Thursday, July 9, 2020

WIP Wednesday, 7.8.2020 -- on a Thursday...

I'm a little late on my WIP Wednesday post.  Internet problems and then I just ran out of time is the culprit.  But here we go with the list...

I’m still working at least 15 minutes a day on long arm quilting a 4-patch quilt for a friend. It’s awesome when I can take away the chair that holds the batting and keeps it off the unfinished floor.   I’m more than half way done. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1rOkfudkPNokVZXyLAhH6UycFsxQW8f3r

Nothing at all got done on my rug.  Guess I haven't touched my sewing machine in over a week...

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1KxpnaD-HblUK70swNCV3s5uXXoQi6pUP

My garden is looking fabulous. I finally got zucchini plants to grow. We finally got rain two days ago. These are the best looking eggplant plants I’ve ever grown. Now let’s see if they produce nice eggplants. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=17OTjoKNBx4q65P3zRLXHYRdZ_C40NHAR

The pepper plants don’t look that great, but this baby pepper looks promising. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1kz0lYkXgJFtSXH8_Kwgnkg8LeWpuVa_9

Blondie the brood hen is still sitting on the eggs that I gave her on July 4th. We are past the rough first days. The countdown is on for July 26th!


A guy I knew in high school was on the show “Naked & Afraid”. His name is Tim Phillips. Owen and I are big fans of survival shows. Tim made Owen a super happy super fan by sending him an autographed photo. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1KzS5qshmlkfGLO1qkRkVLqmhJLImLJBP

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

Quiltfabrication


I currently have 59 on-going projects on my list.  They are separated into stages.


Pieces Need to be Cut & Sewn

 1.  Cheddar Jack cat pattern from 

 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) 8/8/19

 8.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA

 9.  Jelly Roll Rug

10.  Classic Meets Modern BOM

11.  Veggie Patch from Katie Mae Quilts

12.  Mod Mod QA (from Block Lotto, 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) I can't find it!!!

15.  Temperature QA (changing this project to a 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 2nd quilt)

23.  Dresser Scarf (My Grandma's WIP from the 1970's found 1/1/20

24.  Linen & Threads Mystery SAL, Started 1/1/20 for my sew-to-go-bag

25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- needs blocks each month)

26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March 2017

27.  Unity Quilt Along with Bonnie Hunter (started 4/1/2020)

28.  Orange, pink, grey kite blocks 2015

29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt

30.  Gypsy Wife QA started in August 2017

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)


Blocks Still Need to be Made

 1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt

 2.  Scrap Crystals (RSC15)

 3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler

 4.  Drunkard's Path Variation quilt

 5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip 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 the Block Lotto, October, 2012)

 5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)

 6.  Tall Fly (blocks won from Block Lotto; October 2012)

 7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14)

 8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt

 9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blcoks

10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks 5/17/17 QA

11.  Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18

12. Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May 2018)

13.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17)

14.  Cathy's CRAZY BY DESIGN Dot Dot Dash Bag, Won April, 2018


Quilt Back Needs to be Made (Tops are Done)


1.  Card Trick (pink and blue)

2.  Hunter Green Star Quilt

3.  Bubble Gum Pink & Navy Quilt

4.  Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018

5.  Soul Searching -- Julianne sent it to me on 8/29/19


Ready to Longarm

1.  4-patch quilt for a friend (CM) (almost done)

Monday, July 6, 2020

On The Frame

I got my friend’s quilt loaded on the longarm frame and started. Sometimes getting it started is the hardest part.

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1Y_rlVo6011S3tR0gkX2J34hPZECLx27K

I am using my Circle Lord giant template board called Egyptian Eye. I love this design. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1dvMxjV5vXwHkmqQMs_0HydS7uxg4F3tq

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Blondie the Brood Hen

This is Blondie.  I purchased her when I bought a flock of (16) chickens on 5/24/2014.  She is an one of the original (Golden) Buff Orpingtons.  I'm not sure how many eggs she still lays per week, but she is an excellent brood hen.  She has raised chicks in the past. 


She was so comfortable in the original coop that I just added a water bowl and some feed and let her have the whole place to herself.  She was definitely in the broody chicken trance mode.  I only disturbed her to count the eggs she had and to give her just one more.  I wanted her to have one of the really dark eggs.  We shall see what happens in the next week (or hopefully 3 weeks) to come.  It takes 21 days to hatch an egg.  I will peek in on her and change her water.  That's all the intervention I will hope to give.  

