Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Kara and Dan's Wedding Quilt

I am sorry I have been MIA, but I have had jury duty for the last 7 business days
 in downtown Detroit!  
It was a very serious case and we deliberated a long time but in the end the jury was hung.  
 It was interesting to get to see how things work.  
Even though no one wants to go it is important to serve.  
A truly awesome responsibility.  
Enough of that! 
 Now back to my regular life, so to speak.

I was finally able to gift that purple and gray wedding quilt!!  
I can now show you a photo of the entire quilt all finished!!!  
It was a BEAST of a quilt finishing at 102" X 102".

This first photo is of the top before it was quilted.  The background is really white.


My lawn was the only place large enough to lay it out for a photo!


Close up of the center.  My awesome quilter, quilted the center with hearts.


Of course it had to be inspected and the proper amount of cat fur deposited before gifting!


I used up my entire stash of Kona Ash for the back and 
it still needed a strip of fabric to make it long enough!


Label sewn into the back


Another close up.


I especially love the feathers and "pearls" in the borders!  Right next to the X and O borders!!


 Kara and Dan and the big reveal at Kara's parents home the day after the wedding.  
We were so fortunate to be able to be there when they opened it!


I think they are pretty happy with their new quilt! 


We stayed around while they opened all their gifts and when they were all finished I snapped this 



Collier Studios did their photos and these were two of my favorites!


My beautiful daughter is the first one on the left.


It was an amazing weekend and we were so blessed to be able to share in the celebration!

I have LOTS more to share about the things I have been doing so stay tuned.

~XOP~



Monday, May 18, 2015

Still AWOL

I just realized that I have not posted in over a week!  

I have been sitting on a jury in downtown Detroit for the past week.

I gave to go back today too. We are deliberating.

I will be back soon, I hope!!

~XOP~


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

WIP Wednesday

  I know I promised some more Shipshewana stuff but this first but it is Wednesday after all. 
 I am *still* working on that gigantic wedding quilt!   
I can't show the entire quilt until after the wedding on Saturday as I want to keep some of it a secret.  I have to say in addition to being one of the largest quilts I have ever made
 it is also one of the prettiest! 
 I will have a difficult time handing this one over to it's new owners.


I decided to hand embroider the label and then border it with squares.  
The last time I did this I loved how it looked.  
Once finished I used a matching square of solid white and sewed RST, turned it right side too and voila, a finished quilt label! 
 I had some issues with it being "puffy" when I sewed it on the last time I made one so I decided to actually sew lines into this one, sort of underlining the words.  
I like how much flatter it laid. 
 I also top stitched around the outside of the label (no hand stitching that opening shut, LOL).  
So here is the label before sewing it to the backing.


And here it is after with the lines stitched in and the top stitching done.


I did attach it to the quilt by using Elmer's washable school glue and a hot iron.  
I ran a thin line of glue along the outer edge on the back of the label and
 then ironed it down on the quilt.  
This left it so I did not need to use any pins to stitch it down and
 the glue will wash out when the quilt is washed! 
 I hand stitched it in place using a blanket stitch and some lavender embroidery floss.  
I forgot to get a close up of that though.  
I need to do before I gift it though!


I stitched the binding on to the quilt and then pressed it toward the backside.  
Then using the same gluing technique, I glued the binding into place for hand stitching.  
As you can clearly see, I had help from Autumn, once again.


As she was rolling around and bathing on this quilt, she was making sure to deposit just the right amount of cat fur on it to add to the warmth of the finished quilt. 
 I think she wanted Kara and Dan to know just how much she loves them too!


Sooooo much hand stitching to do to get this binding on!  
So far I have done about 6 hours and have 3 sides stitched down!! 
One more to go, hopefully tonight so that I can take some photos tomorrow or Friday.  
Good thing I love these guys!!!


The "Big Day" is Saturday.  
I can't wait for this wedding.  
Kara will be a beautiful bride! 
 It's almost like one of my own getting married.  
Then they are off to PA for her residency in Pediatric Cardiology. 

 Not sure when we will get to see them again in the near future but
 I wish them all the happiness in the world!

Love you Kara and Dan!!  Happy Wedding!!


Monday, May 04, 2015

Shipshewana

Hey there, I can't believe it has been a week since I last posted.  
Life has been a little bit more hectic then normal and 
I really can't see this letting up for all of this month.  
Our eldest daughter asked us to attend a bird swap with her and 
her friend near Shipshewana last weekend.  
We have been trying to get to Shipshe for quite a few months and 
it looked like this was the prime opportunity to do so.  
We decided to go on Friday and do our "usual" things then meet up for dinner with our daughter
 and her friend and her mom.  

First up is always Jo Jo's Pretzels. 
 I LOVE their pretzels. 
 I was even able to look them up for their point value too.  
That helped me to know that I should only eat half of one!


"Horse Drawn Vehicles Only"  Don't see that sign every day!


They were having their May Fest and the fried pie people were there.  
They were making them right there.  How could I just walk away without sampling one?
  I could not do it!!  Mmmmm, Pie!
Worth every point!


I will share the rest of our time there in another post as the quilt portion is pretty extensive! 
 We had to get up at 4:30am (on a Saturday!! You know we love her if we were willing to do that!)  Drive for another 20 minutes to the "swap".  
This way, she assured us, we would get a place to park that was not in the back 40. 
 It was still dark actually, when we arrived.  
This was after walking down 2 rows and I thought to get a photo.  
We actually needed a flashlight to see what they were putting out!


