I finally finished this runner for Kevin’s dresser. It truly is a miracle. This has been a good year in the making. Funny thing, as I look at the photo, I realize that there is one extra row between the Ohio State dog bone and the black and pink dog bone. I get that is what I get for winging it. Never noticed it until I looked a the photo.
I actually even managed to quilt and bind this one (it is even on his dresser (finally). I used a special ruler to quilt this one. Why is it special? I made my own dog bone ruler and it worked perfectly. More on that later. To see all the fabulous work by the rest of the ladies in the Hand quilt along please visit the following sites:
, and Gretchen
Treasure your family
So, I am going to try and participate in the One Monthly Goal. I have missed two months. I am not sure I am going to be successful in any way. This is the lightning bug block I turned into a baby quilt. Decided that I did not want to make 15 more of these. My goal is to get it quilted. Not sure if I can manage this goal or not, it just depends on what happens. I may need to quilt to keep my mind off of things. I will at least give it shot. I do wonder what color I should use for the quilting. I am thinking maybe a pale yellow, but I am not sure.
Sadly, My sister has taken a turn for the worse. She is currently in a coma and on life
support. I spent 5 days in Cleveland and returned home yesterday. It was a heart wrenching time, sitting, waiting and thinking. The prognosis is not good. I now, just wait for my phone to ring and panic every time it does.
The picture is the day she got married to her wonderful and caring husband Matt. She is walking with my Dad, who I miss terribly, especially now. They are two of my most favorite people in the world. Dad is smiling and Kellie is so beautiful. I don’t want to lose my best friend, yet it is so hard watching her suffer. I want her to have peace, whatever that means. My sister has 2 children, they are 18 and 21. My heart hurts for them. Her husband, Matt, is so wonderful with her. He does not miss a day or a doctor. He keeps everything straight and knows every detail of what is going on. He has had to make some very hard decisions. He is a wonderful man.
Treasure your Family
So, I have some experience paper piecing. For this block, there were 2 versions. One for beginners and one for someone more advanced. I set out to do the more advances one, but I could not get it to print correctly, so I ended up doing this one, which I actually like better.
So, I had difficulty with this block. I struggled with paper piecing such large pieces. Since I am using scraps (Thank you Nanette), I had to make them fit and found it extremely difficult with the larger pieces of the block. My seam ripper and I became quite good friends. I don’t need those type of friends.
I really do like the Fall quilt along, but have notices that my blocks vary quite a bit in size. I have some that are 13.5 and this one finished at only 12 inches. This will make it very interesting since I am attempting the Quilt as You go method. We will be doing some creative trimming.
So, this is my firefly test block. I am unsure if I like it or not. I really liked the sample, but am unsure If I like mine. I am trying very hard not to buy new fabric and use what I have. My daughter says it looks like a bee. There is a bee variation for this pattern, but that is not the patch I went down. I explained to her that I would have a black stripe in the middle of the bee’s body. “Ahhh No, Mom. Still looks like a bee.”
So, you should try piecing that antenna section. Virtually impossible. I sewed several, all crazily wrong. I finally resorted to paper piecing, just this section. Then there was not problem. This pattern which comes from Pattern drop, calls for 16 of these blocks. Do I like it enough for sixteen blocks? What do you think? Should I change something? Should I make it a bee and lose the light up part (teal print)? Decisions, Decisions. Let me know what you think. My blogging friends give the best advice.
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.
So, I have been working on a “secret” project, meaning that I could not blog about it until it was ready. I have tested a pattern for Denise at For the love of geese. I volunteered to test this pattern for her, mostly because I really don’t paper piece but wanted to do it/get better/be less chicken. That way when I see some of the beautiful paper pieced patterns, I won’t just dismiss them because they are paper pieced.
I previously attempted to paper piece a quilt and gave up. So, I am always up for a challenge and really wanted to be able to paper piece confidently. By the time I was done with this quilt, I was pretty confident with it. It looks so hard, but it really wasn’t.
I actually like this one so much, I am going to finish it and put it up for my future grandchildren. Funny thing was that I did not find the paper piecing difficult at all. What I found harder was putting the blocks together. I wanted to make sure all the points were perfect. They are not, but not too bad.
Now the dilemma, How to quilt it? I will have to think about that one for a bit. If you are interested in this pattern, please visit Denise at “For the Love of Quilting“.