Wednesday, August 3, 2016

THE SUMMER SOLSTICE QUILT ALONG PART 3



FLYING GEESE


Melissa on her blog Happy Quilting is doing a Quilt Along called Summer Solstice Quilt Along  (the link is above).  I have been following Melissa for quite some time, but honestly, being pretty quite and mainly only commenting on her give away posts.  I was pretty intimidated by her enormous achievements that were published and beautiful also.  Have you ever felt that way?

Yet, when I saw the Quilt Along Pattern, I knew I wanted to create one!  So here I am on step 3, almost all the way caught up.  I still have to trim those little dog ears.  LOL.  But it is hard for me to get time on the main computer (my lap top is limited in what it can do) and today is a great day; hubby is away for a few hours.  With her excellent instructions and pictures, it is so easy to get the steps done in no time.  Well, except for the fact that you just can not rush or take away the time that it actually takes to sew, press, trim and so forth.  LOL. 

The next step,  will be out August 4th and with all the fabrics precut, I am ready to learn how to the Drunkards Path.  I am really looking forward to this because this is a block I have never tried before due to my fear.  Only in the last year, I have gained a lot of courage and concurred quite a bit of fears by trying and learning new techniques and skills.  This time it will be the Drunkards Path and with the way that Melissa teaches, I know that this fear is going to washed away in very short order.

I really recommend that you click on the link and check out this Quilt Along.  Once you have the Fabrics all prepared and cut out it goes fairly quickly!  I had gotten really behind which is why you have seen no other posts about this up until today.  I will be creating posts for each of my steps and posting them as soon as possible by the way.  But with me being pretty much at least 2 weeks behind, over the course of 3 days, I am completely caught up.  Plus, in those 3 days, I had to cut a bunch of extra material because the materials that I had chosen, well I discovered that the person who this is being given to did not like 4 of the fabrics.  So, I had to cut that all out.  LOL.  Good thing this friend is well worth it!

Enough of my blabbering.  If you are new to my blog, be forewarned I enjoy sharing and talking (well writing)!  I would love to hear and read your thoughts/comments and will get back to you as soon as I can!  Have a fantastic creative day!

Brenda



Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sharing a few pictures and information


Please forgive me for not posting in such a long time!  Life can be such a happy yet distracting factor and it can also be a sad yet distracting factor all in one day.  I have been experiencing both of these emotions quite frequently as of late and they have been reeking havoc in all aspects of my life.  Yet, slowly but surely, I am getting back in the groove of how I like things to go and also making some changes to how I would like things to improve and make things go even better.



Quite a long time ago, I discovered Pinterest and have really been bitten badly by the bug of pinning.  LOL.  There is no way in 10 lifetimes would I ever be able to accomplish making all of the pins that I pin, but I sure will have fun trying.  Plus, it is just fun and relaxing to pin a really awesome project that someone somewhere actually did make and posted a tutorial to share with anyone who was interested in learning how to make one themselves. 

Do It Yourself (DIY) Wreaths have really caught my attention.  There have got to be a million various tutorials out in blogland of a gazillion various items used to create these gorgeous to just plain fun (like a wreath made with flip flops of various colors).  So far, I have made 2 altogether.  One was made with yarn pompom's; it was a blast to make!  It did take quite awhile to create all of the pompom's, even after my husband made me this special tool that made it possible to make up to 6 pompom's at a time.  I gave the wreath to my Mother for her Birthday.  Although she said she liked it, I am not so sure because she has yet to hang it up anywhere.  That is alright though, I had a blast making it and plan on making several more.

The 2nd wreath you can see in the photo above.  It is so pretty in my opinion!  I found the tutorial on Pinterest and followed the tutorial and it was so easy and only took a few hours to create.  I am going to create a few more like this using different colors and give them away as gifts for Christmas.  Everyone who has seen it has liked it also.  I have been picking up anything that I think I will or could use as a wreath decoration at garage sales and second hand stores and already have a whole bunch of supplies.  So this is going to be a fun and adventurous craft to create and see what happens as I go along!



