Castles in Moonlight

Castles in Moonlight
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Next quilt top!

Do people still make new year's resolutions?  I try and sometimes it works!  One year I told myself to finish a quilt a month or I couldn't start another new one!  That cleared out the closet of UFO's that year!  It really helped.  So this year, I want to make a quilt top a month, and get the binding fabric and backing together with it.  Put it in a bag so it's ready to be basted and work on.  It may clear out some stash!

This one I had bought 3 jelly rolls...why would I do that with all the fabric I have already?  Well they are cut strips and I liked the colors...and it was on sale.  Sales do that to me.  And things that are cute get me every time!!!

Well, I tried to do the math and figure out if there was enough in the 3 rolls to make a queen size quilt top.  Not quite, but it seems that I do have more in those color ranges of blues, greens and greys.  I put in yellow and magenta as well as some checks. 

Here's the binding fabric and a backing.  I'll put them in a bag with a note on what the size is so I know what size batting to use.  I used to be able to remember a fabric was meant for binding on a quilt and left it in the stash.  Not anymore!  I have cut up several and then had to pick a different one for the binding. 

This is the car and trucks quilt top.  Coming along slowly.... It's all iron on, and many little pieces to each block.  Then you have to zig zag stitch around the edges of each piece.  Tedious to say the least!  And if the room is too  warm, then the iron on stuff gets gunky and makes the machine gum up.  Some days it has gone very easy.  Then like yesterday, every inch or so, it got stuck and the thread would break!  Yuck.
Some fabrics were thicker than others and those were easier to stitch through.  The white fabric is thinner, and it really being a pain to work on.  It is cute quilt for a boy.  Just keep in mind what you have to do to make it!
Terry got home on Monday evening.  So we will have our Christmas on Friday night.  I don't think I have been up until New Year's Eve in the last several I'm just not worried about that.  The holidays are pushed on us by the merchants and tv shows.  Do we really have to have the Valentine candy out right next to the 50% off Christmas candy?  And you wonder why the people are getting obese. 
I used to read Woman's Day and other magazines like that when Mike was little.  What I couldn't understand was...they would have great recipes and then how to lose weight in the same issues.  So I mainly read quilting and art magazines.  And now they have fat quarters and jelly rolls.  Really?  Couldn't think of names that didn't have to do with food and body parts?  Ugh. 
I went to the sale over in Clinton Shop yesterday.  It will be closing after they sell off most of the fabric, books, patterns and kits.  One of the owners died suddenly before Christmas, so the store is going to close.  Go get some great fabric at very, very good prices!  They are open today and Saturday.  Then they will go through things again and be open next week for a couple of days.  Sorry to see this shop go. 
So?  What will you quilting resolutions be?  Finish that UFO that is still there?  Start something else?  Try working a series with the "what if's"?    Try a new technique or go to a different show? 
Let me know!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Turkey Tracks and Trucks

Ok!  I got this quilt top in an antique shop.  I just loved the fabrics and the pattern.  It is Turkey tracks, even though you can't see it very well.  So I'm going to show you the block....

There is the turkey track block.  Easier to see with the paper there.

Now you take one sheet away and it's still there.

Just love the fabric!  It was all hand pieced.  The fabrics seem to be a sack, whether it's flour, sugar, or feed sack, I don't know.

It's wonderful to quilt on an older quilt top.  I do wonder, who made it.  I would love to meet the maker or the family.

This one is for a new baby girl.  It's bigger than just a baby quilt so she can use it longer.

The pattern is the disappearing 4 patch.

Now I'm working on around town quilt.
All cars and trucks, you use steam a seam to get the applique onto the fabric.  Not used to working with this stuff, but the cars are adorable!

Here's some that are ironed on.  And I have been stitching the black thread around the black pieces. 

It's going to take a loooooong time to get it all appliqued down.
Good news!  This is my 500 posting!  What fun!  I know I haven't been posting like I did at first.  I can't believe it almost the end of December and 2115.  Time gets pushed to go faster so we buy things for each holiday sooner and sooner.  I haven't decorated for Christmas yet.  I do have the shopping part done and some wrapping done.  But with the crazy weather and Terry won't be home until the 29th, its not Christmas time yet!
Not so great news....a quilting friend fell down stairs and landed wrong.  Memorial service is this Wednesday.  I just saw her last Monday at the guild meeting.  You never know what can happen.  So get into that sewing room and cut up those wonderful fabrics and enjoy them.  Hug your friends and tell people you love them. 
Have a Merry Christmas! 
Lots of Love!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Elf time!

