Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Good Tuesday Morning.....

Well good tuesday morning to you. It has to be a good day since my plans are to sew all day. I should be able to finish piecing the antique Car quilt today with the last border to go now. Then I can think about quilting it. That has me nervous as I am unsure of how I want to machine quilt it. Any suggestions are welcome.

I am still trying to get this blog organized. I added a button up near the top that takes you to my quilts. I have photos of my first two quilts I made and the story about the Unicorn quilt I made for my step daughter. It starts out rather tragic as her house burned down one cold December morning just two weeks before Christmas. No one was injured in the fire but she lost everything which inspired me to make this quilt.

I worked for a whole year on this quilt in secret which for this family is impossible to keep anything a secret but I did it. Well you just have to read the story and of course there are plenty of photos.

I did leave one thing out of the story. While at my thursday sewing group a lady came and informed us of a local quilt show to be held. Well after she left most of the ladies told me I needed to enter the Unicorn quilt!! I said, "I don't even have it, I gave it to Melissa. It is hers now". Well I asked her if I could enter her quilt in the show and of course she was all for it.
A few weeks later I dropped the quilt off at the church for the show. The next day I went to the show and when I walked in several ladies met me at the door with the news that the Unicorn quilt had won a blue ribbon! My first time entering a quilt show and I was glad it was with the unicorn quilt. It is now back home with Melissa.

Well I better finish my coffee and get to my "Grandma Cave'(the sewing room) and get some work done before the Florida storms roll in this afternoon.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My Weekend......

Good Morning......sittin here just enjoying my cup of coffee lookin' back over my week so far since we are coming down the backstretch, planning for a nice finish to a good week. Going to try and spend some more time sewing although it is Father's Day. Let me tell you about my plan.

Several months ago I decided to make a quilt for my Father in Law and give it to him for Father's Day. I designed this quilt all myself with lots of machine embroidery.

I used some designs from Embroidery Library of Antique Cars and that is the theme of this quilt since Pop is into antiques. EL has a great selection of antique car designs. This one is a 1941 Chevy. I think I got a really nice selection of twelve cars and of course there is a 57' Chevy too. That model is the all time
classic of antique cars, in my book...lol.

I've been working right long on this quilt the past few months and got all the car blocks done and pieced together but unfortunately I will not have the quilt done to give it to Pop today. It still has to be quilted and the binding done before it is finished. These are the last two photos I took of the quilt.

I am hoping if I work on it thru out this next week I can have it finshed for next weekend and give it to him. I will post some photos of the completed quilt when I am all finished.

So off to my sewing room to try and get this quilt done. Stop back and see my completed quilt in about a week, me hopes...lol.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

This and That.....

   I have been thinking about starting my own blog for several months and finally have begun to set it up. This has been a slow process as I am trying to figure out how this all works and how to get the look and feel I want for my blog. So have patience with me, I will get to uploading photos of my quilts when I get the format just right...lol.

   I had a few distractions this week. Daughter Christi and her girls have spent alot of time here thru out the week as Christi has prepared to go to the state National Barrel horse Show in Kissimmee Florida. She left yesterday so it has calmed down quite a bit now .....as I continue recuperating from a "Super Shopping Trip" I went on with 13 of my sewing friends on Tuesday. We had a caravan of 4 cars as we made our way to north Florida to visit some quilting stores, JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby and a great lunch in what is known as a haunted restuarant.

  I had a few things I planned to buy on my trip as I have not been shopping out of town since last fall. I was in need of a new rotary cutter and some needles for my embroidery machines. My main focus for this trip was to find backing material for my horse quilt.
 It has been done for several months and all I needed was the backing and then it can go to my long arm quilter. This quilt is just too large for me to quilt on my machine.

  As I said I am still recuperating from the shopping trip and my allergies have been giving me a fit the past few days so I have not gotten back to my sewing room the past few days. Last night I never got to sleep at all I was so stuffed up and felt like I was smothering every time I tried to lay down. I spent most of the night sitting in the kitchen reading a book. "Storm Prey" by John Sandford, at least I had a good book to keep me company thru out the night. I LOVE to read but then that is another topic I will get to another time.

  Well that is enough about my week so far. I hope to get my quilting and embroidery projects on here very soon. Sew that's enough of 'This and That".....Catch ya later....