So, I have been working on these blocks a little at a time for quite some time. I used to refer to it as the “I am mad quilt”, mostly because this was a quilt where I could just sit down for a long period of time and work on. So, when I got frustrated I would often sit down and sew for a while.
All the blocks need trimmed, and then we will put them all together. I do have a few duplicates, but not many.
I hope you are all staying safe. I am still working, but am expecting some sort of Announcement soon regarding work from home. The kids are out of school, and were bored the same day. All the kids birthdays are next week, so no going to dinner. I was taking Haley and her friend to Niagra Falls for the weekend, but we will have to change that. She will be sixteen and I am already co cerned about what I will do when she leaves me.
I finished the dinosaur quilt. Well, that is easy when you get laid off and have no job. Right before the holidays. Yeah. Ugh. Oh please, let me add some more crappy ass news (sorry for that). My favorite uncle died on Thanksgiving day. He was the last bit of my Mom that I had. He had the best sense of humor. He loved to tease my Mom (when she was still here), which us kids found hysterical. He lived in Germany (that is where my other was from). I loved when he called me. He always made me laugh and it reminded me of Mom. I will miss him dearly.
The picture is my Uncle Uwe, my dear sweet sister Kellie and my cousin Holger (who is coming to visit in August. Very excited about that). It is a great photo. Holger and Kellie were about a year apart. He came to live with my parents for a year and went to High School as a teenager with Kellie.
So, while job hunting, I am sewing, which is sort of good. Helps to keep my mind of my super crappy life.
About the Dinosaur quilt (rant over)
It came out cute. I really like it. No fancy quilting, just meandering, which seemed to work fine for this quilt. I pieced the back, which came out pretty good. I find this adds personality to the quilt and takes way less fabrics. I can use up random one yard pieces that I have.
I feel guilty for not reading everyone’s blog, I need to get back to that. it is one of my happy places. I really love to see what everyone is doing.
I have missed you all. Just have not been myself for a host of issues.
I have managed to do some sewing. It helps me think and sort of work things out. I finished my dinosaur quilt top. It came out nicely. It is for Kevin’s sister. Her baby theme is dinosaurs. I think it will be cure for a boy.
For my Hand Quilt Along, I have finally picked back up my dog bone dresser scarf. It is nearly finished. I added the last dog bone, so hope to have it finished soon. This is the lat one in the set of 4. Please visit all the wonderful ladies in the Hand Quilt Along and check out what they have been up to.
So These are my jars for the fall quilt along. At least I got something done. I am still one behind. The final one came out this past Tuesday. I am hoping this weekend that I can get the rest of them done…just to get them done. I have embarked on yet a another project to go along with the 15 others. I need to make a dinosaur baby quilt. I have the fabric and have begun some of the cutting. It has a bunch of , so I better get moving.
I had been saving this photo to send to my sister when she felt better. I found it hysterical and very true. I hate that I can never send it to her. I remember sitting in the hospital and showing it to Matt (her husband) and he said “Man, I sure hope you get to send it to her”. I never thought in a million years that I would not have my chance. sigh…..
Love the ones you are with….like there is no tomorrow.
So, I made a baby quilt when I was pregnant using the quilt as you go method. I did not like it at all. That was 14+years ago. I am thinking over time I may have gained skill, knowledge and patience. Jeez, I hope I gained something. I belong to a Facebook group for quilt as you go. I have seen quite a few beautiful quilt as you go pieces, so I thought maybe I should re-investigate this method.
So, since I am participating in the Fall quilt Along, I thought this might be the time to give it a shot. So, I watched a few videos again on quilt as you go. I was especially fond of Leah Days videos on this technique. Gosh she makes it look easy. So, Since the fall quilt along is blocks, I figured that it would be a good one to do.
So, I took the plunge. I quilted my hedgehog block. I don’t hate it yet, but I have not tried to put them together yet either. That will be the tell-tale sign for me. Time will tell.
I finally got caught up on my Fall into a quilt along blocks. At some point when I get the current design off my design wall, I will take a picture of all the blocks together. Love the pumpkin block. I did not like it though until I looked at the photo. For some reason it all looked wrong to me. Then when I looked at the photo, I thought, OK, It is not that bad. Lucky for me Nanette had sent me some Batik scraps and there were some lovely orange ones.
Eww, the pie. Don’t care for this one. I think it was mostly my choice of colors on the bottom half. Well, I guess there is bound to be one out of the group that I did not care for. I am leaving it through. I will keep it with the not quite right sunflower.
So, I think I may try the quilt as you go method on this. Obviously I am not doing it as I go….LOL. I tried this technique a long time ago and decided I did not like it. But lately, I have watched a few videos and decided I need to give this another try.
Sister Kellie is sounding a bit better the last few days. I am hoping things stay that way.
So, I enjoyed block #3 of the Fall Into a Quilt Along. A little bit of everything, piecing and applique. It is very cute. I managed to keep background fabric in this block. I am hoping I can manage to do this throughout the Quilt Along.
Today was my lucky weekend. I can home from work on Friday and had a package from Nanette at Chopin-A Passionate Quilter. She sent me a “Quilters care Package”. In it she sent me some wonderful batik scraps. I used some to make the applique on this block. I had mentioned that I was going to be using batik scraps with my background fabric. She sent me some other lovely items, that I will show later as I complete them. She is one of the kindest people I know and it certainly brought a smile to my face. It has already proven to be a very valuable resource.
So, I had no intention of joining this quilt along, but when they published the first block, I fell in love with the hedgehog. I figured that I could manage one block every two weeks. I think this is maybe about project #18 that I have started. Yep. Full Blown Quilting ADD. I do get things finished. I mean, that is what the One monthly goal is for.
I have no idea what the other blocks will look like, but I plan on using the sam background fabric throughout the quilt. It is a little odd, bit I like it. If you are interested in joining this quilt along, the first block is located on Quilting with Vanda’s blog. Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.
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.
Ok, It still needs ironed. I will get to that. Honestly, seems like a miracle that I finished anything thing, let alone my One Monthly Goal. This month has been crazy. I had the flu and I managed to get shingles for a second time. So, for a good two weeks, I laid around and did very little. When I get sick I am not allowed to take my Rheumatoid arthritis medication, so then there is the added effects of that. I am feeling better, finally. Not 100%, but on my way. I feel like I have been away from my blog forever. I have missed seeing everyone’s wonderful work. Need to get caught up on my reading. I truly believe, if not for the One monthly Goal, I would not have finished a thing this month, including my I wish you a merry Quilt Along Top.
So about my holiday quilt top. I needed to use up my snowflake fabric, so that is what I used for sashing. Not sure how I feel about the top. Need to look at it a while longer before I decide. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a wonderful 2018.