Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Meet George . . .

When I showed the fun gifts I got for Christmas, I said I was not sure what to name the darling owl Kelly gave me.

Since the owl sits on the bench right outside the Cottage, Sharon over at Moosecraft suggested George so he could watch over Martha inside the Cottage.

So, meet George!!

And thanks, Sharon for the fun, fun name!!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Every Time I Load a Quilt onto Martha . . .

I learn something new.

And getting the patterns to work correctly has been my biggest challenge.  It's the "nesting" process that is just kicking my butt!! (Am I allowed to say "butt" in a blog post?)

As you can see this pattern did not snuggle up into the previous row and I did not see that until row two was complete and rolled onto the back roller so I could see the big gap on the back side.

So, I improvised and found another little pattern that I tweeted to go into each of the gaps!! It turned out really fun, but it is just so frustrating to add another 3 additional hours to a customer quilt!!

I am enjoying Martha for the most part now that I have learned so many things, but If I had known before buying a longarm that the learning curve was soooooooo steep, I am not sure I would do it again!!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Getting Ready . . .

for My Girlfriend's Quilt Shop Stash Buster Challenge 2019.  My Girlfriend's is the darling quilt shop in Logan, UT where I used to live.  The first week of each month they are going to post a pattern that is designed to use up our stash.

And since I have years and years of stash, I thought this would be one way to use some of my stash up!!

So, my goal today is to find the wooden part of these fabric tables.  I know these tables are not completely made of fabric, there HAS to be wood underneath to hold up all that fabric!!  There just has to be!!

See you tomorrow!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The End of the Year . . .

turned out to be a nice week.  First Christmas and then my birthday!!  My darling friend Janet from Rogue Quilter sent me a package that included a Christmas present and a birthday present!!  And man, what a fabulous surprise!!

She made me this gorgeous miniature quilt that matches another quilt that she made me a couple of years ago ~

Plus there was some of her wonderful soap and some yummy candy - chocolate - to round out a fun, fun package!!  Thanks Janet, you be da BEST!!

Then, while I was doing some cleaning the other day, I found this wonderful patriot miniature that Janet made for me in June, 2016.

I gave myself a belated Christmas and birthday present this past Monday of 3 hours of a professional electrician.  Soooooooo exciting.  Now, I have electricity in my Cottage where Martha my longarm resides plus a heater, so over the next couple of months, I am going to get the Cottage insulated and the beadboard up on the walls.  Then I can start hanging all the wonderful little miniature quilts I have collected!!

Finally, one of the gifts my brother Kelly gave me for Christmas was this darling garden art owl.  He sits on the bench outside of the Cottage watching over us as we come and go!!

Is he cute or what?  I haven't found a name for him yet, any suggestions?

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and I pray that 2019 is our best year yet!!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Saturday's Smile!!


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Oh My gosh . . .

I FINALLY finished the sweater I started for my friend, Barb but it has almost been 2 whole years!!  Yikes!!

You can see the December 18, 2016 post HERE where I had already done some of the body.  And my friend Ellie in the comments said "lovely pattern but it looks complicated on the yoke"!!  Oh, man, was that an understatement!!

It wasn't actually the cabling that was difficult but adding the arms to the body so the cables would drape over the shoulders with no seam was where I messed up.

At the bottom of the sleeve in the picture above, I had to do something I had never done on a sweater for the right armhole.  So, I did it and I just assumed it was the same for the left arm hole!!  NOT!!   But I did not figure out the mistake until I had ripped out the cabling almost to the neck TWICE!!

First time I just was not happy with the results so I ripped it out.  But not to the point where I added the sleeves to the body, but instead just a few rows below where the cable started.

The second time it still was not right but I only went up abut 3/4 way to the neck befog ripping it out to the point where I separated the sleeves from the body and started again there.  It was at that point that I realized the process I used to add the right sleeve to the body was not the same process as adding the left sleeve to the body!!  OH MY!!

So, third time was a charm and the sweater is completed, blocked and is winging it's way to Barb in Logan, UT.

HA! Ha! Looking at the top picture, I hope the right sleeve is not really that much longer than the left sleeve but instead it was just how it was hanging on the hanger during the photo op!!  :-)

Finally, a big shout out to my sweet Dad on his 101st birthday!!  Happy Birthday, Pop!!  You are VERY missed!!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Saturday's Smile!!

The Fabulous Fifties

Monday, November 26, 2018

One of the Nice Things. . .

about living in a fixer-upper house is that weekly, and sometimes even daily, the place looks better and better!!  That is what happened this past weekend.

I am moving everything that is not longarm related from the little green Cottage into my new Retreat.  Slowwwwwww going for sure!!  Wayyyyyy too much stuff, but IT is happening.

I have my two work tables back to back so I have a huge work table in the middle of the room.  Both my sewing machine and my sit down mid-arm are along that back wall and there is fabric, fabric everywhere!!

But the most exciting part was created on Friday and Saturday.  I needed an ironing board in here so I asked my brother to build a frame using a 19" x 5 foot piece of plywood that we had left over from another project and 4"x4" legs.

I then used several pieces of quilted fabric that had been longarm practice pieces and placed them on top and spray glued them down.

I then put two layers of plain batting on top of the quilted pieces so I would have a smooth surface under the top fabric.

I then auditioned several different fabrics being careful not to have too much of a contrasting print that would show through the lighter pieces I would be pressing.

And the winner is ~

After cutting the top fabric to size and pressing out the middle crease, Kelly and I turned the table over so I could stretch and tack down all the layers.

We then set her upright and placed her where she would spend the rest of her days (well, that is unless I change my mind and move again - LOL!!)

I added an iron and voila!!

I still need to decide what color to paint the legs and add leg protectors to the bottoms of the legs but I tried it out this morning on a quilt back and oh, I love how big it is!!

And how about that fun, grass green 1970's shag rug??  

Saturday, November 24, 2018