So, I feel like it has been forever since I have posted anything. I have been working on a few things (therapy) and practicing with my rulers.
So, the beautiful dog quilt in the photo was sent to me by me dear Friend Nanette Chopin Cook of Chopin – A Passionate Quilter. We talk and she knew it was a rough couple of weeks for me for a host of reasons. She sent me this beautiful quilt top. I can’t wait to quilt it. It will be all mine. I have not stopped smiling since I opened the package. It is certainly going to be the next thing I quilt. A perfect top for the crazy dog lady. Gosh I love her. She is awesome in every way.
My daughter’s school sells Pi day Shirts and every year we get one. So, Happy Pi Day from the Nerd squad! Cow Pi’s bahahaha.
I have been working on my One Monthly Goal, but have changed the direction I am going. I was going to practice my scalloped border, but instead lost my mind with the new rulers. Not sure I actually like it on here, but it’s too late now. I am already committed. It doesn’t look to bad, but I will have a later post on my additional learnings as I continue to figure out ruler work
Epic fail on hand quilting for the HQA. So sorry. I will try to get on the path of straight and narrow again. To see all the beautiful work of those that are not slackers, click on the links below.
Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Jessisca, Sherry, Nanette, Sassy, Edith, and Sharon
Well, not much has been getting done around my house. There are a host of reasons, Kevin and Haley both sick, plumbing issues and a very large chocolate lab who thinks she can sit on me while I try to sew.
I did make some progress on my two hand quilting projects. My Dog Bone dresser scarf is 45.5 inches long. I think I only need to add 2 more dog bones. This was mostly due to the Super Bowl. As I sat on the couch, I worked on this project.
The Flower Garden project now has a total of thirty flowers. I am thinking that when I join all these together, I might use a yellow. Not to sure, but that is where my mind is at right now. To get a view of all these talented ladies hand work, click on the links below.
So , I am trying to decide what color thread I should use to quilt my “Hugs and Kisses” wall hanging. If you look closely, you can see my blue chalk lines. I plan to quilt circles (hugs). So, I was thinking gray, but I am just not sure. I really like this piece, so I don’t want to make the wrong decision. I am also concerned about quilting circles. I think it will require a lot of accuracy. Wondering if I should use a walking foot? Might have to try a test circle on some scraps to see what happens. If you have thoughts on the color, please let me know. I always get great advice from all my quilting friends.
Yes, that is my Moka wearing an activity monitor. Seemed like a good idea.
It is not really hers. My daughter got a new one that will monitor her swimming and I thought I should check how lazy Moka was. Totally lazy was the answer. I did way more steps than her today. I was all excited about that and then Kev told me that since she has four legs I had to double her step count. Not sure I agree with his logic.
So, I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions, but I am on a mission to lose some weight. Decided that I totally need to give up steroids (not the build muscles kind, the reduce inflammation kind). They were causing weight gain. They took away the pain, but I am pretty sure extra pounds cause more stress on joints, so it is a catch 22. I did good for about a week and half and then fell off the wagon. Stress did it to me. It has always been my trigger. Back on the straight and narrow path again. Ugh.
I missed the last post for the hand quilt along since I was sick, however some progress was made on hand items since I was just lying around. There was also movie watching over the holidays. I have to be doing something or the cookies and chips find their way into my mouth. So the flowers are my swim team project. While Haley is at swim practice and meets, I make the flowers. The dog bones is my TV watching project.
So, for my EPP flowers, I recently learned something. I purchased a hexie die for my papers (I use cardstock). SInce I am n longer cutting them by hand and using my accucut, each one is perfect and it certainly makes a difference in how they go together. I wasn’t having major difficulty, but it certainly made a difference.
So for my dog bone dresser scarf, I need it to be 54 inches. I am only at about 38. Ugh. I will get there. Since this is dresser scarf #4, I am sort of tired of it.
If you are interested in participating in the hand quilt along, please contact Kathy.
You can check out everyone’ progress at the following links.
Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah, Susan , Jessisca , Sherry, Nanette, Sassy and Edith.
Whew…..I kept putting it off…..
While I know it does not seem like much, one block, it was too me. A block with over 50 pieces, crazy. Now I think I need like 17 more.
I was totally scared to attempt this, however, I ended up finding it quite enjoyable and challenging. Maybe those two things go together, enjoyable and challenging. Either way, my One Monthly Goal is Finished for this month and now I need something for next month.
The instructions for this quilt come in a booklet, which I really like. For some dumb reason, it felt less daunting, just turning a page to move on. There were some complications. For this quilt, there are dogs facing left and dogs facing right. I totally got this confused on multiple occasions. I made the left one and eventually put Post-its over the pictures and instructions for the right facing block because I am not capable of not looking at it. Covering those pictures and instructions with Post-its, worked. No more issues after that. It is a cute block.
So, since there are so many pieces, there is a lot of cutting. Accuracy is totally important. There are many small pieces one inch by one inch for some. I did find a useful tool for all this cutting. It is a lifesaver, especially for me with Rheumatoid arthritis. It is a weird looking ergonomic cutter by Martelli. it even says on the package designed for arthritis and carpal tunnel, etc. It made a world of difference. I barely needed any pressure to cut, which was awesome. Some days when my hands and wrist hurt, I avoid cutting with a rotary cutter. I won a $25.00 gift card for Amazon at work and this was only $14.99. I will not use anything else whenever possible.
