Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April WIP update 2015

I have made progress on 3 of my listed items! (one was on my on deck! So much for finishing a few before I started another!)
Completed tops to be quilted:
  • MY PATTERN!!!!- Top completed! Backing in progress! I hope to get it on the long arm this weekend!!
  • Blogger BOM (back pieced!)
  • Brown Bricks
  • Bento Blocks
  • Celtic Solstice
  • Orange Crush
  • Space Dust (needs one more set of borders)
  • Luke's shirts (maybe a set of borders)
  • Mom's quilt
  • Papa's Swoon- Finished Jan 2015!!
  • Grand Illusion- Finished Jan 2015!!!
Top in Progress:
  • Desiray's Quillow- 2/3 together! One last row and binding!! 
  • Karina's Quillow- 5 blocks complete! 4 more to go!
  • Darien's Circles
  • Bee in my Bonnet Row along
  • Brown/Blue Canton Village QAL
  • Red & Purple HST
  • Medallion Star
Blocks (I may get rid of from guild):
  • flowers
  • leaves
On Deck:
  • Snap Shot QAL
  • Roll Roll Cotton Boll
  • Tula Pink Alphabet Quilt
I know it doesn't sound like much I guess! But I have finished my pattern top! (photos soon!!) I also did a lot of mending (no fun there) and cleaning up! My poor crafting swallows up most of my main floor! (oops!!) 
Come back and check out pics of my quilt top tomorrow!!
Josie

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Working like CRAZY!! I'm so psyched!!!


I have been sewing up a storm!!

I have made progress on the Quillow  I have all of the squares quilted and two rows together! I have to quilt up the name square yet! I put one of the strips on backward and decided to set it aside for a minute so I didn't take my rotary cutter to it!





I have also made BOUNDS of progress on the quilt I designed!! I am so proud of this quilt! I am giving it to my oldest and dearest friend! When it came to the colour choices I asked her for an inspiration photo! This is what she sent me...
I love it! The only problem I see is the colours are VERY similar to the Grand Illusion I just finished! Oh well! I love the palette! I have all of the pieces cut and the blocks half sewn together! It is a VERY Bonnie Hunter inspired pattern! Scrappy, semi traditional, with a twist!!

So, I have a question to throw out there!! I know my readership is WAY down! I have not had that much time pop on here (no, I have not MADE that much time to pop on here) would anyone be interested in a quilt along?? Would you rather a mystery or know what kind of crazy you are getting into?? I have already typed up instructions for the parts!
I'm not going to lie, this is not a throw together in a weekend quilt! It is more like a Celtic Solstice intensity! Oh, that being said please do not think I am even TRYING to compare myself to Bonnie! I just love her work and they inspire me!!

Let me know!! I'm so psyched about this quilt! And because it is for someone I don't know what I would do without It means even more to me! I promise if you like a BHQAL you would not be disappointed in this one! (well the end result anyway!)

See Y'all soon!!
Josie

Linking up with Connie
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

No beginning/end of the month update because...

Because I spent the better part of Feb in Mexico!!
(OK so a lot of pics and NONE quilt related!!)
Honeyman and his Brother!
Let me start with the fact that I got to deliver my Grand Illusion to my Aunt before we left! YUP, I forgot to take a picture!! We stay at her house the night before we leave because she is close to the airport! She has such a giving soul and I love her dearly!! I used to spend a week each summer (sometimes two weeks) at her house, so the house is nothing strange to me!
OK This trip was to Cancun! It also happened to be Honeyman's 40th birthday!! YAY!! We ate that night at the fancy place and they served him up some chocolate cake (even though he's not really a big eating cake kinda guy)

RyGuy, KC, Honeyman, & me!!
For the first week there were 5 of us, Honeyman and myself, of course, His Brother Timmy (who is stationed in FL) and our bestest couple friends here KC N RyGuy! I think it is safe to say we all had a pretty good time! I think I am getting a little older because I was in bed each night by 10:30 at the latest and up every morning between 5 & 6!! One morning I was even WIDE AWAKE at 4:30!!!

After KC n RyGuy left the three of us had a few excursions!!



We visited Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), we went snorkeling, and THEN somehow these two knuckle heads talked me into the BOB!!!

Lets start with the AMAZING pics from Isla Mujeres

More history and info about the island can be found here




Ok, I have no pictures of snorkeling, but then there was the BOB!!! I'm not gonna lie to y'all.. I was scarred s*#!less!! In the end it really wasn't that much to get worked up about and I'm glad I did it!! So it is kind of a cross between a motorcycle and a scuba! but not as fast as a motor cycle and not as deep as scuba! In fact you are only about 16 feet below the surface!! I STILL can NOT believe I let the guys talk me into this... and my BIL gave me the most crap! Guess who had to come up half way through the dive!!! YUP!! Poor Timmy!! (hehe)





It really was VERY cool! There are so many more AMAZING things we did and saw!! I am grateful that we have family and friends to vacation with and to help hold down our house while we are gone!! 
As much as I love to be away I am glad to be home! (and my poor little dog whined for an hour when we got home and would not leave our side!!)
I am so glad to get to sit down at my machine today! Oh, how I have missed you!!!
See y'all soon!!
Josie




Thursday, February 5, 2015

WIP Wed (Thurday edition!)