This is the quilt that I made doing the SCRAP DANCE TANGO MYSTERY QUILT ALONG on CAROLES BLOG FROM MY CAROLINA HOME.  I made it for my Father for Fathers Day.  It is not finished...I wanted to make sure he liked it and to see what size he wanted it to be.  He loved it and did want it to be bigger.  So between the two of us, we decided it would need at least two more rows all the way around and then another border....maybe two.  Then we would measure it again with him sitting in his favorite chair and decide from there.  So between the umpteen other projects I have going on, I will be making the blocks for this also.  Not sure how I get myself into these predicaments but I do it time and time again!  Everyone who sees this quilt just loves the bright fabrics with the black fabrics.  Plus the design of the blocks just makes everything all come together brilliantly.  Carole is a brilliant designer and really does a great job at putting together her Mystery Quilts and other projects.  I recommend everyone go and check out her blog and do one of her projects!

These fabrics are the beginning choices for a Quilt A Long that Melissa at HAPPY QUILTING blog is doing right now.  The name of the quilt is SOLTICE and it is such a pretty pattern.  I am behind a tad bit but by tomorrow should be all the way caught up again.  Hopefully, I will even be posting and linking up for the first time ever.  Sure hope that I can pull this one off and learn how to do it correctly.  Melissa has said she will help anyone who needs assistance, so that makes me feel better knowing that if I goof up and can not figure it out that she will be willing to help me.  Today, I began sewing together the No Waste Method of Flying Geese and it is a Superb method!  I have never made flying geese before (at least not that I remember).  So it has been really exciting learning something new and especially fun having them turning out so perfectly!  Yippeee!!!!!!

But that is about it for today.  I truly am trying to post more often and am really trying to get my blog updated to more current standards.  One thing I am still running into serious problems with is finding a tutorial to teach me how to create PDF files for tutorials on my blog.  If anyone has any suggestions I would love to check out your tutorial links.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting!  I appreciate all comments and will get back to you as soon as I can.  Have a fantastic creative day!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SO MANY REASONS I DO NOT POST






First reason I do not post very often is because the main computer seems to be always occupied by my husband whenever I think about posting something.  My laptop does not do pictures and has no sound; but I am thrilled to have it for browsing the internet.

Hubby and myself have disabilities that take awhile to cope with and get going in the mornings.  So we both sit and do the browsing and whatnot on the computers.  Then I usually get up and start doing the household chores and such.


 This picture really has nothing to do with the reason just mentioned above....but it does have to do with the whole of the reasons I do not post very often.  LOL.

Deanna and I each made our own gifts to each other for Mothers Day.  We chose to make sewing machine storage pockets.  They were so fun to make and are fabulous to have in front of the sewing machine for things such as extra scissors, pencils, special threads and so much more.  I recommend any one who sews gets or makes one of these, they are fabulous storage of sewing gadgets!




Reason number 2 that I do not post very often is because in all honesty, I have been creating and sewing quite a few quilts.  Some are projects that are taking time, like the Double Wedding Ring Quilt I am specially making for a very dear friend/she is more like a second Mother to me.  Plus, I made three quilts for my only Niece who is expecting this families first baby in over 20 years.  She is going to be having a girl!

 This quilt is actually more the size for a large lap quilt.  I found the pattern in a quilting magazine and thought it would be fun to make.  It was so much fun putting the blocks together that pretty soon I had 12 blocks!  That's alright, the baby will just be able to use this quilt for a very longgggg time.




Ooops I am sideways.  Sorry did not catch that when I was choosing the pictures. This was the second quilt I made for my Niece.  I just fell in love with the flannel fabrics I chose and it took me quite awhile to decide on how to put it all together.  Just from browsing the internet on Other Fabulous Blog Sites and all of the free patterns that are offered.  I came up with this design.  Again, I am not a Pattern Designer by  any means, but after quilting for so many years coming up with a pattern that just uses strips and squares is not really all that difficult.  Yet at the same time it is really challenging at the same time.  I am sure anyone who designs knows what I am babbling about.  But this was a fun quilt to do!


