Monday, September 5, 2016

Happiness is... and a bit of catching up too...

Happiness is having your sewing room back....a month and a half ago my youngest stepson moved back home and into my sewing room. He was in between places to live. He moved out this weekend and I've been busy getting my space back to normal!  
In the meantime I have been still sewing at least a bit. I spent quite a bit of time with my dad this past month so I set up my Featherweight in his front porch and enjoyed piecing this Bear Paw quilt.
It was from a very old American Patchwork and Quilting magazine.
It was so much fun to sew. It is just 31" x 43"!
 Now it goes into my pile to be quilted. (more on that later)
I tried the new Clover mini iron on this project and although it was 'ok' for pressing seams in the single components ( such as triangles) it was disappointing when pressing assembled blocks. It wasn't hot enough or heavy enough to do a good job.
I'll do a bit more testing though. It may be work well in paper piecing.
And I've been cutting for a 'far into the future' quilt...a scrappy Pineapple!
I am making a bed sized quilt with 14" blocks. The lights are cut all from my scrap bin. I think I have settled on blue scraps for the other color but I may yet change my mind. I'm not in a hurry.
I have lots of projects in my pile. And here is another pile - quilts that need quilting.  I have 7 quilts that need to be quilted. 2 are small wall sized, 4 are lap sized and 1 is huge (104" square).
Since my hands started hurting I have come to realize that even free motion quilting will hard on my joints so I am about to get way more skilled and creative on machine quilting with a walking foot. Pinterest is a great place to get inspired! And I have a good selection of quilts to practice on.
And slowly I have been continuing my hand quilting. I can do about 2 thread lengths most days before my hands give out. It is sad knowing that this will more than likely be my last hand quilted project. Still I am hopeful that occasionally I'll be able to big stitch a small wall hanging or table runner sized project.
Today will be a great day to finish cleaning up my sewing room and get back to the tiny nine patch.
Happy Stitching!

Friday, July 15, 2016


My little hexagons are framed and hanging on my sewing room wall!
It's hung where I can see and enjoy it everyday.
This is certain to be one of my favorites for many years to come! 
The old 16"x20" frame glued back together nicely and painted up well.
I matched the paint to the neutral 'path' fabric.
Now another UFO has come out to play. Last year I was in Houston for Quilt Festival and took a class from Melinda Bula.
I never finished the quilt when I got home so that is the next UFO on my list. A couple of solid days is all I need for the highlights on the flowers and then the leaves. I have no idea how long it will take to do all the thread painting - that will be the true challenge!
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Old UFO's

I've been slowly making progress on some old UFO's I've had hanging around.
These kitchen hanging towels have been in the works for years. I have no idea why it took me so long to get at them because they took less than a day in my sewing room to finish them off. Not long ago I dug them out from the bottom of a box and finished cutting the tops and gathered the bottoms. I had enough kitchen towels for 14 of them!
 Thanks to the pattern from Kleio's Belly  it was fast and easy to get them finished.
I did a few things differently. I gathered my top edge and it worked great for the thin towels but I had a couple thicker towels. They would have worked better if they had been pleated - not so bulky and wanting to slip under the sewing machine foot.
Also I stitched 1/4" away from all the edges of the top.
Then I used my favorite Velcro instead of a button and buttonhole - Fabric Fusion -a fusible Velcro that works great!
Then I finally finished the mittens I started last winter!
This is Cruiser - a pattern from The Daily Skein (and also Ravelry)
I wasn't reading the pattern very well - not the patterns fault I like to read ahead and sometimes make assumptions so I tore them out several times before vowing to read the pattern as it was written!

This was a beautifully soft wool  - Reverie from Knit Picks! Now I can't wait until winter.
And then a bit more work on a recent UFO - my mini hexagon stars!
Here they are taped front and back to the "borders" and getting ready to stitch them down. I am just using invisible thread with a very small zigzag stitch to sew them together. On the back they are overlapped about 1/2" so there is room for a bit of mishap if needed.

It is turning out great. I can't wait for the reveal!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Little things...

I finally finished digging out the 1/4" hexagon papers.
Near the end I was getting pretty quick at it.
All that is left is the papers around the very edge of the little quilt. I needed them in until the next stage is done to give it a bit more stability.
After all the papers came out I gave the little quilt a light misting of spray starch. 
Here is a look at the back!
There were a lot of stray basting threads on the back.
Masking tape rolled around my hand worked for that!
I'll be framing this mini. I rescued an old frame from my aunt that I'll re-glue and reinforce the corners and then paint. I plan on stitching the quilt down to a med/dark blue background will give it the matted look.
It is going to take me a while to sew around the edge of those tiny hexagons!
And not to be forgotten...I am working away at putting rows together. One section is from the top and one is from the bottom...eventually they will meet in the middle!
Happy Stitching!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Construction has begun!!!!

Oh my they are so cute!
And I am stupidly excited to see it starting to get assembled into rows.
Four rows done! This is going to take a very long time but I am really enjoying the process.
On the back I am pressing quite a few seams open including the long row seams. To get them to behave I am lightly spritzing the back with a bit of starch. It is really helping to keep things flat.
And I have started cutting for another quilt. This is a small Bear Paw wall hanging - all in blues and browns - a favorite color combo that I probably use too often.
Check out the date on this magazine - April 1994! I have wanted to make this little quilt since I bought this magazine 22 years ago. Now that is a LONG time to be on my quilt to do list!
Today I am spending my day sewing nine patches into rows. It's a wonderful day!
Happy Stitching!