Wow, time flies when you are having fun. My twelfth block of the I wish You a Merry Quilt Along is complete. I went a bit off the directions with my display of the lights. It is windy outside and my lights are being blown all different directions. I kept with all my snowflake themed fabric. that I have collected over the years. I never thought that I would use them. Just always liked snowflake fabric. This quilt already looks festive and it is not even completed.
Now to figure out how to put them all together. Since completing the top is my one monthly goal, I should figure it out. I have a couple of ideas. Just not sure on which one aI will settle on.
I certainly do wish everyone a very festive and happy holiday season.
Well, on my last Hand Quilt along post, I did not have a photo of y “other” project. I sort of call this the swim team project. Mostly because I work on it during swim practice and al the long weekend meets. For tis project, I am making hexie flowers. My long-term plan is to pick a background fabric and make a quilt from all of them. So, at one time belonged to the Fat Quarter Shops mini charm club Fat Quarter Shops mini charm club. I got 4 different mini charms each month, so I have quite a collection of them. They are perfect for making these hexies. I use a solid center and then each charm pack will make seven flowers. I have no idea how many I will truly need, I will just keep making them.
My second hand quilt along project is my dog bones dresser scarf. This is my sit on the could project, because I am not capable of just sitting down and doing nothing. I need this to get to 54 inches. I am at about 36 inches. Still more work to do.
Thank Kathy for organizing this Hand Work Quilt Along. It will e great to see everyone’s hand work without all the searching. It is now at the tip of my fingers (and yours) .
Here is the list of others who said they would be joining in the Hand Quilt Along. I hope you all check out their blogs and maybe even join in the fun.
Quilting Attention Deficit Disorder (QADD). I swear it is a real thing. Just look at that table. Oh wait, while it a table, it used to be our pool table. So, needless to say, I have so many projects going on that I got absolutely nothing accomplished the entire week.
Currently, my daughter is on the swim team, which involves practice 4 out 5 nights a week. Then there are the swim meets that are on the weekend. This past weekend on Saturday at 5am we had to leave to spend the entire day at the pool. Totally exhausting. I have concluded, when I have a lot going on in my personal life, I can’t seem to concentrate on getting anything done in my sewing room.
I worked on this and that, but could not concentrate on anything. I need to finish my block #10 for I wish you a Merry quilt along, but only managed to get part of it cut out. I did some quilting in the ditch (which I did not like) on a table topper that has been sitting around a while. While I was at the swim meet I did some hand work (EPP), but forgot my thimble and quit when my fingers started hurting. I cut out pieces for a poinsettia table topper that I really did not need to start. Oh yes, and I started making a quilted bag (it is the blue blob in the photo). Something else I did not need to start. I have a pile of Christmas Fabric that I wanted to make a table topper out of (leftover from my Jingle bell tree). Have not figured that out yet. And I am working on a secret project that I can’t talk about, in case any of the recipients read my blog (wishful thinking).
And, Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away. The only plus side to that is a couple of days off, which I totally need. But it also beings about anxiety. I will need to clean off that pool table in case we have guests that might actually want to play pool? seriously who wants to play pool when we could be playing with fabric? Apparently I am alone with those thoughts in my home. So, I have to prepare to have a smaller work area for a few weeks. I will need to cut a bunch of stuff so I can just sew.
So, This past weekend I got barely anything accomplished. Saturday was the big Ohio State Game. Go Bucks! then Sunday we were at the rental cleaning since we will be getting new tenants this weekend. Very little sewing went on. I did, however manage to complete 2 fidget blankets. My guild was making them for a doctor who gives them to Alzheimer patients. We were just asked to complete the fabric portion. The Doctors office will add all the fidgety items. They sew on socks and elastic bandages and plastic keys and satin ribbon etc… Great idea. I looked them up and they average about $45.00 each. The back needed to be flannel or fleece so it easily stayed on laps and the front could be any combination of scraps. Finished size is approximately 18 by 24 inches. Pretty Simple.
And….The fabric gnome came by again…. Darn that gnome. This time he left me some southwestern prints and colors. Okay, truth be told, I got a $20 gift card from Connecting Threads for renewing my American Quilters Society Membership. Being that renewal was $20 and I got a $20 gift card, how could I go wrong? I ended up getting 8 yards for $28.00. IT was on sale. I can never resist a good sale. I already have a design in mind.
Had a very red nose in this case. I like Rudolph. I might like a quilt with all the reindeer.
I will say that all these pieces were a bit reminiscent of the dog quilt I am working on. Used a lot of the same methods and tiny pieces, so this one I did not think was all that bad. I managed to stick with my snow flaked themed fabric. I think it is coming together nicely. I find I am really enjoying the “I Wish you A Merry Quilt Along“.
It is never too late to get started. You can still get links to all the blocks from several places. Snowy Days Quilting did this block and you can find the link to all others there too.
Whew…..I kept putting it off…..
While I know it does not seem like much, one block, it was too me. A block with over 50 pieces, crazy. Now I think I need like 17 more.
I was totally scared to attempt this, however, I ended up finding it quite enjoyable and challenging. Maybe those two things go together, enjoyable and challenging. Either way, my One Monthly Goal is Finished for this month and now I need something for next month.
The instructions for this quilt come in a booklet, which I really like. For some dumb reason, it felt less daunting, just turning a page to move on. There were some complications. For this quilt, there are dogs facing left and dogs facing right. I totally got this confused on multiple occasions. I made the left one and eventually put Post-its over the pictures and instructions for the right facing block because I am not capable of not looking at it. Covering those pictures and instructions with Post-its, worked. No more issues after that. It is a cute block.
