Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Favorite Spot to Sew!

Is it hot at your house?  It sure is here in Western Tennessee.  But, that is what summer is about, right!

Our garden is doing well, I picked our first tomatoes today.  (And ate one for supper) 

 Oh,  I love fresh vegetables in the summer.  We have been getting a lot of cucumbers this year.

I make my Dutch cucumber salad out of them.  Oh and we got our first green  pepper too.

This is the only time of year I don't do hand quilting.   It is way to hot to have a large quilt on my lap.  So I do my embroder work and needle turn appliqué.   

And I have just the spot to relax and enjoy the day while doing it.

I love sitting on my swing. 

(That is my "Crazy Sampler" quilt you see on the back of my swing .)

 I do most of my work there.  Between drawing, appliqué,  embroidery,  etc.

And I do enjoy the scenery.

So, where do you do your hand sewing?  Do you have a favorite spot?

Well, I think I am going to get my graft paper, pencil, cold drink and sit on my swing.  


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Our Guild shows their Talents

Summer is here in full force.  I don't know what it is like at your house but here is quite busy.  Between gardening, spraying weeds (with all our rain they seem to be determined to grow more this year)  I have been making a lot of small items, topper, potholders, oven mitts, etc.  Trying to use up some of my scraps.

We had a great time at our last Guild meeting.   Shirley Murphy "Wowed" us  some of her beautiful work.  Most of her quilts were hand quilted.  And I must say, with very small stitches and beautiful designes.

She also shared a sad story with us.  Seems as she moved in earlier this spring.  She did not move far so like a lot of us, used garbage bags to put some cloths, bedding, our fabric, etc. in.  She made a large mistake by putting one of her favorite quilts in one.  At the same time she was packing, she also donated unwanted items to Goodwill.  To make a long story short, when she was unpacking, she could not find her quilt.   All her cloths and other bedding was there, but of all bags, that one is missing.  She said she even found the bag with all her scraps in and the scraps to that quilt were in it.  Of all bags to be lost!  She thinks someone accidentally grabbed that bag to go to Goodwill.  She says she hopes were ever it is, that it's being enjoyed.
Moral to her story, when transporting, Never put them in garbage bags!  Make sure you can see them.

The "Wedding Ring" she just finished for her granddaughter. 

She also sells her quilts locally. 

She made her son this one years ago, all by hand.  He claims he wouldn't sell this one for $ 1,000.00.
(The back had his football logo on along with his name.)

We also had a tutorial on folded flowers and then our show and tell.

Gail Young made some really cute baby quilts.

She also made this larger child's quilt.  (Some little girl is going to be happy.)

Margie Cannon did a beautiful job on her first log cabin.  I love the colors.

This Log Cabin was made by the women in Margie's church.  Every year they make a quilt and then raffle it off donating the money to a local charity. 

An array of flowers by Joyce Fratini. 

Colorful Maple leaves by Joyce Fratini. 

Isn't her quilting magnificent? 

Debbie White and her uniquely done, sampler quilt. 

 I hope you enjoyed our "Show and Tell".  Sometimes it is nice to take a break from what we are doing and just stop and smell the roses.  (OR should I say check out more quilts?  lol)

Till next time.....


Friday, May 29, 2015

Let's get Organized

I know I haven't been on here for a while.  I have been so busy with Flowers, Gardening, went to Quilt show,  Shop hops, etc.  And of course quilting.  I have been working on a large Pinapple Paper piece quilt that is almost finished.  Top is ready to quilt, finally!  Well, everytime I finish one project, I clean and organize before starting another.

My next project was that I had to make a cover for my Featherweight.  My husband got it for me for Christmas and I have been so busy using it and having fun, that I decided it needed attention too.

I made an appliqué for the front:

 I decided to put a pocket on the side, to keep my sissors with it.  

Also, I wanted it kinda stiff so it would cover it and not lean on it.

I even added a little handle for the top take it on and off my machine.

I love using it....makes me feel like I am playing with a toy.
Speaking of toys, he got me one for my birthday, (made in  a 1919)....

Isn't it adorable?  It even works.  (I know what I want to collect.)

After I got my cover done, I did some cleaning and organizing in my room.

I added small spools of thread to a jar,

Some buttons on other jars,

I even made a new ironing board cover:

Now I am ready to cut my next quilt out.  I have all the fabric and my pattern in a basket all ready to go.

My next quilt is going to be a black and white Log Cabin with bright stars appliqued in the center.

And here is my boss, KC.  She was just so exhausted when I got done. 
(Don't she look mad?  It's like I bothered her, taking her picture, lol)

I hope I did not bore you too much with my room.  I would live to see where YOU quilt!

Till next time....


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shop Hop (and Tutorials)

The other day our Quilt Guild went on a shop hop through Clarkesville, Tennessee up into Kentucky.  We had sooo much fun and I wanted to share our adventure.

Last year I planned a trip for our club in Missouri and we had a blast.   So this year we decided to go the other direction.  I contacted the shops 2 months ahead of time and spoke to the owners.  (I got the hours of the shop and their complete addresses.)  Then 1 week before our trip I called each shop to give them an approximate time to expect us and how many of us were going.    First stop, was the "Clarksville Sewing Center".  They were such pleasant, happy, energetic girls.

There shop was very neatly decorated. 

They specialize in selling Janome and Baby Lock machines.  They also have different classes going all the time.  We we so excited when each girl gave us a different tutorial on different techniques.

   The first was folded flowers:

Another was an easy way to make a square in a square:

They had another tutorial, but for some reason I cannot download it, sorry.  

From here we had lunch at Cracker Barrel.

After that it was off to Trenton, Kentucky to "Quilt and Sew at Golden Theeads".
They too had a tutorial for us showing us an easy way to make the Lemoyne Star using the proper ruler:

From this:

Their shop was small but packed full of wonderful items.

The last stop was the "Kentucky Star Quilt Shop" in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.   Here they had a large shop just full if quilting fabrics, notions and yarn.

Plus a cute little nook to sit and relax.

I hope you enjoyed seeing our trip.
Who know what we will do next year.
till next time,