July 3rd was the fifth anniversary of my Husband Derrick’s death. That same day, I find that my little sister Kellie has blood clots in her lungs and is in ICU. Two of my absolute favorite people. Damn it. Derrick was the love of my life. I think about him every day. Not a day goes by where I don’t think of him, laugh, smile, shed a tear. My little sister, my best friend, keeper of all my secrets. Come on.
I went to Cleveland. Things were bad. They got worse. I wondered at one point if we would lose her. I could not bear the thought. How could someone else I love be taken from me? The list is quite lengthy for someone my age. I stayed for five days. She got better, then worse, then better. She got to leave the ICU the same evening I went home. Here in the next couple of days she will go to a rehab hospital. She does not want it, but knows she needs it. Besides the blood clots, she had pneumonia and was septic. Lots of things to recover from. The picture was from Las Vegas. Derrick was playing in a pool tournament and Kellie and I needed an excuse to go to Las Vegas. It was fun. The best time with two of my favorite people.
This is my fall quilt along block. I was done before I left for Cleveland, but never got to post it. I had issues. It does not look right. I don’t know where I went wrong, but I am convinced the instructions did not match the example. If you look at the top row and then the bottom example, they do not match (or I am crazy. Either is possible) . The one time I attempt to actually follow instruction and look what happens. It is going to stay ugly for the time being.
One of my sewing machines is down. Of course, it is the one in the cabinet that I quilt with. I will try to drop it off this weekend. Broke a needle and it kept making a weird noise. I guess a piece could be stuck somewhere. It needed cleaned anyway. No quilting for me for now. I will just have to work on piecing.
With all my personal craziness, I did not enter anything into the One Monthly Goal. ☹. Next month, maybe things will get back to normal. A girl can hope.
Treasure your Family
Fainéant, means slacker in French. Yes, I am one. I totally meant to do my Hand Quilt Along post before and schedule it, but no, that did not happen. It has just been an insane week at my house. Kids and sports, spent the weekend with my sister, just non stop. So I apologize to all my fellow hand quilters for being a Fainéant. I felt I used the word Slacker to much, so I figured I needed a new term. I am adding one more block to my under the sea collection. This month we have a whale. I do have to tell you, my last months post brought some criticism form some Facebook followers (my sister mostly). She insisted that my seahorses were farting. I tried to explain that it was meant to be swirls of water, but no, according to her it was pretty clear. Farting Seahorses. Now I look at my seahorses in a little different light. Darn it.
Please visit all the lovely ladies in the hand quilt along that are not Fainéants.
Kathy, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon and Bella.
So, for June my One Monthly goal was to complete the Star Wars Quilt Top. Mission Accomplished. It needs some ironing, it kind looks all rumpled. I think this will be a donation quilt.
So, I have read a lot about piecing curves. Many people have said how difficult it is to piece a curved seam. For this reason, I have shied away from it. Until Now. I like all kinds of quilts, traditional, modern, weird, you name it. I saw a quilt a couple of weeks ago and I thought to myself, I want to make something like that. But Oh No, it has curved piecing. Yikes! (Me talking in my head) Maybe I better not, that is way too difficult for me. You always want to try new things, so why not? OK, my multiple personalities decided that I should go for it.
Here is the weird thing. It was not really hard. I did the first one and thought, OK, maybe I got lucky, so kept on. Surprise! Not really that hard. It does take a little more time, because you can’t whip right through it like you would a straight seam. Here is what I found.
- I found that placing the smaller piece (the one you are piecing into the other) let’s call it the outside curve, on the bottom and sewing it like that works best. So, my outside curve (with the outside arch) was on the bottom. My photo shows it with the outside curve on top, so you can see it, but when I pin and sew, I flip it over so it is on the bottom
- Pin, Pin, Pin. I hate to pin, but you really need to.
- Sew at a slow steady rate. Don’t be a speed demon.
Piece of cake. You got this.
So, I enjoyed block #3 of the Fall Into a Quilt Along. A little bit of everything, piecing and applique. It is very cute. I managed to keep background fabric in this block. I am hoping I can manage to do this throughout the Quilt Along.
