Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Goals for 2014

With my children grown and in the military, they are moving around the world.  I have always wanted to move south and am going to look this year.  I have a job that I can work from anywhere and I feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to make the move without having to look for the job.   So, my goals this year are related to purging.  I've lived in the house for almost 20 years and still have a lot of "stuff" that belongs to the adult children.

Another big thing I want to do is use up more of my stash.  I have made a good dent with Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery and have planned another one when I finish this one to give to my son and soon to be daughter in law for a wedding present.  I made a baby quilt top for my great niece and just need to quilt that.

I'm looking forward to this year being less stressful/hectic.  Last year through me for a loop and I thank God for helping me get through it seeing the joy and blessings of life.

I worked more on my blocks tonight.  I am finding that if I do a little bit of each clue instead of finishing all of one clue before moving to the next, I can maintain my progress much easier.  It is nice to put up completed blocks on the design wall and see it coming together.


I am so appreciative of Bonnie for sharing her talents with us.  This is my first mystery and it won't be my last.  I have had so much fun and learned so much with each clue and can't wait to use these new skills on more quilts.

Blessings,
Darlene

Monday, January 6, 2014

Slow and steady....

That has been my speed.  I'd love to be one of the people that have finished putting their Celtic Solstice together, but I am happy with my progress so far.  I only make mistakes when I go fast and then I won't be happy in the end.

I put the pieces on the design wall tonight.  I have a lot more to iron and trim dog ears but I am exhausted tonight.  Working during the day and sewing and night, but I am feeling very productive and keeping warm.


Just noticed that the picture is not too clear - cell phone photo - but it does give a better representation ofthe colors.   

My daughter called today as she saw the picture go thru the FB news feed the other day and wanted to know if this was for her.  LOL  I love these kids of mine but I'd sure like to keep just one quilt for me.

I love this design - and I really love that it is being made with only stash fabrics.  I have no low volume so I used white on white and plain white for the neutral.  I think I may even have enough fabric to do the red, white and blue version for my son.

How's your progress going?  Are you thinking about making another one in a different color way.  Visit Bonnie Hunter's page - Celtic Solstice Mystery Reveal to see what other's have done.  There are some fantabulous quilts over there!

Blessings,
Darlene




Thursday, January 2, 2014

Oh my....I'm back!

It has been a long time.  No excuse except for crazy busy with work, then a new job, a son deployed and returned home safely and an engagement of said son to an amazing girl.  Of course then we had the holidays in which I was out of town.

My son and his bride to be

I did do a little quilting during this time.  I'm now working on Bonnie Hunters' Celtic Solstice Mystery.  I've never done a mystery before and it has been exciting for me.  I've learned SOOO much with new tools, techniques and seam allowances.  For the first time ever I have been able to sew a block and have it measure as it is supposed to without have to trim them.

I acquired a treadle this year and have had so much fun learning how to use it.  Working on the Pineapple Crazy quilt out of Bonnie's String Fling book.  It is a foundation paper pattern so I felt confident that I could sew on the lines while learning how to use the machine.




There was a posting around New Years Eve on a Facebook group about a Featherweight Card table - be still my heart.  I have been looking for one but they were all too far away or in bad condition.  This one was 15 miles from me and in great condition.  I picked it up on New Year's morning, brought it home, set it up and sewed almost all day!  So much fun :-)

Featherweight table with a couple of my Celtic Solstic blocks

 I am behind on the mystery - I do have all the pieces cut but not all have been pieced.  I did have enough to see how they would look with a couple of blocks and am a little nervous about the red.  I'll keep going as all the pieces are already cut.  If I don't like it once all the blocks are done I may rethink it....


The New Year gives us a fresh 365 days to play with – let's fill them up with whatever our heart desires so that we have no regrets at the end of the annual cycle. Happy New Year!

Blessings,
Darlene





Wednesday, May 29, 2013

And this my friends...

...is how it's done.  If you have a quilt top laying around for two years because you don't know what design to quilt because all you know really well are swirls, then send it to the expert.


