Sunday, February 26, 2012

Framing, Quilting and Misc. Stuff (Lots of Pics)

Happy Sunday everyone!!  After a taste of winter last Friday (one of the few that we've seen), it's a beautiful sunny day here.  Makes you realize that Spring is just around the corner!!

It's been a busy couple of weeks around Chez Roman recently.  Nothing earth shattering, but more that while trying to recuperate from this vicious bug, I took it easy - a lot of sleeping and a lot of sewing!  I've been so tired with this!!  But, I'm feeling much better now (thank you to all that left comments)!!  I know that I'm not the only one that has been hit by some kind of malady recently.

First, I finally took Sun and Moon to be framed and had it back in three days!!  That's record service.  It was sitting around here collecting dust and then one day a coupon for 60% off plus an additional $10 came in the mail, so there was certainly no reason to let it continue to collect dust! (Note: there is some white thing on the right hand cherub.  It's not there in real life but just may be a reflection of something - it's very bright here today).

The frame is just a simple one and slightly distressed, but I thought that it was perfect for the piece:


I managed to get a little more done on Ann Rayner.  I just have a little bit more of the four sided alphabet and the Greek styled border underneath and I get to the good parts!!



Because I haven't had a ton of energy (although it's starting to return now - just wish I could get rid of the plugged head and coughing), I decided to tackle a couple quilting projects.  One is a quilt called the Cotton Club that I had been receiving as a BOM:


Every month a blogging friend, Julie would tell me how she was caught up with the current month's blocks, and I was just staring at mine.  So I took action and cranked those babies out:

All 25 done!  I'm all caught up!!!!  But what do I see - Oh no, a problem block?  Do you see it?  Look on the lower right hand side.

Obviously I got a little over zealous in my pursuit to get these blocks caught up and wasn't paying attention to detail.  It's been fixed now!

Then I worked on the Farmer's Wife Quilt a little bit more:

Three more rows almost put together.  You'll notice that one row is shy of being finished.  That's because I have to redo a couple blocks which seems a shame.  One of the blocks looks almost perfect except that if I sew it onto the next row there won't be points on the side:

There's about 56 pieces in this darned block, but if you notice, the points at the bottom will be completely cut off when I attach it to the sashing that is between the rows of blocks!  UGH!!!  So I'm going to redo it.  I've been putting it off, but I really need to bite the bullet.  I've love to have this quilt completely finished.

Now that I'm caught up with the Cotton Club and because working on the Farmer's Wife consistently drives me up the wall sometimes (meaning I still suffer from Crafter's ADD), I picked my next project.  I had put this kit together last year and then got caught up in other things, so this is the next quilting victim:

I've already started slicing and dicing the fabric and I can't wait to put the pedal to the medal and start cranking this baby out!  I'm anxious to have this one finished before the nicer weather gets here.  I don't tend to sew much once the weather breaks and starts to really warm up.

Recently, I came across sewing article that is very much dear to my heart in one of the boxes I've been going through.  It's a sewing kit - owned by a WWII veteran.  That veteran was my father.  He was a Canadian (at the time - he later became a US citizen) and in the Canadian Navy.  I tried to find a picture of him in uniform, but they're somewhere buried in a box that I haven't gone through yet.


I do think that it's rather funny - if you click on the picture to make it larger, you will notice that the bobbins of thread and the large spool of thread are all made in the USA.  I suppose that I thought that they would have been made by a Canadian or English company.  Perhaps these kits were supplied by the US.  I guess that would be a good thing to investigate one of these days.

And last but not least, Nicola recently asked for pics of Fur Babies sleeping.  I didn't get around to taking pictures in time for her contest, but realized that I haven't posted pics of my Fur Baby in quite a while, so here are just a few:

The lion that roared at bath time (don't tell him I posted this - I doubt that he would love pictures during his toilette splashed over the internet - to be viewed by a bunch of stitchers):


Such a cute face.  And what a pink nose!!  Poodles and poodle mixes have a tendency for their noses to turn pink in the colder weather.  And notice those long eye lashes!!

Bailey with Catie:

And sleeping next to my stitching chair on his favorite old bedspread.  He's such a sweetheart and my buddy.

