Seriously, how can January be over? As I get older, I do not understand how time passes so quickly. I feel like the holidays were last week.
I actually completed my One Monthly Goal. Not only did I complete, but I did a “New” (new for me), all over FMQ design. I guess I can call it the “Linangle” design (lines and Angles). It is not perfect, but it is not that bad either. The only major weirdness is the binding. I did not have enough fabric to do all one color,m so I used what I had. Looks a little wonky because of it.
Now I am going to have to come up with a new one monthly goal for February. Likely to be more quilting. I am working on a secret piecing project. More on that later.
I don’t have any plans for this quilt yet. Will likely just store until the right time comes along for me to give it away or donate to charity.
I really enjoy the “One Monthly Goal”. It is a strong motivator for me to get things done. I can not say I am going to do something and then not do it.
Mystery Quilt Along….AKA the Fluffer Nutter Butter Quilt.
OK, so while I like the Mystery Fabric, I found it weird. Not a bad weird, but a good weird. When I purchased the fabric, I though it was grey. However, when I received, it was sort of a light green/grey. I had one thing in mind and then had to change gears when I actually got the fabric. So, I went into my stash and decided to use my weird batik. Not sure why I call these my weird batiks, They just struck me as odd, not in a bad way. So, Here is what I started with to get to my block. This block is about 6 1/2 inches square, so I will need quite a few.
Hand Quilt Along
So, not tons of progress here…..but some. The Dog Bone dresser runner is at about 38″. i think it will never end and since I need it to be 54″, it may not.
THe hexie flowers are coming along. There are about 24 1/2 half of them completed. I have no idea how many of the I actually need. I thought I was going to get a lot done today at the swim meet, but ended up not even finishing one. Too many distractions. I really need to get more of both my hand projects done.
So , I am trying to decide what color thread I should use to quilt my “Hugs and Kisses” wall hanging. If you look closely, you can see my blue chalk lines. I plan to quilt circles (hugs). So, I was thinking gray, but I am just not sure. I really like this piece, so I don’t want to make the wrong decision. I am also concerned about quilting circles. I think it will require a lot of accuracy. Wondering if I should use a walking foot? Might have to try a test circle on some scraps to see what happens. If you have thoughts on the color, please let me know. I always get great advice from all my quilting friends.
Yes, that is my Moka wearing an activity monitor. Seemed like a good idea.
It is not really hers. My daughter got a new one that will monitor her swimming and I thought I should check how lazy Moka was. Totally lazy was the answer. I did way more steps than her today. I was all excited about that and then Kev told me that since she has four legs I had to double her step count. Not sure I agree with his logic.
So, I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but I am on a mission to lose some weight. Decided that I totally need to give up steroids (not the build muscles kind, the reduce inflammation kind). They were causing weight gain. They took away the pain, but I am pretty sure extra pounds cause more stress on joints, so it is a catch 22. I did good for about a week and half and then fell off the wagon. Stress did it to me. It has always been my trigger. Back on the straight and narrow path again. Ugh.
So, this was my conversation the other night with my significant other. The conversation started because I was telling him that Lynn and I were going to do our own “Sew In” in our dining room. One thing led to another and he informed me that only little old ladies quilt.
“So, I am a little old lady?”(me). His response was, “well if the shoe fits”. Then he went on to tell me that his Mom did this stuff. What stuff?(me) “You know did things with yarn” (him). “You mean like crochet?”(me) “Yah, that kind of stuff”(him).
Well, just for your information, not all the people in my quilt guild are old”. (me) The majority, the average age?(him) !!%%%&&& (words I should not type). “Just so you know I have done this my whole life, not just since I have known you” (me). “Why are you getting so offended?” (Him). “Well, I think you just called me old, and all my friends.” I am tempted to give you all his phone number and email address to set him straight, however this little old lady may find alternative methods of showing him the error of his ways. Lynn can punch him when she sees him.
I now have all my blocks for my free quilt top from Red Rooster quilts. I was pleasantly surprised to see that week 26 was binding. Gosh I love free stuff, especially quilt stuff. I hope they do it again. So now, I need to put it all together. I already have the backing, so I should be good to go. I really do like Orange.
So, this is my One Monthly Goal project and I decided to not do my normal boring meandering. This is an all over pattern, but I was surprised once it was all done that it did not look to bad.
I always get nervous when I try something that is outside my norm on a quilt. I mean there is the potential of totally screwing up a top that you spent time putting together. I am certainly becoming less intimidated. So, I actually had the angled meandering done a quilt before, but I paid for it. I did not like it all. They kind of did a crappy job. Mine is actually better and I did not have a long arm. Just me and my Bernina free motion quilting. As I was quilting this, I did not think that I would like it. I thought I may have done to much quilting, but once it was complete, it did not look to bad.
