Tag Archives: Brandi’s Carpenter Wheel quilt 2016

My first Carpenter’s Wheel block is complete!!!

Ya’ll I am so excited to have finished the first block of this quilt!!!  

It is 28″ square…

 There are 9 (yes NINE) of these blocks that make up the quilt…

I have merely completed the center block in the top shot 🙂  Both Brandi and I love how it is looking though!  I am using Hobbs cotton (80%) and wool (20%) batting and am loving the loft it adds to the cotton feeling of the batting and very easy to needle for sure!!!

Here is a peek at my current set up with the PVC frame my honey made me just for quilting this quilt…

We also purchased a second inexpensive gooseneck floor lamp at our local big box discount store 🙂  It helps to throw light on all parts of this 20″ x 50″ frame 😉

Now I have started on another Carpenter’s Star block… I am working on the very top part… the “wheel section in this shot…

It is already starting to bring this block to life as well!  I am very pleased overall with the time I am putting into this as it is going much FASTER on my frame now 🙂

Do you use a quilt hoop or frame?

I started quilting without a hoop but learned after about 10 quilts that hoops help a LOT… then I have tried this version of a frame and am in LOVE with how I can see my work and keep it more consistent and not have to move as frequently as I would a hoop on this big block quilt!

One addition to my quilting gear of late has also been an underhand thimble…

 It is made of a silicone like material and is soft and pliable but not easily penetrated by the needle point…  Here is the package insert … I am using this Large that was gifted to me by a friend on my middle finger… but plan to get a medium for my pointer finger also! 🙂

Do you find your underfingers get abused much?? I had hamburger like finger tips on my left hand.. now I am seeing that all heal up using htis frame and consistently remembering to use this thimble and use my middle finger as my main underhand finger to use with my rhythm… 🙂  Yipeee!
I am planning on getting a proper frame kit that my honey can one day build me a proper frame for quilting to avoid basting and try something else new now… I think I will like it too! lol
So how about you?? What are your habits?? Do you have tools of the trade you adore??  I would love to hear!
Don’t forget by the way if you are in a Spring season time zone change….
Linking this hand quilting progress to Kathy’s Quilts… Slow Sunday Stitching post >> HERE
I feel blessed you came to visit and made it this far too! lol
Until my next update remember…

Something NEW! ~ As the week comes to a close!

Ya’ll is it Friday already!!!???  Wowee!

I have been soaked up in projects here and have lost track of time for sure! lol

A couple weeks ago as I innocently was surfing Log Cabin Quilts on Pinterest… I came across a pattern that I absolutely decided was my quilt to make!!  Do you ever find that happening to you?? lol!

So why this searching on Pinterest in the first place??? Well a fun couple of jelly rolls I picked up for cheap on a facebook selling page!!!!  Yippee 🙂

These 2 jellyrolls are “In Stitches” by Maywood Studios… really top notch fabric to use and very soft!  I am really excited about this… so I consulted the internet then my fave book on log cabins… one by Judy Martin and made up this foam core board we had stuck back in a closet ! lol

the pink sticky notes denote neutral logs and each one has a width and length plus it’s designated letter for piecing…

Here I have opened 1 jellyroll and separated it…

The neautrals are a bit darker than you would expect but I think the black and red will give good contrast… I plan to keep the red, black, and neutral scrappy so I am adding in some fabrics in these colours from my stash 🙂

I took this photo and…

 ran it through my Paint program on the computer

This is an idea of what it will look like… I will do my own ideas for an inner and outer border… I have all the fabric… or it will be here soon! lol

So today I hope to start prepping my fabric and cutting some of these logs!

My goal is to have each log cabin black a mixture of the blacks… and a mixture of the neutrals with no repeats in the block itself… and no repeats in position in the quilt… so nice and scrappy 🙂

I am MEGA excited about this… my grandmother I called Gaga made me a log cabin traditional quilt when I was about 20 but it was lost in the house fire of 2008… so now I want to make this wall hanging version to hang proudly on my living room wall and commemorate it to her and my grandfather I called Papa! 🙂

Does this make more sense now why I am so excited and yet nervous to jump into this project??!!  Do you ever get that way about a significant project in your life… quilting or not!

