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Monday, August 22, 2016

Design Wall Monday

It feels great to be spending a little time in the sewing room again.
My sister had a birthday last week.
I surprised her with a new wallet.
As soon as I saw the Betty Boop fabric,
I knew what I was going to use it for.
She loves Betty Boop!

It was so darn hot last week.
I barely moved off the couch from about noon on.
Our house stays pretty cool until the late afternoon but not this week.
Those little window air conditioner units worked overtime.
That worked out good for me.
I got 2 blue rosettes almost completed.
Along with several more orange and yellows.
I'm deciding whether or not to use variations on these rosettes 
or keep them all the same design.
I only did 2 different so it won't be a big deal to redo them.

I started some Garlic Knot blocks using my 2 1/2" batik strips for a block swap.  
I always forget that not everyone measures the same so this block will go into my personal pile.


I cut fabrics for a 1 1/2" strip swap.
They are all bundled up and ready to go.

I can't wait to check other projects at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Slow Stitching on Sunday-All Week Long

I am having so much fun with this new project from MD Quilts!
Mickey calls it her On The Road Project,
I am still thinking of a name for mine.
On The Couch???
Beat The Heat???
I would not have made this much progress on this if it hadn't been so stinking HOT this week.

Or would I?

Because there is really nothing like a new project to light the fire!!

My real plan is to get this second blue rosette design complete so I have a guide.
I forgot the purple hexies that go on the top and bottom.
Before I give it the final sew, I have to lay it all out again to double check
 that everything is in it's proper place.

Then I want to get busy with the kitting of the individual designs again.

See what others are Slow Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Yesterday I wrote about my lack of control. 
Today I show you more proof. 

The plan was to work on more kits.
Then I talked to daughter Crystal.
She was going to run in to town.
Her oldest-he's 10-is like his Gramma and not a fan of going to town.
Anyone that wants can stay at Gramma's.
We'll just hang out, eat ice cream and watch movies.

And stitch hexies.

So we did.

After they went home, I went back in and worked on more kits.
The pile on the right needs to be pressed
and then I'll add 2 sides stacks to each kit.
I need to make more kits today while it's cooler.
Tomorrow it starts a week worth of hot, Hot, HOT!

I need to think of a new name for mine since
 I'm doing most of this on my couch.

Check out other design walls at Patchwork Times.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Slow Stitching--not just on Sunday

I needed a new project.
And then the clouds parted and the sun came shing through and
shared her 2016 On The Road Project.
(Just click the tab at the top of her blog page.)
As soon as I saw this, 
I knew it would be my next hexi project.
Thanks Mickey!

It started out very innocent.

I was just going to make up a few kits to have ready to go once Mille was finished.

Then I lost all control because
it got hot! 
Stinking hot! 
Can't breath outside, it's so HOT!
I am a whimp!!!

When I wasn't watching The Olympics in the living room
and basting red flower centers,
I was in the sewing room piecing neutral crumbs into squares to make Crackle hexies.
And piecing the yellows and oranges for the hexi flower block kits.
Kits, these were just for kits!
I was only going to baste the centers.

As you can see, I lost all control!
It was too hot to work on Millefiore's last 2 sides of fill in blocks.
So I stitched hexi flowers.
Just to see what they look like.

Good thing I had some kits made up.
snicker, snicker

I'm excited to see what everyone else is sharing at Kathy's Quilts:Slow Sunday Stitching.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Guess what!!
I've got Millefiore almost all done.
I was pretty excited when I got the final rosette stitched on Monday.
I parked myself on the couch with the tv remote and
went to town on her.
By 4 pm, she was ready for the outside fill in pieces.
As of Saturday night,
one edge has been completed.
I chose to do the half hexies first because I like instant gratification.
She says after a whole year + working on this quilt.

I needed something a little smaller than Millefiore to take to my
Wednesday Binding Friends group.
Mickey Depre of MD Quilts has a new On The Road project for 2016.
You can find the link for it in a tab at the top of her page.

I have been thinking for a long time what I would do next with hexagons.
Since I have already done one Pieced Hexi quilt for Taylor,
I wanted one for myself.

This new design is right up my alley.
Scrappy, pieced hexies and fun.
won this batik and posted that she didn't like it.
I commented that it would be perfect for my next hexi project I was planning.
Guess what showed up in my mailbox!!!
Quilty friends are the best!
So I've been basting centers for one of the steps.

So this is all I've worked on this past week.
I have a couple things planned for this week.
I want to pull a quilt top off Mt. ToBeQuilted and get it basted.
But first,
I need a new swim suit.
It's time to pull out some of that fabric out of the stash and sew it up.

Head over to Patchwork Times to see what others are working on.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Design Wall Monday

It feels sew good to have the sewing mojo back again!
I've had this Harriet bag cut out for weeks.
I splurged and bought myself a steam press
 and was happy to have something already cut out and ready to use it with.
It made ironing the interfacing a breeze.
Once that was done, 
it was all about the sewing!
I absolutely love Swoon patterns and have bought almost every one of them.
I still need to put the rivets (an optional feature) on the handles.
I can't wait to use her!
I have a Brooklyn handbag almost all cut out.
Welcome home Mojo!

I finished up 5 more Splendid Sampler blocks.
I kept wondering how I could have gotten so far behind.
I only have to finish an embroidery block and do the current block, #49 to be current again.

Here is the final block for Millifiore.
I was so excited to be this close to finishing that I sewed the top 2 hexies on wrong.
It won't take long to take them off and sew them right.
One to finish sewing and 2 to fix, sew this to the mothership and then on to the side pieces.
I don't think those will take too long.
Being this close to finished, I will work on it every night until she's a completed top.
In my head I hear Lady threat your needles 
in Drivers start your engines tones. 
I'm such a goof!

This morning I'm going to take a little stroll through Blogland.
I'll start at Judy L's Design Wall Monday post and go from there.
Have a great week.

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!

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.