Thursday, November 23, 2017

Snow Scrolling and Tree Decorations

Happy Thanksgiving!! Hope all are enjoying your holiday? My turkey is seasoned and ready to be stuffed with cornbread stuffing. Yum!

While other preparations are done and few more to complete I thought I would take a break and show the progress on the Tall Trim Christmas tree. The branches all have been feathered stitched.  Now I am quilting scrolling snow.



In the evenings I have been hand stitching ornaments while watching NetFlix - The West Wing and Longmire, both entertaining. I like keeping my hands busy. It helps keep them from wanting to pick up snack food.

The ornaments are cut from fabric that already are printed with the ornament design. Each is backed with fabric with batting inside. I have been using a back stitch to make sure the stitching is secured, especially since they are small and that there is a degree of difficulty getting them turned inside out.




Back to snow scrolling for awhile before heading back to the kitchen.




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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Feathering my Tree

In conversation with my husband I told him I was feathering my tree. He didn't understand what I was saying. He said no it's a feather in your cap. No I am putting feathers in my tree. He gives me this look as though I have lost my mind. So I explained I am using a quilting design called feathers. I am quilting my Tall Trim Christmas tree with feathers.

So yesterday morning, and this one I got up excitedly at 5:30 a.m to add more feathers.  It is now 7:03 a.m. and my sweet Cassie is yipping at my husband wanting him to share his homemade Oatmeal Pumpkin Raisin muffin. Well the peaceful morning is given away to the happy sounds of my family, though I do hear my husband telling Cassie to be quiet. He doesn't want to share his muffin.

I tend to rabbit trail in conversation so back to the feathers in the tree. This past weekend I began quilting on this ongoing tree that has been in process for a couple of years. Life events altered my days where there wasn't much time to sew or quilt. It feels so good! And I just might get this tree done in time for Christmas. If you have been following my blog you will know that is exactly what I said last year. I think I have a better chance of accomplishing the finish since things are more settled.

I noticed that quilting changes my focus from worry to creativity to restoration. That's good! Quilting also means blogging again. When opening up my blog I realized I needed to make some changes as the photos that were stored on Photobucket were no longer existent. In place of the pictures were large gray and white squares with Photobucket's name on them.  Arrghhh!! Photobucket now wants to charge $399.99 per year to upload pictures and etc. on their site. I wondered if many of my quilting blogging friends experienced this as well. My remedy was creating a new page on my blog that is hidden where I can store pictures. There I can copy and paste the picture location with the html script by right clicking the picture. It was so easy!


     

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Well It Has Been A Long While

Blogging and quilting used to be very important aspects of my life. The last time I wrote a blog message was on my birthday - August 21, 2016.  Nine months have gone by. So much time that I didn't remember what my login password was to my blog.

But . . . things have changed.

It was in September 2016 that we learned that my husband had cancer. Our lives have changed significantly since that diagnosis. 


The Christmas tree quilt that I was working on in August is still not finished. It is ready to be sandwiched and some added decorations. I was aiming to have it completed for Christmas 2016. Just maybe it will be finished for Christmas 2017.

As it may be I may have a more lovelier yard than a finished quilt.  Stress and worries dissipate while physically working outside. It also helps to keep my weight in check.


I have lost almost 40 lbs since last summer. Most of it was intentional. I made a decision to be more healthy by tracking calories and working out at the gym. I was sitting more than 12 hours a day in front of the computer and read that exercise and moving more daily extends life.

The discipline paid off especially now that I have changed the foods I eat at a time when life became more stressful.

News of my husband's cancer spurred me on to learn how the foods we eat can stave off disease. Most of my diet is now organic plant food and whole food based, and meat is grass fed beef or range free raised chickens being fed non-GMO food products.

So this is a brief summary of what is happening in my life.

Just maybe I will get that Christmas tree done after all. The hour is growing late and I need my rest to handle what tomorrow has for me to do.





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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Two months since I last posted





Finally Posie Blocks are completed - all 17 of them. 14 of them have found a new home and owner. Yippee!! a project completed.









Blocks that I have received so far.
There will be a total of 15 blocks.