Fingers crossed she just sits on the eggs...  Who knows... I could go up there tomorrow and she'll be walking around.  Hopefully not.  Although I have PLENTY of eggs -- enough for neighbors and friends and of course our family-- It's always fun to raise baby chicks.  I'm not one to hatch eggs in an incubator and then tend to the chicks with heat lamps and such (although I have done that in the past.)  I don't candle the eggs. The most fun hatches are from brood hens.  They take care of the chicks and make sure they are warm and teach them how to eat and scratch for food.  They incorporate them to the rest of the flock.  


This is the most freedom I have ever given a brood hen.  It's my newest experiment.  She is not confined in any way.  She has the whole coop to herself.  She can get outside and see the rest of the flock or lay in green grass and mint and weeds in the shade if she needs to cool herself.  Some of the other hens in the flock like to lay in this coop because one of the ducks in the other coop is broody as well.  Maisy the duck is guarding her nest.  The other hens have plenty of other nest boxes in which to lay eggs.  Maisy will not be hatching eggs.  I gather them each day.  I lost my drake (male duck) a year or so ago.  The eggs are not fertilized and will not hatch without a male duck.


I looked at my old post from 5.24.14  It's so cool so see how much my chicken yard and garden has progressed!  Wow!  

We had a groundhog near the pool.  It jumped off this ledge and casually walked away...


I looked at my old post from 5.24.14  It's so cool so see how much my chicken yard and garden has progressed!  Wow!  



July OMG -- Wings of Spring -- A Block Lotto Quilt

I'm linking up at Elm Street Quilts my OMG for July.  Each month I try to make sure I complete a project that is on my list.  This month I hope to finish my Wings of Spring (Block Lotto win) quilt.

Here's the photo of it on the porch right after I finished trimming it.



It has been longarm quilted.  The binding has been cut.  It just sits on the shelf waiting for me to finish it.  It's been quilted for a couple of weeks now.  Hopefully by making this a goal for July it will push me and motivate me to finish it.


Four Patch Quilt

I took in another quilt to longarm for a friend.  I am going to try to work on it 15 minutes a day.  I have measured everything to make sure the back and batting are the right size.  That was enough for today.  Tomorrow I hope to load it into the frame.  Little steps...


There's time for more magnet fishing.  This is at Lake Milton. 

Happy as can be.  We didn't find anything super cool, but our time spent together was awesome!


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

WIP Wednesday -- Happy July

This week flew by.  I didn't get many quilty things finished.  Here's what happened anyways...

I finished the quilt for my friend that had the blanket inside of it vs. batting.  It turned out fine.  I wouldn't have gotten it done this soon if I didn't say that I would work on it 15 minutes a day.


I quilted it using the Circle Lord giant template board called Swirls.  I'll drop this off to the customer today.


For some reason I had some tension issues (not related to the blanket as the batting.)  I tried a new way to "unlongarm" the quilt and tear out stitches.  It worked out better for me ergonomically.  I rolled the quilt to where the "undesired" stitches were located to the back of the machine, sat in a chair, and picked them out from there vs. leaning over the front of the machine/quilt.

You can see my happy helper sorting fabric in the background. 







My jelly roll rug had no activity on it after I made the ball from pink scraps.  It still sits like this:

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1KxpnaD-HblUK70swNCV3s5uXXoQi6pUP

I selected this green and black out of my stash to start cutting the Spider Quilt.  It's a QA on Instagram.  I'm only making a table topper.


I gave Owen a golf club.  He likes his new hobby.



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

I currently have 59 on-going projects on my list.  They are separated into stages.

Pieces Need to be Cut & Sewn
 1.  Cheddar Jack cat pattern from 
 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) 8/8/19
 8.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA
 9.  Jelly Roll Rug
10.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
11.  Veggie Patch from Katie Mae Quilts
12.  Mod Mod QA (from Block Lotto, 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) I can't find it!!!
15.  Temperature QA (changing this project to a 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 2nd quilt)
23.  Dresser Scarf (My Grandma's WIP from the 1970's found 1/1/20
24.  Linen & Threads Mystery SAL, Started 1/1/20 for my sew-to-go-bag
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- needs blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March 2017
27.  Unity Quilt Along with Bonnie Hunter (started 4/1/2020)
28.  Orange, pink, grey kite blocks 2015
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA started in August 2017
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)

