Friday, October 22, 2021

New projects

My company came last night and it was wonderful to see these friends after such a long time. It had been since around Christmas 2019 since I had seen Kris. Her and her significate other, R, brought me projects. R likes to shoot in competitions with vintage military weapons - WWI type guns. He had loads of t-shirts and wants me to make a king sized quilt with them. There are around 45 shirts and this is going to be a fun project. No deadline which is nice in one way and dangerous for me in another, meaning it would be an easy thing to let it drag on when other things come up. I am going to try not to let that happen!
Kris had a little quilt that was made with her mother's clothes and it needs some TLC.
No quilting happened on the red t-shirt quilt, but at least my house is a lot cleaner!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

A little progress

I only got a little bit of quilting done last night on the red t-shirt quilt. I managed to run thru just one bobbin of thread because I had to spend most of my evening cleaning house. I am having company tonight so there were dishes that needed done. I also ran the steam mop over the kitchen floor and vacuumed a bit. Here is what I did get done; not quite half this shirt.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Quilting and yardwork

I am now 45% done with quilting the red baseball quilt. I plan on quilting the rest of the red t-shirts then the shirts in the corners. The area circled in gold is what is quilted.
Before I went inside to quilt, it was so nice outside I decided to do some cleanup in the front yard. I pulled weeds, trimmed a bit of one of the mugo pines, cut the dead flower stems off some of the Shasta daisies, and pulled out the zinnias that were expired. This was just a start; I have so much more that needs tidied up before winter. I ended up with one overflowing wheelbarrow of debris. I took this out back and dumped it at the edge of my woods.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Cross stitch and grout

No quilting yesterday, but I was plenty busy! I was digging up plants that will be going to Wanda and my neighbor arrived home. We talked a bit and he was going to mow his grass. I was looking at mine and it definitely needed a haircut too so instead of quilting I mowed and trimmed the front and side yard. After that it was a load of laundry and making another batch of black bean soup. I dried the cross stitch fabric I had dyed. It turned out good except the upper left was suppose to be more blue. It is still useable. I can always dye more and try again! Dyeing this Lugana/Monaco fabric closed up the spaces between the threads so it will be interesting to see how this fabric now stitches.
I made some great progress on the Birds of a Feather cross stitch. Here is where I was last Tuesday and where I am now.
I was running out of the dark olive green thread called caper. A trip to the store for one skein of floss - ugh! I was looking around and found some floss I had hand dyed a few months ago. I was just playing around and cannot remember why I was dyeing it, but the olive green I had dyed is a perfect match to the caper! How about that!
Another stroke of luck was that when I went to the Home Depot to see if they had the grout I had used before for the tile floors in the bathrooms was still available. Yes, it was and they had little containers of the color I needed! Some of the grout came out of the joints in one area of the upstairs bathroom and I need to fix that. The grout that was leftover had gotten hard and yucky so thus a new container was needed. I think I might have gotten too much water on the floor when I was cleaning up the excess grout. This needs to be done as part of getting this bathroom finished. I will show pictures once I do the work.  I had taken a picture of the old grout container before I pitched it so I would get the right color. 
Now that the weather is cooling off I will be walking instead of stitching at lunchtime. Meanwhile, I had a big day yesterday walking when I went to Home Depot and Walmart to pick up a few things. I always park way out from the entrances so I get some walking in. The cheddar dot is where I parked.
So with all those steps I got in yesterday, I received my Fitbit Russian Railway badge for walking the length of the Trans-Siberian Railway. I haven't been walking that much this summer; it has been just too hot, but it was fun to get this badge anyway.

