Published July 31, 2015
Yesterday I just didn’t feel much like sewing again – I guess I was ready for a couple days break from quilts. I did get a pair of pants for Mike repaired and now I am ready to put my Juki back on the shelf and get the Janome out again to start work on Winter Wonderland. The Juki worked so well for the machine quilting with no tension problems that I am just going to leave the settings where they are and do piecing on the Janome.
This is where I left off on Winter Wonderland. I need to put a couple sashing strips around it to make it an even number of inches so it will be easier to do blocks around it. I will measure it today and try to get that part of it done. I am linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Prairie Sewn Studios and Crazy Mom Quilts.
This is the fabric that I have for blocks – it is called Crazy for Reds by Minick & Simpson I have had it sitting aside for awhile now. I had thought to do log cabin blocks but I have made about 4 log cabin quilts already so I am thinking something simple like square in a square – or maybe a rail fence. I will decide after I get the sashing around the center. Right now I feel like I will just concentrate on piecing this quilt and get it finished in August. Whatever blocks I decide on it will be something simple and will be chain pieced so that goes quickly. I will then put it aside and decide later if I will hand quilt or machine quilt – I have two waiting in line right now for the hand quilting frame.
I have barely gotten started on the hand stitching of the binding – like I said I took a couple days off of sewing. Just this little bit – hardly even 12 inches! Guess I better get busy on it this coming week and get it done! Hope you all have been more productive than I have been the last couple of days!
Published July 30, 2015
I admit to being a bit lazy yesterday and didn’t get around to getting the binding on the quilt until late afternoon. Then I cleaned up the sewing room a bit, getting tables folded back up and put back in the closet and got the room vacuumed – it sure needed it. So nice to have room to walk through without squeezing past tables!
I had mentioned that the background fabric in the tumblers isn’t white but a batik – I took these two photos when I was getting ready to fold the binding in half to press I think the colors show up fairly well. This was a Hoffman Bali Water Color Batik but I do not remember the name of it – I have a big color chart but I am too lazy to pull it out to look but if anyone wants to know let me know and I will look. I love that kind of batik for using as solids as they have just enough color texture to really make it interesting.
The quilt is now folded nice and neatly so I can get to work on it. I know some have asked why fold it to sew on the binding when I mentioned it with past quilts – I find the quilts awkward to work with if they are bunched up all over the place when I am sewing binding on. I know some of you like to drape it all over you – I guess that would be ok if I was really cold but it is almost 100 every day lately and this feels better LOL in the summer even with the AC on a quilt draped all over me is too hot.
I fold the quilt front side to front side as I work from the back, I fold it several times until I get the long length to work with. Then I fold it a bit like above and sit almost to the middle of the couch and as I sew I unfold and have it on each side of me – it flows really nice and neatly and I can get my binding done rather quickly.
On the couch with it and stuck the first couple of clips on. Then I looked at it last night and thought – I need a night off! I didn’t do any sewing or quilting last night – I read a book instead – I will for sure sit down and quilt tonight – I need to get back to my routine – two nights of no quilting – I don’t want to start that habit – I want to get the stars done, maybe by the end of August? Not sure – would be nice if I could get it done after only two months and get the black applique Floral Fantasy on the frame.
Published July 29, 2015
Wow – finally done with this big quilt – all that is left is binding it and washing/drying. I worked steadily over the last 15 days to machine quilt Tumbling into Insanity – something I am not an expert at by any means. I skipped only one day out of those 15 days to work on this – it took me 19 and 1/2 hours to do the quilting – which means I could barely stand to sit at the machine for little more than an hour a day LOL – but it got done.
Here are some photos before I get the binding on it. Well be glad to get that done today so I can get all these tables put away and the room back in order. I’ll take some photos of it spread out once it is finished. I am linking to Freshly Pieced today and Lorna’s Sew Fresh Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation.
Published July 28, 2015
Just the same old same old. I really didn’t work on my quilts much yesterday – just wasn’t in the mood for it for some reason – I think we all take a day off now and then. I did work a little just not much and barely anything to really show progress of.
This little bit in rows on Tumbling into Insanity – and I really want to get this done so I can get all these table moved out of here – I guess seeing as I didn’t work on it yesterday more than those couple rows I better get busy on it today. I am linking to Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday today and Esther’s Quilt Blog: Wow.
This area quilted to half of the width of the stars – this is the half way row – yes someone asked if I was half way yes this is the half way row.
I have my Amaryllis from Christmas sitting outside in a pot and notice last night that the plant is growing! I thought I would bring it back inside in the fall and have a Christmas flower again – if this does flower it looks to be a late summer flower instead. I have watered it off and on this summer but not too much – guess now that the plant is growing I better start to water on a regular basis.
More small pumpkins growing. The stem on the orange one that I showed last week is beginning to dry up so I guess I will need to watch that one. I had hoped these would continue to grow until Halloween but it doesn’t look like they will so I will chop them up and cook them instead for breads & things instead.
