Wednesday, September 17, 2014

HOT HOT HOT IN CALIFORNIA, AND ANOTHER CHRISTMAS QUILT NEARS COMPLETION



It's been a busy HOT few days over here.  We are leaving EARLY (hopefully around 3:00 am, yikes!) for Melody's and I am soo looking forward to it.  I ran and got my hair done yesterday afternoon and this morning I went and got these nails addressed.  In between sewing today I am working on the laundry, packing, and still need to DROWN the porch plants as best I can (did I tell you it's been sooo HOT?) and pick up a couple of things.  Sam's presents are wrapped and ready and hubby's got the car all serviced and washed.  We will only be gone 4 days, (and two of them will be spent traveling) so this is a pretty short trip.  Can't say I am looking forward to the drive, but on the other hand we have our things down that make it go quickly. We both love to listen to music and we bring along our favorites, we have a few messages to catch up on from our son, and I can sit my lap top on my lap and watch movies too.  Hubby listens along.  And of course there is always hours of conversation to go along with all of it.  I'd like to say it is a pretty drive with lots to see, but honestly MOST of it is NOT, lol.  But best of all there are two sweet little boys on the other end of the drive anxiously awaiting our arrival.  Sam is old enough now to totally get everything, and he gets pretty excited.  I can't wait to see either one of them, and spend time in LONG conversations with my girl too.  They are having a party for Sam on Sat. so I know the time will go quickly, but I am grateful for even this short little time that is set aside for them.

I have spent several hours at the sewing machine in the last few days working on my latest Christmas quilt, which does seem ironic as it is sooo HOT!  It is really pretty easy, but it is taking longer then I thought to put it together.  I guess I wasn't thinking it through much, as how could 320 little squares get sewn on "quickly"? lol. And this of course AFTER the 4 strips had already been sewn together and squared up. It just takes time of course. And then, after both of my squares were on the block, I needed to go through and square up all of those blocks...AGAIN.  Now here is what I have been wondering.  I realize of course fabric stretches so I try as hard as I can NOT to pull or stretch as I work with it, and to "press" not iron when doing that. I TRY as hard as I can to cut out super carefully, and to sew my seams as consistently as I can as I know even an 1/8 of inch one way or another can make things be off,   And yet!  I honestly couldn't believe how much still needed to be trimmed away to make those blocks square!  In fact, I had to trim my blocks to 8 by 8 instead of 8 and half by 8 half.  And! here is where I am really bewildered.  Even with ALL of my precautions and taking my time, and the super good method I came up with to square up those blocks, some of the little red triangles are bigger then others.  I could have cried, but I laughed instead.  Here is the bottom line for me...I am NOT WILLING to be any more cautious then I have been.  I am NOT WILLING to rip out, replace, do over, and in any way fret over the fact that they are not.  So this is as good as it gets! lol  "Maybe" with more time and experience I will discover what it is that I am obviously still doing wrong so that this happens occasionally, but if not...oh well. I have put together all the rows of blocks, and all the rows of sashing with cornerstones, and this part at least went pretty quickly.  All that leaves is the borders and another one is done. Let me show you..

I LOVE LOVE THIS FABRIC!

ANOTHER VIEW...THOSE LITTER TRIANGLES ARE screaming AT ME, LOL!

THERE WILL BE A 2 INCH BORDER ALL THE WAY AROUND IN THE OFF WHITE, AND THEN A 4 INCH GREEN AS WELL.  CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT DONE.

 I am wanting a matching tree skirt next (we didn't have one last yr. as I had to get rid of our old one the year before!) and that should go quickly.  I have 5 blocks left over from this quilt, and so I intend to make a matching runner as well.  But I NEED to get busy on presents and projects, so I really should be done with my own things already, lol.  I can't seem to settle in on what to make the families.  Every year (for a few years anyway) I make something for each  of my children's family's for them to have and enjoy.  I try to make them all the same things.  Maybe in different colors, but the same.  I want to make them ALL quilts, but that would not only be VERY time consuming, but also costly.  But I haven't ruled it out completely just yet.  All I know for sure is, WHATEVER it is, I need to get on it.