I know that there is a lot of talk about the evil word verification thing going on.  I've jumped back and forth about taking it off.  I think that it's off now.  I had turned it off and within three hours I got a lot of silly Anonymous comments.  I thought that they were actually appearing in my Comments section on my blog so I turned it back on.  But then I realized that they are being sent to SPAM so I've turned it off again.  If you comment and notice that it's still on, let me know and I'll make sure that it's turned off.

That's it for me.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful week!!  And again, thank you for all your comments.  I really love hearing from you!!

53 comments:

Suburban Stitcher said...

lovely stitching! your farmer's wife quilt is getting closer and closer to being finished!

Cari said...

Love the frame on your stitch...it's perfect. Your quilting is over-the-top my dear Deb. I love every one you put together. And, of course, Bailey....I love Bailey... Hope you get feeling a lot better soon!! Hugs

Robin said...

Thank you for sharing all of your project pictures. I love looking through them. Your framing for Sun and Moon is perfect and Ann's colors are gorgeous! Bailey is a cutie pie!

Siobhán said...

Wow!!! Girl, you came out of that slump big time! :) I'm so glad. I loved seeing all of your WIPs, both quilting and stitching. Love the new quilt project, too! How neat to have your dad's old sewing kit. Great choice for your framing--the moulding is perfect. I was wondering how Bailey was doing--great pics!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Your quilts are beautiful! I stress over one tiny quilt and you have cranked out all thee beauties!

Bailey looks like the perfect buddy!

Giovanna said...

Great stitching and quilting - lovely projects! And wonderful framing of Sun and Moon. It's so poignant that you have your dad's sewing kit - thanks for sharing such a precious memory.

Nancy M said...

Your framed piece looks like a great addition to your other samplers! Nice progress on Ann. Your tiny quilting pieces look awesome. I have a friend at work who is starting to quilt, so I am more aware of what goes into these quilts that have so many pieces!

WoolenSails said...

I always enjoy seeing your stitcheries and the way you frame them. Your quilts are amazing, so much work in them, will be beautiful pieces for your home.

Debbie

Jackie said...

I have word verification and anonymous comments both turned off and haven't had any trouble with spam at all (knock on wood).

I'm finding the Cotton Club blocks time consuming. It's always easier and quicker if I get them all cut out at once. My FW blocks are definitely on hold it seems. I really like the fabric you've chosen for your 9patch project.

Bailey is just too cute! Love that pink nose and I had no idea poodle noses changed colors.

carol fun said...

You have been busy! Crafter's ADD is a curse and a blessing - I think- LOL! I've been eyeing that Chippewa Nine Patch pattern. I think I may cave and get it. Bailey is just adorable - such a great companion. Take care!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful framing, Deb; the frame choice is great! Love all your quilt projects, too. Since I don't quilt, I have to buy mine (or have some wonderful friend take pity on me - LOL). Very fun sewing kit of your dad's.

Natasha said...

wonderful framing and I love the current WIP. Your quilt is coming along nicley. I have my heart set on making a small lap quilt one of these days....I think I can LOL

Bailey is a cutie, my nieghbor has a golden doodle Buddy I just love him to pieces ;)

Have a wonderful day!

BrendaS said...

Beautiful framing and stitching Deb! Hope you are feeling better:)

Your quilts are just gorgeous! LOVE THEM!

Cute pics of your fur baby. What a little love bug.

Nancy said...

Your framed piece is beautiful! Ann is so pretty and colorful! And your quilts are gorgeous! Glad you are improving healthwise!

Margaret said...

So much to ogle and admire! Love how your A&E came out framed -- that frame really is perfect for it. Love your Ann Rayner too -- I so need to stitch this one! Your BOMs -- wow, so gorgeous!! Bummer about the imperfect block and the mistake, etc. But they're still gorgeous. I want to do that Minick and Simpson quilt too. I started it but it got put aside. Sigh. Neat sewing kit from WWII and your dad. Definitely something to treasure. And your Bailey! Wow, it has been a while since we've seen him! He's a cutie!! Is he over his puppy behavior, or is he still a puppy? :D

Susan said...

