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.  

Friday, March 6, 2015

Frame Quilting

I am sure you all have forgotten I have a short arm quilting frame.  I hadn't forgotten I had one because I see it every day.  I just haven't touched it in three years.  I stopped using it the January before I retired.  I was just too tired to bother and I felt I'll be retired by next year so I can use it all I want then.  Little did I know that two little girls would come bouncing into my life and turn my world upside down and that I wouldn't find the time or energy to use it again for two more years. 

So on February 6th I loaded a practice quilt.  Just a yard of two fabrics and some batting.  My first past of stitching wasn't two bad and the second one looked better.  Than I had some issues when I tried to work from the back of the quilt.  My machine would freeze up.  I re-threaded it, and cleaned out the bobbin area and started up again and it has been fine since.  I think I had my bobbin in the bobbin case backwards.

Yesterday I finished my practice piece. 

I did a variety of patterns just to get my groove back.  I even did a couple of Pantograhs for the first time.  I find it hard to work from the back of the machine and it is really hard to follow those lines. I know no one follows those lines perfectly but I would like to get some where close.  I even have this one section that I completely missed quilting.  I must have rolled it up too soon.  

I like doing free motion but it was good for me to follow the pantographs to find a more open design.  I am going to buy fabric today to do a second practice quilt.  I have a quilt a friend wants me to quilt for her.  One of her friends made her a T-shirt quilt.  I want to do a good job.  So I am practicing!

Happy Stitching!!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Girls' Stockings

I have made some progress but it seems to be taking me a long time to make progress.  I need to have them done by September to have them made into the stockings  I don't do that, the needle point shop I goes to have a gal who does and excellent job.  She uses satin on the inside and a velveteen on the outside.  
I know it is only January but there are some nights when I actually only do 2 stitches and I just sit in a semi-coma.  
This was a busy week with dance lessons for both girls at different times, piano lesson for one girl, church Activity Days for both girls and allergy testing for both girls.  Little Bit has 17 different allergies and will begin shots on Feb 2nd.  After a few visits I will be able to give them myself.  What a relief that was.  Bigger Bit didn't react to the control so we have to go back.  I had given her Advil for her headaches and that acts like a anti-histamine so it blocks any reactions.  I don't think she has as many as Little Bit, so I will interested to see her results when we go back on Monday.  No one told me not to give her Advil.  Grr.  So you can see why I sit in a semi-coma sometimes.  

So anyway here are the pictures of the current progress!

Bigger Bit's Stocking

Little Bit's Stocking

Happy Stitching!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Working on a New Class

One of my students at the LQS I teach at, A Quilter's Oasis, asked for a class where we design blocks in Electric Quilt and than sew the blocks together and make a quilt.  I asked the owner and she thought it would be a good idea.  
Now, I have to admit with the Christmas holiday and all I kind of forgot about it for awhile.  But I was reminded and off I started to work on the class.  
First I need to speak to one of the other teachers who does a intermediate block class were the blocks are drafted on paper.  I didn't want to do the same block.  We had a lovely discussion. 
It took me a couple of days of deciding which blocks to use.  I kept finding fun blocks to draft.  I have 48 blocks in my project, so you can see I had fun drawing blocks.  I only needed 12.  
Last Friday the 16th I picked out my fabric and on Saturday I started sewing.  

So this is how the quilt looks in EQ (Electric Quilt software).
The fabrics were scanned into the program after I purchased them.  

Here are the six blocks I have done already.  The color is really off on the background fabric, it is a light lavender.  I think my camera does some crazy things. Plus every time I open my Photoshop Elements it tells me my monitor needs to reset but neither my husband who works in IT or I know how to do that.  I guess I need to make him do a Google search to learn how. 

Block above is Block and Bars.

Contrary Wife


Measure for Measure is the name I found for it,
I like Little Big Star.

I Had a Dream

Grannies Choice.  

I decided to add the scanned fabrics also so you can see the fabric better.  They look much better this way.  The third one down is the background fabric, no yellow in it.  The Peekaboo block when I downloaded it from my camera was a light red color.  I think it is time for a new camera. 

Well I need to call it a day!
Happy quilting, and have a great day!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bullet Journal

I am not sure if you have heard of the Bullet Journal or not but I somehow tripped over it on Facebook.  I think someone posted it and I checked it out.  I like the idea and decided to try it. 

Here is the link to the website, Bullet Journal and a little video to watch how it is done. 

The reason why I wanted to try it was because I didn't feel I was using my free time, when the kids are in school to the best.  I wanted to accomplish more and see that I was accomplishing things.  I know my one big down fall is Facebook.  I see too many shiny objects and follow them.  I still have to work on that and I have deleted a few things I was following because they were too big of a distractions.  

I have been using the Bullet Journal since the end of august and quickly found some things I needed for it to work better for me.  

So here are some pictures to help you see what I have been using. 

I found this pretty notebook at Staples, I forget what it cost but it was under $10.00.  It also has a lot of pages.  I could fit it in the purse I was using at the time but I got a smaller purse for Christmas so it doesn't fit in my purse any more.  But it is easy to carry around.  Some people use Moleskin notebooks, the thin ones.  Personal choice and yes there are a ton of pictures 
and ideas on Pinterest. 

