Friday, January 4, 2019

New Start


Happy New Year! I hope that there will be happy times in 2019. We are expecting our first Great-Granddaughter to make her appearance any day now! Officially due on the 10th, but as always with babies, they come when they are ready. I am not sure that I am ready to be a Great Grandmother, but at least everything looks like it is going well. 

Caveman Flower

I finally finished tucking all those darn threads on my Ricky Tims' class project! I wet it and blocked it before trimming. Still trying to decide about a faced binding. I don't think I have enough of the blue and I don't know that I would want the orange out on the edge.



Red bowl
Yesterday I went to the quilt guild sew day and wrapped cord for another bowl. I sewed it when I got home. I am happy with it. Happy bright color. Big enough to put a plant in.

I sorted through my quilting books again and culled some more off the shelves. I put them up on my Ebay. I also listed more cross stitch patterns. Great deals on some wonderful books and patterns. I am trying to get my books to fit on one shelf, so more culling will be happening in the near future, keep checking back. Thanks.

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Lorna

Nicole

Emily

Beth

Judy

Beth

Nina-Marie

Myra

Anja

Friday, December 28, 2018

Looking forward

Still hammering away at tucking the threads. Sigh. I need to just finish it. I should make it a goal to finish before the end of the year. 


Journal cover front

Journal cover back
 I did complete the journal cover for my sister-in-law. It got wrapped and put into the mail. It really finished up quickly. Lyric's tutorial is very clear. I have some more journal notebooks, I should make some more covers. They make great last minute gifts.

More to list


I have some more piles of things to list on Ebay.  Things have been selling, Thank you! It feels good to get space cleared in this tiny sewing room. I keep finding more stuff that needs to clear out. Keep checking back!

I am looking forward to the new year. A fresh list, fresh start, and hopes that it will be better than this year. We have a great grand daughter due on January 10th, but she could show up at anytime. And we will have a 7th grandchild in June!  Just found out it is a boy!  Wonderful events to look forward to in the upcoming year.

Happy New Year to all! I hope that you will have some joy in the upcoming year.

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Lorna

Emily

Judy

Beth

Myra

Sarah

Nina-Marie

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Happy Holidays!

I am still working on tucking threads. I am sparing you with yet another hanging thread photograph. I spent quite a bit of time getting more things listed on my Ebay page. I got my vintage knitting and crochet booklets listed. Please check it out, my smaller sewing room is bursting at the seams. Thanks for looking.

Journal cover
I am making a journal cover as a birthday gift for my sister-in-law who is a writer. At this point I am a bit behind, it will not make it in time for her birthday on the 26th. I have the cover quilted, just need to trim and sew in the lining. I am using the technique in Lyric's tutorial.

Sunrise

Sunrise two minutes later
I was reading online this morning with my coffee and watching the sunrise. I read something about FOMO. (Fear of missing out)  As my sunrise photographs show, if I had gotten up to get another cuppa I would have missed  most of the colors.

Afternoon Visitor
We live in rural Southern Utah. There is wildlife in the neighborhood. The vacant lot to the east of us is a highway for the local deer families. This guy was hanging out for quite a while this afternoon. There was a group of does nearby as well.

Winter Solstice Moon

Again, if I had not been in the kitchen working on dinner, I would have missed out on the beautiful moon this evening. It looks full, but I think tomorrow is the official full moon.


Homemade bread

I have been out of the bread making mode this year. I finally got back into it, and this was the result. I had forgotten how good my artisan bread tastes.  


I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday with friends and family and good cheer.  We are just having a quiet day at home. Which will be fine. And bonus, on Christmas eve we will find out whether our 7th grandchild will be a boy or a girl! Due June 2019.


Friday, December 14, 2018

Threads

My sewing/craft room destash in still going on. More listings several times a week. Sometimes it takes listings 24 hours to show up on my sales page, so please keep checking back. This week I have been listing some of my vintage knitting and crochet pattern booklets.  Great deals!  My sales page link. Thanks for looking!


Lots of threads


I finished the quilting on my Ricky Tims flower quilt. Now for a time consuming job, the tucking of the threads. I had a ton of starts and stops. I like the look of the threads tucked neatly away. Sometimes I do go over a previous stitching line, but I felt for this piece it would look too clumpy. I have spent two sessions tucking, think I have two more to go. Then to trim and bind.

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Lorna

Nicole

Emily

Judy

Beth

Kathy

Nina-Marie

Sarah



Friday, December 7, 2018

Needled

I am still having a destash sale on my Ebay shop. Lots of great books and patterns. Trying to clear out some of the excess supplies in my sewing room since we downsized to a smaller home. I am trying to put up new listings every day or so, so please check back. Thanks for looking!


