Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from our home to Yours!

Wishing one and all the best memories of this holiday or your own holiday at this time of the year!
The holidays are the laughter of little ones
The smiles of older ones
The hugs and kisses shared by all
The wishes that come true ....

Our holiday, Christmas is the wonder of a rebirth and the hopes and dreams of the New Year...
We will be a family of three tomorrow
And our youngest son, his fiancee and step-daughter to be will be with us on Boxing Day

We've just finished our Christmas Eve tradition of finger foods and treats, (probably a few more treats to come) and the turkey will go in the oven early and then broken up, to be enjoyed tomorrow and Boxing Day!  We will also be thinking of those special to us who aren't with us this year....

I haven't been sewing in my sewing room for 2 weeks....
Maybe tomorrow?
(pics above: my Christmas quilt from Bunny Hill Designs, Catch a Chirstmas Star, the other 2 from free Clip art sites)
Here's a hug to you all and to all a Good Night!
Merry Christmas!
Leslie and family

Monday, December 3, 2012

Help, How do I get rid of pictures?

I've had a series of posts drafted, but I can't add any pictures.....
A message from Google comes up I need to purchase a membership from Picassa as I have too many pics in  my free memory alottment.
How do I delete the pics I never put into Picassa?
Thanks, have a great day!
PS:  I see Sew Mama Sew has there annual giveaway day today...
Take care, Leslie

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Just Take 2 quilt progress

I'm making great progress I think!
Since the middle to the end of July, I've made over 40 blocks!  I was working ahead as the blocks came out, but then thought I should just worry about catching up!
Except for a large block, I'm half-way finished the hand applique, I've finished the first quarter of the quilt of 27 blocks!
Here is a series of 2 parts of the 1st section... (somehow, there is a part missing in these pics!)

I'm into about 13 blocks into the 2nd section!

Here is the latest block, number 42 I think.  It is 12.5 inches, so I've joined up with some link ups!
for some reason, as I printed out the blocks, they actually finish about 1 inch too small, so I've had to add to the outside, or in the case of this block, which was to be 4 x 6.5 inch blocks, they finished about 6 inches and 3/8's, so I had to trim and add some sashing to give it the right size.  This seems to be happening to the paper pieced blocks.
It is a mystery quilt, so no pictures of what it will look like!
So forget about my giveaway, ending Sunday Oct 28, so go HERE here to enter!
Talk with you soon,
Take care, Leslie

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Favourite Tools Day and a Giveaway!

Hi!   Thanks for being there for me on my last post, I know you have all been there....

Lissa at her modalissa blog posted on April 1, some of her favorite quilting tools.  A number of designers submitted their favourites to Lissa as well, and they are in her posting, lots of great info.
I have a number of tools I love too, and I've been wanting to share them with you.
(yes, there is a giveaway with this post.....)

1.  I use my AWL all the time.  It is from Clover, and available almost anywhere you buy sewing and quilting supplies.
2.  I love a hot iron and a firm ironing board surface.  I like to press my seams open, it helps with sewing and matching my corners, which I am obsessed about.  I know, I have to learn to press them 1 way, not open, but I always end up pressing the wrong way.... No favourites here to show, it just works for me.
3.  Some of the designers on ModaLissa's blog added a seam ripper.  I have a number of them, I dream for a seam ripper with a big handle like my awl, I reach for them to buy them, but never do.  They keep going up in price the longer I wait!  Most of them have little, little handles, I just keep using them.
4.  I use Guetermann cotton thread in my sewing machine, usually a neutral like a cream or beige, unless I need a white or another colour.

 I buy the bigger spools to fill my bobbins with.  I use the 250 yard spools for my top thread, I find it isn't heavy for the holder pronger thingy, and the thread comes off smoothly.
(Note:  they have this really cute applique BOM called Sweet City!)
5a and 5 b.  I use the Clover Forked Pins  ALL THE TIME!
These are wonderful for ensuring my corner's match, again which I obsess about.  I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but I can't believe on quilt books you buy, they show the pictures where their corners aren't matching.  When I started quilting, guild members always looked at where the corners didn't match.....  If I'm lazy and don't use them, my corners don't match and underneath, the corners get caught in the stitching, meaning more seam ripping.....  I have 2 packages of them, in their own special little box I love them soo much...
I also use the Clover flat head pins when I'm piecing.  My edges done poke up from the ball ends.  They are long and thin too.
6 and 7.  I love my Sharpie Ultra Fine permanent marker for tracing applique pieces on the featherweight Wonder Under stabilizer.   (sorry I couldn't get these pictures side by side!)