I really think that I am Super Klutz. I almost titled this post “Fat Girl Falls Down Part 3”. Saturday morning, I decide to go out to the hot tub. Step up get one foot in and the steps slide out and I fall straight down, one foot still in the hot tub. This time I am straddling the edge. It hurt so bad, that I could not move. I actually chose to fall in. Seemed way better than falling outside the tub, considering it was ten degrees. I survived. I have the blackest bruise I have ever seen, somewhere you really don’t want a bruise. I am starting to think the hot tub is trying to kill me. It is supposed to be helping me.
Yes, the last row looks a bit silly with one block in it. Later today, I will pick up my final free blocks from Red Rooster Quilts. Oddly, there are 26 weeks but only 25 blocks. Not sure what that is about. Not sure what will happen with week 26. I guess I will find out later.
I really love orange in quilts, so I think that I am going to keep this one and hang it in my family room. I am going to call it Hugs and Kisses. Already have my quilting in mind. Need to get it finished first, way ahead of myself, as always.
Thinking about all my potential projects, I m going to try very hard not to start anything new until I make significant headway on those already started. There are so many of those. It will help, since I am trying not to buy new fabric. Right now, only want to buy if I need to finish something. That is so hard.
Lynn and I went out to dinner and fabric shopping last week. Jelly rolls were 40% off. I wanted to buy 1 or 2 or 3. Had one in my hand several times but managed to control myself. Only fabric I bought was a ½ yard for an in progress quilt (allowed). Wondering how long it will take me to fall off the wagon.
I also want to use up as much of my scraps as possible. I have so much scrap. Have been cutting some for a couple of scrap quilts in the works. I need to get stuff sorted by color. I guess that will happen when I get my room better organized. I will get there.
I missed the last post for the hand quilt along since I was sick, however some progress was made on hand items since I was just lying around. There was also movie watching over the holidays. I have to be doing something or the cookies and chips find their way into my mouth. So the flowers are my swim team project. While Haley is at swim practice and meets, I make the flowers. The dog bones is my TV watching project.
So, for my EPP flowers, I recently learned something. I purchased a hexie die for my papers (I use cardstock). SInce I am n longer cutting them by hand and using my accucut, each one is perfect and it certainly makes a difference in how they go together. I wasn’t having major difficulty, but it certainly made a difference.
So for my dog bone dresser scarf, I need it to be 54 inches. I am only at about 38. Ugh. I will get there. Since this is dresser scarf #4, I am sort of tired of it.
If you are interested in participating in the hand quilt along, please contact Kathy.
You can check out everyone’ progress at the following links.
Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah, Susan , Jessisca , Sherry, Nanette, Sassy and Edith.
Why might this be the I am mad quilt? Well, when I get mad or upset, this is the quilt I work on. I think that is because it is simple. I need a total of eighty blocks, so I either work on finding fabrics or cutting the leaves or just sewing them on. Plenty to do, nothing complex. I actually have about 62 blocks together in various states of sewing. I try to minimize my thread changing, so, I sew all the ones I can with same color I have threaded in the machine. It is meant to be a play on colors lights and darks.
I think this quilt will be a bear to make sure the blocks are placed correctly. My daughter put this on my design wall and I noticed the bottom black/red one is incorrect. Not a problem, since I am not yet sewing it together. But I am the person that looked at my safari quilt forever and still had three camels right next to each other in the same row. Knowing myself, I will have several backwards but wont notice until it is quilted and bound.
I made this from scraps but it would be great for layer cakes. The base is made from 2, 10 inch blocks, cut in half and then sewn back together with the opposite one.
I really don’t get mad that often, but sewing always puts me at ease and when my mind is racing, best to stick with something simple. I keep this project in my sewing room neatly in my pizza box.
News: I was one of the winners for the One Monthly Goal Prize. thank you Elm Street Quilts!
So, for my One Monthly Goal, I am going to completely finish this baby quilt. It needs quilted and bound. It has been laying over the gate entrance to my room, for months. It is just staring at me. Since I am now imaging my unfinished quilts are staring at me, I should probably just complete. Then, my non completion guilt should go away….maybe, there are a lot of those pieces.
The one monthly Goal has been so helpful in helping to get items completed. I very much have that personality that if I say I am going to complete something, then I am going to do it.
For this year I would like to finish all the tops that I have lying around. I am not sure how many I actually have. I would guess 7 or 8. That is a fairly tall order, but it would be great to get done.
I won’t say that I won’t start any new projects, but I do not want to buy fabric to start a new project. I can purchase stuff to finish things, but I am trying to avoid going out and buying fabric to start new quilts. We will see how that goes.