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Monday, July 25, 2016

Design Wall Monday



Sunday was a Splendid Sampler sewing day.
I have put this cute little paper pieced ball block off for so long.
It was so easy and fun.


I was terrified of those itty bitty little pieces.
I don't know why.
It's just like all the other paper piecing I've done,
one line at a time. 


Then I make the pencil blocks.
Sometimes I want to break away from my 3 colors.
But then I work through it and I love it.


This one was a piece of cake!
Hahahaha


I had fun digging for selvages.
I was surprised at how few I had.
I didn't find any on my greens.

I'm almost caught up.
It's nice finding my sewing mojo again.
I thought it had run away but it was just taking a little vacation.

See other design walls at Patchwork Times.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday




I finally had face to face time with my sewing machine!
I had 5 applique blocks prepared for The Splendid Sampler.
I set up my machine for applique and started playing!
I had sew much fun and loved doing every block!
Then I played with decorative stitches. 
The machine doesn't have very many but I had fun playing with the ones it does have.
And hand appliqued hexagons!
How happy that makes me.
(Whoopsie, I just noticed I forgot Mr Bunny's flower stem.
The power of pictures.)

In the evenings I've been slowly stitching on Millefiore.
I'm so close to the finish line.
There is one more partial rosette to make.
I thought I had the perfect fabrics and when I double checked,
my focus fabric was in the rosette right next to where it goes.
Oh well, time to dig in the stash some more.


This girl right here, Taylor, spent a few days with us.
I had bought a tank pattern from Patterns for Pirates for her.
I highly recommend these patterns!

We learned how to tape a pdf pattern together. 
do measurements,
find your size, trace, and cut our your personal pattern.
Then we dug through Poppy's old tshirts for one to cut up and sew.
I got out my big heavy Morse machine and sat her down in front of it.
She learned how to oil and thread it.
And then she started sewing her tester Free Spirit Tank!


This is her new sleep shirt.
We've learned what to do for the next shirt,
where to make adjustments,
what she likes and dislikes.
I can't wait until she comes to play again.
Next time she will learn to use the serger to sew Peg Legs and 
another Free Spirit tank to go with them..

I'm going to spend some time at Patchwork Times this morning.
I love having coffee with friends in Blogland.


Monday, July 11, 2016

Design Wall Monday


Not much time was spent in the sewing room last week. We did a mini vacation/road trip to Neah Bay, Washington so Ernie could go out salmon fishing. Not the best catching trip he's been on but he sure has a good time fishing. I spent some of my time stitching this partial rosette for Millefiore. (And knitting and reading and movie watching.)

I had to stop at the last 2 hexies on the left when I discovered my dark blue fabric 
was too skimpy so I finished it at home.


This little one was fun to sit down and get finished last night.


Rosette 12b is the TaaDah!
The final rosette to do.
I started with the greens, then found the butterflies 
so my selections will probably change once I get back to it.
When this one is finished,
I'll have 5 partial rosettes to sew to the Mother Ship and 
then start the fill ins for the border 
as soon as I figure out what fabric to use for that!
Pretty excited!!!

The sewing machine is starting to feel lonely.
I have some serious plans for her this week. 

Check out what's happening at Patchwork Times.
Oh Judy L, that quilt top is fabulous!!!

Friday, July 08, 2016

On The Needles


This hat is off the needles and when Corbin put it on, it's too tight.
I'll start over with everything I've learned from this project.
I had it finished with a different design on top.
It was waaaayyyy too tight so I cut yarn and pulled it out down to the black above the robots.
Then I picked up all the stitches-successfully the first time!-and added the X design.
It's still to tight.
It just barely goes on his head.
He loves it!
So I am going to make him another with the robots and
 be very careful about pulling my traveling yarn too tight!!!


Then I started on Leland's hat.
I sat down early this morning and finished the knitting.
Now I have to make a pompom.
He can hardly wait!
Too bad my picture doesn't show how bright this is.


We road tripped again last weekend.
We were gone for 5 days.
These boys are turning into really good travelers.
Yes, hubby's seat covers are camo.
Yes, I let my dogs sleep on the truck quilt. 
I love how little 6 pound Jessie takes his half of the seat right out of the middle. 

See what others have on their needles by visiting Patchwork Times-On the Needles today.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Medallion QAL-Part 2

Part 2 of the Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL is themed Childhood. I went with a favorite childhood memory of star gazing.

I grew up in the country where the nights are dark except for the twinkling stars. We loved to go out and watch the stars! They were so bright. It's not that way now, too many big city lights and too many homes with outside lights, mine included. I can still see stars, just not as many from my favorite swing out on the deck.

My most vivid memory of this was at Gramma's house (where I now live!) with cousin Sandy.  Gramma let us take an old blanket outside to lay on. I swear we saw a falling star. It took our breath away. I was hooked at star gazing!

