So, I have been working on a “secret” project, meaning that I could not blog about it until it was ready. I have tested a pattern for Denise at For the love of geese. I volunteered to test this pattern for her, mostly because I really don’t paper piece but wanted to do it/get better/be less chicken. That way when I see some of the beautiful paper pieced patterns, I won’t just dismiss them because they are paper pieced.
I previously attempted to paper piece a quilt and gave up. So, I am always up for a challenge and really wanted to be able to paper piece confidently. By the time I was done with this quilt, I was pretty confident with it. It looks so hard, but it really wasn’t.
I actually like this one so much, I am going to finish it and put it up for my future grandchildren. Funny thing was that I did not find the paper piecing difficult at all. What I found harder was putting the blocks together. I wanted to make sure all the points were perfect. They are not, but not too bad.
Now the dilemma, How to quilt it? I will have to think about that one for a bit. If you are interested in this pattern, please visit Denise at “For the Love of Quilting“.
Seriously, how can January be over? As I get older, I do not understand how time passes so quickly. I feel like the holidays were last week.
I actually completed my One Monthly Goal. Not only did I complete, but I did a “New” (new for me), all over FMQ design. I guess I can call it the “Linangle” design (lines and Angles). It is not perfect, but it is not that bad either. The only major weirdness is the binding. I did not have enough fabric to do all one color,m so I used what I had. Looks a little wonky because of it.
Now I am going to have to come up with a new one monthly goal for February. Likely to be more quilting. I am working on a secret piecing project. More on that later.
I don’t have any plans for this quilt yet. Will likely just store until the right time comes along for me to give it away or donate to charity.
I really enjoy the “One Monthly Goal”. It is a strong motivator for me to get things done. I can not say I am going to do something and then not do it.
So, for my One Monthly Goal, I am going to completely finish this baby quilt. It needs quilted and bound. It has been laying over the gate entrance to my room, for months. It is just staring at me. Since I am now imaging my unfinished quilts are staring at me, I should probably just complete. Then, my non completion guilt should go away….maybe, there are a lot of those pieces.
The one monthly Goal has been so helpful in helping to get items completed. I very much have that personality that if I say I am going to complete something, then I am going to do it.
For this year I would like to finish all the tops that I have lying around. I am not sure how many I actually have. I would guess 7 or 8. That is a fairly tall order, but it would be great to get done.
I won’t say that I won’t start any new projects, but I do not want to buy fabric to start a new project. I can purchase stuff to finish things, but I am trying to avoid going out and buying fabric to start new quilts. We will see how that goes.
I managed to get my One Monthly Goal completed. It is a miracle since I have been struggling doing any quilting. Totally felt like I lost my quilting mojo. So I think that I have appropriately named my quilt Safari Madness. I chose this name because, well. I was so annoyed about the three camels being all together , RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER. Whew. Got that out, feel better. Then there are the Zebra’s. Here I chose to pebble the grass. Totally was not thinking. Duh. THere is also the weirdness of one set of zebras looking the opposite direction. I had nothing to do with that one, but did not notice til someone pointed it out. However, my original intent was for this to be for my future grandchild (could be ten years, could be thirty, who knows?). Just in case I never get to know this grandchild at least they will know that their Grams loved them ( I quilted the word love all around in the green border) and was slightly goofy(three camels in a row and pebbles in the grass).
This was really the most quilting I have ever done on a piece. I am not unhappy with it. I will not shy away from quilting, even designs a little more complex. It looks not to bad from the back also. I a, glad not that it is done that I don’t totally hate it, especially after all that work. Happy Sewing. Happy Quilting.
These are my daughters receiving blanket from when she was a baby. I had put them in my cedar chest to make a quilt from them. I need to make room in that cedar chest for “other things” (more quilts) for all my future grandchildren. However, I have a block on this one. I usually “see” in my mind what I want to do. I have been staring at this pile for weeks and have come up empty. There are 13 flannel blankets (several duplicates) so it is a good bit of yardage. Most are about 36×36 and a few are a bit bigger. I think there is plenty pf fabric. I just can’t figure out what to do. I am thinking it will not be a baby blanket, but something bigger maybe for my future grandchild that might be a big older who would understand that it was made from all the blankets there Mommy was wrapped up in. Gosh, I sound like a fruit loop! Being that I did wait until I was 40 to have Haley, I am always thinking that I won’t get to meet her children. This will be may way of letting them know who Grams is in case I am not here. If she waits as long as I did, I may not meet them.
