Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Couple of years ago

I started this quilt.  I picked up Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler book and an interesting journey began. Each block is from old civil war time quilt patterns and each had a story to read about the civil war. I cant believe it took so long to do.  Of course I have had various projects in between time, so I haven't been idle. I am not like you very dedicated ladies out there that finish quilts in a couple of weeks.   I guess that's obvious, lol.... I have a great deal of respect for your steadfastness.   My quilt went from a King size idea down to a twin size. Thank goodness, otherwise it would still be sitting there to be finished, it was hard enough to handle as it grew block by block.  But, done it is:

Putting on the binding

I stitched the back of the binding by hand

Yay, putting on the bed

Now to make a pillow case and a couple of throw pillows....

Hugs, LJ

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Quilting Right Along

I have 10 blocks done so far and it is coming along pretty good.  The invisible thread is going better than I thought it would.  You don't really notice it that much which is what I wanted so if I get out of the ditch it doesn't show.  I think once all the blocks are done I will pick ones randomly and free motion the centers.  Also I am thinking perhaps I will free motion the sashing and around the borders.  Lots of time to decide what will come next.

Feeding one of the Blocks

Did around the piecing

Tagging the blocks done cause it is hard to tell.

Fabric backing

hard to tell on the reverse side also

I like going around the piecing because it is fairly large and I don't want it too busy.


 I am lazy!

Hugs, LJ


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Quilting The Quilt

Yep, finally got the ole quilt out to start the quilting process.

Whoa, this is a lot harder than I thought it would be and I have so much room to do this in.  I cant imagine what it would be like without this set up.  I have always worked on wall hangings to free motion on, but  this is sew darn big....   The first block I did a stitch in the ditch method (I tried free motion and I kept thinking I would break the needle) I used a white top thread (the bobbin is the color of the backing). Not happy because it shows where I had trouble feeding the fabric through the needle on the top of the quilt. I am going to change over to a invisible thread to see how that works. Seems I remember invisible thread was hard to work with because of breakage. We will see.  Each block will be trial and error because of the weight of the quilt. Maybe I can combine stitch in the ditch and  free motion in each block.  ???? We shall see what we shall see.

I took my two tables away from the wall and put it in front of the sewing table.  It was easy to sandwich the quilt this way.  Yay, something went easy.... lol...…

Once the center of the quilt blocks are done it should be easier, you think?

not happy with this block.

Hoping it will get easier with practice!

Happy Halloween and Hugs,

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Words To Live By

I am trying to clear out some things on my computer cause it is so hard to find anything. I just keep taking things and filing under word or pictures instead of filing under a main file like say knitting, etc....   I just have too much "stuff" on my puter.  I found this and think it is good advice to pass on.  I truly wish I would remember this advice more myself...

Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.

Hugs, LJ

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Doll Clothes Done

Doll Dress and Top and Shorts

are done.

I hope this dress will fit one of Sophie's dolls

I am pretty sure the top and shorts will fit.

Hugs, lj

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Doll Clothes

I have this pattern for an 18" doll and this fabric.

I think the fabric would make the cute top and shorts. The flowers for the yoke in a red top and the flowers for the shorts to match the yoke.

My grand niece has a BD coming up and I need to get this done - lickitty split....  I have a knit dress I made her, but not too sure if it will fit the AG doll.  I know she has one that it should fit, so making this, just in case.

Hugs, lj

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A Drive in the Fall Foliage

Hi all, Hubby and I took a foliage ride up to Keepsake Quilt. in Center Harbor.   He stayed in the car with Max and  listened to Rush while I spent an hour in that wonderful store.  Yep, an hour.  Leaving was difficult, but I didn't want to push it, lol.... Man, I could stay all dang day in there.  There is bolt after bolt of scrumptious fabrics.  I hadn't been there in a couple of years so it was quite a treat.  I didn't get much today because I will finish my civil war quilt before I start another quilt.  BUT....  They had 3 of the 4 block kits for Susies World.  I have loved these blocks from a far.  They were BOM designs that were done quite a while ago.  Not sure what the original price was but there are 4 blocks and I got  block #2 & 3 for 3.99 ea  and two block 4's for 5.99 ea.  Even though block 1 is missing I plan to find the block on her web site and hopefully piece it together from  the fabrics I bought in the 2nd block 4.  Hopefully.  If not I will rearrange it all and make it out of 3 blocks and do something with it. These are so cute!  Maybe if I write to her I can get the diagram of the block.  Anyway, I will do something with this.

I also bought a jelly roll cause you can always find uses for a jelly roll....

See some of the fabrics in the roll

Anyway I was happy as a pig in his sty...  Ha ha.....

Color wasn't peak but we did see some views.  It will be perfect next week but today was a perfect fall day.

Hugs, lj