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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bargello and a scrap bag runner

My friend Rhonda pieced this gorgeous Bargello and asked me to quilt it for her. We agreed on a freehand feather swirl design I learned from Judi Madsen at GreenFairyQuilts. I love this design and I love the colors in Rhonda's quilt.  We used Hobbs 80/20 batting and glide dark tan thread.  Thanks Rhonda for letting me quilt for you!

Now with all orders fill and craft shows done for the season I decided to play with these scraps. They were a scrap bag I got at a garage sale a couple years ago, all cut into 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles. I just could never figure out what I wanted to make with them, until I saw a schnibbles pattern in a book at our guild and thought that would be perfect!
So here is part of the scraps made into this runner-I love how it came out. I will whip up another just like it and have them ready to quilt for next year's shows.  I have another thought of a runner design for more of the scraps too. There were a lot in that little bag :-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DRS-challenge Hang It Up

Today I made a card to enter into the DRS Hang It Up challenge this week. I used 2 DRS stamps to make my card, the Jingle bell and the Christmas music. Add some designer paper, baker's twine and bling and I have another Christmas card done :-)

Friday, November 14, 2014

The week's work

I am so happy that I managed to get 6 UFO quilt tops done and 1 UFO runner since Sunday!!!!
I showed the first on Monday-the crumb quilt. Here are a few more...

This is from a class I took in 2008 from Pat Speth called Stars and Crowns. I did a quicker border on it to get it done :-)   This one I will quilt up before Dec. 3rd. as I need to show it for my guild UFO challenge.

This is a coin variation I made up. I did add another row of beige and a print strip, I found it hanging on my design wall after I snapped this picture, LOL
 A star and spiderweb quilt.

A string quilt.

And a wedge quilt. This one and the above 3 will be donated as tops to the Community Outreach booth at MQS(machine quilters showcase) 2015 in Cedar Rapids IA.

I wish all of you the best at getting your UFO's out and finishing them up-it is such a great freeing feeling!!  Now I have a ton more to yet so off to decide which is next.
Linking with Forth Worth Fabric , Stitch by Stitch and Quilt Story

Monday, November 10, 2014

A crumby Sunday

I Worked on a crumb quilt on Sunday and finished it this morning.  I had 30 crumb blocks pieced from the past couple years and needed to complete a UFO for sanity sake!

I added the royal blue sashings and cornerstones yesterday afternoon, and sewed the blocks and rows together.  Then I thought I would just put on some print border but didn't have anything in the stash that would work. But with tons of strips and strings in the leftover bins I set to work piecing the borders. I managed to get 2 borders on last night before I got too tired. And finised the last 2 this morning-I was up very early!  So now I have an almost free quilt-gotta love that.  I will donate this top to the Community Outreach booth at MQS(Machine Quilters Showcase) this spring.

 Oh the wonderful feeling of having at least one UFO off my counter(sigh).  the sashings turned out aqua in the pic but they really are royal blue!

I will be joining  Freemotion at the River and Let's Bee Social linky party-links on the side bar. And don't forget to go check out the other party goers!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Card making time!

I finally get to make a Christmas card!!  I have been itching to have some stamping and card making time for a while now, but with getting ready for the craft shows I just couldn't take the time. I follow the DRS stamping blog all the time and admire all the neat cards they show. They have a weekly challenge, this weeks is to use only half of a design. So I chose one of their cute snowman stamps and their tree stamp to complete my card for the challenge. Adding some striped,plaid and polka dot designer papers on a brown cardstock along with some rhinestones and a snowflake die cut I have my card all done!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

I've got to

get back to work it seems. I got a call from one of the craft shows on Sunday morning and she says if you have 'anything' at home finished please bring it!!!  The show had only been open 3 days out of 12!!  OK so she is not out of my stuff but did sell lots and you know the better your supply the better your chances are of selling more, and of course I want to do that, LOL  Well luckily I still had 6 table runners pieced that just needed quilting and binding. Four of them got quilted yesterday and put #5 on the frame for today along with getting these bound today.  And will deliver them on thursday to start the second weekend of 3 for this show.

I took a few days last week to start working on more 18" doll clothes, this was one of 7 outfits I did.

Our guild had Ami Simms for our speaker last night, what a hoot! She showed and told us so many funny things we laughed most of the hour-if you ever get the chance to listen to her do it!  I have had her twisted sister template for years and love using it. I think it was one of the first ever templates I bought a long time ago.

