Saturday, July 4, 2015

Second Project is Done!!!

I am so excited!  My second Get RR Done Project is DONE!  
And a head of schedule now I can start on the next project. 
Since I am also working this up as a class for my favorite quilt shop. I have also been working on the class project workup sheet, supply list and handouts at the same time.   

Here she is being basted!

Here she is quilted with her hair, eyes and her one tooth.

Here she is standing on her stick!

Close up of her face.

Close up of the quilting, where I started her spider web.  
I used iridescent thread. 
I feel relieved now that she is done.  One less thing to worry about.  I do have some tips for my students.  

Monday, June 22, 2015

Stitch Witch Progress

Well Thursday was my day!  I was at the Project Get RR Done meeting.  Since the project for the month was done, my name was entered into a drawing for a small prize, and I won it!  The prize was neon dots to label rows of blocks.  

Then we had the drawing for the next month project to be done for July, one gal asked for number 3 I asked for number 2.  Guess what number was drawn, yup number 2. Since I was already working on #2 and it need to be done by the 26th of July for the shop Meet and Greet, I was very happy.  

I checked my phone while at the group and my husband sent 
me an email and said to my wonderful wife in it.  
How sweet, he is a keeper. 

So here is project #2 The Stick Witch.

Here are all the fabric squares for the top half of the witch 
fused on and ready to sew the rows together.

Here she is with the horizontal rows sewed together.

And now the vertical rows.

Now the bottom half has all the fabric squares and just checking to be sure the colors are correct on the bottom and top rows. 

Reading instructions can be helpful, I found these instructions for this pattern a little lacking.  One tip I missed when I did the top was to stitch every other row.  I did it on the bottom and it really made it easier to press and sew.  After I sewed three rows I noticed I had my direction of seams messed up, so I had to do some ripping and I decided to press them in the right direction.  I found this helpful and did it for the rest of the bottom.  It also helped pressing the whole thing easier.  At least I learn from my mistakes. 

Top and bottom joined!
Now to sandwich and quilt her than do all the 
embellishments and close her up and put her on her tube. 

I am thinking of making this a two session class.  
Now to work out all the details and what homework 
the students need to do before each class.  
There are 280 black 1 3/8" squares in this witch!  

Happy Stitching!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

So What Have You been Up To?

This is what I have been up to...
I did foster respite care for two girls age 7 and 5 for nine days.  
I am exhausted!
It was fun but work. 
Fun to see my Bigger Bit help with brushing teeth, playing with the girls and reading to them at night.
Little Bit played with them also but she felt a little insecure especially when they started calling me Mama. 
She is feeling better now that it is back to the four of us.

I made each of our guest a scrapbook page, I can't post that.  I also managed to make myself two pages. 

Spring School Pictures of the girls, ages 11 and 9, 
grades 5 and 4.  Both have been promoted.

I also made this page of the professional photo I had taken in 2000 for the Excellence in Oncology Nursing award I received.  I hated this picture I thought I looked ugly in it.  Now 15 years later it isn't my favorite and it isn't that bad of me.  I think I hate the glasses.  Of course I saw it in programs, life size posters and 
such all out of proportion, which may had contributed to 
my dislike of the photo.  

This is the progress I made on Little Bit's stocking, not a lot 
and I didn't work on it at all last week. 

Yesterday I started working on my Stick Witch that is on my Get R Done project list.  I want to get some of it done before the meeting tomorrow so I can show the shop owner and letting her know what she needs to order for class.  
In this picture my squares of fabric on just fused on to the Fusible Quick Grid.  I still have over 70 more black squares to fuse on and 10 half square triangles on the bottom.  This is only the top half of the witch.  So what you see here is the witch's hat and her face.  

Well it is time for me to get back to work. 

Happy Stitching or what ever you are are to!

Friday, June 5, 2015

First Project is DONE!

Yes it is and I am happy!!
I still have room for improvement and someday I might even do another Skillbuilder panel. Here is their website if you would like to know more.  

Here is the proof!

I know it is hard to see!

This is the element I did last, #7.  It was a little confusing on which direction I should go but I finally figured it out.  

This is element 25, the last one, if I had gone in order. 
It is on it's side in the panel.  I am getting better 
at going over the same area again.  

The back, an area where my tension is pretty good.  
Some areas aren't so good.  I'll do better the next time. 

Well the family all went for a ride and I have the house to myself and I am going to go work on something else!

Happy Stitching

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Progress Report

Well I thought I had done more on this stocking than I have done.  But every stitch counts towards getting it done.  In case you are wondering I did the bottom straight line and the stems for the flowers that are pointed down.

On my Get RR Done project, The Free Motion Skill-builder, I feel like I have made good progress.  I had three elements done out of 25 when I last posted and now I have only have 7 more elements to finish. The yellow highlighter on the image below show all the things I have finished.  
I went in order except for #7, I am having a hard 
time figuring out the direction to stitch. 

A view of the top row of stitching,  It is hard to see the white thread on the white fabric. but maybe you can see the 
effect of the stitching. 

Some of the center part.  I have learned a lot and I have learned to stop and go without making big jumping stitches.  I have ideas of different designs to do in an area.  Plus I am learning the things to set my machine up correctly for free motion.  I was working too hard on a couple of elements, until I remembered some settings to change and oh what a difference that makes.
Hopefully I won't forget all I am learning.

This project has to be done in two weeks to count, so I can be placed in the monthly prize drawing. 

Happy Stitching!

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. Stick Witch 
  3. Stick Santa
  4. Borders on my Dear Jane quilt
  5. Pink Princess
  6. Free Motion Sampler Skillbuilder
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 Skillbuilder.  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 three 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!!