Sunday, October 19, 2014

Coffee Cozie Weekend of Fun

After working for a couple hours in the early AM, I packed up some scraps from my Dining Room Wall Project...  


 ....and headed to my LQS for some sewing fun with the ladies from TMQG Guild.  


We had a couple of Charity quilts to assembly first...
 These Blocks are all from members making the Block of the Month in a specific Color from Sew Mama Sew!  I took home the Red blocks and some Sock Monkey Fat Quarters....I had some white to use for piecing top at home...
Large Meander with Yellow
Flannel On back...

Put it all together and finished it up this morning.. Finished size is just under 36" Square.  Will be a great baby quilt for someone.


In the course of figuring out the best way to assemble the other blocks we came across a Great Website for figuring out how to calculate triangles for your "On Point" Settings...  Check out this post at Quiltville.com.... "Math for On Point"... It really helped us out on the Teal Quilt...

Snuck this picture in from FB. *wink*

Then I got to work on Coffee Cozies...I thought it would be a great little Thank You Gift for the gals I work with.  They always seem to be running over to the coffee shop next to our office... Very Fun Quick Project.     


Had to make a SeaHawks cozie...there is a Big Fan amongst them *giggle*... May have to make a few more of those..

The Tutorial is available online at In Color Order...CLICK HERE I modified it just a bit, as she suggested for bigger pieces, to show case the Hydrangea's.

I think I'll start working on another row of my Ticker Tape Quilt... The wonderful ladies yesterday brought me in some of their Scraps....It'll get done sooner than later I hope *wink*

All in all A Great Day of Sewing!  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ticker Tape In the works

After helping Mr Fantastic finish up the Fence with the accent pieces on the outside...I got to spend the rest of the day in my sewing cave.  but FIRST.... Here's our New Fence...All done...for now... we want to stain it, but will have to wait for better weather....Just have to share *wink*...I love how it turned out...

Our view from the back porch.. Love having the middle rail up higher..gives it a bit more decorative look..
The view from the street,  We added the 4 inch cedar rails to give it a bit more decorative appearance!  LOVE IT!!!!  
Our new gates....

Now for some Sewing News....

I played with my Sunday Morning Quilt Bee Blocks... The Bee is based on the Book by Amanda Jean..and I Loved the Ticker Tape block...I asked everyone to make me 22 inch squares with Aquas, Teals, Yellows, Lime Greens, and a bit of brown... This is the color Sample I shared...

  
This is all my blocks laid out and I LOVE how they turned out.  The Ladies on Flickr did a Fantastic JOB!  

I trimmed up all the squares to 22 inches and have started sewing them together and adding scraps in the middle to fill in the space for a continuous flow of ticker tape pieces.   The scraps are all 1 inch x 1 inch to as big as 3 x 3 and any size square or rectangle in between.     This is going to look fantastic on my bed.


I've asked my fellow guild members to save their scraps for me so that I can keep a large variety of fabrics in the filler spacing.  I don't want mine fabrics to get too repetitive.  It will be a fabulous quilt when it's all done.

I also worked on a couple bee blocks...but only finished up this one...

and I did a DIY project for my recently acquired jewelry.. :)
Love how it turned out TOO.  



Okay that's about all for today... Action packed and Fun Filled.. Time to go to bed...

Till Next Time....

Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's Official....

...I've joined a Guild.   Yep... I have met a wonderful group a ladies at Tacoma's Modern Quilt Guild...and decided to Join the Fun.   Tonight was the second meeting I've attended and it was great....Very pleasant, very informative.  Paper piecing geese with curved design was on the agenda tonight, it was a great tutorial..very happy to get some ideas...

I anticipated I would be joining after my First visit back in July *wink*.....so I followed the advice of a member and worked on my name tag last weekend. *giggle*  Here's what I came with...now..don't be to critical of my embroidery work..it was my first attempt.. Not too bad, but I need practice for sure..


I used some selvage left overs and white fabric.. I think it turned out cute enough for my first attempt...    

They are also working on charity quilts for local groups and I made a block to contribute.  They are using the BOM patterns from Sew Mama, Sew!...and purple is the color for September... Here's how my block turned out...


It has been wonderful to be around some other quilters..and I am looking forward to more fun.   They are having a Paint Chip challenge...and I ran over to the hardware store in the same parking lot, after the meeting and randomly picked a paint chip.. The gal working told me when to stop *giggle*.  