So, since there are so many pieces, there is a lot of cutting. Accuracy is totally important. There are many small pieces one inch by one inch for some. I did find a useful tool for all this cutting. It is a lifesaver, especially for me with Rheumatoid arthritis. It is a weird looking ergonomic cutter by Martelli. it even says on the package designed for arthritis and carpal tunnel, etc. It made a world of difference. I barely needed any pressure to cut, which was awesome. Some days when my hands and wrist hurt, I avoid cutting with a rotary cutter. I won a $25.00 gift card for Amazon at work and this was only $14.99. I will not use anything else whenever possible.
I feel I am allowed to make fun of myself. So, what dumb thing did I manage to do this time? As I was getting out of my lovely new hot tub, the steps slipped and I went with them. Falling about 3 and half feet to the concrete. Let’s see I had a baseball on the back of my head, the underneath part of my arm is black and blue, about a soccer ball sized bruise on my left side rib cage and and equally sized one on my backside. Also sprained
a wrist and black and blue right kneecap (not sure how that one happened everything else was left side). Needless to say, everything hurts. Thank god it was dark out. I imagine it was quite a site. Of course my cell phone went flying so I had to crawl to it to call Kev for some help. He spent the rest of the night checking on me to make sure I did not have a concussion. Well, I am pretty sure this will take a bit of time to recover. Thank God I did not break my arm or wrist. It would have seriously impacted my projects. Whew.
So, when I am not falling down, I seem to be wandering form project to project, not doing what I really should be doing. These baby bibs have been laying on my sewing cabinet unfinished for months, so I picked them up and finished them. I will put them in the cedar chest for my one-day grandchild. They are up-cycled from my jeans. I need to be working on my one monthly goal and my quarterly goals, but of course I am doing something else.
This weekend I am supposed to be attending Quilt Wars with my Quilt Guild, however, given my current condition, I am not sure I am going to make it. I am uncomfortable sitting, laying basically anything. The only place I am not uncomfortable is in the hot tub and that is what started the whole mess in the first place. Ugh.
The 70,237 project was started by Jeanne Hewell-Chambers. I encourage you to go to her site and read about this project. Below is an excerpt (italics). When you go to her site and look around you will see people all across the world participating. You will see that these quilts get shown all across the world. Just glance through all the blog posts.
For some reason with all the craziness going on in our world today, this project struck me as something I needed to do. Being that quilters are some of the most generous people I know, I wanted to share in case there might be even one more person out there who would like to participate. On October 14th (see Global Block day Below), Haley and I will make a few more blocks and send them in.
They are having A #GLOBALBLOCKDAY on October 14th. The last blog post I read had between 20k and 30k completed. There is still a lot to be done.
It won’t take much of your time. I made the 5 above in less than about 45 minutes from scraps.
We (The 70,237 project) are gathering 70,273 blocks of fabric, marked with two red crosses to commemorate the number of physically and mentally disabled men, women and children who were murdered between January 1940 and August 1941 in the Aktion T4 Programme – a largely unrecognized atrocity.
The two red crosses represent the marks made by the assessing Doctors as to whether the person was deemed ‘unfit’ or an economic burden on Nazi society. It is such a simple symbol, and in this project, the simplicity with which someone could sign someone’s life away is turned into a symbol of love and strength. The white fabric represents the medical records – the only information assessing physicians used in making their life-and-death determinations. Seeing the crosses stitched together sends a powerful message of tolerance, community and love. Its impact comes from the huge variety of these two red marks – each beautiful in their own perfectly imperfect way.
The blocks will be stitched into quilts and wall hangings and will be displayed in Rochester, Lincoln and Durham Cathedrals during January 2018, to mark National Holocaust Memorial Day. After that, these quilts will join others made around the world to appear in exhibits near and far.
I was not sure that I had a whole lot of hope for this piece. I thought it might be pretty, but getting it laid out so the iron on bias tape would cover properly was quite a trick. It took me more time to lay it out than to sew and bind.
I am pretty sure I had the iron on binding tape for about 15 years. surprisingly it still worked and stuck when I ironed it on. It would have looked better with gold metallic but I did not have any. Seems like there is not much of this stuff around. Only found a couple of colors at joann.com. Oddly one of them was gold. Still looks nice with the yellow.
If Mom was here, I would have finished this into a table topper and taken it to her. She loved Poinsettia’s. Each year around the holidays I would always take her the biggest one I could find. This is going to hang on my front door and every time I look at it, I will think of her.
I might make a table topper for myself. I would have to use different colors because I would have to use up the bias tape that I have. Maybe Blue or Pink. Need to see what kind of fabric I can find that would work. We shall see.
Well, I this is new to me. Seems like a really good idea. I have had much success with the One Monthly Goal. I am hoping that this one will give some extra incentive to get projects done. I have ambitiously put 6 projects on here. Yikes! I hate to lose, so I hope I can get them all finished along with the 10,000 other projects I will start along the way. If you are interested in Participating, Please go to She Can Quilt.
So, for Quarter 4 I am going to finish the following:
#1 Flannel Baby Quilt – Needs quilting and Binding.
#2 Safari Baby Quilt – Needs quilting finished and Binding
#3 – The Ugly Quilt – Needs quilting and Binding. Jeez, I hope I can stand it. still Might have to change something on this in order to tolerate it.
#4 Zipper Quilt – Needs quilted and Binding.
#5 The Fourth and Final Dog Bone Dresser scarf. This is an EPP project and is partly pieced. I am so tired of these, since it is the fourth one I have done. Ughhh. The last one is taking forever.
#6 – Table Topper that has been laying around for quite some time. Needs borders, quilting and binding.