Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Beautiful Red and White Quilt

Finally....I got this beautiful quilt off of the frame!  This is a customer quilt, actually it belongs to my aunt.  I think it is beautiful!
It took me a while to get it finished as I had a couple of issues.  The outer blocks had some fullness from the bias triangles in them.  I tried my best to work the fullness in but it was still hard.  LOL!  

Anyway it's finished and beautiful!  I will be loading another quilt on the frame this morning.  :)  It is one of mine.  Nothing fancy just one out of the pile that needs quilted.  :)  Don't remember the name...Indian Summer or Indian Stars...something.  I will have to look.  :)

Happy Quilting and many Blessings...
Kristie

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sweet Annie

 One of my favorite quilt tops has been quilted!  I call this quilt, Sweet Annie because the fabric was sent to me by a dear friend and her name is Annie.  I can't put into words how much I cherish our friendship and I believe with all of my heart that the Lord put her in my life.  

So with that being said, this quilt is one that I will keep and cherish for myself.  I was excited to get it quilted. 
 Sometimes a simple design is so striking especially with two color quilts. 
Now I need to get the binding sewn on but first I need to finish the binding on the tumbler quilt since I already have it started.  

I have a customer quilt on the frame now, actually it belongs to my aunt and I've had it forever.  Actually it was next in line to be quilted when my old longarm broke down.  It is a really pretty quilt.  I can't wait to post it.  

I also need to take a few days to finish up a baby quilt for our niece, Katie.  Katie had her baby boy a few days ago and named him Keagan.  He was born 5 weeks early and is in the NICU but doing well.  The quilt that she wanted for him was a simple design.  The pic that she sent me was a chevron fabric with an applique elephant and his name both down in the lower corner.  I have the applique pieces cut out but I need to square up the backing and sew the applique pieces down then quilt it.  It really shouldn't take too long.  I also have some soft minky to back it with.  I'll post pics on that as I am working on it.  

Garden news....  :(  It's sad.  LOL!  No pics right now but the lower garden looks horrible and is not doing well at all.  I'm thinking that the only thing that will do much of anything in that one is the cucumbers and some cabbage.  The upper garden (the bigger one) is doing pretty good.  The corn is about knee high.  The potatoes are looking good but needs more dirt pulled up around them.  The Jade bush beans are doing well and I have beans on but they are not ready yet.  The Greasy Beans have vines going everywhere and they will produce a little later than the Jades.  I'm anxious for the greasy beans as in my opinion those are the best green beans in the world!  The sweet potatoes are not looking real great but they are hanging on.   

After Church I plan on finishing up Deb's quilt and loading another one on.

Happy Quilting and many Blessings...
Kristie

Friday, June 17, 2016

Tumbler quilt is now quilted

 Let me catch you up on what I have been doing.  I've been playing around with my longarm.  I found out that a fellow blogger, Dora also has a Nolting longarm so she has given me lots of hints and tips with this machine.  

After quilting the Minnie Mouse panel I loaded on a lap size Tumbler quilt.  This one measures 54x70.  
 This is an up close pic of it. 
 This is the back.  I used a panto called, Lush Leaves.
 Yesterday we had to take Hunter for his monthly trip to the orthodontist which is a 3 hour and 20 minute round trip.  :(  So while Richard was driving I worked on the binding on the Minnie Mouse panel that I quilted for my niece a few days ago.  

Now I am working on the binding on the Tumbler quilt.  I will probably load a quilt top that belongs to my aunt on the frame sometime today.  It is a very pretty quilt.  I'll post pics of it while I am working on it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Practicing on the longarm...

 Another pic of my big girl!  :)  We are taking some time to get to know each other.  She sure is different than my other one.  All is going well.  I've had a few thread breaks but that is probably user error...maybe going too fast for the speed that I have her set on or whatever....we will get it figured out.  Nothing major at all and all machines are different.
 I loaded an old printed sheet on the frame and decided to practice some of my panto designs.  This is one of my new designs that I have.  It is called Mint Julep and is 13" wide.  I love it!  I used dark thread so that I could see my stitches better while practicing. 
 Practicing another design.  This is an old one that I have.  It is called Ground Cover. 
 Then I loaded a Minnie Mouse panel on the frame and quilted it up.  I think I will give it to my niece, Addison.  She loves Minnie Mouse.  I need to add some binding on it and call it done.  I used the Mint Julep design on it.
 I think I will load a small quilt on the frame today and try something that actually has seams.  LOL!

I had a wonderful weekend with my dear quilting friend, Kris.  I really hated to see her go.  Sadly on the way home they had an accident.  They are all okay but shew....I sure felt bad.  Praise God for watching over them as it could have been so much worse. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

My 30" Nolting Longarm...