Blocks Still Need to be Made
 1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
 2.  Scrap Crystals (RSC15)
 3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
 4.  Drunkard's Path Variation quilt
 5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip 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 the Block Lotto, October, 2012)
 5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
 6.  Tall Fly (blocks won from Block Lotto; October 2012)
 7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14)
 8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt
 9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blcoks
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks 5/17/17 QA
11.  Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18
12. Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May 2018)
13.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17)
14.  Cathy's CRAZY BY DESIGN Dot Dot Dash Bag, Won April, 2018

Quilt Back Needs to be Made (Tops are Done)

1.  Card Trick (pink and blue)
2.  Hunter Green Star Quilt
3.  Bubble Gum Pink & Navy Quilt
4.  Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018
5.  Soul Searching -- Julianne sent it to me on 8/29/19

Ready to Longarm



Saturday, June 27, 2020

RSC 20. Pink Ball

I worked on pink scraps this week and made this ball. The next step is to start sewing it in an oval for the jelly roll rug. 

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1KxpnaD-HblUK70swNCV3s5uXXoQi6pUP

I’m linking up at Angela’s blog for the RSC20 here. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

On the Frame -- CM Tan, Peach and Aqua Quilt

It's a rainy day with me playing taxi to the kid today.  I did manage to get a friend's quilt on the frame this morning just in case I got a few spare minutes this evening to work on it.  Wow on that sunlight coming in the window even though it's raining...


This friend usually gives me unusual challenges.  The challenge on this quilt is that instead of quilt batting she gave me a blanket to put in the quilt sandwich.  So far it's going okay.  The quilt will not have a lofty softness to it, but I think it will be fine.  Normally she shops at Zinck's Fabric Outlet.  Normally she gives me a bag of polyester batting that she purchased for under $7.  Many quilters that buy things in bulk (like batting and backings) shop there.  I have not been there.  


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

WIP Wednesday 6.24.20

Summer is finally here.  Here's what happened this week:

I finished the longarm quilting on my Wings of Spring quilt.  I even trimmed it and cut the binding.  I put a freehand allover stipple on it.  It was fun to do some mindless sewing.


I won these blocks in the Block Lotto on 3/31/19.


I finished the quilting on this customer quilt and returned it to her.  


The only work on my Unity QA (Bonnie Hunter design) that I did this week was to carry needed dies from the house where I sew to the house where all the scraps and the BIG TABLE are.  I'll be cranking pieces through the dies soon.  Here's where the Unity quilt in neutrals stands:


I also decided to ADD one project to my list.  I don't have any Halloween quilts.  This will be a first.  It's a quilt along that looks to be divided into easy steps.


With the new Blogger, I have cleaned up my blog a little and I have taken a few projects off of my list.  Some of them have been completed and I forgot to take them off the list. Some I lost interest and put it in the scrap bag.  Some were never started except for a pattern or a fabric pull.

When I started using my longarm I would make a click with this vintage clicker that sits on the window sill in the quilt room every time I wound a bobbin.  I have wound 1000 bobbins.  This also helps me to remember to oil my machine after using 10 bobbins.


My garden continues to grow.  I have a new crop duster helper!!!  He did great.  My husband has fixed my rototiller.  I'm back in business to defeat those weeds.  These are the best eggplant plants I have had for years!  I put flowerpots around them that have the bottoms cut off.  It deters the bunnies from eating the  young plants.  The plants are big enough to take the collars off this week.


Our son has a fun new hobby.  It's called magnet fishing.  Instead of fishing for fish, we fish for things that are metal that can be picked up by magnets that we buy on eBay.  A magnet with the rope costs about $30.  We spend $ on gas to get to nearby water sources and boat docks.  There is no license to purchase (at this time).  You do not need to be QUIET to magnet fish!  We have been having a lot of fun.  We pack a picnic lunch and spend hours together.   There are tons of YouTube videos of people magnet fishing.  That's where he got the idea.   It's awesome!  Here he is on the end of a boat ramp with the magnet.  It looks like he got tangled up in a few plants on this cast.


Last summer we seriously worked on Owen learning to tie his shoes successfully.  (It was my husband that made the big breakthrough when they practiced on one of his pair of tennis shoes in the garage.  THANK YOU!!!)  He has been doing a great job with that. 

