I have been on a mad cleaning rampage in my studio and general area.
In my cleaning, I came across a couple of quilt blocks from a quilt that I made for my niece about 15 years ago. It was a quilt full of family photo’s mostly of her but a smattering of everyone else. The blocks were about 8 x 8 and each one had a photo in the center. The back had Georgia Tech fabric. She got it for her college graduation from …..Georgia Tech. Oh, and yes, I made the Minnie Mouse costume she is wearing. I used to have a photo album of all the quilts I had made way back then, but they were lost in a flood. I should ask her for a photo.
The other photo was in my parent’s back yard. It was a really cute quilt.
So, What is new? Well, I made myself an ironing station, finally. I love it. There is so much storage. I don’t even have it filled yet (almost). I love it. It is fabulous. A hare but still awesome. I had been looking everywhere for the right storage and found it at IKEA. Each set of drawers cost about $53.00. The top is made out of birch, which I am told can deal with moisture and is very durable. I hope so.
Happy Sewing, Happy Quilting
I do actually get some sewing done. I have made a few pillowcases for my guild. These 9 bring my total up to 23 pillowcases. The pillowcases go to a shelter for abused women. They get to select a pillowcase and they put some personal care items in them. Some come with nothing, so the pillowcase becomes the first item that belongs to them after their escape.
There was a time in my life when I needed to escape. I began squirreling money away, a little at a time so it would not be noticed. Things turned out differently for me and it turned out that I did not need the money. I still have the account though as a reminder. Today I save money in that account so Haley and I can go to Europe when she graduates. Now it has a happy intent.
I am still struggling a bit with my sewing. I just can’t seem to get much done. I find myself going from one thing to the next a lot. I think that is why I made the pillowcases, so I could see something finished. I do have a baby quilt on the long arm. I picked up a UFO to work on and I have another one in the works. I think I need to get back to the “One Monthly Goal” that might help me get in the swing of things. I will put a reminder on my calendar.
A big thank you to Susan at DesertSky Quilting for mentioning her Uncle Donald Quilt. It brought such a smile to my face.
Because I am a crazy dog lady, I found the below picture hysterical. Happy Sewing, Happy Quilting
This is a pattern I tested for Denise at For the Love of Geese. I believe she calls it “Twilight”. I am far from a good paper piecer, however, I love the way this one turned out. I think I will eventually get the hang of things. It is mostly fabric I had. The only thing I purchased was the dark blue grunge border. I think it has a lot going on. The blues I used was leftover from a fat quarter pack I think that I got 20 years ago.
I am getting the hang of the longarm. I still struggle a bit with tension, but I used rulers this time and it came out pretty good. I am happy with my quilting. It is starting to look way better.
I do not know what I am going to do with this quilt, I have no plans at this time. I might just look at it for a while.
Happy New Year!
Love the new job, although it is kicking my butt. I am getting too old to learn new things LOL. I started this post on December 23rd and here we are January 13th. Jeez, where does time go? My intent was to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and then the battery on my laptop died and here we are.
Below is the Holiday display (Just took down) that I was going to show you all
Sort of an odd-looking block. I made it from my sister Kellie’s clothes. I have been looking at the bags of clothes I have that were hers and could not bear cut into them.
I finally did it. I have four bags and just opened one. My intent is to make these blocks highlighting something that I remember her wearing. I hope to put notes in the jeans pockets for my niece and nephew.
Still very hard. I actually kept a shirt for myself. I like to wear it because it is hers. I think these quilts will take a long time to complete. I will get there.
I miss you all.
Yes, I finished something! This is my Zipper quilt. It is a Missouri star quilt pattern. I think I chose to do this quilt becasue I had a couple of charm packs and it is charm pack friendly. Had to wash this quilt, why? Well, My little Ruger AKA, Polly Pissy Pants, felt the need to mark it as his because it was hanging off the edge of th table. Super annoying but I still love him.
I did long arm this quilt, just some swirls, nothing fancy. But it was easy and was much quicker than doing it on my domestic.
The back was something I had in my stash forever. It works!
The news – So the past year has been super trying for me. The loss of my sister, the loss of my job etc. So, I took a new job last April that I knew that I was way over qualified for. I hated it. Met some really good people, but just not for me.
I started interviewing for a different job about a month later. It took from May until now. I start tomorrow. So, while I have always worked on Columbus, I now have a job 5.5 mies from my house, paying more money. Honda North America is right around the corner and I have wanted to work there. Finally, I got a job in IT for them. I had interviewed for a few other jobs there, but finally got a good one. I was driving 50 miles to work, and now it will be less than 6 miles and I am not overqualified. In comparison my benefits are leaps and bounds better. There are way more and they cost less. Please be the dream/last job I will have. Gosh I hope so. So, I am hoping that this is one more step in the right direction of me feeling like me.
Where have I been? Jeez, no kidding. I feel like it has been forever. Sure has been a rough year.
I have been practicing my long arm. Just about done with this one. Nothing crazy. just simple stuff to start. I like this quilt. Funny, because I said I was going to practice on an “ugly one”. I will get to that.
So, the below machines are not pretty, but they are packed with memories. The Kenmore on the left was the machine my parents bought when my older sisters were doing the “Home-Ec” thing. It was the only machine I sewed on for years.
