Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween! Eeeek!

It's already Halloween! The only frightening thing around here is when I look in the mirror and see that old woman....YIKES! Just about the only thing I've ever made for Halloween is a quilt that I stitched up to sell Halloween fabrics from the shop. Almost all of it sold before I got the quilt done (shocker). Here are some blocks:



And, here's the finished quilt:
Yes, I did get it done and I did quilt it! It lives with Gina now. I'm working on several projects right now that I can't wait to show you. Hope your Halloween is safe and fun and there are no shocks when you look in the mirror! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sneak Preview

My daughter, Gina, and I are working on a special project that I'm really excited about! Here's just a little sneak preview of what's been keeping me busy!

No, it's not fabric! Can't wait to show you! Hope your Tuesday is happy! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Monday, October 27, 2014

A New Iron!

I got a new iron last night! I couldn't wait. Sadly, I think my old, expensive iron has seen its last day. I like the new iron well enough..cost me $15 at Walmart. I stitched two blocks from the Women of the Bible BOM. First is the Eve block because she is the first woman in the Bible and she is in the center of the quilt:
I decided to do my quilt in red and yellow mainly and to use one of my favorite prints for the background. It's a Riley Blake print that I've had in the store and no-one has bought any of it at all. I don't know why but, heck, I'll use it. It has all my color palette: red, yellow, green, orange,pink and there's even a bit of aqua. We'll see if it ends up being too strong for the quilt when I start putting blocks together. The second block is the Rachel (and Leah) block.
This block looks better in person. The yellow floral washes out in the photo...it's much brighter in person. These are easy blocks that are both 15" so pretty big.

Now I have to correct myself. The ladies at Little Quilts who are giving these patterns away, are not going to have them for sale. If you miss the patterns, they won't be available again until the BOM is finished in 2015. Then you can buy all the patterns on a CD. If you subscribe to their newsletter, you get two patterns free every two weeks. Today is the last day for the first two patterns. Tomorrow there will be another newsletter with patterns 3 and 4. If you sign up for the newsletter, you get the block patterns immediately. You can sign up HERE. You can search their website for patterns, fabrics and other little quilts fun stuff while you're there. I just wanted to get the correct information out there for you. Well, hope you have a good week! I'm going to get to work on my "real job". XO and cheery wave from Bev



Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gossip in the Garden is Pieced (without borders)....BUT....

I pieced the Gossip in the Garden top (without borders yet) BUT I dropped my iron and it won't work! I can't iron my finished top! But, I couldn't wait to put it up, wrinkles and bubbles and all, because I actually got a top put together!
It was so much fun to do this quilt! It's the first one I've done with piecing, applique and embroidery.
I wish that it was all nice and pressed...I don't know when I'll ever be able to afford another nice iron. Guess I'll get a cheap one and I'm glad they have cheap ones!
Since there was a garden theme, I used green for most of the inside borders. My embroidery still leaves a lot to be desired but it is fun to learn on a quilt like this.
 
I probably shouldn't even put up this un-ironed mess but, I know, as a quilter, you can see what it will look like when it's pressed. That red along the left side is the border of a quilt that is underneath...I just pinned the Gossip over it. The borders are a plain inner border of 2 inches and tumbler blocks for the outer border. So there you go. Charlie is always napping by me while I work:
and so is Lola:
So a broken iron is just a small thing to go wrong in my universe. I am so blessed! I do worry some about my traveling children with the world like it is today. Jason just got back from Japan and then went to New York City and is now in New Orleans. Eric is in Chicago for some kind of medical meeting. I'm just praying that the ebola scare is just that...a scare. Even though the kids are in their 40's, I still worry about them. Have a great Sunday! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Friday, October 24, 2014

Women of the Bible FREE BOM

So you all know that I love BOM's and have actually completed some of them (shocker)! Here is a new one for the Women of the Bible quilt from the ladies at Little Quilts!
Here's the scoop! Every two weeks you will be sent 2 block patterns--free--along with the instructions for their completion and some helpful tips. I've looked over the quilt and, as you can see, it's made up of very simple blocks. The challenge will be to choose colors that work. I did a quilt with a lot of little blocks like this one has and it ended up looking too "busy". I think that's because I didn't use enough light fabrics..my quilt was mostly bright fabrics. I'm up for trying again! Anyway, if you don't download the free patterns, they start charging for them. The first patterns are free until October 27th. The only thing you have to do to get these free patterns is subscribe to their newsletter. Every two weeks you will receive 2 more free patterns automatically. You can get the facts about this quilt HERE. So have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Looking for Quick Gifts for Teachers, Stocking Stuffers, etc? FREE Tutorials!

Hello! I thought that I would share some of my favorite FREE tutorials! I know that this is the time of year to make gifts...next month will be getting ready for Thanksgiving and then the holidays and it will be crazy busy! First, From Lindsey Weight at Fort Worth Fabric Studio:
You can find this easy-peasy tutorial HERE. Next is a tutorial that uses clothes line ($1.00 for tons of it at the Dollar Store) and fabric scraps! This is a tutorial that makes an adorable little rag basket!
You can find this tutorial HERE. Next is a tutorial by Monica Solorio-Snow for Pennie Pockets. You can make these from holiday fabrics or just from pretty scraps and fill with candy, quilting notions or other goodies as a gift. After the gift is enjoyed, these make beautiful ornaments on a Christmas tree!
You can find the tutorial HERE. And, last but not least, here' my tutorial for a quick pillowcase. If you haven't made pillowcases for the little ones on your gift list, you won't believe how excited they get. You just have to make them using fabric from their favorite Disney movies. There's a Frozen line out now that is so popular!
Teens love new pillowcases too and so do kids in the hospital! You can find my tutorial HERE.

