Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hand Quilt Along (HQAL), Slow Sunday Stitching

I've been keeping busy with Christmas gifts.  I am almost finished hand-quilting the Angel Quilt, designed by Cheri Payne.  I am big stitching since it is a primitive quilt.  I have around 2 more angels to go and the border, which I am just going to follow the lines in the plaid.  I'm stitching around the angels, a heart on her dress and 4 stars on the background.

I'm also making good progress on my daughter's Christmas owl table runner.  I embroidered the redwork and put them together.  I am about 1/2 way through machine quilting it.

Also this week, I found out that Kathy Schmitz has a monthly stitchery club called One Stitch at a Time.  It is $2 a month or $24 a year.  The first of every month you will get an embroidery design emailed to you.  If you want to check it out, it is here.  I actually purchased one of her prior patterns yesterday that will be a perfect gift for granddaughter Kyleigh, and one for myself.  Just need to get them traced onto fabric.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one  another.  We post every three weeks to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project or would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Friday, November 16, 2018

What I Have Been Up To

Well I ended up taking my laptop into the computer guy, and apparently it is toast.  Fixable, but not worth it.  He said the cheapest thing to do would find my exact same machine on eBay and he could move the hard drive onto it.  So I have the new free  Bernina program on my PC, which works with Windows 10, the problem is moving a design from my computer to my embroidery unit.  It says my Bernina is connected, but then it gives me an error message saying "failed to establish a connection to the embroidery system".   I guess I will call Bernina after Thanksgiving and see if they can help me. I even changed cords to see if that was the problem.  All in all I messed with this too much this week. 

I am working slowly but steadily on hand-quilting the Angel quilt, which I made here my One Monthly Goal for November.  Since this is a primitive quilt, I am using a big stitch, and stitching around the blocks, around the angels, and stitching stars in the backgrounds and a heart on the angels.  I should have this finished easily by the end of the month I think.

The other thing I have been working on is my other daughter's Christmas table runner.  Because I had most of the components of this leftover from the one I made here for the Christmas in July Blog Hop put on by Sarah @Confessions of a Fabric Addict, it the main part was getting the redwork done.  I have it all set up now to quilt in the next couple of days.  

I'm beginning to come to the conclusion I have a big scrap problem.  I have this big bag, one of those plastic zip-up bags that a comforter comes in filled with scraps.  

I also have this other one filled with children's type fabrics and a bunch of fabric left over from grandson Keaton's Star Wars quilt.,

I have been using Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User's System, and every couple of weeks I cut a bunch of fabric into strips, squares and blocks.  I have spent the past 5 days off and on cutting fabric up.  That first picture was taken after I was done for this round.

This was what I accomplished this time.

In going through those scrap bags, I found a bunch of bonus triangles, which I have been using as leader-enders, and got these all trimmed up today too.

I have to get this house cleaned up for Thanksgiving so I am putting my scraps away again.

I've also come to the conclusion I have a UFO problem also.  I found this in the closet from a class I took in Sisters, Oregon a number of years ago.  I have 5 blocks finished, some parts of blocks, and pieces cut out.  The quilt is apparently called Tumbling Stars.  I'm trying not to let this get me side-tracked.  Maybe I should put it back in the closet!

I'm going to link up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Plugging Along

I have been plugging along on the two items I am working on, hand quilting the Angel quilt, which it would be hard to get a good picture of this, and working on the redwork owls.

Back in July, when I participated in the Christmas In July Blog Hop, hostessed by Sara @Confessions of a Fabric Addict, my project was a redwork table runner.  I talked about it here

I originally made 6 of those string-pieced trees, and it made the runner too, too long.  So I saved those trees and the scraps I used, and I plan to put the owls surrounding my extra 3 trees.


Meanwhile I have been undergoing a little bit of aggravation, I think it is worked out now.  I have an old Bernina Artista embroidery machine.  I wanted to embroider some designs on some sweatshirts for Christmas.  I had a laptop with my embroidery software on it that I used to transfer my designs to the embroidery unit.  I have not done any embroidery for several years on the machine, and I have not tried to use the laptop for several years.  Well the laptop will turn on by not boot up.  The laptop is Windows XL, as is the embroidery software.  I can't install my old software on the new operating system.  I used to have a thing called a Magic Box to transfer designs to my machine, but the same thing, it worked on an older operating system, and I can't install the driver.  The Magic Box is out of business, so I can't upgrade it.  I really don't want to spend the money right now to get my laptop fixed.  At the time I bought the embroidery software it was quite expensive, and I sure can't afford it now.  I was even going to install my backup disc into the laptop, but the door won't open!

Well this morning on researching, I found that Bernina had a free embroidery software you could download.  So I have it installed on my PC.  I'm going to bring my sewing machine and embroidery unit into my office and PC and see if I can now transfer designs to my embroidery unit.  That was the beauty of the laptop, I could take it to my machine hook it up, and I was ready to go.  

The sad thing is the laptop has hundreds of designs I downloaded, many of them free, I don't have access to right now.  

Wish me luck that this works!   Thanks for stopping by



Sunday, November 04, 2018

Sweet Land of Liberty, Slow Sunday Stitching

Yesterday I finished a section of Sweet Land of Liberty, designed by Cheri Payne.  I am working on it with a friend, but found out yesterday that Lori, of Humble Quilts will be doing another stitch along next year,.  She just finished up one recently, but I was starting mine at the the tail end of that one.

So I finished this block yesterday

And I sewed the sections I have together.  DH pointed out my "A" in the USA was wonky, but I told him it was primitive, it was fine.  The fact is I had trimmed my sections and then sewed them together, I should have trimmed last.  So it was going to involve making the top section over again, so I left it.  

My other slow stitching this week has been a redwork embroidery that will turn into a Christmas table runner for my other daughter who likes owls. I am doing 2 of these, one will be at either end.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 03, 2018


I recently participated in several blog hops, and my prizes arrived today. First I participated in Marian Pena @Seams to be Sew blog hop, it was "My Happy Place" blog hop bag in September.  I won the Kimberbell "In All Things Give Thanks" wall hanging pattern.  Thanks so much to Marian and her sponsors for this great pattern!

Secondly Carole@ From My Carolina Home had an Autumn Jubilee with fantastic projects, and sponsors.  I was lucky enough to win the Inspired LED  sewing machine lighting kit with an expansion module for a second machine.  Thanks somuch to Carole and Inspire4d LED! I think I am going to have to watch the video to set this up. 

That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 02, 2018


OMG November Link-Up is OPEN!

I'm setting my One Monthly Goal for November with Elm Street Quilts.  My goal is to get the Angel Quilt hand quilted.  This is really a stretch for me, as the last quilt I hand quilted got stuck in a UFO pile for great periods of time, and I don't want that to happen to this one, as it is my daughter's Christmas present.  Right now, it is at flimsy stage, I got batting yesterday and I have the backing picked out. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

On a Roll Again, Angel Quilt Flimsy

I'm having a really good week.  Sunday, remember I finished my Great Pumpkin Quilt into flimsy stage.  

In the evenings I have been slowly appliquing the angels on the Angel Quilt, designed by Cheri Payne.  This will hopefully be a Christmas present for our oldest daughter.  I plan to hand quilt it, I think, as soon as I get some batting.

Hopefully I will be able to quilt it a lot quicker than this one,  a UFO I had started hand-quilting in 1997, and finished May 2018! Of course it kept getting stuck in closets and cabinets and it would be out of mind for long periods of time!

Guess I had better figure out what we are having for dinner. 

 I will be hooking up with Clever Chameleon's Colour Party here.

Thanks for stopping by!