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~ Jazzy Monday ~

I am here to tell you I have the last of the butterfly sashing in the hoop currently.. the end  of this section of the quilt is IN SIGHT!!!

This is sooo Whoopable.. Finishing this short strand of butterflies will solidify that I am 2/3 done with Kimber’s Memory Quilt now 🙂  I am rolling downhill now!!!

Plus I recently found out that Kaydence’s mom DID actually lose the quilt in their house fire that I had made Kaydence before she was born .. so guess what she wants!!!    A NEW QUILT!!  I was thrilled to find out she actually wants a keepsake style quilt with her name and birth and weight and length.. and she promises to use it too!

So besides the other behind the scenes stuff that is going on I have been designing something that will go together quickly…
I will be embroidering this center block for the quilt .. copying Keashia’s handwriting on the center.. she is mailing it tomorrow since no mail runs today… I have fabric pulled and can start this hand embroidery writing when I get everything from her 🙂  I am excited!!!

I was then equally excited when Wendy showed me this block and I drafted a row of 3 of them to see what I thought…

 I LOVE THEM!!!

So there is now a quilt for Kaydence drafted!!!  I think it will be rad and just the colors her mom asked for.. Keashia is excited.. as am I !!  I love being a Grammy!!!

Well the hand quilting of this last bit of butterflies must go on…  Here is my fave background noise when I stitch..

a water bubbler!! lol  I have had this for years and it helps me focus on stitches and length and all while I listen to tunes and have the constant of the bubbler in the background too!

What do you listen to as you stitch???

Hope you have a blessed week.  Until my next post…

Rustic Bulls Eye ~ 1 block done :)

 And I am loving it!!!!

My new project and some of my tools for the job at hand! lol

You see… once upon a time I had an idea that I couldn’t make come to life.. but my friend Connie had the patience and the book… and had taught classes even using this pattern as a full quilt…

Well I wanted a wall hanging of it… I want if to use in my kitchen for now

and maybe somewhere else later… it is a very versatile piece for my home… could even fit my foyer which has some minimalist decor! lol  Look for yourself!

So she made the wall hanging and mailed it to me… I put it up on my design board and played on a few apps on the iPad until I had this little mock up of Rustic Bulls Eye 🙂

Yep.. I decided it needed borders to breath then a darker binding… add some buttons for effect and quilt using Perle cottons 🙂  The circles of the bulls eyes are homespun but the varying gray backgrounds are quilting cotton… from our stashes and her LQS 🙂

So earlier this week I got busy and added mitered borders using this GREAT youtube vid !

then I marked it… here is the stencil I chose for my border and I mimic the corner design where the center of each line is…

wait til I get to my ideas on this border!  You will LOVE IT!!!!

Then I sewed on the buttons so all the varigated perle cotton in red/pink was knotted to the flimsy only on the front.. my thought on this is that even though it does create something to hang your thread on it won’t tuft into the batting layers… yep… layers… I am using one cotton batting layer and one wool batting layer so this baby is extra thick to sew on by hand!!!

Above I have just started my circles in the circles 🙂 lol … but you can see the buttons and the threads and tools I am using in this shot.. I am using Valdani perle cottons and YLI 40/3.. I will DEFINITELY be using my new thimble … and HAPPY to have that … and needles I can thread … with the help of my handy needle threader (forgot to get a shot of it this time)!

Here is the border and buttons added… and all marking done ready to pin baste…

This was also my first time trying out my new Kwik Klip for closing the safety pins I use for basting…

 There are great directions on the back side of the package too…

My review is very favorable.. I paid $6 or so for this little tool and it is sooo worth it to safely and quickly and without discomfort I pinned this 40″ square quilt myself with no help 🙂  Usually I recruit my honey or daughter to close the pins… not any more! lol

So far this is my progress in my hoop… just barely (remember I have 2 layers of batting all around to consider! lol).

One block is done … I have just recently rehooped and have started on the second one… I have 16 total and the border to do… this will be a FUN project though… and should go fast I hope 🙂  As fast as hand quilting goes! lol

Otherwise we have been busy with CJ…

Here he has cheerios hidden under his legs as we play peek a boo with them!  Fun times 🙂

Around Casa Del Loro my honey has been adding wainscoting to the living room to match the foyer I showed you above…

All the white is considered a trim moulding called wainscot. It is VERY labor intensive but other than industrial and engine maintenance my honey also is a finish carpenter by trade! I am soooo blessed!

