Saturday, July 30, 2011

True Cut Product Review

I have seen advertisements for the True Cut blade sharpener and had the opportunity to buy one at a quilt show.

This certainly is a safe method to sharpen your rotary cutter blades and you don't have to remove the blade from your cutter.  It's a little expensive, but I think over several years it will pay for its self.
Please don't ask how I used to sharpen my blades--it was dangerous and my husband is very happy that I'm using a safer method to sharpen my blades.  While I'm on the subject of rotary cutter safety, do you wear shoes when you're using your cutter?  I'm guilty as the next quilter in wearing flip-flops while cutting, but one accidental drop on your foot could land you in the emergency room.

Above is my friend that I enjoy outside my kitchen window.
He visits and quickly leaves, but I finally got a picture of him to show you :)

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Friday Night Sew-In Results: Thread Painted Cardinal, TQM Binding Tool, & Other Adventures

I finished my cardinal wall hanging just in time to give it away Saturday for a wedding gift.  We have been getting a lot of high heat and humidity this past week so this is my escape from the heat.  I'm happy with the results.  The background quilting is meandering feathers.  There are some other ideas that have been popping into my head that I want to eventually try when I get time!  My experiments will be posted.

For my pattern I used a photo from Vic Murayama.  If you haven't checked out Vic's bird photos, they are amazing!  Vic here's another thank you for use of your picture!  

Below is a binding tool that I have been using from TQM Products.  There is a really nice tutorial on YouTube that explains how to use the tool.  I never thought that I would actually use this tool, but I really like the results of a binding that you can't find a beginning or an end and it's easy.  I do want to point out that you have to watch the video very carefully.  The directions on the tool it's self can be misunderstood.  I give this tool a must have rating :)

The wheat is now history and a second crop is peeking up through the wheat stubble.  This is call double crop beans.  We have had plenty of rain to get them to germinate.  Hopefully, it's not too hot for these baby bean plants to survive.

Most of the crops look good and hopefully we will have a cooler weather next week.

Saturday morning I helped my boss set up this wedding cake that I had iced the day before.  Rushing a wedding cake from one air conditioned place to another is not an easy task, but it all turned out just fine.  The heat sure can be an obstacle when it comes to wedding cakes!

Hope everyone is having a nice summer/winter :)

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sneak Peek & A Happy Face

Above is a sneak-peek of a wedding gift that I am making.  When I am finished, I will post a full picture.

Now I know why my sisters, Jenny and Emily love working with kids--they make you smile :)

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Friday, July 8, 2011

More Practice In Thread Painting, A Neat Sewing Table & Wheat Harvest

This week I updated my thread painting tutorial with some new pictures of what I've been working on.  It was a fun project to work on and I now have a new email friend, Vic Murayama.  He has beautiful bird pictures and has given me permission to use them--thank you, Mr. Murayama!  I will be updating this tutorial as I find out new things so it will all be in one place for easy access. 

Several weeks ago my husband and I went to an antique tractor show and I had the opportunity to talk to a fellow quilter from another county.  I noticed her sewing table and made a comment about her nice sewing table.

 She was really sweet and let me take pictures to share.

 Her husband cut out an opening to fit her machine and added two more pieces of wood underneath the meat-board to make it a perfect height.

I thought that was a really neat and thrifty idea to share!

We had a safe wheat harvest with no combine fires :)
There was even time to go to a 4th of July party at my sister's home with family and friends.  
Spending time with others is what life's all about :)

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

Monday, July 4, 2011

Em's Quilt is Finished and Farming Adventures!

Do you remember this quilt?
 Sometimes I have a quilt project that sits in my sewing room for a time because I just don't know how to quilt it.  I had some ideas and I worked on Em's quilt this spring and never finished.  It took me a while, but it's finally done!

 I had a lot of fun the quilting for my sis.
Now it's up to Em to bind it :)

In farming sometimes we just have to wait because the crop is not quite ready.  Dean done a few rounds and it was just too green yet.

So while we are waiting on the field to ripen.  Dean's always working on the combine and I'm always checking on him and asking questions.

Check out the plastic comb by Dean's elbow.  The wires attached to the comb monitor grain loss when the combine is blowing out the straw and dirt out the back.  It doesn't make sense to grow a crop of wheat only to lose it out the back.

He is always checking belts, chains, and greasing this big machine.  We made a trip to the elevator.

I've made many trips to the elevator by myself, but it's not often we do it together.  Below is a gentleman shaking the wagon to make sure every last grain is out.

Hope everyone one is having a nice 4th of July.  We have so much to be thankful for.

Happy Quilting!

Kay Lynne

P.S.  Dean maintains the combine--when was the last time we maintained our sewing machines?  Just cleaning out the lint build-up in your bobbin case and giving it a drop of oil makes all the difference in the world!