Saturday, July 5, 2014

A finish and BOM block done

I decided to work on my Pat Sloan's Globetrotting block 7 since I didn't want to start another project last night.
Last month I noticed that mine was looking really blue so I thought I'd make this months block redder.

And then I finished a very special project that I can't show the whole thing because it's a surprise gift for someone.  But here's the center.  The whole quilt it quilted and bound - just needs a label.

I tried to take better pictures so I can show all the quilting I did, but it just wasn't going to show.

I started working on my Farmer's Wife quilt today.  I'm working on the border now as the center is all done.  This will take me a while though.  I can't wait to see it finished.

We had a very quiet 4th of July.  We have 3 dogs, one of which is very afraid of fireworks.  So we gave him a Benedryl and hugged him all night while he just shook.  And I'm dealing with another very naughty little girl dog who thinks peeing on my bed is an acceptable place.  She's done it twice this past week.  Never before so I'm not sure if it's the fireworks that are scaring her and that's why she's doing it.  The neighbors have been making noise all week.  We'll see when all this is over.  I'm going to not make the bed until bedtime so she won't do it again.  The joys of pet ownership.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

June BOM Updates

Finished all my BOM's for June.  The first one done was the Fat Quarter Shops block 1 of the 2014 Designer Mystery quilt - I am going to try to make 2 of each block each month.  
Then I worked on the Pat Sloan Globetrotting Block of the Month.

I think its looking kind of blue - need to add more red or use red to sash.
And last but not least, the final two blocks for the fall BOM.  All that's left (all ha ha) is the applique center and then putting it all together and the quilting. 
Blocks 11 & 12

Blocks 1-12
 It will be awhile before I get to finishing this one.  I already have one top to quilt and I hope to have the top of my Farmer's Wife quilt top done soon too.  I'm about 1/2 way done putting that top together.  

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

FQS Designer Mystery BOM and my latest Loose Threads piece

And by FQS I mean the 2013/2014 Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery Block of the Month program.  I spent quite a bit of time quilting this.  Decided to not do an all over design and custom quilted the whole thing.



I quilted the whole thing on my new Bernina 750 QE.  I had no problems.  I used bottom line in the bobbin and So Fine on the top.  Sewed like a charm.  I marked a lot of the top with a Frixion pen.  I used a cherry template on the border.  (The fabric has cherries on it.)  It's all made from Fig Tree Quilt material.

I also spend all Friday night embroidering labels.  It went pretty smoothly.  I think they will need to adjust my thread cutter.  It seems to mess up the bobbin threads or is pulling all the top thread under and knotting it after it is used every couple times.  It could also be a tension thing.  Although I did adjust the tension during the embroidery and it still did it.  Who knows.  But the labels are all done and on their appropriate quilts.  Got some towels embroidered with my nephews initials for when he leaves for college in the fall.

And I forgot to post pictures of the last Loose Threads round of design board inspiration pieces.  I'll show you mine here but I'll put a link to the groups blogs so you can see them all here. California Loose Threads

This is mine which I used Sara Kelly's design board for inspiration.  I also kind of created my piece using her  look of tiny strips.  (Never again for me.)
I used the middle picture from her board as my inspiration.

I now get to work on a gift for someone that a few friends and I are putting together.  So even when I finish it I can't share until October.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Nickel Quilt finish - Tillie's Treasure

Finished 5/25/14 (still unnamed)

I started Scrap-Therapy years ago and have boxes and boxes of 5" cut squares.  I have done most of the Scrap-Therapy quilts and needed more ideas of what to do with all my pre-cut scraps.  So in comes the book Nickel Quilts by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode, and then More Nickel Quilts, and then More Nickel Quilts & Borders and Amazing Nickel Quilts.  You get the picture - all kinds of quilts to make using 5" squares.  I fell in love with this pattern (called Tillies Treasure from the 1st book) when I saw a friend making this for her brother.  So I gathered over 600 squares (the inside blocks needs 2 light and 2 dark squares.  My finished quilt measures about 100" square and I LOVE IT and yes, I quilted it all by myself using my new Bernina 750QE.  I had very few problems once I figured out the right needle and tension.


Glad this one is done.  I started it a few months ago when I was at a retreat.  I grabbed it before I left just in case I had time to work on it.  

