Food for thought.

Memory is a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack it.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Nesting.....

I have been doing a little nesting this week.

Since retiring, my goal was to get a lot of the projects that have been sitting in my sewing room done and a couple of those things were pillow shams and drapes.

The pillow shams were waiting for me to find the perfect fabric and I finally did.


I like the mixture of prints and just knew I would be happy with the big black and cream, linen/cotton, dot fabric for the shams in the guest bedroom.

The next project that has been waiting for a very long time (and I don't even want to hazard to guess how long this fabric has been sitting in the stash) is the drapes that I wanted to make for the master bedroom.  I have been perfectly happy with the 2" blinds that I have in there, but after making the check drapes for the guest bedroom, I was ready for that second layer of window treatment.  

I put my long ago custom drapery classes to work with this fabric.


This is what I came up with.  They are lined with Roc-Lon and I made loopy tabs for hanging.

 


Thank  goodness my thoughts when I bought this fabric were the same as when I finally got around to making them.  I had just enough fabric. 

It's amazing what a difference they make in the room.  

I may wrap my pleats up for a day or two (that's wrapping the pleats up in paper and then letting them sit for a day or two).  Once that is done, you remove the paper and  the pleats should lay perfectly.  

I have felt the need to finally get to these projects not only because they have been waiting  to be done for so long, but I would have resented putting them further down the "to-do" list when my services are going to be  required to chip in at my daughter's house.  She just bought a new house and I know there is going to be some sewing and painting projects that she is going to need help with.  That alone gave me the incentive to get busy on my own projects.  Plus, I put these two projects on my 2017 goal list back in January.  Feels good to check them off.  

Now on to quilting again.  




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cut up my stash....red/navy/gold.....

I thought I would make a dent in my stash, so I cut up all my red, navy and gold fabrics.


My intent was to make just one scrappy jelly roll quilt as that portion of my stash looked limited.

So, I cut them all up in 2 1/2" strips.


I didn't think the piles looked all that big, but I definitely had more reds, plenty of gold and very little navy.

I sewed all the strips together in the usual Jelly Roll Quilt fashion.  If you are looking for a great tutorial on making different sizes of Jelly Roll quilts, this is a great site for making them for charity.

My first one turned out with a lot of gold as the gold strips were mostly 42" long whereas my other fabrics were pretty much just scraps.


I  still had plenty of strips, so I thought I could make another one.  This time I thought I would double up on the reds since I had so many reds left.


I still had strings left....just not enough for another quilt, so I made up scrappy bindings for both quilts.  One was in gold and the other is in red.


Both quilts were quilted on my Millenium APQS machine using the pantograph called "Patriot".

On the red one I used a gold colored Glide thread with the same color thread on the back as the back (also from my stash) blended well with that color.



On the gold one, I used a red Glide thread with matching thread on the back.   The backing on this one is cream with a little red print so the red thread really blended well on the back.



Well, bindings are done.


There's just one problem.......this DID NOT make a visible dent in my stash. Oh well, I am doomed...or should I say that my kids are when they have to someday go through my sewing room and I will be hearing them say...."what was she thinking?!!!"





Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Putting needles away .....again.....

Wish I didn't like knitting so much.  It keeps my hands busy, but it keeps me away from doing my quilting and there is plenty of that to be done.  

With the yarn that I picked up in Kentucky, I made four scarf-lets.





The loopy fringe was new to me and I watched this YouTube video to figure out how to do it.  It's kind of a scary process as you knit the whole scarf and then you "unravel" the fringe. It  makes you think all your work is going to come undone.  

Also, this week, I took the 2 1/2 strips that I cut up from my stash (which by the way shows absolutely NO dent) and made two....yes, two, scrappy jelly roll quilts.

This one is heavy on the "golds" since they were full widths of the fabric.


I had so many reds left that I doubled up on the reds for the second one.


My pile of strips still was quite large, so I made my scrappy bindings for each of these two quilts.

So, these two quilts are the next things on the docket.  

I have backings from my stash and  I pieced batting pieces for the insides.  How can you not see a dent in the stash?  I think it is really true that fabric  multiplies in the dark.

Anyways, I will be posting pix of the two completed charity quilts once they have reached that point; but I am glad to say that I am still on a roll when it comes to sewing.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

New Projects.....

I don't need new projects.  There are plenty of things in my sewing room that need to be finished or even just started that I have bought fabric for long ago; but on my way home from Kentucky last week I made the comment to Sharon that if she were interested, we could find a knit shop when we stopped for lunch.  

Well, I now have at least two lanes of Kentucky drivers  who are probably thinking "that crazy Michigander" who flew across two lanes when Sharon said "TAKE THIS EXIT!!!".  There was this cute little yarn shop called Knitwits Contemporary Yarn Shop that was just a hop, skip and jump from the exit.

I bought four skeins of yarn.  If you remember, I said I was going to put my needles away for awhile and that only lasted a month.

Anyways, there was this adorable little scarf made up in this cotton yarn and I ended up buying four skeins.


As you can see, one of the scarves is already made up.  They are quick and easy with a new-to-me loopy fringe.  The pattern was free with purchase of the yarn and I plan on making four.  Stay tuned for more scarves AND better pictures of the scarves

Then Sharon and I were talking about being buried in our fabric stash and that we needed to come up with something to make up quickly that would make us feel good about getting rid of some of that stash.

Sharon found this website that gives great dimensions on making the jelly roll quilts in all sizes using your stash rather than just purchasing a jelly roll.  

So, I pulled my navy, gold and red fabrics last night. 


I cut up 99% of them into 2 1/2" strips.  Of course, a lot of this fabric was not full widths, so I will probably sew like fabrics together to make my 42" strips.


I will do some measuring to make sure I have enough to make a good size quilt and probably donate this one to a Veteran's group.  

As to destashing.....unfortunately, this did not make a dent like I thought it would, but as quick as these string quilts go, there are always more to make.  

Ok, I need to get busy so I don't fall behind on my goal of getting things done this year.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

Two Bobbins Short......


Why does that title sound similar to "the lights are on, but no one is home"?  LOL

Anyways, I left a customer quilt on the machine because I ran out of my Fil-Tec prewound bobbins and was headed down to Kentucky to go to some classes with Judi Madsen at Quilted Joy and I knew she carried them.  Well, I made my purchases.


I was good and pretty much only bought what was on my shopping list. 


There are two containers of bobbins and I was just two bobbins short for Nancy's quilt which by the way I just finished a couple of hours ago.

It's a big one!





But let me tell you about my trip down to Kentucky.

Like I said it was at Quilted Joy which is run by my friend Angela Huffman.  It's an APQS showroom where you can rent machines, buy lots of sewing goodies and take classes.  She, also, hosts big name quilters who come and give classes which brings me to the reason I was there.

Judi Madsen from http://greenfairyquilts.com/Green Fairy Quilts.  

I could inundate this blog post with her wonderful quilts, but here are just a few of her samples that she demonstrated for us.  









I do believe that her mantra is not "less is more" but "once you think there is enough, do more".  Her quilts and quilting are fabulous.  

Here's one of her great quilts.  


I hope you can see her quilting on this one.  It was amazing.  

Here's another one of her quilts.




Judi is adorable, funny and very talented.  


I will post more about the trip next time, but right now I am feeling like I want to try some of Judi's intense quilting and see how well I can do.  So, stay tuned for the rest of the trip and what I will have on the machine next.  Lots need to be done around here.