Sunday, December 17, 2017

A Little More Embroidery

This week you can see my embroidery with me at school.  I'm almost done with another set of flowers.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Scrappy Quilt Inspiration

Sorry I haven't been posting much lately.  I have been super busy this holiday season.  Our 10.5 year old keeps me super busy as well.  LOVE all that kid does!  Here's a fun scrap quilt I saw on Instagram posted on allpeoplequilt by @bluenicklestudios.  LOVE all this scrappy goodness.

 
 
 
 
 
 
He was down for the count in the photo above.  At least he is nice and cozy in my tumbler quilt.
 
Here he is below celebrating his 10 and a HALF birthday.  Yeah, Owen.  You amaze me every day.

 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Few More Stitches

I made a few more stitches on my embroidery project this week while the kid was bowling.



I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Happy Helper

Here's our happy helper cleaning the tracks on the excavator on Thanksgiving weekend.  He just loves being outside with Dad!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

Some of the red flowers were done this week.  Woohoo.

 
I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Moving it Forward Monday --Spillin' It

I used to show you what project I was working on for the week quilt wise.  I have a new passion in life... getting healthy.  I have been slowly gaining weight over the past 20 years.  My brother motivated me on Mother's day with just two sentences...

He said, "Happy Mother's Day."  "I lost 50 pounds." 

Well I can't have that!  He's not going to get all the attention during the upcoming holidays about how great he looks.  LOL.  So I started on a diet.  I lost 10 pounds.  Then I came to a standstill.  Religion has been a big part of my life these past five or so years.  I started to pray about it too.

I came across the book Eat Right 4 Your Type by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo.  The book explains what foods one should eat according to what blood type they had.  I have type A.  Yippee, skippee...  I'm supposed to eat mostly veggies, tofu, fish, no red meat, no pork...  Big changes for me.

I tried it.  Today I'm down 35 pounds!  My quest to get healthy has some fun things that I do now.  I have a lot more energy and I like to take our son on hikes.  We LOVE to swim, but winter will have its limits here in Ohio.  We will go to some indoor pools this winter for fun.

Look at my face yesterday in this pic.  Here I am in my new hat.  It was 60 cents at the local KMart that is going out of business...






                    7.24.17                                                              11.12.17



Wow! look at the difference in my face!  I'm lovin' it!  I'm a much happier person! 


Sunday, November 12, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I found another spot of yellow to do, but I moved on to the red anyways.  I'll get that yellow some other day.

 
I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Working in Fullness

Yesterday I posted how the teeth of my ratchet part was starting to wear.  I forgot to post a pic of the fullness I was working in on a customer quilt.  Check it out.
  You can see where I have stitched in the maroon fabric.  Then all these wrinkles have to be worked out.  On this quilt I even had to take the bottom off a few times and readjust.  Luckily it did not walk from one side to the other.


And more fullness...  Sometimes with sampler quilts people like to work with bias edges differently than I do.  Don't worry, it will all work out in the end.  Hoping to post a finished quilt for my Friday finish this week...

 
Here's the part that I need my husband to fix...in his spare time.  (He looks at my blog from time to time.  LOL.)  Hi, Sweetie!  I posted a pic yesterday too.  Hint, hint.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nolting Fix

I've probably cranked it down a little too tight if this is happening...  See how the teeth of the ratchet things are a little chipped down?  I need my husband to be my machinist and fix them for me.  He'll do it.



 I've been getting a few customer and guild quilts that have been needing some fullness worked in.  Sometimes if you crank it very tight it works out.  Other times I have to put my hand in there and work around the fullness.  Either way... It has to be dealt with.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Just One More Leaf

I managed to add one more little leaf this week to my Kim Diehl Small Stuff project.



Linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.
 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

I'm getting closer to having all the yellow flower centers done on this little crib quilt.  Stitch by stitch.

 
Linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.
 
 
I'm excited that I will be getting electric in my ocean container building and in the chicken coop that my husband made for me for Mother's Day.  Woohoo!  Way to go, Sweetie!  He's awesome!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Red House Mini for a Friday Finish

 
Here it is along side the blue house I finished last week...
 


I quilted it with a simple Baptist Fan pattern using my Circle Lord giant board.  This mini is not sentimental to me.  It is for sale at a local store.  I'm excited to see if any of my quilts sell there.  The store just opened a few weeks ago.  It's open on weekends.  You can check out The Birch Barn on Facebook.

