Sunday, October 22, 2017

Today is just another day

I normally love Fall, but this year the colors aren't showing up. We had such a dry spell the trees didn't produce the brilliant colors they normally do.

I have started on some housecleaning and get so frustrated. We are not dirty people and we clean the furnace once a month, but where does all the dust come from?

I am also trying to focus more on things I want to do. Well so much for that. The phone rings and I end up dropping what I am doing to go help someone else. I have turned down two alteration jobs recently. I have no interest in doing it anymore. I will for my Family, but all the neighbors need to find someone else.

Since I turned 65 I have determined my time is mine. I don't want o do something I don't. No disrespect just not something I want to do.

I have decided to slow down on posting here and on Facebook. So disappointed with what is going on in the World and USA I have nothing to say that anyone is interested in. I will be reading your posts and will comment when I feel it is appropriate.

Hope all of you are well and can keep active with your sewing projects. Chris


Friday, October 20, 2017

New Ruler

I have watched the videos and also seen the pictures of others who  have bought this ruler and their results. 

I caved and spent the money on the large one and the mini. It is the Creative Grids Pineapple tool trimmer by Jean Ann Wright. 

The large on is for 6 inch, 8inch, and 10 inch blocks. The smaller one is for 4, 5, and 6 inch blocks. The mini ruler should be in the mail today. 

I also ordered a book by the same designer. I am anxious to see what is in the book. I see from the cover bed quilts, wallhangings, and table toppers. 

Many quilters swear by the rulers so time will tell. Chris

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fought with my bed for hours.....

My bed and I don't like each other at times. I have a comfortable bed, but it rained for 36 hours and the bones just ached.

I decided to get up and went into straighten more in the sewing room and get more of the sewing desk cleaned off.

I had a container of 2 1/2 inch squares there and wanted them depleted. I started sewing them up into 4-patches last week. I got more of the stitched and pieced today.

I thought with the other 250 of these 4-patches I have made over the last year they would make couch quilts for Christmas present.

I try and do a few of this off and on sewing of squares and they mound up in a hurry. I want something to look old so the brown was a mottled brown to gold color and the gold was some Moda fabric I bought about 7 years ago.

Have you started gearing up for Christmas? Chris

Friday, October 13, 2017

gloomy but trying to keep up with the mess

In my cleaning project I found these things. I had a bucket list I had started for quilts I was interested to make. Also a print out from crazymomquilts blog. It is her tutorial on making Pineapple blocks. Plus my attempt at a couple of those blocks in scrappy strips.

This is just one of many pineapple block tutorials or videos I have tried or watched in the last couple weeks. 

This doesn't use any special rulers it is all straight cutting. It is in detail so you maybe would like to see it. It is under her tutorials on her website. 

Probably can't read this, but it is a small dent in my bucket list. I keep finding more and not getting any of them done. Wishful thinking. Don't think i will live long enough to accomplish them all. 

Rainy here suppose to be a little warmer today. Was only 62 degrees yesterday, but it is Fall after all. Have a good one. Chris

Saturday, October 7, 2017

3 year old birthday party

Katie turn three yesterday. We had our family and her Aunt and Grandma and cousin from her Mother's family that joined us. Big sister had to help her open gifts.

Katie had so much to look at she didn't know which way to turn. 

Everyone is taking pictures with their cameras on their phone and she didn't want her picture taken anymore. 

We had chicken and noodles Italian bread and cupcakes. The leftovers went home with my son to have for lunch. 

Happy Birthday Katie. Chris

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Slowly recovering

We have had the girls a lot lately. They are coming tomorrow for Katie's third birthday. This is Charlotte and Autumn. We have to bungie cord Charlotte into the seat, but she loves riding with her big sister. She goes by and waves the Queen wave. It is so cute. She is 9 months old today.

Doesn't look like much yet, but getting things moved and some put on shelves. I plan on trying to fold better after I get the bulk of it up off of tables and not just piled everywhere. 
I repositioned the desk so I have more room to move the drawers closer to where I sew. They house the threads and some tools I use. 

