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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Janiac's Unite: About Janiac's Unite

Janiac's Unite: About Janiac's Unite: This is a blog dedicated to all the Dear Jane quilters out there who want to support each other in getting the blocks sewn for their Dear Jane quilt. S.o check it out help with and examples of blocks if you want to visit........just a short post here

Great info and tips knowledge for Beginner Quilters and oldsters :) Peace River Florida pictures

Hi all from Sunny n sticky Florida......
 I found some great sites to go visit for knowledge on products tested and how to begin Quilting. I found it very helpful for buying notions and what to use where and when. I have been quilting now for 25 yrs and found some tips and product knowledge i haven't known so bookmark these places and use for reference in the future. ...... so go see Carons site from Michigan quilts for great information...
http://www.celebratehandquilting.com/search/label/Hand%20Quilting%20for%20Beginners 

 This site is Barbara Burnhams site for patterns and see some beautiful examples of Baltimore Album Quilts .She uses pens to add interest and detail to flowers and anything you would want some added dimension to your Quilt block. She also has great examples of  Broderie Perse blocks. This is taking a piece of fabric and fussy cutting and using it instead of making your own just applique ..Barbra has a booklet to  purchase about making stems  in different techniques to make it easier to applique stems for your flowers etc.I purchased the booklet and is a nice example of making stems in many different ways till you find the best way for you to make stems .I believe she has 8-10 ways for you to try...for a small  amount like $8.50....she also has a Baltimore Album book u can purchase at her site:www.barbaramburnham.com
 http://baltimoregardenquilts.blogspot.com/search/label/Applique

 Here are some pictures I took of being on an Airboat on the Peace River in Florida. It is such a quiet and peaceful place to visit and the scenery changes with each turn of the river, I saw big Alligators, beautiful birds,and many interesting and beautiful scenes of nature.I got to experience here in Florida...It is truly named correctly for the feeling you have when you are there.It's near Punta Gorda in case you want to go there you can hire a man to take you around to see the sites. If you paint you can get some beautiful pictures to have for reference : ) Enjoy!!!! It is just amazing place to visit.

gator sunbathing on shore I zoomed in we were not this close!!!

just a turn in the river

some left over remnants of a bridge or railroad  I believe



Red Spoonbill crane I think that's the name beautiful bird

a boat left from  hurricane Charlie !!! Punta Gorda was hit hard





wildflowers

This is a log with the end was cut to resemble a bear  I was told maybe its natural b ut interesting non the less Look close :)


Another view of the flowers

nice beach area

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My "Easy Street" back from Quilters & Sewing carry along Tote very cute!!" Blue Pointe Restaurant in Ft.Myers,Fl Great!!!

Hi  havent posted much was sick with chest cold and then got a pulled muscle in my back so have been laid up for the better part of a month here. Had my 65th Birthday in here April 23,1949. Any April Taurus babies out there?????
  This is my Birthday picture with my husband  Gene at "Blue Pointe Restaurant at Bell Tower Shops" in Ft. Myers. The restaurant is great and if you go on your Birthday a portion of your meal is free (my dinner was free of course you have to show your ID lol !!! ) The Restaurant is newly remodeled and  has Great fresh, salads oysters on the half shell ....The Grouper Berry salad is to die for!!!!! you can eat outside or inside.They make your salad on the spot not pre -made.I loved it.!!!! Got to go there is wonderful!!!
 Here are my pics of my easy street from Bonnie hunter's 2012 Mystery Quilt....... I used her colors she chose and was very pleased with the out come. I took pictures with the borders on and quilted. I have to bind it now . I was very pleased with the Quilting had it Quilted with a large Stipple....Since it is very scrappy I just wanted to show off the colors etc.and not so much detail in the Quilting..

The first border is a nice stripe to break it up from the quilt.It is royal blue and turquoise as you can see not bound yet .
This shows the 2 different blocks there were 15 of one and 9 of the other
My Shih Tzu" Coochie Coo" wanted to show you my quilt before the borders.......
Nicely quilted but not heavily done 

  I am now cutting pieces for Bonnies Celtic Solstice. I have found some great shirts at the Thrift shops . I bought 15 shirts for $15.00 before Christmas and some were $60.00 shirts Columbia ,Izod etc.  You get 1 to 1 and 1/2 yards of fabric of Bali fabric and for 1.00 .I buy 100% cotton usually but have gotten some with 5% other. Now how can you beat  that deal huh?I love deals like that don't you?