So this is what has been keeping me busy.  That and child proofing the house because of Needle.  Oh, she's a chewer.  She's ruined a total of 2 pair of shoes and look what she got into this weekend.  
Oh, there was a spool of Connecting Threads (less expensive thread) right next to this one - but she does have expensive taste.  The shoes she chewed were both pretty pricey shoes.   Other than this chewing habit, she's fitting right in.  She's a hoot and brings me lots of joy.  

I haven't seen my grandkids in a few months.  Kelly is good about sending pictures via text but it's not the same thing.  

I know I still owe you pictures of the Loose Threads latest round of design board quilts.  Will work on that soon.  So much to do!  I'm going on the Central Coast Shop Hop this weekend with my shop hop buddies Janice and Elaine.  So excited.  I haven't been to several of the stores on the hop.  

Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cindy Needham Linen Workshop

What a fantastic 5 day workshop with Cindy Needham.  I've taken her one day linen workshop at Road 2 California many years ago and then I was in her design workshop last September and last week, 2 friends and I headed up north to Rancho Cordova for her 5 days linen workshop.  She is such a great teacher - generous, organized, and you are given so much information, with wonderful handouts and she has samples galore for you to pet and touch.

This workshop was so much fun with so many interesting people from all over.  We had a lady from Puerto Rico, Seattle, Massachusettes, Arizona and from all points of California.  Here's a sample of some of these lovely ladies pieces.

And some of the other projects they worked on.


And I got a lot done too.  The first thing I finished was this little wall hanging my sister Beverly pieced using 3 little cross stitch pieces my mother made.  I knew Cindy would have the perfect stencil. 


And then she gave me this piece from Eric's aunt that used to be a pillow that Beverly wanted to use as a table topper.  It's wool and beautifully embroidered.


And of course I marked a bunch of linens (she has a ton of stencils to use) but I did get this one done.


I wish I could say that this piece of linen had some emotional or family connection, but it was a piece I picked up at an antique store during the latest shop hop.  I love it.  And I know I'll use it.  

If you can, take one of her workshops -do it - so worth it.  
Thanks for looking.  Tomorrow I'll post our Loose Threads latest design board challenge quilts.  Another round of amazing quilts.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Block of the Month Updates

And I'm pretty early this month.  Let's start this month with my Fall BOM.
And Pat Sloan's Globetrotting BOM block.
And get this people - I have finished all 111 Farmer's Wife blocks.  Here is the last batch.
I've even put the first 3 rows together with aqua sashing to see how it looks.  I think I'll like it.  But I'm not going to work on it yet.  I have a few quilt tops that need to get done in addition a little trip.  I am leaving with 2 friends tomorrow for Cindy Needham's Linen Workshop.  So I'll have a few tops to quilt for that too.  But tonight I did finish this.  I am showing you the last block of the 2013 Fat Quarter Shop's Mystery Block of the Month.   I am also sharing a picture of the top.  It is all together but I don't like to show quilts until they are all done but I couldn't stand not sharing.

Loving my new Bernina 750.  Still haven't embroidered on it yet.  Don't know when I'll get around to that.

And I always like to end my post with some cuteness so here's some pictures of my grandkids.

My little puppy girl is bringing us a lot of joy and a lot of work.  She's a busy busy little one - who we found out loves mud and water!  I caught her sitting in her water dish yesterday.  Yes, sitting in it.  We have to get her her own pool now I think.

Thanks for looking.  I need to pack!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

2014 Heart of the Valley Shop Hop

The Heart of the Valley (Central Valley, CA) shop hop was this weekend.  My two friends, Janice and Elaine, and I hit all 10 shops in 1.5 days.  We left at about 1:30 on Saturday and headed south to Bakersfield and then up to Porterville.  (4 shops in all on Friday).

Here we are at Strawberry Patches.  Their theme was camp out.  With smore fixin's, hot dogs and the the campsite.  (Even with chirping birds and noises.)   I heard on Saturday they even had camp signing around the campfire (fake).
On Saturday we left early to get to the Turlock store Cloth & Quilts at 9:00 am .  They had a baby shower theme.  From there we went to Bear Paws in Oakhurst, which was a beautiful drive in the mountains.  Then we headed to Fresno for Cottage Quilts and then to Clovis (Quilter's Paradise) who still had the rodeo theme going, then to the Mennonite Center in Reedly and then on home to Thimble Towne who had a Kentucky Derby theme--with horse races, mint juleps or infield punch, and all the derby fixins.

