Finished

quilts

I worked off and on all day yesterday on Kansas Twister – I just wanted to get it done – I know there are a lot of you that feel the same way, you get so close to done you just want it done.  I still need to trim the sides and do the binding –  I took it off the frame last night before I went to bed.  I’ll spread it out later this morning to trim the sides and measure for binding.  I am linking to Quilt Story today and to Esther’s WOW.

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A new to me blog – Comfort Stitching by Aneela Hoey has so many cute things.  Tutorials, embroidery, quilting, she designs cute fabric too – this blog is from England – you might want to check it out when you have the need to sit and look through blogs, I have just recently added her to my Feedly Reader.  I found her when I was going through looking for needles for embroidery.

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Quilting

quilts, Winter Wonderland

It warmed up yesterday – it got up to — 38!  how nice the snow is melting, the yard is a mess, I can not walk out there if I wanted to – too mushy and rain or snow in the forecast all week – oh well this too shall pass and we will soon be in spring.

I worked way too much on the Kansas Twister yesterday and rolled it down to it’s last row!!  So I might just as well keep going at it and finish this one and get the next on the frame – then it will be time to slow it down a bit and get back to taking my time.  Because I hand quilt it really does go a lot slower than machine work and I feel I have been pushing myself to have finishes and something to show on the blog.  Time to slow it down a notch.  I am linking to Judy at Patchwork Times today.

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On the embroidery I got the mitten and stick arm done yesterday  – I had several suggestions for needles and threaders for embroidery and I ordered the threader that a amazon link was given to and some different needles I’ll let you know how they work when I get them.

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wouldn’t this be nice – if it were only true!  LOL and do any of us really dress up like this?  I know I don’t!

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Embroidery Snow Men

quilts

I decided to get started on the embroidery project but I know I will not be working non stop on it and I will be taking a lot of breaks.  It was easy to remember how to do it – I used to do it a lot.  I just took the top block off of the stack that I had put aside and got started.  This much done here and there on a cold Saturday that was spent all day at home.  I do not care for embroidery needles though – they feel so thick, I have thinner ones but the eyes are not big enough to thread.   I am linking to Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching – how about you.I am so used to little quilting needles that anything bigger than that I have a hard time adjusting to.  Any one know of a brand of embroidery needs that are shorter and still have a big eye to make threading easy – also is there a certain kind of threader for embroidery needles?

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We had a light snow fall Friday night and again Saturday morning – it stayed cold all day and then started to have a light mist late in the afternoon too and it was only 30 degrees outside so we stayed home even though we had talked of going out to eat – better to play it safe in case of ice on our hilly road – there might have been some, never know.

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I got a lot of quilting done on Kansas Twister, finished the 12th row and rolled it down and got started on the 13th row.  I will go all the way across as I have been doing and then roll it down to the last row finish it off – it will be less than 2 weeks and done – maybe even one week if weather continues to be crappy!  It will be nice to get this quilt off of the frame and Granny’s Got Style on the frame before I head to Wisconsin March 12th.  Then it will be ready for me to get busy on when I get back home.  I am linking up to Lily’s quilts today also – she has two areas that you can link to one that has established blogs like mine where you have been blogging for some time and another link for blogs that are rather new or have few readers, you might want to take a look at both and see if there are any new blogs you would like to read.

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It is very hard to believe it is March 1st isn’t it – here for us especially because we are still having so much cold weather – I was looking through my old blog post from last year and in the middle of March last year my rhubarb plant had started to grow and had it’s first set of leaves on it!  this coming week we are to have more cold weather, rain, one warm day on Tuesday I think they said maybe reaching in to the 60’s then snow again – it never ends and maybe back in the 40’s at least by the end of the week?  A winter for all of us to remember! – although I think we would rather not!

I am so glad I went ahead and bought those 4 pair of very heavy winter socks that I found last September when we were visiting our daughter in Wisconsin – I have been getting good use of them – now I head back to Wisconsin March 12th to 23rd and I will be on the look out for sales on winter jackets LOL – I think it is time to keep a good winter jacket on hand – even if it hangs in the closet most of the time – I have been making due all winter with a fleece jacket – layering with sweaters underneath – most times it is ok, but now and then chilly.  There are some years that I have barely even worn more than a sweater outside in the winter but the last years that has been becoming less and less.

What have you all been up to?  Getting much sewing/quilting done?

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Another Cold One

LeMoyne Stars, quilts

Thursday night got down to 14 degrees and the high yesterday was only 26 – last year at this same time the average temperature was 63 – big difference huh – more than I like.  And it started to snow again late yesterday afternoon! What – more snow thought that was all done – well you know what – cold days are good for something and I got 2 star blocks finished to add up on the wall.  These little Lemoyne Star blocks are starting to take up some room 16 out of 40 done

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This is the area of Kansas Twister that I was  working on last night.  Netflix’s House of Cards is keeping me entertained the last couple of weeks.

