Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sewing right along...

Well...it's 5:30am and I still haven't been asleep.  I did sleep a couple of hours night before last but I was up all day yesterday and all night last night.  I'm still wide awake!  :(  Richard will be heading out the door in a few minutes and Hunter will be getting up in a few minutes.  Andrew will run me to town to the grocery store later today too.  

I'm still working on my Illusion quilt.  I should have the top completed this evening and ready to quilt.   I will probably do the binding by machine since I am pressed for time. 
I also need to bind this quilt.  It is a 4 patch flip that I quilted last January but never got the binding on it.  I need to get the binding done on it as it will also be a gift. 
I connected a few more hexie sets.  My stack is slowly growing. 
 Here is my little tub that I keep by my seat to work on my hexies.  Nothing fancy but it has a lid and I can grab it and go if needed.  I try to keep what I need in it to work on them.  You can see some hexies, pins, straw needles, threads, scissors, thimbles, my glasses, and for some odd reason there is a pen and my fitbit in there!  LOL!  I guess the Fitbit should be on my wrist not in the tub with my hexies.  :(
 I am also working on my Step 2 for Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt.  I started out doing these sections a different way and then just found that it was taking me longer so I changed over and started doing them this way.  Right now I am almost finished sewing the brown (which would be her "black") on the neutral rectangles. 
 I also whipped up some pumpkin cake donuts with cream cheese icing.  I made these yesterday and they are completely gone now.  Believe it or not but I didn't have the first one of them. 
 I had a doctor's appointment the other day and long story short....I need to exercise and lose some weight.  :(  I have some old hip and leg injuries that have been giving me some problems along with my back.  I have arthritis in the all but most of the pain is from the extra weight being put on them.  I also need to build up the muscles in my hip/leg area.  :(  Not what a person wants to hear but it could always be worse.  
Kristie

Monday, December 8, 2014

Illusion Quilt and Hexies

 Working on a little quilt that needs to be finished before Christmas.  It is called Illusion and the tutorial is from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Let me tell you....I love making this quilt!  I think this will be my go to pattern from now on every time that I need a quick little quilt for a kid or donation.  It is sooooo out of my box as far as design and taste as I am a very traditional gal.  :) 
 I can see many more of these in my future!  I now have more finished than shown in the photo as once again I have been awake most of the night.  Here are a few of the fabrics that I am using along with some strips of white and grey. 
 I also have a few more of my hexies sewn into sets of 2 and up on the wall.  I'm really enjoying getting to work on these. 
 Here is a little stack of my sets of 2 that I have done.  Now only a zillion more to go!  LOL!  I'm not in a hurry to get these done as this is my hand sewing project. 
I'm running on less than 2 hours of sleep again today...it is going to be a long day.  I just can't seem to be able to fall asleep at all.  

Andrew finally finished up his 28 days straight of 12 hour shifts!!!  Shew....I figure he will sleep most of the day!  He will have a week or two home and then will head out when they call.  It is hard to tell where he will be sent.  I'm hoping he will be sent down south as it will be a little warmer than north this time of year.  

That's all for now as I need to get my day started.  I will post again tomorrow to show my quilt progress.  :)
Kristie

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sewing on hexies most of the night

It's 4:30am and so far I have been up all night.  I have to get Richard up in 15 minutes for work so I thought I would do a quick post.  Too tired to do much else, I've set here on the couch, watching Netflix and working on my hexies.  
 I know it is hard to tell much about them on top of this quilt but I was too tired to move them elsewhere.  :)  I now have 120 of these sewn together but still need a few hundred more to get the size of quilt that I want. 
 I needed a change of pace so I decided to start sewing what I have into sets of 2.  I didn't get a photo of that but I will. 
 Hopefully today I can cut out Step 2 of the mystery quilt while everyone is working.  I have all of Step 1 finished and I would love to try to keep up with the steps as they are released.

