Monday, May 18, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival

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Thought I would join in the fun and enter my quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival
I named this quilt 'Night Blooms"- couldn't think of anything better.
I tried my hand at this one and did something new to me.
I scalloped the edges for a better look and it was well worth it.
I had never done a scallop before.
It wasn't too difficult. 
I also did some trapunto work.
Now that was a little time consuming.
But definately well worth it.
 
 
Now you can go back to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and vote for my quilt.
Thanks for stopping by
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Maven IRON from RELIABLE

I found this Maven IRON from RELIABLE on Sew we Stitch blog.
This is a new iron coming out in June and will be given away on Mother's Day.
Here's some information I copied off Sew we Stitch blog
LIGHTWEIGHT + POWERFUL
Say goodbye to ironing fatigue! We’ve combined the latest advancements in iron technology (with the lightest iron ever made) with power of a 3.5 bar steam boiler.

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Why not let the steam pressure do all the work? With the world’s lightest iron, you can iron effortlessly while getting outstanding professional results.

FEATURES

• Lifetime boiler tank warranty
• 7-8 minute heat up time
• 3.5 cup water capacity
• 50 PSI operating pressure
• Lightweight 1.7 lb. iron
• Locking mechanism for continuous steam
• Steam-ready light
• Soleplate-ready light
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Go visit Sew and Stitch for the Giveaway
 
 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Dear Jane remembered

Since I finished my quilt I needed to find something to do.
What can I say - the choices are limitless.
I didn't really want to start another quilt since I have so many going already.
So that left finding something that has already been started.
I knew I don't have enough time to complete anything so I decided on Dear Jane.
I worked on these part of the day Friday and most of the day Saturday.
 
I have one quilt with muslin background and one with white.
A little hindsight and I think I would rather done one with a darker color background.
So sad...So sorry --it's not happening now.


As usual the camera doesn't show the true colors. 

This will put me at 55 squares completed (for each)out of 225.
I'm not even halfway.
If I don't forget about it again I might finish it before I croke.











Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Finally Finished

This is why I haven't been posting much lately
I took alot of pictures trying to get the perfect shot.
Still need to clip a few threads but it is finished.
It probably wouldn't have taken so long if I hadn't had to work on it a little at a time.
Plus I spent alot of time trying to digitize the perfect design.
I'm learning.
This was my 1st try at trapunto too
Now I need to get it entered in the Houston show.... wish me luck.
Oh yeah I still need to name it - any ideas??









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