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Friday, April 18, 2014

Starting work on two more....

Ok, I was given this panel by a very good friend!  So I basted it yesterday (or the day before.).  It's a wonderful panel with the true indigo blue dye.  My fingers were covered with it!  Have to keep the in mind when picking out a thread color!  I want to do sashico stitching.  Well that is spelled wrong, so I hope you know the large stitching that the Japanese do on their items. 

Here's a better shot of the middle.  Now you can tell these are royal dragons by how many toes they have.  4 toes going in one direction is for the royals only.  Then it goes down for then next lower classes.  Very interesting to find the hidden meanings in things!

Next quilt being started is Oopsie Daisy!  Very cute.  Twin size has 20 blocks with appliqued flowers.  So I'm starting on those.  Then there are many pieced blocks to fill in.  Here's the pattern and the fabrics.

There was no full size picture to follow, so I drew it out.  Really helps with the placement of the pieces.

Cut out 20 blocks.

Start with the stems.  Sewing is done by hand.

Here's one sewn on....then iron it.

A few have the petals and leaves pinned in place.  I'm going to get the stems all done first.
I love starting new things.  I have a ton of "in Progress" things.  I plan on getting them all done.  This one is for a customer.  I will do this from start to finish.  I know it will get done.  So pictures will go up as things progress. 
Terry is home.  We picked up electrical things today.  Next week, the plumbing items will be delivered.  So even if there isn't anything actually happening in the house, we have made decisions on what will be going in.  Need to get more stuff out of the house too! 
I didn't realize that this was Easter Weekend!  Lots of candy around in the stores, but when you don't have little kids around, you do loose track of all these holidays!  And with a constant weight battle going on, I don't need more candy around than what I already eat. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mary and Elvis!

Here's Mary!  She was up here from Florida and came at a great time.  The Dogwood things were going on, and the trees were blooming.

We went over to Nellie and Lee's house to see the Elvis things that they have collected!  Here's the scooter that Lee has decorated.

Mary fell in love with the cat!  But there is so much more around the house and in the guest bedroom....
Ta-Da!  The Elvis room is also the guest bedroom. 

Lots to look at there.

And their shrine to him.

Here is the Hawaiian Elvis!  I love that one! 
Lee and Nellie have so much art work in every part of the house and backyard!  We sat there and totally enjoyed all of it...well, as much as we could take in! 
Mary and I hit so many thrift stores, antique shops, craft places, flea markets, and of course, to Thursday Bee!  Creativity was overflowing for me from Tuesday through Saturday!  Mary really thinks outside of boxes of stuff!  It was a creative shot in the arm for me. 
Today I had to replant several plants in to larger pots.  I started out with 10 and separated the ones that had multiplied, and I ended up with more than 26!  That's when I busted out laughing.  I stopped counting.  So if anyone needs a house plant or 10... I have them to give away.  Very hardy little plants!
So now I'm trying to pick things up and do a few things around the house before Terry comes home.... weeding included.  Bleck.  But it needs to get done.  Another service man coming to check out the garage door opener... he'll be here between 8am and noon.  So I can't go anywhere until he shows up and it gone.
Mary and I were driving the dogwood trail through Sequoia Hills.  Now that neighborhood is not laid out in an easy to get around set of roads.  So we were following the pink lines on the roads, when we saw a BIG dump truck across the way at the stop sign... the driver was walking over.  So I said, can I help you?  His answer was, "How do I get out of here?!!!"  Poor guy was so confused on which way to go!  So I pointed to just keep going up the hill.  I really don't know the name of the roads in there.  I hope he made it out ok. 
I got to say, it was so much fun to laugh for days!  We also went to see Cirque de Soleil!  I had never been.  It was pretty cool.  And I loved the costumes!!!  I can see new designs for my quilted clothing!
So go out and play.  Go somewhere different!  And laugh! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

One is done!!!

And I love it!!!  It's baskets of flowers and feather wreaths.  All pieced by hand and I quilted it by hand. 

Close up shows that each pieced block was all little squares.  Every block the same.  Amazing!

Feather wreath keeps it more traditional.

Not sure you can see the quilting in the flowers.  I did around each flower.  There are 3 stems and each flower has a leaf. 

Next one in the frame!  It's from Hawaii done by a very good friend.  Always exciting to start quilting the next one!!!
Construction on the house is coming along.  Lots of insulation went in today.  I'm putting a "hold" on the work for the rest of the week.  A good friend is coming up from Florida.  We are planning on seeing lots of the Dogwood festival and Cirque de Soleil!  I have never seen them.  Mary said she saw them 15 years ago, and let's go!  And don't get the cheap seats!  So I went to the ticket office today and got seats on the 5th row!!!  I'm excited about seeing this.
I'll fit in some quilting, but sometimes you just have to go have fun.  Terry wouldn't go to this show, so I love that I'm going with someone who's also excited about it. 
You have to have fun!

Friday, April 4, 2014

1 out of frame, and next 1 in....

It's almost done.  Quilting out to the very edges, and will put binding on.

Next one to go in the frame!  Love it!

One tub almost out....

And the other is out.  Aren't remodels amazing?  The rooms can either look really big or really small when the stuff is out.  The guys did do a lot today.  And only set off one smoke alarm..... Not bad.
I keep quilting in my sewing room.  I have given up trying to help them.  I hurt my back and I would be so tired every day.  I wasn't doing as much as they can.  Time to just sit back and let the guys do the work....
It will all be great in the end.  If it's not great, then it's not yet the end. 
I love movie lines.   Remember "Death Becomes Her" with Goldie and Merle?  There was the time Merle drinks the potion and the woman who gave it to her says, "and now a warning."  Merle says, "NOW a warning?
Keep going!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Isn't it fun tearing up your own house?!

