I have spent all afternoon trying to box up and wrap things that need to be shipped for Christmas time. I am not ready this year at all! I used to have to ship things to England by October 31st when there was still surface shipping. It would take months, but it was cheaper. Now there is only airmail and about $26 to send less than 4 pounds, and over $50 for up to around 10 pounds! So you know I'm trying to be careful what gets packaged up and sent, and what can wait until we go over again in 2014.
I also threw out and got rid of all the extra boxes that were down stairs since we are almost all moved out of the bedrooms upstairs. Great.... so I really have been digging to find stuff. Got all but one boxed up. I'll have to go to the post office to get a priority box.
So no quilting done today! What? I feel like I haven't eaten! Tomorrow will have to be a work day to make up for not getting things worked on today. Terry did ask me if I had thought about "retiring"! Mmmm? What would that entail? I guess it would mean NOT taking in hand quilting for other people. I would then have time to just work on my own stuff!!! I LOVE THAT IDEA!!! So if you have something you want done, y'all better get it to me! I have 6 in here right now to work on, which will probably take me to next fall. I will have to stop taking items in about a year before I can "retire". Sounds silly, but I can't just close my door in a day, week, or month.
Ah! Almost a relief to think about that! Terry wants me to stop taking in others' quilting so we could just take off when ever we want! OMG! I'm there! I would love to just go traveling when ever and have some more fun like the last trip.
And I do have enough fabric to last me the rest of my life and have some left!
I may start to cut down on how many are here in the house to be worked on.... If there is anyone out there that does do hand quilting for others, please let me know. I will be checking up on your work and be in touch. I don't want to leave people without a hand quilter! But I am slowing down too.
I have plenty of my own things that are over a year or two waiting to get done. I think I'll get out a calendar this weekend and start making plans on when to stop. Yea...
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I have had this one block leftover for years from an exchange in Thursday bee. Every once in a while, it comes up. this time I put borders on it and have quilted it.
In one quilt guild, they showed different things that are easy to make and are great gifts! And these are just that! Bowl Koosies. (I know the spelling is weird on that.) But very easy to go.
Here's a side shot so you have a good idea. You put your bowl of stuff to heat up in the microwave in the koosie and put it all in together. When you have finished heating things up, the "potholder-koosie" is right there to keep you from burning your fingers!!! You have to use 100% cotton fabric AND batting, or things might change in the microwave...and not metallic on the fabrics either.
Start with 10 1/2 " square of fabric, making darts on all 4 sides. 3/4" wide at the edge, and down 3" to the end of the dart.
On the other side, 10 1/2" square of fabric with 10" square of batting. Make the darts, then carefully, cut out the batting. Iron darts down.
Pin around and sew leaving a space to turn inside out. Once you turn it, then stitch all the way around with the opening getting stitched closed.
Pretty cool! I have a bunch going on for presents now. When I get them sewn up, I'll show you the fabrics I chose. Lots of fun matching fabrics and colors to people.
Just finished vaccuming the 3 bedrooms and 4 closets. Yuck. But I can tell the dustys have gone away. Now I'm off to Walmart to try and get some frames and a few Christmas presents. Good old Walmart. But their stuff is getting stagnant. They need to do some upgrading and carry more interesting things.....They do have some fabric back. But when I rang the bell to get something cut, the woman seemed annoyed that she had to come over. Tough.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
"Wonky Logs" is done. I had to put the hanging sleeve, or casing, on the back. Tricky because there are NO straight lines. I got it on there and it does hang straight, I tried it out.
So when I enter this in a show, I'll probably enter it in the kid's category. If I enter it in any other category, the judges just can't relax and enjoy the differences.
And lots of wavy lines in the sashing parts. Just did whatever hit me at the time. It took me about a year to piece the curvy parts, and about another year to find time to quilt it.
And I just finished this Lone Star! I had bought the top in an antique store in Ohio. It was just calling out to me. It needed to be hand quilted. The middle puffs up a bit, but it can't be helped.
I put on traditional feathers around it all, and extra quilting "behind" the feathers around the star.
I really feel that all quilts should get finished. I have many more quilt tops that are old and should be hand quilted in my opinion.
It is that turkey day. Sometimes I wonder what it is really about. If it brings family and friends together, then great. But don't forget about the whole "thanks" part. I am lucky to have fabric more than I will ever use up. But we have worked for all of it. Not luck really, but hard work. And I'm thankful for that work. I can enjoy working on quilts that I love and finish things. So I plan on being around for a very long time to get as many quilts done as I can.
Thanks to all my great Bee friends, family and all quilters. Keep this art alive.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Got the binding done on this one today!!! I love it. I will need to call the owner tomorrow and have him come get it!
