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A world of Quilts and Dragons!

Been busy!

Humming along.  Lots of progress with my quilting.  I almost got stuck on the quilt for a cousin, but like magic, it got done.  No, really, like magic.  The quilt uses huge blocks that are made up of 16 smaller blocks.  I needed 6 of the big blocks to make the quilt.  I did a lot of sewing a to b and c to d, then b to c.  I then had rows for the blocks.  Next was 1 to 2 and 3 to 4, then 2 to 3.  I then had the big blocks.  I had 6 of everything, 6 a’s, 6 ‘bs, etc.  When I’m sewing it seems like a lot, so I count how many I have done and how many to go.  Something like this…One, six to go; two, four to go, three, three to go.  Then the magic happens!  four, TWO to go.  The small blocks are only 6 1/2″ so it’s not like there is a whole lot to stitch that will take hours.  But in my mind…

I have a book called “The Inner Game of Music”, it’s modeled after the one titled “The Inner Game of Golf”.  Maybe I should do one “The Inner Game of Quilting”?  The books are about ways to be better thru the use of the brain.  With music one of the ways was to THINK about practice.  In detail..Imagine holding the instrument, playing each note. Visualizing.

The “little voice” inside my head is a fear monger.  I shush mine with loud positive affirmations.  I’ve been successful this month!  Hope you are too!  Enjoy the pictures of what I have done since my last post!

A UFO for my Grandniece.

Top pieced at Boll Weevils with help of a friend!

Quilt for cousin. I have enough blocks to do another.

Comforter quilt I used to practice free motion roses.

Fabric Sculpture, really fun project, finished UFO

Mountain in den is going down.

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How are your goals going?

How are your goals going?  Still inspired, or has the new in the new year worn off?  Me, I’m still inspired, at least with my quilting goals.  Let me share.  🙂

Quilt for Comforters

Quilt for Comforters

I have completed TWO UFO’s.  I am so tickled, I’m bouncing.  The third one is lined up and ready to go and it should be an easy one. It’s from a Susan Else class I took 3 or 4 years ago.  It’s already almost done.  The guild website is updated as of 2/26.  Today I will add the newsletter, directory, and some workshop pictures.  I have a calendar with scheduled posts for Facebook and MyGrove (a social app that is private, pretty cool actually).  I consider myself very active in the QGGH.  Besides being the webmaster, I also am the Advertising Coordinator, (so if you want to advertise in our newsletter….), and Circulation Chair.  I also prepare the slides for our meetings.  I am the Volunteer Coordinator for the show in May.

UFO started in 2005 or 2006

UFO started in 2005 or 2006

 

 

Quilts promised, I completed the customer quilt on time and am working on a lap quilt for a cousin’s granddaughter.  I’m hoping to have the top together by the weekend.  One of my UFO’s was a quilt for Comforters (yay!).  I’ve been to most of the Boll Weevil meetings this year.  I need to finish the quilts I have from past Boll Weevils, before taking more….

Blogging has been sporadic, but I haven’t really had much to share.  Hoping to have a more steady stream.  We’ll see.   My Learning Spanish is gung ho, then it slows down.  I think the issue is not enough repetition in the lessons.  Or else, it’s not sinking in.  Maybe it’s too many words to remember and I need to use them more…I will figure it out, because I want to be bilingual!  Then I want to learn to speak Cajun French!

That is the end of my goal list.  Haven’t done anything with health, music, and Brigetta.  But the year is young.

God Bless!

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What’s next?!

I have two quilts that were UFO’s that are almost done.  They should both be done by Sunday.  Now where do I go.  What project will I pick?  I have several that need to be done, and all that I want to do….

I have 2 quilts I promised to my mother’s cousin for her granddaughter that she wants by May.  It would be nice to get these done before the deadline and May is only 4 months away.  Then there is my niece’s t-shirt quilt she gets for graduating from high school.  She is now a sophomore in college…

Beginning of Allison's quilt

Beginning of Allison’s quilt

Grand-Niece's Quilt

Grand-Niece’s Quilt

I also have my Grand-niece’s Big Girl quilt for when she turned 7.  She will be 9? in June.  Almost time for her little brother to reach 7!

Then there is my brother’s quilt.  I created the design and have been working on it for a few years, now.

