Monday, February 27, 2012

Sharing Baby Projects

I thought I would share what I have been working on for the twins.  I had made these little aprons a few years back for a craft show.  And of course for grand kids at the time and anyone else that wanted one.  I really think my first love of sewing is sewing for kids, clothing or projects of any kind.  I used to make all of Vicki's clothes when she was little, it was always so much fun. 

So here they are, the first surprise project I'm sending them.  There are more to come, I will share those as I finish them. 

Of course it doesn't say name on them, but I wanted to cover that part up.  Their names are embroidered on the same way I did the word name.  I lined them with the same fabric as the bias tape, which I made with my bias tape maker.  I really think that might be one of my best purchases.  It made an otherwise very long job into a very fast one.  I had to go get them a box of jumbo crayons and a sketch pad, you can't do fabulous art work without those things.  I can't wait for pictures to see how cute they look in their new aprons.

My next project is for a great niece, she is having a baby in May and loves Pooh.  I thought if I could find a panel that would be cool, I would embroider some smaller blocks to go with it.  When I went looking I not only found a panel but I found some smaller panels that were suppose to be sewn together as a book.  So thinking outside the box (which I love to do), I figured I could make that work and save some time by not doing the embroidery blocks.  So I did some fast calculating on what I might need and went home and got started. Here's what I came up with:

This isn't a great picture, I'm getting ready to ship it to Vicki so she can quilt it for me.  I will repost when it's finished with a much better picture.  I'm doing a matching diaper bag and maybe a changing pad if I have enough fabric.  Just thought I would share with everyone what I have been up to.

I hope everyone has a great week,

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stuck in Blah Blah Land...

Yes that's right...I seem to be stuck in blah blah land ~ la la land's evil twin.  I didn't think it had been a week since my last post but I guess it has.  One of the many side effects of being stuck in blah blah land.  Another side effect, not much sewing going on around here.  I did make myself do some quilt related activities today.  I loaded a quilt that one of our friends pieced.  This thing is ginormous, measuring in at 90 x 105!  The pattern is Lucky Stars, by Atkinson Designs, one of my favorites.  And believe it or not this was her very first quilt ever!  I think she did a fabulous job for her first quilt. 

I love all the bright batiks.   Hopefully she'll love the quilting, I think it's going to be beautiful.

Before Quilting
After Quilting

I decided to do an all over stipple and an outline of sorts inside the stars.  One block finished...only 41 to go.  I need to get this one done so I can keep loading quilts.  I kind of have an over abundance of quilt tops needing a little love.

There is a chair under all those quilt tops.  I see 8 tops in this picture but sadly enough there are even more buried under the visible tops.  I am a little behind because of my back.  Speaking of my back, I have great news.  I had my two month post surgery follow up today and I'm finally finished with doctor appointments.  Woo hoo!!!  He said I'm doing great and I should continue to do even better.  I still have some lingering pain in my lower back but nothing like the leg pain I had before my surgery.  I'm so grateful to be virtually pain free.

Hopefully my good progress report from the doctor will help steer me out of blah blah land!  I plan on quilting tomorrow and hopefully getting half way through that monster of a quilt.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Last summer my husband was lucky enough to get to go to Anchorage Alaska for work.  I very sweetly told him that he was not going to Alaska without me!  So when he was done teaching his class I flew to Alaska and we had a little vacation.  I found the neatest quilt shop in Anchorage called The Quilted Raven.  I did a little browsing and found a Moose appliqué pattern that I decided I couldn't live without.  The best part...the pieces were laser cut and already had fusible on the back.

Today I pulled out my Moose pattern and in about an hour I had it together.  To be fair it's only 6.5" x 21" but I did get it together pretty quick.  I still have to add stitching and then quilt it but it shouldn't take me too long.  Here's a couple pictures of my mooses.  {I know it's just moose but mooses is so much more fun to say}

And here's what it looks like all together

I did make one change.  The kit had a very dark green for the sashing and border.  I didn't like it so I used one of my favorite Hoffman batiks.  I'm going to use that for the backing too.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I don't Need No Stinkin' Pattern!

I know this is a quilting blog but I'm going to take a moment and talk about my daughter.  She's 15 years old and very artistic.  She knows how to sew and how to quilt but she doens't spend much time doing either.  Probably because she's 15.

The other day she told me she wanted to learn how to make clothes.  As the typical mother I started rattling off everything she would need to do...decide what she wants to make, find a pattern, find some fabric, blah blah blah.  Very confidently she looked at me and said "I really don't think I need a pattern."  I started explaining to her in great detail exactly why she did indeed need a pattern.  Within seconds her eyes glazed over.  She wasn't listening to my well articulated rebuttal that was backed up by years of experience.  She was going to do it her way.  So, I gave her a couple yards of inexpensive fabric and told her to knock herself out.  {insert evil laugh here}  I just knew she was gong to have a hot mess and would come begging for my help in no time.

You can imagine what's coming next...she actually came up with a design, made it out of the practice fabric and had a working pattern for the vest.  Say what?  She's 15!  I looked at her in complete disbelief.  This child is either extremely talented or she loves proving me wrong.  In all honesty, she's incredibly talented and proving me wrong was the icing on the cake.  I'm so very proud of what she made.   

