Monday, February 2, 2015

Grand Illusion, continues

I haven't gotten  a lot done of GI yet. I continued on w all of the BB quilts. All but one has been given to the parents & BB's. The first is a quilt for my niece. it's a Wondering Path often called something else but I don't like that name. Mostly in Batiks. I wrote about this in another blog post. you can read about it here





I have done 3 Of Bonnies "Emery Stars". This is the second one I just LOVE this BB picture too.
 She is just so enthusiastic!
The left Emery Stars I don't have a picture of the BB on the quilt yet... New parents! I love this pattern, as I used most of my Bonus triangles for it. I think I have another one set up with all the black and neutrals from GI.

This last one is of the Grand Illusion.... all the farther I have gotten. I hear that a local quilt store is doing a Saturday UFO in Feb... I think I might have to join. Just to get them DONE.

So I'm using 'my' plan for Borders as a leader ender project for Celtic Solstice while I assemble my GI mystery quilt.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Friday Finished!

Actually I finished this this past week. Nothing fancy on the quilting, Just wanted to Get Them Done! This is a quilt for my niece I think I promised her one 2 yrs ago... I'm not that fast but this went together well. Its often called Wanders Path.
This is a baby quilt that I whipped up with out knowing who is the recipient. I just wanted to use up some of my scarps. It's going to my yoga instructor who had a BB on Dec 24.
and the back of the quilt with a picture of the embroidered label.











Now I'm working on another BB quilt using the bonus triangles from Bonnie Hunters Mystery quilt, Grand Illusion:
This is all the farther I have gotten on it.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mystery Quilt Delays

I was all caught up w the Mystery Quilt, Grand Illusion.


So I started to work on an older quilt that will be for one of my nieces. It's mostly in Batiks, and I scored some on a sale BOGO! can't beat that!  During the GI hiatus, I cut the remainder that I needed out, and started putting them together.
I'm not sure of this layout yet this is my first placement.
I might move some around.



Then came this past w/e. We had to go do some Christmas stuff. I was also making batches of Cookie dough for what my DD call "Cookie Armageddon".


                                                                                                                                                                 Some of the Grands came over and were very good at making the cookie balls, and conservative w the ones they ate and brought home.

 Truthfully last year was Far Worse.

Friday I was able to start sewing and Saturday. But this is all the farther I have gotten on the GI mystery quilt.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Mystery quilt Link up part 3

Thank you Bonnie for an easier step three. Step one and 2 were challenging, but I made it through them. Step 3, I though was going to be a breeze, but still I had some difficulty getting them done and with the black square in the left hand upper corner. Once I did it in the middle.
OPPS where's that ripper!



Towards the end I was scrambling to find enough neutrals, then found
whole box full of cut 2" squares and rectangles!

There was one point when I was approaching the LAST SET, that I dug through my trash to find some more green. Not wanting to cut anymore of the strips to get 1 square.
I also was able to find a Large box to put all of my finished pieces into.


 Now on to cookie dough making and MAYBE just Maybe I'll start quilting the quilt that has been on my frame for 2+weeks, Bc I was out of batting (that I know have!)

Monday, December 8, 2014



 Hi all I've had a lot of issues getting photo's to load.... it's a search and find thing. I posted on FB and Janet Mercer helped me out. As I've been unable to post pic.... Now to go back and ADD pic to some older blogs!
We went to the Horse parade in Lebanon, Ohio and also to Waynesville, Ohio. I saw a few antiques sewing machines there. None came home w me, but I know many are interested in machines. I thought the note on the treadle was interning. "key and 2nd shuttle and mysterious accessories in #13 locked case"! LOL it was $175! Not sure if it was worth it.


Wilcox seen at Mulberry street antique store, in Lebanon, Ohio 

1950's worn to silver decals

1950+'s Feather weight case it's seen better days
Also this WILCOX machine and wooden case. I think the price was $350. I  could be wrong. I'm not that interested in it. They also had a very pretty 1950's feather weight, but it was pretty expensive for my taste. $350. I didn't see a box and now am upset that I didn't ask.
BC later in Waynesville I did see this worn to silver and beat up case of $250. I think it should have been for sale fro a lot less.