OK, So, last week I posted my WIP list and somehow I omitted TWO of my MUST FINISH items! Maybe it is because I am in deep deep hate with the one project!!
A while ago (like two years ago) my Baby Brother asked me to make quillows for his woman and each of her three girls. I quickly made the first one for Sunshine because I had always wanted to use a dresden and this was my chance! I also finished the one for the oldest girl (and can I tell you how much in LOVE with that one I was DROOL!!) So with two done I was faced with the other two... one I don't mind it is just a simple log cabin... but the other!!! All solids (sorry not my favorite) only three fabrics!!! And a VERY fussy pattern (Gods Eye) Then to top it off I had to go and decide to do a very intricate (for me anyway) quilting design on it! SMH! What was I thinking! If I would have done a stipple this would be over and done with!! BUT NO!! Silly me!
So I have to make nine of these blocks and then one 'special' block! I now have 7 finished!! The 'special' name block is hand stitched and will be quilted with an all over stipple! I will wait till we get back from vacation to begin sewing these together!

But for now... Here's a quick sample Oh when I say 7 are 'finished' I mean the CENTER of 7 are finished! I still have the black to do! It will get a VERY simple treatment! But I will decide that when I get all the inside finished! LOL
Linking up with Connie!
See you soon!
Josie







Updated WIP list:
Completed tops to be quilted:
  • Papa's Swoon- Finished Jan 2015!!
  • Blogger BOM (back pieced!)
  • Brown Bricks
  • Bento Blocks
  • Celtic Solstice
  • Orange Crush
  • Grand Illusion- Finished Jan 2015
  • Space Dust (needs one more set of borders)
  • Luke's shirts (maybe a set of borders)
  • Mom's quilt
Top in Progress:
  • Desiray's Quillow
  • Karina's Quillow
  • Darien's Circles
  • Bee in my Bonnet Row along
  • Brown/Blue Canton Village QAL
  • Red & Purple HST
  • Medallion Star
Blocks (I may get rid of from guild):
  • flowers
  • leaves
On Deck:
  • Snap Shot QAL
  • Roll Roll Cotton Boll
  • Tula Pink Alphabet Quilt
  • MY PATTERN!!!!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Grand Illusion DONE!!

Binding
I am so psyched to get this one done!! I am giving it to my Aunt Judy who has been my biggest cheerleader my whole life! I get to see her in another 18 days! Till then... anticipation!!
I quilted with an all over flowering clam shell in yellow thread! I love the big loopy texture it gives the quilt! And I also bound is in the constant yellow!
I hope you enjoy as much as I do!!
Josie
Linking up with Bonnie for the final linky
Front
Back

Texture



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WIP List 2015 Update #1

It has been a while since I put anything down on here! I did write down on paper what I have going and where! So I think the beginning of each month I will TRY to update my WIP list!

Completed tops to be quilted:
  • Papa's Swoon- Finished Jan 2015!!
  • Blogger BOM (back pieced!)
  • Brown Bricks
  • Bento Blocks
  • Celtic Solstice
  • Orange Crush
  • Grand Illusion- On the long arm!!
  • Space Dust (needs one more set of borders)
  • Luke's shirts (maybe a set of borders)
  • Mom's quilt
Top in Progress:
  • Darien's Circles
  • Bee in my Bonnet Row along
  • Brown/Blue Canton Village QAL
  • Red & Purple HST
  • Medallion Star
Blocks (I may get rid of from guild):
  • flowers
  • leaves
On Deck:
  • Snap Shot QAL
  • Roll Roll Cotton Boll
  • Tula Pink Alphabet Quilt
  • MY PATTERN!!!!

This is the list I wrote up the first week of January!  So I guess I will call this my first update!!

I'm taking a page form Bea! I'm copying your format (kind of!! LOL) Red has been worked on this week and I will cross it out when I'm finished! Of course we all know that other things will be added along the way! Who knows what will come up!!
Thanks for visiting!! Come back soon for pics of Grand Illusion! (I WILL get this done I WILL get this done!!)
Josie

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Swoon Finished at long last!

Helen loaded up!!
Now, I know that three year a UFO is not that long! Come on lets all get real! We know there are some waiting even longer than that!! LOL But this one was special to me! I wanted it to be just right!! It was after all for my Honeyman!! WAY back in Feb 2012 I finished the flimsy!!
Such a happy find!!

Well, over the weekend I loaded up Helen and away we went!! Oh, wait, I have to back up even further!! Honeyman wanted a flannel back! I don't really buy flannel but I have a box that came from my Mother that had  few flannels in it!! In there I found a GEM!! A flannel 'backing' dated 1951!! It had a seam down the center I had to remove (the HEAVY old cotton thread shredded as I pulled at it!!) AND I had to match up the pattern a bit better! LOL I also had flannel my Mother had used to make PJ's for my Dad!! So the backing is purchased by my Grandmother and my Mother! And pieced by me!! How wonderful is that!!??
I quilted with an all over swirl but of course I had to add in personal touches! I delivered it to him last night (while he was on shift) and wanted to get pics with the fire truck... but I always forget how horrible their lighting is in the bay! BOO! So the final pics are just terrible! But I'm sure y'all can see the amazing colours in the other bazilloin pics I took!!!
Swirls of texture
I added our children's names!
Binding time!!
Our song!!

Crinkly swirls!!
Washed and crinkly!!
Honeyman!!
Front
Back
















See what I mean about the yellow lighting! There are Honeyman's boots peeking out the bottom!! I'm so happy to get this one finished!!
Linking up with Connie,
Have a great week! I hope to get another quilt on Helen in the next day or two!!
Josie