Monday, October 18, 2021

T-shirt progress, case done, keeping busy

First I will start out with the t-shirt quilt. I have it 36% quilted. In this picture I circled the area quilted.
I found this spool of quilting thread that I have had for a long time; it was marked $4.95 so I know it is probably at least 10 years old. 
I have no idea why I would have bought this thread, but to me it read camo all the way! I used it to quilt the camo fabric and it worked out great.
Friday after work I took apart those pictures and on Saturday I went to a local glass shop to have them cut the biggest piece of glass for the case I am using to display smalls. I got the case stained, varnished and installed the glass. Here is what it looks like all done.
While I was at the glass place,  I saw the displays in their showroom and asked about a mirror and shower door for the primary bathroom. The bathroom functions, but I have never finished the punch list and this will be the motivation to get 'er done! I don't want to even think about how long this bathroom has been sitting unfinished! It functions; just those finishing details need done. I had gutted this bathroom down to the studs. I had help with putting it back together, but I did the finishing work including installing all the glass tile which is floor to ceiling on every wall of this bathroom. The fellow is coming to measure Nov. 3, so that means I need to get a few other things done in that bathroom before he comes. Here is the space that needs a mirror.
I also dyed some cross stitch fabric. I will show it once it is done processing. It is soaking to get any excess dye out right now. I spent 3 hours cleaning up the garage; I finally found the animal that died in there - yuck! I also worked on that Birds of a Feather cross stitch which I will show tomorrow.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Back is made!

I had to piece it together, but I had enough baseball fabric to make the backing for the t-shirt quilt. The fellow who commissioned the quilt wanted a baseball print for the back. I also got the batting cut so you know what I will be doing this weekend!
I was watching a floss tube yesterday, Two Tarts and Our Starts, which is the ladies that have The Attic cross stitch shop in Mesa, Az. They showed a display case with some smalls and it dawned on me I have something similar. I was going to use this case for some items I saved from my son's childhood, but I didn't have it made deep enough so now I will use it for my smalls. I will take the largest piece of glass from those picture frames I bought the other day and find someplace that will cut it to size for me for this case. It is unfinished so I will be staining and varnishing it.
My big plans for the weekend are to work on the t-shirt quilt, stain the display case, and dye some cross stitch fabric. There won't be much football watching this weekend. Notre Dame doesn't play on Saturday and unless DISH gives us back NBC I won't be seeing the next three games. I don't know what the beef was between NBC and DISH, but I know as soon as I retire and move I am ditching DISH. Cleveland plays Sunday afternoon at 4 so that will be a good time to wind down. have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

All sewn together!

I had to mow the front and side yard last night. It was looking like a hayfield! After that I got to sewing on the t-shirt quilt. I sewed the last seam this morning! After I press that last seam, trim the bottom and top, then I will start on sewing the back together tonight. I will be FM quilting it this weekend!
Yesterday I saw the bass player for Wham!, Deon Estus, passed away.  He also worked for many other people including Tina Turner.  I opened the article and instantly recognized the fellow and remembered our paths had crossed once. I remember meeting him at a memorial service for a friend of my brother who was a tour manager for many rock acts. There were several musicians that worked for Tina Turner at the memorial as my brother's friend was her tour manager for the tour in 2000. I got to go to four of Tina's concerts that year because of my brother's friend. All the the band members that were at the memorial were so nice and laughed when I told them a story. I remember distinctly that Deon had a fabulous smile.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Two more seams sewn and a big score!

I didn't get much sewing done last night becasue I had a hair appointment right after work. I did get the bottom three t-shirts in the middle row sewn together. I forgot to take a picture so I just have this one marked to show the three seams I have left to sew.
The planters along the sidewalks were decorated for Halloween and I thought this one was really cute.
I stopped at the Goodwill store that is on my way home and scored big! I was looking for picture frames that I can cut down and use for framing cross stitch. The store had lots of frames and they were inexpensive. I bought this group. The smallest frame was two dollars and the biggest one was eight dollars. The outisde measurement of the big one is 28 1/2" x 28 1/2". The other three were six dollars. That will give me lots of material to work with. I will just take the pictures and glass out and cut apart the frames. I need to figure out what to do with the glass. From now on when I have a hair appointment I will be stopping at this Goodwill and see what is new in their framed art department!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Borders done!

The borders were made long enough and have been sewn on both sides of the top. I have marked the seams left to sew.
I finished stitching the pastel deer pillow cover.
This is the cross stitch piece I am working on now. Here is where I was on September 30 and where I am now.
This design is called Birds of a Feather and the chart was gifted to me by one of my blog readers. I am using 28 count natural linen, Leo & Roxy floss for the birds and DMC for everything else.