 I'm going through another one of my sleepless spells.  :(  Everyone around here is on a different schedule right now and that messes me up.  I know that Andrew can get himself up for work but as a mom, I want to make sure he gets up and has something to eat before he goes to work.  Soon he will be off of these 12 hour shifts everyday.  Sunday will be 28 days straight that he has worked 12 hour shifts...except he was off for Thanksgiving.  Richard gets up at 4:45am for work so I usually just stay up after Andrew leaves as I would only have a few minutes to lay down.  Then Hunter gets up at 6am for school.  After he leaves I do sometimes take a nap for an hour or two so I am usually running on 2-3 hours of sleep a day. 

Hunter and I did get our tree up but I snapped this photo of it a little bit ago and it is so blurry that you can't tell much about it.  I will try to get a better pic of it later today. 
 That's all for now.....I have to go press Richard's scrubs for work today.  I should have already had that done but I forgot.  :(
Kristie

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Getting some sewing done....

 I finished up Step 1 of the Grand Illusion quilt today.  :)  I'm happy to be starting it out on a good note and hopefully I can stay on track with it. 
 I had plans for sewing today.  I had an early morning.  I got Andrew up for work at 3:30am, Richard up for work at 4:30am and Hunter up for school at 6am.  :(  I had this pot of chili finished for supper tonight by 5:30am!  :)  After Hunter left for school I took a nap for a few hours on the couch.  I put on a load of laundry and headed upstairs to sew.
 Maybe from lack of attention or just being sleepy, I sewed a bunch of my sets together wrong.  :(  I got a call from my good friend and neighbor Kay so I put her on speaker phone and picked out the stitches as we talked.  I just love her too death!  I am 42 and she is in her 60's and she has kids my age but we have so much in common. it is always a joy to talk with her, she always makes me laugh.  She is a knitter but is in the process of making a log cabin table runner and is having a few issues with it so I will try to help her.  You can see in this photo that I sewed them the wrong way.  :(
 I did end up getting them all finished!  Now I will put them away and wait for the next step.  Meanwhile, I have some other sewing to do before Christmas. 
 I have several bins set up on my sewing table behind my machine that holds pieces for my Omigosh quilt.  This quilt has so many tiny pieces and will take me a long time but I figure I can work on them a little at a time.  I did sew some of the 1" strips as leader/enders while working on my Step 1 of the mystery. 
 I also ended up with 2 more of my windmill blocks.  This takes me up to 69 of them....slowly but surely! 
 My MIL ended up coming and staying with us Thanksgiving night so I did a little handwork on my hexies while talking to her and also while waiting for her to get up the next day.  I ended up getting several of them finished and even more of them prepped.  I now have 109 of these sets finished. 
 I still need a few more hundred of these sets, but they do look pretty all stacked up.  :)
 Last but not least....meet Zeralyn DeShea Hope.  :)  My sister's best friend, Crystal had her baby girl yesterday.  Crystal and my sister have been best friends for around 20 years.  Crystal actually lived with my mom and sister for over 10 years so she is like a sister to me....so Zeralyn is like a niece to me.  :)  Isn't she a cutie?  She is just a few hours old in this photo. 

This is Crystal's first child and her mother passed away in October so she is named after her.  Crystal's mom's name was Zera.  One of her middle names is DeShea and that is after my sister as that is her middle name.  :)  One nice thing is, my sister is also pregnant and she is also having a girl.  She is due in April so these baby girls will probably be best friends too.  :)
Kristie

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Blessings





Hope you all have a wonderful and Blessed Thanksgiving!!!
Even though some of the family is not able to be here and everyone will be eating at different times we still have so much to be thankful for today and everyday.  
 Kristie

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fun in the Sweat Shop!

 First off, thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments on my Sweet Annie quilt.  She is very special to me.  

Lot's going on in the sweat shop this week.  Hunter is grounded from everything so he has been bored and has spent some time with me in the sewing room only out of boredom.  :)  He also has a ton of extra chores....like splitting endless amounts of firewood and keeping all of the dishes done.  He has even scrubbed a few toilets!  LOL!  Before you think I am being too hard on him by making him chop firewood, we do have a log splitter so that makes it a lot easier.  Oh he has also even washed a few walls!  :)  I think the dishes has been the hardest on him.  He has dared anyone to eat out of anything other than paper!  LOL!  

