Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Alice's Shopping Bag

 Alice came to visit last week for her birthday! I made her a Quilt Show Shop'n Bag!
It will hold a lot! Has comfy shoulder straps too.

I came across these purple blocks in the thrift store, in a bag. I grabbed up saying then, something for Alice!

Made up the outer bag then quilted it. Decided to add some wool. I did applique with the sewing machine. Went fast and love the look to. So will do more this way instead of all by hand! Yes those are beads as flower centers. Gotta have some bling!

I bought this fabric for lining. Pink with some purple. Other fabric was pink with dots.
The first way I sewed up I took out. It would have made the bag bigger than Alice! She is a cute bitty gal. Makes me feel super tall and I am barely 5'3"!

Here Alice is with her goody bag! Does seem to like it! That is G-man looking at some TV!

You can read more about what was inside the bag at Alice blog!
We do have fun together!
Had a day out this past Saturday.
Did some fabric shopping!
We all need that from time to time and it had been a while for me!
Off to AC Moore we went where I had found some wonderful fabrics for 6.99 a yard!
I will just say I am on Jo Morton overload! Yeah babeee!
DH loves them so I am back to buy a bit more to do a full size quilt for the master's bed!;-)

We came back by LQS to order a straight stitch plate for my Bernina and pick up some more bobbins.
Alice found the sale rack of fabric and got her some more yum yums!

Rain decided to pour on us then all the way home.
Horrid drive across river then out to my home in the country!
My sweet DH did come escort me inside with the umbrella!
He is my knight with a big golf umbrella!

Still tweaking my fabric storage situation.
Hope to soon pull out yet another WIP (work in progress) to finish or get to next level!
Course this is after chores, washing, cleaning and all the other stuff we have to do in a day or weeks time!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Adorable Cutie!

 Yes I think this sweet antique sewing table is adorable!
DH and I went out last Saturday driving up the back roads to a small town.
We went for a box sale at a shop.
DH did find his box of cook books and I found this cutie!!

She folds up so easy too. I had to set her up in my little room though. Just for a while!
Yes I got to rearrange some things so she can stay up!

This is the underside. Stenciled No . This is the locking mechanism. Reminds me of my old wooden boards. Now I need a small Singer featherweight to use on her! I lost a bid on one by 2 bucks! UGH!

On the top a yard measurement is stenciled on. Still in very good reading shape. I am not sure if we will do any 'refinishing' or leave as is. I do love her as is! Well used and loved by someone and now by me!!!

Now back to more of this:
Folding and sorting fabric!!! Yes there is more will share later!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

More watermelon????

Yes please! ;-)
 This is how I finished up the UFO watermelon slices! Into a runner with some patchwork squares. Did some in the ditch quilting only. Yes I need more practice with that too! Special foot for that was not a lot of help at all.
 With this backing could make it do double duty with Christmas too!

It is sitting on the hearth for now. I am pleased with my finish.

This is how the coasters will look. Next on list to finish.

This is how you get the slices.
Sew circles onto your background fabric. Next slice up that round melon into 4 yummy slices!
Make the background square a tad bigger than I did...yes lesson learned!!!
This technique was shared with me by a gal pal a few years back.
Not sure where it is from originally.
If I knew would post it here.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

So Proud

We are very proud of our grandson Brian. He is a an honor graduate from high school! He was also an outstanding quarterback on the football team! He will be attending Wake Forrest University. He wants to be a physical therapist.

This past week our great niece Hollyanne graduated also!
She too is an honor graduate and was captain of the cheering squad.
Hollyanne will be attending Christopher Newport University and trying out for the cheering squad there this Thursday.
She plans to be a doctor, possibly cardiologist.

Love them both so much and wishing them all the best in the future!!
Time is marching on! They should still be adorable tots!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Best thing I can say......

 ....about this quilt is it is done! Well those crows on watermelon slices do make me smile!
These blocks were from a long time ago block swap. I do mean long ago as in years and years! Was a sewing group with some sweet gals I belonged too. Beginner to long time stitchers. We just had fun!
I have sewn up the top two times! Each time just laying aside then taking apart! Last time which was go number three is what you see!!
Not all the fabrics used were cotton, some poly blends! Maybe if I was a pro quilter could have made it behave better and end product look better. It is not ugly and still cute. Was thinking will be our picnic quilt. I just pinned it to the vintage quilt for a pic. DH likes it hung up.. go figure, sweet man thinks all my projects are wall worthy!;-)

Two things I did different from my normal way of doing this stuff...not that what I do is the RIGHT WAY just my way!
1.quilted and washed  before binding. No more!
2. my binding was cut WOF not with grain of fabric as I have always done!
So yes there is a couple 'flappy' looking sides there!
Just saying  did not work well for me. If works for you great!
I am not going to stress over this kinda stuff anymore. It what it is and still can enjoy it!

So on to next UFO project....more watermelon slices!!!

Lord the number of UFOs hiding in here is amazing!!!!