I managed to finish something. It is just a baby quilt. My friend Lynn gave me this fabric. It was simple and easy to put together. I quilted this on my domestic, since I am not really able to use my longarm at the moment. I am out of practice, but it is a simple meandering so no big deal. I used a holiday blanket I got for the back. It is super soft, which I love. I did not have a need for this quilt when I made it, so I will just set it aside for the right moment.
The Struggle – So, my most recent visit to the doctor was not a pleasant one. I was told not to expect much more that what I already have. Be grateful I am walking. Most people with your spinal injury never walk again. Ugh. Took that to heart. I am no where near where I was less than a year ago. I can walk about 500 ft. before my legs want to give out. I can stand a few minutes before I need to sit down. I am still attending physical therapy and they claim that my strength has gotten better. I have zero stamina.
This affects my life in every way imaginable. I cant do things with the family that I would like to do. I can’t do the things I would like to do. I do manage to sew, but stick to small pieces because they are easier to manage. Not as heavy to try to push through a domestic machine and well, the long arm…that involves standing and some strength. I waited years to have one. Have not had it long, but cannot currently use it. It is heart breaking to me.
Let’s not mention that I have had continual ear infections, all kinds of stomach problems, and a racing heart since I have had this surgery. Of course, nothing is related to the surgery itself, so they say. Test after test after test, which tells us nothing.
So, my mental happy place is my sewing room. I do force myself to go in there. I do try and work on things. It is not the way it used to be. I am hoping this is not my new normal, but I just don’t know.
What do I like about this table topper – I like the shape. I always like interesting/different shapes. I love my decorated eggs and my colorful peeps.
What do I not like about this table topper – The thread I chose. I love variegated thread, not on this. When I look at the light teal and dark teal (flower looking pieces), they do not line up correctly. The pattern I used looked perfect, but I futzed with it for quite some time to get it to lay right and I still don’t like it. Since this piece is for my table I will have to tolerate the things I don’t like. I would have to make another and see if it came out better before I would give this to someone. Still sort of cute.
I don’t follow directions well – I am sure I am ot the only one. I was looking for something Easter and did not find a lot of patterns. I found this on the Bernina website. It had a lot of embroidery on it which I clearly had no intention of doing. I have two machines that do it and I never do. My 1st late husband and I had a commercial embroidery business, therefore I no longer want to do it and after having commercial machines, find doing it on a one needle sewing machine annoying. So, I basically used the pattern for the shape and the eggs and then went off and did my own thing.
Bambi – Christmas quilt – Off the design wall and being pin basted. I am using a blanket I got for Christmas on the back. It is super soft and very pretty. I think it will be best used on the back of this quilt. I may quilt this on my domestic since I currently have something on my longarm, that is begging to be done. I am finally doing things quilty.
News from the world of Lori – So Doctors have finally figured out what is wrong with me, hopefully. Apparently, my neck has severe arthritis to the point that I do not have spinal fluid surrounding my spinal cord in a decent sized area. So, on February 5th, I will get it fixed. There really is no option, I could wind up paralyzed if I choose not to do it. So, do it we will. Such is life. Yes, I am totally freaked out by it.
For as long as I remember, I have loved making baby things. I think it may be because both my older sisters had a baby when I was about 17. I spent every moment I could with the boys and as a teenager, most of my extra money. I wanted them to have everything, especially things their parents did not want them to have. Both of these boys are getting close to 40 years old, but I still love them both dearly today. I also made them many things. My niece and nephew had some awesome Halloween costumes. One year I made my nephew a dinosaur costume. The tale was so long and big they tied a roller skate to it so he would knot drag a hole in it. I did make my own daughter costumes (as long as she let me). She was an adorable witch and a pink poodle at one point.
About the Quilt top – I was visiting my friend Lynn and she was telling/showing me that she joined one of those monthly quilt subscriptions. She showed me everything that she had received. The fabric for the holiday baby quilt was in one her boxes and she said she would not use it, so she gave it to me. Thanks Lynn. I am not sure she knows of my affinity to make baby things, but it was perfect. It was also something simple for me to actually get done. The panel came with a charm pack. I added the green and used every piece in the fat quarter pack.
