I am still alive. The weather in Ohio stinks. Snowing again. I am so over winter.
Not much progress on the hand quilt along, but there is a bit. Thought I would get this one done while my daughter took her midterm yesterday, but that did not happen. Ended up talking to a friend on the phone instead. Haley aced the midterm for medical terminology at Columbus State. Got a 98%! Woo hoo. Not bad for a 14-year-old. Sometimes, she is like her mother. LOL
This is a block for my someday, under the sea quilt. Hopefully, I will have more progress soon. Please visit all the wonderful ladies and view their wonderful work. They are awesome.
, and Gretchen
I missed out on the one Monthly Goal last month, so I need to get moving. I am going to finish the Star Wars quilt. Quilt and bind. That is the plan. I hope it finishes better than the photo. Not to fond of it right now. I plan on quilting stars with my ruler. We will see what happens.
Treasure your Family
So, I made this table runner, however, I can not receive full credit. Nanette – doitrightquilter.com sent me a box of miscellaneous items and fabric. These adorable little blocks were in the box. I hung them up on my design wall until I figured out what I was going to do with them. They were just to cute to ignore.
So I arranged them until I had them the way I wanted and sewed them up. I did a small meander for my quilting. Oddly making sure I kept the meandering small and similar in size, was not an easy task. I kept having to check myself to make sure I was not getting bigger as I went along. I used a light variegated thread and I did not quilt any of the prints (except background fabrics). I wanted to give the blocks a bit of a 3-D look. It worked for the most part.
I really enjoyed making this. I am currently working with some other blocks that Nanette sent me. It is sort of like a quilt puzzle. I take what I have and see where it fits together. Thank you Nanette!.
Treasure your Family
Only one more block to go. This one is sort of OK. My color choices were a bit ugly, but it is a barn, so I guess it is OK. Only that pesky owl is left. I am doing quilt as you go, so I have no idea what it will look like.
What is this photo? Well, this would be a group of 4 inch square blocks that was somewhere on my table and I managed to quilt it into the quilt I was working on. Lesson learned – TOTALLY CLEAN OFF YOUR TABLE WHEN YOU QUILT SOMETHING. Duh. SO I picked out some stitching after mumbling under my breath quite a bit. This was the second oops while quilting this quilt. The first one was when I tried to use a silky thread on the top and in the bottom and crazy stuff started happening. Loops and well…just plain crazy stuff. Once I went to a cotton on the top, all craziness ceased.
Love the ones you are with
When I started my blog a couple of years ago, I was thinking about what I would like to do when I retire. I had no idea that I would wind up creating such awesome friendships with some of the most kindest caring people. I had no idea that would happen, yet it did.
I lost my beautiful little sister on September 19, 2018. It was something unimaginable to me. She was my best friend, pal, travel buddy and confidant. SHe accepted me for who I was and never questioned my judgment, even when she probably should have. She stood by me during a time in my life when no one else did.
So many of my blog friends reached out to me. I was overwhelmed by their kind words, While their kind words brought tears to my eyes, they were not all in sadness. I had made friendships with people I had never met, yet they knew me and wanted to comfort me. I was humbled.
When I received the news that Kellie had left me, I knew I needed to do something that meant something to me and Kellie. I knew Kellie would be cremated and taken to the beach. She was an avid dog lover, like me, but her husband was very allergic to dogs, so she spent a lot of time at my house, “Getting her dog fix” as she used to say. I had a dog quilt. Nanette had sent me the top and I had quilted and finished it. I loved that quilt. I called Nanette, like a blubbering idiot and asked her if she minded I sent that quilt with Kellie. She, of course told me that she was perfectly fine with it. While it may seem odd to cremate a quilt with someone, I found comfort in knowing that a part of me would forever be with her.
I love you all dearly and thank you for your words and kindness throughout this difficult time.
