Saturday, December 29, 2018

Saturday's Smile!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Saturday's Smile!!

Illustrator:  Inge Look

Wednesday, October 31, 2018


Image from Facebook

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

It's Been Over a Month . . .

since I have had the time to post anything other than my Saturday Smiles.  I know I am busy, busy, busy all day long but at the end of the day, I am hard pressed to see any progress in any of the different aspects of my life!!

I am happy to say that I am going to team up with a friend from Quilt Guild who is letting me share her table at the up-coming Langlois Craft Fair the weekend before Thanksgiving.  I am trying to not only make some baby quilts but I decided to set my hand to some coiled fabric bowls.

The first three that I made were made with some cording from JoAnn's that someone had given me.  They look fine but the cording was soft and the bowls look a bit squished.  And as you might be able to see, I am not really sure how I am going to finish off the top row.  I am thinking a nice large metal or seashell button might be nice.

Dill Button

So, I bought some cotton clothes line and it is much stiffer and makes for a much prettier bowl.  This practice one made out of Kaffe Fassett fabrics is for a friend who loves Kaffe.

On this one I put a fun Longaburger charm that says HOPE to finish it off.

I wrap the cord at night while I am watching baseball and then sew up the basket or trivia or bowl the next day.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday's Smile!!

Illustrator: Inge Löök

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Well, It Took Me forever . . .

but I finally finished my Swap quilt for Janet O. over at Rogue Quilter.

If you follow Janet's blog at all you know she is the Queen of Miniature Quilts and I do mean miniature!!  I guess I have been a bit busy since the beginning of the year, but even more than that, I had a really hard time making this quilt for Janet.  I knew she loved nine-patches and really liked them on point, so that is where I started.

First, this is the darling quilt she sent me along with some other wonderful goodies, including some great scissors that I am sorry to say are somewhere between the house, the Cottage and the new Retreat and so I don't have a picture of them.

EDIT!!  Found my fun new scissors IN THE HOUSE!!

And here is the quilt Janet made for me in the swap ~

Did I mention how tiny this quilt really is?  About 7" by 9", so you can figure out just how small each of those nine-patches are!!

So, since my miniature quilt turned out a LOT larger than this one, I named it the "Big Mini".  Actually a friend suggested the name and I thought it was perfect!!

Even my label looks huge compared to Janet's whole quilt!!  LOL!!

So, here is the quilt I sent to Janet ~

In retrospect, after seeing a picture of this quilt, I wish I had added some borders to it or at least completed the binding in a contrasting fabric.

I did fussy cut the full blocks ~

and that was fun!!

So, here is why Janet's new quilt is the "Big Mini" ~

I didn't think Janet was going to get her package until today but apparently she got it yesterday, so you can see her post HERE.  Hope one day we can swap again - maybe after my renovation looks like a home and not a construction zone!!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Well, I am Learning A lot . . .

about what is is like to be a longer quilter!!  Yikes!!  The learning curve is huge and now I am finding that somehow I have managed to screw up the tension.  But before the tension went south, I was able to get this darling baby quilt completed!!

Look at the cute pattern I quilted!!  Baaaaaa!

And I machine sew my binding onto the back and then wrap it around and handset it to the front.   Is that kay to do it that way, because I sew most quilts are done just the opposite.

I have been asked by a friend to share a booth with her in November at the Langlois Holiday Craft Show and I would like to make some quilts this size.  Do any of you have an opinion as to how much I should charge?  They are 40" x 40" finished.

Well, off to play with the tension on Martha!!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Temecula Quilt Company's New Quilt Book . . .

is now available!!

and I have them in my Etsy shop - Lavender Quilts and Other Fineries with free shipping!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

More Newport Quilt Show Quilts . . .

I think this is one of my very favorite shows because there are so many quilts and they are all fabulous.  Here are a few more of my favorites ~

These fireflies were amazing.  The way the artist used the yellow in the middle really made it look like they were flying toward a light!!

This one I took especially for Janet O over at Rogue Quilter!!  She LOVES miniature quilts and this one is about 14" by 14".  Ok, Janet, here is a challenge for you!!  :-)

This is a close-up of the one above.  The stitching is a cart above the horses!!  This was an amazing piece!!

This cute couple was walking past my booth so I ran to take a picture of them they were soooooo cute together.  After chatting with them for a few minutes, the hubby said that his sweet wife and he used the word sweet was one of the original founders of the Newport Quilt Show!!

Hope you enjoyed all the gorgeous quilts!!