A Finish!

Quilty 365 - The Final Frontier

Finally the little Trick or Treat bag is finished and out of my way LOL.  Who would have thought a little bag like that – that was my idea to make – would have given me fits and I restarted it two times!  It is not perfect by any means and has a couple crinkles in the fabric here and there – but I remind myself it is for a little girl who will turn 5 in November – she is not going to even know it is not perfect.  I worked off and on yesterday until it was done.

The Ghost side – I lined the bag not with quilt batting but with “Soft and Stable” it gives bags more body I think and can stand by themselves better.  I had an unopened package on hand – it has sat aside for about a year – I had bought it with the intention of making a couple of purses and never got to it – I still have enough for about 2 bags probably.


The bats and cat side – I quilted a circle around this as one reader said if you look at it the bats are the eyes and the cat the mouth of a Jack O Lantern. I hadn’t even noticed it – so I quilted a circle around it and there is a stem at the top in black stitching – hard to see though.


And I lined it with the orange print.  I think a little girl can fit a lot of candy in this bag.  I am linking to Quilt Story:Fabric Tuesday.


A little quilting on The Final Frontier Sunday night.  I had one of my light bulbs burn out over the quilting frame – I have two – one on each side.  I also have lights under the shelves above the quilting frame so I will need to make due until the new one gets here – I ordered one on Amazon as it is easier than searching through out Lowe’s to see if they have the right Ott replacement bulb – usually they do not –  unfortunately  this bulb wasn’t with two day service and it might be a week or more before it arrives.  If I can’t see good enough when I get back over to that side to work in about 3 days or so I will give myself and my fingers the break they need anyhow.  I’m pretty sure I will have at least 3 quilting sessions though before I get back to the side that will have less lighting.



Halloween Bag and Butterfly

Postage Stamp Quilt, Quilty 365 - The Final Frontier

This week I really want to get the Trick or Treat Bag finished.  Yesterday I did part of the applique by machine and then when that screwed up (or was it I) I turned to the trusty needle and thread that always works and finished it up.  The stitch on the machine just wasn’t working very well – I am not experienced with machine applique and I didn’t have the patience for it – must try it on something bigger first I think as these pieces are small.  One of these will be the front and one the back – I had originally wanted to do a witch – it didn’t turn out – I was going to stick a ghost on both side and I couldn’t get the stitch right – so I said forget about it and just went with a smaller amount.  This is for a 5 year old who doesn’t know she is getting it so nothing was chosen by child or mom so I can make it how I want.


I got a new point and shoot camera and haven’t quite got the lighting right – the flash is supposed to automatically come on and I think it should have for this one and didn’t – the orange color for the butterfly is a little different that what shows up.  Maybe next time I will get a better photo when I finish the bird.  My other small camera I just haven’t been happy with and have not been able to get the menu to act right – so for now it is sitting on a shelf until I or Mike have more patience with it and try to adjust it some.


I rolled The Final Frontier down on Saturday and got back to work.  I might have to force myself to take some breaks from this quilt this month as my fingertips are getting kind of ragged – but it is hard to force myself to do that!  I am working on the final half of the quilt now.  I don’t have a clear enough photo of all these colors in previous photos before I put it on the quilting frame.  I had to finally unroll from the top and count rows before I rolled it back to where I was.   It is also confusing when the rows are on point and so many of them.  I am linking to Patchwork Times , Em’s Scrapbag, and MCM#40 at Cooking Up Quilts.


Thank you everyone who places their Craftsy and AccuQuilt orders through my links – I do appreciate it.


Postage Stamp Border

Postage Stamp Quilt

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes and concern for my eye.   Had a great lazy day and got some stitching done – besides the other stuff we all do no matter if it is a birthday or not!

