Yep, three flowers is all I got completed for the Hand Quilt Along. I guess it is better than nothing. I also did some binding….so I guess my fingers are a bit sore. I try to wear a thimble which is sometimes successful, but other times I find them annoying.
Here in central Ohio we have had Snowmageddon this past weekend. Everyone was freaking out. No parking at the grocery store (I heard) so I opted to go grocery shopping at midnight on the eve of Snowmageddon. All I can say is, ridiculous. Nothing on the shelves and I still stood in line for 20 minutes. While we did get more snow than I am used to seeing here in central Ohio, compared to what I grew up with, it is nothing. Please visit all the wonderful ladies participating in the Hand Quilt ALong and see their progress.
So, I have some hand quilting progress. It is a great way to keep my hands busy and the mind sometimes. Quilting and sewing are my therapy. They are helping me deal with the loss of my sister. It gives me something else to think about. This fish may be my favorite so far. Although, the farting seahorse is a close second. It was my dear sister Kellie who dubbed it the farting seahorse. I may end up naming this quilt, the farting seahorse quilt, just for her.
Please visit all these wonderful women and see what they have been up to.
You can tell Kellie had a sense of humor, I mean, really a farting seahorse? Leave it tohHer. I searched high and low for a picture from my wedding, but could not find it. It would have made this story so very appropriate.
When I married my first husband, Jerry, all my sisters were in my wedding along with
my long time friend Kim. I chose a sensible dress that could be ordered from J.C. Penny. It was Jade in color. I will never forget waiting at the church and in walks my older sister, Karen. Kellie immediately broke out into song (Sesame Street). “One of these things is not like the other one, not like the other one, not like the other one.” Karen’s dress was a different dye lot. It was much darker than everyone elses. She was very upset. I was just laughing. Kellie proceeded to sing under her breath at the altar. I miss her sense of humor. I want to talk to her.
The other night for the first time in my life, I saw a shooting star. I wished for a dream about Kellie where I could talk to her. I am still waiting.
Another block for my under the sea quilt I am getting a reasonable amount of them. Before I know it I will have enough. Hopefully, that will happen before I get bored with making these blocks. Hard to tell with me. I do tend to go from one thing to another. Please visit all these wonderful ladies and look waht they have been making:
I have also managed to finish the quilting on the firefly quit. I am currently working on the binding. Kev’s (man friend) sister is pregnant, so I have designed a baby quilt for her. I am nearly finished with that top. Simple, bit away to showcase some cute fabric
The news is devastating. She now requires surgery as her bowels have quilt working. She can not have the surgery because she would not survive it. The outlook is bad. Her husband texted me yesterday and told me to expect to need to come up later this week or next. My heart is breaking.
This is my beautiful sister Kellie. I call this winter Kellie because she is all snugged up in her winter coat. She is so beautiful.
Fainéant, means slacker in French. Yes, I am one. I totally meant to do my Hand Quilt Along post before and schedule it, but no, that did not happen. It has just been an insane week at my house. Kids and sports, spent the weekend with my sister, just non stop. So I apologize to all my fellow hand quilters for being a Fainéant. I felt I used the word Slacker to much, so I figured I needed a new term. I am adding one more block to my under the sea collection. This month we have a whale. I do have to tell you, my last months post brought some criticism form some Facebook followers (my sister mostly). She insisted that my seahorses were farting. I tried to explain that it was meant to be swirls of water, but no, according to her it was pretty clear. Farting Seahorses. Now I look at my seahorses in a little different light. Darn it.
Please visit all the lovely ladies in the hand quilt along that are not Fainéants.
So, because I get easily bored, I have sort of moved on to another hand project. I actually finished this piece in just one evening. I have plans to incorporate this into an under the sea quilt. I think (will have to look) that I have the fabric for this quilt. I will have to hunt for it. To see more fabulous hand work, please visit the ladies below:
I also made these key chains. My guild attends a festival in late summer that is a big fund-raiser for us. They sell items that the guild members make and donate. Being in central Ohio, I thought these key chains might be something that could sell.