I did some of the moving of the drawers yesterday and then didn't press my luck and go back to it today.

We have a big 3 year old birthday party for tomorrow. Homemade chicken and noodles are happening and I am going to attempt pink swirled cupcakes. I think this will be a great end to a homemade meal. I will just tint the cake batter and swirl it in before I bake them. 

I got sick again this Fall like the last two. I get into a slump and don't eat properly and my body rebels. I pay a very nasty price.  I was in bed off and on for two days, but finally am recovering. So taking it slow and readjusting my lifestyle. 

So moving forward from all the cleaning and trying to get it fixed so it works better. Better, better would be knock out a wall and adjoin the next room, but that won't happen. Oh it could, but I can't handle the mess and the flooring would be an issue. We have carpet in the adjoining room and plank vinyl in the sewing room. I guess need to sew faster so I use it up and it won't be so cluttered. Have a good one Chris

Sunday, October 1, 2017

I give up......

It is Fall and I do not feel good again. Same old problem. Plus I have allergies so bad again.

I really don't know which way to turn. I will get through it, but not comfortable.

TTYL. Chris

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

finally pictures

I went to Walmart last week and found these baskets in the mark down section. I got them for $3 each. I put 1.5 inch, 2 inch and 2.5 inch strips in the tubs. Easier to get to them. I am trying to consolidate to have less clutter.

These are gallon containers I had all of those strips stored in. My husband can use the containers in the garage for his parts and pieces he has.

I cleaned off a table and have another one to take care for. I got a lot of fabric put up on the shelves and not piled up everywhere. I still have more to tackle, but this is a start. How can we make such a mess?

I have had the grandkids more lately so I am not getting as much sewing done.

Hope you have a good week. Chris

The dreaded clean has been happening

I couldn't get pictures to upload. so I guess I clean out the computer to.

I have started on the cleaning. Got a lot of fabric put up on the shelves and also took almost 9 tubs out of here because I comsolidated the smller tubs to clothes baskets.

My strips were ove taking this house so they are tamed down.

The last day of the heat and himidity are coming to an end. Suppose to be cooler and less hunid in the next few days. More Fall like weather is coming.

Hope you are getting your projects worked on. Chris

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Been busy I think

I have been making 5 and 6 inch string squares. I have two different projects I am trying to finish. They are going slow, but a few each day. 

I have papers cut and I just start sewing. The larger squares are very close to being done. It is going to be a queen sized quilt. I really think I will do a quilt as you go technique. It is a better fix for me to get this accomplished. 

I have been looking into getting a frame for doing machine quilting. Several companies have the frames and you use a machine you have. 

The biggest problem is the size of the area you need to have a frame standing up to work on it. If I get one I can get a quilt done in sections and then it is more manageable. I have done that with the domestic machine quilting anyway. 

The big thing is the frame with the carriage for making it mobile. There are several knock offs available on the net so need to do some studying. I know you are limited to the area of the quilting because of the open area in the machine you use. Lots to think of. 

Sun is blinding me as I type We finally had rain the other night and it rained about 3/4 of and inch. WE haven't had rain in about 50 days to amount to anything. 

Well hopefully you are enjoying the last few days of Summer. Fall is coming on Friday. Where has this year gone? Chris





Sunday, September 10, 2017

Grandma and Grandpa time

The little one was awake at 6 am so she got to fall asleep again and we put her on the air mattress. She had her favorite quilt.

Pretty soon Kate came and woke her up so they bothe layed on the mattress. Each had a quilt that Grandma had made to cover up in.

Mommmy and Daddy had an event they spomsered last night so they will be here until latr this afternoon.

We are fed and dressed and up and going. Naps will happen soon I am sure. Me to. Chris

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Scraps of flannel

It is all quilted washed and done. It is flannel scraps I had laying around and some solid pink for the borders and the back. 

I brought the pink around to the top for the binding. I did stitch it by machine. 

