Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bear Paw QAL, finally together

Hello All,

Yah! My bear and paws are put together! I was so happy with myself this afternoon when I finished... he looks SO much better!!....

...And then I looked a little closer at the bear, and realized I put a little section of him backwards...sigh~ it's just one little strip, but it has to be turned around, or it will drive me nuts.

After I fix my little mistake, I plan on putting a brown border on it, then a border of the cute little bear paw prints that Lorna came up with. I can't leave those out!

Linking up with Lorna.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Sewing machine woes

Hello All,

Well I certainly didn't mean to be gone all month. I am trying harder to do more sewing and blogging this year, so far I haven't succeed. But my fruit trees are starting to bloom!! This is the peach.

 March was a wet, cold month and that stops me from sewing as much as my sewing room isn't quite as warm as the living room. And as my arthritis acts up in the cold... I was in front of the fire! (Another picture of the peach)

But, the times when I would go to sew, this is what happened:

I would try to sew, but my machine was all bound up, I couldn't get the needle to go up and down at all. The motor was fine, it was in the inner works. So I had my oldest son, Jed, get it all oiled real well for me.

It worked fine for a few days... then it stopped.

So I had to wait for the weekend to ask my honey to see if he could fix it. He took it apart and got it all oiled.

It worked for a few days.... then it stopped.

The next weekend both the guys worked on it, and fixed it, or so they thought.

Yup, it worked for a few days, then wouldn't turn at all again.

SO, this morning my honey sat down and looked at it, and he saw RUST!! yes, rust where we had been oiling, in all the oiling spots!!! Apparently something was wrong with the oil we had been using. What and how it got that way, I have no idea. My poor machine :(

But, I have a handy honey... and sons... and dh and Jed got my beautiful machine back to purring :) They used different oil this time. I need to order another bottle of it, it's Singer sewing machine oil. I wont use anything else again!!

On those few days here and there that I was able to sew (both my machine and I were working ;) ) I was able to get my Bear redone.

He looks much better now! I have to get him all together now, then I can sew him onto the rest the quilt top...and then make a border. Hopefully April will continue to be a warmer month, and I can sew more often.

Here's the almond blooming.

Don't you love it when you teach your child something, and they surpass you in that field! I taught my dd to use a camera, and she has just taken off and is so much better at photography than I am :)

LOL, a disjointed post... should of just made two...

Have a great night all.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Finished the Bear...

Hello All,

Well, I finished the Bear part of my Bear Paw QAL. And I am not happy with it.

I don't think the mixed browns I used are mixed up enough, or maybe the silvery brown shouldn't of been used at all. What do you think?

I think I'm going to spend some time with my seam ripper. lol

Hooking up with Lorna, a day late.

And really, what do you think? Honestly now.

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Let's Bee Social

Hello All,

I've finally got to do some more work on my Bear. On Sunday we had a beautiful, but windy day here. The wind was cold. My family was outside doing various things and I sat down at my sewing machine, had my music on, and proceeded to get some blocks made.

I only messed up 3 times.... sigh~ had to get that old seam ripper out and made the same mistake twice.

Finally I got them whipped into shape though ;)

I am using a 10" stack of Fusion Blooms for my bear and the bear paws, so my bear is going to be scrappy. I'm not sure if I am going to like it or not, I might end up redoing him. But I will see what he looks like once he is all pieced together.

Linking up with Lorna.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Hello All,

We've had a nice little break in our weather, a bit of sun does wonders, doesn't it? And now we'll be back to rain and possible snow flurries for the next 5 or 6 days. I find that I get a bit more sewing done when it's nice out. As the boys are outside playing more. But still...not a lot.

I am chain piecing the last two full bear paw blocks (for Lorna's bear paw QAL, then I can start on the bear himself.

As I am using a layer cake for the bear paws, I am piecing two at a time. That way I don't get my colors mixed up. It will be good to start on the bear, I am tired of the paws.... teeheeh, and I'm only doing the baby size. I get bored with blocks so easily...

Anyways, I've found that I can easily do embroidery when I'm just hanging out in the living room with the kids. This is my first piece, it's not done yet, so I am just going to show you a bit of it.

I'm not doing too bad :) It makes me miss hand quilting though, so I might get one of my quilt tops out and start hand quilting it... I might, we'll just have to wait and see..haha.

Have a great day!

Linking up with Lorna.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A new Year..... a new machine :)

Hello All,

I hope you all had a great Christmas. I did :)

Santa was good to me, see what lovely machine he bought to add to my collection.

This is a Singer 66-1. It was made in Scottland in 1917. And it works beautifully! This is the predecessor to my Singer 201. They call it the Lotus, due to the flower design on it. As you can see, it is a hand cranked machine. I wasn't sure if I was going to like that, but for small seams, like putting blocks together, it works very well.

A New Year brings new resolutions to many people, or words they are going to strive to live by. I'm just going to try and sew more, and get on my blog here and share what I'm doing with thread and fabric :)

This little machine is perfect for sitting on the table and sewing near the fire (especially since the snow is coming down!) Which makes me a happy camper, I love the snow :) So I've been working on my Bear paw blocks (Bear pawQAL by Lorna).

I have two more full blocks that are almost done. Then I'll work on the partial blocks/bear blocks. I'm going to put a border on this too, even though it's the lap size. So lots of work yet, but I'll get there.

Take care Everyone.

Linking up with Lorna.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow.

I got a few little things made this year. And am hoping to be back next year with a lot more sewing time and things to share.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

A bit of progress

Hello Everyone,

My poor sewing machine is going unloved these days. I just haven't had the energy to sew very much lately. Medical issues are keeping me down.

But, I have done a few minutes here and there and have 4 more completed bear paw blocks done (for the Mod bear paw QAL)

Thanks to everyone who helped me out with the backing ground fabric. I have decided to stick with the dark brown.  As my good friend Pat says, the color will imply 'trees', and so that fits in perfectly.

Here is the background color on the far left and the colors I will be using for the bear. I think they are light enough for him to stand out enough.

Hope you are all enjoying the change of weather. I love this time of year, going from a hot summer to some cool rain. It's been lovely.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Good morning All,

I think Fall is here to stay. Things have cooled off and we got our first rain of the season, feels SO good!

I haven't been doing much in the sewing room though. Working on my bear paw blocks, but very slowly, have only been getting 2 a week done.

My good friend Pat suggested brown for sashing, to imply trees. I thought that was just perfect, but the only brown I have is this one, and I think it's too dark.

What do you all think? Should it be a bit lighter? My bear is going to be shades of brown too. Hmmm...

I hope you've all been getting more sewing done than me. LOL

Have a great day.

Linking up with Lorna.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Hello All,

I've gotten a bit of progress on my Bear Paw QAL, hosted by Lorna.

I have a hard time with my hands, so tend to do some cutting, then a bit of sewing, then back to cutting again. It's easier on me.

So, I've gotten the Bear Paw blocks mostly cut out. And now I am piecing them. Don't those Fusions Bloom fabrics look awesome against the dark green background?! (Of course, they look more awesome in real life, pictures dont do it justice.)

I wont iron and trim till I'm done with more blocks. But that gets put into the loop too... cut, sew, iron, trim, repeat..

Linking up with Lorna.

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