Sometimes I sound like a total fruit loop. However, there is some truth to it. For quite some time I have had an idea to make several dog quilts. They needed to be my own design and I wanted to be able to make some that can somehow raise money for rescues.
I have been involved with rescues before and rescued quite a few dogs. I don’t really foster much any more, because I end up keeping them and sometimes the Rheumatoid arthritis gets me, so I have to find an alternate way to help. I do have three dogs. currently only one is a rescue. Snibble was rescued from a farmer who’s dog had 13 puppies, She was the only girls and all the boys were biting her and not letting her eat. My late husband Derrick brought her home to me. She fit in the palm of his hand. She is a Chihuahua/Pug or a Chihuapug as Haley used to say.
This quilt will be mine. It is to honor my beloved dog, Koko. We got Koko for my daughter Miranda, and because I think she knew I was not a “dog” person, she picked me. She did not want Miranda, but wanted me. I quickly fell in love with her. She was my best friend. She licked away my tears through the death of both my husbands and both my parents. She was Haley’s biggest protector. The only time she did not sleep with me was when Haley was a baby. She mostly slept under her crib. Koko was a Chocolate Lab. She was very dark in color and unless she stood next to a black lab she was often mistaken for one. We referred to her as Semi-Sweet Chocolate because of her color and protective nature. I miss her dearly.
So, my quilt will have the dog appliques. I used a technique that has no waste. You cut the applique out in one piece and then use both pieces. It worked really well. So, I have actually designed the entire thing and am slowly working on getting all the pieces together. Funny thing, there are flying geese in this quilt and as I was drawing it, I realized that I had never made flying geese before. I actually had to look up a good way to make them and how to get them just the right size for my quilt. This quilt uses 8.5 inch blocks.
I like the applique. It reminds me of my Koko. If this quilt turns out well, I will make another that I can hopefully make for a rescue to sell raffle tickets for or auction off.
You can see from the princess crown she is wearing, that Haley dressed her up and made her wear crowns. We sometimes referred to her as Princess Koko. I did not think it was possible for me to love an animal as much as I loved her.
In my challenge to get better at the actual quilting, I am constantly reading advice etc, on how to do it better. The truth is, practice makes you better. However, I am always looking for products that might help me get better. So, quilting gloves helped a bit, but it was only a $10 investment. One of the things that I had been looking at was a Supreme Slider. This is supposed to make the quilt slide more easily as you quilt along. I had asked people and got mixed reviews as to whether it was a help or not, but I was still curious, however, not willing to spend $60.00 to see if it worked.
I had purchased 2 grill liners for the grilling season for $4.99 each. After one use, I found it to be the pain in the but and the unopened grill liner sat on the counter, til today. As I was making dinner a light bulb went off in my head. The grill liner was silicone and super slippery. So, after dinner I took it downstairs and cut a tiny hole in where the needle came down. I took some masking tape and taped it down to my machine table (the original one sticks on it’s own). Well, it worked like a charm. It did make things slide easier and cost less than $5.00. I know we don’t all have an unlimited money supply, so every little bit helps. If you don’t have a supreme slider, give it a try.
We also had a sad weekend. We had to say goodbye to our beautiful Clover Puppy. Clover was a dog we were supposed to be fostering. I knew the minute she walked into our house, she would never leave. That was more than 10 years ago. She was the kindest, sweetest dog that did not have a mean bone in her body. She never let the fact that she was missing a front leg slow her down. I know now that she is pain free and running with My Koko on all four legs. We will as miss her dearly.
Treasure Your Family, including the furry ones
Rescue, whenever possible
So I finished the piece that goes on my nightstand. This is my third dog bones piece (only one more to go). I am about tired of dog bones, but I think I will tough it out. Last one is for Kevin’s dresser. Besides once I am done with this sit on the couch project I will have to come up with a new one (not involving dog bones this time).
So, my free motion quilting is getting better. I know for sure that practice makes you better, but far from perfect.
I don’t hate the quilting here and my dog bones have improved by the third one.
So, my One Monthly goal for July is to trim and border the black and tan quilt I just finished quilting. I know, boring…..but it has to get done and The One monthly Goal is a good motivator.
Treasure Your Family
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.
Treasure Your Family
So, I managed to finish my one monthly goal for May. Still don’t have plans for the border, but I’m rolling a couple of ideas around in my head. I will get to it.
This piece was made from 4 mini charm packs by Monday called “Prints Charming”. I did not really like it as it was up on the design board, but I like it a lot more now that it is all sewn together. I will have to say they sewing these small pieces together, is a test of your piecing skills.
I had big plans to work on quilting this holiday weekend. Did not turn out that way. Had lot’s of plans that did not seem to work out. Sleeping in would have been nice…LOL. No chance of that happening. Managed to burn each finger on my right hand this morning, making bacon. Did not realize that the dish towel I grabbed to get the bacon out of the over was damp. My choice was to drop hot bacon grease and bacon on the dogs at my feet wanting bacon, or to burn my fingers. Easier for me to suffer than them.
Need to come up with my June Monthly Goal. Have to be easy on myself because this RA medication is still kicking my butt.
On this Memorial Day, I honor all those that have lost their lives protecting us.
Treasure Your Family