Coming along.., just ever so slowly.


Progress is being made on the treadle project quilt I have been FMQ’ing, for what seems like forever and a day now! This one just wears me out. I am in the home stretch on it though, just one more full row + the final half blocks row to go now.


This one is quite large and it’s been so long since I FMQ’ed anything larger than twin size on my little ole Brother SQ-9000 DSM. I will be glad when it’s done! It easily fits our King-size waterbed with plenty to tuck in around the edges. I started off with trying to follow the lines I drew but quickly noticed a few things. First of all, I suck at following the lines. Second, nothing really grows straight and perfect so why should I try to make it that way? Some of the flower stems are wonky, fat, uneven, or just crazy looking and ya know what? That’s okay! Nature’s flowers are all beautiful, no matter how they grew. This is why I love quilting, it’s okay to be wonky or uneven, or simply off.., it all adds charm and a sense of oneself to what ya are making. It’s “artistic expression” and it’s MY expression at that given moment. So make it, quilt it, love it. It’s all you baby, all you!

I have been searching Google for a while now, and am truly amazed at the FMQ’ing being done on old treadle machines like the one I have. I haven’t really dabbled with that too much but am hankering to give it a go. I have successfully done a large continuous spiral on a practice sandwich and it turned out rather well. It would be quite cool to make a quilt, start to finish, all on the same machine, IMHO. Maybe the next treadle project I do will be just that. Hmm..,

This is the standard Double Irish Chain pattern but, I thought.., “what if..,” and played with colors on it. It started out with a fall feeling to it. However, the more I play with it, the more it just reminds me of life here in Oklahoma. Muted colors, lots of dirt, with pops of sunshine. Maybe a name to this quilt is in there somewhere. ;-) I am still trying to figure out binding color but have time yet as I am still quilting the darn thing!

Not my best work on the back but here is a peek:


I have learned a lot working on this project. For instance, never use broadcloth for FMQ’ing! It is horrible to quilt and get smooth stitching. Tension seems to be key here, not in the stitch but in the sandwich while ya move it around to quilt. Also, if the fabric is still ugly, you really did not cut it small enough! I love the flowered fabric but now I’m not so sure this was the right pattern for it. Yet I have no doubt it will find a good home with someone that just loves the colors. All quilts are loved by someone, somewhere, at some time or another.

Keep quilting, all y’all. Never be afraid to make it “wrong” for there is no wrong in quilting. Let the project speak to you and guide you, it knows how it should end. Happy quilting!


Save important info!


.., like log in info, for your website! *smh*

Yep, I lost it. Been so long, I almost forgot about this site all together until I ran across the info earlier today. Just another day in my life, LoL!

I haven’t done much quilting these last few months but have caught up this month, with a vengeance! I currently have 2 hand piecing projects going on, along with 2 machine projects as well. Still have 2 others that are in various stages of quilting. A few others that had been mentioned in prior posts have been shelved as I either lost interest or simply got too frustrated to continue. I am sure that at some point they will come out of the time-out rack to be finished. Isn’t that just a normal part of the quilter’s life?

I came across an adorable panel and wonder what all y’alls take on it would be. I am not sure if I should cut it apart and piece with sashing or just leave it as one and add borders..? Any thoughts here? This is what I’m on about:


I am thinking the red border has to go though, either way.

This one shown below needs one more row and outer borders then it’s set to be glue-basted and quilted. It has been smooth sailing (*knocks on wood*) and actually is coming together just as drafted. 002

This one has been loads of fun to get together! Now that I am almost done with the top, I have been thinking of quilting designs to bring it to life. Of course, it will be FMQ’ed on my Brother SQ-9000 as she is my go-to girl. Old Bessie has been sent packing and I really don’t miss her. LAQ’ing just isn’t my thing, I reckon. I just like the way it feels to be up-close and personal while quilting. Maybe someday, way down the road, I may try another one again..? Or maybe not, who knows.

Anyways, this is it for now. Somehow all my pics have gone AWOL and I am really bummed about it! Time to drag things out and take new pics. As always, Happy Quilting!