 I made this sewing tote and I might have posted pics of it here but wanted to post the site for the tutorial and my take on it so here is the site very cute indeed and she did a wonderful job of explaining how to very detailed!!!  http://lotsofpinkhere.blogspot.com/2011/09/travel-sewing-kit-tutorial.html It folds up nicely and you can reconfigure to make it your own like I did on a few changes. lays open on your lap in the car and folds up great to carry along in your purse etc.
The outside I made with the 2 and 1/2 in.of pre-cuts of the Moda "Glamping" squares
The inside I made and put 2 thread fobs instead of 1. I also made 2 pockets at the the end and piggybacked them for more storage right (where the corner of the page is and has a acrylic template sticking out.)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jumping cursor & Easy Street Mystery Quilt

Hi all I have had this most annoying problem for the last several weeks. I could not find the answer how to fix the problem.I went to C net.com. I thought I had a virus running under the radar and just had no idea how to fix the problem.So I took the advice of one of the posts and went to mouse on the control panel settings.I unchecked the enhance pointer options and the hit apply. It worked right away. Geesh couldn't post anything the d... cursor jumped and  made a mess of all my emails etc......so in case you all have the same problem that is how to fix it.  This one worked for me anyway.

close up of quilting
 I got my quilt back from the Long Arm Quilter here in N. Ft, Myers. Nicely done . This was my Bonnie Hunters  mystery Quilt from last years Mystery Quilt called "Easy Street". I made the King Size version.....It turned out great!!!! I have to trim it and do the binding. Ellie  from Quilter's Nook in Cape Coral had a special for the month of February.  She is a member of the Guild  in Cape Coral ....I am going to join ...... so I jumped on the special . It was a stippling pattern all sizes were the same price so was a great deal. I probably could have spent more money and had a different pattern  but I wanted it done.  I like meandering stippling or puzzle effect. Since it was scrappy I wasn't to concerned with doing something Fancy.....
so here is a picture of it before the binding but with the borders. I am doing the Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt  by Bonnie Hunter.I am using shirts I have gathered for fabric in this quilt. I bought shirts at a  local thrift store.I bought 15 shirts for 1.00 a piece before Christmas at a sale. Some of the shirts were Tommy, Izod, and Columbia, Old Navy and Wrangler. Some of these shirts go for 60.00 new.also Some of these were batiks and almost all were 100% cotton. I thought that was a wonderful way to get fabric since its going for 10.00 - 11.50 a yard now for high end fabric. I got a nice big Cheddar 3 X shirt out of this bunch also.

Easy Street Quilt quilted not bound


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Chateau Hexagon & Love Entwined

I have been stitching my Chateau Hexagon by Lynette Anderson. It is just the cutest BOM. It is applique and Embroidery I believe there are 8 little blocks .Very Sweet. Each  block has a wooden button to add on very nice!!!!
I bought the background Fabric for Love Entwined By Esther Aliu.will be a work in progress for sure The Fabric is called Essentials by Wilmington.The color is lightest Ivory
 .I am having trouble typing it jumps over the page and where ever it wants .... ..so this. is it till I figure out the virus or whatever  .Anyone  have for any help me???????
Essentials ....Lightest Ivory by Wilmington for love Entwined

Ivory and Light purple
Chateau Hexagon by Lynette Anderson Block 1

block 1 and button

Block 2 &  3

block 1 thru 4 buttons and instructions

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Quilts and new bedroom makeover


Gene painted the furniture and put up a shelf mounted the Tv and mirrors
    We have been blessed here in Florida. Love our little mobile double wide ,fixed up and bigger than our lake home in Indiana We redecorated our bedroom painted ,new carpet , new bed and curtains!!!! Love it Love It !!!!! Our bedroom is a beautiful and HUGE room and It has a
  very serene feeling when you walk in the room now......
New curtains, curtain rods , love the addition of these ribbon streamers with beads and glass baubles so pretty in the sun streaming in just so feminine



I have downloaded step 3 for the Celtic Solstice from Bonnie Hunter have a few of step 1 & 2 cut out but need to finish this Christmas projects first then I can relax and do what I want.
 SO........on to sewing for the day here.

