Friday, June 1, 2018

May 6 and 6 2018

Hello all, It's been a bizarre week.  I don't know if it's the heat or what but seems like weirdness abounds.  Maybe it was that Birthday I just celebrated...
6 and 6 in 2018 called for a new project for May.  My favorite kind!!! I started on a full size Trip Around The World variaion using Tonga Treats "Tuscany".  I'm really pleased with it so far.  This picture is a little outdated.  I've gotten about 12 blocks done out of 20.  They're 16".
In other news, my dye station is fully operational!!  I did some experimenting with various amounts of success.  Apparently, anything with red in the mix takes twice as long to dissolve.  I got LOTS of red dots in everything!  Rose Petal would have been gorgeous if not for the red spots!

Bright Green
Deep Purple

Alpine Blue
Antique Gold


And, of course, the cutest dog ever...
Next up, I get a full weekend off!  The plan is to make the wedding veil.  No pictures until the wedding though!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

BYE BYE Prom Season!

Well, hello friends!  How has everyone been?  I feel like I'm peeking my head out of a fox hole to see if it's all clear!  Prom season is over and I can resume life as normal... well as normal as I ever get.  First, I have to show you my custom work station that Handy Mantz made for me for Mother's Day.  He re-purposed my old cabinets by painting them aqua and built a sewing station with custom machine slot.  It's all one piece that includes the computer side with a fantastic glass top.  The glass is also a re-purpose.  We were reminiscing on how may lives the glass has lived.  I think we lost count at 10.  He also included a drop down drawer for my keyboard and mouse.  Mind you, this was all accomplished up a flight of stairs and with a broken leg.  Such a good son.  It's SO FABULOUS and I love it!!  Not pictured is my new pink files and folders... I couldn't help myself.
 I haven't done any hand work in months but I think I forgot to share my progress on the Crazy Village project.  Mind you, this is months old.  I added lights to the roof top, I promise the wreath hangs straight when the photographer is paying attention.
 I couldn't wait to make a button snowman that I'd seen online.
 I did decide to use mostly white for the seam treatments.  The fabrics I chose were so random and wild, I think it's my best bet for having thing "go together".
 I bought these cute stockings along with the door wreath on Etsy.
 Naturally, I've included a Nut Cracker.  I've got a couple extra of these guys, so I'm sure they'll get used.
 Some presents for my friends.  And that's as far as I got.  The blocks are really small so I don't anticipate a problem finishing.  I've just got to take it easy on the carpel tunnel.  No marathon stitching sessions in my immediate future.
 Speaking of marathons... Last weekend I finally joined the girls at our Mascoutah Day Retreat.  So good to see everyone again.  I decided to work on my Quilt Show BOM.  I was able to ALMOST catch up.  18 blocks were made!
 I started using brighter blues and I'm really happy with it.  Gives the overall quilt a little sparkle.
 It was fantastic spending 2 days with friends, sewing but I've been paying ever since.  I haven't had full range of motion in my neck since.  I don't recall being uncomfortable while it was happening but dang!  It's hurting now.  My age is really catching up to me.  I even got my first pair of glasses last month.  Not to mention my Birthday is coming up on Tuesday.

 And, lastly, this little nugget joined our family!  His name is True, short for Harry Truman.  He's actually my husband's Father's Day present but the opportunity to get him came quickly and we pounced on it!  He's a rescue, we know his mom was a Shepherd mix and dad is unknown.  I think Pit Bull, the vet thinks Mastiff...yikes.  I really hope, in this particular instance, the vet doesn't know what they're talking about...
I've got a new project to share with you next week for 6 and 6 2018.  And, a long weekend ahead of me that includes wedding prep, birthday dinner and hopefully lots of sewing.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's All About That Cake

 Almost no sewing happened this month!  It's been all about the cake.  Lots and lots of cake.  We did a couple cake testings and trials. This is the only one I decorated but it was also the weirdest flavor of all.  I mistakenly used salted butter in the Swiss Buttercream and everyone thought it tasted like kettle corn.  Not gross, but not the flavor I was trying for...  Back to the drawing board!  My co-workers have been force fed my experiments all month and it looks like that won't stop anytime soon.

