Wednesday, April 15, 2015

If Only.......

If Only could definately be the name of this quilt.
I've had so many if only minutes..
If only I had of started sooner..
If only I had of used a lighter background fabric..
If only, if only, if only.
But I guess hindsight is 20/20.
Here are some more peeks at my slow progress.
I will probably take out the circles in the yellow sashing - I'm not real crazy about it.
But then again I really need to get this finished.
Another 'if only' ...If only I didn't have to go to work everday. 
I have been disolving the thread a little at a time.
 I'm almost finished with the cross hatchingand that will leave the pineapple pieces.
I couldn't decide how I wanted to do them so I just left them for last -
Hope that wasn't a mistake.
Live and learn - at least the trapunto came out nice.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sneak Peak

I know it's been awhile since I posted anything but I have been so busy on one project.
I spent forever getting my designs right.
I'm new at digitizing and it takes me a while. But I will get better and faster.
You'll have to zoom in to see the pattern better.
This is the 1st run through
I decided that since the background was black that I needed to do something that would show up.
So I am trying my hand at trapunto. This will be the 1st time
I used water soluable thread for the trapunto and I'm going to quilt it with black thread. 
Here's a couple of pictures of the border.
You can't see it very well but it is really turning out nice.
I probably made a mistake using a black background but it seemed right at the time.
I'm having a time thinking of how to quilt the pineapples.
Since I'm using black thread I'm kinda limited.
I don't want the thread to over power them. 
And I got a new toy.
I do alot of alterations and I really needed a heavy duty machine.
This is a refurbished so I got it at a really good price.
Now I can do the heavier fabrics with ease.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A change, A mistake and A finsih

The more I looked at this the more I thought it was a little too crowded.
So I spent 2 hours ripping out the butterfly border and putting it back together.
I do like the effect it has now.
And all that trouble I went through to find more butterfly fabric.
Oh well - we know it won't go to waste.
I did manage to put together some stack n whacks.
This is a good example of a not so good repeat.
It doesn't look so bad but it should look much better.

 I finally got the truck quilt out of the frame.
I really had a hard time deciding how I wanted to quilt this.
In the long run I just used straight lines.
I thought the thread was a mistake -
should have used a monafilament instead.
The thread I used takes away from the pattern a little.

Oh well it's done. One down One to go.
Problem is I pieced 2 of these - for my 2 grandsons that live here.
I ended up making them another one and now I need to sell these.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Current project

I have been on a mission to try and finish some of my old unfinished projects.
This is one I started about 6 or 7 years ago.
I did all the paper piecing, trimmed them up and put them in a drawer.
I'd bring them out every now and then, lay them out and put them back up.
I never could decide on the best layout.
I'm not super crazy about this but at least it is together after all these years.
I had all the diamonds in a nice stack tucked away in a drawer.
Didn't think about keeping any of the fabric with it.
So the hunt was on.
I just knew I had some of the yellow....but where.
I finally realized I had used it on another quilt.
But while looking for a piece of the butterfly fabric i found a 12" piece.
Lucky so far!!!
Not so lucky with the butterfly border.
I finally found a piece 21 x 30 on Ebay.
The basic layout wasn't too difficult.
It took me awhile to come up with the corner square.
I like it -- I think it makes it.
Now for the quilting. Sure hope it goes like I want. 
And I just couldn't resist this piece of fabric.
My mind is always looking for good pieces to stack n whack. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Little Handwork

I say a little handwork but actually it will be ALOT of handwork.
I found these hand embroidered squares at a garage sale and just knew they would work up into an amazing quilt. I do know how long it takes to do hand embroidery and I know it took along time to do these 25 squares. So I decided it required hand quilting.
Considering all the other things I've got going I know this project will take some time to complete.
But it will be an awesome quilt when it's finished (if it's ever finished)
I also needed some solid fabric for my embroidery.
And naturally that led me to call Marshall Dry Goods.
I just love that store.
The fabrics are a good quality and the prices can't be beat.
I ordered these 5 bundles on Friday and got them on my doorstep on Monday.
Can't beat that.
I ordered 2 solids and 1 print for me and 1 solid and 1 print for my sister Beverly.
She is the baby of the family and she is taking care of our mother who has been in the hospital off and on for a month. I was going to send her some money to help out but knew she would like this better. Now I need to get it to her. I might just have her meet me halfway.
These are the 2 bundles she is getting
(So hard to let them go)
 And this is my stash all put up
Can't wait to start using them.  Hopefully this weekend.
I am working on a special quilt top that I need to get put together.
Hopefully I will get it finished this weekend also

