I feel like it has been forever since I have done a blog post. Way too much going on. My daughter has had some crazy virus. SHe is getting better, but we are still doing breathing treatments three times a day. Kevin has also been sick. Amazingly, the person with the compromised immune system (me) has managed to stay healthy.
I managed to completed my One Monthly Goal amidst the insanity. I really love this quilt. I have names it Hugs and Kisses. I quilted circles on this quilt (hugs). They don’t look to bad. I used freezer paper. basically, I used a protractor (showing my age) to draw circles on freezer paper and then sewed on the lines. The freezer paper was good but I did learn a few things. First being, don’t iron all the pattens on at once. Just iron on a few at a time. I initially ironed them all on and manipulating them under the machine caused them to loosen. I eventually, pulled them off and only put them on one row at a time. Then I had no more issues. I will use the freezer paper method again. I ended up using a sulky thread that was sort of an Ombre orange. It went from dark orange to light orange.
I got to make this quilted wall hanging for free. My local quilt shop Red Rooster Quilts gives a free quilt block every two weeks. I am already collecting my next set, which is a lovely christmas wall hanging.
I really like this wall hanging and plan on hanging it in my family room. I think it is because I really like orange fabric.
Well, not much has been getting done around my house. There are a host of reasons, Kevin and Haley both sick, plumbing issues and a very large chocolate lab who thinks she can sit on me while I try to sew.
I did make some progress on my two hand quilting projects. My Dog Bone dresser scarf is 45.5 inches long. I think I only need to add 2 more dog bones. This was mostly due to the Super Bowl. As I sat on the couch, I worked on this project.
The Flower Garden project now has a total of thirty flowers. I am thinking that when I join all these together, I might use a yellow. Not to sure, but that is where my mind is at right now. To get a view of all these talented ladies hand work, click on the links below.
So, Wurtle has kept me away from my quilting, a family friend that attends school with my daughter informed her that he wanted a turtle pillow with his turtles name on it for his birthday. Since his sister got a quilt form me on her last birthday, I could not deny his wish. Wurtle was pretty easy to make. He has a pocket under his belly, that is meant for pajamas, but I will likely put candy in it. All in all, I think Wurtle came out pretty good for a turtle. Only took me about 2 hours to complete, including cutting.
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.
Seriously, how can January be over? As I get older, I do not understand how time passes so quickly. I feel like the holidays were last week.
I actually completed my One Monthly Goal. Not only did I complete, but I did a “New” (new for me), all over FMQ design. I guess I can call it the “Linangle” design (lines and Angles). It is not perfect, but it is not that bad either. The only major weirdness is the binding. I did not have enough fabric to do all one color,m so I used what I had. Looks a little wonky because of it.
Now I am going to have to come up with a new one monthly goal for February. Likely to be more quilting. I am working on a secret piecing project. More on that later.
I don’t have any plans for this quilt yet. Will likely just store until the right time comes along for me to give it away or donate to charity.
I really enjoy the “One Monthly Goal”. It is a strong motivator for me to get things done. I can not say I am going to do something and then not do it.
So, this is my One Monthly Goal project and I decided to not do my normal boring meandering. This is an all over pattern, but I was surprised once it was all done that it did not look to bad.
I always get nervous when I try something that is outside my norm on a quilt. I mean there is the potential of totally screwing up a top that you spent time putting together. I am certainly becoming less intimidated. So, I actually had the angled meandering done a quilt before, but I paid for it. I did not like it all. They kind of did a crappy job. Mine is actually better and I did not have a long arm. Just me and my Bernina free motion quilting. As I was quilting this, I did not think that I would like it. I thought I may have done to much quilting, but once it was complete, it did not look to bad.
I really think that I am Super Klutz. I almost titled this post “Fat Girl Falls Down Part 3”. Saturday morning, I decide to go out to the hot tub. Step up get one foot in and the steps slide out and I fall straight down, one foot still in the hot tub. This time I am straddling the edge. It hurt so bad, that I could not move. I actually chose to fall in. Seemed way better than falling outside the tub, considering it was ten degrees. I survived. I have the blackest bruise I have ever seen, somewhere you really don’t want a bruise. I am starting to think the hot tub is trying to kill me. It is supposed to be helping me.
I missed the last post for the hand quilt along since I was sick, however some progress was made on hand items since I was just lying around. There was also movie watching over the holidays. I have to be doing something or the cookies and chips find their way into my mouth. So the flowers are my swim team project. While Haley is at swim practice and meets, I make the flowers. The dog bones is my TV watching project.
So, for my EPP flowers, I recently learned something. I purchased a hexie die for my papers (I use cardstock). SInce I am n longer cutting them by hand and using my accucut, each one is perfect and it certainly makes a difference in how they go together. I wasn’t having major difficulty, but it certainly made a difference.
So for my dog bone dresser scarf, I need it to be 54 inches. I am only at about 38. Ugh. I will get there. Since this is dresser scarf #4, I am sort of tired of it.
If you are interested in participating in the hand quilt along, please contact Kathy.
You can check out everyone’ progress at the following links.
Kathy, Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Deborah, Susan , Jessisca , Sherry, Nanette, Sassy and Edith.
Why might this be the I am mad quilt? Well, when I get mad or upset, this is the quilt I work on. I think that is because it is simple. I need a total of eighty blocks, so I either work on finding fabrics or cutting the leaves or just sewing them on. Plenty to do, nothing complex. I actually have about 62 blocks together in various states of sewing. I try to minimize my thread changing, so, I sew all the ones I can with same color I have threaded in the machine. It is meant to be a play on colors lights and darks.
I think this quilt will be a bear to make sure the blocks are placed correctly. My daughter put this on my design wall and I noticed the bottom black/red one is incorrect. Not a problem, since I am not yet sewing it together. But I am the person that looked at my safari quilt forever and still had three camels right next to each other in the same row. Knowing myself, I will have several backwards but wont notice until it is quilted and bound.
I made this from scraps but it would be great for layer cakes. The base is made from 2, 10 inch blocks, cut in half and then sewn back together with the opposite one.
I really don’t get mad that often, but sewing always puts me at ease and when my mind is racing, best to stick with something simple. I keep this project in my sewing room neatly in my pizza box.
News: I was one of the winners for the One Monthly Goal Prize. thank you Elm Street Quilts!
So, for my One Monthly Goal, I am going to completely finish this baby quilt. It needs quilted and bound. It has been laying over the gate entrance to my room, for months. It is just staring at me. Since I am now imaging my unfinished quilts are staring at me, I should probably just complete. Then, my non completion guilt should go away….maybe, there are a lot of those pieces.
The one monthly Goal has been so helpful in helping to get items completed. I very much have that personality that if I say I am going to complete something, then I am going to do it.
For this year I would like to finish all the tops that I have lying around. I am not sure how many I actually have. I would guess 7 or 8. That is a fairly tall order, but it would be great to get done.
I won’t say that I won’t start any new projects, but I do not want to buy fabric to start a new project. I can purchase stuff to finish things, but I am trying to avoid going out and buying fabric to start new quilts. We will see how that goes.
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.