Friday, May 22, 2015

Ready for a three day weekend!

I plan on hunkering down in the studio and sew till I can't sew no more! I do need to work on that front flower bed and get in my walking too.

I finished up the Aerosmith t-shirt and then worked on The Ramones. The Ramones will needs some hand stitching. So all I have left to machine quilt is the Guns and Roses t-shirt.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Solid progress

I am still plugging away on the t-shirt quilt and made some excellent progress last evening. I finished the U2 block

The small Bon Jovi block

And the Led Zeppelin

I have almost the Aerosmith block done too.

So the only shirts left to quilt are The Ramones and Guns and Roses

After I get all the machine quilting done I will be adding some stitching with pearl cotton.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Back to the t-shirt quilt and still straightening up

I wasted part of my evening watching a really bad movie "Pompeii". While the movie was on I did a couple of loads of laundry.

I worked on cleaning up the area by my second sewing machine. Remember what it looked like?

And now it looks like this. I am thinking about what area I am going to attack next. The studio is pretty much straightened up, but the laundry/utility/dye studio needs a bit of attention as well as the fabric storage room and the guest room so there is plenty to choose from. It is amazing how it can all get away from me. It is not a disaster, but just needs a bit of straightening up.

I did managed to finish quilting the Kiss t-shirt and got part of the U2 block quilted. I cannot get these pictures to show right side up - sorry.

Mostly I am meander stitching the backgrounds and outlining the lettering, but for the Hendrix block that wasn't going to work. I ended up loosely tracing the flowing colors in the background and did detailed tracing in the hair and around the face.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Busy evening

I didn't get any quilting done last evening. Monday night is Top Gear night at my house, but during the commercials I did clean up my sewing space a bit. I cleaned off my big table in anticipation of a big sewing marathon over Memorial Day weekend and I needed to vacuum up all the threads and dust bunnies. This part of the room looks much better!

I ended up on the phone with my sister for about an hour last evening also. Looking around I decided the next area to attack and clean up.

Monday, May 18, 2015

T-shirt quilt, mowing, and Tour of California

I worked hard on the t-shirt quilt and now have 3/4 of it machine quilted. I ran out of the Signature brand black 40 wt. thread, but I had a cone of dark gray Signature 40 wt. and a spool of Aurifil 50 wt. black. Aurifil 50 wt. does not work in the bobbin of my machine at all so I just used the dark gray in the bobbin and the black Aurifil for the top thread and I was able to continue quilting.

I had to do something with the yard on Sunday. Saturday it had rained so that gave me one more day to figure out what I was going to do. I got out the manual that came with the mower when I bought it in 1985 and started reading to try and see if I could find any help. I cleaned a few spots on the mower and then fiddled with the throttle. The manual said if the mower won't start then the throttle needs adjusted. I did not know what the heck I was doing, but whatever I did worked! The mower ran just like old times! Here you can see how badly my grass in the front needed mowed.

I just kept on mowing and did the sides and the back also. It took me about an hour and a half to get it all done, but done it is for now!

As I quilted I watched the Giro d'Italia bike race and then later on the Tour of California in which two of my favorite riders were in - Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish. The ToC is a one week event and yesterday was the final stage. Peter was 3 seconds out of the yellow jersey competition at the beginning of the day. The yellow jersey is for the overall fastest rider. The last stage was very fast, only 65 miles, and very flat. Here the fellows are thundering to the finish line. There were also time bonuses along the route and at the end so the boys were fighting for those bonuses the whole way.

The fellow sitting up is Mark Cavandish who won the stage; his fourth stage win in the ToC. See the fellow in the neon green helmet to the left? That is Peter Segan. Did he get enough time bonus points to win the yellow?

Here is an overhead shot of the finish. Still can't tell where Peter finished.

Let's go to the photo and yes, Peter got third which gave him enough bonus time to win the yellow jersey!

To celebrate let's ride down the street on one wheel

The Tour de France is only six weeks away and Peter looks to be in fine shape for that!

Friday, May 15, 2015

More progress and the thrill is gone

I managed to get the Metallica shirt quilted - I need to get some purple pearl cotton to do some hand stitching

And the Pink Floyd is machine quilted.

I was sad to see B.B. King passed away.

I am glad it is Friday! I don't have any place I have to be so that leaves the entire weekend for me to do as I please. I will have to get after the front lawn, and my very dirty car needs washed, but I will get in some sewing for sure! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Quilting progress and MQG meeting

As soon as I got to the house after work I got to quilting. I finished the machine quilting for The Clash, Green Day, and Springsteen shirts. I even got a bit of the Metallica shirt quilted. I will be adding some handwork to each of this shirts.

For the Springsteen shirt I quilted around the lettering and it looks pretty cool on the back.

I also started the hand stitching on the Stones shirt. It doesn't jump out at you, but it will hold this section of the shirt down.

Four of us met at quilt group and it was all about catching up and show and tell. Joanna brought a book borrowed from the library Modern Rainbow. She decided she was not interested in making another quilt using a rainbow inspired color scheme as she had already done that several years ago. Joanna brought her rainbow piece and it was lovely!

Joanna also brought this challenge piece she made with her husband's shirts. She was restricted to a small size and I think it is fabulous. Can you read what it says? Make Do. She even used the placket from the shirt with the buttons and a label from one of the shirts.

And then there was this piece she called Spring. Since we had such a long cold winter Joanna made this to try and shake off the cold and mentally get ready for spring. What a fun piece!

Stephanie finished her light saber quilt. I had posted when she had come over to my house to pin baste it. It turned out great and the backing is so fun! Stephanie designed the handles for the sabers and each one is different.

I brought my t-shirt quilt to show and June told us about her month long vacation to an island off the coast of Georgia. It was a fine meeting!