Saturday, July 26, 2014

Traditional Austin Bluebird Block Ones Both Finished!

Here's the traditional Austin Bluebird BOM from the first month. I haven't trimmed them and sewn them together because the instructions didn't say to do that yet. I'm making two of these quilts - one bright fabrics from my stash and one with the traditional fabrics that come with the quilt. I figured that, as long as I have to get patterns enlarged and buy special bias tape makers, I might as well make two at once.

and here's the bright one (that you've already seen):

Let's not discuss my photography skills...okay? This is a big block and there are only so many places I have to lay them out (without dogs claiming them). My dining room table has my Oklahoma Beauty quilt blocks waiting for more sashing. I'm planning on doing that today. I thought I'd also work on Gossip in the Garden but we'll see. There may be some (a smidge) of housework in there. I'm NOT working on my real job today, that's for sure. What are you working on? Doing any sewing this weekend? Hope your Saturday is happy! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Snow Lady in July

Eeek! The last Friday in July! I can't believe it's almost over! My last post for the Christmas in July group we have going here in Oklahoma City (where the temps are in the 100's) is my little Snow Lady wallhanging. I found tiny, tiny buttons for her jacket and eyes and tiny bells for the tree she's holding. Someday I'll show you my button stash. It's almost as big as my fabric stash.

I also thought I'd show you a pillow I designed. Both of these were made for shop samples. I think it's so much fun to sew winter-themed items in July.

 Yesterday I watched Holiday Inn with the famous White Christmas song. That song just gets more beautiful. Here's the quilted tree skirt I made...you can't see it very well in this photo but you get the idea:
What are you working on this July? Any holiday items? Well, I'm off to work. Hope you enjoy your Friday and have a wonderful weekend! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Austin Bluebird BOM Month One - Bright Version

Good morning! I finished the applique block for the bright version of the Austin Bluebird quilt (applause here)! I still need to trim it down and sew the two pieced parts to it but you get the idea. This is the quilt that I decided to make in a bright version with my fabrics and also make in the traditional fabrics that came with the BOM. I wanted to do the bright version first so that, if I'm going to mess it up, it won't be on the block that came with the BOM.
It was hard to get a picture because this is a big block! With the pieced parts, it's going to be around 24". So you can imagine how big the finished quilt will be! Here's a photo of it finished. This block is in the upper left corner.
I'm going to try to get the other block done this weekend and get them both sewed up. I'm also still plugging away on the Beauty quilt.

Oh, I found something on Pinterest yesterday that I think you'll like! It's a very handy conversion chart for inches to mm and cm. So helpful for patterns written by my favorite Australian and UK designers.

I'd love to be able to give credit to the person who put this together but none was given on Pinterest. If you click on it you can print out a size you can read.

I also found a photo of a gorgeous antique quilt on Pinterest. No info on it either! I'd like to make a duplicate of this quilt. I love the pattern and the colors!

Well, that's all I've got today. I have to go work on my pesky "real job" and wait for "helpful" emails from "the 24 year old" a/k/a my boss. I'm writing for the website of a big, well-known store today and, sadly, they requested that the copy be written on an 8th grade level. It's adult clothing but that's what our country has come to. Can you imagine? 8th grade! I can't fathom what the world will be like for my as-yet-unborn  great grandchildren. Let me know what you're doing today and cheer me up! XO from Bev

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sewing Fun on Saturday!

I had fun yesterday playing in my sewing room. I organized some of my sewing room, committed to at least a part of the design for my Oklahoma Beauty quilt and finished the second block for the Winter Solstice quilt along. Paulette wants to show those blocks on the last day of the month. I also worked on my Gossip in the Garden and got Block B finished.

Still have to make 4 more of those little Periwinkle blocks...it's hard to get a good photo because this is a big quilt! I am surprised that the components are so large. It's fun but I still have to do the Dresden blocks and they are paper pieced. yuck See how big this is?
Oh, bother...I can't get a good picture of this cute block. Here it is before the little blocks were added.
Oh well, you kind of get the idea...maybe. So today I'm dedicated to putting the sashing into the Oklahoma Beauty top. I'm still trying to decide what to do about the borders. So wow, I'm really babbling. Too much coffee! Well,off to play. Have a great Sunday! XO and cheery wave! Bev

Saturday, July 19, 2014

First Embroidery Sampler...sigh....

Hi there! Hope you're having a fun Saturday! I finished my first little embroidery sampler from the Patchwork Loves Embroidery book by Gail Pan. You can see it HERE. She would probably be less than thrilled that I'm exhibiting her pattern...lol.

Seems like my little camera only does a great job when I really don't want to show the details....

