Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Second Station Cover

A different kind of sewing for me today.  I'm creating a cover for the "Second Station" of my Son In Laws fishing boat.  I'm using waterproof fabric, (and waterproof thread, and a larger needle than a quilting needle) but my test pattern is just open weave cotton fabric that my other Son in Law gave me years ago.  Finally finding a use for it.  I will also make a bench cover out of the waterproof fabric. I'm enjoying the creative process.


The steering wheel measures 17 inches with half an inch seam allowances.  But after sewing all the prices together I'll need to make the wheel pattern 18 inches.  


This part goes over the wheel and down over the throttlle, and will have to be shortened.  


Here it is, after a few minor changes I think it will be a perfect fit.  But I'm really happy with my first prototype, and dear Son in Law is really happy about it too, and is telling all his boating buddies about his talent mother in law! And since he sent them all this picture they all want to place orders too!  This could be the start of something big.  I will be sure to post a picture of the finished cover in the  waterproof fabric.  Until then, happy piecing, happy sewing,

Sheila

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Peaceful summertime sewing

Peaceful summertime sewing...

Tomato Pin Cushion
A little hand sewing in the summertime #thesplendidsampler block #43


#thesplendidsampler block 43, purple, one of my favorite colors, and yellow with a tomato pin cushion.  How many of those did I have before I started making my own pin cushions? 

February 2011 Checkered bird in the middle is mine
Blue bird of happiness retreat 2011.  I have more pin cushions that I've made at retreats, I'll see if I can find pictures.  

In the mean time, happy piecing, happy sewing,

Sheila

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Safe and sound

A boo boo on this baby hurt me way more than it should have, but what can I say?  This little Gem has been in my garage for 10 years, and when we drove her off the lot in Gaithersburg she had 3 miles on her odometer.  Now 10 years later she has a little less than 45 thousand miles on her.  

Ouch!
What a surprise!  To come home after work yesterday evening, to find my pride safely in the garage all fixed up and like new. My man sent me out to get garlic bread out of the fridge in the garage.  Happy squeal,  and forgotten garlic bread when I saw my baby home safe and sound.

Home again, Naturally 
As good as new
So happy to drive her to work today.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,
Sheila

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sewing in the summertime

Wow, how did we get here?  July 12th already?   I spent the first part of the summer (after my birthday, and before Memorial Day, and well into June) sick with of all things shingles!  Out of work at both part time jobs for a month, plus some.  Wouldn't wish that mess on anyone, bad, bad stuff is shingles!  So I'm finally back at work at the LQS and on my way home from my first day back, I get rear ended, and the SOB drove off before we exchanged information!  No I didn't get his license, no I didn't take a picture, I was SHOCKED, and couldn't believe that the SOB was really driving off!  All of the should of's, would of's, could of's,  have run through my head.  Insurance will cover damages less our deductible.  Thank goodness for small favors. I'm not hurt, only my pride.  This car now 10 years old, whom I've named "Penny" will be fixed as good as new.

I have several projects I'm working on, but here are just a couple.  1. The Splendid Sampler http://www.thesplendidsampler.com and 2. Missouri Star Quilt Company's 4 Patch Lattice Quilt with Bee Creative fabric line. https://youtu.be/0XeHEFoDHes 

Splendid Sampler on top/4 Patch Lattice bottom
Only 7 different blocks of the Splendid Sampler, and an eighth not pictured.  Every Thursday, and Sunday a new block is released, and there will be a total of 100 blocks.  I just love the little 6 inch unfinished blocks, and can't wait to get the new pattern to download on Sunday's and Thursday's.  

4 Patch Lattice
From the four 5inch charm packs I should have been able to make 42 blocks.  I say should have because one of the blocks I cut wonky!  And I shorted myself, I now have 41 blocks! So yesterday I worked at the quilt shop, and I bought 3 fat quarters (I have 3 light 5 inch squares left here at home) so I can make one more block. "Note to self", measure twice, cut once.  So, I hope to have a finished quilt top in my very near future.

Until then,
Happy Piecing, Happy Sewing,
Sheila







Monday, June 20, 2016

Rookie Mistake!

Personalizing lounge chair towels for dear daughter #2, and her husband.  And no, "I did not" just sew the towel together and have to cut it out of the hoop?  BIG rookie mistake!

Top: Right way embroidery Bottom: Rookie Mistake! 
I am real mad at myself right now.  So I'll get another towel from Target and be really, really careful...
Happy piecing, happy sewing
Sheila

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Seeing Green

Well, I didn't finish the Green is always Green over the weekend that I last posted on April 9th.  Tuesday, April 26th is when I finished piecing the top.  I'm happy with the way it turned out.

70 X 96 a good size
Now the next dilemma, how to quilt it.  I thought I wanted to have my good friend Rosa quilt it, but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't try to do it myself?  Not that I have any question that Rosa can't quilt it for me, I'm wondering if there shouldn't be some good old "Celtic Knots" and some "Irish Chains" quilted into the netural squares.

Sew today Saturday, I did some embroidery for Advanced Imaging (my second job) to embroider on some hats that I wasn't able to finish yesterday.  After 2 1/2 hours of embroidery I headed up the street to Tomorrow's Treasures to put some 6 foot tables together to pin this baby.  I forgot to take a picture, but Rosa was working, and helped me pin.  Here it is at home all ready for quilting.

70in X 96in
Notice there is a fire starter in the fireplace?  It's 54 degrees, and raining outside!  There is something terribly wrong with that.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,
Sheila

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring Sewing

A cold Spring weekend, husband is away, so what's a Nan to do?  Sew!  We've had rain, and snow, and whipping wind out there.  No sense complaining, but I do not like it, and I have no plans to go anywhere, but down to the sewing room.  I've been working on the River Rock blocks for month two, they are a lot of pieces, and a lot of sewing.  They are honing my piecing skills, which can only be a good thing.
Month two block A 
But I'm happy to report that I have block A finished and up on the design wall.  Also on the design wall are block B and the spacer block for month 2, but they haven't been sewn together yet, but are all cut out.  The Green is always Green has another side sewn on, that's my leader and ender project.  I'm hoping to get the top and bottom on this weekend, and maybe get my friend Rosa to quilt it for me very soon in the month of April.
The Green is alway Green
I was also able to do a test stitch out for my Son in Laws embroidery.  I will have to get some additional colors of thread for a better stitch out, so I won't post a picture of that until another test with better colors.  It's getting late, and tomorrow is another sewing day.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,
Sheila

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