Friday, November 27, 2015

Aaaaannnndddd, We're Off!

Thanksgiving is under our belt...literally, and I turn my energies to decorating for Christmas. I'm just getting started, but have the last Christmas quilt I made on my bed. I had no idea I'd made that thing so big, but it's the perfect size.
More to do....

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Quilt Progress

This is the neutral Christmas quilt I mentioned in my last post.  Row three is quilted and only two more to go. The first two rows I did are the outside edges with borders.
As you may can tell, it's an Irish Chain pattern. Here is a close up of one of the embroidered blocks.
When the rows are quilted, I will join them and then add a border strip to the top that matches the sides. I'll quilt that after I add it. I decided to try something a little different on the border and drew out a curved motif to stitch. When it's all finished, I will spray the ink to wash it out.

I'm anxious to get it finished and I know I'm going to love it. I've also decided to do a neutral tree this year. I'm interested to see how that turns out.

Finished Stuff

I've been working hard on Christmas gifts and hope I'm in the home stretch. Unfortunately, I usually add more on as I go, so...probably not. *grin*

I'm thinking it will be safe to post some of the gifts, as few of my family members actually read my blog. Doesn't hurt my feelings one bit, because I totally understand that they have other interests.

This is my "In the Garden" paper pieced quilt. I participated in Quilt Art Designs quilt along and this was my finished quilt. I quilted it in strips and then joined them. I find it's much easier to do that on my little domestic machine. Unless I have something really special for a backing, that will be my norm from now on.

This is a quilt I created for my nephew. He loves muscle cars and told his Mom he wanted a muscle car quilt. Aunt Belinda to the rescue! I love how it turned out and it too is from Quilt Art Design patterns.
Close up of some of the cars.

I created some dresses for my baby girls, but they aren't gifts. I've already given them so they can wear them now.

Right now, I'm working on a neutral Christmas quilt that incorporates some tone on tone machine embroidery in some of the squares. There are five rows and I'm now quilting the third row. Can't wait to finish that.

I have plans in the works to make a paper pieced turkey quilt. I hope to get it done by Christmas, but it's doubtful. Still, it always gets me pumped to have a new project on my mind and I can't wait to get started on it.

Back to work!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oh Baby!

My sister is expecting her first grandchild. To say she is excited is an understatement, and we who are privileged to have experienced this phenomenon know exactly what she is feeling. I've been blessed to be able to provide a few little things for our little girl, who is pushing to come early, but being held back as much as possible. ( A sign of things to come??)

 Her name is Brooksie Kate and she will be amazing!

Here is the bedding I created for her, with explicit directions from her mother. *wink*
 You can see her beautiful mother there with me.
Little Miss Brooksie will be showered with gifts in another week, and this is what Aunt Belinda is offering for her comfort.
I very much enjoyed creating these little things...a cuddly blanket, a sleeper, a bib and a big girl dress for when she grows a bit.
My embroidery machine got a good work out but it held strong and enjoyed itself too.
I love doing stuff like this.
Ok, we're ready for you Brooksie!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Working On Christmas

My friend Jan and I have started a tradition of making a Christmas themed quilt every year.  Together we decide what pattern and then choose our fabrics separately.  This year we decided on a log cabin and I really enjoyed the simplicity of the block.  It's easy, but has so many possibilities!  Normally, the center is red, to symbolize home, but I chose a light center with one side red and the other green.
I experimented with layouts, and wound up with this one. It was the popular choice of my friends. I love how it turned out and even my husband loves it.

I didn't want to spend a lot of money in the making of it, so I used all I could from my stash. I'm extremely low on Christmasy fabrics now!!! I didn't have enough of any one fabric for the backing, so I improvised.
I also did a veriation of QAYG. I quilted it in strips and then joined them. It was a lot easier and I will probably do a lot more of that in the future. 

Since I finished it, I've been seriously considering another one this year. I may not have time to finish it by December 25th, but I may start on it. I have an idea for a neutral colored quilt involving some machine embroidered bits....stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Where I've Been

Life has a way of taking over if you let it. That seems to be what has happened to me in the last several months. Some of it very good, some of it, not so much.

I can't believe how big my babies are now! Win started Kindergarten, Klaire Bear started Mothers Day Out, and Miss Kyndall is 7 months old, sitting up, and creeping across the floor like a combat soldier. We are amazed!

My Beautiful LeLe has been on a journey of her own. Nearly losing her husband to sepsis a few months ago, and changing her entire lifestyle for better physical and spiritual health. She continues to take excellent care of both her men as well as herself. We couldn't be more proud!
Jared and Katy continue to seek the Lord's will for their lives and the lives of their two girls. We are so blessed! And it goes without saying, but I'm saying it anyway, we are very proud of the strong Christians they have grown to be.

Steve's parents have had some trials and we are both glad we are free to help them with their needs. His Mom has been diagnosed with renal cancer and will have some kind of surgery/treatment in the immediate future. His Dad's Alzheimer's seems to be at an even level and he doesn't seem to be getting any worse, but we know that could change in an instant, so we just take things a day at a time.

I continue to sew and quilt when time permits, and I have some things done that I can't show you. Christmas gifts you know. *grin*

I felt the need to post something today, but don't know if there will be any follow up posts in the near future. I try to take it as it comes, but if I get a notion to write, you'll be the first to know.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I Didn't Sew This One

Nope. God did. But I did make the gown. *wink*
Our sweet little Kyndall Hope was born last evening. She's perfect in every way and we are beyond excited to finally meet her. God did an amazing job, didn't He?!
Big sister Klaire wasn't interested in her much. *grin*
I can't believe Klaire is almost two and Kyndall is finally here. God is good!!
And just so I don't slight our LMW, here is a pic of him playing in the snow we received this week.
This stinker big boy will begin kindergarten in the fall. Where has the time gone?!