Saturday, September 29, 2012

Star Bright

I finished the big star quilt I was struggling with. The whole time I was working on it I kept telling myself....this is just a hot mess.
It came together ok in the end, with a few little poofy places and some points and corners that don't exactly match up perfectly, but I don't think the quilt police will come get me.
I may like the back more than the front actually. I'm sure someone in the NICU will be glad to have it. I think I would. ;)
I learned from doing it, and that's always a good thing. I know what to do in the places where I had a little trouble I think, so my next attempt may be a bit more successful. I have plenty of the fabrics left and could probably make another one pretty close to the same. Don't know if I want to do that right now. I'm just glad to have this one done.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beefing It Up a Bit

After seeing so many beautiful fall wreaths on Pinterest and Facebook, I decided to beef up the one I had left from last year.
It's nothing to write home about, but it's nice and better than nothing. I looked all over Hobby Lobby for some mesh ribbon and even asked a clerk. He acted like he was clueless, but told me all they had for fall would be in the floral section. Hmmm. Found lots of pretty colors, but none of them fallish. So, I spied a roll of rust colored, sparkly tulle on a roll for 40% off and grabbed it to see if it would work. You be the judge.
Not as poofy as the mesh stuff, but it did fill in nicely and was pretty easy to work with. I even had some left and will try to do something else with it.   It's not a professional job, and certainly not as good as my Mom would have done being a florist, but you work with what you have and do the best you can. I had the pumpkins laying around, and only purchased the tulle, the "W" and the two glittery star flowers. So, this didn't cost me much at all.
All in all, it'll do.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Vintage Nine Patch

I finally finished quilting the vintage 9 patch my cousin asked me to put together for him. It was one his grandmother pieced years ago before she passed. And she's been gone countless years now.
I think she must have planned to put another row of blocks on the other end, because there's one row of squares and it sort of throws the whole thing off a little, but I still thinks it's lovely.
It was a bit of a challenge due to the fact that some of her squares weren't quite square, if you know what I mean. I wound up with several folds and puckers that I just couldn't smooth out, especially around the edges. I don't think my cousin will mind though. He will be happy to have it done.
I backed it with something calm with a small print, so it would sort of blend in with the vintage fabrics. I also found some vintage fabric my mother had and I used that for the binding. I was tickled to come up with that.

I believe it's the largest quilt I've done so far, but I enjoyed it very much!!

A Little Stitching Here and There

I've had to put quilting on hold due to needing a few supplies and time. But I have been able to stitch a bit every day. This is what I'm working on at present.
These are pre-printed panels that my friend Janice gave me. They were just white with the lines printed, and I used the crayon coloring idea to give them some pizazz.
Some of them were already stitched and I just had to fill them in with crayon. It was a little tricky and I'm still not happy with the kitty cat, I may decide to do a little more tweaking on her.
These are two I've stitched and they are ready to use. I didn't think I would like them while I was coloring them in, but I LOVE them now.
It's been soooo long since I embroidered anything, I was afraid my stitches would look bad, but I think they are fairly decent.  I currently have a calf in my hoop and can't wait to see how it turns out.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Bunny Hill Blocks and Stripes

No text heavy post here. I finished a simple quilt with scraps from making my daughter's bed covering and shams.
Simple sixteen block and strips.
In it goes with the other NICU quilts.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wins and Losses

The last few days have been both good and bad. I'm still getting in some sewing time every day for National Sewing Month and that's good. But, my latest project, not so much.
I saw on Linda's blog an easy tutorial on a giant star quilt. I thought it would be good for a baby quilt, if I cut the squares down a few inches and I used some fat quarters I won from The Intrepid Thread a while back.
  It was a good idea, but for some reason, I was not able to get all the points and corners lined up just right.
I really did take my time on it, and was extra vigilant in corners and meeting up seams and such. But for some reason, the sewing fairy didn't seem fit to make all that work out just right. When I add the narrow border, it will mess up at least one of the points on the star...loss...
but, I'm going ahead with it anyway. If I am really unhappy with it when it's finished, I'll just hold on to it for future babies here at my house.....which brings me to good news...