Working with wool can be fun – if you haven’t tried it you might want to give it a shot.   It is so much easier and faster then needle turn applique which I normally do.  The second border is nearing an end!!!  What a long journey this one has been – somehow I thought I would be done with it by now – but that is ok because the quilting frame will be occupied for another couple months so it will just be put in the “waiting in line box” anyhow – but it will be nice to have it finished soon.

The two Postage Stamp side borders – when I get done with the last two clusters of flowers I will go back and look it all over and possibly add a little more here and there if after it is sewn on the quilt top if it looks a little bare – that well be decided later but before it goes on the quilting frame.  I am mainly looking at the corners when I say this.


The area just finished I might add a little more embellishment to the two flowers on the right.


The book I get my inspiration from


One of the birds in the book.  What I do is select the wool I want and just start to cut into it – I don’t bother to trace out designs because I don’t want the extra work and it is ok if they are different then what is in the book.


I will add antenna to the butterfly and legs and an eye to the bird.  I might cut out the tail feather just a little bit to make it look like several feathers.     For the bird first I cut a body – it might need to be adjusted a time or two by cutting small amounts off to get the shape right.


Then I cut out the green “feather” and then the small blue area on top of that.  If you want to try free form cut a little larger than you really want it to be so you can trim little areas out here and there and have it not get too small.  Make sure to save your scraps!!  little bits are used here and there, I save the tiny bits in a ziplock bag and tuck it in with the bigger pieces – little pieces make good eyes and the butterfly accent etc.  I will be linking to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching today and see if I can get the stitching on the bird and butterfly done.  I am also linking to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework and Monday Making.


Craftsy is holding a second September class event.   ALL online classes are under $20 This promotion ends tonight!  Sunday, September 25, at 11:59 pm MT.     Select classes are not eligible.



What’s Next

Murrieta Stars - Flannel, Williamsburg Beauty

I have been asked – what is next when the Postage Stamp Border is finished – well I bought a quilt kit from Craftsy sometime back that I have not started on  – it is a flannel quilt which I have never worked with before.  I know most say to wash flannel first but Craftsy recommends not washing  before as the pieces are measured for what is needed – all the pieces are the same kind of flannel so it should all shrink the same – and if you want enough fabric to make the quilt – I say listen to them even if it ends up being smaller after washing is done!!  This is the pattern – and I bought the same line of fabric from another location for the backing – so the quilt will be made with all the same kind of fabric from front to back.  Finish size is 84 x 96 – before washing and drying – I wonder what it will end up being LOL – I really don’t mind shrinkage – this might be a good one for the end of the couch on cold winter days/nights and to toss in the camper when we travel.  I will machine piece and probably hand quilt so it would be for next year not this year.  This one is called Murrieta Stars.


Here is a better photo of the colors – had to do better – the colors were looking too dark!


The other quilt that will get more work done on it is the Williamsburg Beauty.  This will be a mixture of hand and machine work.  So I really have plenty to keep me busy once the Postage Stamp quilt is finished.  I have one quilt waiting in line to be quilted that I finished a month or so ago – and I think I will be machine quilting it – I just hadn’t had time to get started on it – Hopscotch.  And of course continue the hexies on Handful of Scraps, the Retro Air Ship Propeller Blocks which I will be tossing more color into to make it brighter and not boring – And always a quilt on the frame for hand quilting – I think that is enough for now – and of course if I ever get around to it I will be back to work on Love Entwined one day – maybe!  The next quilt on the hand quilting frame after The Final Frontier is finished will be the Postage Stamp quilt.