After I take off the paperbacking, the glue makes a nice edge to turn my edges under.  I can't get that helpful edge with pre-basting applique, I guess it is one of the reasons I'm still doing needleturn applique.
These are what I use for my applique.  You know how some people can't get machine quilting to work and prefer hand quilting?  That is my story with applique.  If I machine applique, something always goes wrong, like the stitching is so tight, the piece bunches, not puckers, up.  Lots of stitch ripping here....

8.  I love my YLI silk thread!
I have a big collection, yes there are some colours I don't have.  But I look for them when I travel away.  If I don't have the colour for the fabric on top, I use a colour for the background.  My stitches never show!   YLI is usually at all the big quilt shows,  once I bought them on a clearance sale, the YLI rep couldn't believe how many I was buying!  I think they were 6 for $12.00, plus if I bought 6, I got 1 free!  Like Paulette says, "SCORE"!  Sometimes I'll find a quilt store carrying them, it is usually a few neutral colours they brought in for an applique workshop or class they were doing.  Once I saw a store selling a 1/2 full spool for full price!!!!!!!  On the link above, you can buy directly from YLI for $6 per spool.
9.  I love Creative Grid rulers!
This brand is the only rulers I use, unless I need a specialty ruler.  They are coming out with more and more types of rulers.
I use my 4.5 inch square ruler so much, I need a new one, my corner and ink are wearing away.
I wish I could be a vendor for these rulers, I recommend them all the time.  I always look for a new ruler when I am away, and sometimes get to buy one...
10.  I have to say I am a baggie lady.  I have needle books in my stitching kits for a take along project.  This one is my favorite, I picked it up at a Quilt Show where the Host guild had items in their Boutique.  It is wool, and it is stuffed.  But I can't take this one on the plane, for all the things with points in here, so I have a few smaller ones they let me bring, but I digress...
I am very visual, so I like to keep my kits in a clear, zip lock baggie.  I want to play with zippers all the time, open, close, open, close, they drive me crazy!  These baggies are light, see thru,  I can find what I want when I want it, I don't have to unload the whole bag I can't see thru.  I found with customs, they like a see thru bag too, they are much less suspicious when I take out my kit bag, open my needle book, flip out my plane-safe scissors!  I once had a Security person thank me for doing that!

Ok, you are saying Giveaway yet?
I had to have this Wonderful Bobbin Winder machine when they first came out.  I had it bought in the USA for me and sent up.  Cost of USA money exchange, shipping, etc, plus the cost of the machine, very expensive at the time..... much more than the link says is the cost today....
I tried to sell it, but no one around my home was  interested.  Our local quilt shop only sells Husqvarna machines.
What is the problem with this?  The Husqvarna bobbins won't fit on the prongy thingy, so I can't wind my bobbins on it.  Now they have a machine with a prongy thingy to fit their bobbins, but I don't want to buy a new one.  Apparently, you can contact the company to get a different prongy thingy, I tried, but of course, no reply back.
It has never been used.  The box is a little faded because it sat at another LQS in the window where she tried to sell it for me.
If you would like it, I'll give it away!  I'll gladly ship it to anywhere in Canada or the USA.  Sorry, it will be too expensive to send overseas unless you are willing to pay the extra shipping, (you could add that in your entry).  I'd take payment in a few charm packs or fat quarters, you could let me know.... (hope you win!! LOL)
I'll draw the lucky winner's name on Thursday April 5 at bedtime!
No hoops, just one entry per person.
Maybe you would like to share your favorite tools, on a blog post, etc.  Don't need to link back here, but you can if you want, you can just add here, it you want....
You can share the giveaway with your friends if you want....
Don't need to become a Follower, although sharing with friends is the best!
Yes, I am working on my To Do list, getting there, slooooowly.....
Take care, Leslie

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Valentine's Day Quilt!

