I was just plain busy yesterday with outside stuff and didn’t get a lot of quilting done.  How about you – is the weather finally getting warmer where you live – or maybe colder if you are down under!

I spent a couple hours yesterday continuing to spray wash my deck and I am getting close to being done but not yet!  I will try to finish it up today.  Other than that I also planted more flowers, picked up small branches that fell off the trees in the last storm (I was slow what can I say it has been awhile now since the last storm) also I started to turn the dirt over in the small garden that I keep preparing it for tomatoes.  I didn’t finish that either!  I will be busy the whole weekend.  We are staying home for Easter and will be doing outside stuff.

I did get a little more done on the Red and Black Checkerboard quilt -  it is nice taking the time to just work on something simple sometimes – this I am quilting with Red Perle cotton number 12.  I am still not used to using a large needle but in order to get the needle threaded it must be a big one.  None of my needle threaders want to seem to last – the wires get pulled out so easily.  I do have a clover desk top threader but it won’t thread these needles.

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And a little more was got done on the Patchwork of the Crosses

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Wednesday night I rolled the quilting frame down once again and now I can actually see the last border at the very top of the frame! This is amazing to me – I am quilting much faster than normal and working on it steady –  this is about queen size although it is a little smaller than I had thought it was – for some reason I thought I had made it 100 x 100 inches like I usually do and I just measured it and on the frame stretched it is 93 x 93 oops!  how did that happen?  I really do not know.  It will still fit the bed but it won’t have as much overhang as I like.  There will be some shrinkage when it is washed.  I think when I measured it laying on the carpet I looked at the tape wrong because I went back and looked at an old post and I said it was 100 x 100!!

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This is the area I was working on last night.

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I have been working on the little table topper as well and the big stitch quilting goes quickly – if I would stick to it! which I don’t, I pick it up for 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there – these areas marked for quilting are 3 inch squares.

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Nothing fancy on this quilted top!

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I saw this kind of flower bed on pinterest and when Mike cut the dead pine tree down I thought to give it a try – with his help of course –yesterday I planted mint on each end and some little annuals down the middle – the intent is that as the tree rots it creates a natural flower bed.  Only problem is the tree wasn’t as thick as I probably needed and so the plants are planted really deep – I well need to check it for watering constantly until the plants root well.  I do not mind the mint staying there to grow and spread.

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Craftsy’s BIG Easter Sale: Up to 75% Off on selected items.  Craftsy is now carrying Jinny Beyer’s fabric line, they also have Amy Butler, Kona Cotton, Stonehenge, Moda, R. Kaufmann, Riley Blake, Joel Dewberry and Tula Pink  just to name a few.

Enjoy up to 75% off all Yarn with Craftsy’s BIG Easter Sale happening now!
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This sale is only during Easter weekend (Friday 4/18 – Monday 4/21 at 11:59pm MDT), so be sure to jump on it quick or you will miss it.

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Too Many Patterns

by Karen on April 17, 2014

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I know I have told you all that I want to make some finishes before I start more – I have too many in the “almost” finished category and want to get them done – but in the meantime I look at blogs, I look at my quilt patterns, I look at Pinterest and other places on line with quilt patterns and I’m wondering when will I ever make all of these!!  At times you want to have yourself cloned so you can make them all – and of course then you would find more and and have to make another clone!  LOL

My ideas for the “next” quilt –

I want to make a queen size mini tumbler quilt – I have the fabric put aside – it would look kind of like this one – just different colors – I have the inklingo pattern for these

I want to make a fancy plate Dresden plate using Inklingo – I have these patterns too just waiting for me

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And something with these applique patterns

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In fact I might pick out a applique from the above photo for the center of this quilt because I don’t care for the applique as much in the center but I love the rest of it.

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This one has been waiting for awhile for me to start.

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this simple one that I found someplace in the internet but I don’t remember where

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this is another simple one that would be good for a jelly roll I have

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These pre-cuts are staring me in the face for sometime now – every day!! saying “please use me” and I keep saying I have to finish something first!!

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I have a feeling that as soon as I finish up the Granny’s Got Style – one border left to do – and the Red and Black checkerboard table topper – in it’s final days of big stitch quilting – I am going to get going on one of these projects even if I know I won’t finish it right away (which I won’t of course)

How about you? Tons of ideas and not enough time – I bet we all think alike on this Smile  One problem I have is I love to make queen size quilts – I will make small ones now and then but we use the big quilts!  All of these ideas shown are being planned for big quilts except the last one – that one will be a kid size.

p.s. the headache did go away – I know it will come back though off and on this whole spring!

