Monday, September 23, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Not a lot going on here. The last step of the QOV Mystery Quilt was posted Saturday so I can finally share my finish of that top!

Don’t you love it! It’s a great size and everything except the borders are from my scrap box (which, by the way, doesn’t appear to have shrunk in the amount of scraps department!).

And as for my design wall, all I’ve been working on since Friday night is the borders for my Road to Brenham quilt top.

I can almost see the light at the end of this one. And this one has begun a discussion on my Facebook wall about who wants it. Cassidy (my teenager) claimed it even before it was started and my sister-in-law has been watching it’s progress and swears it will look perfect on her bed. LOL…I left it up to them, but, truth be told, Cassidy will probably end up with it.

So what are y’all working on??

Linking up to Patchwork TimesEsther's Blog, My Quilt Infatuation, and Freshly Pieced.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Catching Up!

I've been so busy the last few weeks! First and foremost, today my baby turned 17!!!! Happy Birthday Cassidy!!

Isn't she beautiful??? She gets great grades in school, is on the drill team, just joined Unity Club, and is big on volunteer work. She wants to go to Texas A&M and become a veterinarian. One of her favorite things to do is go to the different zoos wherever we travel. I love her dearly and am more than a little proud of her.

On to what you all come here to read about. To catch you up a bit. First, I made these wonderful pizzas last week.

Don't they look good? I got the recipe from Cook's Country, here.

I finished up the Star Surround Quilt Along from Happy Quilting.

A closer shot...

I got the center done on the Road to Brenham Quilt Along from Patchwork Times...

Sorry, forgot to take a pic with it sewn together but it looks great. I'm sewing the first border today and it's a tone of nine patches. Looking wonderful.

And, I'm working on the QOV Mystery Quilt. I will show you pics of that soon but I'm helping test the last few clues because we keep having problems. Once she posts the clues, I'll show you my progress.

And I guess that's it! I have a Halloween quilt cut out and I should be able to start sewing on it this weekend as well as finishing up my flying geese UFO.

What are yall working on??

Linking up to Esther's Blog:  WOW and to My Quilt Infatuation: Needle and Thread Thursday.


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Spinning My Wheels

There are some days that I just feel like I cannot get anything accomplished. Do y’all have that issue? Today it was trying to get some sewing done. I have my Labor Day Weekend Goals set up. Friday night I did manage to finish putting together the blocks for the Star Surround Quilt Along. Notice I said “finish the blocks” not “finish the top.” I figured I still have two weeks to finish the top so I would try to catch up on the other projects that have been ignored during this busy first week of school.
Late last night I started working on step 3 of my QOV Mystery Quilt. The thread kept breaking whenever I’d go over anything more than 2 layers of fabric deep. I stopped and turned everything off thinking I’d deal with the problem today. So this morning I had to go to my side job and get a bit of work done. Then I decided that the best course of action was to take the machine apart and clean it really well, oil it, then attack the sewing again. And then I figured that while I’m at it, I’d pull out my “new to me” machine and do the same thing with it. Here’s the “new to me” machine:

Isn’t she pretty? I know she isn’t exactly a classic, but I love her style and her color and when I found her on Craigslist I fell in love with her. She’s a White, Model 425, and her previous owner didn’t really do much sewing. When I tested her at the person’s house, her daughter explained that her mom didn’t sew much, really just used it to do some mending and things. She worked fine there, but I wanted to check her out anyway.
Since my main machine is out of commission and I’m using my travel machine right now, that was the first one that got worked on. I opened her up and cleaned her all out, and she’s working great again. Then I moved on to the new to me machine. First up was the bobbin casing. It wasn’t too bad and I got it taken apart, cleaned, and oiled pretty quickly (after I found an owner’s manual online). Then I moved on to the upper part. I opened it up and it looked like some weird wax buildup all over the place. One clean, soft cloth and some machine oil, a little elbow grease, and that was all cleaned up too. I took off the old needle and threaded a new one, plugged it all back in, and the machine starts sewing all on its own. Okay. Unplug it, back up, and try to figure out why. No clue. Switch the plugs around and it seems to be okay. Apparently one of the sockets makes it sew on its own and the other doesn’t. Okay. Gotta love it. I can work with that. Finally I get it to the point that I can test the machine. I put the fabric under the presser foot and BAM! The light bulb explodes and scares the crap out of me!! So I figure I’ll buy another light bulb but let’s test the machine. Press on the foot pedal and nothing.
I give it up. Close up the machine after three hours of cleaning, put it up, go to the first machine and turn it on. Nothing. Turns out when the bulb blew, it flipped the breaker. *Sighs*
So…..after I fixed the breaker, got the machine up and working, I returned to piecing the QOV Mystery Quilt. But that wasn’t working either. About halfway through, I find that something is off, either the cutting instructions, the sewing instructions, something is off. Its just not coming together as it should. I skipped the block that is the issue and emailed the designer with my questions. Did manage to finish the rest of the step and start cutting for step four. But I still feel like I got nothing done today.
How about y’all? How has your sewing weekend gone?

Friday, August 30, 2013

Updates and Labor Day Weekend Goals

Almost done with the first week of school here and boy has it been a busy week! Tonight was the high school football game. This first game of the season is always especially hard for me. My daughter goes to my high school’s rival high school and they always meet up for the first game of the season. Tonight was the 30th “Gucci Bowl.” I've been threatened by my daughter and told that I’m not allowed to go to my old school and buy a Gucci Bowl t-shirt from them; I have to wear the one from her school. And I have to sit on her side of the field. But….she can’t stop me from singing my alma mater and from silently cheering when my team does well. That being said, my team has lost all three years that we've been facing off since Cassidy started high school. Have any of y’all had this issue with your kids?