My dryer is buzzing with my last load, and I still need to get to that watering, (I am dreading going out there as it sooo HOT!) and I still have many thing to get together to pack, so I'd best get off of here and get busy.  I might have moments here and there to visit, and I am bringing my lap top, but maybe not either, so we will see.  You all know what I will be doing...loving on those babies. Hope you all have a GREAT rest of the week, and and wonderful week-end. I have heard the heat is breaking tomorrow for a while for us Californians though, which is good because it has been unbearably HOT!  Blessings and simple joys to you all!  Debbie

LOOK AT THESE TWO CUTIES WHO ARE WAITING FOR US!

LUKE HAS GOTTEN HUGE!  SEEMS ALMOST AS BIG AS SAM!

WEARING DADDIES BOOTS!


Monday, September 15, 2014

AROUND THE WORLD BLOG HOP


Well I am sure that most of you have seen some of the posts on the Around the World Blog Hop.  It's a wonderful opportunity to see and be inspired by so many different creative women and I have enjoyed every minute of it.  Kathy at Empty Nest but Full Heart has nominated me, so let me start by telling you a little bit about her.  She and I are definite "kindred spirits".  We share a love of our God, our grandchildren, and quilting.  Actually, for me, quilting is still kind of new.  Kathy on the other hand is a seasoned pro and her quilts have left me awestruck and inspired.  She has been helpful and encouraging to me as I have started on this journey of quilting, and I appreciate her more then I can express.  She can check her out HERE...and you will be happy you did!

ONE OF KATHY'S MOST RECENT WORKS OF ART!


Now on to the questions I am suppose to answer..

l.  What are you working on?  I have 3 quilts at the quilters right now all of which of course will still need to bound when I get them back.  I also in the last couple of weeks made some jammies for my 3 year old grandson Sam, and also appliqued him a little t-shirt to wear to his upcoming tractor party. But just a couple of days ago I got started on another Christmas quilt.  This one starts with sewing together 4 strips of fabric from a jelly roll, and then cutting those strips into 8 and half by 8 and half in squares. I have got this much done.  The next step will be to double snowball all the corners with white and red and then put these blocks together to make the pattern.  I am very excited to see it come together.  I LOVE the fabric.  It is called 25th and Pine by Moda fabrics.  I intend to make a matching tree skirt next.  Let me show you the fabric (if you aren't familiar with it) though I will warn you in advance that these pictures are not very good.


40 SQUARES

A CLOSER LOOK AT SOME OF THE FABRIC

160 WHITE SQUARES ALL READY TO GO



READY FOR THIS STEP
Smaller red squares will go on after the white, and then I can begin putting the blocks together.  I am anxious to see this taking shape.  I decided to post quick pictures of the other quilts I have in process, but apologize to those of you who have seen recent photos of these.  I am also posting the pictures of the jamiies, and the appliqued shirt.



SORRY THIS IS BOTH BLURRY AND POOR LIGHTING BUT YOU AT LEAST GET THE IDEA OF THE DESIGN  THIS ONE IS A GIFT FOR A WEDDING IN OCT WE WILL BE ATTENDING.

HERE IS A BETTER LOOK AT ONE OF THE SQUARES.  YOU CAN SEE THE COLORS MORE ACCURATELY, AND THE DIFFERENT AND CUTE FABRICS


And this next quilt is another one where I have no idea what to call it as I not only made up the design, but also one of the two blocks I used in it.  This was NOT my original plan but just the way it kind of worked out after things were not going well for what I HAD planned, lol. The fabrics are all Civil War Fabrics, so I call it my Civil War Quilt.  I do like the way it came out and the backing is a soft, comfy, tweedish looking flannel.


