Thursday, October 30, 2014

Autumn Table Runner

I have been wanting to try a 10 minute table runner for some time now so when the quilted Thanksgiving runner I was making kept giving me problems I decided to make one.

I went to Joann's Fabric and bought the exact two cuts of fabric  I needed. I didn't make it in 10 minutes, more like 20, but pretty fast project.

I used this leaf stitch on my sewing machine to sew down each end were the back fabric folds over the front. The instructions say to use a button but I thought this looks better.
Close up of the front fabric

I love this back fabric. I had some last year. Can't remember what I used it in but that is normal. LOL

And finally, the latest project. I wanted to join a Quilt Along Jera Brandvig was hosting over at "Quilting In The Rain" but her book Quilt As You Go Made Modern is on back order. So I decided to use some of my Autumn scraps to figure out the blocks on my own by looking at the pictures on her site. So far I am liking it. I hope I have enough scraps to make a table runner.
I haven't started another hand quilting project yet but will as soon as I finish the Christmas stockings my daughter asked for and some bowl cozies my sister ordered as Christmas gifts.
Until next time, keep quilting and creating.


Stitching Times Two

Stitching Times Two

Today I have been switching between hand quilting and machine piecing. This first piece is a table runner I pieced before I knew about needles, batting and fabric for quilting. It was a stitch and flip and I ran out of fabric for the border so it only had borders on the top and bottom. My friend Kathi over at KC Originals found more of the fabric I was using for the border and gifted it to me. Thanks my friend. I also decided to add some hand quilting for practice and interest. So off came the binding and border and I started the quilting. I used a stencil to put the design down the center and then I am free handing the echo on the sides. The free hand stitches are hard to see.
(I still haven't gotten a new camera)
The second project is a Tumbler Flag wall hanging I am doing for the Hospice Chaplin who ministered to my husband and family while my husband was in the Hospice facility. In yesterdays post I demonstrated cutting the pieces out on my new acuquilt. Today I started piecing the top but kept getting interrupted by visits from grandchildren. :) 

So, either I will finish piecing tonight or I will take it to finish the piecing at my LQS Tuesday UFO gathering.
Hope you had a relaxing and Blessed Sunday.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Floor is Down Dust is Everywhere

Floor is Down Dust is Everywhere

Saturday my son finished installing the floor in my quilting/guest room. Look at the dust!! I am allergic to dust. Cough, cough.

There was no place to put the big furniture like my computer cabinet so he had to shift things around as he worked.
I had moved my fabric and sewing machine to the dining room so they were protected. Imagine my dismay when I walked in to check on progress and saw a stack of fabric sitting covered with dust. :( Guess there is some pre-washing and ironing going to happen soon.
My old vacumn cleaner has a bag and the bags are getting scarce as hen's teeth. I ended up having to order on Ebay. They were suppose to be here Friday but that didn't happen. According to tracking it will be today. Until they arrive I have closed the door to that room. I dread cleaning up that fine dust. If you missed my previous postings, the dust is construction dust from under the carpet which was original from 1986. Apparently builders just lay the flooring over the dust and debris.
As for quilting. My Thanksgiving runner was suppose to be finished but once again the quilting gods were against me. I was finishing sewing down the binding and what did I discover? I missed about an inch of catching the top under the binding when machine stitching the binding down, Keep in mind I had finished hand stitching all the binding to the back before I discovered it. So it is in the "deal with some other day, month or year" pile. LOL
And the never ending baby or lap quilt saga continues. As I stated in an earlier post, I originally straight line machine quilted this, didn't like it, ripped it out and started big stitch quilting with pearle cotton thread. I didn't like that either. Sooooooooo, I am thinking of machine wavy stitching. What do you think? I am really getting frustrated with this and want to finally finish.
So, if you can give me ideas I would love to hear from you. Even if have no idea, just to say hi.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Slow Stitching