Steppin’ In For A Sec


Hey all y’all! I don’t have any new pics today, as I am now surfing the ‘net through free Wi-Fi here at the community office. LoL! Just wanted to step in and surf the blogs I follow and shout out a “hey!” in passing through.

Although, I have been busy! The Double Irish Chain I have been working on with my treadle is just about done, and I have started another quilt that is going together pretty good. Also, I have 2 more lined up that will be original designs of mine. Go me! One will be using Seminole designs, and the other will be a bit whimsy on black background. All 4 of these need to be out-the-door done by Christmas. Some of ya may remember that I truly do work best under a deadline.

The Radiant Lone Star is moving along as well, although so very slowly! I will try to get pics on the laptop for my next posting. Now that the Norton is up-to-date on this old laptop, I can get back to semi-regular postings. Least, that’s always the plan. I have also been using my downtime at nights to crochet a blanket using up all my yarn, I have decided that I really don’t need that big old box of it laying around and what better way to use it up and move it out? So, it will be quite colorful and rather big. LoL! “Idle hands” and all that, ya know? Here is a cute thing I found surfing a while back, enjoy!

Earth^_^ How stinking cute is that?! ^_^

So, I am off to surf a bit more and check on some other things but I will get back to ya this weekend. If for anything, at least a show-&-tell post. Happy Quilting!!


Touching Base


It sure has been quite a spell, eh?

Well, we have been through a lot in the last several months and it seems things just refuse to slow down anytime soon here. I am now located in Republic, MO., and absolutely LOVE living here!! It is just so peaceful, there aren’t words that do it justice. Even though this environment is picturesque for a quilter(or even a writer or painter, ya know, those artsy-fartsy types as the hubby calls ’em), sadly I have not managed to get much quilting done. Now I did say much, and not none. ;-)

Grandson(Alex) is obsessed with anything spiders or “skel’ton”, as he says, and has been asking for some time for a skel’ton blanket. Well, gramma finally got with it and got it done. The pattern is not mine, it is found in the “Dare To Be Square” book by Boo Davis. I love, love, LOVE this book! All of the patterns are so cute and easy to get together.
**I do not know if there are updates to this pattern or not, but I did find that some of the cutting instructions are in error. Make sure to read first and be prepared to swap out some pieces a few times to keep the pattern correct. I think I had 3 or 4 times where I had to swap like that or was short a piece**.
Alex picked out the fabrics from my stash and scraps, so it is truly all his. It has flannel for the batting and was quilted with a giant spider web motif using an off-white thread and my trusty walking foot. Bound by using the backing to wrap round the edges to the front and stitched in place using the serpentine stitch(~) on my machine. It really was a lot of fun to make, with very little brain power involved. I organized all the pieces into 3 piles, Blues, Greens, and White. Then just made sure blues and greens alternated.
As I said, we relocated from OKC to here back in late April.., well, most of my stuff is here except for my one and only cutting mat and all of my rotary cutters! Those are still in storage in OKC. :-( Now, how the hell did I miss packing those up for MO?? UGH!
So, all pieces for this quilt were marked and cut using the old template and scissors method. I see why rotary was so quick to catch on, let me tell ya. What an “experience” that turned out to be. I reckon all ya’ll wanna see the pics then, huh? Oh, alright.., let’s get to gettin’ then.


















Isn’t that just super cute?!! I just love this as it’s not too scary or macabre for a 5 yr old, and the color choices he made give it a sorta piratey/Caribbean flavor. The spider web sorta shows here on the back but, is much better in person. The effect turned out great as I never see an actual web until I have put my hand, or face rather, right into it. So, win-win.










Now this pic(above) is the results of something new I tried. I have a hard time trying to make labels for my quilts that “fit in” with the overall theme. They always stand out  and take attention away from the actual quilt. So.., this time I added the label info into the stitching that holds the binding. It is on the front of the quilt and actually blends in very well. I am sure at some point(when the little guy learns to read) he will notice that it says “~Alex~Matheny~Love~Gramma~Paula~Matheny~Republic,MO.~July 30,2014~” along one side of the binding.   If not, I will be sure to show him. ;-)

Other than this one quilt, wow I am so behind my normal here, I have gotten the 8 pink inner star points done on our anniversary quilt. I just don’t know if I will ever get this one done, let alone what the hell WAS I thinking when I started it. LoL! My hand piecing has gotten much better and consistent though, so I reckon that is a plus. I have to mark and cut out the 16 blue points and then start on them.

