Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tucker's Big Boy Quilt

Here is the light that I talked about below, I really like it.
Tucker is my grand nephew, and I've been meaning to make him a big boy quilt for awhile, I've actually had the flimsy done for probably a year or so.   I also made pillowcases for him and his sisters (except one, who is out on her own), his is super heroes to match, and the girls are butterflies in various colors.  It'll be a surprise, hope they like them.  I am hoping to spend more time in my sewing room.  Since I moved here 2 years ago, I haven't been very happy with my living room - sewing room, but I think I have it pretty much usable.  I must have gotten spoiled, I have sewn in my bedroom, living room, and dining room in the past, but that was before I got to be a quilter.  I seem to have gotten away from simple.  There are many quilters, more gifted than I, who do amazing things with less, in less room.  Lighting has been one of the issues, and I have recently discovered a great little lamp, which helps immensely.  I got it at Walmart, Ideaworks Super Bright Portable LED Lamp With USB, I don't know how the longevity of it will be, but it uses 4 AA batteries, or has a USB cable.  It is nice and bright, can be put just where you want it, and folds down into about  the size of an old fashioned foot peddle.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bits and Pieces

I didn't blog these finishes, but since I've had so few, I'll go ahead and do it now.  These 2 Christmas quilts were finished the end of 2016.  This one for my bed, and the other for my daughters.  I did have 3 queen beds, but since the move I only have 1, the others are upstairs being used by my daughter and her kids, so I don't need as many quilts anymore.  This is my Santa Quilt

This is the Christmas Rail Fence, which I gave to my daughter.  It is finished, but of course, this is a picture of the flimsy.  

I've also made a slew of afghans of different sizes, but they all look similar to these.  I enjoy crocheting while I watch TV, and this is a relatively mindless pattern.  They are all the "I Love This Yarn",  from Hobby Lobby, it is luxuriously soft.

  • Candace

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Redone - Redone - Redone - Redone Sewing Room

I know most of us have sewing rooms that are works in progress, but this one has been a struggle.  I feel ashamed of myself, as I know many don't have this much room, and I didn't for many years, but in my last home I had a larger area and it was by itself, not the first thing you see as you come in from the front foyer.  We inherited the baby poop colored paint from the last people who owned the home, that should be a priority for myself, to paint a brighter more cheerful color.  My last redo usurped a little more area from the dining room, I wanted my quilting in a corner to help support the quilts, and my sewing machine facing so that I could see the TV.  Oh well, we don't use the dining room all that much.  This is officially a formal living room, but is now my sewing room.

It is also my office, you can see my desk.  The door is the door to the foyer.  The large dark cupboard I bought second hand after we moved in.  I needed the storage, and it is also a small not very effective design wall.  You can see the hooks on the front, and they extend around the sides.  There is a big window, but no overhead light, so the lighting isn't too excellent.  I'm still working on that.

This door goes into the family room, which is now our living room.  The rolling kitchen table behind the dog I also purchased since we moved in.  It is now my cutting table and extra storage.  I also have a small closet on the other side of the door, which is an under the stairs type.  I think even though I have much less fabric, etc., than many, maybe I have too much, as I have taken over that closet and also part of the laundry room for my sewing storage.

Another acquisition, this one was not a charge.  It is a nice dresser that I have turned into an ironing table, and again more storage.  The door is another view of the foyer door.  It is a single family private home, but there are locks as the upstairs can be a separate residence, it has a small kitchen, small living room, bathroom and 4 nice sized bedrooms.  My daughter, 2 of her kids and  2 of her grandchildren live up there.

Here is a view of my poor encroached upon dining room.  

Finally a Little Quilting

I'm one of the bloggers who has disappeared for awhile due to life changes.  I have been doing a little quilting lately though, and have 3 finishes to show for my time.  I didn't get a picture of this one finished, it is finished though.  It is an unusual baby quilt, but his mama wanted a star wars themed quilt.  The dog is mine, she is 4 years old now, but we have only had her for a few months.  

This is another unusual baby quilt.  I had made his big (4 years old) brother a Marvel Super Hero quilt, and since they are sharing a room, I went ahead and made baby brother a similar one.  I tried to baby it up a little.  Their family just closed on their first home last week, so hopefully it will get good use and add to the decor.

And, the very plain back.

Before moving into their new home, my grandson and his family stayed with friends for almost 4 months.  They are a family of 5, 6 if you count the dog, and since that seemed to be a very awesome help to them, I thought their friends deserved a huge thank you.  I had made these blocks a couple of years ago as part of Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, so I sewed them into a quilt and sent it to them.

