Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Project # 3 is Done!!

I finished the Stick Santa on Sunday evening.  Monday was a busy day and us three girls went up to Payson AZ to visit with Mr. B. overnight.  He is working up there for two or three days for three weeks.  So today, Tuesday is my first day back to my computer. 

Remember my mistake that I had made Santa too tall.  
Well here is my solution and it worked great. 

It looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa in this picture 
but it really is straight.  I added a cleaned out soup can to the top.
I had to soak that can in vinegar water over night to 
get the chicken soup smell out. 

Here is a close up.  The blue tape was used to hold the can in place, than I used packing tape to make it very stable.  

Here he is!!

Here is a close up of his face. So cute and I am glad he is done!

Below is the progress I have made on Little Bit's stocking.  This seems to be taking forever! I know it isn't but it just seems that way.  I am loosing hope that they will be done in time to be made them into stockings for Christmas, but it will be what it will be and I will just keep plugging away.  

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Day Trip

On July 3rd Mr. B took off from work to have a long 4th of July weekend and we decided to take a day trip.  We wanted to go to Flagstaff and go up the Ski Lift at Snowbowl.  My hubby got this crazy idea to go the long way around to Flagstaff to avoid the morning commute traffic.  Now that I think of it, I bet it was light since a lot of people were off.  
So we went to Payson and then on to Winslow, then to Flagstaff.  We wanted to take the Chair Lift ride to the view from the top of the mountain.  
It was a lovely day!

Here is proof we were in Winslow AZ, on Old Route 66.  I wanted to find the corner with a statue on it, that says Standing on a Corner on Winslow AZ.  But we were running a little late by this time and we didn't look for it.

Up, up and away!

Mr. B and Bigger Bit behind us going up.  

Little Bit is with me, I love this little face and the kid who owns it.

Here we are at the top, we needed jackets.  It was in the 60's and we had come up from the valley that was in the 100's that is a big temperature change. 

Doesn't everyone need this kind of picture.

A map of the different ski routes.  I have been skiing twice once in Utah and once here.  This was many many years ago.  I got off this chair lift at the midway point.  It was a little too advance for me but the other beginner routes were closed because the snow was being to melt. that was in March I think in 1990. 

My other face that I love as well as the who owns it. Isn't she cute.  We have started going down here.

At the bottom we went for a little hike, 
here is Bigger Bit on a big rock. 

Here is Little Bit on the rock she climbed.  

My little hikers.

Here we are, Mr. B and Mrs B. 

At the very end of our hike, Bigger Bit got the impression that she needed to look up and when she did she saw three deer.  By the time I changed my lens on my camera they had moved and this is all the better shot I got of them.  Originally they were standing on the near side of the fallen tree. 
I bought myself a new Nikkon DSLR camera.  I have never had one before and I have a lot to learn.  So far I like the picture but I am still using auto focus.  This was my first time taking lots of pictures with it.  I took 140 pictures on this little day trip. 

Happy Travels. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Started My Third Get RR Done Project

Yup I am working on this project and I was on a roll!!
I cut out my squares.  I started with the Non Red Squares first.  I sewed the half square triangles together. 

Then I cut out most of the red squares.  I left about 100 to do after I had some of them laid out. Just in case I wanted more or less of a color.  I used 12 different reds.  

The top half is done!

The bottom half in progress.

All Quilted.

Close up of the quilting.  I tried to do free motion quilting on it but the seams with the interfacing grid behind the top made it too hard to make good shapes.  So I when with my cross hatch.  Yes, I used my favorite iridescent thread again.

So I was merrily thinking I just need to sew the eyes on and sew the seams closed and I can be done soon.  A quilting friend came over today and I was showing her how he would look on the tube.  I thought his face was a little high.  It was at the very top of the tube and part of it was above the tube. 
So I went to the pattern and counted the rows of red, I counted the rows of red on my piece.  Guess what I have two extra rows of red.  No wonder he is so long looking.   
You may be wondering how I made this mistake. I drafted my Stick Santa in EQ7, and I must have added the extra rows in there. I didn't count all the rows, I just counted to the white trim on his hat and face and then just filled in the rest with red and I went by how long it was suppose to be. 
So I have to decide what I am going to do.   
Can I buy a longer mailing tube?  
Could I just turn up his boots? But then he would 
have very short boots.
Can I tape something like a empty veggie can to the top of the tube I have?  It would have to be very secure so it doesn't fall over. 
Should I take it apart and remove the two extra rows, they are at the bottom of the top. 
That sounds like a lot of work. 
I just went and tried the cans, a veggie can is too fat but a soup can is just right.  I am going to duct tape that sucker on and be done with it.  Now to get my little people to eat a can of soup.
I am so relieved I found a simple solution.  No one will know my Stick Santa is taller.  Well you guys do but you won't tell.  

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