Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Newest triumphs


Finally finished off the bedroom deck. It has now been stained and waiting the gate to be made. May even stain the deck again just so that it is nice and fresh.












This lap quilt was made with a box of scraps I inherited from a friend. Most of the stars were made from the cut offs that were in the box. The small stars were 3 1/2” and the next size ended up at 5”. The big stars were left overs from a quilts I made for an Austrian Family years ago. 















You know that container of 1 1/2” strips that seem to keep on growing? This was made out of them. The sad part is that the container is still 3/4 full! Yikes....
There is another quilt on the design wall but silly me, no picture yet. I am still working out the borders so hopefully I will have a picture next time. 
I am planning on quilting these two back to back once the last one is finished. Wish me luck.












The heat it back again so for now, I am weeding the garden after supper. At least the bugs are not so bad so far. My hubby and I have finally decided that we are going to renovate the house we are in. Hopefully will have pictures as we go along. We are still in the planning stage so it will take awhile. Meanwhile I am slowly removing all the bulbs , dirt and bark from the front stone planter as it is going to be removed. Tough going when it is so warm.
Anyways, that is all for now...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Update

I finally finished our quilt for our bed. It has taken a year and a half to finish, mostly, it was the sewing on of the grapes. 


It is nice to finish this and even used cut off pieces for the pillow shams.
As we have a wedding coming up, I have been putting another Bonny Hunter design together. 

 It is three quarters done now but for some reason the backing came up short. I will have to take off and add more. Dang it! 
Our weather has finally changed to more spring with tulips and daffodils just reaching the end.


So nice to see the green and the window can finally be opened. The garden has been rototilled and the lawns need mowing again. We have a few outside projects to finish and garden to be planted but I think this year I wish to sew more. We will see how it goes. 







Monday, March 26, 2018

Finally remembered

Oh boy, it has been some Time hasn’t it? It has been quite a challenge with the weather system since we returned from our working vacation. What’s first...
Oh yes, bought this new to me machine and frame. I heard from my niece that someone was downsizing her house. What did I find there you ask? 


The machine and frame was extremely well priced! I have been putting off buying one for a few years now but this was too good to pass up. The machine is a Juki (I only own singers) so has been a little learning curve. But the biggest lesson is actually learning to quilt with it stationary. This quilt on the frame now is Bonny Hunters mystery quilt of this year. The pattern is fun but my choices of color was not great. The name of the pattern is “on Ringo Lake” which you can find information on her site quiltville.com . With a little search on her site you should be able to find the posts concerning this quilt. You will love her site anyway, as she is very helpful and fun to read. 
It is amazing how fast you can quilt with this machine. It only took 3 hours to finish these two baby quilts which have languish in the “to quilt” pile.




They have had the binding and labels sewn on and now on the finished pile! There is another quilt that I have been making for the last year that is on the frame now. Sorry no picture yet but soon I hope. 
We have had one sister here for a visit for a week and awaiting another in a couple of days. I hope to get this quilted soon. 
Anyways, that’s all for now...

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hello from Bequia!


Hello from Bequia! We are taking a working vacation here and on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Not much to say as we have been quite lazy so going to just add pictures for posterity.






This is where we stayed
Tranquility Villa 
This is on Saint Vincent



Friday, January 5, 2018

Happy New Year

2018 has started. I purposely went into the sewing room on New Year’s Day so that I could start the year right. Lol. Because of the holidays, I became 5 steps behind on Bonny’s mystery quilt.I managed to get clue number 5 and 6 cut out and ready to sew. Yesterday I actually got two blocks made.

Excuse the threads on the design wall... the sashing is only set in place as I was curious on how it will look. 
We have been busy trying to get our year end books done and today it looks like shoveling the driveway must be done.  I might be able to squeak more time in the sewing room this weekend as snow is still in the forecast.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The year is almost over

And where did it go? Actually I am glad it is almost finished. IT has been quite the weird year, with fires around area, overgrown gardens, health issues with friend’s families. Even the sewing machines got lonely for a while there. 
I joined into Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt this year and have managed to keep up. Here is what I have so far...



Also have started a quilt for friends. This has been quite the popular pattern I have made, this being number 7.    
AND... I am sewing all those 4patches that I have made over the last five years into like colored bigger squares. They are of all different sizes and I am even fitting in different bonus blocks now. Need to clean out those excess ones.  Have a bunch of fabric just sitting there waiting for the next big quilt and still these little blocks call me. 
This picture was taken first thing in the morning yesterday, and I should have taken another one last night. Snowed all day, maybe an inch in total as it also just hovered around 34 degrees. Freezing this morning though. 
Well that is all for now...


Monday, November 6, 2017

And now it is November

Been awhile since I last posted. You know how it goes. My daughter and I took a trip to visit my son and his family early October. He is going to turn 40 this year! 40!! His birthday is early January and there is no way I will travel to his part of the work then. Blizzards, snow and nasty weather. As it was my daughter and I had a very nice time seeing his new home and visiting the area.
Finally able to get back into sewing room after the busiest summer so far. I have managed to finish the baby quilt though waiting on pictures with the little one. 
I had a few people asking for the microwave bowls and at the same time, I created plate bowls. They fit any dinner plate size and help keep food warm.
This quilt below was made by finally sewing together 4 patches that were made as leaders and Enders. It is lap sized and was gifted to sister for her birthday. 

These were other four patches made using 2 1/2” squares and I just made some tote bags with them. It is a great way to use these and the bags are quite handy. 

A friend has asked me to make another version of this quilt for her this coming year. I just got the background fabric set the leaves on which will change the look once again. This is my original one I made 6 years ago and have made at least 7 since then. It was a very popular pattern sold through Keepsake Fabrics and it is a bit of a challenge to keep the leaves straight. It can be a lot of fun to create. 
I am also going to attempt to do the Bonny Hunter mystery quilt this year. You can find the info on her site, www.quiltville.com. 


One last picture taken on a little side trip my hubby and I took. If you look close, you can see 3 wild turkeys!