How do I decide?  Any suggestions?  I’ve thought about splitting my time with these, but I still have Charity quilts and bee challenges to do as well.

So then I think maybe I should do the one furthest along.  That would be my Grand-niece’s, but then I run the risk of running out of time to do those quilts for my mother’s cousin.  Year and a half ago it seemed so doable when I said yes….

I think I will do the one for my mother’s cousin.  I have the fabric and will do the disappearing 9-Patch.

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Jane Sassaman!

What fun it is to play.  Jane’s class was all about trying new things.  This morning, I couldn’t go back to sleep because I kept visualizing what I was going to do on my Guild Flora Challenge for our show in May.  The class was fun, but I got so far behind on everything else!

Today is Sew Day with my 3rd Saturday friends and this morning I go to the Newbie Tea for QGGH new members.  Hoping to get the Jane Sassaman workshop project put together.

It’s been a “guildy” kind of week.  Meeting on Tuesday night, workshop for 2 days, meeting Friday morning where a good friend gave the lecture and today, the Newbie Tea.  Plus I’ve been doing spreadsheets for the volunteer signups for our show in May.

I really need to make some practice time, just don’t know when that’s going to happen…Maybe tonight…

Anyway, short and sweet, gotta go live my life!

God Bless!

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Sew much to do…

Spent the weekend in Dallas and had a wonderful visit with family.  I am really lucky to have married into a family that I love and that loves me.  It was mentioned that I have known them for 39 years!  I’ve watched Don’s younger siblings become beautiful people.  Not much sewing, but I did get the binding put on Pa-Tune-ya!  Picture is posted on Instagram.  It also snowed on Friday.  I love snow.  My puppy and I took a walk in the snow.  We both enjoyed the walk.  A pic of him with snow is also on the above link.

So Pa-Tune-ya is in the DONE pile, what’s next?  Three Sisters is up next.  I am taking it to Quilt Your Own to long arm quilt it.  A pic of the top is also on the Instagram link.  This morning I sketched out quilting plan.

Weave thru the Friendship stars and meander to make quilted stars and echo around them.

Weave thru the Friendship stars and meander to make quilted stars and echo around them.

It looks a little squashed, but with the long arm and the size of my friendship stars, I think it will be nice.  Now, what to do in the border….any ideas?  I could quilt falling stars mimicking the reverse appliqué stars, but my free hand with 4 pointed stars is terrible!

I also need to get the homestead exemption forms out to clients for the real estate agents I work with.  Almost have one agent done.  Then there are errands to run, gotta get some batting.  Then the guild website needs updating, and I should probably start posting about our speakers in January.

I would love to get back to de-cluttering.  I have a mountain in my family room that is just screaming DE-CLUTTER me next!  Oh and then we cannot forget TAXES.  Would love to have them done by Feb. 1, problem with that is no one gets their docs to us by Jan. 31…argh!…

God Bless!

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Five Days In

I missed a day of blogging, but I’m right back on that horse.  Tuesday night I was working quick as I could to get Pa-Tune-ya ready for bee.  She’s quilted and impressed everyone. 🙂

Laid out ready for embellishing

Laid out ready for embellishing

I don’t have a pic of her done, at least not on my computer.  I will work on that, but I’ll post on Instagram soon.  Last night I worked on the binding and the label.  So she’s ready for our next road trip.  Still have to thread the needles.

Someone was wondering how my room would look after my first project.  Well, I consider Pa-Tune-ya the first one of the year and my room is looking pretty good…

Cutting Table…Clean

Cutting Table…Clean

Cutting Table was cleared before bedtime.  That wasn’t really too challenging.  The room is next for the de-clutter, which is challenging, because the furniture you see goes in the master, which will be the first to room to paint after the bathrooms are done.  I pulled the furniture out of the master in prep of cleaning the carpets, then decided to remodel….so nothing is where it should be, well almost nothing….

My studio is still looking pretty good.  The sewing station and desk are clear.

Sewing Station ready for sit down and sew.

Sewing Station ready for sit down and sew.

I did sit down and sew for 15 minutes this morning.  I’m really wanting to finish the top I’ m working on, but I’m trying to just work on it for 15 minutes at a time.  Thank you Debbie Caffrey.  Her Power Cutting Too Class was the best.  My accuracy has increased by following her directions.

