I finished the dinosaur quilt. Well, that is easy when you get laid off and have no job. Right before the holidays. Yeah. Ugh. Oh please, let me add some more crappy ass news (sorry for that). My favorite uncle died on Thanksgiving day. He was the last bit of my Mom that I had. He had the best sense of humor. He loved to tease my Mom (when she was still here), which us kids found hysterical. He lived in Germany (that is where my other was from). I loved when he called me. He always made me laugh and it reminded me of Mom. I will miss him dearly.
The picture is my Uncle Uwe, my dear sweet sister Kellie and my cousin Holger (who is coming to visit in August. Very excited about that). It is a great photo. Holger and Kellie were about a year apart. He came to live with my parents for a year and went to High School as a teenager with Kellie.
So, while job hunting, I am sewing, which is sort of good. Helps to keep my mind of my super crappy life.
About the Dinosaur quilt (rant over)
It came out cute. I really like it. No fancy quilting, just meandering, which seemed to work fine for this quilt. I pieced the back, which came out pretty good. I find this adds personality to the quilt and takes way less fabrics. I can use up random one yard pieces that I have.
I feel guilty for not reading everyone’s blog, I need to get back to that. it is one of my happy places. I really love to see what everyone is doing.
I have missed you all. Just have not been myself for a host of issues.
I have managed to do some sewing. It helps me think and sort of work things out. I finished my dinosaur quilt top. It came out nicely. It is for Kevin’s sister. Her baby theme is dinosaurs. I think it will be cure for a boy.
For my Hand Quilt Along, I have finally picked back up my dog bone dresser scarf. It is nearly finished. I added the last dog bone, so hope to have it finished soon. This is the lat one in the set of 4. Please visit all the wonderful ladies in the Hand Quilt Along and check out what they have been up to.
For my One Monthly Goal, I am going to quilt and bind this baby quilt. I have made this quilt for Kevin’s (man-friend) sister who’s pregnant. I kind of did my own thing. I really liked the center baby pin fabric, so I did not want to cut it up too much. I plan to use my heart ruler for this one. Not sure of thread color, but it will likely be something multi colored.
Kellie, another story…
You may have seen this photo before. But I need it to tell my Kellie story. This is my late husband Derrick and Kellie. We were in Las Vegas together because Derrick was in a Pool tournament.
So, when I married Derrick, Kellie was the only one in my family that did not have something negative to say about it. Whether she liked it or not, she kept it to herself. She was always kind to Derrick, which is more than I could say about anyone else in my family. Yes, I met/knew him in an odd unconventional way, and yes he was younger than me. But when my first husband took his own life and left me with 2 kids, he was the only one that stepped into a really ugly, messy situation and was willing to do whatever was needed. He was coming to town to visit his sister for the holidays. He asked if he could stop by to check on me.
He never left. He did not feel like he could. Things just went from there. I know Kellie and her husband, Matt, talked about it. He told me when we were sitting in the hospital by Kellie’s side. They decided if he made me happy (which he did) that was good enough for them. This is just one of the many many reasons I can’t imagine life without her. She stood by me, always.
This is my One Monthly Goal Project. I actually finished it. It was completed before my sister died. I think I needed something to do rather than sit around and wait for something to happen. I actually finished the binding on the evening before. I needed something to do with my hands. It is a cute baby quilt, even though my fire fly looks like it has mated with a bee.
For the first time, I pieced a back. Nothing fancy, but I did it. Learned a few things. If you can piece your back, you can save a lot of fabric.
I used my heart-shaped ruler for my quilting. It does not look to bad. I find quilting with shapes and rulers relaxing, which is why I probably got this completed. I needed to do something that was sort of mindless. For some weird reason, the color looks goofy in this photo. Maybe because it is a close up
I hope you don’t mind….for a while I will likely add pictures of my sister Kellie. I think honoring her helps me a bit. It has only been a week and there were many time I said oh I will ask Kellie, burst in to tears when I suddenly realized I could no longer do that.