I'm making 8 placemats that one guild will give to a place for their Christmas.  I have 4 quilted and 2 have the binding on.  Now my eyes need a break! 

It's another gray raining day outside.  4 in a row!  So doing Christmas goodies cheers me up!

Dug out lots of Christmas prints and some other fun prints for the backing.  Machine quilting straight lines.  So they look ok.

This is the quilt storage room, that has now become Christmas central.  Making stacks of things that are wrapped...

There is a table in here that makes it easy to get things done.  Just have to be careful not to cut any of the quilts lying around.

This is the one in the frame!  Down to the last corner!  Then around the edges, and binding. 
Plenty going on around here and our house phone isn't working!  It says in use.... it's like it won't hang up.  Does this after lots of rain... but AT&T says it's in the house!  Not so!  And if they don't fix it, I'm dropping them!  What a pain in the A$$. 
This is the 499 posting on my blog!  WOW!  What fun!  I hope people have read it and gone and made more quilts.  Get out your tools and cut up all that pretty fabric!  I have plenty of that and really want to do more quilts!  So I hope we get snowed in this winter!  I would love an excuse to keep at it in the sewing room.  I'll be there anyway, but I don't have an excuse!!!
I had a great Turkey day.  Good food and friends!  Terry has to work over Christmas day, so we'll do that holiday later after he gets home.  Gives me a bit more time to get ready!
Smile!  It really makes people wonder what you have been up to. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dresden Plate quilt is done!

First, there is a bluebird trying to stay warm!  There were 2 out there when I went to get the camera.  It was 24 degrees outside yesterday morning.  They were all fluffed up and the frosty railing.  (it is through my dirty kitchen window and screen.)

This is a wonderful quilt!  The Plates were made by this woman's great grandmother.  The 4 corners were the ones she had appliqued on to fabric.  The other plates I appliqued onto muslin.

Had several large areas to fill in.  So I did do some feathered wreaths.  The background is all cross hatching.

Around each plate is more feather stitching. 

All hand work done.  Cotton batting inside.

There was an odd number of plates, so I started with one in the middle and did odd numbers around the center one.  I love getting the old quilts done.  Someone had put a lot of work into the plates.  Now its a quilt that can be enjoyed!
I love some parts of the holidays.  But I feel like I'm being pushed into Christmas by feeling like I HAVE to go shopping.  I used to love walking around stores looking for fun gifts.  But it feels like a never ending marathon now.  My brother wanted to know what we wanted for Christmas.  I told him to give something to a charity and just let us know what he did.  Honestly, do we need more stuff!  I have more fabric than I will ever use up in my lifetime.  But I do plan on living until I have almost cut it all up!
So if I keep making these, what do I do with them?  OK!  I want to sell them.  I have things that I have quilted up trying new techniques.  I get older quilt tops and hand quilt those.  Need to be finished!  I sometimes just do a pattern that I like.  So I have quite a variety of quilts right now.  If anyone is interested, let me know and I can email you pictures.  I will start to post them.  And when they are gone...well, I'll be making more!
Happy Cutting!  Whether it's fabric or turkey!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Time flies while you try to keep up!

Here is the Dresden plate quilt that I have been quilting on.  You can see there are several large areas that need quilting.  Older quilts have the cross hatching in the background.

So I had to mark the whole back ground and quilt it.  A lot of work, but it looks wonderful!  Just need to put on the binding.

This is me in the newspaper section, Style.  I need to make some newer clothes.  They are so much fun to make and wear.   A friend of mine turned my name into the newspaper years ago, and they photographed me.  It was fun! 

This is a small quilt all about cats.  Just had fun playing with the sayings.  Every fabric on it has something about cats in it.

This is the other side.. more cats!  I made it with a friend in mind... She lives in Scotland.... I don't know if she would like to have it or not.  Maybe I need to email her and find out! 