Linking up with:
Busy Hands Quilts:  Finished or Not Friday
My Quilt Infatuation: Needle & Thread Thursday NTT.
Confessions of a Fabric Addict:  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

Monday, October 23, 2017

Moving it Forward Monday

I finally have this quilt on the frame.  We have been having beautiful weather here in Ohio and I have been trying to squeeze in all the fun outdoor time we can.

 
This is a customer sampler quilt with a medallion center.  It is being quilted using my Circle Lord Swirls giant template board.
 
 
Linking up to Em's Scrap Bag for Moving it Forward Monday.
 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

A few leaves were stitched in place again this week.  It's more than I had! 

 
The end of this little quilt is shaping up!  The leaves aren't perfect, but it's cute and it's MINE!


This is a quilt pattern by Kim Diehl called Small Stuff.  It will be a cute table topper for our kitchen table.  I definitely need more practice on these leaves.  But it will still be perfect.

Linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Blue House for a Friday Finish

I finished this cute little mini today.  It was a block I made for the Welcome Home Sampler, pattern by Cheryl Wahl.  I accidentally made it in red AND in blue after I already made a block for the quilt.  I guess that's what happens when you put a WIP on the back burner and forget where you are in it.  Oh well.  It make two cute minis.  Here's the first finished mini.


I quilted it with a simple Baptist Fan pattern using my Circle Lord giant board.  This mini is not sentimental to me.  It is for sale at a local store.  I'm excited to see if any of my quilts sell there.  The store just opened a few weeks ago.  It's open on weekends.  You can check out The Birch Barn on Facebook.

Linking up with:
Busy Hands Quilts:  Finished or Not Friday
My Quilt Infatuation: Needle & Thread Thursday
Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish It Up Friday
Confessions of a Fabric Addict:  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

WIP Wednesday

I have not been getting a lot done lately in the quilting world.  BUT I have gained some healthy habits and am happy to say I've been losing some weight.  I'm concentrating on calories,  (by eating the right things and burning them.)  Eat Right 4 Your Type (book by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo) has been working for me.

Here's what has happened in the quilting world this week:

I'm pleased to finish my Spangled Stars quilt.  This is my first red, white, and blue bed quilt.  It was part of the Spangled Stars QA at Susan's blog, Quilt Fabrication.  Thank you, Susan, for hosting the quilt along.  It started April 30, 2015.  Tadahhhhhh!  And it is done!  It measures a big 100" x 112".  You can read more about it in this post.



I only got a few leaves stitched in place this week.  It's more than I had!  This is a quilt pattern by Kim Diehl called Small Stuff.  This is the current project in my book bag.




My husband started a new WIP.  This is a truck load of trusses for a building he will eventually build.  The trusses are enough for a 100' by 100' building.  This will be a long-term project.



The Ohio weather has been extremely beautiful this season.  Quilting can wait.


 
 
 
 
Linking up with Susan Arnold (she designed the beautiful Spangled Stars quilt above) at QuiltFabrication for Midweek Makers.
Linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social.
Linking up at Ester's Blog for WIPS on Wednesdays.
Linking up at Needle & Thread Network for WIP Wednesday.
Linking up with Silly Mama Quilts for WIP Wednesday.

 I have a lot of fun projects to work on.  Here's my whole list...  I'm THRILLED that my list is down to 67!  That's way better than 93 at one point last year.
Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1. Cheddar Jack cat pattern from Mama Spark's World 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  Go Four It! -- Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender June 2017
7.  Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) -- hand work for school
8.   Soul Searching -- need 2 more blocks for Julianne swap
9.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA

10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13.  Slow Sunday Stitching wool candle mat from Sue project
14.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
15,  Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM (made from shirt scraps)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.)
19.   2.5" Scraps from Dani making "cracker" blocks
20.  Flowers and Watercan (wall hanging)
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Split Stars (Block Lotto win)
23.  Spools (Leader & Ender project with Bonnie Hunter)
24.  Scrappy Hourglass Quilt 
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March, 2017 (Will make baby quilt.)
27.  Super Mario QA
28.  2015 Orange, pink, grey kite blocks (from Accuquilt die, RSC17)
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA (started again with Angie at Gnome Angel, August 2017)
31.  Crown of Thorns in blues
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching blocks)
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
34.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
  
