July 3rd was the fifth anniversary of my Husband Derrick’s death. That same day, I find that my little sister Kellie has blood clots in her lungs and is in ICU. Two of my absolute favorite people. Damn it. Derrick was the love of my life. I think about him every day. Not a day goes by where I don’t think of him, laugh, smile, shed a tear. My little sister, my best friend, keeper of all my secrets. Come on.
I went to Cleveland. Things were bad. They got worse. I wondered at one point if we would lose her. I could not bear the thought. How could someone else I love be taken from me? The list is quite lengthy for someone my age. I stayed for five days. She got better, then worse, then better. She got to leave the ICU the same evening I went home. Here in the next couple of days she will go to a rehab hospital. She does not want it, but knows she needs it. Besides the blood clots, she had pneumonia and was septic. Lots of things to recover from. The picture was from Las Vegas. Derrick was playing in a pool tournament and Kellie and I needed an excuse to go to Las Vegas. It was fun. The best time with two of my favorite people.
This is my fall quilt along block. I was done before I left for Cleveland, but never got to post it. I had issues. It does not look right. I don’t know where I went wrong, but I am convinced the instructions did not match the example. If you look at the top row and then the bottom example, they do not match (or I am crazy. Either is possible) . The one time I attempt to actually follow instruction and look what happens. It is going to stay ugly for the time being.
One of my sewing machines is down. Of course, it is the one in the cabinet that I quilt with. I will try to drop it off this weekend. Broke a needle and it kept making a weird noise. I guess a piece could be stuck somewhere. It needed cleaned anyway. No quilting for me for now. I will just have to work on piecing.
With all my personal craziness, I did not enter anything into the One Monthly Goal. ☹. Next month, maybe things will get back to normal. A girl can hope.
Treasure your Family
I am not sure how I managed to finish my One Monthly Goal, but I did. This is the quilt top given to me by Nanette. I love it. I quilted dog bones, free-handed it. That was a bit scary, but it came out all right. I used a festive multi-color thread. I love multi-color threads. I don’t know why. I am weird.
So, the back, come crazy dog fabric. I had a friend give me whole bolt of this stuff. It is sort of odd, not exactly fleece and not exactly flannel. Just weird, but perfect for my dog quilt. Yes, this is my dog quilt. I have already used it while lounging on the couch. Warm and cozy and extra special since the top was made by an extra special friend. I have plan to make another quilt like this and donate to a dog rescue so they can hopefully raise some money.
Seems that family is on the mend. Kev is getting better and my sister’s prognosis no longer seems as bleak as it once was. A long way to go, but there is light.
Once again, I am apologizing. I have gotten nearly nothing done. Both, with sewing/quilting and my personal life. There is so much going on in my personal life at the moment, I just want to go somewhere dark and warm and sleep for about a week.
For my hand quilting, I did finish the binding on this quilt…. That counts, right? I do have a piece of embroidery for a quilt, but for some dumb reason I did not take a picture of it. Next time. This binding is actually on my One Monthly Goal quilt.
Besides all my personal insanity, Kevin (AKA man-friend) has gout so horribly he can hardly walk. My little sister is also not well, and honestly, that is just not allowed. As the older sister, I just want to take it all away for her. Regardless of her age, she will always be my little sister and damn it, it is not her turn.
Please visit all the other wonderful people who actually get things accomplished:
Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan , Sherry, Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon and Bella.
March is over. Yeah. So, I am going to get the quilting done on my special dog quilt for my one monthly goalmy one monthly goal. I have started, but have a long way to go. My intent is to have it completely done, binding and all. I decided that I would do an all over dog bone pattern. So far, it is going OK. I don’t hate it.
I have multiple projects going, so I am hoping to get a few things done.
So, in my March month of hell, there was a very bright note. My 13-year-old eighth grader passed her entrance tests to college and actually gets to start this summer. Helping her prepare and running to the testing center, was one of the many things that sucked up my time. I am very proud of her. I would like to take all the credit for her smartness, but I can only take full credit for her smart a$$ness.
Wonderful thing here in Ohio, kids who can pass the tests can get up to 2 years of college credit totally free, including books. If all goes well, she can start college after high school as a junior. Also, her college classes count as her high school classes, so she is not doing double work. I might have enough money to fund those last two years. She does not understand how important it is, but I was fortunate to leave college without any loans (thanks Mom and Dad). At the time, I did not realize the importance, but there are people my age still paying back college loans. Yikes! I don’t want that for my daughter.
So, I finished my one Monthly goal and I don’t like it one bit. O, my intent was to use this to practice my curved borders. However, I got new rulers and got all excited about that and we have some pretty awful ruler work. I thought about tearing it all out, but I just did not feel like it. They are not all bad, but there are a couple that are pretty hideous, not to mention that for whatever reason my measuring skills were totally non-existent. I will use it on my table. Everyone always makes a big mess anyway…..It will blend in with the quilting.
This is the crazy birthday month. All the kids’ birthdays are this month, along with my late mother, and my late husband, Derrick. While I understand what everyone was doing that July before, I just do not understand why, myself included. Fourth of July is really not that exciting. So, the month has been getting gifts and making food and it is not over yet. Still one tomorrow and Friday, Haley has some of her friends over. Teenagers. Great. They will eat all the food, drink all the pop, and be super annoying. Such is life being the parent of a teenager.
Due to all the crazy birthday stuff, I get little or nothing accomplished from a quilting perspective. Add in there that I really miss my Mom and I have spent the month constantly thinking about Derrick and feeling a bit sorry for myself. There have been numerous times that I just wanted to call Mom and talk to her about “things”. Next month will be Dad’s birthday and I was totally a Daddy’s girl. Yeah.
Then there is the fact that, the first dead husbands brother died. Haley wanted to see him before he passed. I took her. I had not seen these people in nearly 10 years. It was stressful, but not nearly as awful as I had managed. Sad that he is gone, I always really liked him. At least he will have some good company.
Gosh, I sound depressing. I don’t feel as bad as it sounds. Sometimes, life just happens. I need to get more sewing/quilting in and chase away the blues.
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, this was my conversation the other night with my significant other. The conversation started because I was telling him that Lynn and I were going to do our own “Sew In” in our dining room. One thing led to another and he informed me that only little old ladies quilt.
“So, I am a little old lady?”(me). His response was, “well if the shoe fits”. Then he went on to tell me that his Mom did this stuff. What stuff?(me) “You know did things with yarn” (him). “You mean like crochet?”(me) “Yah, that kind of stuff”(him).
Well, just for your information, not all the people in my quilt guild are old”. (me) The majority, the average age?(him) !!%%%&&& (words I should not type). “Just so you know I have done this my whole life, not just since I have known you” (me). “Why are you getting so offended?” (Him). “Well, I think you just called me old, and all my friends.” I am tempted to give you all his phone number and email address to set him straight, however this little old lady may find alternative methods of showing him the error of his ways. Lynn can punch him when she sees him.
I now have all my blocks for my free quilt top from Red Rooster quilts. I was pleasantly surprised to see that week 26 was binding. Gosh I love free stuff, especially quilt stuff. I hope they do it again. So now, I need to put it all together. I already have the backing, so I should be good to go. I really do like Orange.
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!