Saturday, April 6, 2019

Working on a Row By Row

While traveling during the summer and visiting quilt shops, I collected Row by Row fabric kits for 2.5 years (2014, 15 & 16) and I'm just now starting on them! Congrats to the folks that finished them the year they acquired the patterns. 😝

😏 And the reasons I'm attacking the fabric kits now...

  1. I put them on my monthly UFO challenge list, a challenge that I participate in with my 3 sisters.  
  2. I bought fabric kits for the Row By Row patterns which includes the needed fabric and I've vowed to not buy any new fabric until I use half my stash 🙄 
  3. I could use the container the fabric kits are in to store new fabric that I may buy. 😳😄
We start our challenge in February after the mad rush of Christmas and after settling into the new year. On the last day of each month we draw a number and sewing will/maybe/should commence. We have very loose rules and sometimes I may only complete 3 or 4 or less items on my list. But hey, those UFOs are completed and off my list! 👍👍

Here are the completed rows for February and March. I think they were from the 2014 and 2015 Row by Row events. 

This one is my favorite! Batik fabrics were in the kit. I don't think I'm putting it in a quilt but instead I'm thinking of framing it and hanging in my husbands office. The only thing I changed was the addition of a worm on the hook. The pattern had fabric pieces on the hook with the words "Hooked on Quilting" on the Row, which is not appropriate for my husbands office (Why?!) This kit came from a quilt shop in Tulsa. 


I changed up this kit for February quite a bit and like it much better. The flowers were floating in the blue sky so I added stems to add a bit of perspective. I added more bees, used less hexies and added the stone and brown border fabric. Oh and omitted the writing. I believe the theme that year was "Home Sweet Home". All the patterns had words of some sort to be appliqued on each row and I don't want all that writing on one quilt. I'll probably applique or embroider "Home Sweet Home" at the top of the quilt. This pattern also came from a quilt store in Tulsa.  


These are the Rows I have for now. The April number has been drawn and I've yet to start. The month is still young but moves along in quick paces and in the Spring I like to be out tending my garden and flower beds....just like those bees above! 

Today's Recipe - Bacon Brittle!

Yes, I do believe it warrants an exclamation mark. I've not tried it yet but it sure sounds awesome and delicious! Give it a try. 

Happy Quilting!
Happy Sewing!

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Easter Stocking

Why not have an Easter Stocking! 
Christmas doesn't have to be the only holiday that stockings are used.

My daughter who is late 20 something still enjoys getting an Easter Basket for Easter AND since she's my only child I still enjoy putting one together for her. But now since we are many states away from each other the basket needs to be mailed! I was contemplating the cost of mailing and thinking I can just send her a gift card to the local grocery store and she can buy the candy, use a previous basket and put it together herself....

I didn't contemplate long....
Where's the fun in that for either of us!

My mind got to churning and my creative juices got to flowing and I came up with an Easter Stocking that I could fill with candy. The stocking can be packed efficiently in a smaller box equating to less postage spent. And she will have an Easter Stocking that she can hang each year or use as seasonal decorations in her home or for her door.

I found two clip art graphics that I liked but disliked. So I took elements of both and created a pattern that I really liked. I cut the stocking out based on my pattern and with a few tweaking's I was satisfied with my final result. It was fun, I felt creative and I'm sure my daughter will love it.

I went from this....

To this....

The machine embroidered face and arms were quickly done. 
It took more time than I wanted fraying the canvas fabric for the ears and feet so when I made the last one (I made 3), I used my fringe foot which I liked much better. 

The extras are for sale at my Etsy shop, 

Hope you are getting ready for your own Easter celebrations!

Happy Quilting
Happy Sewing

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Mariner’s Compass

I gifted this quilt in late October to my sister-in-law Carolyn’s husband, Monty. Several years ago Monty and I discussed a Mariner’s Compass quilt for him and this summer I finally made that happen!

I started creating and drawing out the pattern in the Spring, gathered fabric and finally completed the quilt this fall. It became my summer sewing project. The fabrics used were Batiks and Stonehenge,  my two most favorite fabrics. The compass was paper pieced and the entire quilt was pieced on my 1952  Singer 301. It was quilted on my longarm using a wave pattern.

I’m thrilled it’s finally out of my head, off my machine, and in their possession. Making this quilt from draft to quilting was a challenge that I welcomed. Will I do it again...probably not!!

Love you Monty!

Quilt On!
Live On!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Here's a Peek at My Week

April 23rd - April 30th

Welcome Spring! 

The pecan trees are leafing out in Oklahoma and that means no more freezing weather!  The tulips are blooming at our home in Pennsylvania (where my husband works) and the Azaleas are blooming at our forever home in Oklahoma.