I also am participating in a 9 patch themed BOM my friend Wendy is running on her facebook page and via her blog Wehago Designs…. also on Instagram as #WDBOM2016 😉

Aren’t these fun so far!!!  I am having fun making fun blocks 1 time a month… and it gets me in the piecing spirit more too… Hand quilting is by far my fave part of the quiltmaking process! lol

As I have been gathering and organizing my log cabin quilt to be & making 9 patch variations… I have also been diligently working on my hand quilting project!!!

Here is my basic area for hand quilting now… I am loving it.. but if you look at the photo you will see this was on the 8th…

Currently I am about to finish up the 1st Carpenter’s Star block… these blocks are 28″ square though!!!

So I will save a current shot for my Sunday post… the big reveal!  Come back then if you like 🙂  I will also be sharing a hand quilting tip you may not be aware exists… I didn’t until I was gifted one! lol…

Until then I will be linking this post with Sarah’s Whoop Whoop Friday linky party… come and see the quilt she pieced and quilted and bound this week… >>> HERE!

Have a blessed start of your weekend and remember…

P. S. >>>> USA Friends… Daylight Savings time starts SUNDAY 3/13/2016!!!! 🙂

Introducing… Star Light ~ Star Bright!!!

I got my daughter’s high school graduation quilt pin basted… with her and my honey’s help I may add…

The flimsy was purchased on eBay and is well constructed… during the marking process I found no issues… no volcanic star centers… no unstitched seams… it was shipped to me safely and gifted to my daughter at Christmas… I can’t believe it is finally marked, layered, pin basted and ready for hand quilting!!!!…

I started with the center star in my 17″ hoop..

on February 29… LEAP DAY!!!!

But meanwhile my honey was building me a frame to make the stitching on this go easier… we decided PVC was best and least expensive as well.. and he went to Lowe’s for the supplies and soon had it glued all together…

Hard to tell in the pic above but it is tilted toward me about 15 or 20 degrees… so it seems to be my perfect working height I think… we had to order clips to hold the quilt on it from eBay… meanwhile as I waited for the delivery of the PVC clips… I stitched!!!

Look closely above and you should see the dark red big stitching each diamond got surrounded by that makes up this star!!!  Fun 🙂  This is part of my daughters wishes… pops of red in the quilt 🙂

Once the clips came in I popped the quilt out of the hoop and wrangled it onto the frame… not a hard process at all and a nice stretching time too! lol

So here it is… and here I am with a big smile on my face over this new item!!!

Learning to quilt on a frame has it’s own learning curve for sure… but I am loving the speed I can now quilt with… here is my progress since March 2…

 And here is a close up on the part I have completed and where I am working presently…

I am having a blast quilting on this frame… I am tucking the bits that hang off into the plastic clips carefully after rolling… working well for me and keeps a bit of a cushion on my under hand arm….lol!

Linking all this happy news to Sarah’s Whoop Linky… I am definitely Whooping here.. are you whooping… come share with Sarah too >>>> HERE

I am also happy to link to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday post… where all sorts of hand stitching is going on… HERE!

Also this month I turned my calendar… definitely getting another of these calendars for next year!!!

It says “An Invisible Crown:  Don’t leave home without it!” Hahahaha!

I love this!!!  I need to always remember I am a princess too… crown in place and head held high!!!  How about you??

Weather wise it has been a very dry February… March came in nice and warm… with warmer nights and the days are starting to noticeable lengthen again… I love Daylight Savings Time best… and we are getting closer to a time change too!  Yippee 🙂

So what are your faves about March each year???

Thanks for visiting with me… I hope you have a blessed weekend and remember…

AQS Show ~ Daytona Beach 2016 and sooo much more!!!

I was soooo excited this week.. I went to the AQS Quilt Show ~ Daytona Beach 🙂

The AQS Show was held in the Ocean Center just across the street (A1A) from the beach!!!