My son and his wife are expecting my second grandchild in April. Wooo Hoo!!!! I'm so excited. My first purchase is this...
They are both Arkansas Razorback fanatics!! I couldn't resist. It will be a while before we know the gender, but these are for either.  Win!!

Another win for me came yesterday from my sweet mother-in-law. She went through some of her clutter and found some books she thought I would like to have. Talk about hitting the jackpot!!
These are the ones I really dig. There were two or three others that were very outdated and I couldn't find anything in them that I would actually do, so I put them away and I'll focus on these.  I'm especially excited about the quilting books as I haven't really done any traditional quilts yet. I'm thinking about trying one or two in these books.

That's it for this Tuesday post but, please remember my friend Tonya in your prayers. She and her husband are going through some serious heath issues and they need our support. Thanks!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Christmas in September

You've seen what I was working on for this month's Christmas project and now it's finished.
Actually, I finished it this weekend, but am just now getting it posted.  I turned the top down like a curtain panel, so I can hang it over the window in my front door during December. The easiest way I knew of to display it.
The free motion quilting around Santa and his elves was a lot of fun but....the back is not worthy of being shown for sure. Tension issues...machine issues...batting height...operator error...I don't know what, but it doesn't look so nice. It's for me, so I'm not fretting over it.

This is September 11th. I'd like to mention my appreciation to all who were first responders, and remember those who lost their lives and their families.  God bless them all and
God Bless America!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Making Progress in September

I've been able to catch a few minutes or longer every day so far.
The Postage Stamp quilt is finally taking shape.
Baby gift only needs some velcro at the top. I put some in my buggy yesterday at Walmart and when I got home, realized a little munchkin had thrown it out and I didn't get home with it. Mr. LMW (alias Grabby McGrabberson) loves throwing my things out of the cart when I'm not looking.
Some (a lot actually) fmq on my Christmas panel. My machine does not like this. The front always looks pretty good, but the back looks like the tension is wrong. And I've done everything I know to correct this. I have come to the conclusion that it simply does not like to do fmq on larger pieces. Bummer.

I also purchased backing and batting for a quilt top my cousin asked me to finish for him, and I will begin that process Saturday. In the meantime, I'll do a little more on the Postage Stamp, add velcro, and work on the panel again. Every day...a little at a September.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

National Sewing Month

I'm told September is National Sewing Month. This is wonderful news, as it gives me a good excuse reason to sew every day. I have several projects in mind and in the works as you can see here.
Here on the bed (my design wall...LOL) I have six projects waiting to be finished. I am going to list them, and hopefully keep the list updated as I go along day by day.

1. Christmas wall hanging
2. Postage Stamp Quilt
3. Burp cloths for a baby shower
4. Enlarging my convergence quilt
5. Quilting a NICU quilt
6. Embroidering panels I colored with crayons for a baby quilt
(7. Possibly putting the panels together for the quilt if September doesn't run out of days)
I'm trying to piece the postage stamp quilt completely by hand. I'm in the home stretch now but think I will quilt it on the machine in strips as I go, instead of trying to maneuver the whole thing on the machine at one time. I'm not sure how exactly to quilt it, but I'll figure it out. If anyone has a good suggestion on that, I would be interested to hear them.
I normally make burp cloths from start to finish with fabric and batting, but decided to take the easy route this time since I'm in a time crunch. The baby shower is this coming Sunday.

I still need to get backing for the NICU quilt, and figure out exactly how I want to enlarge the convergence quilt. I wasn't able to find more of each fabric and will have to rethink what I had planned.
Sew, as you can see, I have my work cut out for me and sew I should get off this blog and back to work.

Happy Sewing!!