Tree is Up

Baking/cooking, family, Scrap Quilts from the stash 2014

tn_FreeVintageImagesofChristmasClipArt6_jpgWe decided to use the old tree and put lights up where the old ones failed.  The vacuum took care of all the stuff that falls off of it every year and it looks pretty once again – couldn’t see spending money on a new tree when a strand of lights “fixed” it.   The tree really is too new to toss  — Melanie and Ric’s great niece came over to help decorate and she had a blast.  ( I need to clear up some confusion on who Aniya is – she is not my granddaughter as many of you seem to think she is –  although she would be a great one to have – she is my oldest daughter Melanie’s great niece from her husbands side of the family). I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching today and Tweak it Tuesday for decorating.

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I think she liked playing with the bubble wrap more than decorating the tree though!

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And she loved seeing “new to her” Christmas decorations.  This is what Christmas is all about isn’t it the fun in the children’s eyes – like a fantasy land – you wonder what they are thinking about.

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Cookies were frosted and hot chocolate served – then outside to play and work off those calories

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Melanie brought over some holly and ivy to decorate the penguin vase.

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Friday night I felt like just doing some mindless sewing and decided to just finish all the leaders and ender 4 patches that I had in the box – pressed them all and trimmed these to 3 inches.  More to be made  = I am using 2 inch squares as they are not all cut perfectly and trimming to 3 inches finished.  These are all from the scrap box.  130 finished.

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A little more of the hexies were sewn on also.  How about all of you? Busy Weekend getting close to Christmas!

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Numerous Projects

Dear Jane - "Insanity Revisited", Diamonds Are Forever, quilts, Scrap Quilts from the stash 2014

tn_FreeVintageImagesofChristmasClipArt27_jpgThank you to anyone who ordered things on the Craftsy  sale through my links – I appreciate it (I just had to place an order too).  Today I kept busy trying to get from one thing to another.  I did want to get the repairs on So Scrappy finished and did – rewashed it afterwards to make sure the batting shrunk up good in the repair areas too so it would all blend good and it did – I couldn’t find the areas when I got it out of the dryer that I had fixed!  Now it is all ready to be donated or sold – whichever comes first!

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I got row #3 on the Kansas Twister sewed and pinned to the wall – next is number 4 and add one more twister in place at the end and do the same as I did on the top two rows adding in that last needed twister in width as I go.

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I thought seeing as I had mentioned the leaders and enders yesterday I should go ahead and do up a couple more of those as I was sewing and here they are – these will all be squared up when I get ready to make something from them.  That might be another baby quilt like I made from them earlier in the year.

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Diamonds are Forever got in a little work out while I was listening to the news – not much but the beginning of a new white row.

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On Thursday night I worked a little more on Insanity Revisited – coming close to the end of Row #12 but most likely two more quilting sessions before that happens.  Yes I will be close to a finish by the end of the year but I am not pushing it and just quilting when I want to – no deadline.

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It was nice to see what other’s would buy if they had a quilting money present!  I changed my mind from jelly rolls to a 40 piece fat quarter bundle – Crazy about Reds by Minick and Simpson.  I plan on making a winter quilt with redwork embroidery and maybe log cabin blocks around the embroidery blocks – I will see about getting busy on this new project soon – I am waiting for the fabric to arrive before I start the embroidery to see if I am using white or light beige for the embroidery squares – Mike’s Christmas present to me – I ordered it through the Craftsy  sale plus a code I had for a further discount and it brought it within my price range!  Remember I do not buy fabric any more unless I get it on a good sale.  Even for a present to myself I like to save money LOL.  I will show fabric and the pattern when I get it.  (if I need to purchase more of the fabric to get the whole quilt made queen size I will do so).

Today starts the cookie baking for Christmas – I have some helpers coming today – Melanie and her husband’s great niece little 3 year old Aniya are coming over to play in cookie dough and help decorate the tree too.  I’ll take pictures.

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Hexies and More

Diamonds Are Forever, Scrap Quilts from the stash 2014

After a week or more of not touching the hexies I got them out Wednesday night and finished a row – I still need to put several long rows of white hexies on this border before I go to the other end and start on that one.  Diamonds are Forever – I am linking to A Quilters Readers Garden today and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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And yesterday I got back to the design wall and put together the last twister for the first and second row and then got those rows sewed together for the Kansas Twister.  This quilt pattern might look deceptively easy with the big pieces but your really have to watch how you put your rows together and matching points.

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From a distance the top two rows look matched up perfectly but from a distance – no such luck – but almost is better than perfect for this quilt.  It is certainly not an heirloom quilt.

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Anyone remember my little leader and ender blocks?  I started working on these earlier in the year and they kind of got forgotten.  I really need to get back to them and add to the stack.  I have no pattern picked out to use them in they will be 4 patches that measure about 3 inches I think.

