I am actually doing things, just not that much. Have not been feeling myself lately, but who has.
These are gifts. I figured that I needed to get them done. I have a Thanksgiving piece I am working on. Who knows if that will happen. It is just for me, so no big deal if it does not get finished.
I liked the dog and cat prints with Holiday hats. I rarely pass up dog prints. Cats are OK and I did one for my cat loving sister, but I am truly a dog person. Well, actually I am an animal person. I love them all. I am just partial to dogs. Funny, I used to be scared of them. Now I can’t imagine life without them. They are truly my fur babies
I did get the next clue for the mystery quilt, but there will be no more clues until January, so I don’t need to be in a hurry for that one. Phew.
Thanksgiving is next week. I know there is much to be thankful for, but I am just so over things. Here in the great state oh Ohio, we are being told that holiday gatherings are not allowed.
Is covid really spiking? I think we are just testing more so it looks like it is so much worse. Please don’t think that I don’t take it seriously. I just want the actual truth. The media truth which is clearly jaded. What and how thy report seems to depend on what else is going on. Do we need distracted from Politics? Yes, then you are going to die from covid. Is there nothing to report in the world of politics or nothing you want mainstream population to hear, then you will die from Covid.
This is not a political post. I want news that is actually factual news without political bias. Rant over.
After the first clue, I liked this quilt. However, it is looking way too orange. From this view, you can hardly tell that the other blocks are stars. Poor choices on my part. I was trying not to buy more fabric.
So, these are 6.5-inch star blocks. I do not like working with these small pieces. I am starting to wonder why I decided to do something with such small pieces. First I can’t cut them correctly and if you sew anything wrong (which I did), ripping stitches from small pieces is a pain in the butt.
Up close it doesn’t look that bad, but it is a lot of orange. I think my choice of the dark orange print was wrong.
It’s just going to stay that way, I can’t stand small pieces. It will be interesting to see what the next clue is.
I can’t even begin to count the swear words on this one. It looks simple enough and honestly I think it is. The problem is me. So, let me explain how this went, after the top was finished. “Hey Mom, shouldn’t the dog part on the top have a leg also?” Son of a nutcracker. Ugh. “Oh, and doesn’t the dog need a tail?” You have got to be kidding me. Yep, no top legs and no tail. What is going on? I have totally lost my mind. Even better after I made the leg section and finished the top, post mistakes, I found a leg section that I had made. It was not like I made it a long time ago and forgot, we are talking one day to the next. I think that quarantine is eating away my brain. This project is My One Monthly Goal. My intent is to finish it. We will see. I am supposedly heading back to work next week, so I am not sure it can happen.
So, when/while I got frustrated with this quilt top, I made some pillowcases. For me, it is something I can see being completed. This stack has 22 pillowcases. This brings my total pillowcases for charity to 44.
It also means that my stash has lost 44 yards of fabric. Trust me there is more where that came from.
So, I had the chance to look at my next charity quilt kit. Good God. It is equally as ugly (maybe more) than the last one.
Could the fabrics be any uglier? Yes, they can. See my last charity quilt. The picture on the right is the pattern I am supposed to use. On the plus side, all the 2.5-inch strips are cut. and it should be quick to put together. But, I do not like working on quilts that are not something I would ever put together. I know, charity, someone will love it.
So I had every intention of participating in One Monthly Goal. However, I can not keep track of days or dates. Here it is April 9, 2020, missed it! I swear I may be losing my mind. It is like time has stood still in my mind because nothing changes, yet it is actually continuing.
I might as well tell you what my goal was. My intention for the One Monthly Goal was to complete the top for a charity quilt. My quilt guild had about 35 kits ready to pass out at meetings, yet we are not having meetings, so they volunteered to drop them off. I said I would do a couple, considering I needed some motivation to actually do something.
Don’t care for it one bit. The dark brown bother me. The instruction I had for this quilt were crazy. They were all wrong and totally goofy. I am not a good instruction follower in general, but since this was not my fabric and for charity, I thought I should actually read them and follow them. WRONG. They were wrong on most counts, what needed cut, the layout, everything. It still needs borders and I am hoping that makes it look a little better, but I am not very hopeful. I am hoping this is meant for a man.