My inside cover, I wanted to mark some of my pages so they would be quick to find, and I am using my Washi tape for this.  It makes it quick to turn to the page I want.  Especially the Daily Task page, since I go there every day.  The above is one of my ideas.

This was think I was impressed with right away.  I have always wished I had an index to my journals but the idea of going back and indexing them is a nightmare.  But with this index you write it as you are living your life. 

This is one of my pages from my first week of using the journal.  I had a hard time keeping the day on one page and I was rewriting very day some of the things I wanted to do everyday, and that became a drag real fast.   I did find this fun set of pens in fun colors that I use with no rhyme or reason, just a color to match my mood.  I do rotate between all eight colors.  For December I used only red and green and I was very sick of red and green.

So for September my first full month of using the Bullet Journal I made a daily task list.  I tally how much water I drink here.  If I exercised or how many steps I took.  I check off if I study my scriptures.  Something I enjoy doing but don't always make time every day for it.  This has helped.  I also write a SI or Scriptural Insight to my scripture reading each day.  This has really helped me to pay closer attention to what I am readying, especially since I am reading the Old Testament.  Something like sewing, genealogy or scrapbooking, I am to choose from one of this things to do on a day, not all three of them.  My way of seeing that I do something I enjoy each day.

Just so you know I am not perfect and I missed doing this for a full two weeks.  Let me tell you I forgot to do things I needed to do for callings, or home.  

The left hand side is my list of long term projects like clean out and reorganize all the drawers.  I am doing Declutter 365 this year so I have already checked off the kitchen drawers!!
The right side is my weight chart.  I was making progress there until Thanksgiving came and I got sick and I stopped exercising and I was eating whatever.  I only gained 4 pounds, so no bad but a step backwards.  I am getting on track again!!

This is another change I made.  I didn't want to keep going back to my calender to see who had birthdays or what, so I made two pages with the months blocked off and special dates noted inside the box.  I am not much of an artist but I did a little drawing just to dress up the page.  

Another change I made was a page called the Week Of and it would start on Sunday and list the things I need to do that week that are different from other weeks.  Like get ready for a quilting class or if the girls have something special going on.  Plus the things I want to do weekly like Index on Family Search.  

The page on the left is a calendar page, what, where, we have to be on a given day.  The page on the right are the monthly tasks.  As things come up I can add to this page.  I am busy!! My Daily Checklist comes after these pages, as you can see by the tape on the top edge.

I don't usually decorate my pages but I did this page since it was the New Year.  I do save my ticket stubs and tape them in.  The bottom half of the page I use to write my SI or Scriptural Insight and my TM or Tender Mercy.  I write what some little thing that was a small or big blessing to myself or the family.  It has really helped me see the Lord's blessing our life.  
I also write other happenings of the day.  Sort of like a journal but not with a ton of space open to give you writers block.  :-) 
This might not be for everyone but I found this system works for me.  I am happier using this then some other calenders or planners I have used.  I have seen some out there that gals must spend hours doing and dressing up.  I don't have time for that.  I review what I finished at night and check it during the day to be sure I am not forgetting something.  I review it in the morning for that day.
It has helped me to accomplish more and feel like I am doing something.  I still have to watch out for my time wasters.  I am going to start using a timer to limit my time.    

Here is to a productive New Year. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Baby Steps is Done!

I have actually finished this little quilt!!
The last hold up was I couldn't find the binding fabric that came with the kit.  So after a the failed search for the original fabric, I had to search my collections of reds to find a fabric that matched.  
I first rejected the fabric I used as too shinny, it actually has a little shin to it.  But all the others didn't look good.  I even tried a black print but it didn't work either.  
I had no real reproduction fabric to preview either.  
So after consulting my preview with a couple of friends, I went with this red.  It looks great and I wonder what I was stressing over.  Do you do that also stress over a detail too small to really worry about?  No one will tell it isn't the same fabric as in the inner border.  And if they do they are the quilt police and I don't need them looking at my work!
Thanks Jane and Kellie for your input.

Happy Stitching 
Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas and The Girls' Stocking Update

Hello!  I hope you all had a great Christmas!!
We had lots of fun here.
The girls wanted to catch Santa on camera, to show he was really hear!  Thanks to some friends who loaned us the Santa suit. I won't tell you how many takes it took to get this selfie on a new phone.

Mommy Kissing Santa

Santa leaving the Red Wagon that was on Bigger Bit's wish list.  It was one of those gifts she dreamed of, she will be too old for it soon.  But I felt it was a dream we could make come true.

Now for the stockings! 
Here is the progress on Little Bit's stocking and now it is waiting for more work. I am doing between 10 - 14 rows on each girls than going to the next stocking.

Here is Bigger Bit's Stocking, the one I am working on now. 

Once I get the flowers for the center pot I will move on to Little Bit's stocking.  It is looking good!  They get so interesting as you add more details.  

The picture I took of all the family stockings stuffed and lined up on Christmas Eve didn't come out very clear.  
But you will get an idea.  

The two green stockings on the end were made by a friend of mine the first Christmas the girls were here, 2012.  So very thoughtful of her.  I am not sure where the white and red one came from but we use it for their big sister.  She is here every week to see the girls, and she told the girls we are like adopted parents to her also.  So she has a stocking but I am not making her one like the rest.

Well I need to run and get ready to take the girls to a park,  

Have a great start to the New Year and Happy Stitching!