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Mike and I ran over to the Home Depot in Conway – a 45 mile trip to get some pieces of wood trim for the kitchen that he couldn’t find at the local store and instead of asking to go to Kohl’s or Target or whatever other stores are around when we got done with the home store and Mike asked did I want to stop any where I said how about the big fairly new Kroger Grocery Store that was built last year LOL – just wanted to wander and look and see if they had anything I can’t find at home I guess.  We both actually enjoyed looking through this big grocery store that sells specialty foods, dishes, placemats, glass ware, pots and pans and a large area of furniture – all under the same roof as the grocery store.  I found a two color Poinsettia and Mike found some tea that he likes so it wasn’t a wasted trip Smile

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If you were given a $100 bill for a Christmas present and said you could spend it on quilting supplies what would you buy? I’m just curious LOL – me I think Jelly Rolls what about you?  I like pre-cuts do you? and if you do what is your favorite kind?


Craftsy is having a before Christmas Flash sale – better get the things you want – or better yet tell the people who buy you gifts to take a look – also a good time to stock up on things you might want for projects in the new year.  Two Day SaleThursday and Friday.  Use the links provided.

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Dear Jane and A Flash Sale

Dear Jane - "Insanity Revisited"

I worked on Insanity RevisitedDear Jane on Tuesday night and realized I had not touched it in about 4 days.  So I promptly sat down and did some quilting.  I didn’t get back to the So Scrappy quilt for the little repairs but I do believe I will take out the bad thread tension areas and sew some new lines down in those places.

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So this puts me half way done on Row #12

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I did go back to the store for the box that I had seen that I thought would be good for sewing projects in the camper but it was actually much larger than I remembered it being and so I left it at the store.  I do not know why I thought it was smaller, but I was thinking it was half the size it was!!  I just wanted something small for in the camper.


Craftsy is having a before Christmas Flash sale – better get the things you want – or better yet tell the people who buy you gifts to take a look – also a good time to stock up on things you might want for projects in the new year.  Two Day SaleThursday and Friday.  Use the links provided.

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So Scrappy–Done

Scrap Quilts from the stash 2014

That’s right I got the little quilt done – it came out really well, except for discovering more problems on the back where the tension had messed up if you remember me mentioning – now I will need to got back and fix parts of two lines I think and the quilt is already washed and dried – I didn’t spot it until I was done.

But first here is the quilt, it finished at 53 x 51 inches – machine pieced, machine applique, machine quilted and the border big stitch quilting with two strands of a variegated yellow thread.  I am linking to Freshly Pieced Modern today and Sew Fresh Quilts.

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And this is the problem area – I found two small areas on the back that look like this where the tension messed that I didn’t spot before I washed it.  So do you just sew over this area and then pick out the bad area or do you pick out and then sew?  I sometimes sell or give away some of these smaller quilts and I wouldn’t want to like this as I think if someone (a child) tugged on it too hard or got something caught it could break the thread and a whole strand of thread – or part– would come out – I haven’t run into problems like this with hand quilting and it is always easy to fix if I find an area that needs fixing for some reason – but by machine I wonder how you all do it when you had tension problems that you didn’t realize or thought you had found them all like I did – and the quilt has already been washed and dried – do you do it any differently than you would by hand?   Would love any suggestions you all have for this.

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Melanie (my daughter) and I went shopping and out to lunch and like I said we are not avid shoppers and with lunch and a short walk we were only gone 3 1/2 hours LOL.  We went in and out of some stores after being in them for barely 5 minutes.  We did wander through Tuesday Morning and I should have grabbed a nice little suitcase decorative box that I could keep sewing projects in – especially for the camper and I didn’t – I really need to stop and grab it next time I run into town as it was very inexpensive and I loved it.  Just the right size for bringing a project to a quilt group or for in the camper or other traveling.   We also went into a nice shop that is not a chain but a local store in a town close by just across the river – it is in their tiny downtown area and has all kinds of Christmas decorations and fancy dishes and unique things to buy as gifts and I found a cute little snowy owl for the Christmas tree – which after all this talk about it we decided to stick with the old one and just put the lights on it like we did last year.

Here is the little owl that I just sat in this table decoration until we get the tree up.

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Going through more  old  boxes in the workshops of Christmas things I found the old cookie jar that my parents gave us when the kids were young – this is actually bigger than it looks, odd how it looks small in the photo.  It is 10 inches high and 9.5 inches wide.  The little jar with the penguin I use for candy it had flowers in it originally – another thing of mom’s.

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And seeing as this teapot is red I thought it would look good on the window sill with the Christmas mugs.

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I better stop going through things or I will have way more Christmas things out then I thought I would!

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A Busy Day

Scrap Quilts from the stash 2014

I got the binding machine sewed on So Scrappy and was ready to start the hand work.  While I was at it I found one little nest on the back that I hadn’t noticed so sometime later today I need to take that bit out and fix that line of quilting.  I have about 2 1/2 borders of the binding stitched down now.  I’m not sure if I will get it finished today.  Melanie and I are actually going to go shopping for a little bit today and I want to check out some more trees while we are out running around.  Neither of us are much at shopping so probably won’t be out long.

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Rounded corners are easy and no mitering involved.  I am linking to Connie’s Freemotion by the River today and Mrs. Sew and Sow Scraptastic Tuesday and Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday a lot of links at all of these to look through if you like to see what others are working on.  And if those aren’t enough go visit Esther’s WOW  down under in Australia most of her link ups will be late in the day or tomorrow though as of the time difference.

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Short post today but I have no progress to report on anything else!  I was busy yesterday just not much to show for it except an empty laundry basket and fresh groceries in the refrigerator!  That kind of busy day.

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