Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Finishing Hexies A Must April 2017

Somehow.... I cannot....CANNOT quit .....cannot QUIT. . . the exchange process and the swapping of one-inch hexagon... with THE INCHY HEXAGON SWAP

Therefore.... I also must finish and catchup.    Something won't let me break the connection.... the commitment... and the simple joy of receiving fabric from Canada or Australia and/or all across the USA!!!

So here's my finish....I was all of six months lagging...  I did three and mailed.  Now I've finished the last three.

I also like to do a little extra.... I've been collecting pretty cards/envelope sets from estate and garage sales.   Our tech world today seldom takes the time to write a letter.... txt, txt, txt Iphone

I walk my backyard every day or so.... and the infamous garlic is growing and will bloom beautifully.

Within my own small way,
turning on a small light in a dark room ~ ~
April 2017     

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hexie Exchange..... Still at it!

the new leadership.... came up with the idea to allow US GALS... to go on vacation!  For me to take a break to catch up to the ladies I've missed.... I can't bring my self to say it.... YES... it is a six month backlog of SEPT, OCT NOV and DEC 2016.....  Jan and Feb ladies in waiting.

So.... on today I went to the post office and LALALA... three sets of hexies were mailed!

A few times... and a few weeks ago -- I stumbled (quite purposefully) onto a garage sale table that had a beautiful set of card/envelopes...  a set of twelve!   I know it was a dollar or less.   And this has really been my motivation to share a card/envelope with each lady (as she will be sending out hexies in this exchange group) !!

Now.,,, its back to my TV time to stitch a bit!

Even in the midst of everything else…. Have a wonderfully serene day – today!   


Monday, March 27, 2017

Binding.... Sew It ASAP

I'm refining my techniques.... I'm listening more closely.... I'm learning from my friends who quilt...who quilt really slowly and well!

Truth be told.... even when I'm with my guild friends today.....  I kept sewing... didn't stop when told.  I had to take out a few corner stitches in order to make perfect corner turn....
. . . .  why I rebel... I don't know.  But the day was fun filled and productive!

Another quilter girlfriend made a comment.... she is a by the book woman........"I always cut and fold and save my binding (2 1/2 inch) before I finish my quilt..... at same time I'm stitching my blocks....."
She is one ready sister   and I wanna be like her!

HMNNNNN.... I've been just barely getting a binding done!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Quilt full of Houses

I thankful today.... for life and opportunities to create.

Here is my ... Oh so pretty.... it's much like a quote "MODERN QUILT" themed and contemporary layout!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

How To Baby Lock

Here at my renewed Bquiltin Longarm Quilt Studio

I wondered if any other quilter had purchased a Coronet Baby Lock quilting machine.  

So here is my How To/Tuesday posting of a 42" x 55" baby quilt.

On yesterday I picked up a baby quilt from a good friend.  She is a math stickler and saves a dollar by making her quilts from a 44' cut of fabric backing.   

The front and backing should be ironed by customer to remove any wrinkles.  I smooth and straighten and steam iron .... and I start removing all stray threads.

Find the exact middle of both ends of your quilt backing:  Fold in half and mark the center with pins.  Ideally seems not to happen to my easy going quilt friends -- that's because these ladies will apologize for only making the back and the batting (mind you!) about 3-4 inches larger than the quilt.

So it's an automatic that for my Baby Lock Coronet, I've cut a 9" double fold cotton fabric piece that will serve as my "RUNNER FABRIC".  
      (1)  I carefully line up the quilt back, batting and top on the floor area.
      (2)  Then I attach my "runner fabric" with small safety pins at about two inches apart or so.
      (3)  Smooth out again,  then I roll up quilt gently to move and place on the Baby Lock
      (4)  On the back upper bar, roll and clamp the runner fabric  --  eye the quilt top to be sure it is straght.
      (5)  When I'm sure the backing is taunt, that the batting is smooth....  the top fabric can be basted... starting at the center and working slowly (watch fingers) using the MANUAL 4inch baste stitch.  


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Coming of Age ~ Longarm quiltin designs

I am old and young..... a beautiful wrap-up for a woman of my likes!  I am gaining experience and a sense of ease in learning to quilt the quilt !!! on my longarm machine

January was my first business service:   A friend asked excitedly.... "My 90 year old auntie needs a quilt... we don't have ones from her old house..... and her birthday is next month.   Would you make her a full size quilt?"

I have several unfinished quilt tops in my closet.   It is quite refreshing to have my handiwork hanging and waiting for its fullfillment.   I purchased my Baby Lock Coronet in December, so this was the perfect QUICK challenge.   In a matter of about 10 days...........   tah-dahhhhh!  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Oh Scrap . . . My Very Own CHICKEN COOP BOM

I'm sharing the December beginnings BOM of a local Oklahoma Quilt shop that will create a pattern of cute little houses.  