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Tuesday was a headache day for me – allergies! major sinus headache.  I got little done.  I thought if I made some chocolate chip cookies it might help my headache for at least a little while and it did!   Smile But then it came back.  I lazed about all day, reading, laying on the couch – dozing off from time to time.  Wandered outside  – thought the fresh air would help – it didn’t – I got a little quilting done -

A little more of the big stitch quilting on this little top – I have one of the nine patch blocks to complete that the hoop is on and one other – then I will do the grid spreading over the red blocks and the border – the stitching on the flowers is done.

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Not much done on Patchwork of the Crosses– I will try to do more today – surely the allergy headache will be done by today!  I am linking to Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts – Let’s Bee Social.

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We didn’t drop below freezing on Monday night – it did get down to 32.9 but all was well with the plants!  Allergy season gets me every year – I have allergies year round – I learn to live with it – I normally do not get the headaches though – just sometimes.  Today will be a better day! I hope.

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Great news – due to the overwhelming response of hand quilters Amy from the Quilt Festival has added the hand quilting category back into the festival  – make sure to keep an eye out for it next month and enter a hand quilted quilt in the hand quilting category to make sure she keeps it in the festival.  Just goes to show that by bringing attention to something like this we were able to change her mind!  Smile

Then quilting on Patchwork of the Crosses that I did on Sunday night:

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Back to work Monday night for a couple hours maybe I can get this row almost complete.

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I am linking to Freemotion by the River for “Linky Tuesday

Would you all believe that Sunday night we lost our power once again!  That’s right for the 5 or 6th time in the past 6 months or less due to storms of one nature or another – ice being the main one we have lost power – Sunday night was due to a very bad thunderstorm that came through our area around 10 PM.  I had been on the computer checking the weather before going to bed and just as I was reading – Severe Thunderstorm Warning winds may reach 70mph – the wind was the loudest I have heard it in years, I actually thought maybe the news people had missed a tornado in the area it was that loud – I reached over to shut the window (in the 70’s at that time) because of the rain and the power went out – the phone rang and our daughter who lives 2 miles from us – directly down the highway west of us inquired did you loose power too – and listen to that wind – they didn’t say a tornado warning – no they hadn’t. We wouldn’t have had time to get to the storm shelter – it came that fast.   It was over as quickly as it began although it rained off and on most of the night.  It calmed down – we all went to bed thinking the power would be back on sometime in the middle of the night – well it didn’t – it didn’t come back on until after 10 AM.  Right across the road from where our daughter lives three houses in a row at least have major tree damage – trees just snapped – some of them quite large.  Then no damage – then damage – skipped our place and neighbors and then down the road  more trees down – it was not a tornado – but possibly straight line winds – we were lucky once again.

Now of course all day Monday the temperature dropped — a major cold front coming through – freeze warnings!  So after supper last night Mike went out to help me cover up my plants that I want to make sure are protected – at the last minute – I almost forgot – I remembered my apple tree I planted just a couple months ago – it has leaves on it now!  Out came some pillow cases – I was out of sheets by then!  Three pillow cases – I hope it saves it just fine and keeps it warm enough Smile

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Draped a sheet over the hydrangea and put some rocks around it to hold it down so it won’t fly away.

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All I had left for the roses climbing up the deck that have blossoms on it already was a fitted sheet – managed to cover most of it – let’s see how it works.  We have leaves on the trees already too – it might get below freezing for an hour or two – lets hope it won’t be bad.

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Two mint plants and the box of flowers that I got a couple days ago to plant – I had heard we might get some cold weather so I held off planting – glad I did.  The two big pots of sweet mint and chocolate mint are from last year that I wintered over under piles of leaves in the garden – I repotted as I don’t want them to take over the garden space – I didn’t know if the cold weather could cause them damage without being covered up so thought I might just as well take them in too.  Glad I hadn’t picked up many bedding plants yet.

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Hand Quilting

by Karen on April 14, 2014

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As a lot of you bloggers know Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side has a quilt festival every year and it will be in about a month.  She just announced the categories this year and I was amazed to see that there is no hand quilting category this year!!!!  As  a hand quilter I am very surprised at this – I wrote her a comment and asked if this was overlooked and she got back to me and said    “No, sorry. It was one of the least requested categories, based on feedback from participants.”

I’m I the only one amazed by this oversight!  Are hand quilters such a rarity now that we no longer have a category in a quilt festival on line?  Maybe if we send her a note she will add us back in?

Yes if we have a hand quilted quilt we can enter it into the applique category – or as a scrappy quilt – rainbow quilt – whatever – we just can’t enter it into the hand quilted category because there is none!!

It just doesn’t seem right. 

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