I did manage to make the sashing for my guild's BOM on Sunday.  It was the first time I'd turned my machine all month!  Then, I ran out of fabric for the outer borders.  I thought I'd be doing something in  a blue plaid I had in my stash but decided I want to do the Cathedral Window sashing around the outside was well.  So, that goes on the back burner until I can get more Kona navy and God only knows what that yellow was... Should be fun trying to find a match.
 It looks like I won't be able to participate in the President's Challenge this month either.  So, I'll post this as my UFO 6 and 6 in 2018 for April.  The challenge was to pick a song with a color in the title.  I chose Blue Danube.  I saw a picture that inspired the applique center.  I used EQ to do my own thing with it and I designed the inner border.  I love argyle.  Once again, I wish my lighting was better.  The outer fabric is a really gorgeous!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Stitchers Gonna Stitch, Plumbers Gonna Plumb

Hello friends!  Well, guess what I've been up to.  Ding, ding, ding, correct!  Stitching.  If you guessed plumbing, well, you were wrong.  You're cute, but you're wrong!  I was hooked into Craftsy again and took the Stupendous Stitching class.  Lots of fun and very simple.  Afterward, I did wonder why I had to take a class on something so elemental but whatever.  I'm claiming this to be March's new project for 6 and 6 in 2018 with Pomegranate and Chintz.
 I chose one of my first hand dyed fabrics from a few years ago that I didn't love, for the background.  Basically, you just choose different machine stitches with different threads until you fill a fat quarter.  The lines were supposed to weave back and forth to make interesting sections.
 I couched some ribbons, used metallics, added beads and voila.  I love it up close up but I feel like from a distance, it's not very interesting.  I think I'll do another one with a white or black background.  I think the threads will have more impact.  It was a fun afternoon project.  If you're looking for a quick project I recommend it.  It was also really nice to become more aware of what my machine is capable of.  Embroidery that's easy on the carpel tunnel is also nice.
 Before the beading, I quilted between the rows.  Somehow, I got an applique pattern caught underneath... it took me 8 rows before I realized I was quilting over paper... I feel like such a bright shining star some days...  I also used a hand dyed for the backer.  It's that vintage rose piece that I wasn't crazy about.
Speaking of bright and shining.  I had to replace my sink faucet and accidentally got one that shoots laser beams!  Just kidding.  It's got an LED light that makes the water glow.  I have NO idea, why anyone would need that feature.  I guess, if I wanted to get a drink in the middle of the night but didn't want to turn a light on first?  Definitely a first world thing.  The good news is that it has a tall neck and I can now get my spritzer bottle under the tap in my studio!  Again, first world issues.  #blessed  No picture, but Rich put in the UtiliTub in the basement and a light fixture directly above. It made him cranky.  He called it the portal to hell.  Such a grouchy pants.  What's important here is that my dye station is fully operational!
This happened!  So, here's the story.  Last month they went to Norway and Hunter's plan was to propose under the Northern Lights but the day before the excursion, he broke his leg while skiing.  Had to be rushed home and yada yada yada, the proposal got postponed.  So, he rented a local theatre for an hour, had them play the Northern Lights and asked Carmen to marry him.  Yeah!  There's going to a wedding!  Now to start my campaign to be their wedding cake baker.  There are Craftsy classes for that!  Maybe I should find out how big the wedding's going to be before I attack that... I'll do some grilling when they come to dinner Sunday.  Incidentally, he fell in the shower yesterday and we spent the evening in the ER getting his cast sawed off.  He's fine, fairly bruised up but at least he didn't mess up the healing process.  Oi!  These kids will be the death of me.
In other news, I'm mostly caught up on Simple Folks applique blocks.  This one is just missing a few of the dots above the tulip.
 The swans need dots and eyeballs.
There's a few other things going on but I'll save if for another day.  Hope everyone has a fantastic Easter!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I'll Get Around To It, Eventually!

