Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hoping To Be Busy

I'm hoping that while I was on the cruise, I actually got something done. I took a couple cross stitch projects with me. One I was hoping to work on, on the plane.

So, I was able to keep each day during my trip busy with things to post. I wanted to keep my blog going while we were gone.

I'm hoping to get back to posting on the 28th or 29th. Then I can post a ton of photos and comments on what we did while we were gone. I really had looked forward to this trip and I'm excited to get back and show what all we were able to enjoy on the cruise!

In the meantime....Stay Happy Quilting! and Happy Stitching!

Friday, May 26, 2017

QOV Quilts

Donna has been awesome getting quilts done for QOV! Quilts of Valor quilts are for veterans.

Here is one of the quilts that I'm dropping off at our next meeting.

This is another one.

Another quilt done with "cheater cloth" in the patriot colors.

I'm taking all these quilts to our meeting in June to be given to a Veteran. It's awesome to see all the quilts that our group gets done.

So, four quilts and two eagles are going to the next meeting. I need to do the binding of one of the quilts (will show later) and I have to do a pillow case for one of them as well. Each quilt gets a pillow case to go with it.

I feel awesome giving Veterans a gift of love and it makes us all Happy Quilting!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trying to Decide....What Next

I went through a stack of magazines that I have downstairs. They are from the 1990's and I wanted to look for wedding announcements and baby announcements. The more I looked the less I saw of what I wanted.

But I did find.....

 A beautiful memorial for a Vet. I am going to do this, not sure who I'll put in he memorial part but have an idea.

This is my wonderful stack of magazines. Trust me, I have more! This was a small amount. So, I went through these and called it good. Wasn't wanting to keep going! lol

This one did catch my eye. I do like the looks and the saying of this one... so it's on my list of "maybe's."

As I was going through the magazines I found this!! It's the third one that goes with my "Love" and "Hope" pieces. Hope is the one I'm taking with me on the cruise.

This is a wedding piece. I'm not sure about this one, but will add it to my "maybe" list.

And of course I had to find one that "popped!" It was so pretty that I put this on the list of wanting to do. I love the colors and this is a Christmas piece. I do need to get a few more Christmas pieces to add to my walls during Christmas.

This is another Christmas piece. I love the snowmen and the way it's put together. This is really pretty and I think the blue will be awesome! So, another "want to do" piece!

After all that looking, those were the only ones I cam up with - go figure! I did see a lot of pretty pieces that would be awesome to do, but I'm not there yet. I do love the looks of these. I will have them on my list. I do have a lot on my list, so I'll just have to take one at a time!

I wish you as much fun looking for pieces as I had! This is fun to do and I find things I forgot about! Amazing what going through old magazines do!

May we all be Happy Stitching or even Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One of My Techniques For Applique

I thought I would post one of the ways I do applique. Everyone has a technique or two that they like to use. I have been known to combine more than one technique.

This is the block I did for the quilt group a couple weeks ago.

In this technique of doing the pieces first before putting them down on the fabric. I copied the pieces on to freezer paper - with the shinny side down.

Then I iron the pieces to the fabric I'm going to use. In this case, the bird is my blue fabric. I ironed the pieces on the "right side" of the fabric.

I use "Elmers" school washable glue. Stick form. Then I put glue around the area where I want to fold the fabric back (edge for applique). As shown above.

Once I had part done, I did it to all the pieces. I then took the "shield" on the eagle, and glued it down (just one swipe) and appliqued it to the eagle. Neither are attached to the background yet.

This is what it looked liked after the shield was appliqued down. I find it's easier to applique the piece before putting it to the background. I have a lot less fabric to go through.

I then put the background fabric over the top of my design. I had good lighting to do this. I was able to see the pattern underneath. It gave me a "guide" of where to put the eagle.

Once I had it in the place I wanted it, I glued it down at the tail, wings and head.

Then I started to applique the piece down. I look for a straight area where I can start. I don't like to start on the areas where its a curve or a point. I like to work my way around the curves and get the points.

