Sunday, July 24, 2016

BIGGEST SCREW UP EVER.....

If someone can mess something up, it will be me.

I have my hand raised!!

Biggest Screw up!

Here is my Island Batik project for next month!!

I have been saving it...had it done early....




I thought I could relax


NOT

I had made this for the August Blog hop but the full information didn't come out until after I had this finished.

Isn't my little hula girl cute?



                                                    Here is a close of of some of the quilting...

I got the hula girl off the free coloring book page here: and just enlarged it.
Even tho this is a great project and fits in the theme which we didn't have yet.

The theme will be seaside....

but wrong fabric....

Oh yes...

you heard it here first.

yep.....

Biggest screw up ever!!!

The main fabrics used here was "Lavish" and some Desert Rose by Island Batik.

Truly it is not the end of the world.....great project,

lots of fun.

just have to get back to the drawing board and come up with
another project.

I have to admit, I have the most fun when I am coming up with something of my own.
It is like the world stands still and heaven forbid if my husband wants supper during one of these "Aha" moments.

So meet me here next month on the 22nd for my Island Batik project for the blog hop

I will be using Tradewind fabrics.  I love these fabrics, they remind me of Samoa and the hotel there is called Tradewinds...so fitting name for sure.

Friday, July 22, 2016

UPDATE ON MY PERSONAL JULY UFO CHALLENGE



I am working in squares that are 8 x 8 which = 64 two and a half inch triangles.

I need 4 of these 8 x 8 squares for the sides of my quilt which =  256 two and a half inch triangles  plus
 12 x 8 = 96  which added to the 256 = 352 two and a half inch triangles just for the two sides.

I have that right now!!!  Yea!!! 


Then for the top and bottom I need the same 256 plus
80 two and a half inch squares which = 336

this side is one 2 1/2" shorter than the other that is why there is a difference.

I have that yea!!!!

Now I am working on the end caps (that is what I am calling the end squares)


I need two 8 x 8 which equals 128

which makes the total 2 1/2" squares that I need just for the border
806 two and a half inch squares

I am not a mathematician and if my calculations are somewhat off....

No matter to me, I can add or take away but I know I will be close....

so no worries in that department 

Just giving you an idea of what I am up to 
and 
how
sick
I
am
of 
these
squares!!!!

I have a week left and I am determined.  While calculating this I wanted to cry because I
thought I almost had it but found an error in my figures (go figure)
so back to the sewing machine..

You can cheer me on....

seen chocolate

send a diet cherry limeaide

send a paddy wagon!!!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

MUSICAL SEWING MACHINE


We all have heard or even played musical chairs before....

Well...I am playing musical sewing machines.

Here is my Pfaff....I loved this machine but it causes me grief.  Terrible straight stitch...

but

I can blanket stitch and free motion quilt without too much worry.



Then here is my embroidery machine.  It does do the blanket stitch but is too much hassel to do so.  Those who know me know that take my blanket stitch away and I would go crazy.

This machine does a wonderful straight stitch and I just learned today how to free motion quilt on it.
                                                  We are getting closer.

 I borrowed this Pfaff from my mother and it only likes cotton threads, top and bottom.  Then to my dismay it does not do a blanket stitch.  So there it sits.

Why don't I take my machine to the shop?

I want to

but I have things to do...things to get done.  So for right now I go between the two machines
and sometimes pull my hair out.

I found this panel and decided to quilt it up.

Oh my stinking gosh....if I could just keep the threads from breaking on both machines.


I am nearly bald.....(smiling)

Then I made this baby changing pad.  It has a fleece backing.


I attached an elastic band on the side to wrap around the pad when it is folded in half and rolled up.
If I were to make another one, I think I will encase the elastic with fabric..




Monday, July 11, 2016

CHRISTMAS IN JULY


It is hard to believe that Christmas will be here before you know it.

When did July happen?

So this month for the Island Batik Ambassadors it is "Christmas in July"!!

!!

I hope I can get more than this runner done but....

as we know

LIFE HAPPENS!!!

"Ringing Bells"


You can find the pattern on the Accuquilt site  or my personal craftsy site 
The fabrics used in this is "Holiday Happenings"
As you can see there are a lot of lovely fabrics to chooose from.
 Island Batik sure makes some awesome fabrics.

I also used Superior threads, did I tell you that I am in love with their threads?  Fantastico is the
thread line I used.





This runner is really easy to make and even easier with the Accuquilt Go.

It is 100 degrees and thinking
of Christmas somehow makes it
cooler outside (yep...all in my head)....

PS....can't you just see this design as a wedding present with their names or even on the tables as decoration?





                                          



Saturday, July 9, 2016

WHAT DOES A PERSON DO AT TWO IN THE MORNING WHEN SLEEP JUST WILL NOT COME?


That is a no brainer!!

Quilt!

Blanket Stitch!

Yep.....when these hazel eyes just can't take a wink......

I put my sewing machine to work!



I am working on my Island Batik Challenge for the month.  Christmas in July.

Holiday Happenings Collection by Island Batik


Here is what I have so far on my personal challenge for the month.



I am working in groups of eight.

Each square will be eight by eight which will give me 64 two and a half squares.

I never said Math was my strong suit....in fact never take my word for anything when it comes to math.



So far I decided that I need 4 of these 8 x 8 squares....you do the math.

I am now sewing the  8 x 8 squares together.  I need four for each side and then the end caps.

Okay, my brain is smoking right now...enough of that.

I was asked to cover some pillows...just a simple cover....



I had to quilt them (couldn't just put two pieces of fabric together like she wanted).  Then I made it so the back opens up and she can wash the pillows.  

I have also done ten fabric microwave bowls....no picture....too lazy to go over there and take a picture.

Have a fabulous week-end!



Thursday, June 30, 2016

CHALLENGING MYSELF and you if you want to join.



So here is the deal

See this quilt?



Quilt was started in America Samoa using my Accuquilt Go cutter.

One of the first projects I did with my Accuquilt Go cutter.

Many many many moons ago.

Have I shamed myself enough?

Trust me, I have a few other quilts that are older than this that need to be finished.

So

I am challenging myself to complete at least the top for the month of July.

I figure if I tell people and maybe shame myself enough I will get it done.

I need 128 two and a half inch squares to do one border side.  This will be a king size quilt.

I also figure that this is one top I can work on as my leisure (yes, I know that is what got me in this trouble in the first place (the word leisure).

I now have a pile of squares to start sewing and if I tire of sewing I can cut more or iron the squares that were packed up with this quilt top for who know how long.

Fun huh???

What quilt would you like to get done for the month of July?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FUN AMONG CHAOS

So much going on over here at Bejeweled....

not much sewing but some.

A friend gave me some tomatoes and so I decided to can them....oh my gosh.

I so love to can.



But I hate tomatoes and truly hated smelling them, almost lost my cookies a few times

Have I told you how I hate tomatoes???

Truly hate them.  I will eat spaghetti sauce, ketchup but if they have chunks in them.....

just can't do it.

Then I purchased some peaches


I could can ever day.....  

made some jelly


What to can now???




 I am working on an Island Batik project for August


here is a sneak peak.... using the fabric line "Lavish" and some
Desert Rose.

I have actually purchased some Island Batik fabric but purchased it online but maybe you are luckier than I am and can find a place to purchase your own by using Island Batik store locator.