I have some interesting shades of Blue to play with... Saving the paint chip for the big reveal of my project... but here's a sneak peak with the color names....
Spacious Skies...
Stainless Steel...
Waterline Blue....
 51% or More of the quilt has to incorporate the color choice... Hmmm going to see what I can come up with... hopefully I'll have some time to play with an idea... 

Till Next time.. it's good to be back in the Sewing Cave and looking forward to some fun with new Friends :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Getting back in the Groove...

It's been awhile since I have been able to spend any time Quilting or blogging.. and I've felt a bit lost.  Like so many of you, I use our quilting time as a therapy.. Stress reduction and relaxation.   Another reason I've been Lost and MIA is I can not seem to get into my Flickr Acct...I can see pictures, but it won't let me get to any of my groups or my email... I think I am just going to have to start over with FLICKR.. I have reached out to my swaps via email and shared my problems with the Leaders and working on getting caught up...but in the mean time I took blocks I received from a couple of my Swaps, and made two projects for my bedroom.  

 Instead of tackling a KING size quilt.  I ordered a generic plain gray colored comforter..(after receiving the comforter I sorta wish it was a tad bit lighter, but it will work just fine until I find the right one)....and will use BED runners to decorate and change things up a bit in my room.  This happens to be the first project I have COMPLETED for myself in over a year.. shoot it may have been over two years since making something for myself, now that I think about it..  *giggle*.


I LOVE how it turned out.  I used the Wonky Pinwheel pattern from GreenLeaf Goods... I had a few blocks I had to unsew and resew so that the rows lined up for the pinwheels properly...and there are still a couple that somehow I goofed up, but you can't really see them unless you start to look closely...*wink*. 

I was fortunate enough to have just enough squares left over to make an oversized pillow, perfect for propping myself up with to read or use my computer in bed!  Here it is....  I LOVE it TOO *giggle*

I wish I could say THANK YOU via FLICKR to all the ladies that helped me make these blocks on FLICKR and post pictures to my Flickr Acct, but it won't let me sign in...so I'll have to find them under a new log in I think.   But all the Ladies did a wonderful job on the blocks and I absolutely LOVE them all!!!   SO IF YOU are Visting my blog and worked on any of these blocks for me I AM GRATEFUL!!  and I LOVE THEM ALL!!!

My New bedroom is coming together nicely...I added some bright colored solid pillow cases until I can make some printed projects... a wonderful pillow I received in a previous Swap..


Some Candles and Bottles I found from Hobby Lobby and Artco to decorate around the room with......Which I was super Excited to find... 
I am a bit worried about my money tree...It's look a little pale and I don't know what I've done to cause it to happen :'(   (Any advice is appreciated)


Here's the Bed all Decorated....


Excuse the Wrinkles... It was straight and then... Jasmine Photo bombed it before I could get a shot...  and I didn't realize it was still all wrinkly until I enlarged the pix.. HAHA.  


Thank you again to all the wonderful ladies that helped me make these blocks.  It's been rejuvenating to get back into my sewing mode... I've actually worked on a couple other projects since finishing this up and I can't wait to share more soon.

Hugs and Till Next Time.....

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Still Alive, I promise..

Well everyone.. I know you've wondered what has happened to Christine... Did the Quilt Monster finally come out of the closet and get her?   Seems like it's been a monster alright, but not the quilt monster that has taken me away.   I truly can't tell you what happened to the months of May, June or even this month July.   Seems like I was in some sort of creative RUT.   But I am hoping to climb out of the chaos and get back to my Room and projects.

I was fortunate enough tonight to go to my first Guild meeting in over 15 years... I met some wonderful ladies at the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild social.  My sis in law at the last minute invited me to go with her and I thought what a great way to get motivated again...and Boy I think it will work!   Was wonderful to meet a nice group of ladies in person and share various projects and ideas.   I am looking forward to seeing what happens over the weeks to come and to continue to get inspired!

Thank you for still visiting while I have been on a temporary Hiatus and I hope to be back at it here SOON!

Hugs to you all,
Christine

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Shed Moving weekend....