I tried to get my hubby to take a photo of how I do circles. But he didn't get the point of "close up." I fixed it though, I cropped it so you can see it better.

I use my thumb as a guide. I used the circle things and they worked - sort of - but I found I did a lot better circles by using my thumb as a guide. The curve of my fingernail has a natural curve and I can follow that better then trying to follow the round plastic pieces that I've ironed (with a sharp point in it). NOTE: I'm left handed - so my thumb looks like it's in the wrong position - but it's not.

I appliqued the stem around the top of the eagle. Then I started on the stars and circles (above). The star freezer paper came off, so I was still able to applique them done.

Even though the circles and the stars are light, I wanted to do something different. We were limited to the colors we had. There were more light colors then darker ones. The leaves are red.

And when I'm all done, it's ironed and ready for the next step.

I have many techniques and this is one. I could have used back-basting for the branch, but choose not to.

I live the end result and really happy with it.

Happy Quilting - Happy Stitching.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Projects That I had Framed

This is a short part of all the projects I had framed over the last month.

This was a class I took. It is Hungarian embroidery and they are Happy and Sad. I'm not sure which is which but I'll mark them on the back when I go down and get the information on when I finished the pieces.

This is the piece I finished 2015. I will try and remember to put the information down before I post this page. I loved this. Patrick original wanted green for the top matt. I went and had it changed to the purple. Now, I'm wondering if I made the right choice. I do love this piece. Our house is getting a make over with my pieces. We're starting to show my work on the walls. I love seeing them on the wall.

Nantucket Rose has finally been framed. She's not as big as my Quiltmaker but she's still just as pretty. Patrick put her on the wall.

Trying to remember if this is the Summer Cat or Spring Cat. I do love this piece as well. It's now framed and the frame has a "frame" to it that gives it character. I like the way it was done. Now I just need to do the next one and see about getting the same frame for it. Who knows, we'll see how that goes.

Don't forget to check out my flosstube!

Stay Happy Stitching!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Yet, Another UFO/WIP Creeped Up

As I'm cleaning out my quilt from and trying to get rid of stuff I won't work on, I found yet another UFO.

Over 20 years ago, I designed a quilt to make with some green leaf fabric. I tried a few different ways of putting it together. The main sewing was the paper piecing method on the sewing machine.

This was one of the blocks that I wanted to do. I had done it a couple of times. Each with a different idea. I throw out the others, because they were not put together.

BUT I did find that I had finished 56 9-patches.

I took all this over to moms and we talked about what we could do. I was hoping she would take it, but she figured I could finish this myself. I could - but really don't want to.

So, hopefully this summer I will take the 9-patches and add sashing with a green square in the corner. I have the borders already cut (from 20 years ago). So, this is another project that needs to be of these days. I may yet work on it after I get back from the Seminar!

May you have a great day and Happy Quilting! Happy Stitching!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Changed My Mind

In cleaning out my quilt room and finding some UFO's.

This one was one I that would be considered a SAL. (Stitch-a-long)

Mom's group saw this pattern and decided they wanted to make the quilt. We ordered 8 books and 8 of us decided we would make the quilt.

We talked about how we would do the center. But then most of us decided to do the flowers first. Some did pink and some did yellow. I decided to do blue. I believe 3 have finished all the flowers that go around in the border next to the center.

I actually finished 4 blocks. There are 3 different patterns for the flowers.

Block #5 is right here. Needs to be finished.

These are all the colors that I was going to use in the quilt. YEP, WAS GOING TO.

I took all the fabric and folded them to put them away. I also put the book in my bookshelf to call it good! I decided I will finish some blocks of flowers and see if I can put them in a different quilt top. Not something I'm wanting to do right away. I have added this to my quilting box. ANOTHER project that I'll be working on when with quilting friends.

I have tons of fabric for this quilt!

May you have a great day - Happy Quilting and/or Happy Stitching!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Found a UFO/WIP From A While Ago

As I cleaned out my quilt from I found some UFO's that I need to work on. So, since I'm gone this week, I'm posting a few of my UFO's and what I'm planning on doing!

