Last night my quilt guild, The Marysville Crazy Quilters had their Holiday party. It was also judging for “The Plaid Challenge”.
Great fun and food was had by all!
I placed third in the plaid challenge.
I won $25.00. WooHoo!
How will I spend my riches? I think that I will buy a Creative Grids Ruler with it. I only have 2 and find them very useful. That way I can look at that ruler and remember why I have it. LOL. I am such a dork.
I really do enjoy a creative challenge. Here is some really ugly fabric that does not go together. Go make something with it.
The rules were that you had to have some of every fabric in your quilt. It could be any size of a quilted item.
So, from left to right in the photo the quilts were numbered. I am number 7 (Carpenter star). Number 5 won 1st (looks like a planet in the middle) and #3 was Second (Tumbling blocks).
I think I do have plans to gift this quilt to someone. I know someone who could use a little happy and might appreciate it!
To me, it looks like a “dude” quilt. Not feminine at all. I need to wash it first. I once had a problem with black fabric that had been stored a long time and this was from my stash. I have no idea how old the black was. Better safe than sorry.
So, I went a bit rogue on this block. I was finding it way to orange (even thought I like orange), I made what was supposed to dark light and vice versa and then rotated the block. It gave it a weird effect, that I find tolerable. Not totally in love it, but it does help the totally orange look that I had enough of.
I have also created a blog for our quilt guild, Marysville Crazy Quilters. Feel free to take a look at some of the quilts and projects my quilting friends are working on. The guild does a lot of charity work, which I like.
Personally, I still feel crazy. I have come to the conclusion that Covid is truly a state of mind. I don’t like it. This Covid state of mind has me less likely to quilt. I find myself staring at the TV or the ceiling of the bedroom and rarely wandering over to my studio. I have to get out of that state of mind. I am struggling to make a few blocks for a mystery quilt. Jeez. I find I do more when I actually have less time to do it. How is that right? I do have plans to make a few Christmas gifts so I better get moving. I also have had a quilt on the longarm for a couple of months. It stares at me as I walk by and yells insults at me for ignoring it. Ugh.
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.
So, last week at my monthly guild meeting, there was Quilt ship visiting. Of course, they brought stuff to sell. I thought this was such a cute pattern and I needed to make it for my door for Christmas. I will jungle so nicely every time the door is opened. I liked the fabric they used and just bought the “kit”.m that way I did not have to go out and look for bells I could sew on. I imagine that I could find them, but this way, I did not have to risk it.
It turned out, that there is quite a lot of fabric left over, so I may make a holiday table topper with it. I do like the fabric.
At the beginning of the month, I participated in the guilds “Quilt Wars” However, because we all finished at different times, I did not get any pictures. So at the last meeting they brought all the quilts that were made. The quilt my group worked is the second from the right. All these quilted were made with “Miss Rosie’s Quilt Cp.Cake Mix Recipe #4. If you have never used them, it made creating these quilts super simple. It calls for layer cakes, but any 10 ” squares will do. From each recipe you can create multiple designs. All of these quilts were created from the same cake mix. Oddly most of came up with the same design. They are available all over the internet and at my local quilt shop. All of the quilts from Quilt Wars are finished and donated to Charity. It was a fun time.
I almost forgot my Hand Quilt Along. Kathy from Sewing Etc, a=has stqrted this. I currnelty have 2 hand sewing projects. I will have to post a photo of the other one later. I am currently trying to finish my last and final dog bone dresser scarf. I refer to them as “Sit on the Couch Projecrs”. Take a look and Join us.
Spent Saturday at the local quilt guild’s Quilt-In. They had a guest speaker teaching free motion quilting. I learned quite a few things, many techniques I was not familiar with. I actually made quite fantastic feather. However, somehow I do not have a photo of it. I think the biggest thing I got out of it was how not to be too critical and be adventuresome with new designs. I actually feel like I my be able to venture out. First I will have to finish my “One Monthly Goal” for June, then I can move onto another top where maybe I can try a new technique. It was also interesting to see that many others struggled with the actual quilting part the way I do. I am not alone.
So the local quilt that I participate is making string blocks for quilts that they will sell at a fund raiser for the group. They pass out block kits to members. I made mine, but have a hard time imagining that I will like this quilt. It is a great way to use scraps for sure, but I am not sure I will like the end product. But, I guess I don’t have to like it, it is not for me. They used foundation paper from Missouri Star Quilt, which did make it simple and fast. They are wonky looking because they have not been trimmed.
Epic Fail on my one monthly goal this past weekend. I sat down and started to sew. I got about 12 inches and realized that something did not sound right. Yep. 5 trillion loops on the back side. Somehow my machine was suddenly threaded incorrectly. Of course i started pulling it out, but it is just not possible because I can’t really get to the underside of the quilt when it is on the frame. I think I will just have to go on and pull all of it out after I am finished and have taken the quilt out of the frame. Now I am mad at it (more myself) and don’t want to work on it. Ugh….
I went o my second quilt Guild meeting and I still like it. They are having a quilt supply only garage sale next month. Looking forward to getting rid of a few items i will never use. They are also have a Saturday all day machine quilting thingy. They have someone teaching free motion quilting or you can just sew whatever you like. Looking forward to a day not doing the usual Saturday activities. Fortunately, Kev is very supportive of these things. Always encourages me to get out of the house.