Yes, I know it has been a while. Just when I think I have my act together. The S**t keeps rolling downhill and I am in the path.
Life goes on and I will survive. I wont’ t bore you with all the details. Just life crap I was in no mood to deal with. It did not however, totally stop me from quilting/sewing, or you would have read about me in the paper LOL.
I hope you all had a lovely mothers day. I did. Spent the day making pillow cases for the guild charity. Went to dinner with the family and they surprised me with a Ninja Foodie, which I have used every day since….. I had an electric pressure cooker, which I loved, but this thing is the bomb – pressure cooker, air fryer and slow cooker all in one.
This quilt was an experiment. I liked this pattern, Baby Bento Box, which can be located at Ronda’s creations. Super cute and fast.
Anyway, I wanted to make this top with just fleece or Minky on the back without batting. I ended up using fleece, because it was an experiment and less expensive. Honestly, I don’t think I like the no batting part. What I love is how the quilting looks on the back. It looks good even when I am not. It seems that fleece will hide a lot. Honestly, it looks even better in person.
I am working on another one, which I will use with batting and Minky (already have it put together) to see if I like it any better. It is the lightweight feel that gets me. This would defiantly be a summer quilt.
Positive notes – New job is going well (or at least I think so), and I will have some exciting quilt news soon. Hard to keep in, actually.
Even though I have not started my new job, my mind is certainly in a different state. I have until April 8th. I finally feel ike I am on vacation. Not only did I finish my One Monthly Goal for March, but it is packaged and in the mail for my Star Wars loving nephew. Even made a couple of star wars pillow cases (forgot the photo of these).
Originally I bought this fabric on clearance to make something to practice on. It was odd. A very square desigN. The only way not to cut up all the design was to fussy cut each square, which I did. It is an odd-looking quilt, but it is Star Wars. For some odd reason, I put borders on the left and right, but not on the top and bottom. Not sure what I was thinking there, or not thinking at all.
So, I did practice my quilting and I was very happy with how the quilting came out, so I figured it was at least worthy to give away, even though it is odd. I used my “star” ruler and then made angle lines. There is a lot of quilting in it, but I enjoyed using it and it looks pretty good.
I did have to wash this quilt prior to sending, it hung on the back of the couch with the binding half on for a couple of weeks, which means the dogs assumed it was for them. Kept yelling at them, but I guess the rule is? “If there is a blanket or anything that looks like a blanket it is ours to cuddle up in.” So, I needed to de-dog it. I thought I would not like it as much once washed, but I actually liked it more. Interesting.
I am still alive. The weather in Ohio stinks. Snowing again. I am so over winter.
Not much progress on the hand quilt along, but there is a bit. Thought I would get this one done while my daughter took her midterm yesterday, but that did not happen. Ended up talking to a friend on the phone instead. Haley aced the midterm for medical terminology at Columbus State. Got a 98%! Woo hoo. Not bad for a 14-year-old. Sometimes, she is like her mother. LOL
This is a block for my someday, under the sea quilt. Hopefully, I will have more progress soon. Please visit all the wonderful ladies and view their wonderful work. They are awesome.
I missed out on the one Monthly Goal last month, so I need to get moving. I am going to finish the Star Wars quilt. Quilt and bind. That is the plan. I hope it finishes better than the photo. Not to fond of it right now. I plan on quilting stars with my ruler. We will see what happens.
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:
For my One Monthly Goal, I am going to quilt and bind this baby quilt. I have made this quilt for Kevin’s (man-friend) sister who’s pregnant. I kind of did my own thing. I really liked the center baby pin fabric, so I did not want to cut it up too much. I plan to use my heart ruler for this one. Not sure of thread color, but it will likely be something multi colored.
Kellie, another story…
You may have seen this photo before. But I need it to tell my Kellie story. This is my late husband Derrick and Kellie. We were in Las Vegas together because Derrick was in a Pool tournament.