Just for the record...I called my mom and told her what Hannah wanted to do.  The first thing she said..."she's going to need a pattern."

This is a terrible picture that I took with my phone.  I had to post it because of her little brother.  He had to be in the picture I sent to Nana. 

Here she is all dressed up and ready for school today.  I think that smile says it all.

This is her Urban Expressway Quilt ~ her very first quilt design.  I wish I could get her to design more quilts.    

I'm so excited to share that I'm almost done reorganizing our website.  I'm trying to make it easier to browse and shop through the fabric.  I'm excited because that means I can get off this computer and get back to sewing!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ready for binding...

Hello everyone!  I have been a busy little bee around here lately.  I finished my February blocks for the Stash Bee.  

By the way, if you're not a part of the Stash Bee you should check it out.  Or click the cute little button in my sidebar to find out more.  It really is a lot of fun!

I've also finished my Salt Air charm pack quilt.  Well, it's almost finished.  I still need to bind it but that shouldn't take too long because it's not that big.   I need to name it but I haven't come up with anything yet.  Any ideas?

I'm going to put together a tutorial for this pattern.  I just haven't gotten to that yet.  I used a Salt Air charm pack and 3 different Moda solids.  I love the colors in this one!

I decided I wanted to quilt it with straight vertical lines.  I was able to do that using my channel locks on Roscoe {my Gammill}.  Oddly enough, he did not really like sewing straight lines.  I had trouble with the top thread shredding and breaking.  I don't usually have that problem so I was baffled.  The only thing I can figure is sewing a straight line puts extra tension on the top thread.  Doesn't really make sense to me but that's the only time it shreds.  I was very glad to finish this one.  i think it turned out pretty good. 

There hasn't been much sewing going on around here because I've been working hard to get our web site updated.  Boy is that a task.  I still have quite a bit to do but I'm getting there.  I've been spending most of my time the last 2 days working on that. 

Hopefully I'll finish updating the website soon because I need to stitch down the applique pieces on my latest blocks.

I think I have 24 blocks...that's going to take awhile.  And I really don't like applique.  I'm pretty sure this idea falls into the "what was I thinking???" category!  What was I thinking?  Too bad mom's not closer...I could sweet talk her into doing it.  :O)

Speaking of mom...didn't you just love the Pepe le Pew outfits?  She did such a great job on those.

Well I don't have much more for tonight.  It's time for me to get back to work on the website.  

Happy Sewing!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Nana vs Pepe Le Pew

Hello everyone, yes I'm back.  I have been working on a project for our twin Grand Babies that live in Texas.  They shall be nameless out of respect for Mom & Dad, so we will just say the twins.  I have been doing machine embroidery for at least 12 years, however the past 4 or 5 years before Gene had his stroke he would do all most all of the embroidery because he just loved doing it.  I'm telling you this because this is part of the reason I decided to share with you my project. 

I don't know if any of you do machine embroidery, if you have you will know what I'm talking about.  It started off bad and went down hill from there.  It got to the point it was me or the design, for awhile the design was definitely winning.  Lol  I thought I would share some pictures of my journey along the way, the first two are absolutely hilarious.  How much mess can one person make doing a project?

How many times should you have to stitch out one design, apparently alot.  I just couldn't get it to look right or the thread would ball up underneath, you know what I'm talking about.  The other picture is my island in the kitchen (yes this project expanded to two rooms).   How many pairs of scissors do you need?  Now the funniest part of this story is when I wheeled Gene through the kitchen (mess #1) into the dinning room (mess #2) on his way to therapy and I have never heard him laugh so hard.  Then we were both laughing so hard and I caught him counting how many stitch outs I had laying on the table and there was more laughing.  

 The first two are adding the heart appliqué.

The next three are the progression of Pepe Le Pew being sewn out.  I love getting to the last step, the outline gives him personality. 

The final project.  I must say they did turn out cute and I can't wait to see pictures of them. It was a long road getting there but how much fun is it doing something for your grandkids.  Now I can only hope I get back in the grove of doing the machine embroidery and fast. The twins Mom has several projects she would like for me to do and I would hope I can get this accomplished before they turn 20.

I hope my story has brought some smiles to your faces and a chuckle or two. 

Have a very wonderful weekend,

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

One of Those Days...

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seems to go wrong?  I had one of those days yesterday.  Everything I tried to do turned into a disaster.  I finally had the chance to load a quilt and use my long arm and Roscoe {my Gammill} wanted nothing to do with that.  He was not very cooperative with me.  My lovely daughter said it's because he feels abandoned!  {She's a funny girl} 

I never have problems with the top thread breaking but yesterday was a different story.  I tried changing my needle, slowing my speed, and so on.  Nothing worked.  As if the thread problems weren't bad enough, I kept forgetting to use my channel lock.  That was a huge problem when I was trying to sew straight lines.  I finally had to just walk away from the machine before someone got hurt.  I did manage to get a little over half of my quilt quilted.  I'm not sure how.   Here's a sneak peek of what I was working on...

I just love how this little quilt turned out.  I can't wait to get it finished...hopefully tomorrow.

Don't you just hate it when you have one of those days when your machine is possessed and out to get you?  I know I do!

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