So, this top had been stuffed in a storage bag for years. I had it in my head that the quality of the maker (me) was bad. So, I was going to turn it into a Duvet cover, because I could use another one of those. I had been thinking about it for quite some time. Decided I would use a flat sheet for the other side. Spent several weeks looking to buy just a flat queen sheet. Hardly anyone sells single sheets and I don’t have any queen beds at my house so it did not make sense to buy a set.
Well, found a sheet. When I got this top out and hung it up, I decided that I liked it. I even had some backing stuffed in the bag with it. So, no Duvet cover until I dig up another top. I will finish this one that is Circa 2002.
This past week at the local guild meeting, they had Lunn Fabrics in to go over how they make batiks. I had no idea this company that makes Robert Kaufman batiks is right in my backyard (about an hour or so away). The went over how they design their fabrics and had a slide show of how they are made. They even make the white fabric. IT was fascinating. I knew how they were made, but watching the slide show filled in a few gaps. Then they brought stuff to sell, and surprisingly it was very reasonable. I bought a 4 yard bag of blue scraps for $15.00 (this is the pile after I washed and ironed them). There were no little tiny pieces. I have already cut them all up for a blue batik scrap quilt. More on that later.
I never get accomplished what I have planned. My napping schedule is currently out of control. One of the many side effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis is severe exhaustion. This was a side effect I had not experienced, until the last few weeks. I have been coming home from work and sleeping on the couch until I went to bed. Then, this weekend I slept in both days, which is totally out of character for me. Sleep 12+ hours and still wake up totally exhausted. It totally messes up your sewing schedule. Hope everyone has a wonderful week.
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.
I finally found a use for flannel. Yeah.
I do say that with a hint of sarcasm. I like flannel, just not in quilts. Then why do I have so much? Good question. Maybe I just can’t pass up a sale. Ohhhh, that is very likely. Don’t get me wrong, I have made a few flannel quilts with scraps. They came out fine. I just feel that by the time I am done, the fuzz on flannel looks dirty. I know, weird. But I do like these cute receiving blankets made with flannel. Super simple and cute. I would like to make them a bit larger, which I will work on for the next one.
This past Saturday our guild had a quilt in. Name tags with your name or your code name. Hah! Well, I could not help myself. The sew-in was fun. They had someone teaching free motion quilting, or you could just work on whatever you wanted to. I took my $11.99 Bernina and sewed up a storm. It was a rainy Saturday in Ohio, so it was perfect for sewing and I won a door prize. $25.00 gift certificate to a local quilt shop. WooHoo!
So, I have been looking for a travel sewing machine. I hate taking my expensive Bernina machines when I go to sew ins etc…
Can you believe that I bought this for $11.99 at Goodwill. Works perfectly. Looks like it was not used much. Needs a bit of oil, but I cold not be happier. This weekend Lynn and I are going to a Sew in sponsored by our guild. Yeah!
Nothing fancy, but perfect for a traveling machine.
I think things may be looking up.
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“.
OK, so I tried out the freezer paper method for quilting. The results are good, but there are a few things I would do differently. So, I ironed on all my circle drawings to the whole piece. I found this not the best approach. So, with the all of the freezer paper over the entire quilt, I found it difficult to move the quilt around without crinkling and loosening the designs. Plus, since I was making a complete circle for each one, I had to totally turn the quilt around on each piece. That is a lot of turning and manipulating. So, I took them all off and only put on those for the area I was directly working. Once I did this, I did not have any more issues here. So, I think that circles are hard. I found that I had to go very slow, which is OK. I also found that I could not quilt a circle with feed dogs down, but rather did a lot of pressure foot lifting.
So, you can see from my photo, that my quilted circle is not too bad. It is not perfect, but I’ll take it. The first one I attempted, I took out, but once I figured everything out, I was good to go.
So, I finally successfully used my knee pressure foot lifter (for the most part). I find it very hard to remember to lift my foot before lifting the pressure foot with my knee. I did eventually manage to coordinate this, but it took me getting everything in the right spot. Then, I found it easier to quilt the circles. I will continue this freezer paper method for this quilt and will likely use it again.