I think the predominant chicken was the Isa Brown.  There were LOTS of those there.


Many different kinds of chickens.  
There were also, pea fowl, Guinea fowl, turkeys, ducks, goats, cows, puppies and 
kitties there as well as some fox kits and raccoons.
 There seemed to be a little bit of everything.


We were on the hunt for a few peafowl.  
This little purple female pea came home with us.  
No name as of yet but she is very sweet and unafraid of people.  
As I understand it, my daughter will be picking up a purple male at the next swap 
(arrangements have been made!)


She seemed to fit in well with the other birds too. 
 We stopped in to see how everyone was doing on Saturday night.


Octavian the second likes to perch on the pen door!


All in all a successful swap and trip to Shipshewana all the way around.  
Quilty version coming soon.

~XOP~


Monday, April 27, 2015

Productive Weekend

I had quite the weekend. 
 I was craving pizza so on Friday, instead of ordering out, we made pizza and it was glorious!  
I am doing Weight Watchers and I wanted to keep it low in points. 
 Not sure how successful (6 points/slice)but good enough and I was so happy!  
BBQ chicken pizza.  
YUM!


Then I cut out some more quilt kits for the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild charity quilts. 
 I will bring these to the meeting on Wednesday and share with the group.  
I think this brings me up to 6 or 7 now.


Then Hallie and I were Pooped so we decided to hit the hay.  
Or perhaps she thought my embroidery supplies needed to be secured, whatever.


I got up on Saturday and ran a ton of errands. 
 UGH, but that was good. 
 Got home just in time for lunch.  
Hubby told me to go upstairs and sew so I took him up on his offer.  

I had a pincushion to make for the A2MQG swap on Wednesday. 
 I tried making EPP hexies for the first time! 
 These are 5/8" hexies! 
 Pretty teeny tiny, but oh so adorable!  
I hand appliqued them then used this vintage planter to make the most adorable pin cushion.  


This little chubster kitty is so cute!


You can see the hexies better here.


I decided that I needed to get cracking on the quilt label for the BIG purple and gray wedding quilt.  
I like to design the quilt label on the computer and then trace the words onto my fabric.  
The font is called Chalkboard.  
You could print on to the fabric and then do the embroidery but it's just as easy to copy it by hand. 
 I began the stitching too but not picture yet.  
I probably won't show it until it is finished or maybe after the quilt is gifted.


Then I made the binding for the wedding quilt using the purple Pearl Bracelets fabric (love this line)


At this point Autumn and I were exhausted!  
Well, no rest for the wicked!
Only she got to "cat nap", I still had stuff to do!!


I am in a Polaroid Swap so needed to get my swap "photos" ready.  
They still need to be trimmed but S-Z are finished and ready to trim!


Sunday came and I determined that I needed to get the back made for my Pie Making Day quilt top.  This took longer than expected as I had to lay it all out on the top and 
make sure each strip was long enough to cover the front.  
I did manage to get it sewn together and now will be able to baste and quilt it.  
I even decided how to do the binding so have that ready to make too.


Sunday afternoon found me making soup and banana bread after which time I fell into an exhausted pile and just did some pressing while waiting for Game of Thrones to come on. 
 I did some hand stitching while watching GOT and am making progress on the label!

WHEW, thank goodness it is time to go back to work!!!
Linking up with WIP Wednesday too.

How was your weekend??

~XOP~


PS My yard is still a mess!  UGH

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekend Doings

We had a crazy weekend!  It began on Friday when our daughter came in to town from NC.  
We drove her to Gross Pointe to go to a bachelorette party.  
We dropped her off and drove home.  
LOTS of cleaning up from the work the contractor did while at my house.  

Good news is that I got a ceiling light/fan for in my sewing room now!!  
Bad news?  
I can't put my closet back together again until the ceiling light/fan is done in the other bedroom.  Access is through my closet ceiling.  Here is my new light!


Saturday found us at the farm.  We were going to help dig post holes for the bird pen expansion.  
And by we I mean my daughter, SIL and husband, LOL. 
 I was relegated to the basement to go through boxes left there from my dad's house. 
 It was so cold in the basement though that I came up periodically to get warm. 
 I would wander outside and play with the birds, take a few pictures and then back into the basement.  I was paying with Jocelyn and thought you might like to hear her voice.  
We hatched her from an egg when my DD lived at our house.


We rented a post hole digger 
(thank goodness, as hubby is not getting any younger!)
Now you see it...


Now you don't!!  Every time they fired it up the two male peacocks would start calling.


I managed to get a video of Blu when he was calling.  
The slight "echo" you hear is actually Octavain II who would begin slightly after Blu.


These are the posts we got planted (maybe with enough attention they will grow into a bird pen!)


Sunday we had to drive back to Detroit and pick up our other daughter after her partying weekend and drive her to the airport.  
We stopped off for lunch with her and then took her to the airport. 
 We got home and I fled upstairs to my sewing room.  
I really had no business working on anything but the "have to" list but of course I did something new.  I did work on the have to  list too though.  
I am hoping to finish up the market quilt soon and then we can have a QAL if you like.

Being around the birds inspired me to try this little paper pieced pattern I found online. 
 I have a friend that is a little down and so thought she might like this as a pin cushion.  
I have printed out enough to make 3 more that I think I will make a little mini quilt for her. 
 Just not right now.  
The block is about 4" square.



How was your weekend?

~XOP~