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.
So, I decided to make a test block. Wanted to see if I would like it and how big a pain in the butt it would be. Not difficult at all, so we are OK there. I think I may need to make a few additional blocks to see if I will like it and how it will work out. I don’t want to use the same colors throughout. Sort of want it scrappy, while retaining the light/dark effect. Not sure how that will be, so I will make a couple more blocks.
Then, I finished English Paper Piecing my Dog Bone dresser scarf. Only one more piece left to do, Kev’s dresser. He really needs one because he has a habit of throwing change and screwdrivers, whatever is in his pocket, on our expensive bedroom furniture. I had never bought bedroom furniture. Always had second hand stuff. Finally, in my fifties, I get my own, brand new bedroom furniture and I really like it. So, I need to protect it with my dog bone dresser scarves.
It is also my crazy dog, Moka’s, second birthday and I am the crazy dog lady, so I will stop and get her something delicious on my way home or take her for ice cream.
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I wasn’t sure if I was gonna make it, but I did. I actually got this quilt quilted. This is the UFO older than my daughter (who just turned 13). This Sunday I was going to post an update. I even had a video, but can not post videos unless I upgrade. Might have to consider that. I thought I was going to finish on Sunday, but had sewing machine issues for about three hours. Was just about ready to give up, when I just re threaded the machine and Wala, it worked. Felt like a total idiot.
So, the quilt is off the frame and ready for trimming and binding. Not sure of I will make that my next monthly goal or not. The jury is still out on that one.
Initially, I don’t hate the quilting. But, as I trim it and see all my mistakes, that will likely come. I am happy that I decided to do something other than meandering. I just have to remember not to nitpick. I did do meandering around the lanterns, but everywhere else I did Bamboo. Good thing Leah Day has all those tutorials. While oddly, my lines look a bit straight than hers, this pattern is pretty forgiving.
Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal Finish March Linkup .
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So, I am trying to get back to my normal life. My daughter is home from the hospital, which is great. But, you do sort of trade one set of circumstances for another. Glad not to be running to the hospital, but there is a lot to do having her home also. This weekend is the Quilt Retreat. It has been a while since I have been to one. Part of me feels like I should be staying home and part of me can’t wait to go. Kevin tells me I am going…… I have been gathering my things together in my new wheeled “I am going to a retreat” case.
Since this is a mystery quilt retreat, I have been spending 10 minutes here and there cutting out the pieces that I need. I am done, need to label them and get them into bags all sorted. I have never done a mystery quilt, so this is a new experience for me. I used some fabrics that I had purchased previously and then purchased a couple other coordinating fabrics. I will post photos as we go.
Now for the what to pack?…. Wine (check), Diet Pepsi (Check). I am guessing I should consider a sewing machine and other supplies. We will be leaving at 6am Friday morning, so I really need to be ready by Thursday night. That should be a challenge.
We are staying at the Berlin Hotel and resort. Since it has been so warm here, the trees are just starting to change, so it will be very beautiful. Fall in Ohio tends to be very picturesque. Can’t wait to go to one of my favorite shops , Millers Dry Goods and there is a shop hop going on. WooHoo!
So, today I did not go to the hospital (Check Miranda’s Journey page for the latest updates). Last night I fell asleep after dinner (before 6pm) and did not wake up until 8:30 today. Guess I needed it. So, I did some laundry and made dinner. I also got little sewing time in. Decided that I needed to see something finished.
I actually made these bibs for my future grandchildren (just in case I don’t get to meet them). They are made from recycled jeans. Jeans that belonged to me and my late husband Derrick. I am hoping that will someday mean something to Haley and/or Miranda. No to bad on the applique portion. Over time I will make more to give away. But, sometimes you just need to see something finished.
I am still working on my Hospital Hexies. I should have an update on that soon.
Thanks to all my quilting and blogging friends for caring about Miranda and my family. It truly does mean a lot.
Treasure your Family