Sunday, September 23, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching -- The EPP Hexies Continue

I had more fun this week making EPP hexagons.  This was on Sunday...


 
Then on Tuesday I had time to add a ring around the orange flower and make another half-opened flower.  These flowers bloomed:
 
 
Here's my view from the "teacher's" desk;

 
I was happy to return to the vocational school from which I proudly graduated -- 35 years later.

 
On Wednesday I spent almost three hours at the car dealership for an OIL CHANGE!!!  Turns out it there was a warranty paperwork problem.  My truck was done in regular time.  They told me my warranty was VOID!  Seriously?  I am an excellent paperwork keeper!  I quickly went home and had my hands on the "problem" paperwork in FIVE MINUTES!  Whew.  The next day I got a call from the service department saying that my warranty claim was approved.  No sweat...
 
This was completed while I was waiting on my truck paperwork issues.  Something beautiful came out of it after all.  I always look for the silver lining.  I praise Him in the storm for sure. 
God's always got this!
 
 
On Thursday I "planted" the flowers that bloomed earlier in the week in another classroom.

 
 
 
Linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.
 
Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Wonky Baskets

I had time to make six more wonky baskets for the Block Lotto this week.  These blocks measure 8.5" (8" finished).  This week I played with more of the darker blue scraps for the RSC18.



Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, 2018 (RSC18.)
Join me on the Block Lotto BlogSoScrappy

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

WIP Wednesday

Today I'm at the car dealership for a routine oil change.  I arrived 35 minutes early -- seriously, it's an oil change...  They took my truck right away and started working on it.  It took OVER TWO HOURS!  The service part was done.  The paperwork was the problem.  Geez.

On the bright side, I did get "Youngstown" embroidered on my secret Ohio quilt!

 
I loaded this quilt into the frame.  I hope to put a lot of loopys on it by this weekend and get 'er done.
 
 
I got some slow stitching EPP hexagons sewn.
 
 
Here's my stuff during study hall at school.  Kids see me get the container out and think I'm going to give them cookies... Poor kids!

 
 
I LOVE this picture that I took of our son yesterday in the field of goldenrods.  Beautiful colors!
 
 
I took on four more customer quilts:
 
Quilt #1 with red backing.
 
Quilt #2 with lots of fun HST and a big blue and 4-patches in the center.

 
 
Quilts #3 and #4.  fun fun!

 
I made for blocks for the Block Lotto this month.  I have the other six cut but still need to finish.
 

I gave away some items that I probably would never use (that were given to me) to a friend and her mom to make dolls.  that frees up two and a half boxes of room!



 
Don't freak out at the 71 projects.  I've had list in the upper 90's in the past.
 
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1. Cheddar Jack cat pattern from Mama Spark's World 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  Go Four It! -- Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender June 2017
7.  Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) -- hand work for school
8.   Soul Searching -- need 2 more blocks for Julianne swap
9.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA

10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13.  Slow Sunday Stitching wool candle mat from Sue project
14.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
15,  Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM (made from shirt scraps)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.)
19.   2.5" Scraps from Dani making "cracker" blocks
20.  Flowers and Watercan (wall hanging)
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Split Stars (Block Lotto win)
23.  Spools (Leader & Ender project with Bonnie Hunter)
24.  Scrappy Hourglass Quilt 
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March, 2017 (Will make baby quilt.)
27.  Super Mario QA
28.  2015 Orange, pink, grey kite blocks (from Accuquilt die, RSC17)
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA (started again with Angie at Gnome Angel, August 2017)
31.  Crown of Thorns in blues
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching blocks)
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
34.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
35.  Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May, 2018 sew-to-go bag)
36.  Dot Dot Dash bag -- (new to the list April, 2018)
37.  Cross Stitch "A Friend is Someone..." WIP found in April, 2018, from 1980's!
38.  Catchin' Some Rays needle turn applique crib quilt started March, 2018 (adding EPP hexies!)
39.  Secret O - H - I - O quilt.  Shhhh.  Can't show this one--but it's cool!
40.  EPP mini table topper (grey, maroon, blue, cream...)
  
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
2.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
7.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
       
Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby (May OMG Goal?)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt 
9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks 
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (New QA starting 5/7/17 Gnome Angel)
 
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Pat Sloan's, I Love to Make Quilts Sampler Solstice Challenge (Red & White finished top 2017)
2. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild
3.  Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild
4. Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild 
 
Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt (A RSC14 project)
2.  Royal Blue embroidered customer quilt
3.  String #2 (very heavy because of muslin foundation) customer quilt. (Half loaded on the frame!)
4.  Embroidery Bear with balloons and hearts crib quilt.
5.  Bright string customer quilt
6.  Embroidery Bear crib quilt
7.  Customer quilt with special block in the center (CM)
8.  Customer quilt with hand pieced stars. (CM)
9.  Customer coin/bar quilt. (CM)
10.  Customer quilt with 4-patches, piano keys, and red back. (CM)
 
I'm linking up with Lorna for Let's Bee Social.  Check it out at Sew Fresh Quilts.
          
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Beautiful Golds!

Oh how I love this time of year!  Beautiful golds and yellows and greens all around!
 

Untouched photo.  The sun was hitting just right.


 
And of course he has to make it his own -- the Superman pose.

 
Cracks me up!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Four Customer Quilts

On Wednesday, 9/11, I posted my 67 on-going projects.  This week I took in four more customer quilts for longarm quilting.

Quilt #1 with red backing.

 
Quilt #2 with lots of fun HST and a big blue and 4-patches in the center.

 
Quilts #3 and #4.  fun fun!


