Friday, September 27, 2013

Deck-Ade the Halls Redo

I shared in an earlier post about my finish (or so I thought) of the Deck-Ade the Halls quilt top.
I liked everything but the corners because I didn't have quite enough of the border to miter them. I took suggestions under advisement and finally decided on a partial applique technique.

These were the only other fabrics in the top that would remotely work as just adding a block.  It just didn't work for me. 

I took one seam apart, and sewed the small pieces I had left in, then folded them back to match the print in the fabric. I basted them down and when I quilt it, I will make sure it's secure in my quilting stitches then take out the basting.
I'm much happier with the faux mitered corners and when I find the perfect backing fabric and get it quilted, I'll post it. Thanks for all the help offered and suggestions made. You folks are the best!!

Product Review: Quilt Mate Pro

Hello all! I've decided that I want to do a product review. I've never done one before, and I am not being compensated for this review whatsoever. It's just that I came across a lovely little tool that has been a big help to me as I quilt and sew, and I wanted to share it with you.

This is the Quilt Mate Pro. It claims to be a "Quilter's best friend".
It holds your tablet for you while you sew (or cook). It will clamp to a table or desk and you can twist it any way you want for viewing. Leaves your hands free for other things as well as table top space.
This is how I have it set up in my sewing room.
If I don't need to watch a tutorial, I listen to music. I can stop and check email on the spot, search out something, or take a photo/video of what I'm working on. I LOVE IT!

It holds my tablet securely and I don't have to worry at all about it falling out. Everything is cushioned so there are no marks on my tablet or my table even though I was afraid at first about that, so I put a little buffer under the top part.

 I use it pretty much every time I sit down at the machine and I can attest to the fact that it is this "quilter's best friend". So, I give it Five out of Five stars.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bea Blocks 7 and 8

I was behind on my Beaquilter Sampler quilt along but I caught up today.
I'm rather pleased with these two. I was able to put them together without much wailing and gnashing of teeth at all!! LOL
I realize the pineapple block doesn't look as "pineapply" as hers does and I figured out it's because I didn't trim it enough as I went. But I like the way it looks and won't redo it. Actually, I like it a lot.
Since I've done log cabins before, this one was pretty easy. I just had to make sure I added the strips in the right order.
I've used the colors red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, green, pink and black/gray.
I'm wondering what colors I'll use for the rest of the blocks since I want to keep each one a different color. Brown will work, but I don't want to go with a white since I don't know that I won't sash it in white. The blue I used could be catagorized as a teal/aqua, so I could do a more royal/true blue I suppose.  Maroon or deep indigo might work. Decisions decisions!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Playing With My New Toy

I have an appointment for a lesson on my new Brother SB7500 sewing machine Wednesday of this week. (tomorrow) I've been "piddling" with it just to see what I can remember from the short instructional I received when I bought it. What fun!!

This is what I did yesterday afternoon. I doubt I did it correctly, but who's gonna know?
It's not a fancy smancy high dollar monogram and embroidery machine, so I'll have to do things a little differently, but it will work well for Klaire's my needs.
I spent quite a bit of time online last night looking at ideas for Onesies. So many ideas, so little time!!

Yesterday I also thought I'd finished my Deck-Ade the Halls quilt along top. And if I wasn't so picky, I could say I actually did, but.....
I'm not digging the corners. I intended to miter the border but lacked about six inches having enough of the fabric to do that. I did it this way and I just can't feel good about the white that jumps out, breaking up the red in the border. I do have a tiny bit of it left, (what I cut off the sides to attach the bottom and top) so what I'm thinking is, to applique a piece of it from the end of the red on the sides, to the red on the bottom. Think that will work??

Saturday, September 21, 2013

One Check Mark

FINALLY!!!  I was able to check off one thing on my "to-do" list! I finished the Moore OK victims quilts.

I almost pulled my hair out on the first one simply due to my unhappy sewing machine issue. I was able to finish it with my new and improved machine, and it will do. I'm happier with the second one, which was completely quilted with the new machine. I hope the recipients aren't disappointed.

Now I can move on to the other pressing matters. And there are still plenty of them!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Redo and Redo....