I can't remember the pattern name of this one!

I started this around 1985. It's been that long. I hand pieced everyone of those pieces.

Each block is ready for hand piecing. I wanted a full size quilt out of this but now I'm thinking I'm going to add a few move blocks and then call it done! It's not going to be very big. I do believe these blocks are 10" finished.

There are two extra blocks already done. I put this pattern and stuff in my quilting box. That way I can think about working on them when I'm with my quilt groups. It should keep me busy for awhile.

Hope your Happy Quilting!

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Beautiful Day to Work Outside

Today was a beautiful day. It was one of those days where Patrick took part of the day off and worked in the yard. He was saying the garden is a piece of work! It's a big mess. Everything needs to be cleared out and it's going to take some work. All because it rained this year...and when I mean it rained, I mean it RAINED so much the first 5 months! It broke the record for WA state. We have had so much rain that it's equal to the normal up to Nov! We are 6 months ahead of all the rain we get for the year. The yard looks great now. The garden got sprayed.

I did a lot of cleaning. Laundry is almost caught up. I will do what we need later.

The folks will be back on Wednesday. It will be fun to see them again.

I will be doing more cleaning tonight. Then I'm going to start a cross stitch project. I KNOW, I really shouldn't start another project, but this one is small and I'm hoping it will only take a couple days and then it's done. I'll have plenty of time to work on it tomorrow.

I've been keeping a list of things for my next flosstube. I'm hoping to do that a week from Wednesday. I can't wait to do that one too! Plus that's the drawing time. Should be fun!

Happy Quilting - Happy Stitching!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Birthday To ME!

Today I enjoyed a little more sleep then usual. My folks called before I had to go to Cherrills. We had a good chat and they will be back on Wednesday. It will be good to see them again, since they have been gone a month and then some. They are also getting ready to get a dog. Guess my niece is going to train a puppy for them and then in Aug when they go back done they will have a dog. Should be interesting. At least it will get dad out and walking again.

I then went over to Cherrill's to find Ruth there as well. They set up a Birthday TEA for me. I loved it!! There was a Birthday cake and gifts. Cherrill game me a box with a tea cup, tea strainer and a tea bag holder. It's awesome! I love the colors! Ruth gave me flowers and a card with $5 in it. It was so fun! We sat, chatted, and ate cake. I brought home a lot of the cake. It was one of the best Birthday cakes I've had - and one of my best Birthdays!

I didn't think to take a photo of it before we ate some! It was so funny!

Then came home and had to run to moms. I had to pick up some stuff for her client and then go back to the house and drop off what he gave me. I also picked up her mail. Then I headed to Walmart (I KNOW RIGHT!?) I picked up the extra stuff we needed for our trip. It went great. I was able to get out of there in a good time.

Came home and found a package at the door. Was thinking it was from Katt, but it was from Phil and Emily. I got a beautiful Bonsai plant. It was fun to it out of the box. I love this plant! Now I just need to keep it alive. The funny part was my thought went to Japan remembering the saying of a Bonsai that is a gift, is the giftee's life tree. When the person dies, so does the tree. Should be interesting! lol

Then Katt called. We had a good chat. She was wishing me a happy Birthday. Her gift won't be here till next week. Told her not to worry, it happens. We chatted for quiet a while and I really loved hearing from her. I do miss her.

Patrick came home and we went to the casino for supper. I wanted to go somewhere different. The casino has new restaurants lately. They remodeled them. After some thinking, I just wanted to go to the Deli and that's were we went. It was really good!

Came home and worked on packing. It's getting there.

I'm getting behind on my projects, but hopefully it will get me back to being Happy Stitching, Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Getting Ready and Walking in Circles

This morning I was over at Cherrills helping her with genealogy. I spent two hours on genealogy. It was so much fun! She's learning how to find the information - yet she has written a few books on her family. She's working on another line of her family. We both have Taylor's in our lines. We haven't connected them yet.

