This is the cutest darn thing…… but I think anything with dogs is cute. I am sure you know, I am a crazy dog lady. I love my puppies. My daughter and I were at the quilt store and I saw the “scrabble” panel. I bought it. These are all my dogs including the ones that are waiting for me over the rainbow bridge. The ones not here with me have a little gold halo over the first letter of their name. I frequently dream about my dogs not here. In my dreams we are sitting around the table talking. My Koko is apologizing to Clover for making fun of her for only having three legs. Darby is apologizing for knocking bread off the counter and eating it. They always tell me I am the best Mom.
Now I need to quilt and find a place to hang it.
I enjoyed the three day weekend. It was not long enough. I finished piecing another table runner. I made about a dozen pillow cases for the Guild’s charity.
I finally got my sourdough starter ready to make bread.
Now I have something else to complain about. I don’t like to bind pieces that are not square or rectangular. I just don’t know how to do it right. Yep, always something to complain about.
I think I got the on point part straight and did not put exact pieces next to each other. But, I realized that I did not really know how to bind things that were not square or rectangular. I was not sure how to deal with the angled corners. I did it, and it lays flat, but I don’t really like how they look. Always something to complain about.
I did straight line quilting. At this point I have learned that you pick an angle that does not correspond with any seams. That way if you are a little off, no one will see it.
So, I am really not getting very far. I had an entire week where I felt to weak to walk. Ugh. I finally figured out that I need to walk in the morning. That is the only real shot I have at doing it. I feel like when I wake up in the morning, I have gas i n the tank, however that gas runs out quickly. When it is out I am done for the day. I have zero strength and can not walk far. I even struggle inside my own house.
I have managed to get to the 7th house though. I am not happy about it. It is oddly painful to walk. My neck, shoulders and arms hurt a lot. I have been going on my walks by myself. That way no one but me hears the lovely words that come out of my mouth as I walk. Once I get to that 8th mailbox I will then need to cross the street because the sidewalk ends.
We have been going on college visits with my daughter. Two down and one to go. I go to the information session and then Kevin goes on the walking tour with her. Makes me sad that I can not, but glad that he does it. I have a hard time imagining her going off to school and leaving me. But as a “Smother Mother” I am sure she will be glad to get away. Well, I hope not. I have very fond memories of college, and I want that for her also.
AKA Moka Monster
She is a very spoiled girl. She also has epilepsy. She looks forward to her medication every morning and night, since they are stuffed in treats. We refer to her as the “Master Puppy” because she sleeps with Mom and Dad in the master bedroom.
So, I finished something else. Can’t remember the name of this table runner. I swear it is something with the word “Windows”. As you can see, I am still sticking with small things. So far so good. I am practicing some different quilting techniques.
Interestingly, I have several Bernina sewing machines. I have many attachments that were purchased for me that I have never used. Well, I learned to use two more things. Hurray for me. Only had them about 20 years… I had all kind of ruler attachments for my walking foot. They were very helpful in sewing even lines. I thought the quilting came out very well in this one. Then, I found a box of magnifying glasses that just hook on to the front of my machine. Holy cow. I wonder why I had not investigated this before. It let me see things sooo much better, I kind of feel stupid for not investigating these toys til about 20 years after I got them. Pretty sure my 1st late husband had bought them and he has been gone for 13 years and I know I had all these things before my daughter was born and she is 17. Funny but not funny,
What else have I done?
Shockingly, a project that was many years in the making. Well, not in the making, just thinking about it. My dining room table and chairs is well over 20 years old. The upholstered bottoms have seen better days and have needed to be recovered for years. They truly look like someone has peed on every chair. Well, I have been recovering the seats. I have completed 5 of 6 and my hands are killing me, so the sixth one is going to have to wait a bit. Maybe sometime next week. The hardest part is that each chair had at least 100 staples that has to be removed. My fabric choice is a bit wild, but they look much better, so that will do for now. Ruger is my little photo bomber.
and then there is my situation…
Not much change there. I am still only at 6 mailboxes and have been unable to go on my walks most of the week. I just seem to have an over whelming sense of weakness. Hoping it will get better. Trying to take the long way on anything that I do though. Fingers crossed.
One of the local quilt shops I frequent, sells scrap bags. I bought one of these $12.00 scrap bags. I like to try and see what I can make out of the bag, by maybe only adding a background fabric. I do like a challenge. For this I added the Royal blue from my stash. I am the crazy dog lady, so I hung this up in my hallway (there was an empty spot).
This has been my helper lately. One of the things that is wearing me out, is getting up to iron. I have had this tool for years and it was still in the package when I recently got it out. It has been helpful in flattening seams so I don’t have to constantly get up to item. I have really only been using it on small seams, but it does a pretty good job. It extends my sewing time a bit and at this point, I will take anything.
I save all my scraps that are not big enough to do anything with. Then I make dog beds for Shelters and organizations that help pets. There is no point in putting them in the trash when they can be upcycled to something useful. I use a heavyweight cotton and put a zipper in each one. I put my scraps inside a trash bag, so they are easily removed and the cover can be washed. I have a couple laying around my house for our dogs and I donated these five to “Barely Used Pets”. Interestingly, I also receive monthly medication that needs refrigerated. It comes with ice packs and recycled cotton as an insulator. Of course I save all this cotton, tear it up and use it in the dog beds.
I am actually doing things, just not that much. Have not been feeling myself lately, but who has.