I am sure this ne will be drug around and instead od it falling apart I sewed it pretty secure. It is vey soft. 

I used a polyester batting in it and pink thread to quilt it with. 

Now back to string quilts. I have been washing fabrics the last couple days i have purchased. That way they are ready when I need them. Chris

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Another top done

This is leftover pieces from slicing up yardage for the rag quilts. It is flannel and girl colors. 

It is sticking to my carpet, but it is not ruffled. I added several borders to make it large enough to cover the baby . 

Here is the detail in the corner so you can see how many times I added with small pieces to get a usable size. I have the solid pink for the back. It looks like a baby with all the soft colors and being flannel it will be warm. 

Stitching away Chris

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Top is finished

It is 96X96 inches unquilted. Lots of sewing and a ton of thread. 

The borders got sewn on today. The black is 3 inches as cut and the red is 1 inch as it was cut. So it is three inches with the two sewn together. 

This used a ton of scraps. 1600 2 inch squares just in the 16-100 squares to a block. Didn't include sashings or borders.  

I worked off and on for about 3 weeks and then life got in the way and I finished it 15 minutes ago. 

Now to order fabric for the back. Chris

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Here

But in a slump. Later

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Top done, but for borders.

Almost 3000 2 inch squares. Lots of sewing and the thread is unbelievable. I cut each square and paired it instead of strip sets. Next time it will be strip sets. 

As it lays there it is 87 inches X 87 inches. There are two narrow borders to frame it.  I plan on making it to be on a queen size bed. 

Now I have to find a back for this. Chris

Monday, August 14, 2017

Took a little road trip

I got word through a relative and Facebook someone had a quilt frame they wanted to get rid of. Contacted the lady and we took a 24 mile round trip drive and got this frame. It is a Sears Quilting Frame from 1969.

Here are the legs and the directions came with it. It must have been in a basement because the feet are a little mold stained. We can sand them and seal that up. It is for a full size maximum size quilt. 

I went out to take pictures and since it is getting closer to Fall I decided to take a few pictures in the back yard. We have been here for 15 years and it looks pretty good for two old people managing it. 

Here is a flower bed close to the french door. The Hibiscus are blooming like crazy right now. The big Hosta is starting to open up it's flowers. 

Well almost done with making the last strip for the Clean Up quilt which I talked about in the last post. Hopefully I can get it all together then the two small outside borders and get it ready to be quilted. Not sure I have enough for the back of the quilt. I will have to dig to see what I have. 

Hope you are having a great sewing day. Chris

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Starting to be a top


This is the quilt I am making, It is called Clean Up by Becky Tillman Petersen at www.quiltedtwins.com. Becky has designed all the quilts and she has them free on her website. This is made with 2 inch squares, 

Each block has 100 -2 inch squares in it. There are 1600-2 inch square just in the 16 blocks. I cut and handles each one. Next time it will be strip sets. 

I have all the 16 blocks sewn into the rows and started to add the sashing of 112-2 inch squares. There are 5 of those. It turns out to be 85X85 inches with borders. 

I wrote to Becky and told her I was infoming her I was not using 2 inch squares again. Maybe I would use 2.5 inches instead. As I said yesterday it sure uses up a lot of scraps. 

Becky said she used up all the two inch squares she had cut and still had to cut some more, but she likes a challenge. I made several of these into 4-patches and had about over a hundred almost 200 just because I thought I might need them.  

I have about 200 2.5 inch 4-patches made up waiting to be used somewhere. If I want to sew and need something to keep me busy I make 4 and 9-patches and store them until I use them up. They have come in handy before several times. 

Weather has been beautiful so today I cut back flowers that were spent. Jeff was on a ladder and I don't like leaving him to do it himself so I cleaned up one bed. The cicadas are singing so Fall is around the corner. Getting a head start on it.

Keep on sewing......... Chris

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sewing is happening here and there

I got the rag pieces started for the girls for Christmas. Had to stop to cut more batting and they came for dinner so the table needed to be free. 

