Sunday, March 10, 2013

I have almost finished the puppy quilt for my nephew.  I just need to figure out what I'm going to do for the border and see if I can convince my mother to bind it.

I stitched in the ditch for the quilting of the blocks, and I'm rather pleased with it. Since this is the second time for quilting it, I think I'm done with it.
This is the robot quilt:

The blue and red triangles around the robots are basically praire points that stick up from the quilt. To "quilt"it, a friend and I just tied it.

This is my current embroidery project:
I think I have more done, than not, but I'm hoping to finish it by June so my parents can take it with them for a birthday present. I am planning on putting a backing on it, but I don't know what kind it will be, yet.
Here is Magoo, the monkey I made for my niece. I also made a pair of pants, but I rather like her as is.
This was my first attempt at framing my own needlework, and I have to say I was very pleased.  I went to a professional framer to order the frame and he also cut the foam core for me and then I stretched it. They said it was good enough that it could have been something they sold to paying customers. I believe it was from World of Cross-Stitching, but I don't remember which issue.

And these last two photos are the ones I have completed for my mother. I have since moved back home, and with the move I have lost the third, quarter finished girl. It's around here somewhere, I just don't know which box to look in.

 And that finishes this round of photos, so I'll be back later.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Wow! It's been almost a year since I last updated this blog. I finished the robot quilt, it was very cute and the couple loved it.  I scrapped the Husker quilt and the cross-stitch sampler, but I did finish a Christmas sampler and I think it is very cool. I'll add a picture of it later. I have a new puppy quilt for my nephew and helped my mother sew some outfits for my niece, but I don't think I'll include pictures of the clothes. When I lay out the puppy quilt for the back and binding I will add a photo.  I also started Easy Street by Bonnie Hunter, but Í'm only through the picking of fabrics and half through the sewing little squares together.
I am half finished with the Brave Little Knight crib cover, and hope to get it sent to my nephew before his first birthday. It's at least 36 x 45, so it should still be big enough, right?
I have a few other random cross stitches I have been working on, but I want to get the Knight done, so it has been the primary focus for the past few weeks. I will be adding photos soon.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Progress, Progress, Progress

I have cut out the fabric for the Gift Block quilt for my friend.  The shower is Sunday, but I have to work, so I cannot attend.  I should be able to have the quilt completed by then because I am finished with my previous class.  I am not taking anymore classes until June, so I should have time to complete some projects.  Anyway, the blocks are 1/2 complete.  They are squares with prairie points on them, and I have pinned all of the prairie points to the blocks and the rectangle that frames the top and bottoms of the squares.

I have purchased more fabric for the Husker quilt, and have thought about it, but no more progress has been made.

I completed tracing 2 more blocks for my Baltimore Album quilt, but it has been languishing while I work on the baby quilt.

The sampler is coming along, I have almost completed 1/3 of the blocks.  They are not moving away until August, so I have some time.  Plus, I haven't seen them since before the wedding, anyway.

On President's Day, I cut out the Magoo monkey pattern by Melly & Me.  There were things I would have preferred to do differently, but I was on a time crunch. My niece really liked it, and I hope the arms & legs hold up to a 2 year-old's beating.  I had to attach them by hand, and was a little scared.  So far, though, it has held up.

I am heading to KC for the greater Kansas City Quilt Shop Hop, so I am pretty excited about that.  There are a couple of pieces of fabric I am looking for, plus I think I will look for some 30's fabric to finish some Dresden Plate blocks that my great-grandmother started.  The only thing I am not excited about with that project is she did them by hand.  I am thinking since I will make a runner out of them, she had 3 blocks, so I'll finish a 4th and maybe do a 5th on my own, and lay them on point.  I have to dig them out of storage and will decide after refreshing my memory of what they look like.

I feel I have been slacking on projects, but I have been working on them slowly but surely.  Having completed my class will help.  I have several goals of projects to complete, and finishing the baby quilt and the sampler will help me feel accomplished.

Until later,

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

One down, too many to count to go...

So I have totally completed the horse quilt.  I thought it looked pretty good.  My friend was happy with it.

RP and I went to Country Traditions on Friday since they have a total purchase coupon for your birthday.  While there, I bought fabric for 2 little quilts along with a book.  The book I bought is Warm Welcome cozy quilts for baby by Mary Hickey.

I am making one called Gift Block for a friend who is having a baby in April with the shower in March.  She found some fabric she liked that her husband decided was acceptable from Hobby Lobby with robots on it, so they are going with a robot theme.  I was going to embroider the center blocks, but while at JoAnn's I found a cute juvenile print of robots that matched my colors I had already bought, so I'm going to use that instead.  Right now I am all about speed.

I am making one that has snowball blocks out of some Husker fabric for a couple who are getting married in June.  I was going to make it the size it was as a wall hanging or table topper, but I think I will get more Husker fabric and make it bigger- like maybe twin size to be thrown over the back of the couch.  I haven't totally decided the final size on that one.

I have another friend getting married February 25th, with a reception in March, so I have a sampler I am cross stitching for them.  I am not as far along as I would like to be, but I am plugging away on it.

