Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Disappearing Hourglass Blocks have Disappeared....Spring is Here...and a baby in the house.............


  "Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, It comes and sits softly on your shoulder."- Henry David Thoreau

I showed you a couple of finished disappearing hourglass blocks on my last post and was undecided on one of them.......a beautiful floral print because I thought it might be too busy to show the contrast and now I'm sure of it...........here are my first 6 blocks..........

I think that for sure the lighter whiter blocks are great and that I can probably even work with the two others but I think the pattern gets lost with the florals.   Unfortunately I  think I already have one or two more florals already cut but I'm sure a table topper or other project can be beautiful using them.......

Look at this sweet little baby turtle......his/her name is Charley.....(either Charles or Charlene)...........she is presently living in the planter that sits at the entrance to my home which usually has silk flowers or some sort of seasonal decoration.  Now it is Charley's new home for awhile..........the plastic lid that Charley is in is about 3 inches in diameter....


 
 Yay!  my Irises are blooming and so is my periwinkle and I have leaves (and mulberries) growing on my Mulberry tree.......Spring is here!




see you next time...........Ta-ta for now.................




 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

PNG Quilt Collective update....a sweet gift and some disappearing blocks..

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.— Albert Einstein 
 
About a year or so ago I blogged about my friend, Gina's, project for babies in Papua, New Guinea..........(Click here for her info page)

So anyway.........I made a couple of little baby quilts and a fleece blanket and sent to Gina back in 2013.......this was one of the quilts I sent:
 
Imagine my delight when I saw Gina's post from last October which showed a group of the Patea Tribe who received some of the quilts.  There at the far left is the little quilt above being held up for display! Now THAT is a display wall!  My heart was singing when I saw the photo.

I also wanted to show you a sweet little gift my Sis gave me last week.........She heard me going on and on about all the little zip-lock kits I had been making for everyone else and that I still hadn't made one for myself so look at this!
 

Irene's "signature" hexies on the front and extra pockets and zip-lock bags on the inside!  Thanks Irene.  You know how much I love it!
 
My next project is the disappearing hourglass quilt.  I saw the pattern on my friend, Mary (Needled Mom)'s blog..... I am using a layer cake of Fairy Tale Friends by American Jane with some teal contrast....here is my first block........first you see the hourglass block....then the disappearing block created from it.....


 
 

The second block I'm still not sure about....I'm thinking the floral fabric may be too dark and I may go back and just pick out the lighter fabrics from the Fairy Tales Friend layer cake....opionions anybody???
 

 Ok then......time to get this post published and wind down from the weekend graveyard shift....I'm back to work dayshift tomorrow so Ta-Ta for now......


 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

When Hexies go bad....or "I know what I'm doing"...........

“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas A. Edison


So you all have heard me talk about my Sis at Hilachas , and many of you are followers of her blog, as well, so you might remember how much she adores hexies of all kinds............
Well I had a jelly roll in my stash that I'd had there for quite some time and it just happened to be in the colors of her kitchen so I decided to "kill two birds with one stone", so to speak,  and do a jelly roll hexie project..........I found a great pattern called "wrapped in roses"at e-patterns central.com/
The pattern includes the table topper and coasters.................
Okayyyyyyyyyyyyy......................now I have to remind you about how my sis and I have been sewing since we were 8 or 10 years old and we "know what we're doing"............soooooooooooooo..............we are not always at the front of the "following directions" line..............

Well, in addition to this beautiful jelly roll.........I also had some matching charms so I decided to use a charm to cut the center hexie.............and since "I know what I'm doing" and all.........I didn't use the pattern I bought....I just cut the "hexie" out of the charm using my own brain..................

I didn't stop to realize until I had already sewed one row around this "hexie" that I had actually cut an Octagon!  Oh well.........I'm not starting over so finished it out............
I will show you the finish, which I am actually pleased with..........although getting there was a bit of a challenge......


 Originally I cut this into a round shape but  Oh my Goodness! I could NOT sew the binding on right!  I sewed and took it out THREE times.....first it was pulling up at the sides making the topper look like a bowl...I took it out and re-sewed it THE SAME WAY......then I took it a third time and stretched the topper a bit and ended up with a ruffled edging before surrendering............I cut away the circle and made the whole thing an octagon and was finally happy.................
 here is the back...........

So anyway.........I did finally accomplish what I had set out to do and that was sewing something with a jelly roll and also doing a hexie? (I call it a Hexie plus two) project....lol

Ok then.........I'm off to "not follow directions" on my next project..............TaTa for now!

  



    

Friday, February 27, 2015

Raggedy Quilt Finish plus a LuvBug!

 "The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be" – Marcel Pagnol.


Yay! I am finished with Iris Emma's Raggedy Ann quilt and, as you see, Raggedy Ann is very pleased!


 This time I put my label right on the front of the quilt just inside
one of the corner hearts of the Raggedy Ann Blocks....(yes I cut all those loose threads off the label....lol) Thanks to my Sis for such a great idea on where to put the label this time!

The other thing I got accomplished this week is a birthday gift for one of the ladies who works with me on the graveyard shift.  I had made one of these for each of the girls birthdays before she came on with us and she just loved it so here is her very own!