Yep, that is all I got done this past month for the Hand Quilt Along. Ugh. It has been a rough month at the Brewer House, but I think things are looking up. I do most of y hand sewing at swim practice and winter swim has officially ended. We will now start swimming clinics until Summer Swim starts. I also, did not have my vehicle for three weeks and half the contents of my hand sewing bag had spilled out without my knowledge. So, I was missing a bunch of stuff. So, to see all the wonderful hand quilting progress from people who actually got something accomplished, please visit the following:
Well, I have not gotten much accomplished. I have three blocks finished and a pile of cupcake papers sewn, but that is as far as I have gotten. I do love the cupcake papers. They work so well on charm squares. PLease make sure to take the time to review all the other participants in the Mystery quilt along. I am sure they are not nearly the slacker I am.
I actually really like this piece. I had lots of advice from people on what to do and I thank all of you for your help. I so very often finish pieces and am unimpressed. This is already hanging in my dining room by all the other beautiful thinks that once belonged to Oma, Mom and now me.
Despite the fact that my Oma could not speak English, she always knew what to send me that would make me happy. Something to make or do. I believe the center embroidered piece is around 40 years old. Surprisingly, I did not do such a bad job as a kid.
The embroidered piece is made from linen, so I did add some interfacing to the back to add a bit of stability. I also sewed glass beads in the centers of some flowers to keep the batting from shifting. I went totally outside my box and did quilting outside my comfort zone and I am totally happy with it. How crazy is that? So, now, when I sit down to dinner, I can imagine Oma smiling down at me. Getting sentimental, I should stop now.
Happy Holidays from my house to yours. We begin our trip through the Christmas village with a stop at the quilt shop (what else?). This is one of my favorite pieces. I hunted/waited for while to find it.
So, my village has multiple places that are important in a special way. SO, I have the log cabin and wild animals, compelte with an outhouse. This is Derrick’s place (my late husband)/ He was totally an outdoor guy and wanted a log cabin. In front of that we have our Ohio State House and Fan center, complete with Tailgate party. THis is for our biggest OSU an and my manfriend, Kevin.
Over on the other side of the village we have Uncle Donald’s place Complete with Farm House, Barn, silo and tractor. Yep, the same Uncle Donald that made quilts. Gong to his farm and visiting him and Aunt Helen was one of my favorite things to do.
Then of course we have a few of my favorite things. A dog rescue and a dog training academy. We have these in honor of my late great Koko, that spurred my deep love and affection for dogs. We now have 4 dogs and have rescued many other and a few kitties along the way. I tried to bring home a baby fox that came to my car one day, and Kevin put his foot down.. They were so cute. I know he was right. I am sure Momma was not far away.
I totally love the fountain Kevin got me this year. It changes colors and actaully has water in it. It is so pretty. He knows the things I love.
Of course we have
Bethlehem. It sets up from the village in a
desert. The whole village is about 15 feet long. There are so many build
ings. I even have more that don’t make it on to the table because I am out of room.
One of the oldest pieces I have is the ice skating ring, where there is actual ice skating going on. I am sure I have had this one for nearly 25 years. And yes that is Santa flying over the ice skating ring. Christmas Music also plays as Santa flys above the village. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. My best to all of you and your families.
I found that quilting this piece was easier than others. I think it is because it is small and it made doing things other than meandering easier. While I feel slightly better about my quilting, I am pretty sure as soon as I go to bigger piece I will have the same issues.
I also like Halloween. I have another embroidered Halloween piece that I need to turn into something. I can’t just sit in front of the TV. My hands must always be occupied. So, I wind up embroidering something that I can put in my quilts.
I know, practice, practice, practice the quilting.
I want to get to a point where I can do the quilting with ease……
So, While I was going through boxes of sewing supplies, fabric etc… I came across these baby bibs. I believe I made them over 20 years ago. I had no children and I was not even thinking about getting married.
Ever since my older sisters had kids and I became an Aunt, I loved making things for babies and kids. My sister Karen’s kids had the greatest Halloween costumes. I made my nephew a dinosaur once. The tail was so long and big he had to tie a roller-skate to it so he did not drag a hole in it. I made my niece Minnie mouse and a belly dancer costume. My daughter has also had a butterfly and a witch costume (with a fancy witch gown). I don’t do much costume making these days, but spend lots of time on quilts and other crafty things.
I remember making these bibs. I used Kona cotton and traced the design with a pencil while I had them taped to the sliding glass door of my single girl condo. Oh the memories. I will put these away for that Grandchild I hope to meet one day.