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Happy Last Day of March 2019!!

Get a cuppa something yummy and sit for a visit today… I have a fun share today!

Look at this cute bag I saw on Facebook today… that fabric is by Gail Pan for Henry Glass fabrics (she is an Australian designer) and I LOVE it 🙂  How fun is that!

It has been a busy and productive week here at Daisy Meadows and the weather has been totally fabulous!!!  Today we are ending March with a bit of snow though! lol  The snow didn’t stick around but it was quite interesting for sure 😀 

This week I was at this point Monday… I spent all day Sunday slow stitching last week to get to this point 🙂

And on Wednesday I was ecstatic to find myself here…

 Yep… off the frame and hand quilting complete!!  Then time to sew on the binding 😀

 I used Cleo (short for Cleopatra) my trusty Singer 319w for the job.  And added a label to it as well…

And this binding I decided to try the “ladder stitch” I had seen and used on the quilt front for a mending moment where the seam didn’t get sewn well if you recall a couple weeks back me sharing that.  Look how invisible the stitches are though…

 Here is the rhythm of a ladder stitch… it is really a running stitch where you go 1/4″ in the batting layer then pull through then 1/4″ in the fold of the binding and pull through then back down through the backing to the batting… then back up to the batting fold.. until you are done!!

 It made me giddy to make a binding finish I was proud of!!!
 Here is where I was this morning early…. with about 2/3 completed on the binding…
now I am DONE!  Spent most of my Sunday slow stitching it on with that ladder stitch and I LOVE the results of it… Hope you try this method on  your next binding finish…  Linking this to my favorite Sunday stop .. Kathy’s Slow Stitching Sunday linky party HERE

But before I share the reveal lets talk about the life this quilt top has had before getting this far along…

It got “finished” in May 2016… yes… 3 years ago almost… then it was layered with it’s same backing it has today and same batting it has today and put on the frame for quilting… this was the 1st quilt to ever be loaded on my frame too!!!

This was when I realized how wavy the outer border was… never knew it could happen as it never had for me… so somehow it then became a UFO as I moved forward with other quilts and other projects… I remained unsure how this happened and how to fix it. 

Fast forward to our move to North Carolina when it got unearthed in the unpacking and I realized why it had become a UFO… and investigated on Bluprint how to fix the problem… take off the border was the obvious fix and put it back on… consulting my bestie who is my quilting mentor too told me the same thing!

Well I took 3/4″ off the top and bottom borders in length last month when this quilt finally got a seat back on the frame and WOW!!!  I am so glad I did that… the sides were a bit ruffly in spots still but not like the top and bottom… now for the reveal.. now that you can appreciate how this quilt came to be 🙂

 And to see it in context in the kitchen… PERFECTION!!!

I am linking this finish for the month to Julie ~ The Crafty Quilter link up for March HERE .  You can link up 2 finishes to her linky … my second link up will be another most proud moment…

Wrangling my fabric storage got completed this month… this was on my things to do list she gave out in January as a blank and I finished it this month!!!

There is just a bit of my colored fabric scrap separations… and all of my bolts of fabrics (fat quarters and larger separated by color and some by type as well.  I am really proud of utilizing my fabrics for projects like the applique and quilt making I have done since finishing this organization… and putting everything back away… I even organized my cutting table to only have currently used fabrics on it !!!

I haven’t touched the Rooster EPP this week but I bet I do next week 😀

Daisy… our doxie we rehomed to my bestie in the Nashville area… is very happy with her new home situation… it is a great fit for her 🙂  Her granddaughter took this photo and I just fell in love with it!!!

Our Molly keeps me company as I stitch and loves to hang with Rick as he work in his building or relaxes in his recliner… she is full of energy but getting easier to tame these days… she is now 9 months old so still very much a puppy… lol!  But settling in to life in NC 🙂

Now that I have the wall hanging done… I had my honey fold up the quilting frame and I brought back in the PVC frame that holds the wholecloth quilt…

 this quilt has history too… it is now 4 years old in the making of it since I took the first stitches… it is a large queen sized quilt and will grace our guest bed whenever I finish it… it is about 1/3 or a bit more done at this moment.

Here is my current position on the quilting and all the threads I am using! lol ….

This will be a momentary quilting period as I love to hand quilt each day most of the time… This quilt I am working on will be next up on my frame but I am waiting to get it into a proper flimsy finish… almost there (just some machine applique and a couple seams to add the appliqued strip to the quilt body and I am done with it!!!)  … and waiting on batting to come that I ordered last week.  So no rush atm… but I want it done by end of the April or so…

No quilting plan decided yet on this one… ideas anyone???
Linking this near flimsy finish that will be my goal for the rest of this Sunday with Wendy and her Peacock Party HERE… I am surely happy to crow about all the work that has happened between this becoming a flimsy and the quilt getting hung in the kitchen too ❤

Look at this cool artwork decor piece my honey made with his awesome crafty skills…

This actually came from some treadle irons we have been carrying around with no center parts available to make it into a usable treadle base.  We never had the centers only rescued the side irons.  We reckon they are from about 1900 or so. 