I was lucky enough to go with my honey to the show on Wednesday the 24th…

We prepurchased our tickets in January and saved a few bucks… I also joined AQS for 1 year… see what I think of their mag and got a great discount on the 1 class I also chose to take …

Ya’ll this was my first quilt show!!!! lol

I had NO IDEA what to expect and was so happy my honey was going with me for this little adventure!!!  Here are some of our faves from the show…

Here is a quilt done by my friend on facebook in Germany.. Andrea Stracke!  I had my honey take this shot of her flowery wholecloth.. it was so pretty and bright!  Here hand quilting stitches are so tiny and precise too!

This quilt won BEST OF SHOW….

It had sparkles all over it too!

This one was machine quilted but look at the lovely piecing!!! It is totally fab in person!!!!

Here is a cute quilt I saw in a vendor shop… what a cute baby quilt this would make!!!
Speaking of quilts I wanna make… this kind of DWR is def on the list if I am able to learn applique well enough…

This quilt had some cool quilting that really made the quilt pop to me… can you see the texture???

And last but not least was our personal favorite aside from Andrea’s wholecloth…

Can you tell we enjoyed the show??? lol!

Thursday I braved the show by myself to go to the class I had chosen to take…

 Mary Sorensen is an EXCELLENT teacher too!  Boy was I glad I took this class… it helped me to like applique and look forward to my next attempt at it too 🙂  I identified my fears, tackled my troubling spots all during her 3 hour class… then bought the DVD for beginners that she offered at a discount to those in her class!!!!

She provided needle, thread, and green fabric for the leaves as well as a neutral background fabric to eventually be the block pictured in her class announcement above!  The red bird will be the focus of the DVD… I am very excited to listen and watch this DVD and give applique a true try again!!!

I also have 2 machine quilted finished… this was my trial run bib for my granddaughter Kaydence…

 And here is the second one I made… a bit larger than the first as I felt she needed one a bit larger too 😉  My 301a Gloria did all the piecing on these patchwork bibs… but Zena my 401a warrior princess did all the quilting and bulky sewing jobs!

 I quilted them each a bit differently… the first one is straight line stitching and the second is organic wavy line quilting… can you see the difference???

 Here are both bibs… now you should be able to see the second one (on the right) is a bit wider and longer than the first… I think this is the PERFECT size too!

 The backing on both is Kaydence’s mom’s fave print… PINK CAMO!!!!

I used velcro at the neck opening and really like the way these turned out!!!   The pattern was an online class I got for free and I have modified the pattern a bit to make the second one… will keep that pattern for future bigger baby bibs for sure!!!

I plan to mail these out to Kaydence this week… so I hopefully will have a pic of her with one on in coming weeks 😉

Finally, my ongoing project this week is complete!  The marking on Brandi’s quilt is finished!!!!

I spent 11 days marking this quilt for hand quilting… my daughter chose this stencil for all the background white fabric areas and the rest I used ruler and white ceramic lead to mark the stars… will be a fun quilt with detailed quilting that should show quite nicely when done… but I have NEVER yet spent 11 days premarking a quilt before layering and starting the quilting on it!!! lol

I marked these lightly with graphite… each square is unique to the area I found the stencil fit best on the space… here above you can see an odd shaped white area I am filling in with graphite.

Here is a close up of the design and stencil I used…

Here is that same area once I have marked it with the stencil…

Once marked the legs are still blank spots all over so the design is not contiguous lines… so I fill in the “legs” and whalaah!!!

Now the design looks like it should and when I am stitching I won’t have to figure out what goes where… I can just zenly stitch the motif on the white… in black thread 🙂  The white lines on the dark grey and black will be stitched in white thread… and each star on the quilt will be outlined in big stitched dark red thread… it actually coordinates well with the backing and binding I am getting ready to iron….

The backing was my daughter’s choosing… as this is her graduation quilt… for now this quilt is “Brandi’s Carpenter Wheel quilt 2016”.  She actually will graduate high school next May (2017)… but I have a bug in my bonnet to get this quilt done!

The chevron striped fabric above will be the bias cut binding for this quilt which will put all these cute zig zags on a 45 angle… will add a festive finish to this quilt I think!