This brought back a ton of fun memories. I’m so glad that my daughter is having a great time in high school. She’ll have so many amazing memories from here time there.
Yesterday, Bonnie over at Quiltville asked for people to post pics of their current WIP’s on her facebook page and she’d push them through and show everyone what’s going on in other’s sewing rooms. I shared this pic of my QOV Mystery Quilt. I’m loving the feedback on it! It’s gotten almost 200 likes and has been shared out by a dozen or so people. I will tell you, that made my day yesterday.

I feel like I've had NO TIME at my sewing machine this week. I have managed to do some pinning while it’s slow at work so I have managed to get nine of my Star Surround Quilt Along blocks finished. Don’t they look beautiful??? I cannot wait to get the last seven done.

Now, Jo, over at Jo’s Country Junction is hosting a linky party today for everyone to post their Labor Day Weekend goals. I think that’s a marvelous idea! And since Cassidy is at her dad’s this weekend and Alex will be working, hopefully I’ll be able to play catch-up and get everything done that I didn’t get to this week. So my goals for the weekend are:

  • Do steps 8 and 9 in the Road to Brenham Quilt Along from Patchwork Times.
  • Finish last weekend’s and this coming weekend’s steps in the QOV Mystery Quilt.
  • Make the block that was posted last Friday in the Virtual Quilting Bee.
  • Finish sewing the blocks for the Star Surround Quilt Along.

    If I can manage to do these things, then I’ll be in pretty good shape for next week. How about y’all? What are you going to do over the weekend?

    Linking up to Jo’s Country Junction and My Quilt Infatuation.

    Monday, August 26, 2013

    Design Wall Monday

    It has been such a long day! First work, then picking up Cassidy from the first day of school, then picking up dinner, going back to the school for my season tickets to the football games, then to Target and Office Depot to get the school supplies from the list she was given today, and finally back home. Whew! Gotta love the first day of school.
    But finally, I was able to get a little bit of sewing done. After all the hassles over the weekend with my sewing machine, I feel really far behind (the feed dogs stopped working on my main machine so my “travel” machine has been pressed into duty). I am caught up through today’s step on the Road to Brenham Quilt Along (Patchwork Times).

    And I sewed together the first block for the Star Surround Quilt Along (Happy Quilting). At least I have until 9/15 to finish these up.

    I still have the newest installment in the Virtual Quilting Bee to finish as well as the newest step in my QOV Mystery Quilt.

    Linking up to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.
    So what are yall working on?

    Saturday, August 24, 2013

    Friday Night Update

    Whew! This week has been crazy! I was so happy to come home tonight and focus on working on my quilt alongs. I had all of the Star Surround blocks pinned and ready to go. I sat down, started sewing, and on the second piece…..needle breaks. I go into my sewing supplies for a replacement….and I’m out. Sighs….So a quick trip to Hobby Lobby and I’m finally able to get started! (Don’t you just love days like that??)
    Finished piecing the “surrounds” for the Star Surround blocks tonight. I cannot wait to see these come together next week. I could totally relate to Melissa at Happy Quilting earlier this week when she was saying the same thing. The blocks are so perfect. I’m already planning another large quilt and a baby quilt (or two) using this same pattern.

    Then I finally was able to start the next step on my Road to Brenham (Patchwork Times) quilt. We put together our first blocks tonight.

    I really wasn’t sure about this one. Even when I was laying it out, I was doubting my fabric choices. But after I got them together, I was doing a happy dance. Don’t you love it???
    This weekend, my daughter has a big pep rally to perform in (she’s in front of the formations! So proud!). But when I do have sewing time, I’ll attack the next step in Road to Brenham, the next step in the QOV Mystery Quilt, and the next block in the Virtual Quilting Bee. What are yall working on??

    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Design Wall Monday (a little bit late)

    Sorry it’s a bit late! Goodness what a busy couple of days! After work yesterday, I took my teenage daughter out to the outlet mall to finish up the back-to-school shopping, then had to go to the dance wear store for body tights (y’all ever hear of them before?), before finally coming home at almost 8 last night. To say the least, I was exhausted. But I did manage to do step 4 in the Road to Brenham Quilt Along (Patchwork Times) before crashing. Simple, yet small, nine patches.

    So since not a ton has changed on my design wall since my last few posts, I thought I’d pull some of the last few days pics, along with pics I took tonight of the newest step on the Star Surround Quilt Along (Happy Quilting), and they will comprise my (late) Monday Design Wall.

    Here’s the QOV Mystery Quilt’s latest step. Don’t you love this?!? All of these fabrics so far are from my scrap box. I love finally getting some use out of those.

    Here’s a sample of a couple of the blocks for the Star Surround Quilt Along. This week we’re building the parts for the “surround.”

    Do you see how large these blocks are?

    Melissa is an amazing and talented designer and a great teacher.  These blocks have been coming together so quickly and easily.  If you haven't started this one yet, please consider joining in.  I've been having so much fun!!!

    I figure tomorrow, I’ll take the parts with me to work, and try to get the pinning done in my free time so I can focus on sewing when I get home tomorrow night. Hopefully will have all the parts together before bed so I am ready for the next step in the Road to Brenham on Thursday.

    So what are y’all working on?