Diamonds Are Forever

Today was one of those days – a little of this and that and still I’m tired! And I didn’t even exercise – I need to get back to the fitness center soon

I got both of the plants potted and I’m pretty sure from what I found on line and what the majority said is that the plant I brought home is a scheffleraTim is an expert and I will take his word for it although like he says he doesn’t see them stems ect.  The other plant I brought home with me was a rather limp Christmas Cactus.  I repotted it and found very little in the line of roots – I think this plant has been neglected Smile I will baby it, I put it in a fresh pot with fresh soil now too see what it will do.  The leaves which you might not be able to see in the photo are really thin and not plump at all.

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The last of the zinnia’s and a couple roses

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Little more work on the hexies for Diamonds are Forever and I worked more on them last night while watching tv.  I have used up almost all of my white hexies so I need to get some more ready.

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Love Entwined back on the design wall while I give it some thought.  I’m not sure what flowers I want to put in those vases or how many.  All of  the little hearts are appliqued in place.  I am linking up to Sarah’s Confessions of a Fabric Addict today

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The patchwork in the photo above possibly is ready to quilt –  it is baby size right now once I quilt it and wash it it will be a little smaller – right now it is 48 x 48 –I don’t think I will make it bigger.  I also have the quilt on the end of the frame to machine quilt as well.  The patchwork will be machine quilted straight lines as well – I think my hand quilting for now will stick with one quilt on the big frame and everything else will be done with straight lines – I just do not care for free motion.

It is kind of hard to see this paint chip in the actual color but it is what I am thinking for the walls in the kitchen – it is called Apple Peel – I’m just not sure yet if I want to go that dark – the lighter one actually has a tint of the red in it – not really pink but so light of a tint that it looks white I guess it is called Ballet Slippers – it would be for the ceiling.  I’ve always had light color walls in this house for the rooms that are painted and I wonder if I will like it a year from now – I do not like to paint so I want to make sure it is what I want before I get it.  I have it taped to the wall right now so I can keep walking by looking at it – I think I need to go back to the store and get 5 more of the same and tape them all together so I can see it bigger LOL.

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Friday was one of those days where I got a bit done peeling old tiles up off the kitchen floor but not much to do with sewing.  I’m helping Mike with our dining room project which includes redoing the kitchen floor to make it look better with the dining room almost done – with the wall down between the two areas now it really needs it.  I should be able to finish it today.  I picked up some paint chips to start to figure out repainting the kitchen but have not come anywhere near making up my mind.

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But I did get a little more quilting done on Thursday night on Dear Jane- not much but a little.

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I got one of the bouquets for the corner of the Love Entwined quilt taped together and drew out 2 sets of 4 hearts that go next to the vase in the corner – I have decided that I well be doing the bouquets my own way – they are not going to be exactly like the pattern – I don’t want to get any flack but – this is just my opinion ok – there is too much stuff going on in the quilt for me – I want a little less applique.  My personal preference – I love the quilt and want to make it – I don’t know how much of it I will make though — but I do know that I want less in it.  Like I say that is just me – the quilts I have seen so far look great it is just more than I want to do.

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More hexies have been added on Diamonds are Forever – I think I got about 10 more white hexies on the border while I watched the news last night.  I was disappointed that I missed the last 10 minutes of Grey’s Anatomy Thursday night due to a storm and didn’t see Scandal at all.  Before we left on our trip in early August we decided that we would be cancelling our Dish Network Package and see if we could make due with our antenna – we are at the limit of what is good receiving for an antenna as the tv stations are a good 65 miles from us – we have only tried going without now for a couple weeks and it is not working well!  We are only getting in ABC and CBS and only if the weather is good – the least amount of rain or wind and forget about it!  We are thinking of trying out Direct TV which we have never used before but have heard good things of.  I can watch most shows on Hulu or Netflix but we will most likely be giving those up if we go back to Satellite TV.

