July 3rd was the fifth anniversary of my Husband Derrick’s death. That same day, I find that my little sister Kellie has blood clots in her lungs and is in ICU. Two of my absolute favorite people. Damn it. Derrick was the love of my life. I think about him every day. Not a day goes by where I don’t think of him, laugh, smile, shed a tear. My little sister, my best friend, keeper of all my secrets. Come on.
I went to Cleveland. Things were bad. They got worse. I wondered at one point if we would lose her. I could not bear the thought. How could someone else I love be taken from me? The list is quite lengthy for someone my age. I stayed for five days. She got better, then worse, then better. She got to leave the ICU the same evening I went home. Here in the next couple of days she will go to a rehab hospital. She does not want it, but knows she needs it. Besides the blood clots, she had pneumonia and was septic. Lots of things to recover from. The picture was from Las Vegas. Derrick was playing in a pool tournament and Kellie and I needed an excuse to go to Las Vegas. It was fun. The best time with two of my favorite people.
This is my fall quilt along block. I was done before I left for Cleveland, but never got to post it. I had issues. It does not look right. I don’t know where I went wrong, but I am convinced the instructions did not match the example. If you look at the top row and then the bottom example, they do not match (or I am crazy. Either is possible) . The one time I attempt to actually follow instruction and look what happens. It is going to stay ugly for the time being.
One of my sewing machines is down. Of course, it is the one in the cabinet that I quilt with. I will try to drop it off this weekend. Broke a needle and it kept making a weird noise. I guess a piece could be stuck somewhere. It needed cleaned anyway. No quilting for me for now. I will just have to work on piecing.
With all my personal craziness, I did not enter anything into the One Monthly Goal. ☹. Next month, maybe things will get back to normal. A girl can hope.
Treasure your Family
Fainéant, means slacker in French. Yes, I am one. I totally meant to do my Hand Quilt Along post before and schedule it, but no, that did not happen. It has just been an insane week at my house. Kids and sports, spent the weekend with my sister, just non stop. So I apologize to all my fellow hand quilters for being a Fainéant. I felt I used the word Slacker to much, so I figured I needed a new term. I am adding one more block to my under the sea collection. This month we have a whale. I do have to tell you, my last months post brought some criticism form some Facebook followers (my sister mostly). She insisted that my seahorses were farting. I tried to explain that it was meant to be swirls of water, but no, according to her it was pretty clear. Farting Seahorses. Now I look at my seahorses in a little different light. Darn it.
Please visit all the lovely ladies in the hand quilt along that are not Fainéants.
Kathy, Margaret, Kerry, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Connie, Susan, Nanette, Sassy , Edith, Sharon and Bella.
So, for June my One Monthly goal was to complete the Star Wars Quilt Top. Mission Accomplished. It needs some ironing, it kind looks all rumpled. I think this will be a donation quilt.
So, I have read a lot about piecing curves. Many people have said how difficult it is to piece a curved seam. For this reason, I have shied away from it. Until Now. I like all kinds of quilts, traditional, modern, weird, you name it. I saw a quilt a couple of weeks ago and I thought to myself, I want to make something like that. But Oh No, it has curved piecing. Yikes! (Me talking in my head) Maybe I better not, that is way too difficult for me. You always want to try new things, so why not? OK, my multiple personalities decided that I should go for it.
Here is the weird thing. It was not really hard. I did the first one and thought, OK, maybe I got lucky, so kept on. Surprise! Not really that hard. It does take a little more time, because you can’t whip right through it like you would a straight seam. Here is what I found.
- I found that placing the smaller piece (the one you are piecing into the other) let’s call it the outside curve, on the bottom and sewing it like that works best. So, my outside curve (with the outside arch) was on the bottom. My photo shows it with the outside curve on top, so you can see it, but when I pin and sew, I flip it over so it is on the bottom
- Pin, Pin, Pin. I hate to pin, but you really need to.
- Sew at a slow steady rate. Don’t be a speed demon.
Piece of cake. You got this.
So, I enjoyed block #3 of the Fall Into a Quilt Along. A little bit of everything, piecing and applique. It is very cute. I managed to keep background fabric in this block. I am hoping I can manage to do this throughout the Quilt Along.
Today was my lucky weekend. I can home from work on Friday and had a package from Nanette at Chopin-A Passionate Quilter. She sent me a “Quilters care Package”. In it she sent me some wonderful batik scraps. I used some to make the applique on this block. I had mentioned that I was going to be using batik scraps with my background fabric. She sent me some other lovely items, that I will show later as I complete them. She is one of the kindest people I know and it certainly brought a smile to my face. It has already proven to be a very valuable resource.
So, this top had been stuffed in a storage bag for years. I had it in my head that the quality of the maker (me) was bad. So, I was going to turn it into a Duvet cover, because I could use another one of those. I had been thinking about it for quite some time. Decided I would use a flat sheet for the other side. Spent several weeks looking to buy just a flat queen sheet. Hardly anyone sells single sheets and I don’t have any queen beds at my house so it did not make sense to buy a set.