Anyway....back to sewing....we made our first folded star potholder.  It is not perfect and still needs binding but it was fun.  We found the tutorial on Youtube.  
 We also cut and pinned more hexies for handwork. 
 Another Youtube tutorial that we found was for this little ornament.  Someday I plan on having a little Christmas tree in my sewing room.  This was a fun and quick ornament to make. 
 Hunter's job was to dig through the old buttons and find one that would look nice on it. 
 Here is our finished ornament. 
 I decided to add this border to the little quilt.  In this photo they are not sewn on but you get the idea.  I think I will add another border or two and call it finished. 
 In my next post I will show you the strips and pieces that we got cut out for my OMIGOSH! quilt.

Last night was Andrew's first 12 hour night shift out of the tugboat and barges.  Shew....the mother in me was stressed all night and worried.  I found it hard to sleep.  I kept worrying and wondering if he was cold.  He has a whole week of 12 hour night shifts and then a week of 12 hour day shifts.  He just called a few minutes ago and was on his way home.  It is a little over an hour drive.  He will sleep and do it all over again tonight.  
Kristie

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sweet Annie

 I completed my Sweet Annie top yesterday!  You can read more about it here.  This quilt will always be very special to me and this quilt will be my comfort quilt for myself. 
 My dear friend Annie sent me the fabrics and this is what I made.  It is just a simple 9 patch but this is what I wanted to do with it. 
 Annie will never know what a comfort and joy she has been to me and my family.  She is like family to us.  Everyday my husband or kids asked me, "how is Annie today?" or "have you talked to Annie today?" 
 It will probably be after the first of the year before I get it quilted as I have a few other quilts that need to be quilted before the holidays.  
Kristie

Friday, November 21, 2014

Special projects for some special kids

 I am still cleaning my sewing room but I did piece a few blocks for a very special project.  I will not go into all of the details right now but my friend Annie and I are making quilts for 4 little children.  They are brothers and sisters.  She is making the girl quilts and I am making the boy quilts.  
Annie sent me some fabric that she had in her stash and I have some also that I might add if needed.  This is a "no buy" project, just using what we have so it is fun and a little challenging.  
At this point, I don't have a clue how this quilt will end as I am still working on it in my mind.  LOL! 
Annie has her 2 girl quilts being quilted at the moment...I am just starting.  I will get them done but I am always a last minute person.  This quilt is for the youngest boy that is 2. 
 I have plans to work on this more today so stay tuned to see what I come up with!
Kristie

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Photo Heavy Post Part 2

 In my last post I left you with a photo that looked like this.  There was a sofa and table under there....somewhere. 
 Here is the after photo!  Better? 
 I moved my current hexie project to the table. 
 I also quickly prepped my little tub with a few more hexies for this project so that I can just grab it and go. 
 Sadly this is the table that was in the center of the room.  Like every other surface in the room, it ended up being a catch-all for everything.  I cleaned it off and removed the table from the room.  It will go outside in the storage building. 
 So by cleaning these areas, I found lots of goodies!  More hexies for different projects along with just some regular English Paper Piecing. 
 More books and patterns that I had received...
 Patterns....
 Another pattern and a book....
 Next up...this area!!!  :(  After all of this cleaning that I have been working on so far, I will move to the other side of the room that is behind my quilting frame. 
 Wish me luck on cleaning today!  I also pieced a few blocks last night for a special little project.  I will tell you more about that soon.  

