Stars & I’m a Winner

Granny's Got Style, LeMoyne Stars

I was busy with stars yesterday – I now have 39 out of 90 Lemoyne Stars finished – that is almost half way there!  I added a whole row I believe since the last photo – no I take that back the yellow star on the left was there in the last photo – almost a whole row.  I think I have easily added 17 or more stars to the wall this month.  I am linking to A Quitling Reader’s Garden and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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This much done on Granny the last couple of nights.

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And I was a give away winner times two within two days!  I won 2 cookbooks from Cooking My Way to Retirement.  This is the second give away I have won from Terri this year.  My books – here —  don’t they look delicious!

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My other give away win was from She Can Quilt and Mrs. Sew and Sow who work together and have a sponsored give away once a month.  My win from them was a $25 gift certificate from the Green Fairy!  I have ordered a jelly roll to go with a fat quarter bundle that I have to use with the Winter Wonderland quilt – I will show it when it arrives.  The Green Fairy always has their pre-cuts on sale I believe and I only had to pay a little bit for this jelly roll – the best way to get them I think.  They ship so fast I should get it today or tomorrow I bet.

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Time Spent Quilting

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Some days I like to work on a lot of different projects — I don’t always get done with a lot doing it that way but it all adds up in the end and if you have no dead lines it really doesn’t matter does it.  I have been asked numerous times by readers “how do you get done with so much” I guess “how much” depends on the reader and what your view of a lot of work is.  My answer is always basically the same “I do not work outside of the home anymore, no children at home, no grandchildren close by, no pets, two people living in a house makes it easy for clean up especially if you pick things up almost every day and do laundry every couple of days” Mike is back to working full time right now and might be for a couple of years – so that means I spend a lot of time by myself – we live in the country and have very few people drop by in the middle of the day.  Although I do like to exercise and try to every day and I do piddle around outside in flower beds – I do not really spend a lot of time gardening or taking care of the yard – sewing/quilting is my main love and it is what I spend most of time at.  So that is my explanation for “how do I do so much”.

Yesterday I spent the morning at the sewing machine putting together another section of tumblers for Tumbling into Insanity – we were in for another day of off and on storms that turned into being a little bit of rain and not much else but enough that made it so that outside work was something I wasn’t going to bother with.  This is now 3 sections of tumblers put together.  It really doesn’t take a lot of time if I just stick with it and not drift off to other rooms and do other things.  Obviously I don’t stick with it for long or I would be done with it by now as I cut the tumblers out last summer and here it is spring.

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Love Entwined – corner vase – some of the flowers are stitched down but most are still just glue basted in place.  I have been working on the stem that reaches out to the left side the pink flower is the only one left on that stem that needs to be sewed down.  I must have Quilters ADHD as I never seem to stay with one project for more than an hour or so in a day before I put it down and move to something else.

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One more star on Lemoyne Stars – this one too — I cut out all the pieces last summer.

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I unrolled the Granny’s Got Style to try to show how much I have done – I guess you can kind of tell.

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Here it is rolled back up and the row at the top is the half way point the part closest to the wall.

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Winter Wonderland – I actually took a couple stitches on the 4th block – not much but a start.

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So no plans to go Paducah for the big quilt show – I missed it again this year – that makes four years since I last went – I better go next year!!  If you want to see the top winning quilts and have not been lucky to go here is a link it just shows the top winners but I’m sure there will be photos coming out pretty soon of all of the quilts.

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Piecing and Embroidery

LeMoyne Stars, Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity", Winter Wonderland

Yesterday was a busy sewing day, I worked on 3 different projects and spent a little time in the yard – not much though it was kind of a cool cloudy day for the most part although the sun did peak out now and then.

I finished the embroidery block I had been close to finishing for several days now for Winter Wonderland – this is the 3rd of the series of 10 needed.  I am placing them and doing them in the order they will be sewed together starting from the bottom up.

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This one here is the 4th that I will start to work on soon.

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I finished sewing the second set of 10 x 10 tumblers together into rows and put the two sections together.  Tumbling in Insanity is coming along nicely. I am linking to A Quilting Life today if you have a scrappy quilt to share and if you want to win some scraps of fabric go link up to her blog.  I don’t need more scraps but I am sharing my photo of the tumblers below.  I am also linking to Freshly Pieced Modern and to Sew Fresh Quilts – Lorna makes the cutest animal quilts if you hadn’t seen them and you are interested in making quilts with animals for kids you might want to look at her patterns.

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And 3 of the Lemoyne Stars were completed yesterday – this one is a hand piecing project and it is moving slowly – just working on it when I happen to feel like it but I now have 33 stars finished.  Because I really don’t know what arrangement I will use for the final design I do not know if 90 stars well be enough or if it will be too many – that is the amount that I have cut out right now.  I will decide that as I get further into it.  If needed I’m sure I can raid the stash for some more fabric that will go with these colors ok, I still have background fabric available.  I am linking my stars to My Quilt Infatuation today.

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Have you been getting done with much?