This is a partial row of blocks from the quilted titled Clean Up designer by Becky Tillman Petersen from  www.quiltedtwins.com. They have free patterns on the websites and this is one of them. 

As I get another row sewn together I will post pictures of it. I think this is a good sized queen size. Uses up a lot of small scraps. I cut the individual 2 inch squares, but if I do it again it will be in strip sets. I had all of these cut and some 4-patches already assembled so used them up in the process. Never hurts to have a stack {like 175 of them}made up. Helped get this done faster. 

Hope everything is going well in your neck of the woods. Chris 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cleaning and Cooking

Haven't had the Grandkids and my son and his wife for several weeks come for a cook out. Their anniversary is tomorrow.

Will get out some of those expensive steaks I bought back in Feb. and get those on the grill. They are thin and work great for steak sandwiches.

Have to figure out a couple side dishes to go with them. Little ones will eat hot dogs on the grill. Maybe coleslaw and a few raw veggies and some dip. Always Pork and beans. It will get there.

I just haven't been sewing much. I did some yesterday for about 2 hours, but the rest of the day didn't happen that way. I have to run the vac. Baby is on the floor doing the army crawl and she has learned how to go from being on all fours to sitting up by herself now. She will be crawling soon I am sure.

Sewing will come back, but why not have some fun with the kids. Chris


Thursday, August 3, 2017

After several hours of cutting

Off and on yesterday I cut the squares for the rag quilts for the girls. I then cut the batting which I hate doing. Ended up cutting by scissors. I started stitching the squares together. 

This is a quilt as you go project. I first want to stitch all the sandwiched squares and if I need more flannel I can add before I start stitching them into a quilt. I need to make three of them. 

I really don't know how big I will make them yet. See how far this huge stack of squares will take me. 

I have collected flannel pieces for about 8 years. Recently I have added a couple pieces and I can get some more if I need it. This should go pretty well. 

I have found to help hold it together better to use a binding around the edge of the quilt as you would a regular quilt you make. I think it holds it's shape better. Also the stitching between the prequilted squares I am going to use a deco stitch or a stretch stitch that goes forwards and backwards to make the seams stronger. 

I made 11 of these several years ago and the stitching between the squares kept coming out. Kids pulling on them. So this will secure the blocks better also. Simple little changes can make a world of differences. 

Up early and going in to work on these blocks off and on today. Chris 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cutting and sewing

 Flannels I have collected for about 8 years were sitting there so I added some more and started cutting for rag quilts for the little ones. With it being flannel it is soft to the feel and it will be warm for sleeping this Fall and Winter.
I got the blocks cut for the rag quilts and had all these odd sized leftovers. So I cu them into 4 inch squares and pieced what I had into 4-patches. I then pieced the blocks together with 1 1/2 inch strips. All one color one way and another the cross row way. I think one more border and it will be called big enough for a little one to stay warm. 

Simple, but very usable. It will be in the wash and get softer and used again. It is a way to use up pieces, but also when you find it on sale at the end of the season makes the purchase price a little easier on the wallet. 

Christmas is getting closer are you thinking this way in 90 degrees weather. Chris

Monday, July 31, 2017

Almost there.

Finally after several attempt to getting this project done it is almost complete. Need to make tie backs out of the fabric. Just haven't decided how I want to make them. This is fabric I posted about earlier that I washed to preshrink it and the color guard sheet was so purple.  

I liked it with the color of the new woodwork and the textured wallpaper we put up. It has taken almost two years to get this far, but I could find anything I liked. 

Saturday I was going to get this done and we had another emergency. My grandson and 2 year old granddaughter were in a rollover accident. So we had the other two were at the other two girls and Mom and Dad were at the hospital. They are all ok. Abrasions from the seat belts, but the truck went airborne and flipped twice.  Scary until we knew what was up. I am grayer. 

Today Mom has to deal with insurance and the towing company so I get girls back again. Have a good day. Chris

Monday, July 24, 2017

frustrated and embarrassed

I bought this fabric wanting it for my kitchen panels. I was so sure I had enough and measured 3 times before cutting. Well I didn't cut right. 