Background quilting in progress
This week has been busy and I didn't get a chance to sit down to sew until yesterday afternoon. I quilted the flower and then started quilting the background. Starting off around the flower. Going along pretty well until I held the threads to one side too tight, it pulled the needle over a bit and as soon as I started to stitch the needle broke. UGH. 
Knot in my thread
 Switched out to a new needle and started to stitch. Halfway through the first line it clumped up and made a noise.  What could that be?  How about a knot in the spool of thread?  UGH yet again. I have never had that happen before. And it is a quality thread, Mettler. Very disappointing. Rethreaded the machine and stitched about 3 lines of quilting. Starting the next line and bam! Broke another needle. Again, I held the thread tail to the side too tightly.  Time to quit for the day. UGH.

Feathered Star
 A month or so ago my local guild offered a class with Claudia on a feathered star design. I had to do it my way. As in more complicated. Instead of just using 2 or 3 fabrics, I used a wide variety for the background. I am still in the audition stage with deciding how I want the feathers to look. Scrappy? or just a light and dark to be consistent. And which way should the feathers aim? Toward the star or toward the background?  It is curing on my design wall.

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Lorna

Nicole

Emily

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Beth

Amanda Jean

Nina-Marie

Myra

Lynette

Sarah



Friday, November 30, 2018

Over Stuffed with Stuff

Earlier this month I went to the nearby big town to check out an Art Quilt Group. I was told to bring show and tell, so I did. I enjoyed the meeting and joined the group. I will be going to the next meeting on Tuesday. Anyway, here is a link to their blog, check out the show and tell section!


On to the next UFO. This guy is from about 2003 or 04. Ricky Tims had come to teach his Caveman Quilting class to the Sacramento guild and I was able to secure a seat in the class. It was a wonderful class on freeform cutting. I enjoyed it greatly. I use a lot of freeform cutting in my work. I credit this class with inspiring some of my cutting techniques. So why did I not complete the class project? Hmm? Who knows.

My progress in class
I had all but two borders completed on the first quilt. The technique of cutting the flower yields 2 of them. I will make the second into another piece at a later time. I really like this project, so it puzzles me why I never buckled down to finish it. And over the years it has only come up for air once or twice. Other UFO's haunt me frequently.

The Mirror image flower
Recently I have been finding things that I have been looking for easily. Since the class handout was not with the project, I went to my class handout loose-leaf binder and sure enough there it was fully protected in a plastic page protector. I was able to finish the piecing and get started on the quilting.

Flower so far
I had hoped to have this piece quilted and bound by now but we went out of town for Thanksgiving. We were gone for 5 days. Got to see the grands, so it was wonderful.

Quilting so far
Fancy, schmancy whiskey glasses
A month or so ago my cousin and her husband came to visit. I offered beverages. The guys wanted to have a whiskey. I had bought some pretty, fancy schmancy whiskey glasses. Still in the box. Went looking for them. Of course, they were no where to be found (this was prior to my recent luck in finding things).  A few weeks later I was in the hall cupboards looking for something else and found these way back in that cupboard. I had looked there in the first place, but not far enough back. 

Which brings up my recent freak out. We have too much stuff. We downsized to a smaller house when we moved here 2 years ago.  We have a workshop for Sweetie and right now it is filled with stuff. I went out there looking for some boxes of photographs and ran into boxes of kitchen stuff. My new kitchen is small. Serviceable, but small. All the cabinets are full. I can't fit anything more in there. I need to get rid of stuff! I would like Sweetie to be able to actually work/tinker/play in his workshop. I have a much smaller sewing room than the previous house. At the old house anything I couldn't fit in the sewing room I just dumped down in the unfinished basement.  Now all the basement stuff is in the workshop.  I am going to make an effort over the next year to sort through and pare down my stuff.  I had a box full of quilting books and patterns out in the workshop that I will never use. So I set up an Ebay site and have listed them at bargain prices.  Please take a look and see if there is anything you have been looking for. Make me offers.  This is just the tip of the iceberg, so please check back. There are also some beautiful cross stitch patterns.  I previously had gotten rid of all my floss and aida fabric years ago, one of my daughters does a lot of cross stitch. I guess her suitcase was full and she did not take these. Again, here is the link for my Ebay. Thanks for looking.






Friday, November 23, 2018

Another finished UFO

I believe it was the early 20's, possibly 2003 or 4, I took a class from Sue Hatt at Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest. The class was on Swedish quilts. I really enjoyed the class!  I had this piece 3/4 finished and it disappeared into the UFO box. Last month I sorted out some of my UFO blocks for Orphan Night and several projects showed up that I really wanted to complete.
11-1/2" x 24"
Detail of quilting design
I have been playing with my walking foot designs. This was fun to stitch!  I am a tucker. I feel the finished look is tidier if you leave tails and tuck them in after.  This guy had a ton of ends but I feel the end result is worth it!

We are up in the Salt Lake City area having Thanksgiving with our son and his family. No sewing going on this weekend. But spending time with the grands is totally worth it.  Hope everyone had a lovely holiday with family and friends!

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Judy

Beth

Emily

Nicole

Lorna