Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today is a birthday

My daughter Solveig is turning 10 today!

This is her as a baby.

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And I was just emailed this picture from a friend who took this in march with her AWESOME camera!

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Solveig is my ONLY child I actually labored with and pushed out- and she came out sunny side up!

Her name in Danish means Sunny Way so that kind of fits Smile

When she grows up she wants to be a chef or own her own café – Sunny way Café !

I’m very proud of her, she’s a great girl and smart and a good student in school.

Today we’re having an after-school party.

10 girls total and 2 boys (my son and his friend Evan- as Evan’s two sisters are coming to the party and their mom is helping out)

I will post pictures tomorrow!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Customer’s Victorian quilt

 

Last week I quilted this quilt for a customer (My only customer whom I’ve actually never met, she mails me her quilts from Raleigh)

It was this lovely Victorian looking quilt- I don’t know if you actually call it that, but that’s what I nick-named it Smile

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I quilted swirls and feathers all over it- so now Elizabeth is not the only one who likes that design!! Winking smile

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trying different angles and views to get better pics of it, as I’ve been told that sometimes it’s hard to see on blogger.

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It’s mailed back and hopefully she liked it….

I also finished the CT mystery quilt- finally got to quilt it

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I just quilted swirls all over it in white thread

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a fun turquoise scrappy backing

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and machine embroidered label I believe this was a free file by designsbysick

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BTW if any of you want me to long arm a quilt for you, mail it to me, and if it’s over $150 I’ll ship it back for free (In the US)

Let me know!!

my long arm business has totally died over the last 1-2yrs, I know it’s because I live in the country – far away from any quilt store.

I need to write a letter to the stores and let them know about the free shipping offer and send business cards!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

another 2014 update

Here’s my weekly update of my 2014 list

If it’s in RED then I worked on it recently

If it’s crossed out, then it’s completely done

There should be links on most of them too to previous posts

#1 (2012) giraffe wall hanging –working on the baby giraffe now

#2 (2012) fall leaf blocks swap- ready to quilt

#3 (2012) bubble gum quilt kit won at quilt show –working on appliqued border

#4 (2012) hexies- 43 flowers

#5 (2013)- roman holiday kit 

#6 (Jan 2013) Ahhhh quilt, DONE! (secret)  Mailed to Tonya

#7 (April 2013) – blue/ yellow kaleidoscope blocks, have 5 done.

#8 (Sept 2013) farm animal panel – embroidery panel just done

#9 (Oct 2013) Scrappy Chain quilt QAL – DONE!

#10 (Oct 2013) 12 days of Christmas embroidered blocks done

#11(Dec 2013) Hexie Go! baby boy quilt- DONE!

#12 (Dec 2013)Valentine’s GO project-  DONE

#13 (Dec 2013)prayer garden- DONE

#14 (Nov 2013) Celtic Solstice DONE!

#15 (July 2013) Persian star FPP block swap- Half way quilted- a hole in it

#16 (Jan 2014) – Blue girl Dress DONE

#17 (Jan 2014) – McCall’s Rainbow baskets- DONE!

#18 (Jan 2014) McCall’s batiks – ladybugs –DONE!

#19 (Jan 2014) Quilted Jacket wonky logs – sewing pieces together

#20 (Jan 2014) Women of the bible BOW 3” –finished a few more

#21 (Jan 2014) “knit” quilt for McCall’s – DONE!

#22 (Jan 2014) Apple core quilt- DONE!

#23 (Jan 2014) solids scraps bow ties- DONE!

#24 (Feb 2014) Stuffed owl DONE!

#25 (Feb 2014) Gym Bag DONE

#26 (Feb 2014) – FQ Afternoon wedge quilt- DONE

#27 (2014) Pin Cushion swaps –lots done last week- September is mailed

#28 (March 2014) Embroidery frames here- DONE!

#29 (January 2014) Kitschy BOM- TOP DONE

#30 (?) Faith pillow – DONE!

#31 (2012?) Hidden forest Quilt- working on blocks

#32 (March 2014) Shirt and Girl dress- Girl dress DONE

#33 (March 2014) Scrappy Triangles- DONE

#34 (?) Peanut pics on fabric – no plan yet

#35 (March 2014) Batik Stained glass pattern-DONE!

#36 (March 2014) Mystery Ahhhh- DONE

#37 (March 2014) C.T. Mystery Quilt – DONE!

#38 (March 2014) –scrappy hexie- McCall’s-webinar DONE

#39 (April 2014) 2 Girl Easter Dresses- DONE

#40 (April 2014) Batik signature quilt – DONE

#41 (May 2014) Stuffed mouse- DONE!