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Many warnings from a lot of you have come my way about the thumb joint problem about taking it easy and not over due.  Even though I am getting done with something’s I really am taking it much easier with my thumb then I used to.  I am watching how I hold my needle, watching how I hold the paddle thimble ect.  I am learning a new way to hold my thimble that doesn’t put any pressure on my thumb which means I am not using my thumb!! – a big switch up for me as I have always quilted away from me a lot at the frame – I am learning to do it the proper way – see the link – this means I am going slower and not getting done with as much but it is better because it is helping me – now I am quilting towards me or from the right –  a little more challenging learning the new proper way to hold the paddle thimble!!  Holding the paddle thimble properly and doing it my own way has caused the problems as I really spent a lot of time quilting the last several years – I have gotten done with a lot of hand quilting and now I’m paying for not taking my time.   Most of the time I do not have terrible pain  – I am trying to nip this in the bud before it gets worse by finding support for the thumb now so I can continue to do my hand work – I hope I haven’t given the impression I am in severe pain – I am not – occasional strong twinges but most of the time other than a dull ache it is ok.  This is not an “all the time” thing.

I got done with this much of Dear Jane – Insanity Revisited done on Wednesday night and it took an hour to do with a lot of little breaks during that time.  The lowest in the photo triangle had already been done.

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Now when I applique I do not notice the pressure on my thumb and I do it the same way but I do wear a support glove on my hand when doing any kind of sewing now until I get the brace I sent for.  I got done with both of these Love Entwined vases yesterday.  I have always been able to applique quickly when I set my mind to it – I use a tiny whip stitch with thread that matches as close as possible instead of a blind stitch that many use.  I am linking up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today if you wish to run on over and see more quilts that others are working on.

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Also on Wednesday I got more of my hexies done on Diamonds are Forever – this is what I was working on last night also while Gray’s Anatomy and Scandal were on so I’m sure I got done with more.  Little by little the projects will get done – just a little slower Winking smile  BillieBee’s is having the link up this week for hexies –

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That’s right quilters I dragged out the box and patterns of “Love Entwined” and looked it over yesterday and jumped back in!  It was time to select fabric for the vases.  I want to get some darker colors mixed in with what I already have in the quilt as they will be used in various areas of the quilt – 4 colors are dark – the flowers will be a mixture of light, medium and dark so I think they will be ok.  Switching up projects helps my thumb as I am not using the same motions over and over.

I decided to continue to use some of the wash out applique fusible paper that I have.  I used them on the zigzags and liked the way it worked.  I am going to be giving it a try on the flowers as well.  I used it like I say on the zigzags and some of the other parts but not on all of them.

Looks a mess right now – this was in the morning – the dining table is residing in the living room for now as the work continues on the dining addition – so I had the mess in the living room.  More room to spread out then on my smaller work table in the sewing room.

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The wash away sheets I am using.

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Iron the template to your fabric, cut it out and then glue baste (I used a glue stick for this part) the edges under – this does make for a neater applique although it is a method I have not used often.

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I then used Roxanne Glue Baste It with the needle nose applicator and my long tweezers to help get the pieces in the right position.

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The four vases in their proper corners – ready to applique down.  I am applique the top of the vases in place also as I do not need to leave openings as I am going to embroider the stems down and do not need to tuck any stems underneath.  I am going to be doing a bit of embroidery/applique mixture on this quilt.

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Some of my edges didn’t glue quite perfect but I will even those edges out a little while I applique by pulling edges out with my needle a little where needed.

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My lighting was quite right on a couple of these, I forgot to move my sewing light away and also had the flash – you will be seeing more of these in the upcoming days so doesn’t really matter does it.

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And here is some progress on the hexies “Diamonds are Forever”– I finished one side of the chain and starting in with the white again.  I am leaving the corners until I start to work on the side it joins just to make sure I don’t have to undo anything.

