Something is changing. I have made 2 blog posts in the same month. OMG am I returning to normal? Unlikely (not sure I have ever been normal). I am however beginning to make progress. I have started to try and do something every day. I am not successful every day, but more is defiantly happening. Last night I cut out another table runner (Christmas gift) and pinned together a few pillow cases for the guild. I have also created a project list for things that need to get done at home. Instead of laying around looking at the cobwebs, I have put a list together that the whole family can assist with. We have already been productive. Cleaned out our filing cabinet and threw away manuals for appliances and things we have not had in years. Cleaned out one of the buffets in our dining room. Things are starting to get done.
Orange Dreams or Orange Nightmare?
I am starting to like it a bit more. I don’t follow instructions well, so I have reversed color schemes and turned blocks around. I think it is becoming less of a nightmare. It will be interesting to finish. I am hoping that the center of this quilt can distract from the orangeness.
Fall is here
Not my beautiful fall tree (next Door Neighbor’s), but it is my view from the hot tub, which I can finally get in without being too hot. The weather in Ohio is still weird. It has been in the 50’s for nearly a week and today it may reach 80. Furnace, air conditioner, furnace, air conditioner. Ohio, please pick a season and stay with it.
Only one more block to go. This one is sort of OK. My color choices were a bit ugly, but it is a barn, so I guess it is OK. Only that pesky owl is left. I am doing quilt as you go, so I have no idea what it will look like.
What is this photo? Well, this would be a group of 4 inch square blocks that was somewhere on my table and I managed to quilt it into the quilt I was working on. Lesson learned – TOTALLY CLEAN OFF YOUR TABLE WHEN YOU QUILT SOMETHING. Duh. SO I picked out some stitching after mumbling under my breath quite a bit. This was the second oops while quilting this quilt. The first one was when I tried to use a silky thread on the top and in the bottom and crazy stuff started happening. Loops and well…just plain crazy stuff. Once I went to a cotton on the top, all craziness ceased.
Love the ones you are with
So, I have some experience paper piecing. For this block, there were 2 versions. One for beginners and one for someone more advanced. I set out to do the more advances one, but I could not get it to print correctly, so I ended up doing this one, which I actually like better.
So, I had difficulty with this block. I struggled with paper piecing such large pieces. Since I am using scraps (Thank you Nanette), I had to make them fit and found it extremely difficult with the larger pieces of the block. My seam ripper and I became quite good friends. I don’t need those type of friends.
I really do like the Fall quilt along, but have notices that my blocks vary quite a bit in size. I have some that are 13.5 and this one finished at only 12 inches. This will make it very interesting since I am attempting the Quilt as You go method. We will be doing some creative trimming.
As a norm, I do not have to force myself. Lately, it seems that I do. Not because I want to, but because I am so drained, removing my big but from the couch is more that I can actually deal with most times.
I did manager to finish my next block for the fall into a Quilt Along. It was a really simple block, which I guess is good for me with now. I feel pretty simple these days. I used my batik scraps. I have not yet decided what to do with my sunflower. Roseanne offered to fix it and Nanette found the problem with the block instructions. You are all wonderful.
I had someone explain to me that there are circles in life and most people can deal with something in 1 circle. Problems occur when things are happening in more than one circle.
My professional life circle. OMG. totally on the crazy train here.
My Personal circle – Good God. Special-K (his nickname) has gout so bad he can not walk. And no, we will not go to the doctor. Daughter Haley has been sick for over a week. On a plus side Summer swim is over. That makes me happy.
My Family Circle – My sister seems to be improving. She actually called me and sounded not to bad. For that I am grateful.
My ME circle – I feel crazy. I need to do more sewing, that always helps me relax and get my head straight.
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 always very envious of people that come up with their own designs. While I sometimes create beautiful things (not so recently though) they are not usually something I came up with. This sort of bugs me. I want it all to be me. Likely why I can’t send a quilt off to be quilted by someone else.
I am usually getting my inspiration for things (mostly quilty stuff) by looking at other people’s work, magazines and books. I am sure we all do. Sometimes in my mind I am skill building, which is not always bad. But I always have in the back of my mind that I want it to be all mine from design to finish.
So, last week I finished my “One Monthly Goal” (have not posted yet, this picture is just the embroidery). As I hung it up in my dining room, I took a step back and realized this is a one of a kind piece of work. No one else will have anything like it. The only part I did not design was the embroidery. It was a kit my Oma gave me when I was a teen. But the rest, all me (with all my blog friends advice). So, why did I think that I could not do my own designs? Honestly, when I did that piece, I was not thinking about designing a one of a kind piece. But, that is what happened.
Well, maybe I can. I will start with something small. Maybe I do it more than I realize. Not really sure. So, I am always practicing on Table Toppers and small pieces. So, Figured I would try my hand at my own small piece.
I took a piece of homespun fabric that I didn’t like. Funny because, it was in the local guild quilting garage sale and no one bought or traded for it. I wanted to not waste something that I liked, fabric wise. So, I went to my “What were you thinking when you bought that fabric box?” Then I went to my scraps for the leaves. I have to admit, they are some of my favorite fabric scraps. Hand Dyed, which I actually dyed.
I no longer hate the homespun. Funny how that works. Still need to finish it, which I will. Not exactly sure on my curvy base, but I may still work on that. Is it too busy? Would love your thoughts, all of you give great advice. Thanks!
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!
As i have mentioned in the past, I fear the quilting… Everyone tells me that it is all about practice, so that is what I am doing. I just get frustrated because I want to do all the beautiful stuff I see and I can’t. Jeez I hope I will get there. I don’t really like this piece much, but I really made it to hang on the front door. I have pieced one other that I am finishing and will show it soon after I get the dreaded quilting done. I like it a lot more because it has a few of my embroidered pieces in it. Someday I will get it right.
Happy Sewing. Happy Quilting.