These are gifts. I figured that I needed to get them done. I have a Thanksgiving piece I am working on. Who knows if that will happen. It is just for me, so no big deal if it does not get finished.
I liked the dog and cat prints with Holiday hats. I rarely pass up dog prints. Cats are OK and I did one for my cat loving sister, but I am truly a dog person. Well, actually I am an animal person. I love them all. I am just partial to dogs. Funny, I used to be scared of them. Now I can’t imagine life without them. They are truly my fur babies
I did get the next clue for the mystery quilt, but there will be no more clues until January, so I don’t need to be in a hurry for that one. Phew.
Thanksgiving is next week. I know there is much to be thankful for, but I am just so over things. Here in the great state oh Ohio, we are being told that holiday gatherings are not allowed.
Is covid really spiking? I think we are just testing more so it looks like it is so much worse. Please don’t think that I don’t take it seriously. I just want the actual truth. The media truth which is clearly jaded. What and how thy report seems to depend on what else is going on. Do we need distracted from Politics? Yes, then you are going to die from covid. Is there nothing to report in the world of politics or nothing you want mainstream population to hear, then you will die from Covid.
This is not a political post. I want news that is actually factual news without political bias. Rant over.
Well, after Clue #3, I like it better. I m still calling it my Orange Nightmare, but I do see that there may be hope. I m not a fan of these 6.5 inch blocks though.
Cornona virus is killing me. I have little or no motivation to do anything. My daughter started her junior year in High School and came home crying because nothing is the same, you can’t do anything. there are no groups at lunch. I felt bad for her. I didn’t even think how awful it would be for her and her best pal is going to the vocational school, so she does not see her.
A couple of weeks ago, my quilting pal Lynn and I went to Amish country to go fabric shopping. Not that we needed anything, but we both wanted to feel sort of normal. Interestingly in Amish country, they do not wear masks. They believe if god wants them, then they are ready to go. We went on a Friday, so there were not big crowds. It was hot as heck though.
Zinck’s in Berlin (Ohio) was our favorite. Of ll the times I have been to Amish country I had never been to this store. Ft quarter packs (20 FQ’s) were $26.99.
After the first clue, I liked this quilt. However, it is looking way too orange. From this view, you can hardly tell that the other blocks are stars. Poor choices on my part. I was trying not to buy more fabric.
So, these are 6.5-inch star blocks. I do not like working with these small pieces. I am starting to wonder why I decided to do something with such small pieces. First I can’t cut them correctly and if you sew anything wrong (which I did), ripping stitches from small pieces is a pain in the butt.
Up close it doesn’t look that bad, but it is a lot of orange. I think my choice of the dark orange print was wrong.
It’s just going to stay that way, I can’t stand small pieces. It will be interesting to see what the next clue is.
Lesson #1 – I hated these fabrics when thy were given to me to make a donation quilt. I hate them a little lesson now that it is together. It looked better on the design wall than it did in the picture. I think this would look better with some different fabric. I may try it with some of my own at some point. Lesson is,don’t always judge fabrics so harshly, sometimes they will surprise you.
Lesson #2 – If you don’t have a carbon monoxide detector, get one. We all could have lost our lives. Our ancient (20+ years) carbon monoxide detector, went off and would not stop. Initilly we thought it was nothing, but something said call the fire department and have it checked. It goes off when the kids unplug it or bump it and it beeps to let you know that it is on battery power. Well, when the firre department came, they opened the door and shut it immediatly. They said that they could not go in without oxygen. They suited up and returned to tell us that they had never seen carbon monoxide this high in any house. They set up some fans and got us some things we needed out of the houser and we were off to spend the night at the neighbors. The next day it turned out that the exhaust pipe from our water heater became disconnected and all the Carbon monoxide was going directly into the house. We had it repaired and the fire department came back did a recheck and we could return home. Please, if you have propane or natural gas anywhere in yur home, pleaase get one. If yours is old, please replace it. It saved us. We would have all been dead in less than 30 minutes. Lucky for us it was a nice day and we had been outside, so we had only been in the house for about 10 minutes. Phew. I was bit freaked out about the whole thing. Yikes.
I can’t even begin to count the swear words on this one. It looks simple enough and honestly I think it is. The problem is me. So, let me explain how this went, after the top was finished. “Hey Mom, shouldn’t the dog part on the top have a leg also?” Son of a nutcracker. Ugh. “Oh, and doesn’t the dog need a tail?” You have got to be kidding me. Yep, no top legs and no tail. What is going on? I have totally lost my mind. Even better after I made the leg section and finished the top, post mistakes, I found a leg section that I had made. It was not like I made it a long time ago and forgot, we are talking one day to the next. I think that quarantine is eating away my brain. This project is My One Monthly Goal. My intent is to finish it. We will see. I am supposedly heading back to work next week, so I am not sure it can happen.
So, when/while I got frustrated with this quilt top, I made some pillowcases. For me, it is something I can see being completed. This stack has 22 pillowcases. This brings my total pillowcases for charity to 44.
It also means that my stash has lost 44 yards of fabric. Trust me there is more where that came from.
So, I had the chance to look at my next charity quilt kit. Good God. It is equally as ugly (maybe more) than the last one.
Could the fabrics be any uglier? Yes, they can. See my last charity quilt. The picture on the right is the pattern I am supposed to use. On the plus side, all the 2.5-inch strips are cut. and it should be quick to put together. But, I do not like working on quilts that are not something I would ever put together. I know, charity, someone will love it.