Friday, March 29, 2013

Progess Week...

My week started out great. Monday & Tuesday I had a private longarm quilting classes with Cindy Roth of Longarm University.  It was great and I learned A LOT. Cindy Roth was excellent! She was very patient and quick to answering my questions. As a beginner, I felt very confident in not be intimidated with my longarm machine. 8) I went home, chatted with DH for a bit and then started getting things ready to go and do some practicing. Well that did not happen. Soon I was having a hard time breathing and DH was so concern that he ended up taking me to the ER. 8( ... To make a long story short, I am now nursing a couple fracture ribs. I really want to BEAT myself up. This wouldn't have happened if I just took the time to not rush while trying to pull a bag out of my trunk. I slammed my ribs hard down on a lever that brings the back hatch of my trunk down and flat (hope this make sense)!

I cannot sleep laying down because of the pain. I am sleeping in my living room sitting up. Grrr!!!!

I will not be able to complete my UFO 1 - Civil War Chronicles. I will have to continue and complete next month before starting April's UFO. Grrr...

In the meantime, I am able to complete some hexagon flowers for my Jo Morton Block Exchange. I needed to make more flowers. I am happy with how they are turning out. The exchange is closed and have mailed my other hexes. These are just extras for my quilt top.

What do you think?


I hope to get to my studio next week. I really need to get some sewing done.

In the meantime, Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.


Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Weekend progress...

I am still working on Month 12 of my UFO 1 Civil War Chronicles. I have 40 blocks completed out of 68. I hope to finish month 12 today. If not, I will have to continue on Thursday as I have a longarm classes Monday thru Tuesday. I signed up for private classes with Longarm University with Cindy Roth. I am so looking forward to learning from her. 

I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday sewing! Can you believe that this is the last week in March? Time is sure is flying!


Have a GREAT week!



Friday, March 22, 2013

UFO 1 - Update...

I have all 408 HST done. I am now sewing pieces together. I think that after sewing border pieces together, I DO NOT want to see this fabric for awhile! 8(  

I have an assembly line and so far production is going smooth. 8) 

      
Assembly line









 
Completed 15 out of 68 blocks!

My plan for this weekend is to complete all 68 blocks! So until then...


Have a GREAT weekend! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

UFO 1 Update...

I have been sewing HST for the past couple of days! I am getting bored sewing the same thing. LOL
 Here are 272 2" HST.


The next step, I need to make 408 2" HST. I hope to be done sewing by Friday. 


Then I need to put these 2" squares together. This is what the 6" block will look. 


 I will need to make 68 6" blocks. These will be my borders. 8)  So off to sew a few more before heading to bed. 

Happy Stitching!



Tuesday, March 19, 2013

UFO 1 - CW Chronicles update...

I spent the entire day and night(9pm) cutting Month 12. This is where I WISH I had a 2-3/4" die to cut these squares! I have a Accuquilt Studio but I don't have a die in this size. 8(  If I know I am going to use 2-3/4" ALL the time, I would definitely custom order one. There was A LOT of cutting here and I am so glad I am done. Now I am working on drawing my lines to make HST. The HST are 2" squares.I need the lines in order to sew accurately. If you have a better method, PLEASE do share! 8)



I bagged my squares with notes so that I don't get confused. It is so easy for me to do! 

I have to make 272 - 2" squares using these fabrics. 

I hoped to get these done tonight. We shall see. 


Happy Stitching!










Sunday, March 17, 2013

UFO 1 Challenge Update...

Month 2 completed. 


 16-1/2" block. I had to make four.


Here are the four blocks

Now to move onto Month 9. 
 Hope to get blocks completed today. We shall see! 8)


Until tomorrow...


Happy Stitching!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A GOOD Laugh...


UFO 1 - Civil War Chronicles...

I decided to work on my blocks yesterday and this morning. I worked on Month 3. I had to make 4 16" blocks.




I will start on Month 2 today.

Until next time...

Happy Stitching!

Sad Week...

So sorry I have been out of touch here. When it rains it POURS! Well for here it felt like it did! I had no energy to do anything nor concentrate...

Our boy "Bear-Bear". Very "personable" boy. He didn't have any fear in him at all. Whether a car, people, dogs, cats, racoons, even heights, this cat no fear at all in him!!! If the ladder was out and my husband was on the roof, Bear will be right behind him climbing up the ladder too. 

I even witness a time when our neighbor's dog came into the yard and Bear scared him off. If I walk to our mailbox or go visit a neighbor a few doors away, he will be right behind me and wait until I am done visiting or picking mail up, we would walk back home together! 