It's this edge that will be tricky to bind. I think I will sew a wide strip of muslin on top and flip it to the back. Then quilt through all the layers. Will keep that edge much nicer.
Went to the Expo Center today to see the Egyptian quilts! I love them!!! This is cut out and ironed onto the dark blue fabric, which is nylon. So I will be able to quilt through that very easily. Just love the design! It would take me forever to cut that and applique it down.
Then I saw this one! Love, love the bright colors and all the applique. That's going to go up on my wall as soon as I get a casing on the back. Need to put a casing on the Wonky Logs too, so when the table clears, that's next. Just more and more needs to get done. So I keep at it!
If you have a chance tomorrow, go see those quilts. They are really unique!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Some of the plates had 20 pieces around it, others went up to 27! Would love to talk to the woman who did this.
Then at the Norris guild, a woman brought in about 20 of her quilts to show us! All done by hand and hand quilted!!! She was in her 80's if I'm remembering right. And she was so sweet!
So how do you find time to quilt with all that is going on around this time of the year? You have to make time some days. Put it on your calendar that this is the day to do quilting. You do deserve to do what you like. You also don't have to over do the holidays. If you have 2 parties close to each other and you have to bring food, make a double batch. Or buy something at a bakery. You just don't have to "do it all" for the sake of a holiday that will be here next year! Pick one thing special to do and then make the most of it.
We are still clearing out the rooms to work on the remodel. I would love to be almost done on it, but I'm not busting my butt to over do things. I just keep moving a few things every day. It's getting there. After the other big remodel where I was trying to figure everything out, plenty didn't go according to plan, and it got done. So I'm trying hard not to spend energy on the worrying.
Weather is dark, cold, and rainy. Yuck to that. But I am estatic today! I PAID OFF THE HOUSE!!! Wow! Does this feel great! I do have to contact the insurance company and the tax offices, but no more large payments every month!!!Yahoo!!! I did get a bottle of wine to sit down tonight and have a toast about this. I never thought that this would happen. After years of doing what financial people suggest, it worked out. Saving is hard to do at times, but then all of a sudden, you can do this.
I have plenty of fabric to play with for years. So when hubby finally retires, I'll be very happy in my sewing room. As for me retiring, I'll just stop taking in quilting for others and finally get around to working on just my own things!
"If it's not one thing, it's your mother."
You have my permission to play with your fabrics!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
This is hand pieced strips given to me by Diane. She's moving out west and didn't think she would get this done! So it's mine now.
Ever drive down a side road and see a yard sale sign? I did on Friday and just felt like I had to go there. She had 3 quilt tops there for $5 each! I got this one. It's in better shape than the other 2. Those were made from feed sacks and the fabrics were very loosely woven. It was a "find"!
I love yard sales. You just never know what will be there. Most of the time it's a lot of junk. But junk is in the eye of the beholder. I collect and use the older metal thimbles. The metal was thicker with deeper holes for the needles to catch on. I have worn out many and I'm finding fewer.
Other things that I love to collect are sock darners, slide rulers, salt dishes, and penny candy scoops. I think I have mentioned all this before. I try to collect smaller things now! Except for all the fabric! I do find sewing supplies in many places, but you have to make sure it's not dirty or smelly.
Got to go to the Foothill show today. What an amazing group of creative artists!!! Just wonderful. Seeing as how we are trying to clear out half of our upstairs, I didn't get anything there. Then on the way home, the Expo Center had a huge flea market going on.... the other end of the scale for creativity. But there were a few booths in there that had older things. I found one booth that had the good sewing machine needles and scissors. So I got a good deal on that.
I have made a bag out of pre quilted fabric to put in my car behind the driver's seat on the floor. I'm always reaching back there for my water bottles and Kleenex... and it's always moved around. So this bag should keep things in place and easy to grab when I reach around to get things. About time I figured this out since I have had this car since 2007! Better late than never.
So tomorrow will be a relaxing day in the sewing room and moving ever more stuff downstairs!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Here's the one I'm putting on beads and embroidery. Then I will quilt it. Not sure if it will be hand or machine quilting.
I am also working on this one. Have had it on the table for way too long. Adding color to Gloria's quilted tulips.
Just got another "quilt in a box" from a very good friend! So I'll be organizing what has to be done with this one!
And the one in the frame is coming along. You can see the quilting on the backing where is it rolled. Not too much left to do on this one! Need to baste the next one...but the table is full!!! What to do....
Also have to keep clearing things out of the rooms. It's starting (or startling) to get close to the actual remodel. That will be our holiday fun. Ho, ho, ho.....