 4.5 inches to short for the correct length. I was at a stand still. I finally last night decided the fabric I had saved when cutting it short will be used to face the hem and the casing on the tops for the 4 panels that were cut wrong. I have another choice, but didn't care for that and it was to use a colored band for the hem.
I liked the colors because it went with the trim work my husband had replaced. 

So frustrated because I thought I was so smart saving a little bit of the fabric. Well I cut for the finished length not the unsewn length. 

Today the seam ripper and I will be friends. Not my idea of a fun time. You know where I will be. Chris 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Clean Up" in progress

Here is the largest block I have ever made. 100-2 inch patches per block. I need 16 of these for this quilt. 

I sew them into 4-patches then into strip. This is enough to make 6 blocks. I have 10 made. So extras leftover for sashing. 

This is the pattern. It is a free pattern from www.quiltedtwins.com. They have a free tab in the shop tab at the top of their blog. Becky Tillman Petersen is very generous and designs these quilts and makes them up and offers them free on her blog and also on her Facebook page. 

I have enough for the blocks I need so onto the sashing pieces. This is about queen sized. 

You can use strip sets of just 2 inch squares. I had a ton of squares so my method this time. I also had over 200 4-patches made up and stuck in a drawer so that helped get it done faster. If you have older fabric that has been hanging around this is a great way to use it up. 

We are getting storms so the sewing machine is off. Computer is in laptop mode and cellphone is not charging. Have a great day. Chris

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Old Story new fabric

I ordered some new fabric for my kitchen windows. I will make panels for the long windows. I wanted the shrinkage out of the length so I washed and dried it. I threw in a Shout Color Guard sheet and look at the purple piece laying on the fabric.

I knew it would bleed. I had no doubt. So I took a picture to tell everyone that fabric bleeds. It is a Henry Glass & Co. piece called Summer's End by Buggy Barn. I am sure it was $14.00 a yard, but I purchased it much cheaper. 

I have heard the story over and over again my fabric doesn't bleed because I buy quilting shop fabric. This was quilting shop fabric and wasn't cheap. So rethink your thoughts or live on the wild side and hope it doesn't bleed. Chris

Monday, July 17, 2017

Slowly stitching

These are rows of 4-patches sewn into strips to be pressed now and starched to make a 100 patch block. I have have 9 made so far and need 16 total. I think I have enough strips to finish the block count. Then I need to make sashing and borders with more of the 2 inch squares. So more cutting and sewing will go on. I think I have used 7 bobbins so far. I have 9 more wound so we will see how far this goes to get this one done. 



In straightening up my sewing desk I moved some string blocks that I have been working and found this pile of blocks. There are 33 in this pile and I have a few done in the drawer. I think these were 25 squares of 2inch squares cut diagonally twice. I will surround them with triangles to make square in a square looking blocks. This is what happens whern you have to sew and nothing planned.
But it also is good because you can work on something different when the mood strikes you.

The heat and humidity are coming back. It was 55 degrees this morning. So if it cools off overnight it will help with the A/C bill. Chris

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Piecing

The sewing is happening 15 minutes here and there. But it is getting done. 2 inch squares made into 4-patches. Never enough 4-patches.

These are strips ready to make into 100 piece blocks. I need 12 of them and have enough for about 9 of them complete. I then need more for the sashing and borders. Getting closer to the end of this madness.

The heat is less for a couple days so not as much sewing going on. I decided to push myself outside to get some fresh air. My allergies have been horrible this years so I think, I think I have them under control. I hope! Wasn't getting enough sleep and felt horrible. But it is improving.

Sun is out and plan on a grocery run this morning. I need to make some cookies for my husband. He likes a soft sugar cookie I make. As I make the recipe today I will take pictures. They taste like the Big Box sugar cookies in the clam shells for $3.99 a dozen. They are round and frosted. In fact they taste better. It has sour cream in the recipe.

Hope you have a nice Sunday. Chris