 This is a picture of the back of the flannel quilt above.  My Niece loves red and the fairies I just loved and decided it was perfect!



Onto the third reason I do not post very often.

Deanna and I get together at least 3 times a week, sometimes she just goes ahead and stays for the entire time and we get to sew all we want!  Which is fabulous...but in all honesty, it also takes away from the computer time.  Who has time to post pictures and write about them when you are laughing and having a great time with a friend who is also creating quilts!

This is one of Deanna's first applique quilt tops and she is very nervous...but believe me, she is doing fantastic!  This is just the step of making sure every piece is attached.  She is doing fusible, but we found a couple of spots that a tad bit of Elmers Washable School Glue came in handy.  Hopefully, in a few days I will share the finished quilt.


So no matter how much I do enjoy blogging, sorry everyone....I just do not post often.  I had high hopes at the start of the year and even wanted to do some special guest posts....I just have not made it to that part yet!  Lets see if over the next month, which is June, and see if I can get back into the swing of things and start posting again. 

I do appreciate comments and will try to get back to you as soon as I can!

Thank You for stopping by!    Brenda

Monday, April 18, 2016

SO MUCH IS GOING ON....LOTS TO SHARE

 Deanna and I had to stop all other sewing/quilting projects that we have been working on for this month; we take about the week before the Project Linus meeting and make sure we have a quilt to take in.  This month we were a tad bit late in getting started.  Luckily, the meeting was canceled due to illness. 

Deanna has never done applique before, so this was a fun and exciting quilt project for her.  Plus, doing the hearts is an excellent first time applique piece to begin with.  It covers straight seams, curved seams and sharp points.  You can chose a variety of stitches and a variety of methods to apply the pattern to the fabric.

Deanna decided to try using a medium weight tear away stabilizer behind her hearts and to use a satin stitch to stitch around them.  She is now officially totally hooked on applique!  Yippeee.....because I love to do applique also.  Her quilt turned out so beautiful! 

Deanna totally amazes me and gives me so much inspiration!  You see she is almost Blind and totally can not see Yellow or Orange at all.  But look at how splendidly she chose her fabrics.  I did not get any up close pictures, but she did a fantastic job on the stitches!  I give her a standing ovation!  Great Job Deanna...You are Awesome and are a Superb Quilter!




This is the quilt that I created for Project Linus.  It took me quite awhile to chose the green fabric used for the sashing and then the striped fabric for the borders.  I went with the huge borders because everything just lined up perfectly  and when laid out it truly is very pretty.  I hope that the person who receives this can wrap up in it and feel warm, safe and secure.  Plus know that someone really loved making this quilt that they now "love".


 Told you Deanna got the Applique bug....big time....she has had these Dresden blocks for quite some time.  Most of them has some hand stitching done, just enough to hold them in place,  a ha moment...basting stitches....lol.  She decided to try Satin Stitching around these and she kept stopping and asking questions and then being so happy that they were looking great and getting done so quickly compared to hand stitching.  Plus, we talked about ideas that could be added like embellishments or just different fabrics in the center circles and so forth.  While I was working on....



I have never taken the front fabric of the quilt top and used it to bind the quilt on the back.  I read a post on a blog on Pinterest...so sorry, I did not think to write it down to give credit...but I decided to give it a try.  First off, was trimming all of the backing and batting two inches shorter all the way around.  It was easy enough, but did take some planning and thinking in order not to cut to much or some of the top fabric.  But it all worked out fine and dandy.  Don't you just love the purple and white striped backing fabric I used!  Purple has always been my favorite color so it was a tad bit hard to use, but easy when I remember who it was for! 