 I worked on the binding over the long weekend and finished last night.  I used the same fabric (Moda Crackle) for the binding that I used on the flange border.  I am so very happy with this quilt.  If you are looking for someone to do your quilting, contact Mary over at Quilt Hollow  Thanks again Mary - I am going to make a quilt for my bed now and will be sure to contact you when I finish that so you can add your "frosting".


 In the middle of binding the quilt, I decided I needed to make a baby quilt for my new nephew (maybe this is why I never get anything finished :-)  He is named after my brother who has liked giraffes since he was itty bitty.  I actually cut, pieced and quilted this baby in 2 days.  Now all I have to do is the binding - which has been prepared.


First time "pebble" quilting - I like how it makes the pinwheels stand out.  Need to practice a bit more on the pebbles.


It feels so good to be sewing and quilting again.  I have all these ideas/designs in my head - LOL

I do have a feathered star quilt block that I made awhile ago.  It is about 28x28 and I am wanting to do flying geese as a border.  But, I have never done this and doing a search turned up so many ways.  Do you have any suggestions - what way have you found to be the best?

Off to stitch the binding on the giraffe quilt - don't want this one sitting around here for 2 years.

Blessings,
Darlene


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Postage Stamp Quilt - almost done

I created this quilt top 2 years ago during the Postage Stamp Quilt Along...yes 2 years!  I have always quilted my own quilts, but wanted something special done with this one.  I emailed Mary over at Quilt Hollow and she replied immediately!  I had seen her "frosting" on other quilts and knew she would be the one to make mine wonderful.

I got it back yesterday and OH MY!  Her quilting is awesome and I could not be happier.  This was my first experience sending out a quilt to be done by someone else.  I told her to surprise me with the design - she is the expert!  The design compliments the fabric wonderfully and the quilting is perfect.

These are her pictures - I haven't had time to take any yet.  I'm going to work on the binding and hope to finish this baby over this long weekend.



 
Thank you so very much Mary!  I love what you have done - it is prettier than I ever imagined.

Blessings,
Darlene

Monday, May 6, 2013

Claiming my blog...

Not sure why we have to do this, but it I try to do as I am told :-)

Very busy weekend...I am a Blue Star Mother and there was a Virginia Run for the Fallen.  I found out today that it was the first year they have done this and are starting the planning for next year.  The run starts in Ft. Story, VA and ends in Section 60 at Arlington Cemetery.  It was sobering - at our mile marker, we met the parents of the Marine that gave his life.

Picture of me with some of the other mothers...

Then I raced home to get ready for the wedding/reception that I created the photo booth for.  The whole shebang was wonderful.  The bride was gorgeous and all the friends and family were wonderful.  The photo booth was a hit - I had so much fun taking pictures.  People are amazing when you give them a couple of props.  Some of the men said they were already wearing their prop (suit) LOL, then others were standing by to ensure others picked the correct hat, frame, etc.  My friend is now saying we need to start a business. 

That's it for now - I am so excited for the upcoming weekend.  Friday off and no plans for me except sewing!  Yahoo!!!

Blessings,
Darlene




Friday, May 3, 2013

Photo Booth

Tomorrow is the big day.  My dear friend's daughter is getting married.  My friend wanted to set up a photo booth but renting was out of the question.  I did some searches and told her I thought maybe I could put something together for her.  It has been two months of weekends - searching for suitcases, painting said suitcases, searching for props and making the frame to hold the backdrop.  It has been exciting to see it come to live.  The venue where it is being held allowed me to set up today - what a blessing!  

I made the backdrop out of PVC pipe.  Bought the 10' long pipe - jammed it in my car :-) and brought it home to cut.  It was easy peasy!


Here's the table with most of the props.  More props in the basket and I made two mini chalkboards that I will take with me tomorrow - along with my steamer for that backdrop.

I'll be taking the pictures - I hope everyone has fun and enjoys the day/night.

Next weekend I'm back to quilting!  Sew very excited!

My son is doing well.  I sure miss him. 

Blessings,
Darlene