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Light Bulb Flashed on.

This morning while killing time before Ms. Destiny came to spend the day with us(3 yr old granddaughter) I didn’t want to get started on something I couldn’t put aside when she arrived.  I decided to straighten the fabric stash and was wondering “Why did I buy this?”  Then the light bulb FLASHED on.  Grab a post it note and pencil, wrote what I wanted to make out of it. Then I pinned it to the fabric and made a stack for these.  I am keeping that stack to about 5-8 small projects or 1 or 2 med projects or everything for that big project.    This is probably something everyone does anyway but it just hit me like a ton of bricks. The next thing I will do is cut each project out and stack it where I can reach it really quick and go to town.

A while back we went to Hancock of Paducah, KY and one of the pieces I purchased was this.  Didn’t have a project then for it and don’t have one now, but the fabric just drew my attention several times so I bought some.  Any suggestions?img_20180326_0927448052040894649.jpgWell all my little angel has arrived, so while we have our “snowball fights” with my fiberfill and build a fort out of some old quilt batting we will send lots of giggles your way.  Happy Monday and enjoy the creative process.

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Organizational questions

Have been working on table runners, pet mats, quillows, and finishing up so many little things that I have started.  My goal is to finish WHIPs this week.  Mission accomplished. Tues carpal tunnel surgery and not sure how long I won’t be able to sew.  I can start new projects once I can.  I also have some embroidery and applique ready to work on in a few weeks.  Won’t be having too much time in the sewing room for a week or 2 in April.

Now on to the question of the day…….HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR DIGITIZED PATTERNS, OR IDEAS FOR FUTURE PROJECTS?  I have so many and when looking for then I spend so much time trying to find them that I just say to heck with it.  I have embroidery files that I am trying to organize also.  Just so much going thru the brain these days and I need organization.  My fabrics are all organized to where I can see and get to it anytime.  same with the threads.  Just not my data.  So far I am trying to organize by projects.

All suggestions welcome.

 

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Quilting made easier

Since I don’t have a long arm quilting machine I decided I needed to find something that makes my quilting easier. Especially on those large King Size quilts.  I did just that.  I found something called “Sewslip multi-purpose sheets” from Gossamer Designs.  I love it.  img_20180320_074457572353160098.jpgIt measures 18×12 and sits on your machine arm.  There is a hole that fits over the dogfeed of the machine.  img_20180320_074445473_hdr533506254.jpgThis makes the quilt sandwich just slide around.  It reduces the drag from a not so slick machine base and doesn’t take as much flopping the quilt, or tugging of it.  I first saw this on a Youtube video by Man Sew and is sold thru Missouri Star Quilts. (I am sold on both these places.  I paid under $30 for it and two years later it is still like new.  Believe me it is on the machine at least once a week.

What do you use to help make your quilting go smoothly?  I am always on the look out for new gadgets. Now I have heard that the silicone baking sheets work also and are cheaper.  Your thoughts on this?  I have never used them even in baking.

Here is a BIG AND IMPORTANT  question for any quilters out there.  How do you decide what to quilt where on a quilt? This is my biggest struggle and am constantly trying to choose.  Sometimes I just know, but not for the most part.

Just a bit of useless information………………TODAY IS ICE CREAM DAY.  Go out and enjoy some.

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Being very Creative

Alicia has been very busy making little “Flower Dolls,” and Sweet Babies.  With a change in jobs she has been getting a new routine together and not been as creative as she would like.  She did work a night job and now is working days and it is taking time to adjust.  Now she is out making her Dear Ole Mom.  Here are a few of the things she is making.

  1. The Flower Baby.img_20180319_09100304917282611.jpgDestiny tested.  “She is just perfect.”  img_20180317_181158824206779507.jpgLittle hand tested.
  2. Crochet Baby Doll with changeable clothes.

    Dress can be changed, shoes come off, and yessssssssssssssssssssimg_20180319_085040385_top1376661406.jpgAndddddddddd  changeable shorts.  Aren’t these so cute.  She is thinking of making a few outfits  to sell separate.  She does amazing work.

More to come…… have a creative day.

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Spring is around the corner

Looking at the calendar and seeing Easter only a few days away brings a dance in my soul.  I have already started “Spring cleaning” and looking forward to open windows and a nice breeze and fresh air blowing thru the house.  This afternoon we will bring up and antique marble top dresser from downstairs guest room up to the sewing room where I can store some fabric in and get rid of stacks of things.

I want to start picking out paint for the inside of the house and have a New fresh look.  My son and daughter in law(I hate this word, I couldn’t love her more if she was my own) said they would help and I am sure his sisters will be joining in.  Will be such fun.

This May we will be celebrating 2 Granddaughters graduating from High School and starting to prepare themselves for college.  I can’t believe just yesterday they were little running around the house playing dress up.  For the most part we are a very Blessed World.  3 Granddaughters getting ready for Prom.

Enjoy your days and treasure every minute of it.  Good or bad, embrace them.

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MADE IT

Well I finished the quilt I was struggling with and I will admit it does look better than I thought it would.  I am glad.  I just need a little more color, but this is for someone else not me.  img_20180309_0931275101891107215.jpgI really hope she likes it

Now is the time to move on to the next project.  Finish a Quillow and then I will figure something out.  I can honestly always find something new or update old things.  Last night I went thru some books my Mother In Law had and found a pattern from the 70’s. It is Hexies and is a “50 State Hexagon Quilt”  If anyone is interested in making this just leave a comment and I will post all of what I have.  Will also make it so it is a good quality.

I also found these magazines and am surprised because she didn’t quilt and did not like sewing.img_20180310_093435133715447597.jpgimg_20180310_093824880894339490.jpgimg_20180310_093829179875899214.jpgThese magazines had adds on the back to order other magazines for 50 cents.  When was the last time you ordered a magazine for 50 cents?

You all have a wonderful day and be kind to yourselves.

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uuuuuuuuuuugh

Have you ever wondered how on God’s Good Green Earth did I get myself into this mess?  That is where I am at right now.  I am working on a quilt that I was asked and I agreed to make.  The story is the mother and daughter were working on this quilt(they had cut the pieces only) before the mother’s health took a turn for the worse and the daughter put it to me, “We would like the quilt finished before she dies” (she is 89 and in a nursing home in poor health).  I said ok.  I was given the block and no idea what came next.  Daughter said anything.  I did a bargello pattern.  Once finished my daughter took a picture to show the daughter and guess what?  She wanted a 9 patch block. I took it apart and made the 9 patch.  I am starting to quilt it and look at it and get frustrated with myself, because I am finding I dislike this quilt and have avoiding the quilting because I don’t want to mess it up.  Hubby said it was flat in colors.  It doesn’t  seem to have a personality that I can enhance with the quilting.

So my question is how do you quilt a quit and make it look good even when you don’t “feel it”, “it doesn’t speak to you”. etc.  however you want to phrase it?

I will be working on the quilting this afternoon.  I did decide I will be using a variegated purple thread.  I think that will add a pop to it that it is missing.  Maybe that will bring what it is missing.  I know everyone’s taste is different.  I have to have a splash of color in my quilts.  Actually most have a little more than a splash.

What is your taste in colors?  Does it depend on the quilt? How do your quilts or your projects speak to you?

Happy making today.