Thursday, March 29, 2018

Handwork, scraps & smokin some chicken

It has been busy around here & I’ve just not made the time to sit down & write. Well today I’m just going to put lunch on hold & type a few words. I’ve been busy working on my hand work projects for a new program that I’m putting together. It’s slow, ya know because its hand work. I’m trying not to get stressed over it &  I am trying to enjoy the process.  With my dear husband working from home now I have to be more intentional with how I can get my sewing time in. Yesterday my plan was to smoke some chickens for supper & hopefully have enough for supper & a few lunches. I got my fire & smoke going & all was well. The chickens were coming along pretty good but I realized that I had way to many coals after they were done. So at about 6pm last night I put more chicken in the smoker because I didn’t want to waste all of those good coals. 

So after we had supper & I had somewhat cleaned up the kitchen (why clean it up all the way when there’s more chicken that’s got to come in) I sat down with my latest big stitch hand quilting project & started in. I made pretty good head way last night because I was still stitching at midnight. I brought in the chicken at 9pm because the coals just weren’t puttin out the heat anymore, so I put the chicken in the oven to finish cooking (at a low temp). They finally reached temp at 11pm. Well you can’t take them straight from the oven & then into the fridge. So while they cooled I kept stitching.  I”m going to have to get a lot more thread. 2 rounds around the outside pink triangles & the echo work on the bottom has used up almost 1 spool of thread. 

I had a sew day with my good friend Kathy G last Thursday & was indecisive on what project I needed to work on. So I think I took 5. Oh mercy,
I pushed my 1,000 pyramids quilt that had been my Leader/Ender project (it seems like it’s been an L/E forever) to th of the first in line. Low & behold I got it done!!! Woo hoo! All of the triangles are scraps. The black & the the border fabric are purchased yardage. It is HUGE!!! 91”x110”  I know  I shouldn’t be surprised anymore but sometimes I still amazed at my predilection to anything big. 

I’ve also had a huge finish in the embroidery catergory. I finished all 8 panels of the purple poises & now I’m working on the piecing part of that project. 
The 8 panels are going where the 8 squares are in a broken star quilt pattern.  As I get more of the piecing done I will do my best to post progress pics. 

This past Sunday I finished the brown round on my eternal hexie project. Next up is a round of black! This project is definitely teaching me patience. Lord knows this isn’t moving all that fast. I started it last April in celebration of my 40th birthday. Well I’m going to be turning 41 here in a few months. Maybe it’ll be done in time for my 50th birthday celebration. LOL!

I do hope that y’all are having a great day. I’d better close this post, get some lunch & then I’m off on a parts run for DH. More later on,


Vicky









Monday, November 6, 2017

Busy & making new habits

Life is busy. I think that “busy” has different definitions for each person & for what stage that you are in life. For me “busy” means trying to figure out how many different things or engagements that I can have going at one time. About a year ago my husband started his own business from home. It has been a great thing but it has changed how life goes now. I’m now the secretary & parts runner for the business. He works on repair & maintenance of big trucks (dump trucks, semis etc,) tractors & any kind of welding. I go & get the parts so that he can stay busy working. The positive part ( I try to find the positive in things) is that I’m learning Kansas City a whole lot better than ever before. The down side is that most of the places that I need to go to are at least an hour away. I keep thinking that I need to have a car from the “Jettsons” cartoon that could drive itself, that way I could atlesast do some stitching. 

I have had a busy fall with going to many different quilt guilds & giving my presentation on “ The beauty of scrap quilting”. I have been very neglectful in telling them publicly thank you for having me & letting me share my passion with them. So I’d like to say “thank you” to the following guilds:

Muskogee Area Quilters Guild (Muskogee Oklahoma)
Pioneer Area Quilters Guils (Ponca City Oklahoma)
Quilt Guild of NW Arkansas ( Springdale Arkansas)
Nimble Thimbles (Lee’s Summit Missouri)
Smithville Town & Country Quilt Guils (Smithville Missouri)
Country Patchwork Quilters Guilds ( Marshall Missouri)

While doing parts runs for my husband & presentations for quilt guilds I finished a HUGE project. I’m working on creating a new program focused on hand work  & I finished my “Embroidery Sampler Quilt #2”. This quilt is a queen/king sized quilt (becuase it seems that I can’t go small). It has 24 embroidery blocks featuring 12 different embroidery stitches.

Sorry that you can’t see all of the blocks clearly. Its so large (about 100” square) that it didn’t all fit on my living room floor. It is currently at my LAQ. 
All of these blocks/stitches & the blocks /stitches from the first “Embroidery Sampler Quilt” will be available as workshops. My focus now is finishing the stitching on the black background version of  the first embroidery sampler quilt. Here’s one of the blocks from that quilt. (This is all hand stitched)

I’m about half way through block 10 & then I can start working on piecing everything together!

I think it was the trip to Springdale Arkansas that mom & I stopped at the store in Lamar Missouri. Mom wanted to pick up some more fabric for a project that she was wanting to finish & I found a particular piece of yardage that just sang to me. I saw it & nothing else immediately I knew how I could use it! I’ve been working on a “Thousand Pyramid quilt” & new that the yardage would make a fantastic border. Here’s the quilt,

Here’s the quilt with the yardage that I found for the border

There’s going to be a small black border between the body of the quilt & the border. I think that it’ll turn out great! 

I’d better close this. It’s getting pretty long with pictures & I’ve got to go & help husband load up a cow so that we can take her to the vet. I hope that ya’ll are doing well & that you can find time in your busy worlds for a bit of time for you. I’m going to stitch while on the drive because I don’t have to drive!!! More later on,


Vicky



Monday, September 18, 2017

It's amazing what you find when you put things away

A week or so ago I decided that I had to clean/pick up my sewing room. It had gone to complete shambles in the last few months. I had been focusing on presentations & stitching on my "Embroidery Quilt Sampler #2". If I went in there I'd just find a spot & lay whatever it was down. This is what I was looking at when I decided that I needed to do something about it. 