But first I am back on the treadle working on a single Irish Chain I started last fall. I just love my old girl, she is such an easy-laid-back kinda girl and never gives me any trouble.

Well, shoot, I was gonna drop a pic in of that quilt top but forgot that the pic is on my cell and not the ‘puter. Have to work on that this week for ya. I reckon that’s all I got for now, maybe now that we getting all settled in I can keep up with this better..? I sure hope so, I miss all ya’ll stopping by. So, til next time Happy Quilting!



No longer in limbo…


Sometimes ya just gotta step away and refocus. Or in my case, get my head straight and find that drive again. Which I did, I think. 

We currently have Dish Net for our ISP, which I do not recommend, and as such internet service is slower than old dial-up. Having said that, I must apologize for not being able to see where my blog left off. So I am just gonna jump in and go from here. If I miss an update ya may be curious about, please holla at me and I will catch ya up. That said, “Here we go, paw-paw!”

Superman has been shelved and needs an overhaul of the center logo. It has been ripped out and something else will be put in its place. Not exactly sure what just yet but am thinking something spiral-y to contrast the sharpness of the Trip Around The World. Still drafting that one out though so not much progress there.

The scrappy strip quilt did get finished in time for Christmas! I did take the suggestion of adding applique to it and quilted it using a butterfly panto. Bound with a scrappy binding and it was very well received by my sons fiance. Here is a pic of that one:


Of course, that was before being bound. I always forget to get a final pic, too excited to have it quilt up good I reckon. LOL!

Let’s see what else I’ve been up to…? Oh yeah, I managed to crochet myself a warm but lightweight sweater. I love it a lot and wear it as much as possible. My oldest loved it so much he asked for one in green. Almost got that one done as well. 

Using a pattern from Marcia Hohn(sp?) over at (Sweetheart Chain), I got this top done for a dear friends daughter:


Contrary to the pic, it does lay flat. LoL! I added the appliqued hearts to perk it up as I thought it was a bit boring. Last Saturday, I got it all loaded up on the long arm and started the stabilizing stitching to get it quilted. Well…., “See, what happened was..” someone, not naming names here, kinda, sorta, forgot to tighten the screw that holds the needle in and.. well…   Ugh! It fell out and jammed in the bobbin casing. 20 mins and a pair of pliers later, I did manage to get all 3 pieces of the needle out of it and. Ah hell, I admit it, I broke it. It now needs re-timed and probably a trip to the repair shop as the thread take up ring around the bobbin housing just spins freely, which causes the needle to hit. Oh well, back to the dsm for quilting. It’s all good.

This is what I have done so far on it:


I am using a variegated thread in purples for the quilting on this one. So far, I am liking the effects I am getting. The orange print for the pieced hearts is from the 1960s and has all the colors of the appliqued hearts in it. I am just not a fan of how purple the background became using this print. By itself, it was a very pale lavender. Funny how the print darkened it, huh?

Last up, is the Radiant Star I am hand piecing. This one is slow going but I really enjoy the process. I have never done hand piecing on this scale before but am glad I decided to go this way. I started with 5-6 stitches per inch and have progressed to 8-9 stitches per inch. I am shocked at the difference! I do pin, a lot, but do not use a thimble. That is just not happening. After a few hours of stitching, my fingers are rather sore so it sits for a few days and then I pick it back up. This pic shows only 3 of the 8 pink points, I now have 4 done. The other 16 points will be done in blues, with a white background. Not sure if I will follow the design for the border though, may do something of my own there.


Once done, if ever, it will be hand quilted and set for an Heirloom quilt to pass down. I already see that I am gonna have to add something between the center star and the 2nd round as those blended way too much. No worries, I have a plan in mind already. Worse case, I will rip those 8 center diamonds out and replace. Reckon I will figure that out when I get them all done. 

So. That’s where I am at this point in time. Pretty sure I covered everything but most likely not. Something about too many irons in the fire is running through my head but, it is what it is. The life of a quilter. Happy Quilting everyone!



