Oma’s Treasures –Well, it certainly is bright.

Trying to decide if it is too obnoxious or loud.  My goal was not to take away from the embroidery.  I am not sure that I did that here.  I don’t mind the happy colors, but when you look at it’s like a slap in the face of color. I still have a couple things in mind to do.  One more one inch green around the outside, I think.  I plan to quilt the outside, but I am not sure how yet.  For where the embroidery is, since it is a such a long piece, I think I will sew tiny glass beads in the centers of some of the flowers to ensure the batting does not shift.  Of course, my binding is a bit crazy.  I have a striped piece of fabric (green/orange/pick/yellow) to add to the craziness of this piece.  Feel free to give me your opinion on my color choices and any suggestions on quilting (kinda stumped with that).  You will not offend me if you think it is awful.  I asked for it. LOL.

On a positive note, some good news, my older daughter, who was in a horrific head on collision nearly a year ago, has moved out.  I would say she is 90% of her old self, which is pretty good considering what I saw the first night in the ICU.  While it was a challenging six months after the accident. The outcome was far better than I anticipated.

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What not to do. Another lesson learned.

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.

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Not Exactly what I had Envisioned…

So, this is not what I had in my head.  I believe this is referred to as a Zipper Quilt.  I was laying out my colors in a way I thought would complement the design of the “Zipper quilt”.  I mean, it is OK, but somehow I had something else pictured.  Not sure why.  I laid it all out first, but then when it is all together I am surprised.  Usually, I don’t things things on my design board and like them better when they are sewn together.

The positive about this quilt, is that the blocks sew together really fast.  I chain pieced them, but in a sort of odd way.  I had 2 charm packs that I cut in half.  Then I cut 2.5 inch strips and sewed each of my 2.5 by 5.5 charm pieces to each 2.5 inch strip.  I had a 42″ strip with a bunch of my charms sewed to it and then just cut it apart.  Can’t remember how many strips I used, maybe 5.  Then it was just a matter of arranging and sewing them all together.

I do plan on quilting this in the near future.  May get brave and do something new (at least for me).  I will have to do some practicing first though.

 

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An Interesting Quilting Hack

In my challenge to get better at the actual quilting, I am constantly reading advice etc, on how to do it better.  The truth is, practice makes you better.  However, I am always looking for products that might help me get better.  So, quilting gloves helped a bit, but it was only a $10 investment.  One of the things that I had been looking at was a Supreme Slider.  This is supposed to make the quilt slide more easily as you quilt along.  I had asked people and got mixed reviews as to whether it was a help or not, but I was still curious, however, not willing to spend $60.00 to see if it worked.

I had purchased 2 grill liners for the grilling season for $4.99 each.  After one use, I found it to be the pain in the but and the unopened grill liner sat on the counter, til today.  As I was making dinner a light bulb went off in my head.  The grill liner was silicone and super slippery.  So, after dinner I took it downstairs and cut a tiny hole in where the 20170709_181527_resizedneedle came down.  I took some masking tape and taped it down to my machine table (the original one sticks on it’s own).  Well, it worked like a charm.  It did make things slide easier and cost less20170709_182135_resized than $5.00.  I know we don’t all have an unlimited money supply, so every little bit helps.  If you don’t have a supreme slider, give it a try.

 

20170530_194122_resizedWe also had a sad weekend.  We had to say goodbye to our beautiful Clover Puppy.  Clover was a dog we were supposed to be fostering.  I knew the minute she walked into our house, she would never leave.  That was more than 10 years ago.  She was the kindest, sweetest dog that did not have a mean bone in her body.  She never let the fact that she was missing a front leg slow her down.  I know now that she is pain free and running with My Koko on all four legs.  We will as miss her dearly.

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Treasure Your Family, including the furry ones

Rescue, whenever possible

Interesting Surprise Quilt…

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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Treasure Your Family

Better Quilting but tired of Dog Bones and One Monthly Goal

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 is20170702_212547_resized 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.20170625_180455_resized

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.

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Treasure Your Family

Holy Cow, I can’t believe I made it -One Monthly Goal

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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Treasure your Family

 

 

I am not alone…

Spent Saturday at the local quilt guild’s Quilt-In.  They had a guest speaker teaching free20170624_114256_resized motion quilting.  I learned quite a few things, many techniques I was not familiar with.  I actually made quite  fantastic feather.  However, somehow I do not have a photo of it.  I think the biggest thing I got out of it was how not to be too critical and be adventuresome with new designs.  I actually feel like I my be able to venture out.  First I will have to finish my “One Monthly Goal” for June, then I can move onto another top where maybe I can try a new technique.  It was also interesting to see that many others struggled with the actual quilting part the way I do.  I am not alone.

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Treasure Your Family

A Sentimental Blast from the Past

In July, the quilt guild is having a garage sale for quilting fabric/items.  I was going through some boxes looking for things I could part with (more like make room for more) and came across this embroidered item.

Right away it brought tears to my eyes.  I made this from a kit that Oma sent me from Germany.  She knew I was crafty and often sent me something she knew I would like to do.  She also sent me a piece of silverware for my collection.  I so remember looking at that silver fork and looking at my mother wondering why I always got silverware from her on my birthday and at the holidays (along with the crafty items).  My mother would always tell me that I will appreciate it later.  While I hated getting utensils as a present when I was a kid, Mom was right.  I certainly do appreciate it now.  I have an entire set of silver for 12.  It is something I truly cherish.  Every holiday I think of her and my mother when I get it out.

Since Oma died when I was in my late teens, I imagine this piece is pretty old.  Maybe 40 years or close to it.  Once I ironed it, it was perfect.  Originally I think it was made to hang on your front door.  I may still do that, but not until I add something quilty.    I am thinking it needs to be colorful, hot pinks, oranges, lime greens.  Not sure of design yet, but I may keep it simple so not to take away from the embroidery and Oma’s memory.

Tomorrow I am going to a quilt in.  Yeah.  Can’t wait to spend the day with my friend Lynn doing what we love.

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Treasure Your Family

Focusing on one project…Not likely to happen.

It is not possible for me to focus on one project.  Just can’t happen.  Sometimes I do better than others, but this past weekend, I was all over the place.  I need to work on my One Monthly Goal, and I did, but not nearly enough.  I would quilt a few inches and go on to something else.

This weekend, the quilt guild has an all day workshop for machine quilting that Lynn and I are going to.  I need to prepare some practice sandwiches.  It should take like 15 minutes to do a bunch of them.  Did I get it finished.  Nope.  I got a few done and my mind wandered to something else.  I went back to piecing the quilt above.  I have no idea what this is going to look like and I over complicated things (even though it does not look complicated).  I put it on my design wall and was initially going to have columns of 30.  Then I changed to 26, but did not adjust on my design wall.  Normally it would not be hard, but the colors go down/up down up, so I can’t just grab the next 26.  Every other row I have to work from the bottom up or the colors will look goofy.  When I get it all pieced it will make sense, I hope.

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Treasure your family