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.
Happy Sewing, Happy Quilting
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!
So, I have acquired quite a few fat quarter packs that have five fat quarters. I wanted to figure out something to do with these. If you only have on fat quarter pack of the same design you could be limited to what you can do. I do love babies so I decide that I needed to find a pattern that was friendly to these 5 fat quarter bundles. Baby quilts it is.
I could not find any pattern that was suitable or that I liked, so I made my own. I really liked the dog fabric, so I wanted to make sure that I could showcase the dog prints. I had a few issues with the size of things, so this is not perfect, but the next one, I will have just right. I don’t have any fancy quilting software, so I was just drawing on paper. It was super simple to make and with the 5 fat quarter pack and a yard of solid, I made a cute baby quilt. I sort of like it.
I quilted dog bones into the quilt with my homemade dog bone ruler and put dog fleece on the back. I like fleece on the back because it is very forgiving. However, I find it much harder for some unknown reason to quilt. My shoulders are killing me after quilting when there is fleece on the back.
So, what did I learn? I managed to sew the binding on by machine entirely. Never did it before. Watched a couple of video’s. For a first time, it is not too bad. I don’t mind the hand binding on the back, but for some things, I think sewing it on is acceptable and I have to tell you that I have never had better looking corners. ever.
So, I feel like it has been forever since I have posted anything. I have been working on a few things (therapy) and practicing with my rulers.
So, the beautiful dog quilt in the photo was sent to me by me dear Friend Nanette Chopin Cook of Chopin – A Passionate Quilter. We talk and she knew it was a rough couple of weeks for me for a host of reasons. She sent me this beautiful quilt top. I can’t wait to quilt it. It will be all mine. I have not stopped smiling since I opened the package. It is certainly going to be the next thing I quilt. A perfect top for the crazy dog lady. Gosh I love her. She is awesome in every way.
My daughter’s school sells Pi day Shirts and every year we get one. So, Happy Pi Day from the Nerd squad! Cow Pi’s bahahaha.
I have been working on my One Monthly Goal, but have changed the direction I am going. I was going to practice my scalloped border, but instead lost my mind with the new rulers. Not sure I actually like it on here, but it’s too late now. I am already committed. It doesn’t look to bad, but I will have a later post on my additional learnings as I continue to figure out ruler work
Epic fail on hand quilting for the HQA. So sorry. I will try to get on the path of straight and narrow again. To see all the beautiful work of those that are not slackers, click on the links below.
Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Jessisca, Sherry, Nanette, Sassy, Edith, and Sharon
I feel I am allowed to make fun of myself. So, what dumb thing did I manage to do this time? As I was getting out of my lovely new hot tub, the steps slipped and I went with them. Falling about 3 and half feet to the concrete. Let’s see I had a baseball on the back of my head, the underneath part of my arm is black and blue, about a soccer ball sized bruise on my left side rib cage and and equally sized one on my backside. Also sprained
a wrist and black and blue right kneecap (not sure how that one happened everything else was left side). Needless to say, everything hurts. Thank god it was dark out. I imagine it was quite a site. Of course my cell phone went flying so I had to crawl to it to call Kev for some help. He spent the rest of the night checking on me to make sure I did not have a concussion. Well, I am pretty sure this will take a bit of time to recover. Thank God I did not break my arm or wrist. It would have seriously impacted my projects. Whew.
So, when I am not falling down, I seem to be wandering form project to project, not doing what I really should be doing. These baby bibs have been laying on my sewing cabinet unfinished for months, so I picked them up and finished them. I will put them in the cedar chest for my one-day grandchild. They are up-cycled from my jeans. I need to be working on my one monthly goal and my quarterly goals, but of course I am doing something else.
This weekend I am supposed to be attending Quilt Wars with my Quilt Guild, however, given my current condition, I am not sure I am going to make it. I am uncomfortable sitting, laying basically anything. The only place I am not uncomfortable is in the hot tub and that is what started the whole mess in the first place. Ugh.
I started investigating quilt storage, becsaue I have several quilts that I plan on keeping for my daughter. Then, I have a couple laying around that have not yet told me their purpose.
I am also the crazy dog lady, so there are also three dogs running around at all times, so finding a way to store them seemed like a good idea and less work than cleaning dog hair from them several times. I found someone selling muslin drawstring bags for about $25.00 each. Hmmmm. So, I dug up some muslin in one of my many boxes of fabric and went to work. I decided to take a scrap from one of my projects and use it so I would easily know which quilt was in the bag without opening it. I am pretty sure these bags will stop my quilts from constantly getting “Dogged Up” as I tell my dogs, as if they know what it means when I tell them to stop dogging up my quilts (crazy dog lady for many reasons). I have one of my little dogs, Snibble, that wants to test them before I am done binding. If I sit down with a quilt on my lap to do binding, she is immedialty underneath it making sure it is adequately warm. So, my quilts are totally dog approved before I do anything with them. When I am done, there is a lot of de-dogging that goes on. I am hoping this stops me from having to do it multiple times.
Pretty simple to make. Could also be dual purpose, ecspecially with the baby quilt. The bag could be stuffed into the diaper bag to hold dirty clothes or anything. I would like to get my sizing a little better. I actually did better on the first one (baby quilt) that the bigger one. I have a couple of others to do and will hopefully get the hang of the sizing. It is really not exaclty one size fits all. They still work, even though the one for the black quilt is a bit large.
I put a pocket on the front. I did this mostly, becasue I wante to write my daughter notes about the quilts I made for her, but that would certainly work for all of my quilts. Once I have it down, I will write some simple intructions.
So, after my June free motion quilting seminar, I have decided to branch out a bit. I am going to quilt an actual quilt, in the very near future (could be my August One Monthly Goal Project) with something other than meandering or a version of meandering. Big scary move for me. So, my “Zipper Quilt” top, I want to use a flower free motion design. However, I plan to do it on a smaller baby quilt first. I already have that top ready to go. Just need to get up the courage to do it.
Needless to say, I have been practicing (Using my cheap grill liner as a slider). All the practice got me thinking. My square sandwiches looked like potholders. So, I decided to make my final practice pieces into potholders. I bought a piece of the special thermal batting. I made all my practice sandwiches and on the last couple, when I had the hang of it, I made Minion potholders. I need to bind them, but I have plenty of binding scraps I can use. I have found that I make better flowers when I work from left to right and I like them best with 5 petals. Then. as I bind my potholders, I can also practice my corners. I don’t like binding corners either. Jeez, I have so many issues. But now, I have a few handmade gifts when needed.
The quilting on my Minion potholders is not too bad. I hope I can do the same on my baby quilt and then off to my “Zipper Quilt”. It is hard not to smile at a minion.
My one monthly Goal for July was to trim and bind my 9 patch. Yeah. Completed. This quilt has a loopy meandering. It is not too bad. Pretty sure I have meandering, and multiple variations of it, down packed. At this time, I have no plans for this quilt, just glad I can consider it finished.