So I Started making my daughter Haley a library quilt. She is a total bookworm. I have been secretly trying to keep it from her. I even contacted the school librarian to get me a list of books she has checked out. I have been secretly going in her room and taking pictures of her book shelves so I knew all the titles. I wanted to make it not just a library quilt, but her library quilt with all her books on it.
Well, the last quilt I finished, she decided needed to be hers. I kept telling her no. She
kept giving me that sideways look where she knows I am not telling something. Then the light bulb went off and she said “OMG you are making me a quilt”. Then she ran downstairs to look for it. I ended up telling her it was the LQ (library quilt) box so she did not destroy everything in her path.
Needless to say she is very excited and immediately began writing down other books for me to add. Now she will continually bug me to get it done. Wanted me to use it as my one Monthly Goal, which I may do for September, but I needed a couple of other things to do it for this month. She will have to learn patience. Sometimes these things take me a really long time.
So, I finally was able to work on a bit of quilting. However, things did not go as planned. I never like my quilting. I wanted something very specific for my Dog Bone Dresser scarf, mainly Dog Bones, duh. So, I decided to use that sticky saran wrap “Glad Press and Seal”. There were good things and bad things about it. So, I don’t exactly hate the quilting. Dog bones actually look like dog bones. However, now that I am done with the quilting, I am pretty sure I have spent more time picking out that “Press and Seal” wrap than I actually spend quilting the entire piece. The other part was that while doing the quilting, I found that the “press and Seal was not easy to re-position. Once you start quilting and compress your quilt sandwich, I found that the “Press and Seal: needed adjusted and it was not possible.
I put the entire design on, including sqiggely lines. I found it difficult to follow. Most of the time I did my own squigglies until I got to the dog bone. Then I follow the pattern. I have three other pieces to make for our bedroom. I think I will make a dog bone template and use a Frixion Pen. I don’t need a template for squiggely lines. That I have under control. The hands are getting better, so hopefully I can get back into my routine and be less cranky. If anyone has had luck using “cling Wrap”, I would love for someone to tell me why it was so difficult and if there is an easy way to remove all that plastic. I am curious how everyone else marks their quilts now that I becoming more adventurous with my quilting.
I had some time off, but I was not off during the entire holiday season like I am used to. I user a lost (most) of my vacation time with Miranda’s Accident.
As always, I have big plans for my quilting/Sewing and it did not happen. My sewing room is a disaster, because we had company for new years. This means that everything got dumped in my room. I look at it right now and it frightens me. Trying to move stuff a bit at a time, but it seems to be daunting task.
I wanted to make a page for all the items I really need to finish this year. Did not that done either. Of Course On December 30th I was at the Immediate Care with Bronchitis. It figures. Company coming and I am sick. I made it through, and had fun. Two of my sister came for the New year, which had never happened before. We had a Chinese gift exchange which involves stealing gifts etc…. I wound up with a toilet light. It was meant to be funny (and it is) but I also find is useful. Makes me not have to turn on lights when I get up at night. Unfortunately, my nephew Alex got the gift I provided. Cottenelle wipes, Toilet Paper and PooPourri. Needless to say He won for worst gift. It was worth a laugh though.
I did manager to work on my English Paper Piecing and finished the one that will go on my dresser. Dog Bones for the crazy Dog Lady. I have now begun work on the nightstands and will eventually get to Kevin’s dresser. I like to work on my English paper piecing while I am watching TV with Kevin or my daughters. Gives me something to do besides snack.
I plan to attempt to quilt dog bones on the dog bone dresser scarf. Will see how that goes.
Treasure your Family
Well, I got everything cut as instructed. I had most of this fabric in my stash, likely for years…. Had to buy a couple of accent pieces, that’s it. I like lime green and teal together. Hoping it turns out to be something awesome! We shall see.
I managed to get all the sewing stuff packed, now just need my personal items. Hope to get that done later, but the 7th game of the World Series is on, and I am from the Cleveland area. Hoping Mom is watching from above. She was a big Indians fan. My sister Kellie better have that gold Wahoo that mom always wore, on tonight.
So, I am trying to get back to my normal life. My daughter is home from the hospital, which is great. But, you do sort of trade one set of circumstances for another. Glad not to be running to the hospital, but there is a lot to do having her home also. This weekend is the Quilt Retreat. It has been a while since I have been to one. Part of me feels like I should be staying home and part of me can’t wait to go. Kevin tells me I am going…… I have been gathering my things together in my new wheeled “I am going to a retreat” case.
