Disappearing Hour Glass · OMG

A January Goal

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I wanted to update everyone about my new basting method.  Doing it on the floor has not agreed with my body.   My knees and back are usually hurting for a time after I’m done.

I watched a You Tube Video that had a great idea on how to baste on a table.  I must say now that I’ve done it I will never go back.  I went to the local Home Depot and picked up the supplies.  I didn’t spend much, maybe $20.  My Hubby was kind enough to cut the pvc into pieces for me and file the edges so no beautiful quilt fabric would get snagged.

Here I am starting with the quilt top.  Notice that I’m lining up the edge of the quilt with the line opening on the pipe insulation and using a couple pins to hold it in place.  It’s a great mark to follow to help get it going straight.  After the first rounds I just used the seams and edges to help me keep on track.

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In this step I am putting all the rolled up layers on my table to start the basting process.  You can see the backing and batting in this photo.  I am spray baster.  My reasoning is that I like how the layers stay together and I never have puckering issues when I quilt.  I also like that I don’t have to deal with all the pins.  However,  I am very picky with the product I use.  I don’t want the ones that have all the fumes.  This type here is the one I always use.  I pick it up from Wal-Mart and I think it is a little cheaper than the one on Amazon I’ve linked to for you to see.  This one is unscented so there are no fumes.  I do however get the ceiling fan on high just to keep the air circulating during the process.

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As I got going, it ended up being very quick and easy.  I had the wall to stop the rolls from falling off and I unrolled away from me.  You can see that after I basted I folded over the completed parts and notice how smooth it is.

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I would wish that my table be a little deeper, but I am just fine with it. This was a pretty big quilt and you can see how manageable it was to baste.  It works and I have a beautiful quilt sandwich ready for quilting.

So that being said, my goal for January 2019 is to get this quilted and binded.

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Here’s a picture of the quilt top.  I’ll show some progress later on the quilting.  I haven’t really decided what I will do with it yet.

 

Disappearing Hour Glass Quilt top

Well that’s all I have for now.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

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2018 Finishes · Christmas Gifts · OMG · Quilting · Table Runners

Back At It

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I’ve taken some blogging time off during the Holidays in order to focus on my family and friends here around my home. I hope that all my blogging friends had a wonderful time over the last couple weeks.  I am hopeful that I will be able to catch up on everyone’s blog and see what they’ve been up to.  I feel a bit overwhelmed however, since I have 400 emails in my box right now.  

I have an update in my employment situation.  If you’ve read my about page you know that I work for a major oilfield service company.  It has been a rough last couple years with the price of oil dropping.  I have seen quite of few of my coworkers laid off.  Five ladies in my division were let go and I still had my job and there’s.  It was always in the back of my mind that I would be next.  There is only two of us left.  The other lady is very good at her job and has been with the company from what I understand for nearly forty years.  She announced a couple of weeks ago that she will be retiring as of February 1st.  The next day I received a call from our division manager of his intent for me to take over her position.  I am very happy and grateful for her.  She has a new Granddaughter and wants to spend her time with her.  This has given me a better sense of job security.  I mean if she could retire from her position after all these years and market fluctuations that is where I want to be.  There is only one thing that makes this less than perfect.  Her office is 2 1/2 hours away.  I haven’t been asked to move, but there will be some sort of rotation for me to work there and my home base.  They are going to make this as painless as possible for me.  We have a driving service that brings our guy’s to the docks for them to catch helicopter or boat to the offshore rigs.  I will be able to use this service to travel back and forth.  They will also put me up in a hotel when I have to work for consecutive days as well as pay for my expenses.  For me this is better than having to move.  

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Well, that’s enough about that.  Let’s see what I’ve been up to in my quilting studio.  My last post was about my December goal and my new studio setup.  I have to say I’ve been having a great time in there.  It is really one of my happy places.  

My goal for December was to finish up a few gift items and a cute table runner.  I made some car caddies, some oven mitts, and some pot holders.  I posted a picture of the car caddies here but I forgot to take  pictures of the oven mitts and pot holders.  I still have some fabric with grapes on it that I will make more from.  I’ll get some pictures then.  

I was also able to finish up the table runner.  I made up the dresdens and they came out very nice.  

Pattern

I laid them out in a pleasing arrangement and sew them together. 

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Then I laid them on the white fabric and appliqued them on.  I didn’t do anything fancy.  I just used a straight stitch.  The dresdens were pretty busy and I didn’t want to add any more to focus on.  

