Sunday, October 20, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

The slow stitching continues on this Kim Diehl design.  I love this fall colors!  You can also see the table runner that Julianne sent me as a sweet surprise a few years back.  I get it out every year.

If you have any suggestions as to how I should machine quilt this, please let me know!  I need to look at how Kim Diehl quilted hers.  I'll probably throw it on the longarm.  I don't think I'm going to quilt it by hand.

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

Slow Sunday Stitching

Sunday, October 13, 2019

A Few More Petals

I managed to stitch a few more petals down onto my little quilt.  I'm just loving these colors for fall.

I hope to finish these two petals so that I can add the final rows of the quilt next week.

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilt for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Friday, October 11, 2019

Scrappy December Stars -- Block Lotto Quilt Complete

My December Scrappy Stars quilt is complete.  I won these blocks in the Block Lotto  in December, 2018.  I think they made a super cute crib quilt.  It measures 43" x 49.5".

The back was a piece that someone gave me.  Some of you may remember making some of these stars.  I only had to make one extra block.   I quilted it with a design board from Urban Elementz called Airborne. 

It was my OMG (one main goal) to finish this quilt for October.  It's done.  Woohoo.  Cross another choice winner off of the list.

Join me on the Block Lotto Blog

And yes... I did get that little section of my desk cleaned... (for now).

Thursday, October 10, 2019

On The Frame

I finally had time to load this customer quilt onto my Nolting 23XL. 

I am quilting it with my Circle Lord giant board called Jesters.  Sadly, I tried to place an order with Circle Lord earlier this week for a new board.  Michael and Kay have moved to a retirement home and are no longer in business.    Here's what the Jesters pattern looks like on one square.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching -- Patriotic Folk Animals

I now have all of the legs stitched on the Patriotic Folk Animals.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  All of the embroidery stitches are done for now.  The next step is to put this quilt top together. This pattern can be found in the book, Americana Quilts, by Sandy Bonsib.

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilt for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Thursday, October 3, 2019

2019 Summer Canning

It looks like my canning for 2019 has come to an end.  I do have a few tomatoes left to pick and eat, but they are falling off the vines and that time of year has come.  I'll be happy I planted so many tomatoes this summer while we enjoy things cooked with canned tomatoes this year.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October OMG Project

I still didn't get the binding put on the December Scrappy Stars (Block Lotto) crib quilt.  It sat on my desk for a long time.  Here's what it looked like for about a month... sitting on my desk (which I did clean -- woohoo!)  It seems to be my catch all spot .

There was no rush for me to get this project done yet.  I don't have any baby showers that need gifts right now.  Schools need subs all the time now.  I'm working an average of four school days a week.  That definitely keeps me busy.

I have the binding sewn on it.  Only one corner is pinned.  I'm setting it as a goal to finish it this month to get it out of my way.  It should be an easier goal to achieve for me this month.  I'm back to work now that school is in session.  It will be busy busy for me!

I should be embarrassed to post this picture of my mess, but I know many quilters have something like this in their home.  It's reality for me.

Here's a picture of it quilted and trimmed.

I'm linking up at Elm Street Quilts for OMG!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Legs & Short & Sweet -- Slow Sunday Stitching

I finished two sets of legs on my Patriotic Folk Animals.  I love the fabric color of the legs that coordinate well with the other fabrics.  I learned my lesson because the fabric strips came from some scraps gifted to me that were bed sheets.  They are great colors, but hard to hand stitch through.  I'll manage.  Only one set of legs to go!

I've been busy working at a new-to-me school district this year as a substitute teacher.  They seem to need me at least four days a week.  I miss the students at my school district the past few years, but I will still get to visit them a few days here and there.  I decided to get out an old project so that I have one to take in each bag to each school.  So I also got a few petals sewn on my Short and Sweet Quilt.

There's a pic here on my blog of the finished quilt by Kim Diehl.

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Out Standing In Their Field

One Friday night (our date night -- which includes all three of us) I mentioned to my husband that I wanted to go out and stand in the field of yellow weeds for a family photo this weekend.  This is the field behind my chicken area and garden.  These weeds are EVERYWHERE in our neighborhood.  I'm pretty sure it is goldenrod.  Goldenrod is not the same as ragweed.  Ragweed seems to be the stuff that puts all that pollen in the air causing allergies.  None of us have a problem with this plant kicking up our allergies -- which we are fortunate to not have many allergies (except poison ivy.)

The funny part is that we had my phone set up on a tripod.  Typically my husband doesn't want to participate in photos like this.  Owen and I were in the house.  I was about to take a nap.  My husband was working outside moving dirt and putting in the new driveway with his big equipment.  I didn't even do my hair.  My husband came in and said, "Everybody get in their good clothes."  I guess this is what we all thought we should wear at the time.  It's funny, but looks natural for us.  That's another thing that I love about this picture.  I can't believe that my husband grabbed that sweatshirt.  It was like 90 degrees that day.

