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So much to share from this week! My frame is LOADED!!!!

So happy to be here to share with you all this week… I want to start out with happy wishes to all my Mom readers…

Seems this may be an international holiday too!  Canada, Australia and the US all celebrate today!

I am linking this post to my Canadian bloggy friend Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching HERE <<<
     PLEASE take a look at her awesome blocks she is constructing presently and showing off progress on her blog today 🙂  I really am enjoying watching this project come to life!!!

I have an updated pic of my grandkids to share on this day also!!!!

Here is Kaydence at 11 months old… her mother is in the background too 🙂

Aren’t they both just beauties!!!??  She is an awesome mom and DIL also!

Kaydence turns 1 year old on the last day of May !!!!  She lives in Tennessee where we are all from… so I doubt I will be seeing her before she turns one… but I love finding shots of her!!! lol

And here is a cool shot I found from March 2016 of CJ with his dad… my oldest son DL 😀

CJ will be 2 years old on June 6… so less than a month! 🙂  I am very excited about this as he lives near me and I may be seeing him around then also!  They will honor him on this birthday with his first HAIRCUT! lol

And here he is playing with the little wagon in our Florida room 🙂  xxoo

As for me??!!!  I have been sooo busy!

First some update shots of Brandi’s Starlight ~ Starbright Quilt I am working on in my PVC frame 🙂  Last week I was almost 1/2 way through the 4th block of 9 on this quilt…

and I shared the photo above as my progress to be… well by Tuesday I had moved the quilt in the frame…

Today I took this shot…

I have taken off some time from hand quilting this to work on finalizing my Spiral Log Cabin Flimsy and get it ready for hand quilting…

Here is the whole framed up part for you to see on this 4th block progress…

So if you can tell I am in the bottom left hand corner presently… and should make it about halfway across today… as this quilt will now be my focus… my daughter’s 18th birthday is end of July and I want this done when she returns from a summertime trip she is taking! 🙂

These blocks are each 28″ so it is hard to get bored or tired of this quilting… if you love hand quilting… and taking time to share pics with you helps me chart my progress too!  Halfway through the 5th block will be halfway… I am anxious to see that come about sooner than later! 🙂

So what has been keeping me away from quilting on Starlight ~ Starbright??

First I cut and shared my starting progress on a flying geese border for this quilt center to get adorned with…

 Here were my flying geese in production…

 I used the Easy Angle ruler and Companion angle ruler to cut these and all turned out PERFECT!!!!

 Above are the 40 flying geese I needed… and below is how I set them on this quilt center…

 Then I used the “neutral fabric” from the flying geeese and cut borders for the quilt… this took a couple days as it went on fairly easy but lots of seams for sure to mind while sewing….

I must say I love the end wall hanging for our living room though!!!

And this flimsy will be the first to adorn my newly finished Hinterberg Hand Quilting Frame my honey & I finished this week!!!!

Last week I shared the frame shots while it was being made… but this week I am sharing it adorned with the flimsy above!!!

First though… I want to share the quilting frame in place… it is 10 feet long and that can be a no go for some quilters as space is an issue for something this long… but check it out!!!

Here you can see our living room… I am standing in the dining room/kitchen area to get this shot…

 And can you see the frame peeking out over our mussed up sofa?? lol

 Here it is!!!  Waiting on the poles to come on payday! lol

 And with the metal poles in place (it is electrical conduit… very stiff and unbending really!)

Here is a shot from the day after the leader fabric arrived and was washed, dried, ironed, torn to length for a nice square piece of fabric… then divided per the directions that came with the frame into 3 pieces….

 I chose a horizontal stripe fabric as a suggestion from a bloggy friend with a similar style frame… she said hers came with it and it helps her pin it straight… I am sooo HAPPY I DID THIS also!!!!