Hope whatever you have planned for your weekend… makes you smile at least once a day!  And on Sunday come check out what Kathy is up to HERE for Slow Sunday Stitching ya’ll!

Until my next post,

A Great Kind of Week…

It has been a great but very busy week here around Casa Del Loro…

And I FINALLY found a new chair last weekend!

I was so excited to do my endless search on Craigslist and this time hit paydirt in an ad without a pic… but the description that caught my eye… so I sent an email and he responded with a pic .. off we went and got it!  We plan to put a new seat on it but it is great as is… see my desk and quilting area now..

My new chair is MONGO comfy which is GREAT and I love having my hand quilting nearby.. you can see I have done a bit of work since this pic…

To this pic…

I just have that background cross hatch to do now 🙂

Linking my quilty progress to Kelly for NTT (Needle and Thread Thursday) HERE!

I also got this cute little cast iron truck this week which was GREAT…

 So I then auditioned fabrics for the back of it… to make it into a walnut shell filled PIN CUSHION!!!

Which of the 3 above is your fave for the back of this cool truck?

Monday and Tuesday were filled with errands and house keeping chores… because on Wednesday we had a full day planned to do other stuff which turned out so GREAT!!!

In the morning I had 2 quilty friends come for a visit and we chatted a LOT and quilted a bit…

 Meet Debbie (sitting) and Kathy 🙂  We had a bunch of fun!

Then me and my honey decided between rain drops to go for a beachside walk….

But the tide was all the way up.. so no driving was allowed…

Since we came for a walk anyway we just walked onto the beach….

And NO ONE was there!!!

It was sooo surreal to be on the beach during spring break and only the birds were our company initially.. by the time we left a few people were noticed … but very cool altogether for sure 🙂

Then Thursday I got to not only meet a new person in my life… his name is CJ!!! Ya’ll this is SUPER GREAT!!!!

 CJ is my oldest sons… fiance’s son.  However they have no wedding date.. so future posts will just let you know … I am claiming him now as my grandson! lol

Isn’t he cute sleeping here!  He took a nice nap while he was visiting and we had a fun playtime too!

Hope you are all doing well!

Until next time…

Blessed Easter Sunday!

Hello and how are you?  It has been a bit of time since my last post.. but we have been busy!!!

First I want to wish you a Blessed Easter.. in our home our Easter decoration is here…

A single white flower to represent the purity of Christ’s love… dying on the cross for our sins and them arising to join his Father.

Now if you made it this far… I also want to say… as much as this time of year means to me.. everyone has their own beliefs and I love that about the world we live in… So what are your beliefs for Easter… I would love to hear how you decorate… or don’t ! lol

As for me and my house… we have been busy this week… We have continued our spring cleaning…

I also received a package in the mail this week from my bestie Connie.  She sent me some thread we had ordered together and some goodies too!  Check out the angel in the center of the secretary… that is over the vase that sits there now for just a short time of enjoyment before we put her away… she is a Christmas angel and will adorn our Christmas tree this winter 🙂

You see I shared with Connie what kind of tree topper we wanted but couldn’t find.. well she had one in her stash she never uses anymore and remembered it as a gift from one of her dds from Cracker Barrel restaurant… how cool!!!!

My honey meanwhile has been creative in with some of his things too!  Check out what is sitting ON the cabinets in our kitchen now…

Yes… that is a model train… 027 scale to be exact and has been collected over time.. all is in working order too!!!!  Most of the train engines are 1940’s heavy metal engines that are workhorses.. but look how long this train is…

 It runs the length of our kitchen!!!  So cool we think!!! What do you think??

Saving the best for last…

I have been making great progress on the whole cloth quilt…

I finished the section I was on last week and started the south section this week…

And I have more done than when I took this picture…

I am just loving this project and while I have other projects calling me this one is getting my full attention currently…

I am hoping to get some unhooped pics this week to show my progress completely on this queen sized beauty 🙂
I also mailed out Kaydence’s baby quilt to her parents this week as her shower is next weekend!