Now that he is really interested in something like this he can even untangle his 30 foot or so rope.  I just act like I'm busy and he unties the knots by himself!  We also worked on how to reel in the rope by making big loops and doing the same steps over and over.  Some take these skills for granted.  I took advantage of this time and interest to work on occupational therapy skills (OT).  We have also got past touching things that are icky.  Sensory skills are important too!

We purchased magnets before the whole Covid thing started.  Then for his birthday this June he got two more magnets so that everybody could have one (Mom, Dad, Owen, and Aunt Jo).  We went magnet fishing for the first time on his birthday.  Here are the big treasures from that trip.  The thing in the middle props up a boat motor.  It looks like a bunch junk, but it's fun.


Owen and I went on a different day to a place where we used to fish for fish.  Every time he pulls in his magnet and there is ANYTHING on it he is excited.  It looked like we were fishing in a hardware store this day.  The bobber did not have metal on it, but we found it on the shore.


On Saturday, Dad had to go to a school for work.  Owen and I took a road trip about an hour away.  I kept snagging on something but couldn't get it.  Owen told me that we had to use both our magnets and work as a team.  He threw his magnet down near mine (as he has seen on YouTube videos).  We snagged just the orange fishing line between the two magnets and rope.  I started to pull on the fishing line.  We were sooooo excited when I pulled up the end and found just a weight about the size of the end of my thumb.  THEN I pulled up the other end of the line and found this whole fishing rod and reel!  It even had the two catfish jingle bell things on the end of it still in tact.  It seemed that most people didn't know what we were doing with the metal things on the ropes.  Some people cheered for him when we pulled out the rod and reel.  It was so much fun!  


You can see the two magnets still attached to each other laying on the dock in this picture.


When we left this fishing spot at Chippewa Lake we got to see a bald eagle parent, two offspring, and the nest.  This was the first time I saw bald eagles in the wild.  It was very cool.

We are taking a couple of days off of magnet fishing this week.  Hopefully I'll get some sewing and gardening done.  Our feet and legs are sore from standing on the constantly swaying docks.  Guess we need to work on our core muscles as well!  I didn't think of that.

I am linking up at Susan's blog, QuiltFabrication, for Midweek Makers.

Quiltfabrication

I currently have 60 on-going projects on my list.  They are separated into stages.

Pieces Need to be Cut & Sewn
 1.  Cheddar Jack cat pattern from 
 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) 8/8/19
 8.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA
 9.  Jelly Roll Rug
10.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
11.  Veggie Patch from Katie Mae Quilts
12.  Mod Mod QA (from Block Lotto, 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) I can't find it!!!
15.  Temperature QA (changing this project to a 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 2nd quilt)
23.  Dresser Scarf (My Grandma's WIP from the 1970's found 1/1/20
24.  Linen & Threads Mystery SAL, Started 1/1/20 for my sew-to-go-bag
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- needs blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March 2017
27.  Unity Quilt Along with Bonnie Hunter (started 4/1/2020)
28.  Orange, pink, grey kite blocks 2015
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA started in August 2017
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)

Blocks Still Need to be Made
 1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
 2.  Scrap Crystals (RSC15)
 3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
 4.  Drunkard's Path Variation quilt
 5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip 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 the Block Lotto, October, 2012)
 5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
 6.  Tall Fly (blocks won from Block Lotto; October 2012)
 7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14)
 8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt
 9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blcoks
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks 5/17/17 QA
11.  Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18
12. Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May 2018)
13.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17)
14.  Cathy's CRAZY BY DESIGN Dot Dot Dash Bag, Won April, 2018

Quilt Back Needs to be Made (Tops are Done)

1.  Card Trick (pink and blue)
2.  Hunter Green Star Quilt
3.  Bubble Gum Pink & Navy Quilt
4.  Good Fortune -- A Bonnie Hunter Mystery started Thanksgiving weekend, 2018
5.  Sour Searching -- Julianne sent it to me on 8/29/19

Ready to Longarm
1.  Cream Squares customer (CM) quilt -- She gave me a blanket for the batting


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Spider Web Along

I wasn't going to start any new projects... But all that know me know that sometimes I just can't resist.  If you think about it, this is really just ONE BIG BLOCK.  Check out the #Spidersewalong.