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Featherweight Blues

Granny's Got Style, Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity", Winter Wonderland

Yesterday was a house cleaning kind of day – for the morning that is.  I did get in a little exercise and some grocery shopping in the early afternoon and finally got around to sewing in the late afternoon – and then the featherweight quit working once again!  Evidentially it needed more than a new foot pedal and lubricating in the motor area.  Mike will take a look at it this weekend and see what it needs.  I have the good spiral bound instruction manual with all the diagrams that tell you how to take it apart and put it back together again – but – I am not mechanical and would mess it up for sure – so I’m not touching it.   In the meantime I got the Janome back out and continued on with the mini tumblers with that.  It really is just as quite as the featherweight – my janome is a small machine and most of the time works just fine.  Luckily it is working right now – the Juki is too but the tension is set for quilting and I don’t want to mess with it to get the tension right for piecing.  (I’m bad with tension)

Tumbling into Insanity – The section on the left is all put together but the rows need pressing.  The section on the right are rows lined up but not sewed together nor pressed so I will finish that section up today maybe.  I am linking to Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday today.  I am also linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog – WOW and here is a new one to me, Sew Cute Tuesday.

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I got almost done with this block of Winter Wonderland yesterday and worked on it 3 different times – it is a great project to pick up for five minutes here and there  – I worked on it while I had granola baking in the oven and again while the news was on both for the first 1/2 hour of the Today show (about the only part of that show I watch anymore) and then again while the evening news was on.

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Granny’s Got Style from Sunday night.

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Slowly but surely all of these projects get worked on.  I do have about 2 or 3 of the flowers on Love Entwined appliqued that I had glue basted the other day but I forgot to get a photo – another day perhaps!

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Applique and Some Piecing

Granny's Got Style, Love Entwined - Esther's BOM, Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity", Winter Wonderland

Sunday was nice most of the day – we were a little north of a tornado warning though and we could hear the sirens going off in the valley below us around 5PM.  But it all went away – we had a little rain and very dark skies here.  Earlier in the day Mike had put together a second raised garden bed but we need to get more soil and compost to fill it – later in the week perhaps.  One bed is about done, I need to add some compost to it before starting to fill it up with tomato plants.  Doesn’t look like cold weather in the forecast so should be able to plant by the end of the week.

I decided to work on Love Entwined yesterday and I will have that wall hanging sitting out for the next couple days (week?) getting more flowers appliqued to the corner vase that I have been slowly stitching away at.

I was cutting out flowers here and deciding colors.  I will do some work on this project before making a second Caswell Quilt block.

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Filling it in and have 8 more flowers glue basted in and some leafs.  More to cut but for now I will start stitching on the ones here.  It is nice to see this vase starting to fill in.  I am pretty much placing flowers where I want to put them, I am kind of following the pattern, but not strictly.

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Ten rows of tumblers stitched but not pressed for Tumbling into Insanity.

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A couple more words stitched on Winter Wonderland – Supermom-No Cape! started a new link up last week for embroidery.  You might want to stop by and see what she has – I have seen some pdf files for embroidery patterns.  Another new to me link up is at Flickenstichlerei from Germany, if I have read it right (through translation) it is for embroidery as well.

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More hand quilting on Granny Saturday night.

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Hope everyone had a good weekend.

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Featherweight Busy

Caswell Quilt, gardening, Granny's Got Style, Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity", quilts

I think I mentioned awhile back that the featherweight wasn’t working – the foot pedal was the culprit.  Well I got a new one, I lubricated the motor where needed, cleaned the machine, adjusted a new bobbin case – the old one was rusty, changed the needle and put her to work – I say “her” but I do not have a name for my sewing machine like a lot of you do – to me it is an object, LOL, not a person – but “she” is working out well.

Mike and I were busy outside yesterday and on one of our break times Mike laid down on the floor to stretch out his back and fell asleep – so I thought to let him sleep awhile and I got the featherweight switched on and started to sew tumblers – that’s right –back to work on Tumbling into Insanity.  I am linking to Kathy’s Quilts slow Sunday stitching.

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I continued on until I had a section of my 10×10 rows done, they need to be pressed and the rows sewed together but it was a start.

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The Caswell Block squared up and pressed.

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Got up to this area on Friday night for hand quilting on Granny.

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Here are all 7 of the quilts that I am working on (sometimes– I say sometimes because we all no some of them get worked on more than others) – 5 on the wall, one hanging over the quilting frame and one on the frame – not shown – 2 in the box under the cutting table waiting to be quilted.  All stages of progress and all kinds of quilting and yes about half of them are challenging – the variety makes it nice.  I really shouldn’t start anymore for awhile!

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The rhubarb is growing better this year.

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the clematis are starting to flower although this one looks like it is starting to fall apart already and the leafs are covered in pollen – the yucky yellow-green pollen started last week and will be here for awhile – every time you want to sit down outside you need to wipe off a spot or you will be walking around with a yellow-green imprint on your behind!

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Mike and I are busy building some raised vegetable beds – seeing as we well be home for the summer this year  as Mike accepted a long term contract job I thought it was time to get some beds out in the sun – the ground here is hard as rock so raised beds are the way to go – I do not have a tiller so we are building these with treated wood and they well be here for awhile.  We will have 2 or 3 or more of these for years of enjoyment.  There is more work put in to this then it looks – believe my aching body.  The top layer of grass/weeds we are removing before putting fresh soil/compost in the beds.  More soil needed!  Work will continue and I will show more progress as it is made.

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