Thursday, December 10, 2015

Neutral Christmas Quilt

I finished my Neutral Quilt and am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I quilted it as I went in strips and that was a challenge since there was no sashing. I'm not sure I'll do that again.
Don't look at the wrinkles, I had it folded up weird before I took the pic. I do love an Irish Chain pattern and love the softness of the palette. And I love how the embroidery made a simple square a bit special.
I also tried my hand at a design on the border, but just used my walking foot. It's not perfect, but after I washed it, you couldn't tell. Don't you just love how a quilt puffs up and hides imperfections after it's washed???


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?!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Wallet

I didn't intend to complete a project this morning, but I got started and was finished before I realized it. Love when that happens! I made myself a new wallet/clutch/whateveryouwanttocallit today.
It matches the purse I just made and it was easier than I thought!! I used this tutorial from Fort Worth Fabric Studio and added a couple of my own little extras.
It has places for cards, change, and $ bills/checkbook, but I wanted a pocket for my cell phone, so I added that to the backside, along with a little flap to keep it secure.
I also added a little fabric hoop so I could tie a strap onto it and carry it alone. I used fusible fleece for stability and instead of using magnetic snaps, I just used velcro to keep it closed, (since I had it on hand.) The button is a decorative addition.
I hope I like it as well as I think I will. You just never know with things like this, but I'm excited to use it and see how it goes. 


Monday, February 2, 2015

Weekend Work

I finished Princess Klaire's quilt this weekend. I love how it turned out.

I also made up some little bags. They can be used to hold cosmetics or cell phone/tablet chargers, just whatever. 

I'm happy to be getting started on Christmas gifts already. I've never started so early, and I have high hopes of getting many of them done way before December.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Sisters

Today, I finished matching outfits for Princess Klaire and Her Majesty Kyndall. (who has yet to arrive) I hope to take a photo of Klaire in hers next week. We will be attempting to keep her overnight for the first time....wish us luck! And a prayer or two wouldn't hurt either! *grin*
I'm in the home stretch of finishing a quilt made from Klaire's embroidered and monogrammed onesies. I hope to finish that up this weekend.

We played outside Wednesday since the weather was soooo nice! Today, the temps have gone back to seasonal and it's hard to adapt, but that's Arkansas weather!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mama's Got a Brand New Bag

I finally made time to make myself a purse/bag, whatever you call the thing you carry your life around in. I was surprised at how easy it was because I was expecting wailing and gnashing of teeth before it was over. I found a pattern online, and printed it out, but misplaced it, so I found essentially the same pattern at Walmart for less than $1.00 and purchased it.
It's made from Jason Yenter's Paradise fabric line, and something I picked up somewhere else. I've been saving the Paradise for while, just for something special. I like how the teal straps and lining bring out the teal in the daisies.
The pattern didn't call for a lining, but I made one anyway. It called for a 12" zipper, but that seemed too short, so next time I'll use a longer one. I had to do a little additional work to get it to fit just right, but nothing wail worthy.
Next time I'll also make the straps a little wider. Even with fusible webbing they seem a bit insubstantial. All in all, I'm happy with it. So, now I have to find the perfect pocketbook pattern to make. I want something that will hold my phone and my billfold but be small enough to fit inside. That way I can take it out and run inside a store without taking my "suitcase" with me. *grin*

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Few Little Things

I haven't posted any of my latest sewing projects. Hmmmm, well there are reasons of course. The first is that they were Christmas gifts and I didn't want them seen before hand. That is what these are....

 

I've never sewn much with knit before and it was interesting to say the least. After I figured out how to actually work with it, I enjoyed the process very much and have more in the works.  These are all for our little Kyndall Hope who is scheduled to arrive March 4, 2015.

The second reason I haven't posted anything is because I've just been BUSY. Life is full and I haven't been able to do much quilting at all. I'm still working on quilting the Christmas top I started in the fall. It wound up being 97x97 and a monster to maneuver on my little ole machine. I'm getting there, but I don't plan to EVER make such a large quilt again.

And the third reason is that I just forgot to take pictures of what I made.  The old brain is not as sharp as it once was folks.  Not only that, but it really didn't enter my mind to blog while in the frenzy of Christmas preparations and sewing. Guess I'm not as enthusiastic as I used to be, but that's ok.

I did manage to do something very special for my kids this year. I scanned countless photos of my ancestors, and created a book for them with names, dates and photos. I believe it was a hit for both of them and their spouses!
So what I have on tap now is finishing the quilt, doing a couple of knit items for Klaire and Kyndall, and starting the new Ocean BOM by Quiltart designs. I LOVE her paper pieced patterns and ideas. She is one talented cookie! Through the year, I'm hoping to quilt at least two of the waiting tops.