After trimming, I used a trick taught to me long ago by a long time friend and fellow Quilter/Excellent Sewest (this woman can do anything imaginable with a sewing machine and material).  If you need to turn under a seam at 1/4 or any other length....sew in a different color thread that stands out all the way around and then take it to the ironing board and presto....you know exactly where to press!   Plus, while you are there press it under one more time (especially with this fabric that sheds at every touch) and you have a very secure seam!  Now you are ready to sew it onto your backing fabric and finish your quilt!  Sorry to admit it, but I did not make it to that point.  Not quite sure what happened.  But the meeting was canceled for this month and I already did make one other item and will finish a couple of other quilts that I have started.  So, it is going to be a great month!





I am also very thrilled to announce that I sewed all 16 blocks together of Step 4 of the Scrap Dance Tango Mystery Quilt that Carole is hosting on From My Carolina Home!  For some reason right now I am not able to do links.  It is frustrating, but I will figure it out eventually!  But seriously, go and check out her Blog and look over the Mystery Quilt it is a lot of fun and you could easily catch up!

I just love the way these blocks have come together!  I am very tempted to create a whole complete set of blocks just like this and make a complete quilt out of these blocks alone!  Do you not agree?  They are Spectacular!



So this is the pillow that I put together for Project Linus!  I lined it with stabilizer and some heavier fabric, the fabric just seemed rather light to me, and then I did some free motion machine embroidery all over.  It was a lot of fun.  Then of course, sewed it together, stuffed it good and fluffy...then machine sewed the opening closed.  I know, I know the lazy way.  But it is good and strong that way!





Next, I got out one of the sets of unfinished Christmas presents that have been started and then put away until another day!  LOL.  Well now both of these pillowcases are finished and can be given out as gifts this year to someone!  The fabric at first to me was rather dorky, but it has grown on me through the couple of years that I have had it and now I really like it!  I had about 15 yards of it.  Someone had given it to me.  For that, I am always grateful!!!  It has been used in many, many projects.  Now down to about 3 yards!  Going to miss it when it is gone.



Just a breather from quilting stuff.  Take a look at my Big Baby Girl Dodger....she still loves to get up in a lap every now and then and get her special attention.  All 80 plus pounds of her, heck she is probably close to 90 now.  You see, she is 9 years old now and still all heart and love.  But she has developed arthritis in her hips.  So she can not run and play for very long at all.  It hit her really bad last year and even worse this year.  She is getting grey everywhere....but I love her all the more!





Mr. Shakes has become my Shadow and Deanna had laid her sewing machine cover down on the floor one day and it has now become his.  He pretty much sleeps there all the time we are sewing but follows me wherever I go!  Such a cutie!


 One morning, just shortly after hubby and I had gotten up and were drinking coffee, looking on the computers for whatever....all of the sudden it sounded like someone was stomping up on roof.  We had not heard any cars, but have had trouble with a neighbor.  So he went and got boots on and went out the back door to see what was going on.  The dogs had both taken their positions right in front of me!  I heard hubby open the gate and go around to the front and then he called me to come out,  all this time, the stomping was still going on!  I was not really scared, because the dogs were not growling or barking and it just was weird,,,,but something just was wrong so my heart was beating a tad bit fast.


Well, these two geese had decided to land on top of the house and just check things out for awhile!  It really was rather funny.  They were actually quite large and so pretty!  We just stood and watched them and talked quietly until they decided they had seen enough and flew away!  We have lived in this trailer for 4 years and never fails something new happens all of the time!  We love the Natural Nature of things here so much.


 Just a picture of the Daffadils that bloomed so long and beautifully this year around my yard!




We have a cat named Hunter that has decided to come and visit.  When we first noticed her, she was hunting Gophers.  So I called her Hunter.  She took a little while before coming up and introducing herself to us, but once she did boy does she love to come up and eat and get her pettings!

Hubby made her a special house to sleep in, but as of yet, she has not used it to sleep in.  Although, she goes in it to eat and lays in it and watches for whatever out in the yard before she decides it is time to leave.  Hopefully, she will decide to use it as her home and just stay with us as an outside cat and become part of our family.  Only time will tell.  I need to get a picture of her!




