Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cutting and stitching

I needed more variety so the cutting was started again. I am short on greens and oranges in my stash so need to address that for the future. This container is 1.5 inch strips which I am using for the string blocks I am making. So they get used fast. 

 This is a gallon bucket and it is overflowing. This is one of many that are cut of 2.5 inch strips. I have two different things going for these. I need a better storage plan. If I am going to cut fabric for addition projects at the same time for the one I am working on I need more storage.
Here is a pile of string blocks all trimmed up. I need to pull papers off. A few here and there add up after about an hour of sewing. Going to get to the store today to see if I can purchase a better method of storage. Chris

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Made some strings today

I did a little sewing here and there and made about 15 string blocks today. Some day it will get done. LOL

I have this game I play with myself that I want to stay working at something even if I get bored with it. I would love to start something new, but trying to convince myself to stay current with what I am doing.

I have determined I need some more storage for my strips and squares. I think tomorrow I will be going out to see if I can find what I think I need.

I have been cutting some each day and then sewing up most of it after I get some variety. Strings take quite a few strips to make each one. I think I need something like laundry baskets so when I cut I can get lots stored up.

Someone I read their blog uses clear trash bags. I think it gets so tangled and it would fray the edges. Maybe I just don't get things sewn up quick enough..

I have been reading a couple sewing blogs and the sense is that more people are sewing their own garments again. It had been a craft sewing decade and garments were not even thought of.

I really think I will make some tops for myself, but I haven't found the right fabric. I really would like something with polyester in it for the ease of not having to press everything.

I looked local and I am frustrated. We use to have 6 fabric stores in a 12 mile square area around where I am from. Wal-mart and Joann's is all there is now.

Times will change and things will be more online and no touching fabric.

Off to do more sorting. Chris  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Not a good day

I got up early and decided to work on strings again. I have cut several more pieces of late so it was piling up and I needed more squares made from strings. Two different sized and one going the straight way instead of on the diagonal. 

Well back to the bad day.....
I went to pay a bill. In a small parking lot and I looked both ways and over each shoulder and in my blind spot a car snuck behind me and I backed into it. My car had some scrapes on the bumper. His had both doors hit so it will cost my insurance company  a couple thousand dollars to fix his car. 

No tickets no one hurt. Cars can be repaired. Just frustrated. 

I think I am going to my sewing room and not come out until it is time to start supper. Chris

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Back to strings

Making more of these strings to go with the Disney character fabric. I needed to cut more strings to make the variety that I needed. I also need to get some blues and more greens cut.

This is sort of a fun quilt top to make, but I have to make three of them. If one has it the other two will have to have it. At this point I need to see how many more actual center squares with the characters in them I can cut out of this piece of fabric. It was a cut off piece I received in a rummage sale find. So I only have so many. I could stitch this on together, but if I don't have enough I can change gears to make it enough. I already have a plan for it.

The plan is a machine applique of a silhouette of Mickeys head in black in a square the same size as the printed squares.

Hot and humid here. Storms on the way this evening. Hopefully it will cool off some. Chris

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Simple

I used 9-patches I had made on hand. I bordered them with strips. 

After I had posted a picture from Pinterest I was informed that it was someone elses idea that they were using for a new book. But it didn't list this patternas being someones from Pinterest. No directions were given.

I have been told it is in an up and coming book by Kim Diehl. Sorry if I stepped on toes. I made the size I had on hand. 

So beware of using pictures that are not marked as to who took them or designed them from Pinterest. A framed 9-patch is age old and the idea was what I looked at. Chris

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Another quilting job done

All of the decorative stitching is done on these blocks. I need to trim it up check for threads and then do the binding. I stuck with it today so I can move forward. I think off and on sewing it took about 10 days to work on this. But sometimes it was only 45 minutes at a time. 

Here is a closer look at it. These are crumb/crazy blocks I made out of odd shaped pieces leftover from cutting strips and squares. This one had 30 blocks in it. 

I think in my movement through the sewing room I found another 8 which is a start on another one. Using it up feels good instead of just throwing it away. 

You would be proud of me I haven't stitched on anything else. That is a first. Now I need to clean up a little and decide on a back for the next one in line to be finished.There are many sitting there. 

I have one that just needs borders cut and stitched on. Someday they will be done hopefully. Chris

Dreams didn't come true

Sitting here and trying to get motivated. I have been to the store to get done before the 90 degree heat starts in.

As a young adult and some years beyond I had a dream of being a fabric store owner. The reality hit that my cards were not stacked right. The jobs i had worked with fabric, but never enough money to support a business.

I tried to find a means and just wasn't to be. So when given lemons make lemonade???

