Sunday, May 24, 2015

Get RR Done Club

My local quilt shop has a Get RR Done Club that 
meets once a month for 6 months.  It is hosted by the 
fun and lovely Debbie.  Here is the link to her blog where she posts everyone's progress. So I decided to sign up for the 
club and see if I could get some projects done. 
We had to write down six projects we want to get done.  
I listed mine in the order I wanted to finish them.  
Which is not the order they will be finished in.  
Each month Debbie pulls a number from one to six and that is the project you have to finish in the next month.
My projects are as listed:
  1. Design and Sew  Quilt
  2. Borders on my Dear Jane quilt
  3. Pink Princess
  4. Stick Witch 
  5. Stick Santa
  6. Free Motion Sampler
Guess what number got pulled first.  Number Six.  
That is right, the one I wanted to do last.  

Oh well in the spirit of fun I will do it first.  
Before I can really get started I need to clean my sewing room.  I am having some creative explosion in there. 

While at the meeting I did sew on my Design and Sew quilt, I finished one block.   
Here it is in the EQ7 version and in the real fabric

EQ 7 Version

The real block

Here is my Dear Jane, started in 2001
I have the backing and batting, and even have one border almost constructed and maybe 3 more triangles to do and 2 corners.  I just got overwhelmed with the borders and if they are going to fit.  So I put it down for a bit, which turned out to be a lot of years.  I have put too much work into it not to finish it.

Here is part of the top border of the quilt.  
You can see the last year I worked on this was 2007.  
I am so close!

This is from an online class from Crafty and it is the first in 
a series on how to make a quilt without a pattern.  
I don't even remember when I started this, but it was sometime in 2014.  Something about the random size of the center strips that is really hard for my structured nature.  I wanted to do it so I can learn to be more free in my style.  So far it hasn't worked,  I couldn't even work on it.  Little Bit will love the pink and the theme fabric matches fabric in her pillow case I made for her.  It has princess words all over it.  She is a little princess.  
So I call this Pink Princess. 
It is simple enough to make, I can do this!

The next two are projects I want to make.  The Stick Santa pattern I have had for a couple of years and the Stick Witch I picked up this year.  Halloween quilts are my second favorite quilts after Christmas.  I also want to work these up as classes this fall.  I can't wait to work on these.

Last but not least is my Free Motion sampler.  I like to retake quilting free motion classes every now and then as I learn something new from different teachers. This last one had us buy a panel to help us do different designs.  I have done about three or four of the details but I want to Get RR Done, so it was added 
to the list.  This is #6 and has to be done first by the June meeting.  

So wish me luck getting these done and I will keep you 
posted on my progress. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

All Fixed!

On Sunday the 17th I started removing all the wrong stitching on Bigger Bit's stocking and I finished the last letter this evening, the 22nd.  I was going to finish it last night but I was just to darn tired to do it.  I was afraid I would make a mistake again. 

It sure looks a lot better.  Click here to see the mistakes.  I worked a lot on this during the week.  Mr. B. had cataract surgery on Wednesday, so I sat and watched TV, him sleeping and I stitched.  I made my goal for this stocking now to work on Little Bits stocking next.  

The above stocking has 80 rows done, out of 220.  Lots more to do but I feel like a dent has been made.  One full page of pattern done. I think there are one more full page and two half pages of pattern  to finish.   

Happy Stitching!! 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stocking Woes and a Good Finish

I was making excellent progress on Bigger Bit's Stocking. Doesn't it look great!!

Until, I noticed I was off by two lousy stitches. 
Do you see that H at the end, hanging pass the line under it.  

Maybe the picture below will help you see my problem.  

I started my solid line at the edge of the flower below it and not from the base of the pot.  See red lines on the sides.  Because I started the solid line wrong, I started the letters wrong.  

Ask me if I am a happy camper.  

Un-stitching is in my future.  The gold line also has two different colors of gold in it.  GRrrrrrr
I hate making mistakes.  

The good news is....
I finished my friend's quilt and she really likes it!!

Here it is all finished.  Do you see Little Bit's foot hanging out.  Kids and a draped item and they have to get under it.  Notice the lump on the right?  That is Bigger Bit sitting under the quilt. 

Close up of the binding,  

My favorite T-Shirt.  Fun project and I am glad I am using my frame again.  I don't think I could build a business quilting for others it is too stressful.  An occasional friend is fine. 

Happy Stitching!!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

I Made my Weekend Goal

I had decided last week that I wanted to finish this section on Little Bit's stocking.  I actually did the last 16 stitches this morning.  I was too tired to do them last night.  So close enough.  Now to go work on Bigger Bit's Stocking for a little while.  I need to pick up the speed.  If I want them done by this Christmas. 

I changed the color of the floss for the trumpet because 
the color they had did show real well.   

Saturday, April 25, 2015

New Bookcase

It sure is nice to have a handy husband. 

One day I was giving a private EQ 7 lesson here at my home.  
When I reached up to my old bookcase to get my notebook down the shelf did a nasty twist and books began to fall all over.  Luckily my friend helped take some of the books down and put them on the floor for me, before more damage was done. 

That almost empty shelf was the accident 
looking for a place to happen.

Here are the books I placed on the floor when the shelf fell.  
Plus there was another big binder with the classes for foster 
parents we took.  I found it a new home in the hall closet. 

This was a five shelf bookcase that used to be on the floor
 until Mr. B. purchased this big computer desk for me.  So we took it apart and made two short cases out of it and placed it on top of the desk.  Which works well.  The less flat space I have the 
better it is; I tend to fill it up. 