My husband would tell us to stand in the field.  He got the camera set up (he did not know how to operate a smart phone at this point yet.  Here I am telling him which buttons to push, that he had ten seconds to get to the photo spot.

Several photos have mouths open and eyes shut.  Owen and I couldn't stop laughing at Ed running through the field to get to the spot.  Finally I told Owen that we had to close out eyes so that we wouldn't laugh so much.

The photo below is a keeper!  I had this enlarged on canvas and need to hang it in our livingroom.

See below how Owen and I kept laughing?  LOL.

The pic below isn't bad... but I told Ed he forgot to take off his sunglasses...  Do over...

I wanted another photo in front of the old berry barn.  This was a one-take shot.  Ed was hot, sweaty, and done with photos.

I got this dramatic shot of Owen leaning up against my ocean container.  This is an awesome building that my husband got me for Christmas.  He put really nice doors on an ocean container.  It even has electric!  It's convenient that he works where he can borrow a semi truck/trailer and has the equipment to move stuff like this in place.  (It also gives him a little extra storage in the end that I'm not using.)

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

This week I got the mane stitched on my Patriotic Folk Animals.  I think it looks pretty cute.

Sorry I've been "absent" from the blog.  I've had a little technology overload this past week.  To make a long story short, my husband has had a flip phone up until Friday.  I have been shopping for smart phones and plans and deals...  We ended up getting one that we thought was best.  He's in training.  He's doing awesome.  THEN we had a different satellite for our tv viewing installed the next day.  When that was happening a "customer service rep" arrived.  He had WAY BETTER equipment and a better plan for us on the smart phones.  Now we have a new tv system and remote to learn, new phones to learn and "teach the husband", a different Fitbit, and the big one is I switched from Android to Apple.  WHEW... that's a lot.

I haven't figured out yet how to add pics in a simple way from my iPhone to my blog.  Before I just clicked the photo icon on the top of blogger (on my desktop) and photos from my phone magically appeared for choosing and posting.  I don't know how to sync them yet.  I'll get there.  For now I'll just e-mail them to myself and upload them from there.

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Monday, September 16, 2019

Ohio Quilt

Now that I added borders to the Ohio quilt it's time to make a back.  This made the quilt larger than what I was going for, but it fits our California King bed perfectly.  Some things are just meant to be.  We need a new, larger summer quilt for our bed.  My husband likes it.

This quilt was made with 2.5" scrappy squares (2" finished in the quilt.)  The next size down would be made with 2" squares (1.5" finished in the quilt.)

It's time to move this project forward and make a big, scrappy back for it.  I have a feeling that fabrics selected will come out of the "ugly" bin.  The fabrics themselves aren't really ugly... it's just that when I sort them they have so many colors in them that they don't fit into a "color" bin.  I should re-name the bin multi instead of ugly to be politically correct...  Let's not go there.

I'm linking up at Em's Scrap Bag for Moving It Forward Monday.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tails Are Complete on Patriotic Folk Animals

The tails are complete on the Patriotic Folk Animals quilt.  This pattern can be found in the book Americana Quilts by Sandy Bonsib.  I did an organic type stitch with grey embroidery floss.  It was easy stitching as students worked nicely on the work left for them by their real teacher.

The progress on this quilt is moving along quickly.  I just have to hand stitch the mane and then the legs (after I make and put them on.)  It's turning out cute.  I may even have to start looking for another hand project!

I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

WIP Wednesday 9.11.19

This week I seriously concentrated on the Mario quilt.  I finished the Mario quilt in time for our son to take it to 6th grade camp this week.  I pick him up today.  I can't wait to hear all about the fun he had at camp.

Here's the back that I'm proud of as well:

I did another post about how much he liked the special tag on his quilt.

I won this cool Latifah Saafir prize pack for winning the August OMG drawing.  It may create another item on my WIP list.

I made this cute peas in a pod block from a block of the month at Katie Mae Quilts.

I stitched the Xs that represent stars on the animal flags for Patriotic Folk Animals.

I currently have 64 on-going projects.  