 Well many of you know that we moved in January.   Mr Fantastic and I are very excited about our New Home... and our Backyard is a blank canvas waiting for us to paint... *giggle*.   We haven't brought our Travel Trailer home yet *sad face* because we don't want it out on the street.  So this weekend (started on Saturday)....while Mr Fantastic was participating in a Golf tournament... I, with the help of one of my co-workers... Moved our shed...  YEP our 12ft x 12ft Shed....We moved it just the two of us..and I didn't unload it or anything.   Here's how we did it....

This is the starting point...

As you can see, it's too close to the fence as it sits, to get our Trailer behind the fence.  We are going to move it about 25 feet and turn it 180 degrees so that the door faces the house.  Will be easier to make sure the door is closed at the end of each day. *wink*.


First We Jacked it up and placed rollers (PVC) under it...


We used lots of 2 x 6's and short pieces of PVC, it will allow the shed to roll along the boards.  Prepping took us quite a bit of time.  We started at 8am Saturday morning.
(Some of you may or may not know that I'm a High Voltage Substation Electrician...this is a Technique that we use to move our Big Power Transformers.....we obviously don't use PVC, as Transformers weigh A LOT more, but this procedure is similar....lovin' that my work skills are coming in handy *BIG GRIN*)

This Bracket system is something my coworker manufactured!  It REALLY worked Awesome!!


We used a GIANT chain and a Tugger (aka a Come-A-Long) to pull the Shed across the 2x6's...


Excuse the backside shot of my friend.*wink*......it's the only close up pix I had of the chain....*grin*

We have the shed moved about 12 feet in this pix...

As it rolls forward...the PVC will pop out the back and then we have to Jack up the front again and insert the PVC at the front.  It rolled along the planks pretty easy.  I was tugging away at it, while my coworker kept an eye on all the rollers, so it wouldn't start dragging on the ground.  

Okay... the shed is almost ready to turn in this picture...

Look-y There... We have grass on the backside now :) We'll be graveling this area and putting in a new gate system so that the Trailer can fit in this spot perfectly!!!  (Mr Fantastic WILL be Home for that part....*grin*)

  Let's start the turning process...


What we did to turn it was....we added Sheets of Plywood instead of the 2x6's, and started using LONG pieces of PVC so that the Shed would slide on it.. We moved our pick points, as well, so that we'd start tugging on different points...(we added another bracket to the back corner..just not in this picture)


We buried these Very Large Metal stakes in the ground to use with the Tugger,.. Sometimes we had to double up due to the ground lifting from the force.  
(I know it looks like my friend is doing all the work...but I had to use the camera..HAHA.  He had me on the tugger and the jacks..so just know that I was super sore by the end of the day.*giggle*.)


Alright!   We have the shed turned...now to pull it back to the final resting place... we changed up the chains so that they wrapped around the front and pulled the chain to the back.. It lined the shed up perfectly straight off our deck...and we were able to move it back to the fence where I wanted it.


So at 4pm....this is where it sat for the night....(took less than 7 hours to move it) I am VERY happy with where it ended up..It still needed to be leveled and secured, but that's going to be done on Sunday......(again, remember Mr Fantastic was in a golf tournament...He was SUPER Impressed when he got home...and happy to help with clean up,  He even brought us home some Dinner. )

On Sunday... I got out those Jacks one more time... and Raised the shed up on the backside first.. Got it level and moved to the front making sure it was level from front to back and side to side...after level and secure...I redid the Ramp, so it's fully functional again.  

For the ramp, I laid down some asphalt roofing so that it won't get slick to walk on....makes for Good tread..
So it's ALL Secure, Level and Ready for Paint (to be done at a later date..*wink*)  
Mr Fantastic made it home in time to help me bury the electrical PVC (he didn't win his tourney, but he said he had a good time.....I think he was too worried about me to really enjoy his game.. *giggle*)  I'll finish up the electrical this week...have to buy a few more things..  NEXT Major part will be putting in the new fence/gate and graveling...Our Trailer will be coming home soon!.

Also, I think that when I paint it... I am going to add a QUILT block to the left side that faces into the Yard..kinda like what you see on the Barns... :)  Wouldn't that look FANTASTIC!!  Here's what I'm thinking of...


Anyway... I'm feeling very ACCOMPLISHED tonight and Just had to share with you all!   Thanks for stopping by and I hope to have some Quilty fun to share with you all SOON.

Hugs... Till Next Time....