Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Finished Quilt For Irish Chain Quilt-A-Long

I quilted it over a few days and I finished it yesterday. Today I put the binding on and took care of the thread ends. I love this quilt. I will wash it tomorrow and put it on my bed tomorrow evening. I can't wait to sleep under my own quilt. Chompie is helping hold down the quilt while I worked it around in my sewing machine. Nice doggie! Ha Ha!

Her is the finished quilt. I had my husband and brother-in-law hold it up. The both are over 6 feet and ti was way over their heads. I it s queen, 90" x 90". 

I thought I would show you what else I have been working on. I am now helping my husband and my brother-in-law make groomers for horse arenas. So I am working with metal. My hands do not look like a ladies hands, I can not get the black out all the way.

This is the finished groomer.

This is me cleaning one of the pieces.

I will leave you with a picture of my little family. Me, my husband, our daughters who are off at school again, my son, his wife and our two grand babies. 


Monday, April 20, 2015

Girls and Flowers

Good morning everybody. I hope your day is going well so far. Mine is good but a little sad. My husband and I took our daughters back to college this last Saturday. They will be gone for about three months. It has been fun with them home. Now the house is quiet. Here are the 3 of us with Chompie at their apartment.

I'm trying to get caught up on my hexies. I received these from my February partner. They are great!

These ones are from my March partner. They are so fun.
 (Isn't it weird how my camera changed the color of the counter trying to capture the color of this flower. I tried to fix it but could not.)


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Irish Chain Twist Quilt-A-Long~Finished Top!!

I have been following along with Melissa over at Happy Quilting doing a quilt along, Irish Chain Twist. Tomorrow is the big day. We have gotten to the end of the steps and now it is time for the big reveal for our tops. This first picture is the top on my bed. It fits perfectly!! I am so excited.
 This picture is taken outside today in very strong winds. You can see how large it is. My daughters are standing on the seat of the picnic table. Sorry about the shade and sunny areas. With its size and the wind this was the only way we could take a picture.
 And then because the help I was getting here is a fun picture of the top facing into the wind. It did not turn out very well but the colors are truer to the way it really looks.

I went tonight and bought the backing and two bottles of spray baste. I will be working on getting it finished now. I want this quilt on my bed. We have until April 23rd, but I am hoping to be done before that. I love this quilt! Thank you Melissa for another great quilt along!


Monday, March 30, 2015

An Exercise In Thread

I have really worked hard on getting my quilt done from Happy Quilting's Quilt Along. Each week we have been given a new step and even with school work and life I have found some time to sew. Yippee!! Things were going great until last week. The step was to applique our orange slices down. I looked through my thread, though it was older thread, I thought it might work. Then Started to mess up. Skipped stitches. Broken thread. I tried three or four different way of sewing those big blue petals down. ARG!! I was so mad. 

Then I figured it was just the thread. I switched back to my Gutermann thread and things worked like a charm. I usually only buy white or black so white it was. Here I tried a zig-zag and I think it worked wonderfully. 

 After sewing all 11 blocks this was the only flaw. 

 Bad BAD Thread!!!

Here is my top done laying on my bed. I don't have a floor big enough to spray baste it. I am not sure what I am going to do. I might have to take it up to my church to get it sprayed in the middle then bring it home to finish the edges. I am not sure how I am going to quilt it. My daughter said it looks like a tree. Brown branches, green leaves, and blue flowers. I will get a better picture of it later.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Flowers Are Coming Up!!

I have been busy trying to get caught up on all my hexies. I have three sets done and I just need to get my March set done now. 

This set is for my November partner.

These ones are for my December partner.

These are for my February partner.

These are the flowers I received from my February partner. 
She sent me this very cool card. It has a pressed flower on it. I love it!!

I have changed my mind on how I am going to make my hexie flower garden. I am going to go around all of the flowers in another row of petals. I will set them all in black, but in between where the black paths intersect I will put a red, orange, or yellow solid hexie to break up all the black. I will show you what I mean as I get it started. It will be stunning. I can't wait. I need to figure out how many more hexies I need. I have a lot of them now. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Irish Chain Quilt-Along~Finished Blocks

I have finally finished the second set of block in the quilt-along going on over at Happy Quilting. I love these blocks. They are so cool. The only problem I had was lining up the two halves of the blocks. You an see how the two short sashing pieces don't line up. But after I looked and they are all like that I decided it just adds to the wonkiness of it.

Then today I finished the third block. I like this one even better. They are so fun to make. Melissa talked about in her tutorial of these blocks that if you used the fusible then the piece  would be stiff. I learned a little trick on another applique quilt I have done. If you trim out the insides of your fusible within an 1/8th to 1/4 of an inch then when you trim and iron on your pieces then the insides of the applique will not be glued down. I love doing it this way. The fusible holds the piece down until you sew it down. 
 Here are my finish blocks. They are so great. This next week will be sewing the applique pieces down. Then after that we will get to assemble our quilts. I can not wait!!!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Hands2Help Sign-up Have Begun

It is that time of year again. Time to start thinking about those around you that need a quilty hug. I know as quilters we are already generous people but here is another opportunity to give someone in need something to hold on to when things are tough. Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge is run by Sarah over at Confessions of Fabric Addict. There are three charities to pick from. You can make one quilt, you can make one quilt for each charity, you choose. Do what you can to help someone. There are prizes at the end for completing your quilt(s). Who doesn't love prizes. So hop on over to her blog and sign up, you will feel great for helping out!!

And because I love pictures on blog post here is a picture from around Christmas time. In a town near mine they have a fabulous Christmas light display at one of their parks. So much color!!! Spring is on the way so I don't feel so bad looking at this picture any more, ha ha. Have a good Monday!!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Irish Chain Twist Quilt Along Improvisational Piecing Block Step Done

Oh boy that was a lot of work but I loved every minute of it. It feel good to be busy making another quilt. I finished trimming all 160 squares. I just finished sewing all 40 blocks together. Why did I decide to make the queen size quilt? HA HA I know, because I want it for my bed. I know I will love it. So now I get to wait until Thursday when Melissa announces the next step. If you want to go check out the Quilt Along go here to the main page.


Gifts, Quilt Alongs, and Babies

Last year after the H2H Challenge was done and the gifts were being sent out somehow mine got lost. I had won a years worth of magazines from Generation Q Magazine. Sarah over Confessions of a Fabric Addict felt bad and sent me these great treats. Thank you Sarah. Then within a few weeks I received my magazines. 

I am a bit slow on getting the steps done but I did get all of the pieces cut for my quilt that I am making following Melissa's Quilt Along over at Happy Quilting. I have all of the 320 triangles sewn onto the brown rectangles. This week I will focus on getting that next step done which is to cut them into squares.

I thought you might like a picture of my next granddaughter. This is Lillian or Lilly for short. She is about 5 months old and sucks on her fingers and not on a pacifier. Oh boy! HA HA


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Working On Hexies

I am getting back into the swing of quilting. I have been busy making Hexies. These went to my November partner. They are so fun and spring like.

These fun sunflowers will be going to my January partner that just lives up the road from me!

These wonderful flowers are from my November partner.

 These great flowers are from my January partner.

 I will be back later with more fun things.