My granddaughter-in-law said that she cried, it was her very first quilt.

She was comparing the fabrics in her quilt to some that she had seen in the kids quilts.

She has 2 cats, so for you ladies who love your furry felines, here are a couple pictures of hers enjoying her new quilt.  She is a veterinarian, so you know she loves her furbabies.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Super Heroes and a Crazy Year

First finish since last April other than a few bags and pillowcases.  It's been a crazy year, I'll write more about that later, in case anyone still follows me.

This is a big boy quilt for my 3 year old great grandson, Maddox.  Can you tell that he is into the Marvel Super Heroes?

Somehow I got these out of order.  This is the finished product wrapped up in its matching pillowcase, along with an additional pillowcase for the quilt that I'm making for another youngster in the family.

Basted and ready to quilt.

Not the prettiest quilt.

The front finished.  It didn't call for sashing and cornerstones, but was so busy that I felt like it needed some separation.

The back, also busy.  The back is fleece, with no batting.  We asked the recipient, and he preferred not heavy.

Another project, another ripple afghan.  Just getting started on this one.
Last May, my daughters life changed greatly.  Her marriage ended and she moved in with us, so our lives changed greatly, too.  She had one almost grown child living at home, and another grown child with a child, who was in need of some help, a single mom.  We sold our home so that we could buy a bigger one and now we have a five bedroom, two story home with a bedroom downstairs for us, and 4 bedrooms, a kitchen, living room and bath upstairs for them.  We have all lived here since last July, and things are going well for the most part.  There have been some adjustments and some compromises, but we all try to make it work, so it does.  It hasn't left much time for blogging or quilting, so that has been set aside until now, I'm finally getting to a point where we are "almost" settled.  We have roughly the same amount of space downstairs as we had in our old home, but it's distributed differently.  The formal living room is now my sewing room, and it has been an adventure solving issues as I went along trying to get things set back up.  If moving is a challenge normally, try it when you are also consolidating basically 4 households into one.  Our garage was a war zone, but now due to a lot of work, a garage sale, and a huge pile of stuff to a charity, we are pretty much consolidated.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Jacob Levi's Quilt

The front of the quilt.

The fleece back.

And the label.  We left room at the bottom for the specifics to be added, after the baby is bonr.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Splash Park and TeJay's Babies Quilt

We have a new splash park in our town, and here is one of my great-grandbabies enjoying it.  She isn't quite walking yet, but it won't be long.

Wish we'd had these when my kids were little. 

Thirty-six fussy cut blocks ready to go for a baby quilt for my brother and sister-in-law's new great-grandbaby.

We got cute fabrics, but as I worked on it,  I kept feeling like it just wasn't scrappy enough for me.  My sister-in-law went fabric shopping with me, she isn't so much in to scrappy.  Hope she likes this one.

Fussy cutting definitely takes more time and fabric.  I hope to maybe get a baby pillowcase from the leftovers, but that will take care of 2 yards. 

A corner of the finished top. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A New Top

This isn't the one, but I got the little cart and put it together myself.  Not perfect, and my hands hurt, but it's done and it looks just like this on the outside.  The inside, a couple extra holes, but not too bad.

My Scrappy Christmas Rail fence is a top now.  I hope that when it is finished it looks Christmasy. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


It's uber busy, but I'm getting used to it.  I was thinking of sashing, but have about decided to go with it as is, with a bit of shifting of blocks.  I find that as I put it together, careful as I can be, they seem to still shift themselves a bit anyway though.

A crude facsimile of the difference with sashing.  I am stubbornly sticking to Santa's way though, I do believe.

We ate dinner with Hailee and her mom and sister (among others) the other night and I promised her a hanging for her door.. She gave me some specs, and this is what I ended up with, it's about 9 inches by 11 inches.  She's a Bruins fan, and so wanted some black, white and yellow and this was all I could find.   Hailee is 6.  We were on the way home from seeing Alan Jackson at Sea World, and he was outstanding.

I have 3 queen sized beds, and want to have 3 Christmas quilts.  I have my Iowa Christmas (Carolina Christmas Mystery), and now I'll have my Santa Blocks when it is finished.  Today, I got a start sewing together my leftover strips to make a rail fence.  I was planning to do sashing for it, and have fabric ordered from Connecting Threads clearance, but if I have enough leftovers, I may just go without the sashing.  I'm hoping to make my house look Christmasyer, with a minimum of decorating.