Friday, March 6, 2015

I'm Back

Yeah --I can finally post
I guess my computer decided I wasn't going to give up trying so it just let me in.
I can't remember everything I've done since the last time I posted.
Shoot I have trouble just remembering yesterday.
I finished my Fleur de lis and it turned out awesome.
I quilted it with a e2e fleur de lis pattern.
I would show you but the backing is black and you can't see it very well.
I also finished the star stack n whack.
It also has a black backing and the pictures don't show the quilting.
This was the 1st time I did the stackn whack as an applique.
I haven't got the binding on yet either.
When the weather clears up some I'll be able to get some good pictures. 
I also finished my pinwheel baby quilt.
I wanted to do something with scallopped edges
The front turned out really nice.
I'm not crazy about how the back looks.
It's a baby blue fabric.
Here's Waldo - can you find the mistake?? 

I also bought some bobbin cases for my longarm..
But they are for a Gammill.
So anyone needing Gammill bobbin cases I will sell them cheap. 
Thank you for stopping by

Monday, February 9, 2015

Computer Trouble

I just can't get this computer to load any pictures.
Time to try something different

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tiger Quilt

Got my machine fixed and finally finished the tiger quilt.
I also got caught up on my bindings over the weekend. 6 total.
I hate getting that far behind.
I have a baby quilt just like this one that needs to be quilted.
Now I need to get to quilting - this day job sure gets in the way.

Monday, January 5, 2015

UFO Holiday

Just took off 2 weeks from work hoping to get a few things done but didn't accomplish what I wanted to do.
I was hoping to catch up on some of my quilting but broke my machine right off.
So I decided to get a few UFO's out of the way.
That will be my goal for this year.
First on the list is my Fleur de lis.
I bought this kit for my daughter from Craftsy and thought I'd do one up with some of my fabrics and a little embroidery.
Bought the backing for it and put it in the quilting pile.
 Next is a special find.
A couple of years ago I bought a bunch of fabric off Craig's List and I found these hand embroidered squares mixed up with all the fabrics.
There was a total of 25 - 18"squares.
I used 20 and gave the other 5 to my mother.
I will probably have to hand quilt it - it has 10 thousand french knots.
The squares came from the girls grandmother's stash and must have taked forever to embroidery.
This next one also came from Craftsy.
It is from a kit called Under the Stars.
I just love stars and couldn't resist.
This one is mine. 
My mother came to visit while I was off and she had these humming birds that my sister did for her.
So while she was here I put it together for her.
I think she is going to hand quilt it.
The woman loves red - anything red. 
Now this one is kinda old.
So my sister Beverly (Quilters Corner) came Friday (to pick up my mother) and help me re-arrange my sewing room and I came across this tucked away in drawer. I put it together a few years ago, didn't like the width and wanted to do something to make it wider but didn't have the time to figure out the piecing.
I knew I wanted to add the black strip and continue the pattern.
I'm very pleased with the outcome.
This is one my sister put together from the Under the Stars pattern.
She started it after we finished re-arranging Saturday and just needs to add the borders.
She's calling it Christmas Under the Stars.
She'll probably get it quilted before I get to mine. 
So this is what I've been up to.
Hopefully today I can get a chance to look at some of the blogs that I missed in the past few weeks.
Hope everyone had a good Holiday and hope the new year is going good.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reindeer Quilt

I finally finished the Reindeer Quilt.
As usual I'm not real happy with the quilting.
But this time it's justified.
I did alot of stippling trying to make the designs stand out.
Since the back won't be seen much this will work.
I made this for my oldest daughter and I have another one for my youngest.
I probably won't get to that one til next year.
Sure felt good to get this one out of the frame.