Desk is ready for work!

Desk is ready for work!

My desk, which also acts as a table top for stuff is ready for me to sit down and work.  This is where I write my posts and work on real estate stuff from the agents I assist.  Not the best set up, but it works.

Ironing Station and Fabric Storage

Ironing Station and Fabric Storage

The Fabric Storage top is the messiest part of my space.  I worked on that label last night and didn’t pick up my toys.  It will be done.

I worked on my Spanish last night before bed.  DuoLingo is great.  I use it on my iPad and each lesson takes maybe 5 minutes, so instead of playing BubbleWitch or some sort of Find Hidden Objects game, I play DuoLingo!  You know it helped a little with the plumbers that did the manual labor, between their English and my Spanish, we communicated decent.  They seemed tickled that I tried to speak Spanish.  Then I think maybe they pretended to understand?  Oh well.  I will only get better with practice!

Haven’t missed a walk with Freckles.  I have some things to put on the guild website and hope to get it done before bed tonight.  A friend keeps telling me to take just two or three of these goals and work on them.  I understand.  I’m tempted, but which ones do I choose?  I look at them and see I do a lot of it anyway, just timing needs to improve.  Follow thru needs to happen.  The only one that takes a chunk of time is the 4 hours of sewing, and if I am successful with this, then I will succeed with all my sewing goals.  If I succeed with all my sewing goals, chances are I’m sewing 4 hours a day or more.  So, I’m going to keep going with my plan and always be kind to me when I reflect on my progress.

God Bless!

 

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Happy New Year

Hope today was the start of a great year for you.  It was for me.  I sewed 4 hours, well most of the day.  I did take a nap and I did walk Freckles.

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

He is my 4 legged baby and he’s just so dang cute!  It rained yesterday and our backyard, thanks to the plumbers, who have finished up, (yea!) is a mess of mud.  DH let puppy out this morning (5 AM) and he came back in with mud all over his paws.  If you know me, then you know I like to sleep late, well I got up and cleaned up the mud.  DH cleaned the paws.  It was not a pleasant experience, but we survived and the day only got better.

I’ve got all my embellishments on my Happy Cow, now I’m ready to quilt….But….I need to clear off my basting table.  It was next on the de-clutter list anyway, but I’m getting sleepy and wanted to post so am taking a break from sewing and de-cluttering.  See my Instagram post.

I’ll keep this one short.  The last two were on the long side.  Have a Blessed, Happy, Productive, whatever you wish kind of year.  Hope you follow along with me and see where I end up.  I’m planning on posting the whole year this time.  This is try #3.  I’ve heard it’s the charmed one.

God Bless!

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WAYWO Studio

No quilt progress, well a little. I basted a top for charity. Check out my MQM post. I learned my paisley motif with a little help from my friend!  I’m so pumped I may work on it tonight when I get home. Teal Dragon fireball is still a WIP.

But the big move forward is my studio.  It’s looking good. I cleared off my desk, put the monitor I never use in a closet. Freed up some space. Moved my turntable down to that end of the desk. DH says that since I like the vinyl better than digital, we can move to music room and put in soundboard cabinet. I took out a card table that was behind Briggita and moved her table to the wall beside my desk. My laptop goes on desk side closest to sewing table. I’m thinking this will be advantageous. I had a small Elfa shelf underneath the ironing board and in front of some filing carts. Moved that across the room and NOW I have access to everything.

Just realized this did not post!  Oh well, now I can tell you I’ve finished my paisley motif on the charity quilt.  It was fun!  And I can show you my studio.

Paisley!

Paisley!

Close up pic of quilting

Close up pic of quilting

DONE! Now pass on to someone else for the binding!

DONE! Now pass on to someone else for the binding!

 

 

 

 

 

Sorry no b4 pics of the studio. It was too embarrassing.  But here is my studio! 🙂

Stash (some of it)

Stash (some of it)

Briggita

Briggita

Desk

Desk

Design wall

Design wall

 

 

 

 

Peg board

Peg board

Closet with more stash

Closet with more stash

Place to hide UFO's

Place to hide UFO’s

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

Frequent Visitor looking for treats

 

 

 

 

 

How is your studio?  Hurricane or calm seas?

