Still here……

Yes, I’m still here. It’s been a while since I blogged but I’ve been a little busy. Hubby and I bought a new house, which is always a lonnnnnnnnnnng process. Took us forever to even find the house we wanted, then an eternity to close on it and actually get moved. We were specifically searching for a single level home with 4 bedrooms. Doesn’t sound too awful difficult, right? Wrong. Apparently, 99% of new homes that are being built are 2 story homes. Well, what are all of these people that are buying these multiple level homes going to do when they’re 70 or 80 and have to deal with those stairs?? I, for one, don’t want to have to deal with having half of my house inaccessible because my knees or back or strength won’t allow me to even get up the stairs at some point in my life (providing I live long enough to have to deal with any of those ailments).

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Anyway, as I said, we finally did find the house we were looking for and I completely love it. With 4 bedrooms, we have plenty of space for hubbys office, a spare room for company, the master bedroom, plus a dedicated sewing/craft room! 🙂 Unfortunately, it’s not completely put together yet so what little sewing I’ve done is still being done on the dining room table in the formal dining room, but it’s getting there so, hopefully soon I’ll be able to actually use it.

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I’m actually working on another flowering snowball quilt.  This one is for me.  🙂  I’m making it big enough to use on my bed in the master bedroom.  It’s coming along but I still have about 25 blocks to make, plus the hand quilting, so it’ll be a minute.  I want to make pillow shams, throw pillows, and curtains also.  Still not sure what to use to do the pillow shams with but I’ll figure that out when I get to it I suppose.  My design wall will be filled entirely when I get all of the blocks needed for this quilt done.  LOTS of blocks.

flowering snowball

Then there’s this……….

liberty log cabin fabrics

I started cutting these gorgeous Liberty Lawn fabrics this morning for a new quilt.  Nothing like having a million projects going at once.  😉 I have been stashing Liberty fat eighths for a while now with no idea what to do with them until I saw this quilt that Audrie posted on her blog Blue is Bleu at http://blueisbleu.blogspot.com/   and it’s absolutely perfect, so I decided that the log cabin block was exactly what I was going to do. I ordered a Kona cotton in Iron to use with these gorgeous prints. Not sure of the layout that I’ll use yet, but just deciding on a block is a start at least so I have to thank Audrie for the inspiration she inspires with her beautiful work.

So, that’s what’s been going on in my world for the last couple of months and some of what I’m working on in the next few weeks.  Still lots of decorating and unpacking to do but I’m not in a huge hurry to do any of those things.  I figure I have the rest of my life, so hopefully there’s plenty of time to worry about the decorating later.

Have a great day!!

A finish…..and a tip

The flowering snowball is finished.  I’m so tickled with how this quilt turned out and can’t wait to start on the next one.  The quilting went really quickly and I love the old fashioned look and feel of the pick stitching along with the 30’s style fabrics.

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Flowering snowball binding

As for the tip, when I started doing the quilting on this one, I knew I wanted my stitches to be roughly 1/4″, with 1/4″ spacing and was trying to figure out how to get fairly close (knowing that eyeballing the stitch length and spacing probably wouldn’t work very well for me).  First I tried marking 1/4″ from the tip of the needle with a black fine point Sharpie, which I then lit on fire hoping to heat set it well enough to last.  It lasted for a while but eventually it started rubbing off and getting harder and harder to see.  So, rather than do that again, I just got the Dremel tool out and scratched the needle shank 1/4″ from the tip.  Now while I know that sounds strange and probably isn’t something most quilters would suggest, it worked like  a charm.  As the needle passes through the fabric, you can feel that scratch on the shank of the needle catch a touch on the fabric and automatically know that you’re at your 1/4″ mark.  While I wouldn’t necessarily suggest using this trick on anything other than cotton fabrics, for fear that it might cause a snag or pull in the fabric, I had no problems at all with this issue on cotton.  While my stitches aren’t perfect and I wouldn’t want anyone to take a ruler to them, they also aren’t supposed to be perfect on this type of stitch so it’s all good!!

Pick Stitching

So I started quilting the flowering snowball Friday but was only able to work on it an hour or so, then for a bit on Saturday, but I’ve been stitching on it all day today and am really loving how quickly it goes! I’ve still got a way to go but at this rate it shouldn’t take very long to be ready to bind and label this one. Can’t wait to finish it and see how it all comes together. Plus, I have to start cutting fabrics for the next one (or two). 🙂 I can’t help myself. I completely LOVE this quilt!Flowering snowball top quilting 1

Second favorite……

Flowering snowball basting Chloe supervising

Princess Chloe Belle supervising and making sure it’s going to be comfy!

Also in response to a question by Rebecca regarding my favorites, I think that the one I’m working on right now is fast moving up the line and may take the 1st place spot! The Flowering Snowball, which was inspired by a quilt I saw on Molly Flanders Makerie blog site. The fabrics and quilting were completely perfect and I HAD to make one the moment I saw it. I’ve just started quilting on it today but am hoping it won’t take too long to finish it. I am already planning to make a couple more in this same pattern.