The quilt panel for car quilt for 3 yr old Ayden
The back for car for grandson quilt panel

Monday, December 2, 2013

Easy Street & new old machines to my collection

(This is an older post but was delayed so some of this you might have already read about) I finally got my Easy street Mystery (by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville )assembled except the borders.been auditioning fabric for the border.I believe I am going to do a small navy blue batik then the butterfly fabric in the turquoise I have as the main large border. here are a few pictures of the quilt itself together.
hanging up

laid out on the couch

Coochie decided to make her self at home :) My sweet Shih Tzu
(But stubborn are there any that aren"t?)

here is the close up of both blocks
I also have been out garage sailing here at our home in Florida so I got a nice Standard Treadle machine last Sunday for $20.00 and today I got a Singer coffin style machine # 99 for $ 25.00 .both had nice decals and the wheel moved freely with both.The Standard had a lot of lint and quite a bit of rust to rub off.I got it clean but had to use steel wool and rub quite a bit. Nice cabinet needed a belt and I need a book so checking into them.I need a leg bar for the coffin machine so might be a while for that unless I can use a foot pedal will need to research it .

Bonnie Hunters new Mystery quilt

I am getting ready to start Celtic Solstice, Bonnie Hunters new Mystery Quilt. The theme is the Irish flag colors Orange,Yellow, Green and Blue.I have collected shirts for 1.00 a piece at our local Hope Hospice Thrift store.I just happened in there on the day all clothing was 1.00 !!!! I got about 15 shirts for 15.00. All were in great shape .A couple Batik shirts and lots of light colored for shirting materials.  I found some Columbia shirts also Geesh I hate to cut up the shirts but I hate to pay between 9- 12 for higher end fabric all the time so here goes Cut, cut. I found some blue and orange colored shirts.  I found a couple Navy shirts from my shirt stash to use. These fabrics are great I bought some yellow fabric and some green. I bought a T-recs  ruler set to use now. I may later buy the . software. I met Linda  Frantz when she was at the Dear Jane retreat in Shipshewanna In. 
In Indiana we call it Shipshe !!! She was waiting to hear about her first publication of her program.So I bought her first program and it is a great idea. the company Inklingo.com  I will probably buy it later, as it is on sale for 20.00 till Jan 3rd for this quilt so take advantage of the reduced price while you can .......You can do so much with her programs so try one!! You print the pattern on the back of the fabric you just iron it on freezer paper very cool idea. I have used it and people who do paper piecing its great for that also or for English paper piecing for hexies also.
Shirts I bought I bought quite a few 1.00!! a few are my Husbands( Gene ) he didn't want any more look at that cheddar !!

I'm so excited always when Bonnie starts a new mystery, book, etc. She is just the best .If you ever get a chance to do a retreat with her for a day week what ever do it.You wont be disappointed .Bonnie is so much fun, down to earth, like one of the family and such a relaxed atmosphere in her classes. I love You BONNIE. You're just the greatest.!!!!!! This is her new Celtic Solstice  Mystery   Quilt.!!!!http://quiltville.blogspot.com/p/celtic-solstice-mystery.html
Nice bright colors to the left are shirts, the right pile is fabrics
Here are the fabrics I bought at garage sales and some from my stash. The flower power greens I already had so I'm going to use it this quilt for some punch.
 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Been busy - Getting my Standard Slim Treadle Model R working