For a few days before putting him down, I noticed that he wasn't eating or moving as much. I thought to myself, "OK...here we go again", "Bear must have got into a fight". Well on Sunday night (3.10.13), He was not moving at all. I told my husband we need to take Bear into emergency! As I was getting him out of his bed, I looked into his eyes and I KNEW he was not coming home. 8( 

To make a long story short, Bear had liver disease and we had to put him to sleep. The disease was too far gone in just a few days! We are still waiting for the call from hospital to come and pick up his ashes. I have A LOT of precious memories of him. I can still remember the days of when he was just 1-2 weeks old when were on bottle feeding schedule, hubby and I taking turns taking Bear and his two brothers (still with us) to work so we can bottle feed them. 


May 26, 2005 - March 10, 2013
 Mom: "Bear?, mom want to continue sewing".
Bear: "NO" "I want to sleep". 8)

Pictures of Bear was taken in 2010. He loved being near me while I sew. This is when he was an indoor cat. Then he experience outdoors shortly after and indoors was not his thing anymore.   



 
 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

UFO 1 - Civil War Chronicles...

This month we are working on UFO -1. Back in 2010-2011, I joined Civil War Chronicles BOM designed by Homestead Hearth. Last year I worked on some of the blockswhile traveling. These block are labor intense! 8) But as you know me, I like a quilt that is challenging. Check them out. 

Month 1
Center Block

Month two
called for 4 16" blocks

Month 4
called for 8 12-1/2" blocks!




Month 5
called for 16 triangle blocks that finished on the short side!


Month 6
called for 4 13-1/2" blocks




Month 7
called for 4 13-1/2" blocks
 


 Month 8
called for 4 13-1/2" blocks



Month 10
called for 8 6-1/2" blocks

Now do you see why I said this is  "labor intense"??? LOVE IT! 8)

Anyway, I misplaced pattern instructions for month 3 & 9! 8(  I have no clue how, when or WHERE the instructions are! I decluttered, organized and cleaned my studio! I have the fabrics but no pattern! So, I started to google and see if I can purchase the pattern. Homestead Hearth only had month 3. So I purchased pattern. Now I needed to FIND month 9. I googled and came across a few blogs. I started to think "ok...no harm in sending an email asking if they would sell me their pattern". Well I emailed Denise . Her blog "Mountain Quilter" . She is sending me a copy of pattern instruction for month 9! 8)  GOSH am I a HAPPY camper. She want to do a trade...copy of her pattern for a couple of FQ's. I am not going to send her two FQ's. I am sending her a few! 8)  THANK YOU SO MUCH DENISE!!!

Tomorrow I am going to play in my studio. I am working on America the Beautiful and when I get that done, I will get back to my UFO #1. 8)

Until then, Have a wonderful Thursday!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

UFO 10 - Another completed...

Anita finished her QOV quilt! Congratulations on completing! I love the colors. 8)

Anita - QOV Quilt




 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Quilt finally completed...

Some of you know that I really hate to bind my quilts! I don't know why but I do. So the past couple of nights I have been working on binding a quilt that should have been completed 5 years ago! Well it is finally done! Take a look. I am glad this quilt is out of my studio! 8)


 Meet Kappy...He is 1/2Pug, 1/2Shitzu.  I think is want to claim this quilt for him. 8)

  Do you THINK? 8)

Tomorrow...I am going to start working on my America the Beautiful!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday Sew Expo...

Well I am back from Sew Expo. At 8:30am, I attended my class "Fun Fast Fusing". Instructors were Frieda Anderson & Laura Wasilowski. They were pretty funny. Anyway, Class was all about fused art quilts. It was great and fast fusing, however you will not be able to wash. 8( 

At first, I thought to myself "WOW...I can design a jacket using this method". NOPE...the fusing they use is Pellon Wonder Under 805 and Tim Tex (C & T Publishing). So you really cannot wash. 

Here are a couple of pictures I took with my phone. They are SO CUTE.



Floss - Gorgeous colors!

If you want to view their website, click here. They do have some really CUTE patterns. The fabrics and floss you see in each designs, they dye and create themselves. I did buy some floss. I wanted to purchase some fabrics, but I just could not find their booth. 8(   I will have to purchase fabrics online. Check it out and let me know what you think! 8)

After class, I did browse around and got a couple of fabrics. YES a couple! 8) 

 For my Stash
Wall hanging for my Kitchen

Sew Expo this year wasn't all that impressive to me. I been to Sew Expo in the past and it was a lot better classes and vendors. This is just my opinion. 

