Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday morning Diamonds (still 3... and two halves!!)

Well, we had an AMAZING weekend weather wise! Honeyman was off Friday and Saturday so we decided to pull the camper out! And guess who didn't take any hand work with her??? This gal!!
I did the inside of two diamonds done! So my count still stands at three (and two halves!!) There seems to be a LOT of blues and yellow going on here! I will have to find more reds and pinks to balance this out! A laid back kind of day today! I hope to get these two done while the kids play outside today!
 I do love this 80 degree weather!! It can stay this way for another couple of weeks and I would be VERY happy!!
Linking up with Jessica!

I hope everyone is having and AMAZING day!
Have a great week!!
Josie

Monday, September 22, 2014

EPP Monday Morning Diamond count (3)

Going to try to be better about linking up and being accountable! Trying anyway!!
I have two more diamonds to add to my new pile! I have to pick up background so I can add that to my finished diamonds and really call each one 'done'! I'm pretty sure I'm doing a black background because... well that's just my go to!! I love it and bright colours!!
I'm linking up with Jessica! Go check out what the other amazing ladies are up to!!!

Josie



Friday, September 19, 2014

Twisted Sister Finished!

Anticipation is the worst!! Why does it take two hours for the washer and dryer to deliver to me my finished quilt??
A little bit back I finished a quilt top! OK YES the date on that IS Jan of 2012!! I have more tops finished than I care to admit! This one I had all pin basted and ready to quilt! I started and then didn't know if I liked what I was doing! At that point however I was WAY to far into quilting it to even THINK about pulling out the stitches! So it sat in the WIP pile!!
Easy Street
I am still having troubles with my long arm (GRRRRR) and am calling in today to see if I can send it in! (and this time I will NOT speak to Scott because he was just not nice!!)  I WILL get this beast fixed because my goal is to get my Celtic Solstice quilted prior to starting Bonnie's QAL this year!! (and my Easy Street!!! OOPS!! And Oops again I don't think I ever posted a finished pic of the top! Not like me!) Well here's my Easy Street... a quarter of it anyway! I'm not sure if I like it but the Brat has laid claim to it and says she likes it! So, when I get it finished it will go to her!!

OK, my Dryer has finished and here we go Twisted Sister!! FINISHED!!!
Twisted Sister!
Wrinkled goodness!!!
Backing


















Normally I like to piece a back, I did not however piece this back and I'm not even sure what I'm going to do with this little critter! I will say this is the first quilt (other than the quillows) that I machine stitched the binding! I'm not really a fan of it, but I do like to have it in my wheelhouse just in case!!


And just my luck, too... I was going to link up a Friday Finish with crazy mom quilts and there is no link this week! Shall I tell her it is my fault because the universe is shocked I had something to contribute!! LOL

Crazy stuff my friends!!!! Have a great weekend!!
Josie

Monday, September 1, 2014

Star Dust Quilt Along

Fabric pull!
Howdy friends! It's been a minute or two!! To tell the truth not much gets done over the summer! That's family and vacation time! The kids are now back to school and I have my nap time back to get down to business!!
I LOVE Tula Pink! I love her fabric, her patterns!! She just speaks to me!!! I would LOVE to try her butterfly quilt! But for now John decided to start in a QAL!! I'm in!!! I love the look of Space Dust and decided WHY NOT!!!
I did start a week late, but I'm all caught up now!!! I decided to pull fabrics from my stash! Aren't we always trying to use what we have?? I will have to get more for the background! I'm running low!!


Row 1
Row 2
Row 3
Row 4
 I do love how bright the colours are against the black background!! I am a bright gal!! I have the first 5 rows done and only have one more to go!
Row 5 #SDQAL

I hope to sit at my machine for a bit today! Thank goodness it's a holiday weekend!!!
Hope everyone has a great one!!!
Josie
Linking Up with Lee

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TENSION!!!

SO, here's the ugly truth... I have been SWEARING at my long arm! I CANNOT get the tension right! I get it! I REALLY do! eyelashes = top tension to loose or bobbin to tight!! Well I CAN'T tighten the top any more! I have had to loosen it because it was TOO tight! thread breaking!! So I loosened the screw on the bobbin!! I CAN NOT loosen it any further! And I am STILL getting eyelashes!! I'm just gonna show ya! Brace yourselves...
Eyelashes 
Eyelashes
                                                                                                                                         So I didn't change ANYTHING between these 3 photos! Same Bobbin same stitching! And yet about 1\3 of the stitching has eyelashes! IN THE MIDDLE of the rest of the stuff! I just don't get it! I am pretty steady with my stitching. I do use a stitch regulator and not a constant speed so in theory even if I am not even it SHOULD keep up with me! (believe me when I say I am NOT a quick stitcher! LOL)
No eyelashes???
Puppy
This quilt is for a little guy and I did throw in a snake a snail and a puppy dog tail! These pics are from the back of the quilt. The from is white so they are not very noticeable from the front! But that was what I wanted! It is all together possible that his name is ALSO on the quilt! But since he is not yet here I can't really share that part!! I am going to leave the quilting eyelashes and all! (Her daughter after all has the first quilt I EVER fully finished) 

