Monday, August 21, 2017

Big weekend/big progress

Friday was the last show for the season for my nephew's band at Rockin' on the River in Lorain. We arrived between 2:30 and 3 p.m., unloaded the trailer, and set up the merchandise booth. We had the big merchandise sold here sign up (you can see it on the ground behind the tent) - it extends above the tent, but it was windy so we had to take it down. We were afraid the whole tent would be blown over despite it being staked down.

Here is the stage.

Michael's band opened up for an Aerosmith tribute band. In this area tribute bands are a big deal and are always the headliners. We had the biggest crowd ever and they loved the band. I was very busy selling CDs, EPs, t-shirts, LPs, and picks before and during the show. After the show there must have been 75 people in line. The fellow that runs the show could not get over how many people were in the line! I sold all the CDs we had and only had 8 medium shirts left. Everything was going like hotcakes! It was crazy! I couldn't sell the stuff fast enough. The Aerosmith band asked Michael if he would play with them for the last song in their finale. Here he is on stage in the red shirt jammin' with them. They were really nice guys.

After the show we headed home. I was so tired. I got to bed at 1:45 a.m. I finally drug myself out of bed on Saturday and spent all day watching movies and Live PD while I stitched. I did get to stitch a bit before the show on Friday. Guess what? I ran out of green floss again! I almost have the Monster done.

I did a bit on this shirt. I am not sure what I am going do or if I am going to do anything with the lettering, but there is a least a little stitching on this one.

Next I started on this shirt.

I finished it on Sunday

Sunday afternoon I got started on this shirt

I pushed hard and got it done

I have seven shirts that still need embroidery added and I have 18 days to get them done.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Did good!

I stitched at lunch and after work yesterday and made some really great progress on the Monster. Here is where I started

and this is what it looks like now.

I finally got my uniform stenciled too. My uniform for working the merchandise booth for my nephew's band is the new t-shirts we are selling.

Here is my stenciling on the back

I will be ready for the next gig!

We finally got some rain last evening. I don't know how much, but it was enough that the job site looks a bit muddy. At least the dust is settled and have we ever had dust!

Have a great weekend! Guess what I will be doing? LOL!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Making headway

I think I have turned the corner and am more than halfway done with outlining the fur areas of the Monster. I show where I was at when I started each day so it is easier to compare how much I accomplished. So here is where I was before I got started stitching after work

Here is what is done now

I do like the way this is coming out. I think the stitching really adds a lot of interest to this.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back in business

On my lunch hour I went to Pat Catan's and got the green and apricot floss I needed for the Monster t-shirt. The Pat Catan's is only a mile from where I work. Here is where I left off on Monday and the start for Tuesday's stitching
and here is where I am right now. The apricot thread is hard to see in the picture so I included a closer detail shot.

It is going slow, but I am making progress. I have to stab stitch a lot of the smaller areas which takes more time. I was glad to get the apricot areas done so now it is just stitching with the green.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Need more floss

I worked on the Monster t-shirt last night while I had a movie on. I feel like I made good progress on stitching the areas of fur I am making green. Here is where I ended Sunday and started yesterday
and here is what it looks like now. To say the least this is slow going trying to stitch all the tiny uneven edges.

I split my 6 strand floss in half and all I have is 18" of a split piece of the green floss. I will have to go to the store at lunch today and get another skein of green and I will pick up the peach thread too while I am at it.

Monday, August 14, 2017


My plans for the weekend were to stay home and stitch on the R.E.M. quilt. Saturday morning I got a phone call from my brother about what time they were leaving for the band's gig that night. Oops - I forgot all about that! I did stitch as much as I could and headed out at 3 to meet up with everyone. The place we played was a barn like building. It was very cool with a small stage, loft, bar, kitchenette, and indoor plumbing. They had lots of fun lighting and they opened the three garage doors so there was access to the tents. Michael's band was one of five acts that played.