The next exhibition is August 23 - 25th "Pacific West Quilt Show". Looking forward to going to this event!

Anyway, this how I spent my Sunday!8)

Happy Stitching!
 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Jo Morton Hexagon Flower Exchange...

Today I finished my hexagon flower block exchange. This exchange is for the Jo Morton Stitchers 
yahoo-group.  I am HOOKED on EPP!!!! I just learned this technique last month. 

I hope the participants will be happy with my flowers. 

 
  Now to get a good night sleep for tomorrow! I am going back to Sew Expo for an 8:30am class and MAYBE some shopping! 

Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Sew Expo...

Yesterday was definitely a good day! Met my good friend Sue at Sew Expo! This was her first trip to Sew Expo so it was funny to see her expression and excitement! It was good day to spend sometime together! 8)  Too bad I had to leave for a class!

The class I signed up for a hands on 2-1/2hr class called " No Slip Pedal for Sewing Machines" with Lynnette Sandbloom who created floor mat for your sewing machine foot pedal using Vinyl Roller shades. You read correctly! What is a Vinyl Roller shade? If you recall years ago, they are window vinyl shades that was plain white and all you had to do was either pull down or give it a little pull and it rolled right up. Well this floor mat is made out of that material! 

How was the class? GREAT! I had A LOT of fun making this mat! I was a bit SLOW that I could not finish the last thing on the list to complete. So when I came home, I applied one coat of Polycrylic to the mat. Here is my Mat. 


 After drying for about 1/2 hour, I tried it out with my foot pedal on top and the result is it WORKS! The back of mat is a little sticky called Safety Back. It keeps the mat in place when placed on any flooring. The neat thing about this mat is it keeps your foot pedal in place. It works GREAT on all floor types: Hardwood, Cork, low pile carpet.

She sells the product on her website: http://beachgardenquilts.danemcoweb.com/shop/product/floor-mat-kit-with-pattern-choice/.

Check it out! 
 
Here are some pictures of Lynette's design mats! They are awesome! 









SHOPPING GOODIES:

I bought a package Bamboo batting (King size). I have heard of it but never used it. What I like about it is there is only 2-3% shrinkage on the first wash. I had to ask the gentleman, "so what is the percentage of shrinkage after the first wash?" He stated there wasn't so I purchased a package and try it out for one of my completed quilt.  He give me his business card and I have to let him know my opinion about the batting. He did have a sample of what the quilt will feel and look like after it was quilted. OH my...the quilt had a very NICE hang and the quilt was very soft!


Then I found a booth that carried YLI thread. I got a few spools of the 100% silk. They are great for hand applique. Then they had these threads by Star. They swear that the company really went to the extreme to improve their Star threads. It is Mercerized Egyptian cotton thread. Well I decided to give it a try. Years ago, I tried their thread and it was HORRIBLE. It kept breaking and lint was not only in my bobbin case but everywhere on and in my machine!


Never tried this thread, so I thought I would try it on my longarm. 
 
WhisperTouch
100% Nylon
.006
Soft, thin, transparent filament nylon in a beefed-up thickness and large spool
for longarms (approx 10,000 yards per spool)
 - feels soft - not like fishing line
 - will not melt with a home iron - despite common mis-information
 
Use for quilting when you don't want the thread to show, when you are stitching on
different color fabrics and don't want to have to match thread to each fabric 
(T-shirt quilts), or for stitching "in the ditch".
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 This is thread collection is by Star Threads. This is there "Civil War" collection.
Again, I am going to test these threads out.



 


I HATE change! But with prices rising on my favorite thread line Aurifil, I need to seek other brands.
If you use this thread, please do let me know your thoughts and experience! 8)

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Now for my favorite....FABRICS! 8)

I bought some beautiful batiks from The Pine Needle Shop. Their batiks are beautiful and soft. I only bought a few this year. It was so HARD but I only purchased this... Check out the Beauties!

THAT IS IT!!!!!
 
So today (Saturday).  I will be at home packing a few things to head to our Cabin. We will be back Wednesday afternoon.  Then on Sunday I go back to Sew Expo for another class called "Fun Fast Fusing" with Frieda Anderson & Laura Wasilowski. This just a demonstration class. I will post on Monday and give you the details. 8) Until then...

Have a wonderful Weekend & Happy Stitching!