This is an ancient Alien. Can you tell I am a Science nerd? Yes, I have watched that show. My daughter and I even have nick names for some of the people. If you have ever watched it, you will know who Crazy Hair is.
I started this quilt about 20 years ago. It was oddly a paper pieced project. I obviously had no idea what I was doing. I am not sure how a paper pieced project could have blocks so wonky. I don’t think there are any 2 the same size. I actually think I participated in a fabric swap for food fabric. I still have a ton left, but I think it’s time to see if I can make a wall hanging that does not look too awful. If it comes out, I have a spot in my kitchen across from my pantry for it.
This will be my One monthly Goal. My plan is to complete it entirely. We will see. It may be to wonky to put together. I also seemed to use a lot of starch back then. weird.
If any of you need some pieces (maybe 5×7″) food fabric let me know. I have a stack. I was going to use them on the back, but just went with black.
So, I have been having such a difficult time with the loss of my sweet sister Kellie. It had affected me far more than I expected. I know loss all to well, but this one is so very different for me. Anyways….. I was coming home from the grocery store today…alone (very unusual) and thinking. I had not dreamed about Kellie since she died. It bothers me a lot. So, I talked to her and told her of my concerns. I just wanted a dream, a sign, something.
I came home and put the groceries away. I went to the family room and turned on the TV. As I was sitting on the couch flipping through the channels, I noticed an odd flickering out of the corner of my eye. I ignored it, thinking I was crazy. It kept happening. I turned and looked and one of a string of recessed lights was slowly going on and off. It stopped, I looked away. It started happening again. I turned and looked at it and said “Is that you Kel?” It blinked on and off quickly and then did not happen again. I am not sure what I believe or if I am half way to crazy town. Odd coincidence. In the photo, Kellie is on the left and I am on the right.
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So, this top had been stuffed in a storage bag for years. I had it in my head that the quality of the maker (me) was bad. So, I was going to turn it into a Duvet cover, because I could use another one of those. I had been thinking about it for quite some time. Decided I would use a flat sheet for the other side. Spent several weeks looking to buy just a flat queen sheet. Hardly anyone sells single sheets and I don’t have any queen beds at my house so it did not make sense to buy a set.
Well, found a sheet. When I got this top out and hung it up, I decided that I liked it. I even had some backing stuffed in the bag with it. So, no Duvet cover until I dig up another top. I will finish this one that is Circa 2002.
This past week at the local guild meeting, they had Lunn Fabrics in to go over how they make batiks. I had no idea this company that makes Robert Kaufman batiks is right in my backyard (about an hour or so away). The went over how they design their fabrics and had a slide show of how they are made. They even make the white fabric. IT was fascinating. I knew how they were made, but watching the slide show filled in a few gaps. Then they brought stuff to sell, and surprisingly it was very reasonable. I bought a 4 yard bag of blue scraps for $15.00 (this is the pile after I washed and ironed them). There were no little tiny pieces. I have already cut them all up for a blue batik scrap quilt. More on that later.
I never get accomplished what I have planned. My napping schedule is currently out of control. One of the many side effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis is severe exhaustion. This was a side effect I had not experienced, until the last few weeks. I have been coming home from work and sleeping on the couch until I went to bed. Then, this weekend I slept in both days, which is totally out of character for me. Sleep 12+ hours and still wake up totally exhausted. It totally messes up your sewing schedule. Hope everyone has a wonderful week.
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.
This was going to be my One Monthly goal for August, but I got carried away at the end of July. I just decided to stop being a chicken and just go for it. So I quilted my little batik baby quilt with my little flowers. I am not sure I like the thread I chose, but I am stuck with it now. Since this was a rainbow quilt I chose a rainbow thread. I should have chosen something more pastel. It looks OK, but since it is darker than I would of liked, I can see things I would not have if I had chose a lighter thread.
I quartered this quilt and worked n 1/4th at a time. Made it seem a little less daunting and scary. It went much quicker than I expected, which is why I can’t do it for my one monthly goal project.
I am becoming less scared of the actual process, which is good. I will have to view a few more videos and learn a few more patterns. The quilting on the back doesn’t look too bad. I am not sure what I am going to do with this quilt, but when the right opportunity presents itself I will know what to do with it.
So, after my June free motion quilting seminar, I have decided to branch out a bit. I am going to quilt an actual quilt, in the very near future (could be my August One Monthly Goal Project) with something other than meandering or a version of meandering. Big scary move for me. So, my “Zipper Quilt” top, I want to use a flower free motion design. However, I plan to do it on a smaller baby quilt first. I already have that top ready to go. Just need to get up the courage to do it.
Needless to say, I have been practicing (Using my cheap grill liner as a slider). All the practice got me thinking. My square sandwiches looked like potholders. So, I decided to make my final practice pieces into potholders. I bought a piece of the special thermal batting. I made all my practice sandwiches and on the last couple, when I had the hang of it, I made Minion potholders. I need to bind them, but I have plenty of binding scraps I can use. I have found that I make better flowers when I work from left to right and I like them best with 5 petals. Then. as I bind my potholders, I can also practice my corners. I don’t like binding corners either. Jeez, I have so many issues. But now, I have a few handmade gifts when needed.