I really do not understand my tomato plants this year – between bugs and what not – these tomatoes have been staying this size forever and are showing no signs of turning red! I would really like an end to the garden already as the temps are in the low to mid 90’s and I need to water the plants every other day. The corn cobs are stunted and I really need to just pull it all out but I have left it alone. The cucumbers are still producing a couple here and there but is it worth the trouble of watering them? It’s these tomatoes that I would really like to ripen there are so many – and they just stay the same. There are 5 plants like this. I have sweet potato plants growing too in another bed, I have left them alone they should be ready at the end of August I think if I want to start digging them up – I do not think I will have many, I dug in the ground the other day carefully at the base of one of them to see what was there and there was one that I saw about medium size, so I will leave it be – I have about 8 plants going.
Possibly I finally have one rhubarb plant that will continue to come back – this is the third year for this one – it was much bigger last month but the heat is getting to it too, I’m really surprised it hasn’t completely died back for the summer. The stems stay really skinny though, not the big fat stalks of rhubarb that you get in the north – this was an experiment to see if I could get it to grow – I didn’t harvest very much from this plant – maybe one quart and that was it – the rest that I used was purchased from the supermarket – of which I was surprised they even carried it.
Thank you all that ordered Craftsy products from my links for the sale – I appreciate it. The Accuquilt sale continues for a couple more days – until the end of the month. If you click the link on the top sidebar it will take you to the Accuquilt page.
Published July 27, 2015
I think I could finish the quilting on Tumbling into Insanity today or tomorrow. Only this much left to do- that is still 30 lines though about 104 inches long – I will just have to try – I really want to get my room back in order – I am tripping over things in here!
I have my binding cut and ready to put together as soon as the quilting is done and will leave my tables up until I get the machine work all done. The binding is from the background batik that I used – it isn’t actually white as a lot of you have referred to it as – it is a cream batik with a very light blue and beige mixed in, places even appear gray when looked at closely.
Half way point of Lemoyne Stars has been reached! now can I finish the second half as fast as I did the first half – actually the first half isn’t done until I am all the way across this row – I am doing half of the stars width before rolling it down – then it will be half way done.
I started to quilt this on July 4th and have 35 hours of quilting in it so far.
The sale at Craftsy continues through Monday night! Last chance! Thanks to all that order through the links on my page. I appreciate it.
Someone mentioned a free class from Craftsy that I hadn’t noticed and thought it sounded interesting to use some of my scraps not the kit that is advertised with it. 2015 Summer Block of the Month – Kimberly Emmo – Free I don’t know if I will start it right away LOL – but maybe after all the instructions come out? I love stars – I have a dark gray batik that might work out great for the background – I have to check and see how much I have and then all kinds of colors for the stars. Click on the photo below and it will take you to the class if you are interested.
Published July 26, 2015
Yesterday we were not home much so no sewing/quilting was done until evening. The quilting on Lemoyne Stars that I show is from Friday night. I continued to work on this section last night. Linking to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching.
Yesterday we drove to Little Rock to look around and do some shopping. Stopped at Sam’s Club to pick up a few things (it is the closest to our area) but really didn’t get much. We did drive to the Bass Pro Shop which is kind of small compared to some of them, I’m kind of surprised it is not larger considering it is at a large city with a huge new outlet mall coming in next door. We wanted to look at camping supplies – specifically for something we could use for extra shade on our trips. So often even with the awning of the camper out we do not have enough shade. Last time we bought a tarp and ended up tying it to one end of the awning and anchoring it out to a tree – which did help.
But we wanted to find something that would set up and take down easy and not take up much room for storing in the motorhome or car – which is necessary as we do not have a large motorhome and storage is limited. (as you can see from looking at the camper in the background) This is what we found – it was a pain in the butt to set up the first time here in the backyard, but once you get the hang of it hopefully it will be easier! You do use stakes in the ground to anchor this so the wind won’t blow it away – the white areas on the side are mesh for air to flow through the top is not mesh so you have shade on top and all the blue areas – set your chairs inside and you are in shade – take the stakes out of the ground and pick it up to turn the shady “tent” as you need to as the sun shifts.
From the side this is what it looks like. Now we are not planning a trip until late September but we like to start thinking about things before hand. We will be off to South West Utah by way of Oklahoma, Northern Texas and New Mexico maybe Arizona? I haven’t looked at the map yet so not sure – and then we will take a different route home in late October. We only have four weeks this year so we will make the most of it. Zion National Park is the intended destination with seeing all kinds of places on the way there and the way back. We love seeing all the historical places to see in the west and we see places already seen and usually find some new places as well. Our daughter well be house sitting as usual!
The sale at Craftsy continues through Monday night! Thanks to all that order through the links on my page. I appreciate it.