Well the dream is hard to let go of, but I know it will never happen. It wasn't like I was handed a blank check and It could happen.

I now wish I had not been so heart set on that being my only goal in life. I am a wife and grandma.

If you have goals make them with reality in mind. My reality today is to get some sewing done and hopefully a finish on a quilt. Have a Great Day. Chris

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Getting closer to a finish

I have a good attitude over this one I thnk. Well I have to convince myself of it. I have 7 blocks to finish with the deco stitches then I can bind it. Hopefully I can get the stitching done today. I really want a change of pace.  

It is interesting trying to get all the seams covered with different stitches. I have a different brand of machine so thought I would get it out to get more variety. I ave 8 more of these blocks stitched, but not squared up. So I can push to make some more of these fun quilts. 

The Toddlers in the family like them to cover up with. Stay cool this weekend. Chris 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Brown of Black sashing


This is another project started many years ago and not finished because I didn't have sashing and backing. These are mini squares made into 9-patches. I think they were 1.25 inch squares. Then framed . I have 25 of these made up. 

Side by side or sashed. Then black or brown sashing???

Don't remember what I thought I was going to do with them. It would make a good sized couch quilt with the number of blocks I have completed. I kinda like the added effect of the larger star when stitched side by side. Have to think this through a little. My husband likes sashed blocks. Me not so much. 

To me this looks more like a period quilt my Grandmother would have made. /more traditional in appearance. 

Need to water flower beds today. Haven't had much rain as of the last week. Some of the perennials were wilted yesterday. Chris

Monday, June 5, 2017

Still finding things that need finishing

I can see I don't know the date to put on the camera right. I just took this. I started the machine stitching on the crumb/crazy top. I use the deco stitches in my machine for the quilting process. I sandwich the top like any other quilt and wind a ton of bobbins and change stitches for each piece I stitch. It is a slow process, but attractive when complete without all the handwork of the old fashion method of hand stitching. 

While digging I Came across this hand sewn piece. I am not sure I have enough fabric to finish it to bed size. I need to maybe stop and finish it off the size it is now. This is Lucy Boston's Points Of The Cross pattern. I made this to this size when Jeff was real sick a few Winters ago.

Here you can see the block a little closer. I have a ton more to pull out and finish. These are ones that are closer to being complete. 

Have a great day. Chris

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Clearing out to make more room.

Found this UFO. Just have to finish the borders and it will be a queen sized top. Lucy Boston Points of the Cross. All hand stitched and appliqued. It is EPP work.

1madr the flower and set it on unbleached muslin and a solid green used in the 40's.

The border is of the elongated hexie downsized. I used them in a spray and got stuck as to what to do with the rest of the border. I have three mre to do. 

I used the hexies for the petals and also the leaves on this. All hand stitched and appliqued. Need to find the energy to finish it. 

Warm out to day and high humidity. Cool in the morning and A/C in the afternoon and evening. Chris  

More of being unorganized

You would think I would learn a lesson one of these days. Well I haven't. Must be a not nautural to me thing.

I am organized in most everything else.
Going to chain myself to the sewing room door and try to find some table tops today.

Hope you have a great day. Chris

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Found more blocks

 In my chaos I found 55-10.5 inch blocks. They are a modified court house step blocks using all pieces as they came out of the tub. 4-patches are 2.5 inch squares sewn together. Bright and colorful for a toddler.
The strips around the blocks are made with 1.5 inch strings. They are colorful. 

Chris

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Not real productive

I did get  a quilt top sandwiched and started quilting it. It is a crumb/crazy quilt. 

I use my deco stitches on my machine to do the machine quilting. I paid for the stitches I might as well use them.

I took this picture, but the lighting wasn't real great, but you can see how I have been stitching the small pieces. It is a slow process, but the outcome is attractive. 

I have done a lot of picking up and dusting. i will run the vac, but don't get around to dust. I have done ceiling fans and dresser tops and TV screens. How do they get so dirty? I think  they are like magnets for dirt in the air. 

Going to do laundry and stay busy today. Maybe a little bit of sewing on this quilt. .I really need to get more machine quilting done and not so much piecing. Chris

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Visiting the old ones

I visit every night. It has been on my bed for 15 years. I really need to get something else made for my bed. 

This has really held up well. It is washed and place right back on the bed. 

I use d a 100% cotton batting in it and it keeps nice. 
I read an article from a quilter that said the quilts that wear have polyester batting on them. It doesn't work well with the cotton fabric and cuts the back of the cotton fiber down with the pulling in the quult while in use. I had never heard that before. Can't prove it by me.

I use 80-20 cotton/polyester a lot and 100% cotton. I would like to work with a wool batt one day, but will have to have the right quilt to spend the money difference. 