The one on the right, was my grandmothers. The last thing she sewed on that machine were my kindergarten clothes. After that she got glaucoma and could no longer see. When I would visit, this is the machine I would sew things together with. I would just sew strips of fabric together. Little did I know it would lead to a life long passion for collecting sewing machines and fabric. My sister Karen had my grandmother’s machine and gave it to me when I saw her this past summer. I just had them both serviced and they are working perfectly.
I have fabric that my Uncle brought my grandmother when he was in Hawaii (military man). I have saved it many years. I will incorporated it in a quilt and use her machine to piece it.
On the one Mom and Dad bought, I will sew the memory quilts from my little sister Kellie’s clothes that her husband gave me. I have sort of begun, but there are so many memories that come back when I look at these clothes, it is hard.
While these machines are nothing special, they are special. At least to me.
Nothinig fancy, just some swirls, but I managed.
SO, this is a baby quilt for my nephew and his wife. My nephew is a huge Star Wars fan and I found this great pink Star Wars fabric on Etsy. Expensive, but super cute.
I don’t work well with deadlines, so this one creeped up on me. I was faced with either
using my domestic or getting crazy and attempting it on my long arm. Mission accomplished. THere is still a lot to learn though.
Worked on it today and struggled with thread breaks, but I will get it.
I backed this quilt with fleece and made the star Wars logo’s out of the same fleece.
I hope they like it.
I got a Handi-Quilter Simply Sixteen and a little foot frame. I am so excited. I have wanted one for a long time, but I find it so hard to spend money on something I want. I constantly think about the fact that I still have a child to educate blah blah blah. The household consensus was “you really need to do something for you”. SO, I got crazy and did.
It was super easy to set up. I was off practicing my quilting in no time. The hardest part was adjusting the tension.
Now I am afraid to start on one of the many tops I have waiting. I will have to bite the bullet and do it. I think I will likely start with one of my ugly quilts.
More to come.
Tomorrow is that day. The day I lost my sweet sister Kellie. While it huts every day, that day is a reminder that I would rather not have. I have to go to the office, which I am not sure is a good thing or a bad thing. Hoping it keeps my mind occupied. If nothing else, at least it will be just me, hiding in my office.
Treasure your Family
I am lost in every sense of the word.
We went on vacation, which was good. Some of vacation was for us (beach), then we met up with family. My cousin and his family came from Germany. I have not seen him in some time. It was wonderful seeing them.
So for a couple of days, we went to Ocean City Maryland. We had a great time. I ate crab cakes and crab cakes and crab cakes. I like crab cakes in case you have not guessed.
Then we went on to Washington DC to spend time with my cousin and my sister Karen and her family. We had a great time there too. But there was something missing. My sister Kellie. She was my traveling partner a lot. Before we both married we had a really good time. Even after marriage and children, we managed to sneak a couple trips in. I miss that. I miss her. It just seems wrong. I am wondering why I struggle so much with her death. I have buried two husbands, but this one gets me. I feel like I will never get over it. I find myself not wanting to do anything, but I do.
Yes, you must suffer through my vacation photo’s. I am even in them (I avoid photos like an allergy) LOL.
The Capitol – Been years since I went to D.C.
My spot at the Beach!
The whole lot of us at the Spy museum!
My cousin Holger, my daugther and me
Spy Museum (D.C.), Beach, Me, Haley (daughter), Holger (cousin) and the capital.
Oh, and the quilt. So, my most wonderful friend Nanette, sent me a box that had some scraps and a few finished blocks. I made this interesting table runner from it. It is a bit Improv, but I do like the colors a lot.
My family from Germany is coming to visit. They should be arriving in the states today. They have three weeks planned out. We will be meeting up with them in Washington DC in a couple of weeks. I have never met my cousin’s wife or daughter. I am very excited to meet them in person. We do chat and sometimes talk on WhatsApp.
So, Sophia and Christine, love horses. They send me videos of Sophia riding her horse frequently, which I enjoy. So, I made a horse quilt for her.
IT gave me such grief. Mostly due to the fact that sometimes, I am just a dumba$$.
So, this was one of the quilts that I was basting when I had the spray debacle. Funny thing that turned out to be the least of my problems. I had this all rolled up ready to be basted. Thought I was ahead of the game. Hahaha. Turns out that as I reached the bottom of the basting, I failed to measure this quilt. I could say I improperly measured, but truth be told, I never measured it at all. So, turns out my backing and batting was a few inches too short.
No way to unglue all that. I decided to quilt it and leave 6 inches unquilted and then figure out what to do. I sort of figured that I will piece the batting and backing on.
Well, I managed to piece in the piece of batting, not a big deal. However, I had left over arrow fabric that I was going to use to piece across the bottom. Wrong. Came out totally wonky and looked like a crazy person did it. I think the problem was that it was directional and sewing the fabric on was not as easy as I thought. Ended up finishing the quilting without the back and hand sewing a piece clear across the back along the bottom (light green).
I really did not like this quilt the entire time I was working on it, however now that is is finished, I do like it. It looks like a horse quilt for a little girl and that is what I was going for. The back came out OK despite my issues.
I got word today that they were in New York. Looking forward to meeting up with them!