And the third one I just dropped off at the quilters is my Christmas quilt.  Or one of them anyway.  It is a pattern I have used before, but I machine embroidered 9 of the 10 by 10 squares in it with Christmas fairies.  I have had mixed feelings about this quilt, but the quilting lady has convinced me that I will LOVE it after it is quilted.  They (there were 3 of them there) all LOVED LOVED it already, but I just don't know.  It's not what I had pictured, but it has grown on me.  Hubby loved it too.  Let me just say this.  Even with my GOOD camera, it looks WAY better in person.  The embroidery did not photograph well.  Anyway, here it is...

I DO LOVE THE FABRICS IN THIS QUILT

CLOSE UP ON THE CENTER DESIGN

CLOSE UP ON ONE OF THE FAIRIES
And I just recently finished an appliqued design for my soon to be 3 year old grandson Sam who is in LOVE with tractors to wear for his "tractor themed" birthday party this week-end.



And I whipped him up a pair of jammie bottoms to wear as well so he can sleep in his new t-shirt after the party.

And I also made him another pair as part of his present.  Here's a quick pic of them...

HE WILL LOVE THE FABRIC I KNOW.


2.  How does my work differ from others in it's genre?  Well honestly I don't think my work is all that different from most.  I am a beginner quilter like I said, but then maybe, who knows, someday I might create a real master piece.  A gal can dream can't she? lol Other than that I do a lot of baby items. Probably because my 4 children are busy having babies of their own and I am "grandma" to 11.  I have done more blankets, burp cloths, bibs, and onesies then you could probably imagine.  Let me show you just a couple of them

SOME OF THE BIBS

SOME OF THE BURP CLOTHS

A ONESIE

THIS IS JUST A SELF BINDING BLANKET, BUT I DID QUILT AND APPLIQUE THE CENTER PORTION OF THIS ONE FOR KIND OF A DIFFERENT LOOK

A LITTLE OUTFIT I MADE FOR MY GRAND DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY,  SHE IS MY VALENTINE'S DAY BABY!

A PILLOW FOR A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE USING THE EMBROIDERY DESIGN
I HAVE LOTS OF FUN MAKING NEW CHRISTMAS JAMMIES FOR ALL OF MY GRANDS EVERY YEAR



3.  Why do I write/create what I do?  I guess I would say because it brings me joy. I feel it makes me feel productive and busy in this season of my life, and I think both of those things are important.  I do love gifting and blessing others with my work, which sometimes can be a bit overwhelming as there are soo many I want to give to, but somehow it gets done.  I also sew because I find it very therapeutic.  It has occupied my hands and my heart this last year while dealing with the death of my precious mother, and allows me to focus on others, and how I can bring them joy if even in a simple way.

4.  How does my creative process work?  Well honestly I have never given this much thought.  I guess I just SEE things I like (in MANY places), PICTURE in my mind how I could do it in my own way, and go from there.  Unfortunately, sometimes what I am seeing in my head, fails to transfer to my project, and I have to begin again, or redo somehow, or in rare cases put it in the closet for a while, but honestly I usually finish what I have started as that's the way I was raised, lol.  My mom wouldn't buy me new fabric till I had finished what I started.  Now days of course I have a stash like everyone else.  I feel very blessed and fortunate to be able to spend my time sewing away.  My hope might be that I might pass this love onto one of my grand daughters (my only daughter is NOT interested, lol) but if that is not to be the case, then I hope to leave behind some quilts at least that might be cherished and remembered.

Now I am suppose to nominate some other wonderfully talented women to do their posts on the Around the World Blog Hop.  I am going to bend the rules a bit here and say that Kathy has already done her post, and the other gals I follow (or the ones I feel I know anyway, lol) are not quite as obsessed into it as we are, but I have seen some of their work when they are busy creating, and I know you'd enjoy it too.  So anyone reading this who is interested PLEASE jump on board.  I want to encourage the following women especially to give this a whirl.

One of the is Kris from Simplify.  Kris is a wonderfully creative, BUSY BUSY gal who not only creates numerous different sewing and crocheting projects, but also gardens and cooks up a storm.


