Pillow and Dear Jane

by Karen on October 30, 2014

in Dear Jane - "Insanity Revisited"

The voting is now going on for the Viewers Choice awards at  Amy’s quilt festival – follow the directions at the link if you want to vote for that category – the rest of the voting will start November 1st.  My entry is my Patchwork of the Crosses in the Hand Quilting category.

I was busy yesterday working on that darn pillow!!  I had not used my Janome since I bought my Juki in April of 2013!!  I really was surprised that I have not used it since then but I hadn’t really liked the machine the last couple years I was using it.  It is the only one I have though that has anything other than straight stitch.  I actually had to get the manual out to remember how to set the stitches, and how to thread the darn thing LOL.  I finally had to replace the needle too as it was really giving me problems.  It is now happily back in it’s bag for who knows how long.

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All stitched in place – not the neatest in some places but really good enough for my granddaughter who will not be looking over the quality of the stitches.  I ended up using the zigzag at the smallest setting I could get it at.  I was going to try the buttonhole stitch but settled on this instead.

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Now to get the face embroidered on.

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Working with some thing like the pillow kid is when I really appreciate the colors of the rainbow in my thread collection.  I decided against the nylon thread as it was too hard to deal with – instead I used a light bobbin color and changed out thread for each piece of the kid.

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Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited from the last several bouts of quilting.

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Sounds like a lot of you like the green paint and I do too – I just have to wait until Mike is done with his stuff so I can get going on mine.  I still hope all this is done by Thanksgiving because I have no idea how I will roast my turkey and bake my pies without my oven hooked back up!!

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Fusible

by Karen on October 29, 2014

in William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

Do you mess up your work when you use fusible applique?  This is just not something I use often and I messed up so many pieces before I had the applique for Ciera’s pillow all cut out and ironed in place.  Now to get the janome out that has a zigzag or buttonhole so I can stitch it down – again not something I usually do!  Ready for stitching and some embroidery for the face and hair ribbons – then of course to quilt around the girl and maybe grid.  It is cute. It took me hours to get it right – I kept goofing up on the letters.  I forgot to reverse-then I did and forgot to put it on the correct side of the fabric – a total screw up at times.  (I can make two Dear Jane quilts by hand and mess up on iron on fusible!!)  Do you usually use the small zigzag stitch or buttonhole for this kind of work – I have the invisible nylon thread that I hate in both the clear color and the dark gray.  I have only done one small wall hanging with the zigzag and nylon thread – it turned out but I didn’t care for the method.  I am linking to Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts.

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We both got our flu shots today and I think they only have band aides for kids Smile and I ran into an old friend that I had not seen in about 3 years – it was so nice to sit and chat with her for a little bit – we used to be bowling partners and when Mike and I stopped bowling Shirley and I tried to stay in touch but you know how it is if you do not have a lot in common you sometimes gradually loose touch.  But it was nice to catch up and exchange hugs and news.

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Finish border #1 finally on Floral Fantasy – it has only taken me how long? I have lost track.

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Pumpkins purchased for the porch now I need to decorate them

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Kathy at Empty Nest but Full Heart wants to know if I decided on paint for the kitchen – here is the photo with the paint chip :)  I think I am going to go with the top color of green for my kitchen although it is not 100% settled.  It is a Valspar paint the color is called “Grassland”.  Light enough so the kitchen won’t “feel” too dark for me but not really light either.

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Diamonds are Forever

by Karen on October 28, 2014

in Diamonds Are Forever

Trying to get a photo of this massive quilt is so very hard to do!  I swept up the kitchen floor of all the dust and thought I would try it there and even that was hard to fit in – now you can truly see how small our dining area was before the remodeling started.  I am linking Freemotion by the River today I have also linked to She Can Quilt.  I am also linking to Esther of the Love Entwined fame – she is doing beautiful work on her quilt.

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I thought I would put the hexies on the bed to get a idea of size – the two sides I have not worked on yet for the border is the area that I haven’t been sure of how many rows I need to make it fit the bed right-as you can see I think instead of the 5 additional rows that I put on the other two sides I might have to go with 6-7 rows.  With what I have been adding it will be long enough – it’s the wide enough that will need more work.  I will try it out on the bed again when I finish the border I am working on and turn it the opposite way and see how that works.

