Friday, July 22, 2016

GETTING BACK TO QUILTING!

I'm finally getting back to quilting and the first thing I did was quilt this small doll quilt.  I made one of these for a customer and thought, "why not make 2 while I'm at it?"  So this is the 2nd one, which will probably go in my Etsy shop when I get it bound.  I also have one hanging in my sewing room that I made during a Jo Morton Little Women class several years ago in Texas.  I'm keeping that one.


Then the question was, What to work on next?  I decided I needed to finish my Oak Leaves and Turkey Feathers wall hanging designed by Jan Patek that I blogged about here and here.  So, it's only taken me 5 years to get to this point, which is almost finished with the borders.  And I definitely want to get it finished to hang up for fall.

Here's one border.  I have the 4 corner blocks finished and am almost finished with 3 of the borders.  The other one is waiting for the vine to be made and then I can iron down the flowers and leaves.  It shouldn't take too long to get that border finished and then I just have to baste, quilt and bind!  I still have a little appliqué stitching to do on each panel, because I need one more color of thread.


I use Sulky thread for machine appliqué and I made a great garage sale purchase a while ago of this bag of threads.  I was hoping I had enough to finish a certain project, but I still need one new color. 


I think I may have mentioned before that we get a lot of deer walking or running through our neighborhood and yesterday morning I got a picture of 4 of them.  I was out talking to a friend I saw walking by and then we saw these lovelies coming toward us.  They were heading for the ravine that runs through the middle of our town.  This picture is cropped, but if I didn't do that, you would see that I live in a regular neighborhood, not in the middle of the woods.  I cropped it so you could see the deer better.  My GD (and all of us) really enjoy seeing them


Happy quilting, ladies!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

ONE SMALL PROJECT FINISHED

I finished another E Pluribus Unum wall hanging as a gift for my brother's birthday.  His is on the left and the one on the right is hanging in my living room.  I made the original one in February and posted about it here.  All the bow tie blocks are from the block swap last year that Barb at Fun with Barb organized.  I think I have a few of those blocks left over.


DS/DIL/GD have moved into their rent house and I have my sewing room back for the first time in about a month!!!!  I can't wait to get back to quilting again.  They live a couple miles from us so we will be seeing them on a regular basis, which is great.  My DIL is from India and is a fabulous cook!  My DS is now working at the local hospital - he's a RN.  And my GD, Abby, will be going into 3rd grade.  She loves to go to parks and we have been to a number of the parks in town, but maybe not all.  We all have been enjoying seeing the deer that come into our neighborhood regularly.

This is one of the best playgrounds!  We went here on Monday and the temperature was in the 60s - it was delightful!  She wants to go back there again.  They didn't have these kind of playgrounds when I was growing up.


Thanks, dear readers, for your comments.  I just haven't had time to respond to all of them.  Hopefully, I will get organized and start accomplishing something!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

EXPLORING AND SEWING

We went into Salem the other day and walked across the Willamette River on this walking bridge, which used to be a train bridge.


Abby and DS looking out at the river.



Looking north at the Willamette River
The doll quilt is finished now.  Below is a picture of Abby quilting it on my Janome 6600 sewing machine.  I decided it would be easier and best for her to use this machine instead of the Featherweight because this one has a stitch speed regulator that I could set so no matter how hard she pressed down on the foot pedal, it would only go to the speed I set it for.  She stitched across each diagonal row to form an X on each block.


The back of the finished quilt.  She picked some fabric with pictures of deer and bears on it, because she has been delighted to see lots of deer around our neighborhood.


The top of the doll quilt!


I folded the back over the front and ironed it down so all she had to do was stitch around it on the sewing machine.  I decided that would be easier for her first quilt.  ALL DONE!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

SEWING LESSON

Our DS and family are staying with us until the rental house is ready on July 19th, and since we have a small house, they are living in my sewing room.  Yesterday I decided to set up my featherweight on the patio since it was such a beautiful day.  I no sooner began sewing than my GD Abby said she wanted to learn how to sew!  

So, I found her some 3" square scraps and she picked out the ones she liked to make a doll quilt.


She is learning to line the fabric up against the 1/4" marker.


The speed of this machine is kind of hard to regulate, but she managed to figure out a way.