I will be using my fave batting… Hobbs Tuscany Cotton/Wool blend… it is 80% cotton and 20% wool so it still crinkles when washed and dried but also gets puffier thanks to that wool and is very breathable so not too much in the Florida weather either! 🙂

So this week I will be quilting on this… and thanks to the marking shots I took… I think this will be fun to link up to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday here!  (Also, the applique she is showing is very similar to the method I learned this week! 🙂 )  I hope to take my first hand quilting stitches in this quilt much later today or tomorrow … after the pinning is finally done that is! lol  I also hope to get a full-sized shot of this quilt while it is laid out for pinning 🙂

This week… also brought the 31st birthday of my oldest child…  This was one of the pics I sent him… a little walk down memory lane… he is a HUGE history buff… Do you remember the song from the mid 80’s??? I didn’t until I listened to it on youtube! lol  Then it was VERY familiar to me … just never knew the name! lol

 Sorry this post is so long and I haven’t made time to share all this with you before the end of the week… but better late than never!  I hope you enjoyed the eye candy I had to share this week from the quilt show… I am MEGA inspired by that show!

Remember… no matter what twists and turns come your way this week…  Life is always precious and…

What is your favorite season?

Mine is Fall… Tennessee Fall to be exact…

Didn’t this turn out just LOVELY!!!

I will do a formal post on this very soon.. but I am just giddy to share this shot… and the journey that led to this finish deserves a post all it’s own…

So yes, Fall is my favorite season.. What is yours???

Since I finished this quilt with fun hand quilting … then washed, dried, and hung this beauty… I am linking to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday post… HERE!

Now I have switched gears and started marking my daughters’ graduation quilt!!!  In 1 year and a few month she will be graduating from high school!!!

So she got this flimsy for Christmas…

she picked it out online as just a flimsy so that I could hand quilt it done for her 🙂

So after some fits and starts and erasures… I have a pattern going and I currently have 2 of the 9 carpenters wheel stars marked…

but check out how the white background is getting stitched…

I do hope you can see the meandering star and moon pattern I am marking on the white background…

On this quilt I am marking with graphite, white chalk & white ceramic lead size 0.09 mm… this will all wash out when I am done but is safe for the quilt as it shall take me several months to stitch all this… I am choosing to mark the quilt before layering because the designs are so involved and I need the straight lines drawn neatly for me when I quilt… will go MUCH faster for me 🙂

Her idea is… I stitch all the black/grey areas in white thread (YLI) and all the white background meanderings in black thread (YLI)… then we will add some dark red (Valdani Perle 8 cotton) big stitching to the stars to make them pop a bit… very exciting and different from anything I have ever done and VERY QUilTy when finished! lol

In the meanwhile, my friend Wendy is getting a Double Wedding Ring Template Set!  I am very excited about this as I have always wanted to do this pattern… so I bought the template set as well!  It is by Marti Michell and will be a project in the future for me..

I am in a fb group for DWR designs and see lovely eye candy there…  so many ideas!!!

Once I finish the 3rd carpenters wheel and star I will be making Kaydence some bibs with both Zena and Gloria!  Here are some of the fabrics I have pulled along with the perfect thread I found in my stash… and a cool pattern I found online…

 Here is the cute recipient of these bibs to be…

I am blessed to call her my granddaughter for sure!

Here is my inspiration to encourage my design…

I found this one for sale on Etsy 🙂

So I best get back to marking… this sweetie needs some handmade bibs !!! lol

Whooping up all this accomplishments and plans with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict HERE

Have a blessed weekend and always remember…

Feeling LOVEly Here!!!

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day around the world… I am sorry I didn’t have more time to be able to chat with you all… but you are important to me ❤

If you are friends with me on Facebook you saw this Valentine Sentiment I shared with my followers…

But here I like to share the WHOLE story and not just snippets…

It has been over a week since I have chatted with you all here… let me catch you up!

I have been doing some slow stitching 

this week as I worked on the binding of the Tennessee Fall wall hanging…

I have been calling this my Fall Wall Hanging… but when it was time to make the label I thought this quilt would surely deserve something a bit more sentimental to me… I am in love with this wall hanging!!!

