Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bliss is Almost Done!

I finished quilting the main part of Bliss yesterday! Yay! On to the border now - big loops are working fine for this part. I've quilted down one long side already - it's close to being ready to trim and bind, and that makes me very happy! I may have to fit in the final quilting here and there throughout the week - I'm ready to finish it.

I did a bit of straightening in my sewing room, too. I labeled bins for my daily schedule a few weeks ago - ahh, this is working well. But I moved them from one spot to another and reorganized a few things.

My Bliss quilt is too big to fit in the Monday bin, so something else is living in there for now.

And yes, six loaves of bread were baked. Let's just say it takes a bit longer to make bread when you have to stop to go to the grocery store for more flour before you even begin. Done and done!

Today is for dresdens. Last night I ripped out the parts I messed up last week. So these pieces are ready for their re-do. And maybe I'll work a bit on the border of Bliss, too. Rain is coming in this afternoon - a good time to get lots of sewing done! And maybe watch a movie?

Hubby and I finished Downton Abbey over the weekend - sorry to see it end, but we really enjoyed it and the final episode was good about summarizing all the storylines. Since then we've watched a mini series on Amazon Prime called The Escape Artist. Wow! Only 3 episodes, but very intense and a unique plot. I highly recommend it. We've also watched the movie Driving Lessons on Netflix - a sweet story - not the most riveting movie, but we enjoyed it.

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Have a sweet day!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Zippered Bags

I finished stitching up my first little zippered bag - once I figured out that pesky zipper problem, it was smooth sailing. I love these little bags and can think of so many uses for them.

The name of the Craftsy class where I learned this is:

Zippered Bags With a Twist: The One-Zip Way
with Joan Hawley

While I was feeling crafty, I tried my hand at making a bowl cozy. I'd seen these on Pinterest and they are simple to make. The purpose of these is for warming soup (etc.) in the microwave. With the little cozy around the bowl, you won't burn yourself when removing the hot bowl from the microwave. I used the instructions found HERE.

Here it is bottom up.

And then I made another type of zippered bag from the Craftsy class. Did you notice that the zipper pull doesn't match the zipper here? This technique allows the maker to swap out the zipper pull to combine colors in fun ways. I also add a bit of ribbon on the side to grab while zipping the pouch.

Later in the day I made another little pouch, like the first one. So three pouches and one bowl cozy. I'd like to make several of each of these items to have on hand for quick little gifts. I'll have fun picking out some fun fabrics from my stash to make these.

Last night I started another little bird. Just a bit more appliqué for me to do and then I'll be ready for the fun embellishment and embroidery.

So today is machine quilting day - let's see how far I can get working on Bliss. I also need to make bread - my supply went faster because I gave away one loaf. So cheers to baking and Bliss!

Thanks for all the sweet comments on my painting from yesterday's post! I'm anxious to start another one - I'm thinking that when I finish En Provence, Wednesday may become my painting day.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cooper, in Watercolor

Did you guess that I was going to try my hand at watercolor painting yesterday? I've been pinning dog portraits on Pinterest for years. I bought a Craftsy class on painting watercolor pet portraits over a year ago and never watched it. Friday I watched most of the class and purchased the supplies at Hobby Lobby. I picked out a photo of Cooper to work from.

Here Cooper was yesterday am helping me get started (and trying to steal my eraser). 

And here's a shot of my portrait under the original photograph. What do you think? I really had fun painting this. It took hours, but was still MUCH faster than making a quilted portrait. I'm still trying to decide whether to paint the background or just leave it.

I think I'll try more of these. I suppose Mickey will be next up! The moral of this story is: don't ever stop trying new things - life long learning!

I also worked on a zippered pouch. The sewing part was easy. The zippered part? Not so easy! The instructor made it look so simple, but I struggled with it for a couple of hours. Finally, late last night I realized what I was doing wrong. Yippee!!!! I had the zipper pull upside down - no wonder. I'll never make that mistake again, I assure you. Today I'll finish up that little zippered pouch and maybe make another one or two.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My Winnings

Here's the wonderful door prize I won at Thursday's quilt guild meeting:

-Kaffe Fassett book
-Adorable (!) dish towel
-TWO patterns
-TWO charm packs
-Moda tin

What a haul! So many goodies for me to love and use!