The next one is Kim from Camp and Cottage living.  Kim has created MANY different and interesting projects and her style and unique sense of decorating shines through.

And then there is another Kim from My field of Dreams...Kim is wonderfully creative and designs her own patterns for hook rugs.  She also does stitchery and gardening, and is a total delight to read.

I know you would enjoy all of these wonderfully talented creative women, and I hope you can HOP over to their blogs next week to see their posts.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

THURSDAY'S TIDBITS

Well it's Thursday afternoon and Diane has just left and her quilt is officially finished!  It honestly came out soo cute I could hardly stand it.  I did talk her into doing the binding in a scrappy look using the fabrics that were used in the quilt cut into six by 2 and half inch rectangles, and honestly it came out even better then I hoped.  It really didn't take that long to cut and put them together either.  We made quick work of squaring up the quilt (again, easier with 2!) and then getting the binding attached to the quilt.  It took the longest to hand sew the back of it on, but it just looked nicer then I knew it would done by machine, and was worth the extra time.  I am as excited as she is to see it on her wall. Here's a picture of the finished project.

SOO DARLING!
TRIED TO GET A CLOSE UP OF THE BINDING, AND THERE'S MY PHONE STRAP IN THE PICTURE...SIGH, I DO TRY, LOL


ANOTHER VIEW
And then between yesterday morning and this morning before Diane got here I whipped together a pair of jammies for Sam as part of his birthday gift.  I tried a new pattern as I usually make the kind that button down the front, but these were quicker and easier, and will be good if I can find some cute festive holiday knits to use as well.  I am hoping they fit him, as it is really kind of a guess.  Anyway, here they are


LOVED THE FABRIC!
My trip to the dentist went well, but we will see.  Bottom line?  For now?  The  new crown just needed a little adjusting,  So he drilled around on it a bit so that it works with my bite better and it seems to be OK.  As for my original (and only) root canal, he think's it too looks really good.  The bite from the new crown was affecting it so he drilled around on it some and thinks it will all be OK now. The only other thing that could be done there is to simply pull the tooth.  I almost wish I had just done that in the beginning in some ways.  It is my bottom molar clear to the back.  Don't really need it anyway, and would never be seen where it is at anyway.  Could have saved myself LOTS of money, and plenty of headaches.  But hindsight is also good huh?

I am going to start on a new Christmas quilt tomorrow.  I am excited about it.  It is done with a jelly roll and looks quick and simple, yet soo pretty.  There is one made up in the new shop, and I just couldn't resist.  Diane is going to make one too, so that should be fun.

That's it for now.  Hope you all had a good week, and are looking forward to a relaxing week-end!

Blessings to you all!  Debbie




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HODGEPODGE WEDNESDAY

Time for Wednesday Hodgepodge




1.  On Thursday we pause to remember a dark day in history - 9-11.  Will you mark it in some special way?  We do not have any special plans in mind, but I know I will be in prayer for our country, and the people's whose lives were so directly affected.  We also fly our flag.

2.  Do you ever/still...listen to an actual radio?  Watch a videotape (VCR)?  Look up a number in a phonebook?  Refer to a paper map while traveling?  Set an alarm on an alarm clock as opposed to your phone?  Yes, I definitely listen to the radio in the car.  Yes, we do occasionally still watch a videotape as we have MANY old movies (mainly holiday ones) that are on VCR, and also old family tapes. Nope,  we never use the yellow pages.  No, never use a paper map, we are GPS users here, and No, I never use an alarm, (no need I wake up on my own at the crack of dawn) and hubby has me, lol.  If he SHOULD need an alarm, he uses his phone.

3.  Is it ever a good idea to discuss religion or politics with people you don't know?  I guess off the top of my head I would say probably not.  But you never know.  Guess it would depend on the gathering and circumstances and general atmosphere of the people involved.