So, when I married Derrick, Kellie was the only one in my family that did not have something negative to say about it. Whether she liked it or not, she kept it to herself. She was always kind to Derrick, which is more than I could say about anyone else in my family. Yes, I met/knew him in an odd unconventional way, and yes he was younger than me. But when my first husband took his own life and left me with 2 kids, he was the only one that stepped into a really ugly, messy situation and was willing to do whatever was needed. He was coming to town to visit his sister for the holidays. He asked if he could stop by to check on me.
He never left. He did not feel like he could. Things just went from there. I know Kellie and her husband, Matt, talked about it. He told me when we were sitting in the hospital by Kellie’s side. They decided if he made me happy (which he did) that was good enough for them. This is just one of the many many reasons I can’t imagine life without her. She stood by me, always.
This is my One Monthly Goal Project. I actually finished it. It was completed before my sister died. I think I needed something to do rather than sit around and wait for something to happen. I actually finished the binding on the evening before. I needed something to do with my hands. It is a cute baby quilt, even though my fire fly looks like it has mated with a bee.
For the first time, I pieced a back. Nothing fancy, but I did it. Learned a few things. If you can piece your back, you can save a lot of fabric.
I used my heart-shaped ruler for my quilting. It does not look to bad. I find quilting with shapes and rulers relaxing, which is why I probably got this completed. I needed to do something that was sort of mindless. For some weird reason, the color looks goofy in this photo. Maybe because it is a close up
I hope you don’t mind….for a while I will likely add pictures of my sister Kellie. I think honoring her helps me a bit. It has only been a week and there were many time I said oh I will ask Kellie, burst in to tears when I suddenly realized I could no longer do that.
KELLIE – When, I had issues with my first husband, My sister drove down and picked up Haley for
the weekend so we can try to sort out what we were doing. Unfortunately, that same weekend, my husband Jerry took his own life. Kellie kept Haley for a couple of days so I could make arrangements and then brought her home. She wanted to protect her for as long as she could, from how hard life was. Haley was only 4. I was so thankful that she did that.
So, I made a baby quilt when I was pregnant using the quilt as you go method. I did not like it at all. That was 14+years ago. I am thinking over time I may have gained skill, knowledge and patience. Jeez, I hope I gained something. I belong to a Facebook group for quilt as you go. I have seen quite a few beautiful quilt as you go pieces, so I thought maybe I should re-investigate this method.
So, since I am participating in the Fall quilt Along, I thought this might be the time to give it a shot. So, I watched a few videos again on quilt as you go. I was especially fond of Leah Days videos on this technique. Gosh she makes it look easy. So, Since the fall quilt along is blocks, I figured that it would be a good one to do.
So, I took the plunge. I quilted my hedgehog block. I don’t hate it yet, but I have not tried to put them together yet either. That will be the tell-tale sign for me. Time will tell.
So, the dear Nanette of Chopin a Passionate Quilter, sent me this top to, as she said, “Practice On”. I find it the perfect piece for my dining room table, since I always need to have something quilty on my dining room table.
I have a quilt that has been on my design wall for quite some time. I am not done with it, but hope to get there. This past week, I have done a few of the curved blocks each evening. It is my moon and stars quilt. So, on this table topper I practiced my moon and stars quilting. It was actually quite fun. I made pock-marked moon and stars using my star shape ruler. After doing this piece, I will not have a problem with my quilt. I also have a lovely piece for the dining room table. It adds some color that my boring dining room needs.
I do have to admit that I had everything done on this quilt before all my crazy drama. I even had the binding sewn on. I just needed to fold over and hand finish. Off course, I do this while sitting on the couch, right next to my basket of sit on the couch sewing/quilting supplies.
I am getting back to feeling like a human, which I am grateful for. Summer is almost over and in the very near future it is school shopping and princess will be back at school. Time flies, even when you are not having fun. LOL.
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.
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.