Thursday, December 22, 2016

Catching up ...

Hello there Christmas, I am ready for you! The only gifts I have left to bring into the house are anything being given to Camo - and that's only because I'm not entirely certain he might not look for them ... (or stumble across them, as I'm not very good at hiding things ...)

Before I get into the bits and pieces that I'd like to share with you, please allow me to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas. And if Christmas isn't your particular thing, know that I'm sending good wishes from my home to yours, and hoping we'll all have a wonderful New Year!

I have a few things to share, first up, Shay and I decorated cookies for the season on Sunday - I knew I wouldn't have time to put together a gingerbread house this year, so I made a 3D gingerbread cookie tree:

This was fun to put together - and it was nice to have Shay's company while I started working on it. Hopefully Shay was able to take home enough information for her to ice cookies for upcoming celebrations. 

And I can't even tell you how fun it was to see that Mark Lipinski snagged the picture from my Facebook page to share on his own. It was like a little brush with fame!

One of the reasons that I don't have a lot of time to put a gingerbread house together is because I'm really trying to spend as much time as I possibly can working on my hand quilting ... I took the Caswell quilt out of the hoop recently so I snapped a quick pic ...

This is only a little of the work that I've done, but you can see where I'm heading. There are some areas to fill that may not have fitted in the hoop when I was working on that area, and I'll get back to them as I can.

I also had a number of people asking about my hoop setup, so I took a picture of the floor stand to share with you:

My goodness I was blessed that this hoop came into my life. Literally the same day that I heard from Lizzy that she'd finished basting my quilt, I received an email from Lyn, a lovely lady that I used to work with. She had this stand, and wondered if I'd like it as she was de-cluttering her sewing room. Of course it was the perfect thing I needed, at the perfect time - and bless her, Lyn delivered it to me at work the next day. I don't know much about it, but I believe it was hand made by the husband of a quilter that Lyn knows.

Now that I've been quilting on the floor stand, I don't know how I persevered with hoops for so long! It's just so nice not to have to worry about balancing the weight of the quilt. However the only down-side is that my quilt is not portable at all - I can't quilt anywhere but home. But if I'm honest, the quilt is really too big to drag around easily, so it's not a problem at all!

I also had some questions regarding what kind of marking tool I was using to get the blue lines on my quilt. I'm always happy to help with info, and a sweet reader Janet shared that she hadn't seen the blue marker I'm using, so I took a pic:

I use a number of the Sewline products (no affiliation, just a happy customer) - for marking I use this blue marker on lighter fabrics, and on darker fabrics either their white or pink ceramic mechanical pencil. When I finish a quilt, I'm not happy to just spritz the marking lines away, I actually put the quilt through a gentle cycle in my washing machine and then dry the quilt flat on towels. It makes me happy to know that the quilt has been completely immersed in water and then there is no chance that any of the markings will remain or return.

Last of all, readers will know that I recently learned a new applique technique from Teresa's blog - and I in turn passed this technique on to a sweet lady named Pam who comes to my classes. She has fallen in love with applique and is running with it - this is her first project:

Her next job was to place the applique in the borders - and by the last class this year, she had completed all the applique and had moved on to the quilting. She selected big stitch quilting with perle cotton. It's just lovely!

Well, that's it from me for now - I have a feeling I had other things to share, but I can't remember what they were right now. If I remember and I get a chance, I'll pop back in and share, but if not, I'll see you on the other side of Christmas ... chatter soon! xoxox


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

Merry Christmas Tazzie - the quilt is really coming along great - Love your hoop/floor stand very pretty. I will be switching to a set up like that shortly as we are stripping the sewing room for a floor redo and all has to be packed up and stored for a month or two while we redo the floor and paint, then put shelves back up and reorganize. I have a floor standing hoop that is stored away that I never use so will dig it out and pin baste the rest of the quilt that is currently on the big 3 roller and see if I can work on finishing it up on the hoop - it is a grace square hoop - it has never been stained and finished - yours looks so pretty I might have to do that after the quilt is done for future use.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Your Caswell quilt is coming along beautifully! I love your hoop and I like envisioning you sitting at it quilting away! As for the gingerbread tree, I cannot even fathom doing that. I spend as little time in the kitchen as possible and this one overwhelms me! Just gorgeous. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Linda said...

A very merry Christmas to you! Love seeing your beautiful quilting. Do you watch tv as you quilt? I don't recall seeing a tv in the pictures of your sewing room. I have a tv and I also listen to audio books--but I don't hand quilt! Be good to yourself and take care.

Sherry said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Your quilting is wonderful; I've enjoyed seeing the progress as you have posted it.

I have a floor hoop as well and, well, I have not been really happy with it. . .but perhaps I am not using it properly.

Do you turn your quilt while it is in the hoop? How do you keep the "hanging down part" (for lack of a better word) from getting all tangled up?

I am working on a king sized quilt (with no where near the amount of quilting that you are doing) and I get so frustrated with having to rearrange the silly thing every time I try to change direction. I am thinking that there has to be a better way but I can't think of it.

I hope your holidays are wonderful.


Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

I'm so glad you mentioned Shay. I was just thinking about her and was considering writing to ask you if she's okay. I do so miss her posts, always so funny.
Your quilt is looking perfect!
As for your baking triumph, I am in awe!

Janet said...

You have done a great deal of quilting and yet you have time to make the 3D cookie tree. You are a marvel. Your friend is an amazing appliquer. Wow. You were definitely blessed with the quilt stand. It is not only functional but lovely to look at too. Thank you for all the information.
Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

Kyle said...

Merry Christmas,Tazzie. Your quilting continues to be lovely. I always enjoying hearing how other quilters work and what products make their job easier and perfect. Congrats on making an awesome gingerbread tree and then being recognized for your accomplishment.

celiaquilter said...

Your quilt is fantastic and the quilting is looking beautiful. I love seeing your projects come to life and look forward to seeing what you do next!

Judy Dietrich said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family!! Your gingerbread tree is delightful & was liked by a quilt star!! You are a quilt star to me!! I love everything you do & the Caswell quilt shows your brilliance. Glad you got the quilt frame. Great timing. Happy hand quilting time. Judy

Missy Shay said...

I just bought that same pen for marking on my quilts and blocks.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Hi Tazzie. I've been checking in for a while thanks to Teresa, who is a sweet lady. I cannot believe your friend jumped into applique with that complicated project. Fearless that woman is, for sure. Love your Caswell quilt. I can't seem to convince myself that hand quilting is a thing to do. Take care. Happy New Year


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