Look what I found when I brought my Grandma's Hope Chest up from the basement last month.  This old crewel work that I started forever ago!  2002!  It was mostly finished but I had run out of a color and wasn't confident enough to move on with what I did have.  It's one of those cheaters.  The background is painted for you and you fill in the blank spots.  It's good to see how my stitching has improved.  Dang, the back is a mess!  Not sure what to do with it now that it's done.  I may frame it and put it up next to it's cross stitched cousin.
 I was able to vend 2 weekends in a row.  Rich even came with me to Crest View so we could spend the weekend together.  You know those  men that follow their ladies around the mall, waiting patiently, entertaining themselves with their phones.  That's not my husband.  He was on his best behavior and I loved that he did all the heavy lifting.  But, in the end, we both decided he didn't need to come with me again...  I really hope he's more agreeable when I want to travel for fun, dang it!  Or, I'll just have to go alone!
 In between shows, I've been addicted to Craftsy Unlimited.  I took the fabric dying class.  Dana D. gifted me with her Procion dyes when I started dying my silk ribbon and have always wanted to dye fabric as well.  I finally bought a bolt of ready to dye cotton and did some experimenting.  There's room for improvement.  This first one was called Storm Cloud.
 This is Scottish Kilt, it's kind of a teal green.
 This was Camel, if you can believe that!  I expected a tan but got green instead.
 Rust Orange turned out beautifully!
 I didn't mix the dye well in the Mixing Red but the colors are fantastic.  Rinsing this one out was a real BI**H!  She mentions in the class that if you use too much dye, the rinsing part will be a bear.  Apparently, I used too much for all of them but especially this red...
 This was Vintage Rose and it's just sad.  I think I'll over dye it with something else.  I also decided I don't love the effect of the folding.  For quilting purposes, the scrunchy method has more flexibility.  Then I decided I wanted to put a utility sink in the basement so that I can have a dedicated dyeing station.   So that's purchased but not installed.  There is already a completely pointless shower plumbed in.  Why?  I could never decide.  It's not a finished basement.  It's a gross, 150 year old basement with a shower...  It's weird.  Now, it'll have a purpose.  Well, when Rich re-plumbs it for my sink, anyways.
 One of the first Craftsy classes that I ever took was Pictorial Quilting Techniques with Wendy Butler Burns.  I had taken this photo of a flamingo at the St. Louis Zoo and always knew I wanted to turn it into a quilt.  I had it blown up but then set it aside for another day.  Then, I watched The Quilt Show with Melinda Bula and decided it was time.  This is just the skeleton of the project.  I need more fabrics for the grass and I hope to do some thread painting on the water and on the tree.  We'll see how it goes.  I also have a rose and a butterfly that need to become quilts.
 I FINALLY got around to re-doing my dining room chairs.  They were past their prime already when we bought them used.  Then, Rich spilled bbq sauce on his chair back at Christmas.  It was time, it was past time...
 I'm really happy with them.  I was able to get the same fabric that I'd done the valance in.  Now, I have to stop buying floral table clothes.  They look terrible together.
 Last but not least, I finished a block from Baltimore Garden.  This took forever.  But, if I'm honest, I wasn't dedicated to it.  It's amazing how much stitching can be done when you're sitting at a quilt show!  Also, people love to watch you do it.  I think I've decided to set this project aside for now.  I've got several BOMs going that I'd like to keep up with.  This can be a long term project.
Yesterday was the first day of extended hours for Prom Season.  Boo!  I don't expect to get tons of stitching done but I always have something to work on during breaks.  Keeps me sane-ish.  I'm done with travel/ vending until June for the same reason.  Time to hunker down and get through it but I'll keep in touch.  Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

6 And 6 2018 February

Hello, doing a quick check in on the 6 and 6 2018 with Pomegranate & Chintz.  February was a UFO month.  I decided to work on the Hungarian Heritage quilt and waited for the very last minute to start.  I sell the book in my shop and I'm vending at a couple quilt shows in March.  Sure would be nice to have a sample to show.
 Like a moron, I decided to do heavy quilting that follows the paisley pattern in the fabric.  I got about 1/3 of the way through it and ran out of thread.  Duh.  I'm accustomed to the never ending Aurifil spools but I'm using King Tut for this project.  My machine loves it, by the way.
 Lots to go still.
 These two cuties went to Norway for a vacation.
 The day went from this...
 to this.  It took 2 full days of travel with a full leg cast, no pain meds and some blood thinners to get him home.  All is well, looks like he doesn't need surgery.  They've decided to live at my house for a short time until he's getting around better.  Which I totally don't mind but it looks like I converted the extra bedroom to a studio a little too soon...
I also stayed caught up on my TQS BOM blocks.  My corners are atrocious but it is what it is.  I came to the conclusion that I will have to do some shopping.  I have a ton of dark and light blue but very little medium.  Isn't that just the way.
Thanks for stopping by!