I also marked the center of the fabric “leaders” on each pole with a permanent marker to mark the centerpoint… you use this to mount everything and not have it cattiwaumpus on there! lol

 Finally… after several tries and then a good nights sleep and a good pressing of my flimsy and this was ready to go back on the frame without any wrinkles or lack of tension… it just flowed on when I was fresh and took my time! lol

So remember this if you try something new like this… try it really when you are at your most astute…

I do want to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT in this post to my friend Wendy!  Find her blog here where she is currently showing her BOM for May.. a very cool block… including directions for assembly of this “Puss in the corner” block! >>>>> HERE <<<<<<

You see this frame wouldn’t have been on my radar and I would have still been using a hoop only for these bigger quilts had it not been for her encouragement and the way she is soooo versatile with her frame too!  She has a Hinterberg frame built from a kit like mine is… and the company just recently had some kits made up for sale… I got this one just about 6 weeks ago and look at me now!

Wendy has encouraged me and my honey along in this process and shared pics and info about her frame and how she uses it best with all she has learned over the years… I am blessed to call her my friend for sure!!!

And before I let you go… check out what my daughter found last week at a neighborhood yard sale!!!!

 this little foot stool fits neatly under the chair it now sits at… but isn’t this doxie life like on the tapestry!!!!  I fell in love.. now this shot was taken after a good washing (years of dirt on this one when it was brought into the house!) and it had dried overnight.

But check out Daisy now next to that doxie foot stool!

 I thought she was looking like a model sitting next to her likeness!  We showed it to her and she barked at it! lol  Wonder what dogs really think.. how they interpret what they see with lack of some colours??!!

Enough pondering with you for today I think.. Have a blessed Mother’s Day wherever you are and remember no matter what…

Sew Fun Weekend :)

Welcome ya’ll!

I am having a very groovy weekend with lots of SLOW STITCHING! 🙂

I have been productive this week around the house and listing some things on eBay with my honey so now I am making some time for my favorite things… quilting and blogging to you my friends 🙂

First up is the Pet Cushion I created on both my Singer 401a (Zena) and 301a (Gloria) …

I shared this close up of a cornerstone in my last post..

Well that was a close up of this part..

 Then I auditioned this fabric and decided I had enough and it coordinates well.. the color of the center panel does not photo well though.. it matches some of the hues in this batik fabric though 🙂

And once washes it was immediately enjoyed…

 So much so that Daisy decided a nap was also in order!!! LOL

We have put this next to the back door that is the busy in and out part of our home… she can keep an eye on us and rest in luxury too! lol

I stuffed this one same as the other… with some fiberfill.. then cotton batting shredded up with an old rotary.. the center part has the remaining foam from her original pillow then shredded cotton batting and more fiberfill.. close the opening and wash as needed 🙂  Tadah!!!!

Next I thought I would try a coaster. but it didn’t turn out as well as my boxed corners on the cushions did!
Back to the drawing board on this one.. and figure out why it is sooo wavy!

All the while I have been working in my down time on the FALL WALL HANGING!!!

I finished the inner border this week and started on the outer border!!!!

 I am marking this border with my Pounce Pad in WHITE… they have pink and blue also 🙂

 If you notice … it is very clear to see the markings when you mark it.. then they disappear and become muddled as you quilt each area… the trick is not to touch the powder much as you quilt!!

Here is the end of the bottom border getting done .. this will have me 1/4 done with the outer border too!!! Yippee 🙂

Linking this awesome progress to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.. HERE 🙂

Soon I will start piecing my Journey of a Quilter..

it is set up as a BOM.. and I am likely to do it that way as I have sooo much happening! lol  I am doing this quilt with my friend Kathy… we are calling it “Friendship Journey” 🙂  The picture shows all you are to do in the first block only!!!  There are 9 blocks like this!!  Won’t this be fun though.. embroidery… piecing… creating… then quilting and enjoying!!!

I have found so much solace this week in a simple verse of the Bible… John 10:9… if you have this book in your home.. check out this chapter .. it is very interesting for sure!

I just love finding pasture in my life too … hand quilting certainly helps that!

Until my next post.. please remember…

Crafty Adventures and Quilty Progress too!

This has been one action packed week so far ya’ll!