This is Skully the bass player

This is James the drummer. James and Michael have been playing music together since they were in kindergarten. Yes we have a ginger drummer just like The Jimy Hendrix Experience with Mitch Mitchell and Cream had Ginger Baker.
My brother Mike hard at work
and the band tearing up the place

The barn was decorated with lots of handmade art and up in the loft on a sofa there was a quilt. I never have seen this design before. It was hand pieced and machine quilted.

I didn't get to bed until 1:11 a.m. so I was tired on Sunday. I did get some stitching done though.
I got all the locations and dates stitched on the Vote For Change shirt. Here is the before
and the after

Next is the Monster shirt. I ran out of the apricot floss so I will go get another skein today so I can finish that. I switched to a light green floss for the other areas. I outlined the R.E.M. yellow banner in purple. detailing this image is going to take a while!

Friday, August 11, 2017

VOTE FOR done?

Yes it is! Here is the before and after.

What I have left do stitch on this shirt are the dates and locations.
I plan on getting this done and moving on to another shirt. I am down to about 28 days left to finish this piece. I have eleven shirts that have no other embroidery embellishments except for the border and several denim shirt areas that still need stitching. I guess I need to stitch faster!

So you know what I will be doing this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Back to the R.E.M. quilt

I was time to get back to stitching on the R.E.M. quilt after not touching it for two days. Here is the CHANGE before

Here is what it looks like now

I will work on the VOTE FOR tonight. I did get another pin back button off ebay yesterday to add to the quilt. It was vintage. I try to buy only vintage stuff when I find a good deal. Here is the button

Yesterday I was out and about on the job site and the school a lot. There was concrete that had to be torn out and replaced so I of course walk thru the parking lots to go see the contractors and their progress. There have been a lot of people around with band camp, baseball practice, soccer practice, and teachers coming and going so yesterday I found a few items. That spirit award is a pin back button. I needed another pencil like I need a stick I the eye, but I just had to pick it up. LOL!!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


I received a delivery last night and I am ready to take on a few t-shirt quilt commissions. I don't have any lined up right now, but I am ready in case. JoAnn's had a good deal on the lightweight fusible interfacing I use when making t-shirt quilts. I use Pellon P44F. It works well for me because I do a lot of quilting on my t-shirt quilts. For someone who leaves more unquilted space it would not be my choice of interfacing. I bought three fourty-eight yard bolts and with the bolt I have that is about 40 yards, that give me 184 yards of interfacing or enough for six or seven quilts.

My evening consisted of doing dishes, cooking, laundry, watering my flowers, and baking oatmeal raisin cookies for the guys at work.

No stitching has gotten done on the R.E.M. for two evenings now so I must get back to it tonight.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jobs done

Last night when I got home from work I notice that the neighbor's tree was now touching my garage roof. There is some vine that grows like a weed intertwined in most of his trees. I didn't like what I saw so I took action. I wanted to make it a bit harder for critters to end up on the roof.

I crawled up on the roof and cut back as far as I could without leaning or over reaching. Once I got down to the ground I could pull on the vines and finish cutting what I could. Here is what it looks like now. A good job done.

The rest of the evening I made and sewed on labels. Another job done. This morning it dawned on me that I put the wrong last name on the yellow label. I was able to fix it without making a new label.

The yellow and purple quilt will be an anniversary gift for a couple that are always helping out with the band especially the hard part of packing up after a show. They are having a anniversary party in a couple of weeks. I have a love/hate relationship with this quilt. I like the colors and the way I quilted it, but once it was done in 2012 and I hung it up for the picture, it looked so unbalanced to me. I posted it on July 9, 2012. It was my 19th finish for the year. I didn't measure it, but it is probably a full size quilt. Each one of the batik squares was quilted differently and I hand dyed the yellow and purple fabric on the back.

So with giving this one away and two more baby quilts I will have reduced my stash of quilts by five quilts in the last couple of months.