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And a chain of white hexagons for the 3rd border row is getting longer.  I am making these hexies with Inklingo and I thought I would pass on the information that if you like Quiltmania magazine but do not get it because it is so expensive there is a link at Linda’s Inklingo blog that lets you sign up for one year of Quiltmania for $60 – scroll though her blog post here and you will find the link.  I decided to take advantage of the offer as it is the only quilt magazine I like but never get because of the price.  It gives you the option to get it in English, French or Dutch – this is for United States and Canada only.

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The Dove came back for a visit a couple days ago it’s partner was here too but I wasn’t fast enough with the camera.  I had to fill up the feeders once again before the snow started and the birds were busy – we have enough snow on the ground to cover it once again but we have warmer weather heading our way by Monday I think – I really doubt it will warm up all that much today although they say 40 we will see – and since when do I think of 40 as a warm up LOL.  This winter is one for the record books I think.

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So Cold

Diamonds Are Forever, LeMoyne Stars, quilts

This cold weather here in the south just doesn’t want to go away – as I sit here Thursday evening with the fireplace going I have a heavy sweatshirt on and drinking hot tea.  Down to 16 degrees maybe and barely 30 degrees for Friday.  I am so ready for spring.  I think all of us around the US is saying that – or at least most places in the US.

I finished the row I was working on for my hexies on Diamonds are Forever – two more rows left to do and I took last night off of that and worked on stars instead.  Needed a break from hexies I think but not a long one I do want to finish that top.  I just pushed the basket holding the hexie quilt aside for the night.I am linking to A Quilting Reader’s Garden today and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Lemoyne Stars – added the dark purple in the middle row on the right  – these are hand pieced using Inklingo.

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Here is another one I am in the process of – at all times I only use one pin and sometimes not even that – mainly just use the pin when I am working on the Y-seam.

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I will get back to the tumblers on the wall and Love Enwined – but I want to concentrate on the quilts almost finished first and get them finished!!  Most evenings I work for a little while – 45 minutes to an hour and a half — on the Kansas Twister.

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I wanted to show the little kitty  – the tea ball that I had lost part of the chain so I went searching for a new one for loose tea and found this cute one at TJMaxx the other day – the kitty is suppose to sit on the rim of a cup if you are doing one cup at a time but I think most of my cups are too thick as I haven’t found one in the cupboard yet that it works that way on – that’s ok – I just let her hang there!  I found a new herbal tea that I just love – I normally do not like herbals but this one!  Ginger and Liquorice.  Yum – I need to order a bigger bag – I had ordered two small sample packages so I would know if I like it – I do! big package needed.  For those interested I get my tea from an on line company called Harney & Sons Fine Teas – I just like their teas I’m not affiliated, just a satisfied customer.  You can also find their teas on Amazon but I don’t find it that much different in price.

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For anyone that needs to treat themselves a little Craftsy is having a sale on supplies and while you are looking make sure you look through the classes too – they are always adding new ones it seems.  And have you looked at the patterns?  So many and a lot of them are PDF files so you get them right away – no waiting.  Some of the well known quilt authors are selling patterns on Craftsy.

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Counted the Hexies

Diamonds Are Forever, quilts

Well counting hexies in a big quilt is actually kind of easy – count the rows by how many rows and you get 4,158 hexies in Diamonds are Forever – or well be when I finish the final two rows if I counted right! – I only have a little left on this row to finish.   I was busy stitching these last night as Melanie (our oldest daughter) and I got caught up on Downton Abbey.  Due to the weather earlier in the week we put off celebrating her birthday until last night and had supper and then a dessert of home made cheesecake – her favorite.

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I have mentioned that Melanie doesn’t quilt but she does do stitching and she happening to find this book one day while she was shopping –this is an older book that she found at a used book store.  It is full of cross stitch patterns that uses quilt blocks – she brought it over for me to look at.

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I thought this was very interesting – I hadn’t seen cross stitch patterns from quilt patterns.

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And this is what Melanie is working on right now – here is a picture of her pattern – she finds a photo that she likes and then makes it into her own pattern.  If you look really closely – these are hexagon shapes!  she is making her own hexies now.

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the beginnings of it now.

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I got the row of hexies almost done last night that I was working on – and earlier in the day I did get the embroidery squares all zigzagged along the edges to keep from fraying – I put the stitch speed on high and zipped on through – I had already had half of them done so it didn’t take long in the afternoon to complete.  I do like how some sewing machines have a high/low speed and you can just zip through some things so fast.

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