Don't judge Gail's book by my embroidery. It has some really cute patterns and I'm going to try another one soon. I'm a sucker for little houses and anything that says "home" and little birds...oh, and alphabets. So, tell me, experienced embroidery people....how do you keep "travel threads" from showing through? Do you end each thing on the embroidery piece? Also, on a big piece, how do you keep it "not wrinkled"? I need to learn so much! Next I'm going to try Karen Walker's blocks. They are bigger so might be easier.
Each basket has a little bird...so cute! Of course, mine will be surrounded by gorgeous quilting --- just like Karen's--- HEY, it could happen... Here are all four in a pillow Karen did:

You can get all 4 in her Craftsy store HERE and they are half off this weekend! Well, I'm going to go sew. I'm working on the Austin Bluebird blocks that I'm not too happy with....I'll show you later. Have a great weekend! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dresden Centers

I've been working like crazy on my "real job" so haven't had time to do much sewing. Well, I actually have some time but have spent it sleeping. I did finish the 4 little embroidery centers of the Dresdens for the Gossip in the Garden quilt. I only finished these because I could sit in front of the television and stitch for a minute before I have to go to sleep. Imagine each in the center of a Dresden:


Not so exciting. It's been rainy and cool here. It's like we switched weather with Washington State. I'll take the cool rain any day! Thought you might enjoy this from Pinterest:




Have a happy Friday! XO and cheery wave from Bev

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside!

Or pretty cool for July.... We are having a very pleasant few days of record breaking cool weather. Sure beats last year when we set the record for continuous days of temperatures over 100 degrees...I think it was 67 days straight. The "cold snap" plus all the "Christmas in July" stuff I've been seeing on blogs made me think of my Wear Warm Clothes quilt.
It's from a pattern by Country Threads and I have always loved it. Maybe after we finish Winter Soltice quilt along at Paulette's Blog, we can do this one. It has applique and piecing and it's fun to hang for the entire winter season. Let me know if you're interested. We would probably start in the fall. I've been working on things that are not even in the kind of shape to show you. It's weird to have projects that I can't finish in one day. Well, gotta go work at my pesky "real job". Today I'm writing about baby clothes. They are so cute! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday! XO and cheery wave from Bev Oh, Elisina says to tell you all thank you for the good thoughts and comments (see my last post). Things just keep getting worse over there. We are so fortunate!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Prayers for a Blogger Friend

Good Sunday morning! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! Today I would like to ask a favor. My blogging friend, Elsina, is a wonderful person and we've chatted for years and I've gotten to know her (you know how that is). She is a scrap booker who has lots of FREE designs on her blog that you can download and print out.

I'm not a scrap book person and originally started following her because, as a quilter, I love to be inspired by great color combinations.

Well, Elsina lives in Israel, which as you know (or should know), is being bombarded many times a day with rockets loaded with explosives. I can't even imagine living like that! Elsina has never said she was afraid or complained. I would do both (but then I'm a big sissy). So I'm just thinking about her every time I see a newscast with those horrible bombs going off and, although Israel is doing a great job protecting their people, it is a terrible situation. We are so lucky to enjoy the peace we have had in our homeland. I hope you will pray for her safety and the safety of Elsina's family and all the people who have to live in uncertainty and violence. If you don't believe in prayer, I hope you will send her good thoughts. It seems that more and more of the world is facing these conditions. You can visit Elsina's blog HERE. Thanks-you are the BEST! XOXO

Thursday, July 10, 2014

At last, my little red bird.....

Hello! I'm working today at my "real job" but wanted to show you this!
I've seen these dishes all over Blogger and Pinterest and I've wanted one for years to hang in my kitchen. Well, I saw one on Pinterest and come to find out, it is from Pier 1 Imports AND it was on sale for $3.98! So I zipped up the street about 3 blocks to the Pier 1 Imports store and bought one. I feel kind of guilty because of the on-going struggle to come up with Charlie's medication money but I rationalized it by just leaving something off my grocery list. They also come in green or yellow. I'm going to make some curtains for my kitchen soon from red with white polka dot fabric that is in the shop. The ones I made when I moved in were a real mistake! My kitchen walls are yellow, cabinets are white and I have red accents. Well, I made curtains out of red and yellow striped fabric from Lori Holt. It's cute fabric BUT the red and yellow together make the curtains look orange...duh.... Anyway, have to get back to work. If you want a little plate, you can find it on sale HERE. XO and cheery wave from Bev

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

This is so weird.....

Hi all! This morning I was looking for my container of embroidery thread and I found this half finished applique block:
What make this weird and kind of frightening is that I don't remember doing it. I have that blue fabric and I have tons of that cheddar background fabric but I don't remember cutting it, stitching it (and it's by hand) or what it was for. So is that an indicator that my age is frying my brain? Honestly, I'll bet I did it during the year that I had diabetes but didn't know it. Lots of crazy stuff happened to my body that year but I never associated it with being diabetic.That's cause I told my doctor at my yearly exam that I thought I was diabetic and she tested me and said I wasn't. So when I had symptoms, I thought..well, my doctor said it wasn't so this must be something else. A word to the wise...call your doctor back if you keep having symptoms of something--they could be wrong. And get this...when I was back a year later and she tested me she almost put me in the hospital because it was so bad and she said, "I wish you had come in sooner".

 So whoa....I got a Tuesday surprise! Hope you're having a great day and not losing your mind....hahahahahaha  XO and cheery wave from Bev