For my birthday last week, SR and I ran over to Hot Springs to do a little flea market browsing and eat some lunch.  We found a little run down building that had some good looking stuff out front, so we took a chance and stopped in. I didn't expect much, but MAN OH MAN! That place was packed to the ceiling with cool stuff. All things vintage...anything you can think of...

I climbed a set of rickety stairs and my gaze swept across the stacks of tables and chairs. Then...I spotted something interesting... I took a closer look...This is what I spied.
Solid wood, solid in construction, needing a little tlc, drop leaf table. And unlike most flea markets, the price was extremely reasonable! I motioned for the hubs to come over and take a look see. He agreed it was worthy of purchase and so we negotiated with the proprietor, then loaded this bad boy up in my little Hyundai Tucson.
I'm not a professional by any means, but I'm not a novice when it comes to refinishing a piece of furniture, This one had me scratching my head. I even read up on how to do it before I began. I sanded and wiped down then stained it with what I felt was a reasonably matching stain color. The legs were fine, so I didn't touch them. This is what resulted.
Well, I'd call this a fail. It was really ugly. IF you owned a rustic shed type house, it MIGHT work, but not for my sewing room. I intended it for a cutting table.
Even if I liked the look, it was so gummy, there was no way I could use it without getting stain gunk on everything, sooooo....I wiped it down well with mineral spirits and did a little more light sanding. Then I got out the Kiltz. Primed it well. I didn't like the simple white look to it, didn't have a can of white paint, only the primer, so I started sanding again. I used probably 10 or more little sheets of sandpaper on my palm sander. But I got that thing as smooth as a baby's bottom. And then....

I distressed it.
In the words of Phil Robertson, I'm happy happy happy.
It's nice and smooth, no gunk anywhere and it's going to match other things in my sewing room. Which, by the way I'm still working on. I hope to have it completed soon and I will share the before and after of that, but at present, other projects are demanding my attention.

No things marked off my list either. Oh bother well. LOL!!

A Little PR for a Friend

I don't often suggest blogs. I don't know why, except that maybe I just don't think about it. But I'm going to share a new one with you.

I'd like to introduce Alyssa at Keep Calm and Carrion. AKA the Princess as she is affectionately called on the Ozark Fabric and Other Fun Stuff facebook page.  She is just beginning in the world of blogging, but let me tell you, she is no beginner when it comes to sewing. I don't know how in the world she does what she does, but I have to admit I am envious of her talent.

I don't have a picture because she doesn't have a button. I hesitate to display pictures from her first post because they are of her children and that just isn't a good idea in my opinion. (For several reasons, not the least of which is their privacy.) In lieu of a button, I'll post a pic of one of her amazing creations.
So, if you get a chance, check in with her and encourage her in this new endeavor. She's a funny gal and even if you aren't interested in what she does, she's fun to read.

Oh, and don't forget to check out Tonya's Hillbilly Quilt Shop and Ozark Fabric and Other Fun Stuff.

 She's Alyssa's boss.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I Cheated

And I am not usually a cheater. Almost never. (I am not perfect so I can't honestly say never)
These are my two blocks for the blocks five and six installment of Beaquilter's Sampler BOM.
How did I cheat? Well...for one, the monkey wrench/snail trail was supposed to be done by pieces and it was supposed to be four instead of one.

 I was pressed for time, running behind and after failing at putting them together twice, I opted for the larger paper pieced version and went with that.

The pinwheel was supposed to be done with strips and a paper square for the stripes. I just dug out a piece of striped fabric and gott'r done. I hope I don't receive a reprimand from the teacher. :/

At least I did them!!



Monday, September 2, 2013

How I Labored On Labor Day 2013

We never do anything special for Labor Day, so it was just another day here at my house. A little housework, some work on a memory quilt and a dress for my little Klaire were my labors today. I think the dress turned out very sweet.
It's called the Lucy Dress and I got the pattern here. So another job on my list gets a check mark. Yay Me!!

Tomorrow is LMW day, but Wednesday I should have the sashing done for one side of one of the memory quilts. The front side is tee shirts and the back side jeans bordered with plaid shirts. I think it will be one of a kind and I hope it will be comforting to the recipient.

Did you labor today???