So, I made a baby quilt when I was pregnant using the quilt as you go method. I did not like it at all. That was 14+years ago. I am thinking over time I may have gained skill, knowledge and patience. Jeez, I hope I gained something. I belong to a Facebook group for quilt as you go. I have seen quite a few beautiful quilt as you go pieces, so I thought maybe I should re-investigate this method.
So, since I am participating in the Fall quilt Along, I thought this might be the time to give it a shot. So, I watched a few videos again on quilt as you go. I was especially fond of Leah Days videos on this technique. Gosh she makes it look easy. So, Since the fall quilt along is blocks, I figured that it would be a good one to do.
So, I took the plunge. I quilted my hedgehog block. I don’t hate it yet, but I have not tried to put them together yet either. That will be the tell-tale sign for me. Time will tell.
So, the dear Nanette of Chopin a Passionate Quilter, sent me this top to, as she said, “Practice On”. I find it the perfect piece for my dining room table, since I always need to have something quilty on my dining room table.
I have a quilt that has been on my design wall for quite some time. I am not done with it, but hope to get there. This past week, I have done a few of the curved blocks each evening. It is my moon and stars quilt. So, on this table topper I practiced my moon and stars quilting. It was actually quite fun. I made pock-marked moon and stars using my star shape ruler. After doing this piece, I will not have a problem with my quilt. I also have a lovely piece for the dining room table. It adds some color that my boring dining room needs.
I do have to admit that I had everything done on this quilt before all my crazy drama. I even had the binding sewn on. I just needed to fold over and hand finish. Off course, I do this while sitting on the couch, right next to my basket of sit on the couch sewing/quilting supplies.
I am getting back to feeling like a human, which I am grateful for. Summer is almost over and in the very near future it is school shopping and princess will be back at school. Time flies, even when you are not having fun. LOL.
I would say it was a miracle that I completed my One Monthly Goal, but I have already used that headline…LOL. I finished my “Starry Starry Night” quilt. This was a top that I paper pieced for Denise at For the Love of Geese as a pattern test (She does have some lovely patterns). It came out not too bad, considering I don’t consider myself a very good paper piecer.
I had a lot of fun quilting this project. I think that is because I like how the quilting came out. I wish I had chosen a different thread for the front, because I wound up liking the back a lot. I used a variable thread on the front, and all I see is the the light part of the thread, which shows any mistakes. I do not have a long arm, so I am always using my domestic machine and I always want to get the “longarm” look on my domestic machine. I know it takes a lot of practice to become proficient and I have been working on it. However, I found these rulers (not sure why some are called rulers) at my local quilt shop. I quilted this using the Star shape. It made making beautiful stars on my domestic machine easy. They come out nearly perfect. I am still getting used to using them, so not every star is perfect, but I like it. I think I will keep this quilt for one of my future grandchildren.
This is the last photo I have of my birds. They have all flown the nest. I see them in the yard, learning about life, trying to get food. It was wonderful watching them hatch and grow each day.
Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend.
So, you know what really stinks? When you finally get around to doing something and it is screwed up. So, my one monthly goal is to quilt this quilt. So, I spray basted it about a week ago. I go to get it and it looks like this. So, the border was totally jacked up. It looked fine when I had it all laid out, but I like to wait until that spray basting is dry. Ugh. So, more finagling with the border. I am trying to figure out what I did. Did I stretch it out when I basted it? Do I not know what square is? Could be either, I have my moments. Will have to figure out something. Open for suggestions.
So, on a more positive note. My star quilting looks awesome. I love this ruler, even though it is not really a ruler. It makes it look like I am way better than I am. It is hard to mess up. Perfect stars. This was my test piece, until I figure out what to do with my border.
Baby birds look about the same. Getting more feathers though. It rained a lot here yesterday, so I watched Mom and Dad collect worms for the babies. So cute. This morning when I left, it was sprinkling, and Mama was sitting on the nest, keeping the babies dry and warm.
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.
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.