 This big girl came to live with me yesterday!!!  I can't tell you how excited that I am.  If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that my mid-arm broke down a year or two ago. 
 This baby is a Nolting with a 30" throat space almost 3 times the size of my old one.  It also sets on a 14ft frame and my other was 12ft. 
 Here is the funny part....I'm only 5ft tall and do you see that step stool in front of it?  Hehehe....I have to get up on it to be able to see the needle real well on the front of the machine.  I can get to the back and see the panto stuff just fine and those handles are lower...it's just the front side that I have trouble with.  :)  I will be getting a larger step stool or a rolling stool for it soon.  This frame does not lower so I will just have to get a step stool or something.  :)

My quilting friend, Kris and her family are in for the weekend from South Dakota.  They had a little over a 20 hour drive to my place here in KY.   I am soooo enjoying this visit!  Yesterday we played around with the frame and had a little "show and tell" with quilts.  She brought several with her and let me tell you they are just beautiful.  I now have several more quilts that I will be adding to my list to make.  No pics as I just was too excited about everything that I forgot to get the camera out.  :)  

Here is a pic of one end of my front porch.  I so enjoy having my coffee out here during the mornings after Richard leaves for work.  The birds are singing and I get to watch the sunrise...love my county life. 
 That's all for now....I'll try to get some pics today to post.  :)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hexie Update and some Canning

 Here is a little update on some of my hexie progress.  I didn't do all of this yesterday but I did about half of the cream hexies. 
 You know me...when I should be cleaning I do something else.  I had plans to do more deep cleaning as soon as Richard left for work but I ended up canning 13 pints of chili instead!  LOL!  Anyway, these will go in the pantry but probably will not last too long as we all love chili. 
 Now I will leave you with a photo of my precious niece playing in her new pool. 
 Richard has to work all weekend so I will probably be cleaning and working on my hexies and going to Church on Sunday.
Blessings...Kristie

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Longarm Down...

 I got more of my sewing room cleaned yesterday.  Richard and Hunter took the old longarm frame and machine down for me and moved it to the balcony area.  With that out I was able to clean that half of the room fairly well.  The closets are as organized as they are going to get right now.  I still have a couple of boxes and an odd machine in the floor but all of that will be moved as well.  As you can see I have a new roll of batting all ready to go when I get the other longarm. 
 A close-up photo of closet #1.  It's still messy and just a bunch of stuff.  Later I will try to organize it a little better. 
 Closet #2...a little more organized than the other one.  I still need to move the boxes that are in the floor in front and the weaving stuff.
 I also got the cutting table cleaned off. 
 Now to show you how real this is....LOL!  This is the rest of the room!  It is a horrible mess but you always make a bigger mess when deep cleaning.  I promise there is also a couch and coffee table in there somewhere.  :)  Also Leo was up there keeping me company.  I think he was getting nervous with all of the moving stuff around.
 Carline, you asked about the quilt pattern of the quilt that was on my bed in the last post.  Your comment shows "no reply" so I can't reply back to you.  Here is the link to the pattern that I used.  It is a free pattern by Mary Quilts.  I did the color placement a little different on mine because I had to use the amount of fabrics that I had.  http://www.maryquilts.com/new-churn-dash-stars/

I guess that is all for now.  Hunter and I have to venture out to the grocery store this morning.  Shew...do you know how hard it is to grocery shop with a teenager that can eat his weight in food?  :(  I always end up spending a lot more.  :)  
Blessings...
Kristie

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cleaning the Sewing Room and Antique Flooring