Thanks for hanging in with me this week… and please.. if you made it this far please leave a comment… I covet your thoughts for sure!

Until my next post…

Spring Cleaning and a bit of Quilting too!

This past week we finished the kitchen floor!!!

and enjoyed a nice quiet Sunday.   I got up and made coffee…

and enjoyed looking at my favorite tile in the whole room!!!

Why is this my fave tile???  It is my favorite because it is the only tile my honey chose in the whole room and it was the EXACT tile I had planned to put there!!!  Don’t you love it when little moments happen like that in a relationship?!!!  I sure do 😉

Above is the other side of the floor near our much more compact kitchen table and bench 🙂

But here is the spot that has now glaring become apparent it needs something to me…

The spot over the bench is DESOLATE!!!  I need to bring some color and flavor into this room… so I called up my friends and brainstormed away and in the end….  my friend Connie is gonna fashion a top about 36″ square and I will quilt it… I know what the basic look will be.. however ours will be completely different colors… and I want you to enjoy the surprise of getting a quilt top to quilt… I will also be using double batting to hand quilt this quilt with big stitch style.. but that is all I know currently.  It may be a while before I get this top from Connie.. as she works full time and has a full time life outside of work as well.. quilting is her stress reliever when she can make time… but I am very excited and at rest now knowing that it will be totally made for this spot by Connie too!

As I was pondering this problem.. before it got solved that is… I have been really quilting away between cleaning and moving furniture and dusting and such…

I have been working on quilting my wholecloth quilt… I have finished all the flowers and am working on the greenery surrounding the flowers now.. then I will come in with a natural colored YLI thread and do all the cross lines… it will be totally fab!!! I am really enjoying this process…

Yesterday the carpets all got finished being washed (tiling indoors creates a lot of dust!)… and we hadn’t moved furniture to clean carpets we realized since we had moved in over 2 years ago!!! Oh my!!!  So here is our living room today…

 My dd has a few things still left out on the tables.. and the sofa table needs to be properly decorated but we are unsure what is right for that space currently… so an updated pic will follow in a future post 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed this peek into our busy world!  Until my next post…

Happy Weekend!!

So sorry it has been a week since my last post friends!  We have been so busy this week I couldn’t take time to chat.. but now I have lots of fun things to share 🙂

Above is a picture of the center medallion of this quilt finished….

Here is a close up of 1/4 of that medallion in my 16″ hoop….

I used a light blue thread for the center medallion… but I plan to use other colors in the flowers surrounding this medallion… not a traditional way to stitch a whole cloth for sure… but then I am not a traditional hand quilter I think! lol

Here are the colors of thread I am starting with … I am using YLI 40 (wooden spools) and Aurifil 28 threads for my quilting pleasure 😉

Here you can see where I am going with the dark blue thread in the flower petals…

So I am having lots of fun with this project!

Meanwhile, I am watching the patchwork of our kitchen floor come together…

These shots are before grouting though… so the lines between the tile look dark… We are using a light colored grout here so it will flow nicely when done… here is the grout going in…

I was the sponge rinsing girl in this process and it sure helped my honey out!!!  He is a master at tile setting but is used to having 2 helpers… so he got me this time instead! Oh my!! lol

But we managed and the floor is curing after being sealed… so pics of the final floor layout… and a peek at my fave tile and why coming up in my next post!

Our weather is cooler and clear… think spring break and we are only seeing temperatures in the high 60’s this weekend!  OOOPS! lol

So back to stitching for me this weekend… what are you up to this weekend??

Happy Quilting Day!

Hope today you make time to put in some stitches on a project!!!

As for me I am working a a wholecloth quilt for our bed.  The wholecloth top was a gift from my bestie Connie.. and 2 summers ago we pinned it for quilting but a time to quilt it never came… until now!

 So here it is in my hoop above… and the pattern I found a pic of by doing a google search here….

It is a king sized quilt and will fit our queen bed generously well… I have a wideback busy print in gold and grey and white as the backing too so NO SEAMS…

Therefore, this is the perfect quilt to practice my stitch length and consistency throughout this project!!!

