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.
Done, quilted and bound. Just did a simple meander. The thing that bothers me about the quilt is the dark brown. It just looks wrong to me. I have another quilt top I made and I have a similar project with it. There is a color that looks all wrong in it. I can’t be to blame for this one, I did not choose the fabrics. I am sure someone will like it. I have not even opened the other charity quilt. I will get to that later. I am trying to work on the Weiner dog quilt top.
The problem I am having is that I started it a while ago. I wanted it to be big enough to put on a twin big, so I started making it bigger, but I did not write down my notes or can not found where I wrote my notes. So, I am spending a bit of time figuring out what I did, which is annoying.
I think it is a great way to use up scraps though. It is cute and I am the crazy dog lady.
So, I am on a two-week furlough from work. Hoping it is only 2 weeks. Hard to tell right now. I hope you are staying safe is this crazy world.
This was to be my One Monthly Goal, but since I have no idea what day it is, I will have to monitor my own goal. Haha. This should be quite a challenge for me.
My goal is to completely finish this quilt. Quilt and bind. Mostly, I want it finished so I don’t have to look at it anymore. I feel like I need to apologize in advance to whoever is gifted this quilt.
I have one other charity kit that I have not even opened. I am a little scared. Could it be any worse? I bet it could but hope it will not be.
Waiting to see what goes on in the world. I am still employed! Yeah!
Happy Sewing, Happy Quilting, please stay safe.
My dogs are not capable of social distancing in any form.
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.
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 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.
I have been on a mad cleaning rampage in my studio and general area.
In my cleaning, I came across a couple of quilt blocks from a quilt that I made for my niece about 15 years ago. It was a quilt full of family photo’s mostly of her but a smattering of everyone else. The blocks were about 8 x 8 and each one had a photo in the center. The back had Georgia Tech fabric. She got it for her college graduation from …..Georgia Tech. Oh, and yes, I made the Minnie Mouse costume she is wearing. I used to have a photo album of all the quilts I had made way back then, but they were lost in a flood. I should ask her for a photo.
The other photo was in my parent’s back yard. It was a really cute quilt.
So, What is new? Well, I made myself an ironing station, finally. I love it. There is so much storage. I don’t even have it filled yet (almost). I love it. It is fabulous. A hare but still awesome. I had been looking everywhere for the right storage and found it at IKEA. Each set of drawers cost about $53.00. The top is made out of birch, which I am told can deal with moisture and is very durable. I hope so.
I do actually get some sewing done. I have made a few pillowcases for my guild. These 9 bring my total up to 23 pillowcases. The pillowcases go to a shelter for abused women. They get to select a pillowcase and they put some personal care items in them. Some come with nothing, so the pillowcase becomes the first item that belongs to them after their escape.
There was a time in my life when I needed to escape. I began squirreling money away, a little at a time so it would not be noticed. Things turned out differently for me and it turned out that I did not need the money. I still have the account though as a reminder. Today I save money in that account so Haley and I can go to Europe when she graduates. Now it has a happy intent.
I am still struggling a bit with my sewing. I just can’t seem to get much done. I find myself going from one thing to the next a lot. I think that is why I made the pillowcases, so I could see something finished. I do have a baby quilt on the long arm. I picked up a UFO to work on and I have another one in the works. I think I need to get back to the “One Monthly Goal” that might help me get in the swing of things. I will put a reminder on my calendar.
A big thank you to Susan at DesertSky Quilting for mentioning her Uncle Donald Quilt. It brought such a smile to my face.
Because I am a crazy dog lady, I found the below picture hysterical. Happy Sewing, Happy Quilting