is on my frame this morning, almost done quilting it. It will then live in my 'binding pile' for a while. I am in a quilting mood right now so I will take advantage of that in hopes of quilting up about 10 more this week. Then I will make myself get their bindings all on, LOL

Linking up with Connie's freemotion by the River and Lorna's Let's Bee Social, links on the left sidebar!  Also Quilt Story and Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Purses mostly done!


 I have been talking about my purse making for the last 3 weeks. I am finally nearing the end. Fifteen purses are a lot to make, but I now have 13 of them done! It feels wonderful to have them ready for the fall craft shows. I thought I would share 11 of them with you. Number 12 and 13 sold before I could take pictures of them!!!

There are 3 pockets outside and 8 inside, no excuse for not being organized :-) They all get magnetic closures and ties for expansion on the sides, a covered foam core board on the bottom adds some stability to the purse. You can take out that board and wash your purse! If you would like to have a purse please feel to contact me, my email addy is on my About page. They sell for $43 plus shipping unless you want to come pick it up. Oct 1st is when they will hit the local craft show.






On another note, yesterday I put binding on these 2 neonatal quilts and handed in 4 last night at guild. This brings my total to 10 for the year, I made a personal goal of making 12 this year, so only 2 more to go and that should not be a problem.


So I have a dirty little secret to share...this is my pile of neutrals and backing fabrics...I am almost to embarrassed to show it but...



I want to show you the wonderful shelves my sweet hubby build me on Saturday to put under my sewing/knitting counter tops and how I am organizing my fabric so I can actually see what I have-in hopes of using up instead of purchasing more!  Since I took the pic I have folded and organized my stash of red fabrics and added to the shelves. 

I hope you will go check out the other links over at Connie's , Lorna's  and Quilt Story

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bea over at http://www.beaquilter.com/2014/09/eq7-tutorial-tuesday-block-review-nine.html has an EQ& tute every other tuesday. I have really been enjoying her posts as it is helping me learn my way around EQ a bit better.  This week we are to create nine patches any way we want and link up with her. So I took this Contrary Wife block...

 Recolored it, put it into a 4 x 5 block setting and rotated it every other block across the row to get this.

And yet another setting with the same block and yet another coloring. I think I would really like to make this quilt up someday in the real world!!  I just wish there were more hours in my day so I could play more, but I must get back to actual quilting now.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Weekend Finishes

In between some fun biking, kayaking and taking our daughter and grandsons to the zoo I managed to get a few pieces quilted. First up are 2 simple to piece neonatal size 36x38 quilts. I saw the idea on pintrest and made it my own size. I did easy all over quilting of loops on the red one and hook swirl on the pink one. Next week I will hand these in at guild for the local neonatal. At the beginning I set myself a goal of completing 12 for this purpose, these 2 will make 8 that I have handed in.

These runners got their bindings done. The pattern is Divided by Three by Mountain Peek Creations. It was fun to use the same pattern and add a bit of a twist of by choosing to rearrange the prints within the runner.


I am still working on the purses from last weeks post, four are totally done and 4 more are a lot farther along. Today I will do a bit more quilting on their linings so I can assemble more this week. I hope all of you have a very productive week! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Piecing and quilting away

Last week we had new windows installed in part of the house so while the guys were working away I had a great excuse to stay in my craft room after they installed that one. So I went through my tub of fabrics I have just for making purses and pulled out a bunch to cut out. I ended up cutting parts for 15 purses! I am getting ready for fall craft shows so it will be wonderful to have those ready to go. But it will take me quit a bit of time. Here you see I am in the quilting stage for the front and back of some. Then I will quilt the linings too before beginning the final assembly.  So today more quilting :-)


Then I had to satisfy my craving for piecing by cutting and seing up this simple little 36x38 baby quilt. I saw this idea here while perusing pintrest last week. While I was at Jo Ann Fabrics on Sunday I found these fat quarter prints in their clearance section for a real bargain.

Last week I also had the piecing craving so I whipped up this little quilt. It measures about the same as the one above. 