dirty and dull has pretty decals
Sorry just been busy and trying to get some things done.I haven't done much sewing....I have bought a few new machines.No more room for machines with cabinets. I love the cabinets but unfortunately I don't have any more room for them.Hubby won't let me put any in the house I'm sure he thinks I'd take over the house but They do make beautiful piece of furniture. I got a' Standard Treadle sewing machine'. It has been a trip trying to get it running  First I cleaned it. I knew it needed a new belt .I bought a new one on E bay for $6.00 and free shipping good deal.Then I took the machine (just the head )to my repair man. I just didn't think I got the tension assembly back together right. He then informed me he didn't think he would be able to get it timed.... I did research and  corresponded with the "The Treadle Lady"  she said" I have never seen an old Treadle machine out of time." I had not tried to get it to sew yet.. so I didn't know one way or the other. I knew the wheel turned fine when I checked it at the sale...I just took it to the repair man .......I brought it back home and took the bobbin case everything off and reassembled  the bobbin case and shuttle.I evidently had put the shuttle in wrong and they hadn't checked to see if it was in right I guess they thought it should be correct.I thought I had put it in right or told them I had removed it and cleaned it.That was the first thing I did when I took it home.I watched to see if the needle was hitting or not .So this time I got it right.!!!! I guess that they hadn't checked that out when they had it at their  repair shop IT SEWED YES!!!!
 I was so happy to see my treasure actually work. I paid 20.00 her for at a garage sale on Craig's list. Her bones and decals were in great shape so my husband talked the people down and we brought her home.The only thing that I needed to do was clean the metal parts. I use fine grit steel wool to remove the rust and polish the chrome.It works pretty good.I spray the parts with W D 40 once in a while.I  usually use sewing machine oil. the machine cleaned up really well. Nothing is rusty that I couldn't clean so here are some before and after pics.The cabinet has 4 doors and sections to keep sewing items and or some patterns. one door opens to show you 3 drawers and then the front doors open when you use her to sew and hold bobbins thread.really nice design. I didn't find out the 2 outside doors worked or were even there till I got the machine home.
(1)  Treadle Head not cleaned up,starting to go down in cabinet
 .I cleaned her up and picture 6 shows what she looks like now.I also got some attachments for her. I found out she was a slim  standard model and it makes a chain stitch who knew !!!! really cool I bought the wrong "spider" they are called .Then found the right one for my model "R". is so much fun to see my rescue cleaned and also functioning. When you lift the table lid the machine goes into the cabinet by itself .....Pretty cool huh? The cabinet is beautiful and so functional and different to see it retract down in the cabinet... all you have to do is lift the lid of the cabinet & the machine begins to lower down in the cabinet. ITS JUST COOL!!!!!
 This machine a Standard Sewing Machine was manufactured in Cleveland Ohio . Then they were bought out by Singer later I believe.When you first see any machine with rust you wonder in your head is this thing going to clean up and be a working running machine or am I buying a boat anchor ? If the wheel turns easily you usually know it will work. Hopefully has all its parts and you can remove the rust...... I am still learning everyday about these old gals and is really a learning process. If not for  the internet I wouldn't have been able to find out about the spider attachment is so cool and I got it to work easily. To see the machine you have worked on and researched quite a bit I may add work and function like it did 100 yrs ago is truly a wonderful feeling as many of you know.!!!Thanks every one on the internet for all your great help and information you gave me from the Quilters website where I posted some questions and 2 the yahoo groups ( We fix it & Vintage sewing machine repair) are super Yahoo news groups to go to for help so join them if you have an old machine and are interested in these old gals they are so great  for help and information !!!!!
(2) The first  door open 1, second is the door to open when you are going to sew .It has pegs for thread and bobbins. There is a shelf below to put attachments etc.


(4) side panel opened and 3 drawers

(3) The top of the Treadle rusty
(5) dirty bobbin area
(6) shiny and clean and a new belt
 (8) cleaned and dirty hinge what a difference
(7) chain stitch attachment  called a" Spider"

 There are some new pictures of the Treadle. I bought this for chain stitching.... only this one works on a 'Stout' machine not my 'Slim' I have one that works.
(9) Here is a space for bobbins and thread
 (10) There is a space for patterns or magazines .....The cabinet hasn't been cleaned in this picture

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Edyta Sitar Elegant Garden group blocks & Purse lovers site

If you are into making bags this is the site for you !!!! so so many purses to choose from and so cute.I love making purses and totes. Her is the site   http://diybaglover.blogspot.com/

 I have been working on Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts Elegant Garden group of blocks .I have  5 done and 20 yes 20 more to do.Takes time but I do enjoy doing Hand Applique.I do needle turn usually sometimes back basting but I sometimes starch and press and then just  stitch the piece down.  I'm getting better at points but they still hard especially when the fabric is woven. The fabric just shreds so have to be more careful and keep more fabric  edge larger between  1/16th to 1/8 in to keep the fabric easier to turn. I love the way the woven fabrics look but they are definitely harder to work with. Here are the pics of the blocks I have done.