Aren't they adorable!





























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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Posie Flower Blocks Update - OMG

My goal for OMG - A Monthly Goal was to have completed 15 blocks of which none of the blocks are completed. Many evenings were spent paper piecing the flowers in June while watching Hart in Dixie on Netflix.

Last evening I began chain stitching the flowers together. Easily I can have the blocks completed by this weekend even though I still have today. But as the day develops business is calling me to focus on it rather finishing up the blocks.

Also, we made a trip to visit all our boys and their gals one weekend in June. Now that was much more important than sewing. Such fun we had laughing, cooking, eating, watching one grandson, Caleb, play baseball and celebrating my youngest grandson, Parker's birthday.  



Paper piecing is messy! But then again so is sewing. My little waste basket needed to be emptied daily with all the little scraps and bits of paper being torn off from the backside. 

When sewing up the promo block I used 1.8 stitch length. It was still difficult to tear the paper with out pulling out stitches so I reduced the stitch length to 1.5. It was much easier to tear the paper off, but the bobbin had to be rewound more frequently.

Thank you to Heidi at Red Letter Quilts for sponsoring OMG - One Monthly Goal. It has kept me moving towards finishing projects, and prevents me from starting new ones until current projects in progress are completed.  Click on the OMG - One Monthly Goal button to take you to Red Letters Quilts' blog. 


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Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 2016 OMG, One Monthly Goal - Really it is June Already!



I will be just in time for Christmas in July!


Tall Christmas Tree flimsy was finished with May's OMG, One Monthly Goal.You can see the Tall Christmas tree flimsy here. Now that I have a tree what is a tree without decorations? So of course I have been thinking about what sort of decorations will make a Tall Christmas Tree sing.

I did add candlesticks and flames, though not attached. I am thinking about shortening the candles a wee bit so the tree doesn't look so overwhelmed with candles as pretty as they may be. That is one part of June's goal - shorten the candlesticks.


This evening I ordered Christmas fabric for the decorations. I had to pull the trigger and buy quickly as already one of my selections sitting in the sales cart sold! I was a bit disappointed as I really wanted that particular fabric with the candy swirls. The picture to the left shows several of the fabrics purchased for fussy cut ornaments. So the second part of June's goal is to cut and sew ornaments.









Now swinging back to Spring

 I have joined in with a group of quilters participating in a Spring Block Swap. The blocks are due in November and I have already received two in the mail. I love the butterfly and the lady bug!!

The Posies Block is the one I am sewing. The picture shown here is not the fabric I am using but the colors are close. The block is going to be made up of all batik fabric.

The third part of my June OMG, One Monthly Goal is to complete 16 Posie blocks. I have 16 Posie heads completed and now in the process of chain stitching the other 16 heads.

You can see a picture of my completed Posie heads here.




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I have a third goal for the month of June. I have my fingers and toes crossed hoping I will find the time!! It is to finish my design board. My little space is a combination office and quilting studio. I won't be able to use the full wall space as once planned since I needed to move my desk right against it to squeeze some stacking cubes in the other corner for office supplies.





The left side is completed. The right side needs batting wrapped on it and then needs to be hung so it reaches the ceiling. I have been layering projects on top of each other. At the moment I have documents pinned which will have to find a new place. Maybe that is what I will do once I complete this message.

Hope to see you at Red Letter Quilts where Heidi is hosting OMG, One Monthly Goal.



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Monday, May 30, 2016

May's Projects for OMG - A Monthly Goal



One of May's goals for  OMG - A Monthly Goal was to complete the Tall Trim Christmas Tree flimsy and I am happy to say it is completed.

Do you like the candles and lights?  They are not attached to yet. I worked all day Sunday adding a white border and making the candles.   The candles were not originally planned at the beginning, therefore I accomplished more than anticipated on the tree.

There will be more decorations to come.  I have fabric picked out from which ornaments will be fussy cut to hang on the tree.
 

The other project was to plan a block and purchase fabric enough for 16 blocks. Below is a practice run of the block. 






But I completed 16 out of 28 flower heads!







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