 This was the state of my sewing room when I went to bed last night.  I am doing some deep cleaning before my dear friend gets here in 2 weeks.  I have stuff strung out everywhere.  Thank God for Hunter helping me today.  Hunter will finish taking this frame down for me tomorrow.  He is such a good young man. 
 Here are the totes that were under the frame.  We just moved them in front of the design wall but I will move them into the home gym until the new frame is set up.  Also you see that white trash bag on top of the totes?  :(  That bag makes me so sad.  It is full of men's shirts that belonged to our Assistant Pastor and dear family friend.  He and his family lived next door as I was kid.  He passed away a couple of months ago and his children asked me to make a memory quilt for his precious wife.  I haven't even opened the bag yet as it just breaks my heart.  Although I am sad, I am honored to do this quilt. 
 I promise, I do have clean areas of this room.  LOL!  Here is my sewing table...all neat and clean.  My cutting table is a different story.  :)  I will have it finished up tomorrow. 
 I also have the desk area clean.  :)  Not much but at least it's a good start....right? 
 Shamefully I have a huge pile of MY shirts to press.  I always seem to iron everyone's but mine.  I bet there are 25 shirts there that need pressed.  Anyone else do this?  Just let it pile up?  Most of these are button-ups. 
 Richard has been working the past few evenings trying to get the rest of the antique hardwood flooring down in the bedroom.  If you remember a few years ago we tore an old house down and got the flooring.  This flooring is well over 100 years old.  You will see that it is different colors but it's all the same wood.  We ran a few pieces through the wood planer but decided to just put it down and we will rent a floor sander soon. 
 So now a little tour of the master bedroom.  :)  Keep in mind we don't have any of the trim done or anything like that.  This antique dresser belonged to my grandmother and her mother before that. 
 This dresser was just given to us by a friend that was going to throw it away.  I cleaned it up and it stores my sweaters in it....49 sweaters if you are interested in how many.  LOL!  Oh and that is Richard's banjo between the dresser and the wall. 
 In this pic you can see what I was talking about the flooring being different colors.  :)  I finally put a new quilt on the bed too.  We will probably eventually get rid of the tv cabinet as we don't watch it.  I also have my lamp on this side sitting on an antique chair...I need to find a small antique table or nightstand for this side. 
 This is an antique wardrobe that Richard bought me for our 1st anniversary.  In the door section of it, I have several quilts stored.  If you look at the refection in the mirror of it you will see the treadmill.  :)  Sadly the home gym is full of other equipment so the treadmill is in the master bedroom.  Anyway....I'm glad to have the flooring down.  This is a pretty good sized room.  It's 20x20ft. 
 That's all for now...
Blessings...Kristie

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Butterflies and Hexagons

First off, I want to thank everyone for your prayers and well wishes and also for welcoming me back to blogging.  I am trusting in the Lord and I know whatever his will is will be.  

Quilty stuff...here are a couple of new blocks that I made a few nights ago.  I plan on redoing them both because I have too large of a gap between the top and bottom wings.   
 Here is a photo of my hexie blocks from a few weeks back.  It is slowly growing...
 Today I will be going to the allergy doctor with mom.  She has an appointment later today but before that...I will be cleaning in my sewing room.  Gotta make room for that new longarm.  Hehehe....I'm so excited.  We have to take the old one down and move it to the balcony to make room for the new one but I need to do a lot of cleaning beforehand.  I also know that there is a couch up there somewhere....hehehe...I have a bunch of stuff piled on it from my classes so I need to clean that off as well so that we will have a place to sit while the hubby's set the frame and machine up.  :)

A pic of Hunter mowing the grass for me....
 Also a quick little pic of my precious niece Addison.  She is now 13 months old.  This was taken last week when she went to school with me for Hunter's Award's Ceremony.
 That's all for today...Richard just left for work and the boys are sleeping.  Andrew has to get up in an hour or so for work too.  I will let Hunter sleep in for a bit since school is out for the summer.  Now....I will finish up my coffee and get my day started...
Blessings
Kristie

Monday, May 23, 2016

I'm back!!!!

Not sure if anyone is still reading my blog but if you are.....I'M BACK!!!   It's been almost 4 months since I have posted so I will just do a quick update with what has been going on.  

I've been dealing with a few health issues and spent a little time in the hospital and lots of doctor appointments...it's all heart and diabetes related...mostly.  I also have a mass in my abdomen right under my left rib cage.  Lots of testing on that and still don't know what it is yet.  Enough of that....

Hunter had his 8th grade Social Dance/Prom.  
 He graduated last Friday from the 8th grade.  I love that both of my boys grew up in such a small school.  There were 19 kids graduating from the 8th grade with Hunter.  This Fall he is off to high school.  :( 
 Andrew is doing well.  He works all of the time...60-70 hours a week.  I'm proud of both of my boys. 
 An updated photo of me and Richard.  He had just gotten home from work. 
 In other news....the garden is planted.  We've had rain the past 22 out of 26 days.  :(   I'm hoping that my potatoes don't just rot in the ground.  

I have been sewing a little bit...just working on my hexies.  Nothing major on that.  I have been doing "one block a day"

Now I have some awesome and exciting news!!!!   I have a dear online quilting friend from South Dakota that is coming for a visit in a couple of weeks.  I am so excited to meet her and her family.  I will have to post lots of pics from our visit.  It's almost a 20 hour drive for them.  I think she is bringing some of her quilts too.  So there will be lots of quilty talk and sharing going on.  Over the next 2 weeks I will be trying to "whirlwind" and clean my house before they get here.  I am just giddy with excitement.  

Also I will be getting a "new to me" longarm!!!!  My other one has died.  LOL!  It's been over a year since I have been able to quilt anything.  I'm sitting here now with around 35 of my own quilt tops that need to be quilted.  So expect to see lots of pics from that.  This one is also a lot bigger than my other one.  My old one is a 13" Bailey and this one is a 30" Nolting...big difference.  

That's all for now...I'm going to try to start posting again regularly.  Blessings...Kristie