BTW...thanks for the comments yesterday.  I truly enjoyed reading them.  Yesterday was a bad day so it was a nice little pick-me-up.  
Kristie

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Treasure Hunting...photo heavy post

 I'm on a treasure hunt!  I'm trying to find my cutting and sewing tables!  LOL!  I have lots of sewing that needs to be done before Christmas and at this point I can't find anything or even work on anything.  During the summer I don't sew upstairs as it is just too hot and I have been sewing up there on and off since the weather is cooler but I am messy!!!  I get in a hurry and things just get piled.  Sadly this room hasn't been truly cleaned since last year.  Trust me some of these photos are GRUESOME!  I'm not holding anything back.  This is what I am starting with.... Mess and dust everywhere, yep that is a cobweb in the corner!  LOL!  I even see 2 empty cans of Diet Pepsi. 
 My cutting table....tons of different projects, more empty Diet Pepsi, I even see a pack of crackers that I was actually snacking on while I was cleaning.  They were fresh as I brought them with me as I went up to clean.  I am only doing one corner at a time until I get it finished and then I will have to buckle down and sew. 
 Now to all of the things that I found on the tables and below....Burp cloths for my sister!  Here are 9 of tem in various stages at this point.  The monkey ones on top look more suitable for a boy and she is having a GIRL...but she is getting them anyway as all she will be doing is spitting up on them, right.  The others underneath are pinks and more girl looking fabrics.  These got boxed up to finish after the first of the year as she is not due until April. 
 A pile of strips that will eventually be made into an Omigosh quilt.  I love the pattern and the pieces are so very tiny.  I figure I will just cut a little at a time until I have enough.  These got boxed up also but I will keep cutting strips from my scraps as I can. 
 I also found some 4 patches in a few different sizes.  These finish at 2"  most of these are in sets of 2 right now so they need to be mated and sewn on into 4 patches.  At this point there are only 23 of them finished.  No particular pattern for them, I just figure I will use them somewhere down the road. 
 More squares for 4 patches.  Lots of blues in there so I need to cut different colors to mix in.  These are 2" squares. 
 I have several 4 patches already made with the 2" squares.  Here are 140 of them that finish at 3"
 All of these 4 patches and squares are neatly stored away now in this little tote. 
 After putting those away, I found more in sets of 2 that need to be finished.  I will put those by the sewing machine to finish up and then they will go in the tote with the others.  Yep....that's my crackers in the corner of the photo.  :)
 I closed up my 1906 Singer treadle and moved it in front of my big window.  Not sure if it will stay there or not.  This is the first time that I have had anything in front of the window.  I originally planned on a big comfy chair by the window when we were building the house, but that hasn't happened yet.  I thought it would be nice to do some handwork by the window as it is great lighting.  If you look close in the windowsill you will see a pair of binoculars.  :)  That window is 4x8ft and with the location of the house on the property, I can see forever out that window.  I do occasionally watch deer, squirrels, coyotes, and our horses running around on the property. 
 Hmmm...I sure got off track, didn't I?  So this is the after of my sewing and cutting tables.  Not perfect but better!  This is a huge room and sadly this was the cleanest corner in it so I started there.  :)  You can see in those photo that I also straightened up my fat quarters and I have several empty cubes.  :(  I need to work on that and fill it back up.  I also have a few scrap tubs on my cutting table. 
 In this photo I have the top case to my 1911 Singer sitting on top of my treadle but I have moved it now.  I also moved my ironing board back over there.  I need to staple the new cover on it, right now it is just laying over the top of it.  This is an old wooden ironing board that belonged to Richard's grandmother. 
 Now if I can only keep it clean while I work on the rest of the room.  :(
 I almost forgot...I found my hexies under some of the mess too. 
 I have 94 of them in this stage... I need a few hundred more of these sets of 4.   
 Next area up....the sofa and table...  :(  It's horrible.  I promise there is a sofa there and a table!!!  LOL!  I see lots of leftover backing pieces, bubble wrap?  LOL!  some baby stuff, oh and a sewing machine in the floor beside the table.  It's in the box...I need to find a place to store it. 
 So I'm going to try to get this all cleaned and be more organized so that I can get things done.  I also plan on posting more regularly as I my comments are way down and I miss reading them.  

Okay...break is over.....back to cleaning....maybe...
Kristie