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Monday, September 14, 2015

Side sashings for Halloween quilt

I love this fabric color! And I love the design for the sides!  I was only able to get 3 on the hoop at once but that's ok.  These three were about 70 minutes of sewing at a time.  Almost done!

Cornerstones for Halloween wedding quilt

I have to make 12 of these but they go fast!  I use black thread for all of the stitches which means no thread changes!  I have all 12 on the hoop at one time too.  Tonight I will decide which blocks I want to repeat to make it larger as well.  One block will be for the wedding info so that leaves 4 to do again either in different thread/fabrics or doing them flipped.  

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Halloween blocks done

This is a piece of the sashing.  I had to make 35!  They're done!

I did the colors on this to match my niece's hair and eyes.  She will love it!
Don't you love witches like this?  I used polka dots on her little dress.  I love polka dots and so does Melony.

Polka dots for the hat.
Love that vampire! 

My niece has a black cat so she will love this!

Well, my summer vacation is over and I've been teaching all week.  I love my students again this year!  The custodians made some awesome changes to my classroom and I love it!  I will have to post pictures.  I am working on the side sashings to the quilt tonight.  They are very cool.

Monday, August 3, 2015

More blocks for Halloween quilt! Getting down to the last 8 or so to go!

Today is the first time in about 4 days that I got to the sewing machine.  This is the first block of the day.  Tonight I will get another one done.  The goal is all blocks done by Thursday so I can get on the sashings.  We all love owls in our family.  Guess we inherited that from my nana.
That scarecrow is so cute!  The blocks are about 8 inches square so they fit on my middle sized hoop.

Ghosty fun!

Love this one!  I don't use pure white for the embroidered ghosts.  Just a touch off of white, which I think looks good.

Love the frog and the spider web in the corner.  Check out the angry pumpkin.

How cute are those little trick or treaters?  Look at the little details...a witch flying, ghosts coming out of the window, owls, a sinister tree!  So much to see.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Halloween wedding quilt progress

I have been trying to do one or two blocks a day this summer.  I generally don't get time on the weekend since we often go out for a while.  Each of the blocks takes a very long time compared to other embroidery projects I have done, so I have to be home a bit.  In fact the block I am setting up right now is 110 minutes.  However, the little details in this baby are amazing!  I can't wait to have the girls really LOOK at this when all the dust settles after the wedding.   
I did the zombie in Sam's eye and hair colors.  The other zombie I am doing in Melony's colors.  That's on the hoop now.
Look at the spider web in the branches!

I love the wolf in the background.
Aren't his little fangs cute!?
Loving ole Frankie!
Look at the witch in the sky!  There is just so much to look at!  I am working on the sashing and border designs as I go along.  They have to be plain enough to keep it from being wildly crazy, but still interesting.  I have a few ideas, but won't decide until I have the embroidered rows completed.
Bye!  See you with a few more in a day or so.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Block two Halloween wedding quilt

I have to leave for the bridal shower in like 10 minutes!  Am I ready? Haha, anyone who knows me knows I just picked the outfit and it may or may not work!  I still have to do my hair too.  I spent the morning making this block though.  I love making this quilt!  See ya later!  It's 87 degrees but so sunny, who cares if it's hot?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Halloween wedding quilt started, and a few other things

This afternoon when I got home from church camp, it was time to get this wedding quilt started.  Each block takes about 90-100 minutes each, so I need to make sure I'll be home for a while when I want to start a block.  It's a lot of appliqué, so that's why I need to stay close to the machine.

For some reason, I ordered another block of the month!  It's from Shabby Chic and is pretty easy.  I got the appliqué fused while I was embroidering the Halloween quilt.  I was smart and ordered the quilt with the fusible pieces laser cut!  
A few months ago I took a class to make pot holders on a loom like when I was a kid!  It's so relaxing and fun.  Deb came over last night and we made two.  I did mine in red white and blue.  I made so many within the last few months and I will just make one any time I have a few minutes on my hands.  I usually do this while I'm watching television.  

Friday, July 3, 2015

Today's project. Recovering dining room chairs!

Sometimes you just can't ignore something that just has to be done RIGHT NOW!  My dining room chair cushions have been kinda needy for my attention for a while now.  My really old cat calls them her personal space, and sheds massively on them. Also, Lily likes to sit on them while we work or sit together as a family.  This one looks pretty good.  I wouldn't show you the nasty ones! :)

Deb and I went on a road trip in May and found an upholstery shop where a quilt shop was supposed to be.  Destiny!  I got this fabric there.
First one done!  
My easy to use tools for the afternoon.  Drill and stapler.

The fabric is reversible so I might do the captains chairs with the pink side out and the other chairs with the white side. I better get back to work before I lose my enthusiasms!  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Quilted and bound! Ready to start a new project.

My niece is getting married on Halloween, and I have the best embroidered quilt on my mind, so before I start that, I had to finish the quilt for my friend Amy's precious baby girl.  I finally saw her the other day and she is the cutest, happiest little babe!  So I quilted with my Tiara on the borders and with my Babylock on the hunters star.  Since I learned the easy-peasy way to add a flange, of course I had to put two on this quilt.  The white looks nice against the red and aqua binding.
All done.  I am going to wash it and dry it with a color catcher before I give it to Amy.  I'll pin another color catcher to it when I give it to her so she can use it when she washes it again.
Instead of free motion quilting  on the red corners,  I I just embroidered a bear in a train car to carry that theme to the edges.
For some reason, I couldn't bring myself to free motion on the hunters star.  It seemed to want the quarter inch situation all throughout.  So, out came the walking foot for the first time with the Babylock and I got started.  It took a very l o n g time!  Looks good though!

The dogs and I sat outside today while I added the binding.  Everyone was happy.  Tomorrow I start the Halloween wedding quilt!  It's going to be fun!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hunters star baby quilt ready for quilting

I got the baby quilt done this past weekend.  It was fun to make using the accuquilt and the embroidery machine.

The embroidery is a simple red work pattern of teddy bears riding trains.  I used colors from the border fabric to make the designs.

I did a little flange before I added the border.  A woman from a quilt shop in Connecticut showed me an easy way!  Loved it!
I'm planning to quilt it myself next week!  Cannot wait!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Hunter star baby quilt

This is the center of the quilt for my friend Amy.  I love the Accuquilt!  I could never cut so nicely, plus it notches the parts that fit together. Easy peasy!  I am using a tiny red border around this and then I am putting a white border with teddy bears embroidered on it.  I got redwork designs and will do them in red or aqua...not sure which yet.  

Maybe I will get a little more done while I'm home tomorrow.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Summer is here! Sort of...

After such a long cold winter, summer is finally here.  Even if the weather for this holiday weekend is a little chilly, it's nice to be outside all day and in the evening.  Yesterday I got this chiminea at Home Depot on sale for 70 dollars so this afternoon I put it together by myself!  Tonight, Kenny is fishing so I have my tea and book and will sit by the fire with the dogs.  I've been sewing a lot and will post that tomorrow. Hope you are all having fun this weekend!