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Some have asked what kind of brace did I order for my thumb and where did I order from – I think a lot of us hand quilters and others have trouble with our thumb!  The brace is called:  Comfort Cool CMC Restriction Splint  I ordered mine from Amazon.  It should arrive at the end of the week I think.   I know what works for some doesn’t for others but I hope it will work for me.  The other one I used had a piece of hard metal running the length of thumb and it hurt for me to wear it and it made the thumb pain worse.  You could not remove the metal.

Comfort Cool CMC Restriction Splint, Size: Small, Right

Diamonds are Forever – almost the whole row of the chain of color now added – after that will be two rows of white hexies – then I will work the opposite side and then the top and bottom.  My thumb doesn’t bothered me much with hand piecing – it is the quilting that has the added pressure that pains it.  I am linking to Lee at Freshly Pieced today and Sew Fresh Quilts

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I suddenly had the urge to get out my applique patterns for Love Entwined yesterday – I don’t know if you heard – if you are making it you most likely did – but someone finished her Love Entwined quilt recently – I believe she machine appliqued the quilt although I am not positive on that EDITED:  Narelle just left a comment and said she did it by hand!  I am amazed you got it done so quickly – it is a tremendous undertaking.  Here is a link to Esther’s blog where she has had permission to post a photo and talk about it.  Esther is the designer of the replica quilt that was originally made in 1790.

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This is what my Love Entwined looks like – I am not even done with the center medallion!!  I don’t think I have touched it in almost a year.  I don’t know if I will ever make the whole quilt but I do want to finish one round at a time and maybe it will just be a wall hanging – I don’t know.  There is so much applique in it – a huge undertaking.  The next up if I am to finish the center is the corner vases and the flower bouquets springing out of them.  I am needle turn appliqueing this.

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My basket of all kinds of fabric that will go in this quilt including a lot of Japanese Taupe’s that I bought last year for it. (the last of my not on sale fabrics!)

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I hope to start to spread some of this out on the dining room table this week and look it over and choose some fabric for the vases first and then see about how it goes!

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Ok I didn’t control myself and I quilted too much on Sunday night resulting in no quilting on Monday – thumb ached a bit too much – ouch – I have ordered a different thumb brace that another quilter recommended – it has good reviews –  the other one just didn’t work while I tried it on the trip  making it hurt way too much instead of making it better and I gave it a good amount of time trying to wear it.  Moderation will be the key I’m sure Smile I will just have to force myself to slow down on the hand work.

But because I did persevere I got done with row #7.  The white chalk marks will rub out/wash out.  Six more rows to go and the triangle row at the top.

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Don’t pay attention to the unevenness of the scallop border  – they are all a little different this is free hand and also the final stitching is where the binding will go – it is just basted down.

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Seeing as I decided to not quilt at all yesterday I worked on the hexies instead as hand piecing doesn’t seem to bother my thumb as much – I didn’t just sit and work for hours – I was at it off and on all day and evening.  I have about a half row of white to do still and then the chain of color starts and I’m wondering how I will like it.  I am linking to Connie’s Freemotion by the River   and Quilt Story and Esther’s Blog: WOW

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I felt the urge to start working on my applique yesterday but refrained as I would rather get the hexies done now that I am on the borders.   Time enough to start one of the others later – one hand work a day right now will be plenty.

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Craftsy sales on these items continue through Friday. (I am compensated for any sales going through my links)


Dates: Thursday, October 2 – Friday, October 10

Criss Cross Quilt Kit – up to 30% off
Northern Stroll Quilt Kit – up to 40% off
Bedfordshire Quilt Kit – up to 30% off


Dates: Thursday, October 2 – Friday, October 10

Rose Trellis Lace Vest: Enjoy 25% off for a price of $28.50.
Woodsie Glove: Enjoy 30% off for a price of $7.81.
Easy Lace Shrug: Enjoy 35% off for a price of $8.45.
Alfajor Hat:Enjoy 50% off for a price of $10.50.
Captivating Cowl: Enjoy 35% off for a price of $7.80.

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