I already bought my pattern!  I need to look to see what bright color I have enough of in my stash.    I really just want to figure out how I'm going to longarm quilt the spiderweb on all this negative space...

I found this sew-along on Instagram.  Click the link here.


Monday, June 22, 2020

Moving It Forward Monday

Sometimes you just need to throw a quilt on the longarm frame and relax and do some freehand stippling.  I haven't quilted many quilts without the use of my stitch regulator.  I turned it off and just stitched mindlessly away on this Wings of Spring quilt.


I won these Wings of Spring blocks in the Block Lotto on 3/31/19.  I pieced the back of this quilt last month when I found a blue floral print sheet and added some blue orphan blocks for the RSC20.

I am quilting it with a very large freehand stipple.  I use my left hand as a guide to remind me what size to make the stipple.  It should make this quilt extra soft.  I am using left over customer Hobbs batting pieces.  It's not my favorite batting because it throws a lot of lint.  That's okay for the most part, because most of the moving parts of my Nolting 23 longarm are inside.  Lint doesn't get sucked into the bobbin case.  My favorite batting is Warm & Natural.  Have you seen the price of it lately?  Holy cow!  It's been a while since I have bought a roll of it from JoAnn Fabrics with a coupon.  But even with a coupon it has gone up at least $100 a roll since I bought it last.  I will need to check out other batting options.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Woohoo a Friday Finish!

I got up early today as planned and FINISHED the longarm quilting on my friend's quilt!  Woohoo!  I can't believe it is finally finished.  I may have gotten my longarming mojo back.  Whew.  Thanks, Patty, for the gentle nudge of encouragement.


I quilted it with it using my Circle Lord giant template board called Swirls.  The back of the quilt is a gently used sheet.  It's nice to finally hang it on the line on the porch without it draping over a table covered with wood and such.  Someday I'll figure out where I can put a clothesline for some nice quilt pictures.


I'm super happy to cross another item off of my WIP list.  I still have exercised control and have not added any more to it lately.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

15 Minutes of Longarm Quilting

Lacking motivation to finish this quilt, my friend,  Patty, suggested that I commit to 15 minutes a day until it is complete. This plan is working. After two days of quilting I made it 3/4 of the way to the finish.

 https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=119whcKQ3e0GgGCTSVMdRwkxBGAqATY0i

 The plan is to get up early Friday morning and finish it. Hopefully it will be returned to my friend by the weekend. I am posting this post via my phone to test out my  Blogg app. Crossing my fingers as I press the button to post. 


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

WIP Wednesday 6.17.20

I finished my #SSSSQ!  This was a mystery quilt along led by Kevin the Quilter.


I finished Clue #7 of the Unity QA -- a mystery quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter.


My husband worked on repairing the air conditioning unit on my truck.  This gave me time to quilt because I wasn't going anywhere...  We haven't been going many places lately anyways.


We've been swimming a lot!


My husband has been busy digging and moving more dirt.  This time he is making the driveway in this section wider.  He needs another building in this area.


I am finally working on my jelly roll rug that has been on my list for a long time.  I am using RSC20 colors right now to make a rug for our bathroom.



I guess one of the reasons Blogger updated is because they are trying to make it easier to blog from your phone.  That's great if you have wifi and data...  Our wifi here is hit or miss.  I did buy this app for $2.99 to make things easier on my phone.  It's called Blogg.  It seems more user friendly than just trying to load them on my phone without it.  I'm still having trouble getting pictures to load from my phone, but I think that is because I have poor wifi where I was using it.



We were finally able to bowl again!  Woohoo!  We will be bowling more July 1 through September 7.  He was so happy that his first ball thrown with his new ball was a STRIKE!  Way to go, Owen!


I currently have 65 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.  Unity Quilt Along with Bonnie Hunter,  (started 4/1/2020.)
36.  Gingerbread Men pattern by Edyta Sitar started November, 2019
37.  Linen & Threads Mystery SAL, Started 1/1/20 for my sew-to-go bag.
38.  Dresser Scarf (my grandma's printed WIP from the 70's) 1/1/20 for my sew-to-go bag.
39.  Veggie Patch (from Katie Mae Quilts)

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.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
5.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)

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.  Soul Searching -- Julianne sent it to me 8/29/19!!!


Ready to longarm
1.  Farm Panel Quilt -- CM (on the frame)
2.  Wings of Spring -- Block Lotto win 3.31.19

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

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