Below is a shot I took that doesn’t show my quilting really… as it hasn’t been washed yet.. but is just after I sewed down the binding to the front… then I slow stitch it to the back of the quilt… as I am doing above 🙂

And here is my “practice label” I wrote out on a sheet of paper to decide how big my triangle needed to be to include all the info I wanted /needed to put on it to properly label this beauty….
I bought the pinwheels and the embroidered pumpkin in 1 lot off someone on Facebook.. so I wanted her to have credit on the label.. thus the Pinwheels by info above 🙂
Now I have that label blind stitched into place along that loose diagonal edge… the idea for this style label can be found on Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville blog site btw..
I am finally to the hanging sleeve …
I am following Bonnie Browning’s AQS video on Youtube for my hanging sleeve instructions… makes a perfect sleeve quick and easy… now to get it slow stitched down! That is my goal for today…
Once I get this hanging sleeve stitched into place I will wash and dry it so it crinkles ever so wonderfully and hang it for pictures and enjoyment for a couple days!!!!  Yipee for that!!!
I can then store it away rolled up for fall! 🙂  Now I am excited for Fall to come to Florida… even if not in cool weather with leaves turning all fun colors… I can enjoy this wall hanging in our foyer all season long!  And still go for long walks on the beach too!  Best of both worlds for sure!!!!
Linking this slow stitching progress to Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday post HERE!

I have also been doing some fast stitching…

I made my honey a very cool Valentine’s gift on Zena … my Singer 401a 🙂
I bought a yard of this cool fabric and first cut out the mitts per her instructions on Youtube…

I used 1 layer of Insulbrite and 1 layer of cotton batting per the Insulbrite directions… 
They are fit perfect… but we took a poll of our home and decided a bigger pair was in order… so I will make a second pair and gift these to my daughter for her future home… is this gonna be the beginning of a hope chest kind of thing?? lol!   I don’t know!  She is planning to move back to Tennessee when she graduates high school… she is on the downhill slide of her junior year currently.
Either way.. this pair will NOT go to waste! lol  We will use them until I buy more insulbrite 😀

My Review…

I really love her pattern… and Vanessa’s instructions on Youtube are wonderful as she walks you through the tricky spots… I contacted her via email when I read that my Insulbrite said to you in conjuction with a layer of cotton batting to be best… she said then use that in her reply … BUT this change put more bulk in that outer layer … so the fit is a bit more snug than it should be… but I do LOVE how well they work!!!  Thanks Vanessa the Crafty Gemini for a fun and easy project!!!!

Next up is….

A lot of quilt marking on this beautiful flimsy that has been PATIENTLY waiting it’s turn …

This is a partial sketch of my idea… I did this by importing a picture I took of just the center star and drew on it in PAINT… the more I use this method to decide quilting designs.. the more I like it and am getting used to what different functions do… how do you decide your quilt design???

You can see I have been pondering this project a while… This is over 10 days ago that I worked on this drawing… and I still haven’t sketched it ON the quilt itself yet!  Just haven’t had any time though it seems….
Ebay has been stellar… we have nothing that didn’t sell that we want to list again… so we are done with that for the moment and we have the $$$ to pay the house tax that is due… in Florida if you don’t pay your property tax on time… they will auction your house off!!!  It is crazy the hoops you have to jump through here when owning a home.. much different living in a high tourism state versus Tennessee where it isn’t that way… for instance here you have to show up in the tax office when you buy a home to prove you live here year round via evidence they ask for… mail etc… then they give you a homestead exemption on your tax amount owed.. .basically a discount because it is your primary residence.  It is also expensive to tag a car from another state in Florida… we paid a very high tax the year we moved here to get a Florida license plate and stay compliant to the laws.  

That said though..

 I would do it all again to live in my Shangri-La!!!!

Well… Off to slow stitch that hanging sleeve… but oh so happy I got to catch up with you!  Have a great week my bloggy friends!!!!

Fun Sunday Stitching … How about you??

Are you doing any fun Sunday stitching??  Maybe a tad of slow stitching today to enjoy ?!!  Well I surely am 🙂  And I am linking this post to Kathy’s Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching post HERE!

