Trip Sewing

Once again, I am heading to Arizona! Yay! It is starting to feel like going home now. I love it! This time, I will be doing a bit of dog sitting for Daughter #2. As she is deployed, she has someone to house sit and dog sit, but the sitter has to be away and so I am taking over for a bit. I have a sewing machine at Daughter #2’s house, so I am taking a bit of sewing with me. First of all, I plan to get my swap blocks done for the Broken Dishes swap being hosted by Barb at Fun with Barb. Here is my test block to make sure they all come out the right size!

And here are my cut pieces. I will have to put them in another container. I’m not taking that enamelware on the plane!

I will be making forty blocks from each red/muslin combination. 

I plan to take my vintage daisy blocks for my hand work for the plane.


I’m really pleased with how they are coming along!

I have blog  posts scheduled ahead, but as always, family comes first on these trips! So I though I love and read every comment, I will not be able to respond often. I appreciate your understanding in this.

It will be wonderful to spend time with my son and his family. I can’t wait to snuggle my two little boys out there! They are growing so fast.

Take care!

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WIP Wednesday ~ Flag Block

I showed you the little flag block I made the other day. It is the center for a small calendar quilt from the Temecula Quilt Company.

Of course, I can never leave a pattern alone and I wanted to set my flag horizontally, but the proper way to display a flag is with the blue field in the upper left hand corner. Always. So I am back to their layout, almost.

I thought I would add these wide borders. But I ripped them off.

It was okay, It just didn’t have the naïve look of a doll quilt.

That’s better! I’ll be using those border strips for binding.

Have a great day!

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Twist is a Top!

I’ve been multitasking with my projects lately. I got the Twist blocks sewn into a top this weekend.

And I got it loaded into the frame.  My plan was to stitch an edge to edge design. I narrowed it down to these two:


This is how it looks so far.
This likely won’t get finished until mid month as I am preparing for another trip. 

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DWMonday~ Using a Singer 99K

Daughter #3 was having trouble with her vintage machine recently. So I brought it home to see what was up. These things work beautifully, as long as you don’t miss any thread guides (her mistake) and you have the right needle in (my mistake)! I kept it for a few days to make sure all was well.

I figured in order to give it a thorough test, I should make something on it. So I printed out a paper foundation pattern and got to it.

That was fun! Even though I printed it backwards from the way I wanted it. Oh well.

I enjoyed that so much that I had to make another, smaller block. Yep, did that one backwards too!

Sadly, I didn’t keep my stripes in the light strips going the same way either. Ugh. Oh well. I have a plan in mind for one of these. Stay tuned.

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Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Vintage Daisies

The day hubby and I went down to Detroit, I was pretty sure I would finish the hand stitching I had planned to do and wanted another something in the queue in case I had more time. And I did! I didn’t have much time to think about a project, but I opened one of my cupboards and spied a pile of these vintage blocks.

They are round about 17 inches and the background fabric is a rather loose weave. But they are all basted so who am I to argue?

Aren’t these fabrics fun?

I am going to applique the centers and petals and leave the stems until the end. When I get that far, I will trim all the blocks to the same size and then applique the stems.

There are 20 of these blocks. I think they will look great with sashing and corner stones. This will likely be a very long term project, but I will be slow stitching on it today!

Hold the presses! I just found this on Pinterest!

I love the black stitching! But I’ve never done this kind of stitching. I think pearl cotton would work? Any ideas on needles/thread for this? Thanks in advance for any help!

Have a great day!

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PS There area few days of voting left for Pets on Quilts over at Lilypad quilting. Click here to see all the entries and to vote for your favorite. 

 

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Stitching Sisters 

If you have hung around here for any length of time, you have heard me talk about the Stitching Sisters Quilt of Valor group that I am lucky enough to be a part of. They meet once a month for sew days, but since they are about 90 minutes away and I work every other Saturday, I have only gotten down there to sew with them twice! Usually, one of the faithful members of the group attends the meetings and picks up tops for me. Then we meet halfway and she hands them off. When I am done quilting them, we meet up again and she delivers the finished quilts. Last weekend, all things worked out and I was able to go. I had a great time quilting with my friends and we even had a quilt presentation that afternoon. Yay!

Here are some pictures. First the quilt is awarded by the maker, Karen made this top and I got to quilt it.

We unfold the quilt so everyone can see it.

Then we wrap our vet in a big quilty hug and tell him (or her), “Welcome home!”

This next quilt was made by Lori. She is over on the left helping to hold up the quilt.

This next one was made by Val. Love it!

And this last beauty was pieced and quilted by Sue over on the left.

Such an honor to be a part of this!

The above pictures were all taken by our fearless leader, Terri. I only took the two pictures below of our sewing time. There were more people here than you would guess by my pics!

I love this organization and am blessed to be a part of it. These ladies trust me with their precious tops and I never take that for granted. They have welcomed me into their group with open arms. This is my “tribe.”

If you would like to learn more about the Quilts of Valor Foundation, click here to visit the web site.

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Grant and Lee

I’m calling this one, The Get Along Quilt. Have you seen the internet pictures of the two kids wearing a single t-shirt that says “Get Along Shirt” on it? The idea is that they have to wear it until they can get along and play nicely together. I was reminded of that with this center panel. In this case, Grant and Lee seem to be getting along quite well!

Or maybe they are just giving each other the silent treatment.

In any case, the picture above  shows the quilt before washing and the rest  after.

The last time I did a panel quilt, I quilted around the images in the panel. I wanted to do something differently here so I used a cross hatch. I also used invisible thread on this part. I didn’t want them to look like they were in jail.

I am most pleased with the border quilting on this one. I will definitely do this again.

The fabric on the back is a Mary Koval print that I picked up out in AZ.

My foyer is a bit tight and I can’t get a straight on shot, but I wanted to show you where I decided to hang this.

And one last shot on the fence.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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