The quilting on my Minion potholders is not too bad. I hope I can do the same on my baby quilt and then off to my “Zipper Quilt”. It is hard not to smile at a minion.
My one monthly Goal for July was to trim and bind my 9 patch. Yeah. Completed. This quilt has a loopy meandering. It is not too bad. Pretty sure I have meandering, and multiple variations of it, down packed. At this time, I have no plans for this quilt, just glad I can consider it finished.
OK, I feel like a total idiot. So, my one monthly goal project was to trim and bind a quilt. Here is the problem. This was a UFO quilt that had been around for quite some time, so I decided to wash it before I quilted it. So far, not to dumb, but wait… At the lat minute, I got the crazy idea to wash the piece of batting that I was going to use also. So far, not a problem, except for the fact that I washed them together and the pieced top was mostly black. Needless to say my quilt top came out with a ridiculous amount of lint all over it. OK, so I deserve that for not thinking. But wait there’s more. I thought OK, so I will have to spend more than the usual amount of time removing lint and dog hair. I proceeded to quilt it with all the lint all over it, like an idiot. Then this morning as I was attempting to de-lint it and most of the lint was quilted into the quilt and would not easily come off with a lint roller. I worked on if for …way to long and all the lint is still not gone. I have to brush it with a toothbrush and then use the list roller before it even thinks about coming off. I am so mad at myself. It was like a parade of dumb mistakes. In case it isn’t obvious, the photo are sheets from my lint roller. Ahhhhh. Stuff happens.
What is a Surprise Quilt? Well, I would say it was a mystery quilt, but that is already taken. I found these blocks in a box I was going through. I was going to lay them all out and see what it looked like, however, they were all numbered, so I decided what the heck. I had already laid them out at one point in time. So, just sew them and see what happens. The colors in the photo are not nearly as pretty as they are in person.
I have a vague recollection that these were left over jelly row strips from another baby quilt I made. I just don’t remember laying them out and numbering them. It was also extremely neatly written, which is very odd for me. I am starting to think I have multiple personalities and one of them is the neat Quilter that lays thing out and meticulously numbers them. Not sure if I like this person or I am scared of her.
Anyway, I will put a back on this and I will have a baby quilt to donate or give away, which ever opportunity presents itself first.
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I did not think I could get it done. My QADD (quilting Attention deficit disorder) took over, as expected.
Funny thing, I found this task less daunting if I just did 20 minutes here and there, which is what I did. It worked, got it done.
Weird colors (leftovers) and super simple design. These were leftovers from the second quilt I ever made. I obliviously had no idea how much fabric it took to make a quilt because I actually bought enough to make 2. Pretty sure it qualifies as a UFO.
I will show some up close evidence of my quilting once I get it trimmed and bound.
My daughter is holding it sideways though, it was to long for her. So next quilting job I will have to use some of my new skills , from last weekends workshop. Now it is just trimming and binding. Not sure I will make that my next goal. I will have to see.
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You think it would be so we could play pool. Nope. It is really there so I can lay out quilts. I went to Lowe’s and bought a board that fit perfectly on top. While it is not quite tall enough for me, it certainly beats trying to do it on the floor. Then I would have dogs walking across it or laying on it. Using the pool table just means the dogs are laying underneath it or at my feet.
This is totally a UFO, circa 1990’s. But it has a bit of special meaning. The second quilt I ever made was exactly the same. This was from leftover fabric (obviously bought way too much). It has special meaning, because I gave that quilt to my mother. It was the first time she was ever impressed with something that I did. Mom is not with us anymore, and I think one of my older sisters has the quilt.
I can tell that I did this quilt top a long time ago. Still had not figured everything about quilting. Totally ironed the seams like a rookie (open). The sashing…”Good God” … horrible. My use of a ruler was truly an issue back then.
I managed to fix it enough to get is square so I could quilt it. I wanted to find the same thread I used on Mom’s, but could not find it anywhere. It was a multi-color Sulky that was Black, Red and gold. It really looked awesome of the quilt. I wound up with a variegated black/gray. It will have to do.
This is a simple quilt (basic 9 patch), so I will do simple quilting. I will likely do a loopy meandering.
That is about the only thing I got done this weekend. New Rheumatoid Arthritis drug, sort of kicked my butt on Saturday. Crossing my fingers that this one works. I am on Drug #4 in the last six months. I do feel much better today though. Just need to keep my immune system up since all these drugs kill your immune system.
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So, I wrote about this UFO before. The black fabric was sort of falling apart. It was very fragile. I got lots of good advice on what to do.
So, I got the blocks and pieces out and decided that I would make a couple more blocks and I would try to gently quilt it.
Well, I could not sew the blocks together. The black fabric was too fragile. SO, I started to throw away all the black. Right about the time I was getting ready to throw the blocks in the trash, I decided to see how fragile a whole block was.
Crazy thing….they are fine. Strong as can be.
So, what is the difference? I stored the pieces in Ziploc bags (actual Ziploc Brand). It seems that the Ziploc bag affected the black fabric. Anyone else ever heard of that? The Batik fabric I had in the Ziplocs was fine. Only seemed to affect the black fabric.
Please let me know your thoughts or if anything crazy like that has ever happened to you.
I have a lot of stuff stored in Ziploc bags. Now I am scared.
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