Of course showing all this work means I didn’t get any work done yesterday and that is right – I was back to the Retina specialist for my eye  again  – problems, problems they just don’t want to go away.  First I had the retina detachment in February on my right eye – then the cataract grew super fast so I had to have the cataract removed – from that I was one of the 20% that had complications of course – I had a gray area grow on the back of the lens – that was removed with a laser treatment about 3 weeks ago – from that I ended up with swelling in the retina area – so back to the specialist Friday and was informed that it was two problems scar tissue from the original retina surgery and swelling from the laser treatment – first thing we try is a month or two or three of steroid eye drops 4 times a day and one drop of something else for a month to get the swelling down so I have better vision in my right eye  – if that doesn’t work we go to the next step and go from there.  As long as I wear my glasses my left eye is doing a good job and I keep on sewing and whatever and my close up vision is pretty good on it’s own and I don’t need glasses for that.  I can see fine to drive – I have a little trouble with reading but not enough to slow me down – it is not creating a big problem right now.  So lets keep our fingers crossed that the eye drops do the trick!

Anyhow the eye problem is why we have not planned any trips this fall – I have been asked why we have not been traveling like we usually do in the fall and we keep waiting to see if this eye problem is going away and it hasn’t – there has been a lot of running to the various eye doctors this year – we might go to some state parks in Arkansas this fall instead which means October and November (good months here at home that should no longer be hot)  could be a little traveling time here and there and be close enough to home to see the doctor if needed.  Lots of parks in Arkansas to see that we have not seen and Melanie & Ric are close by to move in and house sit when needed, they live just down the road a couple miles from us with his mom so are available when needed.

And Happy 64th Birthday to me today – glad I am still around for another year!! 

Craftsy is holding a second September class event.   ALL online classes are under $20 Friday through Sunday.   This promotion ends Sunday, September 25, at 11:59 pm MT.     Select classes are not eligible.



Postage Stamp Border

Postage Stamp Quilt, Williamsburg Beauty

More work was done on the wool applique border for the Postage Stamp quilt.  I was going to do a bird and butterfly next but I decided to do a flower cluster instead so I would see how much room was available for the critters.  I need to do the two flowers on the right and embellish the last leaf in the right corner.  I was busy working on it last night while Melanie was here eating pizza with us and then a long session of the Walking Dead – I think we are on season 5 about half way through it.


I showed the pieces of the half inch hexagon last post so I thought I would stitch a sample flower to pin to my border for Williamsburg Beauty to see how I liked the size – it will work out fine – now to make about 40 in the colors of the quilt!


I will add one more almost solid border and then the chain of hexagon flowers will go through the middle of it.  I think this size will work out well.  It finishes at about 2.5 inches.


I am linking to Sarah’s Confessions of a Fabric Addict today, Jodie’s Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Crazy Mom Quilts and A Quilting Reader’s Garden.


Craftsy is holding a second September class event.   ALL online classes are under $20 Friday through Sunday.   This promotion ends Sunday, September 25, at 11:59 pm MT.     Select classes are not eligible.



Half Inch Hexies and More

accuquilt, Handful of Scraps, Quilty 365 - The Final Frontier

My half inch hexie die cutter arrived from AccuQuilt yesterday and although I did play with it a little bit to try it out I didn’t get any stitched.

The Half Inch Die on the right that I point to is for the papers, and the die on the left for the fabric.  For the fabric it says you can use 5 inch charms but there is waste that way, I tried it and had enough fabric left over to do another section of three – I think I measured the space as 5×2.5 – something like that.


I used some scraps and some freezer paper – that fabric is a 5 inch charm – you can see the waste – when I start for something that isn’t just trying it out I will measure it and not have that waste.


the sides of the paper is half inch  – this practice hexie is ready to baste and piece.


LOL – comparison in size for what it would be finished after basting –the paper is the size it finishes at.


I tossed the witch in the trash –  it wasn’t working out LOL – I will stick with simple.  Sometimes simple is better than messing up when you are not experienced at a method!!  Templates just laying on the fabric still needs to be sewn down.  I need a lot more practice with machine applique before I tackle something more complicated then this – this is hard enough as it.


Worked in this area of Final Frontier on Tuesday night.


The area of neutral hexies that I have been stitching are now all joined in one piece and pinned to the wall – ready now to join two sections of neutrals to the main body of Handful of Scraps.