Joining  Freemotion at the River and Let's Bee social this week. I have posted their links on my left side bar. I wonder what goodies we get to see this week.  Also linking to FortWorth Fabric this week.



Monday, August 18, 2014

Hexie's and flying geese...

After seeing a couple ideas online I combined them and came up with this in EQ7. A fun winter table runner-who can resist snowmen!!  It measures in at 18 x 44.  I would love to put some star and snowflake buttons on it but just not sure if people would want buttons on it if they plan to set stuff on it.

Keeping this post short as I am getting ready for a friend to come sew today :-)   Hope you are all having a great quilty day too!

Pulling up this post for Val's Tuesday Archives on flying geese.






















I was in such a hurry on monday when I posted I forgot to mention that I am linking this to Linky Tuesday and Let's Bee Social-see the links on my left side bar. And go meet some new and see some old friends!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

More Squedge table toppers

I loved making the first squedge topper so much that I had to make 3 more! Actually the one I showed on Tuesday on this post was my second one.

Here is my first one I made and what I learned. I had purchased this Christmas FQ bundle on Craftsy last week and wow is their service fast!  Anyway I was so anxious to get going on this topper, I quickly picked out which FQ's I would use and cut and sewed and when I put the topper together I couldn't see enough contrast between the strips and I was pretty disappointed. So I set it aside and made that fall one, I learned using more contrast is a good thing!




So here is the third one I made from the same FQ bundle but picking with more contrast in mind.  I like it much better. 

And then I thought I would experiment with using a whole piece of fabric instead of piecing strips for that squedge, I like it too!  Would do you think? It looks really different doesn't it! Which is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by today-I appreciate all your visits and comments. 
Linking up with My quilt Infatuation, Fabric Frenzy and Stitch by Stitch-links are on the side bar. I'm heading over to check out some fabric goodness!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What I worked on yesterday

And it was truly start to finish in one day, from picking out the fabrics to finishing the binding. Of courseIi had a little fun with the quilting. I was at Sue Dario's blog yesterday and she inspired me to put the oval feather wreath in the diamonds. I used an  amazing arc from Renae Haddidin to stitch around for the oval, using my longarm. This type of feather I call lettuce leaf feather, a very easy, fun and forgiving feather as there is no backtracking.



You use Cheryl Phillips Squedge 30 ruler to cut squedges from strip sets. Then cut a few from a solid piece of background fabric for the 4 diamonds. This is really an easy topper to do even though it might look complicated. The pattern comes with the ruler.



I just had to throw in this pic of my Gerbera Daisies. I have never had this many blooms on at one time-8 of them.  And one more opened since I took this pic this weekend.

Joining in Freemotion Quilting and Sew Fresh Quilts linky parties this week. See side bar for links and go enjoy some eye candy-there's always lots to see!



Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm sew excited!!! I ribboned!

I finally took time to enter my quilting and machine knitting into our county fair this year at the encouragement of a friend. Sew glad I did-I entered 13 things and recieved 10 blues, 2 red, 1 white, Grand Champion, 2 Reserve champions and an honorable mention!!  It's been many years since I entered into the fair so I am really happy and wanted to share my good news with all of you. I really didn't know if I would get any ribbons because I apply all my bindings with the machine, the comment was good job on it but that I should sew those little miter corner shut on my bindings :-)
We were on vacation all last week so I didn't get to go to the fair until last night for picking up stuff. I thought I might get to see some of the other work but they had it tore down by the time I got there.

Here are the items with their ribbons...

I pattern tested this tubix quilt for Sue and I got a blue and Reserve champion on it.


This is my Best of Show item, a machine knit sweater-ribbons and a plaque, my first Best of Show ever!!!






































The pink sweater is all knit on my knitting machine. The mint is fleece for the body of the sweater and knit sleeves and bands on the machine and then sewn onto the fleece.























I'll be linking up with some of the parties on the left side bar-be sure to check out all the eye candy as there is always a good show each week!