Monday, October 11, 2021

But I measured!

Yes I did neasure, but apparently not correctly! LOL!! I worked on the t-shirt quilt on Sunday. I decided to sew the improv border on the right hand side and look - it is too short! I thought I had measured and made it plenty long - NOT! LOL!!! Oh well, I will just gather up what scraps I have still laying around and add on. I stuck the border up on the design wall on the left side just to get an idea of how this quilt top is going to look.
The cheddar lines show the seams I have left to sew.
So what else happened this weekend. I had to make cupcakes for a birthday party on Saturday - kind of a last minute call. I made the cupcakes on Friday night and iced them before and after getting my car serviced.
While I was on that side of town, I stopped at the Asian Market to get some soy sause and noodles, then a quick stop at the sewing center for quilting thread for the t-shirt quilt.
When I got back from the party I cleaned up the studio a bit and worked on finishing the three smalls. I decided to just put wool on the backs and skip the piping. I have a lot wool to choose from and one of the backs was made with this fabric that came from a sample book. I got a bunch of sample books from a tailor's shop over 20 years ago. I used a bunch of it when I made that wool quilt for my brother, but I still have a bunch. I had some yardage of the red wool and the other backing was from an old skirt.
I filled the smalls with ground walnut shells (what a mess I made!  LOL!!  had to get the vacuum out after that!) and stuffed a bit of wool batting in the corner first so the corners will stay filled in. I see a lot of smalls on videos, but if they are stood up all the walnut shells settle out of the top corners and the small slumps down. I am hoping the bit of batting keeps mine nice a tall. I plan on doing a blanket stitch around the leaf shaped and add some buttons for decoration.
At one time I knew I had a button with an anchor on it so I went thru my button jars for that and for buttons for the other smalls. I wanted to put the anchor button on the whale small.  I never found the anchor button. Here are my button jars.
I fixed a shirt of mine and one for the neighbor, then dug up some Lenten Rose plants for a fellow at work.
Lastly, I heard from the fellow I made the second and hopefully dog proof cover. I tired to poke a hole in this material and it took all my strength and a very sharp pointed scissors to make a hole. There is no way that puppy is going to destroy this cover!  The fellow was very happy with it and wants another made as a backup so they can clean the cover as needed then have another one to keep the platform covered.  I am going to be smarter about it this time to try and make the job a bit easier. Here is what the cover looks like on the platform.

Friday, October 8, 2021

Progress on the t-shirt quilt

The left row with sashing is now sewn together. Then I got the top two shirts sewn together in the middle row.
This is slow going for two reasons - 1. I need every square inch of these shirts to make the quilt big enough so I have to be careful and not make a mistake cutting and 2. It takes time to fill out the armholes to even out the side of the shirts. If I were just to cut off the sides to make then straight, I would lose too much fabric and the quilt would turn out too narrow. For the two top middle row shirts I added white to fill out the armhole
I will have to do the same thing with some red for these two smaller shirts at the bottom of the middle row.
I am so glad it is Friday! My plans for the weekend are to get this t-shirt top done and I have a birthday party to go to. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Too much mulling; time for action!

I had been mulling over what I was going to do to insert a piece of fabric to make the left hand row of the t-shirts long enough. I finally had mulled/procrastinated enough and made up a piece out of scraps. I am happy with the way it turned out. I will need to make another piece for the right side to balance things out.
I have enough scraps to piece together another insert
I finished stitching the border on that red bird pin cushion. I also put the date on it.  Now I need to get it fully finished. I will have to dig around in my wool box to see if I have a piece of red wool to put on the back.  I did find my mistake so now I know why I was off one thread. This is the first time I had used 32 count fabric. It's needs a bit more focus than 28 count.
I was digging around my stash to find what baseball fabric I have for the back of the t-shirt quilt. I didn't have time to measure it, but between these two prints I believe I will have enough for a back.