I started this project a few weeks ago. I didn’t like it much. But, I had already cut the fabric, so , I made a few adjustments. I was limited in the that Ihe things I could do since everything was already cut. I also did not have much extra fabric, which was odd for me. I usually buy way more than I need. Not quite finished, still have border of the solid green on the bottom and the top and an outer border. The outer border will have to be a different solid color since I have no more of the green.
My daughter does not like it. She hates the yellow. It does stand out a lot and the green print just disappears. It is still oddly intersting. I will have to see once I get it totally done. Not much left to do.
Also got my safari quilt pin basted and ready for the actual quilting. I need to figure out the exact pattern and practice a bit befiore I begin. I am also contempating making a storage bag for this quilt since I plan on saving it for my “someday” grandchild.
So, at my house when socks and things go missing, we say that the Underpants Gnome took them. This was my late husband Derrick’s version of comedy that stuck. Gosh I miss him. He was hilarious. So, we don’t have the Sock Fairy stealing socks, but the Underpants Gnome. Let me tell you, he is hungry because I have an enormous bag of un-mated socks and underwear with holes (They couldn’t be because they are 10 years old).
So, when I felt slightly guilty about the Fabric package in the mail, I decided that I would blame the Fabric Gnome. I like him way better than the underpants Gnome. He left me this fabulous pile of batiks from Hancock’s of Paducah.
So, the folded pile is a sample pack. There are 40 pieces at least 14×18 (most nearly fat quarters). It was $19.99. Holy Cow. They are very lovely and luxurious. There a few duplicates, but I won’t complain. Such a steal. I am having a difficult time not going and buying more, especially since they sent me a 15% off coupon after that order. The other pieces are one yards that were $3.99.
Odd thing, I love batiks, but have only made a couple of small baby quilts. I got these with the plan of making myself a quilt. How weird is that? I already have a jelly Roll and was looking for a few others. This will be perfect.
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.
Ever have one of those weeks when nothing looks right to you? I feel like that is where I am right now. I really loved this mum print fabrics in fall colors. However, once I crated something with it, I find I don’t like it as much as I did when I was just ogling over the fabric. I look at them and wonder If I should have used a dark blue solid instead of the green? But, I like green. I don’t know. Maybe it will look better when it is all put together. I just don’t know.
Maybe I should of just walked away last night when I sewed something completely backwards. Usually a clear sign to stop what you are doing for a bit. Unfortunately, I never take my own advice.
Trying to decide if it is too obnoxious or loud. My goal was not to take away from the embroidery. I am not sure that I did that here. I don’t mind the happy colors, but when you look at it’s like a slap in the face of color. I still have a couple things in mind to do. One more one inch green around the outside, I think. I plan to quilt the outside, but I am not sure how yet. For where the embroidery is, since it is a such a long piece, I think I will sew tiny glass beads in the centers of some of the flowers to ensure the batting does not shift. Of course, my binding is a bit crazy. I have a striped piece of fabric (green/orange/pick/yellow) to add to the craziness of this piece. Feel free to give me your opinion on my color choices and any suggestions on quilting (kinda stumped with that). You will not offend me if you think it is awful. I asked for it. LOL.
On a positive note, some good news, my older daughter, who was in a horrific head on collision nearly a year ago, has moved out. I would say she is 90% of her old self, which is pretty good considering what I saw the first night in the ICU. While it was a challenging six months after the accident. The outcome was far better than I anticipated.
I did not think I could get it done. My QADD (quilting Attention deficit disorder) took over, as expected.
Funny thing, I found this task less daunting if I just did 20 minutes here and there, which is what I did. It worked, got it done.
Weird colors (leftovers) and super simple design. These were leftovers from the second quilt I ever made. I obliviously had no idea how much fabric it took to make a quilt because I actually bought enough to make 2. Pretty sure it qualifies as a UFO.
I will show some up close evidence of my quilting once I get it trimmed and bound.
My daughter is holding it sideways though, it was to long for her. So next quilting job I will have to use some of my new skills , from last weekends workshop. Now it is just trimming and binding. Not sure I will make that my next goal. I will have to see.
So, I wrote about this UFO before. The black fabric was sort of falling apart. It was very fragile. I got lots of good advice on what to do.
So, I got the blocks and pieces out and decided that I would make a couple more blocks and I would try to gently quilt it.
Well, I could not sew the blocks together. The black fabric was too fragile. SO, I started to throw away all the black. Right about the time I was getting ready to throw the blocks in the trash, I decided to see how fragile a whole block was.
Crazy thing….they are fine. Strong as can be.
So, what is the difference? I stored the pieces in Ziploc bags (actual Ziploc Brand). It seems that the Ziploc bag affected the black fabric. Anyone else ever heard of that? The Batik fabric I had in the Ziplocs was fine. Only seemed to affect the black fabric.
Please let me know your thoughts or if anything crazy like that has ever happened to you.
I have a lot of stuff stored in Ziploc bags. Now I am scared.
So, since joining a Quilting guild, that does lots of charity work, On Friday night, I decided to work on a few of those items.
Since my 13 year old was in trouble, I decided that she was going to be my assistant. At first she made a face at me and then I told her potentially wat the alternative could be (something crappy), so she quickly changed her mind.
I explained to her that we would be making these hearts for the local Hospice. Once someone is hospice passes, they write a message on one side of the heart and then all the nurses that cared for that person sign the back. A very sweet gesture at a difficult time.
So, I let Haley pick fabric out of the scrap basket. Then I gave her a pattern and had her cut out the batting for the hearts. Of course she informed me that she was not good at that and I told her that she would have to practice until she got it right. Then, Miranda felt left out and joined the party. She became the chief ironer.
They did not do too badly, there were a few rejects, but overall a success.
Since I am finally feeling a bit better, I also go to work on my one monthly goal project. I totally need to get it off my design board so I can put something else up there.
My projects have expanded out of my sewing room and are not taking over other parts of the family room. I have stolen the pool table and placed a board on top of it so I could use it as a work area. I also put my design board in the pool room. My shape cutter is sitting next to the bar with several plastic tubs of important stuff and then of course I store a couple of things in the corner of the kid’s family room. Then there is the long table on the other side of the bar where I usually do my quilting.
I should probably real it in a bit before I have a full scale family revolt on my hands.
I have been truly amazed at how much enjoyment and satisfaction I get from my blog. It makes me feel like I am surrounded by like minded friends who all love the same thing. I managed to get over 200 followers and more than 7000 views. So, to say thank you, I am giving away 2 charm packs. They are Soho calico’s. I love the colors. Lots of teals and greens. I figured that 2 charm packs can easily be turned into something awesome. I have recently started a “Zipper Quilt” with two of my favorite charm packs. I am sure I will show some photos as soon as I have a bit more to show.
Even though I spend my days at work as a “Nerd Whisperer”. I am going to do this the Non-scientific or non nerdy way. Just leave me a comment with your first name and name of a favorite quilt that you made. You have until the last day of April to comment and then on May 1st, I will put everyone’s name in a bowl and have someone from my house draw the lucky winner. I will notify you all of the winner. Best of luck to everyone.