I think I have had enough of this quilt top.

So, I got a lot of good advice form people on what to do with this top.  After thinking about it, I decided that outlining with yellow might be the thing to make the yellow less obvious (obnoxious).  I went and bought a piece of yellow, went through my stash and find about four other shades.   The print actually has multiple shades including a gold tone.  I tried them all.  I didnt like the mustardy gold at all.  So, I settled on a lighter yellow hoping it would not over power.

While my daughter Haley now says it is better, I am not sold on that thought.  I might like it a little better, but still not a favorite.   I decided that I was not going to take it apart.  I will put it in the pile to quilt.  I am sure someone will love it somewhere, smeday.  It can easily become a charity quilt.

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Well it’s a bit better, still not sure though…

I started this project a few weeks ago.  I didn’t like it much.  But, I had already cut the fabric, so , I made a few adjustments.  I was limited in the that Ihe things I could do since everything was already cut.  I also did not have much extra fabric, which was odd for me.  I usually buy way more than I need.  Not quite finished, still have border of the solid green on the bottom and the top and an outer border.  The outer border will have to be a different solid color since I have no more of the green.

My daughter does not like it.  She hates the yellow. It does stand out a lot and the green print just disappears.  It is still oddly intersting.  I will have to see once I get it totally done.  Not much left to do.

Also got my safari quilt pin basted and ready for the actual quilting.  I need to figure out 20170813_185057_resized (1)the exact pattern and practice a bit befiore I begin.  I am also contempating making a storage bag for this quilt since I plan on saving it for my “someday” grandchild.

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Yes, The Fabric Gnome visited me…

So, at my house when socks and things go missing, we say that the Underpants Gnome took them.  This was my late husband Derrick’s version of comedy that stuck.   Gosh I miss him.  He was hilarious.  So, we don’t have the Sock Fairy stealing socks, but the Underpants Gnome. Let me tell you, he is hungry because I have an enormous bag of un-mated socks and underwear with holes (They couldn’t be because they are 10 years old).

So, when I felt slightly guilty about the Fabric package in the mail, I decided that I would blame the Fabric Gnome.  I like him way better than the underpants Gnome.  He left me this fabulous pile of batiks from Hancock’s of Paducah.

So, the folded pile is a sample pack.  There are 40 pieces at least 14×18 (most nearly fat quarters).  It was $19.99.  Holy Cow.  They are very lovely and luxurious.  There a few duplicates, but I won’t complain.  Such a steal.  I am having a difficult time not going and buying more, especially since they sent me a 15% off coupon after that order.  The other pieces are one yards that were $3.99.

Odd thing, I love batiks, but have only made a couple of small baby quilts.  I got these with the plan of making myself a quilt.  How weird is that?  I already have a jelly Roll and was looking for a few others.  This will be perfect.

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Beware of the Underpants Gnome

Invite the Fabric Gnome in

I am Such a Slacker on Free Quilt Block Day

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.

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I got Busted…

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

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One of my favorite pictures of her.  She usually hides from the camera.

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.

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I wish you a Merry Quilt Along and One Monthly Goal for August

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 20170731_194705_resizedtreasure.  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.

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I got brave on an actual quilt….

This was going to be my One Monthly goal for August, but I got carried away at the end 20170728_233052_resizedof 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 seem20170728_233146_resized 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.

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Practice Quilting makes quilted Minion potholders and One Monthly Goal-A Finish

So, after my June free motion quilting seminar, I have decided to branch out a bit.  I am going to quilt an actual quilt, in the very near future (could be my August One Monthly Goal Project) with something other than meandering or a version of meandering. Big scary move for me. So, my “Zipper Quilt” top, I want to use a flower free motion design.  However, I plan to do it on a smaller baby quilt first.  I already have that top ready to go.  Just need to get up the courage to do it.

Needless to say, I have been practicing (Using my cheap grill liner as a slider).  All the practice got me thinking.  My square sandwiches looked like potholders.  So, I decided to make my final practice pieces into potholders.  I bought a piece of the special thermal batting.  I made all my practice sandwiches and on the last couple,  when I had the hang of it, I made Minion potholders.  I need to bind them, but I have plenty of binding scraps I can use.  I have found that I make better flowers when I work from left to right and I like them best with 5 petals.  Then. as I bind my potholders,  I can also practice my corners.  I don’t like binding corners either.  Jeez, I have so many issues.  But now, I have a few handmade gifts when needed.

The quilting on my Minion potholders is not too bad.  I hope I can do the same on my baby quilt and then off to my “Zipper Quilt”.  It is hard not to smile at a minion.

20170716_122738_resizedMy one monthly Goal for July was to trim and bind my 9 patch.  Yeah. 20170716_122258_resized Completed.  This quilt has a loopy meandering.  It is not too bad.  Pretty sure I have meandering, and multiple variations of it, down packed.  At this time, I have no plans for this quilt, just glad I can consider it finished.

 

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I guess I just don’t like anything this week.

Ever have one of those weeks when nothing looks right to you?  I feel like that is where I am right now.  I really loved this mum print fabrics in fall colors.  However, once I crated something with it, I find I don’t like it as much as I did when I was just ogling over the fabric.  I look at them and wonder If I should have used a dark blue solid instead of the green?  But, I like green.  I don’t know.  Maybe it will look better when it is all put together.  I just don’t know.

Maybe I should of just walked away last night when I sewed something completely backwards.  Usually a clear sign to stop what you are doing for a bit.  Unfortunately, I never take my own advice.

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Oma’s Treasures –Well, it certainly is bright.

Trying to decide if it is too obnoxious or loud.  My goal was not to take away from the embroidery.  I am not sure that I did that here.  I don’t mind the happy colors, but when you look at it’s like a slap in the face of color. I still have a couple things in mind to do.  One more one inch green around the outside, I think.  I plan to quilt the outside, but I am not sure how yet.  For where the embroidery is, since it is a such a long piece, I think I will sew tiny glass beads in the centers of some of the flowers to ensure the batting does not shift.  Of course, my binding is a bit crazy.  I have a striped piece of fabric (green/orange/pick/yellow) to add to the craziness of this piece.  Feel free to give me your opinion on my color choices and any suggestions on quilting (kinda stumped with that).  You will not offend me if you think it is awful.  I asked for it. LOL.

On a positive note, some good news, my older daughter, who was in a horrific head on collision nearly a year ago, has moved out.  I would say she is 90% of her old self, which is pretty good considering what I saw the first night in the ICU.  While it was a challenging six months after the accident. The outcome was far better than I anticipated.

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