Today was my lucky weekend. I can home from work on Friday and had a package from Nanette at Chopin-A Passionate Quilter. She sent me a “Quilters care Package”. In it she sent me some wonderful batik scraps. I used some to make the applique on this block. I had mentioned that I was going to be using batik scraps with my background fabric. She sent me some other lovely items, that I will show later as I complete them. She is one of the kindest people I know and it certainly brought a smile to my face. It has already proven to be a very valuable resource.
So, I finished block #2 for the Fall Quilt Along. I am trying to stick with the same background and all my small pieces of batik (AKA scraps). Hoping it will come out nice. I enjoyed making this block and find it pretty. So far, they (partners in Design) are 2 of 2 with me.
For My June One Monthly goal, I am going to finish the star wars top. It was originally intended as a donation quilt, but we will see what happens. I found this two yard remnant of star wars fabric for $4.00. It was all odd rectangles, so the best way I figured was to make odd 4 patch blocks. It needs some sashing. It is just sort of hanging there in strips, but I think it will be OK. I thought about making my goal to complete it entirely, but I currently feel like laying on the coach a lot, so I am going to stick with finishing the top.
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.
What do I mean by Side Sewing? Sewing something not quilty. I don’t do it often, but it does happen. I like my little key chains. Quick gift if you need one. I used the Lazy Girl Tutorial. I love her name, I am totally in synch with her name. I am a lazy girl. When I say that I don’t really mean lazy, but looking for a better faster way of doing things. She made hers out of candy wrappers, which I will have to try. I love reusing stuff.
So, For my One Monthly Goal, I am going to quilt and bind my “Starry Starry Night quilt. I am going to attempt to use one of my new rulers. We will see how that goes and if the plan changes. Time will tell.
On a positive note, some things are looking up. All the crapiness shall pass… and new crapiness shall take it’s place. But different is sometimes good. Sewing/Quilting is my drug of choice. Pretty sure it keeps me from being going to jail.
So, on a happy note, I found these beautiful Robin Eggs in my landscaping. Can’t wait to see them hatch. Pretty sure we skipped spring and went right to Summer though. Very Confusing weather here in Ohio.
I am not sure how I managed to finish my One Monthly Goal, but I did. This is the quilt top given to me by Nanette. I love it. I quilted dog bones, free-handed it. That was a bit scary, but it came out all right. I used a festive multi-color thread. I love multi-color threads. I don’t know why. I am weird.
So, the back, come crazy dog fabric. I had a friend give me whole bolt of this stuff. It is sort of odd, not exactly fleece and not exactly flannel. Just weird, but perfect for my dog quilt. Yes, this is my dog quilt. I have already used it while lounging on the couch. Warm and cozy and extra special since the top was made by an extra special friend. I have plan to make another quilt like this and donate to a dog rescue so they can hopefully raise some money.
Seems that family is on the mend. Kev is getting better and my sister’s prognosis no longer seems as bleak as it once was. A long way to go, but there is light.
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!
Hand Quilt Along
Yep, that is all I got done this past month for the Hand Quilt Along. Ugh. It has been a rough month at the Brewer House, but I think things are looking up. I do most of y hand sewing at swim practice and winter swim has officially ended. We will now start swimming clinics until Summer Swim starts. I also, did not have my vehicle for three weeks and half the contents of my hand sewing bag had spilled out without my knowledge. So, I was missing a bunch of stuff. So, to see all the wonderful hand quilting progress from people who actually got something accomplished, please visit the following:
Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Jessisca, Sherry, Nanette, Sassy, Edith, Sharon, Deborah and Bella.
Mystery Quilt Along
Well, I have not gotten much accomplished. I have three blocks finished and a pile of cupcake papers sewn, but that is as far as I have gotten. I do love the cupcake papers. They work so well on charm squares. PLease make sure to take the time to review all the other participants in the Mystery quilt along. I am sure they are not nearly the slacker I am.
Cindy @ inastitchquilting.com
Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!
Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com
Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting
Roseanne @ Home Sewn By Us
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Abbie @ Sparkle On
Elana @ ThatFabricFeeling
Kathy E. @hazels-daughter
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