Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Little Bit of Mexico

It’s FINISED!!!!!  Yeah!!!!

A Little Bit of MexicoAnd…….I love it. 



Monday, June 11, 2018

Design Wall Monday–June 11, 2018

I’ve been missing from the blog world for a little while but I have been doing some quilting.  We made a quick trip to New York to help celebrate my husband’s goddaughter’s birthday as a big surprise.  Now we are back home and getting back to our routine.

The last time I posted I showed my quilt that I was in the process of stitching in the ditch, ESS (every stinkin seam).  Once that was finished it was time to start doing the actual quilting.  The hardest part for me is deciding what to do.  Thank goodness my granddaughter Emily was around to help me with some of the quilting decisions.  I’m not done yet but I’ve made a lot of progress. 


As you can see I still have to do the bottom two corner melons and then I need to do some addition quilting on some of the tablecloth areas, they are still a little to poofy.  Here’s a closeup of some of the quilting.




I am thoroughly enjoying this entire process and can’t wait until the binding is added and it’s ready to hang on the wall somewhere.  Hmmmmmmmmm, I guess I need to find wall space for it.



Saturday, May 26, 2018

Under my Needle

After finishing up Gertie it was time to move forward.  In order to move forward I first needed to revisit the past.  in March of 2016 my BFF Marilyn and I attended Asilomar and our 1st Empty Spools Retreat.  We had a wonderful time taking a class from Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  It was a great class and I made a couple of things while there for the 5 days.

Here is the project that I’ve decided needs finishing so it’s now layered, pinned and the quilting started. 


I used my favorite Red for much of the background and then used a combination of old linens and newer fabrics for the rings.  It’s hard to tell what it looks like but here’s a little closer look at it.


I think it will end up on my dining room wall once it’s finished. 

So far I’ve named it “Half of Me”.  My father’s family came from Mexico in the early 1900’s.  My Dad was the youngest and I believe the only one born in the United States right here in California.  I love Mexican themed linens and have collected them over the years.  I’ve used them to make blouses and decorate jackets, so this time I decided to use some of them to make a wall hanging. 

The quilting has begun.  Have you ever seen so many pins?


Marilyn and I also took a class from Cindy Needham, way back when.  Cindy is a fabulous machine quilter.  One of the things Cindy does is anchor the quilt by stitching in the ditch………………. in every stinkin seam.  That’s what I’m doing now.  The decorative quilting (I use that term loosely) will happen after I have anchored all the seams by stitching in the ditch.  It’s hard to see but believe me there are a lot of seams.

Back to stitching in “ESS” (every stinkin seam). 



Friday, May 25, 2018

Gertie is Ready for the Quilt Show

Well almost ready.  I still have to permanently glue the pearls under her eyes down but other than that, she’s finished.  Oh and a label, I sewed one of by Robin Quilts, etc. tags into the binding but I suppose it needs a proper label.  But other than that she’s ready.


Have a great, safe Memorial Day weekend. 



Monday, May 21, 2018

Gertie Is Under My Needle

I didn’t get a chance to work on Gertie yesterday but this morning she (and I) have found our way into my sewing room and is now under the needle of my beloved Juki.  IMG_0420

This is where I just get to scribble quilt all the glued down pieces.  Her left eye is done and I’m now starting to work on her right eye. 

This is a fun process but you do tend to make a mess.  Here is some of the left over mess that’s on my sofa.  It’s time to clean up or start another project.  I think I better clean up, I have too many other things that need attention. 


This is where I sat with my basket of scraps and cut out lots of flowers from various fabrics.  Once cut out you just start adding them to you project and when you think you are done, you start gluing them down using a washable school glue stick.  The idea is to glue them down just enough to be able to top stitch quilt everything in place.

Here she is again, right before I pulled her down off the wall and placed her under my sewing machine needle.


Soon I’ll start thinking about binding (I guess that means I’m already thinking about it).  A nice stripe would be good, don’t you think?



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Day of the Dead - Día de Muertos–Progress Report–5/20/18

She’s almost ready for all the top stitching that will hold her all together. I lot of progress has been made, pieces are glued down and she now has a name.  With the help of my daughter Shelli, she is now named Gertie!  My grandmother on my dad’s side was a little Mexican women named Gertrudis Gutierrez Ceniceros.  So when Shelli suggested Gertrude, Gertie seemed just right.

Still a work in progress but she’s getting close. 


The neck was a struggle for me but when I came up with this, it seemed to be just right.  The donkey and parrot pinata’s where calling to me asking that they get to join in for the Día de Muertos celebration so they are joining the party. 

I’m not sure I will have time to start the scribbley top stitching today but if not, there is always tomorrow. 



Saturday, May 19, 2018

DOTD–Progress Report–May 19, 2018

She’s coming right along.


I still haven’t decided about the neck.  Neck or no neck?  This one is just temporary for now, I’m still deciding. The earrings are maybe too small but they are flip flops (you guys know how much I love my flip flops), but maybe they need to be bigger.  These are a few of the things I’m looking at and will maybe add to her today.  OH……..and a name, she definitely needs a name. 



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