This was fun to work on. I had seen this star somewhere on a blog and had drawn it up in EQ7. I paper pieced these. I had added a skinny border to the basket block to bring it to be a 9" block. I sized these to finish at 4 1/2". That's what I love about EQ7, I can make my blocks any size I want. :)  I think I'll add another skinny border to balance my stars but I'll wait until I find out what part 3 is about.

There's still plenty of time to join in. This month the link up is at Cynthia's blog--wabi-sabi quilts.  I am in love with this quilt already found at Me and My Quilts. Her basket is the perfect quilter's basket!!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Design Wall Monday



There are Mondays that I think I didn't sew much last week.
Then I look at the pictures.
I finished the broken dishes blocks for Jamestown Landing.
They are all clipped into groups for the next step. 

 I got out the string bucket thinking I'd make 10 or so blocks.
I needed 70 more and Saturday afternoon, 
I sat down and knocked out 40 of those.
I love mindless sewing and Netflix. 
I'm not binge watching Lost.


In the evenings, I'm stitching away at Millifiore.
I had this rosette all kitted up to take on our next road trip.
I will be kitting up the last 2 blocks this week so I have something to work on.

I'm going to spend some time in Blogland this morning.
Visit Patchwork Times and see what others are working on.
I think it's great that Judy L has continued  to do Design Wall Monday for such a long time.
It's my favorite day on the internet.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Slow Stitching Sunday


It's mostly been a good slow stitching week.
I've worked on Millefiore and The Splendid Sampler.


These are for rosette 10a.
I love pink and black together!


I believe I only have to sew 2 of these.
This goes together pretty fast.


This is for The Splendid Sampler.
Those itty bitties are very itty bitty.
This block will finish at 6".
But first I have to take off my hexies and put them in the center.
When I was trimming the block, 
I was being so careful to get it all centered,
got distracted with the cat and didn't recheck.
We moved the ruler and I didn't notice until after I trimmed.
No tears were shed but they were right there.
This was a fun block to do.

Go to Kathy's Quilts to wish her a happy anniversary and
to see some great Slow Stitching projects.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Design Wall Monday


It was nice to finally finish this Splendid Sampler block last night. 
I just needed to finish the butterfly and add the frame.
Why did that take me so long!!!
Today I will start those adorable little tiny hexies.


I stated sewing the foursies for Jamestown Landing.
I  need to spend some quality time with the iron before this pile gets out of control.


After completing this Millefiore rosette
I am cutting and kitting for the final 4 small rosettes.

3 almost down, 1 to go.

I'll be spending time in Blogland this morning, 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Slow Stitching Sunday


This is rosette 11b for Millefiore.  I'm pretty excited to only have 4 small rosettes to go--10 a, 10 b, 12 a and 12 b.  I have decided on the colors I want to us, I just need to pull fabric and kit up the pieces with the papers. I worked on this one a little bit in the bus but mostly at home. I really feel the need to get these last ones kitted up for our next trip. I never know what mood I will be in--either stitch or knit--while I watch movies. LOL

It's been a lot of fun working mostly with my stash. Once in a while I buy a fat quarter or so to add to what I have but mostly this quilt is from stash.  The gray triangle fabric was one I spotted at JoAnn's a while back and knew I wanted to include it somewhere. It was perfect to fussy cut those triangles.

I'm hoping to have this attached to the quilt this week. We'll see what happens.....

Check out the fabulous slow stitching projects at Kathy's Quilts.  There are some beautiful things happening in Blogland!!!



Friday, June 17, 2016

On The Needles


I've been in hat knitting mode. Mostly because of the road trips we have been taking. Each direction is at least five hours......so 4 trips have resulted in 3 hats and the beginning of number 4.
This pattern is called Neon Knights
This is for 10 year old grandson Elliot, made from stash Lion Brand Wool-Ease.
He's pretty subdued most of the time so I thought it would be the perfect colors for him.
He loves it and I was quite surprised that he wanted the pompom.
He wants another in bright colors. 
(He's going to have to wait for his turn to roll around again.)

I'll make this pattern again with black yarn and bright colors, using more stash yarn.
That will be for 6 year old Leland who does NOT want pink in his hat!
Any other color I chose will be fine.


This one is called Floppy Brimmed Sunhat
This one is for 8 year old Clella. I added the flower. She loves it!


This is the 3rd hat from this pattern.  
This one will go to 4 year old Estella. 
If it's too big, then I'll make her something different. 


4 year old Corbin gets this one. It's called Jumping Jacks from the book Kid's Knitted Hats
You can see it on the back cover of the book I linked to. 
I had a heck of a time with the 2 color ribbing so I gave up after 4 attempts. 
I am using Red Heart Worsted yarn for this so I made a few adjustments. 
I am having a blast with the color work on these hats. 

After Leland's Neon Knights hat, I have some bulky camo yarn to make Warm Quick Hat for Jonah.  
I think that is enough planned knitting for a while.

 I love making hats for the kiddos. 
I love having to concentrate on something on these road trips.
 Especially on the freeway. 

See what others are knitting at Patchwork Times Oh the Needles.  
Oh Judy L, those cables are fabulous! 
They still terrify me.