I managed to get my One Monthly Goal completed. It is a miracle since I have been struggling doing any quilting. Totally felt like I lost my quilting mojo. So I think that I have appropriately named my quilt Safari Madness. I chose this name because, well. I was so annoyed about the three camels being all together , RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER. Whew. Got that out, feel better. Then there are the Zebra’s. Here I chose to pebble the grass. Totally was not thinking. Duh. THere is also the weirdness of one set of zebras looking the opposite direction. I had nothing to do with that one, but did not notice til someone pointed it out. However, my original intent was for this to be for my future grandchild (could be ten years, could be thirty, who knows?). Just in case I never get to know this grandchild at least they will know that their Grams loved them ( I quilted the word love all around in the green border) and was slightly goofy(three camels in a row and pebbles in the grass).
This was really the most quilting I have ever done on a piece. I am not unhappy with it. I will not shy away from quilting, even designs a little more complex. It looks not to bad from the back also. I a, glad not that it is done that I don’t totally hate it, especially after all that work. Happy Sewing. Happy Quilting.
I guess takes not feeling well to realize my most favorite quilt lays over the headboard of my bed. I managed to get a cold last week. Usually not a big deal, but since I take biologic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, I have a compromised immune system. Last time I got a cold I would up with pneumonia. Anyway, going to bed and trying to do all the right things so I don’t get sick for Thanksgiving.
As a kid, whenever I got sick, I always wanted Oma’s quilt. I found comfort in this quilt and swore it made me feel better. I would always say to my Mom as a kid, “I want Oma’s blanket”. This quilt was not one that she regularly used or kept out. It was always put away, but Mom always got it out for me when I was sick.
This quilt is very old. I am not sure how old, but I remember it from when I was little. I remember being in Germany and sleeping with this quilt. Every day, Oma would hang them on the window ledge to air them out (I also remember pushing one of the ledge once so I could go and see what the kids were doing down below).
It is not the traditional quilt most of use make, but the fabric is such a high thread count it feels cool to the touch. I think this is why I liked it so much when I was feeling bad. Or, maybe it was because it was Oma’s. Whatever the reason, it is my favorite. I often forget about it, because I see it so often that I don’t even notice it anymore until I don’t feel well. Then I see it like a beacon hanging on the headboard just waiting to make me feel better. It is like getting a hug from Oma and my Mom, or as close I can got to that on this earth. For this I am thankful.
These are my daughters receiving blanket from when she was a baby. I had put them in my cedar chest to make a quilt from them. I need to make room in that cedar chest for “other things” (more quilts) for all my future grandchildren. However, I have a block on this one. I usually “see” in my mind what I want to do. I have been staring at this pile for weeks and have come up empty. There are 13 flannel blankets (several duplicates) so it is a good bit of yardage. Most are about 36×36 and a few are a bit bigger. I think there is plenty pf fabric. I just can’t figure out what to do. I am thinking it will not be a baby blanket, but something bigger maybe for my future grandchild that might be a big older who would understand that it was made from all the blankets there Mommy was wrapped up in. Gosh, I sound like a fruit loop! Being that I did wait until I was 40 to have Haley, I am always thinking that I won’t get to meet her children. This will be may way of letting them know who Grams is in case I am not here. If she waits as long as I did, I may not meet them.
If anyone has any suggestions on type of pattern or anything to release my mind block, please let me know. I always get such good advice from our blogging community. Thanks!
This contest is hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. It is a great place to see a lot of beautiful projects. There are prizes just for entering. No pressure. Prizes are randomly drawn based on entries.
My entry is My “Oma’s Treasure”. I love this Wall Hanging because it means a lot to me. Brings back a lot of memories of My Oma and my Mom, who I miss. At 53 I still want my Mom sometimes. This is also something I dreamed up, so I can claim it for my own design, even though ti is a little Loud. I had a lot of great advice from my Blog friends on things to do, which I greatly appreciate.
