Wednesday, October 18, 2017

YES? NO? MAYBE?

The day before yesterday I worked on these.....



Sewer's Aid was suggested to me for my thread breakage.  I was thrilled to get this product and try it out.  It worked on everything but the large Sulky Threads.....don't know what is up with that but I am pleased anyways.

Today I decided to do some more embroidery but this time work on some trains.  As I was picking out my threads, I thought...if I remember correctly when I did up one of these trains a while back, the black thread that details everything was not in sync with the overall project.  Hummmm...well...I thought, maybe it was just that one train???  So on I went.



While the machine was running and my thread a humming (no breakage) I pulled out my red box, see it to the side of this picture.

It has all of my sketches for my patterns, and future patterns, and flops.  I decided to go through it while my machine was at work.



Notice the trash can, it is full.....some projects I had planned to do did't quite make it, some I couldn't figure out what I had planned, just a bunch of scribbles....

Needless to say, it was a Hummmmm should I keep it?  Should I throw it away?  Or is it a maybe?

My box is lighter but not that organized but more so than it was.



This is what I finished.  See the outline over the front of the train...it is too far out...I was so disappointed....  So, should I continue and make more trains knowing that the outline doesn't not match or should I scratch it and go on to something else?  Yes?  No?  Maybe?

Monday, October 9, 2017

ART WITH FABRIC BLOG HOP

                                       

                                               
One thing I have learned from doing these Art with Fabric Blog hops is that it is so fun to stretch yourself with fabrics.  There are so many talented people out there and it is so fun to see what each person comes up with.

I love blanket stitch applique, that is my passion.

I love Island Batik Fabrics they allow me to blend if I need to blend, they have very little fraying, the range of their colors is simply wonderful.



When I saw this young girl, her name is Emily, posing with this picture she created....something just stirred in me.  I thought to myself, I think I can make that with fabrics.

I know this young girl and knew she would love to have a quilt like her picture.

                                                      Image may contain: 1 person, smiling
                     So...................out comes my trusty Island Batik scraps and the fun began.

 I used the blanket stitch method to attach the fabrics to the background of this quilt.

Before I blanket stitched I use elmer's glue sticks to adhere the shapes to the background fabric.  I was able to glue the shapes down and if I was not happy able to pull them back up and reapply....works great.


It is not exactly like hers but close.



I think she loves it.

I asked her if she had a name for this but neither one of us can come up with one.

Maybe one of you can help us?

Thanks Alida for letting me join you again this year.

Here is the schedule....enjoy!!


Monday, October 9th, 2017

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 

Friday, October 13th, 2017 




Friday, October 6, 2017

CREATIVE BORDERS AND BINDINGS - FALL RUNNER TUTORIAL



What a way to say fall with a table runner!

61" x 12"


This month's challenge for the Island Batik ambassadors is Creative Borders and Bindings.


Creative Borders and Binding Graphic

I have to say this was a fun fun challenge.... in fact, you might see more of me this month??  Just depends on life and it happenings.

So.....................

I have been wanting to make a fall runner.

Island Batik sent me these yummy Bonus Fabrics.....couldn't keep my eyes off them or hands.....and now....I get to use them.

Got out my trust Accuquilt Go cutter and my fall medley die.



I wanted my leaf to be larger than the one on the die so I cut a leaf out with paper and then took it to my computer and enlarged it 125%.


As you see I had a little trouble getting the leaf centered but there is more than one way to skin a cat....cut and tape...


I cut seven 7" squares of Heat N Bond.


Using the Ricky Tims method I just drew on one piece and then stapled the rest together.

         

                                                                Cut out


Don't make fun of my staple puller...been in the family a long time.

I cut out seven 9" squares and used the same seven fabrics for the leaves.

I sewed the seven squares together and then put the leaves on to see where I wanted them.

I did not blanket stitch them until the end.

I added a 1 - 1/2" border.

Then I sandwiched my quilt.

Quilted in the ditch and then blanket stitched around the leaves.


