I am my own enemy in every respect. Let’s start with My Holiday table piece. I had this beautiful pumpkin fabric that I loved. So I found my pattern and cut it out. After I sewed a couple of sections together, I realized that this was a directional patterned fabric. and was going to look totally stupid. Pumpkins going every different direction. My words at the time are not fit to repeat. So, I finished it and then practiced some quilting, which pretty much winded up looking like a two year old scribbling on paper. I used it on Thanksgiving anyway. No one but me noticed the disaster.
So, issue number 2. I fractured my foot. Dont know when or how. Mentioned to the Doc when my toes started burning and I wanted them removed (just kidding) and soon I was sporting this fabulous attire (left). Oh joy, just in time for Holiday shopping.
So, now we can move onto dumb ass move #3. So last night, while wrapping Christmas presents, I single handedly managed to shove a pair of scissors into my thigh and then promptly shove them through the top of my hand. Went in around the thump, pointy end came out the top of my hand somewhere. While this occurred, I truly have no idea of the sequence of events. Did it need stitched? Probably. Did I get them? Noooooo. It was 9pm at night and I was so annoyed with myself. Needless to say my daughter and Significant other have taken away all sharp objects. I am now destined to use blunt nose scissors under supervision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a pattern I tested for Denise at For the Love of Geese. I believe she calls it “Twilight”. I am far from a good paper piecer, however, I love the way this one turned out. I think I will eventually get the hang of things. It is mostly fabric I had. The only thing I purchased was the dark blue grunge border. I think it has a lot going on. The blues I used was leftover from a fat quarter pack I think that I got 20 years ago.
I am getting the hang of the longarm. I still struggle a bit with tension, but I used rulers this time and it came out pretty good. I am happy with my quilting. It is starting to look way better.
I do not know what I am going to do with this quilt, I have no plans at this time. I might just look at it for a while.
Yes, I finished something! This is my Zipper quilt. It is a Missouri star quilt pattern. I think I chose to do this quilt becasue I had a couple of charm packs and it is charm pack friendly. Had to wash this quilt, why? Well, My little Ruger AKA, Polly Pissy Pants, felt the need to mark it as his because it was hanging off the edge of th table. Super annoying but I still love him.
I did long arm this quilt, just some swirls, nothing fancy. But it was easy and was much quicker than doing it on my domestic.
The back was something I had in my stash forever. It works!
The news – So the past year has been super trying for me. The loss of my sister, the loss of my job etc. So, I took a new job last April that I knew that I was way over qualified for. I hated it. Met some really good people, but just not for me.
I started interviewing for a different job about a month later. It took from May until now. I start tomorrow. So, while I have always worked on Columbus, I now have a job 5.5 mies from my house, paying more money. Honda North America is right around the corner and I have wanted to work there. Finally, I got a job in IT for them. I had interviewed for a few other jobs there, but finally got a good one. I was driving 50 miles to work, and now it will be less than 6 miles and I am not overqualified. In comparison my benefits are leaps and bounds better. There are way more and they cost less. Please be the dream/last job I will have. Gosh I hope so. So, I am hoping that this is one more step in the right direction of me feeling like me.
Where have I been? Jeez, no kidding. I feel like it has been forever. Sure has been a rough year.
I have been practicing my long arm. Just about done with this one. Nothing crazy. just simple stuff to start. I like this quilt. Funny, because I said I was going to practice on an “ugly one”. I will get to that.
So, the below machines are not pretty, but they are packed with memories. The Kenmore on the left was the machine my parents bought when my older sisters were doing the “Home-Ec” thing. It was the only machine I sewed on for years.
The one on the right, was my grandmothers. The last thing she sewed on that machine were my kindergarten clothes. After that she got glaucoma and could no longer see. When I would visit, this is the machine I would sew things together with. I would just sew strips of fabric together. Little did I know it would lead to a life long passion for collecting sewing machines and fabric. My sister Karen had my grandmother’s machine and gave it to me when I saw her this past summer. I just had them both serviced and they are working perfectly.
I have fabric that my Uncle brought my grandmother when he was in Hawaii (military man). I have saved it many years. I will incorporated it in a quilt and use her machine to piece it.
On the one Mom and Dad bought, I will sew the memory quilts from my little sister Kellie’s clothes that her husband gave me. I have sort of begun, but there are so many memories that come back when I look at these clothes, it is hard.
While these machines are nothing special, they are special. At least to me.
I got a Handi-Quilter Simply Sixteen and a little foot frame. I am so excited. I have wanted one for a long time, but I find it so hard to spend money on something I want. I constantly think about the fact that I still have a child to educate blah blah blah. The household consensus was “you really need to do something for you”. SO, I got crazy and did.
It was super easy to set up. I was off practicing my quilting in no time. The hardest part was adjusting the tension.
Now I am afraid to start on one of the many tops I have waiting. I will have to bite the bullet and do it. I think I will likely start with one of my ugly quilts.
More to come.
Tomorrow is that day. The day I lost my sweet sister Kellie. While it huts every day, that day is a reminder that I would rather not have. I have to go to the office, which I am not sure is a good thing or a bad thing. Hoping it keeps my mind occupied. If nothing else, at least it will be just me, hiding in my office.
My family from Germany is coming to visit. They should be arriving in the states today. They have three weeks planned out. We will be meeting up with them in Washington DC in a couple of weeks. I have never met my cousin’s wife or daughter. I am very excited to meet them in person. We do chat and sometimes talk on WhatsApp.
So, Sophia and Christine, love horses. They send me videos of Sophia riding her horse frequently, which I enjoy. So, I made a horse quilt for her.
IT gave me such grief. Mostly due to the fact that sometimes, I am just a dumba$$.
So, this was one of the quilts that I was basting when I had the spray debacle. Funny thing that turned out to be the least of my problems. I had this all rolled up ready to be basted. Thought I was ahead of the game. Hahaha. Turns out that as I reached the bottom of the basting, I failed to measure this quilt. I could say I improperly measured, but truth be told, I never measured it at all. So, turns out my backing and batting was a few inches too short.
No way to unglue all that. I decided to quilt it and leave 6 inches unquilted and then figure out what to do. I sort of figured that I will piece the batting and backing on.
Well, I managed to piece in the piece of batting, not a big deal. However, I had left over arrow fabric that I was going to use to piece across the bottom. Wrong. Came out totally wonky and looked like a crazy person did it. I think the problem was that it was directional and sewing the fabric on was not as easy as I thought. Ended up finishing the quilting without the back and hand sewing a piece clear across the back along the bottom (light green).
I really did not like this quilt the entire time I was working on it, however now that is is finished, I do like it. It looks like a horse quilt for a little girl and that is what I was going for. The back came out OK despite my issues.
I got word today that they were in New York. Looking forward to meeting up with them!