Here is my curses challenge.  I had another much bigger idea to make...but my time doesn't seem to be my own lately!  Thursday bee wanted to do a challenges about curses.  Came about from a story that was told to us about a woman in a very bad marriage.  So she made quilts and sewed curses into them, like: "may any man show sleeps under this die."  There were a lot more, but you get the idea.

I don't remember if I showed the row by row challenge that I finished.  I won the  fabric from a local shop.  I do love this quilt!!!
The gardens all need some kind of attention.  Whether it's trimming, or getting the leaves out of them.  Need to spray roundup on the new garden bed that Terry put in the front lawn.  And I need to up date quicken soon.  I spent the whole morning cleaning things.  Bathroom, my CPAP equipment, the dishwasher looked gross inside, and laundry.  Just stuff that you have to do that no one notices unless you don't do them.  So I went and treated myself to a mocha frappe at Books a  Million.  And then had fun picking out books and toys to give to the Children's Hospital!  They take donations through BAM.  I love that!  Now I'm in a much better mood!  Easy to pick out kids toys and books... I got a couple for me too. Can't help it.  The one with stickers was adorable.
I finished quilting out to the edge of the plates quilt, and cut out the binding.  That will get sewn up and attached tomorrow.  The quilt in the frame is coming along quicker since it went into the frame.  I want to get that done in time so she can send it to the great grand baby! 
Thanksgiving is next week!  I have a great friend who always takes me in for the holiday!  There have been several other people who invite me over.  If it's just me, and one other member of my family, I can't see cooking all that stuff just for a "holiday".  I always bring something over, usually the sparkling cranberry or apple cider drink.  And this year, I'll make brownies.  I'm great at desserts... just not too hot on other stuff. 
So give Thanks for your friends who understand you!  Eat well.  Do something for someone else who might need some help.  It will make you feel good! 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Where have I been? To a quilt show!

Don't you love it when you take a trip and there's a quilt show going on that you just "bump" into?! 

I went to see my sister in NH.  Had to drive there in the fun car!  And I picked up the Sunday paper at about 2:45...and there it was!  A quilt show that was to end at 4pm....

Run!  We went and got there late, so no charge to get in!  We went around and saw the quilts.  The vendors looked not much shopping.  Laura did get cards and addresses so we could get to shops that were close by.

I didn't get much information about this challenge, but the workmanship was pretty good!!!

There were some very interesting quilts in here!  Love the colors they used.

Eye candy!

Very nice designs.

Just love the way the colors blend.

This was so striking.  Pictures don't do it justice.

So much fun to see what others are making.

I have seen this one, so I'm wondering if its a pattern or the same quilt?!

This was neat!  Abstract is great.

Then there are the fun ones!  Love the bunnies!

All pieced.

This was beautiful.  The woman who made it won the sewing machine.  We were there when they drew the name. 

Another challenge piece.  Looks very real to me!

Something about the fortunes in cookies.  They had to incorporate the fortune into their piece.

This was cool.

And an uber mini paper pieced one.

These flowers were really well done.

Lots of 3-d in the flowers.
So do you plan a vacation around quilt shows?  Or do you just "happen" to come upon them?  I do both.  Mostly plan a trip around them. But love it when you happen to find one going on.
People have all told me not to say on line when I am going out of town.  Could lead to people coming to your home when you are away.  It would be crazy quilters to get my fabrics!  But I understand the line of thinking.  I still would like to talk about the trips while they are going on.  I just get wrapped up in the trips and don't use the computer very much.
If you get up to Maine...there is a great store that has a lot of things in it, especially fabric!!!  And the prices range from $3.49 to $4.99 for quilting fabric!  Yes!  I always go there.  It's Mardens.  And I always drive up so I can bring back the fabrics and not worry about how heavy a suitcase might be on a plane! 
I don't know what happened to this year! It's flown by.  I'm teaching a hand quilting class this Saturday in town.  So nice to have a quilting store in town!!!  Atomic Fibers in Oak Ridge, TN.  They have yarns also. 
Did Halloween happen?  And that holiday with the bird is coming up.... and Christmas... just going by too, too fast.  I still want it to be summer.  I had to work in the garden a couple of days ago.  That always hurts my hands.  I have several quilts to work on and would rather be doing that than gardening.  But winter will be here all too soon and the flowers have to be set to bed for the winter!