Time for me to get to work. I've done all I can to procrastinate...I must now go write 500 words about boys coats....sigh.... XO and Cheery Wave from Bev

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The First Finished Love Entwined...Amazing!

Well, here it is! As you know if you read my blog, I'm a big fan of Esther Aliu, who designed a pattern of a 1790 quilt from a black and white photo in a book published in 1958. She has given away the pattern in a free BOM on her blog. The entire process of design and publication has taken her at least 5 years. There are over 4500 people who are participating in downloading the pattern and making this quilt BUT no-one had actually finished one UNTIL now! Here it is! The first finished Love Entwined:
That's Esther on the left and the quilter, Narelle Birchall on the right. I can't even tell you how impressed I am! I've started one and have just that center round compass block done...lol. This quilt is SO HARD! The applique pieces are tiny, tiny, tiny. I originally started this to have something to work on while I watch tv at night...you know, a hand applique piece. But what I'm finding is that most of the work is preparation. At any rate, I just wanted to share. I think that, if you're a quilter, you can't help but be impressed. You can see closeup photos of the quilt and read about the amazing journey of designing it on Esther's blog HERE. Hope your Tuesday is inspired and that you have time to sew! XO and Cheery Wave from Bev!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gossiping and Sewing....and a Wonderful Blog to Share

Hi all! Monday morning...already! I took the weekend off with the intention of sewing all day on Saturday and Sunday. Well, that didn't happen...sigh...BUT I did get some sewing done! I got those pesky Dresden plate blocks finished for Gossip in the Garden:
These are the blocks that I've dreaded doing because they were supposed to be paper pieced. I did mine on the machine.
They aren't great but they are done. This has, otherwise, been a fun quilt to piece.

I thought I had all the blocks done for the center of the quilt but found that I had 4 more Periwinkle blocks to do. I did get those cut out.
With the embroidery and the applique, this is such a quirky quilt. Once I piece 4 more of these little blocks, I can get the top pieced! Woot!
I also worked on the hand applique pieces for the Love Entwined quilt. Wow, it is so hard! I did a lot of research on how some of the quilting experts who have completed this quilt and it was so interesting to see their blogs that I spent a lot of time doing that. The method I chose was that of Jane from Jane's Threads and Treasures blog.
This is Jane's quilt and shows the beginning of Jane's method of adding the "crown" triangle pieces. She does so many really complicated, difficult quilts and she puts beautiful photos of her methods and progress on her blog. I love looking at her blog...she is from Holland but lives in Britain on some land that overlooks sheep grazing in the field. She has a big chair outside, surrounded by lovely big trees, where she sits and does handwork. She's finished, yes, I said finished the Civil War Bride quilt, various Baltimore quilts, a Dear Jane quilt and more. She's truly an expert. I feel very much like a beginner next to her. I got my crown pieces cut and marked and appliqued one piece...lol. Her blog is HERE. She is awesome! Well, guess I'll get to work. Hope you have a great week! XO and cheery wave from Bev




Friday, October 17, 2014

So I have a question about an Ofla ruler...

Hi all!  As you probably know if you read my blog, my birthday was a couple of weeks ago. One of the gifts I got was a gift card to Hobby Lobby (woo hoo). I haven't had time to go until today. One of the things I got was a cute storage cabinet for the sewing room (1/2 off) that I will paint red:

I also got an Olfa 1" x 12" ruler. I know I had one but I cannot find it. So I'm sitting here looking at it.

This is the best photo I can get. So see the yellow lines that are every 1/4". Then there are black lines that are dashes. Every inch there are 1/8th marks. So what are these black lines for? I hope you can see it. Help me figure it out, will ya? I know you are all technical experts when it comes to sewing....

I also got some fusible interfacing for applique, some needles and some of those awesome white chalk pencils from General! I've been looking for them for a long time! Hobby Lobby had them in 2 packs with a pencil sharpener! If you haven't used them, they are the best thing I've found for marking appliques. The points stay sharp and they don't break. The marks stay on the fabric but if you have to remove the chalk marks, they are easy to take off. They were in the art department and not in the fabric department. And the best part, I have money left!
It doesn't take much to make me happy. I have been so broke, it's nice to go get some things! So what's up with you this weekend? I'm going to take off and do some sewing! My first weekend off in a while! Have a good one! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Decorate your Sewing Machine for the Holidays!

Hi all. Still too busy and stressed to sew but, lucky for all of us, Jennifer Heynen a/k/a Jennifer Jangles is not! She has created some free holiday projects that you can do for fun! Her first holiday project is this one:
How fun, right? A wreath and a Christmas tree and some little bunting for your sewing machine or the machine of a sewing friend! She's so creative! You can find this project and the ones to come on Jennifer's blog HERE. Hope you enjoy all her holiday projects! XO and cheery wave from Bev