Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Fabric Give-Away and what I am working on

Let's start with what I am working on: Many Items Too Numerous To Count!!!
This is me in town yesterday. We went for doughnuts and I decided to pop
in to an antique store. And there was this adorable hand pieced little
donkey. My Grandpa Russ collected donkeys, so, of course, I brought
him home!!
He just needs a border and some free motion quilting!!!
Auditioning some Aurifil thread for quilting. I have it all marked, just waiting
for my Quilters Dream batting to arrive.
I started this little quilt in 2012 and decided that I should get
it finished. Still much to do, but it is looking good so far!!

I'm doing some intense scribbling around the feathers, that
is going to take awhile but I like the effect!!

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

"Star Burst"

 So I finally finished this little quilt!!! WHEW!! I started it sometime in 2012 when I was participating in SewCalGal's 2012 Free Motion Quilting Challenge.
 The orange yellow starts are from a computer software program and are printed on fabric. Someone had given me printable fabric and it was horrible!!! I will be throwing out any remaining. No flexibility, very stiff and awful!! So I have a few wrinklies here and there in the pebbling.
 I truly thought I was going to implode with all those small pebbles. What on earth was I thinking!!??
 But, it is done and ready to hang and now on to the next project that I also started during 2012.
Did I tell you that I stopped counting my unfinished projects when I reached 31? Seriously!!!!
Happy Quilting
Take Care
Until we meet again!
Martha The Quilter :^)

Oh, and a little cuteness to finish the post!!!!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

New Cutting Table found on Craigslist

Here's my new used cuting table. We found it on Craigslist
for $50. It is exactly what I was looking for. The cube
shelving below was mine that I already had and they fit
perfectly underneath on the back of the table.
This is looking into the sewing room. The table measures
 48" X 72.5" and about 35" tall.
I have one end butted up against the back of the fabric cabinet.
Next job up is to put peg board on the back of the cabinet so I
can hang all my tools and rulers and stencils. That way the
cutting surface will be free of things.
This is the actual front of the table. It has four shelves and my
plastic containers fit perfectly!! This is the perfect cutting table.
The people we bought it from were so sweet and kind!! They
are moving and there isn't enough room in their new temporary
place. George had this custom made for his wife, Nirvana. I feel
blessed to be the new owner of this cutting table. It truly is a
blessing for me!! And we made some new friends. Even better!!
Well that's it from Briese's Sewing Lab!!! AKA, Martha's Sewing Room!!! Take care, Happy Quilting, and I will be posting a finished quilt very soon. Finally found some gumption!!! Martha

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Quilts at the Office

This is a nice little quilt I made for our Back Office Lead.
Love the brightness of this quilt. Made it several years ago.

This is a little mug-rug. Very simple to make!! I quilted the
background first, then did the machine stitched flowers and

I've been changing my sewing/quilting room around for the last month. Sold the pool table/ping pong table. Bought a new cutting table that is so AWESOME!!! I will share that with you soon!!! Not much sewing/quilting happening. But I am feeling ready to get back to it !!

Take Care, Happy Quilting!! Martha

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pressing Board for quilting

I've been wanting a better pressing surface for my quilting. The ironing board just doesn't work out well, especially on quilt blocks that are larger than the surface of the ironing board.

I found a video tutorial by Sharon Schamber which you can find here just by clicking. I didn't follow the instructions to a T as I don't like the spray adhesive. It literally goes everywhere when I use it!!!

I also used a piece of plywood for the base. I asked my husband to find or cut a 20" X 50" piece which would cover up the plastic bins perfectly!!!

My board, 100% cotton batting, 100% cotton broadcloth, staple gun.
I cut the batting to size and layed in on the surface
Then I layed the broadcloth on top of the batting.
Flipped it over and stapled. I first stapled the center on each side,
Then I did the corners and ended by doing along each side about
five inches away.
You could then put a felt backing on but I'm not worried about
the surface of the plastic containers. AND, felt would cause
the pressing board to slip!!! 
And done. I love it!!! So much more space!!!
PERFECTION!!! And space saving!!!
That's it for today quilting friends. I need to get busy mending and applying patches to two vests for a friend. Then I have a pair of nursing pants to alter for another friend. The woes of sewing!!! I will be back to quilting soon!!! Martha

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

New York Beauty Quilt. With ruffles!!

OK, haven't shared this for a bit!! Our guild is doing a challenge and each month we get to pick a technique to use on our quilts. I chose to do ruffles for the May meeting, and this was my interpretation for ruffles!!

It was tricky to sew on and doesn't look perfectly square, but I'm OK with it!

The name for this quilt will be Rise and Shine.

Our June meeting is this Saturday and I have not begun any of the challenges for it!! EEK!!!

What to do, what to do??

My choices are piping or yoyo's , stars or hearts. We're doing two months worth for this meeting.
I am not sure which two. For sure the stars, but I like the idea of the piping and the yoyo's. 

I will let you know what I decided when I get there!!!

Take Care, Happy Quilting and talk to you soon!!


Friday, June 3, 2016

Garment Sewing

 I used to sew most of my own clothes, but when I started quilting, it took the backseat!! Well, I finally made a new top for myself!!! Not sure if I love it, but it is cute and fits well!!! I have more fabric to make more clothing, just no time.

Our front yard with the new stupid sign!! In my flower bed of all places. Apparently a neighbor complained to the road department so much about how fast people were driving that WE ended up with the sign. SERIOUSLY!!! There is another sign that states 25 MPH just one house away!!! And no one has slowed down. UGH!

 Sweeet little hardy orchids in the front. I love these, they are so gorgeous and multiply easily!!! They are called: (from Wikpedia) Bletilla- and you can find more information here!!!
Well, that's it for today. Time to go out and water the flower pots and get ready for work. I hope to get some quilting done this weekend as it is going to be up to 99 degrees here!!
I will be finishing the vegetable garden while it is still cool out then head in and hide from the intense heat!!

Take care my friends, Happy Quilting!!! Martha