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
2.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
7.  Slow Stitching Bear embroidery project (Started July, 2017 for truck to-go bag.)
8.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
      
Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby (May OMG Goal?)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt 
9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks 
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (New QA starting 5/7/17 Gnome Angel)
 
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Surround Stars Pillow (one big block is here somewhere.  It will be a pillow when I find it.)
2. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild
3.  Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild
4.  Pat Sloan's, I Love to Make Quilts Sampler Solstice Challenge (Red & White finished top 2017)
5.  Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild
  
Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt (A RSC14 project)
2.  Temecula Quilt Company Magnificent Mini Monday QA (started June, 2017)
3.  String #2 (very heavy because of muslin foundation) customer quilt.
4.  Aqua and green embroidered customer quilt
5.  Bright string customer quilt
6.  Blue customer scrap quilt (similar to a Bonnie Hunter pattern)
7.  Scrap Therapy Leaves customer quilt
8.  Royal Blue embroidered customer quilt
  
Needs Binding
1.  Red House Mini
2.  Blue House Mini

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ed's WIP

My husband constantly has WIPs happening here as well.  His don't take up a closet-worth of space... it's much different for him.  Last Saturday he brought home 30 trusses.  This is enough for him to build a 100' x 100' building.  Then he can store more of his WIPS.  LOL.

Doesn't bother me none.  He's an amazing husband and father.  We are blessed!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Small Stuff -- Slow Sunday Stitching

I only got a few leaves stitched in place this week.  It's more than I had! 


This is a quilt pattern by Kim Diehl called Small Stuff.  It will be a cute table topper for our kitchen table.  I definitely need more practice on these leaves.  But it will still be perfect.

Linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Spangled Stars -- A Friday Finish

My one main goal for October (OMG!) was to finish my Spangled Stars quilt.  This is my first red, white, and blue bed quilt.  It was part of the Spangled Stars QA at Susan's blog, Quilt Fabrication.  Thank you, Susan, for hosting the quilt along.  It started April 30, 2015.

Tadahhhhhh!  And it is done!  It measures a big 100" x 112".


I quilted it with my giant template board from Circle Lord called Stars and Swirls.  I think it worked out perfectly.

 
I pieced the back in red, white, and blue fabrics from my stash.  I don't normally put a light binding on quilts, but I think it works for this one.


Linking up with:
Busy Hands Quilts:  Finished or Not Friday
My Quilt Infatuation: Needle & Thread Thursday 
Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish It Up Friday.
Confessions of a Fabric Addict:  Can I get a Woop Woop?

I'll be linking up around 10/26 with Elm Street Quilts OMG accomplishments.

 
 

Monday, October 2, 2017

October OMG

My one main goal for October (OMG!) will be to finish my Spangled Stars quilt.  This is my first red, white, and blue bed quilt.  It was part of the Spangled Stars QA at Susan's blog, Quilt Fabrication.  Thank you, Susan, for hosting the quilt along.  It started April 30, 2015.

 
I'm linking up my OMG at Elm Street Quilts linky party for October, 2017, here.


Here it is at the current stage.  It has been like this on my sewing machine for about a week now.  It's time to finish that binding and BE DONE!  It was my September OMG and just didn't happen.

 
Here's what it looked like when it was just a quilt top.
 

The label is on.  Time for a binding blitz so that I can show you a finished photo for a Friday Finish!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Q4 Goal Setting Party

shecanquilt

Well, again my WIP list is out of control.  Time to set my Q4 goals and deal with the BIG list...

Current WIPS 68.  But remember, the list used to be 94!  I have at least a dozen customer quilts too.  I'm linking up here with Ella at Throw a Wench In The Works for the Q4 FAL.


I've been trying to get the binding done on my Spangled Stars quilt for about a week now...

 
 
This house mini needs a binding.
 



The red house quilt needs a binding too.



This QA with Pat Sloan quilt top is complete.  It needs quilted and bound.



I'd like to finish this big card trick quilt for charity for my local quilt guild.



These blocks need sashing as the next stage.



I need to get caught up on my mystery quilt so graciously led by Kevin the Quilter.



I need to get caught up on my Gypsy Wife QA.



It's fun to work on my Go Four It quilt with scraps!



I could work on my 100 Modern Blocks City Sampler quilt.  I haven't decided on a setting just yet.