Linking to a few of parties on my side bar -off to check out some eye candy to go with my coffee this morning!  Hope everyone has a good week and makes an easy transition into the new fall time :-)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Still working away...

at getting ready for the craft shows, just a couple more weeks and it will all be done for this season. This week's accomplishments are 7 more snowmen, I found these sparkly top hats and the JOY at the dollar store.
 I sold all my 10 degree wedge toppers at the first craft show of the season so I thought I would make a couple more for the show that starts today. My friend is going to the show today and offered to take these down for me, such a good friend!

 This is also a 10 deg. wedge but you make 4 different strip sets to get the spiral look. After sewing it all together I was disappointed the spirals didn't show more. So I thought if I accented them with my quilting it would help, and I think it did the trick.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fleece sweaters

As I was going through my craft show inventory this weekend, dividing it up for the 2 shows that will be on at the same time, I realized I had not shown you all my fleece sweaters I made up during the summer.

I knit all the bands and sleeves on my Brother knitting machine and then sew them to the fleece front and back on the sewing machine.
And a bunch of candy canes ready to go too!  I am now done with inventorying for the second show which starts on Thursday and runs through Nov 16th-I deliver for it tomorrow.  Today I will finish up a runner and hopefully get a snowman wall hanging quilted-these I will put into the third show which starts on Oct 30th thru Nov. 16th-I deliver for that one on Wednesday. My living room looks like a cyclone hit it with all my inventory out there!!  
I had a few people ask me how the last show was-I am happy to report I did really well there with my quilting and purses. 
As always I love getting your comments, I appreciate each and everyone!
Linking to a few of the parties on the left side bar :-)  Be sure to check out the inspiration that is posted each week.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ready for Snow?

Nope I am not personally ready for snow but these little guys look like they are!!!  This past week my friend came to help me, she sewed the bodies as fast as I cut them out. Then I spent the rest of the week stuffing them and adding their faces and accessories.  They are all ready for the next 2 craft shows which starts soon!
The patterns are from Country Friends and then I tweak them a bit by adding different things to them.                                                                                                                                                            
Singing Sam
Prim Snowhead

Mr. Coalman

Sledding snowman on the left and Glowing Star snowman on the right.

Linking up with Freemotion at the River and Let's Bee social-links on the left. Be sure to check out all the eye candy this week and every week!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday Mojo

I feel like I am hopping from one project to the next-oh wait I am, LOL.  The fall craft show season is underway, Saturday I had to work a 6 hour shift for the first show. It was really fun though as I got to meet some of the people that purchased my products. I do 3-4 shows each fall and they are all set up Boutique style where everyone's product is mixed and set up like a store all fun and decorative. I forgot my camera to take a couple pictures, but I may go back down tomorrow and hopefully take some pic's then.
Here are a few  table runners I have at the show..

Isn't this a cute little halloween wall hanging! The pumpkins are all hand embroidered, I love doing this while watching TV with my hubby.  I was going to crosshatch the center and then I saw the spiderwebs in the black inner border and thought it would be perfect to do a spiderweb over the pumpkins.  OK back to work for me, hope you are all having a great productive week!
I will be linking up to some of the linky parties on my left side bar :-)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ruler Rack

I am so in LOVE with this new ruler rack my hubby made for me!!  This rack has been on my 'want' list for a long time and I wasn't sure we could even put it up on this wall as there is a pocket door behind there. But this is right beside my cutting table so it is the perfect space for it.  So I finally asked the hubbs if we could
and he said yes it would work and yes he would make it-YEAH!!  I thought 31 slots was bigger than I needed but we had the space and the wood so why not plan for future rulers, hahaha, all the slots are taken up but two.  I never thought I was a ruler junkie but I guess this says I am!

Here are some more runners that I just finished binding the last couple of days.

You may recognize this one from my post of What's on my frame.  I hope everyone is having a great quilty week!  

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday and Free Motion By the River-links on side bar :-) 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Can you say binding

binding and more binding! Yesterday I was totally productive by putting on 8 bindings on runners, it felt 'sew' good to have that many done. Today not as good with only 4 but I did have errands to run also. And the ones I did had lots of strange angles so it took longer.  Ok I sew all my bindings on with the sewing machine, here are few quick pic's to show you how I do it. My binding is 2.25" wide. After sewing it to the front of my runner, I press it out away from the runner.

Then flip it to the back, next I stitch in the ditch on the front of the runner using a ditch foot while catching the back of the binding.

I pin the binding in place at the corner, then pull out the pin as I am sewing up to it.

And here is the binding all on...

The front and...                                                                      once again, along with 2 others I did                                                                                                           yesterday.

Linking up with Free Motion by the River and Let's Bee Social-see side bar for the link and check out all the eye candy over there!

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