 My friend loves her VW bug and the color purple so I machine embroider/appliqued a sweet Luv-bug design for her......Above is the front with pocket....and below is the inside with ziplock bags and two additional pockets.............
 This awesome little bag can be used as a sewing or craft kit or just about anything.......One of the girls I made one for uses hers for her important papers.  It is made with 2 fat quarters and 6 ziplock freezer bags and I just happen to know where a fabulous tutorial can be found if you are interested:  Just click on this link at Hilachas Blog

Ok then...............the day is still young before I have to go into work the graveyard shift so I will just say Ta-Ta for now..........see you next time..............


 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Iris Emma's Quilt Progress......


   "You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."― Shirley Chisholm



Well.....shoot.....a little complaining is ok once in awhile but for the most part I do like to get things done like the quote above suggests we do..............unfortunately, it appears I was so anxious to implement some ideas today that I hit the "Publish" button instead of the "Preview" button  before I was ready and so hopefully I can get this finished before anyone of my followers wonders what's going on with me..........well....in my defense........I am visiting my Mom and her internet connection is a little slow so things are not going as smoothly with my post as if I were at home.....

Anyway.........I finished the flimsy for Iris Emma's Raggedy Ann Quilt and have the sandwich pinned together and have started some of the quilting.......there will be a machine embroidered heart in each of the corner squares.....


 
something like this.......
 
 I will do some FMQ meandering around the other areas.....

 



I decided that Raggedy Ann needed a couple more dresses so Iris Emma can actually play with her so I used some more of the same fabric I am using on the quilt to give her a bigger wardrobe............

So that's about it for today............I brought the quilt to show Mom but forgot my FMQ foot so I'll work on it some more when I get home...........I'll see you next time......Ta-ta for now................



Friday, February 6, 2015

Raggedy Finish and a Beautiful Table Topper

"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work." - Richard Bach


I think I am back to my "instant gratification" mode..........anyway, Raggedy Ann went together so quickly!  I stayed up late on Wednesday night and finished putting her together, making her dress  and sewing her hair on..........then yesterday I sewed up her apron and pantaloons...........and Voila!  It's just like the quote above.....I was having so much fun that it wasn't any work at all!


Ann's heart says "I Love Iris Emma" and her back shows she was made with love by Nana....




 Here is another photo of Ann sitting on the beautiful table topper my Sis made for me for Christmas....




I love the topper.......thank you, Irene.....and, as my son says, it makes a great Chess or Checker board!  Irene knows how I love her little "make-do" hexie flowers so she included two of them on the topper for me:  Can you spot the "make-do" petals?  The dark blue one is really a good one!

















I also got 4 more Raggedy Ann embroidery squares done for Iris Emma's quilt..........just 4 more to go!




So back to work play!   I'm going to try to get the rest of the blocks done so I can start putting the quilt front together next week since  I actually do have to go back to work tonight.....first of my two night shifts.....then followed by two day shifts before I get a day off again.......all I can say is Ta-Ta for now..............and see you next time............



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My Sister made me come back....

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. ~Kahlil Gibran

No, it's not like it sounds..........my Sister never said I should start blogging again....she didn't even tell me I needed to start sewing again..........she just started back to both things herself and I have always wanted to be just like my "Big Sis" so here I am......"copying her again"......lol.........
Seriously, sewing has been my delight and the grieving process has stolen it from me for awhile......but I'm back!

Amidst the sorrow I have had some wonderful news.....I am to be a Nana for the 3rd time this year with my first Granddaughter!  This is not only my first Granddaughter but also the first girl in my own family.......I have three sons and two grandsons so little Miss Iris Emma is a wonderful surprise......she is also the very first Great Granddaughter in my family and will be the namesake of my Mother, Emma...........Mom has 12 grandchildren with only 4 of them granddaughters so the "Princess Club" is ready to welcome a new member!

 That said, I am ready to show you what I am working on for little Miss Iris Emma...........



I found these sweet machine embroidery patterns so I will be making a quilt for my Precious Granddaughter....and also a matching Raggedy Ann doll............
 
 I still have 8 more blocks to make and I think I will make a larger than crib size quilt so she can use it for a few years............the last Raggedy Ann doll I made was probably 35 years ago....the first were made 45 years ago and would you believe this little hoarder still has the pattern?  Lol.........well ya never know if you might need something again...............

Ok then I'm off to the sewing room again...........I'll just say "Ta-Ta for now"..................




 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Daddy

"Your talent is God's gift to you... What you do with it is your gift back to God."-Leo Buscaglia

This quote reminds me so much of my Daddy.  God gifted my Dad with talented hands which he used to build homes, signs, toys, furniture, and make beautiful sculptures.....Daddy gave God back beautiful gifts and I know when he went to heaven last year that God must have said to him, "Well done, my son"

I remember Daddy telling me that he had to wait many years before he was able to make all the things he dreamed about making because he had 5 kids to raise first.  My Dad supplemented his income when I was growing up with remodeling and odd jobs which he did after he got off work from his regular job. Often he would take me with him and later in life I even worked alongside him for a time.   
Most days you could find my Dad down in his basement working on his sculptures.....he was self taught and began casting his sculptures in bronze....later adding acrylic medium.....Below are only a few of his sculptures....he sculpted from his memories as a boy growing up in his boyhood farm.





....My Dad built his home and many others......
 
 
He made this gorgeous grandfather clock and billiard table.....

and so many more things that are too many to list or show you....





 


 
My Dad was my hero.......
 
I miss him so.....