This is late on sooo many levels!  Oh well!
First, I participated in the Accessory Bag Swap with Nicole from BC Canada, who has a blog, but I was unable to find out what it is.
These are the lovely gifts she sent me!  I love them!  In my perfect favourite blue colours, there were 2 bags!  Perfectly crafted!  And, they were stuffed full!  I'm going to use them for my applique stuff when we travel!
pretty red headed pins, tiny red valentine buttons, a very sweet Fat 8 bundle, I couldn't wait to open!  It kept calling me, for real!  Even more than the wonderful Lindst chocolate hearts!
That cute little bundle had 8 different fabrics, and with my cutting for the HSTs, I cut too many, so I made 2 of these, you have seen them previously.  Then I got a brain wave to make a complicated (at 9 pm, I thought it was going to be easy!) border which ended up using ALOT of the fabric I had left.  I was able to piece enough together to make these cute borders.  The dark red inner border was fabric I had to add.
There are yoyo flowers with cute little white buttons (sorry Nicole, if I used the buttons you gifted me, they wouldn't show!) and green ric rac for the flower stems.
This is going to our youngest son and his NEW FIANCEE!  and Miss Ivy! Lots of love in their house and we are soooo happy!  But I don't have an updated picture of them!
I wish I could send you all over to Nicole's blog, but I have no info.
This is what I sent her!  She left colour and fabric preferences to me....
Then one bright sunny Saturday morning, there were a group of fabrics on my cutting table.  The Light Bulb went on!  I just went with the flow and what the fabric invited me to do!  So I made my own fabric with narrow strips.
I had enough to make this cute (I think) petite walking bag and 2 little zippy bags.  The little one I am hoping is like a HumBug bag, and the other is like a pencil case, but I thought would be perfect for holding a rotary cutter to workshops!  I added some chocolate too and 2 pretty little flower pots of lip balm!  I thought they would make some really cute magnets for the fridge or a message board later on!
I wanted to share the shoulder strap for the hand bag.  I had a plain twill tape when I bought some Christmas fabric from Moda.  Plain kahki colour.  But I wanted something to match, but no more fabric to make a strap... I had a brain wave to find an embroidery stitch on my machine and then embroidered the strap!  Looks like I paid to get that doesn't it?
Gotta get to work!
Take care, Leslie

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oh My Stars! start

It took me a few weeks, but I jumped on the Oh My Stars Bandwagon with thought and found blog!

I had 18 bright fat quarters I thought would be great for the 15 different stars in the project!
I have 3 sets of stars done so far!  There is a 12.5 inch star, 2 x 8.5 inch stars and 5 x 4.5 inch stars!
What do you think?

This is the 1st set of stars.  I had to change my brain around as she uses some different techniques to cut, sew and teach!  It took me 5 tries to figure out how the cutting instructions worked into the finished star, but once you get it, it goes very quickly!

These are the 2nd set, these are Pinwheel Stars!  It took me a bit of unsewing to get the flying geese points to line up, but I think they are cut, you can see the colours better if you click on the picture.
These are 9 patch stars (I think that is their name).  The 9 patches took me a while, especially the little stars.

It is also the start of a new month, February!  So far, I've used 6 fat quarters and 1 yard of fabric for these stars from my stash!  I thought I had more of the background in my stash, but didn't.  I had to my 3 metres, but got them on sale!  thats ok, right!
mellissa from Happy Quilting is having a Blog Hop for Valentine's Day gift items to sew!  Her link is in my Blog List on the left side, today she asked what is your favorite love song in your comment to win some great prizes!
Mine is Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce, yes from 1975ish.  Here is a LINK to the You tube video.
We wanted to have this song at our wedding, but my MIL thought it had to do with liquor, so she wouldn't let us.  Have a listen, it'll make your day!
Enjoy your day!
Take care, Leslie

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Small Quilts by Kathleen Tracy

Hi!  Happy Wednesday!
I found a new website and blog on the weekend.  Kathleen Tracy has 4 books out, her last one is Civil War Sewing Circle.  I bought the book from Martingale a while ago.  I'm so glad I did.  Lots of quick, little quilts and projects in there!
She is promoting a year of Small Quilts using quilts designs in her 4 books using a weekly Quilt Along. If you go HERE, there are pictures of the first one.
As I didn't have the book with this pattern I didn't make that one.  I found some free patterns on her website County Lake Quilts, so I made the free pattern.  I could have used my math skills to make a Small Quilt exactly like Kathleen's, but I didn't.  I joined the Yahoo Group to see some of the future patterns until I can collect the books!
I used fabric scraps sitting on my cutting table to make my Small Quilt.  I pieced the 9 patch strips Sunday evening, and then did all of the rest of the sewing last evening.  Just the borders left to do, but I started making dumb mistakes, so I quit for the night.
What do you think?

I'm going to link up at a few blogs!  Then I'm going to finish the green and pink print borders!
I think this Friday is Friday Nite Sew In !!!
I'm planning on getting my Civil War Quilt top together!
Oh, a little late, but I just found Val Laird has a new BOM too, cute little applique with embroidery.  You can find more about it HERE!
So much for my UFO list!  And my Want To Make list!
Talk with you later!
Take care, Leslie