Follow Me on Pinterest

Monday, December 24, 2012

Easy Street

 Merry Christmas Everyone.....

I just couldn't wait until after Christmas to sew, sooooooo my Easy Street Part 5 is done!  Bonnie Hunter over at Quiltville Quips & Snips is doing this Mystery Quilt called East Street.  So check her out and all the other quilters that are doing this quilt.

 I am teaching my Grand-daughter Kayla how to quilt.  We are doing Bonnie's Striped blocks:  Kayla is getting a Singer 99K for Christmas and her love for the old machines has really got her on a roll.

These are her blocks:

As I am teching her, I am sewing myself up some, but I don't know what I want to make yet, so I have not cut them.
 We have gone over to EQ7 and designed a quilt for Kayla.  Because I don't really see this quilt getting done right away, you can at least see what it is going to look like.  We are doing 18 inch square blocks, just so it can get done faster and sooner.
Have yourself a Merry Christmas

Monday, December 17, 2012

Easy Street

We are back again with Bonnie's Mystery Quilt  Easy Street  Part #4.  Come check it all out over at Quiltville's Quips & Snips.  We got to sew 64 flying greese and sew 2 units together.  It is really starting to come together and is this FUN!


Next we got to cut cut 145 - 3 1/2" sqaures of our remaining color.  Bonnie has green and my color is Coral.  Looking forward to how this is going to come together...  Plus I cut my 4 - 1/2 triangles from Part #3.

As you can see from my tub, we have lots done...

Thanks Bonnie,  I am ready and looking forward to the next step.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Easy Street

Today you are getting an extra large picture of my Easy Street Mystery Quilt part # 3.  This is from Bonnie Hunter @ Quiltville's Quips & Snips.
I have had my Shaded 4 patches finished last Friday.  I even sewed them up with Bonnie and her Quilt Cam!
Thanks Bonnie is was a lot of fun....

I have been out shopping the anitque stores today...I am buy a Singer 66 Red Eye and I needed to find out if I could get a treadle table for it......more to come on this, but for now, I hope you enjoy my shaded 4 patches...can't wait until Friday for the next part.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Block Base Sew Along

Block Base Sew Along #5 is here, with Block #1755 and this time I was feeling a little like Christmas so My block is what else....but Red and Green


This is my EQ7 Block, I just mite have to make another one..

Monday, December 3, 2012

Easy Street

We are back again with Step #2 of Easy Street.  Be sure to check out all the others who are making this Mystery Quilt over at Quiltville's Quips & Snips.  This is turning out to be lots of fun and not knowing what you are making and where you think the colors go, is even making this more fun.

So lets get on with it... Here are my 128 Flying Geese.

Last week I showed you Bonnie's color paint chip cards, These are mine....
Valspar card's from Lowe's
2002-3,  5004-10,  6008-8,   A mix of 4002-1  lightest one and 4002-2 Lightest two for my constant and light creams for my background.

Bonnie gave us part of one of the next steps, if we have time to cut and these are mine.
All done for this week and looking forward to next week.....
Thanks Bonnie
Can't wait to see how this turns out.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Great Find

What a week!  My DH and I went to First Monday at Canton, Texas.  This is a hug trade days show that has every thing from old to new.  It is always the first weekend before the first Monday of the month and this time was my favorite of all the times we have been there.  I found this box and just had to have it.....

Needless to say what was inside....

This is a Singer hand crank sewing machine that is dated back to 1886 and it even sews!  Perfectly and the tension is GREAT...   I can just see myself sewing one night when no one else can, because I don't need any power...

The machine shows some loving wear by the throat plate and just around the Singer label.  It must have been moved from the table to a shelve often.  I have never seen so many decals on one little machine before.  She is about the size of a featherweight.

I still have to pinch myself that I found one of these beauties and I have one.  My mind goes back to who was this lady and what did she sew on this machine.....  I would love it if the machine would talk to me and tell me more about this time and place....
What a find and a steal of a deal at $150.00

This is the back and the decals just keep coming on.  She is just beautiful!  And the buying didn't stop there.  My DH repaired typewriters and I have been looking for an OLD one to put in his office.  This Underwood just filled the ticket.

I could have spend over $3,000.00 if I had the money and the space at the house for what I saw.  There was an old beautiful Coats and Clark thread drawer, price was $1,600.00.  The coolest drawer dresser for $95.00.  It looked like someone had just stacked some blocks and when I went back to buy it, it had been sold.