God Bless!

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TFK Double Needle

Double Needle

Double Needle

I’ve finally figured out my problem.  I have been trying to work out of the “workbooks”.  I don’t think they are made for “self study”.  I have decided to start with the manual and work my way thru.  Just like I used to do with the old software manuals.  Already, I have found my joy and progressed thru the manual to page 46.  True, most of it I already knew from setting up my machine.  Some, like lubricating the thread, I skipped.  I’ll save that for when I have problems with thread.  Oh happy day!

Doesn't this remind you of a Barbie Doll case? You know a place for Barbie, her clothes and accessories? It opened up and could be used as a "closet" during play?

Doesn’t this remind you of a Barbie Doll case? You know a place for Barbie, her clothes and accessories? It opened up and could be used as a “closet” during play?

One corner of my studio is nice and neat.  This is it.  I’m working on the rest.  More on THAT Wednesday! I checked out a couple of videos about using the double needle.  Nancy’s Notions seemed to be the best one.  Her thread set up was different than mine, but it gave me an idea of what to expect.  So the next question is, why?  Why would you want to use 2 needles.  From the little I read, it’s great for hems.  But also decorative stitching!

My favorite!

My favorite!

So let’s play!  First you will need a piece of fabric, stabilizer, a double needle and two different threads.  My manual suggested a manual needle threader, nah!  Easier to push thread thru needle.  Oh and the foot needs to be one that allows for a zigzag stitch.

Two Threads mounted on the spool pins

Two Threads mounted on the spool pins

Here’s the tricky part, you need to take the two threads and thread them together thru the machine.  One thread goes in front of the tension disc and the other goes behind the tension disc.  (I had always wondered why it didn’t matter about the side the thread goes on!)  This is the tricky part.  My manual says center spool goes in front.  Well my brain is wired different than everybody else.  The manual’s front is my back.  Thread wouldn’t pull thru at the needles. Maybe the foot was down, I really don’t remember.  But I switched the way the threads went thru the tension disc and worked like a charm!

Thread Tension Disc

Thread Tension Disc

Then you guide them thru the thread clamp and thread the needles!  You are ready to sew!

Needles Threaded

Needles Threaded

I tried a few stitches and found my favorite.  I may have to try this out on quilting design or machine appliqué.  Maybe even sewing down a binding by machine?  To set this up didn’t take any more effort than normal.

Enjoy the play!

Stitching Straight stitch Favorite Stitch 2

Overview Functions Alphabets is where I stopped in the manual.  I think this will be a much better way to learn my machine and retain the knowledge!  Thanks for reading.

God Bless!

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MQM Paisley success!

Got the quilt basted

Got the quilt basted.

Cotton Pickin’ Bee met last week. Got some help with this troublesome motif. It’s continuous, too!  I practiced on paper and now I’m ready to put it to fabric.

Continuous Paisley Motif

Continuous Paisley Motif

You know me. I’ve got to draw it out and break it down. I had been trying to start it at the loop. Well, it’s easier starting away from the loop.

Start on right make a curve down and start back out.

Start on right make a curve down and start back out.

Then, loop back up.

Then, loop back up.

 

 

We’ve done this next step on waves and spirals.

curl and back out.

curl and back out.

 

 

 

 

Almost there.  Now just cross the line and echo down.

Cross line and echo down.

Cross line and echo down.

Then here is the 2nd paisley.  Just continue down the column.  Easy.

Paisley Repeat

Paisley Repeat

Took a little doing, but paisley is done.  Now to go sew it.  But before I do that, I wanted to share a tool with you.  It’s called Kwik Klip.  It saves fingers from getting sore when closing those safety pins when pin basting!

Handy dandy tool.

Handy dandy tool.

So here is my practice run photos of the paisley.  This is my first attempt on the machine.  I am pleased.  🙂

First attempt on machine. Paisley Line

First attempt on machine. Paisley Line

So here are a couple of close ups.

Paisley with squiggles two paisleys

 

Now, I’m going to sew paisleys on the comforter quilt.  It may take a few days, but watch for it in WAYWO posts.

How do you learn a new motif?  Would love to “read” your process!

God Bless!

 

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