Yes, you find very interesting things in the walls.  Like wasp nests!  I'll be filling this all in with the spray foam insulation!!!

Terry took down the ceiling fans and put up a temp light.

Then we took off the sheet rock!  I was pulling the nails out afterwards.

And you can see, both bathrooms are getting updates.  The need it.  Check out the turquois rose wall paper with gold trim.  That was behind the mirrow.

And this bedroom is ready for electrician to come and put things in.....

As you take out stuff from one room, it seems to collect in to other rooms!  Need any harvest gold bathroom things?

Tub is going too!
Almost done with the tearing out part.  The going in process just depends on scheduling.  We have lots to do, which slows down the quilting part of my life.  Terry goes to work soon, so I can quilt more.... and schedule workers.  Not bad. 
Things will be great in the end.  If they are not great, then it's not yet the end!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

It has begun.....

The remodel is official started.  This used to be Mike's room... the dirty square is where his feet went on the wall under the desk. 

Other side of his room...

And the closet is empty.  I took all the bifold doors to the Habitat store. 

Bed room number 2..."guest", but didn't have a bed for the last 5 years.  Sweet!  Carpet is up now and rolled waiting for another charity place to come pick up all the carpet on Saturday.

This is the closet in that room.  It will be walled up on this side!  The center wall in there will come out, making a closet twice as big for me!  We plan on getting closets from IKEA to put against one wall for this room.

Hall closet will get new doors.

Master bedroom... We found 2 wasp nests started up under the window in the wall!  Yuck!  You better believe I will be using spray foam insulation to plug all that up!

This will be the bigger closet, but will have a regular door into it, not the double folding doors.

The stenciling  will go on the walls.  The small bathroom...tub out and a walk in shower in!  Terry has build the cabinets for the bathrooms already.

We will NOT have the "lovely" harvest gold in there any longer!!!

This is the bathroom off the hallway, and I use this one most of the time.  There's more room in there and more cabinet space.  You should see the bathroom downstairs with both of our things shoved in there!!!  Over load!

I will have a new tub and tile on the walls.  I think we are getting a cast iron tub.  It will never wear out!  Good place to jump into for tornadoes!

And this long hallway will get a face lift also.  All the rooms have the "popcorn" ceilings.  That is being scrapped off.  All the stenciling will be painted over.  Freshness after 20 years in the same house. 
I have been getting in at least 2 hours a day quilting.  We work about 4 hours in the morning and then do other things.  Tomorrow we are going to go order the tub, sink, toilet and shower heads that we need.... Terry wants 6 different shower heads in the walk in shower.  I will be trying them all!  Especially the rain one! 
I don't usually agree with spending the most on things like this, but we are planning on living here a very long time.  So why not?  I have enough fabric to last a life time or two.  We have paid off the cars... Geeze,won't it be fun to have 6 different shower heads! 
So the quilt show is in May and I'm getting organized to enter a few quilts!  Then the one in Norris is always on July 4th!  One day only and the quilts are worth the drive out there!!!    We had snow today and it's going to be about 23 tonight.... bundle up and thing warm thoughts! 
As Olaf said in Frozen, some people are worth melting for!  (I got that movie for my birthday!!!)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Eye Candy!!!

This is Quilters DNA!  Great!  the  Pigeon Forge Quilt show was last week.  I went on Thursday and really enjoyed it!  Lots of space for the show...the very last picture will show you that.  But go through these pictures!  Great quilts! 

Interesting 9 patch effect!

close up!  I tried to get the names in the pictures, but you can't always read them. 

Dragons were there!

The quilting was great .

Some look great at a distance and up close!

I'm not a paper piecer, but I do appreciate the work.

This was for sale... I love it, but probably have enough fabric to make it a couple of times over.  She really got it right!

Linda Roy's quilts are amazing!

I love the flowers and vine in this one!! 

Too cute!

This was breath taking!  Amazing!!!

Camels are showing up in more places now!

This had to do with a lime.  Love the work in it!

So well done!

Kids quilts were there too.

They donate to a kids charity.

Simple basket idea and very well done!

Crazy quilting with ties.

Inches make up the picture.

The camera wasn't blurry, it's the technique used to make this.

This was stunning from across the room!  The colors were so vibrant.

And this was very interesting the way she combined the 2 blocks.

(sorry, too fuzzy...)

this was quilted with a big stitch!  Really well done.

I voted for this one!  It was all hand done!

There was a whole category for Hand quilting!  They really do that well.

And here's the full view of the show.  Plenty of room to walk around without bumping into people. 
Great vendors and there's more room in that section for more!  I wish they could have had the challenge quilts up from Quilter's Treasure shop.  Those people were there with the quilts, but the people running the show didn't want to put them up.  Seems that every (AND I mean EVERY) show has problems with the running of it.  You have people from quilt guild's that have never run something before doing the best they can, and I love that.  But when they just get grumpy and don't want to do something because "it's not the way we do it", you have to at least be open and talk with your members to see if they want to try. 
Anyway, we have started the remodel.  Ugh... pulling up carpet and padding.  Taking down trim, doors and towel racks.  Sheet rock this week and we'll add in the right kind of insulation.  So I can see less quilting this week.  We also have to go to stores to pick out lighting and a tub...
So keep quilting!