This is where the creative border or binding comes in....you can consider it an extra border or part of the binding.....I just like the little flap.....

Next I cut four 1 - 1/4" strips from selvage to selvage,  for the sides I sewed 2 strips and then just one strip cut in half for the ends.  I folded them in half and sewn them on as you see above...it was as close to the edge of the project as possible.  See how it flaps....

Next was the binding.






                                              I just have to say I loooooooooooooooooove it!!!

                    I prefer my runners for my dining room table to be thin, I don't like them wide.

                                         Thinking of making a matching quilt.....

                                                         maybe...

                                                        .want to....

                                                   we will see.....

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"THE ARTIST THAT AIMS FOR PERFECTION IN EVERYTHING ACHIEVES IT IN NOTHING."


That quote above was meant for me in making this quilt.

As I have told you, (sorry for the repeat), my friend Sue was the mother of my best friend in high school.

I loved her mom and that relationship continued through marriage and five kids.

We lived by them.

I was always inspired by her quilts and how she had her rooms decorated.

She died of cancer when my youngest was about five.

That was over 20 years ago but a few years later my friend gives me her unfinished work. 

I knew nothing about quilting.  I had made a quilt for my bed, quilts for my sons but no pattern nothing.




I dove into this quilt like I knew what I was doing.  Now I just laugh at myself..

While quilting it the other morning, I had to walk away from it.  Thread was breaking and as I was quilting it I could see all the imperfections in it.
         
                                                        I was mortified.... so disappointed

                                                  I felt like I was dishonoring my friend Sue by making such a horrible mess of her quilt.

The next day I even thought about throwing it away...can you imagine?

I decided to go ahead and finish it but it was difficult with the thread breaking and my heavy heart.

Soooooooooooooo making a short story lonnnnng

My daughter in law comes in that week-end and I go and show her the quilt...I am so embarrassed.

She is looking at it and going..."What is wrong with it?"  I had to show her.  She goes  Pffff....that is nothing...if we have to look for it then it is all good.  No one will ever know.

I told her I would know.

So...the statement above is me.....if my aim was perfection this quilt would have been in the garbage and I would have had nothing.

Now as I look at it I smile.  It isn't half bad.  Is it perfect????  No...I mean NO!!!  but the love I have for my friend is there and I can see how far I have come in my quilting abilities.  Do I always have perfect quilts....NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  but none as bad as this one.

So my catapillar has become a butterfly.

Let's hope my son will love it.

Monday, October 2, 2017

A FEW THINGS ALL NEW BEGINNER QUILTERS SHOULD KNOW....WINNER OF MY GIVEAWAY

Not a very good picture but once it had a binding and I hide all of the stings I will definitely show this one.




These is so much I want to say about this quilt.  My friend Sue (was the mother of my best friend in school).  She has passed away with cancer about 20 years ago.  A few years after that my friend gave me some unfinished projects of her mother's and this is one of them.  I started working on it and boy I wish I had waited,

Things I should have known but didn't (new quilter)
1.  To square off each block when complete.
2.  That a 1/4" inch foot was available and that 1/4" was the seam I should have taken...
3.  When your squares meet, too keep it from being bulky press one seam one way and the other seam the other way.  This also helps in getting your seams to match up nicely.
4.  and this is very important.....you can not always ease the fabric in while machine quilting.......

I am sure there are more but that is all I can think of right now.

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The winner of my giveaway is Betsy, a big thank you to all of you who commented on my post and to Island Batik for a wonderful blog hop.




Friday, September 29, 2017

THIS IS MY BLOG, I CAN WHINE IF I WANT TO!!!!

 I was asked to make a green quilt for "either or" baby....they didn't want to know the sex.  For me, it is much more fun personalizing it so I was not to thrilled.

                                        This is what I came up with.


                                                             Notice the diagram below.

                                                             Do the Math!!!

 

The whole time I was cutting my fabrics I kept thinking that something is wrong with the measurements.  Heaven forbid if I stop what I am doing and actually calculate!

So when it came time to sew....you guessed it, I had to go and chop off a half of an inch.

