Monday, May 20, 2019

Quilt Finished!

Hello Everyone!

I finished quilting my antique grandmother's flower garden last night. Totally finished including binding! I hate binding so that's pretty major. ;-)
Here are all the relevant details:
  • Top made by my great grand aunt Anna Emeline Armstrong Casebeer (b. 1882 - d. 1945)
  • Batting: Warm & Natural
  • Threads: Essential Threads (green), G├╝termann (variegated yellow)
  • Dritz stencil #3408, cornered feather 4" (small flowers)
  • Full Line Stencil #30327, wandering vine (yellow border)
  • 10" circle used to make arcs in the hexie flowers
  • 108" wide white on white backing (no idea of brand)
  • Started hand-quilting on 4 Oct 2018; finished on 19 May 2019
  • Finished size: 70" x 80" (177.8cm x 203.2cm)
I have NOT washed (soaked) it yet. I wanted to document it first before I did...just in case.


Whew! I'm so glad I've finally finished it. I AM going to make a label for it but it will go on after the quilt's been washed. I have to show it off a bit then I'll figure out what I'm going to do with it.

Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Couple of Quilts

Hey Everyone!

These aren't recent finishes but ones I realized that I'd never photographed.

First up, we have a scrappy Log Cabin quilt.  The measurements are all approximate because it's been washed quite a few times. :-)

Set 6 blocks x 7 blocks.  Finished block size:  7½".  Red border is 3" and blue border is 5½".  This was machine pieced and hand quilted.

The hand-quilting was done in vertical rows using a stencil.  I don't know what the name of the stencil is as I lent it to my sister and she still has it.  It's a floral-vine type design.

The second quilt is a happy block.  That's not an official name, it's just what the group I was in called it.  I did this one as an exchange* with an online group I used to belong to.  My theme was blue & white, so the centers are all blue fabrics and the borders are all white fabrics.  Looking at the quilt that might not seem to hold true - when I washed it, one of the blues bled and some of the whites soaked it up.  :-)

There are 2 different sized blocks in this quilt.  It is laid out with a 5 block x 6 block center then bordered with the larger blocks.  I used sashing and cornerstones to make the overall dimensions of the smaller blocks fit inside the larger border blocks.

My sister and I both quilted this on a Handi-quilter longarm that I had rented time on at a now-closed shop in Olympia, WA.  I'd do one block, then she'd do one, and so on.  It was great because it meant neither one of us was standing for too long and we finished this top and another within 6 hours.  It was the first quilt either of us longarmed, so I didn't care what it looked like, I just wanted us to get comfortable with the machine.  We went old-school on it - as in grade school.  Like those random drawings we used to do and then fill in the spaces with different colors.

I decided to keep the binding scrappy as well.

 * Here's how the exchange worked:

For the quilt's center blocks, I sent (6) 3½" squares (blue) to the people in my group.  Usually 5 other people.  They kept one of the squares for themselves.  They put 2½" borders (white) on my squares and mailed them back to me.  The color choices were only for my quilt.  The other members sent random colored squares to me that I put borders on and mailed them back.

For the bigger, border blocks, the centers (blue) were 6" and also got 2½" borders added.

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Ceiling painted...not

If the title of this confused you, don't worry, I'm confused too!

Last weekend, hubby helped me paint the ceiling in my eventual quilt studio.  He even bought the Kilz primer/sealer for me!  Gotta love that man!  He had suggested the Kilz because the previous owners were smokers (ugh!).

We borrowed the neighbor's paint sprayer.  We don't know, but there's a chance, that the popcorn ceiling might be asbestos.  We can't afford to have it remediated, so we're doing everything we can to not disturb it.  Painting is okay - especially with a sprayer.

Here's a before photo:

It doesn't look too bad, in the full shot, but take a look at this one:

The popcorn is medium brown, the white stripe is where a board was holding up a valance, the dark along the wall is how dirty the ceiling tiles would be if the popcorn hadn't been added later.  You can also get a glimpse of how stained the paneling is from that light spot in the lower left corner.  That's where I removed a curtain bracket.

Here's an after photo:

Isn't that much brighter and cleaner?  Yes, we got some on the walls...intentionally.  We don't want to remove the trim along the ceiling because that would disturb the iffy popcorn, so we hit it with the Kilz and the white ceiling paint.

Now, you're probably wondering where the "...not" comes in in my post title.  This photo might clear that up:

Yep, that's the paint and primer peeling off the ceiling tiles!  Thankfully, none of it is actually falling down and the popcorn seems to be contained in the paint/primer.  So the ceiling is painted, but it's not.

Hubby came up with a brilliant solution.  You can safely cover up chancy popcorn by putting boards over it, like ¼" plywood, MDF, etc.  We're going to use beadboard and 1x6's and create a coffered ceiling!  It will extend into the hallway as well, since we painted that and it's also peeling.

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Progress, tiny, but still...

This is one of my Finish It Up challenges regarding my new quilt studio.  Sorry, no photos for this post.

Just got back from Home Depot with paint!  I got the ceiling paint (white) and the paint for the closet interiors (Tahitian Breeze).  Both are from Behr.  This will be for my quilting studio.

There's a hall off my new studio that leads to the bathroom, bedroom and living room.  It's the same paneling color as the studio is currently.  It's going to get painted the same colors at the same time as my quilting studio.   Coming soon...light and calming vs. the current dark and depressing.

I do have to vacuum the dust and cobwebs off the ceiling before I can paint.  I've already done the hall, mainly 'cause it's small and therefore easier.  ;-)

Happy Stitching (and painting)!


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Finish It Up Challenge - another one done!

Hey Everyone!

I've finished another item on my FIU list!  I listed pretty much everything I had set aside for my Etsy shop, XedStitches!  All I can say is, "Whew!".

I listed:

  • 38 quilting patterns
  • 18 quilting magazines
  • 7 sewing patterns
  • 8 quilting books
  • 10 cross stitch magazines
  • 5 cross stitch leaflets
  • 6 cross stitch kits (including 2 Winnie the Pooh!)
  • 1 rescued finished cross stitch piece (Hinzeit Mini Blocks, Fishing - framed!)
I'm tired now but glad I got it done!

Happy Stitching!


Monday, February 11, 2019

Another Finish It Up Challenge finish!

Just a few minutes ago, I finished Little Bee-Eater [retired] from HAED!  Here is the little guy:

I stitched this on some hand-dyed evenweave that I had from Silkweaver.  I'd had this piece for years and thought this would be the perfect combination.

I stitched this 1x1 on 28ct., full crosses.  In all the years I've stitched, this was the first chart I'd done that used DMC B5200.  Quite a bit of the branch is B5200.

Now I've got this scroll frame empty, I'm going to have a browse through my stash to see what will fit on this frame.  ;-)

My pattern is a .pdf version, so please don't ask for my "copy" - that would be illegal.

Happy Stitching!


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Crocheted Cardigan finish

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Hello Everyone!   I hope you are all keeping warm or cool, whichever is preferred in your location!  Here it's been quite cold (for my location).  We are quite balmy compared to most of the country but it's proving difficult to keep our house warm.  Anything below 40° F (4° C) just proves how little insulation there is in our house.

I have been keeping busy.  Lately, that's involved sitting in front of the fire and working on my crocheted cardigan.  That's why it is finished!  This is one of my Finish It Up Challenge items.  My FIU list has been updated.

Here is my finished cardigan:

The pattern is from this leaflet:

Since I'm fairly tall, I did add an extra row of motifs to the bottom of the cardigan.  In the leaflet, this is pattern #5 - Medallion Motif Cardigan.

Happy Stitching!