Once again, I am apologizing. I have gotten nearly nothing done. Both, with sewing/quilting and my personal life. There is so much going on in my personal life at the moment, I just want to go somewhere dark and warm and sleep for about a week.
For my hand quilting, I did finish the binding on this quilt…. That counts, right? I do have a piece of embroidery for a quilt, but for some dumb reason I did not take a picture of it. Next time. This binding is actually on my One Monthly Goal quilt.
Besides all my personal insanity, Kevin (AKA man-friend) has gout so horribly he can hardly walk. My little sister is also not well, and honestly, that is just not allowed. As the older sister, I just want to take it all away for her. Regardless of her age, she will always be my little sister and damn it, it is not her turn.
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March is over. Yeah. So, I am going to get the quilting done on my special dog quilt for my one monthly goalmy one monthly goal. I have started, but have a long way to go. My intent is to have it completely done, binding and all. I decided that I would do an all over dog bone pattern. So far, it is going OK. I don’t hate it.
I have multiple projects going, so I am hoping to get a few things done.
So, in my March month of hell, there was a very bright note. My 13-year-old eighth grader passed her entrance tests to college and actually gets to start this summer. Helping her prepare and running to the testing center, was one of the many things that sucked up my time. I am very proud of her. I would like to take all the credit for her smartness, but I can only take full credit for her smart a$$ness.
Wonderful thing here in Ohio, kids who can pass the tests can get up to 2 years of college credit totally free, including books. If all goes well, she can start college after high school as a junior. Also, her college classes count as her high school classes, so she is not doing double work. I might have enough money to fund those last two years. She does not understand how important it is, but I was fortunate to leave college without any loans (thanks Mom and Dad). At the time, I did not realize the importance, but there are people my age still paying back college loans. Yikes! I don’t want that for my daughter.
I managed to get my One Monthly Goal completed. It is a miracle since I have been struggling doing any quilting. Totally felt like I lost my quilting mojo. So I think that I have appropriately named my quilt Safari Madness. I chose this name because, well. I was so annoyed about the three camels being all together , RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER. Whew. Got that out, feel better. Then there are the Zebra’s. Here I chose to pebble the grass. Totally was not thinking. Duh. THere is also the weirdness of one set of zebras looking the opposite direction. I had nothing to do with that one, but did not notice til someone pointed it out. However, my original intent was for this to be for my future grandchild (could be ten years, could be thirty, who knows?). Just in case I never get to know this grandchild at least they will know that their Grams loved them ( I quilted the word love all around in the green border) and was slightly goofy(three camels in a row and pebbles in the grass).
This was really the most quilting I have ever done on a piece. I am not unhappy with it. I will not shy away from quilting, even designs a little more complex. It looks not to bad from the back also. I a, glad not that it is done that I don’t totally hate it, especially after all that work. Happy Sewing. Happy Quilting.
I guess takes not feeling well to realize my most favorite quilt lays over the headboard of my bed. I managed to get a cold last week. Usually not a big deal, but since I take biologic drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, I have a compromised immune system. Last time I got a cold I would up with pneumonia. Anyway, going to bed and trying to do all the right things so I don’t get sick for Thanksgiving.
As a kid, whenever I got sick, I always wanted Oma’s quilt. I found comfort in this quilt and swore it made me feel better. I would always say to my Mom as a kid, “I want Oma’s blanket”. This quilt was not one that she regularly used or kept out. It was always put away, but Mom always got it out for me when I was sick.
This quilt is very old. I am not sure how old, but I remember it from when I was little. I remember being in Germany and sleeping with this quilt. Every day, Oma would hang them on the window ledge to air them out (I also remember pushing one of the ledge once so I could go and see what the kids were doing down below).
It is not the traditional quilt most of use make, but the fabric is such a high thread count it feels cool to the touch. I think this is why I liked it so much when I was feeling bad. Or, maybe it was because it was Oma’s. Whatever the reason, it is my favorite. I often forget about it, because I see it so often that I don’t even notice it anymore until I don’t feel well. Then I see it like a beacon hanging on the headboard just waiting to make me feel better. It is like getting a hug from Oma and my Mom, or as close I can got to that on this earth. For this I am thankful.
These are my daughters receiving blanket from when she was a baby. I had put them in my cedar chest to make a quilt from them. I need to make room in that cedar chest for “other things” (more quilts) for all my future grandchildren. However, I have a block on this one. I usually “see” in my mind what I want to do. I have been staring at this pile for weeks and have come up empty. There are 13 flannel blankets (several duplicates) so it is a good bit of yardage. Most are about 36×36 and a few are a bit bigger. I think there is plenty pf fabric. I just can’t figure out what to do. I am thinking it will not be a baby blanket, but something bigger maybe for my future grandchild that might be a big older who would understand that it was made from all the blankets there Mommy was wrapped up in. Gosh, I sound like a fruit loop! Being that I did wait until I was 40 to have Haley, I am always thinking that I won’t get to meet her children. This will be may way of letting them know who Grams is in case I am not here. If she waits as long as I did, I may not meet them.
If anyone has any suggestions on type of pattern or anything to release my mind block, please let me know. I always get such good advice from our blogging community. Thanks!
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.
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.
Treasure your Family
Well, I am at the hospital making hexies again. Today Miranda is having surgery on her elbow. When she had her accident, she had a compound fracture of her elbow. She also lost about 3 inches of the bone. So today, they will take a bone from her thigh and use it to permanently repair her elbow. She has limited movement, so hopefully this will provide her better range of motion. The x-ray is totally scary looking. I have a few others I will ut on her page.
For now, I will continue to make hexies to pass the time. I still have two more pieces to make for the entire bedroom set, so at least it is productive.
Treasure your family
I mentioned in a post last week about a trip my Mom and Dad went with me to a quilt show many many years ago. I talked about the picture Mom painted on fabric, but failed to post a picture of it. I realized this as I stared at it lying in bed yesterday. She certainly did not want to go to a quilt show, but found that she really enjoyed herself. It is a memory I will always cherish.
Treasure your Family
So, I like to make gifts. I am not always sure that everyone appreciates handmade gifts, but because a part of me goes with them, I like it. I know I treasure the things that others have made for me.
Sorry, reminds me of a story. My mother could crochet and knit beautifully. However, I had to try and do everything crafty. For as long as I remember I was always doing something. After I moved from home, my parents came to visit for a weekend. I wanted to go to a quilt/craft show (Imagine that). My Dad would go walk around anywhere. He was easy to please. Mom, agreed to go, but I knew she was doing it just for me, not because she really wanted to. We stopped at a booth that was doing a demo of stenciling on fabric. They asked us to sit down and try. I am pretty sure my mother wanted to run away, but she did it. She made the most beautiful tulip painting on fabric. She was actually quite pleased with herself. She hung it up in the bathroom at her house. Every time I went in that bathroom, I smiled when I saw it. Now that she is not here with me anymore, I still smile when I look at that tulip hanging on the wall of my bedroom. Enough reminiscing and missing Mom.
I especially like to make gifts that help me practice a skill (putting in zippers on this one) and are useful. This cute little bag could be used for makeup, keeping credit cards/money, receipts. Whatever you want. It was fairly easy, considering there was a zipper in it (which initially scared me). I obviously have friends and family that are cat lovers, even though I live in a “Dog” house (Ha! Pun). I will put some candy and/or lip gloss and give this to a friend for her birthday.
This pattern is available for free at WWW.Craftsy.com. Search for “Easy Zipper Pouch”. The Exact title is “Easy Zipper Pouch … Two Ways”.
Treasure your family