First of all I finished a second Christmas fabric chain… to go with the one I made before Christmas 🙂

 These 2 chains will adore our little 4 foot tree next year.. after sharing them with you and my family they are now tucked away with Christmas items to be enjoyed next year…

While this was repetitive stitching I found listening to Netflix was a nice way to sew and make it a bit less painful to be so repetitive… so I have been watching a show called “Hart of Dixie”!  It is their 4th season…

It is certain to make you giggle a bit too so I consider it a guilty pleasure! lol

Meanwhile I have made happy progress on my Fall Wall hanging between sewing breaks of making the chain…

 Above is the fall wall hanging laid out on my work table… I really like seeing that left side all quilted !!!  Below is a close up of starting on the rest of the middle.. but I am over 1/2 way done with the center of the wall hanging now… Yahoo!!!!

In between breaks on both the above projects I received a tapestry piece I found on eBay… $6 included the shipping too!

The tapestry has this design on both sides of the panel… and I thought it would be perfect for our Daisy to lay on… she uses her feet to “fluff” her pillow occasionally.. so I wanted something heavy duty for her cushion… well this tapestry piece is plenty thick… I had to use my 401a Zena to stitch this into a cushion cover! lol

But look how nicely it turned out 🙂  I boxed the corners for a square shaped cushion.

Then I used some polyfill I had on hand, some of the old cushion stuffing and batting pieces from strings I had been collecting and I cut them into small pieces…

 Above you can see I am not measuring with my ruler but using it simply as a straight edge to bear down and cut through 4-6 layers of batting at a time with a old rotary blade that needs replacing…

Even with my arthritic hands I was done with this in about 15 minutes !!!

So then I filled the cushion cover with first the polyfill getting it into the corners well… then the batting pieces…. then part of the old cushion filled the center area up… then back to batting pieces and polyfill and it was time to sew up the hole I had left for the stuffing process…

I used my wonder clips to hold the opening closed as a I slip stitched it closed… you could use a ladder stitch or other invisible stitch but it was black on black so I figured it would not be so noticeable that I could just quickly get it ready to be washed, dried, and enjoyed! lol

Well here is that side completely closed….  I think it looks fine 🙂

And here is the cushion completed…

And here it is being tested out… she wasn’t so sure about it at first so I had my foot up next to her…

but soon I found her snoozing happily!!!!

So this project probably took me 1 1/2 hours all together but I drug it out into a 3 day adventure stopping to ask my friend Connie questions and getting her feedback…

I am very happy with this cushion… I had planned for it to be about 20″ square but once I boxed the corners… it now measures 14 x 15… the corners are boxed at 3″ across for a nice thick cushion though….

So now I have a second panel ready for a cushion for the sewing room.. I think I will make it much the same… but may not box the corners… see which she likes best 🙂

Hope you have enjoyed this catch up…

Take time to smell the roses today if you will & remember that ….

A Dresden Christmas Tree Skirt…

I thought when my Christmas shipping was over I could focus on the wall hanging and start on the batik quilt that was to be next…

Then these came in the mail!
And some from my stash… but I had not much in the Christmas fabric stash department…

I found 7 fat quarters for $7.00 o eBay so I went for them… when they arrived they even came tied with a bow and they are Andover brand and really fun to hand quilt I figured 🙂

So what design to go with… I wound up looking at this video for my inspiration after narrowing down my ideas based on what I had available to me to work with and what design me and my honey both liked after googling a bit! lol 🙂

And the ribbon that came with it is satin… so I put it with the binding so I can add a tie to the open edges to hold them closed and always recall this bit of good luck I found searching eBay early one morning! lol

Here are what the beginning of the hand quilting looks like so far…

And check out this cute ornament that came in the mail for our tree for Daisy 🙂

Capo, has an ornament from the groomers she went to but Daisy doesn’t require grooming and never got one… til now 🙂

Bonnie is having a special linky party tomorrow so I will be writing a new post with all my progress this week on it..

Linking this post to Lorna at SewFreshQuilts for Let’s bee Social HERE!

Here’s hoping for a finish!

Whooping in 2014 Hand Quilting… and other stuff too!

We are definitely WHOOPING in the New Year with a lot of quilting and a lot of cleaning… how are you spending your New Year so  far???