KELLIE – When, I had issues with my first husband, My sister drove down and picked up Haley for
the weekend so we can try to sort out what we were doing. Unfortunately, that same weekend, my husband Jerry took his own life. Kellie kept Haley for a couple of days so I could make arrangements and then brought her home. She wanted to protect her for as long as she could, from how hard life was. Haley was only 4. I was so thankful that she did that.
I do say that with a hint of sarcasm. I like flannel, just not in quilts. Then why do I have so much? Good question. Maybe I just can’t pass up a sale. Ohhhh, that is very likely. Don’t get me wrong, I have made a few flannel quilts with scraps. They came out fine. I just feel that by the time I am done, the fuzz on flannel looks dirty. I know, weird. But I do like these cute receiving blankets made with flannel. Super simple and cute. I would like to make them a bit larger, which I will work on for the next one.
This past Saturday our guild had a quilt in. Name tags with your name or your code name. Hah! Well, I could not help myself. The sew-in was fun. They had someone teaching free motion quilting, or you could just work on whatever you wanted to. I took my $11.99 Bernina and sewed up a storm. It was a rainy Saturday in Ohio, so it was perfect for sewing and I won a door prize. $25.00 gift certificate to a local quilt shop. WooHoo!
I feel I am allowed to make fun of myself. So, what dumb thing did I manage to do this time? As I was getting out of my lovely new hot tub, the steps slipped and I went with them. Falling about 3 and half feet to the concrete. Let’s see I had a baseball on the back of my head, the underneath part of my arm is black and blue, about a soccer ball sized bruise on my left side rib cage and and equally sized one on my backside. Also sprained
a wrist and black and blue right kneecap (not sure how that one happened everything else was left side). Needless to say, everything hurts. Thank god it was dark out. I imagine it was quite a site. Of course my cell phone went flying so I had to crawl to it to call Kev for some help. He spent the rest of the night checking on me to make sure I did not have a concussion. Well, I am pretty sure this will take a bit of time to recover. Thank God I did not break my arm or wrist. It would have seriously impacted my projects. Whew.
So, when I am not falling down, I seem to be wandering form project to project, not doing what I really should be doing. These baby bibs have been laying on my sewing cabinet unfinished for months, so I picked them up and finished them. I will put them in the cedar chest for my one-day grandchild. They are up-cycled from my jeans. I need to be working on my one monthly goal and my quarterly goals, but of course I am doing something else.
This weekend I am supposed to be attending Quilt Wars with my Quilt Guild, however, given my current condition, I am not sure I am going to make it. I am uncomfortable sitting, laying basically anything. The only place I am not uncomfortable is in the hot tub and that is what started the whole mess in the first place. Ugh.
In celebration of the fourth, my star spangled baby quilt. I actually made this 12 years ago. It as made from scraps from a charity quilt I made for a local high school. I had the cutest picture of my daughter at about 4 months old laying on the quilt in a little patriotic outfit. I wish I could find that photo and compare it to her now. I did make her hold the quilt, since it was hers. I put it in the cedar chest for that someday when she has a baby of her own (better be a long time from now).
So, While I was going through boxes of sewing supplies, fabric etc… I came across these baby bibs. I believe I made them over 20 years ago. I had no children and I was not even thinking about getting married.
Ever since my older sisters had kids and I became an Aunt, I loved making things for babies and kids. My sister Karen’s kids had the greatest Halloween costumes. I made my nephew a dinosaur once. The tail was so long and big he had to tie a roller-skate to it so he did not drag a hole in it. I made my niece Minnie mouse and a belly dancer costume. My daughter has also had a butterfly and a witch costume (with a fancy witch gown). I don’t do much costume making these days, but spend lots of time on quilts and other crafty things.
I remember making these bibs. I used Kona cotton and traced the design with a pencil while I had them taped to the sliding glass door of my single girl condo. Oh the memories. I will put these away for that Grandchild I hope to meet one day.