Rick came up with this idea from an inspiration online he saw and made it come into being… we sold this one and have another sold when he gets it made up… gives all new life to the cast iron too while maintaining the original patina of the center part 🙂

Here is a great thought I found online this week…  you know the internet can be food for thought in a positive light if you choose it to be…

 We sure are.. and I am glad we are!!!

Thanks for stopping in this week… I hope you leave a comment if you made it to this point of my post… I would love to hear from each of you and thank you personally for the visit time!


Sew Happy to be Slow Stitching!!

Today I happily join in at Kathy’s Slow Stitching HERE for the first time in over a month y’all!  We have been moving from east Florida north to southwest North Carolina USA.  If you wanna see about that check out my post from last week… this week I want to share my hand quilting !!!

Okay so this may not look like much but I haven’t seen this quilt in 1 month since I had to pack it all up!!!

So this is how our living room space started… all pics show very few boxes but THEY ARE THERE!!! lol

 I did also take advantage of Craftsy Unlimited for me to enjoy and my honey too as they offer wood working and wood TURNING classes!!!

 Here is my current Facebook profile pic too!!!

 See the water gristmill out the window as we enjoy the gas logs keeping us warm??  LOVE THIS PLACE!!!!

 Daisy was glad to get back to her place next to her daddy in their chair!!!

 And this Bonnie-ism helped me really refocus…

But it made me wonder if my honey was watching what I posted as the next morning I woke to a Christmas morning event!!

 While I was sleeping from total exhaustion of continual unpacking… he stayed up and made our living room into a functional space!!!

I love how he moved my quilt frame over to the windows for a great view of our pond!!

 And the TV with our picture and special blankets on the quilt holder… and our Singer trash can… all put together…

 I was happy that the sellers of this place left the valances here…

 And my makeshift desk….

 Becomes this…

My honey has really taken good care of me in this crazy move!!!
So here is my PVC I got ready to quilt with… on the wholecloth I was last working on…

 I enjoy sitting in this rocking chair… I LOVE LOVE LOVE the lumbar pillow too!

 Now to just ALLOW myself time to quilt over finishing unpacking!!!

Before I close I do wanna show what we saw for the first time in 6 years too…

The snow lasted a couple days and is probably the last for this season… spring is here and though it remains cool outside… soon the warmer weather will be upon us.
If you live in the USA and are interested in any of these 3 groups… leave me a message below with your Paypal email address… I am happy to invoice you via Paypal… otherwise Monday these will go on Facebook sale sights for sale as I need to desperately destash some fabrics and things… so I thought I would try first here!!!  😀
The top photo is about 1 yard plus the fat quarter of light green… the juvenile prints are over 1/2 yard and 1/4 yard of school fabric…. and the modern prints are fat eighths mostly intact.. 1 piece has a bit gone but mostly all is there on them 😀
Hoping you all made it this far!  Don’t forget to look at last weeks post if you are interested in more about our move and things 🙂
Have a happy day and enjoy my new sign off for this year!

Happy Weekend!!

So sorry it has been a week since my last post friends!  We have been so busy this week I couldn’t take time to chat.. but now I have lots of fun things to share 🙂

Above is a picture of the center medallion of this quilt finished….

Here is a close up of 1/4 of that medallion in my 16″ hoop….

I used a light blue thread for the center medallion… but I plan to use other colors in the flowers surrounding this medallion… not a traditional way to stitch a whole cloth for sure… but then I am not a traditional hand quilter I think! lol

Here are the colors of thread I am starting with … I am using YLI 40 (wooden spools) and Aurifil 28 threads for my quilting pleasure 😉

Here you can see where I am going with the dark blue thread in the flower petals…

So I am having lots of fun with this project!

Meanwhile, I am watching the patchwork of our kitchen floor come together…

These shots are before grouting though… so the lines between the tile look dark… We are using a light colored grout here so it will flow nicely when done… here is the grout going in…

I was the sponge rinsing girl in this process and it sure helped my honey out!!!  He is a master at tile setting but is used to having 2 helpers… so he got me this time instead! Oh my!! lol

But we managed and the floor is curing after being sealed… so pics of the final floor layout… and a peek at my fave tile and why coming up in my next post!

Our weather is cooler and clear… think spring break and we are only seeing temperatures in the high 60’s this weekend!  OOOPS! lol

So back to stitching for me this weekend… what are you up to this weekend??

Happy Quilting Day!

Hope today you make time to put in some stitches on a project!!!

As for me I am working a a wholecloth quilt for our bed.  The wholecloth top was a gift from my bestie Connie.. and 2 summers ago we pinned it for quilting but a time to quilt it never came… until now!

 So here it is in my hoop above… and the pattern I found a pic of by doing a google search here….

It is a king sized quilt and will fit our queen bed generously well… I have a wideback busy print in gold and grey and white as the backing too so NO SEAMS…

Therefore, this is the perfect quilt to practice my stitch length and consistency throughout this project!!!

I have also been working on patchwork in the kitchen… working on the tile floor placement.  I am choosing the tile and he is setting them.  I see the big pic and he checks things close up!  We are having a blast..

 and our kitchen is now about 2/3 tiled!!!  This pic was taken a bit before we stopped for the morning 😉

Hope you have a Happy Quilting day however you manage to find patchwork to work with! lol

Until my next post….