WOW! You have been busy. The frame is perfect for your A&E piece. Love all the quilts - I tossed an entire top when I found a point error in not one but every block in a row! I could not bring myself to redo them - it was actually quite liberating. I didn't know about dog's noses changing colors.

Nicola said...

Bailey is a cutie. We see a labradoodle regularly on our walks and he is a lovely dog. He is being a good boy standing in his bath. I expect you have to run for cover if he shakes. LOL.

Your Father's sewing kit is definitely one for the family history chest.

Your stitching and quilting look so beautiful and the frame you have chosen for your sampler is perfect.

We have a little printer/framer in our village, his work is good but the choice of frames limited, it is so nice to see different frames.

Wishing you a good week ahead.

Catherine said...

Love your framed piece, your stitches and your quilts! You must not sleep much! Your sewing kit is a very interesting piece. Cute pup pics!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Awww... Bailey is adorable. Love the frame you picked out.
Wow... you've been busy with those quilt blocks. They all look fabulous and I love the new project you'll be working on next.
How special to have your Dad's sewing roll.

Melissa said...

Awww, Bailey is so cute! He looks ready to tell a good yarn!

I love your Sun & Moon framed piece! Gorgeous indeed! I must remember to put it on my list!

I laughed at your quilt block that you pointed out. I know you've fixed it now but I was almost going to say leave it as it would be a good story! Nonetheless all the quilt pieces are great!

Loraine said...

Hi my sweet friend! Great post. I love all the wonderful quilts, and the stitching. So inspiring! I am glad you are feeling better. We have had that flu bug all week, and hence I haven't sent you an e-mail, and I am behind everywhere. What else is new. :)
I love that sewing kit of your dad's. What a special treasure.
Looks like Bailey is getting so big. Cute picture with Catie.
Big hugs to you! Have a great week.

Anne said...

Lovely framed piece!! That's such a great design!! Great progress on Ann too!! Lol! I spot the problem block!! See if I were to quilt, I'd be making all kinds of crazy mistakes! I find quilting to be a craft out of my skill zone!Bailey is adorable!!

Carol said...

Such a beautiful choice for your frame, Deb! And I adore that sewing kit of your dad's--how special to still have that intact and in such great condition...

Bailey sure looks like he brings a lot of love into your house. And oh, how I wish I had his eyelashes--mine seem to be disappearing the older I get!

Yvette said...

Girlfriend, when you post, YOU POST. LOL! I love it.
Your cross-stitches are so great. I can't believe how fast you knock those out.

I have all 45 blocks done on my Cotton Club. Now I have to get the courage up to start the finishing kit.

I haven't picked up Farmer's Wife in a long time. I have lost many a point but it is just going to have to stay that way. LOL!

Always good to hear from you!

Me and My Stitches said...

You go girl! You are now officially ahead of me on the Cotton Club! I still haven't pieced the blocks for this month. Love the pics of your furbaby - such a cutie!

Sylvia said...

The frame is perfect, Deb!! And your quilting - wow, amazing. I enjoyed the pictures of Bailey. He looks so sweet.

Veronica said...

Your framer did a fabulous job on Sun and Moon. Ann is progressing beautifully too.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Kate said...

Lovely stitching and gorgeous progress on your quilting projects. Hopefully you will be feeling much better soon.

Annie said...

Talk about making up for lost time! Love the framed piece (and only you would notice that little white speck!)

And that is an unbelievable amount of quilting! You must really work fast when you put your mind to it.

Bertie said...

Glad to hear you feel so much better!! I do know the feeling.
Your framed sampler is stunning, love it! Gorgeous blocks too, so colorful.
How wonderful to have your father's sewing kit!! a treasure for sure and a reminder of a hero!! Really all men should carry something like that nowadays lol.
Oh your fluff ball looks very happy and clean:))
Take care of yourself now!

Debby said...

Well, you have been a busy girl! Love the stitching framed and the quilting and the dog is adorable!

Greetings from Debby

Nicole said...

Sun and Moon looks beautiful in the frame you chose!! All your stitching and quilting is beautiful too!! And Bailey is such a cutie!! :)

Joy said...

