Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A UFO

I decided to work on an old UFO.
I really need to make a better effort to get some of these unfinished projects done.
This is a stack-n-whack that I put together a little differently.
I didn't think about having to applique them when I made them.

Applique isn't my favorite thing to do.
I haven't decided what I'm going to do with them once they are appliqued.

I really liked the look of the black background over the white.
But I still want to do something to make the hexagons stand out.
I have a couple of ideas and hopefully I'll try them out this weekend. 
Hopefully this won't end up back in the UFO pile.
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Another Ladybug

I hadn't realized how long it has been since I posted anything.  
It would be nice if I had more to show for my time but I don't.
 

Anyway I finally got my second cabinet finished.
The one on the right was the 1st one I made and had a few issues. It looks good and works nicely but I don't like mistakes. (You would think I wouldn't mind them so much considering how many I make) Anyway I'm giving that one to my sister.
And my sweet husband cut the wood for me another one over the weekend.
That means more sanding, painting and drilling. Sewing is so much easier on my hands.

Here is my youngest with her 2 boys.
The one in the middle turned 3 last Friday.

Now, for what I've been working on.
I was asked to make another ladybug quilt and this is what I came up with.
It has been in the frame for 3 weeks. But since I spent most of my time playing with wood I didn't get it out as quickly as I would have liked.

I took the pictures in a hurry and you can't see the quilting as well as I would like.
After I get the binding on I will take some more.

I put her name on the bottom too.
I do believe this is a little girl quilt.

 
 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Diamond

 
I finished this over the weekend for a customer. It is 100% silk - front and back.
I used embroidery thread to quilt it and it quilted so nice.
I had a little trouble at 1st with skipped stitches but once I got that figured out it was smooth sailing.
I really like the way it quilted and the effects it has. Shame I can't afford to make more of these.
But you know when it comes right down to it the silk fabric didn't cost much more than good quality quilting fabric.
 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Round Robin

I finally finished my Round Robin that my family did a few years ago.
I'm still tying to take better pictures.
I think I'm going to build a rack to hang them on - that might solve the problem.
This is a picture of the front.
I started it with the center square and then sent it to my sister Jeanette from Inchworm Fabrics.
She did the next row of flying geese and then sent it to my mother.
She did the row with the star appliques and then gave it to my sister Beverly from Quilter Corner.
She then sent it to my sister Barbara from Bejeweled Quilts by Barb and she did the stars. 
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Here is a shot of the back.
I've held back on finishing it because I could never find a good match for the last border.
I'm really not crazy about red but that seemed to be the direction this one took.
And it turned out awesome.
 Thank you to my family for doing such an awesome job.
A closer view of the center. 
Some views of the back. 



As you can tell I still need to perfect my camera skills.
 
Here is a picture of how my mother's round robin turned out.
She sent this to me to quilt not long after we finished.
So we must have done this about 5 years ago. 
This was one of the first ones I machine quilted.
This was a lot of fun.
They're doing another one right now with my daughter and a few of my nieces.
I decided not to join in this time. I was always behind on the last one.
With everything that's happened this year I would probably still be on the 1st one.
 
 
 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Tiger Pride

How about a little Tiger Pride.
I worked on this tiger set all day yesterday.
I have a quilt in the planning stage
 
I also got the turtles put together - all but the last border.
My cute baby quilt turned into an ok twin size.
Sometimes I go a little overboard. 
I also spent most of the weekend doing alterations. What a way to ruin a weekend.
I kept thinking about all the things I could be doing instead.
 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Too Cute Turtles

I really have no idea where all my time goes lately.
Seems like I'm just spinning my wheels and getting nothing done.
 
I am slowly getting my turtles quilt top together.
I've laid it out a few different ways and I really like this layout the best.
Now to put together - I wonder how many mistakes I'll make.
At least one turtle will will probably end up turned, no matter how careful I am.
I haven't had much luck at the computer lately so please forgive me -
hopefully I will get back in the swing of things soon.
 

Monday, June 30, 2014

A little Embroidery

I feel like I haven't done anything in such a long time.
Now that I have my embroidery machine running again I'm not letting it get a chance to cool off.
I made a set of 12 turtles on Saturday... 
 
And started some humming birds yesterday. 
I did get a quilt in the frame and started working it
but I haven't gotten very far.
 
 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Baby Quilt and Cabinet

A customer gave me her elephant quilt top to quilt. At first I wasn't too thrilled to quilt it but after I finished I really liked the way it turned out.
This is a baby quilt that she wants me to sell for her.
I just put it on the list with all the others.

 
Also for the past 3 weeks I have been working on a cabinet to store my fabric squares for embroidery.
I needed something with at least a 13 inch drawer.
I mentioned it to my husband and he proceeded to tackle the project.
He made the drawers (on the left below) - which were ok but they didn't meet my standards.
So I asked him to re-cut them and I started to help.
I ended up cutting, sanding and painting (as if I really had the time).
I held the boards while he used the nailer to nail them.
So he finished the one he started for his tools which is below on the left.
The one on the right is for my fabrics. I still have a little more work to do but I had to stop and get some sewing done.

I probably could have done 2 more drawers on the bottom but I thought the space would be better for storing something. I have the shelf cut for the top and bottom I just need to sand and paint them.
I do have an idea for another one - can't wait to tell him what I want him to do next.
 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Old Project

Years (many many years) ago I had some silk dupioni scraps so I decided to make a Texas star.
Of course I was in a hurry and figured I would just serge it to keep it from ravelling. WRONG
That was a bust - none of my seams matched up. So I just left it alone and stored it away.
I pulled it out not too long ago, took it all apart and ironed all the little pieces.
I made a pattern for paper piecing - I was going to make sure everything lined up.
I laid it out on the floor and I'm please with the look so far.
Now I need to figure out how I want to finish it out.
 
Notice anything funny about my design.
I can actually call it my design.
 Maybe I'll call it the LA-Tex star
 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Finally some finished

I finished the fish quilt with the stack-n-whacks.
It turned out pretty good.
I just love stack-n-whacks.


I also finished quilting this green quilt for a friend of mine.
It is a lap quilt and very light.
She is interested in selling it too. So if anyone is interested!!