Yesterday afternoon I packed up my fabric, hexie papers, thread, scissors, and thimble and off we went to the baseball game! We had great seats and the weather was perfect - warm and sunny. I pulled my sewing bag from my purse and realized I had forgotten a needle. Big oops!!!

No worries. I settled in and enjoyed the game. We had a great time.

Cooper decided to give Mickey a nice bath yesterday - you can see that Mickey is enjoying it.

So what's on tap for today? It's rainy here - a really good excuse to stay inside and sew. And that's exactly what I plan to do. I want to make a new-to-me zippered bag or two today. And also find some time to hexie.

Plus I'm going to delve into something different - a different form of art... It's something I tried years ago and haven't tried it in a long time. I bought some supplies yesterday. Do I have your curiosity up?  Well, you'll have to wait until tomorrow to learn more about this.

Okay, peeps...bring on the coffee! Let's get this day going!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Border Dilemma...

Okay. I'd already cut a bunch of fabric for the border. So I started sewing it together. BUT, when I laid a small section beside the quilt I realized it was not matching. Do you see what I mean? The 'peak' of the border is not in the center of the block. At first glance it looks fine, but I knew it would drive me crazy.

I knew I needed another strip in each block section of the border. But how to do this when I already had a peak?

I tried this - I sewed a square diagonally to the top of the 'peak' strip. Then I added another strip sewn in the mirrored image.

Yes, I think I like this.

So I kept going. Yes, this symmetry appeals to my OCD self. And I've definitely never seen a border like this one. In the last picture I have two long strips of Grunge surrounding the border, like it will be in the quilt.

The only problem I'm having with this now is the color of the Grunge. Don't get me wrong, I do love it. But I want some of it within the quilt...not just dominating the border. Hmm....

I'm thinking of making Grunge yo-yo's to appliqué in all the cornerstones. What do you think? This quilt is becoming like the book, "If You Give a Moose a Muffin." It never ends...

Last night was our guild meeting. Guess who won the door prize ---- ME! I'll share my goodies tomorrow.

It's HEXIE day! I have a pile of fabric cut and ready to baste. AND we have tickets to the afternoon season opener baseball game! In my world, hexies and baseball games go together - it's easy for me to make hexies at a baseball game - or should I call it a 'baste'ball game? Ha!

En Provence....Slowly, But Surely

I made more sashing pieces yesterday and sewed them in between the remaining blocks. What you see here is in two big pieces. I was hoping I'd be able to finish the top next week, but I think it will take another week as well.  Getting there!

I also made two dresdens, but I left out the beginning step...ugh! I can't believe I forgot to make the pointed ends.  Didn't have my head on straight, I guess. They will have to be 'un-sewed' before I fix them. You know how it goes: one step forward and two back - it happens to us all sometimes!

Today hopefully I'll get going on the border for Autumn Garden. And maybe I'll rip out those dresden and have a do-over. And maybe I'll take a nap....ahhh, sounds like a good day!

Can it really be Thursday already? This week is flying by.

Have a good one, y'all!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What!? No Sewing Pictures!

Can you believe its? I didn't sew yesterday! What!?

It was Valentines Day, after all. Hubby and I spent most of the day together. This vehicle was on display in front of the restaurant where we ate lunch.

I think I'll pass on riding in this - I'll call it a piece of art instead of a vehicle though it did have a motor.

Here's our first bloom of the season - more to come I hope!

Okay, so here are the spiralized sweet potatoes 'fries' from our dinner last night. They tasted better than they look, thank goodness! I think I need a better spiralizer - haha! The burgers were delicious and I even had a half glass of wine. Even with all that I stayed within my calories. Let's just say I'm getting used to going to bed hungry - always hungry at bedtime...it's worth it though.

Since I didn't sew yesterday, today I plan to have a marathon day: dresdens and En Provence and who knows what else! Are you with me? Let's go sew!!!