Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Vintage Tin

I've done it again.  Jumped into another project.  Well, it is in the mail on it's way.  But can you blame me?  Just look at it!!  I know you want to see more.  Well you can see more and zoom in and even purchase this little lovely for only $27.00 at http://www.crabapplehillstudio.com/index.php/vintage-tin.html  it is special to me mostly because of the center scene.  It wasn't on route 66 but at a gas station much like this one.  My mom had stopped to get gas, and my daddy stepped out to pump gas.  That was how they met.  She showed me a picture in her picture tin of her old 57 Chevy pulled up to the gas station, and although I DO NOT know cars at all, I think it looks ever so much like this photo.  So I am going to stitch this up just like this with one exception.  The car in the center is going to be her baby blue.  IF I could find a 57 Chevy to super impose in the scene, then I might just do that.  LOL.  I'll think about giving that a shot, but I'm not super creative.  I've never even sewed Flying Geese before LOL.  So this will be a new experience for me.  I just know I HAVE to do this for my mom. 
    I didn't think that I had any black and white fabric in my stash.   LOL.  Teach me to go and check before heading to the store.  I had a little quilt pack that I had bought on clearance when Walmart was changing up their stores from pre-packs back to will-cut stations.  Not so sure anymore that was a good move.  BUT... anyhow.  I found a bundle of black and white and a few precuts that should get me started nicely.  YAY!  I'm so excited.  I hope that this get's you all excited about this lil beauty too!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

A completed quilt.. FINALLY!!

I am so completely thrilled!!  I have been working on this quilt for 25 months.  October of 2011 I started this quilt.  Hand pieced, and hand quilted.  It currently sits on my bed.  I haven't even had the heart to put it in my washing machine.  Too chicken that it will fall apart before I have a chance to sleep under it.  How bad is that??

New Craft Room

The make over is somewhat complete.  I have a few more things to hang on the wall, or should I say DH has a few more things to hang on the wall.  That is where the hang up has been.
The pictures that sit below the television are prints that I purchased while we lived in Japan for $3.50. I just had them framed after 15 years in a box, and now they will be on the wall. Terrible that I waited so long. I painted the old wooden dresser black and red in hopes that it would give it more of an Asian feel.
The windows already had white blinds. I added the curtain rods, and then added the little kimonos that my children wore while we lived in Japan. This is my favorite part of the room. LOVE IT!
I love the bright bold colors of this Kabuki Theater kimono. It is a purely decorative kimono as it is about 7 feet tall. No one could really walk around in it. It is hung on bamboo and then curtain rod holders. Then my neighbor traded me the big comfy chair for the treadmill, and some lamps that she has yet to deliver. I still can't work in the room in the evenings as the lighting isn't good enough. I still have a lot of my stuff in the guest room (tee hee), and in the guest room closet so that this room can stay cleaner looking. Although at the moment it is a bit messy because I have been working.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Link to the 30s update

I have been keeping busy working on my Link to the 30s quilt since I got my new puppy Lili. I tried to find something with smaller pieces that she couldn't get to while I was working. Well, smaller pieces certainly describes this quilt. It is called Bejeweled Wedding rings really. Link to the 30s is the name of the book that it can be found in. Here is what the blocks will look like and a look at my fabric selection
And a close up view for you of the bands.
I found some fantastic fabric made for Jo-Anns Fabric for the center Orange Peel sections that tied all of the fabrics together, and it had circles and rings as it's focal point. I thought it added just enough craziness for this quilt to make it interesting. Now these havn't been appliqued yet, so they will be smaller than they appear on this sample.
I only have a FEW circles left to go...like 588 go on the arches (faint now!!)
I was starching the circles and burning my little fingers with steam.. POOR LITTLE FINGER!!
Now my poor little fingers were saved by a lovely bloggerSara at My Sewing Room She sent me one of these
That she made and I used this when starching my circles so that I didn't have to put my fingers near the iron. YAY no more starch steamed little fingers! Oh I was so excited to get it in the mail yesterday that I went right to the ironing board and put that iron to use and got all of my circles starched and ready to applique down.
Like this, instead of using my finger to make sure it doesn't stick to the iron. MUCH, MUCH better!! Thank you so much Sara!! You are a finger saver, if not a lifesaver!! Much appreciated for your kindness.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time to Move Quilting Rooms

