As I have mentioned in the past, Red Rooster (Dublin, Ohio) quilt shop gives a free quilt block every two weeks. There are thirty total that will complete a wall Hanging Quilt. It is super cute and has a lot of Orange, which I love. They are total geniuses for doing this. These are about 6” blocks, so they are giving you maybe a dollars’ worth of fabric. But, I am going into their store and spending money every two weeks. So that dollar they are spending they have already made back more times than I care to admit. I always liked the shop, but now I have a very specific reason to go every two weeks (which I would not normally do unless I specifically needed something. Random visits cost money) and collect my block and whatever else tickles my fancy (the problem). The other part of the issue is that my Day job as Nerd Whisperer keeps me about two miles from the shop. So, when I have had my fill of the nerd squad I go to relax and wander around their store (probably not the best option for my wallet, despite the free block).
So, why am I slacker? Well, I didn’t buy anything today when I went to get my block (I should probably see a doctor) but when I was checking out, the lovely lady at the counter asked me if I was up to date on my block creations. As she handed me block #15, I had to admit that I just finished block #10. Seriously they are 6 inch blocks. I am such a slacker.
So, I found this fabric when I was going through my stash and decided that it would make a cute baby quilt. I must have thought that when I bought it, because I also have matching fabric for the back. After I cut out all the animal squares, I turned around and sewed them back together with sashing. My daughter thought this was totally crazy and a big waste of time. She kept asking why I was cutting them up and I told her “So I can sew them back together”. She just looked at me with that dumb founded look as if Mom had completely flipped out.
Even though she thinks I am crazy, it still came out cute. It went together quickly, mostly because it was simple, I am sure. Either way, I like it. Not sure how I am going to quilt it, likely something simple. It will make a great gift or go in the cedar chest for my someday, way way off grandchild.
My daughter is 13 and being an “OLD MOM”, I am always concerned that I may never meet my grandchildren. So, I make quilts for them now, just in case. Whether I am here or not, they will have a quilt form their grandmother. I know, in the words of my daughter, WEIRD.
So I Started making my daughter Haley a library quilt. She is a total bookworm. I have been secretly trying to keep it from her. I even contacted the school librarian to get me a list of books she has checked out. I have been secretly going in her room and taking pictures of her book shelves so I knew all the titles. I wanted to make it not just a library quilt, but her library quilt with all her books on it.
Well, the last quilt I finished, she decided needed to be hers. I kept telling her no. She
kept giving me that sideways look where she knows I am not telling something. Then the light bulb went off and she said “OMG you are making me a quilt”. Then she ran downstairs to look for it. I ended up telling her it was the LQ (library quilt) box so she did not destroy everything in her path.
Needless to say she is very excited and immediately began writing down other books for me to add. Now she will continually bug me to get it done. Wanted me to use it as my one Monthly Goal, which I may do for September, but I needed a couple of other things to do it for this month. She will have to learn patience. Sometimes these things take me a really long time.
I Have decided to participate in the I wish you a Merry Quilt Along. One block every two weeks. I think I can manage that. So far so good. I have quite a collection of snowflake fabric, and I finally have a purpose for it. It will be interesting to see what the next block will look like. It wasn’t hard. Took me about an hour total and this included hunting for the snowflake fabrics in my boxes of fabric.
I also have my one Monthly Goal project. I am going to completely finish Oma’s treasure. As you can see from the photo, I have already partially taken some of this apart. When I posted my original picture I got a lot of good advice on what to do. Now I just need to do it. So, yes, I will sew on the beads, quilt and bind this for My One Monthly Goal for August. This is of course after I fix what I started tearing out.
This was going to be my One Monthly goal for August, but I got carried away at the end of July. I just decided to stop being a chicken and just go for it. So I quilted my little batik baby quilt with my little flowers. I am not sure I like the thread I chose, but I am stuck with it now. Since this was a rainbow quilt I chose a rainbow thread. I should have chosen something more pastel. It looks OK, but since it is darker than I would of liked, I can see things I would not have if I had chose a lighter thread.
I quartered this quilt and worked n 1/4th at a time. Made it seem a little less daunting and scary. It went much quicker than I expected, which is why I can’t do it for my one monthly goal project.
I am becoming less scared of the actual process, which is good. I will have to view a few more videos and learn a few more patterns. The quilting on the back doesn’t look too bad. I am not sure what I am going to do with this quilt, but when the right opportunity presents itself I will know what to do with it.