Once my Janome is more available, I can let her sew on that and turn the speed down to low, so it will be easier for her.  We don't want any fingers getting sewn!


The top of her doll quilt is done!!


BTW, Abby is 7 years old.  So far she is signed up in the summer reading program at the library and we have been to several parks with play grounds.  I'm sure we will find more to report on.  The house they rented is about 2 miles from our house.  DS starts his job on Monday!

My project will get done, but maybe not in time for my brother's birthday, which is a special one for him.  We might get rain today, so the table might get set up in the garage for sewing.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A LONG TRIP

We have been gone about 2 weeks due to going to Florida to help our DS#2/DIL/GD move up here to Oregon!  What a trip!  After helping them clear out their house, we left for the 3,000 mile trip by car and a rental truck towing another car.  It was very hot everywhere we stopped until we got to Oregon!

We visited the Grand Canyon and had a great time there.






The men took turns driving the car and truck.  I only drove a few hours.  Since they are both former truck drivers, the long distance driving didn't bother them.

Mt. Shasta in northern CA
I had some knitting and embroidery projects along to give me something to do on the trip.  The cherry embroidery is on a dish towel.



I'm making a couple Christmas throw pillows.


I also had a regular book to read as well as some books on my tablet.  The weather was sunny and hot the whole way until we hit Oregon and then it was sunny and mild.  Yea!!  Today, DS and family went to see Mt. Hood and Multnoma Falls.  DH and I stayed home - still recuperating from the long trip.  I did a tiny bit of sewing while they were gone today as I was in withdrawal!  I can't wait to get going on some projects that are waiting for me.

I really wanted to go to the Sisters quilt show this year, but just didn't have the energy to drive the 3 hours each way right now.  I'm sure many others will post pictures, so that will have to suffice.

Have a great Independence Day celebration!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DESIGN WALL REVEALED

A couple months ago I found a set of red work vehicles that was started, but not finished.  I think 2 of them were done.  So I bought them and now I'm working on the last one.  I will put them together into a baby quilt when they are all finished.



Here's my second pink and brown HST doll quilt.  Not layered yet, but the top is done.  And I have a bunch of brown and pink ready to make another one.  I will sell these on my Etsy site.  They are so cute that I couldn't stop.  I have a bunch of triangles ready to sew together as leaders/enders.


Next, I have caught up on the Westerning Women blocks from Civil War Quilts.   I made the April and May blocks.

May Block

April Block
Here are the five 12 1/2" blocks up on my design wall.


I was planning to go with red, white and blue colors, but when April's block came up, I decided to go with greens - makes sense, right?  The blocks finish at 12" and she's going to do 12 of them, one for each month this year.  I might make a few more blocks so I can get a queen size quilt out of it.  

Hope you get some quilting in today!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

UM YA YA (not) EXPLAINED

 A few of you asked what Um Ya Ya means.  I just asked my DGS and he said it's a cheer that the school uses at games.  It really doesn't mean anything, except to yell in a group!

I thought I would show you how I made it.  I traced the letters on tracing paper and then pinned it to the accordion pad.  Then I used the free motion foot to trace around the letters and removed the paper.


Next I just filled in the letters with the gold thread (gold and black are the school colors.  I used King Tut Quilting Thread from Superior Threads (100% cotton) on top and just a white thread that I used for the bobbin when I appliqué.


I just sewed back and forth or up and down until it was mostly filled in.


I kind of like how it turned out.


It's fun to be able to do little jobs for family members.  Sewing does come in so handy for so many things.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

DEAR JANE PROGRESS

I just finished Row M of my Dear Jane quilt.  This means that I have the main portion consisting of 5"  blocks finished!!!  I had set the goal to get this part of the blocks finished by the end of June.  

Row M
 I had to put all the blocks up on my design wall so I could take a picture.

Rows A - M
There are 13 blocks in 13 rows for a total of 169 blocks which will measure 4 1/2" when finished.  Each one is different and has different main fabric (background fabrics have been reused in some blocks).  Some of the blocks have more than 40 tiny pieces to them.

I have purchased fabric for the sashing and backing.  Now, I will be taking a break from DJ due to family matters during the summer.  I have 10 of the triangle blocks made and I may take time to make one of those now and then.