I have a niece who is turning 2 in March and I would like to send something with my parents for her when they go visit, but that may not happen.  I am planning on sending another book to her in December- but this one will be more of an activity book instead of a picture book.  I would also like to make her a Disney ABC book, but that will probably be later.

Speaking of books... here they are:
The ducks are my favorite.

I used elmer's purple school glue sticks to stick the little shapes down and then did a blanket stitch by hand around the shapes.  Then I added some embroidered words at the top or bottom of the pages.  I would have had it completed by Chritstmas had I known how I wanted to attatch the pages to each other.  I will also be more careful squaring up my pages and keeping everything within the confined space so they all come out the same.  I put denim on the outside and wrote her name on it in puffy paint and sent it on its merry way.

On the selfish side,  I have taken my class on hand applique and have started tracing my blocks for the Liberty Baltimore Album quilt I want to make.  I have 3 done, 9 more to go.

I will try to not let so much time pass between posts next time, but no promises.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

It's finished... but not quite....

I was doing a baby gift for a friend.  It had horses I embroidered.  It was really cute.  I liked it.  I was sewing, ragging it as I went.  I completed it.  I was going to give it to her.  I noticed a corner coming undone.  I fixed it... until she washed it.  Unfortunately as I was sewing it, I think my sewing machine malfunctioned.  Since tomorrow is a federal holiday, my machine is going into the shop and I am borrowing my mom's, so that when my friend returns home, I can retrieve said quilt and re-do it.  I'm not sure I ever want to do another project for sale again.  Yes- she paid me for it, and now I feel really, really bad.  She is the easy come, easy go, type of gal, and since I'm fixing it, I don't think she has a problem with it.  I'm just sad/disappointed/frustrated that said stitches didn't hold up.  My machine made a funny noise, and I should have stopped, but I was on a deadline and wanted it done.  I looked at the stitches- I was cutting to them- as I was sewing them.  They looked like they were locking, but obviously something was wrong.  We'll see what happens when my machine goes to the shop.

Which puts a damper on my plans for tomorrow.  My mom and I got some really pretty quilted fabric in Germany this fall and I was planning on making my Mom's vest tomorrow.  I have her machine, but I have now officially lost all my sewing mojo for the day.  We shall see.  It doesn't help that the Nebraska women's basketball team and the Packers both lost, but oh well.  At least I can root for Prince next weekend against the 49ers.  On the plus side, I did get a lot of my living room cleaned up so I can vacuum tomorrow.  There are also only 34 days until pitchers and catchers start reporting... ah baseball, please come soon.

After this run on ramble, I need to get back to organizing my fabrics, so more later.  I will also figure out how to make my computer and blog happy to post pictures again.


It's been a while...

Well, it's a good thing my dad only wants cookies for Christmas, because that's certainly what he got.  My mom's Christmas is still a WIP, but it has been put on the back burner for a friend's baby gift.  I'm making an embroidered horse quilt for her to give one of her friends.  I will be finished with it on Thursday, and can then return to the cross-stitch for my mom.  One thing that has slowed me down a little is the starting of school.  However, it has caused me to be a little more deliberate about my schedule.

I did finally finish the book for my niece, and next time I am either doing double pages or single pages with rings holding it in.  Single page binding is for the birds.  However, it is finished and they did receive it.  I also think they like it, my brother called it great.

I was going to post some pictures, but the computer is not cooperating with the blog, so more will have to come later.  I just wanted to get this up.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Stitching

The Little Mermaid is still in time out, so I've been working on a picture for my mother.  It's the 3rd of 3 that I'm doing.  She got the 1st one when I was still in college- about 7 years ago.  I found 2 more that kind of round out the set, and she got one of those last year for Christmas.  (Which all came about when she asked if there were more to go with the first one.)

The girl with the blue bonnets came first, then the goat herder, and now I'm working on the flower girl.  Had I realized it 8 year ago, I would have just bought the book, but the book colors didn't match her decor the way the kit did.  They actually stitch really fast, even though it is counted cross stitch.
I'll add my own photos when I get the 3rd finished and a group photo of them.
I am also working on Brave Knight, which is my first stamped cross stitch pattern.  I'm really kind of enjoying it.  I wasn't sure how I would like the stamped part, but so far it seems to be okay.  I will probably put a fresh backing on it and re-bind it when I complete it, but we'll see what day it is when I actually complete it.
 I have almost completed on star and the k on knight.  I started working on it Saturday, so I feel my progress isn't too bad.  I also caught a cold on Friday, which has limited my productivity.  Good thing there are basketball games to listen to during the evenings.

I have also started a new baby quilt, but I am still in the thinking/designing stage, so I don't know when I will have pictures of that.  The original idea was to embroider some of the larger fabric motifs on a batik in 4 patch blocks, but I'm not sure I want to do that now, since I am also cross-stitching Brave Knight for the little guy.  I also don't know that I want to hand embroider 56 four inch blocks.

I'm going to a quilt shop with a friend that is about 45 minutes away tomorrow, so I think I'll look for a  piece of fabric for the back of the Brave Knight, even though I just started it.  I'm also hoping that I can convince my mother to bind it for me.  I want to put satin binding on it because I know babies like it, but it is one of the worst things I have ever attempted to sew.

Bye for now.