Came home and worked on the quilt. I finished putting the label on and washed it. I need to take a photo of it and will do that tomorrow.

While that was washing, I was walking around in circles. Trying to remember what I need to take with me, what I want to do....ugh.

I decided to make sure I got this ready to work on. So, I've started this piece. This is where the background stuff comes in. The photo shows it as blue but it's color is grey. I may go look for a blue to use instead of the grey. I'm not liking the grey right now.

I then went back to work on my genealogy and found that my 10th gr-grandparents with the name of Fales. They also had FISHER, FALES, BROCK, and others. I'm back to the 1600's with them. It's amazing to find that they are in the same time as John Adams as well as the others. My family may have helped with the constitution. I'm going to do more digging to see. I do see where there are a few cousins that married. Not really what we want to find in our family, but it's there. I did find one of my ancestors did have slaves. Wasn't thrilled to see that, but I know that was what happened in that day and age.

I realize people today get upset and really hate having that in their family. I look at it as being the that time of life. Today we are better and don't have slaves. At the same time, I think of how those who came from slaves are awesome strong people that came out of hard times. If one really looks at the way life is, over the centuries there have been a lot of hatred and wars that our ancestors were strong and got through. We wouldn't be here today if our family line wasn't as strong as it is.

Life is good, Happy Stitching - Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Working on My HAED Piece

This morning I was up early because Phil was coming to stop by on his way to work. I had an awesome visit with him. He's looking good. I do miss him! He gave me a table cloth for Mother's Day. I'm going to put it on the table Friday. We had a good visit and then he had to leave to head to work.

I went out to get Kitty out of the garage. I opened the door to find two cats and not one cat in the garage. Shock! That cat was laying close to Kitty. He just stared at me. I couldn't believe he wouldn't budge. So, I moved the mattresses and he finally moved but went further into the garage. Lucky me! So, I left the door open for him to get out and brought Kitty in the house for a little bit. After an hour I went out to see if he was still there. No sign of him. So......I put food down and water to see if he would eat it while the door was shut. When Kitty went in the garage tonight the food was still there and so was the water. Guess he's gone for now.

One or both of them made a mess in the garage. Patrick wasn't happen and cleaned it up when he got home.

I worked on my HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) piece. I didn't get a photo, so will try and get one to post here. I found that parking wasn't going to work on this piece. It's got way too much confetti and it gets confusing where the next piece goes. So, I'm going to work with the parking I have parked and do one color at a time. I'll still work in the 10 x 10 area, but doing one color at a time will go faster and easier then parking and trying to figure out what I did wrong by putting a color in the wrong spot. I did get about 70 stitches done today with the parking. Then changed to using one color.

Once I got tired of that, I finished the binding on the one quilt.

Now I'm attaching the label on the back. Once that's done, I'll wash the quilt. It's coming along great. I have one more to bind and will wait to do that later.

We had bowling tonight and I bowled a 232, 198, 233. We won 2 games and they won one game and totals which gave them 6 points and we had 4 points. Totals equals 4 points. This is 9-pin no tap.  They had 220 handicap and we only had 3. Hopefully next week will b better.

In the meantime Happy Quilting, Happy Stitching!

Monday, May 15, 2017

An Interesting Day of Hardanger

This morning I was up and ready to go. I went over to Cherrills to help her out and then came on back home.

I went downstairs and went through my magazines.

I wanted to find something for a baby and also a wedding announcement piece. I figure if Dan is getting married I could do an announcement and my great niece is almost a year old.

I then marked my piece of fabric for the "Hope" cross stitch that I'm taking with me.

While I was watching the flosstube stuff, I saw we had a #4 part to work on. So, I pulled it up and was starting to work on the piece when I figured I had done something wrong on the last piece. So, I took it out! I put it back in, took it back out, and put it back in....and that went on for several rounds.

I finally got it right and decided to give it a break before starting the part that goes around. I did get a few stitching in around the part I messed up...and messed up....and messed up....we get the picture! We'll see if I do more tomorrow or just wait and work on it another time.