I have had this ironing board forever...it did not have a cover until this month.  I picked out the fabric (is it not so brilliant) and batting and then cut it to fit.  Hubby took the Staple Gun and did that part because my Corporal Tunnel has been acting up terribly.   Took a total of maybe 20 minutes and it was all ready to use!  How awful I felt that I left it go for so long.   But feel great and love it now.  Deanna loves it also and we use it everyday!  She even brought over her iron so we could both use it at the same time!  Hubby said we need to get another iron this next month to have in the other room for the big ironing board.  Which by the way, I also need to make a cover for.  LOL.



Just a picture of the applique hearts we were working on!


By the end of the day,  OH YES WE DID ALL OF THE SEWING/QUILTING IN ONE DAY THAT IS PICTURED......we were all pretty tuckered out.  We went in and got comfy, got some great snacks, put in a good movie and talked, ate and watched a movie.  Well Dodger and Shakes slept.

Have a fantastic Creative day yourself!  Thanks for stopping by; I love to read comments and always try to answer right away....but am slow sometimes, I have to admit it!

God Bless You!

Monday, April 11, 2016

MY FIRST WREATH


I began Pinterest awhile ago, but it took some time to get into it and even longer to really understand it.  Slowly, then rather quickly, I was hooked and pinning like crazy.  LOL.  Awhile ago, I discovered DIY Wreaths and have been checking out posts of every possible kind imaginable.  I had never really paid that much attention to wreaths, except at Christmas time, and after discovering Pinterest and all it has to offer in connecting up with people sharing their interests it is totally amazing the brilliance and creativity of individuals making wreaths and of course thousands of other crafts.

It took me a very long time to decide on what to try and create first.  Believe me that was not an easy task at all!  In the months it took me to decide to what materials to use, I actually had to begin getting the supplies.  Which is really funny because how can you get supplies for something that you have no idea what you are doing.  Thankfully, as I am browsing Pinterest looking and pinning Wreaths, I am also pinning DIY Fabric Flowers and Gift Wrapping along with making Ribbon Flowers and Bows.  These items are really fantastic and people again make some gorgeous items.  I have began creating a few Felt Flowers and they are so much fun; I highly recommend checking each of these crafts out and seeing if you would find them fun to do for gift wrapping or putting on a wreath, plus so many other options.  Oh yes, back to my post.....I also discovered POM POMs!  Do you remember making these?   I had to give them a try and pretty soon, I was trying two and three colors at a time.  My friend Deanna told me about a video where a lady showed you how to make multiple POM POMs at a time.  My hubby, sweetheart that he is, made me and Deanna a special POM POM maker and it is terrific.  We can make 6 medium sized ones at a time.

So I was hooked on making yarn POM POMs and knew finally what my main focus was going to be for my wreath.  I figured about 20 would cover the Dollar Store wreath form in no time.  Set up the hot glue gun, cut out some satin fabric to wind around the wreath form to make sure the surface was covered if the POM POMs did not cover every spot.  Then began hot gluing the POM POMs onto the circles of felt, letting it dry and then hot gluing the felt onto the fabric on the wreath form.  Wait a moment...that only covered a tiny little section.  Time to make about 80 more POM POMs!  No joking.  It took a ton of those POM POMs to cover the wreath form.  I had a blast making them, each and every one, but boy did I have a couple of blisters!


Hubby, Deanna and I had stopped at a couple of garage sales one Saturday morning before coming out to the house to sew for the day and boy were we glad that we did!  We got some great stuff for crafting and sewing and hubby for his hobbies.  The plastic flowers that I added to the Wreath added just the right touch to MOMs Birthday Present!  She really loved it!  All bright spring colors and it has been quite some time since she has had a wreath on her door. 

Well that's about it for now.  I have rambled on long enough.  I had fun making it and fun telling you about it!  Have a fantastic creative day!    Brenda