Snakes
Snails
Eat Play Sleep Repeat 
The pattern is Baby Life Quilt from Moda Bake shop I have had this one on my must do list for some time! I did have to alter it because I only had a yard of the background. So I made the outer border orange with white polka dots! I hope to get this bound and washed up in the next day or two!  
Happy stitching!
I haven't decided yet what to bind it with... I will probably go with blue! OH, I have more polka dot binding from my last quilt still!! That would work nicely!!


 OK friends! Wish me luck!! Have a GREAT day!!
Josie


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Monday, June 2, 2014

EPP ...

Well summer has hit!! We have been spending oodles of time outside and I have not been able to sit down at my machine! (I do so miss her!!) OK That is only kind of true! I did get some obligations finished!
Corn hole bags
Corn Hole Boards


My BFF Becky has twin boys who graduated high school and she was making corn hole bag sets for them. It did my heart good to work with Becky on these and she LOVED being able to give them to her AMAZING young men! We worked on the boards and she painted them. I made the bags for her.




Little cuddles!


Another Girlfriend of mine is getting a new puppy and she wanted to take it a cuddly blanket while it waited to come to them (it was not old enough yet) she bought a blanket but it was WAY to big for her little pup (a wiener!) So she brought it to me and I cut it into FOUR little cuddlers! It did have minky and I kinda swore at it a bit!! LOL but they got done!!



ONE DIAMOND!!!
My son has GROWN like a weed!! ALL of his pants are WAY to short for him! Well, sometimes I'm cheap thrifty! One of the pairs was a SOLID three inches to short, but to big in the waist... I have a SKINNY husband SO!! I cut them, seamed them, and distressed the hem and now Honeyman has a new pair of shorts!! His only complaint is that the pockets are to short (they were boys and I guess that is a difference!) Oh well! I said put less things in your pockets! LOL

Perfect little containers!
I have decided to work on EPP so I have hand work while we travel and have begun to cut and work! I tend to be a LITTLE stressed when we pull our camper and hand work keeps me distracted and yet I can still talk! We have a six hour drive father's day weekend! I need more papers and wouldn't you know it the place I order from is MOVING and I have a deadline to get them here!! I had to order from somewhere else! Oh, well! They will be here in plenty of time!
 I have one just about finished (it has one more hexi to attach!

Let the adventure begin!!
See you soon friends!
Josie

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Orange & Blue Beauty

Orange and Blue Beauty
I am so happy I made it in time to link up with Connie for Tuesday linky! I have finished my largest quilt to day! This quilt is inspired by Bonnie Hunter's Blue Ridge Beauty! I chose not to lay it out in a traditional barn raising I found another picture that inspired the layout, (however she used 120 blocks and I have 196!!)
I made this quilt for one of my dearest friend and her Hubby. They are Illini fans and I decided that blue and orange would be a great combo for this quilt!

Mother nature!!
Mother nature was NOT cooperating with me for the photo op this morning! We have 40-45 MPH winds gusts and this is what I got most of the time!! Oh well! 


Back

I let my friend choose the backing for her quilt (however, I still don't know if she realizes the quilt is for her!!)! I love the fun butterflies she chose to pop down the middle! We purchased all that they had so it was only a small pop!!I also found a flaw in the orange material as I was doing the final pressing (of course I had the WHOLE back pieced!) SO I patched it with a butterfly!! Maybe I should have put a few more on there to make it not so obvious! But NO! I only think of that now!
I quilted the body of the quilt with a flowering clam shell in orange thread and LOVE how it came out! I did however have a problem with the borders and think they are a little wobbly. I'm still learning on my new long arm and think it turned out well! 
Quilting close up


OOPS!!
 My friend also chose the binding, however, I have to say we all know I LOVE it because the two things I LOVE when it comes to binding... Bias stripes, and polka dots!! You add the two together and I am OVER THE MOON! Even if it is blue! ;0)
Binding

More binding
The quilt finished at about 90 x 90, so plenty to cuddle under! Honeyman however pointed out to me that the largest quilt I have made so far is for our shortest friends! I love that man!!
I hope everyone has a great day!!
See you soon!
Till then...
Quilt on friends!!
Josie