I then decided to stitch more on the binding of the quilt. I now have about two feet to go and it's done. Then I'll put the label on the back. Once that's done, I'll wash it. Then I have to measure it. I'll do all that later. I know I'll have to wash it a few times.

I've been putting some stuff in the suit case to work on our trip. I should have it done soon. I'm still thinking about what I'll take with me. I need to do a dress or skirt that will work for the dress up day. I'm getting a little more excited about going.

Last night I didn't get much sleep because my mind was on the magazines and what I'll do for Dan and my nephew's baby. Funny how some ideas come to mind and then I'm off trying to get it done OR sweat over it till I do something about it.

Funny how weird I get....I think of something in the middle of the night and then I can't go back to sleep! So, I nap and wake thinking about what I NEED to do that day.....I should just get that note pad back to my table and write it down so I can go back to sleep. Sometimes that helps, sometimes it doesn't! When will I relax?! I seem to go off all the time.......

Happy Stitching, Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


My day started out with me sleeping till 9:30 am - the firs time is YEARS. Even Patrick was surprised.

We then went downstairs and went through our pantry that has tons of stuff in it. Not all food. We pulled a few things out. Set them up for a garage sale. Ruth is having her garage sale in two weeks. We are dropping a few things off for her to sell for us. It should be interesting. I do hope they sell. I was actually in the mood to get rid of a few things. Figured I haven't used them now, and who knows if I ever will at this rate. I was saving stuff of the kids but Katt can't take anything. Phil and Emily usually don't want what we offer, so figured I'd sell them.

We then went to the Olympia Red Lobster to meet up with my "adopted" son, Dan. We celebrated his and my Birthday. He's Birthday is the 17th and mine is the 18th. We planned this a long time ago. We had an awesome time! We had to wait 30 mins before we could get a table. It was funny how the tables around us were getting more attention. We must have switched waitresses three times. The first two didn't help much, and the last one was more attentive. But the food was good.

Came home and worked on the quilt. I've got 3/4 of it bound so far.  will have the rest of it done tomorrow.

I have another one that needs bound and then I can wash all four of them. The other two I need to wash then measure for the next meeting.

One of these days I'll get back to working on my cross stitch. Seems there is always something popping up for me to do.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! I wasn't able to spend Mother's Day with my mother, as she's out of town. I hope everyone was able to be with their mother's today. There are different kinds of mother's out there. There are the single mothers, the step mothers who took over the mothers place, and even family members (like sisters) who have taken over the mother's place. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS!

Happy Quilting, Happy Stitching!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hello Saturday!

This Saturday started out like all the others. We went to the casino - didn't last long and then headed over to the VF store. I picked out some shorts. I needed another pair of shorts to take with me on the cruise. Next stop was the grocery store. Needed to figure out what we wanted for supper.

Came home and enjoyed a few shows.

My magnifying glass arrived in the mail. It's bigger than I expected. But it should work on my new frames. It doesn't work on the frames I'm using now, because it's so top heavy. It tends to move my scroll. The new ones don't roll.

I got a few more stitches in on my penguin. I have the penguin done, but have to finish the hat. It's really going to pop when I do the backstitching! I worked on it for a while then I remembered I needed to work on the quilt.

So, I sat down and worked on the binding. I have one side done already and will get more done tonight and tomorrow. I have two to bind and two to wash and get ready for our meeting. At least I have time to do them. Our meeting is the Tuesday after we get back.

Patrick picked up my framed work yesterday and by this afternoon they were up on the wall. I like where he put them. I think he's liking the work on the wall. At first he didn't know if he wanted my work on the wall because we had so much on the wall already. I decided I wanted to replace my family photos with my crafts. I think it looks better.

Life is good. Things are getting done and I'm getting a lot done.

Happy Quilting! Happy Stitching!

Hoping To Be Busy

I'm hoping that while I was on the cruise, I actually got something done. I took a couple cross stitch projects with me. One I was hopin...