Sunday, July 10, 2016

Quilting feathers

It has been 5 weeks since I broke my toe, so I was finally up to basting my upcoming MBS quilt.  I can't show much, but I will show you the border quilting :)  This is my first attempt at FMQ feathers, whew!  Lots more to go, but I am liking how it is coming out!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Finished the new vintage quilt

I haven't been up to basting the vintage quilt that I repaired since my shingles and now my broken toe  (I have to go to my moms and baste it in her floor as I don't have a large enough space).  But, I did finish a quilt.... the top was one in boxes of things my brother-in-law gave me that was his mother's. The plaid flannel backing (and binding) was in another batch of boxes he gave me.  So, I put them together and finished the quilt with fluffy poly batting, stitch-in-the-ditch quilting along the horizontal seams, and then tied (with yarn from the gifted boxes) at the intersections of the blocks.  Definitely has a 70s vibe to it :)  It finished at 90" x 75".  Good for a queen or full size bed.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Feet up sewing

Well, sewing this week will involve a lot of feet up.  I broke a toe on the 4th. I tried to resume as usual and it isn't working out.  I have a velcro hard-boot I use for walking, but it just seems so confining.  It wasn't getting better, so I went and got xrays.  It is a spiral fracture, but is aligned great the doctor said (it was quite crooked before I taped it). 

Anyhow, I am working on some hand-sewing.  Back to working on my hexagon flower quilt top.  One day, this will be finished!

A new vintage quilt

Working on a "new" vintage quilt today.  The quilt top was gifted to me and I am putting it together.  I used poly batting, stitched verticle lines about every 8", bound it in the same plaid flannel as the backing, and now am securing all the seams and centers of the blocks with yarn ties.  The quilt top looks like it was made in the 70s or 80s, so I thought ties and poly batting suited the quilt.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mocha Frappuccino by the gallon

I searched Pinterest for a stead-fast recipe for Mocha Frappuccino - but all I found was recipes for small batches.....  I make it occasionally, but have never had a 'recipe' that I wrote down - and sometimes I have hit the nail on the head and sometimes I've missed the mark with my 'little bit of this, little bit of that' approach.  So, this time, it turned out GREAT, so I had to write it all down so I can repeat it next time.  It tastes a LOT like Starbuck's Mocha Frappuccino, just delicious!  Maybe a little TOO delicious!

1 pot brewed coffee (I did 10 cups)
1 c. sugar
6 cups storebought chocolate milk
2 cups milk (I used 1%, but you could just use whatever you have on hand)
1 c. heavy cream

dissolve sugar in the hot coffee, cool, then refrigerate.  Add milk, cream, and chocolate milk.

Makes a little under a gallon

Sorry my blog has been so slow lately - I haven't been myself.......  I have had shingles and I have been quite lethargic.  I took the last of my anti-viral meds yesterday, and the shingles have seemed to calf down now (they just itch like a couple day old mosquito bite now and most of the nerve pain seems gone).  Back to quilting!  I don't remember if I shared this with y'all, but I am working on a new MBS project due in August.  This is the fabric I received!

Shibori!  With a hint of turquoise Moda Bella solid.  I tell ya, I am in love love love with this fabric!  I think I am going to have to keep this one - or find it a home close to me where I can have visitation rights, hehe :)


Monday, May 2, 2016

quilt repair and new MBS project

I did finish the repairs to the quilt top I was repairing:

Now I need to get it basted - this will be a tied quilt with poly batting to as closely reflect how it was originally.  The backing and binding will be pink (binding saved from original backing, but new pink backing will be used).

Then, on Friday, I got this bundle of wonderfulness delivered:
This one will be FUN FUN!  This one is scheduled for Moda Bake Shop for August 10th (my son's 25th birthday coincidentally!)  The Shibori prints are just awesome!   Love love LOVE!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Vintage quilt repair

Oh how time flies!  I have been neglecting my blog and for that I am sorry!  I have a few projects going on - mainly I am remodeling my master bathroom, but I am still working on something quilty too.....

I forgot to take a 'before' pic of the whole quilt - but here are a few pics of it before I disassembled the top (after I took off the backing/batting).  The lavendar backed blocks in this quilt were a very silky fabric and were in dire need of some TLC.

And, this is what the batting looked that was inside.  It was mostly cotton, but there was a few bits of poly in there too.  It was literally tearing the quilt apart from the inside out.

Every seam was comprimised and a lot were to the extent that there was no seam left in spots.  If I left these seams, it would only be a matter of a few washings and it would fall apart again.

So, I cut apart each and every block.

I forgot to take pics of the process, but the lavendar blocks I cut around the Sunbonnets about 1/4'' and turned the edges under and re-appliqued them onto new lavendar material (using clear thread so as not to detract from the original quilters hand stitching).

I used the backing (the same pink as the sashing) to repair the pink sashing and now I am working on putting the blocks/sashing back together.  I hope to share pics of the complete top tomorrow!