It took me a long time to decide to go ahead and make this quilt because I really couldn't see how I would be able to make all these complicated blocks.  So now I want to encourage you if you are thinking about making one - yes, you can do it.

Maybe you need to be a little nuts (or a lot) to make this quilt, so there must be a lot of nutty women out there.  I admit, I am one of them!

I'm sure I never would have done this if it wasn't for the fact that with blogging you see all kinds of beautiful quilts and get so much encouragement from other quilters.  Thanks, quilters!

Monday, June 6, 2016

UM YA YA!

Before I explain "UM YA YA" I want to share some quilty items.  A blogger I follow had a post where she showed her ironing stick, which is used when you want to iron open a seam allowance and it raises it so you don't have to worry about messing up the rest of the seams when you iron.  I looked it up on some sites where it was sold and didn't want to pay anything for it, so I just got a strip of batting (which had been multiplying in my closet) and folded it over, sewed on 2 sides and slipped a dowel rod inside.  I could make it nicer by covering it with muslin, but I guess I'm too lazy to do that.

Home made ironing stick

I recently made a pink and brown HST doll quilt and decided to make another one to sell in my Etsy shop.  The one I made was a special order.  The HSTs finish at 1 1/4" and there are 12 rows of 10 HSTs per row.  It's just like one that I have hanging in my sewing room (I made it while I was a member of "Jo's Little Women Club" in Arlington, TX.  I love this little quilt made with all CW reproduction fabrics and alternating with pink and brown HSTs.

2 rows that need pressing

Using the ironing stick to press open the seam allowance
Here's what I have done so far on this quilt.  I keep running out of pink or brown HSTs because I don't want to put any fabrics next to each other, so I'm constantly digging out something different.  I have 9 rows almost finished, so I will need 3 more rows


The dark brown in this HST is one of my favorite fabrics of all time and I just happened to find one strip of it in my scraps so I made a few HSTs with it.


 I apologize that my pictures are kind of dark.  It was very early when I took these pictures.  Oh, and please excuse my ugly wrong board.  I need to put a new cover on it.

Now we come to "Um Ya Ya."  If you have ever attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, you will know what it is.  My DGS just finished his sophomore year there and he wants me to sew "Um Ya Ya" onto something.  Actually, its the pad for his accordion.  These are the letters I came up with.  Anyway, "Um Ya Ya" is what the students yell at sporting events.  Don't ask me why.  Maybe its a Norwegian phrase - must be.  He is home for the summer, but may take a job at a camp in Washington State and may want to take his accordion along, so I need to get these words sewn onto the pad ASAP.  I think I'll work on it now, just in case he gets that job and needs to leave soon.



Have a wonderful quilty week!  After a very hot weekend, the temperatures will be cooling off by Wednesday.  Woo Hoo!  Um Ya Ya!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

T-SHIRT FINISHED AND GIFTED

My grand-niece has graduated and the T-shirt quilt was given to her at her graduation party - Sunday.  So, It is OK to show the finished product to all of you.  


Here's a closeup of the lower right block with her name quilted into it:


The blue block for the music department has notes quilted into it:



This one shows what I did on the back.  The left-over border strips were sewn together into a large strip down the back of the quilt.


Below is a picture of my sister and the graduate.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

TRIP TO OK

We took a TRIP to Oklahoma to visit our DS#3 who was there to get some training.  While there our DIL came with their 2 boys, so we had a wonderful visit with all of them.  We helped Jonah celebrate his 8th birthday.

One highlight of our TRIP was when our DS took us on a flight to Ponca city, OK for lunch.  BTW he was piloting the airplane, a Caravan single engine plane.  



This is the Ponca City airport. We ate lunch at a wonderful Mexican restaurant at the airport.


Arkansas River

We'll be back in our own bed tonight! 

I am sending this from my tablet and it's not acting very well so please excuse this post. I'm almost finished with the sock from my last post. 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

ONE BLOCK

Not much sewing going on here, but I did finish one Dear Jane block, M-7.  I'm beginning Row M even before June begins. I'm so happy to be almost finished with the middle section of this reproduction!



I also started another pair of socks. This time they will have a cuff. This is my 5th pair of socks. The other pairs were without cuffs. 




Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!