My Oma has been gone since I was a teen-ager. The embroidery in the middle is from a kit she sent me from Germany. I found it is a box of stuff I was going through and decided to turn it into something Quilty. As a teen. I was not to bad at embroidery.
I certainly have gotten brave in a fairly short time with my quilting. Not only did I put pebbles in the sand, but I did some thread painting on the palm trees. I am thinking that my alternate personality must be taking over again. She seems to be better and braver with quilting than I am. I should name her. I will have to think about that one.
I am finding that this quilt with all the quilting is quite time consuming. I don’t mind, especially since this is for my one day grandchild. I think about that while I am quilting it. My daughter, who is only 13, thinks I am totally crazy. But being an “Old” Mom, I worry about not being around when she has children. If she waits as long as I did, it could happen. I need to make sure that those grandkids have quilts from me whether I am here or not. While she thinks I am crazy now, I hope she apprecaites it some day, whether I am here or not.
I actually really like this piece. I had lots of advice from people on what to do and I thank all of you for your help. I so very often finish pieces and am unimpressed. This is already hanging in my dining room by all the other beautiful thinks that once belonged to Oma, Mom and now me.
Despite the fact that my Oma could not speak English, she always knew what to send me that would make me happy. Something to make or do. I believe the center embroidered piece is around 40 years old. Surprisingly, I did not do such a bad job as a kid.
The embroidered piece is made from linen, so I did add some interfacing to the back to add a bit of stability. I also sewed glass beads in the centers of some flowers to keep the batting from shifting. I went totally outside my box and did quilting outside my comfort zone and I am totally happy with it. How crazy is that? So, now, when I sit down to dinner, I can imagine Oma smiling down at me. Getting sentimental, I should stop now.
So, I found this fabric when I was going through my stash and decided that it would make a cute baby quilt. I must have thought that when I bought it, because I also have matching fabric for the back. After I cut out all the animal squares, I turned around and sewed them back together with sashing. My daughter thought this was totally crazy and a big waste of time. She kept asking why I was cutting them up and I told her “So I can sew them back together”. She just looked at me with that dumb founded look as if Mom had completely flipped out.
Even though she thinks I am crazy, it still came out cute. It went together quickly, mostly because it was simple, I am sure. Either way, I like it. Not sure how I am going to quilt it, likely something simple. It will make a great gift or go in the cedar chest for my someday, way way off grandchild.
My daughter is 13 and being an “OLD MOM”, I am always concerned that I may never meet my grandchildren. So, I make quilts for them now, just in case. Whether I am here or not, they will have a quilt form their grandmother. I know, in the words of my daughter, WEIRD.
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
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.
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.
In July, the quilt guild is having a garage sale for quilting fabric/items. I was going through some boxes looking for things I could part with (more like make room for more) and came across this embroidered item.
Right away it brought tears to my eyes. I made this from a kit that Oma sent me from Germany. She knew I was crafty and often sent me something she knew I would like to do. She also sent me a piece of silverware for my collection. I so remember looking at that silver fork and looking at my mother wondering why I always got silverware from her on my birthday and at the holidays (along with the crafty items). My mother would always tell me that I will appreciate it later. While I hated getting utensils as a present when I was a kid, Mom was right. I certainly do appreciate it now. I have an entire set of silver for 12. It is something I truly cherish. Every holiday I think of her and my mother when I get it out.
Since Oma died when I was in my late teens, I imagine this piece is pretty old. Maybe 40 years or close to it. Once I ironed it, it was perfect. Originally I think it was made to hang on your front door. I may still do that, but not until I add something quilty. I am thinking it needs to be colorful, hot pinks, oranges, lime greens. Not sure of design yet, but I may keep it simple so not to take away from the embroidery and Oma’s memory.
Tomorrow I am going to a quilt in. Yeah. Can’t wait to spend the day with my friend Lynn doing what we love.