Sarcasm is abundant in my life.
I read about everyone working on UPO’s, so I got crazy and finished one that has been sitting around for quite a while. My daughter used to be a bookwork. Now that she is older there are things that are far more important. It will be a reminder though. I put the titles of many of the books that I found in her room on the “spines” of the books. If nothing else, it will be memories for her. It only took me about 5 years to finish. It will now go on list of things that need long armed. Hopefully I can get to that soon.
Pillowcases – This is something I can do, that does not make much time, but does get me in the sewing room. I just had 42 picked up from my house that will go to the shelter. It helps me get rid of some of my rather large stash of fabrics. Sometimes when I get some of them out, I really wonder what I was thinking about when I bought them. They do make fabulous pillow cases though.
So, I am slowly working on getting better. To add to all my other issues, I have a heart rate issue. It suddenly goes up for no good reason and it is constantly draining all my energy. Doc gave me something to slow it down which seems to be helping, and I will see a cardiologist in a couple of weeks. It seems that when one thing goes wrong a bunch of other things follow.
Since I have a three day weekend, I am hoping to get some sewing done. I would really like to get the quilt finished that has been on my long arm since my health went AWOL. It has been on there about 6 months, at least. Fingers crossed that it will happen this weekend.
God Bless the USA
I finished a top. It took me multiple weeks at a few minutes a day. It is something that would have normally taken me a few hours. It is not complicated in any way.
My quilt guild is doing a “Plaid Challenge“. Everyone brought in a yard of plaid, they were cut up and everyone gets a piece of each to make something quilty.
I found the fabrics pretty ugly, especially all together. I contemplated what I would do with these for some time. I did not want to make something that I would hate. I settled on this carpenter’s star. I thought using black might make it look a little better.
I don’t hate it. I cut this out prior to my surgery. I knew it would be something fairly simple to sew. I started sewing a few minutes a day about a week or so after my surgery. It took me nearly 5 weeks to get this simple top done. I found that very frustrating. I wanted to do more, but just could not.
I tried to use every bit of the fabric. I only had a very little bit left over, so I did not do too bad.
All things considered, I am doing very well according to the doctors. Spinal cord injuries and nerve damage take a long time to recover and may not be 100%. There is not way to know at this point. I do have feeling back in my arms and legs, however I still have some numbness in my fingertips. I am hoping this gets better over time. I am extremely weak, which annoys the crap out of me. I feel like a lazy slob. Super frustrating. I have no patience for this,, but also have no choice. Physical Therapy stars this week, so I will have something new to complain about.
It will be a while before I get back to using the long arm. That takes a bit of effort. I may try in the near future, but just don’t know.
Binding?? Would you use a plaid or stick to black? Let me know what you think.
So, I went a bit rogue on this block. I was finding it way to orange (even thought I like orange), I made what was supposed to dark light and vice versa and then rotated the block. It gave it a weird effect, that I find tolerable. Not totally in love it, but it does help the totally orange look that I had enough of.
I have also created a blog for our quilt guild, Marysville Crazy Quilters. Feel free to take a look at some of the quilts and projects my quilting friends are working on. The guild does a lot of charity work, which I like.
Personally, I still feel crazy. I have come to the conclusion that Covid is truly a state of mind. I don’t like it. This Covid state of mind has me less likely to quilt. I find myself staring at the TV or the ceiling of the bedroom and rarely wandering over to my studio. I have to get out of that state of mind. I am struggling to make a few blocks for a mystery quilt. Jeez. I find I do more when I actually have less time to do it. How is that right? I do have plans to make a few Christmas gifts so I better get moving. I also have had a quilt on the longarm for a couple of months. It stares at me as I walk by and yells insults at me for ignoring it. Ugh.
I hope you are all staying safe.
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.
Stay safe and away from every one
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.
Happy Sewing, Happy Quilting
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.