Monday, July 21, 2014

Modern runner

I almost feel like I have been MIA for a couple weeks, well in blog land I have been. But I have been truly busy, not lots of quilting sadly. We are replacing 12 windows so I had to stain and varnish all 12 by myself last week, what a chore-I really hated doing it.



 So this runner was finished before that and I just didn't get it posted. The pattern is from Mountain Peak Creations, what a fun one to piece and quilt.

And this star runner I saw on Deb Tucker's You Tube video-I think she called it Banded Lemoyne Star. I have several longarm rulers that I sometimes forget to use so I dug out my Deloa Jones cable for the border.


And the wild black raspberries are ripe-oh so yummy! I do admit I feel a little like Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie out pickin' my berries! But they make oh so delicious smoothies :-)
 

And I will leave you with a pic I snapped during a little R & R today while kayaking...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The whole runner

 As I promised yesterday I would post the entire runner pic's today-here they are.  These are mostly all batik, there are a couple backgrounds that are not. The 2 on the left are from A Quilter's Dream pattern called It's Good to be Square. On the left are 2 Disappearing nine patches.
These 3 are from the Scrap Basket Surprise. Instead of the quilt I just used 3 blocks and added my own borders to make table runners. Since I really like making runners I am always looking at a pattern to see if it would work to make it smaller or just use less blocks.
I used Heather Mulder Peterson's new book On the Run again and a pack of Fat Quarters I had sitting around. Now of course I have tons left over to make more runners :-)


If you would like to see the close up of the quilting check out yesterday's post.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Quilting feathers

I have been trying to get a whole bunch of table runners quilted that I have pieced earlier this year. These have been quilted for a couple weeks but we have been so busy that I hadn't taken time to get their picture taken.
Amy over at Amy's Free Motion Quilting is talking about and showing feathers this month so I thought that would be a good place to start-my runners with feathers.



These 3 runners all have the same freehand feather quilted with my Nolting longarm.  Judi over at Green Fairy Quilts has a video on how to stitch these out. At first I couldn't get the hang of it, but after some practice at drawing them out, then stitching them, it became fun and easier the more I did them the more I liked them!

Come back tomorrow and I will post the whole runner and also show the same pattern with different quilting on it and different fabrics.

Linking up with Connie and Lorna along with Amy(link above).

























And just for fun-here is DH and I kayaking on the 4th of July in our new kayaks!  Our son and daughter in law went with us-so much fun-and he spotted this gorgeous Bald Eagle.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I'm back!

No I haven't fallen off the grid, just incredibly busy and have not gotten much sewing done.
But we did finish our landscape redo last Tuesday and are very happy with the results. We pulled out/dug out old Spirea's, Japenese Yew, hosta's, Stella lilies, layed new landscape fabric down and hauled in 5 ton of rock! Talk about hard work, I am so not used to that kind of physical labor. Plus a month ago I painted the shutters a rusty red along with the front door, it's like our house got a face lift!
Here is a before picture...








And now the after...Of course since I took the pic the Stella lilies are starting to bloom.

 We divided the Stella's and hosta's to reuse, then added a new flowering hydrenga tree. Kept the cascading spirea in place as we did for the 2 dwarf busning bushes. It looks fresh and new and now we can enjoy it. BTW you can see the new color door and shutters in this pic.

Another reason I have not posted was because we were gone for 5 days to Country Fest is Cadott, WI. What a wild place but we sure enjoyed the music, best ones for us Blake Shelton, Braid Paisley, Rodney Atkins, Randy Houser, Carrie Underwood. We did get rained on a few times-actually it poured down but we ran for cover before we personally got soaked. We would liked to have heard more of Gary Allen-it started pouring down after he had been playing for only 15 minutes.

But here is a scrap quilt I am working on little by little in between other things. I am using lightweight interfacing as my foundation and it is working out nicely.


And I made up this little basket-I have been seeing them posted all over the internet and thought I just had to have one too! Sorry I don't remember right now who's tute is was. Super simple though.
Joining in the Linky Parties at Freemotion by the River and Let's Bee Social.