Well, found a sheet. When I got this top out and hung it up, I decided that I liked it. I even had some backing stuffed in the bag with it. So, no Duvet cover until I dig up another top. I will finish this one that is Circa 2002.
This past week at the local guild meeting, they had Lunn Fabrics in to go over how they make batiks. I had no idea this company that makes Robert Kaufman batiks is right in my backyard (about an hour or so away). The went over how they design their fabrics and had a slide show of how they are made. They even make the white fabric. IT was fascinating. I knew how they were made, but watching the slide show filled in a few gaps. Then they brought stuff to sell, and surprisingly it was very reasonable. I bought a 4 yard bag of blue scraps for $15.00 (this is the pile after I washed and ironed them). There were no little tiny pieces. I have already cut them all up for a blue batik scrap quilt. More on that later.
I never get accomplished what I have planned. My napping schedule is currently out of control. One of the many side effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis is severe exhaustion. This was a side effect I had not experienced, until the last few weeks. I have been coming home from work and sleeping on the couch until I went to bed. Then, this weekend I slept in both days, which is totally out of character for me. Sleep 12+ hours and still wake up totally exhausted. It totally messes up your sewing schedule. Hope everyone has a wonderful week.
So, I finished block #2 for the Fall Quilt Along. I am trying to stick with the same background and all my small pieces of batik (AKA scraps). Hoping it will come out nice. I enjoyed making this block and find it pretty. So far, they (partners in Design) are 2 of 2 with me.
For My June One Monthly goal, I am going to finish the star wars top. It was originally intended as a donation quilt, but we will see what happens. I found this two yard remnant of star wars fabric for $4.00. It was all odd rectangles, so the best way I figured was to make odd 4 patch blocks. It needs some sashing. It is just sort of hanging there in strips, but I think it will be OK. I thought about making my goal to complete it entirely, but I currently feel like laying on the coach a lot, so I am going to stick with finishing the top.
So, because I get easily bored, I have sort of moved on to another hand project. I actually finished this piece in just one evening. I have plans to incorporate this into an under the sea quilt. I think (will have to look) that I have the fabric for this quilt. I will have to hunt for it. To see more fabulous hand work, please visit the ladies below:
I also made these key chains. My guild attends a festival in late summer that is a big
fund-raiser for us. They sell items that the guild members make and donate. Being in central Ohio, I thought these key chains might be something that could sell.
I would say it was a miracle that I completed my One Monthly Goal, but I have already used that headline…LOL. I finished my “Starry Starry Night” quilt. This was a top that I paper pieced for Denise at For the Love of Geese as a pattern test (She does have some lovely patterns). It came out not too bad, considering I don’t consider myself a very good paper piecer.
I had a lot of fun quilting this project. I think that is because I like how the quilting came out. I wish I had chosen a different thread for the front, because I wound up liking the back a lot. I used a variable thread on the front, and all I see is the the light part of the thread, which shows any mistakes. I do not have a long arm, so I am always using my domestic machine and I always want to get the “longarm” look on my domestic machine. I know it takes a lot of practice to become proficient and I have been working on it. However, I found these rulers (not sure why some are called rulers) at my local quilt shop. I quilted this using the Star shape. It made making beautiful stars on my domestic machine easy. They come out nearly perfect. I am still getting used to using them, so not every star is perfect, but I like it. I think I will keep this quilt for one of my future grandchildren.
This is the last photo I have of my birds. They have all flown the nest. I see them in the yard, learning about life, trying to get food. It was wonderful watching them hatch and grow each day.
Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend.
So, I had no intention of joining this quilt along, but when they published the first block, I fell in love with the hedgehog. I figured that I could manage one block every two weeks. I think this is maybe about project #18 that I have started. Yep. Full Blown Quilting ADD. I do get things finished. I mean, that is what the One monthly goal is for.
I have no idea what the other blocks will look like, but I plan on using the sam background fabric throughout the quilt. It is a little odd, bit I like it. If you are interested in joining this quilt along, the first block is located on Quilting with Vanda’s blog. Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.
I am not sure how I managed to finish my One Monthly Goal, but I did. This is the quilt top given to me by Nanette. I love it. I quilted dog bones, free-handed it. That was a bit scary, but it came out all right. I used a festive multi-color thread. I love multi-color threads. I don’t know why. I am weird.
So, the back, come crazy dog fabric. I had a friend give me whole bolt of this stuff. It is sort of odd, not exactly fleece and not exactly flannel. Just weird, but perfect for my dog quilt. Yes, this is my dog quilt. I have already used it while lounging on the couch. Warm and cozy and extra special since the top was made by an extra special friend. I have plan to make another quilt like this and donate to a dog rescue so they can hopefully raise some money.
Seems that family is on the mend. Kev is getting better and my sister’s prognosis no longer seems as bleak as it once was. A long way to go, but there is light.