Been strange day. Foggy this morning and very humid. Sun is out now. Made a cke and waiting for it to cool. Washed three loads of clothes and took my husband for a belt for the lawnmower. Now to fold all the clothes and then to get a backing stitched and pressed to sandwich a crumb/crazy top that is finished.

Have a nice and safe holiday. Chris

Thursday, May 25, 2017

30 minutes to sew on frames

I have all of these 9-patches made up and I thought they needed a finished look. To be honest I saw a picture on Pinterest and really liked it. I can't giver any credit because none was listed. 

They took either 2 inch squares or 2.5 inch squares and made the none patch blocks as I did. Then I took a 1.5 inch strip and made the frame around each of the blocks. Sewing opposite sides one after another and then sew the other opposite sides. 

Alternate light and dark frames and just keep sewing. Baby quilt, lap quilt couch quilt, or any size bed quilt will eat up scraps and strips really fast with this. 

It is all about the scraps and how to use them to cover the ones we love. Chris

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I'm here

That isn't saying much. My allergies/cold yes I think I have both going on is draining me. I do a few things and have to sit down.

I slept a little better last night, but was drugged to sleep. I have gone through abut 6 big boxes of tissues.

It might be taking a turn towards getting oveer this. I think it is about 7 days now, enough is enough....

Chris

Sunday, May 21, 2017

To do or not to do

I recently bought some neutral fabrics and I should wash them because of my allergies. I know this is an age old argument. But do you prewash? Or do you sew and wash afterwards? Also do you use chemicals or Dawn or Color Guard Sheets?

I have tried two of the methods. Prewash with Dawn and also the sheets. I have this bottle of chemical, but afraid of it. My grandkids are allergic to a lot of things also. I think the Dawn or the sheets are my options. 

I use the sheets anyway if I wash a quilt because if you knew how much dye released even after multiple washings you would be surprised.   

Growing so fast and the teeth are really getting to her. She chews on everything and yet she isn't fussy. She is a good baby. 

Trying to get my act together because my allergies are on overdrive right now. With all the wind and trees blooming it is pure HECK!

Hope you have a good day. Chris

Friday, May 19, 2017

Making star points for Wonky Stars. I have all the 9-patches made and thought I would break it up with Wonky Stars.

Here are a few of them. I used small pieces leftover from muslin cuts. I have use neutral cuts before, but this one is using up scrap pieces laying around.

It is rainy here. Mt allergies I think have turned into a sinus infection. I woke up at 2:30am and stayed up until 6am. I slept for about two hours and I will try starting this day over again. Taking heavy duty sinus meds so maybe another nap/.

Have a good day. Chris

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Getting back to the finishing

This is almost 3/4 finished with the quilting. I need to get this one finished. 

This is the wonky star blocks. I alternated them with regular 9-patches. 

Here are some blocks left over from the quilt. I just need to start making more of these blocks because I have a ton of just 9-patches made. 

I used small pieces of off white muslin for the center and the bits for the corners of the other 4 centers. Using up lots of pieces that way. 

We had storms last night, but we didn't have any damage. Much cooler today in the 70's instead of 87 like yesterday. Chris 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Question

Clear back in March I washed all the Batiks. I wanted the worst of the stray dye to be washed out. I know that they will continue to bleed so I am prepared for that. 

I now have the chore of pressing all of them. I know the feel of the fabric is stiffer than regular cotton fabric. Should I press with spray starch or sizing or just spray with a water mist and iron until dry? 

This is one fabric I don't have much experience with. I have used smaller pieces in scrap quilts, but I have found an idea that will use up a lot of the fat quarters. 

I guess they just aren't something I am wild about. I will use them because it is nice fabric and sure they cost more than my thrift store finds, but I stumbled over them the other day and thought I need to get this taken care of. They were in my Mother's stash. She bought them not knowing what she was going to do with them. 

Suppose to storm today and boy can I feel it. Woke up at 3:20 am and on my second cup of coffee. 

I have laundry going and needed to pay a couple bills so that is done. 
i think a nap is on order today. Chris

Sunday, May 14, 2017

More scrap ideas

Happy Mother's Day to everyone. This is a Tree Peony my sister bought me a couple years ago. The flowers are the size of a pie plate. It got broke off during window replacement so wasn't sure it would come back. 

Here are two of the Scrap Vortex from Crazy Mom Quilts blog. I will work on more when I start sewing again next week. It is a quick way of using up small pieces. 

This is another block, but it has y seams. So not as fast as the other blocks previously shown. If y seams don't intimidate you then it is a neat block. I made two to see if I liked it. 

