Category Archives: Sewing

Pictures, news, and more

First the pictures!

I have been working on a project and forgot to ask if it was OK to share it here, but I will tell you this much…

I have been given the rare honor to repair some vintage quilts for a dear friend.  I am applying bindings to both, and replacing some lost stitching and a couple of disintegrated patches on the other!

This one is a basket design, but I haven’t located its name yet!

Basket-quiltThis one needs binding only and will be finished quickly.

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A simple Dresden design called Sunflower is below.

Sunflower-patchHowever, this one, in addition to binding needs more extensive work

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Such trust in my nouveau abilities has inspired me to work on a project I had long wanted to do, but did not have faith in my abilities to accomplish!  Needless to say, the fabric has been flying fast and furious here in my studio.

See!

And here it is, my log cabin blocks to be made into a table mat.  This will need quilting and binding and will be for sale on my Etsy site.

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And now the news…

The Little Dog is out of his trusses and Lederhosen!  His bite is healed and now the fur needs to grow back in.

Free-at-last!We are  ALL  very happy about that!

And me?  Well, I had my MRI on my knee on Wednesday.  Today the Doctor mentioned a torn meniscus, a cyst, and surgery.  I think I will be putting this off for a few weeks so I can make preparations here.  I will be packing, sorting and prepping for another yard sale, the grand opening of my Etsy shop (yes, really this time) and… reducing my livestock.  Which, by the way, does not include my GEESE!

These were all practical considerations in our preparation to *move, I am just deciding to take care of them NOW instead of later.  It will make my life and healing more copacetic and also mean that I won’t have to pile one more thing onto Bob’s already busy daily routine.

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*Move?  Did I actually mention moving?  Well, yes I did…  but it will still be a while.  You think the summer’s end is a good goal to shoot for?  Yes?

Well, so do we, but we’ll see about that!

Black Tie Boogie!

Some of you may have noticed the  Black Tie Boogie patch in the right hand sidebar…

Well, it is a quilting blog hop that I have decided to join into, and it begins today!  I am very excited about participating, and freely admit to being a little bit intimidated too,  but it is all for fun and a growing experience for me!

The theme is Chickens, and poultry in general, so you know this was right up my ally!

Black Tie Boogie Rooster Hop Schedule

November 19
November 20
November 21
                                          Pigtales and Quilts ~ Happy Birthday Thearica !
November 22
November 25
November 26
November 27
November 28
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The participants are all very gifted and I hope you will follow along each day to see what they have come up with for their entries!
It’s going to be so much fun!
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Oooh, I just took a peek and I am already feeling the pressure…

Ah well, there will always be next time!  ;)

As Promised: the mini-quilt is done

I promised not to keep you waiting, and I won’t, but I’m less than pleased with the end result!

I machine pieced and hand quilted the wall hanging and learned a few things along the way… well, to be honest that was the idea.  I just wanted the result to be more polished.  ;)

All pictures are clickable to see the details… I could feel myself wincing as I typed this.

First, I had to disassemble the pieced top to adjust the trunk of the larger tree.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis part was actually easier than I expected. 

(original trunk was off-center and had to be replaced)

Once that was done I had to make my “quilt sandwich” and begin the hand quilting process.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA “quilt sandwich” consists of your backing, batting, and your top.

As a new hand quilter I was fairly pleased with my progress on the diamond background and my stitching.  One thing I have noticed with my hand stitching is that I tend to get smaller stitches as I go.  BTW, the pictured needle is about 1 inch long.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHm… maybe I should do a warmup before I begin on the finished piece?  ;)

I also liked my stripped fabric, and that is not a typo! I made the green stripes by sewing together varying green colored strips.  However, this also added thickness and made it harder quilt too!

An unexpected flaw in the works was my piecing method.  If you must piece together a white background, then you need to use a white backing or thicker batting!  All my seams in the white background are showing in the final piece!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat pinned button on the bottom will be sewn on as soon as I post this….

Well, after all that hard work, I simply don’t like it all those seams in the white field.

However, it was a very good practice session for my next try!

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I Feel Good!

I knew that I would, but not when…

Those of you who’ve known me for a while know that I have been fighting the good fight to regain my life again.  I have been suffering from agoraphobia and depression for a few years.

Buying the Mountain Farmlet (hidden benefits there) and pure determination have been my only tools to overcome the disability.

One of the saddest manifestations of this disorder was my lack of drive to do anything I once loved to do.

Well, I’m definitely on the downhill side of this mountain and the fabric is flying again!

I finished the extra long robe I cut out last February.

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I’ll stay warm this winter even if not *fashionable.  ;)

And now I’m quilting again!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ll share the result when I am done, and I promise not to take 8 months to do it!  :D

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Have a blessed weekend.

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*NOTE:  Why is it that when the fabric stores have a big sale on fleece they only have kiddie prints?  Where’s all the fleece in Adult prints?  Do they even make such a thing?  Equally important,  why is it that here in Huntsville you can never find a really warm robe that is long enough to cover your legs down to the ankles?  

Making a fleece robe for an adult is expensive, even when the fabric is on sale, but we do what we must to keep our pegs warm!  Even when it means running about wearing Teddy Bears and looking like a big kid.  :D