Mom and I planted tomatoes, cucumbers and squash in our storage container garden. The plants receive water from the bottom using PVC pipes and a reservoir system.

I've been wanting to raise bees for several years now and in February I ordered all the needed supplies and the Bees. My bees arrived this week! I was so excited! It reminded me of the excitement I had as a young child at Christmas time. The Bee introduction to the hive went well and I'm anxious to look inside to see if the Queen has been released from her cage. I'm impatiently waiting until tomorrow afternoon to accomplish this task!

The Bees in their shipping package

The chickens are enjoying the Spring weather and I'm enjoying their increased egg production. Roscoe the Rooster is a new addition to the flock (adopted from a neighbor this winter).  He does a good job of protecting the girls but is a bit aggressive toward humans. I do my chores with my Rooster stick in hand for protection. I have to say though our relationship is getting better but we still are in the adjustment phase.  I'm trying to figure out if Roscoe is jealous of me or I'm jealous of him since the girls have been solely dependent on me for their needs since their chick days. 

I've been playing with the Free Trial version of Wilcom Hatch Embroidery Digitizing Program and I'm really loving it!  I've waited, did my research and have pretty much decided I'm going to purchase the program. It's user friendly and not as expensive as some of the other brands on the market.

I digitized these owls from a picture of the above fabric panel. It was my first real attempt with the program after watching the awesome tutorials. 
 I know I need more practice but it sure was dog-gone easy to do. 

This I'm going to make...soon. The guild I attend is doing monthly door banners. Members meet before guild and we receive the instructions and pattern for the monthly banner and have a show and tell of banners for the previous month. The banners are designed by one of our talented guild members. I'm looking forward to this banner hanging on my door.

This was on the sewing machine this week. A friend asked me to quilt, bind and embroider a label for a baby quilt. Cute quilt in Orange and Black....OSU colors.  

Hope your week brings happiness and peace.

Happy Sewing! Happy Living!

One Monthly Goal - May

Linking up with One Monthly Goal for my May WIP. It would be great to get this project completed now in order to use this coming Christmas.

Not sure when I pieced this 36 x 36 table topper/wall hanging...maybe 7 or 8 years ago.  It seems all my UFOs were started around that time. I wonder what was going on in my life?

My goal is to machine embroider a simple Christmas themed design in each of the white squares and the snowball centers, using silver or gold thread...not sure which. I'll then quilt and bind to have another finish! This is a Snibbles pattern from long ago...well 7 or 8 years ago.

You can go here to see what other projects are linked up for May.

Happy Sewing! Happy Living!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

One Monthly Goal April Finish

Linking up with One Monthly Goal to highlight my April finish. Yes! A finish! It feels so great to have another item off that UFO list. I eventually hope to have a list that contains only NEW projects that I want to start instead of works in progress as I'm sure that is most everyone's goal.

My goal was to quilt and bind this two color quilt. 

Here is the finishing process and the finished quilt which will go to my sister in support of her Prayer Quilt Ministry. I hope this quilt will bring comfort to someone in need.

Long arm quilting

After quilting I finished the edges using my serger. The serger cuts the extra fabric and batting off and I'm left with a nice finished edge. I don't like fighting with the quilt sandwich as I'm sewing on the binding and serging the edges really helps.

A smooth even edge to now work with. The serged stitch width is set for one quarter inch and doesn't interfere with the binding stitch. The added serger threads give the binding a nice stiffness.

 I ALWAYS use my domestic machine to sew the binding on (No hand sewing in my sewing studio...too many projects, not enough human years). I sew the binding edge to the quilt back, iron over to the front side and sew down the binding edge to the quilt front. 

The reverse side of the quilt with the binding sewn on.

The finished quilt and another project checked off my UFO list.

Click here to view other linked projects. They are all awesome!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

One Monthly Goal - April

I've linked up this month with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal April Linkup 
and hope to get this red and white UFO transferred to the completed bin. It was a kit I bought maybe 8, no... probably 10 years ago. I started and finished piecing it a year ago and it ended up back in the UFO bin waiting to be quilted. The poor thing was then promptly forgotten about as other projects became a priority.  It's the same old story.

My goal is to throw it on my long arm and get this baby quilted and binded. It will then be donated to my sister to be included in her stash of quilts that support her Prayer Quilt Ministry. In a very short time this quilt will be covered in prayer knots, bringing comfort to someone who is experiencing health or personal challenges.

Gracie Mae cat walked up, sat down, looked over at me and said "Okay, now you can take the picture". I appreciate her letting us live with her. 

Hope your day is filled with blessings!