Friday, May 18, 2018

Baby Peacock Quilt Finished and For Sale!

I finally have something finished!  
I managed to finish the hand binding on my baby peacock quilt.  
As much as I love him I have decided to put him up for sale in my ETSY shop.  
If you want more information please click on the link and view all the info in the shop listing. 
This is 100% designed by me.
I did all the piecing and applique.
The binding is hand stitched.
My home is smoke free and cat friendly.

 In the mean time, here are some pictures for you.


The quilt is ~30" X 40"


Quilting was done by Threadbear Quilting.  
I designed the quilting and she executed it for me, so this is custom quilted.  
Kathy is awesome and will take quilts you send to her.  
Tell her I sent you!


I did the applique raw edge and stitched around all the pieces.


The back is the softest buttery yellow flannel.
Just look at that quilting!


So if you need an adorable baby peacock in your life go over to my ETSY shop and take a look.

I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts today.

~XOP~


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WIPs With Friends

As you could see from previous posts, I have been mostly camping.  
Very little sewing.  I did manage to finish the Mad Scientist test quilt. 
 I just had the test tubes to finish and then assemble them into the other piece and add the bench top.

Here are the test tubes. 
 If you look at the fabrics close up you can see the teal one looks like crystals and 
the purple one is all swirly!


This is how the finished piece turned out.  I am so in love with this!


I thought you might appreciate seeing the back side of this foundation paper pieced project.


I spent some quality time with the cats while camping though.  Cole loves to lay like this.


Finn looked so cute sleeping on the fish quilt I could not resist this photo.


How was your week?  What did you work on this week?
Please link up what you are working on.
I am also linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts.

~XOP~




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

My daughter called me home from camping to celebrate Mother's Day early.


We went to the nail place and I got my toes and my fingers done.  
I decided to try something new. 
 I had a sparkly teal for the "French" pedicure/manicure.  I LOVE how this turned out!




 My daughter in NC sent these beautiful flowers.


My son gave me these beautiful flowers too. 
 Apparently everyone knows how much I love Stargazer Lillies!


My younger sister sent me the nicest card this year too. 
She has CP and I work to make sure she has what she needs to live as independently as possible.


The family took me to dinner too.  
All in all a pretty nice time!  
Just missed having my other daughter there too, but I know she was there in spirit.

On Sunday hubby and I went back to the camper.  
I thought we needed a photo of the 2 of us.  We are terrible at taking selfies, LOL.


Hope everyone had a nice weekend too, whatever you got to do.

~XOP~





Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mad Science Quilt (Pattern Tester edition)

Anyone on Instagram knows that they use an algorithm for viewing posts. 
 This means that you don't often see the posts as they are written. I find it super annoying!
Well, the other day I signed on and there was an amazing pattern by Quiltgenius (Mary Smith) 
for a Mad Science quilt.  
She had put out a call for pattern testers but with a VERY tight deadine 
(especially for me, since I would be camping).  
The entire time I was reading her post 
(wondering how old it was and if all the spots were already filled) I *knew* I should not volunteer.  Did that stop me?  Heck no.  
I am, apparently, a glutton for punishment.  
The entire time I kept saying, you know you don't have time, 
this is too much to add to an already full month, my hands were typing 
"sure I would be so happy to test this paper pieced pattern for you and give you an entire quilt top in under 2 weeks while I plan to be far from my stash for those 2 weeks". 
 WHAT WAS I THINKING???

So Tuesday I took the day off my real science job and sewed like a fiend! 
 I sewed for 10 hours straight and got 3 of the 4 pp units done!!! 
 I found one mistake, but it was an easy correction.  I also gave some suggestions.  
Here is what I worked on for 10 hours straight.
The pattern is extremely well written and goes together like a dream though.
I'm just a slow paper piecer.

 This was part one.


Part 2


Part 3


Hallie kept me company the entire time!


So I sewed them all together and then went to dinner with a friend.


By the time I got home from dinner and conversation, it was almost 9pm.  
OK, I thought, I can get some of the components done for the 4th segment.  
I sewed one and started on another 
only to realize there was a problem with the assembly for that part.  
I took a photo and sent it to Mary and then decided I needed to go to bed (5am comes WAY to early).  I am hoping she will be able to fix that section and re-send so I can finish the whole top tonight.

PHEW!  I will be happy to get this finished but am so incredibly thrilled with how it is turning out!  
If you need this pattern, Mary will have it available soon.  
Part one is already in her Craftsy shop and you can buy it here.  
She has LOTS of great patterns in her shop too.  
There will be more parts to this pattern as well.  I'm hoping she lets me test more!

~XOP~


Wednesday, May 09, 2018

WIPs With Friends

This past week went wooshing by for me!  
Hubby took the fifth wheel out on Thursday for a trial camping run.  
He has it parked for 2 weeks at a campground about an hour from our house.  
I went there on Friday and stayed until Monday. 
 I brought the kittens up there to stay with him for the weeks. 
 I will go back and stay this coming weekend.  
This was also the trial run for seeing how my sewing machine set up would go.  
This is our camper, the tan one in the middle, from across the lake.


Hubby bought me a Gidget table by Arrow for Christmas (and the insert to go with it).  
So I had him set it up in the camper.  
He took out the dining table and put my table in there.  
That is fine as long as it is just the 2 of us, 
but I can see wanting the regular table in there to use as a cutting surface.  
It's a process.  


I started on my MSU quilt (thanks to everyone that sent me green fabrics). 
 I got 13 nine patches done.  
I still need to figure out how many of these I need to make 
but I did NOT even make a dent in the squares I cut out!  
I would have done more but my machine was making a weird noise and I need to take it in now.


This was my view from where I was sewing.  Pretty nice!


Finny thought it was just like at home and was "helping" with the sewing.  


Cole didn't "help" but he loves going on the island and fishing the sponge out of the sink. 
 I have no idea where he gets his sponge fetish from!
He also loves those spongy cat toys.


Finn found the table most comfy for a nap.


When I came home, Hallie was SO happy to have me all to herself!!!  
She does not like having to share me with the boys. 
She has been following me around, and staying wherever I am.  
Mostly in the sewing room (as seen here) or in bed.  
She snuggles up in bed and just purrs and purrs (and licks me constantly). 
She will be sad to see the boys return home!


So that's what I have been working on.
(Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts)

What have YOU been doing?  
Please link up and share with us all!

~XOP~


Thursday, May 03, 2018

A Gift Given

Sometimes you make something special and 
you get to give it to the person in real life and it is AWESOME!!  
Our little group at work does a monthly competition for who will get everything finished on their list.  Judith finished her entire list for April.  
It was my turn to gift.  
I decided that I wanted to make this pillow cover using her dog, Goxie.  
Goxie is gone now but I didn't want him to be forgotten.  
So I made him into a pillow for her.

Here is the photo I took of her with the pillow cover.


If you are interested in how I made this please check out this post.

If you can find a line drawing (or draw your own) you can do this too.

Have a wonderful Thursday.

~XOP~