It pays to make a sample block but in this case no harm was done.




In an effort to give this person an option I did up this panel really quick (which I love)....but they chose the first one.  Oh well...now I have a baby quilt to giveaway.




Right now I have that one special quilt on the longarm....things are  not going good.

This is my blog, I can whine if I want to.

For one, I was up at 2:30 this morning so I decided to start quilting it.  Yesterday I ironed and installed the quilt on the frame before my mother's Dr. appointment and then after and before our grandson came.

The thread keeps breaking which my last quilt I did not have an issue using Aurfil threads...I don't have a color for this quilt in that brand.  

Also.....This quilt was given to me 20 years ago, it was partially done.  I hadn't a clue what I was doing when I put it together......do you hear me sobbing here......trust me when I tell you that at some point I wanted to throw it away.  If it was not so special I would have.

the saga continues................



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SCHOOL HOUSE SAMPLER - 3 ISLAND BATIK BUNDLE GIVEAWAY, 100 - 5" SQUARE GIVEAWAY




I took this picture below on May 2nd of this year.  The reason I am telling you this is because I had no clue as to what the theme was at that time for the Sept Island Batik Blog Hop.

So in May for some reason I had all of this energy which happens once every blue moon.

I had a hankering to use my Accuquilt Go School House die, I have have it for a while now.  Yes...hankering...haven't you ever had one?
 I remember going to my sewing room thinking....today is the day that  am going to use this school House die.  I always loved the red and white ones but for some reason I went to my Island Batik scraps.  

If any of you know me, I do more thinking than actually doing so for me to just jump in and decide on something is amazing and to decide on such a big venture.

As I was contemplating the scraps my mind went to the the fabrics that were set aside for Septembers Hop, Solstic!

Hummmmm I said to my self and that was that, what you see below is what I came up with and in just a short time I had this part done.





It laid in wait for quite a while.  Me trying to decide what to do for the borders.

This is what I came up with, just checker board border.


Laid it all out on the bed and then labeled the top and sides.



Then for months every thing just sat....and sat....and sat.

Til Sept came and I knew I had to get in gear.


102"  x 114"






                                                            This is all that was left.
                                       I decided to make a note pad cover like this one below.
                                        I won it off Marylin's blog many years ago.
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I loved it so much that I took those left over scraps and made me one.  Once again...too much thinking going on.  I couldn't decide if I wanted the pin holder or my name embroidered on it.....

So...I did nothing. Now I wish I had done something.  Oh well...think long thing wrong.


   Here is the inside.  I just used the note pad that Marylin sent and as you can see, I design in it


                                         I had one school house block left so I made myself a mini wall hanging. sorry it is crooked



So for my giveaway I am giving away what you see here.  Over 100 - 5" squares which spans the time of about 3 years worth of Island Batik fabric.  Ummmmmm Ummmmm goodness.


Then the designer of this "Note Pad" is Robin Gallagher


She was sweet enough to send me a pattern to give  away as well. Talk about one creative person....she definitely is.  Thanks Robin.

Just leave me a comment for my giveaway and use the rafflecopter for Island Batiks...thanks !!

Then Island Batik is giving away three gorgeous fat quarter bundles at the end of the hop! Three different winners will be randomly selected to win bundles from the Captain’s AnchorBatiks Go Retro, and Abalone collections. Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. There are many ways to enter!
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Then if you want and have the time go by and check out the creativity of the other Island Batik ambassadors and enter their giveaways....want to be inspired....this is the place to get it!!!

WEEK 1

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts • Inspired Layers
Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

WEEK 2

Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Moose Stash Quilting • Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende Himmel • Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel Creations • The Quilt Rambler

WEEK 3

Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore • Needle & Foot
Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter • Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuilts • Yellow Cat Quilts
Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs • Beaquilter

WEEK 4

Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew
Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled Quilts • heARTs Creations
Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a Dream • Kauffman Designs
Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek Quilting • Quilt’n Party

Big Shout out goes to Katie and Elizabeth from Island Batik, for this awesome hop and the awesome fabrics.