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Monday, October 5, 2015

Productive Weedend

I had another Saturday off, I am not sure how I got so many in a row but I wasn't about to say anything about it to anyone. I am sure it will catch up with me especially since we are about to enter the holiday season of retail. I closed Friday night so I had some time Friday morning to work a little in the sewing room. I decided I would be more productive if I made a list. I didn't get everything done on my list but I did get the bindings made for two different quilts.

Saturday's list was longer and included the items not finished on Friday. One of the things on my list was to re-quilt this old quilt that belonged to my niece's husband. She had brought it to me last year to see if I could repair it. I should have said no right up front, but of course I didn't . I tried to just hand sewing it back together. It was strange that it was the thread that was gone not the fabric. A lot of the seams were just gone. I was about to give up on it before I got my longarm, but then decided I might be able to load it on the machine and just re-quilt it. It only took about 30 minutes to take out the old quilting. It had an old nylon blanket for the batting so I threw that away. The top is large churn dash blocks so I was able to sew up most of the seams on my machine. I loaded this quilt Saturday morning and thankfully I had no trouble with tension or thread breakage because I had enough trouble with the old top. It didn't lay flat, wasn't straight, still had some holes in it, but I got it quilted.

I even found and old muddy gold fossil fern fabric for the binding which I made and got sewn on so that all I need now is to whip the binding down. So glad to get this out of my to be done pile.

I decided I wanted to give the Sisters Nine Patch to someone as a retirement gift and I would need it by next weekend so I quilted it and then spent Sunday night TV time whipping the binding down.

On Saturday afternoon I also made a trip to Tanner to check on Daddy, he had surgery on his chin Friday and of course he didn't tell me about it until Thursday night when I called. He had already asked my aunt and uncle to carry him because he figured I would have to work. After a long visit I went on to Athens to Clarks Restaurant  and got supper for me and Johnny. My nephew owns Clark's and he is a great chef, voted best steak in town two years in a row.

Starting another busy week so not sure how much will get done this week, but I feel good about all I got done this past weekend. I think making the list each day helped keep me focused, so I will try it for a while.

Happy quilting and have a good week.


Monday, September 28, 2015

UYO ready to quilt

I was going to sew on Bonnie Hunter's Crystal pattern above but I couldn't find the book in my disaster of a sewing room, but that is another story. I'm thinking one way to clear out this disaster it to finish some of my many works in progress. So I pulled out another Bonnie Hunter pattern Sisters Nine Patch and finished that top.

I had all the nine patch blocks done and had even assembled at least half of it so it was just a matter of cutting some more setting and triangles and putting the rest together. Her pattern was square and I didn't want a square quilt so I left off two rows and I changed the border. I used the same setting fabric for the borders so the the nine patches would float. I have a red print that I got from Donna that I will use for the back and since I didn't have enough of the yellow for binding I think I will just make a scrappy red binding. The best news it that this is one project box empty. YEA!!!!!

Got to get ready for work hope everyone has a great week.


Monday, September 7, 2015

DWM Labor Day

I didn't get a lot of sewing done this week but did play around with this idea for an Alabama quilt. The block is Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Trip Around the World. I am still not sure if it is too busy but if nothing else I will make enough blocks for a baby quilt or a lap quilt. What do you think is it too busy? 

I did get this quilt quilted after much stress over the tension, but everything worked out in the end. 

Still trying to get pictures of the quilting without the flash back. Just did loops on this one. I have the binding sewn on just waiting for next stitch day to do hand work.  

I have the first quarter of this one sewn together and all but 11 stars made, hope to finish this top this week. 

Got to work today but hope to get off a little early so maybe will get some sewing time in today. 

Have a great holiday all. 


Monday, August 24, 2015

8/24/2015 DWM

This is the top left hand quarter of the quilt. I finished making the red flying geese for the red and cream stars but still have a few of the blue to make, plus assemble the stars.

I finished the handwork on the binding of this little baby quilt last night.

This is what I worked on most of the afternoon. I am crocheting me a rug to go in front of my long arm machine. I am cutting up left over fabric and a whole lot of that what was I thinking when I bought this fabric. I prefer sewing them end to end rather that the tie method.  I probably cut up close to five yards of fabric yesterday. The only thing is I can crochet it out almost faster than I can cut and sew it together. I hope to make it between 8 and 10 feet long and about 20 inches wide so I won't be surprised to have at least 50 yards of fabric in the thing and it will weigh a ton I am sure. Just think what kind of stash reduction this will make. Problem is I have enough stash to make 20  and still have fabric left over. I haven't bought fabric in a long time so when I finish this I may treat myself to something new.

Happy quilting,


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lawson's baby quilt

Put new batteries in camera and retook photos of baby quilt. When I get this one bound it will go to an old friend's first grandchild.  I am happy to be able to share what I love with others.


A Productive Off Day

Work gets in the way of doing the things I love as well as the things I just need to do. Thursday I got off work at 3  p.m. and don't have to go back until 3 p.m. on Saturday. That gives me 48 hours off which sounds a lot better that saying one day (Friday) off, doesn't it? I usually work Wednesday night and back in at 8 am on Thursday so by the time I get off on Thursday I am not worth much energy wise. This week I came in on Thursday afternoon and propped my feet up and finished reading  a book by Karen Robards. Johnny was in charge of supper so that gave me even more rest time. By the time the dishes were done I was ready to tackle some flying geese.

I made a good dent in them Thursday night and was able to finish all 144 red and white one on Friday morning. I have some of the blue done and hope to get more of them done Saturday morning.

I have all 72 of the modified log cabin blocks complete and had enough red and blue stars to lay out one quarter of the quilt on the design wall. I am going to sew them together in twos and fours rather than in rows.

One of the things I needed to do but not something I really want to think about was cemetery plots. Mother and Daddy had 4 plots in Hartselle Memorial Gardens but had decided to be buried in Tanner so Daddy was signing the others over to me.  I made at quick trip to Tanner to get his signature thinking I would catch him around the house at lunch time and I did.

I also had a baby quilt ready to put on the machine so I got that done as well.

I thought I had a picture of the whole quilt not just some of the quilting I had tried but I need new batteries in the camera so I guess I will have to shoot that one again. I have the binding sewn on ready for the hand work. I figured this binding a little too close only had about 2 inches left when connected.

I need to get off here and see if I can salvage some time this morning, I slept too late and now I am not going to get as much done before work and I had hoped.

Happy quilting,


Monday, August 10, 2015

Design Wall Monday 8/10/2015

I have been trying to clean up some in the sewing room and Thursday night I uncover the June issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. When I got the magazine there were several quilts in it that I would like to do but I said I had to finish some things first.  Well that got overruled and at 9:30 pm I started cutting out Stars and Scraps Forever. It is a pattern by Jo and Kelly and Jo's Country Junction . I was off Friday and except for time out for a hair appointment I continued working on it.

I have 30 of the 72 simulated log cabin blocks done.

I have 5 of the 36 red star blocks done.

I have 6 of the blue background stars done . Still have lots of flying geese blocks left to make for both of these blocks.

Here is the layout in the magazine, so how could I resist? It will be a large queen, I have learned when going through my tops that need quilting that I don't have a lot of actual bed size quilts but instead have a lot of large couch quilts. Some I am going to add borders to in order to make them fit bed lengths but some I won't be able to enlarge.

This it the quilt I mentioned in last weeks DWM , the one I did a pantograph pattern on, I guess it doesn't look to bad for the first one.

Happy quilting .