4.  What's a dish you haven't eaten all summer, but come September find yourself craving?  Have you made it yet this month?  Well here in California September is still very much a summer month and I haven't got anything in particular that screams that month to me.  Now October on the other hand...we have usually gotten some Fall like weather and then Chili is definitely calling my name.

5.  What's something you know nothing about?  Goodness, how long do you have?  The list is long and arduous.

6.  September is Classical Music Month.  Do you like classical music?  If so what's your favorite piece?  LOVE LOVE LOVE classical music.  I have many favorites.  But right at the top of the list is Beethoven's Fur Elise.  I still play it occasionally on the piano.  All of my kids (and now my grandkids) LOVE when I play it to this day, even though it's full of mistakes.  There's also Moonlight Sonota also by Beethoven.  I play that one too, but not very well at all anymore.  When I was in highschool I had a whole book of classical pieces for the piano and I could lose myself for hours in it.


7.  What's the oldest thing you own?  I guess it would be the piece of the quilt I have that belonged to my great grandmother that is made up with pieces of my grandmother's baby dresses.  Each of my sisters and I share a piece of this quilt.

MY PIECE

AND TWO OF MY SISTERS

8.  Insert your random thought here.  At the top of my head this morning is that I have to return to the dentist today.  That crown I got a couple of weeks ago is starting to feel "wrong".  I have this horrible feeling another root canal is lying ahead for me...not a happy camper over here.  And I am trying to finish up my sewing that I want to bring with us next week to Melody's.  Just a pair of jammies left I think.  Also, I took my quilt to the quilters yesterday and the gals there were VERY VERY enthusiastic about it.  In fact, they said they LOVED it.  Now, I don't think they were just "fluffing my feathers" haha.  but you never know.  They are convinced that after quilting it I too will love it. Meanwhile, it has grown on me.  (a little)  lol

Blessings and joy today to you all!  Debbie





Monday, September 8, 2014

NOT VERY HAPPY WITH MY LATEST QUILT!

Well another week-end has come and gone and I spent a good deal of it at the sewing machine which believe it or is pretty unusual for me.  I generally never sew when hubby is home, and honestly most week-ends we are out somewhere enjoying life.  This Sat. was actually pretty typical though I guess. We started the day slowly and then left to run some errands.  We lunched at our favorite spot (haven't been there in a while) and then hubby agreed to drive me out to the quilt shop so I could see about getting the fabric for my Christmas fairy quilt.  My sister Diane met me there, and between she and I and the gal in the shop we managed to come up with some beautiful fabric that went really well with the embroidery.  Oh, I forgot to mention that before we left I went ahead and did up the center of the quilt which was the embroidery Joy To the World.  I really liked the way it turned out.  Anyway, after spending way more time then I intended to in the shop, we stopped and grocery shopped and headed home.

I guess I forgot to mention that on Friday it was discovered that our hot water heater was starting to go.  Our new neighbor next door is a contractor and promised to help my hubby install a new one after church on Sun.  Well, for us that meant there would be no time again to travel all the way down to San Diego and back, so we again listened to our old pastor on-line.  It is soo nice that his messages are live and we always have access to them rather or not we leave our house.  But now (having missed the last TWO weeks) I am really missing those San Diego grandkids.  I am too used to seeing them at least once a week I guess. Anyway, after listening to the message, hubby went out (in the blazing heat I might mention) to help with the water heater, and I sat down at the sewing machine to begin putting the quilt together.  This is the same pattern I used to make the quilt for my niece Tabi, and a super simple one.  It went MUCH quicker then I thought it might and a couple of hours later I had the 9 blocks put together and attached leaving only the borders for today.  This morning I whipped those on, and now all I have to do is put the backing together and get it to the quilters tomorrow.  Now here is the bad part....I don't know if I like it.  A little late now as you well know. Sometimes things have to grow on me, and this went together so fast maybe it just hasn't had time to grow much, lol.  I guess I feel like the white squares with the embroidery on them don't belong in the quilt or something.  They are too big and too light.  I don't know.  It might be good.  It's hard to say.  I guess it is the old it is what it is.  I spent too much money on it not to use it, and my intention is to hang it on the wall as a display at Christmas time.  Might be a little too big to fit in the area I had in mind as well, but we will see.  There is always live and learn.  I guess I know that I can do whatever I want to a quilt, but if I were going to do this again, I'd do it differently I think.  My only hope is that in the quilting of this quilt, it will somehow be redeemed.  Here it is...