This is a picture of my current quilting room.
Oh it doesn't always look that messy. I have been stuffing things in there as I clean out the future Quilting room. It is a bedroom in our house that we are using as a guest room since our son moved out of it. Now it was working fine, and I WAS thrilled to have it, but a better option has come along. I didn't like that it only had one small window. I also didn't like that when we do have a guest they have to see all of this clutter.
This perfectly good game room was sitting here waiting for me. Look at all of those windows! It was filling with junk because we were waiting to get a pool table someday. Well, that will never happen. And so the junk piled in. We did use the treadmill while my son was homeschooling for his physical education program, but now he has gone back to public school. My neighbor wants the treadmill. I cannot use it with my bad ankles, and DH does his running outside. So that will leave. I have so many exciting plans for making this a nice sitting, stitching room, while hiding much of the boxes of craft mess in the closet of said guest room. Sneaky huh!! The best part of all of this is that my neighbor that wants the treadmill is trading me for the treadmill. She has some items in storage that she will trade me to help me decorate my craft room, and then she wants to craft/quilt with me. I will have a quilting buddy. That has been a long time dream. A friend to craft and quilt with. I hope she follows through. It will be a while before we can post again on progress on the room, as step number one is to paint the room. It will be a lovely change to a SATIN Antique white instead of the flat unwashable finish it currently has. No bright bold colors in my future. But I will update you with the decorations and changes as the happen. Then, there shall be stitching in my future! Have a lovely stitching day!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Great Haul But...

I went to Joann's and they had such a great deal that I couldn't help myself but shop. Fat Quarters were on sale for .99 cents. Yeah I know!! Well the deal got even better. Batting was on sale for 50% off. But on top of that I had a coupon for 20% off your entire order customer appreciation. I was super excited, and had to hit the store. Here is a picture of my fat quarter haul for the day.
AHHHHHHH! I know!! Just look at all those beautiful colors! I was planning on doing Dear Jane with it. Until I got the Dear Jane book. UGH! Those pieces are sooooo tiny!! I just don't think I can do that. I wanted to do it by English Paper Piecing it. I even went so far as to have it all printed out on cardstock. But the pieces are just SOOOOO tiny. I don't know if I can. I really want to do something by hand. English Paper Piecing it. I just can NOT seem to find a pattern to do. (insert big sad face here). I love doing hand piecing. LOVE IT! And after working for so very long on my hand quilting on my hexagon quilt, which by the way, is still NOT done.. I have decided hand quilting is NOT for me. I will be machine quilting my next quilt after hand piecing it. I have run into a little bit of a distraction. Ready??
Meet Lili!! My new baby. Oh my goodness. She is such a good girl. I went and rescued her from the shelter on Friday. She is a Dachshund/Terrier mix. I'm not sure what kind of terrier, but as small as she is at two months I am thinking Yorkie. We shall see as she grows. She is so smart and so sweet, but a handful. Just one hand, but still a handful. She sleeps ON me. I tried the kennel, really I did, but DH gave up on that before I did. And she sleeps not on the bed, but ON ME. Last night she finally started to move off of me and find her way onto the bed for comfort, but she has been doing fantastic with potty training, and had two tiny accidents on the day she arrived, and none since. Fingers crossed there let me tell you. If you all have any suggestions for me on English Paper Piecing Projects I can work on Blogs that are showing patterns (I haven't found any showing block patterns) that would be fantastic! I would also love lap quilt as you go ideas. So feel free to drop suggestions in my lap (pardon the pun). Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Thimble Tips

This is todays mail arrival. YAY! Let me be a little more specific about what is included in the package.
On the right there is a space to hold two stitching needles. Now I think because it is leather it will take a few fat needle insertions before my needles go in and out easily. Do you see the two dots to the left of the snap? Those are for me to keep my leather ThimblePads when I am not currently wearing them. It will help the adhesive so that I can wear it over and over again with out the adhesive picking up dirt such so that the sticky will stay sticky and they will last longer. Now, I have to say I LOVE, LOVE my leather sticky dots as thimbles they don't slip,or get in the way. I sometimes forget that I am wearing them at all. Kind of embarassing in the check out line of the grocery store. Also it came with...
This is called an UnderThimble no you don't wear it under your thimble. It is just a metal dot that you wear to deflect your needle. Now I have not tried this as I am in love with the leather thimble dots called ThimblePads that are self adhesive. This UnderThimble is attached with Adhesive Replacements which are simple circles of double sided adhesive which also came in this pack
And the ThimblePads came as well in a 12 pack. I got all of that for $16.30 from Colonial Needle Co. But, I love the ThimblePads SOOOOO much that I bought a separate 12 pack of the Leather pads for $6.30 as well. Yay pain less stitching. I was using the Vinyl Pads, but I don't like those as well. They are okay..VERY, VERY sticky, but they don't seem to RE-stick like the leather dots do.