#42 (May) Flowering snowball GO! Quilt –DONE

#43 (June 2014) Swoon block swap – all 16 done and mailed out to everybody

#44 (June 2014) large bag “coffee”- DONE

#45(June 2014) Pine Tree BOMs- testing blocks

#46(June) Cupcake pillow DONE

#47 (June) Red and white quilt- DONE

#47 (July) Go! kite die quilt – DONE

#48 (August) feather pillow- DONE

#49(August) Island batiks – let’s dance – DONE

#50(August) purple dress and mouse for friend – DONE

#51 (August) Go! log cabin quilt- DONE

#52 (August) Purple Hexagons EPP- working on them

#53 (September) Blue Island batik – DONE!

#54 (September) purple island batik- DONE!

#55 (September) Kaleidoscope table runner – DONE

#56 (September) owl and kitty eyeglass cases- lots done

#57 (September) embroidered scarf- 3 done

#58 (September) small tumbler quilt- made into kit- gave to pine tree guild

#59 (September) Hawaiian shirt tissue covers – 3 done

#60 (September) – hexagon purses- 2 done

#61 (September) stuffed mice- 9 done

#62 (September) – fabric book- DONE

#63 (September) Winter mystery QAL- made #1 SNOW ROW

#64 (September) 3D cube toy- DONE

#65 (September)- mini batik stars – DONE!

#66 (October) stuffed owls – 8 done

#67 (October) stuffed ITH Bears – 9 done

#68 (October) pin cushions for craft show – about 10 done

Friday, October 17, 2014

More embroidering

I’ve been using the Embroidery machine a lot lately!
I remembered I had this snowflake file on the computer and decided to make a few. first I hooped 2 layers of WSS (water soluble stabilizer) but it would fall apart a little like this, though it didn’t damage it, just not very SAFE. the last one I did 3 layers, which is a LOT and that stuff is not really cheap!
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and look it’s 22 min and over 15000 stitches, not really worth it to sell!
oh well…. I have a few, and we’ll see, otherwise I’ll keep them.
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Of course I made more eyeglass cases too
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Then I got these SLIPPER files from embroidershoppe.com
My first slipper fell off the hoop and my 6 needle machine is very tight, so the slipper top was too high and the force of the machine when the needle moved, pushed it off the hoop!
I was able to rip out the row and tape everything down instead like this.
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and VOILA! a pair of 2yr old slippers for You know who !?
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with anti-slip fabric on the bottom (should have done the swirl in white thread, as that’s the only bobbin thread I have)
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they look good on “someone’s” feet Smile
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I also got more fiber fill and made bigger owls Smile
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here is the machine midway on a body- doing the eyes
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the smallest fit in a 4” hoop- it’s tiny!
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not much taller than a spool of thread
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so is the mini mouse
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here’s the BIG owl in black and white and red eyes.
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I even made a NEST for it- a fabric wrapped corded basket.
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I made another mini owl but stuffed it with walnut shells as a pincushion, but I’d be sad to poke this little one!- but wait I did that with my other owls I made years ago!!??
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Our neighbors saw these over the weekend and wanted an owl for their 9m old daughter Maya
 
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Originally they had wanted the left one but then when I said I could just make another one with her name on it, they picked that! (they also bought a bunch of eyeglass cases btw)
 
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and guess what!? I bought the bear file, it’s nice a “neutral” for either gender.
 
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These are the 8 x 12” hooped bears, first I did the Pooh one on the left and I don’t like it that much- oh well, now Sonja adopted the green one and sings TWINKLE TWINKLE little star to it Winking smile
 
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These are the 7 x 11 bears, I kind of like the arms UP like this, looks odd in the picture but in person they are nicer.
Even though they are totally different than the pictures from dolls and daydreams, they are cute in their own way Smile
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and all 4 together
 
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3 of the smaller ones
notice the right black one? well I wasn’t paying attention to the machine and forgot to trim the white felt for the nose and it stitched on top of it, so I figured I could just trim around it, looks kind of cute!
so not all mistakes are bad!
 
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As soon as I finished sewing the one with the blue belly together, Sonja took it to compare stars!
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the middle bear uses island batiks!
 
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9 all together
 
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I was playing around with containers and how to display things, I think this looks better for the eyeglass cases ( just need to make more I guess to fill it up)
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and this was a baby bassinet that I’ve lately only used for Sonja’s toys, I raised up the back a little, maybe I should life the front some more too.
I have my business card tied around each one with string and on the back it has info that it’s made using dolls and daydreams patterns and then the prices.
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Here’s the picture I sent to chatham marketplace for the craft show.
Bea Lee pics
 
 
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I’m starting a batch of pincushions now Smile
- not too many, as they are very specific to sewers/quilters, so I don’t think they will sell well, but worth a try!