Monthly Subscriptions – I have looked at many of them over time. I had a difficult time finding one that I thought was a good value and have things I could use. So, when Lynn told me about he Creative Notions one, I decided to investigate. She had been doing it for a few months and showed me what she had gotten. Fabric, patterns, notions and cute quilter stuff (which I kind of like). The cost was $45.00 including shipping. So, I figured I would give it a try. If I don’t like it, I could cancel.
I got my first one. It seems like a good value. The makers planner is awesome. It has plastic sleeves for fabric samples, places to draw, planning pages. There is an entire section on abbreviations measurements. Mostly everything you would want to know. I really like it. I am hoping that I use it. While I make my living planning and implementing large scale IT projects, I find my personal life is not that organized. Maybe this will help. The fat quarter pack is so pretty. I will certainly use it. It came with a pattern and the first directions for a quilt along they are doing. I have not read everything, but will work on that. In case anyone is interested in trying, it is from Creative Notions.
We certainly live in some crazy times. Fortunately, I am still employed. Actually, I still go to the office a couple of days a week. There are not many of us, so we are a good distance apart. Honda is considered an essential business. I don’t mind.
I also missed the deadline to post my finish because I really have no idea what the date is or day of the week. Everything runs together. Maybe next month.
You would think that being trapped at home would mean more quilting. But nooooooo. I find it hard to get motivated. Every time the news channel comes on I become glued to the TV. Not sure why there is no good news.
My poor daughter had to spend her “Sweet Sixteen” in quarantine.
About the One monthly Goal Quilt …I love babies so sometimes I just make baby quilts for no reason. The colors are a bit odd, but they do sort of go together. No plans for this one. It will go to the done stack.
For the quilting, I used my heart ruler. It really took no time at all.
I have not done One Monthly Goal in a while. Pretty sure it has been a year. Sort of stopped doing a lot after my sister died. I did not stop sewing or quilting, I just could not deal with deadlines.
I think it will help me get things done. It always has in the past, so I am back. My One Monthly Goal for March 2020 is to completely finish this baby quilt. It is currently partially quilted and has been this way for several weeks. I walk by it a lot and totally ignore it. So, we will finish quilting and get it bound for my goal.
I will add 11 more to my donations, bringing my total to 34. WooHoo. I like having something I can put together in a few minutes.
So, I have acquired quite a few fat quarter packs that have five fat quarters. I wanted to figure out something to do with these. If you only have on fat quarter pack of the same design you could be limited to what you can do. I do love babies so I decide that I needed to find a pattern that was friendly to these 5 fat quarter bundles. Baby quilts it is.
I could not find any pattern that was suitable or that I liked, so I made my own. I really liked the dog fabric, so I wanted to make sure that I could showcase the dog prints. I had a few issues with the size of things, so this is not perfect, but the next one, I will have just right. I don’t have any fancy quilting software, so I was just drawing on paper. It was super simple to make and with the 5 fat quarter pack and a yard of solid, I made a cute baby quilt. I sort of like it.
I quilted dog bones into the quilt with my homemade dog bone ruler and put dog fleece on the back. I like fleece on the back because it is very forgiving. However, I find it much harder for some unknown reason to quilt. My shoulders are killing me after quilting when there is fleece on the back.
So, what did I learn? I managed to sew the binding on by machine entirely. Never did it before. Watched a couple of video’s. For a first time, it is not too bad. I don’t mind the hand binding on the back, but for some things, I think sewing it on is acceptable and I have to tell you that I have never had better looking corners. ever.
I know you are all dying to know. LOL. I made this baby quilt top. I have some fat quarter packs that I have received as gifts and was trying to find a good way to use them. I still have a few things to work out, but overall came out kind of cute. I guess I find anything with dog fabric kind of cute though. Good way to use five fat quarters. I made a few mistakes in piece sizes because I forgot to properly account for seam allowance, but I think I have it figured out now.