So, this was my conversation the other night with my significant other. The conversation started because I was telling him that Lynn and I were going to do our own “Sew In” in our dining room. One thing led to another and he informed me that only little old ladies quilt.
“So, I am a little old lady?”(me). His response was, “well if the shoe fits”. Then he went on to tell me that his Mom did this stuff. What stuff?(me) “You know did things with yarn” (him). “You mean like crochet?”(me) “Yah, that kind of stuff”(him).
Well, just for your information, not all the people in my quilt guild are old”. (me) The majority, the average age?(him) !!%%%&&& (words I should not type). “Just so you know I have done this my whole life, not just since I have known you” (me). “Why are you getting so offended?” (Him). “Well, I think you just called me old, and all my friends.” I am tempted to give you all his phone number and email address to set him straight, however this little old lady may find alternative methods of showing him the error of his ways. Lynn can punch him when she sees him.
I now have all my blocks for my free quilt top from Red Rooster quilts. I was pleasantly surprised to see that week 26 was binding. Gosh I love free stuff, especially quilt stuff. I hope they do it again. So now, I need to put it all together. I already have the backing, so I should be good to go. I really do like Orange.
M friend Lynn was harassing me because every time we go to a Guild meeting I am bringing my stuff in a Kroger shopping bag. So, I made myself a guild bag. What could be more perfect for the crazy dog lady? A dog bag made with pet screen. I always wanted to try something with pet screen and had bought a piece a while back. No pattern, I just sort of winged it. I like it. It is sturdy and functional.
So, my one monthly goal for December, is to put together my top for the I wish you a Merry Quilt along. It will be a lot considering that Christmas is right around the corner. I do have some vacation, but who knows what we will be doing. So, I will have to make block #12 and figure out how to put it all together before the year ends. Fingers crossed.
So, last week at my monthly guild meeting, there was Quilt ship visiting. Of course, they brought stuff to sell. I thought this was such a cute pattern and I needed to make it for my door for Christmas. I will jungle so nicely every time the door is opened. I liked the fabric they used and just bought the “kit”.m that way I did not have to go out and look for bells I could sew on. I imagine that I could find them, but this way, I did not have to risk it.
It turned out, that there is quite a lot of fabric left over, so I may make a holiday table topper with it. I do like the fabric.
At the beginning of the month, I participated in the guilds “Quilt Wars” However, because we all finished at different times, I did not get any pictures. So at the last meeting they brought all the quilts that were made. The quilt my group worked is the second from the right. All these quilted were made with “Miss Rosie’s Quilt Cp.Cake Mix Recipe #4. If you have never used them, it made creating these quilts super simple. It calls for layer cakes, but any 10 ” squares will do. From each recipe you can create multiple designs. All of these quilts were created from the same cake mix. Oddly most of came up with the same design. They are available all over the internet and at my local quilt shop. All of the quilts from Quilt Wars are finished and donated to Charity. It was a fun time.
I almost forgot my Hand Quilt Along. Kathy from Sewing Etc, a=has stqrted this. I currnelty have 2 hand sewing projects. I will have to post a photo of the other one later. I am currently trying to finish my last and final dog bone dresser scarf. I refer to them as “Sit on the Couch Projecrs”. Take a look and Join us.
Well, I managed to get something done after my “Hot Tub Incident“. I didn’t exactly follow the instructions for this block. I guess I had something else on my mind. I think it goes well with all my other blocks and I got to use more of my snowflake fabric.
Thank you to everyone for their well wishes. It was truly appreciated. A special thank you to Nanette Chopin Cook for calling to check on me. It really made my day. Quilters really are the nicest people.
Today was my quilt guilds “Quilt Wars”. We drew cards to determine what group we were in and were given a bag of fabric. Then we had to work together to create a top. It was quite enjoyable. They will all be quilted and given to charity. I was so busy I neglected to get any pictures. I am sure they will bring them to the next meeting. Glad I felt well enough to attend. It is good to get out and be with like-minded people.
So, for my One monthly goal, I finally got to work on the test dog block. I got everything cut out and even started sewing it.
My mind is always wandering to other projects, but I have so many already started, not to mention the holidays are right around the corner. Must get to work
I wish you a Merry Quilt Along