Bee's Hive

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It turned into an Art Project

Wow, I've I haven't posted for 2 weeks. My RA took a down turn and of course the weather isn't helping. My Easter bonnet might be ear muffs this year as we are in a freeze right now.

I'm getting tired of looking at this project so lets hope I stay standing till the finish. It just seemed so "chunky" with the large fall fruits/veggies, too chunky for the light embroidery thread so I pulled it all out. I've been collecting heavy thread for some time now. I had no idea what I would use it for but the color range was too pretty to pass up. I pulled it all out and used it on this project that is now an art quilt instead of a quilted table runner.

Don't worry about the wrinkles. This will not be a traditional bound edge. Today I hope to work on the quilting of the center. This is one of those projects that you decide the next step as you go along.

Now I have a pile of unused birds and fruits that'll have to end up in something. I started with a Halloween theme in mind but as I went along it looked more like a Thanksgiving theme. The crows will have to fly onto another pumpkin! 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Fooling around with old fabric

I have stacks of fabric pieces that are both old and tired. I put them in stacks so I could see just what I have and if I wanted to work with them or just send them to the trash. The first stack is fall colors, ends cut off of other projects and smaller scraps. I saw these pot holders on Pinterest but I have a huge pile of newly made pot holders so I decided to try and work them into a table runner.

I left them sit for a week. They are nice bright fall colors but brights are not my thing. I just can't work with them. I had backed them with browns so I turned them over and added some gentle color with other fall veggies. I'll need to add some pumpkin flowers and acorns and then decide if it's worth hand stitching them.

The weather is finally starting to change. The snow of last week has turned into rain this week but it's still chilly. I'm getting a very sad feeling since I won't have a garden or flowers this year. We will be looking for a permanent place to live now that my son is happily working on the base at Fort Indiantown Gap.

They picked the right person for this position. Dave spent his lunchtime yesterday outside watching the helicopter's coming in and out for training. He loves looking out the window and seeing retired planes and tanks sitting around the base. His ID that he wears around his neck was taken with the flag behind him, much like his formal photo's from his time in the Navy.

While I ponder my fall project I'll be looking out the window watching for signs of Spring!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Foot prints in the

Don't I wish for some sand and sunshine but Pennsylvania isn't done with winter yet.

Not exactly the kind of morning I was wishing for.  I am working on some small things but not ready to show them yet. Everyone stay warm!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Finished Quilt

I'll need lots of practice on this new machine. The quilting is awful, the stitching uneven. It doesn't quilt at all like any of my other machines. I did have fun with the letters so this quilt has the unexpected...words!

Considering all this fabric is old and might have ended up in the trash pile, "inspired" by the Cat Puzzle made a pretty nice quilt.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Puzzle Quilt

Today I am ready to mark and start quilting the Cat Puzzle quilt. I'll be trying out the new machine for this after I read about the feed dogs and quilting foot.

The next big news is my son got the job he wanted!  We are shocked that he got it so fast but so happy to move on from our currant life and awful weather into happier times and spring weather!

Dave will be working for the VA...Once you have been military it's in your blood. Just working where you can see something like this sitting outside makes Dave feel good!

Of course this will mean another move...but this time it will be OUR home. The apartment/condo complex where we are now does not allow an American Flag to be flown or displayed in the window. The rules of living are annoying to say the least...but still, this place saved us, we were warm and no stairs so I won't complain.

I said I'd tell you about the wagon...this is our sidewalk to the parking lot. Our car sits around the corner and 6 parking places in is our Handicapped space. Dave just put his brakes on at carrying in groceries.  I like to buy things by the case when they are on sale and cases of paper goods etc. Dave rarely says no to anything but this was just a no do for him so that's why we have a wagon under the dining room table!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Flower garden quilt

It's been over 2 years since I put this quilt away to move from Texas. It needed some kind of border but the quilt is already large so I wanted to keep it down to just something of interest but small. I'll most likely round the corners to make a smooth binding.

I never did like the way prairie points end up looking at the corners so I might change/add those. Now I have 3 large quilts to finish, this one, the puzzle quilt and the batterburg lace quilt...and I keep saying I'm done with large quilts!  But before I ended my large quilt life I had to make at least one for myself. I already have someone in mind to give this one too since she rave's about it every time I post a photo of it. It always just makes it seem worthwhile knowing someone else is enjoying something I made. I don't even have this girls address!  But, she lives in Pittsburgh and since I'm going there in April for the doctor appointment I thought she might like to have a cup of coffee with me at the hotel...and then surprise her with the quilt.

I bet you are wondering about the bed, living room carpet, table and wagon...Strange people!...I'll get to that in another post.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Moving along

Some progress on the puzzle quilt. I used the new machine to add the button hole stitch to the border. I might go over it with embroidery thread to make it sharper. This quilt ended up being a little larger then Queen size. I just had so much ends and pieces that before I new it I had added extra rows. That's okay with me except it will make quilting harder.

I think this is going to be a pretty nice quilt made from ends and pieces. I did have to do some piecing to make the border but after it's quilted it won't be noticed. I have to buy a roll of batting before I can do anymore to this quilt. I do need to make some kitchen items since that box hasn't turned up yet and I'm tired of grabbing a towel to remove hot pans from the oven.