So, I feel like it has been forever since I have posted anything. I have been working on a few things (therapy) and practicing with my rulers.
So, the beautiful dog quilt in the photo was sent to me by me dear Friend Nanette Chopin Cook of Chopin – A Passionate Quilter. We talk and she knew it was a rough couple of weeks for me for a host of reasons. She sent me this beautiful quilt top. I can’t wait to quilt it. It will be all mine. I have not stopped smiling since I opened the package. It is certainly going to be the next thing I quilt. A perfect top for the crazy dog lady. Gosh I love her. She is awesome in every way.
My daughter’s school sells Pi day Shirts and every year we get one. So, Happy Pi Day from the Nerd squad! Cow Pi’s bahahaha.
I have been working on my One Monthly Goal, but have changed the direction I am going. I was going to practice my scalloped border, but instead lost my mind with the new rulers. Not sure I actually like it on here, but it’s too late now. I am already committed. It doesn’t look to bad, but I will have a later post on my additional learnings as I continue to figure out ruler work
Epic fail on hand quilting for the HQA. So sorry. I will try to get on the path of straight and narrow again. To see all the beautiful work of those that are not slackers, click on the links below.
Lori, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Jessisca, Sherry, Nanette, Sassy, Edith, and Sharon
So, For my One monthly goal I am going to finally finish this Table Topper. Not sure I would call it a UFO, it is less than a year old. I made this with the intent of learning/practicing some type of scalloped border. I bought one of those fancy border rulers a while ago, so I will finally have a chance to give it a try. My plan is to have this totally completed.
So, my friend Lynn was telling me how she bought some rulers for Ruler work and it was really easy. So, since Lynn always has great ideas, I decided that I needed to give it a try. On the way home from the swim meet on Saturday I stopped by a quilt shop and purchased the Ruler work foot. A ridiculous $125.00. Ugh. Then I purchased a starter set of Westerlee Rulers. I hope to use these rulers to finish the quilting on the table topper before I give it a fancy scalloped border. I am very excited about my rulers and I am hoping It helps me become a more confident quilter.
The Fluffer Nutter Butter quilt for the mystery quilt…..ugh. Not much progress. Dang it. I think I was supposed to post on Feb 28th, but I was busy hitting a deer. I have such luck.
Here is a list of participants in this quilt along:
Saturday was the final swim meet. Yeah!. I can’t tell you how exciting that is. Swim practice was 4 days a week and then weekend meets, often at least an hour away. The school it was held at, had an awesome Natatorium. Two Pools. However, the most intriguing part was that the school was decorated with quilt designs. Odd but refreshing.
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, 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.
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.
So, I finshed this, mostly so I could see if I liked my own design. I sort of like it. I had the most difficult time with the binding. I wanted to use the same as the background fabric but the biggestest square I had left to make bias binding was onl 13″. That made for an interesting binding session. Add that to the fact that it is homespun fabric and ravels like crazy. Binding was a challenge but I did it.
I decided to do very small meandering. I think that came out pretty good. The hardest part was keeping it small. I had to constantly remind myself to pay attention to my sizing. I think that I will make a another one of these to get my design totally down. Want to make a couple of tweaks. Next time I am going to put some veins in the leaves. Was going to do it this time, but I really liked it and decieded to leave it as it was.
So, when I saw this pattern, I was intitially not very excited. Could not figure out how to keep with my snowflake fabric theme. However, I found that I really enjoyed watching it come together. I did manage to use my green snowflake fabric. I found some pretty decent Christmas scraps for the trees. I thought it would be difficult, but it wasn’t. A bit tedious maybe, but not too hard. I am excited to see what Block #3 will look like for the I wish you a Merry Quilt Along.
I also did a bit of work on my Table topper design. Sewed down all the leaves. I am starting to like it. I got it pin basted and selected my thread. THe thread is perfect, it has all the colors of the homespun in it. I love the varigated threadds. I also bought them on clearance for 50 cents each, which I also love. I think I know how I am going to quilt it, bit need to stare at it a bit longer. Also considering putting some vein in the leaves.
I am always very envious of people that come up with their own designs. While I sometimes create beautiful things (not so recently though) they are not usually something I came up with. This sort of bugs me. I want it all to be me. Likely why I can’t send a quilt off to be quilted by someone else.
I am usually getting my inspiration for things (mostly quilty stuff) by looking at other people’s work, magazines and books. I am sure we all do. Sometimes in my mind I am skill building, which is not always bad. But I always have in the back of my mind that I want it to be all mine from design to finish.
So, last week I finished my “One Monthly Goal” (have not posted yet, this picture is just the embroidery). As I hung it up in my dining room, I took a step back and realized this is a one of a kind piece of work. No one else will have anything like it. The only part I did not design was the embroidery. It was a kit my Oma gave me when I was a teen. But the rest, all me (with all my blog friends advice). So, why did I think that I could not do my own designs? Honestly, when I did that piece, I was not thinking about designing a one of a kind piece. But, that is what happened.
Well, maybe I can. I will start with something small. Maybe I do it more than I realize. Not really sure. So, I am always practicing on Table Toppers and small pieces. So, Figured I would try my hand at my own small piece.
I took a piece of homespun fabric that I didn’t like. Funny because, it was in the local guild quilting garage sale and no one bought or traded for it. I wanted to not waste something that I liked, fabric wise. So, I went to my “What were you thinking when you bought that fabric box?” Then I went to my scraps for the leaves. I have to admit, they are some of my favorite fabric scraps. Hand Dyed, which I actually dyed.
I no longer hate the homespun. Funny how that works. Still need to finish it, which I will. Not exactly sure on my curvy base, but I may still work on that. Is it too busy? Would love your thoughts, all of you give great advice. Thanks!
So I finished the piece that goes on my nightstand. This is my third dog bones piece (only one more to go). I am about tired of dog bones, but I think I will tough it out. Last one is for Kevin’s dresser. Besides once I am done with this sit on the couch project I will have to come up with a new one (not involving dog bones this time).
So, my free motion quilting is getting better. I know for sure that practice makes you better, but far from perfect.
I don’t hate the quilting here and my dog bones have improved by the third one.
So, my One Monthly goal for July is to trim and border the black and tan quilt I just finished quilting. I know, boring…..but it has to get done and The One monthly Goal is a good motivator.
Treasure Your Family
I am still not quite 100% after getting pneumonia, however I did manage to go near my studio and determine what my May monthly Goal would be. I am at about 70%. Back to work, but by the time I get home, I am totally done. It gets slightly better each day, but at this slow rate, Ugh….
So, my daughter Haley laid this out for me. She sometimes like to think of her self as the “Designer” These are from Mini charm packs. I love them and usually use them for my English paper piecing, but I had multiple of the same ones. So, I decided that I would make a smaller piece. mostly because I want to try to make a scalloped border. I have never done it before and bought one of those fancy scalloped border rulers. I figured this would be the perfect thing to try it on.
My goal is to sew together all the little tiny pieces for the center. I also need to get them off of my design wall so I can put something else up there.
I do have to admit, the One Monthly Goal does prevent me from being a total slacker or letting my quilting ADD take over.
Treasure your Family