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Then I put it all together and quited an easy stipple.  And taa daa!

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Christmas Gifts · OMG · Piecing · Table Runners

A Sewing Studio Rhyme

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There once was a boy who lived in a room.  He didn’t know much, how to use a broom. He grew up and moved away, his mom then said what a new day. Mom kept his things in case he came back to seed, but Grandparents flooded and had a need.

Well, I never claimed to be a poet, but this just popped in my head yesterday.  We spent the weekend bringing the bed that was in my son’s room to my husband’s parents home.  A couple years ago they were flooded with no insurance.  They are still recovering from this.  I have been sewing in 2 rooms.  My machine was in the office and my ironing station was in my son’s room.  With lot’s of fabric and stuff stored on the bed.  So I’ve been wanting to take the bed out and merge all sewing items in one room to have a convenient place for my craft.

So now I have the beginnings of a studio and I am ecstatic.   There was a bunch of cleaning necessary after moving the bed.  Apparently, son was using the space underneath as a trashcan.  At least it was only papers and not food items.  I might have had to give him a call to fuss.  Urrgh!!!!  I still have some organizing to do.  I’ll be looking on pinterest for ideas to manage my stash, but for now it’ll be amazon boxes and what I have on hand.  Here’s a look at it so far.  Isn’t that afternoon light coming in so bright.  It was wonderful until the sun was shining directly in my face, but I’ll be able to close the blinds at that point to cut down the glare.  IMG_0636 (2)

Do you notice that wonderful 8 foot table?  I’m hoping to keep the junk off it and have room to baste my quilts on it.  I’ve been crawling around the floor in the living room and it is not nice on the knees and back.  I’d like to give this method a try I found on You Tube.  I have the supplies ready to go as well as some quilt tops to experiment on.  I’ll let you know once I give it a try if it works and I like it.  I am open to other suggestions on this.  This will be goals for the new year.

OMG 2018 December (1)

Well on to my December OMG,  after I moved my machine in the room I  decided to try out my new space.  Back in September I received my Sew Sampler Box from Fat Quarter Shop.  It contained the makings for a cute table runner with dresdens on it.  I decided it fell in line with quick November and December projects that could be gifted for Christmas.  I haven’t tried dresdens or applique yet so this will be a new experience for me.

I sewed the charm pack and started marking off the dresends.  I decided to mark it then cut to make sure the little template wouldn’t shift.  I used the Fixion pens since I would be cutting on the lines and didn’t need to worry if the mark would stay since it would be in the seam allowance.

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Once I got them all cut out, I had a nice little stack ready to be sewn and turned.

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Here is the progress, lightly press in half and sew the ends.  I then flipped them out and pressed again.

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Sew, my goal for December is to finish this table runner in time for Christmas as well as a couple other items I’d like to make for gifts.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

Thanks for stopping by,

Cherie

 

Christmas Gifts

Christmas is on the Way

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I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving.  At my family’s house we ate too much then lounged around the living room visiting and watching football in the back ground.  We caught up with everything we have missed since the last visit.  It was a wonderful day with no drama or stress.  Everyone brought a little something so no one was over worked.  I am truly thankful for those people.

Now I’m in Christmas gift mode.  I love to give hand-made doo dads to my friends and family.  I think it is very personal and hope they appreciate the effort involved with the gift.

One of the things I’ve made so far is a car diddy bag.  I think it’s a nice bag that will hold things handy in the car.  I like that there is an almost hidden zippered pocket on the back that could stash a couple of dollars for emergency situations.  I am the worst about carrying cash in my handbag.  It seems to disappear awfully quick and then I don’t have any cash if I need a quick water or other small item.

I found this nice tutorial on Pinterest that would do just fine.  The tutorial expresses some concerns regarding the strap hanging on the shifter.  I measured to my car but I don’t intend to put anything heavy in it.  So I hope that won’t pose a problem.  There is also a part that shows to put velcro on the bottom to hold it in place.  I did try that on the first bag I made, but it didn’t stick to the carpet in my car.  Hubby said that the new carpets they are using now won’t work with hook and loop.  So I didn’t waste my time with this on the others.

Just a few pictures from my progress.  Here are all the pieces.  On outside bag  pieces I used some fusible batting and it kept it in place very nicely.  You can also see the outside pockets for the bag.  It looks like it would hold a pen and small pad of paper.

