Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer



I walk 4 or 5 miles each morning and I like to do it early.......The days have been getting shorter so it's still dark when I start on my walk......We have street lights, so it's not scary to be walking in the dark......Sometimes I take the dog with me.....

On the next street these huge mushrooms had popped up overnight......They were beautiful......Before I got close to them I thought some kid had left a giant ball in the yard......


I just had to go into the yard to get these pictures, was hoping I wouldn't be seen........The large ones were at least 12 to 14 in across and stood about 10 or 12 inches tall......I had never seen any this big.....They were gone the next morning....... Wish I knew what kind they were.........






Thursday, August 2, 2012

This and That




This week has been so hot I've tried to stay inside and get caught up on all my many projects.........I've finished quilting two quilts, so this afternoon was spent making binding.......all ready to be sewn on tomorrow........

Finished the July blocks for the Christmas Town Sampler........August blocks will be reveled Saturday........I'm hoping I can keep up with the blocks so I will have a finished quilt at the end and not another unfinished project.





Finished another block for Birdie Stitches...........Now to my book that I've been reading.........I am reading three different books.......Always have to have a lot of things going on........Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Featherweight Cleaning




I went to a class on cleaning your featherweight sewing machines last week. Our guild hosted the teachers, Diane Lowe and Jo Reid for a very informative workshop.....I was surprised how easy it was..... Diane and Jo are members of TVQA..... They know their machines.......After taking their class you are so much more confident about working on your machines.....I cleaned and serviced my other featherweights this week......


I have been working on my Manor houses for the Christmas Town Sampler hosted by Patchwork Times, 7 and 7, Quilting tizzy and Just Quilting bloggers. I hope I can keep up as they are posting a new part the first Sat. in each month.



I have finished half of my Birdie Stitches blocks.......I am really enjoying the embroidery......... I seem to be doing a lot of little things.......need to have some finishes instead of starting new projects.........
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Reverse Sewing

I have spent my afternoons this week reverse sewing..... By reverse I mean ripping out what I have sewn...... Ann,one of my co-workers called it reverse sewing when she taught quilting classes and I remember her each time I have to take out what I have sewn......


I am making a quilt out of my Mom's sheets.... She always had pretty sheets, when I was small she would iron her sheets after bringing them in from the cloths line.......

I saw 8 1/2 sheet squares for sell on Etsy to use to make a quilt.....I thought I have Mom's sheets, why not use them and make a quilt....I fussy cut all the pretty flowers from the sheets......I thought I would just sew together randomly which I did....
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OH--NO.... I did not like it.... I love scrappy quilts, but controlled scrappy......What to do???
 By the time I got it together I wanted this quilt so bad.....So I have been taking it apart this week and putting back together.


 I added a border from my stash and I will use another one of her sheets for the lining.........I will use on my bed, perfect, because the dogs sleep on the bed on top of the quilt and I can wash as often as it needs without worrying that I would ruin the quilt.......

All I have left to do is quilt it.......Glad I have a long arm machine.......When I had a quilt shop, I always advised people to never use a sheet for quilting......Never say Never......

Thursday, July 5, 2012

T-Shirt Quilt



This is the second t-shirt quilt I have made from my son's t-shirts........I wrote about the first quilt in an earlier post......This quilt is made from some of the t-shirts that he had when he played softball........ He was good at softball and a powerful hitter.......I loved going to watch his games........many happy memories there.




I put some images of him on the quilt........ This one was of him when he was about seven years old....... He played all the sports as he was growing up, with us tagging along to watch.......





I'm sure he was caught as he slammed the ball for a home run in the next two pictures......
These pictures say a lot about who he was...... Everything he did he gave his all.......





It was a hard process making the two quilts......I wanted to make
the shirts into quilts so that they would be preserved for future family members to remember Tony.......I have enough of random shirts to make another quilt.....We will have to wait and see if I can summon the courage to do that.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Catch Up Day


 Worked in the gardens this morning while it was cool...... The hot (103) degrees afternoon has been a great time to finish a few things that had been setting around, patiently waiting for me.


One of the charity projects that our quilt guild supports is making small quilts for the preemie babies that are born at local hospitals.

A 12 x 12 quilt is tiny..... Little kits were put together at the guild one month..... I've finished six little quilts this afternoon...... All are a pre-printed Christmas fabric with  small borders...... So simple, yet enjoyed by the parents and nurses.


This is the start of a small wall hanging, Primitive Pinwheels,
by www.primitvegatherings.us  I bought this pattern at the
Cincinnati quilt show..... I will use the lil' twister tool to cut this
little quilt apart, block by block and row by row.... I will then sew the rows back together to finish the wall hanging......

oops!!!!!!!Look at all that white around this picture.....oh well,
I didn't realize that the design wall would show up so much....

I will finish the binding on the t-shirt quilt tonight.......having it ready to show you next post......Stay Cool....
                                                                  

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hardest quilt that I've made


This quilt was so hard to make...... I lost my precious son several years ago......I gathered all his t-shirt with the intention of making a quilt....... I stored them in a huge tote....... Over the years I would open the tote intending to get started on a quilt, but seeing and feeling them as I cut a few would be so overwhelming that I would sat and grieve a while and put the box back into it's storage space.......


I finally realized that when I joined him one of these days if I hadn't made quilts from his shirts they wouldn't be preserved....He had so many shirts, body building, softball and random shirts......I decided to make three quilts..... I divided the shirts into themes....
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He was a serious  body builder, had a fantastic body......worked out at the gym most days after work.....I would start with those shirts.... I used his Zubaz pants that he worked out in for the setting strips....When I got started, it was a wonderful labor of love and remembrance of his life.......

The top was finished....What was I going to do for the lining?    I wanted something special...... I thought about it for a few days.......Some time my best decisions are made when I'm sleeping.....woke up about three one morning with this in my mind.

Two of his work out outfits sewn on to the lining fabric.....Look at the pants, they show the wear over the years.....I cherish them....

I quilted it and put the rest of the shirts away for a while, about six months.....I had to finish the other shirts......I'm sewing the binding on the second quilt now......Stay tuned for that quilt next.