Since this is a mystery quilt retreat, I have been spending 10 minutes here and there cutting out the pieces that I need. I am done, need to label them and get them into bags all sorted. I have never done a mystery quilt, so this is a new experience for me. I used some fabrics that I had purchased previously and then purchased a couple other coordinating fabrics. I will post photos as we go.
Now for the what to pack?…. Wine (check), Diet Pepsi (Check). I am guessing I should consider a sewing machine and other supplies. We will be leaving at 6am Friday morning, so I really need to be ready by Thursday night. That should be a challenge.
We are staying at the Berlin Hotel and resort. Since it has been so warm here, the trees are just starting to change, so it will be very beautiful. Fall in Ohio tends to be very picturesque. Can’t wait to go to one of my favorite shops , Millers Dry Goods and there is a shop hop going on. WooHoo!
So, my friend Lynn and I are going to a Quilt Retreat a week from Saturday weekend in Amish country. Yeah, A little getaway after a long couple of months.
So, I stopped by Lynn’s the other day and her awesome family had got her the most awesome birthday gift to haul sewing machine and quilting supplies around. So, I ,copied and went and got one myself.
I have to say, remembering my last retreat, where I hauled a bunch of plastic crates of stuff. Add the fact that I have been recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Yup, I needed one more thing.
This thing has room in the bottom for your sewing machine. It has a giant case for supplies and tons of room for Fabric. And, it is on wheels. No lifting pulling dragging all that heavy stuff. I bought it at Lowe’s. $79.99, well spent.
So, My daughter, Miranda came home from the hospital. She still can’t walk, but we are getting there. Thanks to those that follow her Page. Some day I will be normal again (whatever that is).
Well. my hospital hexies are finally looking like something. I feel like I have made progress. I believe my plan will be to make a scarf for my dresser. Seems fitting since I am the crazy dog lady. As I type this there is one at my feel and one on the chair next to me and one on my lap. This is a great travel project because everything I need fits into my little dog bag (of course). In my photo, you can see my Ruger. This was my late Husbands “Hunting Dog”. He weights six pounds and is scared of ants, so I am not sure what he would hunt. Cute as a button though. He is the only male dog in my herd, so he thinks any female is his. He frequently rolls all over me as if he is making me his and then gives Kevin the evil eye. Miss Moka’s paws are on the table where they should not be.
Other progress is with my beautiful daughter Miranda. I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It has been six weeks now since her accident and she makes progress everyday. I update my Miranda’s Journey page often. It has saved me many many phone calls and texts. Friends and family know they can go to the page and get an update on how she is doing. We still have a long road ahead, but we will get their. Thanks to everyone for their support.
So, today I did not go to the hospital (Check Miranda’s Journey page for the latest updates). Last night I fell asleep after dinner (before 6pm) and did not wake up until 8:30 today. Guess I needed it. So, I did some laundry and made dinner. I also got little sewing time in. Decided that I needed to see something finished.
I actually made these bibs for my future grandchildren (just in case I don’t get to meet them). They are made from recycled jeans. Jeans that belonged to me and my late husband Derrick. I am hoping that will someday mean something to Haley and/or Miranda. No to bad on the applique portion. Over time I will make more to give away. But, sometimes you just need to see something finished.
I am still working on my Hospital Hexies. I should have an update on that soon.
Thanks to all my quilting and blogging friends for caring about Miranda and my family. It truly does mean a lot.
So, since quilting is my stress reliever. and I am spending a lot of time at the hospital with my daughter since her accident, I decided to try English Paper piecing. I haven’t got much accomplished, since I still can’t think straight. Miranda is doing better, which I am grateful for. We still have a long way to go.
I don’t really have a plan for my “Dog Bones” (I hope that is what they look like), but it could turn into a table topper for dresser. I guess that would make it a dresser scarf or something. Not really sure. Depends on how difficult it turns out to be. So far, not to hard and it doesn’t take up to much space to work on, so that makes it easy at the hospital.
This is a quilt I made my youngest daughter when she was a baby. It has multiple fabric types for that “special feel”. I felt I needed to post a picture of a quilt. They are comforting.
On August 22nd, my older daughter was in a head on collision
on the freeway. Darn near everything was broken; legs, ankles, knees, feet, elbows, collarbones, ribs, punctured lungs lacerated liver, spleen and intestines. Fortunately, there was no head injuries. Today was Miranda’s sixth day of surgery. She still has more ahead of her. She is still here. For this I am grateful. I don’t think I could stand losing another loved one. I must thank family ( who came immediately) and friends for their support, especially Susan from DesertSky Quilting. She was up texting me late night so I would not lose my mind. It will be a long road to recovery, but we will get there.