I started in, putting things away & then it happened I found , no I mean I remembered, this fabric & panel I had bought who knows how long ago. 


I'm a HUGE Paris fan & if I see yardage that had Paris or The Eiffel Tower on it then some of it will be coming home with me. I had put it away thinking I'd figure out what I was going to do with it later. Well a week or so ago I found it & decided that I was going to make something from it! There's no use in buying fabric if you're not going to use it. I bought some coordinating fabric from my LQ store, I needed some more fabric for the idea I had. 

I came home & made a much larger version of my block "Prairie Stones" 

& knew that that's what I wanted. (This is fabric I made my sample block from).
I finished putting on the borders this am & will be taking it to my LAQ!!!

This way I can show off the panel & the gorgeous fabrics😊. 

I'm running a bit behind this am so I'd better keep this short. Don't forget,make something with that beautiful fabric!!! More later on,

Vicky

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I go big in all things, it's in my DNA

When I do something I'm all in & usually it's big. I can't help it, it's in my DNA. Quilts,food you got it BIG! On our way home from a presentation in Springdale AR ( thank you Q.U.I.L.T. Guild of Northwest AR. I had a great time sharing my scrappy quilts with you!) mom wanted to get some peaches on the way home. We found some at Vanzant farms. Did either of us come home with just a bag? Nope we both bought a half a bushel. Holy moley that's a lot of peaches. My husband & son both said "what are you going to do with all of those peaches?" Silly men fix yummy things with them. 
So today has been the day of the peach. So far I've made 4 containers of peach freezer jam & 1 large cobbler 


I still have this many peaches left. 

I'll probably make up another batch of jam so that I can use up the most ripe ones. With the leftovers I thought of making another cobbler that I can put in the freezer. 

Since January or so my car has been very loud while driving. I thought it was just because we put new tires on in December. Well nope that wasn't it. Husband drove the car this past weekend & found that my left rear wheel bearing/hub assembly had gone bad. He fixed ( he's very handy to have around😊). He said that because of my quilts both quantity & size/weight of them played a factor in the part going bad. I'm going to have to come up with a plan so that I can still take them all. 👍😊

I'd better cut this off. There's more peaches to peal & I want to do some sewing later too. Hope y'all are having a good day,


Vicky

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Excited!

When I get excited or something that I have created turns out well I want to share it with everyone. I'm currently working on Embroidery Sampler Quilt 2. I'm having a ball stitching up these blocks & I just want to share what I've been stitching. 

There will be 24 stitched blocks in this quilt.  It is amazing to me how many different embroidery stitches there are. 

I'd better keep this short.  I've got more stitching to do. We had another rain day today so I tried my best to stitch every second I could. I hope y'all are having a great day,

More later on,


Vicky

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Playing with the pink scraps

Happy Independence Day!!!! Thank you to all of the service men & women who keep this country free & safe. 


 I slept in & woke to rain. Rainy weather in the summer means a sew day for me. I've been sewing, laundry, ironing & cooking.  Sometimes I can multi task & today I seem to be doing good at it. I've been playing with my pink scraps. Ever since my trip to Mountain Home I've had some pattern variations floating around in my head. So I dug into my pink scraps &I pulled out everything that I thought was wide enough. I'm working with my Nostalgia pattern & decided I'd double the size of the pieces that I was working with. Here's the block

The block is probably the largest I've ever worked with. It measures out at 20" square. 
The gray solid fabric I did purchase. It just isn't a color that I have large amounts of scraps. 

I'm going to keep this short. Off to check on my guys & see what their schedule is looking like for supper. I need to keep sewing & working on my embroidery. I'm thankful for being able to be busy! 

I hope that y'all have a great day. God bless America. More later on,

Vicky

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mountain Home Arkansas

I had typed up this long post all about my trip to Mountain Home Arkansas & I guess I overloaded the post with too many pictures becasue the app on my IPad blinked & I lost everything that I had written. I threw my hands in the air & am now deciding to try again. Me & technology sometimes just don't get along.

Mom & I had a great drive down until we reached the highway from hell ( I know that's a pretty strong statement but by the time I reached the end I thought I wanted to die). Had a case of car/motion sickness (TMI I know but its what happened). I was so very thankful for my mom being there. When you're sick there's nothing like having mom there to take care of you.

We had 2.5 days of workshops & a lecture on scrap quilts. I'm in the process of making 2 quilts from each pattern in completly different color ways. Its amazing how different a quilt looks when you change the colors from the original.

Workshop #1: was "My Kansas" quilt. It is a medallion quilt with a checkerboard center followed with a log cabin & string (foundation) pieced borders.
This is Joan with 2 of her string border blocks
 

This is Sondra,she is a new quilter & she did a fantastic job. She is now liberated from using pins & being matchy matchy. She came to class with all of her strings in nice neat rows & I think color coordinated. I asked her first if I could help free her from being matchy matchy. She said yes, so I took all of her strings & floofed them in air. She made a loud gasp! I said now just put your hand in the pile grab a string & sew it to the next one on your foundation. Let random happen! She did & said that she had much more fun with the string piecing & her blocks turned out beautifully!
 

Workshop#2: "Nostalgia". This is a fun pattern using half square triangles, 2.5" strips & the EZ angle ruler.
 
 

Workshop #3: Praire Stones. This is a fun pattern to work with your scraps or with precuts & to learn partial seams.



 

Thank you Hill N" Hollow quilt guild I had a great time!

I hope that y'all are having a great day, more later on,


Vicky