Your frame is perfect for the S&M! What beautiful stitching. Love your quilting. For someone not feeling well, you have accomplished a great deal! How nice to have that sewing kit. Happy Week!

marly said...

Wow. Great quilt projects. On my first visit to a quilt shop I spotted a BBD sampler print small quilt and I am amazed at the work involved. Your other stitching looks great too.

Mary said...

I am in awe of all the work in those beautiful quilts, and you have so many on the go - just amazing.
Love your dear Bailey.
That word verifcation thing is ridiculous but how does one get rid of them. I have been told I have it on mine but I wasn't aware it was there. One word was ok but this new thing is so hard to read.
Mary
BTW it doesn't appear on yours now.

Heidi said...

Loving your FW. I am quilting mine and need to get back to it soon. So many UFOs and never enough hours in a day...

I love the mistake in your block and might have left it that way myself as a joke. It made a great humility block. :-)

The Sun and Moon is beautiful in its frame!

Hope you are feeling your old self again very soon...

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Katrina said...

Pretty frame!!!! Love Ann and all the quilt pieces. Sweet puppy too.

Jeanne said...

Your newly framed piece is beautiful and wow! getting something framed in 3 days is fantastic.

You have some intense quilts going on but making great progress - love your Farmer's Wife blocks.

Those are darling dog photos too especially the one in the bath LOL

Sally said...

Your Sun and Moon piece looks gorgeous framed.

Those quilts are beautiful.

Love your dog! So cute!

woolwoman said...

WOW Deb - great post - your quilt projects are gorgeous ! Love the upcoming one - can you believe I am going to take a rug hooking workshop with Polly Minick in March - I am SOOO excited. Love your framed piece - so simple but so perfect. Ann is looking beautiful and you are right - the fun parts are coming. Hope you are feeling much better - Happy leap day! Mel

Lois said...

What a great frame for your A&E! Ann is such a beauty and you are indeed so nearly to the fun part when I'm sure your needle will be flying! Loving the quilt blocks as always - such great colours. What a treasure that sewing case is. Great pics of Bailey!
Having turned word verification off I've found more going into my spam folder in gmail but so far blogger has recognised it as spam and hasn't posted it. I've now taken off the option of anonymous posting to see if that makes a difference.

doris said...

Love the Sun and Moon, and the quilts ... oh, my goodness. They're wonderful.

Solstitches said...

My goodness your quilting projects are just stunning!
Your framed piece is beautiful too.
How wonderful that you have that sewing kit and better yet that it actually belonged to your father.
What treasure you have there.
Margaret

Daffycat said...

I love the rustic frame you chose. It turned out just wonderful.

Your quilting is awesome. I would like to learn but I think Dash would freak out at the thought of another hobby!

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes.

Suzanne said...

Nice work on Ann, she looks beautiful. The farmer's quilt is amazing, your making great progress with it.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

After seeing your Farmer's Wife quilt, I need to finish up my last seven blocks and get this top put together!

Kathy Ellen said...

My goodness! You have been one busy stitching gal! The frame for 'Sun & Moon' is perfect. Don't you love those discount framing coupons?

Ann Rayner is beautiful...I love the mixture of colours. Wonderful work on your quilting blocks too. 'The Farmer's Wife' quilt is going to be amazing too...love those deep rich colours.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Oh I love your beautiful dog ....
bisous de France

Michelle said...

Love the framing!!! And your quilting projects are looking fantastic. I get so ticked at myself when I have to redo blocks because I wasn't paying attention or was drunk sewing or something. LOL! Love the fabrics for your new quilt too!!

Karoline said...

Great framing, Sun & Moon looks gorgeous. Ann and the quilts are looking lovely.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Bisous for you and the beautiful dog .......

marylin from FRANCE

Brigitte said...

Your quilt projects are just superbe. And so is Ann. Very nice progress on her.
I hope that you finally got rid of all the viruses that made you ill and that you are back to your usual self and feeling well again.

Patti said...

Love your Farmers Wife Quilt. I'm just about to start mine. I've been threatening to do that for a while now. I'm also going to stitch again and I've so missed looking at your blog. I just couldn't look at anything stitch related but it's over now and I'm back. You have been so busy and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it all.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx