Friday, July 17, 2009

What Do You Do When You Have Time????

Hello Everyone,

Yes, I had some time! Granted, they were stolen moments here and there, but none the less, it was time. So here are a few of the things that I was able to accomplish.

1. I opened an Etsy Shop! Yay, I am excited. You can check it out from the button on my sidebar or just click here. My main focus will be die-cut fabrics in all forms, strips, squares, circles, dresdens, drunkards, you name it! I will do custom orders too!

2. I finally updated my website gallery with new customer quilts. Check it out here. I am so behind. So if any of you are still waiting to see your quilt there, I promise it will be there soon.

3. Last time I had said we had taken a couple of road trips to PA. Since then we also went to Boston. Well, I don't know about you, but when my hubby is driving, I am stitching. Therefore, I have some TIME! Here are my results.....


It was the perfect time to work on my Grandmother's flower garden. I basted hexagons.


Sewed them together.


I quickly went up to 20 flowers. Now I know that I need 96 total for the project that I am doing, but I would say being approximately 1/5 th done is pretty good.


I just love the little stack. In my journeys, I was able to find this little packet of finger saving heaven. I don't know about all of you, but I never could get used to a thimble. So my finger has gotten callused and an occasional hole from the needle. OW!

So these little gems are a real helper. You just peel them from the paper and stick them to your finger. At first it takes a little getting used to, but then you don't even know they are there. And the best part no more holes in my finger. You can find them online by clicking here.


Oh and here is a picture of my little tackle box filled with new hexagons to baste and sew.


So, in conclusion, this is what I do with those stolen moments here and there. Not bad! I would love to hear from you, what do you do in those little moments that you might have?

Until Next Time....


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36 comments:

Stephanie said...

Congrats on your etsy shop and best of luck!!! Gorgeous grandmother's flower gardens. Love the tackle box...my daughter used to store jewelry in hers. :o)

karenfae said...

I found that those little stick on's for my fingers made my needle slip all over the place and I ended up getting more holes in my fingers! Did it take you long to get used to them? I have tried them several times over the years.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Catherine said...

Having those hexagons all ready to go like that makes it so easy to get in a few stitches here and there!

Janet said...

What progress! I can't read or sew in the car, I get sick. Oh I wish I could. But I do use a thimble. It took majoring in HEC and a college degree. My HEc teacher insisted we use a tailors thimble (no head) and thrust with the side. It may not be the quilters way but now I can't sew without it. I use the stick on pads for my other hand, the finger underneath. they're great.

Nedra said...

I love your Grandmother's Flower Garden. That was actually the first quilt I finished. I used ziplock bags to organize my pieces. I think the tackle box is a great idea!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

This is my favorite hand work to do when I'm watching tv. Good job! Jenn

Meg said...

I love those little sticky thimble pads--I use them all the time, because I can't stand wearing a traditional thimble!

What do I do with a stolen bit of time? Normally, I hand-piece. I've been working on pinwheels in this fashion for nearly a month, but now, I have over 20 done! Not a huge amount, but every little bit counts. :)

Karen said...

Loving the hexagons! I'm looking forward to Saturday and plan on working on hexagons all day.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

I have two ladies sitting behind me int he coffee shop sewing 2" hex's right now! I'm quietly enjoying watching them! hmmm, I need to get home and sew.... vacations are nice but I miss my sewing machine.... And my husband! ;-)

jaybird said...

thanks for the progress update!! when i have time.. i sew... any kind of sewing i can! .. i have a travel sewing case with hexagons and small projects that get hand embroidery.. i do it in the car, train, waiting rooms... wherever!!

wishes, true and kind said...

Oh -- those are tiny hexagons, so sweet -- and you are so organized! Thanks for the Thimble-It tip!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Your shop looks great! I love the ribbon :) Your flowers are beautiful - that's a lot of progress in my book!! Glad you don't have anymore holes in your finger - I have a rubber thimble that is easier to use than the old metal :) Have a great weekend!!

Jodie said...

That tackle box is perfect for travel - great idea!

pratima said...

Hi Jackie, your work is sooo beautiful. Love your Grand mother's flower garden :D
Congratulations on the etsy shop!!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

Your grandmothers flower garden, How perfectly cute!
Love the tackle box idea, they look so moreish. My spare moments are sewing buttons on the jumpers i have made for dolls for charity.

QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi Jackie--I also used to have a problem with thimbles--tell me do you use the side of your finger to push the needle or the end of your finger??? I did finally find a great thimble and I use it for everything--will look up the information for you while waiting on your reply--ok??? Have fun with the esty shop and I love your grandmother garden blocks--have a great week end--hugs, just, Di

chammer1 said...

Hi Jackie,
Your "Easy Stash" quilt is gorgeous!! The work that must have gone into that one.....just beautiful. Love the colors!

The "Thimble It" tip is a really great tip for those of you that can't stand a thimble. I've been using them for about 6-7 years and they are great.

Your hexagons are great...you go girl. It'll be a fantastic quilt when you are done.

In my off time I've been reading a lot of blogs lately and learning tons. I can't seem to get enough of the creativity that I am seeing. I am humbled and excited at the same time. I am so grateful for all of you that share your talents with all of us. It's awesome, ...thank you! ~Cheryl

Ondrea said...

Hiya Jackie! I have just found your lovely blog and love the hexies you are doing. I am currently doing my own version of the Insanity quilt that has hexies stitched into diamond shapes and a border of the hexie flowers . It is very addictive but hard on the hands. I have been using those stick on thimbles since I started stitching because my fingers are quite tiny and no thimble seems to fit. I stick them sideways on my finger and they work a treat. However, I do find in the warmer months ( I live in Australia) they tend to slide off my finger from perpiration. Other than that, I forget they are on and sometimes realise I am still wearing it when I wash my hands!

Thanks for sharing your patchwork journey.

Melanie said...

My stolen moments are often spent going through my blogroll. If I am up to date then I sew what I can in the time I have.

Your flowers are looking so beautiful. 1/5th is good. I sew or knit in the car too unless I need to navagate away from what the sat nav wants us to do.

Sweet P said...

Congrats and good luck on your Etsy shop. When we travel I always bring a project along to work on. On our recent vacation I bought a crocheted purse.

If I had the extra time I would update my blogs. I would like to combine them together into one site.

Anina said...

Congratulations on opening an Etsy shop. I'm going to pop over there as soon as I'm done reading blogs.
Free time? What's that?
Actually, my free time is normally in the evenings and currently I work on my hexagon quilt, or applique those little Bunny Hill blocks.

henny said...

Jackie,
congrat for your new etsy shop. You must be pretty excited at this moment. Hope you'll get lots of clients soon :)
About my 'me time' this week, whenever I've got it then I jump to my little box of scraps and sew! I have a target to use all my scraps this month.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Look at all your pretty hexies!! I love the colors of the thread too!! best of luck on your etsy shop, I know it will be a hit!! I am going to add it to my favorites!!

PamKittyMorning said...

So cute and tempting!

chammer1 said...

Hi Jackie, me again. I am really taken with your "Easy Stash" quilt. It's simply fabulous and I am hoping there is a tutorial and some way to obtain directions for it. You can send me an e-mail.....I am looking forward to hearing from you.
~ Cheryl

Jackie said...

Hi Cheryl, I tried to e-mail you after your first comment, but it comes up as a no reply. Therefore, I have no e-mail address for you. You can do one of two things, enable your e-mail on your blogger profile or go to my profile and e-mail me directly. I will respond immediately. I look forward to hearing from you and am happy to share more quilty goodness with you.

Annemariesquilt said...

Congrats on a lovely Etsi shop.. You have put lots of pre cuts that I would love to buy sometime!
Your hexagonsquilt is awesome and a lot of work I must say.
Lately when I have some time of I have done nothing, well I am having my summervacation right now.
Though I might play with my hexagons from time to time and I have plans to improve my stitching skills....

CabbageQuilts said...

I love your hexi stack too, the 1930's colours are gorgeous. I love to stitch hexi's on a longer car trip too, you can actually get quite a bit done. Congrats on opening your etsy shop, I hope it does very well xo

Teresa said...

Awww..you hexagons look so pretty!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Oh how your garden grows when you have time! Love the hexagons and also checking out what's in your Etsy store.

Rita

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em's scrapbag said...

Your flowers look great. I might have to send you some fabric to cut into hexagons. I have a bunch of flowers a friend gave me from her mothers things. I really want to put them together and need to cut out more hexagons to go inbetween.

Sherri said...

I love those Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks...20 flowers...wow...I know how much work that is!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I think everyone should have a hexagons on the go kit. Yours is amazing. I have one but it is getting dusty from not being used.

jen duncan said...

Those are some mighty pretty hexies there Jackie. Good work!

Christine said...

Your hexagons are looking great ... love the tackle box idea, too. I have used Thimble Its for a long time ... great product.

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