EVEN WITH THE GOOD CAMERA YOU CAN'T SEE THE EMBROIDERY VERY WELL...SIGH

THE CENTER OF THE QUILT...THIS DESIGN WAS DARK ENOUGH TO BE SEEN

A LITTLE CLOSER LOOK
I am trying not to let this depress me.  At the end of the day, it is just a quilt.  I guess it is because of the money involved I am feeling a little guilty that it didn't come out better.  I had high hopes for this, lol.  And to finish off the day, the inspector was by to inspect the new hot water heater and charged 196 dollars!!  Yes, that's right, almost two hundred dollars!  Apparently there is a new law in California that if you put in a new hot water heater you must have both a permit and an inspection. And that is what it costs!  I personally think this is ridiculous.  I believe in safety.  I believe in doing things right.  But hubby has put in a few water heaters in his life, and there was never any problem. And it never cost us anything but the price of the water heater, which was another 500 dollars btw! So all in all it was a whopping 700 dollars out of the blue.  Last month we had to get all new brakes and rotors on my car, and that was 700 dollars too.  So 1400 dollars altogether!  It is just scary what things cost anymore.  But ever the PollyAnna, I have decided to think of the "good" things about all of this.  Let's see...Well, thank God that our neighbor is a generous, kind, helping Christian man who helped hubby out for FREE!!  Honestly couldn't have done it without him or his young helper, and then it would have been another 400 dollars!  And thank God the brakes on my car were discovered and fixed BEFORE anything really bad happened.  Oh, and I forgot the crown on my tooth last month, that was another 500 dollars out of pocket too.  And the good thing there is for dental insurance or it would have been double, and the tooth didn't need a root canal (another 500!) and there was little to no pain.  So I am back to the quilt...Let's see, thank God that I am learning, and that hubby supports this expensive new hobby of mine, and that this is the first (and hopefully the last!) quilt that I have ended up not liking.   Sorry, it's the best I can do.  lol

I do need to make Sam's jammie bottoms next.  And decide and get started on my Christmas sewing. (is it wrong to be a little concerned now about all I have in mind?  Can't afford any more mistakes!) Hope you all have a good week.  Thank you for the prayers for my BIL.  He is doing better and responding well to the medication.  He should be out of the hospital in a couple of days.  Though he will go home on an IV and will have surgery near the end of Oct. so not out of the woods yet.

Blessings and joy to you all!  Debbie






Friday, September 5, 2014

FRIDAY ALREADY!

I have had a busy couple of days at the sewing machine, but I feel like I've gotten a lot done so I am done now until Monday which leaves me some time to put up a quick post.  I have been a day behind all week it seems, which I guess is technically true because of the holiday.  But doesn't bother me any and now it's already Friday afternoon again.  My sister Diane came over yesterday and we continued to work on her quilt.  It is just darling!  I love the way it came out.  Because of the way the pattern was on the quilt, and the busy vintage type scrappy fabric, I felt like a simple quilting would probably work best and she agreed so I told her I would do it for her.  She made quick work of getting the small borders on and then between the two of us we got it layered and ready for quilting. It works REALLY well to have two people when it came to this process, making me know I will look for an assistant if I do this in the future.  I just did a simple quarter inch seam by all of the seams in the quilt, lengthening it a little bit, and it worked pretty well.  I  then did a decorative stitch down the small borders and that came out pretty cute too.  Still needs to be bound of course, but my sister is not sure what fabric she wants.  I am trying to talk her into using the scrapes and making a scrappy looking binding as that would be super cute with this quilt I think.  Lots of work though so not sure she feels like that, lol.  My sister is going to hang it in the room of her house that she uses as a classroom.  She homeschools her granddaughter Jackie who is 12.  She has been doing this for a few years now, and honestly just loves it.  I think there is a "wanna a be" school teacher in both of us, lol.   Let me show you the quilt though these pictures were taken on my phone, and not very good..

