Friday, May 30, 2014

Guess Who is...

Sleeping soundly under his new quilt?  You are so right, Mr. B.!
Last night at 8:56 PM I put the last stitch in the binding and handed the quilt over to the new owner. 
I didn't get a picture last night, just too busy.
Tonight poor Mr. B. didn't feel well this evening, so he laid down in his recliner and put the quilt on himself.  Now he is happy sawing logs and has been for awhile.

Yup there he is, and that is how he likes to sleep in
his recliner with the quilt over his head.
The colors are off, that pink color is really red.
Meanwhile back in the sewing room I have began another project.  I hope to have this done by the 4th of July.  I think I will make it.
I started it on May4th, here it is just laid out on my design wall. 

Here it is with some rows sewn together.  This little quilt was designed by the owner of the LQS, A Quilter's Oasis were I teach.  It has been a fun little project so far.
I was at a scrapbooking convention all day and I am exhausted,
I am calling it a day, so night all!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Binding on Mr. B.'s Quilt

The binding is on Mr. B.'s quilt and I am 3/4's done with sewing it down by hand!  It won't be too much longer and this will be done!!
Here is the binding, you can also see the front and the back. 
Yes, my hubby loves Red, White and Blue, this is his second quilt I made for him in these colors.

At the AQS show that was here in Phoenix in February I picked up some of these binder clips that a lot of my friends were raving about.  I have to admit they are a lot better than the ones shaped like hair clips. Part of me thinks they shouldn't make a difference.  They lay flatter and so the binding is flatter.  I don't seem to re-align the binding like I did with the other clips.  My favorite part is they work well on the corners. I used to pin them and of course the pin would stick me.  Not any more.   These hold the corners just fine.  Do you need to run out and buy them, no, but if you are treating yourself to a little something go for it.  I only use 5 at a time.

Yes, I have added more buttons on the vine to my Baby Steps. 
It is kind of on the back burner until the binding is done.
That's about it for now.
Happy Stitching, Scraping or just living!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Tying is Done!!

Yes at a 11:33 AM I placed the last ties stitch in Mr. B's quilt!
See the last tie in the right lower corner.

It was so much easier working from the front of the frame that I did two rows yesterday and one today. It is a very good feeling to have it done to this point!!

I trimmed down the extra batting to make working
from the front easier.
 I didn't leave a lot of extra backing, just enough.

Just before I removed it from the frame.
It is heavy, hubby wants it puffy so it has high loft batting in it. 
A week ago he said to me, 
"I thought you were going to tack it with your machine not hand tie it."  Now he tells me that would have been OK. 
Now to go make 360 inches of bias binding, and sew it on.
 I have stripped material for the binding. 
Here are some pictures I took a some spring time blooms.  Summer blooms for you Northern folks.
Saguaro Cactus
See the bee on the right side?

  The whole cactus in my neighbor's yard.

Another close up.
Now for some Calla Lilies in my front porch.
Close up.

I don't do a lot of photography but these turned out very well!!
Have fun doing quilting, scrapping and living!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I Have Been a Busy Little Beaver

So what have I been so busy doing? 
 I added borders to the 30's Baby Steps.  As you can see I went with the purple for the border and it will be the binding also.
 I also when on a search for buttons.  I wrote the company I purchased the original set of buttons from for the other Baby Steps and I have never heard back from them.  This did not make me happy.  I found some I really loved from England pastel shades and lots of shapes but it would have cost me $24 for the buttons and shipping, I said no way Jose.
So these are the buttons and I am getting the from Shelly's Buttons and More.  Not all the shapes I wanted but the colors I want. So I am OK with that.  Maybe I should have asked my second cousin in England to order them and see if it would have been any cheaper?
I have made some progress on the original Baby Steps.  See the buttons on the top.
I have even made progress on Mr. B's quilt!  I only have three rows to go and now I think I can tie from the front and I won't have to lean over the back of the frame.  Getting happier about this!

And finally I actually have a finish!  Number two for the year!  My Flag Twister Wreath is done.  Here it is hanging on one of my quilt hangers.   Currently it is at the shop as a class sample.  I am teaching this tomorrow, May 2nd.  Fun class and I have four students.

Plus I have been playing in EQ7, doing some class preparation for my monthly club meeting.  We are working in the book Quilt Designs and the group wanted to learn about the Hexagon Quilt.  Here is how mine turned out.
I don't use a lot of colors when I am designing for class or learning new stuff, that takes away from what I am focusing on.  Playing with colors can take hours. So 90% of my EQ stuff is in blue and yellow. 
Well time to fly, I am going out today for lunch with a friend. 
Happy Stitching, Scrapping, and Living!