As for my Mystery quilt hook up... Here's some fabric I bought in Waynesville at The Fabric Shack.











I didn't choose any of my fabrics with Bonnie's paint chips, I decided the Friday it started, when I found  these at a shop in Madison, Indiana. It's called  'Fabric Store'!  None of his fabrics are recent, looks more like buyouts. But I'm OK w that. Here's what I got there :

and did this with:
This is step 1 completed, and the beginnings of step 2.... Now enough of this fiddling around... I've got some sewing to do!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mid June, the garden is doing well this yr. Peas have been producing enough for us, and the green beans look like they are ready to flower.
I did get a few salads out of the garden this yr, but no heads of lettuce. I really don't know how they are produced. I think earlier planting for one and less seeds for another. I pulled them up last w/e as we are now getting 90 degree temps. I knew that they would bolt. My Potatoes are growing like crazy. I have had to add wood to their raised beds 3 times! Rethinking my plan for next yr. As they are getting so high. I think I need to make a 4 foot high bin!

Quilting has been going slowly. I'm working on another donation quilt that is the Road to Arkansas design. I have several babies due in Oct and am thinking about how to use my scraps, and the numerous 1/2sq triangles that it has produced. So far they are too small for what I had planned. For the baby quilts.

I also have a baby quilt on the frame. I need to add the batting and pin down the top. So far this week all I have done is get the backing on the frame!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's been such a long time since I wrote a blog! WEEKS! WE went on a trip to Florida, I can't say it was a vacation, bc we are retired! (LOL we have nothing to vacation from!) the weather was crappy for the first 3 days. Although it was hot on Wed, the water was so rough it felt like we were getting beat up! Then storms came on and 2 days of cloudy windy rain. So what's a girl to do? we went shopping. I only bought fabric at one store and that was bc it was on sale. We drove to Dunedin, to Rainbow's End which is one of my favorite places, but I didn't see anything I wasted to buy. (that's a lie I want to buy the whole store, but I don't have a current project in need of fab.) Alma Sue however is another story I bought some sale fabric there and could have spent a whole lot more. Also drove to Clearwater and went to Country Quilts And Bears.

Then On the Friday it was clear and blue and WINDY high of 70 there was no way we were going to freeze at the beach. So what's a gal to do???? I started looking up quilt stores and found a link to the Old Sewing Machine Guy He has an awesome little museum, and he let me pick his brain about my featherweights. I also bought a plastic tube of grease for the machines that I have not been able to find locally, and an oiler that has a spout on it! It was a long trip to get to Ocala from Sarasota, but I thought it was well worth the trip. I think DH enjoyed it too.I saw machines there that I have never seen b4 and I was kicking myself for not having my camera w me. Other than the weather finally cooperating w us for Beaching and Floating (I don't really swim) I think it was the highlight of my trip.

He also has a fabulous repainted Featherweight. I loved it DH wasn't a fan of it. But he told us what all he goes through to get them painted. I really had never thought about it, but he takes all the 'guts' out of the machines and sands them all down. on the outside to prep the machine. That's such a lot of work! And of course then comes the re assembly after the coats of paint are reapplied, the decals, and the clear protective coat of paint. I truly had no clue as to what all it entailed! So thank you again Johnny Johnston and his wife! I can't remember your name but she showed us her sewing room, and her long arm NICE set up! I wish mine was so clean I wouldn't mind having people DROP IN!!!!

Since I've been home, it's hard to get back into the swing of sewing and gardening and cleaning. SIGH never enough time in the day. But here's what I've been up to.Except I Don't Seem TO BE ABLE TO ADD PICTURES TO MY BLOG TODAY!!!!
SIGH, maybe next time.