Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bought some fabric

I was given some gift cards so I spent some of the money on fabric. All of it was on sale so I got a lot for my bucks! The skull fabric - 7 yards - was only $3.99 on clearance from Hancock's of Paducah. I will use that for backing on a Harley quilt.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Double rainbow

I spent last evening doing odds and ends around the house so there was no progress on the quilt. I did forget to post the double rainbow I saw last Friday on my way home from work. It was pretty cool.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Made great progress!

I did not reroof the mailbox or tile the driveway this weekend Swooze. I spent the weekend quilting on Sammy's quilt and am now 40% done! Machine quilting is hard work and I was tired, but I am happy with the amount I got done. I outlined the area that is now done.
That middle row is going to be the hardest to quilt so that will slow me down a bit.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Yeah it is Friday!

I buckled down last night and got another t-shirt quilted. It was not a big on, but there was a lot of detail stitching I wanted to do. I am now 13% done with the quilting.

I have no big plans for the weekend. I think I will stay inside and get some quilting done. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Double digits!

I now am in double digits for the percentage quilted for Sammy's quilt. I am at 12% now with getting this yellow t-shirt quilted.

This is what the back looks like

Winter showed up yesterday. By this morning we had an inch of snow. Not much, but this is the first time this season the roads stayed covered. My trip to work is on back roads and there was one road that was a bit dicey. I am sure will more traffic on that road it will be much better going home.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A bit more progress

I get home from work, sit down for a minute and next thing I know and hour and a half has blown by! I didn't get out of work until a bit later than usual - I was working on hour ten. I did get this small extra piece I needed to add for some length

and I got the dark gray shirt done before I went to work this morning.

I am now 8.5% done with the quilting. I have big plans to quilt as soon as I get home tonight and get into double digits for the amount done.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

T-shirt quilt progress, etc.

I got a bit more quilting done. I got the shirt that said SENIORS done so I am now 6.8% done. It wasn't much, but it is better than a stick in the eye! LOL!!

I then sewed the button on my jacket that came off yesterday. This is big for me, because the last button that fell off this jacket - which I sewed on during the holidays - it took me 2 years to get around to sewing it back on!

I also made a couple of labels for quilts. I sewed one on last night to a girl quilt. This quilt is for the 3 year old niece that one of the ladies I work with is adopting.

The other label is for a quilt I gave someone for Christmas and didn't have time to put a label on it. She is bringing the quilt to work so I will spend 5 minutes stitching it on. I brought thread, pins, a needle, and my pair of very sharp scissors!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Harley quilt top and Sammy's quilt

I got the Harley quilt top done this weekend. I really like the way it turned out. It is 88" x 92" - a decent size.

I got started on quilting Sammy's quilt. This one is going to take awhile! The quilt is 95" x 99". I now have 5.7% quilted.

I cleaned out my knife drawer because the knife sharpeners I had ordered arrived. I only needed one, but the deal came with three so I will be gifting the extra ones. I wanted to try the sharpener out to see if it worked as good as they showed it on QVC and it did! This little thing also has another sharpener for scissors so I tried that out and I now have sharp scissors! Yes I used it on my Ginghers and now they are like new. I had one pair Havel scissors that had a bad nick - I accidently cut into a straight pin - and with running the blade thru the sharpener quite a few times, I was able to remove the nick. In the past I have used a sharpening stone, but I could not get the nick removed or get my scissors as sharp as they are now.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Review of 2018 and Harley t-shirt progress

I like to take a look at things to see what I accomplished in the previous year and if I had made a dent in my stash and the amount of quilting thread I have. Overall I did ok. I made one t-shirt quilt and seven baby quilts, worked for months on that secret project, and finished out the year with getting the one very large t-shirt quilt ready to quilt and the Harley quilt top almost sewn together.

I reduced my quilting thread by about 19,000 yards

and with making all those boxy pouches, my stash was reduced by 67 yards. I had used up these spools which are both sewing thread and quilting thread

The amount of sewing I did last year was less that previous years due to exhaustion from the heat at work, but I sure did good with salvaging those rocks!

I managed to get the bottom row sewn on and the t-shirts for the top row trimmed close to the right size. I will trim the sides once I get the top row sewn on and then the top will be done!
This is the fabric I plan on using on the back.

Only working three days this week has been great! I could get use to that. Next week will feel so long with working 5 days - oh well. This weekend I plan on starting to machine quilt Sammy's quilt. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

More progress on the Harley T-shirt quilt top

I got the row of four t-shirts sewn on to the left side of the quilt and started trimming the t-shirts for the bottom row. I should have this top done in the next day or so.

Next will be quilting and lots of it with two t-shirt quilts to quilt! I am guessing it is going to take me at least 4-6 weeks to quilt Sammy's quilt and at least 4 weeks to quilt the Harley quilt.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

I'm back!

I had a busy and productive vacation. It took about three hours to just do the pin basting, but the t-shirt quilt is ready to be quilted. I don't know what I would do without my 8' x 8' table!

I went to Hartville with a girlfriend. They have a flea market - much of it indoors and a hardware store. We didn't have to go to the hardware store, but we had a blast at the flea market. There is a meat market and a grocery store that carry all kinds of interesting items. I ended up with some handmade perogies, bacon cheddar cheese, a two pound bag of beef jerky - the price was so reasonable, some chocolate covered pretzel rods for a lady at work, and a new wallet. I will definitely go back there again. Their prices were great.

I saw this quilt at one of the booths and the lady said it was ok to take a picture of it. It was a vintage quilt and the colors cracked me up!

I got started on this year's Harley quilt. The blue lines show the final three seams I will need to sew after I sew together the top and bottom rows of shirts. I make the center using lots of the small motifs that were on the shirts and sleeves. I think it makes for a interesting quilt and it is different than the other ones I have made.

My girlfriend from where I use to live called me needing help to make two cushion covers for her SIL's chair. She drove up the 31st and the 1st so I could help her. She did all the sewing; I just helped with making the pattern and on how to sew them together. She did a great job and they fit the cushions wonderfully! We managed to get two pillow covers out of the leftover fabric.

While she sewed the covers, I altered a pair of her late husband's p.j.s that I have had on my UFO list for 7 years! It sure helped that she could try them on for me instead of me working off the sketches I had made years ago. I got them done so that is one more thing off the UFO list!

I also showed her how I made those boxy pouches and she then took it home with her.

The two weeks I was off went so fast.