CUTE...SORRY, KIND OF BLURRY

A LITTLE BETTER VIEW...IF YIU LOOK CLOSELY YOU CAN SEE THE DECORATIVE QUILTING STITCH IN THE BORDER

CLOSE UP ON THE QUILTING AND SOME OF THE FABRICS
And then I finished up the fairies for my Christmas quilt.  I ended up not going with either one of the examples of thread color I showed you in my previous post.  I decided that a variegated thread in a single color design just wasn't working very well, so I went with a burgundy red, and a deep Christmas green.  4 of the fairies are red, and 4 are green, and then the center block (which I haven't made yet) will be a burgundy heart with a green Joy To The World in the center of it.  I am hoping to pick out the fabric to go with these designs tomorrow.  All the blocks are 10 and half by 10 and half so the fairies are kind of big.  Aren't they darling?




I also wanted to ask you for prayer should you have the time, for my BIL Paul. He is one of my younger sister's husband.  He was hospitalized yesterday after they finally discovered (he has been sick almost two weeks!) that he has an infection in the Mitral Valve of his heart.  He will be on a strong intravenous antibiotic and hospitalized for at least a week, and will also have to under go open heart surgery to repair the valve eventually as it has been damaged with the infection.  Needless to say all very alarming.  He is a good, strong Christian man and my prayers are with him.  Scary how quickly something can come upon you, and you can find yourself in a position you didn't see coming.

Well guess that's about it for now.  We are headed into a heat wave this week-end and I am not looking forward to it I won't lie.  September for us Southern Californians though is usually one of the hottest months of the year, so I guess it is the old it is what it is.  Hope you all have a good week-end, and find joy in the simple things.  Blessings to you all!  Debbie

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PROJECTS AND YOUR OPINIONS PLEASE?!