Mostly working from home. I am getting better at that. I get up early before everyone else gets up so I can get as much done as possible before they arise. They are pretty good at not bothering me though, with the exception of the dogs. “Hey Mom us up, let’s all sit on her.”
I hope you are all staying safe. Happy Sewing, Happy Quilting.
I have not done One Monthly Goal in a while. Pretty sure it has been a year. Sort of stopped doing a lot after my sister died. I did not stop sewing or quilting, I just could not deal with deadlines.
I think it will help me get things done. It always has in the past, so I am back. My One Monthly Goal for March 2020 is to completely finish this baby quilt. It is currently partially quilted and has been this way for several weeks. I walk by it a lot and totally ignore it. So, we will finish quilting and get it bound for my goal.
I will add 11 more to my donations, bringing my total to 34. WooHoo. I like having something I can put together in a few minutes.
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.
M friend Lynn was harassing me because every time we go to a Guild meeting I am bringing my stuff in a Kroger shopping bag. So, I made myself a guild bag. What could be more perfect for the crazy dog lady? A dog bag made with pet screen. I always wanted to try something with pet screen and had bought a piece a while back. No pattern, I just sort of winged it. I like it. It is sturdy and functional.
So, my one monthly goal for December, is to put together my top for the I wish you a Merry Quilt along. It will be a lot considering that Christmas is right around the corner. I do have some vacation, but who knows what we will be doing. So, I will have to make block #12 and figure out how to put it all together before the year ends. Fingers crossed.
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
Happy Holidays from my house to yours. We begin our trip through the Christmas village with a stop at the quilt shop (what else?). This is one of my favorite pieces. I hunted/waited for while to find it.
So, my village has multiple places that are important in a special way. SO, I have the log cabin and wild animals, compelte with an outhouse. This is Derrick’s place (my late husband)/ He was totally an outdoor guy and wanted a log cabin. In front of that we have our Ohio State House and Fan center, complete with Tailgate party. THis is for our biggest OSU an and my manfriend, Kevin.
Over on the other side of the village we have Uncle Donald’s place Complete with Farm House, Barn, silo and tractor. Yep, the same Uncle Donald that made quilts. Gong to his farm and visiting him and Aunt Helen was one of my favorite things to do.
Then of course we have a few of my favorite things. A dog rescue and a dog training academy. We have these in honor of my late great Koko, that spurred my deep love and affection for dogs. We now have 4 dogs and have rescued many other and a few kitties along the way. I tried to bring home a baby fox that came to my car one day, and Kevin put his foot down.. They were so cute. I know he was right. I am sure Momma was not far away.
I totally love the fountain Kevin got me this year. It changes colors and actaully has water in it. It is so pretty. He knows the things I love.
Of course we have
Bethlehem. It sets up from the village in a
desert. The whole village is about 15 feet long. There are so many build
ings. I even have more that don’t make it on to the table because I am out of room.
One of the oldest pieces I have is the ice skating ring, where there is actual ice skating going on. I am sure I have had this one for nearly 25 years. And yes that is Santa flying over the ice skating ring. Christmas Music also plays as Santa flys above the village. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. My best to all of you and your families.
So, on Saturday my great nephew was born about 5 weeks early. He is perfect. However I had to hurry and finish his dog quilt. This was fun to make. The most time consuming part was the cutting out of all the pieces. I don’t really see it being used as a quilt to cover up with. More of lay the baby on the quilt kind of thing. I made it all from flannels so it is very soft. This was made from Simplicity 4993. It has a dog, bear and cat patterns. Since I am the crazy dog lady, this is quilt that would definitely come from me.
My daughter had not ever remembered me making a “rag quilt” before and insisted that the back was the front and I put the face of the dog on the wrong side.
Now to get a couple more items for Ethan and his big sister before mailing the package off.