I have also been working on patchwork in the kitchen… working on the tile floor placement.  I am choosing the tile and he is setting them.  I see the big pic and he checks things close up!  We are having a blast..

 and our kitchen is now about 2/3 tiled!!!  This pic was taken a bit before we stopped for the morning 😉

Hope you have a Happy Quilting day however you manage to find patchwork to work with! lol

Until my next post….

Binding and Scraping…

I love to bind using my Wonder Clips…

See how my needle just slides into the fabric below the Wonder Clip??

I use 7 for binding… just a number that has always worked for me to keep up with….

Here is a close up of what I am talking about too…

When placing the Wonder Clip on your binding place it about 1/8″ from the edge of your binding… and you can stitch away without removing the clip if you like!  Then move them all when you reach the end of the clips if you like!  Makes it a little of a game moving the 7 clips around 🙂

I am really enjoying the binding on this little quilt and am linking this post to Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching HERE… 

Also we are still scraping the floor in our kitchen… in a quest for a tile floor instead of the 1990’s vinyl that has resided there since casa del loro was built!

Here was our progress Saturday morning and a good view of our kitchen floor..

We now have over 1/4 of the floor mostly stripped of the vinyl with more soaking and scraping to go to get down to the bare concrete… it will take a bit we think now!  They glued this entire floor in 1990… no floating in that era! lol

Hope you have a happy rest of your weekend… and don’t forget to make time to

Putting on the bow… slowly!

Yep… slowly I am “putting on the bow” of Kaydence’s Baby Quilt 🙂  (It hasn’t found another name).

And “putting on the bow” is a fun way of thinking of hand stitching down the binding (always leaves me sad to see a project end) … now does my post make more sense? lol

A friend in one of my fave hand quilting facebook groups said this recently and it inspired me to finish it… so today I am gonna focus on binding a bit more…

And once I finish sewing on the binding I need to embroider the label and applique it in place…

NOT looking forward to this for some reason and unsure why really… it is an easy process and I am prepared for it… have it all laid out and ready to go… so why the hesitation??? I wish I knew! lol

Meanwhile… around Casa Del Loro we are fertilizing and sprucing from the winter and letting the spring sun bring things back to life here on Florida’s east coast.  You see during the winter things just go dormant… turn old looking and chill… not much new growth… even on indoor plants… it is their hibernating phase I think! lol

While we wait over the next month for the sprinklers and nature to water all that fertilizer in and get back to yard cutting the summer away… my honey has decided to take on a tile setting job for our kitchen floor!  Yep … nice 12″ porcelain that matches all the rest of the tile we bought for Casa Del Loro.  So that will be something I can share with you over the weekend.  We plan to make it a family project and each take a job to make it flow better 🙂

Are you getting Spring fever yet where you live???  Maybe it is all the motorcycles we hear as it is Bike Week here and Spring Break has begun for many who visit as well!

So as I bind and we tile I hope you have a blessed weekend yourself…

SUNNY Slow Stitching Sunday :)

The sun is out in full force on this cool but sunny morning here on the east coast of Florida 🙂

 Wish I had a beach sunrise pic to share with you… but here are some plants from our back yard with the reflection of the sun showing off their beautiful magenta coloring…

Speaking of the sunrise today… did you set your clocks forward if you live in the United States???

Here is a cute pic my friend Connie posted on her fb wall… thought you all might enjoy it too…
P . S.  Starbucks is also a fave for me too! lol

And I am continuing my slow but sure path in the hand quilting department on Kaydence’s Baby Quilt…

Here was the view I woke too…

 Here is my progress this morning and the morning light instead of fake sun lighting the way… you can see the quilting much better I think 🙂

I am basting the outer edge as I do the outer border… this helps nothing to shift with the sewing on of the binding… which may be tomorrow at my current rate!  I currently have just 16 interlocked hearts to stitch before binding can commence on this lovely baby quilt!

Here is an UBER cool quote I found on facebook… I also thought you may agree…

Quilting is Therapeutic for sure!!!  Do you Wish Upon a Quilt sometimes too??

Cheers to a wonderful Sunday to you and yours!