Well I've gotten a lot done in the last day and half and am feeling pretty good, so I decided to take a break for a while and put up a post.  I made quick work of putting the backing together for my civil war quilt and drove on out to the shop late yesterday morning.  The more I go to that shop, the more I like it.  The women there are my kind of women, lol.  They are friendly, nice, helpful, and always ready to chat and make suggestions and just generally talk "quilting".  And not just the gals that work there either.  It is also the other customers. And there are always plenty of them there plus other women taking classes etc. On the other hand, I can't really put my finger on what the atmosphere is at the quilt shop near me, but I have never really liked it.  The ladies seem more interested in sales, and some of them are even kind of snippy and boderline rude on occasion too.  No one is interested in chatting or in what you are working on.  Unless of course you are looking to spend money.  And it is ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS hot in the store.  One of my biggest pet peeves.  Maybe because I am always hot, lol, but I just can't bear to be warm when I shop.  This new store is almost chilly on the other hand.  (not really, just in comparison!) Anyway, I see this being my new place to go for most of my future quilting needs.  So I met the other gal who does the quilting there this time, and I may have liked her EVEN better!  lol. (which was pretty hard to do!)  She suggested that I just do a simple stippling,  It just seems to be a more old fashioned look which goes with the Civil War I guess.  I liked the idea too.  She is a half a cent cheaper then the other gal and might have it done in two weeks, three at the most!  I was pretty excited. And then she helped me find scrapes of fabric that I needed to make Sam's birthday shirt and charged me only two dollars.  And then, she helped me select the fabric to use for the Christmas fairies I am going to embroider for my Christmas quilt.  All in all, a VERY productive trip. Soo then I made a few more stops to get other things I needed to do my projects and got home and decided to jump right onto to doing Sam's shirt. Mistake...lol.  Here's where the day took a nose dive.  First of all it was already almost 4 and I was kind of tired.  Plus, applique work is definitely not my favorite thing to do.  I LOVE the way it looks, but I guess maybe I am not very good at it or something.  I frequently make mistakes.  So much so that I usually buy two shirts when I am going to make one, anticipating a mistake, lol. Thank goodness this time was no exception.  I go to an outlet store so the shirts are only 2.99.  Not that I like to waste them, but I tell myself I am still practicing. And the "mistakes" make great dust cloths thank goodness.  Anyway, after TWO long hours (yes it was 6 at this point, and NO I had NO dinner ready!) I was finally done.  I don't know what's wrong with me. Maybe it's because different companies do their appliques differently or something, or I can never totally remember the procedure.  I made SEVERAL blunders.  But it was done, looked good, was centered perfectly, and I was happy.  But then!!  I was cutting away the stabilizer off the back of the shirt when I cut a hole in the shirt!!  Yes, a full on hole!!  I could have burst into tears.  (not really, I am always a little dramatic!).  Soo I walked away from the machine.  And the WHOLE mess too.  Just left it ALL laying right there mocking me.  I called and got hubby to stop and pick us something up for dinner (a saint!) and spent the rest of the night planted on the couch in front of the TV, lol.  This morning I tried again and this time everything fell into place.  The shirt came out really cute.  I intend to make him a pair of PJ bottoms to wear with this shirt and he can use it for jammies for a while till it gets too chilly.  I sent a picture of it over to Mel to show him and he was soo excited! Wanted to put it on RIGHT NOW!  Made everything worth it, lol. Then since things had gone so well I decided to go ahead and make a couple of my fairies.  They will finish on a 10 and half by 10 and half square which is to be the center of the block.  I have not gotten the fabric yet for the rest of the quilt as I wanted to see how I was going to do the fairies first.  The fabric is kind of a creamy off white.  Maybe you'd call if Ivory.  The designs are done with a single thread and I have used two different variegated kinds.  One is primarily green with a little bit of burgundy red in it, and the other is primarily gold with a little bit of yellow and burgundy in it as well.  I can't decide what to do.  I might make ALL of the fairies the same, or I might make them half the green and half the gold.  Any opinions are welcome.   They are soo cute, and they are soo quick and easy.  One whips together in about 10 minutes if that.  Let me show you everything...

SAM WILL BE 3 OF COURSE, AND THE THEME OF HIS PARTY IS TRACTORS...HIS FAVORITE THING IN ALL THE EARTH RIGHT NOW, LOL

THIS IS THE ONE WITH THE GOLD VARIEGATED THREAD 

AND THIS IS THE GREEN....THE COLOR IS HORRIBLE IN THESE PICTURES OF COURSE, SO YOU DO HAVE TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION A LITTLE BIT.  THE DESIGNS ARE DARLING THOUGH I THINK.  

I am anxious to get the fabric for the rest of the quilt and get this one put together.  I have wanted a Christmas quilt just forever it seems, and I am pleased it looks like it is finally going to happen.  Diane is coming over tomorrow and we are going to hopefully finish up her quilt.  I think it has come out just darling!  I am going to attempt to quilt it myself for her (or show her how) and I am really hoping that it is not a mistake.  It is small enough though and I think a simple 1/4 inch seam from all of the seams will look really good.  Will see.  Hope your all having a good week.  Still haven't adjusted to it being Wednesday already. This week is really going fast.  Blessings and simply joy to you all!  Debbie

15 MONTH CHECK-UP AND SHOTS FOR LUKE YESTERDAY.  THIS LITTLE GUY WEIGHS IN AT 24 POUNDS AND 10 OUNCES AND IS 33 INCHES TALL!  THIS PUTS IN THE 95 PERCENTILE FOR HEIGHT!  SUCH A BIG BOY.  AND ALWAYS HAPPY AND BUSY.  HOW GRANDMA LOVES HIM!