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-- found the book 8/8/19!
8.  Parallelogram Strings -- 2019 String Along at Humble Quilts, started 1.31.19
9.   Leah Day Building Blocks QA
10.  Jelly Roll Rug
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13.  Owl's Well That Ends Well (RSC19 project started 1.26.19)
14.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
15.  Temperature QA (2019 block-a-day according to high and low temps--changed to table topper.)
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.  Sand Castles -- Bonnie Hunter string quilt started January, 2019 -- an RSC project
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Pumpkins & the Beanstalk (a second quilt.)
23.  Set of note cards and envelopes
24.  Simply Summer Sensational QA with Kevin the Quilter 2.5" blocks (started 6.27.19)
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.  Kevin the Quilter 2019 Mystery Quilt -- SSSSQ, 1.5" squares
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) (2019 QA)
31.  Kathleen Tracy’s 2019 Mystery Quilt -- Facebook QA started in March, 2019. 
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching blocks)
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
34.  Waffle Blocks (August 2019) RSC19
35.  Kevin the Quilter 2019 Mystery Quilt -- SSSSQ, 2.5 " squares

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.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt

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
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 (blocks won from Block Lotto, February, 2013)
7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)--It's not long enough...needs 4 more blocks
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)
11.  Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18
12.  Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May, 2018 sew-to-go bag)
13.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
14.   Cathy's CRAZY BY DESIGN.  It's the Dot Dot Dash Bag. (new to the list April, 2018)

Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done) 
1. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild
2. Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild
3. Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild
4. Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Quiltville Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018
5.  O - H - I - O quilt 2.5" blocks

6.  Wings of Spring -- Block Lotto win 3.31.19
7.   Soul Searching -- Julianne sent it to me 8/29/19!!!

Ready to longarm

Ready for Binding
1.  Block Lotto December Scrappy Stars (blue/purple) -- I won the star blocks December, 2018.
2.  Catchin' Some Rays needle turn applique crib quilt started March, 2018 (adding EPP hexies!)

I'm linking up with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers.


I'm also linking up atWednesday Wait Loss.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Happy Mail

I received happy mail yesterday!  This is the prize I received for winning the August OMG! (One Main Goal) drawing.

Thank you, Latifa Saafir for being on of the OMG sponsors!  Thank you Elm Street Quilts for being such a great hostess for OMG.  Winning this may add to my WIP list.  I'm refraining from starting another quilt at the moment.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Peas In a Pod -- Katie Mae Quilts

This week I had some left over scraps from the SSSSQ with Kevin the Quilter's mystery quilt along.  I made a Peas In a Pod block.  I got the block pattern here.  The quilt is called Fruit Salad by Katie Mae Quilts.

I'll be working on the cute corn block soon.  You can find it here.

I'm linking up for BOMs Away at What a Hoot Quilts.  Check out Lynette's gorgeous Swans!

I'm also linking up with Moving It Forward Monday at Em's Scrapbag.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

This project got to go to school with me this week!  I'm happy to be able to stitch to pass the time.  This school day was easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy.  This small quilt pattern is called Patriotic Folk Animals.  It can be found in the book, Americana Quilts by Sandy Bonsib.

I finished the simple yellow Xs that represent stars on the animals bodies.

I had time to mark the mane and tail of the horse and the tail of the dog with a FriXion pen.

I need to find the right navy blue for the stitching for the next school day/waiting period.

I'm linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Special Tag

In this post I wrote about how much our son likes to feel tags (it's a sensory thing.)  Here he is in his "office" making a funny face when I tried to take a picture of him with his tag.  He's "all set up" as he calls it.

The purple swirl fabric and the green polka dot with the wonky yellow around it is a big pocket that temporarily holds a stuffed animal that I sewed into it.  (He's not supposed to take a stuffed animal to camp, but I knew how much comfort he would get if he did -- so I sewed a small stuffed animal into the pocket of the quilt for camp purposes.  Grown ups from the school attending the camp know me well enough that I put it in there intentionally and he's not just sneaking a stuffed animal to camp.)  It's not the stuffed animal, but the tag on the stuffed animal that is so important.

He also realized that I sacrificed my Levi jeans and cut the tag out of them to give him my very best tag that I owned.  It's the perfect length, it's a two-tag combination, and it's very silky -- a perfect tag!  I also put a hand-written quilt label on the pocket.

Oh the joy it gave me and my husband and I when Owen found the quilt label.  On the label it says:

To Owen,  I love you to the moon and back a million times.  Love, Mom.  Then at the bottom I put my name, city/state, and date.

He yelled, "Everybody stop what you're doing!  I found a note!"  My husband couldn't stop smiling when he realized how special the pocket of the quilt was to Owen.  Plus, my husband always supports the fact that I just love to sew.  He seems to LOVE all of the quilts we have and realizes how much time I have spend on them.

Here's the pic of the quilt back again.  The pocket is sideways at the top.  It's sideways because I liked the way two of the sides are caught under the binding.  It's also sideways so that when our son fold it that whatever is in the pocket doesn't fly out the end.  As it's hung over the clothes line, you can only see the green polka dot tag fabric outlined by the wonky blue and yellow.  That's half of the pocket.