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I did finish that row of white hexies last night while Melanie was over visiting – we have now switched to dinner on Monday instead of Sunday and we both were stitching for several hours and of course talking the whole time planning a day trip to Little Rock in mid- November to get in on a little holiday shopping after my morning doctor appointment (regular check) – our idea of shopping probably doesn’t match with some of you LOL – lunch first then we will briefly look at some stores to see decorations, go to Barnes and Noble for Peppermint Mocha and Williams Sonoma and a “fancy” grocery store to get some baking supplies  & candy we can’t find locally Smile – that kind of thing – seeing as I have to go anyhow – might just as well have a little fun.  I actually do most of my holiday shopping online and really don’t get that much anymore.  But I love to bake!!

I finally started to cut out pattern pieces for the “worry doll” pillow – Of course I traced out the name pieces wrong and need to turn them around – I might get more done on it today.  Ciera picked out the fabric – green top, blue shorts, aqua leggings & red shoes!

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Fall Decorating

by Karen on October 27, 2014

in Dear Jane - "Insanity Revisited"

Do you decorate for fall?  I do just a little bit – I have a fall wreath for the fireplace and a Christmas wreath – same for the front door.

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I’m going to pick up a couple pumpkins today and get the drill out and try decorating the pumpkins that I showed awhile back –  I will add that to the front door area and maybe get a couple big mums to go with it.

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Yesterday was spent on the kitchen floor so I really didn’t get much done in the line of quilting but I did get Dear Jane rolled down and if you look carefully at the very top of the frame – that is the final row of triangles up there!!  5 rows of squares left to do.

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And I really must get around to making this pillow for Ciera – she picked out most of the fabric and everything when we visited in September and of course there is the star quilt too that I must get made for her – I need to get busy!!

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Even though I started to hand piece the tumblers this summer I think I will need to finish the majority of that quilt by machine – just too many projects going on.   By the way for those that have asked – the 2nd hand brace that I got is working our pretty well – between that and being more careful with the way I quilt ect I think it will work out great – and this 2nd brace doesn’t hurt my hand like the first one did.

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And What are You Working On?  I keep up with a lot of you through your blogs and know y’all are working on too many things like me!  So let’s start off- linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching today

I actually got my Floral Fantasy back out – Yes really – I know it has been awhile, if I just concentrated on one thing I would be done with this beauty.  If you look at the border on the left I have one leaf left to finish and then only 3 borders left to work on!!  I am stitching a couple minutes here and a couple minutes there.

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One side of Diamonds are Forever is pretty much done – now I will start on the opposite side and wait to turn the curve after both sides are done.  I had to get more hexies ready – the white ones that is and spent the last couple days getting a few more ready.  (and yes for those that wonder I will be cutting the last row all around the quilt straight)

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The last 3 or 4? days of Dear Jane Blocks – Insanity Revisited – Row #8 is now finished.

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The rollers are now ready to be rolled on down a little more – the final border might be in sight soon.

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The refrigerator and stove are now moved into the new dining room so we can work on this floor – all the adhesive from the old tiles is now off the far end of the floor (about half way done) and we plan on working on it again today.  I think I will be cooking in the crockpot, electric skillet and the Dutch oven outside even if needed!  The only outlet for the stove is behind where it goes so I can not use it for the time being.  This is going to take a little while.  Mike is doing most of the work and I am “helping” when I’m not in the way!  I will be glad for the mess to be done.

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Hope y’all have a beautiful Sunday – will be  unseasonable warm today – possibly in the mid-80’s!! But that is ok – we will be back to fall weather by Wednesday I think and maybe even a frost later in the week.

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Bloggers Quilt Festival

by Karen on October 24, 2014

in quilts

It is that time of the year again – whenever the quilt market takes place twice a year for the people in the “business” – Amy’s Creative Side holds a festival of quilts where you vote for the one you like in each category.  I decided to enter my Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses in the Hand Quilting Category it is 86 x 89 inches.  Voting starts later and we will all remind you when that starts so we might win a prize!

This quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted by me using Linda Franz’s Inklingo method of ironing fabric to freezer paper and running it through your printer to create your templates directly onto fabric.  It took 300 hours to hand piece this quilt and 140 hours to hand quilt it.  I’ve been very pleased with the colors and the pattern – I love this quilt!  I didn’t quite have the quilt flat enough when I took the photo but the lower corner is straight!  I used Linda’s book to make the quilt but I designed the border myself – I just wanted something a little different than the original.  This quilt is not English Paper Piecing – it is hand pieced using a running stitch with an occasional back stitch to make the seams strong.

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Some close ups of the blocks:

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The border

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Quilting – I used Quilters Dream 100% cotton batting, washed and dried the quilt to give it that antique crinkly look that I love.

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The back:  I used King Tut variegated thread which I love.

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