I'd love to finish my Garden Party (pattern by Bonnie Hunter) quilt for my friend for Christmas... But then again, her birthday will be back around in May.



I need a few more circles for my Picadilly Circle quilt.  Waiting to see what the October color is for the RSC17.  This is a slow-process quilt...



I have a lot of fun projects to work on.  Here's my whole list...

Pieces Still Need to be Cut & Sewn
1. Cheddar Jack cat pattern from Mama Spark's World 
2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
3.  Rock Island Campfire Quilt
4.  Picadilly Circle
5. ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
6.  Go Four It! -- Scrappy 4-patches started as leader/ender June 2017
7.  Patriotic Folk Animals (from Americana Quilts Book) -- hand work for school
8.   Soul Searching -- need 2 more blocks for Julianne swap
9.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA

10.  Love Laugh Quilt Christmas Improv QA
11.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
12.  Mod Mod QA (turning this one into a baby quilt) (from block Lotto, mostly circles w/lines)
13.  Slow Sunday Stitching wool candle mat from Sue project
14.  Bonnie Hunter Garden Party (started 3.18.17.)
15,  Sew Sweet Simplicity BOM (made from shirt scraps)
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Cabins at the Lake (from Fons & Porter Magazine) (only one house block complete.)
19.   2.5" Scraps from Dani making "cracker" blocks
20.  Flowers and Watercan (wall hanging)
21.  Little Houses (3.5" blocks)
22.  Split Stars (Block Lotto win)
23.  Spools (Leader & Ender project with Bonnie Hunter)
24.  Scrappy Hourglass Quilt 
25.  Slabs with White Rectangle (RSC14 started -- need blocks each month)
26.  Bonnie Hunter Box Kite class from March, 2017 (Will make baby quilt.)
27.  Super Mario QA
28.  2015 Orange, pink, grey kite blocks (from Accuquilt die, RSC17)
29.  Maroon Sampler Quilt
30.  Gypsy Wife QA (started again with Angie at Gnome Angel, August 2017)
31.  Crown of Thorns in blues
32.  2016 Plus Blocks (from left over pieces of Soul Searching blocks)
33.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
34.  Kevin the Quilter's Sapphire Stars Mystery (started Summer 2017) 
  
Blocks Still Need to be Made
1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
2.  Scrap Crystals (working on blue pieces for RSC15)
3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
4.  Amanda Murphy Designs (ugly fabric quilt)
5. Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt (my seams don't match Julianne's seams...)
6.  Drunkard's Path Variation baby quilt
7.  Slow Stitching Bear embroidery project (Started July, 2017 for truck to-go bag.)
8.  Kim Diehl's Table Topper from her book Simple Charm (Started August, 2017 for to-go bag.)
      
Blocks are made but need to be sewn together (and/or some sashing)
1.  Block Swap Adventure Orange/Yellow Sampler (2011-2012)
2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby (May OMG Goal?)
3.  Orange/Blue Fish Blocks (that I won)
4.  Split Stars (blocks won from Block Lotto; October, 2012)
5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
6.  Tall Fly 
7.  Fortune Teller (RSC14 started)
8.  Sonja's Windows string quilt 
9.  Block Swap Adventure (2013) Churn Dash Blocks 
10.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks (New QA starting 5/7/17 Gnome Angel)
 
Quilts back needs to be made (tops are done)
1.  Surround Stars Pillow (one big block is here somewhere.  It will be a pillow when I find it.)
2. Card Trick (pink and blue) HUGE charity quilt for local quilt guild
3.  Hunter green large (bubbly -- will be a challenge to longarm) charity quilt for the local guild
4.  Spangled Stars QAL (July goal)
5.  Bubble Gum pink and navy charity quilt for local quilt guild
6.  Pat Sloan's, I Love to Make Quilts Sampler Solstice Challenge (Red & White finished top 2017)
 
Ready to longarm
1.  Little Letters QA Quilt (A RSC14 project)
2.  Temecula Quilt Company Magnificent Mini Monday QA (started June, 2017)
3.  String #2 (very heavy because of muslin foundation) customer quilt.
4.  Aqua and green embroidered customer quilt
5.  Bright string customer quilt
6.  Blue customer scrap quilt (similar to a Bonnie Hunter pattern)
7.  Scrap Therapy Leaves customer quilt
8.  Royal Blue embroidered customer quilt
  
Needs Binding
1.  Red House Mini
2.  Blue House Mini