Each store gives a little gift and this is the pile of  free gifts.
A nice bag, some pin cushion kits, a cup cozie kit, a pouch kit, some computer screen cleaners, a yo-yo pin kit and of course candy (missing from picture because it was already in my tummy).  All so generous.

And shopping, of course I shopped.  I gave myself a budget and only went off it for a bit because we went to an antique store in Clovis to get some linens for the Cindy Needham workshop I'm taking in a couple weeks.

The black stripe fabric was a real find.  On Thursday the guild speaker was Tiffany Hayes from needle in a hayes stack blog.  She had this very striking quilt that was in a magazine ad using this border fabric. This fabric is about 2 years old so it was a real find.  Of course I took the last 2 yards.  I also got some backing fabric for my Pat Sloan BOM quilt, some orange fabric for next years Orange Cove reunion quilt to donate, some pretty green fabric for a back of a linen quilt, a pattern for baskets, the Sew Kind of Wonderful ruler and two kits for baby quilts that were $18 and thought I'd whip them up to sell at our guilds boutique in October.
And here are the linens I got for the Cindy Needham linen workshop.

What a wonderful couple of days spending with some great friends.  We laughed a lot and had a good time.  So good in fact, we've decided to do the central coast shop hop at the end of May!

And on the homefront, when I got home, my sweet little angel girl brought this little gift in the house for us.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Out with the old....

Goodbye 640! You have been good to me for 8 years and I will miss you.

But I have fallen in love with another.

She's a beaut. Big and bright and called a sewing computer. I can't wait to get to know her better.

Spent a lovely day in Los Osos with my material girls. There was only 6 of us but still had fun with good food and fellowship. We all brought some hand work to do and caught up on all our lives. These ladies are the cream of the crop. We missed all of those who couldn't make it.

Thanks for looking.

 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Block of the Month Updates and a 10 year project - done!

I used to cross stitch a lot.  That was before I started quilting.  So this project started about the time I started quilting.  I wish I would have recorded the start date of this.  I know that I used to work on it only on Tuesday nights when the Material Girls would meet at Pam's.  After we stopped meeting on Tuesdays, I took it to work and swore I'd work on it on my lunch hours.  And I did.
After consulting with a friend, I decided to use the left over linen fabric it was counted cross stitched on to pipe/bind.  It's not very big but makes a perfect little fall pillow.  (If I want, I can take the pillow form out and use as a wall hanging too.

So after doing a lot of spring cleaning yesterday, I was able to sit and sew and got caught up on all my BOM's.  I finished the Farmer's Wife blocks last week some time and the rest I cut the pieces on Friday night so I was able to just sit and sew.


First - the Fat Quarter Shops BOM - this is block 11 - so one more month and then I can put the whole thing together.

Here's Pat Sloan's Block for April and all the pieces together so far.


And Blocks 7&8 for the Fall BOM.
And last but not least, the Farmer's Wife blocks.  Only 11 more blocks to make and then I get to put this together too.

 Hopefully I'll have my Material Girls challenge piece pinned and the quilting started and maybe the backing for my latest Nickel scrap quilt.

Happy Easter to all.
Thanks for looking.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Best of the Valley

Two weekends ago the local quilt show called Best of the Valley was open and this year I entered three quilts. I was lucky enough to get a ribbon on each quilt. A first place for my fish quilt, a third place for my butterfly quilt and an honorable mention on my linen quilt.

I didn't take pictures of all the other wonderful quilts but my friend Debbie posted a bunch on her blog which is listed on by 'blogs I read list'. Her blog is called Quilt Crazy Debbie.

Other than that I have just been working on a Nickel Quilt book pattern called Tillie's Treasure. I have two more borders to go before I can pin and quilt it. I also have ordered myself a new Bernina sewing machine. I decided get the 750 QEE. I will hopefully get it in the next few weeks.

My new little girl dog Needles is adjusting well. Still hasn't warmed up to Jeff but loves me dearly. She still has a potty problem that we are working on with praise and treats if she goes outside. When I'm home she likes to check on me and since I'm usually at my sewing machine it gets a little tough to sew. I can't sew with a dog on my lap so I pull my wicker chair right next to my chair and she comes to be with me there.

I also hope to get caught up on my block of the months for April. I have my 9 Farmers Wife blocks done and they are the hardest.

Thanks for looking.