I made the mistake of not putting all the pieces on the design board, so I have some fabrics together that I don’t like, but I will not make that mistake next time.
So, the Connecting Threads warehouse was this past weekend, in Columbus, Ohio. SO I went, almost didn’t but then on my way home from something else, decided to check it out. Glad I did and also glad I went in the afternoon. Apparently there was a 2 hour wait to get in the building when they opened. I am not patient and would not have waited for 2 hours to get in the building which was a warehouse with no air conditioning. I don’t black Friday shop either. I want/need nothing that bad.
There was still plenty of stuff for me. I bought 18 yards of fabric @ $2.50/yd. Pretty good. I did have to stand in line for abut 30 minutes though. I was a hot mess. Next time, I make Haley go stand line immediately while I shop. She tried to get me to go to the car and she would wait in line, but I toughed it out.
First picture is what I bought. Second picture is the warehouse. The fabric is on rolls, and there are rolls and rolls. The third picture is the line which wrapped around the aisle of the warehouse and up another. They also sold yarn there, lots of yarn.
Happy Memorial Day and to all that serve(d), Thank you. My father was in the Army Air Corp and my late husband Derrick was in the Army. I miss them both dearly. The army Air corp is what brought my parents together. My father was stationed in Germany when he met my mother. They are all awesome people to remember on this day.
I made this quilt for a lady I work with. She is having a baby in July. I love babies so anytime I can have an excuse to make something for a baby, I am going to do it. I also think a lot of this person. There has been only a couple of times I have met a young person and thought to myself, WOW, they have their act together. This lady is one of them. Super smart, knows what she wants personally and professionally and is not going to let anyone stand in her way. She is having a boy and the nursery will be Ohio State (another reason to like her, LOL).
I needed to experiment with batting and minky after the last quilt I made without batting. I like it much better with the batting. This one has minky on the back. It does not seem overly heavy, so I think I prefer it to have batting.
About Minky…. For me, there are good things and bad things about using this on the back. You can see none of the quilting on the back. In this case it is good, because I quilted the babies name into the quilt. If you could see it on the back, it would be backwards. Love how soft it is for the baby.
Something I did not like…For whatever reason, I found this very difficult to move while quilting. My shoulders hurt for three days after I finished. I thought it would move more easy. Nope. I have my slider that I put down and it works perfectly for every thing else I quilt, but this was crazy. Maybe between the slider and Minky it was too slippery and did not move at all? I have no idea.
I really like this patter (see previous post for link). IT is quick and easy. I think it is also a great way to practice new quilting designs.
Yes, I know it has been a while. Just when I think I have my act together. The S**t keeps rolling downhill and I am in the path.
Life goes on and I will survive. I wont’ t bore you with all the details. Just life crap I was in no mood to deal with. It did not however, totally stop me from quilting/sewing, or you would have read about me in the paper LOL.
I hope you all had a lovely mothers day. I did. Spent the day making pillow cases for the guild charity. Went to dinner with the family and they surprised me with a Ninja Foodie, which I have used every day since….. I had an electric pressure cooker, which I loved, but this thing is the bomb – pressure cooker, air fryer and slow cooker all in one.
This quilt was an experiment. I liked this pattern, Baby Bento Box, which can be located at Ronda’s creations. Super cute and fast.
Anyway, I wanted to make this top with just fleece or Minky on the back without batting. I ended up using fleece, because it was an experiment and less expensive. Honestly, I don’t think I like the no batting part. What I love is how the quilting looks on the back. It looks good even when I am not. It seems that fleece will hide a lot. Honestly, it looks even better in person.
I am working on another one, which I will use with batting and Minky (already have it put together) to see if I like it any better. It is the lightweight feel that gets me. This would defiantly be a summer quilt.
Positive notes – New job is going well (or at least I think so), and I will have some exciting quilt news soon. Hard to keep in, actually.
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.