Kathy talks about taking time on Sunday to relax and recuperate… I am planning on focusing on this today… and maybe a guilty pleasure Netflix watching too! lol

I woke early this morning as I went to bed a bit early last night… but I have had several VERY productive days and I am excited to share lots of stuff with you today! 🙂

While waking up today I finished the maple leaf quilting 🙂  This quilts makes me happy!  I am looking forward to this coming fall to show it off for sure!

 And once I finish these 4 blocks I will have about 30 blocks done.. that is HALF the center of the quilt… and the borders will be fun and go quickly as well! 🙂

I really thought I would put this down once we were ready to focus on my daughters quilt she got for Christmas… the stencils came late Saturday afternoon and she is happy with them so that is good… 1 she chose and 1 I chose… pics to come next Sunday 🙂 lol!

And I have all the thread and the batting I want to use for this quilt… I am very excited to start it but it is a big quilt and requires a LOT of marking!  My daughter and I were chatting yesterday over the stencils that came in… she is VERY excited for me to start work on it and she wants to HELP!!! 🙂

Yep.. you heard right.. I will teach my daughter of 17 1/2 years old how to hand quilt this year!!!!  Yay 🙂

I will teach her on this beauty we found on eBay already a flimsy with a border and all!

I was already excited to start on this quilt… but to know she will carry this through highs and lows as she learns how to be an adult she is proud of and to teach her how to hand quilt on this quilt… makes it even more special to work on for sure!!!

So more on that next Sunday too! lol  In the meantime me and my daughter will mark at least the center today and this week… maybe the for little stars around he center wheel/star too! 🙂

Remember me asking about this tshirt my daughter can’t wear but wants to keep ??!!!

Well after pondering it with my daughter.. we are gonna make it a pillow with black fabric surrounding the Superman symbol! 🙂

Okay… now life is sounding busy in this post.. and I surely didn’t plan that.. and there is even more going on I haven’t shared yet!!!

Here is 1 of the 2 BOM’s I am doing this year…

It isn’t sewn yet… just cut and waiting for me on my ironing board… but so happy to have chosen the fabrics as I sorted fabrics… the white fabric with little light pink hearts as well as the center square of this 9 patch block is in memory of Kimber’s memory quilt which was my big project last year… the blue “cornerstones” and a fabric I couldn’t work into her quilt but had pulled and just loved it so before storing it away in my fabric chest… I cut 4 squares of it for my first BOM!!!!  Want to know more about this BOM??  Not to late to join.. the goal is to pull fabric from your stash too!  Check out Wendy’s link about it HERE if interested… she is an excellent teacher and I can’t wait to see what all the year holds in the fun BoM!

The other BOM I am planning will start on the 19th… so I will have more to share on that next Sunday 🙂

I got my new labels in on Friday… I had just ordered them from Etsy HERE on Wednesday with my personalized choices she shows in her shop ad… and they came ready for 30 more quilted items to be branded forever with my name… I usually will add the year to the tag as well with a permanent marker and set with my hot iron 🙂

Hope you check out her shop!  She has excellent customer service and labeling your quilt is so easy when you add this while sewing on the binding 🙂

Saturday’s mail brought not only stencils for Brandi’s quilt I told you about but another surprises too!  I got this cool pin and my membership card from AQS!!!! (American Quilters Society)

 I shared in my last post that I joined AQS to get the magazine and discounts on my class and entry for me and my honey to the quilt show and vendors…  Well in 3 days they managed to send to me all my welcome stuff… and membership INCLUDES 10% VIP discount card good at Joanne’s!!!!  How fun.. so you get a magazine every other month (6 issues a year)… this cool pin…

and discounts on all they sell/do!  I am liking this money spent .. I was hoping I was spending money wisely.. I surely think I have.. and the quilt show isn’t til the end of NEXT month! lol  So much for PATIENTLY waiting ! lol

I have more to share but that will include some finishes too… so I will save that all for another day… Here is a pic my son James posted of his “Bubbles” … we know her as Kaydence but he loves her nickname a LOT!

and check out what is laying out in the floor behind and to the left in this shot!!!!  Yipeee 🙂  The quilt I made her is getting used!!!!

I love seeing my work in action!  Do you like seeing your quilts caught in shots or in real life being enjoyed??

Until my next action filled post remember…

Life is Precious &