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

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,

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,

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Irons in the fire

Small bits of sewing, that's all I seem to do lately.  I've got lots of of irons in the fire, and I like it, but... I've been thinking I really should try to finish a quilt or embroidery project before I start any new one's.  Here is a small list of some of my bits.
1. The Splendid Sampler, Jane Davidson and Pat Slone's year long quilt along. I really enjoy making these small blocks. This is 3 of block #1, and one each of blocks 2, 3, and 5, and two of block 4.  I'm only using scraps since these finish at 6 inches.
Blocks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2. River Rock BOM I wasn't going to make this quilt, but... Working at a Quilt Shop makes it very hard to resist.  What's not to love about batiks, right?  

Month 1, B Block

Month 1, A Block & Spacer

3. The Green is always Greener, borders(aka Jacobs Ladder) for Erika and Kurt.  I had a different border in mind, but it wasn't coming out the way I planned it.  So I just decided to do piano keys, here is one side finished.  I like this much better,  I think this will be a quilt sometime soon.  

And then of course there is the embroidery machine.  I like it when I can have something stitching out while I'm down there sewing on the sewing machine.  I feel productive even though I haven't a finished project to show here on the blog.  (sigh)
Design Wall 
The Christmas Birds are from Embroidery Library that I bought back before Christmas because they were only $1.00 each.  How could I pass that up?  Someday I hope to make them into a wall hanging.  
But for now it's getting late and this working girl has to get up in the morning.  

Until next time.  Happy piecing, happy sewing,


Monday, February 15, 2016

Poison Bottle #5

The Poison Bottle Block of the Month is the brain child of Misty Cole, over at Pick your Brain Designs. She's a very talented quilter, and she is a friend, and fellow member of the quilt guild that I belong to The Southern Comforter's of Bowie.  Misty designed this Poison Bottle Quilt.

Poison Bottles and Valentine's
These blocks of the month are being offered for free for two months after they are released each month, and after the free two months they can be purchased directly from her site.  So this month I am making my version of Block #5 here on my blog.   It was fun, and a little challanging for me, since I mostly make peiced quilts.  But I did recently purchase a Scan N Cut to make cutting appliqué pieces for in the hoop embroidery on my embroidery machine (go figure?).  During the Blizzard of 2016 I took myself down to my sewing dungeon, and scanned the images into my Scan N Cut. Then cut them out with that handy dandy machine.

Wasp Waist Bottle
According to the history provided with the pattern the wasp waist was a rare find for collectors, and came in several sizes. And the original Neuraline bottle was tiny 1/2" deep x 1 3/8" tall.

Neuraline Bottle
After I cut them out I put them in the embroidery hoop, and embroidered Poison on both bottles, Neuraline on the green bottle, and some triangles on the blue Wasp Waist.  A little embroidery never hurts.

LED screen of my embroidery machine.

Added some beading
So here is my finished block #5, if you are intrested in learning more about Poison Bottles head over to Misty also has a flicker site where you can see all the other blocks. 

Block #5 finished
Block #1

While looking through my fabrics for bottles I car across this shiny fabric, and knew I had to make more blocks.

 I enjoyed the process, and Misty's General directions are very clear and helpful.  I intend on trying some painting on my block #1.  Thank you Misty, I'm having fun during our snow days working on some poison.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Etsy Shop

Well I finally did it.  I finally took the advise of so many friends and family members and I opened an Etsy Shop.  Keeping with the blog name, my shop name is Quilting Nan.  So far I've only added a couple of things.  The Ring Bearer Pillows are made to order, anyone who knows a future Bride please steer her my way.  I love working with brides to make their Day special.  Personalized bridal accessories are some of my favorite things to make, next to quilts.  I will be adding baby shape books, also made to order.  Number books, and color books as suggested by a very good friend Sharon are in the works.

Front of Shape Book
Back of Shape Book

 I can also personalize shirts, hats, towels, bags, also know as embroidery blanks.  Blanks are fun, and easy, but any and all idea's are welcome.  I have friends who have called me to say "I need an apron" for the cubmaster of my son's Cub Pack, and so it is done.  

Apron of Ellareese
So if you have something in mind, I'm your embroidery "girl".  I'm hopping that everyone will be patient with me, and help me to get my Etsy Shop out into the World Wide Web.  I'm a little scared, and very excited about my new adventure.  
Any advise, or idea's are greatly appriceated.  

Warm and happy stitching,

Thursday, January 28, 2016


There was a little snow in my neck of the woods...
Blizzard 2016
This was Saturday before the plows

So what's a Quilting Nan to do?  Sew, and Embroider, with a dash of shoveling and carefully walking the dog.

Sparkling Vases
This was a block of the month from HGTV back in 2004!  I'm sure I must have started these blocks later in maybe 2005.  And it's been sitting in a box of UFO's (unfinished objects) for more then ten years!

Embroidery on Golf Towels 
10 Golf Towels needing a little embroidery, I haven't had these for long. (smile)  They will be finished today.

Yesterday was National Chocolate Cake Day, and since I hadn't been out of the house since last Thursday I had to go out and get me some!

KFC Chocolate Chocolate Chip
My day was complete!  

Happy sewing, Happy piecing.


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