Progress is definitely a good thing…


.., in the studio anyways. LoL! I know in my last post, I had said my mojo was gone. Which you all seemed to disagree with, thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement. Now that a week has passed, I do say that I agree with you guys! ;-)

Superman is coming along rather nicely and another mindless quilt keeps sneaking in for a bit of that progress too. I work a section of superman and then run a seam of the mindless one in between. Sadly, the mindless one is nothing more than a jelly race quilt but I am making it out of the 2.5″ strip tub so it is very scrappy. This one I started just to get some type of flow going again. I just started grabbing strips and sewing them end to end for over 2 hours. I didn’t realize just how many strips you could sew in that time! That first seam took forever!! But now the seams are running about 15 mins to sew and so far it measures 32.5″ but, looks to finish at approx. 66″ x 72″. Sounds like it may be a decent size for a throw or even a twin, if I add some borders. Not bad for mindless sewing, eh? However, it really didn’t make much of a dent in the tub so I may have to make a few more like this. LoL!

Maybe after I get the 2.5″ tub downsized, I will hit the 1.5″ bucket and see what I can get out of that one. Those strips are a lot smaller which will make the quilt even more scrappy than this one. Oh well, fun-fun and takes no math, designing or thinking. That I like!

So, here are a few pics. Superman and a preview of the Mindless one:



I must admit, I have never started a quilt without a plan and never from the center out! Superman is all of those. After finishing what ya see above, I did sit down and draft a number chart of the remaining sections so I don’t mess it up. This was after having to frog 2 rows. Better late than never, eh? ;-) I’m pretty excited to get it done and see what I have come up with by winging it to begin with. Best part of all? The gal this is being made for, loves it! Now that’s what I call a win-win.

Up this coming week, hmm. I want to get more done on these 2 and then head back to the treadle to finish the double Irish Chain. All 3 of these will be Christmas gifts so time is running fast. No problem, I work best on deadlines. Remember the Hugs & Kisses quilt here: ? LoL, I sure do!

Til next time, Happy Quilting!


Slow going “Mojo”


Yeah, I am still trying to find my mojo and it is just not quite there… yet. Even starting a new project just didn’t do it but, I am still trying. Sometimes it’s just hard to get with the flow, ya know? So anyways, this is the new one I am working on. It is not in any way perfect, considering this quilter just can not draw a straight line, let alone quilt one! But, I will not let that little discrepancy stop me from trying it anyway. I started with a web site that teaches you how to draw anything and everything superhero related. Someone wants a Superman quilt, mixed with her fave colors of blue. Easy combination since the logo has blue for the background. I figure the logo will be the center medallion on a trip-around-the-world done in blues. I went from this:



Which took 4 hours to get drawn. I think for me, this is pretty darn close to what it should look like. LOL!! So, how to put it in fabric? That was actually the “easy” part, once I had a base I was happy with. Took bright yellow-ish gold and appliqued the “S” in a nice red. Then satin stitched the black edges, bordered the whole logo in black solid then added a gorgeous blue to make it a shape I could work with. The logo finished at 24″ x 27″, roughly. I still have the TATW to finish but am off to a pretty good start. I cut my squares for the TATW at 3.5″ and being the nerd that I am, will piece these one at a time following my sketch. I don’t like to strip piece as it’s easier for me to get my seams right if I do them one at a time. No wonkiness then and any that may be there is easy to ease out. So here is the finished logo:


Not too bad for someone that is in no way able to draw straight lines, eh? ;-)

As you can see, Harry Potter is still in progress. Very s-l-o-w progress but it has only been in the works since April of 2010. While paper piecing is great for accuracy and extremely small pieces, it is so very time consuming! Hubby keeps adding more and more things he wants in that quilt so I may just never get it done. As I go along with the HP quilt, I do find myself re-doing certain blocks to make them tie in better. Sometimes scrap quilts are just too scrappy and don’t really blend well, imho.  Maybe another 3 years and it will actually be ready to quilt..?

So, that’s what I’ve been doing. I love seeing what everyone else has been up to, it does help with inspiration, even if the mojo necessary to get going isn’t quite there. Thanks so much to all of ya that share your blogs and projects!! Happy Quilting!!