Saturday, December 22, 2012

Home Alone:)

It has been............I don't remember when the last time I have been completely alone. Ecstatic is an understatement for my state right now.
This week around Tuesday I felt that I was reaching a breaking point and that something had to happen. I was short and impatient with the kids, crying, and simply exhausted. Don't get me wrong, I love being home with the kids, but sometimes I need a break. Which this happens every so often. However, the remedy is a day to myself and it has been a while since I made that happen for myself.  So this morning, I packed a lunch for the boys and Daddy is taking them to breakfast and they will be gone the rest of the day. My mom will be gone too.  I think I just might explode with excitement.

Friday, December 21, 2012

New Finish

This is my newest creation for a new baby girl named Eliza. She is the newest member of The Advent children.  I had so many grand plans for this quilt. It did not turn out the way that I planned. However, it will still be a great gift. 

  My first thought was to start from the center of the quilt with a spiral, then that changed to various different free motion quilting in each square. This was also my chance to try burying my threads. 

So in this first one just a doddle of a design. No name for it.

This one was an attempt at vines of some sort. Which is completely impromptu but turned out to my liking.

A zigzag was the idea here. Not sure if that was really accomplished. It looks more like lines:/.
I did stippling in some of the squares also. The plan was to leave the last square for her name in the center of an expanding heart.  My machine did not like the thread I wanted to use, which was a 
royal blue of I think a 40w thread.

In the end I have concluded that my free motion quilting needs much work and for now I'll be happy with the character that my imperfections add to my quilts.

OH! the burying the thread did not go to well either, but just something else to work on.

I almost forgot the spiral pic for you guys. Very pleased with my first time attempting it. I've wanted to do it for so long but was scared.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Waiting on Him

It is Advent Season again and I enjoy it more and more every year. Even though Christ has already been born into this world and has had a tremendous impact, to await his birth may seem pointless. Yet, there is more to come. It is His continual showing of Himself in us individually and corporately that we await.  At His arrival things happen and change. There is more to be done in us and through us.  

This Saturday some ladies and myself from The Advent(then name of our church) are going to a monetary for some time of reflection and prayer. Even though I am sure to fall asleep at least once in the silence, a great time is expected. 

So the tree is our Jessie Tree and we are on day 4 of walking through the Old Testament leading up to the birth of Christ. Every day the kids and I make the ornament for the day.  After dinner, daddy  reads the scriptures before dressing the tree with it.  You can see the apple from Adam & Eve and the Ark. I just wanted to share a snid bit of what was going on beside quilting. 

My faith is the main layer of this life of mine. How dare, I keep it to myself. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fabric Tuesday

Spotted these Fat 8th's at a quilt shop that I visit from time to time and immediately knew what the plan was for them.  Then I get home and did my usual scroll through blog land and that plan become a blur.  How do I stop this roller coaster that never seems to stop.

Spider webs and hexagons have been my inspiration so I hope that I can stay focused and bang out something fabulous with these colors and prints.

Stop by Quilt Story and link up.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Weekend Accomplishments

This turned out to be a very nice quilt. I used two layers of Natural Warmth batting which has added that weightiness that I love so much with my grandmothers quilts. 

It did not quite turn out to be a twin sized. Its lacking about 5"-6" all the way around.

I also had a few issues with my tension on my machine that was very noticeable before I washed it. I was going to show those on this post. My conclusion was that I was just not good at machine quilting large items and would hand quilt from now on.  However, after washing it and a low heat tumble dry, you could not tell it at all.

I also finally got the plus quilt pieced together. Now, just have to decide on a backing and binding fabrics.