We tried to find something at the stores but they were all that cheap particle board or is it press board that falls apart after 5 years.  Mr. B. said that would not work and he could built me a nice new one.  
Here it is!!  It is lovely and I really like it. 
Even though the shelves are long there is support in the middle of each shelf. No shagging shelves here.

Thanks, honey for doing such a good job. 

Those are my genealogy notebooks on the bottom left.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!!   

Friday, April 24, 2015

Yeah! The Quilting is Done

Yesterday afternoon I was able to finish the 
quilting on my friend's quilt.  
That is a good feeling.  
Here is the proof!

This is the top of the quilt, the borders are missing. 

The bottom of the quilt.  

Someday I dream of being a great machine quilter!  That was going to be one of my retirement goals, funny how life changes plans.  I am sure I will be able to do more as the girls grow.

My 9 year took this picture of me, it is posed but she was so funny she told me to drop my shoulders and tilt my head.  Do I have a junior photographer in the house. 

I have so few pictures of me doing the things I like, so I asked the girls to take a couple of pictures of me.  

I just noticed I spelled my blog name wrong on my picture.  
Here the machine was actually going and I am quilting.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Long Overdue Post

I have been meaning to write this for awhile but I get busy and I was sick so it didn't get done.  I decided today was the get it done day.  So be forward it is picture heavy!

I am starting with our new tree.  You can see the post of the first picture I took of it in 2010.  It was planted in 2009.  Every year I take a picture and I don't see any real growth.  This year it is different, I see some real growth.  We need it to shade the front of the house since it faces West.  

That little twig on the right is now our new tree.  So I guess I'll call the other tree our 2009 tree and this one the new one.  A Palo Verde Tree which is supposed to be full grown in 5 years.  I'll keep you posted.  It did get some yellow blooms on it this year.  I loved to see them in bloom but they are messy when they all fall off.  Here is a link to tell you more about the tree.

Christmas stocking update.  I have been working on this stocking for a long time and some nights I do six stitches and wonder why I bothered.  This last Saturday I had nowhere to go and I did some quilting on a friend's quilt and some stitching on Little Bit's stocking.  Bigger Bit wants to know when I will work on her stocking.  

I was thinking last night, "WOW I only have one more stitch to make and I can start the little angel in the middle."  
NOT so!  When I took my picture this morning I could see I still have the large flower on the right to make.  It felt good while it lasted.  

Now for the other project I have been working on.  This is the quilt I am quilting for a friend.  One of her friends made the top from her old Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts.  

I was given the honor of quilting it for her.  This picture is when I was pressing it.  It is 3 across and four rows down.

Here it is on the frame with the first pass completed.  I am just doing Loop de Loops with a star thrown in there every once in a while.  

First pass, such fun colors. 

Shortly after I passed the mid-way point I ran out of thread.  I was so happy that it waited until I finished the row I was working on, so I took a picture!  Perfect timing. 
Yes my buttons on my controller are taped down, they keep popping off.  At least this way I can't lose the tiny little things. 

And this is how far I have come, and I hope to finish it today or tomorrow.  Well I still have to put the binding on for her, since she isn't a quilter.  She is my scrapbooking and genealogy buddy. 

Well happy stitching!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More Blocks for my EQ Design and Sew Class

In February I had my first EQ Design and Sew Class, my second one is tomorrow.  The first one was fun, I enjoyed it anyway and the students seemed to also.  
So here are the blocks for Class two.

EQ version

The real thing

EQ Version

The Real thing
EQ Version

The real thing,

I am not sure how to fix the monitor issue that makes all my pictures look so yellow, it bugs me.  I forget about it until I edit my pictures and post something.  Hopefully I will add it to Mr. B.'s honey do list soon.  

This last block was not hard to sew but figuring out how to cut the fabric to paper piece it was a bit of a challenge.  I just really like how it looks!
Well Happy Stitching I am off to bed!

Monday, March 16, 2015

I Have Been Busy

My scrapbooking friends went to the Scrapbooking Expo this weekend.  I wasn't able to go because Mr. B. was on call for his job as IT Desk Top Engineer for one of the hospital groups where we live.  Luckily I stayed home because he ended up working 8.5 hours on Saturday and someone has to watch over those cute girls. 
So I scrapbooked here at home by myself.  
I did do three pages from my Dad's old album but I won't show you those.  My big project I did was to redo the tabs on My Life binder.  

In my binder I have my life divided into decades, 1948, 1958, etc.  I think I am ready for the second binder.  The tabs I had were cute but too small and they were bent and won't stick on well.  So I made new ones.  You can see them here.  I used the We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch.  Plus a friend gave me a set of letter and number punches that I used for the numbers. 

Here is my first decade. I found these fun sheets of What Happened  In for each year.  I put a picture of me that I thought represented me for that decade.  

Here is the 1968 page.  On the back side I have a time line of what happened each year in that decade.  

Here is a close up of the tab.  
I found this fun pages at CKC Creations
I was surprised how long it took me to make these tabs, between finding the right color paper from my scrapes, punching those numbers, gluing those tiny number and making the tab.  I think it was worth it.  I am happy with the results.  

The other thing I did this week was load a second practice quilt on my frame and I am doing some more practicing.  Feeling more comfortable with the process and working out some details I forgot, like raising the front bars with the back bars.  

This one is pink and I purchased enough of the backing to have is pass the end of the quilt and backing making it easier to work with.  I am not sure why I didn't think to do this sooner with other practice quilts but it's is called live and learn.

Trying e's and circles. 

And last but not least is a picture of our cat Sugar in one of her favorite nap places.  This is our coffee table in the front room, with our life binders in them, well mine and the girls.