Slow Stitching

I am a little late with my Sunday slow stitching post, mostly because I have been feeling down all weekend and procrastinating.
Above is the lap quilt I made at my first quilting class. I originally wanted to hand quilt it but Quilt shops never have someone who teaches hand quilting so I ended up machine quilting.
I put off binding it for six months because I didn't like the quilting. I finally decided to add more quilting and bound it. Still not what I wanted. Now that I have done some had quilting and big stitch quilting I decided to big stitch quilt it. All last week I removed the machine quilting. UGH! Friday I began hand quilting. :)
Thursday I decided to make this Fall table runner. I had cut the materials out last month but got side tracked. Well the quilting gods were against me that day. First I ran out of bobbin thread six inches before completing the quilting. Of course that was the last back up bobbin so I had to wound more and take out that partial line of quilting. By then it was past lunch and I was hungry but determined to at least get the quilting done and binding attached so I could relax after lunch and hand stitch the binding down. Not happening. Just as I noticed the foot of the machine was loose, it fell off and the needle hit it and broke. ERRRRRRRRRRR.
So I spent 10 minutes looking for the needles I had bought before moving. Finally found them and proceeded to change out the needle. Not happening. The needle would go crooked when tightening or be to far up in the shaft. I struggled for an hour determined to finish that table runner. By now I am starving and ready to toss my machine in the dumpster. So I gave up, go buy junk food to sooth my frustration and watch TV for a few hours.
By 7 PM I am determined again. At least, I think, I can get the binding on and sew it down tomorrow. I found the book to my machine the first place I looked. Yea! Read how to put the needle in "correctly" and was off sewing on the binding. 3/4 done and realize I missed trimming one side of the runner.
Ok quilting gods, I surrender.
Friday morning dawns. Ok ripping seams begins, trim and reattach the binding. The quilting gods are smiling. Not!
Can't find the brown thread to sew down the binding. After several attempts to locate I give up. So, the runner hangs on the back of a chair in the dining room waiting for me to make another trip to Joann's or find the brown thread, whichever comes first.
The reason I am still looking for things and sewing in the dining room is my son had a busy week and had to work this weekend, so my sewing room floor is on hold. He is suppose to finish it this Tuesday if all goes well. 
Sorry for the lengthy post but sometimes you have just have to vent.
Thanks for reading my blog. I look forward to your comments.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Blue Skies and Projects

Blue Skies and Projects

View from front stoop
Sunday was a beautiful day and a great start to the week. Blue skies and the promise of cooler temps to come.

I finally finished the border of this baby quilt. If you follow me you know I only had 4 more butterflies to go when I ran out of pearle cotton thread and I had sworn to not go to the fabric store for a month so finishing was delayed. I am big stitching this, my first try at it. I am loving the look.

My son is going to lay laminate in my new quilt/guest room for me so we went Sunday afternoon to purchase flooring. He laid out a few to see how it would look. I love it. This is a little darker than the living and dining rooms but I like it. Maybe I can talk him into redoing those two rooms. That flooring was here when I bought this place.

Today is cloudy but a lot cooler, about 75 degrees today, so I am anxious to get my room done so I can start on my Florida room. I want to enjoy sitting in the fresh air before cold weather comes. Yes it does get cold in Central Florida.

Until next time, keep on quilting.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Presentation with Thanks

Presentation With Thanks

I finally presented the Flag Quilt To the Hospice Chaplin. It was a little hard going back to the Hospice Facility where Jim died but the Chaplin was so overwhelmed with gratitude that I forgot all about the sadness.

He insisted I get in a picture with him. Did I tell you I hate getting my picture taken. :(

Now that has been taken of my list of to dos I can start on another item I have put off until tomorrow? :)

In my last post I said I had sworn off fabric shops for October but now it was November so I could go to a fabric store. Well I am brain dead because I didn't realize it wasn't November yet, no way near. I think it was September that I swore off fabric shops at least I hope so because I went to Joann Fabrics today to get that Pearle cotton thread I needed to finish the baby quilt and look what I bought:

I also bought these cute pumpkin buttons to add to my table runner.

Isn't it cute?

Ignore those toes. LOL

Are you making anything for Halloween? If so, please send me a picture.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Quilting and Craft Sales

Quilting and Craft Sales

Well the craft sale was a bust. The rain held off but the humidity was awful. I think I lost 10 pounds of water weight. Hopefully a little fat came out with it. I was so wrung out I came home, showered and immediately fell asleep in my recliner. Then had to go back on Sunday. Results, broke even on site rent, lost money in over all expense. As my sister said, "We gave away our items." I am rethinking this craft show thing.
As for the quilting, not  much progress. 
This table topper won't talk to me.
The Christmas table topper is a thorn in my side. Several people have told me to let it talk to me; it will tell me how to quilt it.
I tried the cross hatch but soon found I didn't like it so out it came. (above picture) Then I tried hand stitching around the poinsettias. (below)

Not sure I like what it is saying.

Not liking it either. So the topper is put aside until it speaks to me or I banish it to my UFO bag and forget it.
As for the Big Stitch baby quilt? Still not done. It would have been if I had not run out of pearle cotton. Remember I swore off fabric stores for the month of October? But now it is November. Fabric stores here I come. :)