If anyone has any suggestions on type of pattern or anything to release my mind block, please let me know. I always get such good advice from our blogging community. Thanks!
I feel like such an idiot. So, I was working along about six weeks ago, quilting away. I was going way outside my comfort zone on this one. Then, I suddenly noticed a huge mistake. I have no idea how I could have overlooked something so glaring as this. Do you see it? OMG, I was so mad at myself that I put this quilt away and refused to look at it. This kind of careless stuff frustrates me so very much. I have no one to be mad at but myself. I have come to the decision that one of my alternate personality is not to bright. I should name her. I opt for Ninny (AKA Nincompoop).
In case you didn’t notice, there are 3 camels in a row. Just saying that, makes me mad. ARGHHHHHH. What was I thinking? I looked at this over and over and managed to miss this? Jeez.
Anyway, I should still finish it, even if it is just for quilting practice. The quilting is about half completed. I have decided to make it my One Monthly Goal for November. I plan to complete it including the binding and then hide it for eternity. Ho Hum…
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.
In the midst of my crankiness, I kept looking at this pile of scrap flannel that was just taking up valuable space (on my pool table AKA quilt project table). So, I just decided to cut it up and see what I could get. I had a bunch of blues and some lavender and purple. This is what I got out of the blues with just a few squares left over for the scrap bin. It will make an OK gift or donation baby quilt. Just some weird sized square blocks. I had to use what I had the best way I could. Just did some meandering for the quilting. Nothing special. This was a thinking quilt, meaning I did a lot of thinking while I was working on it, not about the quilt, it did not take much thinking, but about my general crankiness. I came to no real conclusions. I am still a bit cranky.
So, I often wonder if I am the only one with weird issues. I don’t really like to make quilts out of flannel. The weirdness is that I think/feel that the fuzziness of flannel always looks dirty when I am done. It looks like it has been laying around a while and needs to go into the washer. I even try to be careful and make sure that my machine table is clean and that I always have clean hands, but the fuzziness of the flannel always looks dirty. Just wondering if that is Compulsive Lori overthinking or anyone else ever feels that way?
I need to get over it, because at some point in my life I bought a bunch of flannel. I need to do something with it. Some of it is actually cute, but it is flannel. Ugh.
I certainly have gotten brave in a fairly short time with my quilting. Not only did I put pebbles in the sand, but I did some thread painting on the palm trees. I am thinking that my alternate personality must be taking over again. She seems to be better and braver with quilting than I am. I should name her. I will have to think about that one.
I am finding that this quilt with all the quilting is quite time consuming. I don’t mind, especially since this is for my one day grandchild. I think about that while I am quilting it. My daughter, who is only 13, thinks I am totally crazy. But being an “Old” Mom, I worry about not being around when she has children. If she waits as long as I did, it could happen. I need to make sure that those grandkids have quilts from me whether I am here or not. While she thinks I am crazy now, I hope she apprecaites it some day, whether I am here or not.
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I don’t know how many of you use an accu-quilt product. I have had one for a long time, before they were really popular. Maybe 15 years or more. One of my girlfriend’s is a teacher and brought one home from the school to work on something. I ran and got some fabric and it cut so well that I ended up buying one. Of course I have the “school” model, not the fancy ones aimed at quilters. When I got it, it was initially for shapes, pumpkins and planes and dogs etc… At some point my late husband Jerry got me a big set of quilt blocks. It cost several hundred dollars. I had never used them until this past weekend.
So I cut out All the pieces for the quilt pictured using my accu-cut. Here is what I found, that there seemed to be a lot of cutting before you die cut and then there was a lot of waste. I had a fairly large half square triangle that was just that a half square triangle on the die, instead of a square cut on the the diagonal.
I understand the concept behind die cutting. Each piece is perfectly cut and exactly the same. It is supposed to make piecing more accurate and easy. I don’t know if it does or doesn’t. I just felt like it took twice as long because I had to cut before die cutting and then the waste. Don’t get me wrong, I love it for cute shapes, I am just not sure about block cutting. I am hoping someone can share their thoughts with me because it just seems weird to me.
Normally, when I am cutting my pieces, I do have an Alto Quilt Cut, which I love, so I feel I am pretty accurate. What am I missing? Thanks for your help.