I am especially whooping progress on THE MAN quilt for my honey…

I am done with 10 feathers and cornerstones and had 49 to do to start with so I am 1/5 done with this part!  How exciting it is!!!

Look at how cute the yin yang in the cornerstones is turning out…

And I love how the feathers each meet the cornerstone heading opposite ways… so cool looking when it is done!  I am using a steel grey thread by Aurifil.  It is 28/2 but very flimsy… so I find using this little gem my friend Debbie gave me is the ticket to threading a needle with flimsy thread….

Yep, it is like those little needle threaders that come in a basic sewing kit but boy is it helpful and I love the chunky base to hold to instead of the lightweight metal I have seen previously… and have one I think! lol  But this is the one I use because it is helpful AND because it reminds me of my quilty friend Debbie! 😀

My honey has been quite busy cleaning carpets and wiping down the kitchen… today I am happy my place is out back because he is cleaning the oven and it smells sooo bad in there as all that dirt is disintegrated!  Time to turn on the wax burners when the oven is finished 🙂

He also made some steps for our mini dauchshund Daisy!

She had to be coaxed for a bit but once she figured out that he made them just for her to get up on the bed she was sold and has used them ever since… 🙂  SCORE!  Isn’t her cute collar nice… it shows well in this pic!

I am now a contributing writer at the Celebrate Hand Quilting blog here… come check out what is going on in the world of hand quilting if you like… it is a fun blog and we need your feedback on a focus for 2014… so if you are a blogger who quilts by hand… come and tell us what you want to know more about… we will help you out… we have quilters of all ranges in our group of writers 🙂  I will soon be featuring a blog post from all the tutorials we shared in 2013!  Come learn something new or ask questions about what YOU are interested in hand quilting related.

Linking this to:
Confessions of a Fabric Addict here

Until next time….

A designing dilemma and HAPPY MAIL!

Today I have a few things to share with you… grab a cup of something refreshing and visit for a bit 😉

First I want to share the mag I won on Kathy Martin’s blog Card-Blanc…..

My very own copy of September 2012’s Scrapbook Trends

Have you ever had one of these mags?  It is published by Northridge publishing and is a monthly publication with scrapbook, card, and tag ideas by the millions!!!!!  Truly it is 130 pages and maybe 20 are advertising… and blogs are listed so you can find a style you like and try them out as fresh ideas to try!  LOVE this mag!!!  I have been drooling over the pages of creative goodness for an hour or so before I could stop to write this post!  LMBO 😉

Also in the mail… yep, there is more!

Was an order I placed from  Pick your Plum.  I saw it recently featured on a blog.. now I see it frequently… but I initially saw it here at Craftaholics Anonymous 😉

They sent me my order of WASHI TAPE!!!!  and included a Laffy Taffy too!  Shipping was only $2.99 and each roll of the tape was only $1.50!  I spent less than $10 and got a huge smile!  Thanks Pick you Plum and Craftaholics Anonymous for turning me on to it… now I get email updates whenever they have an item at discount… about 3 times a week.  Shipping took 9 days and I got emails letting me know they got my payment.  Overall an A experience because shipping took a few extra days… but wow what a deal!  Have you heard of this company before???  Have you ordered from them ???  What was your experience like???

Before all the excitement of mail time I had started working on a card I wanted to make with scraps I had left over… and one sheet of paper from a stack that I felt went well with the whole card… but it was too teal.

So I added more of the light paper to try to get the card to jive…

but I really didn’t like it so nothing is glued down… and that is why the K stamp is there… I wasn’t sure the final design so I was unsure the ink I would use.

Finally after a shout out to my bff Joyce I came up with this…

The butterfly is 3D from heavy cardstock and I added wire while the glue was wet from making the butterfly 3D .. for the antenae.

I dry embossed the teal paper and used a Creative Memories fancy corner rounder for the striped paper… the inside is dressed up too!

And while I have been having all this fun Daisy has been begging for treats… every time her Daddy takes a break from fixing the wall in the kitchen!

See how smooth the wall is now… and no wall paper … painting will begin tonite!!!  Yay 🙂

Have a blessed day and thanks for taking time for me!  I hope I have inspired you.