Today I am cooking. Fried chicken and BBQ chicken on the grill. Loaded hashbrowns and lettuce layer salad. I also have pink frosted soft sugar cookies. They are made with sour cream. Not fancy, but filling. 

Hope everyone will have a Nice Mother's Day. Chris

Friday, May 12, 2017

Little of this and not much of that

Today was a different day. The girls were here for a couple hours and so nothing got done, but helping them. Trying to teach them how to cut with scissors. Little paper scraps everywhere, but they both are doing it quite well. The baby was good so she played on the floor with toys for quite awhile. 
This evening I had a need to sew and my husband and I don't like the same TV show so I went into the sewing room.

I made several 9-patches and this tub of scraps from cutting strips was sitting there so I thought what can I do with them. On the Blog Crazy mom quilts she makes scrap Vortex blocks/slabs from left overs. So I turned on the iron and started sewing these small pieces. I squared them up to make rows. Each is different widths and then made sure the block was squared up. Over time I can make enough of these for baby quilts.

The other thing they would make is tote bags, potholders, mug rugs etc, The good part about it they will hold your interest because they will all be different. Just another way to use up scraps.

Chris

Thursday, May 11, 2017

No sewing just Cuteness


The girls came to visit. Well for us to watch. Dad was working and Mom had lots to do today. 

Charleigh is 4 months old now. She would not nap unless she was held or had a bottle in her mouth. Spoiled.

We have a modified Jeep that grandpa put a lawnmower battery in to run it. It goes forever. But we also go a red wagon that is pulled behind now. They had a ball playing outside. 

Autumn drives and Katie rides. No sewing happened while they were here. Oh yes they are coming tomorrow while Mom goes for a post baby/surgery appt. So it won't be as long. 

The weather was beautiful today and it was typical Spring weather. I can really like these type of days. Chris

Monday, May 8, 2017

mindless sewing

In between sewing strings for the Disney Character blocks I decided to sew some 9-patches. The iron is on and the squares are cut. Not sure how far this will go. I started out with 40 of them done. I now have 108 finished. 

I do this with 4-patches also. I have been cutting a lot of fabric and as I get to the end of the strips I have a piece that is to short for the size I was cutting. So 2 inch and 2 1/2 inch squares are cut and thrown into a tub. When it gets full I get them out and keep on sewing. 

I think I have 200 4-patches sewn together waiting for an inspiration to use the up. I think I have got the plan for those, but wanted to get the strings made first. 

I made all those strings and pieced block and now that I have it 95 % sewn I am not sure I like it. I have it sitting there and maybe I will get back to it. The elements in the quilt can be used in other places. 

Up before the chickens were awake this moring. So it will be a different day. I am sure a nap will be needed. Have a Good Day. Chris 



Sunday, May 7, 2017

More digging

This quilt has been done for about 5 years. My mother had given me about 2-3 dozen HST's one time and I took off from there. They are 3 inch HST's unfinished and 2 1/2 inches when sewn into the block. I made 16 patch blocks and then used a sashing and corner stones. I then added 3 borders. It is Full sized. It need to be laundered and freshen it up. I have been looking for it and found it in the extra bedroom closet being stored. 

This is the other thing I found in that room. It is rectangles sewn into a square block. They are 2 inch strips cut into 3 1/2 inch logs. It take 18 logs to make this block. Then when setting them together I turned it so no seams have to be matched. My kind of quick sewing. 

I think i have enough for a queen sized quilt. This will just be pieced with no borders. True scrappy quilt. Chris 

Still digging out

No not snow or mud from a mud slide, but fabric is still everywhere. When we replace all the carpeting and the flooring things got shoved everywhere. I am still finding things that are out of place. Like three tubs of fabric and quilt parts all in the extra bedroom. I decided today was the day.

One good thing happened I found my OTT lite I was looking for. So I feel better about that. Now to find new homes for all the stuff I found.

I cut fabric for abiut 4 hours yesterday. I sewed some yesterday afternoon, but I need to go back in and keep at it. I have a plan for this afternoon.

I can have the use of the dininr room table again and I want to sandwich a small quilt. If it is sandwiched and ready then I can maybe do it off and on between other things. 

I really need to take my machine out of the cabinet and take it apart and get it all cleaned up. I dust it out and oil it, but I know more gets down in it than what I can reach with my little brush. 

Beautiful day here. Chris

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Fussy cutting and stitching

Lots of fiddling going on. Trying to get as many of the characters out of the fabric I have. I am not sure how many I will get.


I think each larger block will be sashed with black of some kind. It looks to busy to me with the strings right ontop of each other. Maybe it will showcase each block better. 

Going to keep on cutting the characters out and see how far I go. Chris