This was the best I had ever seen at First Monday in all the years we have gone.  But I have never gone that I could not find something that came home with me.  We have set the date and WE ARE GOING the first of the year.  Just to start the New Year off right.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Easy Street

 Welcome to Easy Street.  This is a first for me.  I am joining in on the fun over at Quiltville's Quips & Snips for the new Mystery Quilt.  It is call Easy Street.  So come join in with us.


The first Part is making 192 - 4 patch blocks.  The fun began last Friday and because the Family went all directions, I was left home to play.  Got started about 11:00 am and by 6:00 pm I had all 192 - 4 patches made......All though I have way too many UFO's on my plate I decided that I would treat myself to something NEW!  I now have tons of new found energy to tackle my UFO's... it will be fun to see how many of them I can finish while making this quilt.

Thank You Bonnie.....

The fun started a few weeks ago when Bonnie posted the information on the mystery quilt and seeing the paint chips to help us choose our fabrics.  What a fun way to see exactly what colors she was using.  I will surely use this trick to help show some of my friend what I have been up to.  Because the color that comes across with the photos is not always the same. And looking at fabric at the store you just hold it over the fabric and look at the hole.  It opens up a whole new way of looking at things.

This was my fabric inspiration and my choice of grey fabric for the med grey fabric that Bonnie used.  A little on the brown grey side of things.  I knew that I wanted to change the color a little because I have already made a black, white and green quilt and I really did not want this one to be the same.  So finding this print was perfect, 3 colors, plus backgrounds....GREAT!

Color #1 shades of pink

Color #2 shades of green

Color #3 shade of aqua

My light background, 
 I had been looking at projects using the printed words and just knew that it had to be in this quilt.
Be sure to check back next week to see my progress and more on the Easy Street

Friday, November 23, 2012

Block Base Sew Along #4

We are back again with another Quilt block from Block Base.  This time it is 2049.  It sewed together really fast and easy.  I think I have more fun playing on Block Base than sewing.
Now for a few pictures from Block Base:

Could not decided if I liked the dark center or the lighter one....

Please enjoy....  Still making 6 inch finished blocks for my Farmer's Wife Quilt....

Saturday, November 10, 2012

QT Design Wall

OK, lately there has been allot said about design walls and I wanted to show you mine.  This wall is 85 inches by 95 inch, perfect for hanging a whole quilt.  I stapled Warm-N-Natural on this wall 12 years ago and it is still going strong.

Until I got my second long arm machine I could see the whole wall from any where in the room.  No more straight on pictures now, but I can still see the wall and when I am quilting I just have to look up and think about what is next.  The light is a little different depending on where you are standing because of 4 large windows on the side.  Some of these are 9 blocks strips sewn together and I have even hung the whole quilt top on this wall after it got sewn together just so I could look at it and think about how I wanted to quilt it.

This is from where I stand at my long arm machine...good view hu?  I run a ceiling fan on high most of the time and have never had a problem with the quilt pieces falling down, but I do not have big guss of wind.  If you are a pinner you could put a foam board behind it.  When I get to many threads, I just get my lint roller out and roll it down.  Also, I was always going to put a small molding around where the stapled are.  That's what I did at my last house, but I have never got around to it here and it still works just fine.  I am not worry about the staple holes or if I want to stick a pin into the wall, someone else can worry about that.  Although I have not used more than about 15 to 20 pins on the wall, just have not needed to.

So that's it for now.  Hope you have a design wall in your house as well.  I will come back again and show you other design boards I have.  Have a Happy Day.

Friday, November 9, 2012

QT Block Base Block #3

 This week at Block Base it is  #2448.  Although I found this block easy to piece and fun, it came during a very bad week and my heart just was not in it. It seems that every thing I did this week went bad....have you ever had a week like that, I hope not.... Seeing it here I will unpick a few spot and resew it again, but I don't have the time right now.  OK, it was pretty bad, so I stayed up last night and resewed it.  It's not perfect, but for a civil war quilt it will work.  I will do better next time.

Next are 2 I worked on in EQ7:
Sometimes I think it is more fun to play with Block Base that to really sew on a block.
That is the case this week....

Friday, October 26, 2012

QT Block Base Sew Along

We are here today with the second block in the Block Base Sew Along.  This one is #2741 and when I first saw it I agreed that I didn't want to sew it.  So I just buckle down and cut the fabric out.  It came together very easily and was a joy to make.  So ....Thank you for this one and to all of you, come on just sew one too...

My block:

This one is my drawing in EQ7:

This block was so much fun that I am really looking forward to a new block next week.  Still making the blocks 6 inch finished for my Farmer's Wife quilt.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

QT Block Base Sew Along

Welcome and good morning.  Block Base is having a Sew Along and I have decided to join in.  After getting my dates mixed up, I think I am back on track.  This is #1336 and is the first block.