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This is where I was measuring for my zipper using this tutorial.  I’m not a big fan of inserting zippers, but I must say this one wasn’t so bad.

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I made the strap and sewed up the sides.  I then needed to close up the corners and put it all together and flip to the outside.  IMG_0622

Here is the back sides of the bags that show the zippers in place.  The first bag I measured wrong and find the zipper is a little close to the top of the bag.  It works so I just left it.  There was really no way to fix it.  Cest la vie.

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After doing this a couple of times.  Taa Daa!  I now have three gifts ready for someones in a couple of weeks.

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The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

Piecing · Quilting

Pincushions

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With the Holidays fast approaching I’m needing to make a few gifts for my friends and family.  While on my vacation to MSQC back in September I attended a demo by Vanessa with Lella Boutique.  She was making some cute pincushions.  As a bonus, she was giving away these mini charm packs of her fabric line and the pattern for free.  Free is one of my favorite words.  She ran out of the patterns before I received mine so when I returned to my hotel I contacted her through her website and she graciously emailed me a copy.

MSCQ mini

Each pack is enough to make three pincushions, so I’ll have two to give away.  I collected all the supplies and got to play.

supplies

Vanessa recommended ground walnut shells for the filling so I hopped on the internet and found some from Amazon.  If I recall correctly it was about $10.  There is enough in the bag to fill all three of the pincushions.

After separating the pack into the color choices for each pincushion I followed the cutting instructions from the pattern.  I hadn’t worked yet with such small patches and was a little worried that if my sewing might be off how it would affect the results.  You can see below some of the small pieces I cut and was putting together.

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But once it was all said and done, I don’t think I did a bad job.  I hope someone will be happy with the gift.

pincushions

Well that’s all I have for now.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

Nostalgia Twist · OMG · Paper Piecing

October OMG Blown Away

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OMG 2018 October

Earlier this month I linked up my goal for October.  Each month Patty with Elm Street Quilts hosts a linky party which we can document our quilting goals.  Once the month is over we can link up again with our accomplished goals.

I’m glad to say that this month I did a real good job and blew my goal away.  I had seventy-two pin wheel blocks to make.  I was scared to say that I’d be able to do all of them so my goal was only to get half done.  Happily, I’ve finished all of them.  And….

Star block

 

I was also able to add them to my Nostalgia Quilt.  I’ve been testing a pattern for Denise @ For The Love of Geese.  You can see below the progress I’ve made since the last time I’ve posted about it.  I think it is coming out great, and I can’t wait to finish.  The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter.  It’s getting quite big and I’m starting to have trouble getting it all in a picture.

Pinwheels on

I only have 1 1/2 rounds left.  There will be a row only at the top and bottom of geese blocks and a border of solid blue.

Well that’s all I have for now.  I did some marathon sewing on the weekend to get this done.

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie

 

 

Piecing · Pinwheel Roundabout

Redo

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From time to time, more often than I’d like to admit in my quilting journey, I make things that aren’t quite right.  Last week I wrote about my attempt at a jelly roll rug that got out of control.  I’m glad to say that I was able to redo it and all is well again in my world.

I’ve also been working on a BOM project with my local quilt club and the block I made a couple months ago just wasn’t quite right.  My problem with it is that the blues I chose didn’t have enough contrast in it.

August Block

The nice thing about sewing is that with a little effort things can be fixed.  So while I was shopping in MO a few weeks ago I kept an eye out for a different fabric that would be a better contrast.  Luckily, I believe I found what I was looking for.  I got cozy with my seam ripper which I have been doing too much recently and took the block apart and made it again.  I’m much more pleased with these results.  I hope you think so as well.

 

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In the background, I’ve been working on my pinwheel blocks for nostalgia twist quilt.  I have to make 72 of these blocks.  I was a bit intimidated in the amount of the blocks, but they are going together pretty fast. I’ve already got 50 of them together.  I might be able to finish all of them before the end of the month.  That would just be fantastic, as there is only one row left after this one, so I’m getting to the end of this top.  I’m getting excited to have it done.

Star block

The linky parties I usually participate in can be found by clicking this link.  Please visit them and see what others are up to and  leave some comments and encouragement.  There are many bloggers out there who share their tips, projects, and tutorials to inspire us.

That’s all for now.  Thanks for stopping by.

Cherie