I am one that is always drawn to QUILT TWICE.... so I'm developing my very own set of houses that feature little hens -- roosters -- and baby chicks!   My hometown/birthplace is Chickasha Oklahoma... thus my mom often called me a little "chic-a-dee".  I'm sure I had the skinny legs hopping around the house as the only girl for a very long time.   

So.... I'll fill my house pattern with the chickens~~ 

Hahaha   this is my semi-formal foot attire.... my Christmas gift 2017 as I enter the sewing room each day....

It's so hard for me to follow perfectly a recipe or a pattern....  I'm using a snowflake "sky" pattern on a few of these houses.

. . . a little soft music in the background.... and another Christmas gift from my oldest daughter... a teacup of scented candles!!!

Good Memories throughout  ~
~ the Seasons of life
Beverly  @  Bquiltin Studio

Thursday Thoughts on Long Arm Quilting

I am indeed delighted to begin a new path into my long arm quilting business adventure this upcoming year of 2017! 

It all starts out the same way..... a bit of cutting, piecing and ironing,

This is a 60" x 60" Valentine Square quilt top that was one of my early (like 2007) UFO...  Yes indeed.    So, onto the long arm frame it is.  
I have a three year old niece that needs her very only LOVE Blanket as a Christmas present!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tis the Year Ending 2016

Hubby watching WALKING DEAD... Last season episode....  and I have a TRANSFORMATIONAL SEWING ROOM WITH MY LONG ARM QUILTING MACHINE (Baby Lock Coronet)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Re- Put defined

This has to be my midnight word....!!!!   Re-putting..... re-investing..... to put in again!!!

It's the way I love my grandchildren!   And I have three birth children!   and three chosen children! The baby boy has my heart.   His sister was the shining star.... she was and is still my best friend!  And there is the first-born.....   He is ir - replaceable!!!

I've been thinking of my grandmother Martha Bell Smith-Sipuel.   She loved us! 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Long Arm Equals A Baby Lock 4me!

Although my sewing is back to its usual messiness.... with about 5 projects.... in process (I'm happy)

I've been a'pondering and a'lookin at our local BSewin dealer... at their Coronet long arm quilting machine.

remember.... the new quiltin projects I mentioned..... ahhhh ha ...   I discovered for a first time visit to Yukon, Oklahoma.   Even signed up for a BOM....   The ladies were really friendly.   I've had several disappointing visits to quilt shops that felt like a closed society.... anti-friendly... anti-helping a black woman who loves quilting.... 

So... I certainly match kindness when it is genuine!!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Pre-Elect.... Oh My Oh My

Oh for the joy that is set before this grand ole' USA..... November 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fall Blooms and Voting My Life Away.....

Tis the countdown season.......   It's election time and a beautiful October Fall Day

This year's Knockout Rose is a bit sparse....   I failed to plant it into FULL SUN!!  But...

Life looks good
and I am thankfu!              

Friday, September 2, 2016

Learning curves and techniques all along this road in life.....whether for fun or serious study
A dear friend of mine R. Hughes is posting her NEW, NEW NEWEST Nursing life.  I knew her when!  

Oh what fun in life

Learning with my BFF

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lovely Anniversary of Retirement!!!

Alongside my sister's story of her illness and breast removal of one year ago

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beauty, Serenity...... Artfully Quilted

.... and I gave my brother a treasured art quilt today!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Yard and Garden Delights

I haven't found the word to describe my satisfaction.... as I look over this first year of design in my backyard!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tend the Flower Garden and more1

I watered the plants, fretted over too much or too little sun/water/soil nourishment/?/?/?/?

Took a walk around the lake..... beautiful for stiff old bod!!

Searche and found a Salmon recipe. . . . tested out the Oatmeal Cookie Recipe.... YUM

Took medicine on time/schedule.... great diabetes numbers today....

Lovely day... I'd say!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Designer Pillow Case Dresses

A new creative adventure.... I can't stay in the box..... I'm pulling all pretty fabric and scraps and seasonal themes out of the sewing box.....

Sunday, May 1, 2016

'Tis now the MONTH  of  MAY 2016

I am glowing with satisfaction of my front and backyard flower garden in place.  
The satiny, ruffled and as fancy as a party dress, garden peonies (P. lactiflora) are the center of attention.  Thanks  ~ God's nickname is dear Mother Nature.

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atter when they 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A bit before all my dream and hard work....

 Closing in on the end product....

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

Beauty in God's Flowering Season

Lovely evening sunset on the patio.

 Te revival... and surviving of last years Hydrangea.... looking the just the right environment of sun and shade and good watering in a pot.  Praying it will thrive!


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