I am making mine 6 inch finished squares so I can put them with my Farmer's Wife Blocks.  The Farmer's Wife book has you make 145 blocks with 34 of them a repeat.  I didn't want to do repeats so this will make up the difference. It is written by Laurie Aaron Hird.

My block:

This one is how I design it on EQ7:

I love working in EQ.  It's fun, fast and you get to see what it mite look like before you cut fabrics.  My fabric library is not as big as I would like to see, but I am working on it. 

Just for your information this is the Famer's Wife Quilt book.   I love it and out of the 111 blocks I have all but 9 of them made.

Be sure to tune in next week and I will show you block 2....yes it is all sewn together and I LOVE IT!
See you then....

Monday, October 15, 2012

PH The Staircase

We were just out driving around Texas last week and I took this photo.  Just thought I would post it and see what kind of comments I would get on it.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Stacked Pumpkins are from Little Miss Muffet and her New Release today.  So get on over and check out all the fun new stuff.

 Stacked Pumpkins

Park Glen Door Diecut from Little Miss Muffet
twine from Martha Stewart and
Close to Cocoa Stampin' write from Stampin' Up

 Copic Sketch markers
Stamped on Cryogen White by Cut Card Stock
Leaf punch from EK
Paper and sticker from my stash

Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

QT Begining Quilting with the girls

Hello everyone, yes I am still here and alive.  Life just gets really busy from time to time and this has just been my time.  I just wanted to show you what I have been up to lately.  One of my daughter's made the suggested that I should teach my little grand daughters how to quilt and then the next day two of my grand daughter asked me to teach them.  I had seen this quilt block over at Lurline's Place on Low Volume Quilting and it had stuck in my mind.  I love the low volume, they are so lite and pastel looking.

 This quilt pattern came from 'Sunday Morning Quilts' by Amandra Jean Nyberg & Cheryl Arkison.  What a cute and simple block and how easy it would be to sew together.  I changed the directions a little so that when the girls sewed 18" strips together and cut them it would make 2 blocks exactly the same with about 4" left over that could be used in the borders.  This way the girls even helped with the outside border..

 Here is Cassandra with her 16 blocks.  I am amazed at how good the girl sewed their blocks with exact 1/4" seams.  

 And here is Lydia with her 16 blocks.  Great job girls.  To start off with I asked the girls to sew 6 blocks each and if they did they would have a twin size quilt for themselves.  Then mom asked for double bed size, so I gave mom a sewing assignment and they all did what was asked of them and more. Then mom asked for one for Amelia who would be going into a bigger bed soon.  So.....2 twin quilts grew to 3 double size.

 This picture and the next is Cassandra's quilt all finished.  I even talked the girls into sharing their blocks with their sister so that all the blocks would be different in each quilt..

The backing for these quilts came from lefted over fabrics and other fabric in my stash that the girls liked.

This is Lydia's quilt.  This all took us about 1 1/2 months to start and finish the quilts.  The girls helped me cut the fabric with my accuquilt, helped pick out more fabric when the quilt sizes grew, pieced, pressed and cut their blocks.  Then when the time came they picked out their quilting pattern and help me quilt them on the long-arm machine.

The next two pictures are Amelia's double bed size quilt.  She even helped mom sew on the sewing machine one day.

Just so Amelia would not be left out for a time, I made a quilt for her daybed, which my daughter did not know about until I gave them to her.

 All of the quilts have labels on them, which was so much fun to make.  I will have to do more like this.  I used my EQ7 and designed them and then printed them on fabric sheets and sewed them onto the quilts.  Very FAST!  Mistake was made in the label and now needs to be corrected, the girls did sew 16 blocks each, not 12.

Just love to wash the quilts after they are made.  I love the look you get when you do not prewash the fabrics. Thank heavens my family room is big enough to lay out 4 double size quilts all at once.

All wrapped up and ready to give to the girls.  Each with their name showing on the top and Amelia's second quilt is inside the center of her big one.

It was later in the day by the time we got over to their house and Amelia had already gone to bed, but Cassandra and Lydia were as happy as Christmas Morning!  Each of them opened and started to play with their quilts.

I understand that there is some kind of a quilt club going on over at their house.....I will have to check it out and get back with you later.

What fun we had.  Cassandra is 8 and picked up on quilting like she had been doing it for years and Lydia age 6, just loved the whole process of the quilting.  Both are looking forward to the next quilting lesson with grandma.  Now just what are we going to do?