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching -- More Hexies!

I'm starting to really enjoy the process of making English Paper Pieced (EPP) hexagons.  I added this flower to my applique leaves for my  Catchin' Some Rays needle turn applique crib quilt started March, 2018.  These are not the kind of flowers on the pattern, but I thought it would be a fun variation of the quilt.

 
Here's my stuff during study hall at school.  Kids see me get the container out and think I'm going to give them cookies... Poor kids!

 
Linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.
 
Slow Sunday Stitching
 
Woohoo!  I just went to Kathy's Quilts to link up and realized that I won the photo challenge last week!  I especially LOVED that camera fat quarter in the giveaway.  Can't wait to chop that up.  I know pieces of it will be in my secret Ohio quilt for sure!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

RSC18 & Block Lotto Saturday Fun

Today I played with blue scraps and made two pair of Wonky Basket blocks for the September Block Lotto.  Not the best pic with my phone, but they are super fun blocks.  They go together quickly.  You can't win unless you're in!  Come join the fun!

 
Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, 2018 ( RSC18.)

Join me on the Block Lotto BlogSoScrappy

Friday, September 14, 2018

On the Frame Friday

I loaded and started this customer quilt this week.  It's a beautiful string quilt.  Each block has a foundation (muslin) backing.  I'm quilting it with the Circle Lord giant board called Loopys.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Passing It On

Last week at church a friend gave a bunch of craft items to me.  There were two dolls that were made and needed "dressed" and some doll parts.  There were doll patterns.  I don't really make dolls, but I knew someone that might have some fun with them.  I packed up these supplies and sent them her way.

 
Not long after I gave her the fun stuff, she sent me this photo:

 
The "sunkissed" Annie was made from fabric that a dear friend (Joanne -- who recently passed away) gave me a while back.  It was not "quilting" cotton.  I had so much white and cream that I dyed some and it turned out this color.  PERFECT for an Annie!  Whohoo!  It's being used!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WIP Wednesday

Woohoo!  I have a mid-week finish!  I finished the longarm quilting of this customer quilt yesterday.

 
I love the way the pattern (Double Bubble 2) looks on this quilt.  I bet it will be even more awesome once it is washed and crinkles a little.  This customer prefers Hobbs batting.

 
I quilted it with a mint green thread.  It matches the backing.

 
In other news, I haven't had too many finishes.
 
I got a few stitches done on my EPP hexie flowers for my Catchin' Some Rays baby quilt.  I also got a few stitches in on my pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham.  Both items are in my Sew-to-go bag.
 
 
All the blue hexies are now ready to be sewn on to the flower.
 
 
Here's another completed block:
 
 
WOW! I just checked when I updated my WIP list and it was back on June 20, 2018.  Holy cow!
 
 
 
Don't freak out at the 67 projects.  I've had list in the upper 90's in the past.
 
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1. Cheddar Jack cat pattern from Mama Spark's World 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  Go Four It! -- Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender June 2017
7.  Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) -- hand work for school
8.   Soul Searching -- need 2 more blocks for Julianne swap
9.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA

10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13.  Slow Sunday Stitching wool candle mat from Sue project
14.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
15,  Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM (made from shirt scraps)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.)
19.   2.5" Scraps from Dani making "cracker" blocks
20.  Flowers and Watercan (wall hanging)
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Split Stars (Block Lotto win)
23.  Spools (Leader & Ender project with Bonnie Hunter)
24.  Scrappy Hourglass Quilt 
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March, 2017 (Will make baby quilt.)
27.  Super Mario QA
28.  2015 Orange, pink, grey kite blocks (from Accuquilt die, RSC17)
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA (started again with Angie at Gnome Angel, August 2017)
31.  Crown of Thorns in blues
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching blocks)
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
34.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
35.  Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May, 2018 sew-to-go bag)
36.  Dot Dot Dash bag -- (new to the list April, 2018)
37.  Cross Stitch "A Friend is Someone..." WIP found in April, 2018, from 1980's!
38.  Catchin' Some Rays needle turn applique crib quilt started March, 2018 (adding EPP hexies!)
39.  Secret O - H - I - O quilt.  Shhhh.  Can't show this one--but it's cool!
40.  EPP mini table topper (grey, maroon, blue, cream...)
  
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
2.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
7.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
       
Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby (May OMG Goal?)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt 
9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks 
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (New QA starting 5/7/17 Gnome Angel)
 
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Pat Sloan's, I Love to Make Quilts Sampler Solstice Challenge (Red & White finished top 2017)
2. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild
3.  Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild
4. Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild 
 
Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt (A RSC14 project)
2.  Royal Blue embroidered customer quilt
3.  String #2 (very heavy because of muslin foundation) customer quilt. (Half loaded on the frame!)
4.  Embroidery Bear with balloons and hearts crib quilt.
5.  Bright string customer quilt
6.  Embroidery Bear crib quilt
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Customer Quilt on the Frame

Today I have this beautiful embroidered customer quilt on the frame.  These blocks were pre-printed.  She would take them with her to work when the kids were little and work on them on her lunch hour.  She asked that I ignore the pre-printed quilting suggestion and quilt it with an edge-to-edge design.

 
I am quilting this with the R&S template called Double Bubble 2.

 
R&S Designs recently combined with Urban Elementz.  This means there are so many more pattern boards available! 
 
This customer is always so organized!  She always gives me a diagram of how the back and front go together with the sizes.

 
Here's the quilt on the whole frame:

 
My helper helped by taking the old pattern board (from the last quilt) off of the table and saving the tape.  He LOVES to handle tape!